Trudy Rubin: Whether Trump wins or loses, the post-election fight to refresh democracy won't be easy
Last week I got a call from a friend asking if I still had my bulletproof vest from my trips to Iraq over the last decade. She wanted to pass the vest on to a Black lawyer who was traveling to North Carolina to join Democratic poll watchers on Nov. 3, and whose life she feared for.I used to have to travel to places like Iraq, Afghanistan, Russia or Hong Kong to write about dangerous elections. Not anymore.My friend’s fears were legitimate — coming at a time when President Donald Trump is spewing falsehoods about wide-scale election fraud while encouraging armed white supremacists to support hi...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Here's what to watch this Halloween season
While trick-or-treating may be curtailed this year, you won’t have to go far to have your timbers shivered this Halloween. Television is all set to do the job with scores of scary morsels in the bag.Disney+ is the proud possessor of 30 of “The Simpsons”’ “Treehouse of Horror” specials, which usually kicks off the season.This year Fox has postponed “Treehouse of Horror XXXI” till Sunday (blame it on baseball). Not to worry, the 30 previous episodes will offer plenty of scary Simpsons shenanigans, and FXX continues to air all the complete series.Dan Castellaneta, who voices the portly Homer, rec...
Tribune News Service
Nets hire Amar'e Stoudemire as assistant coach: source
NEW YORK — Amar’e Stoudemire is switching sides with another assist from an old friend.The former Knick has agreed to become an assistant with the Brooklyn Nets, a source confirmed to the Daily News, joining the staff of former teammate Steve Nash. Stoudemire, 37, who played professionally in Israel last season, will focus on player development with the Nets.He and Nash formed one of the NBA’s best tandems in the 2000s in Phoenix under coach Mike D’Antoni, who, according to ESPN’s Frank Isola, is also a candidate to work on the Nets staff. Stoudemire was more associated with the Knicks, having...
New York Daily News
Mark Zeigler: The elusive, illicit pursuit of speed
After Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson won the 100 meters at the 1988 Olympics in a world-record 9.79 seconds and subsequently was stripped of his gold medal for a positive drug test, the U.S. Olympic Committee set up an anonymous hotline to help athletes understand what was and was not considered a banned performance-enhancing substance.Most of the callers had a different question: What exactly did Johnson take and where could they get some?Johnson’s positive urine sample for the steroid stanozolol was supposed to herald the dawn of the anti-doping movement in sports, and in many respects it did...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Ann McFeatters: How Trump delivered on his promises from 2016, and what it signals for a 2nd term
We have never heard a serious answer from Donald Trump about his priorities for a second term except that having first called the White House a “dump,” he’s come to like living there and flying on Air Force One.Republicans, also, refused to put out a platform for the next four years. But, hey, we easily can review how well Trump kept his promises in his first term as president.Trump promised to bring manufacturing jobs back to U.S. shores and started a trade war with China, imposing higher tariffs to bring jobs back. Sadly, there is not a higher number of American-made widgets. The U.S. trade ...
Tribune News Service
Cozy up on the couch with these 6 paperbacks as weather gets cooler
Outdoors, the temperatures are dropping; indoors, the couch is calling. Should you need a new paperback to keep you company there, here are six brand-new ones ready for you.“Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years” by Julie Andrews (Hachette, $17.99). Last year when I read this book, the second of the great Andrews’ memoirs, I was disappointed; it wasn’t quite as vivid and fresh as her utterly wonderful first memoir, “Home: A Memoir of My Early Years.” But now things are different, and spending time with Andrews’ warm, ever-positive voice seems like a perfect tonic for these days. I think I’...
The Seattle Times
As Boeing struggles to stay competitive, top jet buyers describe daunting outlook
The world’s biggest buyers of commercial jets believe Boeing, which is set to report more heavy financial losses Wednesday, has fallen significantly below parity with rival Airbus — with limited options for recovery as it bleeds cash during the pandemic-driven aviation crisis.In interviews, executives of the top aircraft-leasing companies said the country’s commercial aviation leader faces immense challenges, with its 737 Max yet to resume commercial flights and prospects for its large new 777X jet crushed by the dramatic contraction of international air travel.In the market for smaller, singl...
The Seattle Times
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...