Red Sox for sale? John Henry mulls taking Yankees’ rival public

This could be a game-changer in the American League East.

The Wall Street Journal reports John Henry “is in talks to join with an investment vehicle for an $8 billion deal that would take his famed sports holdings public, according to people familiar with the matter.”

The deal being discussed would merge Fenway Sports Group LLC, which also owns English soccer team Liverpool Football Club, with RedBall Acquisition Corp., the people said. RedBall is a so-called special purpose acquisition company launched by private-equity firm RedBird Capital Partners and Oakland Athletics executive Billy Beane.

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According to the Journal, RedBall is looking “to purchase a stake that will total less than 25% in Fenway Sports Group. … The talks are in the early innings and could still fall apart. Fenway’s investors had a meeting

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Mason Road Junior Public School to reopen Tuesday following COVID-19 outbreak

Mason Road Junior Public School will reopen on Tuesday, a week after it was shut down over an outbreak of COVID-19.

The Toronto District School Board announced Sunday that the school is able to reopen as Toronto Public Health has finished its investigation.

More than 170 students and staff at the Scarborough elementary school were ordered to stay home and isolate last week while the school shut its doors after four positive cases of COVID-19 were confirmed by the school board, including one student and three staff.

TDSB spokesman Ryan Bird said Mason Road school was ordered to close so Toronto Public Health could investigate.

The outbreak was declared right after the city’s first outbreak of COVID-19 at Glen Park Public School more than a week ago.

Two other schools in Ontario, Monsignor Paul Baxter elementary school in Ottawa and Fellowes High School in Pembroke, closed after confirmed outbreaks.


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Ontario reports 653 COVID-19 cases as new public health measures take effect

Ontario is reporting 653 cases of COVID-19 today and 41 deaths related to the coronavirus, but Health Minister Christine Elliott says an ongoing data review at Toronto Public Health is at least partly responsible for the spike.

Elliott says some cases and deaths that occurred in the spring or summer are only being reported today.

The same thing happened on Friday, when Ontario reported an all-time high of 732 new cases along with 76 deaths.

There are now 53,633 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario, including 2,968 deaths and 45,285 resolved cases.

The province was able to complete 46,254 tests in the previous 24 hours, but nearly twice that number — 91,322 — are still listed as “under investigation.”

Meanwhile, new public health restrictions kick in today in three of Ontario’s COVID-19 hot spots.

The provincial government announced Friday that Ottawa, Toronto and Peel Region would face tighter regulations as

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Half of elementary students at Peel public board opted for online learning

Nearly half of students at public elementary schools in a COVID-19 hot spot west of Toronto are learning online, according to data provided by the school board.

Upwards of 54,600 elementary students have opted for remote learning this year at the Peel District School Board, while roughly 57,300 have returned to the classroom — a split far higher than the roughly one-third of elementary students learning from home at neighbouring boards.

The Peel board saw a sharp increase in students opting for remote learning over the course of the last month, according to numbers it shared. In late August, just 35,800 students had registered for online learning, compared to 78,300 who indicated a preference for in-class lessons.

The Catholic school board in the region — the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board — said about 14,150 elementary students are learning online, compared to 32,400 who have returned to the classroom, meaning

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Public funding for political parties makes sense

Doug Ford resurrected unseemly political fundraising. Let’s hope COVID-19 kills it for good, Cohn, Sept. 23

Star columnist Martin Regg Cohn has outlined a very real problem with the funding model for our political parties. His statement that “public funding is an idea whose time has come” should be a rallying cry for improving our democracy and a path to avoiding the dark money that so distorts the U.S. elections.

However, simply keeping the “per vote” public subsidy should not be the goal.

An analogy for this would be where the strongest team in the NHL is awarded the top draft pick. Essentially that is what the “per vote” subsidy accomplishes: more money and thus more influence to the strongest parties. Rather, we need a model where the ideas and platform of the less popular parties are given equal opportunity to reach the voting public: funding should not only be

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Public health officials concerned about potential COVID exposure among evacuated residents of 2 nursing homes

Residents at two east Santa Rosa nursing homes that for months have successfully kept their patients free of COVID-19 were forced to evacuate their residents, sending them to evacuation centers, family homes and other facilities during the Glass fire earlier this week.

The emergency evacuations of those most vulnerable to the coronavirus pandemic is raising concerns among health officials of potential exposure to the virus in the community.

Spring Lake Village on Montgomery Drive and Summerfield Healthcare Center on Summerfield Road were both evacuated the night of the fire, their residents sent to several locations, including other nursing facilities, family homes and evacuation centers.

“It is very worrisome that people who had no contact to COVID had to potentially go to situations where they could be exposed to COVID, especially that vulnerable population that we’re trying to really keep safe,” said Dr. Sundari Mase, Sonoma County’s health officer.

Mase said

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the shocking film on the privatization of American public lands

a small boat in a body of water: Photograph: Prisma by Dukas Presseagentur GmbH/Alamy Stock Photo

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Photograph: Prisma by Dukas Presseagentur GmbH/Alamy Stock Photo

Towards the middle of the new film Public Trust, about the continued push by zealous conservatives to privatize ownership of the United States’ federally-managed public lands, the stakes are laid bare: “If you don’t get engaged, you lose,” says Land Tawney, president and CEO of the nonprofit Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. “When you get complacent, things are done to you.”

Tawney is speaking of the 640m acres that are owned by the country’s citizenry. Few things in politics are as quintessentially American as the country’s vast system of public lands. No other nation on earth has this much property that belongs to its people and is intended to be management by the government for the benefit and uplift of all. Yet selling off those lands is still listed as a goal in the Republican party platform, and

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Public infrastructure, private property are at great risk

The economic impact of climate risk is frightening, and Florida is the canary in the coal mine. Climate risk has struck the state sooner and harder because of the one-two punch of geography and economy. Physical damages to Florida real estate will accelerate with the changing climate, and its subsequent financial impact could be even greater on the state’s economy.

Florida’s real-estate losses during storm surge from a 100‑year hurricane event would be $35 billion today. They are forecast to be $50 billion by 2050, according to a recent analysis conducted by KatRisk.

The First Street Foundation concluded that the devaluation of exposed homes could range from $10 billion to $30 billion in 2030 and $30 billion to $80 billion in 2050. Devaluation could be greater if climate hazards affect public infrastructure assets such as water, sewage and transportation systems, or if homeowners factor climate risk into their buying decisions.

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