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Trump administration returns $3.4 million taken from ailing 9/11 FDNY program in errorWASHINGTON — The New York City Fire Department's World Trade Center Treatment Program just got its pilfered millions back from the federal government — $3,363,931.72, to be exact.That news comes from a letter sent to Rep. Pete King, R-N.Y., from Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on Wednesday night, finally ending a saga that began years ago with the federal government mysteriously docking payments meant to fund health care for firefighters and EMTs who got sick from serving at ground zero.Earlier this month, M...
Tribune News Service
Susan Tompor: US economy to deliver record 3rd quarter — but spiking COVID-19 cases could bring slump
The U.S. economic scorecard is set to post one mind-blowing grand slam Thursday for record growth in the third quarter. But, like much of 2020, don’t be shocked if the economic bump reverts into yet another slump.Worries are building that the COVID-19 spike in Europe possibly could foreshadow widespread shutdowns in the United States — and that would hurt economic growth.Future rollbacks on a regional basis in the U.S. could slow things significantly, possibly contributing to a recession, especially if an alarming level of coronavirus cases continue in many communities and another giant stimul...
Detroit Free Press
A new push for supervised drug use spaces emerges in Seattle budget talks
SEATTLE — After a stalled push to set up a site where residents can safely use drugs in Seattle, advocates and some City Council members want to move forward with a new approach in 2021 budget talks.This time, there would be no new, brick-and-mortar supervised consumption “site,” also known as a safe-injection site or Community Health Engagement Location, where drug users could smoke or inject with sterile tools, medical supervision and overdose-reversing medication on hand. Instead, drug users could access the same supervision and amenities at existing social service and health care locations...
The Seattle Times
How Disney will tweak Epcot's holiday celebrations
ORLANDO, Fla. — The holidays, of course, have not been literally canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. But how they are celebrated will probably look different, and that includes festivities at Walt Disney World. The resort has announced elements of its event dubbed Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Holidays, which will begin Nov. 27.Disney already announced that Candlelight Processional, the popular retelling of the Christmas story featuring mass choir, live orchestra and celebrity narrator, would not be happening at the theme park this year. Here are a few of the holiday o...
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
'Holidate' review: When 'plus one' adds up to a D-minus
Streaming on Netflix, the romantic comedy “Holidate” is too cool for words. Screenwriter Tiffany Paulsen’s self-referential winks include Emma Roberts explaining to her costar Luke Bracey why she hates romantic comedies. “There’s always some fake reason the stars can’t be together!” she says, rolling her eyes because Roberts, though talented and sometimes funny, apparently got paid by the eyeroll.It’s set in Chicago, as you may have read, but filmed in Atlanta, as many Chicago-set movies tend to be (filmmaking’s cheaper there). With a better movie I’m, like, whatever on the Chicago authenticit...
Report released by Sen. Maria Cantwell slams Google and Facebook for decimating local news outlets
“Unfair, deceptive, and abusive practices” by tech giants Google and Facebook have suffocated local news outlets, contributing to a critical deficit of trustworthy local journalism, according to a new minority report from the Senate Commerce Committee released by ranking member Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.The report, echoing a landmark antitrust suit filed last week against Google by the Justice Department, concludes that Google and Facebook have used their sheer heft to dominate the digital advertising market, to the detriment of local media outlets and an informed public.“These trillion-doll...
The Seattle Times
Q&A: With Spike Carlsen, author of 'A Walk Around the Block'
Spike Carlsen wrote a book about awe walking. That was before he’d even heard the term.His new book, “A Walk Around the Block,” is about noticing and maybe even appreciating all the amazing things right in front of you.Of course, you may not think the wastewater system beneath the street — or the street itself — is all that amazing. But Carlsen does. And if you read the Minnesota author’s deeply researched, breezily written book (his seventh), it’s likely that his infectious curiosity will rub off on you. As he promises in his introduction, “knowing the inner workings of the world outside your...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
New on DVD: 'Misbehaviour' follows history-making 1970 Miss World contest
A feminist infiltration of a beauty pageant from several angles tops the new DVD releases for the week of Nov. 3.“Misbehaviour”: Sally Alexander (Keira Knightley), a “mature” University College London student and a mother, clashes with young feminist Jo Robinson (Jessie Buckley). But when Sally quickly discovers her seat at the academic table is more of a high chair (her words), she joins forces with Jo and the brand-new women’s liberation movement. Exhausted and angry with patriarchal standards equating physical attractiveness with a woman’s worth (not to mention self-worth), their target is ...
Tribune News Service
Why is the new Netflix movie 'Holidate' set in Chicago? We love the holidays, screenwriter says
CHICAGO — We’re still dealing with the fallout of Emily Cooper’s transformation from cringey Winnetka, Illinois fashionista to cringey Parisian know-it-all on “Emily in Paris,” and Netflix is already dropping a new romantic comedy that’s set in Chicago.Premiering Wednesday, “Holidate” follows hot-mess singleton Sloane (played by Emma Roberts) as she strikes an unusual deal with Aussie commitment-phobe Jackson (Luke Bracey). They both hate major holidays — where Sloane is often badgered about not being in a relationship, and Jackson’s dates take things too far — so they serve as each other’s pl...