Earth Hour 2021 Is This Saturday, Will ‘Shine Spotlight’ on Pandemic and Nature

by Paul Riegler

Once again, buildings across the globe will go dark a little over an hour after sunset, but there is no cause for alarm. It’s all planned and part of a worldwide effort to raise environmental awareness.
The 14th annual Earth Hour will take place on March 24 at 8:30 p.m. (20:30h) local time across the globe, with a stated goal of  “inspiring action for a brighter future for nature and people.”
Organized …

At First Press Conference, Biden Doubles Vaccination Goal to 200 Million

by Anna Breuer

At his first White House press conference since taking office, President Joseph Biden demonstrated a firm grasp of the issuesrelating to the coronavirus pandemic and announced a new goal, 200 million vaccinations in his administration’s first 100 days, doubling the challenge he set forth in his inaugural address.
Biden opened his press conference by discussing the pandemic, noting that the country reached his original goal of 100 million vaccinations on day …

Summer Time for 2021 Begins Sunday in a European Union Grappling with a Third Wave

by Jesse Sokolow

PARIS—One year ago, Europe changed its clocks in the grip of a great unknown, a new coronavirus that was moving rapidly across the Continent. More than a year after the outbreak was declared a pandemic, Europe continues to struggle with the virus amidst a third wave of infections, a botched vaccination program, and an increase of lockdown measures.
Now, for what may be one of the last times, clocks in the …

Review and Test Drive: The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E is ‘the EV Generation’s Pony Car’

by Jonathan Spira

Remember the original pony car, the 1965 Ford Mustang?  The term for a then new class of automobile, a pony car had sporty yet affordable performance and it could carry four people. In addition, a pony car would have a long hood and short rear deck and, most important, have visceral appeal and tug at the buyer’s emotions.
Of course, back in 1964, when the Mustang made its debut, vehicle manufacturers …

Jack DeBoer, Residence Inn Founder, Dies at 90

by Kurt Stolz

Jack DeBoer, the founder of the Residence Inn hotel chain and a pioneer of the extended-stay and all-suite hotel concepts, died on March 12 at the age of 90 after being treated for cancer.
Mr. DeBoer, who began his career at the age of ten selling pansies out of his wagon by going door to door, was born on January 15, 1931 and grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. His parents were in …

Theater Review: ‘Party Line’ – Your Corona Life is Calling

by Jonathan Spira

Every night from March 8 through March 15, my telephone rang at precisely 8 p.m. The line crackled, and there were sounds of electromechanical switching and MF or multi-frequency tone signaling. An intercept message played:  “You have reached a number that has been disconnected or no longer in service.”  Suddenly, there was a lone still voice: “Everything is bothering me,” Sophie (Ellen Walz) tells someone, Megan (Chris Padro) as  we learn it …

World Happiness Day is Today, But Can Anyone Be Happy During a Pandemic?

by Kurt Stolz

A global pandemic was declared some 374 days ago, and one subject frequently discussed in public and in private was how the coronavirus affects people’s moods.  Are we anxious all the time and sad or, if we are lucky, possibly cheerful and optimistic.
It may surprise you to know that today, Saturday, is the United Nation’s annual International Day of Happiness and the day on which the 2021 World Happiness Report …