COVID-19 patients swamp rural hospitals
The nation’s pandemic hot spots have shifted to rural communities, overwhelming small hospitals that are running out of beds or lack the intensive care units for more than one or two seriously ill patients.And in much of the Midwest and Great Plains, hospital workers are catching the virus at home and in their communities, seriously reducing already slim benches of doctors, nurses and other professionals needed to keep rural hospitals running.Nationwide, positive coronavirus cases started rising in mid-September as children and college students returned to school, more businesses reopened and ...
Disney World: Rise of the Resistance hopefuls have mere seconds to catch the ride
ORLANDO, Fla. — Each morning at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, there’s a brief moment of silence. Theme-park visitors stand motionless. Heads are bowed. There may be a few thoughts and prayers, but it’s not a religious service.It’s more like a high-stakes game. Call it Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance roulette, in which winners earn the right to ride one of Walt Disney World’s newest, most in-demand rides.Within seconds of the park’s official opening, it’s over. Cries of joy come from some corners; other voices yell “They’re gone already?” All of the ride’s loading groups have been assigned for ...
Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton have already celebrated Thanksgiving
Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton have already celebrated Thanksgiving.The couple have been isolating at a ranch in Oklahoma with a handful of family members amid the coronavirus pandemic, and 51-year-old Gwen has revealed that whilst they had the family together, they chose to celebrate the American holiday of Thanksgiving a month before it’s due to take place on November 26.Gwen said: "We actually had our Thanksgiving here last night because we had to switch around our schedules this year, so we had an early Thanksgiving."It's been a lot of fun being out here. We had like 14 different celebrati...
Texas woman kills pregnant friend, cuts fetus from womb and calls baby her own, police say
A Texas woman is accused of killing her pregnant friend and removing the victim’s unborn baby from her womb in a violent attack that also resulted in the child’s death over the weekend.The suspect, 27-year-old Taylor Parker, was arrested in the neighboring state of Oklahoma after trying to pass the baby as her own just hours after the crime, authorities said.The suspected killer went to a hospital in the city of Idabel and told staff she had just given birth on the side of the road, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said in a news release Tuesday.An investigation revealed that she had...
New York Daily News
Mac Engel: Despite the effort against Oklahoma, only COVID is saving Texas' Tom Herman in 2020
DALLAS — From the mostly empty stands to the closed Texas State Fair, nothing about the Red River WhateverItsCalledNow felt right, but the game itself was a deep-fried crazy delight.It was a shame only 24,000 were allowed inside the Cotton Bowl on Saturday; Texas-OU was the best of the maddening, take-a-drink lunacy that is college football.From awful coaching decisions by OU’s Lincoln Riley, atrocious officiating, endless injury timeouts, college kickers being college kickers, the COVID edition of the Red River rivalry will never be forgotten.For the University of Texas, here end the positive...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Oklahoma 53, No. 22 Texas 45 (4OT): Another sloppy performance that Sam Ehlinger can't completely save
DALLAS — Only in 2020 could the Red River Showdown test everyone’s emotions in ways that force you to question everything.Saturday was shaping up to be the most embarrassing loss in Texas coach Tom Herman’s four-year tenure. It was sloppy football through three quarters as Oklahoma pulled ahead on willpower and UT’s stunningly undisciplined play.Then, it was going to be the best comeback of Sam Ehlinger’s career. The senior led two fourth-quarter touchdown drives in storybook fashion, forced overtime and seemingly cemented his place in Texas-OU history.Instead, it was something far more unpred...
Michigan building inspector cut by razor-embedded Trump sign
OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. — A Commerce Township building inspector needed 13 stitches after cutting his hand on a booby-trapped political sign.The Trump sign was lined with taped-on razors at the bottom, and the 52-year-old worker cut his hand as he tried to move it.The sign tampering is the latest case of people trying to protect their political merchandise from being stolen.According to police, the sign needed to be moved because it went against city ordinance. In Commerce Township, political signs need to be 33 feet away from the road. The Trump sign was 24 feet away, which was “clearly within ...
Detroit Free Press
The 93-win 1970 Yankees brought the fighting spirit back to the Bronx
Ralph Houk was sick of losing.When the New York Yankees broke camp and headed north in the spring of 1970, no one figured they’d even be competitive, never mind contenders in the tough AL East.The Yanks, after all, hadn’t finished higher than fifth or stood less than 20 games out of first since 1964, when Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris and ace Whitey Ford led them to a fifth straight World Series appearance — the last hurrah for a dynasty that stretched back to Joe DiMaggio’s heyday in the late 1940's.The 1969 season hadn’t given fans much to hope for going forward — it was yet another lost year, ...
New York Daily News
With a young team waiting to be molded, new Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan could finally get the chance to shape his NBA coaching identity
Billy Donovan has been an NBA head coach for five seasons. His .608 winning percentage during that span is among the best in league history, ranking 16th among those who have coached at least 100 games and sitting behind only three active coaches: Nick Nurse (.721), Steve Kerr (.709) and Greg Popovich (.675).Yet there still are lingering questions about the Chicago Bulls new coach after a stint with the Oklahoma City Thunder during which he appeared in the playoffs every season. The uncertainty centers around his coaching identity. It’s why during his introductory news conference last week Don...
Dahleen Glanton: Voters have more to fear from the GOP than the Russians this year
I cast my first ballot in a presidential election in 1976. Every four years afterward, I have dutifully gone to the polls, knowing that my candidate might not win but savoring the victory of having fulfilled my civic duty.For the first time in 44 years, I’m worried that my vote might not be counted.Like many Americans, I have lost some confidence in the democratic process. The idea of fair elections now seems vague and distant. With each election, we have become less trusting, less willing to think that in the end, things will turn out the way the people intended.Four years ago, the greatest t...