South Florida ICE detainees required to go attend court regardless of whether they have COVID
MIAMI — Immigration detainees in South Florida are being required to attend court hearings with other migrants even if they have COVID-19, two sources with the Department of Justice confirmed Wednesday.The news that detainees who have the coronavirus are being taken out of medical isolation to attend court hearings was revealed Wednesday morning during a Miami immigration court hearing at the Krome detention center in West Miami-Dade. Across South Florida, because of the pandemic, some detainees are appearing in person before a judge and others via video.During the hearing, a Venezuelan detain...
Paul Sullivan: Sports in the year of COVID-19 has shaken up a lot of norms. Here are 4 changes we'd like to see become permanent.
CHICAGO — With all the experimenting going on in the sports world because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s easy to forget what the rules are, how the postseason format works or even what time of year it is.No one is complaining, mind you. It’s all good.It’s much better to watch experimental rules baseball than no baseball at all, and the NBA playoffs in the bubble have been as fun to watch as any in years. I don’t care when they schedule must-see events such as the Kentucky Derby and U.S. Open, and a Masters in mid-November sounds like a tasty tradition unlike any other.Sports fans can get accus...
At a time when COVID-19 is isolating, these young artists turn rhymes and verses into instruments of peace to bring communities together
CHICAGO — At a time when COVID-19 is isolating, young artists of Emcee Skool are using their skills to bring communities together. Emcee Skool is a grassroots community organization created by hip-hop artist Teh’Ray Hale (aka “Phenom”) in 2018 to train the next generation of artists to become community leaders and peace ambassadors.On March 9, the eight 20-somethings that comprise the fourth group of school members (who call themselves Indig0) honored The Notorious B.I.G. on the anniversary of his death by performing at the Firehouse Community Art Center on the West Side. Attendees were treate...
Editorial: Trump's UN (campaign) address
President Donald Trump gave a Tuesday campaign speech that blasted Beijing’s COVID-19 culpability, lauded his administration’s response to the pandemic and celebrated America’s abdication of the Paris climate accord and the Iran nuclear deal.No, Trump wasn’t rallying supporters in a swing state. His address, delivered remotely, was to the United Nations General Assembly. But to both ally and adversary alike, it was clear that Trump’s rhetoric was for domestic political purposes rather than diplomatic outreach.Trump began in the U.N. spirit when he said, “We are once again engaged in a great gl...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Commentary: Most Americans want more global engagement
The novel coronavirus is a deadly reminder that in our interconnected world, grave dangers originating beyond our shores can prove devastating at home. In little more than six months, the virus has killed about 200,000 Americans, and the death toll keep rising.One might have expected Americans to respond to this plague by turning inward, focusing on addressing the health crisis that has befallen the country and putting people back to work — to reduce our vulnerabilities around the world by staying out of world affairs.That, indeed, has been the inclination of the Trump administration — which m...
'You are not listening': Fauci scolds Sen. Rand Paul for misconstruing NY's coronavirus battle
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the typically reserved infectious disease expert, put Sen. Rand Paul on blast during a testy congressional hearing Wednesday after the Kentucky Republican trash-talked New York’s coronavirus response.Paul, who remains skeptical of face masks and social distancing despite contracting COVID-19 in March, posited the dubious argument that New York’s actually done a poor job fighting the virus and that the state’s only seeing low infectious rates at the moment because enough residents have been exposed to it and developed “community immunity.”“How can we possibly be jumping up an...
New York Daily News
Florida's COVID-19 death toll at 13,782 after 6 months
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — It’s been six months since Florida began reporting the deaths of people from the coronavirus pandemic.The list started with 17 deaths on March 23. The official numbers now: 13,618 Floridians who have died from COVID-19, plus another 164 nonresidents who died from the disease in the state.The Florida Department of Health on Wednesday reported the virus deaths of 203 more residents, the most on any daily report for almost two weeks.Florida’s COVID-19 death rate is the same as Pennsylvania’s, at 15th in the nation, with 62 deaths per 100,000 people, according to the Center...
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, who opposes mandatory masks, tests positive for COVID-19
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has tested positive for the coronavirus, becoming the second governor in the United States to contract the disease as he campaigns for a full term in a race that has often centered on his response to the pandemic.Parson, who turned 65 last week and had heart surgery four years ago, may be at heightened risk of falling severely ill, according to health guidance that says older adults and those with underlying conditions are more prone to intense symptoms.The governor’s office announced his test result Wednesday afternoon, hours after revealing that f...
The Kansas City Star
70% of imported KN95 masks fail US filtration standards, study finds
PHILADELPHIA — Up to 70% of KN95 masks do not meet the U.S. standards for effectiveness, according to a new study by ECRI, a Pennsylvania-based patient safety organization.The findings suggest an increased risk of contracting COVID-19 for health care workers and patients at hospitals that imported the masks from China to deal with massive shortages of protective equipment during the early days of the pandemic. (N95 masks meet the U.S. standards for effectiveness.)Public health experts have already criticized KN95 masks for featuring ear loops instead of straps that go around the head and neck....
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Addiction to opioids and tobacco increases risk for COVID-19, study finds
People with substance use disorder — especially involving opioids or tobacco — are at a significantly higher risk for contracting COVID-19. What’s more, they also are more likely to develop a serious case of the virus and die, a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health has found.Additionally, these findings mark still more examples of race-based health disparities that the pandemic has thrust into the spotlight.The study, conducted by researchers at Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland MetroHealth System, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, looked at data from more...
The Philadelphia Inquirer