Fact check: New England journal article taken out of context, didn't bash face masks
The authors say they support mask wearing when people are in close quarters and that their words have been taken out of context. The May 21 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine included a "perspective" article titled "Universal Masking in Hospitals in the COVID-19 Era" that questioned the usefulness of mask wearing outside a hospital or other health care facility. The article was first published on the journal's website on April 1.Start the day smarter. Get all the news you need in your inbox each morning.
A 'Strike for Black Lives' will bring together workers calling for end to systemic racism
Linking the fight against police brutality with a broader need for racial equity and justice, major unions and civil rights groups will stage a nationwide walk out Monday to demand change. The Strike for Black Lives will take place in more than 25 cities, from Los Angeles to Boston, and could draw tens of thousands of workers. The plan is to walk off the job and stage other protests to call for better wages and an end to systemic racism both in the workplace and their communities. The union is joining with more than a dozen other groups including the United Farm Workers, the Fight for $15, the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, and the Movement for Black Lives.
Mike D'Antoni, Rockets staff to coach with masks on
Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni said he and the rest of the team’s staff will coach with masks on, in large part to model mask-wearing behavior. Official scrimmages began in the bubble on Wednesday with coaches and their assistants largely without masks but sitting a safe distance apart from each other. Other team personnel sitting behind the first row have already had masks on, however.D’Antoni, who is in the high-risk category at 69 years old, was uncertain to be part of the bubble at one point but ultimately was cleared to participate.
Racial housing gap: Gap between Black and white homeownership is vast, report finds.
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Floridians get ready to go to the polls
Florida’s registration deadline to vote is Monday. This comes as the Supreme Court refused last Thursday to let Florida felons who completed their sentences vote in a primary without first paying fees, fines and restitution, as the state currently requires. Voting rights groups challenged the requirement as unconstitutional, given that state voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2018 giving hundreds of thousands of felons the right to vote. The dispute over the voting rights of Florida's felons could be crucial in this fall's elections because of its perennial status as a swing state. There are about 775,000 felons in the state who have completed their prison sentences, including about 85,000 who registered to vote.
Juan Soto cleared to return following negative coronavirus tests
Soto tested positive for the coronavirus on Opening Day, and he has had several negative tests since. He was reportedly frustrated with the league’s testing process.Soto has tested negative for COVID-19 enough times for Major League Baseball to give him the green light, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
Florida continues to set tragic records: Cases have been skyrocketing in the Sunshine State.
No mask, no service
Walmart, Sam's Club, Kohl's, CVS, Walgreens and Lowe's will start requiring masks on Monday at stores nationwide. Other retailers have also announced upcoming mask mandates including Kroger, Target and Home Depot. "We know some people have differing opinions on this topic. We also recognize the role we can play to help protect the health and well-being of the communities we serve by following the evolving guidance of health officials," Walmart and Sam’s Club’s chief operating officers said in a statement on Wednesday. The CDC recommends that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
Bucs TE Cameron Brate reveals he had coronavirus
Brate said he is fully recovered from COVID-19 and encouraged people to donate plasma to help fight the virus in others who contract it. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Cameron Brate (@cambamgram) on Jul 29, 2020 at 6:13am PDT What does that have to do with Brady? Last month, Brady and several Buccaneers teammates got together for workouts despite the NFLPA’s medical director, Dr. Thom Mayer, advising players against it. Brady and his teammates continued to work out together, and Brady posted a quote on Instagram that appeared to be a response to Mayer’s advice.
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Some customers wear masks while shopping Monday at a Pick 'n Save store in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. While employees the store have been required to wear masks, customers will be required to do so starting next week.
A woman wearing a facemask walks past a sign informing customers that face coverings are required in front of a Walmart store in Washington, DC on July 15, 2020. Walmart will require shoppers to wear face masks starting next week, the US retail giant announced on July 15, joining an increasing number of businesses in mandating the protection amid the latest spike in coronavirus cases.
Target has joined a growing list of major retailers that will require customers at all their stores to wear face coverings. The Minneapolis, Minnesota-based discounter said July 16, that the policy will go into effect Aug. 1.
‘The Arena’ debuts, starring Charles Barkley and Dwyane Wade
A new hour-long program, "The Arena," which first airs on TNT Monday, will focus on the NBA’s restart, the Black Lives Matter movement and more. The nightly program will be hosted by Cari Champion and will feature Basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, Dwyane Wade, Draymond Green and a host of contributors. Barkley and Green working in such close proximity is sure to create great TV, as a well-documented beef between the current and former NBA stars has existed for years. Green said he does not want the series, a partnership with Bleacher Report, to be “about me vs. Chuck. This is about continuing to bring awareness to the issues that we face as Black Americans.”
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Delta to require pre-flight evaluation for exceptions to mask policy
Airline passengers are required to wear face masks, and Delta is no exception. Starting Monday, anyone who books a Delta flight who requests an exemption from the mask requirement must undergo a medical evaluation at the airport before boarding.Delta's website encourages passengers who need to request an exemption to arrive at the airport early because the evaluation could take up to an hour. False claims of a disability or health condition to obtain an exemption for the mask requirement could result in the suspension of travel privileges. Passengers who are denied an exemption to the mask policy will receive a refund for their tickets, according to Delta.
Window or aisle seat? You bet. Delta CEO promises empty middle seats beyond September but admits, "It's not going to last forever."
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