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Emmys 2020: First responders get the spotlight as Emmy presenters on Sunday

Awards shows typically amp up the glitz on stage with big names as presenters, and in another year, that surely would have been the case for the Emmys on Sunday. And sure, Tracee Ellis Ross, Jennifer Aniston, Sterling K Brown, Zendaya, Jason Sudeikis and more were on hand to help. But with the show turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic, the show enlisted first responders, who’ve worked throughout the pandemic often at great risk to their own health, as presenters in different categories. Nurse practitioner Katie Duke handled best-supporting actress in a drama series from New York City where she lives, works, and contracted COVID-19 earlier in the pandemic. “I felt so alone because my family can’t see me, my friends can’t see me,” she said of that experience. “I’m in an isolation room and I’m on oxygen. I felt scared. After her recovery, Duke said she “knew how special life is … and I’m incredibly excited to present the nominees for best supporting actress.” Related Articles Emmys 2020: ‘Friends’ staged a mini-reunion, and Twitter was only half impressed Emmys 2020: Tuxedo hazmat suit…

Emmys 2020: Tuxedo hazmat suit is big winner, according to social media

The 72nd annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, Sept. 20 is without an in-house audience and its usual glamorous fashion, but the tuxedo hazmat award presenters are catching everyone’s eye on social media. In the time of COVID-19, the night’s nominees are all situated at home in front of a camera, with some in small gatherings like the cast of “Schitt’s Creek.” The surprise comes after the winner is announced, where the nominee is presented with their very own award presenter wearing a black tuxedo, complete with a bow. It didn’t take long for social media to notice the very fashionable and coronavirus-safe outfit. This is what they have to say: Might be the most 2020 tweet I can possibly make “Emmys are being delivered in person to winners’ homes by someone wearing a tuxedo hazmat suit”.Again, non-fiction is stranger than fiction can every hope to be. — Matt Johns (@CoachMLJohns) September 21, 2020 I’m all about the hazmat tuxedo at this year’s Emmys! — Jeff Goldsmith (@yogoldsmith) September 21, 2020 Wait…did I just see someone in a tuxedo hazmat suit?! #Emmys…

Miss Manners: I don’t know why my friend is snubbing me on social media

DEAR MISS MANNERS: A current real-life friend sent me a friend request on social media, and I accepted. I have regularly liked quite a few of this friend’s posts — about half of them — and even commented once or twice with something such as “That’s great!” or “Congratulations!” Never once has this friend liked or reacted in any way to any of my posts. We are both relatively active on social media, engaging with mutual friends, and neither of us posts anything controversial, bragging, or weird. I am aware that some of my posts may not have been seen by my friend, or that the algorithm may be somewhat responsible, but I cannot believe that all of my posts have been accidentally overlooked. Related Articles Miss Manners: These puffed-up young men at work apparently think I’m an idiot Miss Manners: His disgusting habit emerges whenever we’re outside Miss Manners: It’s hard to forget how I was embarrassed at my wedding Miss Manners: Should I pretend I don’t know who’s calling? Miss Manners: I want to wear my wedding dress, and I’m hurt that they…

Dear Abby: My matchmaker left out one important fact about this man

DEAR ABBY: My hairdresser, former neighbor and friend recommended her unemployed brother to do some minor repairs to my home. Jeanne Phillips  He and his sister were trying to push me into a relationship. I am a widow with no children. I have no mortgages, car notes, etc. I’m not wealthy, but I am well set. My hairdresser recently mentioned that her brother was using crack cocaine again. I’m furious that she didn’t disclose her brother’s addiction sooner. Related Articles Dear Abby: I have my eye on this widower, but I want him to ditch his mistress Dear Abby: I don’t want this disruptive child around my daughter Dear Abby: I’m barred from revealing family secret, but I don’t want my kids to hear it somewhere else Dear Abby: I almost died, and they keep telling me to get over it Dear Abby: The night I learned a lesson about talking to strangers Should I let it go or confront her about this? I really don’t want to lose my hairdresser. STYLED RIGHT IN THE SOUTH DEAR STYLED: You are certainly free to ask your…

Jill On Money: Does the federal government’s budget deficit matter?

Many of you have asked for a deeper dive about federal borrowing, so here goes. To calculate the deficit, take the nation’s revenue (the amount of money that the government takes in), and subtract the amount of money that Jill Schlesinger  the government spends. For fiscal year 2020, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects a federal budget deficit of $3.3 trillion in 2020 ($3.3 trillion in revenue and $6.6 trillion in spending), which, according to CBO, “is more than triple the shortfall recorded in 2019, mostly because of the economic disruption caused by the 2020 coronavirus pandemic and the enactment of legislation in response.” Related Articles California stock-trading school to pay $10 million FTC penalty over alleged ‘get-rich-quick’ marketing Jill On Money: Six financial lessons from six months of COVID-19 Jill On Money: Tax questions linger Jill On Money: ‘New normal’ raises financial questions Deficits (and their rarer siblings, surpluses) are calculated on an annual basis. The federal debt held by the public is the amount a country must borrow to fund its annual deficit. CBO notes that next year will be a milestone, and…

A sweep for ‘Schitt’s Creek,’ ‘Succession’ tops Emmy Awards

By LYNN ELBER LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Schitt’s Creek,” the little Canadian show about a fish-out-of-water family, made history at Sunday’s Emmy Awards with a comedy awards sweep, something even TV greats including “Frasier” and “Modern Family” failed to achieve. Zendaya, 24, became the youngest lead drama actress winner for her role as a troubled teenager in “Euphoria.” She’s only the second Black actress to win the award, following Viola Davis’ groundbreaking 2015 win for “How to Get Away With Murder.” “I know this seems like a really weird time to be celebrating,” Zendaya said. “But I just want to say there is hope in the young people out there. I know our TV show doesn’t always feel like a great example of that,” but young people are out there “doing the work.” “Succession,” a family power struggle over a media empire, was honored as best drama series, and creator Jesse Armstrong used the opportunity to offer “un-thank-yous,” including to President Donald Trump for what Armstrong called his “crummy and uncoordinated” response to the pandemic. “Succession” star Jeremy Strong won the drama actor trophy for…

Emmy Awards 2020: 2 Oakland actors stun with huge wins

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II  A pair of performers with strong roots in Oakland won big Sunday night during the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards. Leading the way was Zendaya, who scored a stunning — and historic — victory as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role in HBO’s “Euphoria.” With the major upset, she became the youngest-ever winner in the category. The former Disney star, who was born and raised in the East Bay, turned 24 earlier this month. Also striking Emmy gold was Oakland’s Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who was honored as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series for his dual role in HBO’s “Watchmen.” But Zendaya and Abdul-Mateen weren’t the only local standouts feeling the Emmy love. Earlier in the week — during the so-called “Creative Arts” portion of the awards — the HBO documentary “We Are the Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest” earned honors as Outstanding Children’s Program. It’s a film executive produced by Oakland native and two-time Oscar winner Mahershala Ali. Also in the Creative Arts Emmys, Pixar Studios’ “Forky Asks a Question” captured the prize…

Ginsburg’s impact on women spanned age groups, backgrounds

By Jocelyn Noveck | Associated Press NEW YORK — Sure, there were the RBG bobbleheads, the Halloween getups, the lace collars, the workout videos. The “I dissent” T-shirts, the refrigerator magnets, the onesies for babies or costumes for cats. And yes, the face masks, with slogans like: “You can’t spell TRUTH without RUTH.” But the pop-culture status that Ruth Bader Ginsburg found — or rather, that found her — in recent years was just a sideshow, albeit one that amused her, to the unique and profound impact she had on women’s lives. First as a litigator who fought tenaciously for the courts to recognize equal rights for women, one case at a time, and later as the second woman to sit on the hallowed bench of the Supreme Court, Ginsburg left a legacy of achievement in gender equality that had women of varied ages and backgrounds grasping for words this weekend to describe what she meant to them. “She was my teacher in so many ways,” said Gloria Steinem, the nation’s most visible feminist leader, in an interview. But even if she hadn’t known her…

‘Schitt’s Creek’ sweeps comedy categories at Emmy Awards

By LYNN ELBER LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Schitt’s Creek,” the little Canadian show about a fish-out-of-water family, made history at Sunday’s Emmy Awards with a comedy awards sweep, something even TV greats including “Frasier” and “Modern Family” failed to achieve. The Pop TV show’s awards included best comedy series and awards for its stars, including Catherine O’Hara, and father-son Eugene and Daniel Levy. “Our show at its core is about the transformational effects of love and acceptance, and this is something we need more now than ever before,” said co-creator and star Daniel Levy, who encouraged people to register and vote to achieve that goal. O’Hara accepted the award virtually in the pandemic-safe ceremony, which included a number of winners who made a point that the Nov. 3 general election was near. “Though these are the strangest of days, may you have as much joy being holed up in a room or two with your family as I had with my dear Roses,” O’Hara said, surrounded in a decorated room by mask-wearing co-stars who play the Rose family members. Levy called it “ironical that the…

The Latest: New Zealand to end restrictions except in 1 city

By The Associated Press WELLINGTON, New Zealand: All remaining virus restrictions will be lifted across much of New Zealand from late Monday with the exception of the largest city, Auckland, which will continue to have some restrictions for at least another 16 days. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made the announcement Monday after meeting with top lawmakers. The nation of 5 million re-imposed some restrictions last month after an Auckland outbreak which now appears to be under control. Under the plan, maximum gathering sizes in Auckland will be increased from 10 to 100 on Wednesday and then caps removed two weeks after that. “Auckland needs more time,” Ardern told reporters in the city. “Whilst we have reasonable confidence we are on the right track, there is still a need in Auckland for that cautious approach.” Health authorities reported no new cases on Monday. The number of active cases is 62, with 33 from community spread and 29 among quarantined returning travelers. ____ SEOUL, South Korea —- South Korea’s daily virus tally has stayed below 100 for a second consecutive day, maintaining a slowing trend in fresh…

Brandon Crawford blasts grand slam, Giants back at .500 after blowout win over A’s

CLICK HERE if you’re having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device. OAKLAND — In the midst of a race for a postseason berth, the San Francisco Giants are relying on several players who were once relegated to part-time roles to step up and a lead a late-season surge. Few players on the roster have more experience in navigating the challenges of a playoff race than shortstop Brandon Crawford, but he’s also among the group of players taking on a bigger role than the Giants envisioned entering the season. After the Giants dropped below .500 with back-to-back shutout losses to open their series in Oakland, Crawford broke open Sunday’s game with a fifth-inning grand slam that helped the club capture a 14-2 victory. Crawford opened the summer as a platoon player at shortstop, but in the final week of the season, the club is counting on him to play on an everyday basis and serve as an offensive catalyst. Related Articles With Giants scuffling in Oakland, Kapler shuffles rotation, lineup Giants’ playoff chances take another hit due to sloppy mistakes, offense wastes Gausman’s…

Oakland A’s lose another opportunity to clinch AL West

CLICK HERE if you’re having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device. All things considered, a six-game Bay Bridge Series sweep was unlikely. The A’s had shut out the Giants in back-to-back games on the back half in Oakland after demoralizing their regional rivals at the Oracle Park half weeks ago. The Giants had their say, handing the A’s a 14-2 loss Sunday, moving the series to a 5-1 Oakland win. The A’s claimed the Bay Bridge trophy Saturday. For the A’s, the loss prolonged a potential American League West division clinch another day. With the Houston Astros beating the Arizona Diamondbacks and A’s loss, their magic number remains one. Same stipulations will apply moving forward. “Everybody came to the field thinking get another win, lock it up,” Mike Minor said after the game. “And didn’t happen. But guys are still positive. Still going to go to LA and do work there.” Minor came off a seven-inning shutout against the Seattle Mariners with an iffy start Sunday. For the most part, Minor was hitting his spots. He made a mistake on a slider…

Kurtenbach: Write off battered 49ers at your own risk

CLICK HERE if you’re having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device. You can feel free to write off the 49ers after two games. Go ahead and say that the team and its Super Bowl aspirations are cooked, after two games. I won’t follow your lead. I’m a pessimistic person, but with three-plus months and 14 games remaining on the schedule, any talk about the 49ers’ season being effectively over is premature. Don’t get me wrong — the situation isn’t good. It’s understandable why you might want to freak out. In Sunday’s win over the hapless Jets Sunday, the 49ers lost Nick Bosa to what is likely a season-ending ACL tear, and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to a high-ankle sprain that might keep him out for a few weeks. These key injuries, on top of a roster that was already exceptionally injured going into the game. Four of the Niners’ five best players — at least by my estimations — are sidelined. But take a deep breath, 49ers fans, and repeat after me: “it’s a long season.” I don’t want to downplay the injuries the…

Bryson DeChambeau blasts way to U.S. Open title

By DOUG FERGUSON / AP Golf Writer MAMARONECK, N.Y. — Call him a mad scientist in a tam o’shanter cap. Call him a game-changer in golf. Any description of Bryson DeChambeau now starts with U.S. Open champion. In a breathtaking performance Sunday at Winged Foot, on a course so demanding no one else broke par, DeChambeau blasted away with his driver and had short irons from the ankle-deep rough on his way to a 3-under 67. When his 7-foot par putt fell on the 18th, DeChambeau thrust those two powerful arms into the air. This was validation that his idea to add 40 pounds of mass, to produce an incredible amount of speed and power, would lead to moments like this. Two shots behind Matthew Wolff going into the final round, he passed him in five holes, pulled away to start the back nine and wound up winning by six shots. Wolff, trying to become the first player since Francis Ouimet in 1913 to win the U.S. Open in his debut, closed with a 75. Just under a year ago, DeChambeau closed out his 2019…

The Latest: Nebraska nursing home virus toll relatively low

By The Associated Press OMAHA, Neb.— More than 40% of the deaths linked to the coronavirus in Nebraska have been at nursing homes, but the overall rate of deaths in the state’s nursing homes has remained relatively low compared with national figures. A total of 185 deaths linked to the virus have been confirmed at nursing homes in the state, which is reporting 442 deaths overall. The Omaha World-Herald reported Sunday that a federal database shows that 31 of the more than 200 nursing homes in the state have reported deaths linked to the coronavirus. Nationally, nursing home residents account for less than 1% of the U.S. population but more than 40% of the coronavirus deaths. The rate of deaths in Nebraska nursing homes has remained relatively low overall. Nebraska reported 18 deaths for every 1,000 nursing home residents, which is well below the national rate of 47.8 deaths per 1,000 residents. ___ HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK — Sweden seems to be avoiding second wave of infections hitting other European nations — Analysis: US to hit 200K dead; Trump…

49ers analysis: Three highlights despite the Bosa-Garoppolo carnage

Surely a 31-13 win comes with highlights. The 49ers, indeed, have some buried among the wreckage of a demoralizing injury report. But first, a quick check of those A-listers on the shelf: quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle), tight end George Kittle (knee), running backs Jerick McKinnon (knee) and Tevin Coleman (knee), wide receiver Deebo Samuel (foot), cornerback Richard Sherma (calf), and, last but perhaps the biggest blow, defensive end Nick Bosa (likely knee-ligament tear) So how did the 49ers win by so much, all due respect to the Jets’ inferior talent and own injuries? Here are three areas worth applauding for the 49ers (1-1): 1. Jordan Reed factor EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – SEPTEMBER 20: Jordan Reed #81 of the San Francisco 49ers carries the ball during the first half against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on September 20, 2020 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)  The 49ers are “hoping” Kittle can return with them to MetLife Stadium next Sunday to face the Giants, but without having practiced last week, don’t count on it, especially now that the 49ers know…

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