An ode to the glories of cabbage, with recipes for a Polish stew and a spicy stir-fry
Even this deep into winter, I still crave the flavors coaxed from winter vegetables. Root vegetables, such as turnips and parsnips, easily transform into roasted sides, soups and mashes. Potatoes offer exquisite comfort in any form. Cabbage, one of the world’s most versatile vegetables, single-handedly eliminates boredom in the kitchen and at the table. A recent trip to a large supermarket revealed more than a half-dozen types of cabbage — from simple tight green heads to burgundy wine-colored orbs, to curly edged savoy to the oblong head of pale napa cabbage. To say nothing of its family memb...
Most dependable cars: Lexus, Kia top 2021 JD Power auto study
Automobiles are more complex than ever, and more dependable than ever. That's the encouraging news from data analytics firm JD Power which released its 2021 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study Thursday. The widely-watched study found vehicle durability at an all-time high, improving 10% over 2020 — and 25% over 2016 when the industry was backsliding in durability due to the swarm of new electronics debuting on vehicles. This year's survey also marked a victory for Kia as the Korean brand beat perennial #1 Toyota as the most dependable mainstream brand. Toyota's luxury brand, Lexus, continued its ...
The Detroit News
Jeremy Lin’s missed G League game is bad news in his NBA quest
When he joined the NBA G League’s Santa Cruz Warriors, One of Jeremy Lin’s goals was to show big league teams that he could remain healthy. But Lin did not play in Wednesday’s SeaDubs game against the Canton Charge because of back tightness. The NBC Sports Bay Area broadcast described the scratch as “late”. The full extent of the injury isn’t known, but the broadcast gave no indication that it was a serious ailment. Still, it’s bad news for Lin in his bid to return to the big leagues. Lin’s long battle with injuries is credited for his exit from the NBA after the 2019 season, leading him to pl...
The Mercury News
'Made in China' documents cheap goods from forced-labor camps
In Amelia Pang’s new nonfiction book, “Made in China: A Prisoner, An SOS Letter, and the Hidden Cost of America’s Cheap Goods,” Oregon mother Julie Keith opens a package of discounted Halloween decorations to find an SOS letter written by a Chinese political prisoner. From this letter, Keith learns that her purchase was assembled and packaged by a man named Sun Yi, imprisoned for campaigning for freedom to join a forbidden meditation movement, Falun Gong. In the note, Sun details how political prisoners work 15-hour days without a Saturday or Sunday break and make only 10 yuan each month, or a...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Texas power plants get emergency clearance to crank up outputWASHINGTON — The Department of Energy issued an emergency order allowing several Texas power plants to produce as much electricity as possible, a move expected to violate anti-pollution rules that comes amid a deepening electricity crisis in the state that has cut power to millions of homes. The Energy Department order, requested by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, authorizes power plants throughout the state to run a maximum output levels, even as such a move is anticipated to result in a violation of limits of pollution. ...
Tribune News Service
We rewatched Netflix's 'To All the Boys' rom-com trilogy to decide which movie is the best
After three years, Netflix's smash hit rom-com series, "To All the Boys," has come to an end with the release of "To All the Boys: Always and Forever." The teen-novel-trilogy-turned-movie-series follows Portland high school student Lara Jean Covey as she navigates the typical complications of being a teenager while juggling an even more complicated love life. So between all three movies — "To All the Boys I've Loved Before" (2018), "To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You" (2020) and "To All the Boys: Always and Forever" (2021) — which is the best one? Two of our producers, both self-proclaimed...
The Seattle Times
Feds investigating as more and more fake N95 masks are turning up
N95 masks are best for protecting against the spread of coronavirus, but federal authorities have found that fraudsters are faking the masks and selling them to hospitals and governments in the U.S. The counterfeit masks, often manufactured abroad, have been found in at least five states, The Associated Press reported. They can be difficult to spot even for medical professionals. “We’ve seen a lot of fraud and other illegal activity,” Department of Homeland Security investigator Steve Francis told the AP. Francis did not reveal which states or companies had been targeted. 3M manufactures a lar...
New York Daily News
Dieter Kurtenbach: Jeremy Lin faces an unfair standard in his bid to return to the NBA
Jeremy Lin didn’t do anything to disqualify himself from a return to the NBA in his G-League debut Wednesday. But his performance, juxtaposed with those of his teammates and opponents, showed that Lin still has a lot to prove if he wants to make it back to the big leagues. Let’s be clear: Lin was solid and gritty in his 30 minutes against the G-League Ignite team, scoring 18 points, dishing out five assists, and adding three steals. That’s a really nice game, especially when you consider how long it’s been since he’s played that many minutes in a truly competitive league. Could he be a solid c...
The Mercury News
Jazz legend Ramsey Lewis, is back with 'Saturday Salon' and on Bandcamp, part of the technological in crowd
“It’s all about the music. It’s not about me running my mouth,” said composer, jazz pianist and former radio personality Ramsey Lewis. The celebrated musician, who has recorded more than 80 albums and hosted the “Ramsey Lewis Morning Show” on WNUR in Chicago, said “retired life” is everything he’s always wanted. But his love of music, and specifically, of playing the piano, has not gone away. Last month, Lewis launched season two of his surprise hit livestream series, “Saturday Salon” on StageIt. This yearlong series takes place on the last Saturday of every month and features Lewis playing a ...
'It could be a double whammy.' Florida scientists worry about Brazilian variant
MIAMI — As the pandemic continues to worsen around the world, scientists are grappling to better understand spin-off versions of the COVID-19 virus — and one of the latest strains poses a particular threat to South Florida. The little-understood "P1" strain of the COVID-19 virus, known as the Brazilian variant, contains two of the mutations that have researchers worried: one that is thought to increase the infectiousness of the virus — with mounting evidence coming from the U.K. to support the conclusion — and one that is thought to aid the virus in escaping a potential target's immune system,...