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
Top 10 classic summer movie picks to beat the heat
Summer is a special season for film, and not just because it is when studios trot out their loudest, most expensive fare. Filmmakers look to summer for its effects on friendships, the stories of youngsters coming of age and the ageless romances that blossom with a beach in the background. Whether it’s the burning passions to match the temps, the celebrations of freedom or the inherent comedy and horror of vacations, summer stories beg to be told.If you’ve been looking to get reacquainted with the summer you’re missing by safely staying home as much as possible, Sentinel staffers have offered u...
Family travel five: Planning for a pod
After months of staying home, many families are eager to put travel plans back on the calendar. Some are creating travel pods, small groups of friends or family members with whom to share an adventure.If such an idea sounds intriguing, here are five tips to consider:———1. Choose your pod wisely.There are so many factors to consider when planning a group trip in the era of COVID-19. Do all potential travelers share a similar attitude toward safety and risk tolerance? Will each member quarantine before departing on your trip together? Is pretrip testing an option? Will family members be committe...
Disney World annual passholders feel slighted as theme parks navigate COVID-19 pandemic
ORLANDO, Fla. — Calling Disney World to cancel her annual pass was almost as nightmarish as navigating Florida’s overwhelmed unemployment benefits system this year.Jen Vargas says she was on hold for five hours with Disney. It gave her enough time to decide on dinner, cook and eat the meatless tacos, do the dishes and then some.Craig Hicks once went to Disney World up to five times a week, snapping photographs of a beautiful Florida sunset behind the Cinderella Castle to share on social media. That was before the pandemic. Now, that unlimited access is gone, even though Hicks still pays $70 a ...
Despite the pandemic, the show goes on in Medora, N.D.
On some nights in the North Dakota Badlands, there are forces more threatening than the coronavirus.Fifteen minutes before the cast of the “Medora Musical” was expected to launch into its opening number on a July night, an executive who had clearly drawn the short straw shuffled onto the outdoor stage to announce that impending lightning was forcing them to scrub that evening’s performance.As the roughly 700 spectators filed out of the Burning Hills Amphitheatre, one teenager allowed herself a moment of sarcasm — “Supergood!” — before cajoling her companions to stop for ice cream on the way ho...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
The weekly geography quiz
GEOQUIZ: What is the capital of South Dakota?Answer: Pierre. It took three separate elections for the city to permanently win the honor. It sits in the geographic center of the state and has a population of about 14,000.———©2020 Chicago Tribune
More airlines announce stricter face mask policies
Despite no mandate from the federal government, airlines continue to get tougher with their face mask requirements this summer, with Alaska Airlines, JetBlue and Spirit Airlines among the carriers adopting a new policy of no mask, no travel, no exceptions moving forward.Effective Friday, all Alaska passengers age 2 and older will be required to wear a cloth mask or an approved face covering over both their nose and mouth. Those travelers who are unwilling or unable to cover up will not be allowed to travel, regardless of the reason.Meanwhile, Spirit’s requirement that customers with the except...
Alaska Airlines no longer renting out in-flight entertainment tablets
Alaska Airlines has permanently done away with in-flight entertainment tablet rentals onboard its flights in the name of safety amid the coronavirus pandemic."In order to minimize contact between guests and crew, we've permanently removed in-flight entertainment tablet rentals onboard," the carrier stated in an update to its in-flight entertainment FAQs page.The tablets, which came preloaded with tons of movies, TV shows, music and games, were available on Alaska's longest flights for a cost of $8 to $10 and free for first-class passengers and the airline's top loyalty program members.Alaska p...
Mary Schmich: Hate that mask? You'll like it better if you turn it into a story
Every mask tells a story. What’s yours?Obviously, this question presumes that you have a mask and use it, in which case, you’re not the prime target for the new Illinois ad campaign that comes with the slogan “It Only Works if You Wear It.” The $5 million campaign, which the governor announced Monday, is aimed at the mask resisters, the legions whose behavior is one reason a killer virus continues to stalk the land.But if you do wear a mask when you should — generally indoors in public spaces, outdoors when you can’t keep proper social distance — you probably have a story, and that story makes...