ORLANDO, Fla. — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has held the cruise industry to special sailing orders to battle COVID-19 since March 2020. First it was a no-sail order, which then shifted to a conditional sail order with a long list of safety precautions. That order expired Saturday (Jan. 15), shifting to a voluntary practice, despite a surge in omicron variant cases that ...

LOS ANGELES — This spring I will get to do something I haven’t been able to do in almost two years: hike into parts of the Angeles National Forest that have been off-limits because of the Bobcat fire in 2020. The fire that swept over some 115,796 acres has kept some of my favorite spots — Sturtevant Falls in Big Santa Anita Canyon and the Devil’s Punchbowl in Valyermo, to name a couple — off ...

Experience Montgomery, the official destination marketing organization for Montgomery, Alabama, has launched its new tourism campaign ahead of Black History Month, “The Journey Starts Here,” with the aim of promoting the city as the birthplace of the civil rights movement. The campaign includes place markers across the city featuring quotes from famous civil rights activists, along with QR ...

Q. Any time my friends get together, we take a picture of the gang to memorialize the occasion. We typically ask a passerby to snap the photo so we can all be in it, and to minimize the hassle for that person, we have them use just one phone. More often than not, the person whose camera was used neglects to send the photo to everyone, and it takes multiple nudges before the shot finally (if ...

CHICAGO -- After enduring the hardships of Chicago Public Schools’ teachers strike in 2019, a delayed reopening of schools during the COVID-19 pandemic and a seemingly endless stretch of remote learning, Pilsen resident Christina Castro decided last fall to transfer her three children to Catholic schools. “The public school system was already so unpredictable, and once we were in a pandemic, ...

Thanks, U.S. Supreme Court, for a mixed-message coronavirus pandemic decision that, to humans with frail bodies in negligent states like Florida, may be a death sentence. In a two-part ruling, the court decided Thursday that the Biden administration cannot enforce a COVID-19 vaccine-or-test mandate issued to large businesses who employ some 84 million Americans. So we’re “free” in Florida to ...

President Joe Biden has declared fighting corruption a core national security interest, and last month, the White House released a strategy to combat corruption globally. These are welcome moves, but to effectively impede corruption around the world, America needs to take a serious look at how our government inadvertently facilitates it too. Corruption, the abuse or misuse of state resources ...

Most high school juniors across the country took the PSAT back in October. Guidance counselors at schools received the scores in December and shared them with students. Students can also retrieve their scores online at College Board. The PSAT score report is full of helpful information. The entry for each score report shows the total score and section scores you received for that test. Click ...

FORT WORTH, Texas — The other morning, a friend from Washington, D.C., sent me an exasperated text with a link to the new vaccine passport requirements for our nation’s capital. As of Jan. 15, those older than 12 must present proof of vaccination as well as proof of identification (if 18 or older) to enter most public establishments, and of course, must wear a mask in all indoor settings. The ...

MANSFIELD, Texas — On a recent Friday night at Lake Ridge High School in this suburb south of Arlington, Alex Hawkins sat by himself in the upper reaches of a gymnasium that, in the vernacular of the day, allowed plenty of social distancing. Although not everyone in the gym was wearing a mask, he was. In an effort to stay safe, Hawkins, a 47-year-old trainer at Duncanville High School, whose ...

Gov. Ron DeSantis and other Republican politicians are drawing an iron curtain of denial and ignorance across the history and continuing influence of racism in the United States. There are disturbing signs that this revisionism has become policy at the Florida Supreme Court as well. Over the years, it tried diligently to atone for having repeatedly barred a Black man from the state’s ...

If you don't know someone at this point who has gotten COVID-19, I would be shocked. Especially with this latest wave of the virus, infections are sky high, even among those who have done everything in their power to avoid it. And omicron is an equal opportunity infector: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has come down with it, as has Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's husband and Lt. Gov. Garlin ...

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Power outages are likely during winter weather, especially when large amounts of snow or ice are involved. Keep these tips in mind if you lose power: ▪ If you have a generator, never run it inside your home or garage. Carbon monoxide fumes can build up and become deadly. ▪ You should also never use a charcoal grill or camp stove inside, for either cooking or heating. Like ...

DEAR JOAN — I'm writing about my friend and her 5-year-old cat. He is lovable to her. He needs a lot of attention, which she makes sure he gets. She plays with him a lot. Instead of just walking away, like most cats I know do when they've had enough, he starts going after her and really bites her legs. No matter what she does, he doesn't stop. I don't know if he gets overwhelmed or too wound ...

You look in the mirror and notice you're going bald. It's a reality that many men must face. Dr. Dawn Davis, a Mayo Clinic dermatologist, says there's a reason why many men lose their hair as they age. And in some cases, there are solutions. "You can have androgenetic alopecia," says Dr. Davis. It's a genetic condition also known as male- or female-pattern baldness. It's a common form of hair ...

Q: I think my baby has undescended testicles. Is this a cause for concern, and what can be done about it? A: Before birth, a baby boy's testes (testicles) develop inside the abdomen. Closer to delivery, these organs travel through a canal in the groin. When all goes as it should, the testicles then fall into place in the scrotum, the bag of skin beneath the penis. In some boys, especially ...

As a husband, father and grandfather, which puts me at the bottom of the family pecking order, I have a lot in common with Brian Crane, the Reuben Award-winning cartoonist who created the wildly popular syndicated comic strip “Pickles.” The only real difference between us — aside from the incredible fact that he has 16 more grandchildren than I do — is that I’m such a bad artist, I couldn’t ...

As the Russians menace Ukraine by amassing at least 100,000 troops at the border, it is time to ask what Russian President Vladimir Putin is really after. Yes, he wants to ensure Ukraine doesn’t join NATO, to keep that country within his sphere of influence. Yes, he wants to expand the boundaries of Mother Russia, just as he did when his forces invaded Crimea in 2014 and annexed it. And yes, ...

PITTSBURGH -- The COVID-19 pandemic laid bare worrisome gaps and inequities in how the nation protects its population from public health threats, but it's also sparking interest among younger Americans who see a career path stepping into that breach. That's the thinking behind a University of Pittsburgh decision, announced Thursday, to formally debut an undergraduate public health program for ...

When you buy a product that doesn’t match its description, what do you do? The logical thing to do is return the product and get your money back. But some things are hard to get a refund for. College tuition is one of them. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, schools have been switching back and forth between in-person learning and remote learning. Despite this back-and-forth between ...