The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - Between skyrocketing costs, sport specialization and coaches needing training, youth sports is in the midst of a crisis, according to new data published Wednesday by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association and the Aspen Institute. Athletic participation for kids ages 6 through 12 is down almost 8 percent over the last decade, according to SFIA and Aspen data, and children from low-income households are half as likely to play one day's worth of team sports than children from households earning at least $100,000.
The U.S. military began preparing in earnest for Hurricane Irma on Wednesday, Sept. 6, readying four Navy ships for potential disaster relief while moving aircraft and U.S. troops in advance of the arrival of the Category 5 storm.
After 18 years flying as an airline for the price conscious, Allegiant Travel Co. wants to add real estate development to its list of corporate activities. The company is embarking on an audacious plan to build a 22-acre resort compound with a hotel, condominiums, bars, and restaurants on the Florida Gulf Coast in Port Charlotte.
Think "Jerry Springer" and you might conjure some of the daytime TV host's greatest talk-show guests. Brawling strippers, maybe, or that mother-daughter dominatrix duo, or maybe the guy who married a horse!
A newspaper photographer from Ohio was shot Monday night, Sept. 4, by a sheriff's deputy who apparently mistook his camera and tripod for a gun, and fired without a warning, the newspaper reported. Andy Grimm, a photographer for the New Carlisle News, left the office at about 10 p.m. to take pictures of lightning when he came across a traffic stop and decided to take photos, according to the paper's publisher, Dale Grimm.
HOUSTON - President Trump swooped into this flood-ravaged city Saturday to meet with survivors of Hurricane Harvey in his second visit to southeast Texas since the storm came ashore eight days ago. After focusing exclusively on the government response to Harvey and staying out of the disaster zone during his first trip Tuesday, Trump planned on Saturday to highlight storm victims and shine the presidential spotlight on communities dramatically altered by Harvey's enduring floodwaters.
WASHINGTON - The White House late Friday asked Congress to appropriate $7.85 billion as soon as possible to finance its continued response to Hurricane Harvey, saying the storm and resulting floods have led more than 436,000 people to seek assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
His belly swollen, his energy flagging, 45-year-old Jorge Perez Remache waits in his Queens, New York, apartment for word that his turn has come to receive a lifesaving liver transplant. Though he has suffered from cirrhosis for 10 years, the chance of that happening is virtually zero.
The White House has signaled to congressional Republicans that it will not shut down the government in October if money isn't appropriated to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, potentially clearing a path for lawmakers to reach a short-term budget deal. Congress has only appropriated money to fund government operations through the end of September, and President Donald Trump has threatened to shut down the government if lawmakers don't include $1.6 billion in new funding so that 74 new miles of wall and secondary fencing can be added to the border.
This past spring, Marleen Brooks, a 37-year-old property manager in the small town of Park Hills, Missouri, came home to find a handwritten letter from a 90-year-old woman she had never met. It was just a few lines: "Would you consider to become my friend. I'm 90 years old - live alone and all my friends have passed away. I am so lonesome and scared. Please - I pray for some one."