Friday, April 03, 2020


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Kansas City Foodie Help Amid Coronavirus Crisis

Age of Coronavirus: Food Chain Heroes Step Up In Pandemic Crisis

Don McClain has volunteered at Harvesters - The Community Food Network for 15 years. He's one of a team of 16 retired "regulars" who show up from 8:30-11:30 a.m. every Wednesday to sort and pack food in the warehouse. But since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 84-year-old has been the only one in his group to show up.

Local COVID-19 Talking Points

These Kansas Citians Are Getting Coronavirus News Out In Spanish, Burmese And Sign Language

Celia Ruiz updates her Facebook page multiple times a day. These days, the content is all coronavirus-related - flyers from school districts on how to get kids' lunch, infographics from local health care providers, articles on how the virus is affecting people across the world. And she's translating it all into Spanish.

Rock Chalk Doc Talk

This University of Kansas professor has been researching coronavirus since 2012

LAWRENCE, KS (KCTV) -- A University of Kansas professor has been researching coronavirus since 2012. Every day, the cases and deaths are increasing. Kansas City just had a death on Thursday. So the big question is when can we expect the virus to calm down?

Death Count Stuns Prez Trump

Trump officials privately question White House coronavirus death toll estimate: WaPo

Public health experts whose research was used by the White House to reach the conclusion that 100,000 to 240,000 people will die nationwide from the coronavirus are unsure how the administration reached that figure, according to the Washington Post. Trump first announced the staggering number at a White House briefing on Tuesday.

Guv Plays COVID-19 Catch-Up

Georgia Gov. Kemp slammed after saying he just learned coronavirus could spread without symptoms

After previously resisting calls to issue a statewide order for people to stay home to contain the spread of the coronavirus, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced he was issuing such a directive and that it would take effect Friday.

Navy Debates Dismissal

Veterans denounce "unforgivable" decision to remove U.S. Navy Capt. Brett Crozier, who asked for help with ship's COVID-19 outbreak

Veterans have spoken out against the decision to relieve the captain of the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt after he sent a letter to the Navy pleading for help after his ship was stricken with the coronavirus. Thomas Modly, the acting secretary of the Navy, accused Capt.

Talker Shares Night Terrors

Chris Cuomo shares covid-19 experience: 'The beast comes at night'

CNN's Chris Cuomo has become the most visible face of the coronavirus in the United States by giving daily updates about his condition on TV, social media and, on Thursday, at his brother's New York state press briefing.

No Help For NYC

A NYC hospital chief has called the U.S.N.S. Comfort's coronavirus relief 'a joke' as hundreds of its beds lay empty amid crisis

The relief effort of the U.S.N.S. Comfort, a hospital ship deployed to receive patients with conditions other than COVID-19 to create more beds at New York City hospitals for virus patients, has come under criticism following delays in admitting patients.

LA Conspiracy Derailed

Train Engineer Says He Crashed In Attempt To Attack Navy Hospital Ship In L.A.

A train engineer told police in Los Angeles that he intentionally crashed a train at high speed near the USNS Mercy hospital ship, in what seems to be a bizarre attempt to expose a perceived conspiracy. Eduardo Moreno said he doesn't believe "the ship is what they say it's for," according to the U.S.

Real Estate Stimulus Questions Confront Kushy Son-In-Law

Kushner company stands to benefit from freeze on federal mortgage payments

Because Kushner Companies, like many real estate companies, establishes buildings as a network of individual LLCs, it may be possible for it to obtain federal help for some buildings even if it has enough money to cover the mortgage payments, said Shekar Narasimhan, an expert in real estate financing and managing partner of the firm Beekman Advisors.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Community Resources From Kansas City Public Library
Caged COVID-19 Drama

'Tiger King' star Joe Exotic transferred to prison medical center after coronavirus isolation

Joseph Maldonado-Passage, the star of "Tiger King" better known as Joe Exotic, has been transferred to a prison medical center. The transfer comes after Maldonado-Passage was put in " a COVID-19 isolation," as his husband Dillon Passage put it, because he was possibly exposed during a stay at a different prison.

Reboot Rescheduled

'Top Gun: Maverick' Pushed to Christmas Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

The studio also announced a new date for John Krasinski's sequel A Quiet Place Part II, while taking Skydance's holiday tentpole The Tomorrow War off the calendar for now (the latter had been set to open Dec. 25). As of March 19, virtually all cinemas in the U.S.

Hottie Retrospective

Lindsay Lohan Reflects on the Tough Times, But She's 'Back to Me': Stream It Now

Lindsay Lohan is back! The former child star-turned paparazzi target returns with "Back To Me," her first new music since "Xanax," featuring Alma, dropped about six months ago. It's a chill track with an upbeat club vibe. On it, Lohan confronts her difficult years growing up in the public eye, and how she's stronger for the experience.

Hip-Hop Pandemic Release

Tekashi 6ix9ine: rapper released from prison early over coronavirus fears

The rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine was released from federal prison early Thursday afternoon to serve the final months of his sentence in home confinement, over fears the rapper's health would be severely impacted if he were to contract coronavirus while incarcerated.

Comics For COVID-19

Marvel is making some of its comics free while we're all stuck inside

Marvel is offering a selection of free comics through its Marvel Unlimited subscription service until May 4th, providing a source of much-needed entertainment for the legions of us currently stuck at home. The comics can be accessed via Marvel Unlimited's Android or iOS apps, or via its website, without the need to enter any payment info or start a trial subscription.

Binge Watching Upgrades Dramatically During Coronavirus Lockdown

'The Sopranos' and Hundreds of Hours of Other HBO Content to Stream for Free

HBO will offer streaming of "The Sopranos," "The Wire," "Succession," and a variety of other classic programming without a subscription. Current global events are bad, but HBO is offering free streaming of " The Sopranos," " The Wire," and hundreds of hours of other content, which is good.

Jazz Man Final Note

Ellis Marsalis: Pianist, Teacher And New Orleans Jazz Patriarch

When the subject of jazz comes up, the name Marsalis is soon sure to follow. Brothers Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason have all reached international fame. But before they found success, their father Ellis was shaping his own career and lighting the way for others to follow.

Activist Hottie Kim K Backs Up New Documentary

Kim Kardashian details her new doc, says she's not worried about justice reform critics

Kim Kardashian told Fox News she is determined to help free prisoners she believes have been wrongfully accused. The reality TV star has partnered with Oxygen to release a two-hour documentary titled "Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project" airing Sunday night, which comes after the 39-year-old's disclosure that she's studying to be a lawyer.

Oprah Offers EPIC Cash To Fight Coronavirus

Oprah Winfrey Donates $10 Million To Coronavirus Relief

Oprah Winfrey is the latest billionaire to step up amid the coronavirus pandemic. The television mogul today announced she will donate $10 million to coronavirus relief efforts. In an Instagram post, Winfrey said "I was struck by the work these organizations are doing and while everyone's priority right now is to stay safer at home, I know there are many of us looking for ways to help."

Everybody Takes Frustrations Out On Gwenny & Hubby Amid COVID-19 Lockdown

Multimillionaire actress Gwyneth Paltrow, super-rich director husband vent coronavirus lockdown frustrations with intimacy coach

'Where do you go as a couple ... when you're all in the house, and you've got dogs, and you're trying to ... work from home?'

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Japan FAILS Coronavirus Prep

Anger over Japanese leader's response: two cloth masks per household

(CNN) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is facing a public backlash after he said the government would distribute two reusable cloth face masks per household amid growing concern over medical shortages during the coronavirus outbreak. The number of confirmed cases of the virus has spiked in recent weeks, after it appeared that Japan's initial response had got the virus relatively under control.

Germans Stay Winning Fight Against Coronavirus

Germany has a low coronavirus mortality rate: Here's why

The world is reeling from the coronavirus pandemic, and some countries are reeling more than others. But Germany seems to be taking the epidemic in its stride with a high number of cases but a low number of deaths, thanks to a number of factors.

Zoom Gets Closer Look

'Zoom is malware': why experts worry about the video conferencing platform

As coronavirus lockdowns have moved many in-person activities online, the use of video conferencing platform Zoom has quickly escalated. So, too, have concerns about its security. In the last month, there was a 535% rise in daily traffic to the download page, according to an analysis from web analytics firm SimilarWeb.

Prez Trump Impeachment Distraction Or Sneak Peek?!?!

How Trump's impeachment trial foreshadowed his handling of the coronavirus crisis

President Donald Trump's frustration with Democratic governors who have the temerity to criticize his administration's flailing response to the coronavirus isn't just leading him to post sour tweets about them. It's also reflected in disparities surrounding which states are receiving the medical resources they need to keep patients alive and health care workers healthy.

COVID-19 Killed Good Times

Coronavirus likely ended record U.S. job growth in March

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. economy likely shed jobs in March, abruptly ending a historic 113 straight months of employment growth as stringent measures to control the coronavirus pandemic shuttered businesses and factories, confirming a recession is underway. The Labor Department's closely watched employment report on Friday will not fully reflect the economic carnage being inflected by the contagious coronavirus.

Defending Rights Amid Pandmic

Kill the virus, not democracy - EU tells Hungary

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission told Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Thursday that emergency powers he has assumed to combat the coronavirus outbreak risk upending democracy and must be subject to proper parliamentary and media scrutiny. On Monday, Orban secured an open-ended right to rule by executive decree.

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Pandemic Unemployemnt Hits State Coffers Hard

Nearly half of states do not have enough funds to pay all those unemployment claims

Even as states are struggling to process a record number of jobless claims, experts warn that even greater challenges loom: A Department of Labor report found that, as recently as February, unemployment insurance trust funds in nearly half of all states were underfunded.

Another Chance To Share Local Gift Of Life

Red Cross holds multi-day blood drive to boost supply

The American Red Cross of Greater Kansas City needs your help to curb a major blood shortage.All blood types are needed.Organizers will hold a multi-day drive in two locations.Donors can go to the group's Greater Kansas City headquarters at 6601 Winchester Ave. from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Kansas City Shares Life Lessons From A Distance

KCPS transitioning to distance learning, addressing the challenges

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - With school buildings closed due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Kansas City Public School District is preparing to start distance learning. The district recently created a technology operations center, where staff members are helping teachers work from home, keeping track of student meals and getting students the devices they need to be successful.

Cowtown Weather Dips

With spring cold front moving in, there's a big temperature drop coming Friday

After some brief rain and thunderstorms this morning, Thursday turned out to be a pretty nice day. Temperatures are still pretty warm Thursday evening, but our temperatures just a few miles west are significantly different. A very strong spring cold front will move through overnight and drop our temperatures some 35-40 degrees in many locations!

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