Stefan Bondy: Nets' risky hiring of Steve Nash will rise or fall with connection to Kevin Durant
NEW YORK — Let’s start with the obvious: nobody knows whether Steve Nash will be a good head coach.He was a great player, a cerebral player, but that doesn’t always translate to success on the sideline (see Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas). So this is a risk. And the thing about risks is they can go two ways.Which brings us to the second obvious point: Nash will only be as good as the respect he commands from Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving (and as good as their health).That was always the case, no matter who the Nets hired before settling on their shocking choice. Kenny Atkinson, who resurrected...
New York Daily News
Commentary: Latinos want action on climate change
Latinos are on the front lines of climate change. We care about it. We’re doing something about it. And candidates who want our votes must do something about it, too.Latino communities face disproportionate harm from climate change. More than half of U.S. Latinos live in states already feeling severe climate change impacts, from flooding and sea level rise in Florida, to scorching heat waves in Texas and the Southwest, to droughts and devastating wildfires in California.In many places, Latinos are the essential workers producing our food. They account for about half of U.S. crop and livestock ...
Tribune News Service
My 83-year-old mom came for a summer visit. Then coronavirus showed up as well
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mom was in intensive care, and one of her doctors was calling.The news wasn’t good.If her oxygen level doesn’t improve, he said, and if she requires a ventilator, her prospects would be dire. “We haven’t had anyone older than their mid-60s survive.”Just two weeks earlier, my 83-year-old mother had come to Kansas City to celebrate summer birthdays and watch my daughter graduate from high school.COVID-19 had other plans.Shortly after her arrival and despite the fact that we’ve all been wearing masks for months, our whole house — thankfully, minus our teenager — was sick. It wa...
The Kansas City Star
He had a history of seizures and died in a Fort Worth jail. His family wants answers
FORT WORTH, Texas — Javonte Myers could feel when the seizures were about to happen. Sometimes he’d end up at John Peter Smith Hospital. Other times he rode them out.It’s hard to say exactly how many seizures the 28-year-old experienced in his life. It was a seizure that killed him as he lay in a Tarrant County Jail cell on June 19. Three days earlier, jail officials had taken him to JPS because of another episode, his mom, Sondrea Miller, said recently.Now, his parents are trying to piece together what happened during their son’s last days.Why was he arrested for trespassing instead of just t...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
5 coaching candidates the Bulls are expected to pursue to replace Jim Boylen
The Chicago Bulls have moved on from coach Jim Boylen, firing him Friday and committing to a shift that felt inevitable from the moment they remade their front office this spring, even if it came a few months after a vocal portion of the fan base would have preferred.The timing seemed curious as the team waited until the final day of the 2019-20 regular season despite not being invited to participate in the NBA’s restart in Orlando. Bulls executive vice president Arturas Karniosvas will now embark on his first coaching search as the top basketball decision maker.Karnisovas did not want to comm...
Death of funeral home matriarch points to COVID-19's reach
AUSTIN, Texas — For decades, Lois Villaseñor had helped Latino families coping with the death of loved ones.Recently, the East Austin funeral home she and her late husband founded in the late 1950s has been busier, as the coronavirus pandemic swept over the community it serves. The business has adopted funeral rites — limited, masked services with burials often viewed through car windows.In late July, at age 87, Villaseñor herself died of COVID-related complications, one of scores of coronavirus deaths last month in Travis County at the height — thus far — of the pandemic in Texas. Her service...
Patients fled primary care during COVID-19
WASHINGTON — If Dr. Erica Swegler, a solo primary care doctor in Austin, Texas, hadn’t gotten her bank to delay payments on one of the loans she had taken out to open her practice five years ago, she said, “I would have been out of business in April.”Likewise, she’s sure she would have had to close if she hadn’t also received a $36,000 federal Payment Protection Program coronavirus loan to carry her over a couple of months while her patients stayed away in droves. Ditto if Medicare and Medicaid hadn’t relaxed rules to allow for compensation and better reimbursement rates for telehealth visits ...
Kings lose to Spurs despite career high 39-points from De'Aaron Fox
De’Aaron Fox scored a career-high 39 points, but the Kings lost their first game in the NBA bubble, falling 129-120 to the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night at the Visa Athletic Center at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.DeMar DeRozan had 27 points on 10-of-13 shooting with 10 assists and five rebounds for the Spurs (28-36). Derrick White had 26 points and eight rebounds.Fox made 17 of 33 from the field but just 1 of 7 from 3-point range for the Kings (28-39), who have a small margin for error in an eight-game race for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Bogdan Bogdano...
The Sacramento Bee
Amid coronavirus woes, hospitalizations in Texas hold above 10,000
AUSTIN, Texas — More than 10,000 coronavirus patients remain hospitalized in Texas, state health officials reported Monday.The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 10,405 hospitalizations, just five fewer than the number of patients reported Sunday, marking the end of 14 consecutive days of record hospitalizations.The health agency also reported 43 new coronavirus-related deaths Monday, bringing the statewide death toll of the virus to 3,325.The number of new fatalities reported Monday is a decline from the previous week, when the health agency reported four straight days of roug...
Some Shipt workers plan to walk out because of changed payment model
Shipt workers in metro areas across the country plan to “walk off” their grocery delivery jobs on Wednesday after the company announced pay structure changes that some say could dramatically reduce how much money they earn.Shipt — which is owned by Minneapolis-based Target and handles its deliveries — said Monday that it e-mailed workers in about a dozen metro areas late last week to inform them of the new pay structure set to take effect Wednesday in cities including Denver, Chicago, Tampa and Portland.Shipt has said it plans to eventually adopt the model in all of its markets in the coming m...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)