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THE HIGHLIGHTS

Here’s your daily coronavirus update. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

Another 2.4 million people filed for unemployment in the US last week - but the real number is expected to be about 1 million higher, since self-employed and gig workers can now go through a different program. This brings the total up to nearly 44 million. We’ll repeat: 44 million Americans have lost their jobs since mid-March. On that note: Facebook says half of its employees could be remote by 2030. These 1,200 California pastors don’t share the biz’s love for WFH. See: they’re planning to defy California’s stay-at-home order and hold in-person services by the end of May. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 2. 

The gov’s got its mind on a second wave. As in senior military leaders - plus Dem lawmakers - are warning that the coronavirus threat is not going away anytime soon. Prez Trump said he won’t shut down the country if a second wave hits. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 3. 

There’s another study out on hydroxychloroquine - the malaria drug Prez Trump’s apparently taking. It’s bad news. The study found that of 96,000 hospitalized patients on six continents, those who took the drug had a significantly higher risk of death than those who didn’t. Plus they were more likely to develop a type of irregular heart rhythm that could lead to sudden cardiac death. The CDC’s got some news, too. The org estimated that about 35 percent of coronavirus patients don’t have symptoms. 

 

SO…?

The whole world’s looking to the future of this pandemic. TBD, TBD, TBD. 


THE ACTION

POLITICS: China’s cracking down. Reminder: when Great Britain handed Hong Kong back to China in 1997, the gov agreed to let the city keep its capitalist economic system - plus its mostly-democratic political system - for 50 years. Problem, because lately, China’s been making moves to have more control over Hong Kong - leading to massive protests calling for more democracy. Fast forward to yesterday, and China is...ignoring the calls. Case in point: the gov’s intro’ing a new security law that bans “treason, secession, sedition, and subversion” in Hong Kong, potentially undermining the city’s lawmakers. Suspense, thick. In other news, Prez Trump’s ditching another global treaty. Because, Russia. This one - the Open Skies Treaty - is a pact designed to cut the risk of military miscalculations that could lead to war. 

 

USA: Last year, it came out that dozens of parents - including Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin - paid lots of money to do things like bribe administrators, cheat on the SAT and ACT, and edit photos to help their kids get into a particular college. All of which are illegal, BTW. For months, Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, have been fighting accusations that they paid $500,000 to help get their daughters into the University of Southern California. Until now. Spoiler: yesterday, the two pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges. They’re expected to serve two months and five months in prison, respectively. Meanwhile, the man who recorded the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery was just arrested on suspicion of murder. 

 

WORLD: Recently, a man drove to an entrance at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi in Texas and opened fire before being shot and killed by naval security forces. Multiple people were injured, but so far, no one other than the suspect has died. The suspect is reportedly a 20 year old named Adam Alsahli who was originally born in Syria. And, according to an investigation, he may have supported Salafi-jahadist ideology. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, snow is apparently turning green in Antarctica. You read that right. The color is created by blooming algae, but it’s expected to be made worse as temps increase due to climate change. 


WHAT TO KNOW

$1 million:” how much this family found in cash in the middle of the road in Virginia. Someone is panicking right now. 


SAY WHAT?

“NBA star reworks lyrics of famous song to be about diapers” - an actual headline. Mature. 

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