Trudy Rubin: Victory for US democracy: Courts serve law, not a president's will
One good news story from election 2020 that has gotten insufficient attention is the continued independence of America’s courts.Across the country, state and federal judges — appointed by both parties — have resisted President Donald Trump’s efforts to subvert the voters. From Pennsylvania to Georgia to Michigan and beyond, judges have rejected false White House claims of massive fraud and chastised his lawyers for failing to present evidence.One thrilling moment took place last week in Philadelphia, when federal appeals court Judge Stephanos Bibas, a Trump appointee, bluntly rejected efforts ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
'Van Gogh Alive' brings multisensory art experience to the Dali Museum
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Though painter Vincent van Gogh has been gone for more than a century, his work is alive and thriving in a multisensory exhibit now showing at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg through April 11, 2021.“Van Gogh Alive” presents visitors a nearly 40-minute immersion in the Dutch post-impressionist’s work with more than 3,000 images projected at enormous scale and set to classical music. Though the exhibit doesn’t contain narration, the creative works reveal an artist who was passionate and expressive but deeply troubled.“In his 37 years, he painted abundantly enough to be p...
Trucks that can drive themselves are already on Texas roads, and more are on the way
The age of self-driving 18-wheelers traveling on U.S. highways may be much closer than many people realize, and North Texas is emerging as the likely location of a major hub for the trucks.One company that is aggressively working to build a nationwide freight network of driverless trucks is TuSimple, which has offices in Beijing and San Diego. TuSimple recently announced plans to build a hub for its autonomous trucks at Fort Worth’s AllianceTexas development.The trucks use cameras and sensors that provide vast amounts of data, so the vehicle’s computer software knows what’s happening up to 3,0...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Trudy Rubin: New Biden foreign policy will put Americans first alongside democratic allies
Does anyone recall the old Alka-Seltzer commercial that sang: “Plop, plop, fizz, fizz, Oh what a relief it is?”That song ricocheted ’round my head as the Trump administration finally greenlit a transition period to the Biden presidency. And as President-elect Joe Biden unveiled his national security team, including longtime foreign policy aides Antony Blinken as future secretary of state and Jake Sullivan for national security adviser, along with former Secretary of State John Kerry as cabinet-level climate czar.Yes, Senate Republicans like Marco Rubio, R-Fla., finally freed to start campaigni...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Editorial: Biden should reboot transatlantic ties
China and 14 other Asian-Pacific nations have signed a massive free trade agreement — the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. The pact covers about 2.2 billion people in the 10 countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, as well as U.S. allies Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea.The deal, announced Sunday, mostly lowers tariffs, with less focus on environmental, labor, intellectual property and other standards. Those virtues were features of another free trade pact meant as a counterbalance to China’s rise — the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.That 2016 deal...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
What to stream: Recommended viewing in preparation for 'Mank'
This Friday, David Fincher’s new film “Mank” premieres in select theaters and drive-ins, before streaming on Netflix Dec. 4. Written by his late father, Jack Fincher, David Fincher’s film centers around the screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, played by Gary Oldman, as he works on the screenplay for Orson Welles’ epic, “Citizen Kane.” Welles and Mankiewicz were credited as co-writers, and both received screenwriting Oscars for the film.“Mank” is alternately an old Hollywood hoot and a socialist polemic, both weird and warm, and speckled with personal tragedy and self-destructiveness, seen in the...
Tribune News Service
Seabourn announces 'strong booking volume' on 2022 World Cruise
In an optimistic sign for the cruise industry, luxury line Seabourn on Thursday reported “strong booking volume” for its 145-day 2022 World Cruise.The voyage is more than 50 percent sold on segments through the halfway point in Shanghai. Additionally, there is limited space on remaining full segments that depart from Los Angeles on Jan. 11, 2022.“We are really encouraged by the tremendous amount of positive interest and bookings for our 2022 World Cruise, which clearly demonstrates that now is the time to consider a booking, rather than later on when suite availability may be limited or even s...
Is the country ready for a single-passenger electric vehicle?
There’s a new kid on the zero-emissions vehicle block — and it has three wheels.The Solo, from Canadian designer and manufacturer ElectraMeccanica, is a single-passenger all-electric vehicle with a range of 100 miles and a top speed of 80 mph. It retails for $18,500, and people in a select few U.S. cities on the West Coast and in Arizona can see it for themselves.The car is slightly more than 10 feet long (122 inches) and 57.5 inches wide at the front wheels — considerably smaller than a typical passenger vehicle. For example, a 2020 Honda Accord sedan is 192.2 inches long and 73.3 inches wide...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Editorial: Foreign policy is on the ballot, too
The 2020 campaign has mostly focused on domestic dynamics. But because most issues are internationally interrelated, foreign policy is on the ballot, too.The meshing of the global and national could be called “inter-mestic,” former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said during a virtual Council of Foreign Relations forum on Monday.“People are totally consumed by the domestic issues happening here, which is COVID, the economy and health care; they all have an international context,” Albright said, adding: “One of the things that is going to be in the next president’s inbox is the connection...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
As Boeing struggles to stay competitive, top jet buyers describe daunting outlook
The world’s biggest buyers of commercial jets believe Boeing, which is set to report more heavy financial losses Wednesday, has fallen significantly below parity with rival Airbus — with limited options for recovery as it bleeds cash during the pandemic-driven aviation crisis.In interviews, executives of the top aircraft-leasing companies said the country’s commercial aviation leader faces immense challenges, with its 737 Max yet to resume commercial flights and prospects for its large new 777X jet crushed by the dramatic contraction of international air travel.In the market for smaller, singl...
The Seattle Times