Foul air from North Bay fires prompts cancellation of Sunday Streets Berkeley

BERKELEY — Sunday Streets Berkeley, scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 15, has been cancelled, along with its companion events Pet Parade, Salsa Sunday and Vine Street Block Party, due to bad air quality resulting from raging North Bay fires, organizers announced Thursday. “Sunday Streets Berkeley is a diverse celebration of our community, and we could not in good conscience ask members of our community, especially children, seniors, and other sensitive individuals to risk their health and safety,” Heather Hensley of the North Shattuck Association, one of the organizers, said in a posting on the Sunday Streets Berkeley website on Thursday. The other organizers are the Downtown Berkeley Association, Walk Oakland Bike… Read More

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Analyst sees Carrington II as an NFL talent, but says senior needs to be more involved in Utah’s offense

It is widely accepted that Utah senior Darren Carrington II is an NFL-caliber wide receiver, but just what his future holds is still up for discussion. In a recent interview with ESPN 700, Ted Miller, who covered the Pac-12 for ESPN for nearly a decade, said he sees Carrington as an NFL receiver, but he wouldn’t venture a guess as to what round. “That’s a hard one,” he said when asked by host and former Utah punter Tom Hackett. “NFL evaluations are so different than college evaluations.” He pointed to Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, whom he called the best collegiate quarterback, and said he wasn’t sure his abilities suited the… Read More

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Robert J. Samuelson: The basic problem of wealthy societies

WASHINGTON — The spoils society advances. The “spoils society” is a phrase I coined some years ago to illustrate a basic problem of wealthy societies, including, of course, the United States. After all, our annual GDP (gross domestic product) is approaching $20 trillion. The problem is that, as societies become richer, so does the temptation for people to advance their economic interests by grabbing someone else’s wealth, as opposed to creating new wealth. We see the resulting redistributive struggles all the time. They’re part of the social fabric: divorcing couples fighting over the marital assets; Congress debating who should — or shouldn’t — get tax cuts or subsidies (say, Social… Read More

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Lady Gaga is ‘Slowly Coming Back to Life’ as She Returns to the Studio Amid Health Struggles

Lady Gaga has “A Million Reasons” to be grateful, including returning to the studio. The singer, 31, shared a photo of herself back in the studio on Instagram Thursday, writing, “Nothing like studio therapy. … Had so much fun in the studio. Made me feel like a star like the ones in the sky, you know..the real kind.” In addition to feeling like a star, the A Star Is Born actress sparkled in a pair of Juicy Couture track shorts and sequined Polly Plume boots. Gaga accessorized her look with a powder blue Saks Potts coat and Joanne-esque pink fedora. “Slowly coming back to life,” she captioned one of three… Read More

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Radio Atlantic: Derek Thompson and the Moonshot Factory

Few journalists have gotten a peek inside X, the secretive lab run by Google’s parent company Alphabet. Its scientists are researching cold fusion, hover boards, and stratosphere-surfing balloons. Derek Thompson, staff writer at The Atlantic, spent several days with the staff of X. In this episode, he tells Matt and Alex all about what he found, and what it suggests about the future of technological invention. Links: “Google X and the Science of Radical Creativity” (Derek Thompson, 2017) “The Promise and Peril of Universal Internet” (Dominic Tierney, 2015) “The Physics Nobel and the Fate of Bell Labs” (Edward Tenner, 2009) “How Should the U.S. Fund Research and Development?” (Robinson Meyer,… Read More

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S.L. mayor names pick to be director of airports

SALT LAKE CITY — Mayor Jackie Biskupski announced Thursday Bill Wyatt as her choice for executive director of the Salt Lake City Department of Airports. If approved by the City Council, Wyatt would take over for Russell Pack, who has been serving as interim executive director since Maureen Riley retired June 30. “As the Salt Lake City International Airport undergoes the largest construction expansion in its history, it is critical that we have an individual at the table with extensive management and logistics experience,” the Salt Lake City mayor said in a statement. “I am confident that Bill’s expertise and knowledge will lead us well as we enter into an… Read More

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Rose McGowan: ‘HW raped me’

By Jake Coyle | Associated Press NEW YORK — After a suspension earlier in the day from Twitter, actress Rose McGowan forcefully re-emerged Thursday, stating more frankly what she has long suggested: “HW raped me.” “HW” was apparently in reference to Harvey Weinstein, the embattled former Weinstein Co. co-chairman. “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein,” Weinstein’s representative Sallie Hofmeister said Thursday. McGowan last year said that she had been raped by a “studio head.” The New Yorker expose that ran Tuesday reported that Weinstein had allegedly sexually assaulted three women, though the third woman was unnamed. The New York Times earlier reported that Weinstein paid… Read More

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Trump’s order rocks already turbulent health care industry

SALT LAKE CITY — President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order that he says will “fix” a health care system broken by Obamacare. “Today is only the beginning,” Trump said during a White House news conference, the 49th in his nearly nine months as president of the United States. But because any changes to laws, rules and regulations require study, public comment and implementation phases, it might be some time before Utah consumers actually realize any change. “This is an uncomfortable situation for insurers to be in and an uncomfortable position for the consumers who rely on consistent coverage,” said Jason Stevenson, director of education and communications with… Read More

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