For some COVID-19 survivors, serious problems continue long after the infection is gone
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Josh Wiese, 45, of St. Louis, was training for ultramarathons before what was likely COVID-19 forced him to quarantine at home in March. Now, he must use an inhaler twice a day and can barely jog two miles. He struggles with his memory and finding the right words.Stacy Case, 51, of Rochester, Illinois, tested positive for COVID-19 on May 20 and has tested positive nearly every week since then. She needs two negative tests in a row to return to work. Except for fever, Case said her symptoms have never gone away. Normally healthy and active, she continues to suffer with fatigue,...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Chicago mayor announces review of city monuments as part of 'a racial healing and historical reckoning project'
CHICAGO — Nearly three weeks after ordering the removal of Christopher Columbus statues in Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Wednesday announced the formation of a committee to review the city’s monuments as part of “a racial healing and historical reckoning project.”The Lightfoot administration also said it will commission “a series of temporary public artworks that focus on a broader range of topics around COVID-19, inequality and racial reconciliation.”The panel’s co-chairs will be Mark Kelly, who heads the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events; Bonnie McDonald, president ...
Pay promises, threats of jail. How Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line made crew work without wages
MIAMI — As crew members started to make it safely off of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s Grand Celebration ship in mid-April, stories about life on board surfaced on social media.Facebook and Instagram comments described how the company stopped paying working crew on board after it canceled passenger cruises on March 14 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.On April 18, below an Instagram image of the company’s ship with a sunset in the background, came this plea for help: “Through this message we want to ask for help on behalf of 8 Salvadorans stranded on the Grand Celebration cruise … We want to let you...
NC House candidate is under fire for posts some call sympathetic to white nationalists
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A North Carolina congressional candidate faced scrutiny Tuesday after three-year-old social media posts went viral that some say signal support for white nationalism.And media reports also debunked Republican Madison Cawthorn’s claim that the accident that left him paralyzed was the reason he did not attend the U.S. Naval Academy.Cawthorn, 25, won a June primary runoff against Lynda Bennett, a candidate endorsed by President Donald Trump in western North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District. He now faces Democrat Morris “Moe” Davis for the seat vacated this year by White Ho...
The Charlotte Observer
Mike Jensen: Why college football season is crumbling: 'Too much uncertainty'
Is it safe to play college football or not?We just do not know, was the loud answer given Tuesday by the Big Ten Conference, the reason for suspending all league fall sports competition.“We just believed collectively, there’s too much uncertainty,” said Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren.Let’s state this plainly. This was the right call. A depressing call, a bleak day at Penn State and Ohio State and Michigan and Rutgers and the rest, no doubt. Even amidst an outcry of protest from its own coaches — and even if they lose transfers to another Power 5 league that doesn’t shut down — Big Ten presi...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
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...