Penn student who aged out of foster care wins prestigious Rhodes Scholarship
PHILADELPHIA — Mackenzie Fierceton grew up poor, cycling through the rocky child welfare system. She bounced from one foster home to the next. One home, during her junior year of high school, was so “toxic” and crammed with other foster kids that she left for weeks at a time, sleeping each night on a carousel of couches at the homes of various friends, she said.“It was a very challenging and isolating experience,” Fierceton said. “At my school, everyone kind of knew me as like the foster kid who all these bad things had happened to.”She poured herself into her studies.“School was always an out...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Patrick Reusse: The annual Turkey of the Year was done. But then 2020 happened …
The Turkey of the Year Award, complete with the annual Turkey Banquet featuring honored guests, was headquartered in both St. Paul and Minneapolis during its 40 renditions from 1978 through 2017.There was a signoff on Thanksgiving morn 2017, when it was revealed that after much infighting, the Turkey Committee had risen up and voted the Turkey Chairman as the winner of the award he had invented, the Grand Turkey.It should be noted there was a period when the big prize was dubbed “Herschel the Turkey.” The wisdom of that label was validated again earlier this month, when Herschel Walker suggest...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Jewish leaders defend Raphael Warnock after Loeffler attacks
ATLANTA — In the hours after a gunman in Pittsburgh opened fire at the Tree of Life Synagogue in 2018, the phone rang in Atlanta for Rabbi Peter Berg, the leader of The Temple, Atlanta’s oldest Jewish congregation.It was the Rev. Raphael Warnock, the senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church.“Raphael was the first to call,” Berg said. “(He said that) during this horrific moment of anti-Semitism in our country, he and the Ebenezer family are with us.”The pastor offering Berg comfort in 2018 is now running as a Democrat against Republican incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler in an increasingly ugly figh...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
'That is a lucky bird': Trump pardons Corn, the Thanksgiving turkey
Pardoning season is upon us.President Donald Trump, who’s rumored to be considering pardons for a handful of humans before he leaves office, extended the executive reprieve to a turkey at the White House on Tuesday and gushed about how “lucky” the Thanksgiving fowl was.Playing along with the decades-old Thanksgiving tradition, Trump pardoned an Iowa-bred turkey named Corn, who will now live out its life at a university in the Hawkeye State.“Look at that beautiful, beautiful bird,” Trump said in the Rose Garden. “So lucky, that is a lucky bird.”Trump and first lady Melania Trump then walked ove...
New York Daily News
10 things — series, specials and movies — to watch inside your Thanksgiving 2020 bubble
Health experts are urging that you skip big gatherings and stay inside your bubble this Thanksgiving to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a traditional feast, both at the dinner table and by bingeing small-screen TV and streaming content. A cornucopia of holiday specials and new movies await, plus a few shows to discover before your post-turkey nap.Here are 10 suggestions for what to watch, from nostalgic comfort food for the eyes to the finest in current filmmaking. And don’t forget the best viewing option of all, a virtual visit through FaceTime, ...
Detroit Free Press
Lori Borgman: Holidays COVID-style may not be good, but they'll be memorable
Dear Family and Friends,As you recall, the big concern at Thanksgiving last year was someone blowing up the holiday by talking politics. This year, the big concern is breathing.We’re weighing our options and welcome your input. From a distance.If we opt for a small indoor gathering, per our state guidelines, we must trim the number of you invited. After painful and lengthy deliberation (60 seconds), we have decided to issue invitations based on the food you bring.You cheeseball, pecan pie and homemade crescent roll people are in. Perhaps we could see you overcooked broccoli and gummy stuffing ...
Tribune News Service
Kaley Cuoco takes a dark turn in 'The Flight Attendant'
That sweet Nebraskan Penny fresh off “The Big Bang Theory” suddenly finds herself walking on the wild side. And it’s all her fault.Kaley Cuoco, who played Penny for 12 years, is not only starring but is producing her latest series, “The Flight Attendant,” premiering on HBO Max Thursday.And this is not the Penny we grew to love.In this dark tale, Cuoco plays a stewardess who wakes up hungover in a Dubai hotel sharing a bed with a dead man. She has no idea how she got there. The series is based on the book by Chris Bohjalian, but Cuoco says she was determined make the thriller even before she re...
Tribune News Service
Vivid slaw tosses in beets and apples for a fresh, tangy crunch
The health benefits of incorporating the Mediterranean diet’s vegetables, fish, whole grains, olive oil and fresh herbs are well documented. With the newly published “Easy Everyday Mediterranean Diet Cookbook,” registered dietitians Deanna Segrave-Daly and Serena Ball show how to keep these foods on regular rotation in your kitchen, with 125 recipes.The book includes pantry lists to stock a Mediterranean kitchen, tips on avoiding food waste, and some myth-busting of claims about costs and carbs. Five-day meal plans guide those who want gluten-free, vegetarian, twice-weekly seafood, or meatless...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Diabetes Quick Fix: Turkey Normandy with Sweet Potatoes
Here is a quick and easy turkey dinner perfect for this time of year.Normandy is known for its apples, cheese and cream products — a great combination for this pan sautéed turkey tenderloin.Leeks need to be cleaned of the sand that might hide between the leaves. The best way to do this is to cut the leeks in half lengthwise and let water run down between the leaves.Canned sweet potatoes finish the meal. Be sure to rinse and drain them well.Helpful Hints:— Boneless, skinless chicken can be used instead of turkey tenderloin.— Fresh sliced apples can be found in the produce department of the supe...
Tribune News Service
Mac Engel: He is the best soccer player to ever come out of Fort Worth. But he couldn't stay.
FORT WORTH, Texas — Dallas-Fort Worth is loaded with some of the best soccer players in the United States, and you’ll find few to zero of them actually playing in Fort Worth even though this the 13th largest city in the country.Fort Worth parents and their children are all too familiar with the drives east associated with the sport.This city has traditionally been loathe to court pro sports because they are a sucker’s play, but a town this large should not have to migrate to play high level soccer. Youth soccer in the U.S. is a giant scam and it’s also not going anywhere.There is no reason why...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram