Promising COVID-19 treatment sends Seattle biotech company's stock soaring
Shares in a Seattle biotech firm shot up 80% Monday after a preliminary trial suggested a new drug could boost survival rates for patients with severe COVID-19 symptoms.Omeros, a biopharmaceutical firm focused on immune-related diseases and other disorders, said the trials showed its drug narsoplimab improved recovery and survival for patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome associated with COVID-19.Those results, coupled with news that Omeros was in talks to receive federal funding to scale up production of narsoplimab, pushed the company’s share price to a high of $25.46, or 80% abo...
The Seattle Times
Injured cruise ship worker 'forgotten' after seven months in South Florida hotels
From behind the locked window of his 10th-floor hotel room, Paúl Córdova watches dozens of airplanes take off and land each day at Miami International Airport.He can’t get on any of them.An injured Royal Caribbean Group crew member, Córdova, 48, has been living in South Florida hotels since January. He traveled from Peru to the U.S. to receive follow-up treatment for back surgery he had in November 2018. Back then, doctors replaced two herniated disks in his spine with titanium plates, repairing damage from years of lifting and lugging 50-pound chlorine containers aboard Celebrity Cruises ship...
Royal Caribbean floats testing passengers for COVID-19 when cruising resumes
For likely the first time in Royal Caribbean Group’s 52-year history, the company has gone nearly four months without a passenger cruise. It’s no surprise then, that the company’s second quarter earnings were the worst on record as the COVID-19 pandemic keeps the industry largely paralyzed.In a financial filing Monday, Royal Caribbean Group reported an adjusted net loss of $1.3 billion, or $6.13 per share, for the second quarter, compared to an adjusted net income of $532.7 million, or $2.54 per share, in the prior year. The company estimates its monthly cash burn to be between $250 million an...
Florida's COVID-19 case count is lowest since June
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida reported the lowest number of new COVID-19 cases since June 23.With 4,247 new cases reported Monday, the count is less than half of the new infections only two weeks ago on July 27.A positive trend also is evident in people who need emergency care. Emergency department visits for COVID-19-like illness also declined from just two weeks ago with about 3,200 fewer visits.The coronavirus pandemic still has its grips on the state, where 8,408 people have died from the disease. Monday’s report showed 91 more Florida resident deaths and two non-Florida resident deaths....
Top 10 classic summer movie picks to beat the heat
Summer is a special season for film, and not just because it is when studios trot out their loudest, most expensive fare. Filmmakers look to summer for its effects on friendships, the stories of youngsters coming of age and the ageless romances that blossom with a beach in the background. Whether it’s the burning passions to match the temps, the celebrations of freedom or the inherent comedy and horror of vacations, summer stories beg to be told.If you’ve been looking to get reacquainted with the summer you’re missing by safely staying home as much as possible, Sentinel staffers have offered u...
Chilled wine, cold salads for warm evenings
Outdoor entertaining takes on new meaning during a pandemic. The summer of 2020 finds us on decks, patios and porches sitting 6 feet apart with our own personal coolers and individual containers of food. Some neighbors even tote their own chairs. We agree: We’d rather be super cautious then not see each other at all.I don’t bring my own chair, but I do take time to consider the perfect libation. Frozen drinks take the heat off, but prove difficult to transport. Instead, I’m having all the wines I like to drink pulled from an icy cooler — fruity, high acid numbers such as pinot grigio from Ital...
Mick Jagger art-world thriller asks if moviegoers are ready to return to theaters
As you decide whether you’re ready to return to the multiplex, “The Burnt Orange Heresy,” perhaps the first new movie in theaters in months, offers a few things to get excited about.The sleekly perverted art-world thriller was crafted by Scott B. Smith, for starters. He wrote two dandy novels (“A Simple Plan,” which became a made-in-Minnesota classic film, and “The Ruins”) and then disappeared for a decade. Actor Claes Bang (“The Square”) could be the new Pierce Brosnan, if we need another one. Elizabeth Debicki (the upcoming “Tenet”) seems poised for big things, assuming big things ever happe...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
NBA players hated food in the bubble, so they called in help
DETROIT — All heck was breaking loose.Several NBA players were complaining on social media about the quality of food after entering the NBA “bubble” in Orlando, Florida.So the NBA turned to someone who could fix it — chef Shawn Loving, the department chair of Schoolcraft College’s Culinary Arts program.“I got a call from Sean Ford, who operates USA Basketball and he told me the NBA folks were interested in connecting with me to see if I could support the food efforts down in Orlando,” Loving said.The answer came quickly.“Absolutely,” Loving replied. “I’d love to help. I’m not sure how I can, b...
Detroit Free Press
Jeff Seidel: NBA players hated the food inside the bubble, so they called in some help
DETROIT — All heck was breaking loose.Several NBA players were complaining on social media about the quality of food after entering the NBA “bubble” in Orlando, Fla.So the NBA turned to someone who could fix it — chef Shawn Loving, the department chair of Schoolcraft College’s Culinary Arts program.“I got a call from Sean Ford, who operates USA Basketball and he told me the NBA folks were interested in connecting with me to see if I could support the food efforts down in Orlando,” Loving said.The answer came quickly.“Absolutely,” Loving replied. “I’d love to help. I’m not sure how I can, but I...
Detroit Free Press
Nine great documentaries to feed your Olympic fever
The Road to Tokyo may be blocked, but the pandemic can’t completely extinguish the Olympic flame. As a substitute for watching live competition, try these nine documentaries that capture the spirit of the Games:‘More Than Gold: Jesse Owens and the 1936 Berlin Olympics’Morgan Freeman narrates this powerful look back at how a 22-year-old Cleveland wonder almost single-handedly spoiled Adolf Hitler’s party plans with a jaw-dropping performance on the track. The film doesn’t shy away from a sad epilogue that found the once-conquering hero relegated to running against race horses for money. Peacock...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)