Trump's tweet makes Harry and Meghan's LA move even more fraught
Twelve days ago, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle showed a desire to carve out a high-profile role for themselves amid the coronavirus epidemic. Newly unmoored from the royal family, they used their popular Sussex Royal Instagram account to promote compassion, inspiration and themselves as trusted sources of accurate information about COVID-19.But now people might wonder how self-serving that March 18 post was and whether it came before or after they reportedly made their secret move to leave Canada for Los Angeles, aboard a private plane before the U.S. border closed.On Monday morning, the Duke...
The Mercury News
'I Love Rock N' Roll' songwriter Alan Merrill dies of coronavirus
NEW YORK — Singer and songwriter Alan Merrill, who co-wrote Joan Jett’s signature hit “I Love Rock N’ Roll,” died of coronavirus Sunday in New York, his daughter announced on social media.“The Coronavirus took my father this morning,” Laura Merrill wrote in a Facebook post. “I was given 2 minutes to say my goodbyes before I was rushed out.”The woman said her 69-year-old father “seemed peaceful” and she left Mount Sinai Hospital still hoping he wouldn’t become “a ticker on the right hand side of the CNN/Fox news screen.”“By the time I got in the doors to my apartment I received the news that he...
New York Daily News
Jim Edmonds was 'super sick,' tested for coronavirus
Writing on social media that he “held off as long as I could,” Cardinals broadcaster and former outfielder Jim Edmonds underwent tests Saturday for the coronavirus after going to an emergency room for what he described as severe symptoms.Edmonds shared the information on his Instagram feed, through the use of the social media’s “story” function. In a collection of photos and text, Edmonds showed himself at a hospital, wearing a mask, and also undergoing X-rays. He described himself as “super sick” leading up to the trip to the hospital, and he pointed out that the swab needed for the coronavir...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
SDSU investigating whether fraternity leader promoted blackout drinking among students
SAN DIEGO — San Diego State University says it is investigating whether the student who represents 14 of the school’s fraternities promoted blackout drinking in a text message posted on social media in February.The inquiry comes as SDSU is already investigating student drinking and safety in the wake of the death of Dylan Hernandez, a freshman who fell out of a bunk bed and cracked his skull in November, after returning from a night of partying with Phi Gamma Delta, where he was a pledge.SDSU confirmed the new investigation on Tuesday, a day after the campus newspaper Daily Aztec reported that...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
With Georgia Tech players scattered, Geoff Collins is motivating from afar
Safety is first, Geoff Collins assured. Via group text, social media and perhaps even old-fashioned phone calls, the Georgia Tech coach and his staff have stayed in touch with his players, scattered back to their hometowns or holed up in apartments near campus after the spread of COVID-19 has halted the routines of the institute and its football team.“Just trying to do the right thing and trying to be safe and trying to make sure that all the people we care for and love, and even people we don’t know, are protected, and we’re kind of taking care of each other through our actions and the things...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
States ask Amazon, Craigslist, eBay, Facebook and Walmart to combat coronavirus price gouging
More than two dozen state attorneys general urged major e-commerce companies on Wednesday to do more to combat price gouging, as online sellers jack up prices during the coronavirus pandemic.Led by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, 33 attorneys general called on the companies to set and enforce polices restricting unreasonable price hikes during emergencies, as well as trigger protections when price gouging occurs and create pages where consumers can file complaints.“Ripping off consumers by jacking up prices in the middle of a public emergency is against the law and online resellers...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Tua Tagovailoa posts workout video on social media, shows progress before 2020 NFL draft
Tua Tagovailoa may not be able to perform for NFL scouts and executives at a pro day workout or meet with them during pre-draft visits due to the coronavirus pandemic.So, he’s taking matters into his own hands with the help of social media.Tagovailoa, the Alabama standout whose healing hip could affect the future of the Miami Dolphins in next month’s NFL draft, posted several clips of him performing football drills on social media late Monday night — much to the excitement of quarantined football fans and NFL scouts.“Practicing social distancing with the long ball today,” Tagovailoa wrote in h...
Appeals court upholds ruling Trump cannot block critics on Twitter
NEW YORK — The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals upheld its decision Monday that President Donald Trump cannot block critics on Twitter, rejecting his long-shot bid to reargue the case.Trump had asked for a nine-judge panel to reconsider the ruling. A majority rejected that bid.Judge Barrington Parker, writing for the majority, said Trump’s use of Twitter was fundamental to his duties.“Excluding people from an otherwise public forum such as this by blocking those who express views critical of a public official is, we concluded, unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination,” Parker wrote.“Twitter is no...
New York Daily News
How Netflix's 'Love is Blind' and 'The Circle' set the stage for isolated socializing during the coronavirus pandemic
SEATTLE — There’s no doubt social media has changed the way we communicate and interact with others. And the spread of the novel coronavirus has resulted in the cancellation of major events, the closing of public spaces and the rise of social distancing.With more of our interpersonal interactions being pushed online in this time of quarantine, uncertainties loom around the lasting social impacts.A team of University of Washington psychologists is already studying the impacts of social distancing on adults in King County. The stress that comes from isolation can affect immune-system functions a...
The Seattle Times
Jalapeño spices up healthful meatloaf
New Jersey blogger Rachel Mansfield says she struggled with yo-yo dieting for years until she gave up counting calories and eating fat-free foods, instead choosing to focus on eating “real” foods that were both nourishing and delicious. Since she loved to cook, she began to create her own healthier versions of comfort foods, sharing the recipes on her blog, rachLmansfield.Now you can find many of her healthy recipes in her first cookbook, “Just the Good Stuff,” including a Paleo Everything Bagel Bread and Cracker-Crusted Oven-Baked “Fried” Chicken.She says this simple recipe spices up traditio...
The San Diego Union-Tribune