Need help sticking to your New Year’s resolutions? These shows can help
With the start of a new year, many people have set resolutions they hope to accomplish by 2021's end. Many might find it difficult to incorporate changes into their lifestyles, but these shows, channels and series can provide the perfect motivation to stick to a few common New Year’s resolutions. Get fit Whether you’re looking to tone up, drop a few pounds or maintain your weight, these shows are sure to provide the inspiration you need. “The Biggest Loser” — In this reality competition, contestants struggling with their weight work with fitness experts to help shed the pounds and pursue a hea...
Florida COVID-19 surge continues with 15,445 new cases, 139 more resident deaths
ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida’s resident death toll from coronavirus rose to 22,804 with the addition of 138 more reported fatalities on Saturday while also adding 15,445 more positive COVID-19 cases to bring the total to 1,464,697. Saturday’s report is fourth highest for daily new cases, based on state Department of Health data. The Sentinel excluded the daily new cases that were a day after Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day as they could be two days worth of cases combined. A record 19,816 infections were reported Thursday, the highest daily increase since the outbreak hit. The record is ...
Daniel Neman: What are the best foods in the world?
It’s official: The best traditional food in the world is the margherita pizza.Actually, as such things go, that’s not a bad choice. Everybody loves pizza, and the margherita — just tomato sauce, cheese and basil — has the additional virtue of being simple and pure. Plus, the red, white and green colors are also, not coincidentally, the colors of the Italian flag.A food-based website called TasteAtlas recently published a list of what it claims are the 100 best traditional foods in the world, as ranked by 63,402 votes.Sixty-three thousand four hundred and two votes is not a bad sample, though t...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Filip Bondy: Diego Maradona: The brilliant highs and tragic lows of a soccer genius
Diego Maradona died on Wednesday near Buenos Aires at the age of 60 from an apparent heart attack, and really it is a wonder that this volatile genius lasted even that long on Earth. Those of us who covered his career, who watched in awe as he created divine goals while fighting internal demons, were forever concerned for the great athlete’s health and welfare.It was that way, back at the World Cup in the summer of 1994, when Argentina was about to play Bulgaria at the Cotton Bowl. Word came to journalists, just six hours before the match, that Maradona would not be permitted to play. He had b...
New York Daily News
On Gardening: Longwing butterflies creating Halley's Comet-type moments
Blue Moon on Halloween, Northern Lights creeping south, and now Jupiter and Saturn snuggling close for the first time since the Middle Ages. So goes the year 2020 and all of its memories. To The Garden Guy all of these “Twilight Zone” moments may pale in comparison to the Halley’s Comet-type events that have been happening in the butterfly world thanks to the Heliconian or longwing butterflies.Even though the zebra longwing is the state butterfly of Florida, I assure you it is tropical in nature and like its cousins I’ll be mentioning, are much more common in Central and South America. So, ima...
Tribune News Service
Orlando City's Rodrigo Schlegel soaks in moment as club hero
Before he became the unlikely hero of Orlando City’s first playoff match, Rodrigo Schlegel just needed a chance.It’s why the 23-year-old centerback came to Orlando City in the first place. He was only getting scraps of playing time for his hometown club, Racing, in Argentina. He’d earned a single start against Corinthians, riding the bench for the rest of his nearly two seasons with the team.Schlegel needed a change. And the Lions offered him an opportunity — a hungry club with playoff goals and a new coach promising to give every player on the roster a fighting chance for a starting position....
US soars past 12 million coronavirus cases
More than 12 million people in the U.S. have now been infected with coronavirus.The virus has spread rapidly in recent weeks, as the country hit 10 million cases Nov. 9 and the 11 million mark Nov. 15.More than 255,000 people in the U.S. have died from COVID-19, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.The U.S. has recorded more cases and deaths than any other country. India, home to an estimated 1.3 billion people, has tallied 9 million cases and 130,000 deaths. Brazil has reported 6 million cases and 168,000 deaths.A record 665,000 new cases were reported worldwide Friday. The U.S. wa...
New York Daily News
Venezuelan insurgent describes how betrayal in ranks produced failure, summary executions
More than four dozen men who set out in motorboats on the first day of May from Colombia as part of a botched coup known as Operation Gideon, a doomed attempt at ousting Venezuelan strongman Nicolás Maduro, were betrayed by five companions who sold the exact landing coordinates shortly before departure, says a high-ranking insurgent.In an exclusive interview, the man involved in Gideon broke his silence to detail events that led to the capture of 47 Venezuelans and two Americans, and the execution of six Gideon participants.The Maduro regime knew precisely where the first boat would arrive and...
Karla Peterson: San Diego author Linda Olson's memoir starts with loss but sticks with love
When Linda Olson began working on the book that would eventually become a memoir about her eventful life, the members of her writers’ group had a big bone to pick with her. This story of hers? The one that opened with the nightmarish accident in which Olson lost her right arm and both her legs?It was way too upbeat.“People kept telling me that I was way too happy. That was the biggest critique, that I didn’t show enough emotion,” Olson said during a phone interview from her home in La Jolla. “Then I would go back home and try to recall the sorrow or the sadness or the struggle. But even when I...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
The weekly geography quiz
GEOQUIZ: What is the capital of French Guiana?Answer: Cayenne. It’s located on the Atlantic Ocean with a population of about 62,000. French Guiana, between Suriname and Brazil, is an overseas territorial collectivity of France, with a population of about 301,000. The notorious Devil’s Island is just off the coast.———©2020 Chicago Tribune