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Coronavirus crisis in the arts: What if concerts, theater and other live events don't come back in 2021?

SAN DIEGO — Theaters from San Diego to Broadway are closed until at least next fall. Festivals have been pushed back to 2021, including Wonderfront and KAABOO in San Diego and Coachella and Stagecoach in Indio, California. The San Diego Symphony and other orchestras across the nation have been largely silenced. Cirque du Soleil has filed for bankruptcy protection and closed down all but one of its 40-plus worldwide productions.The deadly coronavirus pandemic has led to these and other previously unthinkable situations becoming grim realities — from mass quarantines, plummeting economies and co...

The only Chicagoan of the Chicago 7 just wrote a memoir and says he's a fan of the Netflix movie 'Trial of the Chicago 7'

CHICAGO — Lee Weiner was the only defendant in the 1969 trial of the Chicago 7 who was from Chicago. He grew up in South Shore; while facing federal charges of inciting a riot and teaching his fellow protestors to build Molotov cocktails, he was a research assistant in the sociology department at Northwestern University. Yet, in the new Aaron Sorkin movie, “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” which hits Netflix on Friday, Weiner is barely a supporting character. Which isn’t far from the truth: If the Chicago 8 (as they were initially) was considered a dream team of magnetic war protestors — Abbie Hof...

Politics won the battle against public health in Florida with Ron DeSantis' high-fiving at Trump rally

Mark down Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, as the date when Ron DeSantis officially stopped pretending that public health was more important than politics.That’s when Florida’s governor walked into a packed Donald Trump rally in Sanford, high-fiving fans on his way to the stage. No mask. No social distancing. Just acting like everything was perfectly normal on a day when the state reported nearly 2,600 new coronavirus infections and 48 COVID-19 deaths (the next day it was 119 dead).What an evolution for the governor since April 1, when Florida reported 1,027 new infections and just 15 deaths and DeSanti...

As Biden threatens in Georgia, Trump aims to turn out rural voters

MACON, Ga. — Racing to squeeze more support from heavily Republican rural areas, President Donald Trump promised a “red wave” would crush Democrats in November and touted his administration’s agricultural programs at an outdoor rally that underscored Georgia’s tight race for the White House.Throughout his Friday speech to more than 1,000 supporters packing a Macon airport, Trump said he had no doubt Georgia would remain in the GOP column in November, despite polls showing Joe Biden threatening to become the first Democrat to carry the state since 1992.The president sprinkled his remarks with s...

36,000 immigrants in Florida won't get their citizenship in time to vote, data show

MIAMI — Up to 300,000 lawful permanent residents nationwide — about 36,000 of them in Florida — will be prevented from completing their naturalization process in time to vote in the upcoming November election, data show.The staggering government data — analyzed by the Immigrant Legal Resource Center and Boundless Immigration, a non-partisan tech company that helps immigrants obtain green cards and citizenship — shows that immigration policies implemented by the Trump administration since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis slowed down naturalization applications, creating a record backlog in a ti...

Miami-Dade is one storm away from a housing catastrophe. Nearly 1 million people are at risk

MIAMI — As the tail end of one of the most active hurricane seasons in history nears, Miami-Dade County appears once again poised to emerge unscathed. The region dodged hurricanes and tropical storms that posed a potential threat to South Florida. But what will happen when that luck runs out?Housing advocates have long feared that the city is one storm away from disaster; nearly a third of all housing structures in Miami-Dade County built before 1990 are at risk of wind damage, mold contamination and even complete devastation from a hurricane.According to U.S. Census Bureau figures, nearly 1 m...

Here's why the Gulf is getting hammered in this hurricane season — but the East Coast has been spared

PHILADELPHIA — When Hurricane Delta smashed ashore along the Louisiana coast at 6 p.m. Friday it became the 10th tropical storm to make landfall in the United States in 2020, breaking a record that had survived more than a century.It was the seventh storm to land on the Gulf shores, which have been a tropical-storm punching bag in this ultra-busy and peculiar season. It also was the second significant hurricane in six weeks to target the same region of southwestern Louisiana. Its predecessor, Hurricane Laura, was blamed for 14 deaths.By comparison, the Atlantic Coast has been showered with luc...

Proud Boys try to assimilate into Florida GOP as Trump denies knowing extremist group

MIAMI — Donald Trump isn’t alone in distancing himself from the Proud Boys. Florida Republicans who’ve snapped photos with the group’s members say they don’t know much about the self-described militia group either.About 48 hours after the president told the organization to “stand back, and stand by” during the first presidential debate, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott condemned “all forms of racism, violence, or discrimination, including the Proud Boys” when asked about a picture he took two years ago with the group’s Miami-based chairman. Also Thursday, a spokeswoman for Miami Congressman Mario Diaz-Bal...

Andrew Gillum has a brilliant plan that could thwart Trump's hopes for re-election

On Wednesday, POLITICO reported that former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, the Democratic nominee for Governor of Florida in 2018, is embarking on an ambitious plan to bring Florida back into the Democrats' camp in the 2020 election, after years of Republican victories: he will be launching a drive to register huge numbers of new voters:

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'Blatantly unconstitutional': Florida Republicans have a plan to blow up the state's voter-approved civil rights victory

One of the biggest victories for civil rights last year was Florida's passage of Amendment 4, a measure to restore the right to vote for rehabilitated ex-convicts in the state.

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Here are the 5 biggest right-wing outrages this week: Trump's world is exploding in chaos

This was a brutal week for President Donald Trump. His poison-pill-loaded plan to end the government shutdown he created went down in the Senate, and as his allies fought each other trying to assign blame and the shutdown began to paralyze major airports, he finally gave in and endorsed a bill to end the shutdown without his wall. Meanwhile, his campaign adviser Roger Stone was indicted for obstruction and witness tampering related to his coordination between WikiLeaks and the Trump campaign, and NBC News revealed his administration has been systematically overruling intelligence officials trying to deny security clearances to dozens of White House aides, including Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner.

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