Florida ranked No. 6 in first College Football Playoff rankings
The Florida Gators were No. 6 in the first round of College Football Playoff rankings, but they have a strong chance to vault into the coveted top four if they beat Alabama in the SEC Championship Game.Alabama grabbed the top spot in the first playoff rankings of the 2020-21 season released Tuesday night.The Crimson Tide (7-0), who are making their 38th appearance in the rankings, feature the top offense in the SEC and have won all seven of their games by an average of 30 points per game this season.Notre Dame (8-0) entered the rankings at No. 2, its highest spot ever in the rankings. The Figh...
1 in 3 parents believe Thanksgiving traditions outweigh COVID-19 risks, poll says
Although health officials and agencies have urged Americans to limit Thanksgiving gatherings to household members only, one in three parents say the benefits of holiday celebrations outweigh the risks of spreading or getting the coronavirus, one poll found.University of Michigan researchers behind the survey said families should consider safer ways to celebrate Thanksgiving while keeping traditions alive to prevent the pandemic from worsening.There are more than 12.3 million confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. and more than 257,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University, yet 61% of ...
College Football Playoff's first rankings of season coming Tuesday
The College Football Playoff selection committee will unveil its first rankings of the season Tuesday night after sorting through some unique complications caused by the coronavirus pandemic.Some teams have played twice as many games as others. The lack of non-conference games makes it harder than usual to compare teams from different leagues. Cancellations and postponements of games have disrupted the normal flow of the season.Nevertheless, the 13-member committee, which includes Georgia Tech athletic director Todd Stansbury, will release its initial “Top 25” rankings of 2020 shortly after 7 ...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Illinois' 2nd opponent, Wright State, opts out of Thursday's basketball game because of COVID-19 cases
CHICAGO — The Illinois men’s basketball team already has encountered COVID-19 issues less than a week before its season opener.Wright State, the Illini’s second opponent in a multiteam event next week at the State Farm Center in Champaign, has opted out of Thursday’s game because of positive tests. The Raiders do not have enough athletes to compete with the amount of individuals who tested positive and those quarantining because of contact tracing as well as players with unrelated injuries.Illinois, ranked No. 8 in the Associated Press preseason poll, is seeking a replacement opponent, accordi...
A 63-year-old. An Iranian refugee. Teenagers. Mexican immigrants. All voted in their first presidential election. Here's what they had to say.
Just 1% of Illinois voters said the 2020 election marked their first time casting a ballot, according to the Associated Press and exit poll surveys. The Tribune spoke with a dozen first-time voters about why they felt it was important to cast their ballots, and how they are feeling a day later with results still pending. Some voted because they became eligible, including newly naturalized U.S. citizens, others felt more strongly than they had in the past about the issues and the candidates. Here’s what they had to say.Ali Tarokh, 35As a refugee who came to Chicago in 2012 from Iran, Ali Sharif...
Commentary: So, what happened with the polling?
While the next president of the United States remains unknown as of Thursday evening, there is clearly one big loser: the pollsters, most of whom were touting the high likelihood of a Joe Biden blowout. So how did they get it so wrong? In 2016, I predicted that against all odds Donald Trump would win the presidential election. A month ago, I predicted that his reelection race would be won by a razor-thin margin on either side. Whether you are happy or not about the results, there was a very real chance of Trump winning a second term.So, back to the main question: How were all the pollsters so ...
New York Daily News
Survey finds poor internet service a deterrent to rural living
When the COVID-19 pandemic settled in for the long haul, and people were no longer tethered to an office building, or even a town, some of them looked to the hills.Manhattan, where space is scarce and rents high, saw its highest number of available units in over a decade this summer. Real estate agents in rural Pennsylvania told The Inquirer their phones were ringing nonstop from people wanting to move to less densely populated areas.Some were just looking for a getaway.“Our address would stay the same,” one Philadelphia resident told The Inquirer in May, “but we would spend more than half our...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
'Everything is at stake': Kamala Harris rallies Miami Democrats
MIAMI — On the last weekend of early voting, a critical period for Florida Democrats counting on a swell of turnout from Black and Hispanic voters, vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris urged voters to choose the candidate that says “Black Lives Matter.”Harris visited South Florida in a final swing through the state, where latest polling shows a razor-thin margin between her running mate, former Vice President Joe Biden, and President Donald Trump. Sunday marks the final day of early voting, and Democrats are sweating. Their advantage, once around 500,000, is down to around 116,000 vo...
Ford to reveal all-new electric Transit van Nov. 12
DETROIT — Ford Motor Co., marking another step forward in its goal of electrifying its most iconic nameplates, will reveal on Nov. 12 the all-new E-Transit, the fully battery-electric version of the best-selling Transit cargo van that is scheduled to be released for model year 2022.The Blue Oval, on the heels of a third-quarter earnings report that beat Wall Street expectations, on Thursday announced the name, reveal date and teasers for the new Transit. The new EV offering is a cornerstone of CEO Jim Farley’s vision of delivering technologically advanced trucks and vans that promise reduced m...
The Detroit News
Biden's lead over Trump in Pennsylvania hasn't budged, poll says
PHILADELPHIA — Former Vice President Joe Biden is holding a steady lead with likely voters in Pennsylvania, with a new Franklin & Marshall College poll showing him up 6 percentage points over President Donald Trump.That edge in the survey released Thursday is unchanged from an F&M poll conducted in September, and in line with other surveys showing Biden leading in the state by mid- to high-single digits.Less than a week before Election Day, Biden is out-performing Hillary Clinton in Pennsylvania counties she won in 2016 while Trump is lagging in counties he carried. Trump’s victory in Pennsylv...
The Philadelphia Inquirer