Coronavirus cases in California ICUs double overnight as manufacturers race to fill shortages
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The number of coronavirus patients in California intensive care units doubled overnight and manufacturers are stepping up to build equipment like ventilators to fill hospital shortages, Gov. Gavin Newsom said on Saturday.He spoke from a Bloom Energy facility in Sunnyvale retrofitted to refurbish ventilators unusable after sitting idle for years in government stockpiles. Days before, the company had used the room for storage.As Newsom talked, employees behind him wearing white coats and masks repaired machines.Newsom said the state needs 10,000 ventilators quickly to treat ...
The Sacramento Bee
Public meetings and social distancing: It's complicated
SAN JOSE, Calif. — It was already an unusual meeting, with images of Lafayette City Council members beamed in from their homes and offices discussing the coronavirus pandemic and other pressing issues of the day.Then the voice of a male speaker chimed in during the Zoom-conducted teleconference, uttering some raunchy comments clearly intended for shock value.As some council colleagues groaned — a couple stifled laughs — and City Attorney Mala Subramian rolled her eyes, Mayor Mike Anderson nonchalantly moved to the next public commenter. A few minutes later, someone else called in to tell the m...
The Mercury News
Trevor Lawrence, Marissa Mowry announce plans for coronavirus relief fund
Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence announced shortly after the NCAA granted him a waiver on Tuesday to raise money for those affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus that he and his girlfriend Marissa Mowry wanted to take some time to “figure out exactly how we want to do it to be as efficient and to help as many people as possible.”Four days later, Lawrence announced the details of their plan on Twitter.The couple has created the “Trevor Lawrence and Marissa Mowry COVID-19 Relief Fund.” The description states that the fund will raise money to provide direct assistance to families affected by the...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
iRacing is coming to Texas Motor Speedway
FORT WORTH, Texas — Texas Motor Speedway isn’t hosting its opening race weekend due to the coronavirus pandemic. At least in real life.But TMS will be featured as the virtual home track for the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series. The O’Reilly Auto Parts 125 is scheduled for noon on Sunday and will be broadcast on Fox, Fox Sports 1 and the Fox Sports app.And guess what? Fans can gamble on it.An online sports betting website, BetOnline.ag, is taking wagers on everything from if there’s a lead change in the last 10 laps to the length of the national anthem to the length of the pre-race praye...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Illinois sees 13 new deaths linked to COVID-19, including an infant
CHICAGO — In a somber start to his daily news conference Saturday, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced an infant diagnosed with COVID-19 has died.The child, whose exact age and medical history was not released, is believed to be the youngest person in Illinois whose death has been linked to the coronavirus.The infant’s death prompted another stern warning from Pritzker and public health officials about the importance of obeying the week-old stay-at-home order.The infant’s death clearly shook Pritzker, as state officials confirmed 12 other deaths, including a state employee, and 465 new cases...
Bob Condotta: Jadeveon Clowney watch continues for Seahawks. But there's no apparent end in sight.
SEATTLE — So maybe, like every day since free agents could begin legally negotiating with NFL teams on March 16, you woke up thinking today would be the day there would finally be news about Jadeveon Clowney.But, like every day since then, it appears as if there won’t be any.As of Saturday, the Clowney watch is now on day 13, which seems a fitting time for an update.Not that there appears to be much of one.Reports of anything related to Clowney have dried up in the past few days, and a few sources also indicated that for now, all appears pretty quiet with the Seahawks defensive end, who is one...
The Seattle Times
Chiefs bring back wide receiver Demarcus Robinson on one-year deal, source says
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Chiefs spent the past week bringing back some contributors from their 2019 championship team, namely fullback Anthony Sherman and defensive tackle Mike Pennel.And they stayed in-house with another unrestricted free agent Saturday.The Chiefs re-signed wide receiver Demarcus Robinson to a one-year deal, a source confirmed Saturday to The Star. Financial terms were not disclosed, but Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reported that the contract is worth $2,297,500 fully guaranteed, though only about $1 million will count against the Chiefs’ salary cap.According to the source, Robinso...
The Kansas City Star
Pat Leonard: Will the NFL season actually start on time?
It’s a fair question to ask. In fact, it’s only logical to ask it at this point:Is the 2020 NFL season in jeopardy of being delayed or, let’s be honest, cancelled?The answer is that the league is not there yet, not even close. They are planning for a season that starts on time, and to get there, they are neck deep in making dramatic changes to teams’ offseason operations to prepare remotely the best they can during this coronavirus pandemic.However, consider this timeline logically: experts are outlining a best-case scenario of a 12-18-month timeline for a vaccine to control the COVID-19 sprea...
New York Daily News
Immigration groups sue Trump to close courts during coronavirus pandemic
MIAMI — Six nonprofit organizations that provide legal services to immigrants and practice in the immigration court system sued members of the Trump administration — including President Donald Trump — for keeping immigration courts open during the coronavirus pandemic.The suit contends that by keeping the immigration courts open and forcing attorneys, judges and those fighting their immigration status to appear in person at the court, the federal officials have turned the court system into a “public health hazard.” The Trump administration, the groups claim, is using COVID-19, caused by the no...
Knicks owner James Dolan, MSG to pay event staff through May 3
NEW YORK — James Dolan has stepped up for his workers.According to a memo sent to employees, Dolan and MSG have agreed to pay event staff at the World’s Most Famous Arena through at least May 3 during the coronavirus shutdown and created a fund for hardship cases that’s already received $2.3 million in donations.The payments extend through all scheduled events in Madison Square Garden — including Knicks and Rangers games — and the other venues owned by Dolan like Radio City Music Hall, The Hulu Theatre and The Chicago Theatre. Still, it’s not a blanket payment extension from Dolan. Only worker...
New York Daily News