Martin Schram: Eavesdropping on a 2020 smoking gun
This was the week when working-at-home Americans kept sneaking peeks at a most unusual sort of scoop that was looping on our news screens. It was breaking news that left us feeling like eavesdroppers listening to a confidential unburdening between famous insiders.We heard President Donald Trump revealing something that surprised the Washington smart set. He spoke with uncharacteristically understated ease, quite unlike his familiar hard-sell default timbre we are used to when he is at his bullying pulpit. He sounded like he was talking to a colleague he wanted to impress. Actually, he was bein...
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Eating with secondhand smoke around you isn't great. But is there a COVID-19 risk?
MIAMI — You’re sitting outdoors at a Miami Beach cafe, ready to wolf down your waffle. Then a cloud of cigarette smoke wafts over from the socially distant table next to you.The plume goes right into your maskless nostrils.What appears to be just an irritant at brunch that might flare up your asthma now poses a medical question:Is secondhand smoke a COVID-19 risk?While there aren’t any official studies yet, health experts say it’s possible.At a time when we’re outside more, and of course, eating without masks, it’s a question that needs some exploration — and explanation.Doctors have learned a...
Illinois congressman calls for federal ban on electronic cigarettes, citing study that shows link to COVID-19
CHICAGO — Citing a study showing a correlation between vaping and COVID-19, an Illinois congressman is calling for a federal ban on all e-cigarettes — though a vaping industry advocate called it a publicity stunt.Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, a Democrat from Schaumburg and chairman of the House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, wrote a letter to the Food and Drug Administration this week calling for the agency to “clear the market of all e-cigarettes, temporarily, for the duration of the coronavirus crisis.”The letter repeated a request the representative made on April 1 after prelimin...
Post-riot landscape of rubble persists as Minneapolis demands taxes in exchange for permits
MINNEAPOLIS — On a desolate lot in Minneapolis where Don Blyly’s bookstore stood before being destroyed in the May riots, two men finish their cigarettes and then walk through a dangerous landscape filled with slippery debris and sharp objects. The city won’t let Blyly haul away his wreckage without a permit, and he can’t get a contractor to tell him how much it will cost to rebuild the store until that happens.In St. Paul, where Jim Stage’s pharmacy burned down during the same disturbances, crews have already removed the bricks and scorched timbers. A steel fence keeps out trespassers. Stage ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Atlantic City's casinos — all but one — reopen with no smoking, drinking, or eating inside
Atlantic City casinos welcomed gamblers for the first time in almost four months on Thursday, but the seaside city famous for not enforcing Prohibition couldn’t let its guests drink on the casino floors.The booze ban was one of several state restrictions that casinos complied with to open during the coronavirus pandemic. Gamblers wore masks and were separated by empty seats or acrylic glass partitions. No one could smoke, eat, or drink on the casino floor.The casinos were limited to 25% capacity, too, but that wasn’t a problem. Social distancing was easy, as some customers had entire rows of s...
The Philadelphia Inquirer