Why winter weather is no match for rats in America's 'rattiest city'
CHICAGO – Chicagoans hoping that brutal cold and epic snowfall would wipe out the rat population in America’s “rattiest city” should know: Rats are much tougher than that. Pest control experts told the Tribune a few more rats than normal might die this winter, but this spring we’ll still have a full crop of rattus norvegicus. After all, rats can survive a decade of bombardment by atomic bombs on Pacific atolls. What chance does a few extra inches of snow have? “Rats can survive in tough environments. They’re tough. They’ll burrow underneath the snow as deep as they can and they can survive thi...
These twin-sister Philly physicians have their patients’ backs – and each other’s, too
PHILADELPHIA –Even for identical twins, Elana McDonald and Delana Wardlaw have a lot in common. Both Philadelphia physicians, the sisters graduated together from Central High School (class number 251), Temple University, and Penn State’s College of Medicine. They inherited their parents’ belief in the power of education. They also learned well their mother’s lessons about standing up for yourself, for what you believe in, and for the people you love. And if you ask which twin is the outgoing one and which is more demure, their answer doesn’t miss a beat: “There is no quiet one,” says McDonald,...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Nine years after Trayvon Martin shooting, Sanford forms committee to study race, inequality
ORLANDO, Fla. – Sanford, Florida, commissioners have agreed to form an advisory committee that will study how race, class and gender can lead to social inequities, in the city where Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in 2012, eventually giving rise to the Black Lives Matter movement. The panel “will be charged with taking a look at racial tension within the city and how the disparities in services, public and private, impact people of color more than they do their white counterparts,” said Andrew Thomas, Sanford’s community relations and neighborhood engagement director, at a recent commission...
NYC schools head Richard Carranza resigns, Meisha Porter to become system’s first Black woman chancellor
NEW YORK – Richard Carranza, the New York City schools chancellor who ignited fiery conversations about race and segregation in education and oversaw the seismic shift to remote learning throughout the coronavirus pandemic, will step down March 15 after a three-year tenure, Mayor de Blasio announced Friday. He will be replaced by Meisha Porter, who currently serves as executive superintendent for the Bronx. Porter will become the first Black woman chancellor of the nation’s largest public school system. Carranza’s departure will take effect a year to the day after the hectic Sunday last March ...
New York Daily News
Dell pulls in record revenue as work-from-home demand continues
Dell Technologies pulled in record revenue in its most recent fiscal year, as the growing number of people working from their homes increased demand for the company's products. The technology giant had revenue of $94.2 billion for the fiscal year ended Jan. 29. The company beat analyst expectations the fiscal fourth quarter and the full year. Jeff Clarke, Dell Technologies' chief operating officer, said technology played a key role in keeping society moving in the past year. He said Dell has been able to help customers adapt to new remote work and education realities, and said the company is i...
Lady Gaga’s grandma ‘praying’ for dog walker shot trying to stop dognapping of singer’s French bulldogs: ‘It’s a cruel world we’re living in’
NEW YORK – Lady Gaga’s grandmother says she’s praying for the dog walker shot while valiantly trying to stop armed robbers from stealing the singer’s beloved French bulldogs. “It’s a cruel world we’re living in,” Angeline Germanotta told the Daily News Thursday. “I’m praying this young man recovers, and I hope the dogs are found safe and in good health,” she said. “The family is devastated,” she continued. “It’s very, very sad that we’re living in a world where this can happen.” The 90-year-old grandmother spoke out after the dog walker, identified as Ryan Fischer, was shot once and critically...
New York Daily News
The Week Ahead: Long-term planning in China worth noting for US investors
American investors may be excused for suffering from chronic short-termism. This is a persistent condition reinforced by the financial industrial complex of stock market television, websites and Internet memes. Scouring quarterly financial statements to discern the health and prospects of a company seems quaint and Luddite when an Instagram ice cream photo can cause a multibillion-dollar swing in the market value of a struggling video game retailer. (Yes, this actually happened last week to GameStop shares. No, the GameStop #stonk story is not over.) And while there is plenty of important shor...
Ford introduces first-ever Explorer King Ranch luxury package for popular midsize SUV
Customers told Ford Motor Co. they wanted more luxury. So Ford responded with a first-ever King Ranch package for its popular Explorer SUV that includes hand-stitched "premium touches" and mahogany-colored Del Rio leather trimmed seats with perforated front and second rows with the legendary King Ranch Running logo, along with leather door trim rollers, Sapele wood instrument panel appliques and leather-wrapped steering wheel with a Sapele wood insert, according to a news release last week. And there's more. Inside, it will also include multi-contour seats with massaging capabilities, a 10.1-i...
Detroit Free Press
'Superman & Lois' are totally normal parents in new CW series
What do two teenage boys call the world’s greatest hero and the world’s greatest journalist? Mom and Dad. The CW’s newest superhero show, “Superman & Lois,” which premiered Tuesday, asks just how much parenthood has changed the Metropolis couple, if at all. For Elizabeth Tulloch, Lois Lane to Tyler Hoechlin’s Superman, the failures are often more interesting than the successes. “Part of what makes them interesting is we’ve seen a lot of versions of them where they’re perfect,” the 40-year-old actress told the Daily News. “Now you’re seeing them failing and struggling and messing up.” Lois and ...
New York Daily News
Family's the best – and worst – in Netflix's new mother-daughter drama 'Ginny & Georgia'
The “Gilmore Girls” comparison is an easy one for “Ginny & Georgia”: a young mother and her teenage daughter, fighting together against everything the world throws at them. But where Rory and Lorelai faced a coffee shortage and prying grandparents, the eponymous heroines of Netflix’s new series, released Wednesday, have bigger fish to fry, from sexual identity to coded racism. The 30-year-old Georgia, played by Brianne Howey, is as flighty as she is motivated; at the first sign of trouble, she leaves, uprooting 15-year-old daughter Ginny and younger son Austin and starting over in a new place....
New York Daily News