The self-proclaimed king of New York in exile: An unwelcome mat remains out for ex-President Trump in the city of his birth
NEW YORK — Sorry, Mr. Trump — your name is not on the guest list. Your table will not be ready. And your money really is no good around here. The post-presidency unwelcome mat remains out for the New York native in his hometown, the hub of the Donald Trump universe for decades before he vanquished Hillary Clinton. Six years after announcing a longshot White House run inside his namesake Midtown skyscraper, The Donald swapped Manhattan for Mar-a-Lago and abandoned his old stomping grounds. Not that anyone’s complaining too loudly. The Queens-born Trump, the one-time gossip column habitue and ta...
New York Daily News
Brian Wilson details good and bad vibrations in documentary premiering at Tribeca
Cranking up the Beach Boys has been a perfect way to add some fun, fun, fun to car rides for 60 years now. It turns out it’s also a great way to make Brian Wilson open up. The genius behind America’s Band is the subject of a new documentary, “Long Promised Road,” which debuts Tuesday at the Tribeca Festival. Wilson, who turns 79 on Sunday, has a treasure trove of classic songs and a lifetime of experiences that are equal parts dream and nightmare, but at times he can clam up during interviews. So director Brent Wilson — no relation to Brian — shot most of his footage in car rides with Rolling ...
New York Daily News
Daniel Neman: Cake: A history of America
It all comes down to this: Wealthy families ate cakes. Everyone else ate pies. We are talking here about Americans in the 1700s and 1800s. The ingredients needed to make cakes were expensive, and cakes required considerable time and effort to make. Pies were faster and easier, and because their slices were portable they could be carried out into the fields. This information comes to us from Micha Kornblum, a volunteer at Faust Park in Chesterfield, Missouri, who, along with Susan Lang, is giving a series of lectures about the history of cakes in America. “The main ingredients in cakes have rem...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
What to love (times 2) about Central Florida roller coasters
ORLANDO, Fla. — Jurassic World VelociCoaster is open officially and running at Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park, so it’s a good time to take stock of the roller coaster lineup in Orlando theme parks. Rather than try to rank them, dividing them by pros and cons, I’ve listed the rides along with two things to love about each of them. This started off with just one thing, but that became a roundup of drops, twists, launches and weightlessness. Listing two items gives us room to breathe and scream. The items aren’t necessarily the top two features of each coaster, and they aren’t listed...
St. Barts reopens borders to vaccinated US travelers
St. Barts reopened its borders to fully vaccinated U.S. travelers last week (starting June 9) as per new French government vaccination requirements. On Feb. 2, France — which also has recently opened to U.S. travelers — closed its overseas territories, including St. Barts, to nonessential tourism to stanch the spread of the virus. Visitors will be required to show proof of negative PCR tests administered within three days of arrival or an antigen test taken 48 hours prior to arrival – along with proof of vaccination. Travelers under 18 will not have to show proof of vaccination, and those unde...
A Chicago writer traveled across COVID country USA, following the fabled Route 66. On his bicycle
CHICAGO — What sort of person decides, standing in a foot of Chicago snow in February, that it would be a good idea to ride a bike from Chicago to the West Coast, following the storied Route 66? Michael Sean Comerford is that sort of person and he is not, of course, the first person drawn to that byway, often called the “Mother Road” or “America’s Main Street.” Not long ago I told you about former Tribune photographer Wes Pope who took to that road with a pinhole camera and gave us a book about it, 2018′s “Pop 66: A Dreamy Pop Can-Camera Odyssey Along Route 66” (Press Syndication Group). I als...
Nerd Street Gamers partners with Razer for VALORANT Summer Championship
Esports infrastructure company Nerd Street Gamers (NSG) has announced a partnership with gaming peripherals manufacturer Razer. The deal will see the manufacturer become NSG’s peripherals partner and a presenting partner for the VALORANT Summer Championships. RELATED: Nerd Street Gamers unveils in-person summer esports and gaming camp The VALORANT Summer Championship, hosted by NSG, is set to take place from August 11th until August 15th. A total of 32 teams will participate in the competition and features a $20,000 (∼£14,195) prize pool. John Fazio, CEO of Nerd Street Gamers, commented on the...
Person to Person: How to put a positive spin on your language
Do you realize your negative speech might be damaging your marriage? Or could your employees be reacting to your negative remarks by failing to do their best? Any way you slice it, the fact is this: Positive language has a positive impact on every area of your life. It ignites hope and cooperation in other people. It’s one of your best tools, and it costs nothing. “When I need to explain something in a more positive way to my husband, I practice first,” says a marriage counselor we’ll call Andrea. “You can sound phony, if you aren’t delivering your speech in a prepared way.” Andrea says it hel...
Tribune News Service
This is the Nets’ worst nightmare
MILWAUKEE — As “Bucks in six!” chants erupted at the Fiserv Forum, the Nets emptied their bench, and the Bucks connected on a late-game alley-oop from Jrue Holiday to Giannis Antetokounmpo that blew the roof off the arena. The Nets face an uphill battle to realize their championship dreams in a season mired by the injuries that have been on the table since well before the season began. Here’s what the Nets have going for them after their Game 4 107-96 loss to the Bucks, a defeat that tied their second-round playoff series at two games apiece. Kevin Durant is the best player on the floor, and t...
New York Daily News
San Diego County pays $1M to family in inmate death, pushing year’s payouts past $14M
SAN DIEGO — Before he was served a meal in a plastic bag and left unmonitored in his San Diego County jail cell, Ivan Ortiz told guards he was feeling depressed and hearing voices telling him to kill himself, his family said in a lawsuit. He had tried to hang himself earlier that day on March 18, 2019. As a result, Ortiz was moved to a special cell within the psychiatric security unit where he could be closely monitored. The cell was equipped with a video camera to help deputies monitor Ortiz, and he was given a tear-proof garment and blanket. But he pulled the plastic bag over his head and su...
The San Diego Union-Tribune