Archive for July 31st, 2020

Appeals Court Tosses Out Death Sentence For Boston Marathon Bomber

Crime & Justice | | July 31 2020, 6:00 PM

A three-judge panel sends Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's case back to a lower court for resentencing, saying the jury that sentenced him to death had not been adequately vetted.

Astronauts Set To Return To Earth In First U.S. Splashdown In Decades | | July 31 2020, 5:20 PM

The two NASA astronauts who flew on the SpaceX craft to the International Space Station in May are scheduled to return to Earth on Sunday. But there's a hurricane forecast for the splashdown vicinity.

San Francisco Proposes To Shift $120 Million From Police To Tackle Racial Disparities

US & World | | July 31 2020, 5:20 PM

Mayor London Breed said the funds would be reallocated over two years to address stark inequities in housing, education, health and economic opportunities faced by the city's Black community.

Microsoft In Talks To Buy Teen Fave TikTok As Trump Ramps Up Pressure | | July 31 2020, 3:40 PM

The talks comes just as the Trump administration considers taking action against TikTok, including banning the app which is owned ByteDance, a Chinese company.

A 37-Year-Old Opposition Candidate Challenges The Longtime Leader Of Belarus | | July 31 2020, 3:40 PM

"I'm tired of being silent. I'm tired of being afraid," said opposition presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who entered the race after her blogger husband was jailed.

Coronavirus FAQ: Cases Are Spiking Again In Hong Kong. What Are They Doing About It? | | July 31 2020, 1:00 PM

Hong Kong had brought local transmission way, way down. But numbers are now going up. What kind of restrictions are being introduced for daily life to get the virus under control once more?

Fauci 'Optimistic' Americans Will Get Coronavirus Vaccine Next Year

Health | | July 31 2020, 12:40 PM

Animal and human trials are promising, Dr. Anthony Fauci told lawmakers Friday, and the government is preparing for widespread distribution once a vaccine is shown to be safe and effective.

In Florida, COVID-19 Death Toll Keeps Rising

US & World | | July 31 2020, 12:20 PM

The state keeps setting daily death toll records and is second behind only New York in total number of infections. The percentage of people testing positive in Florida has begun to decline, however.

U.S. Reaches $2.1 Billion Deal With Sanofi, GlaxoSmithKline For COVID-19 Vaccine Push

Health | | July 31 2020, 11:20 AM

This is the sixth vaccine candidate to join Operation Warp Speed's portfolio, and the largest vaccine deal to date.

House Unites To Reprimand GOP Lawmaker Tied To 11 Ethics Violations

Politics | | July 31 2020, 11:00 AM

Arizona Rep. David Schweikert agreed to pay a $50,000 fine and admit to 11 counts of ethics violations, including the misuse of official funds. He says he's settling a "time-consuming" process.

Hong Kong Delays Elections For A Year, Citing Coronavirus Pandemic | | July 31 2020, 11:00 AM

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says she is postponing legislative elections slated for Sept. 6 due to a resurgence in COVID-19 cases. Critics say it will further erode the Chinese territory's autonomy.

Federal Push For Faster, Cheaper Coronavirus Tests Focuses On 7 New Technologies

Health | | July 31 2020, 10:40 AM

The National Institutes of Health is giving $248.7 million dollars to seven companies developing new technologies for testing, including use of the revolutionary gene-editing technique CRISPR.

Twin Rulings By Federal Judge Block 'Public Charge' Rules For Immigrants

Crime & Justice | | July 31 2020, 10:20 AM

The judge cites the coronavirus pandemic in blocking the Trump administration's attempt to widen the criteria for what makes an immigrant a "public charge."

Overwhelmed, Stressed, Scared: School Nurses Brace for the Fall Semester

Education | | July 31 2020, 8:00 AM

As districts plan for a new school year in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, nurses are tasked with keeping students and staff healthy. Many want a stronger voice in decisions.

What 6 of the 7 Countries With the Most COVID-19 Cases Have In Common | | July 31 2020, 7:20 AM

They're up-and-coming nations. They're regional political powers. And they're especially vulnerable to the impact of the pandemic.

'She Dies Tomorrow' Is A Mood | | July 31 2020, 6:20 AM

Writer/director Amy Seimetz's darkly, darkly comic meditation on the contagious nature of anxiety and paranoia plays with horror conventions while refusing to embrace the genre's pulpy pleasures.

What Are Parents Doing For Child Care? Here Are 3 Options (With Trade-Offs)

Education | | July 31 2020, 6:00 AM

Some parents, particularly moms, are stepping back from the workforce, while others are turning to in-home day cares and "pandemic pods."

Showtime's 'The Go-Go's' Documentary Breaks The Seal | | July 31 2020, 5:20 AM

A new documentary chronicling the formation, rise and break-up of the iconic group hits all the familiar Behind the Music beats, but does so with a bracing, clear-eyed candor.

Judge Releases Trove Of Sealed Records Related To Case Against Ghislaine Maxwell

Crime & Justice | | July 31 2020, 2:40 AM

The judge unsealed hundreds of pages of documents related to a now-settled defamation suit brought against Maxwell by one of Jeffrey Epstein's accusers.

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Ron Howard’s Documentary “Rebuilding Paradise” Explores Grief, Recovery Through Residents Of NorCal Town Destroyed By Camp Fire

| July 31 2020, 9:20 AM

The Camp Fire in 2018 is, to date, the deadliest and most destructive in the history of the Golden State. 85 people lost their lives and the fire did an estimated $16.5 billion in damage. And while many across Northern California lost their homes and tens of thousands more were displaced from theirs, the town of Paradise, which sits about 90 minutes north of Sacramento in Butte County’s Sierra Nevada foothills, may have seen the worst of all of it.

FilmWeek: ‘The Hater,’ ‘The Fight,’ ‘She Dies Tomorrow’ And More

| July 31 2020, 9:09 AM

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Christy Lemire, Tim Cogshell and Charles Solomon review this weekend’s new movie releases on streaming and on demand platforms.


As Additional $600 Benefits Come To An End, How Will Tenants And Landlords Cope?

| July 31 2020, 9:30 AM

With aid expiring, the White House offered a short-term extension Thursday of a $600 weekly unemployment benefit that has helped keep families and the economy afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic, but Democrats rejected it, saying President Donald Trump’s team failed to grasp the severity of the crisis.

COVID-19 AMA: When A Vaccine Is Available, Will We Still Have To Wear Masks?

| July 31 2020, 8:49 AM

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Dr. Dean Blumberg, professor of medicine and chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

US Economy and California Commercial Real Estate Hurt By Pandemic

| July 31 2020, 8:40 AM

A gloomy future is likely on the horizon for commercial real estate in California.