The Viewpoint

Burn scars, winter storms threaten rare and endangered species in San Gabriel Mountains

Burn scars, winter storms threaten rare and endangered species in San Gabriel Mountains

Tribune News Service

October 15, 2020

LOS ANGELES — Up until a few weeks ago, the West Fork of the San Gabriel River was one of the most abundant wildlife habitats in Los Angeles County, a secluded and rugged area defined by its steep peaks, lush canyons and mixture of rare and endangered species. Recently however, a team of federal biologists and...

‘A really destructive scenario’: Pennsylvania could hold up outcome of presidential election

‘A really destructive scenario’: Pennsylvania could hold up outcome of presidential election

Tribune News Service

October 15, 2020

PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania, one of the states most likely to decide the presidential election, is bracing for one of the slowest ballot counts in the country. The coronavirus pandemic has driven a record 2.6 million Pennsylvanians to request mail-in ballots. But state law bars the processing of thos...

Trump’s Kenosha visit exposes US divides over race and policing ahead of November vote

Trump’s Kenosha visit exposes US divides over race and policing ahead of November vote

Jaweed Kaleem and Molly Hennessy-Fiske

September 2, 2020

KENOSHA, Wis. — In front of a brick building northwest of downtown, on a day when the nation’s gaze again fixed on this once-strong factory city, Justin Blake declared that President Donald Trump must be defeated as he stood over the spot where a police officer shot his nephew in the back seven ...

US will agree to remove plutonium waste from South Carolina

US will agree to remove plutonium waste from South Carolina

Jennifer A. Dlouhy and Ari Natter

September 2, 2020

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is settling a long-running dispute with South Carolina over cleaning up weapons-grade plutonium stashed in the state. The agreement is set to be announced Monday by Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette and South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, said two people fami...

A second wave of the coronavirus could devastate the recovering economy

A second wave of the coronavirus could devastate the recovering economy

Sarah Foster

August 26, 2020

The U.S. economy is already on the mend nearly five months after nationwide lockdowns suffocated business activity in an attempt to save lives during the coronavirus outbreak. But another threat could prove to be even more debilitating — eroding that recovery before it’s lifted off the ground and a...

California firestorm could claim more than 3,000 homes and structures

California firestorm could claim more than 3,000 homes and structures

Luke Money, Rong-Gong Lin II and Leila Miller

August 26, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO — Nearly 2,000 structures have been destroyed by the historic fires sweeping across Northern California, but officials say that number could almost double before the blazes are extinguished. Crews are now going through the many fire zones conducting an assessment of burned structures, said ...

Barack and Michelle Obama to give televised commencement speech for 2020 graduates

Barack and Michelle Obama to give televised commencement speech for 2020 graduates

Tribune News Service

May 5, 2020

Former President Barack Obama will deliver a commencement message to the 3 million high school seniors graduating this month in a televised prime-time special. Announced last week, “Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020” will also feature appearances from LeBron James, Ma...

US colleges brace for a devastating summer and fall

US colleges brace for a devastating summer and fall

MCT Campus

April 28, 2020

For many U.S. colleges, the worst may still be ahead. The upheaval in higher education has been unprecedented already, with campuses closed for months, graduation ceremonies scrapped and entrance exams canceled. Administrators across the nation increasingly fear their schools may not reopen for the...

As humanity hides from coronavirus, wildlife reclaims lost territory

As humanity hides from coronavirus, wildlife reclaims lost territory

MCT Campus

April 28, 2020

LOS ANGELES — Naturalist Gerry Hans stood in the middle of a lonely road in Griffith Park on Saturday, inhaled deeply though his face mask and admired the natural sights and sounds of an oddly serene landscape that typically draws thousands of visitors each weekend. “It’s sheer heaven not hearing the deafening cl...

Online shopping won’t get you hard-to-find items during coronavirus. ‘They’re not going to have any more success getting toilet paper than you are.’

Online shopping won’t get you hard-to-find items during coronavirus. ‘They’re not going to have any more success getting toilet paper than you are.’

MCT Campus

April 23, 2020

Think you’re going to find online the frozen vegetables and toilet paper you can’t find in stores? Think delivery is going to be quick? Think again. Grocery stores aren’t just battling to stock shelves in stores. They also are swamped with online shoppers who are placing more orders and buying more...

The Mississippi River has many nicknames. Now it has a new one: America’s ‘most endangered river.’

The Mississippi River has many nicknames. Now it has a new one: America’s ‘most endangered river.’

MCT Campus

April 14, 2020

CHICAGO — The upper Mississippi River, from its headwaters in Minnesota to the southern tip of Illinois, has been named the most endangered river in the United States, according to an annual list released by American Rivers, a national advocacy group. Citing record-breaking flooding in 2019, which l...

How to prevent trolls from Zoom bombing your online meeting

How to prevent trolls from Zoom bombing your online meeting

MCT Campus

April 9, 2020

As students at the University of Tennessee were participating in a virtual “Milkshake Monday,” an anonymous person jumped into the Zoom gathering and began berating everyone with racist rants. “Zoom bombing has unfortunately become an issue at institutions across the country, and this is at least ...

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