'Ted Lasso': What we know about next season, Kansas City connections, those biscuits
Everyone was skeptical of "Ted Lasso." After all, it was based on a TV commercial with a one-note premise: Kansas football coach is transplanted to England to coach a sport he knows nothing about: their version of football, aka soccer. Then people started watching the series and realized there was far more to it, thanks in large part to its co-creator and star, Jason Sudeikis, the "Saturday Night Live" alum who grew up in Overland Park. Now that "Ted Lasso" and Sudeikis are vying for two Golden Globes on Feb. 28 — for best comedy TV series and best actor — the most-watched show on Apple TV+ ha...
The Kansas City Star
How school boards get pulled into polarized politics
DETROIT — Some of the emails are thoughtful. Others are pleading. But many don't waste time on pleasantries. "Some of them are very threatening; they're cruel," said Beth Pyden, one of four school board members in Chippewa Valley Schools facing a recall attempt over their votes last year to delay the return of in-person learning. "A lot of them start with 'I demand ... '" School board members across Michigan and around the country have been tasked with deciding when and how to return students to classrooms amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Their decisions have been as varied as the communities they ...
Detroit Free Press
Quick Fix: Panko breadcrumbs give spaghetti a crispy boost
Classic spaghetti with tomato sauce is a family favorite. Here it gets a crispy boost from toasted panko breadcrumbs and garlic. For this quick meal, I’ve added beef strips. Once the spaghetti is boiled, the rest of the meal is made in one pan. I like to use panko breadcrumbs. They’re made from crustless white bread that is processed into flakes and then dried. They add a crisp texture. Serve a washed, ready-to-eat salad on the side to complete the meal. Helpful Hints: — 4 crushed garlic cloves can be used instead of minced garlic. — Any type of quick cooking beef can be used. — A few drops ho...
Tribune News Service
On Gardening: Senorita Rosalita cleome celebrates her 15th
A quinceanera is a celebration of a girl’s 15th birthday, with its cultural roots in Mexico and throughout Latin America. While I am not exactly sure of the birthday, it was 15 years ago that our girl of the plant world Senorita Rosalita cleome won her first award. Today she has won 237 of the top awards in the country and forever changed the world when it comes to using the cleome in the landscape. Before the arrival of Senorita Rosalita gardeners were concerned about growing cleomes because they have thorns that can be quite painful. They also don’t like the fact that cleomes reseed – A LOT,...
Tribune News Service
These students have helped send more than 13,000 letters to front line workers
PHILADELPHIA – Rupa Palanki can still remember the hopelessness she felt when the University of Pennsylvania shut down in-person classes last March due to the pandemic. Palanki, now a 22-year-old Penn senior, had just returned to her hometown of Mobile, Ala., and desperately wanted to help in whatever way she could. She began talking with friends about possible ways to provide community service during the pandemic and the idea for Lockdown Letters, an initiative to send letters of appreciation to front line workers such as doctors, nurses and teachers, was born. “We’re all usually very involve...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Top 10 ZIP codes for Kansas City residents getting COVID-19 vaccine are mostly white
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The largest numbers of Kansas City residents who have gotten a COVID-19 vaccine live in ZIP codes that are overwhelmingly white, according to city health department numbers and census data. That’s despite widespread knowledge that people of color are disproportionately harmed by the virus because of existing social inequities. The ZIP code with the highest number of Kansas City residents who have been vaccinated — at 4,497 — is the 64114 ZIP code, according to the latest figures from the Kansas City Health Department. The area is 82% white, while the city as a whole is about...
The Kansas City Star
Asylum seekers desperate for help set up camp outside Tijuana port of entry
The Tijuana plaza just outside of the San Ysidro Port of Entry has once again become a hub for asylum seekers looking for a chance at requesting refuge in the United States. As of Wednesday morning, there were more than 50 tents pitched in the Chaparral Plaza, where the western pedestrian crossing of the port of entry connects with San Diego's southern neighbor. The western part of the port of entry has been closed during the pandemic, and the once-bustling plaza where asylum seekers gathered every morning amid commuting workers and tourists became mostly deserted until last week. That's when ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
After Domingo German’s unclear apology, his teammates make clear demands
Domingo German began his first public appearance with the Yankees since assaulting his girlfriend with an apology. “To the Steinbrenner family, my teammates, the front office,” he began in a statement translated by Marlon Abreu, before saying, “those around me who love me,” the pitcher’s closest allusion to his girlfriend. German’s statement grieved the incidental consequences of his behavior towards his girlfriend suffered by his teammates and employers, including the administrative leave and lengthy suspension that cost him consecutive playoff runs. German promised he would improve his condu...
New York Daily News
Past efforts to reform the Texas power grid stalled. Lawmakers say this year is different.
When Texas lawmakers convene Thursday for a series of hearings aimed at examining power outages that left millions of people in the cold and dark amid a winter storm, it won’t be the first time they've talked about the issue. The question is: Will they do anything about it this time? Past legislative efforts to make changes to the state’s electric grid and at the Public Utility Commission stalled, including after winter storms in 2011 that prompted rolling blackouts. But lawmakers say the catastrophic impact of this year’s storm, the spotlight on past inaction and early pledges from state lead...
Reunited: Honduran immigrant and father leaves sanctuary in St. Louis-area church
MAPLEWOOD, Mo. — After three years in a Maplewood church to avoid immediate deportation, Alex Garcia returned home to his wife and children Wednesday without fear of imminent separation while he petitions for permanent legal status. Garcia, a Honduran immigrant and father of five who has lived in the U.S. for 17 years, left Christ Church United Church of Christ where he has sought refuge from federal officials looking to enforce a deportation order stemming from his first entry into the U.S. in 2000. His departure, Garcia and his advocates said, follows orders from President Joe Biden to Immig...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch