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Marianne Faithfull hospitalized in London with coronavirus
She was admitted to the hospital last Monday.
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nypost.com
Social Q's for the age of coronavirus
New York Times columnist Philip Galanes discusses social dilemmas for those wrestling with new kinds of conflicts created by the pandemic, and why he's an optimist about the current crisis
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cbsnews.com
A warning from Italy on coronavirus
Italian doctors who fought the pandemic of COVID-19 and have seen its devastating toll talk with Seth Doane about the imperative for Americans to prepare, and how time wasted has left their country, and ours, scrambling to respond.
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cbsnews.com
Amazon white-collar employees are fuming over management targeting a fired warehouse worker
Amazon fired warehouse worker Christian Smalls after he led a walkout at a Staten Island facility in late March. | Spencer Platt/Getty Images Leaked internal emails show employee dismay over how their company is handling escalating labor disputes during the coronavirus pandemic. Some Amazon corporate employees are angry and disgusted over how their company is handling escalating labor disputes at its warehouses, where facility workers say the company is not doing enough to protect them from exposure to the Covid-19 coronavirus. On internal company email lists and chat groups on Thursday and Friday that Recode viewed, Amazon white-collar workers expressed dismay over a report from Vice News that the company’s top lawyer had referred to a recently fired warehouse worker as “not smart, or articulate” and implied that executives should use that to help squelch worker unionization efforts. Amazon general counsel David Zapolsky had used that language to describe the fired warehouse worker, Christian Smalls, in notes from a meeting on Wednesday attended by top Amazon executives, including CEO Jeff Bezos. In the wake of the revelation, stunned Amazon corporate employees aired their disappointment in leadership on a listserv that includes thousands of fellow employees. Others convened in smaller virtual groups on Amazon’s workplace messaging service, Chime, after an employee moderator shut down one of the email threads. “We are in a challenging and exceptional situation — but this type of behavior doesn’t align with our [leadership principles] or the image and values we try to embody when working with customers and candidates,” one Amazon employee wrote Friday on one of the email threads viewed by Recode. “If this isn’t [a] situation where people should have backbone and insist on higher standards for our leadership then what are we even doing here.” A different employee referred to the Zapolsky situation and the fact an employee moderator shut down the discussion as “probably the most concerning event and subsequent silencing I have seen at Amazon.” And another employee expressing concern over the conversation being shut down wrote, “a worker at the bottom of our company’s hierarchy being treated like this strikes me as being exactly the kind of inclusivity and diversity issue that should be discussed openly at Amazon.” An Amazon spokesperson declined to comment on the employee conversations. The internal backlash to Zapolsky’s comments suggests growing internal schisms between a new generation of rank-and-file employees at Amazon, who are more prone to challenging the tech giant’s broader societal impact, and executive leaders, many of whom have worked alongside CEO Jeff Bezos for more than 20 years. In the past two years, lower-level corporate employees have challenged Bezos and other top leaders internally on matters like a lack of diversity at the top rungs of the company, and externally on the company’s environmental impact. Around 580 corporate employees so far have signed a letter that began circulating at the end of March to support increased safety measures and benefits for warehouse workers during the coronavirus pandemic. Several Amazon employees wondered why their company would invite more scrutiny by publicly targeting one of its front-line workers. Amazon employs more than 500,000 employees in the US alone and has added 80,000 over the past few weeks in response to the pandemic; meanwhile, many of its brick-and-mortar competitors are struggling and either furloughing or laying off employees en masse amid widespread store closures. These latest internal fractures over labor come at a pivotal time for Amazon, which has been transformed during the coronavirus pandemic from a popular retail engine of convenience to a necessary resource as millions of Americans — or at least those who can afford to — stay home to try to slow the spread of the pandemic. Even before the pandemic, Amazon had faced scrutiny from progressive politicians like Sen. Bernie Sanders as well as worker rights groups over its treatment of the hundreds of thousands of people who power its packing and shipping operations.The firing of Smalls, and the executive conversations about him, have now touched off both internal criticism and a new round of public support for its workers, whom Amazon executives have referred to as “retail heroes.” Amazon has scrambled to implement drastic changes to its business operations amid surging demand for delivery of items like soap, household supplies, and shelf-stable food. The company has banned its warehouses from storing certain nonessential items, and it has limited the sale of face masks and surgical shields to only hospitals and governments. It’s also introduced new policies for workers. Amazon was one of the first retailers to raise pay for its warehouse employees amid the crisis — boosting salaries by $2 an hour. It’s also stepped up sanitation efforts across its warehouse network, staggered break times to promote social distancing, and eliminated the face-to-face meetings between managers and groups of workers that typically kick off each new shift. Earlier this week, Amazon said it would begin checking the temperature of warehouse workers at the start of each shift and planned to distribute masks to its front-line staff that it ordered weeks ago. Yet cases of Covid-19 in more than two dozen Amazon facilities in the US have sparked fear and anger among some warehouse workers like Smalls, who say they’re risking their lives in unsafe conditions while most of Amazon’s office staff has the luxury of working from home. Smalls had worked in Amazon warehouses for more than four years before the company fired him on Monday, shortly after he led a walkout of a small group of workers at the company’s Staten Island, New York, fulfillment center. The group was protesting Amazon’s unwillingness to provide paid leave for any warehouse worker who feels unsafe working through the pandemic — Amazon requires, at a minimum, that employees have common Covid-19 symptoms or exposure to a person with a confirmed case. They are also calling the company to fully close down and deep-clean a facility if any of its employees are diagnosed with Covid-19. Amazon says whether it temporarily closes a facility is determined by factors including the last time a worker was at a facility and whether it has since been cleaned, as well as guidance from health officials and medical experts. Amazon has said Smalls repeatedly violating social distancing guidelines at the facility and was fired for returning to the warehouse despite being ordered days earlier to quarantine at home for 14 days after a coworker with whom he had been in contact tested positive for the disease. Smalls has denied violating social distancing warnings, and believes he was fired in retaliation for speaking out against working conditions and leading the walkout. In the meeting notes that leaked to the press, Zapolsky implied that Amazon should use Smalls to help quash unionization efforts in its warehouse network. “We should spend the first part of our response strongly laying out the case for why [Smalls’s] conduct was immoral, unacceptable, and arguably illegal, and only then follow with our usual talking points about worker safety,” Zapolsky wrote in the notes, according to Vice News. “Make him the most interesting part of the story, and if possible make him the face of the entire union/organizing movement.” Disputes over Amazon’s pandemic policies have spurred some activist labor groups to encourage organized walkouts, which have now taken place at three Amazon facilities in the past two weeks. Amazon has long fought unionization efforts, which have shown some signs of gaining steam over the past year. The company often cites its pay and benefits programs, which stack up well against competitors, in dismissing the need for unionization. But employee complaints have focused on a punishing pace of work at its facilities. Data from some Amazon facilities has also shown injury report rates far above industry norms, which Amazon has said is a result of the company being more aggressive than its peers in recording injuries. “At this time, unionization is likely the single biggest threat to the business model,” a former Amazon executive told Recode, referring to the company’s handling of Smalls. Amazon employees who spoke directly to Recode on Friday were dismayed by both the alleged plan to attack Smalls and what some believe were racist overtones in Zapolsky’s comments. “It’s absolutely disgusting that they would talk about a coworker like that,” one current Amazon corporate employee told Recode. “I highly doubt they would have used those words if he was a white employee.” Zapolsky, the Amazon executive, is white, while Smalls is black. Another employee told Recode, “I assume convos like that take place, but I was surprised by the obvious racial subtext and by the silencing in the company.” Amazon spokesperson Dan Perlet said in a statement that any suggestion that Zapolsky’s comments were related to race was “not accurate” and that “Mr. Zapolsky didn’t even know the race of the person at the time he made his comments.” His intent is only part of the issue, though, according to another Amazon employee who spoke on the condition of anonymity to talk candidly about internal matters. “It’s not so much what he intended, it’s how it’s interpreted,” the employee told Recode. “And that’s where there seems to be tone-deafness [and] lack of awareness about how our actions and words are viewed outside the company. The risk is if we continue down this path, we will have marched through a one-way door that we can’t go back through.” This employee was referencing a term made popular by Bezos in his 2015 annual letter to Amazon stockholders, in which he described “one-way doors” as decisions that “are consequential and irreversible or nearly irreversible” and that “must be made methodically, carefully, slowly, with great deliberation and consultation.” “If you walk through and don’t like what you see on the other side,” Bezos added, “you can’t get back to where you were before.” Recode also spoke to an employee who believed Amazon’s reason for firing Smalls and thus supported it “because he put the health and safety of my colleagues at risk.” “I know that this pandemic is a top priority for senior leadership and I am thankful for their care and attention to keep employees and customers safe,” the employee wrote in a message to Recode. “However,” he added, “I don’t like hearing the language used by the executive team to describe this employee. Leaders earn trust when they treat others respectfully.” When Vice News broke the news of Zapolsky’s comments, Amazon issued a quasi-apology attributed to Zapolsky that read, “My comments were personal and emotional. I was frustrated and upset that an Amazon employee would endanger the health and safety of other Amazonians by repeatedly returning to the premises after having been warned to quarantine himself after exposure to virus Covid-19. I let my emotions draft my words and get the better of me.” At a time when the pandemic has thrust Amazon even further into the spotlight than usual, discord is the last thing the company needs. But the internal backlash among corporate employees over the past few days is an indication of a bubbling animosity in some corners of the company. In some of the emails and group chats viewed by Recode, the rank and file discussed the possibility of airing their displeasure publicly. Some referred to Amazon’s famed leadership principles. One of them reads, in part: “Leaders have conviction and are tenacious. They do not compromise for the sake of social cohesion.”
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Economist Stephen Moore warns US could be headed toward a Great Depression
Economist Stephen Moore warned that the US is barrelling headlong toward a Great Depression if the economy isn’t revived by next month because of the damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic. “At some point soon, we’re going to have to make some real decisions about what kind of a calamity we are causing through the...
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nypost.com
What lessons can Italy teach the U.S. about the coronavirus?
Italian doctors who have fought the pandemic talk about the importance of wasting no time in preparing for the effects on hospitals of an overwhelming abundance of COVID-19 patients
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cbsnews.com
Bill Gates: Pandemic is 'nightmare scenario,' but national response can reduce casualties
Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates, who warned five years ago that the world’s greatest threat was a pandemic, believes that the current coronavirus pandemic is “a nightmare scenario,” but said social distancing and a strong national response can keep casualties lower than the projected numbers that President Trump has used.
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Elton John launches $1M coronavirus emergency fund to protect those with HIV
The singer announced the news on Saturday.
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nypost.com
Remembering the great toilet paper shortage of 1973
A joke by late-night king Johnny Carson about a shortage of toilet tissue led to panic buying as Americans emptied store shelves of the prized commodity
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The toilet paper shortage of 1973
In the early 1970s Americans had experienced gasoline shortages owing to the OPEC oil embargo. So, when Johnny Carson made a joke about a shortage of toilet paper on "The Tonight Show," rolls of toilet tissue began disappearing off store shelves as nervous consumers hoarded the prized commodity, thereby creating a genuine shortage. Mo Rocca talks with documentary filmmaker Brian Gersten and Boston University economics professor Jay Zagorsky about the real-world implications of a joke.
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New Orleans convention center official arrested after masks stolen from makeshift coronavirus hospital, police say
The public safety director at the New Orleans convention center was arrested Friday after stealing several boxes masks meant for medical workers, according to officials.
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Teletherapy: Aiding patients while social distancing
The coronavirus pandemic has meant that Mosaic, a Bronx, N.Y. non-profit mental health center, had no choice but to close its doors to in-person visits. To address the needs of its patients, Mosaic's staff of counselors and therapists took drastic measures, switching all mental health counseling to teletherapy – therapeutic sessions conducted over the phone. Susan Spencer reports on the altered dynamics of teletherapy, and how patients whose feelings of helplessness and anxiety are being compounded by a catastrophically anxious time are getting help.
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Teletherapy: Connecting therapists and clients during a time of separation
For patients of a Bronx, N.Y. mental health center whose doors have been closed by the pandemic, counseling via phone is a lifeline during a catastrophically anxious time
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Live updates: Maryland Gov. Hogan emerges as key GOP voice on pandemic; DMV marks highest one-day jump in fatalities
See the latest coronavirus news and developments Sunday in the Washington, D.C., region.
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washingtonpost.com
Michael Goodwin: Coronavirus blame game – skip it and focus on getting US through this crisis
With the body count soaring and the economy collapsing, finger-pointing is in full bloom.
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foxnews.com
"Victory Gardens" for the war against COVID-19
Facing a pandemic, more and more home gardeners are planting their own food, providing not just a safe source of nutrition in unsettled times, but also escape
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cbsnews.com
“Victory Gardens” for the pandemic
With spring in the air, people are looking to plant gardens. But the coronavirus pandemic and the challenging times facing those in lockdown have brought to mind among some green thumbs the victory gardens of World War II. Tracy Smith reports on how nurseries are now selling out, not of flower bulbs, but of vegetables, and how online tutorials about growing your own food are sprouting up everywhere.
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cbsnews.com
Massachusetts shoppers tackle man after allegedly coughing, spitting on produce amid coronavirus outbreak
A group of Massachusetts shoppers tackled a man and pinned him to the ground until police arrived after reportedly catching him intentionally coughing and spitting on groceries amid the coronavirus pandemic. 
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foxnews.com
The outlook for record unemployment numbers
CBS News business analyst Jill Schlesinger talks with Harvard professor Kenneth Rogoff for a historical perspective of this week’s 6.6 million new jobless figures.
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cbsnews.com
White House: Americans should avoid grocery shopping as coronavirus hits apex
The White House coronavirus task force is now warning against even going out to buy groceries or medication as the pandemic is expected to hit a deadly apex in the coming two weeks. “The next two weeks are extraordinarily important,” White House coronavirus response coordinator Deborah Birx warned at a press conference late Saturday. “This...
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nypost.com
Understanding the record jobless numbers
CBS News business analyst Jill Schlesinger on this week's 6.6 million newly unemployed, the latest dour financial news during the coronavirus pandemic
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Can You Pass The Smell Test? U.S. Military Base in South Korea Tests Visitors for COVID-19 With Apple Vinegar Screening
Apple vinegar is being used to sniff out people who might be carrying the novel coronavirus. New evidence suggests anosmia is a common symptom of the disease.
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newsweek.com
Liverpool owners under fire for using tax payer money to furlough staff
Liverpool's wealthy owners have come under fire from former star players for their decision to furlough some non-playing staff during the coronavirus pandemic.
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edition.cnn.com
Adam Schiff Denounces Trump's Firing of Inspector General: 'Gutting the Independence of the Intelligence Community'
"He's decapitating the leadership of the intelligence community in the middle of a national crisis," Schiff argued. "It's unconscionable."
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newsweek.com
Virginia House Speaker breaks ranks with her predecessors
When a bill banning assault weapons died in the Virginia Senate in February, it looked as though several gun- control bills promised by Democrats were suddenly in jeopardy. Rookie House Speaker Eileen �Filler-Corn (D-Fairfax) went to work to save them.
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washingtonpost.com
Virginia man surprises shoppers by paying for groceries
Michael S. Megonigal and his daughter, Marley, wanted to help people who lost their jobs as the covid-19 pandemic spread, perhaps by buying someone some food, but the two weren’t sure about how to do it.
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washingtonpost.com
Baltimore native’s encounter with a bison goes viral
Deion Broxton says he grew up in an area with a fair share of rodents. This week it was a mammal of a different size that brought him national exposure.
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washingtonpost.com
Yankees mailbag: Aaron Judge’s future, injury status discussed
You ask, we answer. The Post is fielding questions from readers about New York’s biggest pro sports teams and getting our beat writers to answer them in a series of regularly published mailbags. In today’s installment: the Yankees. If baseball comes back this year, why wouldn’t the Yankees shut Aaron Judge down for 2020 and...
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nypost.com
Solution to Evan Birnholz’s April 5 Post Magazine crossword, “Continuing Education”
Class is running a bit long today.
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L.A. has a coronavirus eviction ban, but landlords are finding ways to demand rent
Landlords in Los Angeles are pushing tenants to agree to repayment plans far more onerous than what's required under new laws passed to prevent evictions.
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latimes.com
School from home is the new coronavirus reality. What will the next three months look like?
School from home is the new coronavirus reality. How are students and teachers doing?
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latimes.com
How Multigenerational Families Manage 'Social Distancing' Under One Roof
There can be emotional and financial strength in a close, multigenerational family, those who live with kids and grandparents say. Now they're finding ways to keep members safe and sane in a pandemic.
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npr.org
Christen Limbaugh Bloom: 7 ways to develop the attribute you really need in quarantine
In order to truly desire God’s wisdom, we have to first realize that there are two different types of wisdom. One comes from God, and the other is motivated by our own selfish desires.
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foxnews.com
The Sunday Read: The Battle Over the Sea-Monkey Fortune
A story as crazy as it sounds.
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nytimes.com
Jerusalem’s Palm Sunday march scaled back due to coronavirus
Thousands of pilgrims usually participate in the march.
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politico.com
TV writer says doctors have ‘no doubt’ he had coronavirus despite negative tests
A British TV writer says his doctors have “no doubt” that he had coronavirus despite two tests coming back negative, according to a report. Dominic Minghella — who created the UK show “Doc Martin — wrote in a blog post for Deadline that although none of his tests were positive, all of his symptoms were...
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nypost.com
Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday mass in an empty church
During a Palm Sunday mass held in a deserted church, Pope Francis told young people not to be afraid to put their lives on the line for others during the coronavirus pandemic.
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edition.cnn.com
Closed on Easter: Grocery stores including Trader Joe's, BJ's Wholesale Club will be closed because of COVID-19
What stores will be closed Easter 2020? Trader Joe's, BJ's Wholesale Club, and others will close because of coronavirus to give employees a day off.      
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usatoday.com
Dana White named in sex-tape lawsuit, calls case '(expletive)'
UFC president Dana White has been named in a lawsuit in which he's identified as the alleged prominent Las Vegas businessman victimized in a $200,000 sex-tape extortion.       
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Oil for less than $10 a barrel is on the horizon. Will OPEC blink first?
OPEC has portrayed itself as a source of stability in a chaotic world.
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The coronavirus pandemic may be influencing our dreams
The main function of dreams is to process emotions, which for many people are heightened during the pandemic.       
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Chinese rights lawyer reportedly released after 4 years in prison
BEIJING — Wang Quanzhang, a well-known Chinese rights lawyer, was released from prison Sunday after being held for more than four years, his wife said. It was unclear whether he would be allowed to return to Beijing, where he practiced and lived with his wife and young son. Police took him to his house in...
nypost.com
Trump's popularity bump may have already plateaued ahead of schedule
Poll of the week: A new AP-NORC poll finds that President Donald Trump's approval rating stands at 44%, while disapproval rating comes in at 56% among registered voters.
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Donald Trump's supreme challenge
In the absence of a powerful government, human life is "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short," wrote British philosopher Thomas Hobbes 369 years ago. That dire picture seemed especially apt this week.
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For Browns' Denzel Ward, helping less fortunate during coronavirus pandemic is personal
Denzel Ward will provide relief for 21 service workers and small business owners who have lost livelihoods during coronavirus crisis.        
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Coping with extreme Easter disruption: Chief religion correspondent Lauren Green
Fox News chief religion correspondent Lauren Green observed that while the coronavirus pandemic will prove "extremely disruptive," for many of the Christian faithful celebrating Easter, theologians stress that solitary worship may have its own spiritual benefits.
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Biden says call with Trump over coronavirus response hasn't happened
Former Vice President Joe Biden said a suggested call between himself and President Donald Trump about the novel coronavirus response hasn’t happened.
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