Family travel five: Planting seeds for autumn adventure
The brisk air, falling leaves and bright colors of autumn inspire families to harvest new plans. Here are five ideas to consider:———1. Discover farm freshFall is an ideal time to celebrate our nation’s bounty by visiting farmer’s markets to marvel at the colors, textures and wonder of fresh produce. Take a farm tour and learn how our food moves from plow to porch. Visit a community garden and become inspired to join in or plan for your own. For a more immersive experience, spend the night or a weekend on a family farm. Leave everyday expectations behind and get ready to pitch in for the mornin...
Bestselling author Tana French talks about what makes a good mystery writer and her latest novel
“I’m always looking for the potential mystery in things,” said author Tana French, on the phone from her Dublin home. “I think that’s what makes a mystery writer.”Being a mystery writer has worked out pretty well for French, who’s written eight acclaimed crime-fiction novels; seven of them New York Times bestsellers, and the eighth, “The Searcher,” released Oct. 6.French didn’t start out as a writer, despite always being drawn to it. She was born in Vermont, to an “Irish and American and Russian and Italian” family, and grew up “all over the world.” Settling in Dublin in her late teens, she st...
The Seattle Times
Ahead of a divisive election, a doctor is working to ensure people with dementia can vote
PHILADELPHIA — Jason Karlawish’s interest in ensuring that Americans with dementia can vote goes back 20 years to another contentious election, the one between George W. Bush and Al Gore that made the “hanging chads” on Florida ballots famous.Chads aside, Karlawish realized that the confusing ballot design led people with perfectly fine brains to make mistakes. A doctor who treats Alzheimer’s patients and is co-director of the Penn Memory Center, Karlawish wondered what voting had been like for people with cognitive impairment.Around the same time, he talked about voting with a group of caregi...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Nation and world news briefs
Kanye West reports financials in filing for his presidential runKanye West reported his financial assets and liabilities in an October filing to the U.S. Office of Government Ethics as part of his run for president.The rapper said his largest asset is fashion company Yeezy LLC, worth “over $50 million,” according to the document. The firm’s apparel and footwear arms are also listed to be worth more than $50 million each. Last year, Bank of America Corp. valued just the sneaker side of Yeezy at as much as $3 billion, according to a document reviewed by Bloomberg.The value of his stakes in Adida...
Tribune News Service
Review: 'A Libertarian Walks Into a Bear' reads like a Coen brothers movie – but it's true
Every once in a while, a book comes along that is so darkly comedic, with such a defined sense of place and filled with characters that range from the fascinating to the bizarre to the earnest, that partway through reading, it hits you: This has got to become a Coen brothers movie.That is the feeling you get when flipping through the pages of Vermont-based journalist Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling’s first book, “A Libertarian Walks Into a Bear: The Utopian Plot to Liberate an American Town (and Some Bears).” It’s the true story of a group of libertarians who decided to create the libertarian ideal —...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Florida judge on Trump short list helped give GOP key legal win. Should she have recused?
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Barbara Lagoa, the daughter of Cuban exiles in Miami who has rocketed onto the president’s short list for the U.S. Supreme Court, has earned a reputation as a conservative jurist with solid credentials who tends to side with business and government in her rulings and believes courts should stick to the plain meaning of the law.But perhaps the most divisive decision in her 15 years as a judge was voting as a new member of the federal appeals court in Atlanta, which recently handed the Republicans and President Donald Trump a political gift: Lagoa joined the majority in a 6-4...
Colin Quinn on 'Overstated': It's time for America to get divorced — or maybe just hold a new constitutional convention
Colin Quinn is convinced the United States need to divorce. He’s been arguing this for a while now, but his new book, “Overstated: A Coast-to-Coast Roast of the 50 States,” takes the premise further.He imagines the country 244 years into its marriage, nearly exhausted by counseling, on the brink of filing the divorce papers. “The only reason we never broke up was because we all lived with the marriage lie. They’ll change. Give it time,” he writes. “Trying to legally and culturally accommodate a country that has a Vermont and a Kansas living by the same rules. It’s pretty amazing that we pulled...
Michael Bloomberg raises $16 million to help Florida ex-felons vote
Michael Bloomberg and some of his billionaire buddies have donated more than $16 million to help ex-felons in Florida vote in the November election, the Washington Post reported.Bloomberg, who briefly ran for president earlier this year and was New York’s mayor from 2002-2013, led the charge to give money to the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, which has now raised $20 million.The FRRC is working to pay fines, restitution and court fees for thousands of former felons across the state.In 2018, 64% of Floridians voted in favor of Amendment 4, which allowed released felons to vote so long as...
New York Daily News
Ginsburg called 'giant in American history,' 'trailblazer,' 'champion of justice'
Flags over the U.S. Capitol were ordered at half-staff Friday night as official Washington mourned the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.“Tonight we mourn the passing of a giant in American history, a champion for justice, a trailblazer for women,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., of his fellow Brooklyn native.“She would want us all to fight as hard as we can to preserve her legacy,” Schumer tweeted.Another Brooklyn native, Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., called Ginsburg’s death “a tremendous loss to our country. She was an extraordinary champion of justice and equal rights, and w...
New York Daily News
¿Regalo para Florida? Trump aprobaría pronto importación de medicamentos de Canadá
A pesar de las objeciones de las farmacéuticas, se espera que la administración Trump finalice, en pocas semanas, el plan que permitiría a los estados importar de Canadá algunos medicamentos de venta bajo receta.Seis estados —Colorado, Florida, Maine, New Hampshire, New México y Vermont— tienen leyes que les permiten solicitar la aprobación federal para comprar medicamentos de Canadá a fin de dar a sus residentes acceso a medicamentos de menor costo.Pero los expertos dicen que la importación de medicamentos propuesta por el gobierno se ha hecho pensando en Florida, el estado más poblado y disp...
Kaiser Health News (Espanol)