Upstart Matthew Wolff rings up 3-shot lead heading into Rocket Mortgage Classic final round
DETROIT — The last most of us saw Matthew Wolff, he was playing with some of the biggest names in golf, giving sports fans starved for something to watch a bone to chew in the midst of a global pandemic.It was in mid-May when Wolff teamed with Rickie Fowler in a match against Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson in a made-for-TV event that raised millions for charity. Wolff’s partners were the draw — McIlroy is the top-ranked player in the world while Johnson is No. 3 and Fowler checks in at 31 and is one of the game’s more popular players — but his inclusion was a nod to the potential Wolff has al...
The Detroit News
Trump Jr.'s girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle tests positive for coronavirus
One of President Donald Trump’s top campaign fundraisers — and the girlfriend of his son Donald Trump Jr. — tested positive for coronavirus Friday in South Dakota hours before Trump gave a speech at Mount Rushmore.“After testing positive, Kimberly was immediately isolated to limit any exposure,” said Sergio Gor, chief of staff to the Trump Victory Finance Committee, which Guilfoyle chairs.“She’s doing well, and will be retested to ensure the diagnosis is correct since she’s asymptomatic, but as a precaution will cancel all upcoming events,” Gor said in a statement. “Donald Trump Jr was tested ...
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Pandemic has harmed fundraisers that conservation groups depend on them
MINNEAPOLIS — Contrary to the surge in hunting and fishing during the coronavirus pandemic, Minnesota’s wildlife conservation groups are retrenching to cope with a fundraising crisis.The National Wild Turkey Federation laid off 51 employees recently as a consequence of COVID-19. Staff cuts have hit other groups to a lesser degree, and they’re all scrambling to replace revenue lost in the mass cancellations of spring membership banquets. For charities devoted to outdoor causes, those gatherings provide a mother lode of revenue.“We’re talking millions of dollars that are not being raised,” said ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Family of late Dolphins great Jim Kiick donates his brain; starts fundraiser for CTE research
Allie Kiick, daughter of late Miami Dolphins great Jim Kiick, said she never had any discussions with her father about donating his brain to science.It was a tough conversation for their family to have, she said, before Kiick — a charismatic and instrumental member of the Dolphins teams that won back-to-back Super Bowl titles under Don Shula in 1972 and 1973 — died on June 20 at the age of 73.But she knew her dad would want to help others dealing with the effects of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the progressive and degenerative brain disease caused by repeated blows to the head.Along with ...
The selling of an American rebel: Owosso barber markets his renegade story
OWOSSO, Mich. — The crowds are gone from Karl Manke’s barbershop. Their money is not.Manke, who is also a novelist, is selling books by the case, he said. T-shirts with his likeness are fetching $42.Five GoFundMe fundraisers have received more than $88,000. A coffee mug proclaiming him “America’s Barber” may join the growing inventory.When Manke reopened his shop in defiance of a state quarantine order in May, he traded one title for another. A mainstay of small-town America became the face of a revolution.As the main foil to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, their fight could be billed That Woman From M...
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Washington's concert event of the summer unites Seattle music royalty for coronavirus relief
SEATTLE — All the footage had been shot. Filmmaking superduo Jason and Jenny Koenig were deep into production on what looks to be Washington’s (virtual) concert event of the summer. The local husband-and-wife team, best known for making music videos for Ed Sheeran and their hometown rap-star bud Macklemore, are the creative leads behind All In WA: A Concert for COVID-19 Relief.The telethon megaconcert — stacked with a who’s who of home-state talent including Pearl Jam, Brandi Carlile and Macklemore — was supposed to be equal parts fundraiser and Washington love fest to help cure the quarantine...
The Seattle Times
Tom Krasovic: Chargers coach Anthony Lynn would've been good for San Diego
Even after the Chargers were moved north, Philip Rivers remained a San Diego resident.Too bad the same couldn’t have happened with Anthony Lynn.This will sound hokey, but with Lynn among us, San Diego would be a better place.Especially now, amid heated times, it helps to have a public figure who can and will connect with people across a broad spectrum, who will tell inconvenient truths to powerful folks without turning them off.We can talk about Lynn’s football work another time. (He has win-loss records of 9-7, 12-4 and 5-11 with one playoff victory and no divisional titles.)If this husband a...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Medicaid rolls surge, adding to budget woes
WASHINGTON — Many of the tens of millions of Americans who have lost their health insurance along with their jobs are enrolling in Medicaid — and with state budgets decimated by the pandemic, state officials worry they won’t have the money to pay for their health care.Nearly 27 million Americans could lose their employer-sponsored health insurance over the course of the pandemic, the Kaiser Family Foundation projected last month. Medicaid, the joint federal-state health plan for low-income Americans, already consumes more than a fifth of state budgets.“When the economy goes down, people need M...
How to be an effective ally in the fight against racism
SAN DIEGO — For the past few weeks, many black people have noticed their phones lighting up a little bit more.White friends, coworkers and acquaintances are checking up in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death. And oftentimes, the “how are you doing” question is followed by another: “How can I help?”Their advice: Just start.“One of the first things that came to mind was #ThisTimeItsWhitePeoplesWork,” said Jimmer Bolden, a black member of The Unity Center, who has been helping lead dialogues with white congregants who want to be allies in the fight against racism.“It’s always been black people’...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
BTS fans match band's $1 million Black Lives Matter donation
Beloved Korean pop band BTS — and their fans — are putting their money where their mouth is.No sooner had the K-pop kings tweeted their solidarity with Black Lives Matter, than they donated $1 million to the movement. And then BTS fans, who call themselves the Adorable Representative M.C. for Youth (ARMY), immediately jumped on board with a fundraiser of their own.The fan group surpassed its $1 million goal by Sunday night, reported Variety. They are tracking donations via the hashtag Match A Million.BTS and Big Hit Entertainment transferred the group’s donation last week, with the money confi...
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