Protests don't appear to be driving coronavirus surge, researchers say
SEATTLE — Spring brought a wave of cancellations that shut down professional baseball, basketball, concerts, movie theaters, youth sports, school plays, camping in state parks and all sorts of other events to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.Then, on May 25, came the brutal death of George Floyd as a Minneapolis police officer held a knee to his neck, an act of violence that set off large protests in a powerful grassroots justice movement that also unfolded as a kind of mass experiment about the risks of such outdoor gatherings amid a global pandemic.More than one month after Floyd’s d...
The Seattle Times
To travel or not to travel? It's the existential question of this pandemic summer
To travel or not to travel?That existential question is afflicting many Americans in this strange summer of 2020, as we wonder whether to take a trip, and if so how and where.In the past few days, I’ve been Googling flights to Oregon even as the voice of caution says, “Stop it. You’re not crazy enough to fly somewhere in the midst of a pandemic.”As I keep Googling, the voice asks. “Are you?”“No,” I whimper dutifully to myself, but still I keep checking out flights.I do it in part the way I flipped through travel magazines in a pre-digital age, as a way to dream and remember. But I also do it b...
Here's how to make yogurt at home. It's easier than you think
“I’ve been making or helping to make yogurt since I was about ten years old,” are the first words in “Homemade Yogurt & Kefir: 71 Recipes for Making & Using Probiotic-Rich Ferments” (Storey, $19.95). From there, author Gianaclis Caldwell uses that lifelong expertise to take readers on an illuminating journey through the ins and outs of transforming ordinary milk into velvety, tangy yogurt, minus any help from the folks at Yoplait, Chobani or Dannon.At a time when sourdough bread starters are all the rage, why not use this shelter-in-place era to master another make-at-home fermented staple?In ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Austin schools suspend Black students nearly 5 times as often as white students
AUSTIN, Texas — As the nation focuses on racism in police departments after the death of George Floyd and widespread protests, similar conversations are happening in local school districts, where Black students are more likely to be suspended, charged with crimes for misbehavior and expelled.Black students were suspended at nearly five times the rate of white students in the Austin school district in the 2018-19 school year, according to records obtained by the American-Statesman through the Texas Public Information Act. These statistics mirror regional and national numbers that have for years...
California slow to adopt gun violence measure intended to prevent mass shootings
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California passed a law in the aftermath of the 2014 Isla Vista mass shootings that allow judges to remove guns from the possession of people deemed at extreme risk of using them to harm themselves or others.Now, after examining the initial four years of state data on these extreme risk protection orders, researchers at the University of California, Davis Health reported that California has been slower to utilize the measures compared with other states that have similar laws.The UC Davis analysis offers a look at who’s using these violence prevention tools, who’s being ask...
The Sacramento Bee
Editorial: Surging COVID chaos: While coronavirus task force members urge more testing, Donald Trump sows confusion
With a “disturbing surge of infections” in coronavirus cases nationwide, Dr. Tony Fauci testified before Congress Tuesday that the next two weeks will be critical in controlling the spread.The country has seen an increase in cases nationwide over the last two weeks, with the biggest in Oregon, Oklahoma, Florida, Texas and Arizona, where President Donald Trump visited Tuesday. In coming weeks, with hospitalizations also rising in many states, so too could deaths.Alas, at this critical moment, when Americans desperately need a clear and sober voice to guide them, the president is again sowing se...
New York Daily News
How some cities are shifting resources and responsibilities away from law enforcement
WASHINGTON — Every weekday morning, mental health clinician Carleigh Sailon turns on her police radio in downtown Denver and finds out who she can help next. She, along with a paramedic, jump in a repurposed city van, stripped of its blue lights and official insignia, and respond to 911 calls for people experiencing mental health crises, homelessness or drug addiction.Beginning this month, Denver’s emergency dispatch is sending social workers and health professionals, rather than police officers, to handle nonviolent situations. “If the police aren’t needed, let’s leave them out completely,” s...
Review: 'The Language of Butterflies,' by Wendy Williams
“The Language of Butterflies” by Wendy Williams; Simon & Schuster (240 pages, $26)———You’ve read about the spirituality and sexuality of birds and mollusks in “H Is for Hawk” and “The Soul of an Octopus.” Now, get ready for some butterfly lovin’.Although “The Language of Butterflies” has been spoken of as that insect’s answer to Helen Macdonald’s “H Is for Hawk,” an even better comparison is to Mary Roach’s chatty science-based books such as “Gulp” and “Stiff.” Wendy Williams’ “Language” doesn’t try for the startling intimacy of Macdonald’s memoir; it’s more anecdotal, even more in love with i...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Nooses — dark symbols of hate — appear across US amid racial tensions
ATLANTA — Nooses hung from trees, a hate symbol linked to lynchings in the Jim Crow era and used today to intimidate Black people, have been anonymously placed in at least nine cities around the country in recent weeks, according to an unofficial tally by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.Six separate incidents that were initially thought to be racist displays have turned out to be false alarms, Tuesday’s count of the incidents revealed. One of those false alarms now includes the Sunday incident at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama, where a knotted rope was found inside the garage of NASCAR’s ...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
List of DVD release dates for June 23 and beyond
Following is a partial schedule of coming movies on DVD. Release dates are subject to change:JUNE23: Portrait of a Lady on Fire23: Corpus Christi23: Burden23: Inheritance23: Pennyworth: The Complete First Season23: Phoenix, Oregon23: South Park: The Complete Twenty-Third Season23: The Legion30: Force of Nature30: Brooklyn Nine-Nine – Season 730: Evil: Season One30: Four Kids and It30: Redcon-130: The Etruscan Smile30: The Short History of the Long Road30: The Sinner Season 3JULY7: Trolls World Tour7: Belzebuth7: Blood and Money7: Hope Gap7: Proximity7: Sorry We Missed You7: Sweetness in the Be...
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