42% of Floridians say coronavirus makes them less likely to evacuate for major hurricane
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — As forecast models predict an above-average hurricane season, the coronavirus pandemic has made four in 10 Floridians less likely to evacuate for a major storm this year.Concern over catching the virus is the reason, according to a survey released Monday by AAA — The Auto Club Group.The survey found 42% of Floridians said they were “less likely to evacuate your home in the event of a major hurricane.” The majority, 58%, said they wouldn’t be less likely to evacuate because of social distancing rules and concern over contracting COVID-19, the disease caused by the corona...
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McConnell says Senate to take up House’s PPP flexibility billWASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said his chamber would “soon” vote on a House bill passed last week that would add flexibility to a loan program helping small businesses survive the economic crisis caused by the novel coronavirus.“I hope and anticipate the Senate will soon take up and pass legislation that just passed the House by an overwhelming vote of 417-1 to further strengthen the Paycheck Protection Program so it continues working for small businesses that need our help,” McConnell, R-Ky., said Monday.The Ho...
Tribune News Service
Ford restarts all its operations south of the border, FCA adds shifts
Ford Motor Co. has restarted its plants in Mexico after weeks of shutdown due to the coronavirus, it said Monday.The automaker offered little detail on exactly when it restarted its four plants in Mexico or how many shifts it would operate, other than to say the restart is gradual.“The safety of our workforce is our top priority,” said Ford spokesman Said Deep, in an email to the Free Press. “Working closely with government, suppliers and union leaders, Ford de México is gradually resuming operations and production under the strictest protocols to keep our employees healthy and safe. We have r...
Detroit Free Press
Wife of fired cop Derek Chauvin files for divorce, does not want spousal support
Kellie May Chauvin wants a clean break from an allegedly dirty cop.Chauvin, the now-estranged wife of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, doesn’t want a dime in spousal support in their divorce.All she seeks is half their assets, the title to their Florida home and her former name, TMZ reported, citing court documents. In addition, Kellie Chauvin is stipulating she won’t pay him spousal support either, TMZ said.Kellie Chauvin, 45, filed for divorce a few days after Chauvin kneeled on the 46-year-old Floyd’s neck during an arrest, even as Floyd repeated, “I can’t breathe,” while th...
New York Daily News
Thousands gather at Minnesota governor's mansion to protest George Floyd's death
MINNEAPOLIS — Monday evening, thousands of peaceful protesters began walking their cause down St. Paul’s Summit Avenue, moving from the Minnesota governor’s mansion and heading to the State Capitol.The crowd demanded that all four officers involved in the killing of George Floyd be jailed and prosecuted.While at the mansion, around 30 St. Paul police officers on the outskirts of the crowd took a knee, which drew criticism from organizers who asked them to leave. As they started chanting, “What’s his name? George Floyd!” black Officer Antwan Denson shed tears.But speakers said it was too little...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Unemployment, isolation and depression from COVID-19 may cause more 'deaths of despair'
PHILADELPHIA — Even before protesters across the country took to the streets in rage and grief over police brutality, Americans were already facing unprecedented stress, isolation, depression and fear brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.Earlier this month, as the country began to consider relaxing stay-at-home orders and reopening businesses, experts warned that the months of isolation and unemployment prompted by the coronavirus pandemic may increase deaths of despair, a term for an alarming rise in early deaths among young and mid-life Americans, from suicide, drug overdoses and alcoholism.S...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Dave Hyde: From social unrest comes a simple lesson for sports — why black coaches matter
Coach X said in a statement this weekend: “I am shocked and angered by the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. We’re at an important moment for our country, and now is the time for us to choose kindness, tolerance, understanding, empathy … it’s time to love each other. Every life is precious …”Coach Y said in a statement this weekend, “My father was a 30-year veteran of the Chicago police department, and if he were still with us right now, he’d be hurt and outraged by the senseless acts of racial injustice that continue to plague our country. Being black in America...
Warriors reopen San Francisco practice facility to players for workouts
The Warriors opened their San Francisco practice facility to players Monday for individual workouts, a league source confirmed to Bay Area News Group.At least five players showed up to practice shooting, work in the weight room and undergo treatment while adhering to social-distance protocols at the facility for the first time in nearly three months, according to the source. The news was first reported by the Athletic.Last week, Mayor London Breed announced that professional teams in San Francisco could begin practicing this week with the approval of public health officials. Those teams can ho...
The Mercury News
Timberwolves' Josh Okogie calls playing field for blacks 'unfair' after George Floyd's death
Josh Okogie can’t help but replay the situation in his mind and analyze all the ways in which George Floyd could still be alive.The 21-year-old Timberwolves guard also can’t shake the way police treated Floyd compared to the way police treated Dylann Roof, a white supremacist who was sentenced to death for murdering nine black people in a South Carolina church in 2015.“He goes into a Baptist church and mass murders all these people. The cops come. They put a bulletproof vest on him, nobody harms him. Feed him Burger King,” Okogie said. “So a guy who did a crime harsh enough to get the death se...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Professor pleads guilty to laundering $2 million in proceeds from Venezuelan corruption
MIAMI — University of Miami professor Bruce Bagley pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of money laundering after being charged with using bank accounts in his name and in the name of a company he created in Florida to launder more than $2 million in proceeds from a Venezuelan bribery and corruption scheme.Bagley, recognized as an international scholar on drug cartels and money laundering, pleaded not guilty soon after his arrest in November 2019 in the New York case linked to South Florida, but filed a notice in March indicating that he planned to change his plea.“Bruce Bagley (…) went from wr...