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De Blasio thanks Trump, Kushner and the New England Patriots for N95 masks
Mayor Bill de Blasio gave a special thanks Friday to President Trump and the commander-in-chief’s senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, for making good on a promise to get 200,000 N95 masks to city hospitals amid the coronavirus pandemic. De Blasio, speaking during a press briefing on COVID-19, said that he was on a phone...
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nypost.com
Coronavirus Supply Czar Jared Kushner Demonstrates He Has No Grasp on Coronavirus Supply Situation
There’s nothing behind the facade, but the facade itself isn’t that impressive either.
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slate.com
Coronavirus may lead to increase in domestic violence: WHO
Speaking to reporters Friday about the coronavirus pandemic, the WHO Director General called on countries to include services for addressing domestic violence in their COVID-19 response.
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cbsnews.com
Struggling city food pantries want de Blasio to match Cuomo’s pledged emergency funds
Big Apple food pantry providers are calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to match the $25 million in emergency funds that Gov. Andrew Cuomo agreed to include for them in the new state budget, saying they’re facing unprecedented demands because of the coronavirus pandemic and also need the city’s help. “There’s no time to waste,”...
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Child rapist ordered released to keep him safe from coronavirus
A Massachusetts man convicted of repeatedly raping a 12-year-old boy was ordered released from jail Friday — because he suffers from health conditions that can make him vulnerable to coronavirus, according to new reports. Glenn Christie, 54, who uses a wheelchair, was ordered released from the Massachusetts Treatment Center by Superior Court Judge Heidi Brieger,...
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Hobby Lobby to Close All Stores, Furlough Employees With No Pay After Claiming To Be 'Essential Business'
"We encourage furloughed employees to file their claims with their State's unemployment commissions as soon as possible," read a statement by Hobby Lobby on Friday.
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90% of Americans are under stay-at-home orders
More than 90% of the U.S. population is under stay-at-home orders, but governors in some states are not implementing that order because it would create more job losses for Americans. Janet Shamlian reports.
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Why I Vote: South Carolina teacher works two jobs to stay afloat
For the second installment of our series, CBS News visits an elementary school teacher in South Carolina who works two jobs just to get by.
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cbsnews.com
Stop Using Toilet Paper
Why are we hoarding it when experts agree that rinsing with water is more sanitary and environmentally sound?
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nytimes.com
'No problem whatsoever': Trump downplays Fauci absence at coronavirus briefing
Fauci is a regular presence at the briefings, but has raised questions about administration policy.
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politico.com
Meet 4 budding designers making face masks for NYC first responders
On Thursday, New York City announced that residents should wear some kind of face covering when out in public. These crafty locals, however, have been far ahead of the curve — and are determined to flatten it. They’ve not only sewn masks for themselves and their loved ones, but have donated hundreds of masks to...
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‘The Flash’ actor Logan Williams dead at 16: reports
Logan Williams, the young face behind Barry Allen in the popular CW series “The Flash,” died Thursday, according to reports.
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Home health care workers care for the vulnerable – with no PPE
States are fighting to get PPE for hospitals and emergency personnel, but many home health care workers and agencies — who care for more than 8.3 million people in the U.S. — have been left to fend for themselves.
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Dr. Tom Inglesby on coronavirus pandemic
Dr. Tom Inglesby, the director of the Center For Health Security of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health,joins "CBS Evening News" with more on the coronavirus vaccine and strategies to practice while social distancing.
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NYC hospitals near capacity as virus cases climb
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an emergency order Friday to get ventilators where they are needed. Mola Lenghi reports.
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NYC sees largest 24-hour jump yet in coronavirus cases, deaths
By Friday night, the bruised Big Apple had its biggest spike in coronavirus cases and deaths in a single, 24-hour period since the outbreak hit New York last month. A staggering 6,582 additional people tested positive for the deadly bug since Thursday evening, bringing the city’s total confirmed cases to 56,289. Another 305 New Yorkers...
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Trump Promotes Voter ID, Says 'a Lot of People Cheat With Mail-In Voting'
"I think Voter ID is very important and the reason they don't want Voter ID is because they tend to cheat," Trump said.
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CDC recommends Americans should wear masks in public
President Trump announced Friday the CDC is recommending the voluntary use of face masks for all Americans. There is still a concern on the face mask shortage for healthcare workers. Paula Reid reports.
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CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin reveals positive test for coronavirus
CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin told her Twitter followers on Friday that she had tested positive for the coronavirus but expected to be back on television "real soon."
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Our fashion critic reviews 'Making the Cut's' winning looks: 'A covetable combo'
Times fashion critic Adam Tschorn offers his thoughts on Episodes 3 and 4 of Amazon's fashion competition "Making the Cut."
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latimes.com
What's on TV Saturday, April 4: 'Line of Duty'; plus, Sunday talk shows
What's on TV Saturday, April 4: Line of Duty on AMC; Coronavirus coverage; Sunday talk shows
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China Enters The Next Phase of Its COVID-19 Outbreak: Suppression
Researchers are looking at how China emerges from one of the largest lockdowns in human history — and whether the dropoff in new cases continues.
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President Trump 'won't be doing' voluntary facemasks for COVID-19 protection
As face masks are now being recommended to protect against the spread of coronavirus, President Donald Trump says he won't volunteering to wear one.        
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Government will pay for uninsured Americans’ coronavirus treatment: Trump
WASHINGTON — Uninsured Americans will be able to seek coronavirus treatment for free, with the federal government agreeing to cover hospitals’ expenses, President Trump announced Friday. The provision will be covered by a $100 billion fund for healthcare providers that was part of a historic enormous $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package passed by Congress last...
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You Shouldn’t Have to Risk Your Life to Vote
Holding a primary election in a pandemic, as Wisconsin plans to do on Tuesday, will suppress turnout and endanger public health.
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nytimes.com
Ask the Captain: Why can I hear the flight attendant's PA fine but not the pilot's?
Why are the flight attendant's PA announcements easier to hear than the captain's? Do airports ever clean up the rubber left behind by aircraft tires?       
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What if Congress Cannot Vote Because of the Coronavirus?
As Covid-19 makes social distancing a matter of life and death, a growing number of lawmakers are pushing the idea of remote voting.
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nytimes.com
Over 100 Doctors and Nurses Have Died Combating Coronavirus Across the World
Over half of the doctors and nurses who died after testing positive have been in Italy, where more than 9,000 health workers have been infected so far, nearly the same amount as in Spain.
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newsweek.com
These Are the States That Were Asking Residents to Wear Masks in Public Before the CDC's Recommendation
President Donald Trump announced Friday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were issuing voluntary guidance that all Americans wear a face covering when in public, before adding "I don't think I'll be doing it."
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Selena Gomez opens up about mental health with Miley Cyrus, talks having bipolar disorder
Selena Gomez opened up about having bipolar disorder during her appearance on Miley Cyrus' Instagram Live talk show "Bright Minded" on Friday.       
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Sheldon Silver may be finally sent to prison in June
Former State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will be sentenced in June for his most recent conviction in a corrupt kick-back scheme — despite the disgraced pol’s attempts to delay the hearing. Manhattan federal court Judge Valerie Caproni set a June 25 sentencing date for Silver, who is facing time for wire fraud, extortion and monetary...
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nypost.com
Finding love in the age of social distancing
A Brooklyn man fell for a woman he saw out his window.
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FDNY Deputy Chief Inspector dies of coronavirus
A Deputy Chief Inspector with the FDNY has died from the coronavirus, fire officials confirmed Friday. Syed Rahman, a 22-year veteran of the fire department, was part of the clean-up at ground zero after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, according to a GoFundMe for his family. Rahman died Sunday at the age of 59. He...
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U.S. airports close gates and runways as travel declines due to coronavirus
Airports are consolidating terminals and closing runways to cope with airline flight cuts and fewer travelers.      
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Food banks overwhelmed by demand
In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, millions of Americans suddenly found themselves jobless. Local food banks have stepped in to try and plug the food gap for their communities during this time of economic uncertainty.
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Trump: Americans can wear face coverings amid coronavirus outbreak — if they want to
President Trump on Friday announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  had issued new guidelines urging Americans on a voluntary basis to wear face coverings — but stopped short of recommending that they use the masks to protect themselves from the worsening coronavirus pandemic. “The CDC is advising the use of non-medical cloth...
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SBA Loan Program Starts As Small Businesses Make Urgent Applications
A $349 billion program to throw them a financial lifeline got off to a rocky start on Friday as the U.S. economy continued to seize up.
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nytimes.com
Everything you need to know about making your own face mask
A homemade mask isn’t a perfect substitute for a medical-grade one, but it could be a good alternative | Getty Images Even if you’re not crafty at all. For a while, it felt as though every day advice from health professionals was changing about whether most Americans should be wearing face masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has now officially recommended that everyone should wear a cloth mask or face covering when out in public. As German Lopez writes for Vox, “While the evidence is limited, the research suggests that more mask use by the greater public could help stop the spread of Covid-19, the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. Some studies in households and colleges ‘show a benefit of masks,’ Raina MacIntyre, head of the Biosecurity Research Program at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, told me, ‘so it would be plausible that they would also protect in lower-intensity transmission settings such as in the general community.’” The guidance had been frustratingly confusing, particularly in the midst of a pandemic where official directives have been inconsistent or outright dangerous, but it did lead to a spike in Americans taking matters into their own hands and donning masks before the official directive came, according to the Washington Post. The practice was already widespread in many parts of Asia, which some experts say could be one reason that areas like Hong Kong and South Korea seemed to do better at controlling the spread of the virus. Above all, it’s of utmost importance that medical personnel, vulnerable populations, and people who actually have the virus are first in line when it comes to medical-grade personal protective equipment, or PPE. That’s why making your own — while it won’t come with nearly the same level of protection — could be an alternative and possibly reduce considerable strain on an already drastically overburdened supply chain. I will not, here, write a cute and flip line about how you probably have a lot of time on your hands for craft projects now that you’re stuck inside, because maybe you have kids, or maybe you have a job that does not allow you to work from home, or a job that’s become infinitely more stressful now that you have to. I am literally a semi-professional crafter and even I can’t bring myself to stop panicking most days long enough to sit down and knit a couple of rows. What I will do is answer some questions you might have about what goes into making a mask, even — especially! — if you yourself are not a crafter. If you have further questions or resources you’ve found helpful, email me and let me know; I’m alanna.okun@vox.com, and chances are this guide will be updated frequently as more information becomes available. So wait, am I definitely supposed to be wearing a mask? Even if I’m not sick or vulnerable? The guidance is now that every American should wear some kind of face covering when out in public, especially in places where other social distancing measures are hard to maintain (like grocery stores or pharmacies) and in places with significant rates of community-based transmission. As Lopez previously wrote, the research is murky and inconclusive, but the main takeaway is that homemade masks are likely better than nothing: “Cloth masks ... are much less effective than the modern alternatives, as a 2015 study in BMJ found. And they can be extra risky, since they can trap and hold virus-containing droplets that wearers can then breathe in. But they still, in general, offer more protection than no mask at all, several studies concluded.” Essentially, what you’re shooting for here is not ironclad protection but rather a bolstered line of defense for both yourself and, notably, the people around you. As Lopez writes: Coronavirus appears to mostly spread when germ-containing droplets make it into a person’s mouth, nose, or eyes. If you have a physical barrier in front of your mouth and nose, that’s simply less likely to happen. ... While the evidence is thin on how much masks protect the wearer from coronavirus — since it’s unclear if the virus spreads much through airborne droplets — it’s true that the masks stop people from spreading their own droplets: When you breathe, talk, laugh, sigh, yawn, sneeze, or cough in public, you’re less likely to get droplets on a checkout machine, dining table, or anywhere else if you have a mask on. That could stop people, even those who are asymptomatic, from spreading infection. Making a mask is also not a bad idea, practically speaking, because the buy-in is quite low, and the odds of you already owning the materials you need to make one (or several) are quite high. You probably won’t need to go out and purchase something new, and if you do, there are plenty of contact-free or online options available. Okay, tell me about those materials There aren’t yet official guidelines on what qualities homemade masks must have; we’re really operating on a something-is-better-than-nothing principle here, and that goes for your crafting skills and materials. Jo-Ann Stores is furnishing free, precut mask-making materials for donations to hospitals (more on that later), including curbside pickup. A tutorial the chain recommends, which comes from Froedtert Hospital & the Medical College of Wisconsin, suggests looking for 100 percent cotton, like denim or percale, and not stretchy or knit materials like a T-shirt, which could be too thin. Their rule of thumb is that if you fold the fabric in two layers, you shouldn’t be able to see through it but should still be able to breathe through it. Old clothes can be an excellent source for this. I recently cleaned out my closet (this might sound like a brag, but I assure you I did it in The Before Times and the bags of unwanted garments have been sitting in my hall for weeks) and have a couple of pairs of ill-fitting jeans I’ll be using in order to make my own jace jask and probably a cache for my unwitting coworkers. Some of the no-sew tutorials don’t even require cutting up fabric; in those cases, handkerchiefs, cloth napkins, or scarves and bandanas could be used. I’m okay at sewing, or at least have enough time on my hands to give it a try. Where can I find instructions? There’s a useful step-by-step guide to homemade masks in the New York Times, which can be made either by hand or with a sewing machine. The Times also has a somewhat more involved one that includes a printable template for cutting out the right size fabric. I found this machine sewing tutorial by blogger Sarah Maker to be pretty intuitive, especially because of the clear (and oddly calming) video accompanying the written-through steps; her version comprises two layers of fabric with a pocket for additional disposable inserts. It’s definitely on the higher end of the beginner crafting spectrum, though, so approach it accordingly — if you aren’t comfortable machine sewing seams and basic pleats, this will probably stress you out. Please don’t say anything about “sewing” to me. Are there less DIY-intensive versions? Deeply reasonable! Yes, there are, to a point. One thing to keep in mind is fit and proper wear — the likelihood that a homemade mask won’t fit you as securely is higher than with a medical-grade one, which will reduce its effectiveness, and something you’ve sewn to fit yourself will in turn probably be more snug than a piece of fabric you wrap around your face. That said, you may in fact just need to wrap a piece of fabric around your face. In its guidance to people who are sick, the CDC recommends wearing a face mask around other people, but notes that “you may need to improvise a face mask using a scarf or bandana.” If you’re looking for something halfway between those two poles, this tutorial from an online Japanese arts and crafts educator called Japanese Creations demonstrates how to make a no-sew mask using a handkerchief (or scarf or cloth napkin or other piece of fabric) and hair ties. If you don’t have hair ties, the tutorial suggests cutting the cuffs off of old socks or nylon tights, which is a technique you could use for any of the above tutorials as well. N.B. The music from the accompanying video is so soothing and yet triumphant that I’ve kept it on in the background basically the whole time I’ve been working on this article. How should I care for my homemade mask? You should launder your mask or face covering, if possible, in between each use. Some further guidance from Lopez’s initial article: “Wash your hands before and after taking off a mask — before to avoid getting anything on your face and mask, and after to get rid of anything that was on your mask. Don’t fidget with your mask while it’s on. If possible, throw away masks after using them. And if you can’t throw a mask away, make sure to thoroughly disinfect it with ultraviolet light sterilizers — not something most people have around — or, if using a cloth product, soap and water.” Does wearing a homemade mask mean I can ease up on following social distancing guidance? No, it does not! If you’re able, you should absolutely be flattening the curve by staying home, washing your hands frequently, and avoiding other people. This is, again, a last-line of defense and is no excuse to FROLIC or MINGLE. Where can I donate masks I’ve sewn? It will vary widely by medical institution; some hospitals are accepting handmade donations to bolster dwindling supplies of medical-grade masks while others aren’t, and those policies might shift over time. It’s best to reach out to a medical facility or intermediary directly before simply dropping off a sackful of masks. To that end, the Sewing and Craft Alliance has put together a regularly updated database, called WeNeedMasks.org, of institutions requesting supplies. While it might make the most sense and feel the most personally fulfilling to make masks for a hospital in your area, many places are also accepting donations by mail. “We are happy to be able to provide this connection,” the site’s FAQ page reads, “but will be happier when we can safely say that we’re closing it down because proper personal protection equipment is readily available to all healthcare workers again.” The most triumph-of-the-human-spirit-y I’ve felt since the beginning of this pandemic was when I first read Rebecca Jennings’s piece for The Goods about crafters stepping up to donate handmade masks and other PPE to hospitals. It’s not a solution to the shortage by any means; some DIY groups, which have gathered on Facebook and across the internet, are making mask liners to prolong the lives of n95 respirators, while others are scrambling to adhere to ever-changing directives on what hospitals need. Still, as an ICU nurse who helps facilitate one of these groups said, “It’s the best we can do for now.” She’s right, and that goes for the act of making a mask, too. It feels really, really good to create something, just to feel like you have some small measure of control in the face of confusion and fear. It feels even better when that something might provide you, or someone you love, or a complete stranger, with a small measure of security. Sign up for The Goods’ newsletter. Twice a week, we’ll send you the best Goods stories exploring what we buy, why we buy it, and why it matters.
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Louisiana resident pays tribute to Ellis Marsalis
Grief in Isolation: Woman plays calliope in honor of Ellis Marsalis, New Orleans jazz pianist and teacher who died of pneumonia brought on by the new coronavirus. (April 3)       
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usatoday.com
Why Amazon and Netflix's 'Project Runway' copycats can't make it work like the original
Amazon's "Making the Cut" with Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, and Netflix's "Next in Fashion" both try to become the new "Project Runway," and both fail.        
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usatoday.com
"CBS Evening News" headlines for Friday, April 3, 2020
Here's a look at the top stories making headlines on the "CBS Evening News with Norah O'Donnell."
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cbsnews.com
Readers sound off on coronavirus, isolation and the stimulus package
From the CARES Act for economic relief to the work of first responders — a close look at where the nation is during the pandemic.        
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usatoday.com
Food bank works with online marketplace to provide jobs
"This is great money, and a good opportunity to— to keep my spirits high," one laid-off bartender said.
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cbsnews.com
NFL deals remain unofficial as coronavirus puts a stop to physicals: report
Several notable trades and signings in the NFL have yet to be finalized as players are still unable to undergo physicals in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, reports say. 
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foxnews.com
Trump recommends Americans wear masks, but adds: 'I don't think I'm going to be doing it'
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edition.cnn.com
Economy in shambles, Trump scrambles for new 2020 message
As the coronavirus destroys the economy, Trump struggles to find a new reelection message.
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latimes.com
Supplies could be delayed due to confusion from the White House, companies say
More than a week after President Donald Trump said he would authorize the use of a wartime-era law to force General Motors to produce ventilators, the company still hasn't received a formal order from the federal government. GM, as a result, hasn't allowed private companies or hospitals to place orders, according to a source familiar with the matter.
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Cruise passengers board flights home amid outbreak
Cruise passengers board flights home amid outbreak       
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