Lizzo and Letterman swap Minnesota memories on Netflix show
Thank goodness David Letterman isn’t taking retirement too seriously. In one of four new episodes of “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction,” premiering Wednesday on Netflix, 73-year-old established legend Letterman sits down with 32-year-old future legend Lizzo in one of the most spirited, revealing interviews of her burgeoning career. The chat includes plenty about her time in Minneapolis, including an anecdote about her last time with Prince in which her mentor started crying after playing for her his piano version of “Purple Rain.”Overall, she has nice things to say about her six years in th...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Fabiola Santiago: Trump, Pence promise a 'Cuba libre' in Miami, but only Obama outsmarted the Castros
Republicans know the drill well.It’s not a proper presidential election without the standard call in Miami for a free Cuba — and the Trump campaign isn’t taking any chances in must-win Florida.The traditional cafecito stop at Versailles with people swarming a candidate may be lost to the contagious coronavirus, but words that stir a people’s yearning for the homeland left behind are still the election prop of choice.Words don’t cost a thing, except maybe to the isolated and repressed people in Cuba.And so, on Thursday, both President Donald Trump, said to be recovered from COVID, and Vice Pres...
Sideline Chatter: The only time going 5 for 5 is bad for a kicker
And the most dangerous position in the NFL is … Jaguars kicker?Jacksonville will be abusing — er, using — its fifth kicker in five games Sunday against Detroit. The Jags’ medical list:— Josh Lambo, Weeks 1-2 (injured hip, put on injured reserve)— Brandon Wright, Week 3 (groin, waived)— Aldrick Rosas, Week 4 (hip/groin, put on practice squad injured list)— Stephen Hauschka, Week 5 (just recovered from sore leg, two missed kicks, waived)Next man up: Jon Brown. Here’s hoping they kept him in Bubble Wrap all week.———Headlines— At Fark.com: “NFL cancels this season’s Pro Bowl, leaving dozens of fan...
The Seattle Times
Biden or Trump? Autoworkers back their guy
FLINT, Mich. — Inside General Motors Co.’s Flint Assembly plant, autoworkers are staking out both sides of the aisle — a reflection of the political division cleaving the Michigan electorate less than 20 days before the election.Richard Incrocci says he loves his union as he stands in the parking lot of the United Auto Workers Local 598 hall that proudly displays Biden/Harris signs out front. So does his co-worker Lori Welch.But they are divided over who should sit in the Oval Office the next four years, who could lead the country in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, who’s best equipped to st...
The Detroit News
In the Ural regions of Russia, Finland's linguistic roots live on
Ville Ropponen in the Kolyma, a region in the Russian Far East. Photo used with permission.Russia's linguistic diversity is as expansive as the country itself.One language grouping represented in Russia is the Uralic languages, whose name comes from the Ural mountains, located in Central Russia at the geographic border between Europe and Asia. They include 38 languages, most of them spoken in the eponymous region. There are around 25 million speakers of Uralic languages worldwide. However, there are vast differences in their status.Three Uralic languages benefit from state protection as they a...
NXIVM sex cult funder Clare Bronfman wants to be released after only a week behind bars
NEW YORK — NXIVM cult funder Clare Bronfman has barely been in jail a week and she’s already asking a federal judge to let her out.The Seagram’s heiress, who’s being held the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, requested Thursday that she be released from custody while she appeals her 81-month sentence.Her lawyers took issue with the stiff sentence of more than six years, since federal prosecutors only asked for five years.“Her sentence of eighty one months of imprisonment is disparate with the sentences received by other individuals who pleaded or were found guilty of similar non-viole...
New York Daily News
'Rebecca' review: A series of flat tires, on the road to Manderley
Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again, and all you got was this lousy Netflix remake. The pretty, empty, emotionally frictionless and touch-free new “Rebecca” adaptation, starring Lily James and Armie Hammer, may suit the pandemic dictates for social distancing. But the drama fails to spark. It premieres Friday in a few theaters nationwide before landing, on a bed of exquisite throw pillows, in Netflix queues Oct. 21.There it belongs in a sub-category we’ll call “Lily’s Big Adventures,” alongside the trending phenom “Emily in Paris” starring Lily Collins. Truly these times begs for esc...
Coronavirus reinfections are real. Here's what that means for controlling the pandemic.
The first confirmed case of an American who got COVID-19 twice adds to scant but mounting evidence that people can be reinfected with the coronavirus — and get sicker than during the initial bout.The 25-year-old Nevada man, who had no known immune problems, got a mild case of COVID-19 in April. About a month later, he was diagnosed again and needed hospitalization and oxygen, according to the report published Monday in Lancet Infectious Diseases.The authors say at least three other confirmed cases have been published worldwide, including the first in Hong Kong barely two months ago. But the CO...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Pa. college plans to power two farms from cafeteria waste, cow manure, and brewery scraps
The Dickinson College dining hall serves up a varied menu ranging from Monte Cristo casserole and cranberry chicken to, of course, pizza.But the 1,000 pounds a day of food waste produced by the Carlisle, Pa., campus is a hidden energy source that school officials say they plan to tap into.That waste, along with local cow manure, scraps from local schools, and grain from local brewers, can create enough energy to power operations at the school’s 80-acre, USDA-certified organic farm, and an adjoining dairy farm it leases, said Matt Steiman, energy projects manager at Dickinson’s farm.Not only th...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Facebook to include Holocaust denial in its definition of banned hate speech
The infamous cynical phrase “Arbeit macht frei” (“Work sets you free” in German) at the entrance of the Auschwitz concentration camp in Oświęcim, Poland, now part of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum. Photo by Meta.mk/Bojan Blazhevski, used with permission.This story was originally published by Meta.mk. An edited version is republished here via a content-sharing agreement between Global Voices and Metamorphosis Foundation.Facebook is changing its rules to include Holocaust denial in its definition of hate speech, after facing criticism for not doing enough to tackle this form of disin...