Trump says he has 'prepaid' tens of millions of dollars in taxes
President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden squared off in Nashville, Tennessee, on Thursday night for the second and final debate before Election Day. Unlike their first debate, the tone was much more civil but the questions early on were familiar as Biden again badgered the incumbent to release his tax returns.A blockbuster report in The New York Times in September claimed the president paid no taxes for several years before he was elected to office and paid only $750 in 2016.The president accused Biden and several of his family members of being corrupt, which Biden denied and...
New York Daily News
Trinidad says idle Venezuela oil vessel not a threat. Environmentalists are not convinced
The government of Trinidad and Tobago said Thursday that a floating oil-storage vessel with nearly 55 million gallons of Venezuelan crude oil off its coast is not taking on water and shows no sign of capsizing and creating an environmental disaster off the coast of South America.Trinidad Energy Minister Franklin Khan also confirmed reports that Venezuela had started to transfer the crude oil onboard the FSO Nabarima to a tanker via a barge. Khan said while the process of emptying the 1.3 million barrels of oil from the Nabarima is safe, they are concerned about the inordinate amount of time — ...
Chicago mayor imposes curfew on city bars, restaurants and nonessential businesses as coronavirus cases spike
CHICAGO — Days after threatening to roll back restrictions on Chicago businesses if COVID-19 cases continue to spike, Mayor Lori Lightfoot followed through Thursday by imposing a 10 p.m. curfew on all nonessential city businesses.In addition to the curfew starting Friday, the city will again prohibit indoor service at traditional taverns and brewery taprooms without food licenses, and asked residents to cap any social gatherings at six people.With new daily cases in Chicago up more than 50% over just a few weeks ago and rates rising dramatically elsewhere in Illinois as well, Lightfoot cast th...
Prospects dim for return of Chicago's convention industry. 'I would say definitely not 2021'
Chicago’s convention industry, one of the city’s major sources of tax revenue, might not return in any significant fashion until 2022, dealing a prolonged financial blow to the city as it struggles to make up a $1.2 billion budget shortfall.Mayor Lori Lightfoot is scheduled to present her plan to close the city’s budget deficit Wednesday, which might include increases to property and gas taxes, as well as city worker layoffs.With COVID-19 cases on the rise again and business and international air travel depressed, trade show organizers continue to examine plans for next year. Already, eight sh...
Woman who survived cancer, a house fire, and husband's accident now uses cleaning to help others
PHILADELPHIA — Betty Dorsey knows all about overcoming obstacles. She’s gotten through breast cancer, her husband’s truck accident and resulting unemployment, and a house fire. Who knew all those hardships would eventually lead her to start her own business and become an author and mentor?The Chichester, Pa., resident has just published “Ready, Set, Go! Action Plan to a Clutter Free and Healthy Home Environment,” a guide she created in collaboration with the Chester Housing Authority. She became acquainted with the Authority in 2008, when she applied for and moved into CHA’s Housing Choice Vou...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Emissions exposure may increase COVID-19 mortality
Car pollution is making the pandemic worse.For years, the effort to reduce transportation emissions has largely centered on fighting climate change. But some advocates say the pandemic underscores the need to focus on human health as well. The worst effects of air pollution are being borne by low-income communities and people of color — the same groups that have suffered disproportionately during the pandemic.Researchers say they’re seeing indications that the pollutants spewed out of tailpipes are making the people who breathe them at high levels more likely to die from COVID-19. Much of the ...
An idle Venezuelan tanker with millions of gallons of oil is creating panic in Trinidad
More than 20 months after a Venezuelan oil tanker carrying nearly 55 million gallons of crude oil was abandoned off the country’s northern coast following tightened U.S. sanctions, inspectors from neighboring Trinidad and Tobago will finally get a chance to see for themselves if the idle vessel’s cargo could lead to a major ecological disaster off the Caribbean coast of South America.Trinidad and Tobago’s energy and foreign ministers both confirmed to the Miami Herald that a team will head out Tuesday to visit the Venezuelan-flagged floating storage and offloading vessel Nabarima, which enviro...
Woman found alive at Detroit funeral home in August dies
DETROIT — The Southfield young woman who was pronounced dead by paramedics and then found alive at a Detroit funeral home in August died Sunday, Geoffrey Fieger, her family’s attorney, said Monday.Timesha Beauchamp, 20, “was allowed to die peacefully at Children’s Hospital, where she had been transferred from Sinai Grace Hospital,” Fieger said. She died as a result of massive brain damage that was suffered when Southfield paramedics “wrongly declared her dead, and failed to provide her much needed oxygen,” he said.Beauchamp was in a body bag for at least two hours before being found alive by w...
The Detroit News
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
Philly florists bring beauty back to voting with public installations across the region
PHILADELPHIA — Siblings Thi Lam and Ngoc Lam-Mathis, who immigrated from Vietnam to Philadelphia as children, have always have always found something beautiful about voting.“Voting is very important to the both of us,” Lam-Mathis, 36, said. “We respect the right to vote.”But this year, the brother-and-sister florists — co-owners of Floraltology in the city’s Elmwood section — have watched as politicians and pundits alike have dragged the voting process through the dirt (and not the nutrient-rich kind that’s good for growth).“The action of voting this year has been cast over with a negative con...
The Philadelphia Inquirer