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Grassley demands 'explanation' for firing of intel community watchdog
Also on Saturday, Thomas Monheim was tapped to be acting inspector general.
The Post ranks the best 18 golf holes on public courses in NY metro area
The demands have been heard, and The Post has responded! After such terrific feedback from our flawless list of “The Best 18 Holes in the metro area” from this past Sunday, quite a few readers eloquently described their frustration with so many of those holes being on private courses. Hey, yo, they said, how ’bout...
Sean McVay is finally watching ‘Game of Thrones’ while under quarantine
LA Rams coach Sean McVay is binge-watching “Game of Thrones” while staying home during the coronavirus crisis.
New York reels as 630 die in a day, the state's bleakest toll yet
Coronavirus-related illnesses killed 630 people in the last day in New York state, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Saturday, in the grimmest 24 hours yet for the U.S. state hit hardest by the pandemic.
AOC Calls U.S. 'Brutal Society' in Video While Making Margarita, Conservative Critics Mock Coronavirus Message
Conservative critics of the New York congresswoman brushed off her criticisms of the federal government's coronavirus response, noting instead she made a margarita while urging Americans to push fellow lawmakers into action.
Patricia Bosworth, actor turned celebrity biographer, dies of coronavirus
Patricia Bosworth, an actor who went on to chronicle lives including Jane Fonda's, Marlon Brando's and her own, died from coronavirus. She was 86.
PM Update: Cloudy overnight; warmer on Sunday
Not much sunshine to speak this weekend, but it will still end up on the mild side.
Trump says NFL season should start on time amid coronavirus crisis
President Trump believes the NFL season should start on time in September. Trump said as much in a conference call with the commissioners of the major sports leagues on Saturday, and also said he hoped to have fans back in stadiums by August and September, according to ESPN, citing sources familiar with the call. The NFL...
Pandemic exposes low pay and scant protections for nursing assistants and home-care aides
Home health aides and certified nursing assistants, the largest category of healthcare workers, lack the equipment and job security nurses have.
Shop towels filter better than T-shirts for DIY coronavirus masks
After President Trump said Friday Americans can wear face masks (if they want to) — and experts now say they can help stop the coronavirus — people are going DIY, making their own face protectors in droves. But a small clothing manufacturer in Los Angeles says not to use T-shirt material, as the government suggested, but...
Actress Patricia Bosworth dead at 86 due to coronavirus
Patricia Bosworth, an actress who once starred alongside Audrey Hepburn and later wrote biographies on several stars including Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift, has died from complications of the coronavirus. She was 86.
When is Amazon Prime Day 2020? It'll likely be delayed due to coronavirus demands, reports say
When is Prime Day 2020? Expect Amazon's Black Friday in July, to be postponed "at least until August" because of the coronavirus.      
'Look toward Jesus': Hairdresser draws Jesus mural in driveway
3rd MN hotel taking in homeless people
Childbirth during a pandemic means new challenges
Local gown store looking to host prom for teens
Floyd Mayweather’s daughter arrested
Iyanna, 19, was busted on charges of felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Wild video shows Brooklyn teens ignoring social distancing in rowdy brawl
Wild video posted online shows a group of teens throwing coronavirus caution — and any thought of social distancing — to the wind during a brawl in Brooklyn. The two-minute footage posted to Facebook shows the young mob in the midst of a melee outside a building on Mother Gaston Blvd. near Eastern Parkway in...
Director Eric Rivas already working on film about coronavirus pandemic
“It’s sort of a stand against xenophobia, and also about people’s desperation during this time,” said Rivas.
Virus infects more crew on U.S. warship after captain fired
The number of USS Theodore Roosevelt crewmembers who have tested positive for the coronavirus has risen to 155, the Navy says.
How to Watch Louis C.K.'s New Standup Special 'Sincerely Louis C.K.'
The comedian released his first special since sexual misconduct allegations were made public in 2017.
German, French Officials Accuse U.S. Of Diverting Supplies
Officials in France and Germany have accused the U.S. of intercepting medical supplies as President Trump ordered an American company to stop exports. Governors complain of a "wild west" in bidding.
Police: Maryland officers go on leave after armed man shot
Police officers in a Maryland city will be on administrative leave after their department says they fired at and wounded a man who was armed with a rifle
Zac Efron admits he never wants to get in 'Baywatch' shape ever again: 'It's just stupid'
Zac Efron admitted that he has no desire to get back in the extremely good shape he was in while filming the movie “Baywatch.”
Who Do We Expect to Sacrifice?
This country has deposited its massive, collapsing weight on a small, utterly unsupported group.
How to keep your coronavirus face mask clean
Face coverings and masks may help to stem the spread of the coronavirus. But how to keep them clean?
New York is in dire need of ventilators. China just donated 1,000.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at the Javits Center in New York City on March 30. | Albin Lohr-Jones/Pacific Press/LightRocket/Getty Images After Trump couldn’t assure New York the federal government would send ventilators, China sent a supply. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced on Saturday that the Chinese government is helping “facilitate a donation” of 1,000 ventilators to his state, and said they would arrive at JFK Airport later in the day. “We finally got some good news today,” the governor tweeted as he made the announcement. New York is the US state hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with 113,704 cases and over 3,560 deaths confirmed as of April 4. It’s also facing a serious shortage of necessary equipment to protect Covid-19 patients and health care workers alike. The donation comes two days after Cuomo announced New York had just six days left of ventilators in their state stockpile, and was coordinated by the Chinese government and businessmen Jack Ma and Joe Tsai, according to Cuomo’s tweet. Soon after sharing news of the donated machines, Cuomo tweeted Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) is also sending a shipment of 140 ventilators to New York. The announced shipments come one day after President Donald Trump said he couldn’t assure New York that they would get the ventilators they badly need, saying the federal government has more states to worry about. “No. They should’ve had more ventilators at the time. They should’ve had more ventilators, they were totally under-serviced,” Trump said Friday in response to a question from ABC’s Jon Karl. “We happen to think [Cuomo’s] well-served with ventilators, we’re going to find out. But we have other states to take care of.” .@jonkarl: Cuomo says NY may be days away from running out of ventilators. Can you assure NY that they will have the ventilators they need?TRUMP: "No. They should've had more ventilators at the time. They should've had more ventilators."— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 3, 2020 Cuomo, on the other hand, does not think Trump and the federal government are doing enough to help New York as their protective and health care equipment shortage has gotten increasingly dire. After FEMA sent 400 ventilators to New York last month, Cuomo said it was not enough at a March 24 press conference. “What am I going to do with 400 ventilators when I need 30,000?” Cuomo said. “You pick the 26,000 people who are going to die because you only sent 400 ventilators.” More recently, Cuomo had adopted the position that New York is essentially on its own — and that it will ensure it doesn’t just rely on the federal government for assistance. Cuomo added he did not think the federal government would deny New York ventilators if it had them stockpiled, but he is concerned there’s not enough equipment to go around for all the states. “I don’t think the federal government is in a position to provide ventilators to the extent the nation may need them,” Cuomo said on Thursday. “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. Our attitude here is we’re on our own; I will ask the federal government if we get to that point. I’ll do whatever I have to do to get ventilators from the federal government, but that’s why we’re also taking all those extraordinary measures ourselves.” The state’s ventilator stockpile is shrinking, and Cuomo signed an executive order on Friday that would allow New York state officials to seize ventilators from health care facilities that aren’t using them and give them to hospitals. He also called on New York companies to start manufacturing other basic protective equipment for doctors and nurses on the front lines of the coronavirus fight, and said the state would help companies pay for manufacturing costs. So far, however,New York appears to be finding more luck working with the Chinese government and other individual states to procure ventilators than it has with Trump and the federal government.
Coronavirus pause reminding us sports on TV used to be better
As I sit here under house arrest, trying to kill time before it kills me, I’ve come to the realization that it’s not just sports. The pandemic has only added to the intrigue: Why so many more good questions than good answers? It’s not just MLB managers who remove relief pitchers after they’ve struck out...
Puerto Rico Discovers Personal Protective Equipment Supply Stash Amid COVID-19 Outbreak
The findings are suspected to be a mismanagement of supplies during Hurricane Maria, which hit the island in Sept. 2017
2 Coral Princess cruise passengers dead as ship with coronavirus cases docks in Miami
A Princess Cruises ship carrying at least a dozen people on board who have tested positive for COVID-19 will be docking at Port Miami Saturday.       
Spain’s coronavirus deaths slow for second day in row
Coronavirus deaths and infections in Spain slowed for the second day in a row, but the country is expected to extend its three-week lockdown as healthcare workers struggle without protective gear. Spain has now logged a total 11,744 deaths from COVID-19, second in the world only to Italy, which has tallied 14,681 deaths. There were...
Cuomo says medical students can graduate early to fight coronavirus
The governor said he is signing an executive order to speed up the students' entry into the medical workforce. "These are extraordinary times and New York needs the help," Cuomo tweeted after his daily briefing.
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Prayer + Peroxide Fake COVID-19 Treatments Lead to Arrest of British National
According to a criminal complaint, Frank Ludlow of West Sussex shipped scores of fake COVID-19 treatment kits to the United States.
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U.K. Cellphone Towers Ablaze As Conspiracy Theories Link 5G Networks To COVID-19
Unsubstantiated claims drawing links between the pandemic and the communications technology are troubling British telecom authorities. At least three fires have been reported amid these rumors.
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‘Today’ hosts reveal the trauma and triumph behind Hoda Kotb’s tears
For Hoda Kotb, the moment that broke her wasn’t hearing about the latest coronavirus death toll or the collapsing economy. It was a moment of generosity. The “Today” show anchor had just interviewed New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees about his $5 million donation to provide meals to Louisiana communities suffering during the pandemic. “Drew,...
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Queen Mary might be used to help with coronavirus medical response, Long Beach says
Long Beach is considering using the Queen Mary as some type of medical facility as it battles the spread of the coronavirus.
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Why it will be ‘months’ before Joe Biden can meet Hunter’s new baby
Hunter Biden’s baby boy is a week old, but it may be months before his grandfather Joe Biden gets to meet him. Hunter’s wife, Melissa Cohen — who he wed last May, after knowing her for six days — gave birth to a “beautiful and healthy” son on March 28, according to her brother, Garyn...
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President Trump speaks with sports commissioners about coronavirus response
President Trump spoke with major sports league commissioners Saturday to thank them for supporting Americans during the coronavirus outbreak.
COVID-19 Death of Detroit Bus Driver Who Complained of Coughing Passenger Draws Reaction on Social Media
Before his death, Detroit bus driver Jason Hargrove said in a video that he blamed a passenger who coughed.
Joe Biden tells Bernie Sanders he will begin the vice president vetting process
Joe Biden emphasized 'it's critically important that the vice president be a woman, with the experience and background to do the job."
Coronavirus turned these costumers into Hollywood's 'mask crusaders'
The coronavirus took their day jobs in Hollywood, so costumers turned to making masks to meet a shortage of protective clothing among medical workers.
Cuomo mourns niece of ex-wife Kerry Kennedy, her son
"The most difficult level is the human level, it is for me, anyway," Cuomo said. "My daughters' cousins have a tragedy. They can't hug each other, they can't be with each other to grieve together."
14 delicious Passover Seder recipes with pantry staples and fresh produce
The Passover Seder meal during coronavirus can include traditional and modern recipes that use pantry ingredients as well as fresh fruit and vegetables.
2020 Time Capsule #12: Do As They Say, Not As I Do
In his rally-briefing yesterday at the White House, Donald Trump announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was recommending that Americans wear masks or similar face coverings when in range of other people.You can see C-Span’s coverage of the whole briefing here, including Trump’s repeated emphases that this was a voluntary recommendation—“You don’t have to do it”—and that he, personally, would not comply. Important fact note: Trump, unlike virtually all other Americans, is exposed only to people who have already been tested for the virus, as reported here by NPR.Around time 3:50 in this clip, he says “I don’t think I’m going to be doing it.” Then more definitively: This is voluntary. You don’t have to do it. I am choosing not to do it. This is not the first time presidents have been called upon to deliver public health messages, nor even the first time during a presidential election year.In the fall of 1976, Gerald Ford—who had never been elected either president or vice president, but who became president two years earlier, when Richard Nixon resigned—was in a close race for re-election. He ultimately lost, very narrowly, to the former one-term governor of Georgia, Jimmy Carter. (For the record: I was a speechwriter on Carter’s campaign staff then.) The race became close enough that practically every “controversial” stand that Ford took could arguably have made a difference in the outcome.Among the issues that fall was swine flu. Starting early in that election year, public-health officials had been worrying that the newly mutated virus could reach pandemic proportions and become a modern counterpart to the deadly flu of 1918. They launched an all-out effort to produce a vaccine, and to get as many Americans as possible inoculated.The story is long and tangled, both in scientific and in political terms. You can read fascinating accounts of what health officials got right, and wrong, in the 1970s swine flu era here and here, with links to other reports. One central issue was that the vaccine available by the fall of the year was a “live virus” version, rather than “killed virus,” which entailed a greater (though statistically still small) chance of side effects.For the moment the relevant point is: The country’s political leadership was asking the public to take a controversial step, namely getting swine flu shots. And the ultimate political leader, Gerald Ford himself as president, prominently set an example by doing this himself. Thus the photo you see above.The obligation to model the behavior they would like others to adopt is one all presidents have been aware of, even if they have imperfectly complied.They talk about faith, and most of them have gone to religious services. They say that citizens should pay taxes, and they produce evidence that they have done so themselves. They urge people to be charitable, and they know that their own donations will be scrutinized. They talk about families, and they are photographed with their spouse and children—no matter what they’re doing when photographers aren’t there.Some part of their brains recognizes the value of connecting with “what we [as a government] say” with “what I [as a person] do.” And they make sure the public sees evidence of them setting this example — as Barack Obama did during the H1N1 flu wave of 2009.Pete Souza / The White HouseTrump’s reaction to the mask-wearing recommendation—fine for the rest of you, but that’s not for me—is of course far from the only illustration of his feeling that he need not set a personal example. See also: military or civic service; marital fidelity; scrupulousness about the appearance of financial conflict or family favoritism; recognition of “no person is above the law”; etc.It is also not the most unreasonable stand he has taken. As NPR noted, everyone he meets is tested for the disease—so he is not likely to catch it from any of them, and they will be monitored after contact with him. And as Trump himself pointed out yesterday, the Oval Office is not a surgical operating room, and masks would seem odder there than in some other venues.But Gerald Ford also had reasons not to follow the advice he was giving the country. He could have said: I’m extremely busy; I’m in the middle of an intense re-election campaign; I have great medical care around me if I should get sick. I am thinking about the reception Gerald Ford would have met, if he had said: I want all Americans to be inoculated. I am just choosing not to do it myself.
Justin Trudeau Says Canada Won’t Retaliate Against U.S. for Banning Exports of N95 Masks
The neighboring country has more than 12,924 confirmed coronavirus cases, including 214 deaths
Russia halts international flights to stop spread of coronavirus
Russian nationals hoping to get back before the country halts flights may be too late. Officials stopped all incoming and outbound international flights starting at midnight on Friday to slow the spread of the coronavirus, widening the international flight restrictions implemented on March 27. Citizens seeking to re-enter were the exception under the previous limitations....
AOC offers advice for young people to get around stimulus check exclusion
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez railed against a loophole in the coronavirus cash assistance that penalizes young people and offered advice on a potential workaround.
New York family gets creative with funeral visitation during coronavirus outbreak
It was a unique funeral visitation – and one that David R. Scott hopes will inspire other grieving families across America during this difficult and uncertain time.