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Did an Illuminati Conspiracy Theory Help Elect Thomas Jefferson?
The 1800 election shows there is nothing new about conspiracy theories, and that they really take hold when we don’t trust each other.
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How Donald Trump Could Steal the Election
Even under a normal president, the coronavirus pandemic would present real challenges to the 2020 American election. Everything about in-person voting could be dangerous. Waiting in line, touching a voting machine, and working in polling stations all run afoul of social-distancing mandates. Already, Maryland, Kentucky, Georgia, and Louisiana have postponed their presidential primaries, while Wyoming, New York, and Ohio have altered their voting procedures. Of course, other democracies face similar problems; the United Kingdom has postponed local elections for one year.But under President Donald Trump, the possibilities for how the coronavirus could wreak havoc on the election are all the more concerning. This is not a president who cares about the sanctity of the electoral process. After all, he has never seemed particularly concerned about Russia’s efforts to manipulate the 2016 outcome (presumably because they were on his behalf), and he was impeached for demanding Ukrainian help in his reelection efforts.Moreover, this is a president who has repeatedly joked about staying in office past the end of his second term and has frequently embraced authoritarian leaders and policies. Making matters even worse, the Republican Party more broadly has displayed a willingness to bend the rules for its own political gain, frequently trying to suppress the vote (especially minority votes), purging voter rolls, and implementing aggressive racially based gerrymanders. Americans simply cannot trust that his administration will preserve the integrity of the 2020 election.This puts America in a very dangerous position. Legal protections for the election do exist and are strong. The Constitution and federal law require the election of a president this November and state that the president’s term ends the following January. The Supreme Court has repeatedly held that once states grant their residents the right to vote, doing so becomes a fundamental right. Forty-nine states recognize the right to vote in their state constitutions and 26 guarantee that elections must be free and open. Any attempt by the president or state legislatures to deprive people of the right to vote, in order to ensure Trump’s reelection, would blatantly violate these rights. But a lot could still go wrong, especially at the state level.The danger begins with the fact that, regardless of what people believe, the Constitution does not give Americans the right to vote for their president. Rather, the Constitution says that a college of electors votes for the president, and Article II of the Constitution gives states nearly unlimited power to decide how these electors are chosen. In the early years of the American republic, many state legislatures decided which presidential candidate the state’s electors would support. South Carolina used this method until 1868. Today, all 50 states grant their residents the right to vote for president, and the people’s vote determines which electors from each state will select the next president. However, any state could change its law and instead allow its legislature to decide which electors will choose the next president.In other words, states have a lot of power in deciding how the election will run. Today, Republicans control 30 state legislatures and Democrats only 19, with one state divided. (Nebraska technically has nonpartisan legislators, but it is a reliably red state, so I include it with the Republican states.) These red-state legislatures control 305 electoral votes, and only 270 are needed to secure the presidency. Presumably, most red states, if not all, would appoint electors who would elect Trump for another four years. Of those 30 states, 22 also have Republican governors, which means in those states there would be no Democratic governor to veto Republican legislation taking away the people’s opportunity to vote for president. Those 22 states represent 219 electoral-college votes—perilously close to the 270 required for Trump to be reelected.Could states really deprive Americans of the right to vote for their president? In Bush v. Gore, a conservative majority on the Supreme Court held that the state “can take back the power to appoint electors” at any time. And the Court is even more conservative today than it was in 2000, as Justice Brett Kavanaugh has replaced Justice Anthony Kennedy.The more complicated question is not whether states can do this, but whether they would. Republican lawmakers have been steadfastly loyal to Trump throughout his tumultuous tenure. If Trump were to ask states to appoint electors instead of having an election, they certainly might follow his request, especially those states where the president enjoys wide popularity. In 24 of the 30 states with Republican legislatures, a majority of people approve of the president’s job performance, according to last month’s Gallup survey. Those states control 224 electoral votes—enough to throw the election’s results into doubt. States could also wreak havoc on the election by not taking steps now to prepare for voting during a pandemic. If only a few states allowed their legislatures to appoint electors, or postponed electoral selection indefinitely, the November election could result in no candidate receiving a majority of electoral-college votes.This is a real concern. If no candidate wins a majority of electors, the Twelfth Amendment empowers the House of Representatives to decide who will be president. Although the House is controlled by Democrats, predicting the outcome is not that simple. The Amendment requires the House to choose the president by voting as states, not as individual members. So, instead of 435 individual votes, there would be 50 state votes.The Amendment does not say how the representatives for each state should decide their state’s vote. If the current House were tasked with selecting the next president, and states with more Republicans than Democrats in their delegation voted for Trump, he would win 25 votes. Twenty-three states have more Democratic House members than Republican, so the Democratic candidate would likely receive 23 votes. Florida and Pennsylvania are evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, leaving their presidential votes up in the air. Whether the District of Columbia would be allowed to vote at all in this circumstance is not entirely certain. The text of the Twelfth Amendment suggests that only states can vote, but the Twenty-Third Amendment gave D.C. electors who vote for president and “perform such duties” as required by the Twelfth.If Trump tries to use the coronavirus to manipulate the election, and if states help him do so, disputes may arise about whether a state’s presidential electors are valid. This kind of dispute happened after the 1876 presidential election. Democrat Samuel Tilden won the popular vote by 3 percent over his Republican opponent Rutherford B. Hayes. As a result, Tilden took 184 electoral votes to Hayes’s 165. However, the parties in four states could not agree on which candidate won the 20 remaining electoral votes. Days before inauguration, in a sordid backroom deal, Democrats agreed to allow all 20 of these electors to cast votes for Hayes in exchange for the assurance that the Republican administration would withdraw federal troops from southern states.After this debacle, Congress passed laws to deal with disputed slates of electors. Then in 1933, the Twentieth Amendment gave Congress more power to establish rules for counting electoral votes and resolving disputes. The resulting law still gave states almost complete power to determine the outcome of a presidential election, however. It requires Congress to accept electors if their state has followed the proper procedures to resolve any disputes and certified them six days before a specified date in December—the so-called safe-harbor date.During the controversy over Florida’s presidential vote in 2000, the Supreme Court’s conservative justices argued that because Florida could not manually recount its ballots before that election’s safe-harbor date, December 12, 2000, trying to do so would risk disenfranchising all Florida voters. Their ruling in Bush v. Gore decided the election for the Republican candidate, George W. Bush. Dissenting justices pointed out that Congress would be free to accept Florida’s electors, even if the state certified them after that date. After all, they noted, in 1960, Hawaii selected two different slates of electors and Congress chose to count a slate that was appointed well after the safe-harbor date.Under these statutes, if some red states decide to appoint electors (perhaps at Trump’s prompting) in light of the coronavirus, and voters challenge the validity of those electors, state decisions on that dispute would probably be conclusive as long as the state followed its legally prescribed procedures. And Republicans control enough states to exceed or come very close to the 270 electoral votes required to elect a president.Despite these weaknesses, the Supreme Court’s decisions to protect the equality of votes provide some safeguards. The Court has ruled that once state legislatures give people the right to vote in an election, the state cannot interfere with the exercise of that right or dilute the weight of peoples’ votes. In 1964, the Supreme Court considered whether Alabama’s refusal to reapportion its legislative districts to reflect major changes in its population violated voters’ rights. The most-populous districts had up to 41 times the eligible voters of the least populous.The Supreme Court held that electing our public officials “in a free and unimpaired fashion is a bedrock of our political system,” and found that Alabama had unconstitutionally diluted votes in the most populous districts. Two of the smaller districts had populations of between 13,000 and 15,000 people and sent two senators each to the Alabama Senate, while the two largest districts had 300,000 and 600,000 thousand people and sent only three senators each. Thus the votes of people in the least populous (and whiter) districts were many times more powerful than those of people living in denser districts. With this ruling, voters in any state that were to deprive them of the right to vote for president could launch a powerful legal challenge claiming that their right to equal voting power had been violated. They could argue that their votes had been unconstitutionally diluted, like those of the voters in Alabama, because they would be able to express their preference for president only vicariously through voting for their state representatives. The votes of those in nearby states voting directly for their state’s presidential electors would be exponentially more powerful.America must protect the election from interference—not just Russian, this time, but also domestic. Already, proposals exist to do so. On March 16, Senators Amy Klobuchar, Democrat of Minnesota, and Ron Wyden, Democrat of Oregon, introduced the Natural Disaster and Emergency Ballot Act of 2020 to ensure the integrity of this year’s election. The proposed law would encourage states to make early voting more widely available, make it much easier to vote by mail, and require states to create contingency systems for voting and counting ballots during a period of emergency. As these senators pointed out, the country is meant to elect 35 Senators, 11 governors, and 435 House members in addition to the president this November. Beyond implementing the reforms in this legislation, states should make mail-in and absentee ballots universally available.Americans have successfully conducted elections in crises. Voters went to the polls during the Civil War, World War II, and Vietnam. New Yorkers voted in municipal elections just two weeks after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In this country, the right to vote is sacred. African Americans have risked and even sacrificed their lives to vote, and women struggled for more than a century to claim their right to do so. To honor that legacy, we must confront this challenge and provide safe and easy ways for Americans to vote this November.
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theatlantic.com
First Infant with COVID-19 in U.S. Dies, Rhode Island Searches for New Yorkers in Hiding, and Trump Backtracks on N.Y. Quarantine
President Donald Trump said he was considering a quarantine of New York, but said it was "not necessary" after Governor Andrew Cuomo said it would amount to a "federal declaration of war."
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newsweek.com
Column: If Trump alone can fix our coronavirus crisis, then why the hell hasn't he?
Trump has the power to require companies to produce masks, gloves and ventilators for the coronavirus crisis. His refusal to do so could cost lives.
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latimes.com
Arkansas tornado rips through mall, empty because of coronavirus: 'Blessing in disguise'
A fierce tornado tearing through Arkansas on Saturday left six people injured and caused major damage to a local shopping mall and airport.
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foxnews.com
Louisiana Inmate, 49, Dies From COVID-19, the First in Bureau of Prisons Federal Custody to Succumb to Coronavirus
Jails and prisons across the United States are reporting an increase of COVID-19.
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newsweek.com
Letters to the Editor: The change California must make right now to get more nurses working
Unless the state allows nurses to graduate with more simulation and less clinical time, we will have a shortage at the worst possible time.
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latimes.com
Letters to the Editor: Now is not the time for legal nitpicking over Newsom's stay-at-home order
The facts on the ground suggest that Newsom's stay-at-home order is lawful. It's important we comply with it.
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latimes.com
Letters to the Editor: Large unoccupied buildings dot L.A. House homeless people in them now
Large buildings like the old IKEA in Burbank sit unoccupied. They should be repurposed to house homeless people amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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latimes.com
Letters to the Editor: Trump should watch Cuomo and Newsom to learn how to give coronavirus updates
Govs. Gavin Newsom and Andrew Cuomo are direct but optimistic; Trump, in contrast, seems not to understand the gravity of the coronavirus pandemic.
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latimes.com
How Listening to Musicals Is Getting Me Through the Pandemic
Musicals have been there in hard times before. We need them now.
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slate.com
Coronavirus, New York, Sabrina Ionescu: Your Weekend Briefing
Here’s what you need to know about the week’s top stories.
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nytimes.com
Editorial: Beware of coronavirus-inspired attempts to lock you out of L.A.'s public debate
With officials meeting virtually amid the coronavirus, the government must ensure that the public still has sufficient opportunity to participate.
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latimes.com
Greg Laurie: Coronavirus scares us – Here’s how not to worry
Do you have peace? You’re not going to find it in a bottle or in a drug. You’re not going to find it in helpful little sayings on Instagram or Pinterest. You need God's word.
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foxnews.com
When the Outbreak Victims Were Children
In the late spring of 1949, the local newspaper in San Angelo, Texas, reported that a child had been rushed to the hospital with a fever, aching joints, and mild paralysis of the legs—the telltale signs of polio. A city of 50,000, dotted with oil rigs and cattle ranches, San Angelo was no stranger to the disease. Each year following World War II, polio would arrive like clockwork as summer approached, striking down a child or two before burning itself out.Within days that spring, however, the hospital’s ICU was overflowing with children, most in critical condition, and mild concern turned to panic. “Polio Takes Seventh Life,” screamed the banner headline. “San Angelo Pastors Appeal for Divine Help in Plague.”Prayer proved insufficient. For the first time in anyone’s memory, social distancing took hold. The city council voted to close theaters, bars, bowling alleys, and the municipal swimming pool. Tanker trucks sprayed DDT, singling out the open pit toilets on the “Negro” and “Mexican” side of town. Tourist traffic disappeared. The locals stopped handling money, and some refused to speak on the telephone, believing that germs traveled through the transmission lines. Known for its neighborliness, San Angelo quickly ditched the niceties that it once took for granted. “We got to the point that nobody could comprehend,” a pediatrician recalled, “when people would not even shake hands.”[Read: How the pandemic will end ]Although polio is only a memory in the United States, the current pandemic is stirring up feelings analogous to when this insidious crippler terrified a nation. Like the Great Influenza of 1918, polio offers historical perspective. Both the poliovirus and the coronavirus rely on “silent carriers”—those showing no immediate symptoms—to spread the disease, inciting a fearful sense of uncertainty. Both target specific, if dramatically different, age groups: COVID-19 seems especially lethal for the elderly, polio for the young.In San Angelo, some businesses remained open, simply hoping to survive. The local cleaning establishment vowed to disinfect its equipment before each pressing and wash. The Sherwin-Williams Paint and Hardware Company promised its loyal customers toxic bug spray free of charge. (“Bring your own container,” it advised.) Agents hawked special “polio insurance,” while the town chiropractor boasted that he could prevent the disease by “keeping your child’s body correctly adjusted.”The epidemic lasted until early fall, when the cool winds of October helped extinguish its destructive reach. In 1949, the United States reported about 40,000 polio cases, one for every 3,775 people. San Angelo, meanwhile, reported 420 cases, one for every 124 people. Eighty-four of the city’s children would be permanently paralyzed, and 28 would die. The San Angelo polio outbreak would stack up, percentage-wise, as one of the most destructive ever recorded anywhere in the world.[Read: The kids aren’t all right]Numbers aside, its patterns were all too familiar. The epidemic preyed on children, doing its worst damage in the summer months. It appeared to hit the tidy, stable neighborhoods of San Angelo far harder than those marked by poverty and squalor, a reversal of the belief that filth triggers disease. Much remains unknown about polio because the development of two effective vaccines in the 1950s and early ’60s made further research moot. Why did it strike almost exclusively in warm weather? Why did most of its victims appear to come from middle-class surroundings? And why was epidemic polio primarily a disease of the 20th century that struck the world’s more developed nations, especially the United States?There are no certain answers. Some believe that polio, a virus transmitted primarily through oral-fecal contact, not airborne droplets as with the coronavirus, is uniquely suited to warm-weather transmission. Others see polio’s dramatic spread in the 1940s and ’50s in terms of cleanliness. As Americans grew more germ-conscious and sanitary-minded, there was less chance that they would encounter poliovirus very early in life, when the disease is milder and maternal antibodies provide temporary protection.“Do you want to spend the rest of your life in an iron lung?” Children heard these words when they begged to go swimming or play outside, when they jumped through a puddle or licked a friend’s ice-cream cone, when they refused to take a nap or balked at the daily home polio test (“Chin to chest, touch your toes”). Hitting with full force at the very height of the Baby Boom era, a time of unprecedented prosperity and population growth, polio became the crack in the middle-class picture window, a summer plague dotted with visual reminders: wheelchairs, crutches, leg braces, breathing devices, withered limbs.[Read: How good is the polio vaccine?]The coronavirus, too, reminds us of our limits. The richest nation on Earth seems unable, at present, to offer health providers the basic supplies and protection they need to fight this pandemic. We face COVID-19 as we have faced so much else in recent years: divided by partisanship and ignorance, bombarded with mixed messages, uncertain of what constitutes proper behavior during a crisis. It should chasten us to know that Americans came together during the polio era to fight the disease with fewer tools than we have now but with greater purpose and determination.The great polio epidemic struck at a time when the federal government wasn’t much involved in the medical problems of the citizenry. The National Institutes of Health had a small budget, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was barely up and running, and the Cabinet-level Department of Health, Education, and Welfare wouldn’t be created until 1953. (President Dwight Eisenhower could barely remember its name, calling it “Health, Welfare, and Whatnot.”) Virtually all of the research, publicity, and patient support surrounding polio was accomplished by a single private charity, the March of Dimes, which raised hundreds of millions of dollars with its promise to end the scourge in a single generation.Celebrities from Bing Crosby to Elvis Presley to Marilyn Monroe implored Americans to donate their spare change. And millions of volunteers went door to door to collect dimes and quarters in tin cans and mason jars. The money raised exceeded the contributions of every other charity put together, with the exception of the Red Cross. In 1954, America’s parents lined up their children, almost 2 million strong, for the largest public-health experiment in our history, the Salk polio-vaccine trials, run by the March of Dimes with virtually no government oversight. It was partly a matter of risk versus reward—the terror of polio far outweighed the potential dangers of the vaccine. But there was more: Polio’s conquest represented a milestone for voluntarism and public-spiritedness. When Eisenhower invited Jonas Salk to the White House, the president choked back tears as he thanked the young researcher who had developed the polio vaccine for saving the world’s children. There was no grandstanding, no attempt to share credit. The victory belonged to science, and to the people.Although that moment seems unrecognizable today, the victory will come nonetheless.
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theatlantic.com
People unable to say goodbye to loved ones amid coronavirus
Italy is burying the dead from coronavirus, but because of social distancing, family and friends cannot attend their funerals. CNN's Ben Wedeman reports.
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Spain’s coronavirus death toll rises by 838 overnight to 6,528
Spain's coronavirus death toll rose by 838 cases overnight to 6,528 the health ministry said on Saturday, marking the highest daily rise in fatalities.
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Coronavirus deaths top 2,000 in US – just days after reaching 1,000 mark
The number of U.S. deaths from coronavirus topped 2,000 on Saturday – just days after reaching the 1,000 mark.
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As states crack down on gatherings, some religious exemptions could keep pews full
Some states have not barred churches from gathering despite COVID-19.
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Coronavirus live updates: Global pandemic has killed more than 30,000
More than 30,000 people have been killed around the world as the amount of novel coronavirus cases continues to skyrocket with the number of diagnosed COVID-19 cases around the world surpassing 664,000 so far. It was just Thursday that the globe reached 500,000 cases, which was double the number of coronavirus cases from the week before. The U.S. surpassed 124,000 diagnosed coronavirus cases Saturday, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. There are at least 2,190 deaths in the country. At least 140,000 people have recovered from the virus during this pandemic. Tune into ABC at 1 p.m. ET and ABC News Live at 4 p.m. ET every weekday for special coverage of the novel coronavirus with the full ABC News team, including the latest news, context and analysis. Today's biggest developments: Global deaths top 30,000 Trump will not use enforceable quarantine in NY Italy deaths reach 10,000 US cases cross 100,000; deaths...
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5 ways to make a 'quarantini,' the quarantine-inspired cocktail of the moment
The most popular drink of the moment is the “quarantini.”
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Queen Elizabeth 'always protected' her sister Princess Margaret despite media scrutiny, royal butler says
Former royal butler Paul Burrell insisted there was no rivalry between Queen Elizabeth II and her younger sister Princess Margaret.
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foxnews.com
Paul Batura: Coronavirus can inspire prayer during these times of worry
You may not change God’s mind, but He will inevitably and eventually change you.
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foxnews.com
Dating during the coronavirus outbreak: NYC matchmaker shares the do's and don'ts
Dating will look quite different in the age of coronavirus, but it doesn't need to stop entirely.
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foxnews.com
The Lethal Threat of Coronavirus Funerals
I have a friend who makes his living among the dead. On the phone last week, his voice was unfamiliarly heavy. “Everyone at the office is stressed,” he told me. “It’s like anger and hindsight combined.” Andrew de Michaelis, 31, had just returned from a shift at his family crematory in Orange County, California. He was preparing to stay up late with his younger brother, Will, to map out their plans for the next several weeks, perhaps months, as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in his region. “It’s hard not to want to scream at someone and be like, ‘Listen and understand what I’m telling you—it’s worse than you think.’”Undertaking is famously recession-proof. Before entering the cremation industry, de Michaelis worked at one of those two-syllable lifestyle start-ups that hawk twee household products. You’ve probably seen the ads: flat fonts, pastel backgrounds, tranquil characters living serene little lives. Until a couple of weeks ago, these “premiocre” objects that plop on your doormat may have given you the false sense of pretty much having your life together. Now spending money on anything but food and toilet paper feels foolish, and every new box that arrives with a knock feels like a threat. How many hands touched it? Was it coughed on? How long will those hypothetical droplets linger? Perhaps your coronavirus anxiety has kept your mind roaming further down that path: Who will I lose this year? Will I get to say goodbye?Death rates typically rise after the Christmas season, and the funeral business is steady throughout the year. But the prospect of a sudden spike in fatalities for any reason—not least a pandemic—is an infrastructure nightmare. De Michaelis’s business takes about a week to retrieve a body, prepare it, store it, incinerate it, and deliver the ashes to the family. A glut of new bodies raises the horrific chance of a mix-up. “One hundred percent of cremation has to be 100 percent, 100 percent of the time,” he said. “You can’t have a mistake.”[Read: A New York doctor’s warning]The crematory de Michaelis works at is high volume, meaning his team incinerates hundreds of bodies each month and several thousand a year. The night we spoke, he estimated that 60 corpses were in the mortuary’s refrigeration unit, about 10 short of capacity. As governors scramble to retrofit convention centers and dormitories into makeshift hospitals to save the living, many in the mortuary industry are trying to figure out what to do with all the bodies. In Spain, authorities have converted a Madrid ice rink into a makeshift morgue.“It’s a cascading effect,” de Michaelis told me. “Trump isn’t really doing his best to help out hospitals, and they’re the first ones that need it. We’re the last part, so we’re even getting less guidance,” he said. “If we one day walked in and there were too many bodies to fit, where would they go? And do we have government support? We don’t even know who to call. There’s been no funeral-industry communication.”Because this is a novel coronavirus, researchers do not yet know how long it can live inside a person it kills. This uncertainty poses a risk not only to health-care workers trying to save a life, but to those who take over when that life ends. Workers who retrieve bodies from hospitals and handle the physical acts of cremation are at highest risk for infection. As of this week, several of the mortuary’s 17 employees are working from home. Meanwhile, the office workers and counselors, like the de Michaelis brothers, who deal mostly with the families of the dead, are trying to adopt social-distancing practices in a place that offers intimate, communal grieving. They’ve already had to suspend all traditional funerals. “Today I had to tell someone who wanted a viewing that they could only bring two people, and screaming ensued—You’re gonna have to tear my mother off her son’s body!” Will de Michaelis told me.[Read: Grocery stores are the coronavirus tipping point]Like hospitals, grocery stores, and pharmacies, mortuaries have been deemed essential businesses by state governments, meaning they won’t temporarily close to help flatten the curve. But what was once a proud “open-door” establishment has been forced to lock its entrance to maximize safety for those inside. These are high-contact operations, with new customers coming in every day, broadening the potential viral circles for themselves and the workers. The staff now wear masks and gloves for every face-to-face interaction with customers. Will has been communicating with nurses through Instagram about the critical shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE). Last week he was on the hunt for N95 respirators for his co-workers; he told me a pack of 10 on Amazon was selling for $200. They’ve recently started what he calls a “drive-through” service, in which an employee hustles an urn of ashes out to an idling car to minimize close contact. Even absent a pandemic, some who walk in are too stricken to think clearly. Andrew de Michaelis said his job is to hold someone’s hand as they complete various tasks while in a state of shock, often answering questions like: Do I call Social Security? Do I have to cancel all their credit cards? Southern California is believed to be far from its coronavirus apex, and the number of preventable deaths will surely rise as the hospital system becomes overwhelmed. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti told my colleague Todd S. Purdum that he believes his city is “six to 12 days” behind the horror unfolding in New York. “I feel like it could get to a point in two weeks where the government needs to be involved,” de Michaelis said. “And if that’s the case, they should be involved now.”
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theatlantic.com
‘Days of our lives’ actor John Callahan dead at 66
John Callahan who is best known for playing Edmound Grey in ‘All my Children’ has died at the age of 66. Callahan, who was famous for his work on various soap operas such as ‘Days of Our Lives,’ ‘ Santa Barbara’ and ‘Falcon Crest’. passed away at his Palm Springs home Saturday night reports Variety....
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nypost.com
Mexico's president shifts tone on coronavirus, urges people to stay home, warns of dire consequences
Critics said Mexico's president was downplaying the coronavirus threat. But he has now shifted his tone.
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latimes.com
The scouting challenge facing Yankees and other MLB teams
Since 1988, Damon Oppenheimer has been scouting high school and college baseball players while married to the same routine of flying or driving to evaluate players and then repeating the process in the next town. This year the Yankees’ VP of domestic amateur scouting has another challenge in front of him: There are players eligible...
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nypost.com
A 33-year-old member of the Louisiana governor's staff dies of coronavirus complications
April Dunn served in Gov. John Bel Edwards' office of disability affairs.
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Knicks interest in keeping Maurice Harkless is growing
Part 7 of a series analyzing the New York Knicks: The Knicks’ interest in retaining Maurice Harkless for next season grew after they obtained him in the Marcus Morris deal with the Clippers on Feb. 6, according to NBA sources. Originally, Harkless was just a big expiring contract to make the trade-deadline deal work. After...
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Powerball Results, Numbers For 3/28/20: Did Anyone Win the $160 Million Jackpot on Saturday (Last) Night?
The winning numbers in Saturday night's Powerball draw were 7, 40, 48, 55, and 66. The Powerball was 11 and the Power Play was 2X.
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newsweek.com
Rabbi Sam Bregman: Coronavirus is like a biblical plague – But hardship brings vision, clarity and growth
It’s important for us all to remember that the changes wrought on our lives by the pandemic are temporary. Panicking and focusing on our nightmares will not help us get through the coronavirus plague.
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Zoombombing, Apple pay tricks, sanitizing Amazon boxes, and more: Tech Q&A
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foxnews.com
Cuomo threatens lawsuit over Rhode Island crackdown on virus-fleeing New Yorkers
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is threatening to sue Rhode Island over its new coronavirus policy that calls for police to stop cars with New York license plates and has seen National Guard members go door-to-door to ask if anyone has arrived from the Empire State.
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Trump administration adds firearms to federal list of critical pandemic infrastructure
The Trump administration has added the firearms industry — gun shops included — to a federal list of critical infrastructure during the ongoing coronavirus emergency. The new language, added Saturday to the website of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, now deems as critical  “Workers supporting the operation of firearm or ammunition product manufacturers, retailers,...
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nypost.com
Coronavirus preys on what terrifies us: dying alone
Steve Kaminski was whisked into an ambulance near his home on New York's Upper East Side last week.
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New Jersey officers serve up Pizza Day to cheer up residents amid coronavirus concerns
As cabin fever and anxiety set in across America, a team of New Jersey police officers tried to restore a sense of calm through a town-favorite comfort food: pizza.
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Ex-MLB star Jim Edmonds went to hospital for coronavirus test
Former All-Star outfielder Jim Edmonds announced on his Instagram page that he went to the hospital to be tested for the coronavirus after displaying some symptoms. The 49-year-old Edmonds sent a video update Saturday night on his Instagram Story saying he was back home after testing positive for pneumonia for the first time in his...
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Vitriol and violence: A coronavirus death exposes paranoia in India
When Satyaki Mitra's father developed a mild fever in mid-March, the graduate student in Philadelphia wasn't especially worried. He told his 57-year-old father, living in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata, to get tested for the new coronavirus.
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No running water. No electricity. On Navajo Nation, coronavirus creates worry and confusion as cases surge
Coronavirus anxiety is running high on Navajo Nation -- a sprawling reservation of 175,000 residents, scarce supplies and resources, and only four inpatient hospitals. Cases are soaring, and at least two already have died.
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latimes.com
Pete Alonso lifting spirits everywhere during coronavirus crisis
We survive because of simple kindnesses in these uncertain days. A neighbor offering to buy groceries. Friends gathering on Zoom, lifting salutary beers to one another, yearning for a chance to actually clink glasses again. Estranged friends reaching out, exchanging telephone calls, wishing each other safe passage day to day. We really do see the...
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nypost.com
China Residents Appear to Attack Police As They Try to Enter Neighboring Province After Coronavirus Lockdown is Relaxed
Footage from China's Hubei province appears to show residents attacking police officers and vehicles on a bridge as they attempt to access neighbouring the Jiangxi region.
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newsweek.com
Democrats fret as Joe Biden becomes ‘irrelevant’ in coronavirus crisis
Just days after his commanding primary victories in Florida, Arizona and Illinois, the coronavirus has turned former Vice President Joe Biden into a virtual prisoner of his Delaware home, where he’s reduced to sniping at President Trump from the family rec room.
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No online learning? With schools closed from coronavirus, these teachers air TV lessons
In schools like LAUSD, districts are putting lessons on PBS, other TV channels for students who can't do online learning because they lack internet.       
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usatoday.com
How call with Kobe Bryant set up Kyrie Irving’s greatest moment
When Kyrie Irving was growing up in New Jersey playing in his yard, imagining coming up big in the clutch, this wasn’t how he pictured it looking. The clutch was hitting shots or making plays in the NBA Finals, not feeding hungry people in a pandemic. But these are the times we’re in. With the...
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nypost.com
These classic baseball stories can fill present void
Today I come to you as Knothole Pete, former star first-sacker for the Eastern League’s Manchester Marsupials. I now specialize in spinning yarns and swappin’ tales about baseball played in yesteryear to ease us through as The Game tries to survive this shock to all the systems. This first comes from the late big league...
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nypost.com
Police seek man in connection to fatal Harlem subway fire
Cops have identified a man wanted for questioning in connection to a fatal fire in a Harlem subway station on Friday. The Police Department released a photo of the man but no further information. The NYPD and the MTA are offering a combined $52,500 reward for information leading to an arrest. MTA train operator Garrett...
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