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Inside a New York City Funeral Home Overwhelmed With Coronavirus Deaths
“Every person there, they’re not a body,” Pat Marmo said. “They’re a father, they’re a mother, they’re a grandmother. They’re not bodies. They’re people.”
Schumer goes on MSNBC to blast Trump for criticizing him: ‘I’m just appalled’
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was aghast Thursday night after receiving a letter in which President Trump accused him of being a “bad” senator and asserted that Schumer was vulnerable to a primary challenge from within his own party.
Michigan judge jails defendants for being late to court amid coronavirus pandemic: report
A Judge in Michigan is being criticized for throwing tardy defendants in jail amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report on Thursday.
NFL Draft 2020: Ranking the top 10 wide receivers
The Post’s Ryan Dunleavy gives his Top 10 wide receivers in this year’s 2020 NFL Draft: 1. Jerry Jeudy, Alabama, 6-1, 193 Immediate No. 1 target enters NFL with all the advanced technical finer points, much like former Alabama receiver Julio Jones in 2011. 2. CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma, 6-2, 198 Played with three different NFL...
Oklahoma newspaper apologizes for retracted April Fools' story
An Oklahoma newspaper apologized Thursday for a "poor attempt” at an April Fools' prank disguised as a coronavirus story.
Cam Fleming looking to bring Cowboys mentality to Giants
Is it not a word spoken around the Giants when referring to their offensive line. Not for nearly a decade, that is. When it comes to describing that unit with the Giants the past several years, several colorful words come to mind. “Revered’’ does not. That is how Cam Fleming, the newest Giants offensive tackle,...
Former NFL great talks about battle with coronavirus, 'I don't want to die here'
Tony Boselli, a three-time All-Pro offensive lineman, recently discussed the severity of coronavirus after he spent five days in a Florida hospital and lost 20 pounds following a positive diagnosis.
The science of a storm: How a 2% tornado risk turned into seven twisters that killed 25 people and destroyed thousands of buildings
A quickly changing environment and powerful winds turned what could have been a near-miss into all-out mayhem        
Survivor: 'In my blood, there may be answers'
When Tiffany Pinckney was seriously ill with the coronavirus, all she could do was pray that she didn't give it to her two sons or her co-workers. Now that she is recovered, she's hoping there's something in her blood that will help others. (April 3)
Malibu paddleboarder arrested for violating stay-at-home order
A Southern California paddleboarder was arrested Thursday for violating the statewide “Safer at Home” coronavirus order, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department confirmed.
Trump says scarves 'better' than masks
President Donald Trump made fewer false claims than usual at Thursday's coronavirus briefing, ceding the floor to administration officials for extended periods and trading his usual inaccuracy for some vague musings and boasts.
Fed's dilemma: Picking winners for $4 trillion in credit
When the Federal Reserve polled Wall Street about financial stability risks last fall, "global pandemic" didn't make the list.
Why the Mortgage Market Needs Its Fixes Fixed
When the U.S. residential-mortgage market was hit by pandemic-driven turmoil, the Federal Reserve and Congress took quick action to protect lenders and homeowners -- and keep that turmoil from upending other markets. But the side effects of those actions are now causing headaches within the mortgage universe and potentially for home buyers and sellers.
What to watch on Friday: ‘Home Before Dark’ on Apple TV Plus
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Why We Laugh at the Coronavirus
My phone flashes bright. A new video’s appeared in the family WhatsApp group. Before I’ve even pressed play, I’m smiling—a roll of toilet paper is in shot, so it must be good. Someone replies with a video of a naked man riding a bicycle. Mud’s spattered up his backside. Another toilet gag. A third video arrives of a toddler crying because the local McDonald’s has had to close as a result of the coronavirus lockdown, forcing her to eat her parent’s cooking. And on it goes.The coronavirus pandemic has caused so many things to happen, some predictable, others not. European leaders have confined people at home and seen their approval ratings soar. Right-wing politicians have temporarily socialized their national economies. And as the world hunkers down, threatened by the worst global health crisis in 100 years, there’s been a mass outpouring of gags, memes, funny videos, and general silliness. We might be scared, but we seem determined to carry on laughing.What is it about tragedy that is so funny? Why do I find myself flicking through Twitter in the evening, alternately looking at tables of COVID-19 death rates and bidet memes? How can I find something so scary one minute so funny the next? And what is it about this crisis in particular that has spawned such an industrial output of humor? Even as I wrote this piece, looking out my window on a locked-down London, a video arrived from a neighbor featuring a stack of empty beer cans singing “Nessun dorma.” Is this some kind of hysteria?[Liz Neeley: How to talk about the coronavirus]The why of humor has long been a mystery. For ancient Greek philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle, it was a dangerous phenomenon, something that had the potential to undermine authority and the good order of society. Laughing at those in charge was a serious issue then (and still remains the case in more autocratic parts of the world). Today, in democratic societies, we know the importance of mocking those with power, and we celebrate it, on Saturday Night Live in the United States and Have I Got News for You in Britain. On Sunday, after Boris Johnson—recently diagnosed with COVID-19—announced that he would send every household in Britain a letter urging people to follow social-distancing guidelines, I received a doctored picture of the prime minister, red-nosed with watery eyes, licking an envelope, captioned: “Whatever you do, don’t open the letter from Boris.” Johnson was being mocked, his authority undermined in a manner far more deadly than any his political opponents could manage. In a typically provocative essay for Vanity Fair, the late Christopher Hitchens expanded on the link between power and laughter by arguing that humor was “part of the armor-plate” of humanity, protecting us from life’s grim reality—that, ultimately, death wins out. How’s that for an LOL. We joke because if we didn’t, we’d cry.But humor is more than thumbing our noses at power. It is slapstick as much as satire, a man hitting another man with a frying pan; Kevin McCallister terrorizing Harry and Marv; Ross, Rachel and Chandler struggling to get a sofa up the stairs to Ross’s apartment. The late Robert R. Provine, a professor at the University of Maryland who became one of the world’s leading experts on laughter, came to the conclusion, after a decade of studying how and why people laugh, that it was actually a way of bonding. “Most people think of laughter as a simple response to comedy, or a cathartic mood-lifter,” he wrote. “Instead … I concluded that laughter is primarily a social vocalization that binds people together.” We laugh with others to give us “the pleasure of acceptance,” Provine argued—to show that we are the same. Simon Stuart, a clinical psychologist in Britain, told me that, from an evolutionary perspective, laughter is rooted in this ability to connect. It is a shared social signal.We laugh, then, to take back control and to connect—two things we have lost in our fight against the coronavirus. Not only are we unable to stop the tidal wave of infection washing over us, but we are being forced to endure this reality alone in our own home. Powerless and isolated, we’re finding that the joke is now our most reliable shield—and our warmest comfort blanket.The British comedian and writer David Baddiel told me his experience has certainly been that people turn to comedy at times like this. In his most recent public stand-up tour, before Britain implemented restrictions on social gatherings, he opened with a coronavirus gag: "It's great to see you're prepared to congregate in such large numbers at this stage in the apocalypse.” It always got a laugh. In his final gig, before his tour had to be canceled, a man in the audience performatively coughed in response, which garnered an even bigger laugh. “People want jokes,” Baddiel told me. “Partly because jokes are a relief, and they take the edge off danger; partly because they are a way of processing the experience; and yes, partly because … this is a massive shared experience.” People are looking for the release of comedy—and the knowledge that they are not alone. If we’re all finding this experience of being forced to stay at home funny, it’s reassuring, a form of collective therapy. “We can't really do much about these things, but we can laugh in the face of them,” he said. “In a godless society, it's the one eternal victory we have.”Tim Minchin, the British Australian comedian, actor, and composer, agreed. “We don’t laugh at scary things because we don’t understand their seriousness,” he told me. “We laugh because they’re serious. Making jokes gives us a sense of power over the threat.” Minchin, like Baddiel, rejected the notion that joking about serious issues was somehow inappropriate—those making that argument, he said, were actually reaching for the same thing: a sense of power over the scary. “Their weapon is signaling their moral purity,” Minchin explained. One isn’t necessarily better than the other, though. “Both the clowns and the virtuous can at times be bores or boors or bullies,” he said. Moralizing is not simply comedy’s opposite, but the flip side of the same coin. Both offer people hope or relief and the sense of a shared experience, and both have dark sides.Reflecting on these strange couple of weeks of coronavirus house arrest, I realized I have had more funny videos sent to me from neighbors in 10 days than in the past four years that I’ve lived in this neighborhood. Perhaps this is also why when we receive jokes from friends, we often immediately forward them to others. We are reaching out, establishing a shared experience. And when all the jokes are about life in lockdown, we instinctively do so even more; because we have been banned from congregating in person, we congregate online—we are a congregation.[Read: The four possible timelines for life returning to normal]We laugh together to show we’re the same. Yet here we must detour to the darker side of humor. The corollary of inclusivity for some is often exclusivity for others. Jokes can be mean and derisive, picking on those who are different, establishing who is inside the group and who is not. We laugh with people to belong, and at others to exclude. This is why being laughed at feels so horrible. It is—returning to ancient Greece—why politicians would rather be feared or disliked than ridiculed.In our current crisis, humor is everywhere because fear is too. Laughter binds us together against a common enemy. The jokes and memes being shared are not (yet) mean or exclusionary, partly because the threat is universal. But it is early days—in Britain, the lockdown began only last week. The jokes are mostly about the silliness of life locked away, the domestic farce and absurd concerns. They are about exercise routines and videoconferences, the challenges of working from home, and, of course, toilet paper. But perhaps we should be on guard in case the jokes turn, and they start to target the vulnerable or sick, or minorities who might be accused of causing the crisis.Humor also does not reach some topics, even if they are part of our collective fear. The British comedian Matt Forde told me timing was important: “If you're joking about how boring self-isolation is when the death rate is relatively low, then that probably won't offend too many people.” This may change as more people die, and the national mood changes. The psychological scientists Peter McGraw and Caleb Warren have found that jokes poking fun at the ills of the world remain funny, usually, only if they are considered “benign.” Observations about people’s behavior can be funny if they poke fun at a social norm that is being broken in a relatively inoffensive way—such as hoarding toilet paper or binge-watching Netflix. If the joke is about other types of rule-breaking behavior seen as unappealing, or disgusting and upsetting, it is much harder for it to be funny. No one is making memes about people without respirators dying in agony. We don’t laugh at the fact that child abuse may increase during periods of enforced domestic isolation, though even now some “joke” about beating their wife.Things, then, can be too serious to joke about. Humor can both bring people together and exclude. But it nevertheless remains part of human nature. We need it. We’re laughing now because we’re scared and because we’re being kept away from those we love.Of course, we’re also laughing because we’re being kept with those we love. The video that has made me laugh the most isn’t about toilet paper or online spin classes, but forced family quarantine. It features a serious-sounding narrator describing a hypothetical conundrum. “Because of coronavirus, you are going to be quarantined,” the voice informs a man on camera. “But you have a choice: Do you (a) quarantine with your wife and child, or (b)—” Before the second option is read out, the man interjects: “B,” he says, definitively. “B. B.” Laughing, I showed the video to my wife, who proceeded, somewhat disconcertingly, to laugh even louder before sending it to all her friends. The more we watched it together, the more we laughed together. It made us feel better about the ordeal ahead. It felt a lot better than looking at death graphs.
Colorado's coronavirus death rate rising sharply, governor tells Pence
The coronavirus outbreak in Colorado is "far worse than we imagined," the state's governor wrote in a recent letter to Vice President Mike Pence, who heads President Trump's task force that is responding to the pandemic.
Some people may not get stimulus checks until August
WASHINGTON — The federal government expects to begin making payments to millions of Americans under the new stimulus law in mid-April, but some people without direct deposit information may not get checks until mid-August or later, according to a memo obtained Thursday by The Associated Press. The document from the House Ways and Means Committee...
Trump Advisers Doubt White House's Coronavirus Deaths Estimate, Expert Says It Appeared Rushed: Report
Multiple Trump advisers have reportedly balked at the administration's estimate of 100,000-240,000 deaths due to COVID-19.
The Julius Randle habit that’s driving Knicks teammates crazy
Part 12 of a series analyzing the New York Knicks Power forward Julius Randle became the most polarizing Knicks player with the fans — and in the locker room. Randle’s traditional numbers are strong but bittersweet. If there are no more regular-season games due to the coronavirus pandemic, Randle will finish 32nd in the league...
The hilltop fortress town that cut itself off from the world -- and coronavirus
The town of Zahara de la Sierra in southern Spain is used to fending off enemies, and now it's taking on coronavirus. The Moors and Christians fought over it in medieval times, and it was sacked by the French in 1812. Its formidable position high above the Andalusian countrysidemakes it an invaluable asset.
Photos of the Week: Masked Monks, Windmill Walk, Birthday Parade
Lockdown in Nepal, a drive-up church service in Tennessee, urban deer in Sri Lanka, a porch concert in California, a medical isolation booth in Boston, a medical detection dog in England, a sanitizing tunnel in Mexico, the arrival of the USNS Comfort hospital ship in New York City, and much more.
Coronavirus Live Updates: More Than 1 Million Cases Worldwide
More than 1 million people have been infected and at least 51,000 have died in more than 170 countries. In the United States, The C.D.C. is expected to advise all Americans to wear cloth masks in public.
NYPD auxiliary cop dies due to complications from coronavirus
An NYPD auxiliary officer has died due to complications of COVID-19, the latest member of the department’s family to succumb to the virus. Officer Lynford Chambers passed away Thursday, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea announced on social media. “Our prayers are with his friends & family during this difficult time,” Shea tweeted. Chambers was assigned to...
Oklahoma newspaper apologizes for ‘poor attempt at April Fools’ joke’
An Oklahoma newspaper stirred panic among parents of a local school district by publishing an April Fools’ Day story that claimed all students have to repeat their current grade next year. The since-retracted fake story, which was intended to be a prank, was posted to Facebook by the Sapulpa Times, setting off a wave of...
Cruise ship with coronavirus patients docks in Florida
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A cruise ship that had at least two passengers die of coronavirus while barred from South American ports finally docked Thursday in Florida after two weeks at sea and days of negotiations with initially resistant local officials. The Zaandam and a sister ship sent to help it, the Rotterdam, were both...
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Reggie Jackson cameo qualifies ‘The Naked Gun’ as sports movie
During the coronavirus shutdown, each day we will bring you a recommendation from The Post’s Peter Botte for a sports movie, TV show or book that perhaps was before your time or somehow slipped between the cracks of your viewing/reading history. The Naked Gun (1988) Rated: PG-13 Streaming: Netflix, Amazon Prime Though we haven’t even...
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Angelo Piro, longtime New York Post pressman, dead from coronavirus at 87
Angelo Piro, a longtime New York Post pressman and Korean War veteran, has died due to complications from the coronavirus. He was 87. Piro served in the Air Force during the conflict on the Korean peninsula. He was described as “generous” and “beloved” by his family and friends in his Dongan Hills neighborhood. “He was...
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A shipwreck uncovered by waves every 20 or so years has been dated to pre-Revolutionary War times
Ever since it first emerged in 1958 on a beach in York, Maine, the 50-foot skeleton of a shipwreck has intrigued both locals and experts alike. It reappeared in 1978, 2007, 2013 and 2018 after powerful storms swept away the sand burying it. But then the wreck disappeared again, frustrating those who desired to know more about the ship's history.
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Navy commander relieved of duty after sounding alarm on outbreak
The commander of a US aircraft carrier that has been hit by a major outbreak of coronavirus has been relieved of command for showing "poor judgment" days after writing a memo warning Navy leadership that decisive action was needed to save the lives of the ship's crew, acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly announced.
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Sara Bareilles says she had coronavirus, is now 'fully recovered'
Sara Bareilles has announced that she contracted coronavirus.
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Judge rebuffs Trump administration over border wall funding
The judge has not yet ruled on whether the Trump administration’s spending was illegal, solely that groups may press on with their suits challenging it.
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Fauci Says All States Should Enforce Coronavirus Stay-at-Home Orders As Trump Resists Issuing Nationwide Mandate
"If you look at what's going on in this country, I just don't understand why we're not doing that. We really should be," Dr. Fauci said.
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Cyber criminals are trying to wreak havoc during global pandemic
First responders hit with malicious software. Ransomware deployed against medical facilities. Average citizens duped by stimulus check scams. Children facing electronic eavesdropping.
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Jobs Data Will Be From Way Back When Things Were Normal: 3 Weeks Ago
Some 10 million people have filed for unemployment since aggressive policies to combat the coronavirus took effect. But the March jobs report will just scratch the surface of the coming collapse.
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Why Boeing might not need a bailout despite coronavirus, 737 Max crises
Boeing could get up to $17 billion from the federal government's $2 trillion stimulus package to shore up its operations. But is it necessary?      
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Even as COVID-19 spreads, some sports stadium construction is 'essential' and the work goes
As the construction of some sports facilities continues, it's putting a spotlight on the tension between economic pressures and safety concerns.       
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This Day in History: April 3
Martin Luther King gives his last speech; The "Unabomber" is arrested; David Letterman announces he's retiring and more.
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Miss Manners: Snobbish guest gets a humble dinner
The hors d’oeuvres may have been sub par, but the main dish was even lower.
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Hints From Heloise: Shabby-looking sheets aren’t chic
After a few months, they start to pill.
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LSU coach Ed Orgeron files for divorce
LSU Tigers football coach Ed Orgeron has filed for a divorce from his wife Kelly of 23 years in documents filed in February. Orgeron filed the divorce petition on February 26 in East Baton Rouge Family Court according to the Advocate. The petition stated that Orgeron and his wife separated on Feb. 24. This means...
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Surreal portraits imagine new future for young female migrants
In their new exhibition "Between These Folded Walls, Utopia," Sweden-based artist duo Cooper & Gorfer imagine a utopia built by young women forced to leave their home countries.
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Carolyn Hax: Could’ve been in on the ground floor. Instead, it’s the envy escalator.
A friend invited her to join a business venture, but she said no. Now, it’s a big success.
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This Michigan Couple Couldn’t Have Friends and Family at Their Wedding. So They Had Cardboard Cutouts Instead
A wedding looks like in the time of coronavirus
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This Iowa community is rallying together to find medical supplies for local hospitals facing a dire shortage
A longtime math teacher says he has 50 years' worth of equipment and supplies tucked away in his classroom storage. Buried in the detritus: long-outdated technology that could possibly save lives in the fight against the coronavirus in Northeast Iowa.
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Chuck Schumer Says He's 'Appalled' By Trump's Letter: 'Stop the Pettiness—People Are Dying'
"President Trump, we need leadership." Schumer said Thursday. "We need to get the job done."
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The 1918 Flu Pandemic Was Brutal, Killing As Many As 100 Million People Worldwide
"We had no ICUs at that time. We had no antivirals, had no vaccines for flu. We had no idea that the flu was even a virus at that time," one scholar said. But social distancing helped then too.
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Mark Cuban lays out 'Infrastructure 2.0' plan to revitalize economy after coronavirus subsides
Billionaire entrepreneur, television personality and Dallas Mevericks owner Mark Cuban told "The Ingraham Angle" Thursday that he sees a way for America to bounce back from the economic recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
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