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THE HIGHLIGHTS

We’ve got more coronavirus updates. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

Pretty much everything is being cancelled. Millions of students across the US are now out of school - with six states shutting down school completely. Some cities have banned large gathering. Over in the sports world, March Madness, MLB, the NHL, and soccer (both US Soccer and Major League Soccer) have been either cancelled, suspended, or postponed. So has Broadway. Plus multiple movies - including ‘Fast & Furious 9,’ ‘A Quiet Place II,’ and ‘Mulan’ - have been pushed back. Oh, and Disney is closing its parks in Florida and Los Angeles. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 2. 

The stock market was notttt a fan of all this. And - surprise, surprise - dropped. By 10 percent. ICYMI, that’s the Dow’s worst day since 1987. In response, the Federal Reserve said ‘uhh nobody panic’ and declared it’d be injecting $1.5 trillion (yes, with a tr) into Wall Street today and tomorrow to try to keep things steady. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 3. 

More and more people are still being infected. In Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife, Sophie Trudeau, tested positive for the virus. Yes, really. Over in the US, the death toll has reached 41, with the number of confirmed cases currently at 1,600. Problem, since experts say this number is likely much, much higher as the country faces a shortage of test kits

 

SO…?

The coronavirus situation is continuing to escalate. TBD, TBD, TBD. 


THE ACTION

USA: The US Soccer Federation (aka the USSF) is being shaken up. We’ll remind you: last year, 28 members of the US women’s national team sued the USSF for gender discrimination and unequal pay. So the other day, the USSF released a doc saying they didn’t pay women as much as men because being a male player requires more “skill.” You read that right. Now, it looks like the USSF prez - Carlos Cordeiro - is resigning and taking responsibility for the doc’s wording. Speaking of lawsuits, the LA Alliance for Human Rights just sued Los Angeles for not properly addressing the growing homelessness problem there. The suit asks the city to pretty please provide shelter to its 60,000 homeless residents. Stay tuned. 

 

PEOPLE: Reminder: for forever, Pakistan and India have been fighting over Kashmir. And months ago, the situation escalated when India deployed thousands of troops to Kashmir...and revoked the region’s special status - meaning it could no longer make its own laws. India also detained Farooq Abdullah, a prominent leader in Kashmir. Now, seven months later, it looks like India will finally be releasing him. In other news, yesterday, a federal judge ordered Chelsea Manning to be released. You know Manning as the former Army analyst who leaked secret military files to WikiLeaks. She served multiple years in prison before being released - but was jailed again in 2019 after refusing to appear before a grand jury. 

 

WORLD: Yesterday, the US began conducting airstrikes against multiple Iranian-backed militia sites in Iraq. The strikes come just one day after the US gov pointed fingers at an Iranian-backed group for a rocket attack that killed two American service members and one British service member. Meanwhile, it looks like Afghanistan’s up for releasing prisoners after all. Quick refresher: a couple weeks ago, the US and the Taliban agreed on a peace deal that’d have the two releasing prisoners in a prisoner swap. Problem, since Afghanistan shook its head to the idea. But now, it looks like the country’s agreeing to release thousands of prisoners. 


WHAT TO KNOW

Start your memoir:” a reporter on what to do now that March Madness is cancelled. Idea slam dunk. 


SAY WHAT?

“In Earth's early history, a day was 23.5 hours and a year lasted 372 days” - an actual headline. What about leap year?

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