Secrecy and spin: How Florida's governor misled the public on the COVID-19 pandemic
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Throughout the COVID-19 crisis in Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration engaged in a pattern of spin and concealment that misled the public on the gravest health threat the state has ever faced, a South Florida Sun Sentinel investigation has found. DeSantis, a Republican who owes his job to early support from President Donald Trump, imposed an approach in line with the views of the president and his powerful base of supporters. The administration suppressed unfavorable facts, dispensed dangerous misinformation, dismissed public health professionals, and promoted th...
Researchers unveil data dashboard that aims to spot COVID-19 surges faster
CHICAGO — A Northwestern University-based research team has unveiled an online COVID-19 data dashboard that aims to show more quickly where infections are surging in states and across the world. The dashboard joins scores of others related to the pandemic that are hosted by governments, news media, nonprofits and universities. This one crunches the data in a new way that its creators say can flag surges faster and more precisely, before they become overwhelming. “Basically the whole idea for this is like an early warning system. What we would hope to do with this is to … be able to see when th...
Qualcomm launches new Snapdragon chip to power Android smartphones next year
Qualcomm rolled out is latest top-tier Snapdragon processor on Tuesday with an integrated 5G modem, beefed up camera capabilities and an improved artificial intelligence engine that’s expected to power premium Android smartphones starting early next year. The San Diego company announced the Snapdragon 888 during a virtual version of its annual Tech Summit. While the event caters mostly to folks who care about what’s under the hood of their smartphones, it does provide a glimpse of the features that Qualcomm thinks will resonate with consumers in the coming year. And the Snapdragon 888 also ser...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Doctors group asks Minn. governor to halt Enbridge pipeline construction because of COVID-19 concerns
MINNEAPOLIS — Doctors and northern Minnesota residents pleaded with the governor to halt construction of Enbridge’s controversial $2.6 billion oil pipeline, saying the project will draw thousands of out-of-state workers who could accelerate the spread of COVID-19.Health Professionals for a Health Climate, organized by the climate justice group MN350, held a socially distanced press event and rally Wednesday morning in front of the governor’s residence in St. Paul.Enbridge received a final permit from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency on Monday, and on Tuesday started building the replacem...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
'It was a fork, dude.' County pays man $9.9 million in deputy shooting case
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In one of the largest court settlements of its kind in Placer County history, officials have agreed to pay $9.9 million over the January 2018 shooting by a deputy that left a Bay Area computer software engineer paralyzed for life. The settlement agreement resolves — without the county acknowledging wrongdoing — a federal civil rights lawsuit filed last year on behalf of Samuel Kolb, a 50-year-old San Mateo man who was shot inside a Lake Tahoe cabin twice while he was in a dazed state and holding a 10-inch barbecue fork, court records say. Kolb, who once led an active life ...
The Sacramento Bee
Movie review: 'Another Round' walks the line between drunken fun and dark threat of alcoholism that looms
Note: We are committed to reviewing new theatrical film releases during the COVID-19 pandemic. Because moviegoing carries inherent risks during this time, we remind readers to exercise caution when moviegoing and follow health and safety guidelines as outlined by the Centers for Design Control and local health officials.Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg has long been one of the country’s most influential and respected directors. Along with Lars von Trier, he penned the Dogme 95 manifesto, a pledge to create naturalistic films focused on story and acting without special effects or technology (...
Tribune News Service
These are the big books this holiday season, to read or give
Peak TV has peaked, movie theaters are no-go zones, the Eagles are painful to watch, and the squirrels outside your window are just lying around looking at their phones. We’re in the doldrums, and all signs point to a long, dull winter.But at least we have books.Books to give as gifts. Books to give ourselves. Good ones are coming out all the time, which is why we’ve assembled a list of some top new titles to help point you in the right direction. There, our job is done.Now it’s up to you to skip the easy option and instead place your orders with a favorite independent bookshop, where your mon...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Alligators can regrow their tails, study finds
Alligators can regrow their tails, according to a new study.Researchers have discovered that the reptiles, which date back to dinosaur days and can grow 14 feet long or more, can regenerate themselves — not unlike geckos, or the tuatara of New Zealand.The team from Arizona State University and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries discovered that young alligators have the ability to regrow their tails up to three-quarters of a foot, or 18% of their total body length, according to a study published this week in Scientific Reports.The interdisciplinary team used advanced imaging tec...
New York Daily News
What the science says about coronavirus, cold weather, and steps you can take to stay safe
As the weather cools, COVID-19 is only surging hotter across the country. With safer, outdoor gatherings less viable, people inevitably flock for warmth and shelter — and its more conducive environment for viral transmission.But there is new evidence of another factor driving the surge: This new coronavirus also thrives in colder conditions, as well as at extreme relative humidities. That can further guide public health measures, as well as your own personal actions through what has been billed as a long, dark winter.“Bottom line, this virus is well adapted to multiple environmental stressors,...
The Mercury News
Coronavirus cases are rising among the most vulnerable again. Now what?
Tamara Konetzka, a health economics and aging services expert at the University of Chicago, had reason to hope that a new surge of coronavirus would be kinder to nursing home residents than the first was.After all, testing, a key tool for curtailing transmission of the highly contagious disease, is much more available now. And long-term care providers know more about how to prevent spread, from what kind of protective gear staff should wear to how to group residents who do and don’t have the disease.But when Konetzka crunched the numbers recently for six Midwestern and Western states with espe...
The Philadelphia Inquirer