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Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai donates ventilators to New York amid coronavirus pandemic
Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai is the latest to pitch in amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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Italy starts to look ahead to ‘phase two’ as COVID-19 death toll slows
MILAN – Italy reported its lowest daily COVID-19 death toll for more than two weeks on Sunday as authorities began to look ahead to a second phase of the battle against the new coronavirus once the lockdown imposed almost a month ago is eventually eased. The toll from the world’s deadliest outbreak reached 15,887, almost...
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Bride, groom demand that guests pay for rebooking fees after canceling wedding over coronavirus, brother says
Guests typically don’t pay for the wedding.
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NFL Draft 2020: Ranking the top 10 defensive linemen
The Post’s Ryan Dunleavy gives his top 10 defensive linemen in the 2020 NFL Draft: 1. Derrick Brown, Auburn, 6-5, 326 Rare combination of size, strength and athleticism. More than just a run-stopper. Bearing down in the face of fearful QBs. 2. Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina, 6-5, 324 Played up to competition and down to...
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Trump has nominated one of his lawyers to oversee coronavirus relief funds
President Donald Trump arrives at a White House coronavirus press briefing on April 3. | Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post/Getty Images White House lawyer Brian Miller has been selected for oversight of a $500 billion bailout fund. On Friday evening, President Donald Trump announced that he had picked White House lawyer Brian Miller to oversee how billions of dollars in coronavirus-related relief money is spent. Though Miller has a long history of serving as an agency watchdog and was celebrated as Trump’s pick by some transparency experts, Democrats have pushed back on the decision. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others said over the weekend that Miller’s current work within the administration means he will be insufficiently neutral as special inspector general over a $500 billion corporate bailout fund, part of a $2 trillion stimulus package passed by Congress to offset some of the economic damage caused by the spread of Covid-19. In negotiations for the third coronavirus relief package, passed on March 25, Democrats pushed for transparency measures over the half-trillion-dollar fund, which was set aside for large industries. The final bill created the office of a Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery (SIGPR) within the Treasury Department to audit and investigate usage of that fund. Miller is currently a special assistant to the president and serves as senior associate counsel in the Office of White House Counsel, so he was involved in the president’s defense during his impeachment trial. For that reason, Democrats have criticized the pick, saying Miller is not sufficiently neutral. “This oversight position, which will be responsible for overseeing hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars, requires complete independence from the president and any other interested party to assure the American people that all decisions are made without fear or favor,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement Saturday. “To nominate a member of the president’s own staff is exactly the wrong type of person to choose for this position.” Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut likened the pick to putting the “fox in charge of the henhouse.” Prior to working for the Trump administration, however, Miller worked as an inspector general for the General Services Administration, which operates federal properties, from 2005 until 2014. In that position, he investigated scandals within both the Obama and second Bush administrations. “He was a very serious IG at GSA,” an expert on inspectors general, Danielle Brian of the Project on Government Oversight, told the Washington Post, using an acronym for the position. “The best specific example is he went toe to toe with the GSA administrator and was largely responsible for [George W.] Bush firing GSA Administrator Lurita Doan. He wasn’t afraid of taking direct action.” Doan was a GSA administrator who resigned from office in 2008 after being accused of using her office to help Republicans. Miller also investigated allegations that GSA officials had spent thousands of dollars partying in Las Vegas in 2010. “He is a quality pick. You couldn’t do better. He combines loyalty to the administration with the independence you need in an IG,” agreed Keith Ashdown, former staff director for the Senate Homeland Security Committee, which has oversight over inspectors general, according to the same Post article. Not all transparency advocates lauded the choice, however. Noah Bookbinder, who serves as the executive director for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, an advocacy group for ethics, criticized Miller’s nomination on Twitter. The same night, he nominated a White House lawyer to be special inspector general for the stimulus program--an important oversight position that should be going to an independent expert, not a loyalist. 3/7https://t.co/tlTnYzeQwb— Noah Bookbinder (@NoahBookbinder) April 4, 2020 Miller must still be approved by the Senate, at which point he would also sit on a council of watchdogs from other agencies, forming a broader oversight group. It is unclear when that confirmation would take place, however, because the Senate is out of session until at least late April.
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Holland America cruise passenger raises red flags about disembarking process in Florida during coronavirus
A New Jersey man who was aboard the Rotterdam cruise ship with his wife told “Fox & Friends Weekend” on Sunday that the day they got off the ship “turned out to be the most difficult of all.”
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Doc at Brooklyn hospital where body bags line hallway: ‘Patients dying every moment’
A doctor at a Brooklyn hospital where body bags were seen lining the hallway described “catastrophic” conditions at the facility, saying he’s seeing coronavirus patients die daily and is terrified of infecting his family. The pandemic hit home even harder for Dr. Tarik Naser, an attending physician at Wyckoff Medical Center, last week when his...
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Woman flying to see her dying mother is plane's sole passenger, gets first-class treatment
Sheryl Pardo was forced to fly to Boston during the coronavirus to visit her dying mom. The sole passenger, the flight turned into something positive.       
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City teacher whose family fought for potential lifesaving therapy dies from coronavirus
City schoolteacher David Behrbom, whose family was battling red tape to get him pioneering therapy in his battle against COVID-19, died Sunday — just hours before a potential key breakthrough, his kin said. Behrbom, a 47-year-old teacher at PS 55 in the Bronx, was expected to finally get donated plasma late Sunday for last-ditch convalescent...
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Canadian actress and activist Shirley Douglas dies at age 86
Shirley Douglas, the impassioned Canadian activist and veteran actress who was mother to actor Kiefer Sutherland and daughter of medicare founder Tommy Douglas, has died at age 86
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Fran Drescher Calls 'The Nanny' Cast's Virtual Table Read Reunion a 'Gift' to Fans
Drescher teased the sitcom's April 6 read-through in a new interview with 'Entertainment Weekly.'
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UK PM Boris Johnson admitted to hospital for tests
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to the hospital for tests, Downing Street said Sunday.
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Boris Johnson Hospitalized For Testing After Coronavirus Diagnosis
The prime minister tested positive for the coronavirus on March 27. He was admitted to a hospital Sunday as a "precautionary step," his office said.
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From the 60 Minutes archives: Survivors of Josef Mengele’s twin experiments
In 1992, Lesley Stahl reported on the Nazi officer’s brutal experiments at Auschwitz. This week, she re-interviews one of his victims in an innovative new way.
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Texas to hire Mississippi State women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer
Vic Schaefer's successful eight-year tenure as Mississippi State's women's basketball coach came to a sudden end Sunday.       
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Earthquake: 3.5 quake near Palm Springs
A magnitude-3.5 earthquake was reported at 2:07 p.m. Sunday about eight miles from Palm Springs.
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'Hardest, saddest' days ahead in coronavirus outbreak, surgeon general warns
Week ahead will be worst yet for coronavirus deaths, Surgeon General Jerome Adams warns. Outbreak not under control, task force's Fauci says.
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Sarah Ferguson responds to Queen Elizabeth's coronavirus address
Sarah Ferguson has offered praise to Queen Elizabeth following her address to the UK regarding the coronavirus outbreak.
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Family takes Easter Bunny through neighborhoods to spread hope
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Many turn to small grocery stores to avoid crowds
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Canceled vacation leads to virtual cruise from home
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City to issue notice after crowd inside Chipotle
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Couple celebrates scheduled wedding day with parade
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Ex florist gives away palm leaves for Palm Sunday
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Authorities begin screening travelers at state line
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Neighborhood comes together to save baby bald eagle
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What to watch for during night two of WWE's first spectator-free WrestleMania
Wrestlemania 36, which underwent changes due to the coronavirus pandemic, comes to an end Sunday night. Here's how to watch.
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Michelle Money asks for prayers amid daughter Brielle’s hospitalization
Money posted the video Sunday on Instagram.
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PM Update: Isolated showers tonight; lovely spring weather for Monday
A few showers will threaten to dampen the evening hours.
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Javon Kinlaw’s journey from homelessness to coveted NFL Draft prospect
Javon Kinlaw looked around at the NFL Scouting Combine in February and reflected. “With the position I was put in, I shouldn’t even be here right now,” Kinlaw said. “I take it serious. I never take it for granted being here. I’m soaking it all in. Looking around. I can’t believe I’m really here because...
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Special Passover delivery for homebound Brooklyn Holocaust survivors
Even the coronavirus can’t stop Passover in Brooklyn. Uber and the nonprofit Met Council are joining forces to deliver 500 Passover meals to homebound Holocaust survivors who will be isolated at home during the upcoming Jewish holiday, the groups told The Post on Sunday. “It’s a tragedy that these elderly survivors will be all alone...
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Start your Monday smart: OPEC, primaries, Holy Week, Passover, supermoon, Quibi, ISS
Coronavirus ... Holy Week ... Passover ... primaries ... OPEC ... supermoon ... ISS ... Quibi ... Here's what the next six days will bring.
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Phoenix nonprofit holds coronavirus drive-thru Easter basket distribution
Instead of a big gathering, a Phoenix nonprofit conducted a coronavirus drive-thru event to distribute Easter baskets to families in need.
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Bronx councilman wants to ban paper bag fee over coronavirus fears
A Bronx pol plans to introduce legislation to temporarily eliminate the city’s new 5-cent paper-bag fee — because he believes reusable bags are a breeding grounds for germs amid the coronavirus pandemic. Councilman Mark Gjonaj (D-Bronx) told The Post his bill would suspend the controversial 5-cent fee through the end of 2022. Mayor Bill de...
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Mets might be MLB’s biggest loser in the coronavirus era
There are 30 losers. Some lose less, some lose a lot more when it comes to major league teams during the coronavirus pandemic. The Orioles lose less. They were going to have trouble drawing spectators this year. They get to run time off the horrible contracts of Alex Cobb and, especially, Chris Davis without paying...
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U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson Hospitalized Over 'Persistent' Coronavirus Symptoms 'On Advice of His Doctor'
"The Prime Minister has tonight been admitted to hospital for tests," a spokesperson from 10 Downing Street said.
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Queen Elizabeth II draws praise online following coronavirus address
Queen Elizabeth II has addressed the UK for only the fourth time in her nearly-seven decades as monarch, and her subjects seem to be pleased.
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hospitalized with COVID-19
Boris Johnson had been quarantined in his Downing Street residence since being diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 26.
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Delta extending SkyMiles benefits as coronavirus forces drastic reduction in flights
As part of its customer service changes related to the coronavirus pandemic, Delta Air Lines is automatically extending some of its SkyMiles benefits.       
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UK Prime Minister admitted to hospital for coronavirus tests
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Queen Elizabeth's coronavirus pandemic address offers 'a rational, inspirational message,' expert says
Queen Elizabeth II’s televised broadcast on Sunday night addressing the devastating coronavirus pandemic is exactly the message the people of the United Kingdom needed to hear now more than ever, one expert noted.
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Delta extends mileage plan benefits for customers unable to fly because of coronavirus
Delta is extending benefits for mileage plan members unable to travel because of the coronavirus outbreak.
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Report: Pentagon Knew Of Possible Coronavirus Threat for Years
An internal report from 2017 warned that a novel respiratory illness was the "most likely and significant threat" in a pandemic and noted likely shortages of masks, beds and ventilators.
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Bronx Zoo tiger tests positive for coronavirus
The coronavirus is infecting New Yorkers of all stripes. A tiger at the Bronx Zoo has tested positive for the deadly bug, the Wildlife Conservation Society announced Sunday. “Nadia, a 4-year-old female Malayan tiger at the Bronx Zoo, has tested positive for COVID-19. She, her sister Azul, two Amur tigers, and three African lions had...
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Even Gov. Cuomo’s dog is losing it under coronavirus isolation
Even Gov. Andrew Cuomo — and his dog Captain — have the coronavirus isolation blues, the pol said Sunday. “There’s no medical definition for cabin fever, but I believe it exists,” said Cuomo in his now-daily Albany press briefing. “The dog is also experiencing cabin fever,” he said in reference to his shepherd-Siberian-malamute mix. “The...
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Atlantic City casinos losing $540M a month due to coronavirus pandemic
The coronavirus could break the house for Atlantic City’s casinos, industry experts and officials say. The gambling mecca on the Jersey Shore is now virtually a wasteland that is losing $540 million a month while its casinos remain locked down amid the deadly pandemic, according to the American Gaming Association Meanwhile, more than 26,000 workers...
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Queen Mary ocean liner may be used as hospital ship as coronavirus cases surge
The Queen Mary ocean liner may be brought out of retirement after over half a century to help California fight the coronavirus outbreak as America’s latest floating hospital ship. While few details were given, city officials said they are in talks to convert the ship into a medical facility in anticipation of a surge in COVID-19 patients that could overwhelm...
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Report: The Trump administration didn’t order ventilators or masks until mid-March
President Trump’s administration didn’t order life-saving medical equipment until mid-March, new reports show. | Win McNamee/Getty Images The federal government’s delayed response to the coronavirus pandemic included failing to order life-saving medical equipment in time for hospitals to use it. In recent weeks, President DonaldTrump has moved from dismissing the threat posed to Americans by the coronavirus to styling himself as a “wartime president.” But until mid-March, new reports reveal, he was planning to send the army into battle with only a fraction of the weapons and armor they’d need. On Sunday, the Associated Press reported that the government largely failed to place bulk orders of N95 respirator masks, ventilators, and other medical equipment vital to those treating coronavirus patients until mid-March, according to federal purchasing contracts. The Washington Post reported that the Trump administration received its first briefing about the outbreak in China on January 3. On March 12, the day before Trump finally declared a national emergency due to the pandemic, the Department of Health and Human Services placed its first bulk order with 3M for $4.8 million worth of N95 masks. Nine days later, when there were over 30,000 confirmed cases in the country, it placed a larger second order for $173 million. Those masks would be added to the national stockpile, which was created in 1999 in anticipation of potential effects from the Y2K computer bug and expanded following 9/11. But, the AP reported, the mid-March contracts signed by the federal government and 3M don’t require the company to begin delivering the masks until the end of April — after the White House’s forecasts predict the pandemic will have peaked: “We basically wasted two months,” Kathleen Sebelius, health and human services secretary during the Obama administration, told AP. By March 31, according to the Trump administration, more than 11.6 million masks from the stockpile had been distributed to state and local governments. That represents about 90 percent of the stockpile at the start of 2020. According to HHS official Dr. Robert Kadlec’s congressional testimony in March, the US would need about 3.5 billion masks to get through the pandemic. The stockpile also contains ventilators, a machine that helps patients in serious condition breathe. At the beginning of March, the stockpile had 16,660 ventilators, some of which were nearly 20 years old, with 2,425 out for maintenance. On March 31, the White House said it had already distributed half of them. The federal failure to order equipment until it was far too late to mitigate much of the damage is consistent with the denial and dysfunction that has plagued the administration’s response. And it has left other leaders scrambling to fill gaps, rather than coordinating to get aid to the parts of the country that need it the most. States are scrambling to pick up the Trump administration’s slack To understand the holes the federal government’s response has left for states to attempt to fill, look at what’s happening with ventilators. On March 27, Trump pledged to ensure 100,000 ventilators would be available “within 100 days,” saying he’d use the Defense Production Act to order companies to step up production. That means they’d be available in late June, when experts project the virus will be past its peak in the US. And it’s unclear that it will happen; on April 2, FEMA officials said in a House Oversight and Reform Committee briefing that 100,000 ventilators would be available in late June “at the earliest.” That delay has created dire situations in places like the state of New York, which has become an early epicenter of the outbreak, with more than 4,100 deaths and 122,000 confirmed coronavirus cases as of April 5. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on April 3 that he anticipated his state alone needing up to 40,000 ventilators for coronavirus patients. FEMA has sent about 4,000 to the state, according to the New York Times. But Cuomo has said he’s essentially stopped assuming that the federal government will be able to help by distributing ventilators to New York from the stockpile. “I know that the ventilator ability is just a problem for everyone — you have 50 states competing for it, you have the federal government trying to buy it,” he said on April 2. “Our attitude here is we’re on our own.” Because the White House’s strategy for distributing medical equipment and personal protective equipment, such as masks, gowns, and gloves, has been so varied, states have been pitted against one another as they bid for equipment on the open market — or they’ve been forced to take extraordinary measures to obtain equipment for hospitals in their states. On April 4, Cuomo announced that the Chinese government was sending 1,000 ventilators to New York. Shortly after, he tweeted that Oregon Gov. Kate Brown was sending 140 more. AndMassachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker worked with Patriots owner Robert Kraft, the Chinese UN ambassador, and Chinese officials to ship 1.2 million masks to the state on the Patriots’ team plane. Baker said in a press conference on April 2 that Massachusetts had previously ordered 3 million masks that were seized by the federal government, so in order to “keep the Feds from finding out” about the masks and seizing them, he had to classify the trip as a “private humanitarian mission.” Gregory F. Treverton, former chair of the National Intelligence Council, said in an April 4 Washington Post article detailing the extent of the federal dysfunction that “this has been a real blow to the sense that America was competent. That was part of our global role. Traditional friends and allies looked to us because they thought we could be competently called upon to work with them in a crisis. This has been the opposite of that.”
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