'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...
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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...
Auto review: 2021 Hyundai Venue offers less for less
2021 Hyundai Venue Denim Edition: An old Soul?Price: $23,305 as tested. Carpeted floor mats ($135) were the lone option.Conventional wisdom: Consumer Reports likes the controls, fuel economy, and braking, but not “the ride, noise, fit and finish, or rear seat.”Marketer’s pitch: “Small SUV. Big city hustle.”Reality: Definitely has the flavor of the original Kia Soul in so many ways.What’s new: Hyundai added the Venue to its lineup in 2020. Though like the Soul, it’s smaller, and no all-wheel-drive version is offered. It’s an attractive little box, looking like a kiddie-cart version of the Palis...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Auto review: The 2021 Genesis G90 supplies what American automakers once delivered, but no longer do
There seems to be some impression that the best cars have rock-firm suspensions sure to shatter your vertebrae. Yes, a firm suspension provides exceptional cornering ability, but what works best on racetrack isn’t always what works best in the real world, where clogged arteries and crumbling highways, not glass-smooth race track, are a fact of life.That’s what makes the 2021 Genesis G90 so welcome. In an era where most Americans have become truck drivers in a mistaken belief that they need a glorified station wagon with all-wheel drive, the Genesis is a reassuring nod to tradition — a full-siz...
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Auto review: It's a bird, it's a plane … it's the 702-horse Ram TRX supertruck
Flying at over 65 mph in a 2021 Ram 1500 TRX — four feet off the ground — is when you realize that there’s not much pickups can’t do anymore. Hold that image, and let me catch you up.The 702-horsepower TRX — pronounced T. rex — is the most powerful truck made.But it’s much more than a rocket-sled. It’s like the recent crop of insane high-performance supercars I’ve tested — McLaren GT, Porsche 911 Turbo, Chevy Corvette C8 — that defy the laws of on-road physics while surrounding you in luxury. The TRX is an off-road weapon with the interior of a Bellagio Hotel suite.This remarkable versatility ...
The Detroit News
Auto review: 2021 Lincoln Nautilus adds big screen, colors, connectivity for feature updates
Lincoln’s Nautilus midsize luxury SUV gets a new interior and significant connectivity improvements when the 2021 model arrives in dealerships early next year. The Nautilus will also go into production then in China, a growing market for Lincoln. North American versions of the SUV will continue to come from the Oakville, Ontario, plant that’s always built the Nautilus and its predecessor, the MKX.The most immediately noticeable changes include luxurious new Black Label models and a 13.2-inch touch screen — biggest on any Lincoln — connected to the latest version of Ford’s Sync voice recognitio...
Detroit Free Press