Month: July 2020

Woman who took it says she was shocked, and George Floyd’s attorney weighs in

The woman who shot a video outside St. Luke’s Hospital-Sacred Heart in Allentown, Pa. that shows a police officer putting his knee on a man’s head and neck during an arrest said the man was screaming “Mira, mira!” — Spanish for ‘Look, look!‘”

“That means he knew what was going on and he was screaming for someone like me to see,” said the woman, an Allentown resident who doesn’t want her name made public and uses a pseudonym on Facebook.

The video prompted a large protest outside Allentown police headquarters Saturday night by Black Lives Matter activists and others who said they were stunned that the officer appeared to use a restraining move similar to the one that killed Minneapolis resident George Floyd and prompted nationwide protests against police brutality.

Assistant Chief Bill Lake said the incident came under immediate review, in keeping with the department’s use-of-force policy.

“As soon

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Smaller crowds make up for COVID-19 protocols

Forty-four years after they honeymooned at the Magic Kingdom, Carol and Steve Show donned mouse ears with “44” emblazoned on the iconic headgear and posed for photos in front of Cinderella Castle.

The two were among the estimated 16,000 people who descended on Walt Disney World Saturday as the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom welcomed guests for the first time since COVID-19 forced the parks’ closure March 15. 

The parks opened even as the Sunshine State recorded a sharp increase in new infections. On Saturday, the Florida Department of Health reported 10,360 new cases, the 18th consecutive day that at least 5,000 new cases of the novel coronavirus have been announced ⁠and pushing total cases to 254,511.

And those making their way back to the “Place Where Dreams Come True” found a smaller, much more sanitized and COVID-19-conscious world.

Opening day at Disney World as it happened: Small crowds,

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Athleta is having a massive semi-annual sale on its popular athleisure

Love athleisure wear? Athleta's massive Semi-Annual Sale is loaded with deals on leggings, sports bras and more.
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Florida Sets a Single-Day U.S. Record with Over 15,000 New Coronavirus Cases

Florida reported a new single-day record of coronavirus cases with over 15,000, according to the state’s Department of Health.

As of Sunday, Florida has at least 269,811 confirmed cases in total. The state also reported 45 additional deaths from the virus, bringing the statewide death toll to 4,346.

Florida’s spike in COVID-19 cases surpassed its previous single-day record of 11,434, which was set on July 4, by nearly 4,000.

According to the state’s Department of Health, nearly 143,000 people were tested on Saturday in Florida with 11.25 percent of the results coming back positive for coronavirus. That number is lower than the 18.35 percent of people who tested positive in the state on Wednesday.

As Florida’s COVID-19 numbers continue to soar, hospitals in the state have become overridden with patients and are struggling to keep up. As of July 7, 56 hospitals in Florida have reached capacity in intensive care

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How Ocado went from understated British grocer to an $18.4 billion tech giant, as the coronavirus pandemic confirms the future of grocery shopping is online

"Bots" are seen on the grid (or "The Hive") of Ocado's "smart platform" in Andover, Britain, on May 1, 2018.
“Bots” are seen on the grid (or “The Hive”) of Ocado’s “smart platform” in Andover, Britain, on May 1, 2018.

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  • As grocery stores worldwide experienced stockpiling, long lines, and health worries amid the coronavirus pandemic, millions of people turned to shopping online.

  • It has been a goldrush for the British company Ocado, an online-only grocery marketplace that also operates technology for supermarket giants worldwide.

  • Ocado was the best performing stock on the FTSE 100 in the second quarter of 2020, and, in May, Ocado raised over $1 billion to grow its services.

  • It is now betting big on its US expansion, hoping to convert Americans to grocery shopping online.

  • Huge challenges remain, though. Many Americans are still reluctant to buy food they can’t see in person, and some fear the current online pandemic-driven boom could prove a one-off.

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The coronavirus pandemic

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Internal CDC Report Warned Fully Reopening Schools Remained ‘Highest Risk’ For Spread

The report was shelved and a new, less stringent plan was released by the CDC

Internal documents from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned K-12 school and university reopenings would be the “highest risk” for the spread of coronavirus, according to a New York Times report. The report was issued the same week Trump and his administration pushed for schools to reopen.

The Times released the CDC’s 69-page document marked “For Internal Use Only” and found “noticeable gaps” in all of the K-12 reopening plans it reviewed.

“While many jurisdictions and districts mention symptom screening, very few include information as to the response or course of action they would take if student/faculty/staff are found to have symptoms, nor have they clearly identified which symptoms they will include in their screening,” the report stated in a “talking points” section. “In addition, few plans include information regarding school closure

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What Science and Other Countries Teach Us

Returning students have their temperature checked on the first day back at Sawasdee Wittaya Primary School in Bangkok, July 1, 2020. (Adam Dean/The New York Times)
Returning students have their temperature checked on the first day back at Sawasdee Wittaya Primary School in Bangkok, July 1, 2020. (Adam Dean/The New York Times)

As school districts across the United States consider whether and how to restart in-person classes, their challenge is complicated by a pair of fundamental uncertainties: No nation has tried to send children back to school with the virus raging at levels like America’s, and the scientific research about transmission in classrooms is limited.

The World Health Organization has now concluded that the virus is airborne in crowded, indoor spaces with poor ventilation, a description that fits many American schools. But there is enormous pressure to bring students back — from parents, from pediatricians and child development specialists, and from President Donald Trump.

“I’m just going to say it: It feels like we’re playing Russian roulette with our kids and our staff,” said Robin Cogan,

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Virus spread, not politics should guide schools, doctors say

As the Trump administration pushes full steam ahead to force schools to resume in-person education, public health experts warn that a one-size-fits-all reopening could drive infection and death rates even higher.

They’re urging a more cautious approach, which many local governments and school districts are already pursuing.

There are too many uncertainties and variables, they say, for back-to-school to be back-to-normal.

Where is the virus spreading rapidly? Do students live with aged grandparents? Do teachers have high-risk health conditions that would make online teaching safest? Do infected children easily spread COVID-19 to each other and to adults?

Regarding the latter, some evidence suggests they don’t, but a big government study aims to find better proof. Results won’t be available before the fall, and some schools are slated to reopen in just a few weeks.

“These are complicated issues. You can’t just charge straight ahead,” Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of

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Last chance! Casper’s massive mattress sale will save your aching back

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Casper has the mattress of your dreams, and it’s on sale for the 4th of July. (Photo: Casper)
Casper has the mattress of your dreams, and it’s on sale for the 4th of July. (Photo: Casper)

How’s your back? If you’re like most of us, these last few months of less activity (and more staying in) have meant noticeable aches and pains. Add to that the stress of sleeping on an old mattress and you might find your back in a constant state of discomfort. 

While core exercises are never a bad idea, no amount of Zoom fitness will fix your back if your bed is the root of the problem. Of course now is not the time to visit mattress stores and plop down Goldilocks-style in search of a match. But it IS

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South Africa May Reimpose Curbs; Iran Cases Slow: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) —

South Africa may reintroduce tighter regulations on the movement of people and curb sales of alcohol as coronavirus infections soar, the Sunday Times reported. Hungary is also restricting travel after spikes in neighboring countries.

Thailand plans to start human trials for a locally developed, potential Covid-19 vaccine as early as September, making it among the first done outside high-income countries, after encouraging results in monkeys and mice.

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to tell Parliament this week it will be compulsory for Britons to wear face masks in shops, according to news reports, soon after saying that it was only optional to do so. Infections in Germany increased by 377.

Key Developments:

Global Tracker: Cases top 12.7 million; deaths surpass 565,000Aversion to mask-wearing holds back U.S. economyU.K. set to tighten rules on wearing face masksWall Street forges a new relationship to data in coronavirus ageConflicting visions

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