Half of California now under mask mandates as Bay Area joins Sacramento, LA
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Seven Bay Area counties on Monday jointly announced renewed indoor mask requirements, regardless of vaccination status, to limit spread of the highly contagious delta variant of COVID-19. The public health offices of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Sonoma counties, along with the city of Berkeley, joined Sacramento, Los Angeles and Yolo counties in making masks mandatory in indoor public settings, with limited exceptions. Those 10 counties combine for more than 19 million residents — about half of California’s total population of 39....
The Sacramento Bee
Mark Bradley: Texas and OU to the SEC could mean the end of the NCAA
There was never a plan for college football. On Nov. 6, 1869 — only four years after Americans fought Americans on battlefields — Rutgers played New Jersey. The latter is now known as Princeton. Rutgers won 6-4. Nothing since has gone according to script, there having been no script. The sport hasn’t so much evolved as careened from place to place. There was a time when Notre Dame, the biggest name of all, deigned not to grace any bowl. There was a time when bowl destinations — this when there were seven or so bowls, not seventy thousand — were determined by which team had visited Pasadena or ...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
3rd police officer who responded to Jan. 6 insurrection at US Capitol dies by suicide
A third police officer who responded to the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol has died by suicide, the Metropolitan Police Department in the District of Columbia said Monday. Officer Gunther Hashida, an 18-year veteran on the force, was found dead at his residence on Thursday, department spokesperson Hugh Carew confirmed in a statement to the New York Daily News. “We are grieving as a department and our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Hashida’s family and friends,” the statement said. Hashida joined MPD in 2003 and was assigned to a special ops team when he responded Jan. 6 to the ...
New York Daily News
Foot Locker is buying sneaker retailer Atmos, which recently merged with Philly sneaker boutique Ubiq
Foot Locker announced Monday in a press release that it is buying two major sneaker store chains for a total of $1.1 billion. The stores are Japanese streetwear brand Atmos and California athletic retailer WSS. Just last November, Atmos merged with popular Philly sneaker boutique, Ubiq. Originally opened in the old Gallery mall in 2002, Ubiq became a place to find exclusive sneaker drops and was named one of the 10 stores that helped define streetwear. Ubiq grew in popularity locally for its Philly-focused style, selling the “Phila Unite” Jordan 1. Atmos pledged to keep the Philly flavor relev...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham tests positive for COVID-19, despite being vaccinated
COLUMBIA, S.C. — U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina tweeted Monday he has tested positive for coronavirus, months after he was vaccinated. The Republican senator said he started having flu-like symptoms Saturday night and went to the doctor Monday to be tested. Graham described his symptoms as "mild," and said his symptoms feel like he has a sinus infection. He tweeted he will quarantine for the next 10 days, and, despite his diagnosis, is glad he was vaccinated. "I was just informed by the House physician I have tested positive for #COVID19 even after being vaccinated. I started havin...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
More than 20,000 country fans fill the Gorge for Watershed festival's joyous, unbridled return
GEORGE, Wash. — A giant mass of star spangled bikini tops and sweaty dude backs globbed toward the gates. "Go Cougs!" chants broke out for no apparent reason. Inside, thousands of people traipsed across the Gorge Amphitheatre's familiarly dusty fields, braving blisters and unrelenting heat to see their favorite country artists, and discover new favorites, at the ninth annual Watershed festival. Remember music festivals? The shoulder-to-shoulder crush around the stage. Girls bopping atop their guys' shoulders. Laid-back lawn people in beach chairs justifying overpriced beers, because whatevs, i...
The Seattle Times
Air conditioner shortage could mean a long wait to cool down
When Greg Cason’s auxiliary air conditioner for his master bedroom went out, he was happy it was November. Since the weather was getting cool, he didn’t mind being told he’d have to wait for a new one. “I assumed we were talking weeks, not months,” Cason said. Cason’s new unit didn’t arrive until March. This was the longest Cason, 57, recalls ever having waited to replace an A/C unit for the Orlando home he’s lived in for 25 years. He’s grateful that it at least came in “before it got hot,” the military-training programmer said. Just like cars and other manufactured items, air conditioning equ...
Showtime renews ‘The Chi’ for Season 5
Showtime is renewing its Chicago-set drama “The Chi” for a fifth season. The announcement came less than 24 hours after the Season 4 finale aired Sunday. According to the cable network, the show created by Chicago native Lena Waithe has averaged 4.2 million weekly viewers and “is on pace to become the most-streamed Showtime series ever.” The fifth season will air in 2022. From a creative standpoint, the news comes as a surprise. As I wrote last week — and as Will Lee, my partner in recapping, and I have pointed out all season — the show has increasingly moved away from its slice-of-life approa...
Belong Gaming Arenas partners with Houston Outlaws
Belong Gaming Arenas, a subsidiary of global esports and technology company Vindex, has revealed details about its first gaming centre in the U.S., including a partnership with Overwatch League franchise Houston Outlaws. The first ‘experiential’ gaming centre will open at the Pearland Town Center in Pearland, Texas, which is a suburb of Houston, on August 6th. According to the release, Belong will partner with the Houston Outlaws on a series of exclusive fan-focused activities such as watch parties, meet-and-greet opportunities, and more. RELATED: HyperX announces Belong Gaming Arenas partners...
How to play a Broadway cliche without being one, according to ‘Schmigadoon!’ scene-stealer Ariana DeBose
The fourth episode of “Schmigadoon!” premiered Friday on Apple TV+. It’s the episode (there are six in all) where Ariana DeBose, playing schoolmarm Emma Tate, delivers the song “All of Your Heart” and leads a tap number that’s pure delight. It’s also the latest proof of DeBose’s range. On Broadway, she was part of the original “Hamilton” ensemble, as the character known as The Bullet; in Netflix’s recent screen version of “The Prom,” she played Alyssa, the daughter of the Kerry Washington character, venturing gradually and then confidently out of the closet. Later this year, finally, we’ll get...