American Weston McKennie wears 'Justice for George (Floyd)' armband during Bundesliga game
American soccer star Weston McKennie made sure the name George Floyd was on full display for the world to see.The U.S. men’s national teamer from Texas who plays his club soccer for FC Schalke 04 in Germany’s Bundesliga took the field for Saturday’s game against Werder Bremen wearing a “Justice for George” armband.“To be able to use my platform to bring attention to a problem that has been going on to long feels good!!!” McKennie, the 21-year-old midfielder, posted on Twitter after his team’s 1-0 defeat.“We have to stand up for what we believe in and I believe that it is time that we are heard...
New York Daily News
Cryptocurrency scammers flood Facebook users with ads for fake Forbes.com articles
A Facebook page about Cookies advertising cryptocurrencies. Suspicious? 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. **Scammers using fake Forbes articles and anti-EU disinformation as bait continue to target Facebook users across Europe, the Skopje-based Metamorphosis Foundation has warned.Metamorphosis is a civil society organization from North Macedonia promoting digital rights and media literacy.Its monitoring of social networks has revealed that scammers continue to use...
Talking down under: Greek PM ‘discovers’ South Zealand
Greece and New Zealand on a world map. Photo: Groubani at English Wikipedia / CC BY-SA 3.0Greek social media users have spent the week laughing at Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who credited a fictional country for its efforts against coronavirus during a May 25 TV interview.In the interview with journalist Mara Zaharea on STAR TV, the Prime Minister said his own country's successes battling COVID-19 had put it in a group of countries that included “Singapore, Australia (and) South Zealand” who were sharing advice and suggestions on how to re-open the economy.The Prime Minister's blunder ...
A survivor of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' and cancer, she just became a major — on her porch
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — This was to be a celebratory spring for Alison Cruise.The UNC Charlotte alumna learned last summer that the U.S. Air Force would promote her to major this May, and she was excited by the prospect of her 3-year-old daughter Shiloh pinning the new rank insignia on her uniform in a formal military ceremony full of pomp and circumstance followed by a party packed with loved ones.But in early March, the coronavirus threat began picking up steam, prompting the base where she’s been assigned since last November — Robins in Warner Robins, Ga. — to begin sending high-risk personnel ho...
The Charlotte Observer
Review: To Hell and back in Honda Civic Type R hellion
DETROIT — The 2020 Honda Civic Type R has 306 horsepower, four doors, a hatchback, red seats, insane handling, the latest electronics and a rear wing the size of the Sopwith Camel. Sounds like heaven to me.So I took it to Hell.I’ve spent a lot of time traveling back and forth to Michigan’s devilish burg during the coronavirus clampdown. With the state’s best roads and unlikely name, Hell has always been a fun diversion. The North American Car of the Year jury used to hold our annual test there before we outgrew local facilities. Lunch meeting in Ann Arbor? I’ll detour on the way back to test a...
The Detroit News
Martin Schram: A bold twist for boring old infrastructure reform
On Wednesday, as COVID-19 was claiming its 100,000th U.S. victim in just four months, President Donald Trump sat in the Oval Office with a frequent political adversary, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has been more than just matching him for TV face time in these pandemic-plagued days.The two battlers from New York City’s Queens borough seem to have spent their meeting in unaccustomed agreement. Namely: Discussing the win-win benefit of jump-starting America’s shut-and-shattered economy by injecting a dose of big-time spending to modernize New York’s rusting, cracking, crumbling infrastructure...
Tribune News Service
Television Q&A: Is 'Warrior' returning?
You have questions. I have some answers.Q: There was a show on Cinemax last year (2019) called “Warrior” that I thoroughly enjoyed but, I haven’t seen it come back on the air yet. Would you happen to know what happened to it and whether or not it will be back?A: Based on writings by martial-arts legend Bruce Lee, the series has been picked up for a second season on Cinemax. A May announcement did not include a return date, though some reports have it coming back in October.Q: I love Roma Downey, Della Reese and John Dye on “Touched by an Angel.” Could you please tell me how they are doing toda...
Tribune News Service
Michael Rand: In NHL and NBA restarts, the best teams will suffer the most
The last few months have taught us plenty of lessons, and the most consistent one might be this: everything is subject to change.This shows up in very serious ways in the midst of a pandemic. In less serious ways, the notion of adjusting on the fly has permeated entities that have typically been change-averse — major United States professional sports leagues.Faced with a choice of getting creative or having no chance at starting (or re-starting) seasons, leagues like the NHL, NBA, MLB and MLS are basically making things up as they go along.A realigned, streamlined schedule? Having all games pl...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Summer 2020 book preview: 10 books to read in quarantine
No summer movie blockbusters this year. The lakefront is closed, and music festivals are canceled. Pools likely won’t open, either. Baseball? Who knows. So what’s left? Books.Lots of people are buying them — print sales are up nearly 10% over last year at this time, according to Publishers Weekly — and a whole crop of promising new titles will keep readers busy well into fall. David Mitchell, Veronica Roth and, of course, Elin Hilderbrand all have books due out this summer, but you’ll likely find those easily enough on your own. Here’s a roundup — Chicago-centric, and far from comprehensive — ...
Merck joins the race to develop coronavirus vaccines and therapies
PHILADELPHIA — Merck, a global leader in vaccine development, is joining the frenzied rush to vanquish the coronavirus, announcing Tuesday that it is working on two vaccine candidates and a potential drug therapy.Merck, which is headquartered in New Jersey and has several facilities in Pennsylvania, is backing two vaccines that involve genetically engineering an inactivated virus as a vehicle to deliver proteins that provoke an immune response to the coronavirus.Merck has acquired Vienna-based Themis, which is using a weakened strain of the measles virus as the delivery vehicle. Merck is also ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer