Mets pitcher Joey Lucchesi will undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his 2021 campaign
NEW YORK — A second opinion confirmed what Joey Lucchesi and the Mets already knew: the left-hander will need Tommy John surgery. Lucchesi will have the torn ligament in his left elbow repaired on Thursday, ending his 2021 campaign and taking him out of the equation for most, if not all, of the 2022 season. “Tough break for Joey and for the club,” said Mets acting GM Zack Scott on Tuesday. “But yeah, he’s got a full tear, so it was pretty cut and dry that he needs TJ.” Lucchesi, 28, had emerged as a strong fifth starter before he felt inflammation in his pitching elbow last weekend. He posted ...
New York Daily News
Cole Beasley stands by COVID-19 vaccine views: 'I don't regret any of it'
FORT WORTH, Texas — Former Dallas Cowboys and current Buffalo Bills receiver Cole Beasley has said his piece. And he is at peace with it. Now, the Little Elm native and SMU alumnus vows to keep his personal views regarding the COVID-19 vaccine to himself. Beasley, 32, shook up social media and made national news last week when he posted heartfelt and honest thoughts on why he's choosing not to get vaccinated. "I said all I needed to say. I'm just living a normal life from here on out," Beasley told the Star-Telegram. "I'm not trying to sway anybody in either direction. That's what I am doing a...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Puerto Rico governor goes to DC to advocate for solution to island’s Medicaid woes
Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Pierluisi is in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to advocate for the American territory to achieve parity in federal funding for Medicaid, a cornerstone goal of his administration that he is trying to push in a Democratic-controlled Congress. “Puerto Rico should have state-like treatment on the island’s Medicaid program; anything less than that is discrimination against the most vulnerable citizens of our island based on their geographic location,” the governor said. Medicaid is a joint federal-state program that offers health coverage for low-income individuals and families...
Ask Anna: How to know when you're ready for a new relationship
Dear Anna, I just got out of a long-term relationship. I know I shouldn't run into another relationship and I don't want to, but I have a friend that I've had a crush on for the past 7 months. I started liking her when I was helping her through a bad breakup. This time around she is helping me. I know we have a lot in common and what we both need in a relationship, and I think we could give it to each other. The thing is I know I'm not ready to get into another relationship just yet but I'm afraid she might meet someone else and I'll lose my chance. We've been slightly flirty and I think she m...
Tribune News Service
Delta to hire 1,000 pilots as pandemic recovery continues
Delta Air Lines plans to hire 1,000 pilots by next summer as it continues to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year, Atlanta-based Delta cut more than 1,800 pilots from its payroll through early retirement packages and put about 1,700 junior pilots on inactive status. The cutbacks contributed to staffing issues that led Delta to cancel hundreds of flights around Thanksgiving and Christmas last year. The airline had more staffing challenges over Easter this year. Delta now has about 12,000 pilots. Operations chief John Laughter told pilots in a memo that the plan for hirin...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Birthday parties might have fueled COVID surges: study
Birthday parties might have fueled COVID-19 surges during the darkest days, a new study suggests. Kiddie birthday parties, to be precise. Researchers matched coronavirus statistics with data on birthday parties and found 15.8 more positive coronavirus tests per 10,000 people than in households where no birthday party was held, said researchers. Adult birthdays were correlated with 5.8 more positive tests in the ensuing two weeks. “There’s a natural inclination to not think that your family members or friends are potentially infected or that you could potentially spread to family members or you...
New York Daily News
Dave Keuning is back with The Killers and has a new solo album: 'It's the best of both worlds'
SAN DIEGO — Dave Keuning is not the only rock star who spent much of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown working on a new solo album. But he may be the only rock star who can credit the pandemic for reuniting him with their band — in his case, The Killers, whose worldwide album sales between 2001 and last year exceed 28 million. Keuning stepped away from The Killers in 2017 because of touring burnout, creative differences, a desire to spend more time with his family in San Diego and what he calls "a hundred small reasons." The sobering irony that a historic global disease led to his reunion with Th...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Heidi Stevens: After 23 years and a head full of your stories, this is goodbye
My first day at the Chicago Tribune was the day the Pulitzer Prizes were announced in April 1998. I walked in to start my night shift, and the newsroom was drinking Champagne. Paul Salopek had just won a Pulitzer (the first of two) for his work exploring and explaining the Human Genome Project, which charted the genetic connections of all people. I had no idea what I was getting into. I was a 23-year-old intern, hired to design news pages, with a dream of one day writing for a living. This place filled with loudmouths and pranksters and cynics and quiet geniuses, some of whom won Pulitzers, so...
NICU nurse pops the question to a tiny former patient: ‘Will you be my flower girl?’
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jamie Michetti is thinking back to that gorgeous spring day in Charleston, South Carolina, just one month ago, when her fiance became her husband. Thinking back to one very specific, very special, but also very hectic memory from that day. It was a couple of hours before the 5 p.m. ceremony — which would be held on the banks of the Ashley River, beneath the centuries-old live oak trees dripping with Spanish moss at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens — and it was time for Jamie to be photographed with Camille, the 2-year-old she’d asked to be her flower girl. The bride-to-be was ...
The Charlotte Observer
Editorial: Catholic bishops' threat to Biden over abortion is divisive and self-defeating
In targeting America’s second Catholic president with a threat to deny Joe Biden the Eucharist over his abortion rights support, U.S. bishops risk deepening what is already a destructive rift among the nation’s Catholics. It also puts the bishops at odds with a president who is far more aligned than his political opponents are with the church’s humanitarian outlook — while also putting them at odds with Pope Francis. This is the kind of mistake that could make the church less politically and culturally relevant than ever in the U.S. On Friday. U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announced it h...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch