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Jeffrey Epstein estate says its checks are bouncing, asks court for reliefThe late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was a man who without blinking an eye could cut a check to buy an island in the Caribbean or a private jet or a sprawling ranch. Those left to clean up his affairs now claim they can’t pay the bills to keep the lights on.Lawyers for Epstein’s $600 million estate told a U.S. Virgin Islands court this week that liens imposed by the local attorney general leave them unable to compensate workers spread across the disgraced financier’s U.S. properties, a situation they say is hobbling eff...
Tribune News Service
Another buyout: Pistons say farewell to Markieff Morris
DETROIT — The Pistons’ remodel is turning into a full-fledged makeover.In a two-week span, they’ve unloaded two of their biggest contracts and made a commitment toward rebuilding. Add another name to the list.The Pistons reached a buyout agreement with forward Markieff Morris on Friday and have requested waivers. If he clears waivers, he could be headed to the Los Angeles Lakers, according to a report by The Athletic’s Shams Charania.In 44 games this season, Morris posted 11 points and 3.9 rebounds, shot 40% on 3-pointers and was one of the Pistons’ most consistent big men off the bench.Morris...
The Detroit News
Fla. man arrested 6 years after alleged sex assault after DNA match
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — She was in Florida from Missouri and was walking — looking for the Salvation Army in downtown Fort Lauderdale. He rode up on a bicycle and offered to take her there.But it all went sour on that Jan. 15, 2014, when the woman realized her helper was guiding her off the main road and she asked where they were going.And it would take six years until a Fort Lauderdale man, Frandy Delices, would be accused of the sex attack that the woman described to police.“I’m taking you, we’re almost there. It’s a surprise,” the man now identified as Delices said, according to police. It ...
Editorial: Mishaps and mistakes help globalize the coronavirus pandemic
Professionals devoted to preventing global pandemics know best how to do their jobs — when they’re left to do their jobs. The danger comes when politicians and bureaucrats intervene with an eye toward easing human suffering or minimizing political fallout and wind up hastening the spread of the very viruses they’re fighting. One bad decision after another helped make the 2014 Ebola scare far worse than it should have been. The new novel coronavirus pandemic is exposing an entirely new dimension in bad calls.The plight of 380 Americans stuck aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan is a...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Dahleen Glanton: To get to the White House, millennial Pete Buttigieg has to knock down the boomers standing in his way
The scrap between Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar on the debate stage Wednesday night sounded familiar. It was a generational spat between a 38-year-old millennial and a 59-year-old baby boomer.Most of us have seen similar clashes in the workplace. Some youngsters are so eager for the old-timers to get out of the way that they are practically salivating. Many of them see nothing of value in the wealth of knowledge and experience someone who has been around six decades or more has to offer.Millennials tend to feel like the world is champing at the bit for fresh ideas, new ways to reinvent the ...
Cynthia M. Allen: Politics, court hearings only make the case of baby on life support that much harder to bear
FORT WORTH, Texas — It’s been about four months since an ethics committee at Cook Children’s Medical Center, in accordance with the Texas Advance Directives Act, determined that the ventilator sustaining little Tinslee Lewis, should be removed — and longer still since her team of doctors determined that her condition was intractable; that without extraordinary medical intervention, she would expire.Yet, Tinslee persists, her precious young life — still dependent on machines and a litany of medical professionals — now at the center of an epic legal battle in which none of the likely outcomes is...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Commentary: Bloomberg's stop-and-frisk history will hinder voter turnout — but not the way Bernie Sanders thinks
Hiram Rivera still has nightmares about being stopped and frisked by police. The 43-year-old executive director of the Community Resource Hub for Safety and Accountability was stopped for the first time as a young black teenager in Connecticut, and has lost count of how many times he’s been stopped since.One stop stands out in his memory. In spring 2012, just a few months after he moved to Philadelphia, two plainclothes officers stopped him. “They jumped out of their car with guns,” Rivera remembers, “I quickly stopped any and all movements. You kind of just breathe.” They told him he fit a de...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
'Portrait of a Lady on Fire' review: Love is love is love in Celine Sciamma's beautiful 18th-century story
A memorable love story can reflect interior emotions in every frame of the filmmaking, messy and alive. Other films set the torment and tumult of what the characters are feeling against a cooler, deliberately contrasting aesthetic.The wonder of “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” which I saw late last year just in time to reorder my Top 10 list, lies in how writer-director Celine Sciamma creates a love story that lives and breathes in a cinematic space almost precisely midway between those two polarities.This is a film dominated by women’s faces, women’s desire and the space afforded women in a spec...
Commentary: The Donald Trump Movie Club, featuring 'Parasite,' explained
Welcome to the pop-up edition of “At the Movies,” hosted by Donald Trump.Our president and cultural commander in chief tried out a few riffs, working without a co-host Thursday night at one of his pep rallies, this one in Colorado Springs, Colo. With strategically situated African American and Asian American attendees in the audience behind him, on camera — the African American male to his left went sort of cold when “Gone With the Wind” came up — he lent the voice of federal authority to the opinion that no, “Parasite,” the staggeringly profitable hit from South Korea and a film not in Englis...
Lori Loughlin's daughter halts her YouTube return as people apparently won't forget that fake rowing resume
Two months ago, Olivia Jade Giannulli defied all the outcry and launched a big return to YouTube, even as prosecutors continued to put pressure on her parents, Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli, in the college admissions scandal.In her two-minute video called ‘hi again,” Olivia Jade, 20, welcomed her 1.93 million YouTube subscribers back to her channel after being absent for nine months. Raspy-voiced and plaintive, the embattled social media influencer acknowledged that she had “been gone for a really long time,” said she was “terrified” and warned that she was not allowed “legally to speak ...
The Mercury News