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
Dieter Kurtenbach: Niners safety teams up with low-cost ventilator non-profit
Unless you’re a next-level Niners fan or a Purdue alum, you probably don’t know about 49ers safety Jake Thieneman.After all, he was an undrafted practice squad player who just finished his rookie season with the team after being signed in December.I cover the team and had not talked to him before this week.But I’m glad I was able to connect with him on the phone this past weekend, because you should know about what the 24-year-old is doing as he — like the rest of us — waits out the COVID-19 pandemic at his parents’ house in Indiana.He’s taken on a side-gig between basement workouts.The former...
The Mercury News
Nation and world news briefs
2 Capitol Police officers have tested positive for coronavirusWASHINGTON — Two Capitol Police officers have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, an incursion into the force that protects the U.S. Capitol complex, according to two sources familiar with the matter.On March 20, union head Gus Papathanasiou told Capitol Police Chief Steven A. Sund he has been flooded with inquiries from officers concerned about contracting the coronavirus. Unlike staffers and other employees who can work from home, many officers are required to maintain a physical presence around the grounds.Sund sent that e...
Tribune News Service
Cross-border smuggling tunnel discovered in San Diego; nearly $30 million worth of drugs seized
SAN DIEGO — Nearly $30 million worth of drugs was seized after a cross-border tunnel that runs from Tijuana to San Diego was found earlier in March, federal officials said Tuesday.The 2,000-foot-long tunnel was discovered on March 19 by law enforcement officers, with Mexican officers locating the tunnel entrance in Tijuana.Agents searched the San Diego warehouse where the tunnel ends after obtaining a federal search warrant and seized approximately 1,300 pounds of cocaine, 86 pounds of methamphetamine, 17 pounds of heroin, 3,000 pounds of marijuana and more than 2 pounds of fentanyl inside the...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Florida sheriff reports no 'credible' tips in disappearance of 'Tiger King' millionaire
Even with an influx of tips about the disappearance of Jack “Don” Lewis, a main subject in “Tiger King,” the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office in Florida says it still has no credible information.Lewis, the 81-year-old husband of Big Cat Rescue CEO Carole Baskin, was last seen in August 1997.His disappearance is a major subplot in the Netflix hit documentary series “Tiger King,” leading HCSO Sheriff Chad Chronister to revisit the case and call for new leads into the missing millionaire.Chronister said during a news conference Tuesday that his department has received an average of six new ti...
New York Daily News
Alarm grows as Cook County, state struggle with what to do with the incarcerated in the face of COVID-19
CHICAGO — Officials knew two weeks ago just what kind of crisis loomed outside the front doors of the sprawling Cook County Jail.COVID-19 had just been declared a pandemic. More than 5,500 detainees were housed in close quarters inside the Southwest Side facility, with new arrivals coming daily from all corners of the county. Conditions were ideal for the new disease’s unchecked spread.A potential disaster, as Cook County Public Defender Amy Campanelli put it. A huge problem, Sheriff Tom Dart added, noting, “there is no playbook here.”In the Illinois Department of Corrections, too, alarms were...
Brooklyn man busted for selling personal protection equipment, then coughing on FBI agents and telling them he had coronavirus, feds say
NEW YORK — The coronavirus outbreak has revealed heroes in every community. And then there’s this guy.A Brooklyn man who said he had COVID-19 coughed on FBI agents, and lied to them about personal protection equipment he was hoarding to try to make a buck, authorities said Monday.Baruch Feldheim, 43, was arrested by FBI agents and charged with assaulting a federal officer and with making false statements to law enforcement.Prosecutors said Feldheim had accumulated much needed N95 respirators, personal protection surgical masks, medical gowns and disinfecting devices and was selling them to hea...
New York Daily News
Florida sheriff renews search for missing millionaire featured in 'Tiger King'
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office in Florida hopes the wild success of Netflix’s “Tiger King” documentary will help out with a cold case.Sheriff Chad Chronister reached out publicly Monday for any new information on the disappearance of Jack “Don” Lewis, the ex-husband of Big Cat Rescue CEO Carole Baskin, and a prominent figure in the streaming service series about Joe Exotic.“I figured it was a good time to ask for new leads” after the documentary made the case “all the rage,” Chronister tweeted Monday.Lewis, 81, was last seen in August 1997 and rumors have spiraled, fueled by Joe Exot...
New York Daily News