Florida hospital starts ICU unit to treat MIS-C, the kids illness linked to COVID-19
MIAMI — Nicklaus Children’s Hospital has created a new unit in ICU to prepare for a likely increase of children ill with MIS-C, an inflammatory disorder that has affected at least seven children in Florida and is believed to be linked to COVID-19.The specialized four-room “MIS-C pod” is part of the hospital’s 40-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and will make it easier to treat patients diagnosed with the multi-system inflammatory syndrome, said Dr. Keith Meyer, medical director of extracorporeal services at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital near South Miami.“About a week ago we noticed that we had...
Commentary: UN must extend arms embargo on Iran — and US should have a backup plan
Diplomats at the United Nations have less than six months to stop Iran — the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, violator of nuclear nonproliferation agreements and catalyst for regional warfare — from buying weapons from the world’s most eager salesmen, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping.The U.N. arms embargo on Iran is scheduled to sunset starting in October, and if it does, Tehran and its terror proxies, regional allies and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps will be stronger than ever. Our first priority should be to extend and strengthen the embargo. But America needs a backup plan t...
Theranos case: Prosecutors add a criminal fraud charge against Elizabeth Holmes
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes, accused of cheating doctors, patients and investors with false claims about her blood-testing startup, is now charged with 12 counts of fraud, after federal prosecutors added a new charge.The 12th felony fraud charge was filed Friday in a new criminal indictment against Holmes that was just released in court records. The charge concerns a patient’s blood-test results, according to the indictment filed in U.S. District Court in San Jose, which did not provide specific details.Holmes, a Stanford University dropout, launched Theranos in 2003, ...
The Mercury News
Lee Schafer: There's still resilience in tech startups in middle of the US
MINNEAPOLIS — One of the most optimistic reports in years about the venture capital available for startup companies in our region appeared this week, in the middle of a pandemic when it’s hard to feel great about anything.It is a good news story, though, even if more venture capital may not be the perfect measure of the health of a region’s entrepreneurial community. More beats less, no matter the economic environment.And the report’s details jump out for what they show about entrepreneurship here: that middle-of-the-country entrepreneurs seem to get more work done with less money.It might be ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
College seniors 'left in the dark' as they enter a job market squeezed by pandemic
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As freshmen, they saw a robust economy waiting for them, where jobs and opportunities seemed plentiful. But in what feels like the blink of an eye, the class of 2020 watched that future swept away by the coronavirus pandemic.Missouri and Kansas college seniors are entering a job market where an estimated 30 million people have filed for unemployment benefits in the last six weeks. Some grads and near-grads are migrating back home to regroup. Others are reshaping plans and dreams they’ve nurtured for years with hard work and student loans.It’s not the spring 2020 they envisio...
The Kansas City Star
Mark Bradley: Braves' new division rivals: Josh Donaldson and the Twins?
When he declined to meet Josh Donaldson’s asking price, Alex Anthopoulos knew the third baseman was gone. At that moment, the Braves general manager didn’t know which team had agreed to pay Donaldson $92 million over four seasons. When Anthopoulos later learned it was Minnesota, as opposed to Washington, he sighed a sigh of semi-consolation.Said Anthopoulos in January: “I never want to see teams in our division get better. Josh Donaldson makes everybody better. From a selfish standpoint because I know how great a player he is, I’d rather he’s in the American League than the NL.”That was then. ...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Electric truck startup Rivian pushes launch back to 2021 as COVID-19 delays Normal factory retooling
Rivian, the electric truck startup looking to bring vehicle manufacturing back to Normal, Ill., will have to wait until next year to begin production.The nascent automaker’s inaugural offerings — a pricey, high-performance electric truck and SUV — were slated to roll off the line at a converted Mitsubishi plant later this year, but the massive retooling project has ground to a halt amid the coronavirus outbreak.Rivian planned to make the first deliveries of preordered trucks and SUVs this year. The temporary shutdown of the facility has delayed construction at the plant, and the launch date.“I...
GM partners with Honda to make two new electric vehicles at GM plants
DETROIT — GM and Honda have agreed to jointly develop two all-new electric vehicles for Honda.The vehicles will be on GM’s global EV platform powered by proprietary Ultium batteries, but Honda will design the exteriors and interiors. The platform will be engineered to match the way Honda vehicles handle.For GM this is “another step” toward its vision of an all-electric future and will provide a profitable EV business “through increased scale and capacity utilization,” said Doug Parks, GM executive vice president of Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain.About a month ago, GM C...
Detroit Free Press
Captain Comics: Celebrating 80 years of great characters
The year 1940 was, in general, a pretty lousy one, what with World War II and all. But it was a great one in comics, with roughly a jillion new superheroes debuting from roughly a jillion publishers, thanks to the popularity of a certain Man of Steel.Foremost among those 1940 publishers was today’s DC Comics, which has had some success recently with 80th anniversaries for the aforementioned Superman (2018) and Batman (2019). It planned to celebrate the 80th anniversaries of five more characters this year: Catwoman, Flash, Green Lantern, Joker and Robin.But 2020 has its problems, too — one of w...
Tribune News Service
San Diego Angel Conference is still on amid COVID-19 closures — but it's going digital
One of the biggest San Diego events for startups seeking angel money is still on — and it's writing a massive check to one lucky entrepreneur. But the whole thing has gone digital.As expected during the coronavirus pandemic, the event is following government mandates to shift conferences online. The previously planned six-hour conference has been condensed into a digital event that will take place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on March 28.San Diego Angel Conference, which debuted in 2017 at the University of San Diego as a way to connect entrepreneurs with people who could fund their business ide...
The San Diego Union-Tribune