Military, police in Washington state prepare for possible civil unrest after election
SEATTLE — As tension builds toward Election Day, law enforcement officials in Washington and elsewhere are preparing for the prospect that this year’s long, hot summer of unrest won’t end on Nov. 3, regardless of who wins the presidency.If anything, officials worry that pressure will only build in the coming weeks, faced with the possibility of a contested election, spiking gun sales and ongoing civil unrest over institutional racism and police violence, all driven by a tsunami of social media misinformation and conspiracies from the right and left, not to mention from foreign adversaries.“I c...
The Seattle Times
Watch the best of influential actor/filmmaker Denzel Washington
As towering as Denzel Washington’s on-screen achievements are, he may end up having a bigger influence behind the scenes.Start with his most ambitious plan: filming the entirety of August Wilson’s “Pittsburgh Cycle” of 10 plays depicting life in 20th-century America. Washington already starred in and directed “Fences,” earning an Academy Award for co-star Viola Davis, who also plays the title role in the next one, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” due from Netflix this year and co-produced by Mr. Two-Time Oscar Winner. Although the huge project has moved around a bit, Netflix is where the eight othe...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Shepherd's pie packed with earthy flavor for Halloween
In the fall, I postpone turning on the heat in the house as long as possible. Instead, I turn on the stove burners to boil, simmer and stew. Likewise, the heat emanating from the oven means something good is baking, braising or roasting. Kitchen heat satisfies so much more than the closed-in feeling of heated rooms.Some of that satisfaction likely comes from the fact that I’m cooking comfort food meant to warm my friends and family — inside and out.In our house, comfort cooking usually begins with mashed potatoes. Simple, boiled potatoes, crushed with milk, soft butter and seasonings takes the...
Commentary: Trump missed an opportunity in Syria to succeed where Obama failed
It was a very cold night on Jan. 28, 2017. Thousands of Chicagoans from all backgrounds were rallying at O’Hare International Airport and other airports around the country against a travel ban President Donald Trump had just signed into law. The executive order restricted travel to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries, including Syria.One of the posters carried by three Catholic nuns from the South Side read “We are all Muslims now,” and others read “Refugees Welcome” and “Jews in support for Muslim rights.” It was a heartwarming rally in contrast to the chilling news coming from the ...
That annoying barrage of political texts? It's only going to get worse
MIAMI — As election season reaches a crescendo, campaign ads aren’t just hanging from your doorknob, filling up your mailbox, cluttering your inbox, interrupting your favorite TV shows and beckoning from billboards. Politicians are capitalizing on an increasingly popular way to win your vote by inundating your cellphone with text messages.More than a billion texts will be sent in support of local, statewide and national campaigns by Nov. 3, say candidates and their consultants. Like it or not, they’ve found texting to be an effective, efficient method for using personal data to engage directly...
Sam Mellinger: Patrick Mahomes is playing terrifically, no matter what you may have heard
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Patrick Mahomes doesn’t need my advice, or yours, unless you are Andy Reid in which case: Hi Andy, been meaning to thank you for the prime rib cooking tip. It’s perfection.So, anyway, the advice. Mahomes doesn’t need it. Life is going just fine for him. But even this early in the column you can probably tell some advice is coming, so we might as well get it out of the way:Patrick, don’t say you’ve spoiled fans with your play. Your friend LeBron James can tell you how that went for him. Not worth it.He won’t, of course, because three years into this gig and it’s obvious he al...
The Kansas City Star
2020 NBA mock draft 1.0: LaMelo Ball goes to Timberwolves at No. 1
The postponed, virtual NBA draft will finally take place Wednesday, Nov. 18. The Daily News’ Stefan Bondy takes a look at how it might play out:———1) Minnesota Timberwolves: LaMelo Ball (Illawarra)Age: 18Position: Point guardThere’s no clear-cut top choice in this draft but Ball carries the greatest potential as a flashy 6-8 playmaker. He’s not the best fit for Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell in Minnesota, but there isn’t a great fit on the board. It’s why the Timberwolves could trade the pick for a proven player. As a side note — and not that it affects his stock or potential — but Ba...
New York Daily News
Editorial: A diplomatic surge is needed in Azerbaijan
A complicated conflict in a faraway foreign land isn’t likely to compete for attention with the frenzied presidential election and unabated coronavirus crisis gripping this nation. But American citizens — and especially American policymakers — should focus on the spiraling violence in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan.Most profoundly, for humanitarian reasons: The fighting is the fiercest since initial post-Soviet era war broke out in the 1990s, when the dispute erupted in the ethnic Armenia enclave in western Azerbaijan.Today, the enmity is just as intense, but the weaponry i...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
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Trump envoy Grenell tried to secretly negotiate Maduro’s exit in VenezuelaWASHINGTON — An influential Trump administration official secretly met with a representative of Nicolas Maduro’s regime in Mexico City in September to try to negotiate the Venezuelan leader’s peaceful exit from power.Richard Grenell, the former Acting U.S. director of National Intelligence and ambassador to Germany, and Jorge Rodriguez, a Venezuelan politician who is close to Maduro, met in the Mexican capital, according to four people familiar with the matter. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and the rest of the State ...
Tribune News Service
Voting intimidation emails to Florida students may be scam, authorities say
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A string of voter intimidation emails that were purportedly sent by the Proud Boys, a self-described militia group, were reported to state and federal law enforcement officials on Tuesday morning, according to Alachua Supervisor of Elections Kim Barton.Alachua County officials were made aware of the emails on Tuesday morning. In one of the emails, the sender told a voter to “vote for Trump on Election Day or we will come after you,” according to a copy obtained by the Miami Herald.“Change your party affiliation to Republican to let us know you received our message and will ...