Note: We are continuing to review theatrical film releases during the COVID-19 pandemic, though please be aware that indoor moviegoing does carry risk during this time. Please follow every health and safety guideline outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as guidelines provided by local health officials in your area. Criticism should strive to be evergreen. But ...

PHILADELPHIA - Up to 70% of KN95 masks do not meet the U.S. standards for effectiveness, according to a new study by ECRI, a Pennsylvania-based patient safety organization. The findings suggest an increased risk of contracting COVID-19 for health care workers and patients at hospitals that imported the masks from China to deal with massive shortages of protective equipment during the early ...

BERRY CREEK, Calif. - Berry Creek has been many things in its long history - a stagecoach stop, a lumber town, a vacation spot, a gold mining camp. It is home to retirees from crowded, expensive cities, marijuana growers and loners - lots of loners. Now, Berry Creek has a new and terrible distinction. When the North Complex West Zone fire swept through this wooded enclave about two weeks ago, ...

Colin Quinn is convinced the United States need to divorce. He's been arguing this for a while now, but his new book, "Overstated: A Coast-to-Coast Roast of the 50 States," takes the premise further. He imagines the country 244 years into its marriage, nearly exhausted by counseling, on the brink of filing the divorce papers. "The only reason we never broke up was because we all lived with the ...

People with substance use disorder - especially involving opioids or tobacco - are at a significantly higher risk for contracting COVID-19. What's more, they also are more likely to develop a serious case of the virus and die, a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health has found. Additionally, these findings mark still more examples of race-based health disparities that the ...

"He Started It" by Samantha Downing; Berkley (400 pages, $26) ___ From the beginning of the highly entertaining "He Started It," Beth Morgan makes it clear why she should not, cannot, be your heroine. Her flaws and behavior won't allow her to be considered a heroine. But she does have a story to tell, she says, and it is a doozy. The witty, self-deprecating and observant Beth is locked in a ...

DURHAM, N.C. - For Vannessa Mason Evans, the COVID-19 pandemic first struck in March when it killed her cousin in New York. At 59, Evans could recall the big-city vacations from her youth - a country girl from Durham riding the subway through Brooklyn and the Bronx, her cousin acting as guide. But there would be no funeral. No church supper. No public goodbye. Next, the virus took a pair of ...

"But what about Black-on-Black crime?" It's a question that poet, playwright and professor Claudia Rankine has been fielding ever since she toured the country for her 2014 bestseller "Citizen: An American Lyric." And she expects it for her latest work. "It was never from a white person but always a South Asian guy trying to distance himself from me to show that he's not Black," Rankine said. ...

Netflix teetered on financial ruin just 20 years ago, when co-founder Reed Hastings failed to sell his struggling DVD rental subscription business to Blockbuster, eventually forcing him to lay off 30% of his staff as the nation slid into recession. But, in Hastings' view, the cuts winnowed the staff and allowed the remaining stars to thrive. Creativity surged, and over time, managers were ...

BALTIMORE - The protests against police brutality that are sweeping the country as a result of the death of George Floyd in police custody are just the latest chapter in the ongoing saga of American racism. Just as earlier versions of such movements were written about by literary luminaries like James Baldwin and Toni Morrison, the present moment has authors like Baltimorean poet, educator and ...

"Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady" by Stephanie Winston Wolkoff; Gallery Books (352 pages, $28) ___ "Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady" kicks off with a famous phrase uttered by Donald Trump in the now-infamous "Access Hollywood" tape that was leaked a few months prior to the 2016 presidential election, dressed up in ...

Vanessa Bryant sues LA County sheriff, alleging 'cover-up' of Kobe Bryant crash photos LOS ANGELES - Vanessa Bryant has sued the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department over deputies sharing "unauthorized" photos of the scene of the helicopter crash that killed her husband, Kobe Bryant, their daughter and seven others. Shortly after the Jan. 26 crash, Vanessa Bryant alleges, Sheriff Alex ...

Firestorms in the West have grown bigger and more destructive in recent years - and harder to escape. Massive and frenzied, they have overtaken people trying to outrun or outdrive them. Gridlocked mountain roads prevented many Paradise, California, residents from fleeing the Camp fire, which killed 85 people in 2018. This year, more than 30 people have died in the fires in California and ...

The Raiders and New Orleans Saints, as well as coaches Jon Gruden and Sean Payton, will pay for not wearing masks Monday night in violation of NFL coronavirus mandates. The Raiders and Saints will receive $250,000 fines, according to a league source. Gruden and Payton, who were caught on camera not wearing masks for much of the night, were each fined $100,000. The NFL Network was first to ...

WASHINGTON - The Senate on Tuesday failed to pass a resolution honoring the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg after Texas Sen. Ted Cruz objected to Democrats trying to insert a line about her dying wish that the vacancy be filled by the winner of this year's White House race. The Republican accused Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York of politicizing the ceremonial ...

Dear Anna, My partner is very much into me talking about sex with other men while we are making love. He enjoys it more if it was real sex and not something I made up or fantasized about. The truth is, I got married at a young age and really never had hot sex with anyone besides him and my current partner. So, I don't have any real sex encounters to tell him and turn him on. What can I do? ...

Game on. The WNBA semifinals between No. 2 seed Seattle and No. 4 Minnesota will begin 9 p.m. EDT Tuesday in Bradenton, Fla. after a two-day delay due to inconclusive COVID-19 tests from multiple Storm players. During a Zoom call on Tuesday afternoon, WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said three Seattle players returned inconclusive tests that were administered Saturday, which led to the delay ...

ORLANDO, Fla. - The National Hurricane Center had a crowded spate of systems to keep track of Tuesday with a disturbance that could impact South Florida later this week, along with a hurricane, tropical storm and depression all swirling throughout the Atlantic Ocean. First, the NHC is monitoring a system with odds of becoming the next tropical depression or tropical storm, a weak frontal ...

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(The Center Square) – Senate Republicans may not have until January to use their razor-thin majority to approve a replacement for the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, thanks to an Arizona Senate election currently looking good for Democrats. 

MIAMI - Despite earlier promises in Miami that he would not do business in Cuba until the island was "free," Donald Trump applied in 2008 to register his Trump trademark in the Caribbean nation for a variety of commercial activities, including investing in real estate, hotels, casinos and golf courses. A search of the Cuban Industrial Property Office database shows that Donald J. Trump hired a ...

SAN JOSE, Calif. - The sickest coronavirus patients can live for weeks with a gripping headache, profound nausea, burning lungs, malaise, cough and waves of pain in their bones. They may be tethered to a breathing machine. But eight months into the pandemic, fewer are dying. New data reveals that while patients are still being rushed to intensive care units, a greater proportion are coming out ...

Barack Obama reminded his Republican congressional foils after his 2008 victory that elections have consequences. Yet today, Democrats are shocked - shocked! - that the 2016 election would still have any. They carry on now as if the Constitution provides otherwise, but the simple fact is that in our system of self-governance, the president nominates Supreme Court justices and the Senate ...

LOS ANGELES - Located on one of the world's most expensive strips of commercial real estate, the upscale Luxe Rodeo Drive hotel has closed, a casualty of a pandemic that is likely to put more hotels out of business. The 86-room hotel, which for 27 years shared a city block with such high-end outlets as Cartier and Harry Winston, notified its workers last week that it would permanently cease ...

The Atlanta Braves' Freddie Freeman, who began the regular season working his way back into peak condition from a battle with COVID-19, ends it this week as one of the leading contenders for the National League's Most Valuable Player award. If he wins the award, he would become just the fourth Braves player to be named the league MVP since the franchise moved to Atlanta in 1966 and the first ...

LOS ANGELES - The University of California allowed "inappropriate factors" to influence admissions decisions, with four campuses admitting 64 applicants based on criteria such as family donations or their relationships to campus staff, according to a state audit released Tuesday. The audit, which scrutinized admissions practices from the 2013-14 through 2018-19 academic years at UCLA, UC ...

MINNEAPOLIS - At least a half-dozen Minnesota Republicans running for state legislative seats in November have promoted the sprawling QAnon conspiracy theory that includes false claims that Satanists and pedophiles run the government and that COVID-19 is part of a plot to steal the election. Once dismissed as a fringe movement, QAnon is quickly seeping into mainstream Republican politics as ...

A documentary featuring an American legend tops the new DVD releases for the week of Sept. 29. "John Lewis: Good Trouble": Rep. John Lewis died in July, leaving a breathtaking legacy. Known for marching across the Edmund Pettus Bridge on 1965's Bloody Sunday to protest voting discrimination against Black people and risking his life amid deadly police beatings, his more than 40 arrests during ...

WASHINGTON - A shorthanded Supreme Court can move forward as usual with the slate of oral arguments already set for the first few months of its new term that starts in October, but having only eight members changes how they might be decided. Among the potentially affected cases: the fate of the 2010 health care law known as Obamacare, set for argument Nov. 10, and the House Judiciary ...