Mark Bradley: In college hoops, the transfer portal has become a turnstile
ATLANTA — At the 2018 Final Four in Glendale, Ariz., the NCAA brass offered its corporate thoughts on the issue of the day — the fallout from the Feds' shoe-company investigation. We thought back then that the NCAA's response would turn college basketball inside-out. We know better now. Arizona got around to firing Sean Miller only this month. Kansas' Bill Self, named in an NCAA investigation, was just given a five-year contract with a permanent rollover — a Paul Hewitt deal — that prevents him from being fired for cause no matter what sort of infractions are unearthed. But the shoe-company st...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
From ‘Soul Train’ to Chance the Rapper, Hanif Abdurraqib’s words capture the music of Chicago and beyond
CHICAGO — Hanif Abdurraqib doesn’t exactly write about music. I mean, yes, he writes about music, he’s written three acclaimed books (and many poems) about music; he has two podcasts about music; the Brooklyn Academy of Music recently named him guest curator-at-large. One of my favorite pandemic activities has been settling into his website Sixtyeight2ohfive, a kind of musical family tree/personal excavation project culled from Spotify playlists, and though I don’t know if music was playing in the background all of those times he’s baked a cake on Instagram, probably. Music, though, in the wor...
My worst moment: ‘Younger’ star Sutton Foster was fired from supporting role in national tour of ‘Grease’ only to be suddenly rehired as the star
Few actors are as delightful on stage and screen as Sutton Foster, who stars in the TV series “Younger” now in its seventh and final season. The show’s original premise: A recently divorced 40-something hopes to reenter the workforce but finds that her age and the sizable gap on her resume — when she was a stay-at-home mom — has left her undesirable to employers. So she passes herself off as millennial and gets hired at a book publisher. Over the years, little by little, her colleagues have learned the truth, and “this is the season where the lie is not part of the storyline,” said Foster. “We...
Grain Belt Express promises stronger electric grid — if Missouri lawmakers don't kill it
Developers of the Grain Belt Express say the massive transmission line remains on track to open up by 2025, connecting wind power in western Kansas with voracious demand in the East. The 800-mile project promises to add more reliability to the electric grid — all the more enticing since rolling blackouts in February left millions of Americans without power. While the $2 billion overhead transmission line aims at exporting wind energy from Kansas, it will also be capable of moving electricity both directions, which could have helped mitigate the electricity crisis that hit the United States ear...
The Kansas City Star
Commentary: Children’s health, futures deserve a climate-resilient energy system
The electrical grid failure in Texas and its continuing fallout once again highlight the urgent threat that climate change and extreme weather pose for the most vulnerable everywhere: children. After a sweeping energy breakdown during a storm in February, Texans now face the daunting task of reforming the power grid, and, as pediatricians, we appeal to policymakers and energy leaders to consider building climate-resilient infrastructure. For years, energy regulators warned the state’s electric-grid operators that they were not prepared for an unprecedented winter storm. Nothing was done, and m...
Tribune News Service
After a year of struggle, here's what reopening looked like at one school
SAN DIEGO – Perkins K-8 School Principal Fernando Hernandez was so nervous early Monday that he didn't eat breakfast. It was the first day back to in-person school for students at Perkins and hundreds of other schools in San Diego Unified — one year and a month since the pandemic began. In recent weeks Hernandez and his staff have been mapping out safety measures and planning for every possible contingency they could imagine. "It's great to see all of you," Hernandez said as he visited a classroom of third-graders at the start of the school day. "How many of you are nervous?" All but two of th...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Balancing Act: Some parents complained about Pride and Black Lives Matter flags, so a school removed them. Now students and parents are demanding their return
A Pride flag is a symbol. It doesn’t love you. It doesn’t listen to you. It doesn’t stand up for you when bullies come for you in the locker room. But it reminds you that you deserve what it stands for: love, allies, safety. It reminds you that people have fought, for decades, for your right to those things. It reminds you that people fight, still, to bring those things — love, allies, safety — to more people, in more places. To all people, ideally, in all places. So when three teachers at Indiana's Chesterton Middle School hung Pride flags in their classrooms, they hung power and protection a...
Hawks hold on to beat Raptors
It was closer than the Hawks would have liked, but they held on to beat the Raptors, 108-103, Tuesday in Tampa. Next up, the Hawks (30-25) will begin a three-game homestand Thursday vs. Milwaukee. Below are some takeaways from the win: 1. Malachi Flynn made five 3′s in the fourth quarter (four in the final two minutes) to narrow a comfortable win to a nail-biter. The Hawks had led by as much as 15 but couldn’t quite put the game away early, and that lead was trimmed to eight, 97-89, with 6:20 left in the fourth quarter. Flynn scored 15 points in the fourth (22 overall) and his final 3-pointer ...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
US Capitol Police ignored threats of violence weeks before Jan. 6 insurrection, says scathing new internal report
A scathing internal report serves up more evidence of Capitol Police lapses prior to the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol siege — including that police ignored intelligence that a right-wing website posted a map of the Capitol complex’s underground tunnels, it was reported Tuesday. The Capitol Police inspector general also reported the agency’s officers were equipped with expired ammunition and riot shields that were improperly stored, making them prone to breakage, CNN reported. Sixteen days before the attack — on Dec. 21 — a map of the Capitol’s underground tunnels was posted on a pro-Donald Trump websit...
New York Daily News
8 crewmen have pleaded guilty as probe continues into a record 20-ton cocaine bust on a Philly ship
PHILADELPHIA — Federal prosecutors acknowledged for the first time Tuesday that eight crew members aboard an international shipping vessel detained at the Port of Philadelphia two years ago have admitted to smuggling a record-breaking 20-ton cocaine haul that investigators have described as one of the largest seized in U.S. history. Though several men from the cargo ship, the MSC Gayane, have been in U.S. custody since authorities intercepted the drug shipment in June 2019, little has been released about their status or the ongoing efforts to trace the wider drug-trafficking network in which t...
The Philadelphia Inquirer