Why winter weather is no match for rats in America's 'rattiest city'
CHICAGO – Chicagoans hoping that brutal cold and epic snowfall would wipe out the rat population in America’s “rattiest city” should know: Rats are much tougher than that. Pest control experts told the Tribune a few more rats than normal might die this winter, but this spring we’ll still have a full crop of rattus norvegicus. After all, rats can survive a decade of bombardment by atomic bombs on Pacific atolls. What chance does a few extra inches of snow have? “Rats can survive in tough environments. They’re tough. They’ll burrow underneath the snow as deep as they can and they can survive thi...
Nine years after Trayvon Martin shooting, Sanford forms committee to study race, inequality
ORLANDO, Fla. – Sanford, Florida, commissioners have agreed to form an advisory committee that will study how race, class and gender can lead to social inequities, in the city where Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in 2012, eventually giving rise to the Black Lives Matter movement. The panel “will be charged with taking a look at racial tension within the city and how the disparities in services, public and private, impact people of color more than they do their white counterparts,” said Andrew Thomas, Sanford’s community relations and neighborhood engagement director, at a recent commission...
NYC schools head Richard Carranza resigns, Meisha Porter to become system’s first Black woman chancellor
NEW YORK – Richard Carranza, the New York City schools chancellor who ignited fiery conversations about race and segregation in education and oversaw the seismic shift to remote learning throughout the coronavirus pandemic, will step down March 15 after a three-year tenure, Mayor de Blasio announced Friday. He will be replaced by Meisha Porter, who currently serves as executive superintendent for the Bronx. Porter will become the first Black woman chancellor of the nation’s largest public school system. Carranza’s departure will take effect a year to the day after the hectic Sunday last March ...
New York Daily News
Dell pulls in record revenue as work-from-home demand continues
Dell Technologies pulled in record revenue in its most recent fiscal year, as the growing number of people working from their homes increased demand for the company's products. The technology giant had revenue of $94.2 billion for the fiscal year ended Jan. 29. The company beat analyst expectations the fiscal fourth quarter and the full year. Jeff Clarke, Dell Technologies' chief operating officer, said technology played a key role in keeping society moving in the past year. He said Dell has been able to help customers adapt to new remote work and education realities, and said the company is i...
'Superman & Lois' are totally normal parents in new CW series
What do two teenage boys call the world’s greatest hero and the world’s greatest journalist? Mom and Dad. The CW’s newest superhero show, “Superman & Lois,” which premiered Tuesday, asks just how much parenthood has changed the Metropolis couple, if at all. For Elizabeth Tulloch, Lois Lane to Tyler Hoechlin’s Superman, the failures are often more interesting than the successes. “Part of what makes them interesting is we’ve seen a lot of versions of them where they’re perfect,” the 40-year-old actress told the Daily News. “Now you’re seeing them failing and struggling and messing up.” Lois and ...
New York Daily News
Family's the best – and worst – in Netflix's new mother-daughter drama 'Ginny & Georgia'
The “Gilmore Girls” comparison is an easy one for “Ginny & Georgia”: a young mother and her teenage daughter, fighting together against everything the world throws at them. But where Rory and Lorelai faced a coffee shortage and prying grandparents, the eponymous heroines of Netflix’s new series, released Wednesday, have bigger fish to fry, from sexual identity to coded racism. The 30-year-old Georgia, played by Brianne Howey, is as flighty as she is motivated; at the first sign of trouble, she leaves, uprooting 15-year-old daughter Ginny and younger son Austin and starting over in a new place....
New York Daily News
Motormouth: Trouble? The car will let you know
Q: In a recent column, you mentioned that a vapor storage charcoal canister can flood by overfilling your gas tank. If you squeeze in extra fuel over a long period of time, how would you know if the canister is actually flooded and not operating correctly? R.M., Elk Grove Village, Ill. A: The check engine light will come on. The evaporative emissions control system routinely performs self-tests. If it fails for any reason, including the vapor canister, it gets reported. Q: Chicago, like most of the northern U.S., has experienced bitter cold and snowy weather. I have a small space heater that k...
Tribune News Service
Aztecs blow big lead but beat Boise State in overtime
Midway through the first half at Viejas Arena, Matt Mitchell got popped in the mouth fighting for a rebound with Max Rice, the son of Boise State coach Leon Rice. He winced, shook his head and walked to the bench for medical attention. But the real punch in the mouth Thursday night was in the more metaphorical sense, thrown by San Diego State early and connecting with the entire Broncos team. The Aztecs won Round 1 of the showdown for first place in the Mountain West, building a 17-point lead and then hanging onto the ropes for a 78-66 victory in overtime that, when you factor the two forfeits...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Gambino family boss Peter Gotti, brother and successor to ‘Dapper Don’ John, dies in prison at age 81
NEW YORK — One-time Gambino crime family boss Peter Gotti, the successor and older brother to John “Dapper Don” Gotti, died behind bars Thursday after losing two bids for early release, his lawyer confirmed. He was 81. The former sanitation worker-turned-mob don was convicted in 2004 of racketeering conspiracy, including charges of placing a $70,000 bounty on the head of Gambino family turncoat Sammy (The Bull) Gravano — whose devastating testimony landed John Gotti in federal prison. Peter Gotti’s younger, spotlight-loving sibling died behind bars as well in June 2002. “I had a call (Thursday...
New York Daily News
Sam Gagner bags hat trick as Red Wings overpower Predators, 5-2
DETROIT — Sam Gagner didn't score a goal in his first 13 games but made up for lost time Thursday — with a bit of help from Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne. Gagner scored two seeing-eye goals, then ended things with an empty-net goal, lifting the Red Wings to a 5-2 victory over Nashville — the five goals, a season-high for the offensively-starved Wings. Gagner scored the tiebreaker — his second goal — midway in the third period. Gagner had the puck between the goal line and circle, went to his forehand and beat Rinne through the legs at 9:58. Adam Erne gave the Wings (6-13-3) some insurance w...
The Detroit News