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Stimulus check: How much money will you get, and when?
$2 trillion stimulus bill includes payments for most Americans. Here's how to figure out how much you'll receive.
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Review: Wize, a new online platform, needs tutors for dozens of subjects
At Wize, tutors set their own rates and keep every dollar.
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What Went Wrong in the Wisconsin Election, and What We Can Learn From It Before November
As voters in masks and gloves waited in line for hours to cast ballots on Tuesday, the speaker of the Wisconsin Assembly insisted everything was fine. The election, Robin Vos said, was “incredibly safe.” But his message was at odds with his outfit: he was clad head-to-toe in protective gear. The Wisconsin voting debacle unfolded…
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My life right now is about gratitude, Corona Personas and having family dinners
TV executive Erin Zelle shares what she has learned about herself during the COVID-19 era.
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NYC to begin burying coronavirus victims on Hart Island potter’s field
Mayor Bill de Blasio said earlier this week that the city was considering temporary burial of the pandemic's dead on Hart Island, but shied away from making a firm commitment.
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‘SNL’ returning to air with original content this weekend
Is it Saturday yet? The creators of “Saturday Night Live” have announced that the sketch show will return with fresh material this weekend, Deadline reported, despite social distancing orders due to the coronavirus. Exactly how Lorne Michaels, the show’s 17 cast members and dozens of crew members plan to pull this off has yet to...
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Florida Woman Arrested After Leaving Easter Eggs Filled With ‘Obscene Material’ in Mailboxes
Officials said they began getting calls about the eggs on April 5 and located the woman 3 days later
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U.S. expels 6,300 migrants from border under coronavirus order
The U.S. is also rapidly expelling unaccompanied migrant children. Top border official Mark Morgan said they could also pose an "absolute public health risk" to the U.S.
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The mythology behind the Tiger King’s country music
Joe Exotic via YouTube How Joe Exotic’s songs helped make him an antihero — even if he didn’t write them. Scandal and intrigue surround Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage, a.k.a. Joe Exotic, the central character of the hit Netflix docuseries Tiger King. Tiger King depicts the 57-year-old Oklahoman as something of an outsize character: He sports a platinum blond mullet, wears flamboyant sequined tiger-striped shirts, and always seems to wield a weapon. But he’s also possibly a misunderstood antihero, who makes it his mission to provide work for rehabilitated felons and save the endangered tiger species through rampant breeding. Among this eccentric zookeeper’s many idiosyncrasies, Exotic tries his hand at country music. The series is interspersed with Exotic’s self-published music videos about his love of big cats (“I Saw a Tiger”) and his hatred for his nemesis Carole Baskin. Released in 2015, the gruesome murder ballad “Here Kitty Kitty” alleges that Baskin (the owner of Big Cat Rescue, to which Exotic owes $1 million), fed her missing former husband to the tigers: “Her husband went and disappeared … oh, here, kitty kitty / Mama’s got some treats for you.” The video originally received minor acclaim with tens of thousands of views, but that count is now over 5 million since the Netflix show’s debut. On a recent episode of Vox’s podcast Switched on Pop, I spoke with journalist Robert Moor, who profiled Joe Exotic for New York magazine and in the podcast Joe Exotic: Tiger King. From 2015 to 2019, Moor followed Joe Exotic. He lived at Exotic’s zoo for five days in 2015; visited him again in 2017 and twice in 2019; interviewed him numerous times; and eventually attended Exotic’s 2019 criminal trial, which is also covered in the Netflix series. A jury went on to convict Exotic for attempting to hire an undercover FBI agent to kill Baskin. We discussed what compelled Exotic to make country music and why his work has become so popular since the series’ release. While living at the zoo, Moor came to learn one of Joe Exotic’s biggest secrets: His country music wasn’t written by him at all, despite Joe professing it to be deeply personal. Instead, it was written and performed by at least one ghostwriter. In the interview excerpt below, we discuss how Exotic misused country music tropes to craft his public persona. The interview has been edited for length and clarity. Charlie Harding Why was Joe even “writing” these country songs? Robert Moor By that point in his life [in 2015], Joe was pretty much doing anything he could do to get attention to make himself larger than life. He was a magician. He was into low-rent local wrestling for a little while. He was making a reality show. Then he started running for president. He started running for governor. He was doing anything he could do just to get eyeballs on him. And I think he thought that being a country singer was a good route to that. Now, what’s funny is when I talked to Joe, he didn’t seem to particularly love country music all that much. When he was young, he said he loved Cyndi Lauper. He was into ’80s pop and new wave. He wasn’t really a country guy growing up but adopted that persona. Charlie Harding And yet it kind of makes sense that he pursues country music, because country of all genres is particularly narrative-driven. Throughout Joe’s most popular songs [like “I Saw a Tiger” and “This Is My Life”], there are clear stories that he’s trying to tell. Robert Moor Yeah. I think that’s exactly right. And one of the things I’ve always found so interesting about country music is that it’s so often about mythologizing the American experience. There’s one song I like called “My Front Porch Looking In” by Lonestar. It’s just about the singer, his wife, and his kid living in the suburbs, raising the banality of that experience up to something that feels almost mythic, because it’s in a song. It’s about taking the stereotypical American experience and middle-class suburban or rural experience and elevating that to something that feels larger than life. What Joe’s doing is totally different. Joe is taking something that is outside of the norm. A lot of his songs are about being gay. A lot of his songs are about his love of tigers. Some of them are about odd subjects, like the death of Carol Baskin’s husband in “Here Kitty Kitty.” None of this is what you’d expect to hear lyrically from a country artist. I also think it’s interesting to point out that [“Here Kitty Kitty”] is actually maybe one of his most traditional, because there is this rich tradition of country songs about murder. Charlie Harding Murder ballads. Robert Moor Yeah, exactly, murder ballads, like Garth Brooks’s “The Thunder Rolls,” or Johnny Cash’s “The Long Black Veil.” There’s lots and lots of songs about jilted lovers killing one another, and this one has the added element of feeding the body to the tigers. Charlie Harding A good country song can take an ordinary story and make it seem extraordinary. And here, Joe’s making extraordinary songs using more ordinary music, and it creates this cognitive dissonance. We don’t really know what is true, what’s fiction, how the two blend together to create the best narrative. Robert Moor That was one of the really fascinating things about being at the trial. Joe’s attorney tried to use all of these threats and present these songs as evidence that Joe didn’t try to hire a hitman to kill Carole Baskin, because who would be so stupid as to publicly make threats like this for years and then go and hire a hitman? He would be the first person everyone would come looking for. Charlie Harding You reported that Joe didn’t actually write his songs. He hired musicians Vince Johnson and Danny Clinton to write and perform his music. Then Joe posted the lip-synced music videos to his YouTube channel. There’s so many people in the making. In some ways his songwriting process actually feels very much like contemporary country songwriting, a collaborative effort between songwriter, producer, and artist. In what he claims are his own songs, Joe Exotic is actually taking the role of the artist, except he’s sort of Milli Vanilli-ing this thing and not actually singing. Robert Moor Yeah. I think that’s right. I mean, the other thing that is interesting is Joe listened to these songs, his own songs, obsessively. He had them playing in his gift shop on a 24-hour loop. He had them playing in his car all the time. He was only ever really listening to his own music. I never heard him listen to another country song [when following him for the piece]. Charlie Harding Why do you think the documentarians behind Tiger King left that question of whether Joe was writing his own music out of the series? Robert Moor I really don’t know, because the directors, Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin, must’ve known that Joe wasn’t singing those songs — the amount of access that they had, they must have known. There’s two plausible explanations. One is, there’s just too much stuff in this story that it structurally becomes a nightmare [to include every detail]. That might be it, but I think more than that, they were trying to build up the mythos of Joe Exotic as this larger-than-life figure. And when you reveal that he’s not singing those songs, it deflates that. And I’ve seen that reaction on my Twitter feed. I created this long thread of all the things that the documentary left out. And the thing that grabs people’s attention the most and that people seem really disappointed by is that Joe didn’t sing those songs. It seems to reveal him in some fundamental way to be a fraud. And when that’s the case, it’s a lot harder to root for him. And I think that that’s kind of what the documentarians wanted you to do — to root for this antihero. Listen to the full conversation on Switched on Pop, in an episode called “The (Murder) Ballad of Joe Exotic.” Support Vox’s explanatory journalism Every day at Vox, we aim to answer your most important questions and provide you, and our audience around the world, with information that has the power to save lives. Our mission has never been more vital than it is in this moment: to empower you through understanding. Vox’s work is reaching more people than ever, but our distinctive brand of explanatory journalism takes resources — particularly during a pandemic and an economic downturn. 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Police create card system to protect responders
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CNN Hero Sean Gobin
Sean Gobin and his nonprofit, Warrior Hike, support combat veterans as they "walk off the war" on the Appalachian Trail.
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US economy unlikely to recover as rapidly as it collapsed
President Trump has been telling voters that the US economy will leap back to life “like a rocket,” stronger than ever after its bout with the coronavirus. But there is a reason economics is called the “dismal science.” There are emerging signs that any recovery will fail to match the speed and severity of the...
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Madonna continues to post bizarre ‘Quarantine Diaries’
In her latest video, she says she's lost three friends in the last 24 hours.
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Wall Street ends trading week on a high note
Wall Street ended the trading week on a high note on Thursday as the U.S. Federal Reserve unleashed its latest program designed to buoy local governments and businesses crushed by moves to stem the coronavirus outbreak.
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Athletes lend a helping hand to their communities
BMW racer Alexander Sims collects unused protective medical equipment for the National Health Service and Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios asks people to reach out to him on Instagram with what they need.
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Coronavirus is going to create the mother of all housing crises if we don't bail out renters soon
Struggling renters need relief if the U.S. is going to avoid the kind of suffering and economic devastation that played out after the Great Recession.
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Biden pledged to choose a female VP. Here are the 10 likeliest running mates
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Airport confronts homeless issue during pandemic
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Justin Timberlake jokes that parenting 24/7 during the coronavirus is 'not human'
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are starting to buckle under the pressure of 24-hour parenting that the coronavirus pandemic has created. 
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How to make a time capsule to remember this unprecedented time
One way to preserve our memories of this moment in time for posterity is to make a time capsule.
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‘A Chance To Do Our Part.’ How This Family-Owned Distillery Switched From Whiskey to Hand Sanitizer Amid the COVID-19 Crisis
When the United States entered World War II, the Warren Featherbone factory in Three Oaks, Michigan converted its production facilities from corsets to raincoats to outfit American troops heading overseas. Now, close to 80 years later, the family-owned distillery that now occupies that same building is again pivoting its production in the service of the…
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Working from home: Time to buy a new laptop? The choices have never been better
If you're feeling an urgent desire to upgrade or replace an ailing laptop, here's what you need to know about the new PC laptop offerings.      
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Man working in yard during coronavirus lockdown discovers mysterious car buried for over 50 years
No idea how it got there.
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Coronavirus taking devastating toll on California healthcare workers
More than 1,600 healthcare workers across the state have become infected with COVID-19, and officials said they are alarmed at the pace.
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UK foreign minister leads nationwide applause for health workers
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab led a nationwide show of appreciation for health service workers on Thursday, standing in for his boss, Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
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Georgia bar owner removes more than $3G of bills stapled to the walls, distributes to her staff
A bar is showing its employees some love – and getting a fresh new look all in one fell swoop.
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Two giant pandas mate at empty Hong Kong zoo for first time after living together for a decade
Love in the time of coronavirus is possible -- at least for two giant pandas living in a Hong Kong zoo.
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Is country music finally ready for Mickey Guyton?
Mickey Guyton is an outlier in Nashville: black, female and, at age 36, about to release her long-awaited debut album. "I started speaking my truth," she says.
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Virus cases soar to 416 on U.S. warship after captain fired
The ship's former captain alerted higher ups when there were only dozens of cases onboard.
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De Blasio: Social distancing must continue in NYC
Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday that New York City needs continued social distancing plus more conoravirus testing capacity in order to reach a point where the loosening of restrictions could be considered. (April 9)       
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Prison inmates protest after virus diagnosis
Inmates at the Monroe Correctional Complex held a demonstration on Wednesday night after six inmates tested positive at the prison, according to the Washington State Department of Corrections. (April 9)       
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Q&A: Answering teens' questions about coronavirus, school closures, grades, college
Teenagers asked questions about coronavirus school closures, graduation, grads and their families' safety. We found the answers.
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Coronavirus-related family deaths reason for Rose Namajunas' withdrawal from UFC 249
Rose Namajunas' manager announced the sobering news and asked for privacy on the former UFC champion's behalf.       Related StoriesMMA Junkie Radio #3042: Latest on UFC 249, how Conor McGregor affected by new headlinerUFC 249 free fight: Jeremy Stephens takes out Dooho Choi in 'Fight of the Night' displayJoe Rogan noncommittal calling UFC 249: 'There's no social distancing in a (expletive) cage' 
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Social Distancing During Twister Season? Coronavirus Pandemic Leaves Tornado Alley Residents With Tough Decision
So far, sheltering from deadly weather appears to be taking precedence over staying away from a possibly deadly disease
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Oil slumps, investors say OPEC supply cuts won't be enough
Oil prices slumped on Thursday, giving back an earlier 10% surge as investors doubted the emerging supply-cut agreement between members of OPEC and its allies would adequately address the global fuel demand collapse caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
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'The View' host Meghan McCain swipes at Trump over POW tweet
"The View" co-host Meghan McCain called out President Trump over his Thursday tweet honoring prisoners of war, or POWs, after previously attacking her father, the late Republican Sen. John McCain, who was a POW during the Vietnam War.
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Tua Tagovailoa’s nightmare draft scenario could play out: ‘Flunked’
A week ago Tua Tagovailoa went through a thorough medical exam with an independent doctor agreed upon by NFL team physicians. The NFL Network reported the results were “overwhelmingly positive”, but not everyone is convinced. The former Alabama superstar quarterback remains a roll of the dice. Just ask former Dolphins and Jets executive Mike Tannenbaum....
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Biden adopts parts of Sanders' policies on health care and student debt
Biden said he now favors dropping the Medicare eligibility age by five years.
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Another 28 inmates at Rikers released over coronavirus concerns
A judge Thursday sprung another 28 Rikers Island inmates who were supposed to be transferred to state department of corrections drug-treatment programs, according to the Legal Aid Society. The 28 inmates had violated the terms of their parole and were granted admission to either a 90-day or 45-day drug-treatment program at a DOCCS-run facility. But...
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Why New Jersey’s Unemployment Insurance System Uses a 60-Year-Old Programming Language
The programming language COBOL hasn’t been taught at most universities in decades.
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Coronavirus hospitalizations are dropping, New York governor says, but 'you're not out of the woods'
New York, which is the epicenter of the American coronavirus outbreak, had its lowest daily jump in hospitalizations since the crisis picked up -- but Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned the state is just on its "first wave."
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799 dead from virus in NY Wednesday, worst day yet
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said 799 people died Wednesday from the new coronavirus in the state. He said the state was arranging to bring in additional funeral directors to handle all the bodies. (April 9)       
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Nurse makes cakes & cupcakes for hospital workers
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White House to require coronavirus tests for journalists covering daily briefing
The White House has required journalists to have their temperatures checked before stepping onto the property.
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Jessica Simpson spoofs her 2003 'Rolling Stone' cover with quarantine edition
Jessica Simpson's home life looks very different now compared to nearly 20 years ago when she graced the cover of "Rolling Stone" magazine.
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Up to 150 members of the Saudi royal family reportedly have coronavirus
Up to 150 members of the Saudi Arabian royal family have been infected with the coronavirus — striking fear into the hearts of the authoritarian kingdom’s powerful rulers, according to a report Thursday. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — the 34-year-old heir widely considered the real power behind the throne — and his ministers have...
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NJ dentist resurrects sexy, scandalous Easter Bunny display
It's quite the eggs-rated display.
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