Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire announces he's retiring
DETROIT — At 2 p.m., Ron Gardenhire was on his daily Zoom meeting with the media, answering questions like it was just another day.A couple of hours later, he informed general manager Al Avila that he was retiring — effective immediately.“It started out as a pretty routine thing, just talking to Al,” said Gardenhire, who was finishing up the third and final season of his three-year contract. “We talked about a few things and I just told him that I was going to retire.“I’d thought about at the end of the season, but with the way I’ve been feeling since the bout of food poisoning I had in Minnes...
The Detroit News
With in-person campaigning limited, Kamala Harris rallies Black NC voters virtually
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Black voters historically make up a huge voting bloc for the Democratic Party, and the Biden campaign is working to further motivate the key demographic even as it limits in-person events due to the coronavirus pandemicWith voting underway in North Carolina, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, along with the Congressional Black Caucus PAC, hosted a virtual rally focused on the state Friday night. The event commemorated Friday’s inaugural National Black Voter Day, a day created by the National Urban League, BET, and many civil rights organization...
The Charlotte Observer
Omar Kelly: Dolphins social-impact group makes sure team backs up their video with action
DAVIE, Fla. — Last week, the Miami Dolphins players unveiled a moving video that called out the NFL and some of its fans for their hypocrisy on social justice over the years.The video announced the team’s decision to stay inside the locker room all season during the playing of the national anthem before football games, and the message created a social media stir.Creating the 2-minute, 17-second message of players speaking from their heart in a collectively written poem was just the starting point of the team’s plans to shake things up.After calling for less talk and more action when it comes t...
Florida corrections department enters controversial immigration agreement with ICE
ORLANDO, Fla. — The Florida Department of Corrections will begin carrying out certain federal immigration enforcement tasks in a new partnership with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, becoming the latest agency to join a controversial program that immigrant advocates have decried as overreaching.FDC Secretary Mark Inch signed a memorandum with ICE last month that will train and deputize certain corrections officers, giving them the authority to investigate and detain inmates for their immigration status, and share that information with federal immigration authorities. Inch called the n...
Lions' Matthew Stafford pens powerful essay on why he won't 'stick to football'
DETROIT — Matthew Stafford penned a powerful essay for The Players’ Tribune website Friday in which he detailed racist behavior he experienced while with some of his teammates this spring and urged everyone to continue fighting against racial injustice.Stafford said his proudest day as a Detroit Lion came in August when the team called off practice to demonstrate against the Jacob Blake shooting.Blake was shot at least seven times by Kenosha, Wis., police, and the Lions’ protest sparked other demonstrations across the sports world, with some games in the NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball bein...
Detroit Free Press
Martin Schram: A race to save our democracy
At last! Like a poli-sci superhero rushing in to save America’s imperiled democracy from an Election Day doomsday, the quiet-spoken former U.S. intelligence chief and conservative Indiana senator Dan Coats just gifted us with the presidential leadership we so desperately needed.Coats not only shattered the shameful silence of fellow Republicans who are afraid to oppose President Donald Trump’s words and deeds, but he did it loudly and boldly using only the power of printed words. At mid-morning Thursday, The New York Times soundlessly slipped onto its website a warning-call commentary by Coats...
Tribune News Service
Editorial: Answers and a question about rising firearm violence on the streets
This week, New York City passed 2019’s full-year total of 319 murders. Now, for the fearsome curve of street violence to be bent, the city must solve a pressing puzzle.First, some promising — yes, promising — news.For months, Mayor de Blasio and Police Commissioner Dermot Shea insisted a COVID-created “perfect storm” was fueling mayhem: police resources were diverted to protests; bad actors were released from Rikers Island to prevent COVID’s spread; and courts were shuttered. Meanwhile, gun arrests plunged right around the time that Shea disbanded the NYPD’s anti-crime unit.Most of those facto...
New York Daily News
In a career born in her own grief, violence recovery specialist works at a Chicago hospital in a city under siege
CHICAGO — Christine Goggins was just about to check in with the family of a gunshot victim, a new case that had been handed off from the previous shift, when the high-pitched beep of her pager sounded in her office at the University of Chicago’s medical campus.A middle-age man who had been assaulted and suffered severe head trauma was five minutes out from the hospital.Goggins, 30, headed across three buildings, nearly a city block, to the emergency department at the U. of C. Medical Center. She found the man in too much pain to talk. The medical team was getting him stabilized and starting IV...
Judge rules thousands of ICE documents in COVID case to remain confidential — for now
MIAMI — More than 30,000 immigration documents regarding thousands of migrants detained in three South Florida detention centers during the COVID-19 pandemic will be classified as confidential, a Miami judge has ruled.During a court hearing held by phone Wednesday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Jonathan Goodman granted U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s request to keep about 30,000 documents — or nearly 100,000 pages’ worth of emails, letters and documents that ICE had marked as confidential — unavailable to the public, at least for now.“If we had the luxury of time and we had many months … I ...
Chicago's history of systemic racism blamed for nearly 9-year life expectancy gap between Black and white residents, according to new report
CHICAGO — In a report released Thursday, Chicago health officials starkly stated the cause of a growing life expectancy gap between Black and white residents: decades of segregation and systemic racism.The report, titled Healthy Chicago 2025, detailed how Black residents die, on average, nearly nine years earlier than white residents. Chronic disease is the largest contributor, according to the document, with the city’s endemic gun violence as the second leading reason for the disparity.The report follows two previous Healthy Chicago analyses of health outcomes for Chicagoans. Previous reports...