Cops break up huge party of over 1,000 people at off-campus housing at FSU
MIAMI — Now that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis moved Florida into Phase 3 reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic, it’s all systems go for party animals, apparently.A large gathering, with more than 1,000 people, was shut down by cops late Saturday night near Florida State University in Tallahassee. The party was at an off campus apartment complex called Tenn Street Apartments that saw at least 700 cars parked in the area, blocking travel lanes, cops said.The Tallahassee Police Department said that this bash was just one of a dozen large social events they broke up over the weekend, read a Faceboo...
Fauci says Florida's decision to fully reopen bars and restaurants 'very concerning'
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida’s decision to fully reopen bars and restaurants is ‘very concerning,’ according to the top infectious disease expert in the country.Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned that the decision may lead to another outbreak, according to statements he made Monday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”“That is very concerning to me,” Fauci told the morning show. “When you’re dealing with community spread, and you have the kind of congregate setting where people get together, particularly without masks, you’re really a...
Accused Peruvian gold smuggler in massive Miami money laundering case dies of COVID-19
MIAMI — An infamous Peruvian gold trader at the center of a multibillion-dollar money laundering case in Miami has died of COVID-19 in his homeland, according to authorities and news accounts.Pedro David Pérez Miranda, 60, died Saturday at a hospital in Lima, Peru, after struggling with the coronavirus respiratory disease since late August.His alias was “Peter Ferrari,” dubbed with that nickname by the news media because of his love for flashy cars, beautiful women and the yellow precious metal, gold.Ferrari, who had been in custody in Peru before his hospitalization, was accused in a 2017 ind...
Target Deal Days, Amazon Prime Day both in October
Target plans to launch its two-day Deal Days sale in October, coinciding with competitor Amazon’s Prime Day two-day event.Both sales — being held Oct. 13 and 14 — come months later than usual as the normal retail schedule was upended by COVID-19. Last year, both Amazon and Minneapolis-based Target held their sales in mid-July.Target Deal Days will feature digital deals on thousands of items, more than double what the retailer offered last year as it adjusts to the surge of consumers who have shifted to shopping online during the coronavirus pandemic.The sales will melt into Target’s already an...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
GoFundMe a go-to for struggling businesses, families, pet owners
SAN DIEGO — Some are to help laid-off restaurant workers or struggling breweries. Others are to keep dance studios open. Several are for smaller, personal expenses such as veterinarian bills.But the online fundraisers all have one thing in common. Each of the GoFundMe posts are from a person, business or organization hurting financially during the COVID-19 pandemic.Hundreds of local relief efforts related to COVID-19 can be found on GoFundMe by searching “San Diego COVID” or “San Diego coronavirus,” and most appear to be aimed at helping small businesses such as restaurants and shops strugglin...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
'We need to get to the bottom of these clusters,' Cuomo warns as NY's coronavirus cases increase
NEW YORK — Coronavirus is rising fast again in New York — and a handful of neighborhoods are by far getting hit the hardest.Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a sharp increase in positive tests for coronavirus, especially in hot spots in Brooklyn, Orange County, Rockland County and the Southern Tier.“It’s Yom Kippur and we honor that, but whether you are Jewish, Catholic or Muslim, public health is public health, and I have no issue,” Cuomo said.The state recorded an overall 1.5% positive test rate Sunday, which is more than a 50% increase over previous recent daily rates. Brooklyn had a shocking 2.6...
New York Daily News
Trump's ban on WeChat threatens a vital network for Chinese community in Philadelphia area
PHILADELPHIA — For many local Chinese Americans and immigrants from China, the social media app WeChat is a lifeline to government services, community events, friends, and family living on the other side of the Pacific.If the Trump administration has its way, it’ll be taken away.“We are so disappointed, not just because he’s making this hateful language as calling it (the coronavirus) the Chinese flu or the China virus,” said Wei Chen, president of Asian Americans United, a Philadelphia organization focused on fighting discrimination against the Asian community, “but banning WeChat is a hatefu...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Balancing Act: 5-year-old Alabama girl is in Chicago for life-saving surgery. COVID-19 has complicated every step of the way
CHICAGO — Anne Marie Calligas was born fighting.She arrived two months early, after a complicated pregnancy, and spent her first months of life battling congenital heart defects, hypertension, problems with her kidneys and bleeding in her young brain.Her parents, Catherine and Louis Calligas, and her older sister, Isabel, grew quickly accustomed to the noises and smells and routines of hospitals. Even as Anne Marie aged past infancy and toddlerhood, a common cold could land her in the hospital with breathing problems.In June, a gastrointestinal specialist diagnosed Anne Marie, now 5 years old,...
Colleges are already canceling spring break due to COVID-19
A growing number of colleges and universities are canceling spring break six months in advance, due to concerns about students’ anticipated travel activities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.The University of Michigan is the latest institutions to amend its 2021 academic calendar, removing the traditional spring break period, which it did at a Board of Regents meeting Sept. 17, according to ABC News.In doing so, the University of Michigan joins other Big Ten universities that have eliminated spring break for the coming semester, including Ohio State University; Purdue University; University of Iowa ...
Yankees take a moment to reflect on reaching the finish line of this coronavirus season
Sitting in a Philadelphia hotel during the first week of the season waiting to find out if they were playing the Phillies, heading home or moving on to Baltimore, the thought crossed Aaron Hicks’ mind. For the next few weeks, as there were COVID-19 outbreaks across baseball postponing games and reworking schedules, the Yankees outfielder was never sure they would get to this point.“I doubted that in the first three weeks or whenever it was that happened with the Marlins and the Phillies and just seemed like more teams were just coming out of nowhere with the COVID,” Hicks said. “I mean there’s...
New York Daily News