Despite coronavirus fears, Austin's 'bat attitude' prevails
AUSTIN, Texas — As the sun sets over Lady Bird lake on a warm summer night, a stream of shadows begins to emerge from beneath the Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge. The shadows dart and dance across the orange sky like insects silhouetted by a flame.Tiffany Toronto, visiting family from her home in Maine, watched the display with her children Tuesday. “It’s really a cool thing to watch them all fly out. You look at it and you think, ‘Where are they?’ And then they fly out all at once.”This scene plays out nightly during the summer in Austin. Millions of bats depart their daytime roosts withi...
Former MLB pitcher Tyson Brummett killed in Utah plane crash along with 3 others
A former major league pitcher and three others were killed after the small plane they were traveling in crashed in the Utah mountains, just outside of Salt Lake City, authorities said.Tyson Brummett was piloting the Cessna 172 when it went down in American Fork Canyon shortly after departing from Regional Airport in West Jordan on Friday. According to the Utah County Sheriff’s Office, everyone onboard died upon impact.The 35-year-old former athlete was killed in the crash alongside his friend, 35-year-old Alex Ruegner, as well as Ruegner’s 62-year-old uncle, Douglas Blackhurst, and 60-year-old...
New York Daily News
Larry Stone: Coronavirus is surging again as sports leagues eye returns. Is this all worth it?
SEATTLE — In 1995, while working for another newspaper, I covered the bleak spectacle of replacement spring training. Each MLB team – including the one I was following, the San Francisco Giants — was populated with a motley crew of strikebreakers that owners were using to show their absent players that the season would proceed without them.Yet throughout February and March, and then still on the verge of opening day in April, I had the nagging feeling in the back of my mind that this was all an exercise in futility. I had extreme doubts that these replacement players would ever see the field i...
The Seattle Times
NASA ponies up funds for more Artemis boosters from Northrop Grumman
NASA has contracted with Northrop Grumman to start gathering the materials it would need to supply booster rockets for as many as six more Artemis lunar missions.The company is the main contractor on the two solid rocket boosters that are attached to the core stage of the Space Launch System rocket designed to take the Orion crew capsule to the moon and Mars.It’s already shipped the segments to be used on Artemis I to Kennedy Space Center from its testing facility in Utah, and is under contract to construct two more for Artemis II and III. This new contract is for up to $49.5 million so Northr...
Ann McFeatters: Trump's affinity for Russia is baffling and dangerous
WASHINGTON — For five years, ever since Donald Trump announced he was running for president, we have heard allegations that he is inappropriately obsessed with Russia. Millions of Americans have dismissed such a suggestion as ridiculous.Those people should look — seriously and objectively — at the evidence. It is enormously compelling.For years, including the entire year and a half Trump was running for president, he tried to get Russian backing to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.He visited Russia but later denied it. When he owned the Miss Universe pageant, he held an annual competition in Comm...
Tribune News Service
Protests prompt policing changes, but skeptics doubt they will be enough
WASHINGTON — The first day protesters gathered outside Colorado’s Capitol in May to call for policing changes, state Rep. Leslie Herod stood with them.“I could hear the anger and feel the frustration, and I felt it too,” she said. “As an elected official, I realized it was time to act.”Herod, who chairs the Black Democratic Legislative Caucus, began putting together legislation to require body cameras for officers, set up a database of fired officers and prohibit use of chemical irritants during protests. The House and Senate quickly passed it and Democratic Gov. Jared Polis signed it.Only 21 ...
16 states meet threshold for New York quarantine order, Cuomo says
ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo doubled the number of states included in a travel advisory mandating visitors coming from areas hit hard by coronavirus must quarantine for two weeks.Eight additional states reporting rising infection rates meet the threshold set by the governor last week.“We now have 16 states that meet the formula for quarantine, so that has gone way up,” Cuomo said during an interview Tuesday morning on NY1. “That’s a very significant problem.”Eight states were included during the initial rollout of the order last week, but as the virus spreads throughout the country, Cuomo ...
New York Daily News
Virus cases spike while local and state officials bicker over face mask mandates
DALLAS — Every day, Texas continues to break records in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, rivaling hot spots such as Florida and Arizona as the new center of the U.S. pandemic.As the situation escalates — spiking to a record 6,584 new cases Wednesday and adding more than 5,000 new infections almost every day last week — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has consistently touted the ways in which Texans can stay safe: Wear a mask, sanitize often, social distance. Last week, he encouraged Texans to just stay indoors, then said he’d put a pause on reopening businesses. By the end of the week, he orde...
Job seekers get more options as working from home becomes permanent
Chicago TribuneWith three young children, Eric Sauerhoff was not looking to move across the Midwest during the pandemic.The Bexley, Ohio, resident was job hunting and knew a move might be necessary. But when offices shut down due to COVID-19, he began to wonder if he could avoid the move altogether and work remotely from Ohio.“If a company had said, ‘We need you to move to Chicago or Seattle or anywhere just to work from home here,’ that would have been a tough sale,” said Sauerhoff, 33, who earlier this month joined Chicago car insurance startup Clearcover as a vice president and works from h...
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Job seekers get more options — and competition — as working from home becomes permanent. 'If we decide we need people to come in, we can fly them in'
With three young children, Eric Sauerhoff was not looking to move across the Midwest during the pandemic.The Bexley, Ohio, resident was job hunting and knew a move might be necessary. But when offices shut down due to COVID-19, he began to wonder if he could avoid the move altogether and work remotely from Ohio.“If a company had said, ‘We need you to move to Chicago or Seattle or anywhere just to work from home here,’ that would have been a tough sale,” said Sauerhoff, 33, who earlier this month joined Chicago car insurance startup Clearcover as a vice president and works from his Ohio home.Th...