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1 in 3 Americans would refuse COVID-19 vaccine, new Gallup poll findsOne in 3 Americans would refuse an FDA-approved coronavirus vaccine even if it were offered at no cost, a new Gallup poll released Friday found.The results, based on survey conducted between July 20 and Aug. 2, found that 65% of respondents said they would accept the offer and get themselves vaccinated while 35% said they would not.The new poll falls in line with previous Gallup findings suggesting political party preference plays a strong role in Americans’ views on COVID-19.Eighty-one% of Democrats would be willing to get v...
Tribune News Service
'I absolutely believed I was going to die:' Protester claims she was denied anti-seizure medication in jail
SEATTLE — A Seattle woman diagnosed with epilepsy contends she was peacefully participating in July 25 protests on Capitol Hill when police in riot gear tackled and falsely arrested her, then dragged her, handcuffed, unconscious and convulsing, for half a block.Samantha Six said when she came to several minutes later, police and corrections officers who took her into custody repeatedly ignored and mocked her pleas for her anti-seizure medication. As a result, Six said, she suffered multiple seizures while detained over a roughly 24-hour period.“I spent hours cuffed, locked up and having seizur...
The Seattle Times
Mick Jagger art-world thriller asks if moviegoers are ready to return to theaters
As you decide whether you’re ready to return to the multiplex, “The Burnt Orange Heresy,” perhaps the first new movie in theaters in months, offers a few things to get excited about.The sleekly perverted art-world thriller was crafted by Scott B. Smith, for starters. He wrote two dandy novels (“A Simple Plan,” which became a made-in-Minnesota classic film, and “The Ruins”) and then disappeared for a decade. Actor Claes Bang (“The Square”) could be the new Pierce Brosnan, if we need another one. Elizabeth Debicki (the upcoming “Tenet”) seems poised for big things, assuming big things ever happe...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Americans are more likely to report mental health concerns related to the pandemic than other developed countries, survey finds
As the United States works to stop rising coronavirus case numbers, behavioral health professionals warn that mental health will continue to deteriorate as a result of the pandemic.Between March and May, one-third of Americans reported experiencing stress, anxiety and sadness that was difficult to cope with by themselves, according to a survey published this week by the Commonwealth Fund, a foundation focused on promoting a high performing health care system, and Social Science Research Solutions, a market and survey research firm. The survey, which interviewed 8,259 adults in the U.S. and abr...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Auto review: Odd couple: Audi S5 Sportback vs. Dodge Charger Scat Pack Plus
DETROIT — My comparison cars this week have much in common. They are muscle models from notable performance brands. They bear fresh, head-swiveling colors: one District Green, the other Sinamon Stick red. Both have elegant “T” shifters, sculpted 20-inch wheels, elevated sticker prices and multiple words in their badges.Yet the stunning Audi S5 Sportback and Dodge Charger Scat Pack Plus will rarely be cross-shopped.Despite their focus on raw speed, their branding is aimed at entirely different customers. They are monuments to sales savvy, of the ability of marketing geniuses to conjure emotion ...
The Detroit News
Martin Schram: To save our threatened democracy, governors must exert presidential leadership
Warning lights are flashing red. Warning sirens are blaring.Yet history may look back at this summer of 2020 and wonder why Americans and the famous names we trusted to save us — the leading voices of our government, politics and yes, the news media — just didn’t seem concerned enough to heed and lead. Even though the warnings were unmistakable and unprecedented in American presidential politics.Our world’s greatest democracy is on the verge of being plunged into its most dire threat ever — plunged there by a president who openly admires dictators who proclaim themselves rulers for life.Presid...
Tribune News Service
The Week Ahead: Confusing, but rational record market runs
The investment markets run on fear and greed, hope and worry. Emotions often drive short-term market moves. Long-term investors steadfastly believe markets ultimately reflect an economy’s (or company’s) prospects.In either view, signals from different corners of the investment markets combine to create a confounding economic outlook. Yet, individually, each of these record runs is a logical reaction to the pandemic-fed uncertainty.Investors will be watching market milestones for the S&P 500, gold and the U.S. Treasury 10-year note in the week ahead.The S&P 500 stock index has recovered almost ...
Auto review: Despite its name, 2021 Kia K5 is one superb sedan
Having spent nearly two decades and untold millions of dollars building up the Optima name for its midsize sedan in the American market, Kia’s 2021 midsize sedan will be known as the K5, a moniker used in its Korean home market, one with all of the appeal of a prison cell block. You can just hear it, “Yup, me and the boys are doing time on K5.”But its charmless name belies its appeal, for the 2021 Kia K5 is one fine four-door.Offered in LX, LXS, GT-Line, EX and GT trim, the 2021 K5 shares its new platform with its corporate cousin, the recently redesigned Hyundai Sonata. It wears a distinctive...
Tribune News Service
Auto review: 2020 Buick Encore GX small SUV completes the brand's transformation
Don’t look now, but Buick is the shape of the auto industry’s future, and that shape is an SUV.Get used to it, because as the 2021 model year hits its stride, General Motors’ oldest brand no longer has a single traditional car in its lineup.The final piece of the puzzle arrived earlier this year in the 2020 Encore GX, an appealing small SUV sure to become Buick’s best seller in a jiffy.The Encore GX completes a transition that began nearly a decade ago, when some farsighted exec recognized the approaching flood of SUVs as a rising tide that could lift a moribund brand. Buick bet on SUVs early ...
Detroit Free Press
Editorial: The two bombs that ended World War II: A haunting anniversary
Early August 1945 was a confusing time for many Americans, who were experiencing some combination of celebration, sadness and foreboding.The war in Europe was over, bringing home thousands of gleeful troops by ship. Yet newspapers were still catching up on reports of individual soldiers killed during winter and spring, while men continued to die in the Pacific. That meant Americans were learning nearly every day the names of friends and neighbors who did not make it back.What would it take to defeat Japan and finally bring World War II to a close? The conventional wisdom was pessimistic — only...