CNN | She was the Jackie Robinson of tennis
Long before Venus and Serena Williams, another tall, young Black woman shook up the staid world of tennis with her powerful serve and brilliant play.
She was Althea Gibson, and tennis had long been a segregated sport when her skill and strength broke the color barrier in the 1950s. –read more—
CNN BUSINESS | Hyundai’s recall of 82,000 electric cars is one of the most expensive in history
New York (CNN Business) – Hyundai will recall 82,000 electric cars globally to replace their batteries after 15 reports of fires involving the vehicles. Despite the relatively small number of cars involved, Hyundai’s recall is one of the most expensive in history, signaling how electric car defects could create hefty costs for automakers — at least in the near future.
The recall will cost Hyundai 1 trillion Korean won, or $900 million. On a per-vehicle basis, the average cost is $11,000 — an astronomically high number for a recall.
Replacing an entire battery is an extreme measure, requiring a similar amount of work and expense as replacing an entire engine of a traditional internal combustion-powered car. Very few recalls of gasoline powered cars require an entire engine to be replaced. One of the few exceptions was a 2014 recall of 785 of the Porsche 911 GT3 sports cars. Porsche did not release the cost of that recall, but it was certainly more expensive on a per-vehicle basis than this Hyundai recall. —read more—
CNN | Owner plunges into frozen pool to save dog
A dog owner in Tennessee wasted no time jumping into a frozen pool to save her dog, Sid, who was stuck under a sheet of ice. —watch—
CNN BUSINESS | FCC approves $50 monthly internet subsidies for low-income households during pandemic
(CNN)The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday approved final rules for a new broadband subsidy program that could help struggling families pay for internet service during the pandemic.
The agency’s $3.2 billion Emergency Broadband Benefit Program provides eligible low-income households with up to a $50 per month credit on their internet bills through their provider until the end of the pandemic. In tribal areas, eligible households may receive up to $75 per month. The program also provides eligible households up to $100 off of one computer or tablet. —read more—
CNN | NASA’s DC headquarters is being renamed for ‘Hidden Figures’ scientist Mary Jackson
Mary Winston Jackson successfully overcame the barriers of segregation and gender bias to become a professional aerospace engineer and leader in ensuring equal opportunities for future generations.
(CNN) – The name of Mary Jackson, NASA’s first African American female engineer and one of the barrier-breaking inspirations for the book “Hidden Figures,” will officially adorn the space agency’s Washington, DC, headquarters Friday.
NASA announced its decision last year to name the building in Jackson’s honor. Members of her family, including granddaughter Wanda Jackson, are expected to be at Friday’s renaming ceremony along with Acting NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk, the agency announced. Jackson died in 2005 at the age of 83. –read more–
CNN style Fashion | The club kid designer dressing the most powerful women in US politics
There are times in every successful designer’s career when they find something they created at the center of a viral sensation. For Max Mara’s creative director, Ian Griffiths, discovering that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi had ignited a global frenzy by wearing his red “Fire Coat” for her infamous showdown with Donald Trump in 2018 was one of those moments. It was not, however, quite as he had imagined it.
“It was 7 in the evening and I got the phone call from our American communications office. I had just got home from work and was in the middle of getting changed with my trousers around my knees,” laughed Griffiths on the phone from his office in Reggio Emilia, northern Italy. “They needed urgent confirmation the coat was ours, then more and more calls came in to give quotes. I spent the whole evening shuffling around my apartment with my trousers around my ankles because I didn’t have time to take them off! —read more—
CNN BUSINESS | Zillow will now make cash offers for homes based on its ‘Zestimates’
New York (CNN Business) – Zillow is no longer just an online platform for browsing available homes or for creeping on the value of your neighbor’s house. In recent years, the company has also begun actually buying, fixing up and selling homes itself through a new division called Zillow Offers — a major shift in its business model.
On Thursday, the company announced a new feature aimed at streamlining the process for homeowners considering selling to Zillow.
For certain homes, Zillow’s “Zestimate” — the online estimate of the home’s value — will now represent an initial cash offer from the company to buy the property. That could mean an even quicker timeline for homeowners looking to close a sale without going through the hassle of a formal listing, or a source of helpful data for would-be sellers who want to know how much money they’ll have to buy their next house. –read more—
CNN style Arts | Unseen Vincent van Gogh painting of Paris goes on public display for the first time
A painting of Paris by Vincent van Gogh, which has almost never been seen by the public after being stashed within a French family’s private collection for more than a century, has finally been unveiled.
“Street scene in Montmartre” was painted in the spring of 1887, three years before the Dutch master is believed to have died by suicide.
It shows Parisians walking through a rural and sparse landscape in Montmartre, a historic district which today is one of the city’s most popular destinations.
The painting is set to go on public display for the first time, before being sold at auction in Paris. It is expected to fetch between 5 million euros and 8 million euros ($6 million and $9.7 million) when it goes under the hammer in March. –read more—
CNN | Traumatized and tired, nurses are quitting due to the pandemic
Rachel Ellsworth’s nursing job became more and more stressful and despairing throughout the pandemic.
(CNN) – Nursing was more than a career to Rachel Ellsworth. She says she was “called” to the work.
For 10 of her 12 years in nursing, Ellsworth was an indefatigable intensive care nurse. The work energized her, and she felt privileged to witness some of the most important moments of people’s lives, when their worlds shifted for better or worse. Though she did all she could to save them, she also found purpose in giving her patients a “peaceful, dignified death” when it was time.
“I was the kind of person who went into work every day, like, literally, ‘Let’s go save lives,’ for 12 years” she said. “I was just so excited to be there, so full of hope and compassion.” —read more—
CNN | He had to drop out of Morgan State for financial reasons. Now he’s given $20 million to the university
(CNN) – Two years after Calvin Tyler first enrolled at Morgan State College, he had to drop out because he couldn’t afford it.
He took a job as a UPS driver, one of the first 10 in Baltimore. Now — almost 40 years later — Tyler has made the largest-ever private donation from an alumnus to the historically Black school, now Morgan State University, it announced Tuesday. —read more—