Brazil virus toll surges, Pope address after 3 months
Brasília (AFP) - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro defiantly rallied with his supporters Sunday as the country's coronavirus death toll surged to world's fourth highest, and global fatalities hit 370,000.More than one million cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in Latin America and the Caribbean, around half of them in Brazil, according to an AFP tally, as the region emerged as a worsening hotspot.The world has moving at varying speeds to lift lockdowns that have wrecked economies and stripped millions of their jobs, and on Sunday many Muslims in Jerusalem and other cities flocked to newly r...
'Disgusted I voted for him': Some swing state seniors are turning on Trump
PHILADELPHIA — Bob Banion has been a Republican all his life. A 68-year-old sales manager from Harleysville, Pa., he voted for Donald Trump in 2016. But he’s felt his political center shifting over the last four years — along with his support for the president.“As you get older in life, you start to move toward the left, when you’re thinking about health care, when you’re thinking about other people’s rights and futures,” Banion said. “Older people believe in class, believe in dignity, believe in doing the right thing. And you see all (Trump’s) doing to break that down. I am really disgusted I...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Detroit leaders say suburban troublemakers, not national groups, spoiled peaceful rally
DETROIT — Detroit’s political leaders and longtime community activists don’t always agree, but Saturday they spoke with one voice to blame suburbanites for the violence that marred a rally against police brutality.“These outsiders put our community in harm’s way,” said the Rev. Charles Williams of the Michigan Chapter of the National Action Network, speaking of suburbanites who joined Detroiters late Friday during a downtown standoff with police.But unlike other cities where peaceful protests turned violent, Detroit officials said they do not have evidence agitators from outside Michigan are t...
Detroit Free Press
'Atlanta Way' challenged after violent night of protests
ATLANTA — In the days following the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., America burned.From Washington, D.C., to Chicago to Baltimore, Kansas City, and New York City, protesters turned their grief over the death of the civil rights leader into anger to ignite the greatest concentrated wave of social unrest in the United States since the Civil War.Atlanta didn’t burn.On the day of his funeral, April 9, 1968, thousands of people quietly followed the mule-drawn carriage holding his body through the streets of downtown Atlanta. Then went home.That is what Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Botto...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Matt Calkins: 'I feel very disrespected': Seahawks' L.J. Collier ready to bust notion that he's a draft bust
SEATTLE — No one on the Zoom call was going to use the word. L.J. Collier is too nice of a guy, too new to the NFL, and it would have just felt unnecessary.But after a rookie season that displayed limited promise amid limited snaps, you know the label is on fans’ and media’s minds.Bust.No, the Seahawks’ 2019 first-round draft pick isn’t there yet. Collier’s season was partially hampered by an ankle injury, which kept him on the sideline during critical training-camp workouts.But the defensive end knows that skeptics abound, and wants to make clear that he plans to change their minds.“I’m champ...
The Seattle Times
Scientists warn of 'superspreaders' as San Diego flocks to restaurants, salons
SAN DIEGO — Churches. Hair salons. Restaurants. Malls. What do they all have in common?They’ve all been cleared to reopen in San Diego County amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic — and by and large, they all require people to congregate inside, potentially with strangers.This comes as an increasingly vocal group of scientists has sounded the alarm about the danger of indoor gatherings due to the potential for airborne transmission of the disease by “superspreaders.”This week Kimberly Prather of UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography penned an urgently worded perspective paper in t...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Minnesota Gov. Walz: We're 'under assault' from outside agitators
MINNEAPOLIS — Shaken by another night of chaos that overwhelmed law enforcement, Gov. Tim Walz said Saturday he will fully mobilize the National Guard to combat what he called a “tightly controlled” group of outside agitators, some of them from out of state, who have turned city streets into scenes of looting and arson.The struggle to control the mayhem could bring another 1,000 National Guard soldiers into the cities, supplementing a force of 700, already the largest civil policing authority in the state’s history. Law enforcement officials said it would be the first full mobilization of the ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Marcus Hayes: 'Well-behaving' NFL fans could make it 'relatively safe' to return to games, says virologist
PHILADELPHIA — Exciting, isn’t it? Sports is charging back: NASCAR in May, golf in June, pucks and hoops in July, the NFL by midsummer.Scary, isn’t it? Empty stadiums and vacant arenas suddenly populated with players and coaches, colliding and sweating and breathing on each other. Eventually we will be there with them: the fans and the press and the cooks and the janitors.Will we all be completely safe? Of course not. No one is immune to the coronavirus that has infected more than 1.7 million people in the United States, has killed more than 100,000 Americans, and has claimed more than 1,000 l...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Florida hospital starts ICU unit to treat MIS-C, the kids illness linked to COVID-19
MIAMI — Nicklaus Children’s Hospital has created a new unit in ICU to prepare for a likely increase of children ill with MIS-C, an inflammatory disorder that has affected at least seven children in Florida and is believed to be linked to COVID-19.The specialized four-room “MIS-C pod” is part of the hospital’s 40-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and will make it easier to treat patients diagnosed with the multi-system inflammatory syndrome, said Dr. Keith Meyer, medical director of extracorporeal services at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital near South Miami.“About a week ago we noticed that we had...
Nation and world news briefs
CNN news team released from custody after arrest while covering George Floyd protests on live TVA CNN reporter and his production crew were released from custody less than two hours after being arrested in Minneapolis Friday morning during a live broadcast about the ongoing protests over the officer-involved death of George Floyd.News correspondent Omar Jimenez and his team were taken into custody because they allegedly didn’t heed a police request to move, according to the news outlet.“A CNN reporter and his production team were arrested this morning in Minneapolis for doing their jobs, despi...
Tribune News Service