Mark Zeigler: It's time to stop using youth athletes as political pawns
SAN DIEGO — Here’s what it has come to for youth sports in Southern California:Soccer clubs are renting fields in Arizona to host league games later this month. The lucky ones got a “home” field in Yuma, 2 1/2 hours from San Diego on the state line. Some got Phoenix. Some got Tucson.The San Diego Surf and Del Mar-Carmel Valley Sharks practice three miles apart. There’s a chance in the coming weeks that they’ll drive 400 miles to play each other in a game.Most of the summer and fall AAU basketball tournaments usually held in Los Angeles and Las Vegas have been moved to St. George, Utah, just ac...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
The Kennedys will soon be gone in Congress, unless this first-time candidate wins in South Jersey
VINELAND, N.J. — Amy Kennedy spotted a familiar face.Shane Harris was near a line of volunteers waving campaign signs at passing cars. Harris met Kennedy a few months ago, and had showed up again at a campaign stop here Saturday, this time with his adult daughter. He told Kennedy, who’s running for Congress in South Jersey’s 2nd District, that she had both their votes.Harris, a Vineland police officer, voted to send Jeff Van Drew to Washington two years ago. He even phone-banked for him as a volunteer. So when Van Drew, a longtime Democrat, switched parties last year and pledged his “undying s...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Chicago schools will see all-remote learning for fall — without 'cobbling things together' like last spring, officials say
CHICAGO — After weeks of defending a proposal to reopen Chicago Public Schools this fall, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and schools CEO Janice Jackson announced Wednesday that the new school year will begin with remote learning instead.But it will feel different than in the spring, when CPS was “cobbling things together,” Jackson said. Attendance will be mandatory, the district will revert to normal grading, and educators can go to schools and teach in real time from their classrooms, she said.“There will be more of a traditional infrastructure that you see in a school setting; we’re going to stand tha...
As daily COVID-19 case count rises, Pritzker takes reopening reversal warning downstate
CHICAGO — Gov. J.B. Pritzker took his admonition that parts of Illinois could be headed for a reopening reversal downstate on Thursday, as the state continues to see elevated levels of COVID-19 cases and other key metrics.State officials on Thursday reported 1,772 newly confirmed cases of the coronavirus over the prior 24 hours. That’s the first time the count has climbed above 1,700 since Memorial Day.“Every region has increasing positivity rates and increasing cases. This is hugely problematic,” Pritzker said Thursday at a news conference in downstate Ottawa. “It means that we’re going to ha...
Gov. Pritzker warns of a possible 'reversal' as COVID-19 numbers rise in Illinois
CHICAGO — Gov. J.B. Pritzker warned on Wednesday that Illinois could be headed for a “reversal” in its reopening as the state continues to see a resurgence in coronavirus case numbers, and he called on residents to “defend our progress.”If the trend continues or worsens, it could mean clamping back down in regions of the state on business restrictions, gatherings or even a return to a stay-at-home order, which Pritzker initially imposed in March, but since eased.“We’ve made progress in Illinois, but we’ve also seen that it can be fleeting. And right now things are not headed in the right direc...