Year: 2020

The Bavarian town where US troops are life and soul

Grafenwöhr (Germany) (AFP) – When the United States said it would be withdrawing troops from Germany earlier this year, shockwaves rippled through the country — but nowhere more than in the Bavarian town of Grafenwoehr. For the town located on the edge of the most important US army base in Europe, hope was revived in…

From dives to Broadway, US arts aid offers ‘lifeline’ to devastated venues

Chicago (AFP) – The Stone Pony in New Jersey’s Asbury Park has hosted dozens of musicians on their ascent to stardom — including none other than Bruce Springsteen — but for months it’s sat dark due to the coronavirus pandemic. And like hundreds of other cultural institutions across the United States its owners are hopeful…

Immigrants in US both hopeful and wary of Biden

Washington (AFP) – Immigrants in the US await Joe Biden’s presidency with a mix of hope and wariness — he spells relief after four years of tough restrictions under Donald Trump, but he served as vice president under Barack Obama, whom many referred to as “the deporter in chief.” On the surface, Biden is making…

Long lines as Florida’s Covid vaccination drive picks up pace

Miami (AFP) – The lines are endless and hospital telephones are ringing off the hook since coronavirus vaccines became available this week for the elderly in retiree-rich Florida. The state government gave the green light Monday for inoculating those aged 65 and above — a group that makes up nearly 20 percent of the Sunshine…

Demonstrators march on Chicago gun violence after bloody 2020

Chicago (AFP) – Demonstrators marched through the frigid streets of Chicago Thursday in memory of victims of gun violence, which rose dramatically in the third-largest US city in 2020.   Police in the Windy City recorded 762 homicides in 2020, up 55 percent from 2019, according to a December 27 count. Shootings rose 53 percent, to 3,227…

A death #Every10Minutes: LA begs revelers to avoid NYE gatherings

Los Angeles (AFP) – “A mother,” “a cancer patient,” “someone who loved the rain”: Los Angeles health officials tweeted every 10 minutes Thursday to mark the deaths of a coronavirus victim, as they implored people not to go out on New Year’s Eve. “#Every10Minutes someone dies of COVID-19 in LA County. People who were loved…

Georgia Senate candidate quarantining after Covid contact

Washington (AFP) – A Republican candidate for the US Senate announced on Thursday that he was going into quarantine after coming into contact with someone with Covid-19, just days ahead of a pair of crucial runoff elections in Georgia. Senator David Perdue is locked in a tight race with Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff for one…

Microsoft says ‘SolarWinds’ hackers viewed internal code

Washington (AFP) – Microsoft acknowledged Thursday that attackers who spearheaded a massive hack of government and private computer networks gained access to its internal “source code,” a key building block for its software. But the US tech giant said the attack, which top US officials have attributed to Russian-led hackers, were unable to compromise or…

Cloudy today!

With a high of 41F and a low of 24F. Currently, it’s 40F and Mostly Cloudy outside. Current wind speeds: 12 from the Northwest Pollen: 0 Sunrise: December 31, 2020 at 07:14AM Sunset: December 31, 2020 at 04:24PM UV index: 0 Humidity: 59% via https://ift.tt/39gcPzv December 31, 2020 at 02:22PM

Cloudy today!

With a high of 41F and a low of 24F. Currently, it’s 41F and Partly Cloudy outside. Current wind speeds: 13 from the Northwest Pollen: 0 Sunrise: December 31, 2020 at 07:14AM Sunset: December 31, 2020 at 04:24PM UV index: 1 Humidity: 59% via https://ift.tt/39gcPzv December 31, 2020 at 02:15PM