A Miami Hurricanes team that has excelled despite the virus forges on toward Duke
Who knows what will happen Saturday at Duke, or if the Miami Hurricanes will even ever get to Duke with the way this bizarre season has transpired.All University of Miami football coach Manny Diaz knew for sure Monday was that his team would practice at night for the first time in more than two weeks — the initial step in hopefully boarding the plane on Friday that will fly them to Durham, North Carolina, for the 8 p.m. Saturday game that replaced coronavirus-plagued Wake Forest.“Happy to be back here in game week and be able to talk about a football game,” Diaz, whose Canes are No. 10 in the ...
2020: Strangest year of Atlantic hurricane seasons comes to an end
Like pretty much everything this year, the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season was an abnormality not ever seen before by meteorologists and hurricane specialists.As the official final day of hurricane season — Nov. 30 — arrives, forecasters have tallied 30 named storms, the most ever recorded; the next closest with 28 systems of tropical storm strength or greater was 2005.Both 2005 and 2020 have seen the same number of systems form into a tropical depression or greater — 31 — but systems could still form past Nov. 30, like 2005’s Tropical Storm Zeta that formed on Dec. 30. The NHC continues to mon...
Deepening statehouse divisions foretell big policy fights
In swing states especially, blue counties got bluer and red counties got redder in the November elections, widening ideological divides as Democrats and Republicans dug in and became less likely to compromise on pressing issues in the 2021 legislative sessions, including dealing with COVID-19 and budget deficits.The ideological divides foreshadow the rancorous redistricting process that will set political boundaries for the next decade, particularly in states where the governor is of one party and the legislature the other.This deepening partisanship could affect a range of policy initiatives ...
Countdown to college: Bad reasons to transfer
Transferring has become a hot topic in the current COVID-19 world. Maybe your student is considering a transfer to a smaller private college that is closer to home and has in-person classes, or a transfer to an in-state university, where at least if the student is learning remotely, you won’t be paying the high tuition of a private school. Or maybe the student just made the wrong choice.According to a study published by the Department of Education, as many as 60 percent of students attend more than one college before graduating with a bachelor’s degree. Hopefully most do it for the right reaso...
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Scott Fowler: 83-year-old Charlotte man shot a 69 over 18 holes. Has he figured out golf's secrets?
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Unless you’ve met him on a golf course, you’ve probably never heard of David Fairley.And even if you did, Fairley probably didn’t make much of an impression at first.Fairley is 83 years old. He is 5-foot-8. He weighs 148 pounds, which is exactly what he weighed in 10th grade.It would only be after you saw Fairley play a little while that you would realize that he has nearly perfected golf — or at least amateur golf played from the senior tees. Almost every hole plays out the same way for a man who has lived within a 3-mile section of south Charlotte his entire life:Fairway, g...
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3 takeaways from Illinois' 3-0 start, including a scare against Ohio and Ayo Dosunmu and Kofi Cockburn leading the way
Many in sports believe a win is a win.Illinois junior Ayo Dosunmu put it a little differently: “Winners find a way to win.”The No. 8 Illini had to fend off a terrific fight from Ohio on Friday to wrap up a three-day multi-team event at State Farm Center and go 3-0 with a 77-75 victory.After trailing by as many as eight points in the second half, Dosunmu delivered — as the Illini are accustomed to by now. He went full court on a drive that put him at the free-throw line where he made both attempts. Trent Frazier stole the inbound pass to seal the victory.Ohio’s Jason Preston scored 31 points an...
Did the US steal an island covered in bird poop from Haiti? A fortune is in dispute
MIAMI — When the eccentric rapper Kanye West made headlines last month claiming the president of Haiti had gifted him an island to which a Texan had already laid development claims, it was not the only island off Haiti’s coast in dispute.For more than 160 years, the United States and Haiti have disputed the ownership of tiny Navassa Island at the southwest entrance of the Windward Passage covered with what was once worth a king’s ransom. More than a century later, the question remains: Who owns the poop?Known as La Navase in French, the pear-shaped island is located about 35 miles west of Hait...
Patrick Williams was a surprise selection by Bulls on draft night — but those who know him expect a smooth NBA transition
CHICAGO — Before noon games, the Florida State men’s basketball team started its shootaround at 7 a.m. Most players approached this time casually, using it as a chance to wake up, get loose, stretch and run offensive sets five on zero.It was during one of those mornings, early in the college basketball season, when Florida State forward Raiquan Grey first became impressed by Patrick Williams’ athleticism. With the rest of his teammates still sleepy-eyed, Williams finished one of those offensive sets emphatically, leaping off one foot and delivering a windmill dunk that caught the attention of ...
Ford aims to offer COVID-19 vaccines to employees, orders ultra-cold freezers
DETROIT — In an attempt to keep the fast-spreading coronavirus pandemic from again disrupting its operations, Ford Motor Co. has ordered a dozen ultra-cold freezers to store vaccines globally when they become available, the company confirmed Tuesday.“It’s important to Ford because the health and safety of our employees is our top priority,” Kelli Felker, Ford global manufacturing and labor communications manager, told the Free Press. “What we’ve done is order these ultra-cold freezers so we can make the vaccine available to them on a voluntary basis when the vaccine is available.”At this point...
Detroit Free Press
'It's about democracy': Law school deans weigh in on attacks on election results
As many as half of America’s law school deans are expected to sign a letter saying continued legal attacks on this month’s election amount to what one called “frivolous attacks on our democracy.”The letter comes after a parade of unsuccessful lawsuits from President Donald Trump’s legal team challenging the results of the Nov. 3 election. On Monday Michigan certified its election results, dismissing Trump’s complaints about the fairness of the vote and allowing Democrat Joe Biden to claim the state’s 16 electoral votes.“The thrust of it is that the election was conducted completely fairly and ...
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