Venice Film Festival forges ahead amid COVID-19 pandemic with reduced lineup

The show will go on for the Venice Film Festival in September, but with a few modifications due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizers said Tuesday that they are pushing forward with plans for its 77th installment, which will include a slightly reduced number of films in the main competition as well as some outdoor and […] Read more »

Amtrak offers buy-one, get-one promotion on its sleeper trains amid COVID-19 — with a catch

Amtrak wants you to have sweet dreams the next time you travel — so much so that it’s sweetening the deal on its sleeper “roomettes.” The rail service is offering a buy-one-get-one-free discount this summer for its roomette accommodation, meaning when one person books a roomette they can have their second ticket free. A roomette […] Read more »

Florida teen treated with hydroxychloroquine at home before dying of COVID-19, report says

FORT MEYERS, Fla. – The family of a 17-year-old Florida girl who died last month from COVID-19 treated her symptoms at home for nearly a week before taking her to a hospital, a medical examiner’s report concludes. The home care included giving the girl unproven drugs and putting her on an oxygen tank used by […] Read more »

Mookie Betts worried MLB coronavirus testing woes could prevent him from ever playing for Dodgers

During nearly four months away from the game, Mookie Betts said he “stayed away from baseball to keep myself sane.” It’s not hard to understand why. The 2018 American League Most Valuable Player was jolted by a January trade from Boston to the Los Angeles Dodgers, a team for which he may never play thanks […] Read more »

Tom Hanks doesn’t get ‘how common sense has somehow been put into question’ with coronavirus

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Can Gov. DeSantis force Florida schools to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic? Some school leaders seem doubtful.

PALM BEACH, Fla. — As concern about the state order spread online, some school leaders said: Not so fast. As Florida educators puzzle over how to start the new academic year, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration seemed to scramble their plans Monday. A new state edict called on public schools to provide in-person classes five days […] Read more »

Texas surpasses 200,000 coronavirus cases after 4th of July holiday weekend

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas reached 200,000 total COVID-19 cases Monday, just 17 days after crossing the 100,000 threshold, a figure that took the state nearly four months to hit. The grim milestone came as the state has reported weeks of surging hospitalizations and new cases, and as Gov. Greg Abbott aimed to clamp down on […] Read more »

Coronavirus updates: California Capitol closes after outbreak; Florida orders ‘brick and mortar’ schools to open; 130,000 US deaths

The U.S. coronavirus death toll surpassed 130,000, the California State Capitol in Sacramento closed after five people who work in the Assembly tested positive for COVID-19 and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms revealed she has tested positive. “This is startling for me because we’ve been so very careful,” Bottoms, who said she has no symptoms, […] Read more »

Florida sees worrying spike in coronavirus cases, potential to ‘overwhelm our hospitals’ after reopening

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. –Texas and Arizona were among the first states to take a leap of faith in May by reopening their economies from lockdown orders meant to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. But in the weeks that followed, new COVID-19 cases began to gradually climb in both states. Then, after bars, gyms, […] Read more »

Race for a coronavirus vaccine: Why I volunteered to be exposed to COVID-19

We desperately need a vaccine, but one of the fastest routes to finding and testing one — challenge trials — is not under consideration. It should be. Read more »

Hospitals have long been judged on quality of care. These new rankings grade their commitment to community, too.

Hospitals are usually judged on their quality of care, but a new ranking aims to also look at how much they contribute to their community with metrics like charity care and pay equity. Using these standards, some hospitals known for providing exemplary care fared worse than normal in rankings, and others that don’t have a […] Read more »

Royal Caribbean, Norwegian create panel to make cruising safe from the coronavirus

Two major cruise companies have created a joint blue-ribbon task force to try to find comprehensive solutions to the industry’s most vexing problem: how to keep ship passengers and crew safe from the coronavirus. Royal Caribbean Group and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings together launched the “Healthy Sail Panel,” as it’s being called, with the goal […] Read more »