Monday, June 29, 2015

Short Takes

The surviving New York prison escapee has been captured.

Greece to close banks on Monday.

Puerto Rico can’t pay its debts.

Another SpaceX rocket blows up.

Heavy weather hits the country.

R.I.P. Marva Collins, educator and innovator.

The Tigers get a walk-off to beat the White Sox 5-4.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Short Takes

The Senate passed “fast track” and sent it on to President Obama.

Freddie Gray’s autopsy showed that he was the victim of homicide.

Boston Marathon bomber apologized to the victims before sentencing.

Over 800 people have died in a heat wave in Pakistan.

The Tigers lost to the team from Cleveland.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Short Takes

Afghanistan: The Taliban attacked the parliament building.

Police have a lead on the escaped prisoners thanks to DNA.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) announced he has cancer.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) said it’s time to move the Confederate flag off the state capitol grounds.

Severe weather hits the Midwest.

The Tigers beat Cleveland 8-5.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Short Takes

NATO troops are moving through Poland.

The trail of the New York prison escapees has gone cold.

AT&T faces $100 million fine over “unlimited” data plans.

Remnants of Tropical Storm Bill soak already-drenched Texas.

Kansas Gov. Brownback dodges ethics inquiry bullet.

More top-level changes at Microsoft.

The Tigers lost 8-4 in extra innings to the Reds.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Short Takes

Russia: Putin says he’s adding to his nuclear missile stockpile.

The Senate voted to make torture illegal permanently.

T.A.A. vote postponed until next month.

Six killed when a balcony collapsed in Berkeley.

The F.B.I. says the St. Louis Cardinals hacked the Astros.

Tropical Update: TS Bill makes landfall in Texas.

The Tigers lost to the Reds 5-2.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Monday, June 15, 2015

Short Takes

U.S. airstrikes in Libya go after leader of Algerian attack.

Marriage equality comes to Mexico.

Comet lander wakes up after hibernation.

United Airlines passengers get an unscheduled stop in Canada for 20 hours.

Tropical Update: Invest 91L could head towards the Texas Gulf Coast.

The Tigers beat Cleveland 8-1.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Short Takes

Turkey’s ruling party loses parliamentary majority.

Two escapees from New York prison still on the loose.

Texas cop suspended after pulling gun on teen at a pool party.

Midwest braces for more storms and severe weather.

The Tony winners were…

R.I.P. Ronnie Gilbert, 88, folksinger for The Weavers.

The Tigers beat the White Sox 6-4.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Short Takes

Iraqi forces will try to re-take Ramadi.

Texas, Oklahoma and the Plains can’t catch a weather break.

The Nebraska Senate will try to override the veto of the death penalty repeal.

Cleveland and the DOJ have reached a settlement on their policing.

One person/one vote will be tested in a case before the Supreme Court next fall.

The Tigers beat the A’s 1-0.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Summer and Schvitz

ANTIQUE_FAN_1_734_800South Florida has two seasons: wet and dry.  The astronomical calendar has summer starting around the 21st of June.  Here the wet season starts about Memorial Day, followed soon thereafter by the start of the hurricane season, which lasts until the end of November.  The air temperature doesn’t vary a lot: it can be 90 in January and in July.  The difference is the moisture: not just the rains that come on a regular basis between May and November, but the humidity.  It keeps the orchids happy, but it can be trying if you want to keep your clothes from getting soaked by your own perspiration.

I’ve lived in temperate climates of northern Michigan, alpine climates such as the Rockies, the desert of New Mexico, and in between.  I appreciate them all: snowfall in Michigan is beautiful, the mountains are magnificent, and the colors of a New Mexico sunset are beyond belief.  But I like it here, too, and I don’t mind a little schvitz as long as the hurricanes go someplace else, preferably out over the Atlantic.  And you don’t have to shovel the heat.

Short Takes

Twelve missing in floods in Texas.

Kurdish leader blames Iraqi forces for losses to ISIS.

Tornado kills 13 in Mexico border city.

Bug out: Ladybugs released as high school prank.

R.I.P. John F. Nash, mathematician profiled in A Beautiful Mind; Anne Meara, comedian and actress.

The Tigers lost split the series with the Astros and lost Monday to Oakland.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Short Takes

Iraqi-backed militiamen were gathering to try to re-take Ramadi.

President Obama will limit sending military equipment to local police.

Biker shootout in Waco could result in up to 175 people being charged, some for capital murder.

The western drought has spread to Washington where the governor is declaring a statewide emergency.

The Tigers lost 3-2 to the Brewers.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Short Takes

Nepal hit with another major earthquake.

The Obama administration is giving conditional approval to drilling for oil in the Arctic.

Liberia is declared Ebola-free.

Secretary of State Kerry to meet with Putin.

Health insurers are ordered to give free contraception.

Severe weather left destruction and fatalities in the Plains and Midwest.

The Tigers had the night off.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Short Takes

Rough weather across the Plains on Mothers Day.

E.U. plans to punish Mediterranean immigrant smugglers.

Four charged with killing two policemen in Mississippi.

Former President Jimmy Carter returns early from Guyana due to illness.

Raúl Castro met with Pope Francis; considers going back to church.

Happy birthday, Melissa.

The Tigers had a rough weekend and last night lost a 10-inning heartbreaker to K.C. 2-1.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Short Takes

Lots of tornadoes hit the Midwest and Plains states.

Netanyahu works out a deal to form a government for Israel.

Chicago will pay reparations to victims of police torture.

The New England Patriots did deflate their balls.

R.I.P. Former House Speaker Jim Wright, 92.

The Tigers dropped another to the White Sox 7-6.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Short Takes

The Saudis like the Iran nuclear framework.

California agriculture is exempt from water restrictions.

Closing arguments in the Boston bombing trial.

Carbon monoxide kills eight in Maryland family.

Duke beat Wisconsin.

The Tigers won their Opening Day game against the Twins 4-0.