The weekly geography quiz
GEOQUIZ: Which state is called the Beaver State? Answer: Oregon. Though the state legislature has never adopted an official nickname, Oregon has been unofficially called the Beaver State. The legislature named the beaver as the official state animal in 1969.
Transportation officials weigh new rules on airline refunds
The U.S. Department of Transportation plans to propose new airline consumer protections in the coming months to address travelers’ struggles to get refunds. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated problems consumers face with airlines. A report released by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group says complaints related to refunds have continued to run higher this year than prepandemic levels. Airlines often give out vouchers instead of refunds when passengers with non-refundable fares cancel their travel plans. The federal DOT said it expects to issue a proposal for new rules for ticket refunds ...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
After Chicago activist is barred from courthouse during Smollett trial, judge issues statement saying he didn’t intend to ban anyone
A Chicago activist and writer was barred from the George N. Leighton Criminal Courthouse for two days during the Jussie Smollett trial last week. The judge issued a statement late Friday evening within an hour of a Tribune report that activist and rap artist Bella BAHHS (Black Ancestors Here Healing Society) had been told Tuesday she was not allowed inside the courtroom or the courthouse. Cook County Judge James Linn contacted the newspaper through a spokeswoman and clarified his position in an email. “To clarify, the Hon. James Linn did not intend to ban anyone from the courtroom, but asked t...
At PA Society, Republicans cast fluctuating fields for 2022 primaries as promising for the party
NEW YORK — The number of Pennsylvania Republicans running for governor and U.S. Senate just keeps growing, with primaries less than six months away, but candidates in those races are rebranding the crowd as a good sign. GOP ambitions are soaring, those Republicans said during the gathering of Pennsylvania Society in Manhattan this weekend, because the party is in strong position to win both seats. One of them is open because U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, a Lehigh Valley Republican, is not seeking another term. “People who have thought about this are looking at it and thinking: Is there ever going to b...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Congressman’s family poses with guns on Christmas card days after deadly Michigan school shooting
Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie posted his family’s Christmas card on Twitter Saturday. In that photo, all seven family members are brandishing high-powered weapons, including the family patriarch, who is grinning while holding what appears to be an M-60 machine gun. The photo was put online days after a Michigan shooter fatally shot four students at Oxford Charter Township high school, using a “Christmas present” from his parents. “Merry Christmas!” Massie wrote on Twitter. “Ps. Santa, please bring ammo.” That didn’t sit well with a lot of people, including parent Fred Guttenberg, whose da...
New York Daily News
David Perdue plans to run for Georgia governor in 2022
ATLANTA — Former U.S. Sen. David Perdue plans to challenge Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp in the Republican primary next year, according to multiple people with knowledge of his decision, setting up a divisive contest between two of the state’s leading GOP figures ahead of a likely general election matchup with Stacey Abrams. Perdue’s decision is expected to be delivered Monday and comes days after Abrams, an icon to many Democrats, announced she would run for governor for a second time. Perdue has told allies he was motivated to join the race because he fears Kemp can’t defeat the Democrat again. Hi...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
‘She’s home now’: 3-day celebration of late Congresswoman Carrie Meek’s life begins in Miami
MIAMI — As Kendrick Meek stood before the copper-colored casket carrying his mother, he felt a sense of peace. He had already shed a few tears. He hardly slept and had barely eaten. None of that mattered now, though, because Congresswoman Carrie Meek — the woman who birthed him and became the first Black lawmaker from Florida to serve in Congress since the post-Civil War Reconstruction — was in a better place after a long illness. “She’s home now,” Kendrick said as a procession of well-wishers gathered outside Booker T. Washington Senior High School in Overtown. The three-day celebration of Me...
Sudanese in Philly want to support pro-democracy protesters back home. But they’re finding it hard to get people to care
PHILADELPHIA — Levittown resident Elham Maaz said she couldn’t get in touch with relatives and friends in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, for weeks after a military coup and subsequent internet blackout. All the while, Maaz, 17, read news reports of hundreds of thousands of pro-democracy protesters taking to the streets of Khartoum and other cities. The military responded to peaceful crowds with violence. Maaz knew some of her relatives would join rallies. She worried they would be among the injured or dead. “I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t function normally because I was in constant f...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Tom Krasovic: Padres manager Bob Melvin catches a little luck in West swap
SAN DIEGO — Let's talk Padres-NL West, not the MLB labor lockout. Start with the good timing of new Padres manager Bob Melvin. Choosing to join the Padres five weeks ago, Melvin moved on from an Oakland A's team preparing to rebuild and joined a National League West competition that almost certainly won't raise the bar as high as it did last year. It's easy to forget that the 2021 Padres, even if they'd played a lot better, had no chance to challenge for the NL West crown. That's because the Giants and the Dodgers, in an unprecedented show of force within a division race, combined for 213 vict...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Martin Schram: Unsettling our 'settled' abortion law
Virtually every unofficial U.S. Supreme Court watcher has reported feeling a chill wind of political reality and pending change as it whipped through the court’s imposing chamber this past Wednesday – and then whooshed through the Great News Funnel into the homes of all Americans. A chill wind of change: You could hear it in the questions the justices asked in the oral argument of a case challenging a recent Mississippi law that bans virtually all abortions after the first 15 weeks of pregnancy. The court’s six conservatives seemed determined to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that ...
Tribune News Service