CDC extends no-sail order for cruises until COVID-19 pandemic is declared over
MIAMI — Citing continued COVID-19 infections and deaths on cruise ships, federal health authorities are halting cruise operations in U.S. waters until the COVID-19 pandemic is over and requiring the industry to implement a plan to immediately mitigate outbreaks on ships.In a new “no-sail” order issued late Thursday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the industry has not done a sufficient job to stop the spread of COVID-19 on its ships and is relying too much on U.S. resources to treat ill passengers and crew.The “no-sail” order will remain in effect for at least 100 days...
Border Patrol 'welcomes' investigation into birth at Calif. station
SAN DIEGO — Customs and Border Protection pushed back Thursday on a complaint from a Guatemalan woman who gave birth at a Border Patrol station in Chula Vista.The woman's complaint, filed Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union and Jewish Family Service, asked the Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General to investigate what happened since Border Patrol's account of the situation at the time was so different from the woman's version of events.CBP disputed the woman's story on Thursday in a statement, saying that Border Patrol agents follow the agency's detention s...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Kansas Gov. Kelly sues lawmakers over vote striking down limits on church gatherings
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly is suing to stop Republican lawmakers from overturning her executive order limiting church gatherings — triggering a high-stakes legal showdown amid a deadly pandemic.Kelly on Thursday afternoon sued the Legislative Coordinating Council — the seven-member body of legislative leaders that voted Wednesday to revoke her order, calling it an infringement on freedom of religion.The lawsuit marks a dramatic escalation in the state’s ongoing fight over constitutional rights and public health, a dispute that potentially holds life-or-death implications as pasto...
The Kansas City Star
Grand Princess passengers sue cruise line, alleging negligence in coronavirus handling
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Passengers of a Princess cruise ship filed a lawsuit Wednesday, alleging the cruise line demonstrated negligence in its response to the coronavirus outbreak by operating cruises that led to the sickening of dozens of people and at least three deaths, including a Placer County man.Plaintiffs in the case were passengers on the Grand Princess, which departed San Francisco on Feb. 11 for a round trip to Mexico. At least four passengers became ill and started showing symptoms, according to the lawsuit, “likely exposing dozens of other passengers to the virus.”The lawsuit was fi...
The Sacramento Bee
California court rules gang enhancements can carry life without parole terms
SAN FRANCISCO — A gang enhancement murder case that carries a life without parole sentence is not a violation of the United States’ prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment, a California appeals court ruled this week.In its 33-page partially published opinion, the 1st District California Appeals Court ruled that a life without parole sentence for 30-year-old David Arce was not an affront to the Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Arce was convicted of special circumstances gang charges in the 2014 shooting of Earl Hamilton Jr., which a jury found was committed to benefit a San Pablo ...
The Mercury News
Theodore Roosevelt sailor in ICU after being found unresponsive in Guam
SAN DIEGO — A sailor assigned to the San Diego-based aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt is in intensive care at U.S. Naval Hospital Guam after being found unresponsive in his room, the Navy said Thursday.The sailor tested positive for COVID-19 on March 30, according to the Navy. NBC News reported the sailor was found unresponsive Thursday morning.Air Force Gen. John Hyten, the vice chairman of the joint chiefs, said at the Pentagon Thursday that Roosevelt sailors in isolation with COVID-19 are checked twice a day and that this sailor’s health deteriorated overnight.“We’re hoping that that sai...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
A Brooklyn courthouse was still packed as coronavirus spread. Judges, their staffs and lawyers are paying the price.
NEW YORK — Dozens of lawyers, court officers and clerks crowded onto the wooden benches in Judge Johnny Lee Baynes’ courtroom on March 12 as they waited for the judge to hear cases at his calendar call, the busiest day of his week.It was business as usual — which unnerved some lawyers. Before court began, they chatted among themselves about the coronavirus pandemic spreading across the city.When one lawyer complained that social distancing guidelines weren’t being followed in the jam-packed Brooklyn Supreme Court courtroom, Baynes fired back.“If you don’t like it, you can leave,” the lawyer re...
New York Daily News
Federal judge orders testing measures at Cook County Jail, but rejects request to order immediate releases due to coronavirus
CHICAGO — A federal judge on Thursday rejected an emergency request to order the release of medically vulnerable Cook County Jail detainees due to an ongoing COVID-19 threat, but granted a temporary restraining order forcing Sheriff Tom Dart to comply with strict sanitation and testing measures.A lawsuit filed last week by the Loevy and Loevy law firm and the MacArthur Justice Center at Northwestern University alleged Dart has failed to stop a “rapidly unfolding public health disaster” at the sprawling jail complex. The jail now ranks at or near the top of lists of single locations for COVID-1...
Editorial: The 2020 census needs you
Census forms arrived in America’s mailboxes just as states began ordering most citizens to stay home to control coronavirus. The situation provides an excellent opportunity for socially distanced Americans to fill out the civic paperwork, but officials must overcome several challenges coronavirus presents to the population count.The Census Bureau should take all reasonable steps to give the nation an accurate count by the end of this year, as federal law requires. The bureau’s reactions so far to the pandemic crisis reflect well-considered adjustments. Field operations such as counting people ...
The Seattle Times
Senators want details from Amazon on firing of New York coronavirus protest organizer
Was Christian Smalls fired from Amazon for violating a quarantine or because he helped organize a walkout to protest safety conditions at a New York warehouse where employees had been diagnosed with COVID-19?Five U.S. senators sent Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos a series of questions in a letter Wednesday focusing on Smalls’ dismissal, which he and other politicians, as well as union leaders, have described as retaliation.Seattle-based Amazon has repeatedly insisted Smalls was fired “for putting the health and safety of others at risk and violations of his terms of his employment,” as company spokeswom...
The Seattle Times