More testing, clusters of cases drive Michigan coronavirus numbers higher, officials say
DETROIT — Michigan’s coronavirus curve continues to climb upward as 543 newly confirmed cases were reported Thursday, the highest number of new cases in the state since May 29.Calling it “one of the highest case counts we’ve reported in several weeks,” Lynn Sutfin, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Health and Human Services, said a few things might have contributed to the rise in cases.Among them is testing.In all, 23,423 diagnostic COVID-19 tests were reported in Michigan on Wednesday, the most in a single day since the pandemic began. It’s an increase of 6,648 tests from the day befo...
Detroit Free Press
Finding their voices: One-time national contestants, Kat Perkins and Nicholas David have come home to lasting success in Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS — He’s a Bible-quoting hippie dad, a 6-foot-2 kaleidoscope of colors, layers and wizardly beard.She’s a spunky 4-foot-11 rock ‘n’ roller, all tattoos, leopard patterns and jet-black hair.He lives with his wife and three kids in their St. Paul home. She’s single in a rented house in suburban Minneapolis.Nicholas David and Kat Perkins seem to have about as much in common as mystical rocker Father John Misty and pop powerhouse Lady Gaga. But David and Perkins are indelibly linked — Minnesotans who won the hearts of America on NBC’s “The Voice” and then became bankable stars in their h...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Sixers' Brett Brown opens up about Black Lives Matter, social injustice: 'This thing … is real'
PHILADELPHIA — George Floyd’s death and the Black Lives Matter movement in recent weeks have been eye-opening for 76ers coach Brett Brown.“So this thing that we’re talking about … for me, as a 59-year-old white man is just jaw-dropping in relation to being educated,” Brown said Wednesday during a Zoom call with the media.The coach revealed that 99% of his last two team Zoom meetings with players were spent discussing racial injustice. The other 1% was spent telling them to get in shape.Brown is a member of the National Basketball Coaches Association’s 11-member committee on racial injustice an...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Protests prompt policing changes, but skeptics doubt they will be enough
WASHINGTON — The first day protesters gathered outside Colorado’s Capitol in May to call for policing changes, state Rep. Leslie Herod stood with them.“I could hear the anger and feel the frustration, and I felt it too,” she said. “As an elected official, I realized it was time to act.”Herod, who chairs the Black Democratic Legislative Caucus, began putting together legislation to require body cameras for officers, set up a database of fired officers and prohibit use of chemical irritants during protests. The House and Senate quickly passed it and Democratic Gov. Jared Polis signed it.Only 21 ...
16 states meet threshold for New York quarantine order, Cuomo says
ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo doubled the number of states included in a travel advisory mandating visitors coming from areas hit hard by coronavirus must quarantine for two weeks.Eight additional states reporting rising infection rates meet the threshold set by the governor last week.“We now have 16 states that meet the formula for quarantine, so that has gone way up,” Cuomo said during an interview Tuesday morning on NY1. “That’s a very significant problem.”Eight states were included during the initial rollout of the order last week, but as the virus spreads throughout the country, Cuomo ...
New York Daily News
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Supreme Court rejects inmates’ appeal, keeps federal executions on trackWASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court put President Donald Trump’s administration on track to resume federal executions as soon as July 13, rejecting an appeal by inmates who challenged the lethal injection protocol the government plans to use.Over two dissents, the justices left intact a lower court decision backing the administration’s plan for carrying out the first federal executions since 2003. The Justice Department scheduled four in July and August, all of men convicted of murdering children.The inmates said the proto...
Tribune News Service
Review: At $100 per car, was Garth Brooks' drive-in concert worth leaving the house for?
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — On the one hand, Garth Brooks’ drive-in event could be considered a positive step in the right direction for those who crave a return to “normal” — with normal, in this case, being a time and a place for large numbers of people to come together to enjoy big-budget entertainment.On the other: If this is what the future of “concert-going” looks like, go ahead and count me out.Honestly, I don’t know exactly what I was expecting to get out of the experience of seeing “Encore Live Presents Garth Brooks: A Drive-In Concert Experience,” a prerecorded performance screened Saturday ni...
The Charlotte Observer
Person to Person: Building better conversation for racial harmony
Did you know that each of us have different requirements for feeling loved? For example, your husband may feel loved when you watch football with him. Or, your sister may feel loved when you share family history with her.As our nation faces the emotional challenge of cooling stress among all races, we have to begin by understanding what makes other people feel loved and cared for.“I’ve had African American friends all of my life,” says a friend of ours we’ll call Evelyn. “But, it shocked me recently when one friend told me she had a problem. She said I was always saying, ‘I don’t see color.’ S...
Tribune News Service
How will sports teams convince fans to risk COVID-19 exposure to come to games? Masks first
Sooner or later, sports fans will start drifting back to attending live sports events. How will it be different?Don’t expect to interact with a ticket-taker anymore. Ordering food and drinks will almost universally involve a phone app, rather than lines at concession stands. You will take prescribed paths to and from your seat to avoid walking shoulder-to-shoulder with strangers.And absolutely, you will wear a mask there, at least for the foreseeable future.“Once we start opening up (spectator sports), you’re gonna have to wear a mask for a while. Just do it,” said Patty Olinger, executive dir...
The Charlotte Observer
Editorial: Shut down sports during COVID-19 pandemic
The coronavirus pandemic is exposing the lie that professional sports leagues put the health and safety of their players before the teams’ bottom line.It’s the height of irresponsibility for MLB, NBA, WNBA, NHL, NFL, MLS and NWSL teams to resume play while COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are on the rise. And that goes double for California colleges and high school programs that are moving forward with plans to play games this fall.The competition endangers the players; accelerates the general spread of the virus; risks the players’ exposing their parents, grandparents and other highly vuln...
The Mercury News