Florida’s Summer of Dread

MIAMI — The crowded grocery stores, empty shelves and barren streets of South Florida in the dawning days of the coronavirus pandemic felt unsettlingly familiar: They resembled the rush of preparations and then the tense silence that precede a hurricane. Maybe the tough residents of a state used to dealing with unpredictable forces of nature […]

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‘We Will Be a Voice for the Voiceless’: The W.N.B.A. Season Is Dedicated to Breonna Taylor

The W.N.B.A. season started with 26 seconds of silence and an empty court. “We are dedicating this season to Breonna Taylor,” Layshia Clarendon, a New York Liberty guard and member of the new W.N.B.A. Social Justice Council, said at the game’s start. “We will be a voice for the voiceless.” The 2020 season, which is […]

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Longtime Cabrini-Green advocate accused of misusing funds for displaced residents; CHA seeking to amend consent decree

Empty Cabrini-Green row houses north of Chicago Avenue on June 24, 2016. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times | Sun-Times Media The Chicago Housing Authority is asking a U.S. District judge to amend the 2000 consent decree following a report critical of how funds intended for displaced or current Cabrini-Green residents were being used. The Chicago Housing Authority […]

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Sox, Cubs open delayed season in fan-free ballparks

Guaranteed Rate Field sits empty during the Chicago White Sox opening day game against the Minnesota Twins, Friday evening, July 24, 2020. | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times Cardboard cutouts, piped-in crowd noise were the order of the day as both teams finally began the regular season at home. In some places outside Wrigley Field Friday, it looked […]

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Cubs present city, MLB with safety protocols for up to 7,000 fans in Wrigley stands

Wrigley Field was empty on what would have been Major League Baseball’s opening day in March. Now the Chicago Cubs and other teams finally are going back on the field amid a pandemic, but the stands will remain empty — for now. The Cubs, though, have developed a plan for handling a smaller crowd. | […]

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How to watch all 60 Cubs games on TV this season

Kyle Hendricks throws a pitch in front of empty seats during an exhibition game at Wrigley Field. | Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images With the exception of some nationally televised games, Marquee is the Cubs’ new TV home. The Cubs hit the field for what should be a fascinating season under new manager David Ross starting Friday […]

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Blue Jays talking to other MLB teams about playing at their parks

Empty seats are viewed inside Rogers Centre during Toronto Blue Jays batting practice at baseball summer training in Toronto. | Cole Burston/The Canadian Press via AP Canada denied the Blue Jays’ request to play at Rogers Centre because the regular-season schedule would require frequent travel back and forth from the United States, where COVID-19 cases […]

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COVID-19 Testing Is a Holy Mess in Houston

After sitting empty for more than two years—ever since the Sam’s Club closed—a big brown building off the side of a Houston highway once again had cars snaking through its parking lot at 9 a.m.. The new, temporary tenant was Bloom Labs, a private medical testing company that moved in over the weekend of July […]

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White Sox — and broadcaster Jason Benetti — getting feel for baseball with no fans

White Sox players and broadcasters are becoming accustomed to empty seats at Guaranteed Rate Field. | Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images “I was more excited after the game than I was getting to the ballpark,” broadcaster Jason Benetti said. “It felt more normal than I thought it would.” Jason Benetti wants to feel your White Sox joy. […]

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An End to Empty Seats on Canada’s Airlines

Photos of empty airports have come to symbolize the head-spinning drop in air travel during the pandemic. But the more surprising illustration for me involves a now-crowded space. ImageA check-in counter at Toronto Pearson International Airport last month.Credit…Carlos Osorio/Reuters The parking lots of rental car agencies near the Ottawa airport are now overstuffed with unwanted […]

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Thailand expects to delay plans for ‘travel bubble’ on virus worries

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Empty chairs are seen on a beach which is usually full of tourists, amid fear of coronavirus in Phuket BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand expects to delay plans for so-called travel bubbles given a resurgence in coronavirus infections in countries that had managed to contain the initial outbreak, a senior official told […]

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Cosby citing systemic racism as he fights assault conviction

In a nearly empty Philadelphia courtroom in June 2015, a lawyer for Bill Cosby implored a federal judge to keep the comedian’s testimony in an old sexual battery lawsuit under wraps. It was sensitive. Embarrassing. Private. U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno had another word for it. The conduct Cosby detailed in his deposition was “perhaps […]

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Cosby invokes systemic racism as he fights #MeToo conviction

In a nearly empty Philadelphia courtroom in July 2015, a lawyer for Bill Cosby implored a federal judge to keep the comedian’s testimony in an old sexual battery lawsuit under wraps. It was sensitive. Embarrassing. Private. U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno had another word for it. The conduct Cosby detailed in his deposition was “perhaps […]

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Outside agitators? Few arrested in Chicago after George Floyd’s death came from elsewhere.

“Looted Empty” was spray-painted on the boarded-up windows of Green Grocery, 125 S. Western Ave., and neighboring businesses on June 2 after looting and violence spread through Chicago in the wake of protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. | Ashlee Rezin Garcia / Sun-Times About three of every four people arrested in […]

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Travel advisory: City orders quarantine for anyone arriving in Chicago next week from states with COVID-19 surges

A largely empty Eisenhower Expressway, I-290, photographed from the overpass at South Leavitt Street in April. | Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times file Violators are subject to fines of $100-$500 per day, up to $7,000. The order kicks in Monday. Starting next week, anyone arriving in Chicago from a state seeing a surge in new coronavirus cases […]

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U.S. House approves extension of small business loan program

© Reuters. A person in a mask walks on a nearly empty street in the coronavirus outbreak near the Treasury Department in Washington WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday approved an extension of a $660 billion lending program in an effort to help small businesses hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, […]

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‘Through Art, I Hope That We Can Make One Tulsa’

The empty storefronts and abandoned buildings that once lined the streets of the Greenwood district in Tulsa, Okla., are becoming canvases for a suppressed history of black excellence. Decades of segregation and disenfranchisement have plagued the neighborhood on the city’s north side, where Black Wall Street — one of the country’s most prosperous African-American communities […]

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IMF predicts deeper global recession due to coronavirus pandemic

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Empty street is seen near Lincoln Tunnel in Manhattan borough following the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New York City WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The coronavirus pandemic is causing wider and deeper damage to economic activity than first thought, the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday, prompting the institution to slash […]

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MLB players reject deal for 60-game regular season

Major League Baseball fields will remain empty for the foreseeable future. | AP The move comes after the owners turned down a 70-game plan. NEW YORK — The executive board of the Major League Baseball Players Association rejected a proposed 60-game schedule by a 33-5 vote, daring Commissioner Rob Manfred to give a unilateral order […]

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MLB closing all spring-training facilities in Arizona, Florida to curb coronavirus spread

Clouds drift over the outfield horizon of an empty Sloan Park, the Cubs’ spring-training home, in 2019. | John Antonoff/Sun-Times MLB has ordered all of the facilities to undergo a deep clean and will require all players and staff members to undergo testing before being able to use the facilities again when they open. Major […]

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Flying Is a Mess Right Now. Will It Ever Be Safe Again?

The compelling plane picture at the beginning of the pandemic was of an empty one. Adhering to guidance from the CDC to avoid nonessential travel, and out of fear of a virus that spreads easily and kills often, people took advantage of uncharacteristically generous flight cancellation policies and stayed home. Planes kept flying, with almost […]

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Thailand approves $722 million domestic tourism stimulus as virus hits global travel

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Empty chairs are seen on a beach which is usually full of tourists, amid fear of coronavirus in Phuket BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand’s cabinet approved on Tuesday a domestic tourism package worth 22.4 billion baht ($722.35 million) to revitalise a key sector hit by the coronavirus pandemic, an official said. The […]

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Getting to the Bottom of Key Questions in Shock U.S. Jobs Report

© Bloomberg. A commuter wears a protective mask and gloves while riding a nearly empty subway in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority is seeking additional police officers for its subways and buses as the transit agency plans to increase service once the city begins to reopen next […]

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Pritzker warns insurance companies to speed up paying claims to businesses damaged by looters: ‘Help can’t wait’

“Looted Empty” is spray-painted on the boarded up windows of Green Grocery at 125 S. Western Ave. last week after looting and violence spread through Chicago in the wake of protests over the death of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. | Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times file “In short, insurers must do the right thing and do […]

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U.K. Treasury Says Coronavirus Support Now at $70 Billion

© Bloomberg. Tower Bridge stands in this view frame by a window on an empty bus traveling through the City of London, U.K., on Friday, May 29, 2020. For the last 11 weeks, Europe’s financial center has been staffed with skeleton crews, particularly on the high-speed trading desks that are difficult to run from home. […]

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