The boats made it real. For years two Jacksonville-area rowing teams have been planning and fundraising for a 3,000-mile charity race across the Atlantic Ocean that begins in December. The turning point, they said, was the arrival of their specially designed boats last fall. “It was a tangible representation of the reality of the event: Our […]

Sometime around 3 a.m. on July 5 last summer, as I drove along Whitney Portal Road, I thought about a lyric from Phoebe Bridgers’ album “Punisher.” “Why would somebody do this on purpose when they could do something else?” I was on my way to a trailhead where I would […]

SEATTLE – A state commission has approved the Navy’s use of up to 17 Washington state parks for after-dark stealth training of SEAL teams. The 4-3 vote approves the training over the next five years. The Navy had sought to use up to 28 state parks for up to 48 […]

RFI French former president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing dies of Covid at 94 French former president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, a leading advocate of European integration who led his country into a new era, has died of Covid-19, according to an announcement from his family. He was 94 years of age. Giscard, who […]

Amtrak has new COVID-19 safety protocols you should know about when you book your ticket. There’s a limited number of tickets sold to allow for social distancing, and reservations will be required for seats on popular Southern California routes that don’t typically require them. Use the Amtrak app, go to […]