Stevie Nicks isn’t willing to give up her career

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Stevie Nicks says not being able to sing and perform would “kill” her.

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The 72-year-old Fleetwood Mac frontwoman had double pneumonia last year, and the ‘Dreams’ hitmaker worries that if she ever contracted COVID-19, she might lose her voice and not be able to perform again, and she’s “not willing to give up” her career.

In an interview with Britain’s The Guardian newspaper, Nicks said of her late mother Barbara Nicks, who died in 2012 following a battle with pneumonia, that: “My mom was on a ventilator for three weeks when she had open-heart surgery and she was hoarse for the rest of her life.”

Asked how she would feel if she could no longer take to the stage and sing, she said: “It would kill me. It isn’t just singing; it’s that I would never perform again, that I would never dance across the stages of the world again

“I’m not, at 72 years old, willing to give up my career.”

The spiritual singer might fear her career ending, but when it comes to the end of life, Nicks isn’t afraid of dying.

She insisted that “some people are really afraid of dying, but I’m not.”

The ‘Go Your Own Way’ singer went on to recall a visit she had from her late parent in her kitchen when she was suffering from

“really bad acid reflux”.

She continued: “I’ve always believed in spiritual forces. I absolutely know that my mom is around all the time.

And I felt something almost tap my shoulder and this voice go: ‘It’s that Gatorade you’re drinking.’

“I’d been sick and chugging down the Hawaiian Punch. Now, that’s not some romantic, gothic story of your mother coming back to you. It’s your real mother, walking into your kitchen and


A major Japanese bank will let employees work 3-day weeks after the pandemic to give them more time for childcare and education

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  • Japanese lender Mizuho Financial Group is planning to let staff work a shorter week after the COVID-19 pandemic, giving them more time for childcare or education, Bloomberg reported. 
  • Workers who work three days a week will keep 60% of their salary, while employees who work four days will retain 80%, a spokeswoman told Bloomberg. 
  • The lender is in talks with labor unions, and the measure could be introduced as soon as December. 
  • The scheme could be open to 45,000 staff.
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A major Japanese bank plans to offer employees three- or four-day working weeks after the COVID-19 pandemic passes, giving staff more time for childcare, nursing, or education, Bloomberg reported Wednesday. 


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Staff at Mizuho Financial Group who work three days a week will receive 60% of their salary, and those who work four days will keep 80%, the report said.

A company spokeswoman told Bloomberg the measures would give employees greater choice over how they approach their work.

The bank, currently the country’s third largest lender, is discussing the new rules with labor unions, and they could be introduced as early as December, a spokeswoman told Bloomberg. 

The lender, which provides a variety of financial services including securities brokerage, general banking, and asset management, said the program may be open to around 45,000 employees. 

The bank is estimated to have just under 60,000 employees. 

The plan comes at a time when the lender is looking to trim its office space both in London and New York, in anticipation of workers not returning to the workplace once the pandemic passes.

Hiroshi Nagamine, senior managing executive officer at the group, said in a September interview with Bloomberg that employees won’t need to return to the office every day after the


Don’t Give Gov. Newsom the Education Prize

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom


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Your editorial “Hope for California’s Schools” (Oct. 2) gives Gov. Gavin Newsom too much credit. I fully suspect that he doesn’t want to sign anything that would be a cautionary, if not frightening, example of what will happen on a national level after the November elections if both the executive and legislative branches are controlled by the Democrats. I seriously doubt that the Legislature is reticent about the wording of the bill after Gov. Newsom’s veto message. I fully expect that postelection, no matter who wins, this issue will rise again, an equally egregious bill will pass and, absent an immediate threat of a negative election reaction, the governor will sign it.

Christopher Reid


California schools could well better educate and prepare their students for adult life if they abandoned their push for “ethnic studies” and introduced a mandatory course in personal finance covering such topics as managing credit, investing in fixed-income and equity instruments, managed funds and index funds, mortgages, insurance concepts, retirement accounts, income-tax matters and a host of other topics they will have to deal with as adults. This becomes even more important as Social Security becomes ever more shaky and defined-benefit pension plans fade away.

John F. Quilter

Eugene, Ore.

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Arizona voters give Ducey low marks for job performance in Suffolk University/USA TODAY poll

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A new poll has found just one in three Arizona voters approves of the job Republican Gov. Doug Ducey is doing — perhaps a predictable outcome in a year where progressive and conservative groups alike have mounted recall efforts against him. 

Doug Ducey wearing a suit and tie sitting in a box: Governor Doug Ducey speaks during a press conference regarding innovative COVID-19 solutions on Sept. 24, 2020, at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus in Phoenix.

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Governor Doug Ducey speaks during a press conference regarding innovative COVID-19 solutions on Sept. 24, 2020, at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus in Phoenix.

About 35% of respondents in the Suffolk University/USA TODAY Network poll of 500 likely voters viewed his performance positively, while 42% rated it unfavorably. Just over 22% of participants said they were undecided or too unfamiliar with Ducey to say.


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Those low approval ratings largely held when results were broken down by age, race and geography. But there was a clear partisan divide when pollsters examined ratings by affiliation, despite the heat the governor has taken from both parties during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Roughly 65% of Republican respondents approved of Ducey’s management of the state, compared to 7% of Democrats and 35% of unaffiliated voters.

“Honestly, that was a really tough one for me to answer, because up until the pandemic, my impressions of him were very favorable — I thought he’d done extremely well for the state and was very happy with that,” said Dominique Tuilefano, a 51-year-old Phoenix resident who said she traded in her GOP affiliation to become an independent this year.

“For me, the way he handled coronavirus — succumbing to pressure from Trump and reopening prematurely — took all of those wins away. It absolutely changed my opinion of him. I feel like I don’t even know who he is.”

Ducey’s decisions in pivotal moments shaped answers for some



The SEC’s two major matchups give us the weekend we’ve been waiting for in college football

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This is the weekend you’ve been waiting for in college football.

We’re slowly getting to a point where all Power 5 football is going to be played, and we’ll be back to something resembling a normal college football schedule in a world that has been anything but.

Saturday’s two biggest matchups — Texas A&M at Alabama and Auburn at Georgia — will definitely hit those normal vibes for college football fans. The noon ET games will serve as your appetizer for the gourmet servings of top-10 SEC football in the afternoon and evening.

The Crimson Tide bring back running back Najee Harris and wide receivers Jaylen Waddle and DeVonta Smith. Bama also has an experienced offensive line, with four starters back from 2019, and a defense stacked with players who will likely end up playing on Sundays.

The Aggies are ranked No. 13 but didn’t look the part last weekend in a 17-12 victory over Vanderbilt. Kellen Mond was expected to be one of the better quarterbacks in the SEC but had an average game. If you’re an A&M fan, you had better hope he was just knocking off some rust. Otherwise, it could be a long afternoon in Tuscaloosa.

Alabama’s Nick Saban, right, and Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher face off in a matchup between two top-15 teams. Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

In the evening, the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry gives us seventh-ranked Auburn visiting No. 4 Georgia. The two are meeting as top-10 teams for the sixth time in the rivalry’s history, with Georgia having won the most recent — the 2017 SEC championship game.

The Bulldogs come into this game not knowing exactly who