Archive for May 22nd, 2020

Justice Department Backs Challenge To Illinois Stay-At-Home Order

Crime & Justice | | May 22 2020, 9:00 PM

The government says the order significantly impairs the ability of residents to maintain their economic livelihoods. And, it claims Gov. J.B. Pritzker is bound by state limits on emergency measures.

Michigan AG Says She 'Will Not Remain Silent' As Trump Risks Public Health

Politics | | May 22 2020, 6:20 PM

Dana Nessel, attorney general for the state of Michigan, on Friday said President Trump was gambling with public health through his ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Harvard Researchers Find 'Inequality On Top Of Inequality' In COVID-19 Deaths

Health | | May 22 2020, 6:00 PM

By studying the number of all current deaths compared to those in previous years, researchers have found that high-poverty, crowded areas where people of color live have been hard hit by the pandemic.

Coronavirus FAQs: Can I Catch It Through The Eyes? Will Goggles Help?

https://scpr.org/archive | | May 22 2020, 5:40 PM

What's the risk of contracting the virus through the eyes? And in what situations would protective eyewear be helpful?

77 Nobel Laureates Denounce Trump Officials For Pulling Coronavirus Research Grant

https://scpr.org/archive | | May 22 2020, 5:00 PM

In a letter sent to Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, these U.S. scientists said they were "gravely concerned" about the abrupt termination of a federal grant to EcoHealth Alliance.

Indonesians Prepare For Eid Holiday Amid Concerns Over Spread Of COVID-19

US & World | | May 22 2020, 5:00 PM

Indonesia, with a population of 260 million, has confirmed more than 20,000 COVID-19 cases and more than 1,320 deaths, but many suspect the numbers are not a true reflection of the disease's reach.

Sons of Slain Journalist Jamal Khashoggi Forgive His Killers, Paving Way for Pardons

US & World | | May 22 2020, 4:20 PM

The writer's eldest son, Saleh, tweeted Thursday, "If a person forgives and makes reconciliation, his reward is due from Allah."

CDC Advice On Surface Spread Of COVID-19 'Has Not Changed,' Agency Says

US & World | | May 22 2020, 3:40 PM

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a headline change on its website seemed to trigger news reports saying its guidelines have changed.

Grocery Workers Union Estimates 3,257 Members Infected With Coronavirus

Health | | May 22 2020, 3:40 PM

Union President Marc Perrone said the number of those members infected or known to have been exposed to the virus has increased by 200% in five weeks.

'He's Incredibly Confused': Parenting A Child With Autism During The Pandemic

Health | | May 22 2020, 3:40 PM

Feda Almaliti is the mother of a 15-year-old son with severe autism and an advocate. She describes how the challenges of the coronavirus crisis are exponentially more difficult for families like hers.

The Race For A Polio Vaccine Differed From The Quest To Prevent Coronavirus

Health | | May 22 2020, 2:20 PM

In the 1950s, as Dr. Jonas Salk and virologist Albert Sabin worked to create a vaccine to prevent infantile paralysis, the threat from polio was already long familiar to Americans.

Scientists Say New, Lower CDC Estimates For Severity Of COVID-19 Are Optimistic

https://scpr.org/archive | | May 22 2020, 1:40 PM

A new model released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention forecasts millions fewer hospitalizations and roughly 100,000 fewer deaths than it predicted just a month ago.

Alabama Opening Theaters, Zoos And Water Parks Despite Recent Rise In Cases

US & World | | May 22 2020, 1:40 PM

Gov. Kay Ivey is relaxing restrictions on schools, water parks and other elements of normal life. Since early March, Alabama has received more than 501,000 jobless claims.

Trump Calls On States To Reopen Places Of Worship Immediately

Politics | | May 22 2020, 1:40 PM

"In America, we need more prayer, not less," Trump says. "These are places that hold our society together."

Georgia Investigators 'Confident' In Arrests Made In Ahmaud Arbery Case

US & World | | May 22 2020, 1:20 PM

William "Roddie" Bryan has said he was a witness. "I can tell you that if we believed he was a witness we wouldn't have arrested him," the director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation says.

1 In 5 Adults In England Think The Coronavirus Is A Hoax

US & World | | May 22 2020, 12:00 PM

Oxford research has found conspiracy theories about the virus gaining ground.

Official COVID-19 Death Tally In Russia's Dagestan Masks 'Catastrophe,' Residents Say

US & World | | May 22 2020, 11:40 AM

Russia has sent crews to assist in Dagestan, where the official number of COVID-19 deaths is 29. "It long ago became clear the official statistics have no basis in reality," a resident says.

Fauci Voices Cautious Optimism About Moderna Vaccine, Calling Trial 'Quite Promising'

Health | | May 22 2020, 10:40 AM

Dr. Anthony Fauci says it's "conceivable" a coronavirus vaccine could be ready within months but cautions "when you're dealing with vaccines, there could be so many things that get in the way."

President Trump Orders Flags To Fly At Half-Staff As U.S. Mourns Nearly 100,000 Dead

Politics | | May 22 2020, 9:00 AM

Flags will be lowered from Friday through Sunday's sunset in a show of national mourning and remembrance.

For In-Person College, Coronavirus Testing Will Be Key. But Is That Feasible?

Education | | May 22 2020, 4:20 AM

Colleges might be able to reopen their campuses if they're able to frequently test their students. But can they get tests --- and with budgets already squeezed, will they be able to afford it?

As Pandemic Halts The Military Court At Guantánamo, Critics Call For Its Closure

https://scpr.org/archive | | May 22 2020, 4:20 AM

The U.S. prison and military court in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, are widely viewed as dysfunctional and expensive. Now, the pandemic has brought court proceedings to a halt.

Food Banks Get The Love, But SNAP Does More To Fight Hunger

Health | | May 22 2020, 4:00 AM

The charitable organizations called food banks are getting a lot of attention and donations right now. But they aren't nearly as important or effective as SNAP, formerly known as food stamps.

Take Two: Coronavirus Cases Surge at Farmer John

https://scpr.org/archive | | May 22 2020, 3:30 PM

On Monday's show: The number of COVID-19 cases increase at Farmer John, a study shows broad support for transgender people in the military

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Former Pro Cyclist Lance Armstrong Goes Deep On His Rise To Fame And Fall From Grace In New ESPN “30 For 30” Documentary

| May 22 2020, 9:18 AM

Lance Armstrong's story is well-known -- the American professional cyclist beat testicular cancer, won his sport's biggest and most grueling race, the Tour de France, a record seven times from 1995-2001. Throughout his title run, there was rampant speculation that Armstrong was using performance enhancing drugs, claims that Armstrong vehemently denied for years. But in 2013, during an interview with Oprah Winfrey, he publicly admitted to doping while he was racing in the pro peloton. He was summarily stripped of his Tour de France titles and given a lifetime ban from the sport.

‘Avengers’ Screenwriters Explain How COVID-19 Has Changed Their Creative Process

| May 22 2020, 9:14 AM

The pandemic pushed back a lot of this year’s summer blockbusters, so it might be a while until we see another big superhero movie. In the midst of the outbreak and the entertainment industry shutting down, ‘Avengers’ screenwriters Chris Markus and Steve McFeely are trying to work on another movie.

FilmWeek: ‘The Lovebirds,’ ‘The Trip to Greece,’ ‘The Painter and the Thief’ And More

| May 22 2020, 9:07 AM

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Angie Han and Tim Cogshell review this weekend’s new movie releases on streaming and on demand platforms.

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COVID-19: LA County Surpasses 2,000 Deaths, Precautions Ahead Of Memorial Day Weekend

| May 22 2020, 9:04 AM

As of Thursday afternoon, L.A. County had at least 2,016 deaths and 42,037 confirmed cases of coronavirus.The U.S. is among many countries experiencing large-scale epidemics, although the toll here has now led the world for weeks. The numbers are changing rapidly and experts have warned that confirmed cases are far under the actual total of infected individuals.

COVID-19 & Education: California Community Colleges Finance Head Addresses State Budget Cuts To Education Funding

| May 22 2020, 8:58 AM

With more than 2 million students at over 100 campuses across the Golden State, The California Community Colleges System bills itself as the largest higher education system in the country.

Where Are You Traveling For Memorial Day Weekend And What Precautions Are You Taking?

| May 22 2020, 8:52 AM

Around 43 million people traveled this time last year for the Memorial Day holiday, according to AAA.