Florida boat fire erupted during music video, cameraman says
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Two people remained hospitalized with serious burns Friday after a boat erupted in flames on a trip to make a music video.Twenty-one people were packed onto the 41-foot Wellcraft when it caught fire Thursday on the New River in Fort Lauderdale. Thirteen were hurt, many of them pulled from the water by passing boaters.Abraham Alejandro, 25, said he was the cameraman making the video for musical artist Jaican.“Just glad to have made it out alive,” he said on Instagram. “This is extremely traumatizing and I learned a lot today. Thank the Lord I made it out alive. I lost al...
Starbucks sets ambitious goals for corporate diversity — and ties it to executive pay
SEATTLE — Starbucks plans to significantly boost racial diversity among its workforce — and it’s making that goal a factor in the pay of its senior executives.By 2025, the Seattle coffee giant wants people of color represented in at least 30% of roles in corporate operations and 40% of retail and manufacturing roles, CEO Kevin Johnson told employees Wednesday. The goals, part of an ongoing effort to encourage diversity, reflect the company’s obligation “to build bridges and create environments where all are welcome,” Johnson said.Starting in 2021, the compensation of Johnson and 42 other senio...
The Seattle Times
Dangerous network of militia members spurred by COVID has spread to 16 states, report says
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The leader of an armed standoff with federal authorities at an Oregon wildlife refuge and his allies have exploited COVID-19 fears to build a dangerous network of militia members and other far-right factions, according to a new report by two groups that track extremism.Ammon Bundy, who led the 41-day occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2016, began building the People’s Rights network in March, says the report by the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights and the Montana Human Rights Network. Since then, the report says, the network has rapidly...
The Kansas City Star
Movie review: 'The Devil Has a Name' adds clumsy melodrama to environmental legal thriller
The environmental legal thriller is a reliable subgenre, especially since the success of Steven Soderbergh’s “Erin Brockovich.” They’re classic David and Goliath stories with a human-interest angle and anti-corporate twist, and hopefully there’s a bit of hard-earned justice at the end. But they have to be entertaining too, and that is where Edward James Olmos’ “The Devil Has a Name” wildly overcorrects.The script is by Robert McEveety, loosely based on a decade-plus court battle brought by a farmer against Aera Energy (owned by Shell and ExxonMobil) for polluting groundwater in the San Joaquin...
Tribune News Service
Small game survey shows greater hunting success for pheasants, grouse
Minnesota small game hunters enjoyed a higher rate of success for most species last year, including pheasants, according to the annual survey conducted by the Department of Natural Resources.The agency published the survey’s results this week on the eve of what is expected to be a second consecutive season of increased bags for ringneck hunters. Starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, tens of thousands of Minnesotans will stalk roosters in grasslands scattered throughout farm country. Based on excellent conditions, they stand to improve on 2019’s mean harvest of six roosters per successful hunter. The 10...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Zoo scientists revive cells from 40-year deep freeze to clone endangered horse
SAN DIEGO — Kurt looks and acts like any other young horse. He scampers and strides on springy legs, testing their strength. When it’s time to recharge, he nuzzles up to his mother for some nourishing milk.But Kurt is no ordinary horse. Kurt is a clone.The 2-month-old colt is a Przewalski’s horse, a species native to central Asia that once went extinct in the wild and is still critically endangered, with only about 2,000 remaining.San Diego Zoo Global researchers have high hopes that Kurt can help turn things around for his species. He was cloned from skin cells taken from a stallion in 1980 a...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Miami-Dade is one storm away from a housing catastrophe. Nearly 1 million people are at risk
MIAMI — As the tail end of one of the most active hurricane seasons in history nears, Miami-Dade County appears once again poised to emerge unscathed. The region dodged hurricanes and tropical storms that posed a potential threat to South Florida. But what will happen when that luck runs out?Housing advocates have long feared that the city is one storm away from disaster; nearly a third of all housing structures in Miami-Dade County built before 1990 are at risk of wind damage, mold contamination and even complete devastation from a hurricane.According to U.S. Census Bureau figures, nearly 1 m...
Take a deep dive into early movies of Mexico's Oscar-winning 'Three Amigos'
Long before Oscar went nuts for the Three Amigos, they were making fantastic movies.Plenty has been written about how a trio of pals, all from Mexico, have dominated the Academy Award for best directing, winning five times between 2013 and 2018 (Damien Chazelle sneaked one in that period, for “La La Land”). But it took the awards a while to recognize the greatness of friends who had been making entertaining movies for years.I’d argue, in fact, that most of the best movies from Alfonso Cuaron, Guillermo del Toro and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu came well before they started winning naked gold st...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Editorial: A worthy Nobel for United Nations World Food Program
The cascading global governance, health, economic and environmental crises have exacerbated the food crisis. So it was fitting that an indefatigable international institution dedicated to fighting hunger — the United Nations World Food Program — won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday.The Norwegian Nobel Committee cited the WFP “for its efforts to combat hunger, for its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas and for acting as a driving force in the efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict.”This insidious use of food as a weapon is part...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Record-breaking python killed in Florida Everglades hunt
ORLANDO, Fla. — One of the latest pythons to be caught in the Everglades is a record-breaker.A pair of trappers caught the 18-foot, 9-inch invasive Burmese python on a hunt working for the South Florida Water Management District.Ryan Ausburn and Kevin Pavlidis caught the 104-pound female on Oct. 2 as part of the district’s Python Elimination Program, which has seen the capture of nearly 4,000 of the snakes since 2017. The snake was found about 35 miles west of Miami, and its length surpasses the previous record of 18 feet, 8 inches, from 2013.Officials have said capturing females is paramount ...