Getting your hair cut or heading to the gym? Get ready to sign a waiver
MINNEAPOLIS — As businesses reopen amid a slew of safety and cleaning requirements, many are asking something new of their customers and employees: a promise not to sue if they get sick.Liability waivers have long been used for risky endeavors such as downhill skiing or youth sports. But in the unchartered legal waters of the coronavirus pandemic, people now find themselves signing such forms when they get their hair cut, nails painted and teeth cleaned.“It’s a whole new world,” said Matt Murphy, an attorney with Nilan Johnson Lewis in Minneapolis. “Everybody’s freaked out.”With no specific le...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
4-foot prehistoric-looking bird seen at Outer Banks lighthouse is on wrong coast, experts say
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Strange things often wash up on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, and the National Park Service says the latest example is a big, prehistoric-looking bird that is far outside its natural range.Cape Hatteras National Seashore says a sandhill crane has been seen roaming the grounds of Bodie Island Lighthouse.“These birds migrate from Florida and Texas to the Western United States and are typically not seen in this area,” the park reported in a Facebook post on July 13.“Sandhill Cranes are one of the largest cranes in North America … . They stand between three and four feet tall wit...
The Charlotte Observer
Vanguard transfers 1,300 staffers to outsourcing partner Infosys
Vanguard Group, the Malvern, Pa.-based investment giant that employs more than 12,000 in Chester County, says it will transfer out of the company 1,300 workers who handle employers’ 401k plans for 5 million working and retired Americans.The staffers will start working later this year for a contractor, a new Malvern-based unit of Infosys, the India-based technology outsourcing giant.The workers’ Vanguard boss, Martha King, managing director of Vanguard Institutional Investor Group for the past five years, will leave the company with her staffers and become one of their bosses at Infosys. She pr...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Wells Fargo in the red: bank posts first quarterly loss since 2008
Wells Fargo posted a quarterly loss for the first time in over a decade on Tuesday as it set aside $8.4 billion in the second quarter to cover coming defaults on loans due to the coronavirus pandemic. The bank also cut its dividend to 10 cents per share from 51 cents per share.The bank, the fourth-largest in the U.S., lost $2.4 billion in the second quarter, its first loss since 2008. That’s down from a profit of $653 million in the first quarter. Lower interest meant net interest income was down $1.4 billion to $9.9 billion for the quarter, while more strength in the bank’s trading and securi...
The Charlotte Observer
As monuments tumble, are we 'erasing' history? Historians say no
ATLANTA — Last month, dozens of protesters squared off against 50 police officers in riot gear at the Georgia Capitol and began to chant.“Tear down Gordon! Tear down Gordon!”The target of their ire was the regal figure of Confederate Gen. John Brown Gordon, a former Georgia governor, senator and a white supremacist who is generally regarded as a state leader of the Ku Klux Klan in the years following the Civil War.The statue depicts Gordon in his Confederate uniform astride his horse, and has held a prominent spot on the statehouse lawn since its unveiling 113 years ago to a throng of white At...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Why Cole Custer's 'unimaginable' NASCAR win at Kentucky is bad for Jimmie Johnson
Cole Custer reacted like everyone else to his win at Kentucky Speedway on Sunday evening.“I’m surprised,” Custer said with a laugh after his first post-race celebration in NASCAR’s top series.The 22-year-old Cup rookie raced his way into Wednesday’s All-Star Race, as well as the 2020 postseason, by driving the outer lane of the 1.5-mile tri-oval after a late-lap caution forced a two-lap shootout through the checkered flag.“Honestly, I just knew I had to get to the top,” Custer said. “I knew I didn’t want to get put three-wide. My spotter, Andy Houston, did a great job. He kept me in the right ...
The Charlotte Observer
3 Hornets practiced against the NBA's wishes. Don't expect fines for this dedicated trio
Video surfaced on Twitter last week of three Charlotte Hornets playing 5-on-5 in a non-Hornets gym.Why they’d want to do that is understandable, considering they were told to stay home for nearly three months, and now can only shoot individually or lift weights when at Spectrum Center. However, Devonte Graham, Miles Bridges and Dwayne Bacon playing at Miami-based Taylor Sports Group’s facility goes against what the NBA and the players union have asked of them and players from the other seven teams not in the restart.The league and union are trying to keep players from contracting COVID-19. But...
The Charlotte Observer
Nation and world news briefs
Criticism mounts of Harvey Weinstein settlement deal: ‘Most one-sided and unfair settlement in history’NEW YORK — A proposed $18.9 million settlement to compensate victims of Harvey Weinstein faced more criticism Monday ahead of a key court hearing.Doug Wigdor, an attorney for six Weinstein accusers, called the deal “if approved, one of the most one-sided and unfair class settlements in history.”Manhattan Federal Judge Alvin Hellerstein will hold a hearing Tuesday on whether to approve the deal announced by Attorney General Letitia James, which resolves a 2018 suit filed by her office against ...
Tribune News Service
Miami football's ACC indefinitely postpones media days. Significant news soon expected.
The latest college football development has transpired for the University of Miami and its fellow league members. And though it seems minor on the surface, it’s likely rolling toward more significant news.The Atlantic Coast Conference announced Monday that it “has postponed its virtual ACC Football Kickoff media event until further notice.”The “virtual” event, usually held in person on site in Charlotte, North Carolina, was originally scheduled online for July 21-23 in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Each ACC school has its head coach speak, as well as two high-profile players.Monday’s anno...
Factory jobs get a boost from PPE manufacturing
As factories start bringing back workers laid off at the beginning of the pandemic, some are retooling to meet coronavirus-related demands.Designetics, a firm near Toledo, Ohio, that makes windshield coating systems, now has about half its 73 workers trained to make custom protective barriers to prevent coronavirus transmission.The switch started when a local hospital asked for a particular size barrier for ultrasound sessions with expectant mothers. Orders flowed in from grocery stores, restaurants and beauty salons. Even a Tucson, Ariz., art gallery ordered transparent barriers to keep its a...