Summer TV preview: 15 new shows we can't wait to see
It figures to be a very different kind of summer this time around.Though the calendar — and weather — indicate that it’s time to embrace some outdoorsy fun, many of us will still be spending plenty of time close to home.Fortunately, television programmers are providing lots of new content to keep us occupied, including a fresh take on “Perry Mason,” a rousing performance of “Hamilton,” a traveling culinary series hosted by Padma Lakshmi, and much more.And, yes, there’s even another new streaming service on its way as NBC Universal’s Peacock gets set for a July debut.With all that in mind, here...
The Mercury News
Commentary: Trump's rejection of WHO and other global pacts leaves America on its own
President Donald Trump’s announcement last week that he would terminate U.S. membership in the World Health Organization is but the latest in a long list of decisions he has made to walk away from international institutions and agreements.From his first days in office, Trump has maintained that putting America first meant dumping trade accords, terminating arms control treaties and ending membership in a range of United Nations agencies. He often promised to deliver better agreements with more favorable terms, but he’s generally failed to do so. Far from serving core American interests, his wi...
As coronavirus deaths surge in Brazil, calls for Bolsonaro's impeachment intensify
On Sunday, the day Brazil hit the half-million mark in confirmed COVID-19 cases and inched closer to 30,000 deaths, President Jair Bolsonaro flew in a camouflaged military helicopter over a rally in the capital, Brasilia, waving to protesters who held banners calling for the closure of the country’s congress.He landed and greeted supporters, shaking hands and carrying a young boy on his shoulders. The far-right leader then paraded on horseback, smiling at fans who chanted and waved signs urging the closing of the country’s Supreme Court. Bolsonaro didn’t wear a mask and neither did his fans, e...
Bryce Miller: Bill Walton challenges 'executive branch,' others to step up amid unrest in La Mesa, elsewhere
When thoughts crisscross and collide in Bill Walton’s mind like a pre-pandemic morning commute on Interstate 8, books and music routinely become the traffic cops between his ears.Disrupt even more by throwing in a global health crisis, economic calamity and nationwide racial unrest and it’s as if Walton is trying to land a monster truck in a clogged passing lane.Asked to frame what he felt and where his thoughts wandered when his native La Mesa was engulfed by looting, rioting and flames Saturday, the 67-year-old basketball Hall of Famer leaned on Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind” to untangle ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Password hack claim puts cyber security on the public agenda in North Macedonia
Ministry of Finance of Republic of North Macedonia in Skopje. Photo by Meta.mk, used with permission.This story is based on reporting by Global Voices content partner Meta.mk News Agency, a project of Metamorphosis Foundation.**In North Macedonia, a hack targeting the email addresses and passwords of government officials may have missed its mark. But the attempt did succeed in briefly making cyber security a national talking point.Twitter recently suspended the anonymous Twitter profile named “Powerful Greek Army”, which on May 10 published a text file that it claimed contained the emails and ...
Kevin Williams: America wouldn't listen when Colin Kaepernick and other famous black athletes spoke out. So what chance do the rest of us have to be heard?
On Sunday in Germany, during a match in the top flight of that nation’s pro soccer league, Marcus Thuram scored a goal. Before joining in the celebration with teammates, he strode to a spot and took a knee.In Dortmund, at another Bundesliga match, winger Jadon Sancho scored a goal, then lifted his shirt to reveal a written message: “Justice for George Floyd.”In England, at a training session, the entire Liverpool team took a knee for Floyd.Meanwhile, in America, buildings and automobiles burned and the crunch of broken glass and screams sundered the night.In Europe, few told those players to “...
VW completes $2.6B self-driving deal connected with Ford
Volkswagen has finalized a deal that will see it invest the equivalent of $2.6 billion in Argo AI as part of a partnership with Ford to develop self-driving technology.The news was announced Tuesday.Ford, in a posting by executive John Lawler, said the arrangement finalized Monday involving the Pittsburgh-based startup would allow the Dearborn automaker to share the cost of self-driving technology development with Germany’s VW.“We’ve committed to spending more than $4 billion through 2023 on the development of our self-driving service. A large part of this investment is dedicated to developing...
Detroit Free Press
A Chicago sportscaster, a surrogate mother and a lifelong bond: How little Gia Canellis is bringing joy to an ultramodern family
It’s May 10, Mother’s Day. Two moms are on a FaceTime call, connecting Chicago to Louisiana, as they celebrate an even bigger occasion.Gia Canellis has turned 2.“She is perfect,” Blandine Moore says as she sees Gia pick sprinkles off her birthday cake. “I am so glad you’re a mom.”“You made it happen,” Monica Canellis replies.Lou Canellis, Monica’s husband, calls Gia the “miracle baby.” She is the product of a complex story that involves a Chicago sportscaster who made his name interviewing 1990s Bulls players, an anonymous Asian egg donor and an immigrant from Belgium who enlisted in the Air F...
Professor pleads guilty to laundering $2 million in proceeds from Venezuelan corruption
MIAMI — University of Miami professor Bruce Bagley pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of money laundering after being charged with using bank accounts in his name and in the name of a company he created in Florida to launder more than $2 million in proceeds from a Venezuelan bribery and corruption scheme.Bagley, recognized as an international scholar on drug cartels and money laundering, pleaded not guilty soon after his arrest in November 2019 in the New York case linked to South Florida, but filed a notice in March indicating that he planned to change his plea.“Bruce Bagley (…) went from wr...
Editorial: California's rush to reopen is a dangerous experiment. Don't be a COVID-19 guinea pig
Please don’t be fooled by the sudden wave of reopening restaurants, stores and salons around California. COVID-19 still stalks the state. It will infect and kill many more people before this pandemic ends.California Gov. Gavin Newsom is now allowing haircuts, church attendance and dine-in eating in many places. But this does not mean such activities are safe. The governor has repeatedly warned that the coronavirus pandemic is far from over — while simultaneously relaxing statewide public health orders.The mixed message may be confusing some people. Last week, as the American death toll crept p...
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