Trudy Rubin: Europeans are sending kids back to school. Why can't we?
In Denmark, Germany and Austria, kids began returning to classrooms in April and early May, and there haven’t yet been spikes of new cases. Schools reopened in Norway, but the spread of infection in the country keeps trending downward. Italian kids will go back to classes in September.The reason European countries are reopening schools and parents are willing to send their kids is because most of those countries had flattened the curve on COVID-19 by May or June (our East Asian allies did so even earlier).That is true even of countries like Italy and Spain that botched their virus response at ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Nearly 1 in 4 US teachers at greater risk of becoming seriously ill if infected with coronavirus
About one in four teachers in the U.S. are at greater risk of becoming seriously ill if they get infected with the new coronavirus, according to a report released Friday by the Kaiser Family Foundation.The foundation, a nonpartisan organization that focuses on national health care issues, looked at a series of factors identified by the Centers of Disease Control which could indicate that a person could be “more likely than others to become severely ill,” when they are exposed to the virus.They include several underlying health conditions — such as diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseas...
New York Daily News
Martin Schram: Here's a song the new, woke NFL doesn't need
“The N.F.L. Needs More Than a Song,” we were reminded Wednesday by the headline above an on-point guest op-ed column in The New York Times by former pro football wide receiver Donte Stallworth.He was making an important point: The National Football League needs to do far more to address Black concerns than just end its half-century of look-the-other-wayism by having all NFL stadiums follow the playing of the national anthem with the symbolically celebrated Black anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” And he’s right.But today, we’re going to take a fresh look at the little-known history of anothe...
Tribune News Service
Nation and world news briefs
Heavy rains cause flooding at Jersey Shore and in Philly as Tropical Storm Fay deluges the regionPHILADELPHIA — Tropical Storm Fay has wrung out heavy rains turning streets in Shore towns into a version of Venice by the sea, triggering flood warnings on the mainland, setting a rainfall record Philadelphia, and inundated parts of South Jersey with over 5 inches of rain.Fay made landfall just north of Atlantic City shortly before 5 p.m., the National Hurricane Center said, quite close to where Sandy arrived on land in 2012, the last time a named storm came ashore in the Garden State.Along the wa...
Tribune News Service
Pandemic parties rage on across South Florida despite growing coronavirus crisis
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Pulsing parties in swanky South Beach mansions. Raging raves in Miami warehouses. Backyard bashes in Palm Beach manors where teenagers drink late into the night.South Florida is a world epicenter of coronavirus infections, but some irrepressible revelers insist on trying to live out the subtropical promise of fun, sin and sun — COVID-19 or not.Experts say the pandemic parties could cost them their life.A review of police records, social media accounts, and interviews with professional event planners who refuse to let COVID-19 kill the music shows that South Florida’s wo...
The Week Ahead: Baked in bad news, braced for better news
It will be a sad but expected earnings season when scores of companies turn in their latest quarterly financial results in the week ahead. The pandemic, economic shutdowns, and collapse in demand between April and June left companies struggling to find business.Investors expect a sour season in the second quarter. Wall Street analysts made record cuts to earnings estimates — shaving the median profit forecast for all S&P 500 companies by more than 40 percent. Dozens of companies pulled their financial predictions during the springtime because business was so unpredictable.Yes, the financial re...
Editorial: Why does DeSantis continue to hide COVID-19 data? Florida already looks like a loser
Fighting COVID-19 has been hard enough, but fighting the state for a straight answer on numbers to gauge the past and current spike of new cases has been utterly exhausting. Floridians deserve better.The latest battle is getting Gov. DeSantis’ office to release complete daily hospitalization data for all 67 counties. It’s amazing that this is not routine already.Other elected officials have made their numbers public. In April, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez ordered hospitals in the county to report daily patient admissions, ICU capacity and ventilator inventory.It’s important that we know thi...
Editorial: The Supreme Court stands up for the rule of law against President Trump's brazen claims of immunity
No, the U.S. Supreme Court did not hand out copies of Donald Trump’s still-secret tax returns yesterday, but seven of the jurists (including the “two great justices” he appointed) ruled that no one is above the law and a Manhattan grand jury can subpoena Trump’s financial records from his accountant and bank. Even the two dissents rejected Trump’s phony claim of total presidential exemption.While we are loath to compare the current loathsome occupant of the White House with any of his far more honorable predecessors, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the majority that just as Thomas Jeffers...
New York Daily News
Auto review: 2020 Hyundai Venue SUV packs features and value into small package
DETROIT — The 2020 Hyundai Venue Denim provides a road map to how automakers will offer entry-level models despite their shift to more profitable SUV-style vehicles: in part by omitting one of the defining features of most SUVs, but nonetheless offering lots of other goodies and tons of room.Objectively, the Venue is a compact station wagon or hatchback, but it delivers the design and packaging benefits buyers love about SUVs, successfully dodging the ‘cheap car’ stigma that dogged compact and subcompact hatchbacks for generations.In many ways, the Venue is the automotive apotheosis of Stephen...
Detroit Free Press
Auto review: Up north puts the versatile GMC Sierra AT4 to the test
DETROIT — When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail, goes the old saying. But when all you have is nails, well — it sure is good to have a hammer.That’s the way I feel about pickups.As a speed-addled sports car guy, hulking pickups are low on my list of performance vehicles. But when you need a tool to get things done, there is no substitute for a truck, as I found out when I escaped to northern Michigan recently in a 2020 GMC Sierra AT4.Like a kind of mechanical centaur, pickups are half wheelbarrow, half auto. Travel with a family and the wheelbarrow half is useless — where...
The Detroit News