Commentary: Big Ten football is suddenly 'safe'? In the reopening debate for sports and entertainment, that word is a lie
As the Big Ten conference announced its about-turn on fall football Tuesday, the Northwestern University coach was ecstatic. “I’m excited for our guys to have a safe opportunity to play the game they love,” said Pat Fitzgerald.That was an absurd statement that should have been challenged on the spot.Big Ten football is not “safe.” Never was, never has been, never will be. And it certainly did not make the eye-popping transition from perilous overnight, just because a bunch of university administrators about-faced, thanks to a variety of subtle and not-so-subtle pressures from coaches, players,...
Seattle and Portland, long left out of presidential politics, fuel Trump narrative
SEATTLE — Washington and Oregon rarely feature in presidential races.Neither state has voted for a Republican presidential candidate since 1984, and neither President Donald Trump nor his Democratic rival Joe Biden is likely to campaign here this year.But as demonstrations against police brutality and systemic racism have continued across the country, the Pacific Northwest — the site of some of the country’s largest and most persistent protests — has taken on a narrative role in the national campaign even as it remains an electoral backwater.The Trump campaign has seized on images of property ...
The Seattle Times
Facing economic crisis at home, Latin Americans turn their gaze to Miami
MIAMI — As someone who used to staff events for a living, Adrian was among the first wave of Buenos Aires residents to lose his job when COVID-19 swept through the Argentine capital in March.“I lost my job, my earnings fell through the floor … at the moment I’m having trouble getting my basic needs met,” he said.With the pandemic sending Argentina’s already beleaguered and debt-saddled economy into a tailspin, Adrian doesn’t see a future for himself in his home country. He is considering a move to Miami.“I know there is a large Argentine community there that is doing well; that’s how the idea ...
As Biden's running mate, Harris now the Democratic mainstream
On the one hand, Joe Biden — who is running as the candidate who promises to make the presidency boring again — made the most obvious — that is, boring — selection for his running mate on the Democratic ticket.California’s Kamala Harris was the logical choice all along — a nationally known senator from a big state who had run for president and acquitted herself well, even though she dropped out early. That speaks well of Biden. Logical selections are the ones that have performed well over time.On the other hand? The fact that Harris — who is Black and South Asian — was the safe choice based on...
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Evidence is growing, but what will it take to prove masks slow the spread of COVID-19?
To definitively answer the question of whether face masks protect against the novel coronavirus, here’s what you’d need to do:— Recruit thousands of volunteers.— Randomly divide them into two groups.— Assign one group to always wear masks outside of the house, and one group to never wear masks.— Wait a few months, see who gets infected — then try to sort out all possible confounding variables, such as compliance, mask fit and social distancing.A study like that would be not only tough to pull off, but unethical, especially in the midst of a pandemic. It also wouldn’t be able to determine commu...
The Seattle Times
Colleges campuses are trying to reopen in the fall. The main source of opposition? The faculty
CHICAGO — Just because students might be returning to college campuses this fall doesn’t mean professors will be joining them.Controversy over whether instructors need to be in the classroom during the fall term has erupted at campuses including the University of Notre Dame, where professors are pushing back, noting the dangers of face-to-face classes while the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage.These faculty members say they alone should determine how they will teach this fall. Notre Dame, however, is asking those with objections to in-person instruction to submit documentation of medical...
Masks are putting people at each other's throats, especially in Palm Beach County
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — In the increasingly nasty debate about coronavirus masks, Palm Beach County became the nation’s focus for the all the wrong reasons.A woman stood before county commissioners a couple weeks back and demanded that they vote against requiring people to wear face coverings in public to prevent the coronavirus from spreading. She was one of about 45 angry people making the plea that day.Then she spoke the words that would catch social media by storm: “I don’t wear a mask for the same reason I don’t wear underwear … things gotta breathe.”The woman’s frank admission made headl...
Oneida Nation leader's message to Dan Snyder on Washington's racist name: 'Stand on the right side of history'
NEW YORK — Ray Halbritter realized about seven years ago he needed to fight the disgusting name of the NFL’s Washington team. He was inspired by Cooperstown high school students in New York, who successfully lobbied to change their same offensive mascot to Hawkeyes.Halbritter, the Oneida Nation representative, donated $10,000 to the school for new uniforms. Then his New York-based tribe launched a ‘Change the Mascot’ campaign targeting the NFL team.“I was so proud of those kids. I was inspired. I knew there was hope,” Halbritter told the Daily News. “There was a chance we could make a differen...
New York Daily News