Grocery prices are down from their COVID-19 summer peaks. But here's why your food bills are still stubbornly high.
Eva Rosol was stunned during the summer when a rotisserie chicken that she could normally find on sale for $6 suddenly set her back $15.Rosol, a resident of the Chicago suburb Westmont, Ill., who lost her job as a substitute teacher when COVID-19 shut schools in March, could afford it thanks to the extra $600 per week in unemployment benefits the federal government offered during the first four months of the pandemic. But those extra benefits expired in late July.Now Rosol, 54, who has a business degree and is seeking a job in sales, receives $108 weekly in unemployment aid. Meanwhile, her hus...
'Everything that we do, we can't do.' As Big Ten football takes the field, how are the sidelined marching bands coping?
CHICAGO — If this were a “normal” year, the Northwestern Wildcat Marching Band – which bills itself as “The Finest Band in the Land” – would be revving up for Saturday’s big game against the Maryland Terrapins.And the Marching Illini at the University of Illinois – which calls itself “The Nation’s Premier College Marching Band” – would be gearing up for Friday’s confrontation with the Wisconsin Badgers.But the contests on the field will go on without the musicians, at least so far as their physical presence is concerned. For though the bands’ videos may play on the big screen during home games...
Penn State study says mouthwash can kill coronavirus — in lab dishes. Human trials are next
Simple solutions to complicated problems have huge appeal, so it’s no wonder that squelching the coronavirus with mouthwash is being studied.Penn State College of Medicine is the latest to show that mouthwashes, nasal rinses, and even very diluted baby shampoo can kill coronaviruses by rupturing the microbes’ fatty shells.But the experiments were in lab dishes, not people. And the Penn State scientists used cousins of the pandemic coronavirus, because the real thing can only be studied in labs with extra biosecurity.“A German group recently corroborated our results” with their own lab experime...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
2021 Cadillac Escalade's features and tech propel luxury SUV to leadership
If it’s possible to be simultaneously iconic and underappreciated, the Cadillac Escalade qualifies. The ‘Slade — a nickname I despise, but hey, how many vehicles are special enough to have nicknames these days? — is the ride of choice for star athletes and celebrities, featured in music videos and prime time soaps like HBO’s “Succession.”When you arrive in an Escalade, you have arrived.Despite that, know-it-all auto writers like me tended to dismiss the Escalade when the conversation turns to the best luxury SUVs. A friend who knows the auto industry as well as anybody I know looked at me like...
Detroit Free Press
Henry Payne: Five cool things to know about GM's Hummer EV
True to its military roots, the GMC Hummer EV is big, brawny, and blingtastic. And now it’s electric.The gas-guzzling celebrity toy has transformed into an electron-guzzling celebrity toy. The $112,595, three-electric motor “Edition 1” launch model (the base model starts at $80k) will roll off the line in late 2021 on massive, 35-inch off-road tires — loaded to its removable roof with the latest in automotive technology. Promising “zero limits” performance to go with its “zero-emissions” drive-train, General Motors Co.’s Hummer hopes to be as fashionably athletic as its new spokesman, Lebron J...
The Detroit News
Looking beyond smartphones; Qualcomm launches new tech for 5G network gear
SAN DIEGO — Qualcomm is best known for making processors that power the cellular connection in smartphones. But with the emergence of faster 5G technologies, the company now plans to broaden its reach with a new lineup of chips and software for 5G network gear.At its 5G Summit event on Tuesday, Qualcomm announced that it would offer technologies for virtualized and interoperable network architectures that are expected to take hold with the continued rollout of 5G.While Qualcomm used to build network gear, it sold that business years ago to focus on mobile devices. Today, European firms Ericsso...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
The only Chicagoan of the Chicago 7 just wrote a memoir and says he's a fan of the Netflix movie 'Trial of the Chicago 7'
CHICAGO — Lee Weiner was the only defendant in the 1969 trial of the Chicago 7 who was from Chicago. He grew up in South Shore; while facing federal charges of inciting a riot and teaching his fellow protestors to build Molotov cocktails, he was a research assistant in the sociology department at Northwestern University. Yet, in the new Aaron Sorkin movie, “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” which hits Netflix on Friday, Weiner is barely a supporting character. Which isn’t far from the truth: If the Chicago 8 (as they were initially) was considered a dream team of magnetic war protestors — Abbie Hof...
'Incredibly rare' white baby sea turtle pops out of the sand on South Carolina beach
An “extremely rare” white baby sea turtle was found Sunday on a beach 25 miles south of Charleston, South Carolina, according to Kiawah Island town officials.“You can imagine the excited ‘oohs’ and the ‘aahs’ from the guests, including some College of Charleston students, when the (beach) patroller found a lone, leucistic hatchling in the nest,” town officials wrote on Facebook. “It was a first for everyone.”Leucism is a condition that decreases color pigmentation, experts say, often making an animal appear white or spotted.“Leucism is different from albinism, as albino animals have a complete...
The Charlotte Observer
Bankrupt Mallinckrodt may still be expected to help shoulder nuclear cleanup costs
ST. LOUIS — Two sets of nuclear waste complaints against Mallinckrodt have been thrown into question in a two-week span, while the company restructures in bankruptcy court.Facing a wave of lawsuits and a $1.6 billion settlement stemming from its role in the national opioid crisis, the company with deep St. Louis roots filed for protection from creditors on Monday.While industry analysts have focused on Mallinckrodt’s future as a drugmaker, the company also faces potential liabilities for work a predecessor company, St. Louis-based Mallinckrodt Chemical Works, performed decades ago, when it pro...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Washington tribes find new energy to vote in 2020 election, pour campaign cash into races
LUMMI NATION — Freddie Lane gathered up T-shirts, posters and signs at the tribal administration building, getting ready for a Native Vote 2020 rally, planned for later this month at Lummi and reservations across the state.All over the get-out-the-vote swag was the image of a woman, stoic and resolute.She is “Lummi Woman,” as the haunting photo made by Edward Curtis in 1899 is called. She was photographed in the midst of historic change after her people in 1855 signed a treaty with the United States, ceding vast swaths of their land. Yet the nation’s first people were the last to receive citiz...
The Seattle Times