Biden says Trump 'only cares about the stock market' in town hall meeting outside Scranton
PHILADELPHIA — Joe Biden railed against President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and framed the 2020 election as a choice between Main Street and Wall Street during an outdoor town hall meeting Thursday just outside his childhood hometown of Scranton.The former vice president, taking questions from voters for a little more than an hour in an open-air parking lot in Moosic, said Trump’s failure to be honest with Americans about the severity of the virus cost thousands of lives. Trump admitted to downplaying the threat in a recently released recorded interview from March wit...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Trudy Rubin: The White House war on science undermines trust in a COVID-19 vaccine
Late in the fourth year of the Trump presidency, the United States is confronting a far more dangerous war than the “forever wars” he says he is ending.This is a multiphase conflict begun by the president himself, with new battle fronts opened daily. The deadly combat can end only if he is voted out of office.It began as Trump’s war on science, which has cost tens of thousands of U.S. lives due to the White House failure to contain COVID-19.It has morphed into a Vaccine War, in which Trump contradicts his scientists with false claims that a vaccine will be generally available before the electi...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Kamala Harris makes her Pa. campaign debut with a message to Black and Latino voters in Philly
PHILADELPHIA — Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris came to Philadelphia on Thursday with an itinerary and a message aimed at reaching the city’s Black and Latino voters, saying the coronavirus pandemic has been “an accelerator” of inequities minority communities have long faced — and that President Donald Trump has worsened their plight.“It has accelerated the disparities. It has highlighted the injustices,” Harris, a senator from California, said outside City Councilmember Cherelle Parker’s East Mount Airy home. “And in one way perhaps there is then an opportunity for more peop...
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'Crushing:' UNC vs. Charlotte football game canceled due to coronavirus contact tracing
In what was a “crushing” decision, the Charlotte 49ers game at 12th-ranked North Carolina on Saturday has been canceled due to a contact tracing quarantine on the 49ers’ offensive line.According to a statement released by the 49ers, several members of the offensive line are in quarantine following UNC Charlotte’s COVID-19 contact tracing protocols. That effectively decimated the number of offensive linemen the 49ers would have had available for Saturday’s game against the Tar Heels.“I was hoping that a couple of injured guys may be able to suit up for us,” 49ers coach Will Healy said on the SE...
The Charlotte Observer
Trump hotels bill taxpayers $1.1 million for Secret Service stays
Trump hotels have reportedly billed $1.1 million to cover Secret Service stays during presidential visits — including a five-figure tab while the New Jersey golf resort was closed for the coronavirus shutdown.The Washington Post on Thursday revealed an additional $188,000 in hotel bills picked up by the American taxpayers covering his eponymous outpost in Bedminster, New Jersey, where agents camped out for months on end in case the mercurial president decided to make a spur-of-the-moment jaunt there.The resort in leafy horse country even charged taxpayers $21,000 to stay in a spiffy cottage fo...
New York Daily News
Greg Cote's Week 2 NFL picks
I could put a derby and a bowtie on the pig, but why bother? We had a lousy start to our season last week. The excuses are there if I want ’em. No preseason, coronavirus opt-outs, limited or no fans mostly wiping out home-field advantage — these things have made King Sport that much more unpredictable in 2020, especially early. Also had more bad luck than lucky bounces in Week 1, such as a dropped last-second TD pass costing me the Lions win I’d predicted. Nevertheless, no excuses as we dig into our 30th season of NFL picks in the Miami Herald. We got risky out the gate with four outright upse...
Florida resident death toll hits 13,000 as state adds 3,255 new coronavirus cases
MIAMI — Florida’s Department of Health on Thursday confirmed 3,255 additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the state’s known total to 674,456. There were also 147 Florida resident deaths announced, bringing the resident death toll to 13,086.No new nonresident deaths were announced, leaving the cumulative nonresident toll at 161.The Florida Department of Health said in a news release Thursday that it has seen a steady decline in the number of reported Florida resident deaths who were previously diagnosed with COVID-19.“The first week of August compared to the first week of September, shows a 74%...
Shoddy masks — some made from socks — leave Central Florida jail inmates exposed to COVID-19, attorneys say
ORLANDO, Fla. — As COVID-19 continues to spread through Central Florida’s jails, sickening hundreds of inmates and corrections staff, the facilities have failed to adequately shield inmates from the virus, critics say.Attorneys who have visited clients at the Orange, Osceola and Seminole county jails say inmates have been given masks that are poorly made or not designed for prolonged use. At Osceola’s jail, inmates were issued masks made from tube socks.Attorneys and advocates also say mask-wearing is loosely enforced at those jails by staff, some of whom flout the regulations themselves. Many...
Californians support COVID-19 restrictions and remain worried about outbreak, survey shows
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Californians still support efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak through restrictions on public spaces and their worries about COVID-19 have not diminished since the spring, a new poll shows.The survey by the Public Policy Institute of California showed 74% of respondents favor restrictions on public activity to mange the pandemic, or want more aggressive limitations.Just 26% of respondents want looser restrictions on public activity during the pandemic.Researchers also found a majority, 61%, of state residents say they are either very or somewhat concerned about con...
The Sacramento Bee
James Lileks: Oh, right, that other virus
Saw a sign the other day that made me think: Ohhhh, right. That thing. Are you kidding me? Of all years, are you kidding me?It was a sign for flu shots.Usually we start to think about the annual poke around the end of September, right? We see the signs, ignore them because the trees are green. Plenty of time! Then we put it off until we see newspapers run stories about how this will be a bad flu season, like they always do.They never say, “Frankly, it’s going to be a wonderful flu season! It’s so mild that the worst case gives you a low-grade fever for 10 minutes, like the flush of first love....
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