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'The Walking Dead' Season 10 Episode 15 Spoilers: What Happens in the Finale?
"The Walking Dead" Season 10 episode 15 spoilers have arrived. Find out what Beta plans to do with his massive horde in the finale.
Trump says he will not wear mask despite CDC recommendation
President Trump unveiled a new CDC recommendation on Friday that strongly urges Americans to wear some sort of cloth or fabric face mask when in public. President Trump said he will not be following that guideline, although he came down on manufacturer 3M for not manufacturing enough protective masks for the U.S. Nikole Killion reports on the White House pandemic response from Washington, D.C.
6 arthouse movies and festival favorites you can stream right now to help save local cinema
Coronavirus has shuttered local theaters, but "virtual cinema" allows audiences to watch movies and give back to their favorite establishments.        
Mazda turns 100: Automaker commemorates centennial with 8 car refreshes
The range of special-edition models includes the Mazda2, Mazda3 and Mazda6. There's also a reworked CX-3, CX-30, CX-5 and CX-8.       
White House monitors big cities for signs of coronavirus outbreaks
With over a quarter million of all known cases and a death toll of over 7,100, the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect nearly every aspect of daily American life. New York remains the epicenter of the crisis, although Dr. Deborah Birx said in a press conference on Friday that other big cities such as Chicago, Detroit and D.C. are on the White House task force’s watch as well. All but nine U.S. states are now under some sort of order to remain at home in an effort to slow the virus’ spread. Michael George reports on just some of the hardest hit areas.
Corona Beer Factories in Mexico Suspend Production as Government Deems Brewery Non-Essential
Grupo Modelo, of brewing group Anheuser-Busch InBev, said in a statement posted to Twitter it will halt beer making from April 5 and is currently in the process of reducing production in its plants.
A German Exception? Why the Country’s Coronavirus Death Rate Is Low
The pandemic has hit Germany hard, with more than 91,000 people infected. But the percentage of fatal cases has been remarkably low compared to those in many neighboring countries.
Spain's death toll rise is flattening out
Eye Opener: New York sees highest single-day coronavirus death toll
New York saw its highest ever single-day death toll from the coronavirus pandemic so far on Friday. Also, the stock market closed at another low after a critical jobs report saw over 6 million Americans file for unemployment. All that and all that matters in today’s Eye Opener. Your world in 90 seconds.
Day 24 Without Sports
We project what might have happened in the two Final Four games that were supposed to be played Saturday in Atlanta.       
Go Ahead, Binge TV That Isn’t Escapist
Instead of dwelling on the crisis you’re actually living, watch these crises instead.
Does the Trump Administration Have the Talent Make the Stimulus Work?
As the New Deal shows us, it takes expertise, professionalism and skill to execute massive government programs—qualities the White House lacks.
NFL draft 2020: After free agency losses, Dallas Cowboys could look to reload at key positions
After free agency losses, the Dallas Cowboys could look to reload at key positions in the NFL draft.       
U.S. agriculture: Can it handle coronavirus, labor shortages and panic buying?
Despite being ready, both farms and fields will be tested by the pandemic. Here's what coronavirus bodes for the American dinner table.       
Explainer: Why U.S. hospitals see promise in plasma from new coronavirus patients
U.S. hospitals desperate to help very sick patients with COVID-19, the highly contagious respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus, are trying a treatment first used in the 1890s that relies on blood plasma donated by recovered patients.
'We'll Get Through This': Living In New York City During The Coronavirus Pandemic
Politicians give speeches and scary headlines fill the news, but somehow life pushes on for New Yorkers.
Search suspended for two members of Kennedy family
The search for two members of the Kennedy family -- Maeve Kennedy McKean and her son, Gideon -- was suspended 26 hours after they were reported missing in the Chesapeake Bay near Annapolis, Maryland, the Coast Guard said. CNN affiliate WJZ reports.
Agriculture Secretary Perdue: Despite coronavirus, America’s food supply is safe, secure and abundant
The bare store shelves you see in some cities across our country are a demand issue, not a supply issue. There is enough food in the United States to feed our citizens.
Washington to Zoom: Welcome to the hot seat
The coronavirus turned the video-conferencing platform into the way that millions of people stay connected. But now it's lobbying up amid a host of security and privacy questions.
Jared Kushner's Role In Coronavirus Response Draws Scrutiny, Criticism
The president's son-in-law and senior adviser has emerged as a key figure in the Trump administration's response to the outbreak.
It's the coronavirus, stupid
From the presidential contest to local issue campaigns, political ads are shifting to speak to the new issue that matters above all others: the coronavirus pandemic.
U.S. May Get More Ventilators But Run Out Of Medicine For COVID-19 Patients
There have been dramatic spikes in demand for sedatives, pain medications, paralytics, and other drugs that are crucial for patients who are on ventilators.
COMIC: Grocery Workers Are Essential, And Feeling The Strain
"I feel happy to have a job that is important," says a clerk in Portland, Ore. "But safe? No way!" A graphic artist relays the worries, pleas and pride from key workers on the pandemic's front line.
'The Wuhan I Know': A Comic About The City Behind The Coronavirus Headlines
Laura Gao is a native of Wuhan, China — where the cordonavirus outbreak began. As the virus spread, Wuhan captured the world's attention. Her comic offers a personal look at the city she loves.
5 books not to miss: Grady Hendrix vampire novel, Veronica Roth's 'The Chosen Ones,'
Veronica Roth is back with new adult novel "Chosen Ones," and Grady Hendrix thrills with "The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires."        
The new coronavirus might spread when people talk, but scientists say masks can help
It's possible that the new coronavirus can spread from person to person simply by talking, or even breathing, according to preliminary studies.
Even Now, Criminal Defendants Have Rights
In California, home to one in eight U.S. residents, emergency measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic have scaled back the rights of criminal defendants, raising thorny questions about what process is due while public-health authorities insist on strict social distancing. Everyone understands that the state is in a temporary emergency and that some changes to the criminal-justice system are defensible, or perhaps even imperative. At the same time, many bygone emergencies have triggered some excessive impingements on rights and liberties.[Barbara Bradley Hagerty: Innocent prisoners are going to die of the coronavirus]And the stakes will likely extend beyond the Golden State.“Throughout the coronavirus crisis, California has been at the leading edge of adopting new measures,” Noah Feldman observes at Bloomberg Opinion. “San Francisco and other Bay Area counties were the first to adopt formal shelter-in-place orders; and California was the first state to adopt a statewide movement-restricting order. Both of these became influential models. What California does today in criminal justice may soon be followed by other states.”Statewide changes began when Tani Cantil-Sakauye, California’s chief justice, suspended jury trials for 60 days—a nod to the impossibility of assembling juries and convening attorneys, witnesses, court reporters, bailiffs, and others without spreading the coronavirus. The order allowed exceptions if there were a “good cause shown” for an earlier trial. Governor Gavin Newsom set the stage for more changes last Friday in an executive order that gave the Judicial Council of California, the rule-making body for the state’s courts, sweeping emergency powers “to make any modifications to legal practice and procedure it deems necessary.”The council quickly acted to modify core legal protections for defendants. “Certain inmates normally have the right to be released if a hearing isn’t held within 10 days. That will be extended to 30 days,” the Los Angeles Times explained. “Defendants charged with a felony normally must be taken before a judge in 48 hours. The new deadline is seven court days.” Consider a poor person arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. Normally he would be arraigned and receive a public defender within 48 hours of arrest. Now he could sit in jail for a week without an attorney before getting the opportunity to tell his side of things to a judge.[Conor Friedersdorf: Can’t we at least give prisoners soap?]Lawyers and civil-liberties advocates are scrambling to understand the new rules, their implications, and how to respond. Advocates for defendants fear that today’s compromises are too one-sided. “If we’re going to go down this road of denying people their speedy trial rights, then we should talk about releasing them on no-cash bail or some other form of release, such as electronic monitoring,” Alameda County Public Defender Brendon Woods declared in a public statement. “The right to a speedy and public trial is the bedrock of the U.S. Constitution and is one of the founding principles of this country. Losing that … should alarm every single person in California.”The delay of jury trials appears far more warranted than the new timelines for pretrial defendants. With trials suspended and arrests down most everywhere as the state is on lockdown, presumably more judges can dedicate themselves to conducting speedy arraignments and preliminary hearings––and they should, given that thinning out jails and avoiding needless detentions are urgent public-health priorities expected to save some lives. People arrested for reasons that aren’t legally valid or without sufficient evidence to back up a charge may now languish far longer than before, during a particularly dangerous time to be in jail.“The way we currently cage people is such that they cannot comply with what everyone agrees are critical public-health guidelines,” Kathleen Guneratne of the American Civil Liberties Union told me. “In our view, the judicial council should have sped up the process and made sure that more people got to court sooner, not later, because right now, this is literally life or death for people in jails. If the building is on fire, you don’t narrow the funnel so that fewer people can get out alive. You open more doors.” Indeed, there are already news reports of COVID-19 among prisoners in some facilities.Of course, all states must ultimately conform with the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution, which states, in part, “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial.” The U.S. Supreme Court may ultimately decide what that means during this pandemic. Throughout, officials at every level of government should always bear in mind that until being convicted by a jury of their peers, Americans are owed a presumption of innocence.
Netflix’s Demented Cannibal-Prison Movie Is Actually Timely
Netflix’s viral new thriller is set in what sounds like a stodgy WeWork facility: the “Vertical Self-Management Center.” But the people trapped inside refer to it by a more evocative title—“The Hole”—because the building is, in fact, a skyscraperlike prison with a giant void in the middle. This hole is central to The Platform’s disturbing premise: An inmate named Goreng wakes up and learns that he is in a concrete reformatory composed of hundreds of levels. Each day, an elaborate feast is laid out on the titular platform, which drops from floor to floor. Each level can only eat the leftovers of those above. There’s supposedly enough food for everyone—if the prisoners only eat what they need.The Spanish director Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia’s film (originally titled El hoyo) isn’t a delicate satire. The people on the top levels always gorge themselves so that by the time the table reaches the lower floors, there’s nothing left. But the current resonance of The Platform’s brutalist portrait of real-life inequality is not hard to understand right now, during an unprecedented global pandemic.The movie premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September but has rocketed up Netflix’s most-popular list in recent weeks as existing disparities widen around the world and in the U.S. The movie’s portrayal of avarice and desperation in response to scarcity cuts close to the bone in a moment when states are competing for respirators, panic shopping has left grocery shelves bare, price gouging is rampant, scammers are offering fake tests and vaccines, and the most vulnerable Americans have become only more endangered. In The Platform, the decisions of a select few in the highest echelons determine the survival of those below them. The film is as heavy-handed as it sounds, but these aren’t subtle times.Gaztelu-Urrutia’s movie toggles between lengthy philosophical conversations and scenes of extreme violence. It follows Goreng (played by Ivan Massagué), a man who chose to enter the facility for six months in exchange for an accredited diploma, as he tries to survive in The Hole without losing his sense of decency. The film will delight genre lovers with its gory depiction of the lower levels’ inevitable desperation. Blood and feces streak the walls of the Center and the faces of its occupants. Cannibalism is—it’s not a spoiler to say—a frequent occurrence. Gaztelu-Urrutia’s lens is unflinching: Against backdrops of gray and muted browns, the characters’ injuries and anguished faces command attention. The film’s sound design stretches out every slash, scream, and fall.These are fantastical representations of the human toll within a system that promotes competition and self-interest. The Platform never lets you forget that its characters’ decisions, no matter how small, could result in others’ deprivation. Though the film was made long before the pandemic struck, it’s hard to watch prisoners stuff their faces, knowing that others won’t see a crumb, and not think of the people who hoarded masks and hand sanitizer around the U.S. in the disaster’s earliest days.[Read: An ethicist on how to make impossible decisions]But The Platform also reminds viewers over and over that none of this depravity is necessary. The film indicts individuals for their participation in a violent system; it’s not content to saddle abstract concepts with all the guilt. Because the prisoners are randomly shuffled to new levels once a month (you can be moved from Level 6 to Level 201 and vice versa), everyone operates from a position of scarcity. In this, The Hole deviates from more entrenched real-life economic dynamics, but the film emphasizes a message that nonetheless applies: Even amid impossible conditions, human beings have a responsibility to one another—regardless of whether they will tangibly benefit from their own actions.In The Platform, the decisions of a select few in the highest echelons of a bleak environment determine the survival of those below them. (Netflix)Beginning with Goreng’s early claim that “it’s fairer to ration the food,” The Platform teases some kind of revolt. “Eventually, something has to happen in the VSC,” one of Goreng’s cellmates tells him. “Something that fosters a spontaneous sense of solidarity.” Without revealing too much, Goreng and another detainee do attempt to bring about that revolutionary upheaval—but the film’s ending offers no easy answers or simple moral takeaways. While it’s unclear what the real-life counterpart of that effort would look like during the COVID-19 crisis, The Platform hints at a reworking of the system that recalls the ending of Snowpiercer, Bong Joon Ho’s 2013 science-fiction film.In Snowpiercer, all of Earth’s remaining inhabitants circumnavigate the globe in a luxury train broken up into strata: The poorest residents live in the back, and the wealthiest are up front, closest to the engine. Both films leave audiences on a curious, uncertain note. The future of their unequal systems appears forever changed, if only because of who is tasked with carrying their populations forward. That The Platform’s final scenes find even a shred of optimism within its twisted world is strangely comforting, an unexpected balm in a film—and a world—that seems to relish in inflicting wounds.
The Cuomo Brothers put on quite a show. Should the journalism-ethics police shut it down?
The on-air coronavirus banter of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and CNN’s Chris Cuomo is weird but compelling viewing — and it just might serve a public benefit.
What’s ‘essential,’ anyway? Roses, guns, manicures, your job — it all depends on who’s deciding.
During the coronavirus pandemic, a lot of people disagree on what businesses and jobs are absolutely necessary.
The pandemic threatens imprisoned dissidents and journalists everywhere. They must be freed.
All prisoners must be protected.
Keir Starmer elected UK opposition leader
The former lawyer is expected to pull the party back toward the center ground.
How to make disinfectant spray and wipes at home
Here’s how to make your own disinfectant wipes or spray at home. In this step-by-step tutorial, you will need Clorox bleach, a roll of paper towels, latex or rubber gloves, a garbage bag to protect the work surface, a mixing cup, a stirring tool, a cutting board and a knife. The most important ingredient, however,...
Barr orders increase in home confinement as virus surges
Attorney General William Barr has ordered the Bureau of Prisons to increase the use of home confinement
Lessons learned from Asia: Should we all be wearing masks?
As governments in the West wrestle with guidance on face masks, many living in Asia have been diligently wearing them for months since the start of the crisis. And there is evidence that widespread use has led to greater success in infection control. CNN's Kristie Lu Stout reports.
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Sports franchises like to talk about family. Here’s an example of acting like one.
They're part-time employees at Capitals and Wizards games. They got taken care of anyway.
Cuomo denies he’ll ‘seize’ ventilators from upstate for NYC, says order promotes ‘sharing’
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo bristled Friday at a reporter’s suggestion that his executive order to deploy the National Guard to round up unused ventilators and other medical gear to fight coronavirus amounted to a bid to “seize” the items.
Britain's Labour Party names Keir Starmer as new leader
Britain's main opposition Labour Party named Keir Starmer, a former director of public prosecutions who opposed the country's exit from the European Union, as its leader on Saturday.
I have a silk mask to match my wedding dress
Rome has given me so much. I came here for a two-year stay from Montclair, New Jersey, for a master's degree. That was nearly seven years ago. I was bewitched by the Eternal City, and most of all by the man who is now my fiancé, Fabio.
Coronavirus live updates: Cloth masks in public recommended; US retailers limit store access; FEMA sends medical supplies
As the nation continues to grapple with the crisis, retailers are limiting how many shoppers can enter stores to encourage social distancing.
No COVID-19 tests available for prisoners at center of NY outbreak, court docs show
"Please help me before I die," one inmate said via his attorney.
Letters to the Editor: Time for Obama and other ex-presidents to come to our rescue
Trump's leadership is inadequate in one of the worst crises ever. Perhaps typically quiet ex-presidents can put forth a plan for a national lockdown.
Letters to the Editor: Going to church doesn't make you a good believer, especially during a pandemic
If spirituality is about the individual, then a few weeks for legally mandated isolation might actually be good for the soul.
Column: Social distancing holdouts put us all at risk. What part of 'deadly pandemic' don't they get?
Why does social distancing in the coronavirus pandemic still meet resistance when we know it can flatten the curve, reduce deaths and save our lives and the lives of others?
Opinion: We're talking a lot about seniors and coronavirus. Here, they talk for themselves
Not surprisingly, our older letter writers have opinions when politicians suggest they should sacrifice their health for the economy.
Rep. Chip Roy: Coronavirus shutdowns and rising unemployment causing economic pain that must be considered
While government leaders have shut down much of our economy in response to the coronavirus, we should recognize that those efforts could cost lives in other ways.
Op-Ed: How Republicans are using the pandemic to suppress the vote
In November, Republican lawmakers could close polling places in Democratic areas and even prevent people from voting directly for the president.
Letters to the Editor: Pot vaping was ruining lungs before COVID-19, and now cannabis is 'essential'?
An ER doctor criticizes Gov. Newsom for deeming the marijuana business essential amid a pandemic that causes deadly pneumonia.