After their mom died from COVID-19, her kids give a final toast with a beloved, hard-to-find token of her youth: Tab diet soda
CHICAGO — Kathleen Berger died in May from coronavirus-related causes, leaving behind eight kids and a legacy encapsulated by a bright pink soda can.Berger, who was 73, was a voracious consumer of Tab, the saccharin-infused cola known for its distinctive packaging, vaguely metallic taste and aerobic studio vibe. Introduced in 1963 by the Coca-Cola Co., it was once the nation’s dominant diet soda, producing a legion of fans so hard-core they called themselves Tabaholics.But Tab lost its mojo over the decades, surpassed by Diet Coke and other carbonated descendants, and Coke finally dispatched t...
Feds to restore millions they took from NY firefighters who became sick after 9/11
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration will finally pay back millions the federal government took from the FDNY’s 9/11 treatment program over the last four years.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notified Rep. Pete King, R-N.Y., late Friday that a number of federal agencies — including the Treasury Department — will return $3.3 million that was docked from the program that cares for firefighters, paramedics and emergency medical technicians sickened by exposure to the toxic rubble of the Twin Towers.“It’s a great victory for really deserving people,” King told the Daily News Saturd...
New York Daily News
Jay Ambrose: Some things to scream about
You look at it, a copy of “The Scream,” the famous 1893 expressionist painting by the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, and you ask yourself whether this is America today, a scene that sizzles with human anxiety. There is a hand on each side of a large, mesmerizing, petrified face, waters for drowning purposes nearby and a sunset of blood above.No, we don’t go around looking like the screamer, but there’s ongoing peril in the pandemic, a distraught economy, widespread disruption in violent riots, high racial tensions, the demolition of the family, the decline of faith, the decay of norms, intelle...
Tribune News Service
Amazon to hire 100,000 workers for seasonal surge
Amazon is filling 100,000 seasonal job openings as it ramps up for the holiday shopping season, the company said Tuesday.The commerce giant and its rivals and partners in online delivery, such as UPS, are emphasizing the career opportunities that can grow from seasonal jobs.UPS, which is also trying to fill 100,000 seasonal openings with job fairs this weekend, said more than a third of its U.S. workforce began in a seasonal job.Amazon touted more than 35,000 promotions among its operations workers so far in 2020, many who started in seasonal positions. Some 30,000 employees have taken classes...
The Seattle Times
Gates-funded study shows hydroxychloroquine doesn't prevent COVID-19
SEATTLE — A large clinical trial coordinated by the University of Washington found that people who took hydroxychloroquine were just as likely to get COVID-19 as those who took a placebo, adding to growing evidence that the drug frequently promoted by President Donald Trump doesn’t seem to work against the novel coronavirus.Nearly 800 people from 38 states participated in the trial, which was funded with $9.5 million from the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator, a research fund created by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the British philanthropy Wellcome and others.The volunteers who partici...
The Seattle Times
Stephen Jones says Mike McCarthy right coach for Dallas Cowboys, will turn it around
FRISCO, Texas — Despite an unconscionable 2-5 start to the season, back-to-back blowout losses and now seemingly a lack of fight from the football team, Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy still has the firm backing of the front office.Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones on Monday admitted some frustration on his radio show on 105.3 The Fan but says the team remains committed to the veteran coach in his first year with the team.“I know we’ve got the right head guy for the job, and it’s a work in progress,” Jones said. “These things just take time. You know (owner) Jerry (Jones) and I are big b...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Dallas Cowboys battered and listless in embarrassing loss to Washington
LANDOVER, Md. — Sigh.There is really nothing else to do or say about the Dallas Cowboys now, aside from sending up a few prayers for quarterback Andy Dalton, who was briefly knocked out cold in the third quarter following a hit from Washington linebacker Jon Bostic.Dalton got up on his own and walked gingerly to the locker room with the help of two Cowboys staffers.Bostic penalized for an illegal hit and ejected from a game that was already essentially over with Washington leading 22-3 en route to the 25-3 victory and the Cowboys looking and unresponsive from the outset.It’s the team’s second ...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Haiti president rebuffs elections calls by US. Instead, he announces constitution reform
Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, who has been under pressure by Washington to hold long-overdue elections in Haiti as soon as “it’s technically feasible,” declared Friday that there will be no elections until a new constitution is adopted.“This constitution is like an act of corruption that was signed with a category of people in this country,” said Moïse, complaining about his weakened presidency and the need for a prime minister to be in charge of the day-to-day affairs of the country.He then said that only after Haitians vote “No” or “Yes” on a new constitution will elections take place.Moï...
Rawlings to buy Easton, create baseball and softball giant
TOWN AND COUNTRY, Mo. — Rawlings Sporting Goods Inc. announced on Tuesday it has agreed to buy Easton Diamond Sports, a merger of two of the country’s top softball and baseball sporting goods companies.The companies said the purchase will strengthen both brands, drive product innovation, allow for larger investments, grow talent, and expand customization options for players.“The Easton and Rawlings brands complement each other exceptionally well and will deliver an improved value proposition to all stakeholders, including teams, players, coaches, dealers and associations throughout the industr...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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LA County district attorney files 6 more sex assault counts against ex-porn star Ron JeremyLOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County prosecutors filed additional sexual assault charges Wednesday against disgraced adult film star Ron Jeremy, with some of the new allegations stretching as far back as 1996.Jeremy, who was first arrested in June and charged with assaulting four women on the Sunset Strip, has now been criminally charged with attacking 23 women over a quarter-century and faces 34 criminal counts including rape, sexual battery and forcible oral copulation, authorities said.Jeremy has denied a...
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