Kings GM Vlade Divac steps down after five seasons; Joe Dumars will take over
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — His jersey will always hang in the rafters at Golden 1 Center as a symbol of his storied playing career in Sacramento, but Vlade Divac will no longer hold his post as the team’s general manager.Divac, 52, stepped down Friday after five tumultuous seasons as the team’s general manager and vice president of basketball operations. Joe Dumars, who joined the organization as an advisor last summer, will serve as interim general manager and executive vice president of basketball operations on an interim basis until a permanent replacement is found.Sources told The Sacramento Bee...
The Sacramento Bee
Suspected ISIS member in major terrorism case charged in Manhattan following extradition
NEW YORK — A suspected ISIS supporter believed to be among the world’s most influential will stand trial in Manhattan, prosecutors said Friday.Following his extradition to New York City late Thursday from Jamaica, Shaikh Faisal, 56 — also known as Trevor William Forrest — was arraigned in Manhattan Supreme Court on a multitude of charges stemming from his deep ties to the global terrorist organization.Prosecutors described him as one of the world’s most influential radical Islamist preachers.Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said Faisal “has spent two decades inspiring the terrorists behind plot...
New York Daily News
Hurricane evacuees from South Florida would spread COVID-19 cases by the thousands, new study finds
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — South Florida residents fleeing the path of a powerful hurricane would almost certainly cause a spike in coronavirus infections across the state and beyond, according to a new study.And decisions made during a hurricane evacuation could mean a difference of tens of thousands of new COVID-19 cases.The study, conducted by scientists with the Union of Concerned Scientists and Columbia University, examines how four South Florida counties that are hotspots for coronavirus — Miami Dade, Palm Beach, Monroe and Broward — would influence the spread of COVID-19 should a Category ...
Tropical Storm Josephine steers into the upper Atlantic, 2nd system emerges off North Carolina
ORLANDO, Fla. — Tropical Storm Josephine’s western journey is expected to begin its northbound turn Friday to the upper Atlantic, while a second system with medium chances of developing emerged off North Carolina, according to the National Hurricane Center.Josephine saw some weakening of its maximum sustained winds, which decreased from 45 to 40 mph Friday morning, but still has tropical-storm force winds extending out 80 miles.It did however maintain its forward second-gear speed of 17 mph.On its current track, Tropical Storm Josephine is expected to turn northeast, away from Florida.Models s...
Editorial: Lawsuit against its ex-CEO keeps #MeToo on the menu at McDonald's
Last November, McDonald’s fired CEO Steve Easterbrook after discovering he had engaged in a consensual, nonphysical relationship with an unidentified employee. Easterbrook lost his job for violating company policies and showing poor judgment, but he was allowed to walk away with a nearly $42 million severance package because he hadn’t lied about his actions or done anything illegal.Now McDonald’s has more to say about Easterbrook’s departure. The fast-food giant is suing Easterbrook to recoup the money, alleging that a deeper investigation determined he covered up other inappropriate activitie...
Mercedes to spend billions to settle US diesel emissions cases
Mercedes-Benz and its parent company, Daimler, say they will pay more than $2 billion to settle diesel emissions cases in the United States.The German automaker announced Thursday it has reached a deal with U.S. authorities and a separate agreement to settle U.S. class action litigation over its diesel emission scandal.The tentative settlements are just the latest piece in the ongoing diesel emissions cheating saga involving automakers following the Volkswagen Dieselgate case. Other companies, including Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford and General Motors, have also faced accusations, with FCA i...
Detroit Free Press
Commentary: What artificial intelligence is telling us about US-China relations
Recent weeks were eventful in U.S.-China relations, to put it mildly. Spies were allegedly uncovered, consulates were closed after some resistance, TikTok and WeChat are being banned in the United States and China’s fighter jets flew over the Taiwan Strait when Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar made the highest-profile visit by a U.S. official to the island in over four decades. All of this on top of a pandemic and worsening trade ties. While some may debate whether this is the beginning of a new Cold War, it would be misguided to presume that such a war would necessarily remain co...
Tribune News Service
Dahleen Glanton: What did we learn from the murder of George Floyd? The police shooting in Chicago shows not very much
After months of protests and civil unrest over the police shooting of George Floyd, Chicagoans were tested Monday on what we have learned.We failed miserably.In our collective anger over the looting that occurred in the aftermath of a police shooting in the Englewood neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, we lost focus on the most important thing — human life.Police shot another Black man on Sunday. This time it wasn’t fatal, but we all know it could have been. Many African Americans are rightfully angry.It is understandable why others are upset that one of the most beautiful parts of our city ...
A new depression in the Atlantic could become Tropical Storm Josephine this week
MIAMI — A tropical depression traveling west through the Atlantic could strengthen into Tropical Storm Josephine this week, according to the National Hurricane Center.The depression is about 1,220 miles east-southeast of the Northern Leeward Islands and is traveling west with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph and higher gusts, according to the hurricane center’s advisory at 5 p.m. EDT Wednesday.The system is then expected to begin moving west-northwest later, according to forecasters. By Friday, winds could reach 60 mph before weakening again.The forecast shows the storm moving north of the Le...
Ford recalls include some F-150s because of fire risk
DETROIT — Ford is warning that a number of 2020 F-150 pickups could catch fire because of a battery connection issue. At the same time, the company announced a recall of more than half a million Edges with potential brake problems.The company said it’s recalling 431 F-150s in the United States. The recall, one of three announced by Ford Wednesday, affects only trucks built from June 30-July 1 at the Kansas City Assembly Plant, and Ford said it is not aware of any fires, crashes or injuries related to any of the recall issues.The trucks “may have been built with an improper attachment nut used ...
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