Family of Vanessa Guillen goes to Congress for introduction of reform bill
AUSTIN, Texas — For the family of slain Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen, this month should have been a joyful milestone as they celebrated her 21st birthday back home in Houston.Instead, the grieving family joined lawmakers on Capitol Hill Wednesday to campaign for legislation many supporters say could have saved the young soldier’s life.Lawmakers for months worked to bring forward the I Am Vanessa Guillen Act, previously known as the #IAmVanessaGuillen bill, that seeks to set up third-party groups to investigate and prosecute those accused of sexual misconduct within the military.The measur...
Is Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton's romance on the rocks? They are reportedly 'stretched to the limit'
Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton's relationship has been "stretched to the limit" during quarantine.An insider has revealed that the 50-year-old singer and Blake, 44, are going through a rough patch after spending most of the coronavirus pandemic at his range in Oklahoma.The source told Us Weekly magazine: "They feel suffocated and stressed. They're both stretched to the limit."It has also been reported that the issues between the couple are a result of them moving into a new family home in Los Angeles.The insider added: "Friends say this move has turned into a nightmare. This is the toughest pe...
Marcus Hayes: Mike D'Antoni, Tyronn Lue, Billy Donovan are misfits for the Sixers coaching job, NBA experts agree
PHILADELPHIA — Ever since he fired Brett Brown, Elton Brand has been telling everyone who asks that it will take several weeks to hire Brown’s successor.I spent the past few days polling a handful of currently powerless NBA lifers about the coaching vacancy. The consensus: It’s a bad job, with a structureless organization. You would work in a brutally demanding town that, after seven years of Processing, itches for validation, but, after seven years of mismanagement, is years (and several catastrophic contracts) away from attainting real relevance.The main obstacle: the stagnation of Joel Embi...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Army sergeant major who rescued hostages in Iraq receives Medal of Honor
The United States’ newest recipient of the Medal of Honor, the country’s highest recognition of military bravery, was a high school senior in South Carolina the day the World Trade Center fell under attack.Thomas “Patrick” Payne enlisted in the U.S. Army shortly after graduating from Batesburg-Leesville High School in 2002 and, 13 years later, he liberated dozens of hostages from Islamic State captors during a rescue mission in Iraq.For his “conspicuous gallantry” in the mission, a part of Operation Inherent Resolve, Sgt. Maj. Payne, 36, received the Medal of Honor from President Donald Trump ...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
Benjamin Hochman: College football is special to Americans, but 2020 puts the sport in a precarious spot
The latest rankings are out, and the Southeastern Conference has three in the top 10, including … Missouri?No, the Tigers football team isn’t in the top 10. But the city of Columbia cracked the No. 8 spot on Wednesday’s New York Times rankings of another kind. It’s a list of cities with the greatest number of new COVID-19 cases, relative to their population.No. 2 was Oxford, Mississippi. No. 6 was Athens, Georgia. Sitting at No. 7? Champaign, Illinois. In fact, 12 of the top 20 were big-time college football cities, including Stillwater, Oklahoma; Tallahassee, Florida; Lubbock, Texas; Manhatta...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Police 'pretext' traffic stops need to end, some lawmakers say
WASHINGTON — On a family vacation in Virginia in 2017, Democratic Maryland state Del. Charles E. Sydnor III was driving in the left lane on a nearly empty, unfamiliar highway when a state trooper pulled him over.Sydnor’s wife and three daughters — ages 9, 10 and 13 — were in the car.“Are you going to jail?” one of his girls asked.The trooper said Sydnor, who is Black, had been driving too slowly. A new Virginia law made driving slowly in the left lane a primary offense, meaning an officer could pull over and ticket the motorist.Sydnor, then 44, explained he was following his sister and her fam...
What to do with all the fresh corn popping up right now
If you believe Rodgers and Hammerstein, apparently the great state of Oklahoma once teemed with thundering herds of elephants.Starting each spring, from the dusty plains of Grainola in the north to the equally dusty plains of Gene Autry in the south — seems they’re fairly rotten with dusty plains down there — these tusked and terrifying beasts wrought naught but death and destruction across the land until late summer, when the corn crops grew high enough to block their sight lines. Thus blinded — the corn being as high as an elephant’s eye — they’d abandon their stampede to hibernate through t...
Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton move into new LA family home
Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton have moved into their new family home in Los Angeles.The pair bought the spectacular property back in 2019 and they are now finally moving in, after spending recent months in Oklahoma amid the coronavirus pandemic.The loved-up couple's new abode is said to be "very warm and inviting with a lot of space for the boys to tumble around and get dirty".Also it's said. Gwen and Blake each have a closet to themselves in their new home.
Mark Zeigler: Coronavirus craziness could play into Padres' hands
The first major professional sports league to return after coronavirus shutdowns was Germany’s Bundesliga, on May 16. Borussia Dortmund hosted rival Schalke 04 in an empty Westfalenstadion; Dortmund won 4-0.Then something strange happened. Home teams suddenly stopped winning with no fans to cheer them — geisterspiele, or ghost games, as Germans call them. Over the next 22 geisterspiele, home teams won just twice.The first U.S. pro league to return was the National Women’s Soccer League, which played a preliminary round starting June 27 followed by a single-elimination tournament in Utah withou...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Commentary: Psychiatry's complicity in a pathological presidency
Bad stuff, it seems, runs downhill. Something about the human spirit wants to align itself with authority and with the thinking that comes from the top. Many people, including those in high government positions, fall under the sway of their bosses, even as they know in their hearts that they are being misled.Donald Trump’s bad stuff — including the signal he constantly sends out that the coronavirus is not that much of a threat — has badly crippled U.S. efforts to contain this very real menace. Trump has managed to convince many government officials, and not a few of his base supporters, that ...
New York Daily News