North Carolina is a delegate prize on Super Tuesday. But it's a complicated one
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Only two states have more Democratic delegates at stake than North Carolina on Super Tuesday. But who will get them?Well, it’s complicated.— It depends not just on how many votes a candidate gets but where he or she gets them.— In a sense, candidates still in the race will be competing with those who’ve dropped out.— And regardless of the primary outcome, so-called automatic delegates — once known as superdelegates — can support whoever they want.“Of course it’s complicated,” said University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato. “It doesn’t have to be that complicated...
The Charlotte Observer
John M. Crisp: Is Mayor Pete too young to be president?
Is Mayor Pete Buttigieg too young to be president? Our nation’s founders didn’t think so; among the few limitations they applied to presidential aspirants was a minimum age of 35.Nevertheless, at 38, the mayor stands out among the prominent Democratic candidates, that is, Buttigieg and the five others who participated in the debate last week in Las Vegas. Their ages are 78, 78, 77, 70 and 59. No wonder Buttigieg looks so young.But generally Buttigieg’s competitors for the nomination don’t criticize him for his age as much as for his lack of experience. It’s easy to dismiss his only political e...
Tribune News Service
DNA databases are a boon to police but a menace to privacy, critics say
WASHINGTON — Nearly two years after the arrest of the suspected Golden State Killer revitalized DNA forensics, some state lawmakers around the country are pushing to stop or restrict police searches of genetic code databases.Other lawmakers, meanwhile, want to make it even easier for police to use the technique, known as investigative genetic genealogy, to catch criminals.Inspired by the capture of the alleged Golden State Killer, police across the United States are uploading crime-scene DNA to GEDmatch and other databases where purchasers of genetic testing kits from companies such as 23andMe...
Millions of people can vote but don't, even in swing states. Here's why
PHILADELPHIA — Patricia Robinson registered to vote when she was 18.At 79, she still hasn’t seen anybody worth voting for.“I don’t vote because I haven’t seen anybody that doesn’t have their hand into something,” she said. “They’re all a bunch of crooks.”Robinson, a retired hospital worker in Erie, is one of 100 million people who sit out election after election, according to a new study. Nonvoters have a number of reasons for not participating. But in general they tend to dislike politicians and political parties, distrust the electoral system to accurately count votes and the political syste...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Family travel five: Exploring our underwater world
Introduce your family to the beauty and wonder of our underwater world. Here are five places where you can swim, snorkel and learn to dive.———1. Ambergris Caye, BelizeBelize is home to the second largest coral reef system in the world, luring scuba enthusiasts eager to dive the Great Blue Hole, the large submarine sinkhole once explored by Jacques Cousteau. If you team up with an experienced and reputable outfitter, it’s also a great place for beginners and more proficient family members to appreciate the glory of our underwater world. Las Terrazas Resort is a family-friendly condo-style hotel...
Scott Lauber: Why Phillies shook up their athletic training staff after last season
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Five years ago, when the Phillies undertook a massive, down-to-the-studs rebuilding project, they overhauled some departments and created others that had been either neglected for years or ignored entirely. The result was a fundamental change to the organization’s overall infrastructure.But one area remained mostly untouched: the training staff.For four decades, in fact, the Phillies’ athletic training staff had been remarkably stable. Jeff Cooper took over as head trainer in 1981 and held the position until his retirement in 2006. His replacement, Scott Sheridan, was still ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Utah animal sanctuary draws intrepid travelers looking for something different
KANAB, Utah — During my three decades as a travel writer, this was the first time I had found myself in the doghouse. Literally. I was in the Puppy Pre-school at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary’s Dogtown, cuddling an affectionate pit bull mix named Challah. She was the last of her litter, and if there is any justice in the world, this adorable mutt has already found or will soon find her forever home.In the meantime, she — and others like her — receive lots of TLC from the passionate staff at Best Friends. Let me amend that — Challah and others both like and unlike her. Here, in this sprawling 3...
Tribune News Service
Editorial: Endorsement: Amy Klobuchar for president
For Washington state, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is the best choice to advance to the general election in the crucial effort to unseat President Donald Trump.She is an effective third-term senator with a strong track record of leading initiatives whether her party was in power or not, working across the aisle when it served her state and the nation. The Minnesotan is no demagogue, titillating voters with political impossibilities like “Medicare for All.”Rather, Klobuchar is a pragmatic and authentic progressive who wants to make actual progress on many issues especially important to Washington, s...
The Seattle Times
What it costs to be a VIP at Disney World
With an average annual attendance of more than 52 million visitors, Orlando’s Walt Disney World is the most-visited theme park in the world. While most guests wait hours in lines during a typical visit and might spend a little extra for some ice cream or sodas, others fork over a lot of cash for more exclusive experiences.If you want to escape the crowds — and want a more upscale experience beyond a mouse-ear-shaped ice cream treat — consider ponying up for a few luxe activities. Disney offers a suite of exclusive experiences and personalized services dubbed the Crown Collection.If you want to...
Tribune News Service
Mark Zeigler: Kobe's death and its harsh lesson about our obsession with youth sports
When Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna arrived at the private aviation section of John Wayne Airport on the morning of Sunday, Jan. 26, the waiting lounge was not empty. It was filled with passengers whose flights had been delayed by the fuzzy blanket of coastal fog that had moved onshore overnight across Southern California.The Los Angeles police department and county sheriff had grounded their helicopters because visibility, a spokesperson later said, “did not meet our minimum standards” of 2 miles and an 800-foot cloud ceiling.Commercial jets in the air were flying on instruments.“It was ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune