Positive Parenting: Helping grads handle grief

For high school seniors, there has been very little ‘pomp’ this year because of the circumstances. COVID-19 meant graduations held outdoors with restrictions and spring activities, like prom, didn’t happen.

Hurricane Douglas may bring strong winds, rain to Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) — Hurricane Douglas gathered strength as it barreled west toward the Hawaiian Islands on a track to potentially bring strong winds and flash flooding to the island chain over the weekend, weather forecasters said. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 100 mph (155 kph), making it a Category 2 hurricane as of […]

UK unemployment rising ‘faster than Great Depression’

LONDON (AP) — The number of people in the U.K. claiming job-related benefits increased by a monthly 23.3% in May to 2.8 million, according to official figures released Tuesday that likely underestimate the heavy toll on the labor market of the coronavirus lockdown. The Office for National Statistics said the so-called claimant count —which includes […]

Report: Texas Tech women’s staff fostered culture of abuse

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech women’s basketball players have accused coach Marlene Stollings and her staff of fostering a culture of abuse that led to an exodus from the program, according to a report published Wednesday. Players dreaded a heart monitoring system they said was misused in punitive ways, had to endure demeaning and […]

First hurricane of the season forms in eastern Pacific

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The first hurricane of the eastern Pacific season formed far from land Wednesday. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Hurricane Douglas was centered about 1,785 miles (2,870 kilometers) east-southeast of Hilo, Hawaii, Wednesday morning with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120′ kph). It was moving to the west at 15 […]

Texas Tech women’s coach fired one day after report of abuse

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech fired women’s basketball coach Marlene Stollings on Thursday, a day after a scathing newspaper report alleging a culture of abuse in her program. Athletic director Kirby Hocutt announced the firing in a one-sentence statement while adding that he planned to address the decision Friday. Players made claims of abuse […]

Champagne losing its fizz as global pandemic clobbers sales

REIMS, France (AP) — Champagne is losing its fizz. For months, lockdown put the cork on weddings, dining out, parties and international travel — all key sales components for the French luxury wine marketed for decades as a sparkling must at any celebration. Producers in France’s eastern Champagne region, headquarters of the global industry, say […]

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