Benjamin Hochman: No peanuts, no Cracker Jack, no home opener
ST. LOUIS — He’s the guy who plays “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” at the ballgame, and Thursday was supposed to be the first ballgame at Busch. But no one is supposed to go out.So, Dwayne Hilton, the Busch Stadium organist, played the song during his live Facebook concert on Tuesday night. The video still is available on the Lacefield Music page. Hearing the song was a surprisingly emotional experience. It sounded both poppy and poignant because, seemingly simultaneously, the song elicited joy and sadness. Guess that’s why organ music works at a carnival and a funeral.“You know, it’s kind of we...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Viking plans to launch Mississippi River cruising in 2022
Viking plans to launch an all-inclusive, 386-passenger river ship on the Mississippi River in August 2022. The first vessel, Viking Mississippi, will sail voyages on the Lower and Upper Mississippi, between New Orleans and St. Paul, Minn.Currently under construction in Louisiana, the ship will have 193 all-outside staterooms, a clean Scandinavian design, an infinity pool and several restaurants.Cruise fares will include one complimentary shore excursion in each port of call, all onboard meals, port charges and government taxes, beer and wine with lunch and dinner service, lectures, alternative...
Nation and world news briefs
Ex-USC admissions official to plead guilty to running scam to admit unqualified Chinese studentsLOS ANGELES — In exchange for money, a former admissions official at the University of Southern California helped graduate students from China gain acceptance to the school by submitting doctored transcripts, fraudulent letters of recommendation and bogus personal statements in their applications, according to a plea agreement filed in federal court.Hiu Kit David Chong, an assistant director in USC’s Office of Graduate Admissions from 2008 to 2016, agreed to plead guilty to one count of wire fraud i...
Tribune News Service
Michael Buble postpones more tour dates due to coronavirus crisis
Michael Buble has postponed several dates on his upcoming tour due to concerns over the coronavirus.The shows are expected to be rescheduled.“The safety of my fans and my touring family is more important than anything and of course takes priority. I pray that everyone remains safe and I look forward to seeing you back on the road for a great night out once we are advised that our shows can continue. Stay well everyone,” Bublé said in a news release.“Hold on to your tickets and they will be honored for the rescheduled dates that we will be revealing once they are confirmed,” said Don Fox, the t...
The Mercury News
Sanders calls for delaying Wisconsin presidential primary
Sen. Bernie Sanders is pushing for delaying the Wisconsin primary that is scheduled for next Tuesday.Sanders, I-Vt., wants the swing state to follow the lead of 15 other states that have delayed their votes over the coronavirus pandemic.“People should not be forced to put their lives on the line to vote,” he said in a statement.“The state should delay its primary extend early voting and switch to entirely vote by mail,” Sanders added.There was no immediate comment from the campaign of Democratic front-runner Joe Biden.Sanders urged his supporters to vote by absentee ballot in Wisconsin, a stat...
New York Daily News
Commentary: Preparing for the worst
We need to prepare for the possibility, perhaps even the likelihood, that our health care system is on the threshold of becoming overwhelmed, to the point of collapse. What is needed is a rapid response with sweeping measures.As a former nurse who has been pondering the coronavirus response, I have a few suggestions for action on the local, state and federal levels:Test all workers whose jobs are now considered essential, including health care workers, bus drivers and food workers, for COVID-19 as soon as possible, using the most accurate methods available.Recruit citizens to work as backup em...
Tribune News Service
What 'stay at home' means for Minnesota outdoor sports, recreation, fishing, hunting
MINNEAPOLIS — The latest executive order from Gov. Tim Walz for Minnesotans to “stay at home” doesn’t stop them from fishing, hunting, hiking, biking, walking, running, visiting state parks or enjoying other available public lands.The broad exemption in favor of outdoor recreation — as long as people maintain proper social distancing — could go a long way to help address the state’s collective case of cabin fever. In places such as Red Wing, where spring walleye fishing already is booming on the Mississippi River, the mental health benefits are obvious.“We’ve been super busy,” said Tanner Tred...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Editorial: Four ways to shore up American democracy in a time of crisis
The United States is facing a double-barreled health and economic crisis unlike anything it has seen since a brutal flu pandemic a century ago when the world was a different, less connected place. Mass quarantines have led to mass layoffs. Numerous businesses and entire industries are flailing. Hard-hit states are desperately working with the federal government to build new hospitals as more and more of the 100,000-plus Americans known to have coronavirus go on to develop the disease it causes — COVID-19, a life-threatening respiratory condition.The stresses and strains on all aspects of socie...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Pa. just postponed its primary due to coronavirus. Here's what it means for voters and 2020 campaigns
PHILADELPHIA—June 2 is shaping up to be the Super Tuesday of postponed primaries. Pennsylvania will join 11 states and the District of Columbia in voting that day, after rescheduling its primary due to the coronavirus.Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday signed a bill moving the primary back five weeks to allow enough time for people to register to vote by mail, for polling locations to shift and to give election officials time to prepare for an election in unprecedented circumstances.The law authorizes county election officials to close and consolidate polling places without the usual court approval. (Off...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Roger Waters postpones tour due to COVID-19: 'If it saves one life, it's worth it'
Roger Waters has postponed the highly anticipated This Is Not a Drill North American tour to 2021.The move was made “due to the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic,” according to a news release.“The bad news is: I’ve had to postpone my tour until next year,” Waters says. “Bummer, but if it saves one life, it’s worth it.”The news impacts three venues in California — Staples Center in Los Angeles, Golden 1 Center in Sacramento and Chase Center in San Francisco. Waters was originally scheduled to perform Sept. 10-11 at Staples, Sept. 23 at Golden 1 Center and Sept. 25-26 at Chase Center.Those wit...
The Mercury News