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...
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Viking plans to launch Mississippi River cruising in 2022
Viking plans to launch an all-inclusive, 386-passenger river ship on the Mississippi River in August 2022. The first vessel, Viking Mississippi, will sail voyages on the Lower and Upper Mississippi, between New Orleans and St. Paul, Minn.Currently under construction in Louisiana, the ship will have 193 all-outside staterooms, a clean Scandinavian design, an infinity pool and several restaurants.Cruise fares will include one complimentary shore excursion in each port of call, all onboard meals, port charges and government taxes, beer and wine with lunch and dinner service, lectures, alternative...
Editorial: Going viral: Coronavirus death totals are rising, but social distancing is working
More than 3,000 Americans, including more than 1,500 New Yorkers, have now died from coronavirus, serious milestones on a steep road with no exit ramp visible. Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House COVID-19 coordinator, said on Monday that projections show up to 200,000 deaths nationwide “if we do things almost perfectly.”If we don’t do things almost perfectly, failing to keep in place strong social distancing as long as necessary so that already overwhelmed hospitals drown in cases? Shudder to think.Given steep trend lines here, the United States now leads the world in the number of cases, eclips...
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Appeals court lets Texas enforce coronavirus-related abortion ban, for now
AUSTIN, Texas — One day after a federal judge blocked Texas from banning most abortions during the coronavirus emergency, an appeals court put that ruling on hold Tuesday to give its judges time to weigh a challenge filed by state officials.The decision will allow Texas officials to resume enforcing a policy that bans abortions unless a woman’s life or health are at risk, an exception that applies to very few abortions.On Monday, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel barred enforcement of the policy, ruling that it amounted to a ban on abortion in violation of the U.S. Constitution.Texas Attorney Gen...
Some mayors take harder line than governors during coronavirus crisis
PORTLAND, Ore. — The optics were terrible, even if the weather was perfect. Absent a firm order from Gov. Kate Brown to stay at home, thousands of people with nothing else to do packed Oregon’s beaches, trails and state parks a couple of weekends ago.Mayors in coastal cities panicked at the onslaught, begging Brown, a Democrat, to act. One after another, towns passed emergency ordinances that shut down hotels, campgrounds, RV parks and short-term vacation rentals to all but essential visitors.Democratic Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, joined by 25 other leaders in nearby communities and the state’...
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Florida drive-in theaters take the spotlight
ORLANDO, Fla. — As many movie theater screens around the country go dark amid the coronavirus pandemic, John Watzke says his theater is doing just fine. In fact, business is booming for this time of year.The Ocala Drive-In, one of just a small handful of drive-in theaters still open (even during normal times) in Florida, is providing a bright spot for film lovers during this unprecedented time.“For this time of the year, I’ve seen a very big increase in attendance,” said Watzke, who owns the drive-in. “I just feel like people need some form of normalcy in their life.”Even though visitors are c...
'I'd never seen a campus look like a ghost town': Football expert Tom Lemming on how the business of recruiting has been temporarily grounded
Tom Lemming fell 2,000 miles short of his average of 60,000 miles driven around the United States, interviewing the top college football prospects for his annual yearbook.After interviewing 75 recruits in Chandler, Ariz., and at UCLA, Lemming realized two weeks ago that the coronavirus pandemic was too much of a health threat for him to continue planned visits to the Bay Area, Oregon and Washington.Lemming changed course instead and headed East, where he made a brief pit stop at the Billy the Kid grave in Fort Sumner, N.M., before eventually returning to his Chicago-area home.“I noticed the ex...
Will Bunch: Will coronavirus kill off the news business just when America realized we actually need it?
Even the late great Charles Dickens, who churned out copy for 19th-century daily London rags like the Morning Chronicle before he went super long-form, would have struggled to keep up with the best of times and worst of times hitting America’s (and the world’s) newsrooms in the earth-shattering year of 2020.On the upside, the public’s craving for accurate, real-time information about the coronavirus — what’s open or closed, how to stay safe, or how quickly is the global pandemic spreading — has sent internet traffic to news websites skyrocketing to once unthinkable levels. After several years ...
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US to slash Afghan aid after failure to form unity governmentWASHINGTON — The U.S. said it will cut assistance to Afghanistan by $1 billion this year and threatened more cuts could come as a breakdown in talks to form a unity government threatened to derail a U.S.-engineered peace deal.Hours after departing Kabul on Monday, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said in a statement that the U.S. “deeply regrets” the failure of President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah to form a unity government. He said the U.S. is imposing the $1 billion cut in assistance because of the breakdow...
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'100% present for me': The case for midwives and rethinking childbirth in the US
SEATTLE — Deep in the throes of labor, Amie-June Brumble is still able to crack a joke.“I forgot why this was a good idea,” the Seattle woman gasps between contractions. Brumble is curled on a hospital bed where she will soon give birth to her second son without benefit of painkillers and with minimal medical intervention. There’s no doctor, either.The health care professional in charge is a midwife — who responds in kind to her patient’s wry comment.“Because babies are so cute and cuddly,” says Mary Lou Kopas, holding a cold washcloth on Brumble’s neck. “And when they come, labor is over.”Kop...
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