Rantz: Seattle School Board hides findings that its members harassed Black staff

Two woke Seattle Public School board directors who claim to be antiracist progressives were found guilty of harassing, intimidating, and bullying Black staff. They barely got a slap on the wrist. But the district is doing what it can to keep the report from public view. Some school board directors even declined to be interviewed … Read more

Omicron cases pop up in Canada

Cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in countries on opposite sides of the world Sunday and many governments rushed to close their borders even as scientists cautioned that it’s not clear if the new variant is more alarming than other versions of the virus. The variant was identified days ago by … Read more

Ontario reports first two cases of omicron COVID-19 variant

TORONTO — The new highly transmissible COVID-19 variant of concern that first emerged in South Africa has been detected in Ontario, health officials say. Health Minister Christine Elliott and Dr. Kieran Moore confirmed Sunday that they have found two cases of B.1.1.529 variant, which is named Omicron. The cases were from Ottawa and they involved … Read more

Emerald City Comic Con returns Dec. 2-5 after being cancelled in 2020

Emerald City Comic Con will make its return next weekend, Dec. 2-5. The event didn’t happen in March 2020 as usual due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and was initially postponed to the summer of 2020, before being canceled for the year. For this year’s four-day comic con, organizers are expecting a big turnout. ECCC already … Read more

Needing a break: Snooker player falls asleep during match

YORK, England (AP) — Still feeling the effects of the coronavirus, a top snooker player fell asleep in the middle of his match in one of the most prestigious events in the sport. “My head went down and I woke up and I didn’t have a clue where I was,” Mark Williams said after his … Read more

Food, gas prices pinch families as inflation surges globally

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — From appliance stores in the United States to food markets in Hungary and gas stations in Poland, rising consumer prices fueled by high energy costs and supply chain disruptions are putting a pinch on households and businesses worldwide. Rising inflation is leading to price increases for food, gas and other products … Read more

UW Medicine’s head of Virology: Live market ‘more likely the start’ of COVID

Scientists have been trying to trace the actual origins of the virus that causes COVID-19 for a while now. For a time, some thought that it was possibly partially engineered as part of a lab experiment but there’s some new information in now that points toward the origins being at a live animal market. Dr. … Read more

Ontario records highest number of new COVID-19 cases in months with 964 infections logged

TORONTO — Health officials in Ontario are reporting 964 new cases of COVID-19, marking the highest number of infections reported in a single day since May 30 when 1,033 cases were identified. Sunday’s report brings the seven-day average for the number of COVID-19 cases reported in the province to 760. This time last week, that … Read more

‘Encanto,’ ‘House of Gucci’ fuel Thanksgiving box office

NEW YORK (AP) — Thanksgiving weekend moviegoing was still far from the feast it normally is, but Disney’s “Encanto” and the Lady Gaga-led “House of Gucci” both gave a lift to two genres that have been particularly battered by the pandemic: family movies and adult dramas. “Encanto” led the box office with $27 million over … Read more