As CDC reverses itself on COVID-19, Americans are losing trust, warn public-health experts
People who are exposed to a COVID-19 patient but feel fine don’t necessarily need to get tested, the nation’s top public health agency declared in August — only to drop that advice last Friday.The same day, it declared that the coronavirus could spread beyond the 6-foot social distancing threshold, borne by “aerosol” particles that remain aloft for minutes.But this week the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention took down that update, too, saying it shouldn’t have been posted without review.The reversals have alarmed veterans of the public-health community, warning that they could fue...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Muckraker's fight to unseal FBI files on Jeffrey Epstein kept alive by judge
WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Tuesday kept alive a citizen muckraker’s quest to pry loose for the public’s benefit tens of thousands of FBI documents about disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, including his time as a government informant.Self-styled public information crusader Angela Clemente sued in May, seeking to force the FBI to release the documents on the grounds that Epstein is now dead, albeit under mysterious circumstances, and that there is an overarching public interest in releasing documents. The Justice Department, representing the FBI, is fighting the effort.In a status hearing...
Movie review: Surreal but earnest 'Kajillionaire' follows family of scammers' schemes. It's Miranda July's best feature yet
Note: We are continuing to review theatrical film releases during the COVID-19 pandemic, though please be aware that indoor moviegoing does carry risk during this time. Please follow every health and safety guideline outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as guidelines provided by local health officials in your area.Old Dolio Dyne (Evan Rachel Wood), curtains of long blonde hair hiding her face, baggy clothes hanging off her frame, stands before a parenting class she’s crashed. And in her low, guttural voice, she describes a hypothetical young girl, named Old Dolio,...
Tribune News Service
Union for FAA's safety engineers urges more changes to Boeing 737 Max before it can fly again
A union representing Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airplane safety engineers who work on certifying new aircraft called Monday for substantial upgrades to the flight crew alerting systems and other changes on Boeing’s 737 Max before the plane is allowed to return to the air.The union’s comments came on the final day for public comment on the FAA’s proposed design changes, with more than 200 responses posted by late afternoon.The FAA’s own technical experts argue that fixing the flawed flight control system that caused the two crashes is not enough and that Boeing must also address the ...
The Seattle Times
The Caribbean has reopened and COVID-19 is spreading — but one island is finding success
After being hit with an “Avoid non-essential travel” warning by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention because of the coronavirus, the eastern Caribbean island of St. Lucia recently got some good news: it was moved to the “No Health Warning” list.“The key here is confidence,” St. Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet told the Miami Herald. “Confidence of my nationals; confidence of the persons who work with us and then confidence of the persons who are coming down here on vacation. That’s where you have to start: How do we gain that confidence?”St. Lucia, which has suffered more th...
Dave Hyde: Father, friend, law-enforcement leader — Tyrone White left a rich legacy
When Giovani Bernard’s family moved from Fort Lauderdale to Boynton Beach, he asked Tyrone and Lisa White about living with them and their son, James, to avoid an unbearable commute his final two years to St. Thomas Aquinas High.“We’d love to have you,” Tyrone White said.When Dave Billitier assembled an FBI task force to catch violent fugitives in South Florida, he called Miami-Dade police Capt. Tyrone White for help in procuring local law-enforcement talent.“He gave me his two top guys,” Billitier said.Maybe this helps tell who was lost Sunday. Maybe it starts to explain why so many are in su...
Chlamydia and gonorrhea have increased among younger women, study finds
Rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea are increasing among women ages 18 to 30 in the United States, a recent study by Quest Diagnostics suggests.The study, recently published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, analyzed more than 17 million laboratory samples taken between 2010 and 2017 from females ages 12 to 30. Researchers found that while there was a decline in cases of chlamydia and gonorrhea among adolescents ages 12 to 17, women of ages 25 to 30 experienced a 50% increase in positive test results. Women 18 to 24 had a 21% increase in positive test results over the period of the ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
What will cruising look like? Industry offers clues. But there's still no timeline
Cruise companies are stepping up their pressure on U.S. health authorities to allow them to cruise again amid the COVID-19 pandemic.On Monday, Royal Caribbean Group and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings submitted health and safety protocols to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as part of the agency’s request for public comments about how to safely resume cruises. The protocols include testing all passengers and crew for COVID-19 before boarding, requiring masks and expanding medical capabilities on cruise ships.The cruise industry’s lobbying group, Cruise Lines International Ass...
2 Missouri crayfish species may be listed as 'threatened' under Endangered Species Act
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed listing two kinds of Missouri crayfish as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, as well as identifying “critical habitat” for their survival and recovery in the state’s southeast watersheds.Both the Big Creek crayfish and the St. Francis River crayfish have seen their numbers contract since the introduction of nonnative woodland crayfish in the 1980s. While the invasive crayfish is seen as the “primary threat” to the native species, the agency said in its listing last week that they also contend with water quality issues, ...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
CDC says it mistakenly posted 'draft' guidelines saying coronavirus is airborne
In an abrupt reversal Monday, federal health officials said they blew it when they posted guidelines on the Centers for Disease Control website saying coronavirus is airborne.“A draft version of proposed changes to these recommendations was posted in error to the agency’s official website,” the CDC said.“CDC is currently updating its recommendations regarding airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19). Once this process has been completed, the update language will be posted,” the agency said.The CDC has otherwise maintained that COVID-19 is primarily transmitted throu...
New York Daily News