Political climate was just right for Bush to topple Clay dynasty in Missouri
ST. LOUIS — Cori Bush’s historic victory in unseating U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay and toppling a 52-year political dynasty in Missouri may have been the result of a “perfect storm,” St. Louis University political analyst Ken Warren says.A registered nurse who jumped into politics after the 2014 police killing of Michael Brown, Bush’s campaign was primed by the racial inequities exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, along with the protests after the police killing of George Floyd.As a Black, working-class mother of two who has been active in protests in recent years, Bush could easily relate to con...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Review: 'Howard,' a valentine to the songwriter who helped Disney get its mojo back
The Howard in “Howard,” streaming on Disney Plus starting Friday, is Howard Ashman. And anyone who had the wit and the cheek to write the lyric “I use antlers in all of my decorating!” for the muscle-bound antagonist in “Beauty and the Beast” plainly deserves to have his story be told in a documentary.Ashman’s lyrics — and, just as crucially, his finesse with every aspect of musical theater — played an enormous part in the Disney animation comeback begun in the late 1980s. At the time the studio’s animation output had sputtered into near-irrelevance. Few within the company showed much faith in...
Editorial: Honor John Lewis and protect voting rights
The death of U.S. Rep. John Lewis inspired Americans to look back to the monumental achievements of the civil-rights era. But as street protests nationwide this spring and summer continue to show, hard work remains to create true racial equity in America.An inspired political move by Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., appropriately memorialized Lewis’ crusade by connecting his name to overdue elections reform, now known as the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. The U.S. Supreme Court in 2013 removed federal oversight of election processes in certain Southern states. But racial discrimination re...
The Seattle Times
Rape jokes, vindictive culture in 'old boys club' at Horsham's Air National Guard Station
PHILADELPHIA — Marianne Bustin thought she’d found her dream job.It was the spring of 2016 and the Pennsylvania Air National Guard announced that it was hiring a sexual assault response coordinator at its Horsham base.The base is near Bustin’s home in Jenkintown, and she was more than qualified. She’d previously served in the Navy for more than 20 years and had recently been commended for her work handling sexual assault cases for the Coast Guard in Cape May.“I thought it would be a great place to work,” Bustin said of the new job, a federally mandated position.But Bustin, 56, a mother of two ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Editorial: Good luck getting workers' compensation in Florida if you catch COVID-19 on the job
Teachers and others forced back to work despite Florida’s skyrocketing COVID-19 cases could be denied medical and wage-loss benefits under Florida’s workers’ compensation law, and their families could get nothing if they die.That’s how it goes in one of the nation’s most worker-unfriendly states.If injured by an unruly student or burned in a chemistry lab, a teacher would have indisputable proof of a covered workplace injury — of where, when and how it happened.But it would be virtually impossible for that teacher to prove he or she contracted the coronavirus at school, rather than somewhere e...
Mike Bianchi: Former Florida AD Jeremy Foley: 'Colleges have cash reserves for a rainy day, but this is a hurricane'
ORLANDO, Fla. — Jeremy Foley, the iconic former athletics director at the University of Florida, is retired now and spending a few weeks this summer in his second home in Vermont.He began his career at UF more than 40 years ago as a lowly intern stuffing envelopes, parking cars and cleaning bathrooms. He sat in the AD’s chair for 25 years — a span in which the Gators won 24 SEC All-Sports trophies, 130 conference championships and 27 national titles.Foley still has an office and a title (athletics director emeritus) at UF and serves as an occasional sounding board for current Gators AD Scott S...
Nation and world news briefs
Half of all COVID tests are positive in Mexico, highest in worldAs nations around the world try to get their economies humming again, the number of coronavirus tests coming back positive has turned into the metric to watch. Five percent is the threshold to reopen safely. Ten percent is troubling, 20% outrageous.In Mexico, it stands at 50%.The sky-high results are easy to explain — though not so easy to fix. The Latin American nation has stubbornly shunned widescale testing and instead runs exams only on the sickest of patients. Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez Gatell in late May said anything...
Tribune News Service
Initiative to restore voting rights to Californians on parole heads to November ballot
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Voters will decide this November whether to restore voting rights for Californians on parole after state lawmakers approved a proposal Wednesday to place that question on the ballot.On a 28-9 initial vote, the state Senate sent Assembly Constitutional Amendment 6 to the Nov. 3 ballot, opening a possibility for more than 40,000 formerly incarcerated residents to regain their voting ability before they finish their probationary period.State Sen. Steven Bradford, D-Gardena, said ACA 6 would allow people on parole to reintegrate into and become a “contributing member to societ...
The Sacramento Bee
New movies to recommend: 'Shirley,' with Elisabeth Moss, and 'Becoming,' with Michelle Obama
Watching at home suits some movies better than others. For “Shirley,” the new film from director Josephine Decker (“Madeline Madeline”), it seemed right to be in a small, almost claustrophobic room with the lights turned down, sharing too-close space with the characters.Now streaming on Hulu, “Shirley” is an artful drama about author Shirley Jackson (Elisabeth Moss), best known for the classic horror tale “The Lottery.” Struggling with a new work and seemingly subsisting on booze, pills and cigarettes, Jackson lives with her husband, professor Stanley Hyman (Michael Stuhlbarg), in North Bennin...
The Seattle Times
COVID-19 could be end of line for some regional colleges
WASHINGTON — The Vermont State Colleges System, which includes three four-year colleges and a community college, had been in financial trouble for years before the coronavirus pandemic hit.Now system leaders are bracing for an enrollment drop that could hit 20% at residential campuses and a budget deficit as high as $12 million for fiscal 2021. In April, then-Chancellor Jeb Spaulding proposed a radical solution: shutting down Northern Vermont University’s campuses and a Vermont Technical College campus for good.While Vermont’s situation is extreme, Spaulding’s proposal shows that the pandemic ...