Coronavirus cases in California ICUs double overnight as manufacturers race to fill shortages
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The number of coronavirus patients in California intensive care units doubled overnight and manufacturers are stepping up to build equipment like ventilators to fill hospital shortages, Gov. Gavin Newsom said on Saturday.He spoke from a Bloom Energy facility in Sunnyvale retrofitted to refurbish ventilators unusable after sitting idle for years in government stockpiles. Days before, the company had used the room for storage.As Newsom talked, employees behind him wearing white coats and masks repaired machines.Newsom said the state needs 10,000 ventilators quickly to treat ...
The Sacramento Bee
Pat Leonard: Will the NFL season actually start on time?
It’s a fair question to ask. In fact, it’s only logical to ask it at this point:Is the 2020 NFL season in jeopardy of being delayed or, let’s be honest, cancelled?The answer is that the league is not there yet, not even close. They are planning for a season that starts on time, and to get there, they are neck deep in making dramatic changes to teams’ offseason operations to prepare remotely the best they can during this coronavirus pandemic.However, consider this timeline logically: experts are outlining a best-case scenario of a 12-18-month timeline for a vaccine to control the COVID-19 sprea...
New York Daily News
Venezuela's top judge was paid bribes for favors, spent millions in Miami, feds say
MIAMI — The highest-ranking judge in Venezuela — on par with the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court — doled out legal favors to obtain millions in bribes paid through Miami and foreign bank accounts that he spent on chartered private jets, expensive watches and other luxury goods in South Florida, federal prosecutors say.Maikel Moreno, president of the Supreme Tribunal of Justice, was charged on Thursday with laundering bribes that he accepted from white-collar defendants seeking breaks in their high-stakes fraud and financial cases in Venezuela.Moreno, whose criminal case was filed in Mi...
Broward County officials told Gulfstream Park horse racing violated nonessential business ban, email says
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Gulfstream Park was informed earlier in the week that horse racing is not considered essential under Broward County’s executive order closing businesses deemed nonessential, according to a Thursday email from Assistant County Attorney Rocio Blanco Garcia that was forwarded to Hallandale Beach officials.The order allows Gulfstream Park and other businesses to continue “minimum basic operations” during the coronavirus pandemic, the email says. Broward County does not consider horse racing to fall under that definition, subjecting Gulfstream Park’s races to closure, accord...
Commentary: With emotions on the surface during lockdown, a critic gives thanks 8 different ways
The mood swings, needless to say, have been enough to usher in a new swing era.My wife and I are constantly forgetting what day it is. She leans forward, mistaking Thursday for Friday or even Saturday; I lean backward and think if it’s Thursday, it must be Tuesday. We have been writing a lot. The frivolous, distraction-minded stuff feels both right and wrong. The grim, business-related prognoses feel both wrong and right.I’ve been talking to vulnerable, valiant folks in the Chicago film industry: exhibitors, distributors, programmers, projectionists, digital-platform workers scrambling to figu...
Bob Dylan releases his longest song ever, a new single about John Kennedy assassination
Bob Dylan often has things to say in dark times. He threw another surprise late Thursday night in these uncertain days of COVID-19. On Twitter, Dylan dropped a new (old) song, “Murder Most Foul.”It’s the longest song he’s ever recorded —– 16 minutes, 56 seconds (25 seconds longer than 1997’s epic “Highlands,” for you Dylanologists).“It was a dark day in Dallas,” Dylan starts on “Murder Most Foul.” “November ’63. A day that will live on in infamy.”Yes, it’s the story of the assassination of President John Kennedy and the death of the dream and the ideals that he stood for.Backed by impressionis...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Motormouth: Locking car with motor running: A problem for manufacturers to tackle?
Q: I find it strange that I can get out of my car and lock it while it still is running. This is a safety factor. I have stated this to GM, but have heard nothing. My car is a Buick Encore. What do you think?— C.L., ChicagoA: Yes, it is indeed a safety factor. If you park in an attached garage and forget to turn off the engine, your home could fill with deadly carbon monoxide. Many cars, especially hybrids, run so quietly that people have neglected to press the stop button, locked them and walked away. Keyless ignition systems make it easy to forget to turn off the car, so keep your key fob cl...
Editorial: Rules required if Boeing needs coronavirus bailout
Boeing’s stance against taking a full federal bailout offers a long-awaited signal that the company sees a path out of its financial doldrums and production stall.A large part of its way forward may still come through federal aid. The $2.2 trillion stimulus deal Congress passed includes deep funding to boost the company’s business directly and indirectly. A $17 billion loan fund for businesses critical to national security can be tapped by Boeing and its suppliers. In total, the stimulus bill contains $85 billion in loans and grants for aviation-related businesses. Any lift for the sector over...
The Seattle Times
Nursing homes fear accepting patients who may have coronavirus exposure in hospitals
PHILADELPHIA — Sidney Greenberger runs a New Jersey-based company that operates eight nursing homes in Pennsylvania and six in New Jersey.His buildings are filled with those most likely to die if infected with the coronavirus — the elderly and those with lots of chronic health problems. He finds the prospect “terrifying” and says the virus could make nursing homes a “death trap” for his residents.“I’m scared s — less, and that’s the honest truth,” he said.Greenberger has plenty of company among those whose job is to protect frail seniors and disabled people who live in facilities. As the coron...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Trump administration backs off a deal for Ventec and GM to produce 'up to 20,000' ventilators a month amid coronavirus crisis
Bothell, Wash.-based Ventec Life Systems was at the center of a national storm late Thursday when it was reported the Trump administration pulled back from a deal for the company and General Motors to begin producing what one supplier said would soon be “up to 20,000” life-saving ventilators a month.The “Project V” deal, brewing since last week in response to the coronavirus crisis, would have launched in early April at the automaker’s electronics assembly plant in Kokomo, Indiana, and taken Ventec from a monthly production capacity of 250 to more than 1,000 during a ramp-up phase. By May, the...
The Seattle Times