Delta to retire Boeing 717s, some 767s by end of 2025
Delta Air Lines said it will retire more jets earlier than planned as it cuts costs amid weakened travel demand due to the coronavirus pandemic.The Atlanta-based airline outlined the revised plans in a regulatory filing Friday announcing the completion of $9 billion in financing, including a $6 billion debt offering backed by its SkyMiles frequent flier program and a $3 billion loan. The debt deal was increased from a previously planned $6.5 billion.Delta said it will retire its 110-seat Boeing 717s and the rest of its 226-seat Boeing 767-300ER jets by December 2025.The airline also plans to r...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Are Hispanic and Black children more at risk of COVID? 'It's a trickle down' effect
MIAMI — Children and teens don’t usually get the worst COVID-19 symptoms. They might cough a lot, have a runny nose, maybe get a fever. Most recover.But some wind up in the hospital. Some die.And many of those who have died from COVID-19 related complications are Hispanic or Black, according to a new report published this month by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The report looked at 121 COVID-19 associated deaths under 21 that were reported to the CDC from Feb. 12 to July 31. Of those deaths, 45% were Hispanic, 29% Black, 14% white non-Hispanic and 4% American Indi...
COVID-19 surveys halted in Minnesota amid racism, intimidation
MINNEAPOLIS — A door-to-door COVID-19 testing survey has been halted due to multiple incidents in greater Minnesota of residents intimidating and shouting racial and ethnic slurs at state and federal public health survey teams.The CDC pulled its federal surveyors out of Minnesota this week following reports of verbal abuse and intimidation, including an incident in the Iowa border town of Eitzen, Minn., in which a survey team walking to a house was blocked by two cars and threatened by three men, including one who had a gun.Frustration with the state’s pandemic response “is totally understanda...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
California passes first-in-nation plastics recycling law
In a move aimed at reducing huge amounts of plastic litter in the oceans, along roadways and other parts of the state, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a first-in-the-nation law requiring plastic beverage containers to contain an increasing amount of recycled material.Under it, companies that produce everything from sports drinks to soda to bottled water must use 15% recycled plastic in their bottles by 2022, 25% recycled plastic by 2025, and 50% recycled plastic by 2030.Supporters of the new law say it will help increase demand for recycled plastic, curb litter and reduce consumption o...
The Mercury News
MLB promised free COVID-19 testing for essential workers. We're still waiting.
NEW YORK — Tucked away in Major League Baseball’s 113-page manual for playing through the coronavirus pandemic is a subtle assurance from the league and its owners to the public that baseball in 2020 would offset whatever resource drain might result from the business of baseball.As Section 2.1.5, titled “Voluntary Testing of Household Members and First Responders” read: “MLB will offer free diagnostic/PCR and antibody/serology testing for … healthcare workers or other first responders in the Clubs’ home cities as a public service.”MLB would clean up after itself, in other words, supplying free...
New York Daily News
'Coregasms' are one way to practice sexual self-care during the COVID-19 pandemic
What the heck is a “coregasm?” Well, it’s when you have an orgasm while working out, also known as an exercise-induced orgasm. Does that all of a sudden make you want to go for a run?A recent survey asked nearly 4,200 men and women about their knowledge of a “coregasm” and if they’ve ever had one. Only 3% of women said they had, and 6% of men. Most didn’t even know it was possible to have an orgasm while working out (97% of women, and 91% of men).More than 2,100 women and more than 2,000 men between the ages of 18 and 35 participated in the survey, which was commissioned by sports equipment si...
Ryan Fitzpatrick accounts for three touchdowns, leads Dolphins to first win of the season
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Maybe, it was all the pregame chatter centered around rookie Tua Tagovailoa.Maybe, Ryan Fitzpatrick realized it could have been the final prime-time game of his career.But as Fitzpatrick showed on Thursday night in Jacksonville, he’s still got a lot of FitzMagic left in him. And the Dolphins could use every bit of it as the Tagovailoa marinates on the sidelines.Fitzpatrick threw a career-high 12 straight completions to start the game and accounted for three touchdowns as the Dolphins (1-2) won their first game of the season 31-13 over the Jaguars in front of 16,563 fans al...
Fauci to FDA: 'I got your back' on COVID-19 vaccine safety standards
ATLANTA — The federal government’s top infectious disease official attempted to reassure the public Thursday that he’ll support safety standards set by federal officials for any COVID-19 vaccines and their work won’t be swayed by politics.“If (U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials) come and say this is the way we should do it, I’ve got your back on that,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said in an online discussion organized by Emory University.The remarks came in response to a question from Dr. Sanjay Gupta, an associate Emory University professor and CNN medical correspondent who moderated the discu...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Minnesota priest who says COVID-19 is a scam told to halt such preaching
MINNEAPOLIS — A Twin Cities priest who had preached that COVID-19 was a man-made scam has been told by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to refrain from talking about such matters from the pulpit.The Rev. Robert Altier had delivered a 20-minute sermon Sept. 6, claiming COVID-19 was concocted in laboratories in the United States and China and that it was a “lie” that tens of thousands of people are dying from it. A YouTube version of the sermon has been viewed more than 412,000 times.At the time, the archdiocese said Altier’s sermon was “under review.” Earlier this week, Archbishop Be...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Jamaica's surging COVID crisis just got help: US donates field hospital
With concerns growing in Jamaica that more people will require hospitalizations amid a worrying surge in coronavirus cases, the Caribbean nation is getting help from the U.S. Southern Command.Adm. Craig Faller, head of the U.S. Southern Command, headquartered in Doral, Florida, arrived in Kingston Thursday to officially hand over a large mobile field hospital for COVID-19 patients. The $753,000 hospital, which can care for 70 patients, will add to Jamaica’s 350-COVID-19 bed capacity.Purchased by Southcom with humanitarian funds, it was transported to the island last week, ahead of Faller’s vis...