COVID-19 tracking apps are launching across the country, but not in Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. — At least 20 states have or are developing apps that help users track the spread of the coronavirus and warn them if they’ve been near someone who has tested positive for highly contagious COVID-19.Florida is not one of them and likely won’t be.As the Google-Apple technology takes hold across the U.S., several Florida mayors urged Gov. Ron DeSantis to create the state’s own app to shore up a state tracing program Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber described as “still failing to do its job.”“Please consider directing your Department of Health to allow local governments the option to ut...
Stay in, read up: These 6 paperbacks go nicely with a cup of tea and a cozy armchair
It’s cold out! Stay home and read! Here are six fresh paperbacks, all of which might go nicely with a mug of tea and an armchair.“The Water Dancer” by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Random House, $15.99). Author of the National Book Award-winning essay collection “Between the World and Me,” Coates makes his fiction debut with this bestselling and acclaimed novel, centered on a gifted 12-year-old slave on a Virginia plantation. “As with Colson Whitehead’s ‘The Underground Railroad,’ Coates balances the horrors of slavery against the fantastical,” [wrote Esi Edugyan in The New York Times](“One Giant Leap: Th...
The Seattle Times
GAO: Military aircraft missing readiness target
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Key U.S. military aircraft have for years been missing goals for their readiness to fly missions, the U.S. Government Accountability Office reports.The agency said the Navy’s F/A-18E and F Super Hornet fighter jets, its E-2C Hawkeye early warning aircraft and C-2A cargo planes did not meet annual goals for the total time they can fly and perform their mission at any time between fiscal years 2011 and 2019.The Air Force’s F-22 Raptors also missed their annual goals for all of those years.The Navy’s E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, which is to replace the E-2C, missed its goal in each ...
Daily Press (Newport News, Va.)
South Carolina's Jaime Harrison throwing new PAC weight behind Democrats. First stop: Georgia
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Proving he can raise money beyond his own run, South Carolina’s Jaime Harrison is launching a new political action committee that will raise funds for Democratic efforts following his Senate campaign that raised more than $130 million.The first spending phase of Harrison’s the Dirt Road PAC will start in Georgia, a state that went blue this year by voting for Democratic President-elect Joe Biden and where two U.S. Senate races could give Democrats control in both Capitol chambers.Harrison named his group the Dirt Road PAC after a story he told while on the campaign trail where...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
David Dinkins, New York City's first black mayor, dies at 93
NEW YORK — David Dinkins, whose historic 1989 victory as New York City’s first and only black mayor was quickly eclipsed by rising crime and racial turmoil that doomed his re-election, died Monday at his home, police said. He was 93.His death comes a little more than a month after his wife, Joyce, passed away on Oct. 11.Dinkins, in his two decades after leaving City Hall, kept a busy schedule but a relatively low profile — teaching at Columbia University, doing charity work and making occasional appearances.His autobiography “A Mayor’s Life: Governing New York’s Gorgeous Mosaic” was published ...
New York Daily News
This small Pennsylvania turkey farm processes 4,400 turkeys in four days. It's not for the weak-hearted
DOWNINGTON, Pa. — It’s hard to hear what anyone’s saying on the turkey evisceration line on account of the lung gun and other contraptions you’ve never heard of and might not want to know about.With approximately 46 million turkeys eaten on Thanksgiving each year, thousands of workers across the country have to take a living thing and make it food, often by hand. Here at the Howe Farm, steam is billowing up from the scalder, turkeys are tumbling around in the plucker, and that’s not cranberry sauce on the floor. When it comes to retracing a fresh or frozen turkey’s path, knee-high muck boots a...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Public transit, battered by pandemic, triumphs at ballot box
Far fewer people are riding buses and trains during the COVID-19 pandemic, but in this month’s election voters still approved more than a dozen proposals to increase spending on public transit.From California to Virginia, voters supported sales or property tax hikes and bond issues to pay for maintenance, improvements or expansion of mass transit systems that have been hit hard in the last nine months.“Transit ridership is down in most cities. At the same time, it’s still moving millions of people a day, and a lot of those people are essential workforce — nurses, grocery store workers, people ...
Daniel Neman: We all scream for waaaaaay too much ice cream
There were still 14 samples of ice cream to go when I first thought that I might not want any more ice cream.I had already tried 25 samples, and I have to say this: Twenty-five samples of anything is enough. Even ice cream.But I’m a professional, or the next best thing. So I plugged on, with the help of an ice cream called the Charleston.The Charleston is an ice cream made with cold-brew coffee and homemade pralines, and it was delicious. Maybe it was the quality of the ice cream, maybe it was the jolt of caffeine, but I was ready again to soldier on.Earlier this month, the National Ice Cream ...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
New details in notorious 1990 'killer clown' case show why prosecutors are so sure who was under the wig
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — After South Florida’s killer clown slipped away three decades ago, witnesses told investigators the culprit wearing white makeup and an orange wig looked like a man.But finally it’s been revealed that evidence found in the getaway car — a strand of burgundy head hair with the root attached — is why authorities in 2017 unmasked the clown as a woman: Sheila Keen Warren.In court documents filed this month, Palm Beach County prosecutors gave new insights into how they intend to use DNA evidence and other findings to win a conviction in the 1990 murder of Marlene Warren.It’s...
Karla Peterson: HBO's 'Between the World and Me' is a painful and poetic look at racism in America
The new HBO film based on Ta-Nehisi Coates’ 2015 book “Between the World and Me” is so informed by our current moment that its crew includes a COVID-19 production manager. It is so plugged in to 2020 that it features footage from the Black Lives Matter protests that engulfed America in May after the death of George Floyd. It is so current, it includes Coates’ interview with the mother of Breonna Taylor, who was killed in March by Louisville, Kentucky, police officers during a botched raid on her apartment.Coates’ book was written in the wake of the 2014 deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and...
The San Diego Union-Tribune