Ingenuity Mars Helicopter's inaugural flight postponed until no earlier than April 14
The first controlled flight of drone on another planet — originally slated for Sunday — now won't happen before Wednesday at the earliest. Based on data that arrived on Earth late Friday night, NASA put off the inaugural flight of the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter. The drone is powered by San Diego-based Qualcomm's robotics platform, which includes a processor used in many Android smartphones from a few years ago. In a blog post, NASA said during a high-speed spin test of Ingenuity's rotors on Friday, the command sequence controlling the test ended early due to a "watchdog" timer expiration. The w...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Chicago aldermen move to condemn Illinois congresswoman for Hitler remark she made during January speech in Washington
CHICAGO — Chicago aldermen on Monday moved to officially condemn a newly elected Illinois congresswoman who told an audience at a Washington, D.C., rally, “Hitler was right on one thing.” The nonbinding resolution denounces Republican U.S. Rep. Mary Miller’s remarks as “a disgrace to the memories of those killed in the Holocaust and the millions of victims of World War II, an insult to the families of those who perished, and a discredit to the office of United States congresswoman and the great state of Illinois.” During a Jan. 5 speech to conservative group Moms for America, Miller said each ...
Presidential pooch Major Biden gets more training after nip
President Joe Biden’s rambunctious young German Shepherd, Major, will receive another round of training after a pair of biting incidents that put the presidential pet in the headlines. The 3-year-old rescue dog appears to still be settling into life on Pennsylvania Avenue, and he nipped someone while on a walk late last month, according to the White House. “Major, the Bidens’ younger dog, will undergo some additional training to help him adjust to life in the White House,” Michael LaRosa, a spokesperson for first lady Jill Biden, said in an email Monday morning. “The off-site, private training...
New York Daily News
Stone Mountain Park denies permit for Confederate Memorial Day service
ATLANTA — The Georgia division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans will not host its annual Confederate Memorial Day service at Stone Mountain Park this year. The gathering was proposed to take place Saturday. But the Stone Mountain Memorial Association, the state authority that oversees management of the popular and divisive park, declined to grant the necessary permit. In a letter dated March 31, memorial association CEO Bill Stephens listed three reasons for the denial. Foremost among them, Stephens cited an ordinance declaring large events should be denied if they create “a clear and prese...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Florida reports lowest daily coronavirus case total since October
ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida’s resident death toll from coronavirus rose to 34,056 with the addition of 35 more reported fatalities on Monday while also adding 1,613 more positive COVID-19 cases to bring the total to 2,125,846. It’s only the second time in 2021 the state has reported less than 2,000 daily infections, but several testing and vaccine sites were forced to shut down on Sunday because of the series of storms that swept through the state. The last time the state had less daily infections reported was on Oct. 12 when it logged 1,533. Infections had been rising slightly week to week since ...
‘Sopranos’ actor Joseph Siravo, a Broadway veteran, dead at 66
Joseph Siravo, best known for playing mobster Tony Soprano’s father in flashbacks on the hit HBO drama, “The Sopranos,” has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 66. “Joe was an excellent actor and a wonderful guy and he will be missed dearly,” actor Michael Imperioli, who played Christopher Moltisanti on “The Sopranos,” wrote on Instagram. Steven Van Zandt, who played Silvio Dante, offered “deepest love and condolences to his family.” “Big loss,” the E Street Band guitarist wrote. Siravo’s role as the Soprano family patriarch will be played by Jon Bernthal in the upcoming prequel movie...
New York Daily News
‘Sopranos’ actor Joseph Siravo, a Broadway veteran, dead at 64
Joseph Siravo, best known for playing mobster Tony Soprano’s father in flashbacks on the hit HBO drama, “The Sopranos,” has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 64. “Joe was an excellent actor and a wonderful guy and he will be missed dearly,” actor Michael Imperioli, who played Christopher Moltisanti on “The Sopranos,” wrote on Instagram. Steven Van Zandt, who played Silvio Dante, offered “deepest love and condolences to his family.” “Big loss,” the E Street Band guitarist wrote. Siravo’s role as the Soprano family patriarch will be played by Jon Bernthal in the upcoming prequel movie...
New York Daily News
David Murphy: Joel Embiid is right. To be a contender, the Sixers need Ben Simmons to be better.
Joel Embiid sees what we all see. He wants what we all want. On Saturday night, he got it. It was a shot so simple, so routine, so elementary that it only served to underscore the absurdity of the circumstances. With 7 1/2 minutes remaining in the second quarter of a game the Sixers already seemed destined to win with ease, Ben Simmons found himself alone at the elbow with the ball in his hands and four Thunder players between him and the basket. As his defender slid underneath a screen and left him with a 6-foot radius of open space, Simmons picked up his dribble, pump-faked and rose up for a...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Cooling Stress Tips: The clock is a great stress management tool
Have you ever wanted to smash an alarm clock? You know how this goes. Last night, you got into bed at midnight. Before you knew it, your clock buzzed this morning at 5 a.m. Or, have you ever run a stop sign because you were going to be late for work? Then, you got pulled over by a cop. Your mistake was silencing your alarm clock, instead of getting out of bed. Time management involves a lot of tips and tricks. But measuring time, by referring to a clock or watch, can actually fix a lot of stress in the long run. The clock literally holds us accountable. It ensures we reach goals, steer clear o...
Tribune News Service
Cynthia M. Allen: Dire COVID predictions about end of mask mandate were way off. Let’s be glad for that
Recently, Dr. Anthony Fauci acknowledged something truly shocking. When asked on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” why COVID-19 cases in Texas have been steadily declining despite Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision to lift the state’s mask mandate and capacity restrictions on businesses one month ago, Fauci half-heartedly conceded: “I’m not really quite sure.” Texas has been a disappointment in recent weeks to detractors who have all but insisted, and perhaps even hoped, that the state’s complete “reopening” — the result of what President Joe Biden called “Neanderthal thinking” — would culminate in an epic resur...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram