AMA president: 'The nation needs more from our leaders'
ATLANTA — The president of the American Medical Association, a Georgia doctor speaking to reporters across the nation from her home base in Atlanta on Tuesday, pleaded with citizens and leaders to listen to science amid the coronavirus pandemic, and to act accordingly.This year, the AMA, the nation’s premier advocacy group of doctors, is led by Dr. Patrice Harris, an Atlanta-area psychiatrist. Harris didn’t call any leaders or states out by name. But she had choice words for certain practices.For anyone thinking about Georgia beach parties this weekend, Harris raised “the direct link between a...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Court was right to dismiss Pulse victims' lawsuit against city, police, appeals court says
ORLANDO, Fla. — A federal appeals court on Monday sided with a U.S. district judge in throwing out a 2018 lawsuit filed against Orlando and its police department by survivors of the Pulse nightclub massacre and family members of those killed.The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a federal judge’s decision to dismiss the lawsuit, saying the appeal of that decision “did not plausibly plead that the City was deliberately indifferent to victims’ constitutional rights.”A statement released by city spokeswoman Cassandra Lafser on the behalf of the City of Orlando and the Police Departme...
Dallas-area police seek teen who filmed herself 'infesting' Walmart with coronavirus
FORT WORTH, Texas — Carrollton police are searching for an 18-year-old who recorded herself inside a Walmart after she said she tested positive for coronavirus on Saturday.Carrollton police identified the teenager as Lorraine Maradiaga and said on Twitter they were searching for her. Police said Maradiaga is being charged with making a terrorist threat.“We have no confirmation Maradiaga is actually a threat to public health,” Carrollton police said in a tweet. “We are, however, taking her social media actions very seriously.”In a series of videos posted on her Snapchat, Maradiaga said she test...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Canada's oil-industry implosion could affect Enbridge's Minnesota pipeline project
As Enbridge nears it goal of building a controversial $2.6 billion pipeline across northern Minnesota, Canada’s oil industry is imploding.The U.S. is the largest market for Canadian oil, and Enbridge’s corridor of six pipelines across Minnesota is its primary artery. Enbridge has spent years navigating Minnesota’s regulatory process to build a new pipeline to replace its deteriorating Line 3.The Canadian oil crisis opens the door for a last-ditch effort by Line 3 opponents to persuade the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to rethink its approval of the $2.6 billion project.“There is ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Washington state nonprofit files lawsuit saying Fox News misled viewers about coronavirus
SEATTLE — A little-known Washington nonprofit has filed a lawsuit against Fox News in King County Superior Court, claiming the news station, its parent companies and owners violated the state’s Consumer Protection Act and acted in bad faith by disseminating false information about the novel coronavirus through its television news broadcasts and minimized the danger posed by the virus as COVID-19 began to explode into a pandemic.The suit, filed on behalf of the Washington League for Increased Transparency and Ethics (WASHLITE), alleges Fox News engaged in unfair or deceptive acts by representin...
The Seattle Times
Oprah Winfrey donates $10 million to support those facing food insecurity due to coronavirus
The Queen of All Media is the Queen of All Goodwill during the coronavirus crisis.Oprah Winfrey has revealed on Instagram that she’ll give a million-dollar donation to the charity America’s Food Fund, and $9 million will be distributed to various coronavirus relief organizations around the country.On Wednesday, the GoFundMe-powered nonprofit organization was established by Leonardo DiCaprio, Apple and the Ford Foundation, among others, and is focused on fighting food insecurity.DiCaprio and Powell Jobs together donated $5 million, one-third of the fund’s $15 million goal, with Apple contributi...
New York Daily News
Civil rights leaders to DeSantis: Don't allow state to withhold care from disabled
MIAMI — As fears of a catastrophic shortage or ventilators and other life-saving medical equipment loom, Florida’s federally funded watchdog for disabled people is urging Gov. Ron DeSantis to ensure that, faced with unimaginable choices, doctors and hospitals don’t engage in “eugenics” as they ration care.Florida would not be the first state to develop guidelines for distributing respirators, beds and medication during a local or state shortage.Alabama, Kansas, Tennessee and Washington already have drawn the ire of civil rights groups that claim those states are adopting protocols that permit ...
How to talk to your landlord about rent if coronavirus closures have affected your paycheck
For many out-of-work Americans, the first of the month looms larger now than it did just four short weeks ago.Even if your landlord has announced rent cuts or is helping you cover the rent due, you may be wondering just what to do on the first of the month.You’re not alone. Two weeks ago, a record 3.28 million Americans filed unemployment claims, and the figures for last week are expected to be even higher.That number likely understates, by far, the number of people who have lost income as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.It’s hard to pin down just how many tenants won’t be able to make re...
The Seattle Times
Ann McFeatters: There is still time to save the census
You’re still reeling from how botched the federal government’s response to COVID-19 has been. You won’t believe how messed up the census is.The census, required by the Constitution every 10 years, is really, really important. It is used to figure out where federal funds go and where social services are needed. It affects your hometown and your neighborhood in vital ways such as how many schools, hospitals and fire departments are near you.Census data is used to apportion the seats of the House of Representatives, redraw congressional districts and help businesses set marketing strategies and g...
Tribune News Service
What it's like to be locked in prison during the coronavirus pandemic
PHILADELPHIA — At the Pike County, Pa., Correctional Facility, a contraband economy has sprung up around limited supplies of soap.Fights have broken out between prisoners in Montgomery County over phone time since the state prisons banned visitors.Inmate trustees in Schuylkill County have logged 12-hour shifts fulfilling thousands of commissary orders from peers stockpiling what they could before their detention center went into lockdown.And at least 180 immigration detainees in the York County Prison launched a hunger strike over the weekend.Though public health advocates, defense lawyers, an...
The Philadelphia Inquirer