Scott Fowler: Dell Curry thought he had COVID-19. What that was like, and what Steph needed during pandemic.
Dell Curry is the patriarch of the first family of Charlotte basketball — the second-leading scorer in history for the Charlotte Hornets, as well as the father of two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Steph Curry and Dallas Maverick guard Seth Curry.The elder Curry would normally be busy this time of year serving as the Hornets’ TV analyst. Instead, like the rest of us, Dell Curry’s life has been upended by the fallout from the coronavirus.Curry, 55, spoke with me on the phone Wednesday about his own recent health scare, how his family is coping with the quarantine on both coasts and what Steph Cu...
The Charlotte Observer
Hall of Fame Game between Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers remains a go — for now
As of now, the Pro Football’s Hall of Fame Game between the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers is still on for Aug. 6 in Canton, Ohio.That’s the first exhibition game scheduled to start the NFL’s 2020 season, although it’s subject to change amid the coronavirus pandemic.“The Pro Football Hall of Fame is planning on kicking off the NFL’s season in Canton on August 6th at the Hall of Fame Game with a full and safe schedule of Enshrinement activities for the best four days in football,” David Baker, president and CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, said in an email to the Star-Telegram. “If...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas Rangers Hall of Famer Josh Hamilton indicted on charge of injury to a child
Texas Rangers Hall of Fame member Josh Hamilton was indicted Monday on one count of injury to a child with intentional bodily injury, a third-degree felony, stemming from a Sept. 30 incident in which he allegedly injured his oldest daughter.Hamilton pleaded not guilty Oct. 31 after turning himself in on Oct. 30 and was released on a $35,000 bond. But the case will be delayed indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic. Courts aren’t scheduling hearing until after May 11.He was accused of throwing a water bottle at his oldest daughter, 14, and hitting her in the chest, according to an arre...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Uber drivers, other gig workers are still waiting for unemployment benefits from the federal stimulus law
Self-employed workers like Uber drivers and piano teachers who have lost income because of the coronavirus pandemic will have to wait weeks before they can apply for financial assistance under the federal relief law.The $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, which includes benefits for the self-employed, was signed into law March 27. Late Sunday, the federal government provided 79 pages of instructions to states for administering unemployment assistance under the relief act, including aid for the self-employed.On Tuesday, Illinois was unable to provide any guidance on...
On Texas-Louisiana border, vehicle checkpoints put the brakes on coronavirus
Orange (United States) (AFP) - Texas is usually known for its friendliness but the Lone Star State is making things extra lonely for its neighbors to the east -- requiring visitors from coronavirus-stricken Louisiana to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in the state.Beginning Sunday, state troopers set up checkpoints -- such as the one in Orange, Texas -- along the border with Louisiana to screen all motorists entering the state. The parking lot of the town's closed visitor center on Highway 10 was taken over by officers who tended to a long line of cars. Across the way picnic tables were ro...
Competing hospitals cooperate to meet the crisis
For hospitals, among the nation’s biggest and most competitive businesses, giving up lucrative surgeries to make way for a competitor’s overflow of patients does not come naturally.But as COVID-19 threatens to overwhelm the American health care system, U.S. hospitals are cooperating in unprecedented ways. In addition to postponing elective surgeries and other procedures, they are transferring children from adult hospitals to pediatric hospitals and sharing staff, equipment and supplies. One health care system has gone as far as creating a COVID-19-only hospital.In hard-hit New York, Democratic...
Butterfly house raising 'black market' praying mantids, even when no one is there to see them
CHESTERFIELD, Mo. — Tad Yankoski already knew he was going to have a busy month.Yankoski, senior entomologist at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House in Chesterfield, got an unusual shipment on March 10 that would excite most any insect expert: Black market praying mantid eggs that had been confiscated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection from a shipping facility in Kentucky. With all the proper USDA certifications, the butterfly house in Faust Park was picked to care for the egg cases that could contain hundreds of insects.Fast forward less than a week, and Yankoski’s busy month turned surrea...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
They were stranded at sea. Now they're on a docked cruise ship … waiting
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Cruise ship passengers still are dealing with fevers, arranging travel to their home countries or waiting for their loved ones who are ill at South Florida hospitals.They’re the final passengers of a cruise ship docked at Port Everglades, and it’s taking longer than anyone expected to get them home amid the coronavirus crisis.Meanwhile, at PortMiami, another cruise ship with sick passengers and two deaths was having its own evacuation issues Tuesday.At Port Everglades, the plan was to get everyone off two Holland America ships, the Zaandam and Rotterdam, in a matter of ...
Appeals court allows Texas to continue coronavirus abortion ban
AUSTIN, Texas — Overruling a federal judge, a divided appeals court Tuesday gave Texas permission to continue banning most abortions as part of a wider fight against COVID-19.The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 ruling, said constitutional rights “may be reasonably restricted” to protect the safety of the general public.“That settled rule allows the state to restrict, for example, one’s right to peaceably assemble, to publicly worship, to travel, and even to leave one’s home. The right to abortion is no exception,” Judge Stuart Kyle Duncan wrote for the majority.In lifting a tempora...
High schools turn on the lights to light up everyone's lives
At precisely 8:20 p.m. Monday, the lights at McNamara Stadium along the main drag in Hastings flickered on. The stadium was empty and quiet, yet somehow perfect in the moment.The timing was symbolic. Eight weeks of school left, 20 to honor the graduating class of 2020.A few cars stopped outside Hastings High’s football stadium for a look. A group of kids ran over to take pictures from behind the fence.At 8:40, the stadium went dark again.Similar scenes took place across Minnesota on Monday night as high school stadiums illuminated in a show of support for spring athletes, all senior students a...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)