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Queens DA Melinda Katz has tested positive for coronavirus
Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz has tested positive for the coronavirus, her office confirmed on Sunday. Katz, 54, learned on March 21 or 22 that she had been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and got tested. Her results came back on Saturday, spokeswoman Kim Livingston told The Post. The former Queens borough president experienced symptoms...
Tent hospital being constructed in New York City's Central Park
As the coronavirus pandemic slams New York City, Mount Sinai Hospital and Sanitarian's Purse are setting up a tent hospital in Central Park. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio gives an update on how the city's emergency system and health system are handling the crisis.
Former USC football player Quinton Powell hospitalized with COVID-19 symptoms
Former USC linebacker Quinton Powell is pleading for others to stay safe after being hospitalized while experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus illness.
Norman Reedus on 10 Years of 'The Walking Dead' and How Cher Is His Dream Guest on AMC's 'Ride'
Norman Reedus talks 10 years of 'The Walking Dead' and why Cher is his dream guest on his reality show 'Ride.'
Casey Martin, former PGA Tour pro who won right to use cart, fighting to save his leg
Casey Martin, now the men's golf coach at Oregon, broke his leg in October, but his congenital circulatory disorder prevents the fracture from healing       
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How are small businesses coping with coronavirus closures? How are some former CNN Heroes joining in the fight against Covid-19? These are two of today's topics.
Tom Brady reliving Patriots glory in coronavirus quarantine
Tom Brady may no longer be a Patriot, but that doesn’t mean the four-time Super Bowl MVP isn’t reminiscing about his 20 years in New England. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ new starting quarterback spent his Sunday, likely self-isolating during the coronavirus pandemic, watching the Patriots’ legendary comeback from a 25-point deficit against the Atlanta Falcons...
Elizabeth Hurley shares coronavirus quarantine update: 'Keeping everyone as safe as possible'
Elizabeth Hurley has been a busy bee while stuck in coronavirus quarantine.
900 NYPD members will be positive for coronavirus by Monday, commissioner says
The number of confirmed NYPD coronavirus cases is expected to spike Monday morning to around 900, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said Sunday — as he revealed that more and more cops continue to call out sick. That’s a jump of 300 cases since Saturday. “We know that those numbers are going to continually grow,” Shea...
Trump is bragging on Twitter about his coronavirus briefings getting lots of viewers
President Donald Trump speaks at a daily coronavirus press conference on March 27, 2020. | The Washington Post via Getty Im Increasingly, members of the media are concerned this large audience is being given dangerous, incorrect information. President Donald Trump boasted about the ratings of his daily live news conferences on the coronavirus Sunday, and suggested that the large viewer numbers — rather than the misleading remarks he has made during them — are fueling discussions in the media about ending the practice of broadcasting them live and unfiltered. “Because the ‘Ratings’ of my News Conferences etc. are so high, ‘Bachelor finale, Monday Night Football type numbers’ according to the [New York Times], the Lamestream Media is going CRAZY,” Trump tweeted Sunday afternoon. Because the “Ratings” of my News Conferences etc. are so high, “Bachelor finale, Monday Night Football type numbers” according to the @nytimes, the Lamestream Media is going CRAZY. “Trump is reaching too many people, we must stop him.” said one lunatic. See you at 5:00 P.M.!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 29, 2020 Trump followed that tweet with four others that quoted a New York Times story that referred to the president’s daily briefings as “a ratings hit.” But while Trump is framing the debate about whether his briefings should be broadcast live as stemming from envy or political ambition in the liberal press, in reality the arguments from columnists and staffers at CNN and MSNBC have centered on Trump showering the public with dangerous misinformation and spreading false narratives about the state of the coronavirus pandemic. As the Times reports, Trump’s daily press briefings on coronavirus are attracting huge numbers: 8.5 million on cable news, which is, in fact, “roughly the viewership of the season finale of ‘The Bachelor.’” (Not including viewers on broadcast television or online streaming, which likely increases that figure by millions more, if not tens of millions more, people.) Trump sees this as an opportunity to brag — a sign of his popularity and, theoretically, public trust in his leadership in a time of crisis. The problem with that line of thinking is the fact that many people are not tuning into briefings because of Trump, but because they want to keep up-to-date on coronavirus and the US’s policies on it. During these briefings it’s not just Trump who speaks, but his coronavirus task force, which includes top public health officials like Dr. Anthony Fauci, the widely respected director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Dr. Deborah Birx, a physician noted for her work combating HIV/AIDS and the White House’s coronavirus response coordinator. The coronavirus pandemic has caused an economic crisis, policy chaos at home and abroad, and widespread physical and mental suffering around the globe — it would make sense that millions are tuning in to hear the nation’s top officials provide clear, accurate information on the latest. It’s precisely the critical importance of conveying accurate information in a time of crisis that has spurred many political analysts and members of the press to argue that it’s dangerous to present Trump’s words to the public through live broadcasts. Trump has made dozens of false claims during the briefings, including overstating the potential of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for Covid-19, and falsely saying that anyone who wants to be tested for coronavirus infections can get one. Vox’s Matt Yglesias has argued against live broadcasts of Trump’s briefings on the basis that they’re “ersatz rallies held for political purposes rather than bona fide attempts to inform the public:” It’s never good when politicians lie. But in a public health crisis, you have a lot of people seeking accurate information and some of those people turn toward the news media. It’s important for those of us working in the media to try to provide that information. When a person turns on the television and sees the president of the United States giving inaccurately optimistic assessments of the progress of testing, vaccine research, and treatment it encourages people to be less careful with their hand-washing and social distancing than they otherwise might be. That costs lives. And while offering a post-briefing “fact check” is better than nothing, it doesn’t really undo the harm of showing it in the first place. What’s called for is news coverage that incorporates the fact that the president is saying things, but that focuses on providing people with accurate information — there are not currently Covid-19 treatments that scale very well, leaving hospitals at risk of becoming overwhelmed and unable to offer ventilators to everyone who needs them, making it morally urgent to do everything possible to slow the spread of the virus until a more comprehensive testing regime can be put in place. When prominent members of the media and news anchors like MSNBC host Rachel Maddow have argued against television networks broadcasting Trump’s briefings, it’s not been because they’re upset that someone they oppose politically is getting a lot of attention. It’s that the politician involved is exploiting that attention for political gain and hurting the public with falsehoods.
Custody battle between Meghan King Edmonds and Jim Edmonds rages on despite coronavirus
Not even coronavirus can stop a custody battle.
Colorado nurse contracts coronavirus: 'A lot of my friends are nurses at the hospital and they're very worried'
A Colorado nurse, who contracted COVID-19, told Fox News on Sunday that a lot of her friends are nurses “and they’re very worried” about running out of personal protective equipment amid the coronavirus outbreak. 
Country singer Joe Diffie dies of coronavirus complications
NEW YORK — Country singer Joe Diffie, who had a string of hits in the 1990s with chart-topping ballads and honky-tonk singles like “Home” and “Pickup Man,” has died after testing positive for COVID-19. He was 61. Diffie on Friday announced he had contracted the coronavirus, becoming the first country star to go public with...
David Schramm, best known as Roy Biggins on 'Wings,' dies at 73
David Schramm, the actor who played rival airlines owner Roy Biggins in "Wings," has died. He was 73.        
Fans and Musicians Remember Country Singer Joe Diffie, Who Died From Coronavirus Complications
Diffie was a Grammy award-winning artist and 25-year member of the Grand Ole Opry who was known for his hits in the 1990s like Pickup Man, John Deere Green and Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox.
New Yorkers not practicing social distancing will face fine, de Blasio says
New Yorkers could now face an up-to $500 fine for refusing to practice social distancing as the city fights the surging coronavirus, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday. “It’s as simple as this,” Hizzoner said. “If someone is told by an officer ‘Disperse, keep moving,’ … and they don’t follow the direct instruction from the...
Jeanine Pirro Pushes Back Against Social Media Speculation She Was Drunk on Fox News Show
Some said Pirro had an uncanny similarity to Cecily Strong’s impression of her on Saturday Night Live.
Popular NYPD officer shares #ClapBecauseWeCare video dedicated to coronavirus first responders
Michael Counihan, one of New York City's most famous police officers, took the time Sunday to share a video from the movement #ClapBecauseWeCare, a public display of gratitude to first responders of the coronavirus pandemic.
A top Republican wants to hold off on additional coronavirus aid
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. | Aurora Samperio/NurPhoto/Getty Images Rep. Kevin McCarthy implied further packages might serve to advance Democratic priorities like a Green New Deal and sanctuary city designations. Days after President Donald Trump signed into law a $2 trillion coronavirus relief package, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has begun to argue additional congressional aid may not be necessary — even as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she is eyeing “phase four” of coronavirus relief. “I’m not sure you need a fourth package,” McCarthy said on Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures. Congress has passed three relief bills in the last several weeks. “What concerns me is when I listen to Nancy Pelosi talk about a fourth package now, it’s because she did not get out of things that she really wanted,” he said, noting certain elements Democrats asked for had held up the CARES Act, which was signed into law on Friday. Those elements included support for “sanctuary cities” and the “Green New Deal,” McCarthy said. He was likely referring to certain stipulations that Democrats had attempted to insert into the bill, such as tying relief for airline companies to increased environmental standards, increasing relief for solar and wind energy, and setting aside $350 million in aid for refugees, something which remained in the final bill. Earlier in the week, McCarthy also expressed concern that the CARES (or Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act would be followed up too soon with additional federal dollars, before lawmakers were able to fully understand the effects of its latest aid package. “We have now just passed what would be the third bill,” he said on Fox News Thursday morning. “Let’s let this work ... We have now given the resources to make and solve this problem. We don’t need to be crafting another bill right now.” Despite McCarthy’s concerns, another aid package is on the way The CARES Act, the biggest federal bailout in history, provides direct cash payments to most American adults, expands unemployment insurance, and creates loan funds for small businesses and large industries. It passed the House by a voice vote and the Senate 96-0, before being approved by Trump. Despite the strong bipartisan showing at the final vote, the days leading up to the bill’s package were marked by turmoil, as Democrats and Republicans sparred over certain provisions, including oversight measures for a $500 billion loan program for large businesses. And since its passage, some critics, especially on the left, have said that it does not go far enough, excluding some workers from cash payments, for example, and leaving accountability measures easily overstepped. That may be part of why, at a press conference on Thursday, before that bill had officially passed, Pelosi said an additional package that goes beyond “mitigation” of the crisis was in order. “There’s so many things we didn’t get in any of these bills yet in the way that we need to,” she said. Democrats have pushed for long-term expansions of emergency food assistance, paid leave programs — one such program, passed in mid-March, exists only through the state of emergency — and worker protections. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer also signaled he would consider an additional aid package. “We should be willing, able to come back in a bipartisan way and do more if we need it, and I believe we’ll probably have to do that, one way or another,” he told Politico on Thursday. McCarthy disagreed Thursday, saying, “I wouldn’t be so quick to say you have to write something else ... Whatever decision we have to make going forward, let’s do it with knowledge, let’s do with experience of what’s on the ground at that moment in time.” But many of his fellow Republicans disagree. Republican Sen. Roy Blunt, for example said, Friday, “The minute we’re done with phase three, we’ll start talking about phase four because all of us know that phase three can’t have included everything that needs to be included.” When senators will return to negotiate a fourth package, is not clear: the Senate is out of session until at least April 20, and the House is also on a recess. However, McConnell has said he’s instructed senators to be ready to return earlier if needed: “If circumstances require the Senate to return for a vote sooner than April 20, we will provide at least 24 hours notice,” the majority leader said. Lawmakers of both parties agree the economy — and workers — are in need of help In spite of the three relief packages that have already passed, the American economy — and the individual workers, investors, and businesses that comprise it — are still deeply hurt by the spread of Covid-19. Amid a spiraling stock market, one of the starkest illustrations of the economic freefall sparked by this virus’s spread — a freefall that could lead to a recession, if not an outright depression, economists say — is the most recent jobless numbers: 3.3 million Americans filed for unemployment last week, shattering a 1982 record of about 700,000 filings in one week. This has wide-reaching effects, as Vox’s Matthew Yglesias and Christina Animashaun report: it means small businesses, temporarily shut down to encourage social distancing, may permanently shutter; in the meantime, workers are losing jobs and curtailing spending. “The surge is so unprecedented in historical terms that it essentially defies efforts to forecast where the economy may go in the future,” Yglesias writes. And while some disagreements remain between Republicans and Democrats over Congress’ role in providing economic assistance — such as whether the latest bill should be the first part of an ongoing disaster relief effort or phase one of an ongoing stimulus program. There is bipartisan support for congressional economic aid. GOP Sen. Mitt Romney, for example, was a strong supporter of sending checks to individual Americans and House Democrats proposed giving the airline industry a $40 billion bailout. While the scale of the economic disaster is still unknown and hard to foretell — early predictions of unemployment filings were off by about a million, for example — quelling one wave at this stage won’t necessarily prevent more from rippling out, as Vox’s Ezra Klein has written, citing Moody’s Analytics chief economist, Mark Zandi. Following the sudden stop of public life in the last few weeks, as people stop eating out, seeking child care, traveling, buying homes and cars, and engaging in the thousand activities that spark a healthy economy, more waves follow, Klein writes: When the economy stops, and GDP plummets, workers lose their jobs. That, Zandi said, is wave two, and “it’s coming very quickly.” It may already be here. Initial data suggests we’re seeing a spike in unemployment claims so massive it makes the worst week of the Great Recession essentially disappear on a chart. .... The third wave, according to Zandi, will be “all these folks who’ve seen their nest egg wiped out. They thought they were set for retirement and they’re not. They’ll go into panic mode.” The shattered stock market will be a disaster for those in or near retirement. They’re watching wealth they worked their whole lives to build crumble in the space of weeks. They won’t purchase that new car, buy that new house, plan that vacation — and unlike some of the direct economic stoppages, which will lift when the virus eases, their reticence to spend will slow economic growth long after the direct crisis ends. Wave four, Zandi continues, will see businesses cut investment. Corporations that intended to open a new factory won’t; media organizations thinking of launching new publications will hold back; businesses that meant to upgrade their office space in 2021 will decide they’re fine where they are. Another engine of economic growth dead. As a result, relief money that does not take into account long-term ramifications — the money people will need in their pockets to keep stocking up on food, for example, during ever-increasing stay-at-home orders — will not be enough to mitigate even the worst effects of this disaster, much less spark ongoing energy back into the economy. The crafting of any additional relief legislation will shed some light on which direction lawmakers intend to go — whether they seek to stanch economic bleeding, or proactively try to prevent more wounds from opening.
New York leaders look at harrowing week ahead
The region has the largest concentration of coronavirus cases in the nation, with nearly 1,000 deaths in New York state alone.
'This is not a reality TV show': Trump criticized for tweets on TV ratings as coronavirus death toll rises
Trump said the news media was "going CRAZY" because the TV ratings for his recent news briefings were so high.        
Coronavirus deaths fall again in Italy but lockdown extension looms
ROME — The number of deaths from coronavirus in Italy fell for the second consecutive day on Sunday but the country still looked almost certain to see an extension of stringent containment measures. The Civil Protection department said 756 people had died in the last day, bringing the total to 10,779 — more than a...
A whiplash world waits to see if coronavirus stimulus can help markets
We are about to find out if the stimulus efforts are enough to calm nervous markets, experts say,
Start your Monday smart: Pandemic, stay home, equal pay, US census, culture online
Pandemic ... stay at home ... equal pay ... US census ... April Fools ... autism awareness ... James Corden ... Coachella ... Here's what the next six days will bring.
6-year-old girl gets birthday parade after her party was canceled
Local farmers open virtual farmers market
Man walks 50 miles, raises money for health workers
Friends say goodbye to foreign exchange student
Elsa visits kids stuck at home, delivers song
Meet power company's only female field employee
Joe Diffie, award-winning country music singer, dies at 61 of COVID-19 complications
Joe Diffie, a country music star who enjoyed a career high in the 1990s, died Sunday of complications from COVID-19.
New York Coronavirus Update: Cuomo Extends Stay-at-Home Order Through April 15: 'We Have Made It Through Far Greater Things'
The governor announced an extension for New York State's "PAUSE" policy, now in effect for at least two more weeks.
Coronavirus quarantines, stay-at-home orders lead to pollution drop, studies find
While the coronavirus has negatively impacted international productivity and economic activity, scientists have discovered a strange side-effect to quarantines.
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Coronavirus having less of an impact on lower-income, rural areas, report finds
Coronavirus cases in the U.S. have surged in recent weeks but remain comparatively low in poor and rural areas, according to a new analysis.  
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MTA’s 24-hour coronavirus hotline keeps crashing as workers are ravaged by crisis
The MTA’s 24-hour hot line for workers with coronavirus symptoms is constantly crashing because it’s being flooded with calls — and higher-ups are bracing for a mass sickout, transit insiders told The Post. Bus and subway employees already called out sick at three times the normal rate last week, prompting the MTA to dramatically reduce...
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Yankees star Aroldis Chapman’s muscles look ridiculous in new photo
This might help explain Aroldis Chapman’s signature fastball. The Yankees’ star closer looked swole as ever in a picture he shared to Instagram on Saturday, showing himself and a few friends playing dominoes. Chapman has spent some of baseball’s coronavirus-induced break bulking up, as shown by another social-media photo of the 32-year-old power lifting two...
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I was an AmeriCorps Member in West Virginia. The Benefits and Limitations of National Service.
In a cavernous ballroom at the Hilton Hotel Philadelphia in 2009 when I was twenty-one years old, I sat at a round table with the others whose name tags had also been stamped with the double green dots meaning we were headed for central Appalachia—West Virginia, western Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina. There were…
Washington nursing home residents lift spirits during coronavirus lockdown with personal notes to families
Residents at a Washington state nursing home are spreading positive energy and smiles with photos of their personal notes to loved ones who are unable to physically visit them at the center as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Mike Francesa eyes sports utopia when coronavirus abates
Mike Francesa sees the light at the end of this sports-less tunnel. During his return to Sunday mornings for WFAN as part of the station’s coronavirus-related weekend revamp, Francesa spoke of the potential sports utopia that awaits when sporting events can resume. The notoriously opinionated radio host is under the impression that all postponed sports...
Sen. Kennedy: Congress tried to hide 'spending porn on pet projects' in stimulus bill, but Americans noticed
In an effort to reach a compromise on the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package which President Trump signed last week, Republican lawmakers had to "swallow" the "spending porn on pet projects" in the bill, Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., said.
'90s country music star Joe Diffie dies of complications from coronavirus
Joe Diffie, a country music singer known for his lighthearted odes to country life that reached mainstream success in the 1990s, died Sunday from complications of coronavirus, his publicist said in a news release.
Remnick: Cost of Trump's delays will be 'paid in human lives'
David Remnick, the editor of The New Yorker, says Trump's "lies," narcissism, and "lack of empathy" has "led to disaster. Has led to delay. And this will be -- and I think history will prove this -- this will be something that's paid in human lives. And that's an enormous tragedy."
Instacart adds safety measures, enhanced tipping tool ahead of workforce strike
The grocery delivery company said it would distribute health and safety supplies to its workers who gather food and supplies at supermarkets.
Coronavirus Live Updates: State and City Leaders Clamor for Medical Supplies as U.S. Cases Top 135,000
The global count has passed 670,000, an official warns Britain that some kind of lockdown may last for months and Biden urges mail-in elections.
Priests offer drive-thru confessions
As the Covid-19 pandemic forces churches and places of worship to close across the country, Chelmsford Catholic Collaborative found a way around the problem.
Louisiana governor's staffer dies of virus complications
A 33-year-old member of Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards' staff, April Dunn, died due to complications from coronavirus.
Armed vigilantes chop down tree, block driveway to force neighbor into quarantine
A group of armed vigilantes cut down a tree and dragged it across a man’s driveway in Maine to force him to quarantine in his home amid fears he could be infected with the coronavirus, officials said. A man residing on Cripple Creek Road in Vinalhaven, an island off the coast of Maine, called authorities...