First test of Virgin Orbit rocket fails to accomplish goal
Los Angeles (AFP) - The first test launch of a rocket that is released from a jumbo jet at 35,000 feet and then propels itself into orbit to deploy a satellite failed on Monday, the Virgin Orbit company said."The mission terminated shortly into the flight. Cosmic Girl and our flight crew are safe and returning to base," Virgin Orbit's Twitter account reported as the test was underway off the coast of California.The plane released the rocket cleanly, but the latter developed trouble of unknown origin after igniting its first-stage engine, the company said.Founded by British billionaire Richard ...
We are Afraid of the Other
by Barry BermanThe other day I stopped running to change the tunes on my iPhone. I moved off the path on a corner to get out of the way. A young woman came running by and we were both startled. The look on her face was fear, as I’m sure was the look on mine.Way back, early in March, we had a family dinner where we usually hug each other upon getting together. One of my nephews respectfully and appropriately declined. The next day a friend broke a lunch engagement for the following week.These two months have staggered us. We had the initial shock of the virus and its devastating potential follo...
The Moderate Voice
Europe lifts virus shutters as Japan ends emergency
Madrid (AFP) - Europeans flocked to parks, gyms and pools on Monday as more countries eased coronavirus restrictions, while Japan lifted its state of emergency but urged vigilance to avoid another wave of infections.In the United States, as the pandemic death toll approached the horrific milestone of 100,000, stir-crazy Americans also headed en masse to beaches and parks for the big Memorial Day weekend.While many Americans wore masks and followed distancing rules, many did not -- and images of packed pools and boardwalks triggered fears of a new flare up of the virus that has infected more th...
Chester Farrow, longtime Oakland A's scorekeeper, dies from cancer
Chester Farrow, longtime scoreboard operator for the Oakland A’s and an East Bay teacher and concert promoter, died Sunday after a long battle with cancer.He was 77.The Pittsburg native began keeping score for the A’s in 1969, which was the club’s second year in Oakland, after the team relocated from Kansas City.“Nineteen people tried out for the job,” he said in a 2012 interview with this newspaper. “This was March 1969. You were supposed to know baseball scoring, know computers and be able to type 90 words every minute. I knew one (of those things) … and was given the job even though I hunt ...
The Mercury News
Bob Condotta: With the roster just about complete, have the Seahawks made themselves better?
There’s only one real offseason goal for any NFL team, such as the Seahawks — get better.Whether the Seahawks or any NFL has done that obviously can’t be known until games are played.Also, the offseason never really ends.While we’re past the draft and the bulk of free agency, there’s still lots of talent that can be acquired between now and the first game of the season.A partial list of players the Seahawks have acquired in May or after just since 2017 includes offensive linemen J.R. Sweezy and Duane Brown, linebacker Mychal Kendricks, defensive linemen Jadeveon Clowney, Ziggy Ansah and Sheldo...
The Seattle Times
New Study Shows Trump-Promoted Drug Hydroxychloroquine Has No Benefit For Coronavirus Patients
According to a study conducted by the U.S. Veterans Health Administration medical centers, hydroxychloroquine has shown to be not beneficial in treating the coronavirus. The study proved that patients who took the drug were no less likely to need a ventilator and patients who used it had a higher death rate than those who did not. Despite the findings, the study posted on Tuesday to medrxiv.org was not peer reviewed or published in a medical journal. The research was funded by the National Institutes of Health and the University of Virginia.The study looked at 368 patients, 97 of which took hy...
Mark Bradley: Sports are moving toward playing. Is this good or bad?
Every pitcher has an ERA of 0.00. Every hitter is batting .000. Every team is in a 30-way tie for first place (also last) at 0-0.Depending on the sport, we’re seeing movement toward the resumption/commencement of play. We could know something about MLB by week’s end. The NBA and MLS are casting eyes at Disney World as a home base. Tom Brady played golf and split his britches. (Is it just me, or has TB’s brief time in Tampa Bay been the height of goofiness?)To borrow from Churchill, the Brit equivalent of Yogi Berra when it comes to catch-all quotes: “This is not the end; it is not even the beg...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
John M. Crisp: 'You bothering me for nothing!'
It’s always chancy to write about somebody like Ahmaud Arbery.Arbery is the 25-year-old black man who was killed by a shotgun blast on Feb. 23 during a confrontation with three white men in Glynn County, Ga.Local authorities largely ignored the case until an incriminating video of the shooting surfaced. Public outrage ensued, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation stepped in. Finally, on May 7, Gregory and Travis McMichael were arrested and charged with murder and aggravated assault.A couple of weeks ago I wrote about Arbery. For the most part, I took a sympathetic perspective, maintaining th...
Tribune News Service
Jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb, the last surviving member of Miles Davis 'Kind of Blue' sextet, has died
NEW YORK — Jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb, the last surviving member of the Miles Davis sextet that produced the masterpiece “Kind of Blue,” died Sunday in Manhattan. He was 91.The cause of death was lung cancer, his wife Eleana Cobb told the Daily News.Cobb died surrounded by family at his home, she said.“He was a very special and unusual person — a gifted musician with natural talent, like an athlete. And a gifted human being with a great, happy personality,” Eleana told the Daily News.“He played all around the world. He was vibrant up until the end,” she said. “It’s a big deal that he’s gone. It’s...
New York Daily News
Was Chase Elliott's late Charlotte pit stop a mistake? He still nearly won Coca-Cola 600.
CONCORD, N.C. — Chase Elliott was two laps away from claiming his first victory at the Coca-Cola 600. Instead, it ended in devastation after a late-lap caution and call to pit by his No. 9 team.No. 2 driver Brad Keselowski emerged as the first-time race winner.“At the end, we caught a break,” Keselowkski said after the race. “Made the most of the break. Life is just as much about catching the breaks as it is making the most of them. Today, we did both.”Elliott led Keselowki by half a second in the final two laps when a caution was called for No. 24 driver — and Elliott’s Hendrick Motorsports t...
The Charlotte Observer