Living with Children: What is COVID parenting?
What, pray tell, is COVID parenting? I need to know because over the past few months, several journalists have asked if I have any COVID-parenting suggestions. I went online and, sure enough, a fair number of so-called “parenting experts” are advising parents on how to “survive” shutdowns, as if having children in the home as opposed to attending school is life-threatening. Since when does day-to-day of living with children require a unique set of parenting skills? After doing some research, I realized that I may well have experienced COVID parenting as a child. There were, after all, days whe...
Tribune News Service
Dahleen Glanton: Blind loyalty to the Rev. Michael Pfleger could harm the Black community
One of the Rev. Michael Pfleger’s supporters summed up the sexual abuse allegations against the priest in a way that many might find appropriate. They don’t fit with “what I know about him,” Northwestern University law student Blair Matthews told a Tribune reporter in January when the accusations came to light. Like many who are standing solidly behind Pfleger, Matthews credits the priest and the St. Sabina Church community with helping him succeed in life. Many people who have met the outspoken and charismatic priest might agree. Sexual abuse is not the sort of thing that immediately comes to...
Elizabeth Wellington: The pandemic has robbed us of spontaneity. Here's how to get it back
PHILADELPHIA — Life's most delicious moments never happen on schedule. They don't send Google invites. They never text to say they're running late. I'm thinking about all of those random times I weaved in and out of crowds at outdoor festivals, sat in cafés or walked home from work when I just happened upon a friend. A few beats later, I was headed to an afterparty hosted by Questlove, dashing in and out of stores buying denim jumpsuits I didn't need or headed to a happy hour where I laughed into the night. A year into the coronavirus pandemic, I'm grieving all that is impromptu and impetuous....
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Commentary: Boondoggle outrages Albertans, but many Californians shrug off much worse scandal
On his first day in office, President Joe Biden blocked construction of the Keystone XL pipeline linking Canadian crude oil fields with distribution centers and refineries in the United States. It was an enormous victory for American environmentalists who want to leave fossil fuels on the ash heap of history. But it also triggered a huge political scandal in Canada, with Alberta Premier Jason Kenney being roasted for spending $1.5 billion in public funds on a now-doomed project. "Kenney's crazy bet has to be near the top of the most irresponsible things ever done in Alberta's history," conclud...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Heidi Stevens: Andrew Cuomo sexual harassment allegations got a whole lot ickier when he threw the word ‘mentor’ in the mix
A life hack: If you’re 63 and she’s 25 and you’re her boss, the flirtation is always, every time, definitely unwanted. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, facing sexual harassment accusations from two former aides, released a statement Sunday acknowledging that his interactions at the office “may have been insensitive or too personal.” “I acknowledge some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation,” his statement reads. “To the extent anyone felt that way, I am truly sorry about that.” In a New York Times story published online Saturday and on the newspaper’s front pa...
Fiat Chrysler, now Stellantis, pleads guilty in corruption case
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles once portrayed itself as a victim in the burgeoning corruption scandal involving the UAW, but on Monday the corporation admitted its own role in paying millions of dollars in personal expenses for senior union officials. It's a striking reversal that was years in the making. From roughly 2009 to 2016, “one or more persons acting in the interests of FCA US agreed to pay and deliver and willfully paid and delivered more than $3.5 million in prohibited payments and things of value to officers and employees of the UAW,” said Chris Pardi, general counsel and corporate secr...
Detroit Free Press
Amazon hit with pay equity, racial discrimination lawsuit
A wage disparity exists at the highest levels of Amazon, where Black executives make less than their white co-workers doing the same job, according to a new lawsuit. And while the retail giant has cornered the market on delivering goods to at-home shoppers, the company has also revolutionized discrimination in the form of “de-leveling,” a tactic that employs Blacks and Hispanics at a level below the jobs they applied for, the lawsuit said. That’s what Amazon executive Charlotte Newman says happened to her. Despite being well-qualified for the senior manager role for which she interviewed, Newm...
New York Daily News
Cuomo sends formal referral allowing attorney general to investigate misconduct claims
ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo formally invited an inquiry Monday into sexual misconduct allegations made against him by a pair of former staffers, allowing New York Attorney General Letitia James to choose a private law firm to spearhead the probe. An official referral letter was sent to James’ office a day after a whiplash-inducing round of competing statements were released by both offices about the scope and oversight of such an inquiry. “Today, the executive chamber transmitted a referral letter to our office, providing us the authority to move forward with an independent investigation ...
New York Daily News
In Georgia, Fulton County DA’s investigation into Trump heads to grand jury
ATLANTA — Fulton County prosecutors are expected to appear before a grand jury this week seeking subpoenas for documents and witnesses related to their investigation of former President Donald Trump and some of his top associates for possible election fraud, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned. Legal experts are split as to whether there’s a strong case to be made, but most agree Trump’s efforts to overturn Georgia’s election results merit greater scrutiny. Fani Willis, Fulton’s new district attorney, has said she’s prepared to follow the evidence wherever it leads. Some believe the r...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Mets make changes to vetting and hiring process in wake of sexual harassment scandals
JUPITER, Fla. — The Mets have changed their vetting and hiring process in the wake of three separate harassment scandals that were reported in the past month-plus. Former Mets GM Jared Porter, ex-manager Mickey Callaway and former hitting coordinator Ryan Ellis were all recently accused of inappropriate behavior and unwanted sexual advances through reporting from ESPN and The Athletic. The Mets fired Porter in January within 24 hours of learning about his 2016 sexual harassment of a female reporter. Callaway, who has served as the Angels pitching coach since 2020, is accused of sexual harassme...
New York Daily News