Controversial US Reps. Matt Gaetz, Marjorie Taylor Greene find refuge at raucous joint rally in Florida
THE VILLAGES, Fla. — Two of the most controversial Republicans in the country were a big draw in The Villages Friday night, as hundreds gathered to see U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene join U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz for the kickoff of their “America First” tour. The two have joined to create “Put America First,” a joint fundraising committee, and Friday’s event in the country’s biggest senior community was the first of a series of scheduled rallies designed to appeal to former (and potentially future) Trump voters. Rallygoers at The Brownwood Hotel & Spa cheered and waved signs for both Gaetz and G...
Mickelson fades as trio of golfers take lead at Wells Fargo Championship
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Phil Mickelson’s bid to win his first Wells Fargo Championship took a hit Friday afternoon. Mickelson, who began the day with a two-shot lead, fell behind on the leaderboard after a disastrous back nine that saw him go 4-over-par for the day. Mickelson carded three bogeys and a double bogey. It actually could have been worse. On No. 14, Mickelson hit a ball in the water off the tee. Fortunately, he was able to save par. It was a rough day for Mickelson, who carded a 64 on Day 1 to finish Thursday at 7-under. Still, Mickelson enters the third round only three shots out of the ...
The Charlotte Observer
Rory McIlroy has big day in second round of Wells Fargo tournament
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The first day of the Wells Fargo Championship saw an old face emerge atop the leaderboard. The second day saw another familiar golfer surge up it. Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy, who started the day at 1 over par, shot a 5-under 66 to finish 4-under for the tournament Friday. As of early Friday afternoon, he was two shots behind leaders Matt Wallace, Gary Woodland and Patrick Rodgers. Phil Mickelson, who led by two strokes after the first round, shot a 75 on Friday, and is currently at 3 under. McIlroy hasn’t won a PGA Tour event since November 2019, when he took home th...
The Charlotte Observer
Mothers see signs of economic hope after a year of stress
The perfect Mother's Day greeting for 2021 might be: "Thanks Mom for putting up with all the torture the economy has put you through." And you thought raising children was tough? Try bringing home even a few paychecks when the restaurant, hair salon or clothing store where you work closed or cut hours as part of a shutdown or social distancing measures during the COVID-19 pandemic. Or try juggling a job and adding a second unpaid one that requires overseeing a third-grader and a sixth-grader who are both stuck learning remotely via a laptop at the dining room table or back bedroom. All that's ...
Detroit Free Press
The Missouri House approves 'Rush Limbaugh Day' after saying no to 'Walter Cronkite Day'
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri House on Thursday kept alive an effort to honor the late Rush Limbaugh, who was from Cape Girardeau and gained national fame as a syndicated conservative radio host. Legislation approved Thursday would designate each Jan. 12, Limbaugh's birthday, as "Rush Limbaugh Day" in Missouri. Limbaugh, 70, died in February after a battle with cancer. The vote immediately followed a Democratic-led effort to designate Jan. 13 as "Walter Cronkite Day," after the Missouri native and broadcast journalist who anchored the CBS Evening News. The effort failed. Cronkite, who was...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Michael Avenatti not ‘as high profile as he once was,’ NYC federal judge writes
NEW YORK — Michael Avenatti is not “quite as high profile as he once was,” a Manhattan federal judge wrote Thursday, denying the disgraced lawyer’s bid to restrict press access to jury selection at his upcoming trial. Judge Jesse Furman wrote that there was no evidence that media coverage of jury selection during Avenatti’s earlier trial for attempting to extort Nike out of more than $20 million affected the guilty verdict. Judge Paul Gardephe presided over the Nike trial, which concluded in February 2020. Furman will oversee Avenatti’s trial for allegedly swindling the client who made him fam...
New York Daily News
Graduation day for first women to attend Marine boot camp in San Diego
SAN DIEGO — There was excitement in the air as family and friends of new Marines made their way to the grandstands on the parade deck of Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego on Thursday morning. At the end of the parade grounds, 397 freshly minted Marines stood at parade rest in formation. Passing family members stole glances trying to find their Marines among the uniformed mass. While the San Diego depot graduates about 40 companies of new Marines each year, Thursday's ceremony was special. It was only the third graduation open to family and friends since they were suspended in March 2020 due...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
California DMV to eliminate 25 language options from drivers license tests, memo says
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California DMV is preparing to stop offering written drivers license tests in 25 languages, reducing the available test languages to seven, according to a directive issued last week. After the change, the test would be offered only in English, Spanish, Armenian, Chinese, Hindi, Punjabi and Vietnamese, according to the April 27 memo. The directive says those are the only languages in which the department is required to offer the test under a state law passed in 1973. The Dymally-Alatorre Language Services Act says an agency must offer translation in the native tongue of...
The Sacramento Bee
Former Cuban political prisoner ordered to pay $100,000 bond to avoid eviction
MIAMI — A judge has ordered Ana Lazara Rodriguez, the former Cuban political prisoner at risk of being evicted from her home in Miami, to post $100,000 in bond money in order to delay her eviction so she can present evidence of bank fraud upon the court. Judge Peter R. Lopez ruled in Miami-Dade Circuit Court on May 5 that Rodriguez, 82, must post the bond in order to halt the Writ of Possession — the final document that allows Miami-Dade Police to physically carry out the eviction — that was issued in the case on Feb. 16, 2021. The bond money would be used to pay mortgage carrying costs, taxes...
Motormouth: Repaint your car? Try this instead
Q: I recently bought a new 2021 Mazda SUV. The color is white, and at the time I thought that was what I wanted. But now I am not so sure. I am going to keep the vehicle but feel that I would like it to be a different color. Is it OK to repaint a new car? Would the paint job work, or would there be a problem? Any insight you could give me would be helpful. M.B., Las Vegas A: Sure, you can paint a new car, but there is an alternative. Get it wrapped. 3M makes a paint wrap film specifically designed to wrap cars and trucks that is not permanent. Hate the new look? Change it. It won’t damage the ...
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