Magic close seeding play with win over Pelicans, shift focus to Bucks
ORLANDO, Fla. — Nikola Vucevic scored 23 points and D.J. Augustin finished with 22 points ? 15 in the second quarter ? to help lead the Orlando Magic to a 133-127 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans to close seeding play Thursday night.James Ennis added 16 points, while Wes Iwundu finished with 15 points, Markelle Fultz had 11 points and Vic Law and Melvin Frazier Jr. each had 10 for the Magic (33-40) at ESPN Wide World of Sports’ Visa Athletic Center.Frank Jackson scored a season high 31 points and Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored 29 to lead the Pelicans, who played without Zion Williamson, ...
Yu Darvish takes a no-hitter into the 7th as the Cubs beat the Brewers 4-2 to improve to 13-3
CHICAGO — Yu Darvish is gradually regaining the dominant form that made him the Cubs’ best starter in the second half of 2019.Darvish pitched 6? innings of no-hit ball before settling for a 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers that improved the Cubs’ major-league-best record to 13-3.This marks the Cubs’ best 16-game start since the 1907 team started 13-3. The Cubs have won their last seven home games and all seven of their series openers this season.This was Darvish’s best start of the season. He didn’t allow a hit until Justin Smoak hit a towering homer over the right-field wall in the seve...
Third body camera video in George Floyd killing shows officer pushing bystanders
MINNEAPOLIS—A third body camera video from the day George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police was publicly released by the court Thursday, showing that an officer pushed two men as he tried to keep angry bystanders at bay.Former officer Tou Thao’s attorney, Robert Paule, filed Thao’s body camera video with the court to support a motion to dismiss criminal charges against him. Paule has argued in court filings that the case should be dropped because Thao was focused on crowd control and didn’t have a full view of what was happening as three of his former colleagues restrained Floyd, among ot...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Principal who made Holocaust comments should not have been fired, judge rules
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The former Boca Raton principal who generated a national uproar for his comments about the Holocaust should not have been fired, a judge ruled Thursday.The Palm Beach County School District should have given William Latson, former principal of Spanish River High, a reprimand or reassigned him to another job, according to the ruling by Judge Robert S. Cohen.The school district “failed to prove that (Latson) engaged in misconduct in office, incompetence, or gross insubordination by a preponderance of the evidence. No just cause for his suspension or termination exists, bu...
Donald Trump, a critic of mail voting, is getting a mail ballot for next week's Florida primary — but isn't voting by mail
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — President Donald Trump, a constant and outspoken critic of voting by mail, is using a mail ballot for Tuesday’s Florida primary.But he’s not actually voting by mail.Trump and first lady Melania Trump, who have made the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach their official residence, are using a procedure outlined in Florida law that allows someone to pick up a ballot on behalf of someone else.A representative of the president brought signed affidavits from both Trumps to the Palm Beach County elections office on Wednesday, said Supervisor of Elections Wendy Sartory Link, respond...
In controversial fight for top bank job, Trump nominee lays out his Caribbean commitment
Mauricio Claver-Carone, President Donald Trump’s candidate to control a key multilateral financial institution in the hemisphere, is hoping that his vision and experience — and not his hard-line position on Cuba and Venezuela as a Trump adviser— will be the deciding factor for Caribbean governments still unsure of whether to support his controversial candidacy.Acknowledging that his nomination for president of the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C., breaks with tradition, Claver-Carone, who currently heads the National Security Council’s Western Hemisphere office, says it’s a ...
Gov. Abbott: Texas health officials investigating high coronavirus positivity rate
AUSTIN, Texas — Gov. Greg Abbott said state health officials are investigating why the percentage of Texans testing positive for COVID-19 has increased so much in recent weeks.In a Lubbock news conference Thursday, Abbott noted that COVID-19 testing has decreased in the state while the positivity rate of the virus has increased.The governor said some of the testing decline can be attributed to temporary “surge testing” in certain hard-hit regions, nursing homes, prisons and other facilities, which increased statewide testing numbers in July.The seven-day average positivity rate had continued t...
Blackhawks down 2-0 in series against Golden Knights after a 4-3 overtime loss in Game 2
The Chicago Blackhawks rallied from a two-goal deficit to tie the score after two periods and sent Game 2 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series into overtime Thursday, but the Vegas Golden Knights won 4-3 on Reilly Smith’s redirect goal 7:13 into the extra session.The Golden Knights will take a 2-0 advantage in the best-of-seven series into Game 3 on Saturday.“I thought we showed a lot of character to battle back,” Hawks coach Jeremy Colliton said. “They’re a really good third-period team. … Disappointing because I thought the guys played hard.”Hawks goalie Corey Crawford stopped 16 ...
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CDC chief sees urgency to cut COVID rate to avoid flu collisionNEW YORK — The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that many regions in the U.S. need to drive the rate of COVID-19 cases sharply lower to avert a dangerous convergence of the pandemic with flu season.CDC Director Robert Redfield said in an interview Thursday that he’s optimistic they’ll do so, because newly recorded cases have declined from their recent peak in July and most areas of the U.S. are in a “downward trajectory.”Even so, there’s a great distance for most of the country to go to reduce the burde...
Tribune News Service
Passions on display during listening session over Seattle police response to protests
SEATTLE — Passions rose and opinion divided sharply at times during a community listening session Thursday about the Seattle Police Department’s response to protests in the city following the police killing of George Floyd.Some people spoke of mistreatment and pain they blamed on police aggression; others suggested the protest movement for Black lives had been co-opted by privileged voices, often white, and also disrupted by violence against police.The Seattle Office of Inspector General held the event, by video conference, to allow people to weigh in on the police response as it conducts a “S...
The Seattle Times