American Airlines updates mask policy
American Airlines announced this week that face coverings with exhaust valves or vents would no longer be allowed when boarding the carrier’s flights, effective Wednesday.The airline consulted with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which reports that the face coverings with one-way valves or vents allow exhaled air to be expelled through holes in the material.The exhaled air contains respiratory droplets that can spread the coronavirus.“Wearing a face covering is a responsibility we all share,” American Chief Customer Officer Alison Taylor said. “An effective covering, worn ...
Google adding new coronavirus-related details to travel search results
Google announced plans to add new content to its travel search results in the coming days.Officials revealed Google would soon display the percentage of open hotels with availability, as well as the percentage of flights operating at the city or county level. The changes will include trendlines for both categories.The data necessary to facilitate the chances will be supplied by Google Flights and Hotels data from the previous week. Travelers will also be able to find advisories and the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in an area through links on the website.Google also announced it would ...
Police: Professional poker player Susie Zhao was tortured, set on fire
DETROIT — New details in the murder investigation of Susie Zhao, the professional poker player who recently returned to Michigan, show she was tied up, tortured, sexually assaulted and then set on fire.Zhao’s body was discovered on the early morning of July 13 in the Pontiac Lake Recreation Area in White Lake Township. Police now believe Jeffrey Morris, 60, of Pontiac tortured and sexually assaulted Zhao before he killed her. Morris was arraigned in 52-2 District Court on Aug. 4 in Clarkston. He is charged with first-degree premeditated murder.Police have concluded that Zhao was bound by zip t...
Detroit Free Press
For some COVID-19 survivors, serious problems continue long after the infection is gone
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Josh Wiese, 45, of St. Louis, was training for ultramarathons before what was likely COVID-19 forced him to quarantine at home in March. Now, he must use an inhaler twice a day and can barely jog two miles. He struggles with his memory and finding the right words.Stacy Case, 51, of Rochester, Illinois, tested positive for COVID-19 on May 20 and has tested positive nearly every week since then. She needs two negative tests in a row to return to work. Except for fever, Case said her symptoms have never gone away. Normally healthy and active, she continues to suffer with fatigue,...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Mike Jensen: College sports right now isn't a competition so much as a science fair
So the winner of Wednesday’s 2020 college football quote that would have made no sense in 2019 contest goes to Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby, for reasonably suggesting how “if all your quarterbacks are living together and they get infected, it may be tough” to play a game.That’s where we are. College sports right now isn’t a competition so much as a science fair.Can the Big 12, Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conferences make it to an opening kickoff without shutting down? If yes … did the Big Ten and Pac-12 shut down too quickly? And who had Temple still trying to play football a...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
John Calipari explains the ways Knicks assistant Kenny Payne will be an asset to Tom Thibodeau
NEW YORK — Until they finally step on the court and establish a real basketball identity, the new-look Knicks are tied to a sports agency and the University of Kentucky. They’re the CAA Knicks or the Lexington Knicks.Their biggest hires thus far — Leon Rose, William Wesley, Tom Thibodeau, Kenny Payne — are connected to one or both of those entities. John Calipari, the king of Kentucky basketball and CAA client, is now an acknowledged Knicks fan, but his strongest allegiance is to Payne and he made that clear in an interview Wednesday.“Obviously you all know my relationship with Leon, you know ...
New York Daily News
Craft Beer Festival returns to SeaWorld
ORLANDO, Fla. — SeaWorld Orlando’s annual Craft Beer Festival is returning to the park with more than 100 craft brews.The fest will feature a mix of domestic and Florida favorite beers, plus more than 20 food items to pair with the brews.This year’s event, which takes place Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 20, will be modified to allow guests to safely visit the park with limited capacity amid the coronavirus pandemic. In addition, food and beverage locations will be spaced throughout the park to allow for social distancing, plus touchless payment options will be available.“We couldn’t be h...
Walt Disney World slashes park hours for fall
ORLANDO, Fla. — Walt Disney World will cut its theme-park operating hours this fall, with Epcot closing two hours earlier than normal despite hosting the Taste of Epcot Food & Wine Festival.This week, Disney announced the coronavirus shutdown had cost the company $2 billion.The theme-park giant generally reduces its operating hours as tourism slows after the busier summer months, but this year has been far from the normal pattern. Since reopening in July after a monthslong shutdown because of the pandemic, the parks have been admitting only a small percentage of the usual number of visitors. T...
From Olympic speedskater to Marlins debut, Eddy Alvarez's message: 'it's OK to dream'
BALTIMORE — The phone call Sunday was enough to make Eddy Alvarez emotional. He was home in Miami, on the couch with his significant other, Gaby Pearson, who is due to give birth to the couple’s first child in a couple weeks, when he received the news.His second dream was about to come true.Without hesitation, he made the half-mile drive to his parents’ house and, in order to stay socially distanced during the coronavirus pandemic, shouted at them through their window.“We did it,” Alvarez screamed.His dad, Walter, didn’t instantly understand the message. Mom, Mabel, got it loud and clear.Eddy ...
Evidence is growing, but what will it take to prove masks slow the spread of COVID-19?
To definitively answer the question of whether face masks protect against the novel coronavirus, here’s what you’d need to do:— Recruit thousands of volunteers.— Randomly divide them into two groups.— Assign one group to always wear masks outside of the house, and one group to never wear masks.— Wait a few months, see who gets infected — then try to sort out all possible confounding variables, such as compliance, mask fit and social distancing.A study like that would be not only tough to pull off, but unethical, especially in the midst of a pandemic. It also wouldn’t be able to determine commu...
The Seattle Times