Album reviews: Megan Thee Stallion, The Warriors of the Wonderful Sound, The Dirty Knobs
Megan Thee Stallion“Good News”(330 Entertainment *** 1/2)Good news abounds for Megan Thee Stallion, the Texas rapper who also answers to Hot Girl Meg and has recorded using the alter ego Tina Snow.Beyond last week’s four Grammy nominations for best new artist, record of the year, best rap song and best rap performance (the last three for “Savage” featuring Beyonce) — she has succeeded here at something that’s often elusive: Living up to the outsized expectations she set for herself when she first emerged as a brazen, bountifully talented new voice in 2019.Her first zeitgeist moment happened th...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Editorial: Evidence of fraud in a Florida election. Where's the outrage?
The walls of the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee are lined with nuanced portraits of leaders who left a lasting legacy. Jeb Bush, the “e-governor,” is depicted with his BlackBerry alongside. And Dempsey Barron, the Panhandle rancher who dominated the Senate for two decades, is shown on his horse.Considering how secret money and shady candidates continue to corrupt our politics, the Capitol should also find wall space for Alex Rodriguez, a 55-year-old South Florida mechanic who ran for the Florida Senate in November and lost.Alex who? That’s the point. Until now, no one knew this unknown candida...
Giants lose Daniel Jones but move to top of NFC East standings with road win over Bengals
The Giants grinded to the top of the NFC East standings on Sunday for the first time since 2016, but they paid a price.Franchise quarterback Daniel Jones left their 19-17 road win over the Cincinnati Bengals with a right hamstring injury at the 6:04 mark in the third quarter and did not return. The severity of his injury is not yet known.Backup Colt McCoy managed the rest in his first snaps as a Giant and let kicker Graham Gano (four field goals) and the defense win the game — barely.Defensive lineman Jabaal Sheard’s sack-fumble in the final minute, recovered by Leonard Williams, sealed a nail...
New York Daily News
Mike Bianchi: Jimmy 'Bubba' Hewitt, Orlando Magic co-founder who died Sunday, gave us pro sports
ORLANDO, Fla. -- So long, Bubba.Rest in peace, Bubba.But mostly, thank you, Bubba.Thank you for literally making Magic.Thank you for believing in your hometown.Thank you for bringing professional sports to Orlando.Jimmy Hewitt — the Central Florida businessman who co-founded the Orlando Magic and fondly called all of his friends and acquaintances “Bubba” — died early Sunday morning at the age of 79.He had been suffering from advanced stages of dementia and recently contracted the coronavirus.Hewitt grew up in Orlando in a one-parent home, played running back at Edgewater High School where his ...
'Sheriff, hurry up please.' Disabled man battles intruder as cops wait down the street
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — He had just stepped from the shower and was settling in for the night when he caught a glimpse of a figure outside his window.Seventy-year-old Bill Norkunas, a childhood polio survivor, headed over to the light and flicked it on hoping to scare away whoever was there. Instead, the light was a beacon drawing a young man to his front door, a door made of glass.And then for the next 15 minutes, Norkunas stood there, barefoot and unclothed, with his crutches, on one side of the glass pane trying to steady a gun in his trembling hand while the stranger stood on the other sid...
Nation and world news briefs
CDC: US COVID-19 death toll could reach 321,000 by mid-DecemberATLANTA — A new report issued this week by the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the coronavirus death toll could reach up to 321,000 by the middle of December.According to the CDC's "COVID-19 Forecasts: Deaths," models are predicting the number of coronavirus deaths will likely increase over the next four weeks, with between 10,600 and 21,400 new fatalities likely to be reported in the week ending Dec. 19, 2020.The model predicts between 294,000 and 321,000 total coronavirus deaths will have been report...
Tribune News Service
Trudy Rubin: As new White House leadership takes shape, much to give thanks for
Like many Americans, I didn’t fly to a family gathering at Thanksgiving this year – the first time I’d missed it in decades.That got me thinking about the origins of the holiday — beyond the set piece of Mayflower pilgrims and Indians, and beyond the annual turkey gorge fest and Black Friday sales.Rereading a little history I learned that it wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November. In his proclamation Lincoln urged all Americans to ask God to “heal the wounds of the nation.”I thought of Lin...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Editorial: The COVID-19 vaccine is a gift from science. Accept it
In three separate announcements in recent weeks, three scientific teams at different pharmaceutical companies have given a weary, frightened world what it needs: a verifiable path to defeat the coronavirus pandemic, end the suffering and start the process of returning life to the normal rhythms of “before.”Imagine again going to work and school, to restaurants and concerts without significant risk of infection. Imagine being able to travel. Imagine hugging family members and friends. We are likely to get there in 2021 because a safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine appears on pace for emergency reg...
Editorial: Of prayers and plagues: What the Supreme Court got wrong about Gov. Cuomo's COVID restrictions
The unsigned opinion by the nation’s highest court got it wrong, insisting that restrictions placed on religious gatherings imposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in New York’s COVID hot spots must be nullified, for they violate the First Amendment.The dissent by the Bronx’s Sonia Sotomayor got it right. The rules, capping gatherings at 10 people or less, are actually more generous for faith-based institutions than for any other type: “New York treats houses of worship far more favorably than their secular comparators.” How on Earth can that be an offense to the guaranteed freedom to exercise religion? ...
New York Daily News
The Week Ahead: Looking at the share of long-term unemployment
The penultimate jobs report of the Trump Administration will be released on Friday. Any drop in the headline unemployment rate for November will be heralded by the president as proof that the economy is healing. He will take credit where very little is due. Don’t be shocked if he uses it as an anvil to hammer imaginary threats of economic ruin with the incoming administration.Instead of focusing on the change of the monthly unemployment rate, millions of American workers are counting their time going without work by the month. The share of long-term unemployment has quadrupled since July. A th...