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Monday, May 29, 2017

Frank Deford died Sunday in his Key West, Florida, home at age 78. He wrote for Sports Illustrated from 1962 to 2017 and in the first two decades at that job defined the word "sportswriter" for many of our younger selves. Some of us also recall him for The National, a glorious, short-lived attempt at a national newspaper of sport. He also contributed to Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel on HBO and NPR. In recent years he became known for his hatred of soccer, a lamentable old-man crankypants posture unworthy of his reputation.

Travel to the United States has dropped as much as 16 percent in the months since President Donald Trump took office -- and there's no sign of recovery, according to a new study. Analyzing data gathered from over 50 million mobile users across the world, location intelligence company Foursquare found that America's share of international tourism to leisure locations has declined by an average of 11 percent since October 2016, with a low of 16 percent in March. read more

Donald Trump had concerned Americans scratching their heads Sunday night after he tweeted that he now wants to pour more money into health care. "I say we add more dollars to the Healthcare and make it the best anywhere," he wrote. That was strange because Trump's budget plan submitted just days ago called for cutting at least $610 billion from Medicaid and slicing an additional $250 billion from health care by repealing Obamacare. The White House plan also calls for cuts in future spending on health care for children from low-income households. There is no additional spending for any health care in the plan.

Mission: Breakout, a new Guardians of the Galaxy ride that opened Saturday, has caused massive lines at Disney's California Adventure theme park, Io9 reports: "Lines snaked through the entire park, virtually guaranteeing that if you were cool with waiting a few months to try out the ride, the rest of the park would be virtually empty. The line for Mission: Breakout! fast passes was averaging out about five hours during peak times, while anyone trying their luck in the general queue was reportedly waiting up to seven hours." read more

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Europe "must take its fate into its own hands" faced with a western alliance divided by Brexit and Donald Trump's presidency, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday. "The times in which we could completely depend on others are on the way out. I've experienced that in the last few days," Merkel told a crowd at an election rally in Munich, southern Germany. "We Europeans truly have to take our fate into our own hands," she added. read more


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