Report released by Sen. Maria Cantwell slams Google and Facebook for decimating local news outlets
“Unfair, deceptive, and abusive practices” by tech giants Google and Facebook have suffocated local news outlets, contributing to a critical deficit of trustworthy local journalism, according to a new minority report from the Senate Commerce Committee released by ranking member Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.The report, echoing a landmark antitrust suit filed last week against Google by the Justice Department, concludes that Google and Facebook have used their sheer heft to dominate the digital advertising market, to the detriment of local media outlets and an informed public.“These trillion-doll...
The Seattle Times
Q&A: With Spike Carlsen, author of 'A Walk Around the Block'
Spike Carlsen wrote a book about awe walking. That was before he’d even heard the term.His new book, “A Walk Around the Block,” is about noticing and maybe even appreciating all the amazing things right in front of you.Of course, you may not think the wastewater system beneath the street — or the street itself — is all that amazing. But Carlsen does. And if you read the Minnesota author’s deeply researched, breezily written book (his seventh), it’s likely that his infectious curiosity will rub off on you. As he promises in his introduction, “knowing the inner workings of the world outside your...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Arrivederci, Little Italy? Adio, Greektown? Two of Chicago's global dining destinations struggle to save their souls.
CHICAGO — Red sauce and wine still flow on Little Italy’s Taylor Street, and the saganaki still flames on Greektown’s strip of Halsted.But there is less Italian and Greek heritage on the menu these days on two of Chicago’s best-known dining corridors.“We have tourists come in and ask, ‘Where is Little Italy?’ ” said Ralph Davino, third-generation owner of Pompei, one of a handful of Italian restaurants that remain on Taylor Street. “I have to tell them it’s gone.”The Italian and Greek flair that distinguished those neighborhoods has been ebbing for years, a result of changes in demographics an...
Album reviews: Black Thought, Melody Gardot, NRBQ
Black Thought“Streams of Thought, Vol. 3: Cane & Able”(Republic ***)The Roots haven’t put out a new album since 2014. Six years! True, they’ve hardly been idle: They’ve got a night job with Jimmy Fallon and host their annual Picnic — and DJing, podcasting, book-writing drummer Questlove has a hardest-working-man-in-showbiz brand.Thankfully, his partner has filled the void by releasing new music. Black Thought has always been considered a true master of rhyme among hip-hop cognoscenti, but he resisted putting out solo music until 2018, when he released two “Streams Of Thought” EPs.Each of those...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Editorial: Congress should let Puerto Ricans' vote count on statehood
There’s a massive get out the vote campaign in the United States, with both major political parties stressing that every vote should count.Contrast that to Puerto Rico. It also has an election Nov. 3, but none of the votes will really count on the major issue:Should the U.S. territory become a U.S. state?Millions of island residents will weigh in on that question. The problem is that question has been asked repeatedly and the answer has never carried any actual weight.The U.S. does not have to abide by the decision. The referendum is just another show vote, the third in the past eight years.It...
Tropical Storm Zeta puts 2020 hurricane season in the record books; path includes part of Florida Panhandle
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A portion of the Florida Panhandle is in the latest forecast track for Tropical Storm Zeta, the storm that put the 2020 hurricane season in the record books as only the second year in history to see 27 named storms.Zeta formed in the pre-dawn hours Sunday, just south of western Cuba, from the former Tropical Depression 28, which emerged Saturday evening in the western Caribbean.In rain-battered South Florida, the one-two punch of recent king tides and heavy rainfall has already caused coastal flooding woes and rough seas for boaters. Although Zeta remains hundreds of mi...
Pope Francis calls for civil union laws for same-sex couples: 'They are children of God and have a right to a family'
Pope Francis says same-sex unions need to be legally protected in a stunning departure from the Vatican on the issue.“Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family. They’re children of God and have a right to a family,” Francis said in a new documentary that premiered in Rome Wednesday.“Nobody should be thrown out, or be made miserable because of it,” he added.According to the Catholic News Agency, the remarks came as the documentary, “Francesco,” touched on how the church should care for LGBTQ people.“What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered,” the 8...
New York Daily News
Ford warns of fire, loss of control with 2020 Escape, Mustang Shelby, Transit Connect
Ford Motor Co. warned Monday that certain 2019-2020 Ford Transit Connect vans have an engine flaw that could create fire risk while certain 2020 Ford Escape SUVs have tire pressure monitoring flaws that could lead to loss of control.Both vehicles are the subject of recalls, along with the high-performance of the Mustang Shelby GT350 and Mustang Shelby GT500 for its light system.The company said it is unaware of any accident or injury related to these situations.Transit ConnectCertain Transit Connect vehicles with the 2.5L engine have a software calibration issue that fails to keep the engine a...
Detroit Free Press
Twitter blocks tweet of Trump coronavirus adviser who undermined importance of mask usage during pandemic
Scott Atlas, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, was flagged by Twitter for a tweet that violated the social media site’s “misleading information” policy, a spokesperson confirmed to the New York Daily News Sunday.“Masks work? NO,” Atlas, one of President Donald Trump’s closest medical advisers, tweeted Saturday with a link to an article in the American Institute for Economic Research that argues that masks are ineffective. “LA, Miami, Hawaii, Alabama, France, Phlippnes (sic), UK, Spain, Israel.”Atlas then followed up the tweet with praise of Trump’s lax guidelines.“Use masks f...
New York Daily News
GM's Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant renamed 'Factory ZERO' amid shift to all-electric
DETROIT — The iconic General Motors factory that straddles two cities is getting a new moniker as GM turns it into its most modern plant in the country.Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly will now be Factory ZERO, serving as the “launchpad” for GM’s multi-brand EV strategy, GM said Friday.“Factory ZERO is the next battleground in the EV race and will be GM’s flagship assembly plant in our journey to an all-electric future,” said Gerald Johnson, GM executive vice president of Global Manufacturing. “The electric trucks and SUVs that will be built here will help transform GM and the automotive industry.”T...
Detroit Free Press