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Yahoo! BooksJul 12, 2020
A Tokyo neighborhood is offering anyone who gets coronavirus a $935 check, and some worry it could lead to a wave of deliberate infections
Shinjuku ward in central Tokyo says it will give 100,000 yen (around $935) to any citizen in the area who contracts COVID-19.

Coronavirus: Hotline to report people not wearing face masks set up in US county amid surge in Covid-19 cases (Yahoo! Books)

Billboard Music NewsJul 12, 2020
Which Latin Couple Has the Best Music Video of 2020 (So Far)? Vote!
From Becky G's "My Man" featuring her boyfriend Sebastian Lletget to Karol G & Anuel's "Follow," which Latin couple has the best music video of 2020? Vote on Billboard.

Yahoo! ArtsJul 12, 2020
Canada's cautious school reopening plans leave moms in the lurch
April van Ert should have been relieved when her son's Vancouver school reopened on June 1. There were 53 active COVID-19 cases among teachers and students the week of June 5th alone, Quebec's education ministry said.

Yahoo! ArtsJul 12, 2020
Former MI6 chief claims there is 'close linkage' between Huawei and Chinese military
There is "close linkage" between Huawei and the Chinese military, a former head of MI6 has claimed, as he urged the Government to strip the firm from the UK's mobile network. Sir Richard Dearlove insisted that there was a "strategic security reason" for the Government to U-turn on its decision to grant the telecoms giant access to Britain's 5G infastructure. His comments come ahead of a crucial meeting of the National Security Council on Tuesday in which ministers are expected to block the purchase of any new Huawei equipment by the end of this year, with the company removed from 5G by the mid-2020s. Sir Richard said that to remove the Chinese firm would make "good security sense". "I think the relationship between the Chinese state and Huawei is absolutely clear cut," he said. "Huawei is not an ordinary international telecommunications company, it's an intimate part of the Chinese state. "And if you know anything about Chinese military strategy they talk about the fusion of civil and military capabilities and there is a close linkage undoubtedly between the Chinese military capability and Huawei."

Yahoo! ArtsJul 12, 2020
A 19-year-old aspiring astronaut is the only person who's attended every NASA space camp. She's already positioning herself for a mission to Mars.
Alyssa Carson is one of a group of young people who are already positioning themselves to become NASA astronauts just in time to travel to Mars.

Yahoo! ArtsJul 12, 2020
China releases professor who criticised President Xi, friends say
In Kushner's confident Fox & Friends appearance back in April, he also proclaimed the US was "on the other side of the medical aspect" of the virus.

Yahoo! ArtsJul 12, 2020
Thailand plans November human testing for potential coronavirus vaccine
Thai researchers plan to begin human trials of a potential vaccine for the new coronavirus in November and are preparing 10,000 doses, a senior official said on Sunday, aiming for a vaccine that could be ready for use by late next year. Following favourable results in trials on primates, the next step is to manufacture doses for human trials, said Kiat Ruxrungtham, director of the Bangkok's Chulalongkorn University vaccine development program. "At first we were going to send them in June, but it was not easy to plan everything," Kiat told a news conference.

Playbill NewsJul 12, 2020
Look Back at Sahr Ngaujah in Fela! On Broadway
An encore engagement of the musical, produced by Jay-Z, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, opened on Broadway July 12, 2012.

Celebrate Cheyenne Jackson's Birthday With a Look at His Broadway Career (Playbill News)

Yahoo! ArtsJul 12, 2020
Chinese police blame bus driver for crash that killed 21
The city council will vote on a resolution supporting reparations for the Black community next week.

Yahoo! ArtsJul 11, 2020
The White House Made a List of All the Times Fauci ‘Has Been Wrong' on the Coronavirus
The White House has undertaken behind-the-scenes efforts in recent months to undercut and sideline Dr. Anthony Fauci—even going so far as to compile a list of all the times he "has been wrong on things," according to The Washington Post. After canceling some of his planned TV appearances and keeping him away from the Oval Office, White House officials and President Trump have taken to publicly expressing a loss of confidence in the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and face of the administration's coronavirus task force. The apparent attempts to undermine Fauci come as he continues to counter the president's overly optimistic narrative on the state of the pandemic. Against this backdrop, an unnamed White House official told the Post: "Several White House officials are concerned about the number of times Dr. Fauci has been wrong on things." The official attached a list of incorrect predictions Fauci had made, including his doubts early on that asymptomatic spread would play a large role in transmission and a February assurance that Americans did not need to change their behavior. Like many other public health officials, Fauci said at first that masks were not necessary but recently recommended that they be mandated nationwide. "Dr. Fauci has a good bedside manner with the public but he has been wrong about everything I have ever interacted with him on," Peter Navarro, the president's trade adviser, told the Post in a separate stateme

Yahoo! BooksJul 11, 2020
Hong Kong security law: Why we are taking our BNOs and leaving
As China enforces new restrictions, some are turning to their British National (Overseas) passport.

Dentist who slaughtered Cecil the lion ‘hunts and kills protected wild ram' just four years later (Yahoo! Books)

AV Club FilmsJul 11, 2020
Comic-Con@Home's schedule includes a Constantine reunion, Charlize Theron, Bill & Ted, The Walking Dead
For the first time in 51 years, those who live outside of San Diego don't have to spends thousands of dollars in order to experience one of the biggest annual events in entertainment. Comic-Con as we've always known it may be a no-go this year, but like many of us, the gargantuan fan convention is making an effort to…


NYTimes ArtsJul 11, 2020
Yacht Rock Revue Kicks Off First Night of Drive-In Concerts in Indiana
Live Nation's outdoor music series attracted many captain hats, but few masks (which weren't required).

AV Club FilmsJul 11, 2020
The pop culture that's entertained us the most in 2020 so far
To state the obvious: 2020 has mostly sucked. But pop culture, as always, remains a small respite in our increasingly miserable world. So we're concluding our Best Of The Year So Far coverage with an AVQ&A:


Yahoo! ArtsJul 11, 2020
Q&A: US government not as prolific an executioner as states
A county in Ohio has launched a hotline so that callers can report people who do not use face masks, amid concerns over a surge in the number of coronavirus cases across the state.Armond Budish, the executive of Cuyahoga county, announced the service on Friday and said complaints would be managed by county officers and would be forwarded to local health authorities.

AV Club FilmsJul 11, 2020
The best albums of 2020 so far
The tidal wave of garbage that is 2020 continues to wash over us, keeping everyone masked and nervous. (And if you're not masked, seriously, get on that, this isn't hectoring, it's trying to save lives.) Luckily, the one thing there might be more of this year than bad news is good music. As always, it's impossible to…


Yahoo! BooksJul 11, 2020
Walt Disney World reopens in Florida amid Covid-19 surge
Visitors are required to wear masks, socially distance and have temperature checks on arrival.

Playbill NewsJul 11, 2020
Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kaufmann, and More Opera Stars to Headline Live Streamed Concerts in New Met Series
The Metropolitan Opera will launch a ticketed concert series later this month in the absence of in-person audiences.

NYTimes ArtsJul 11, 2020
Hindu God in a K-Pop Video? Blackpink Runs Afoul of Fans
A tempest over the band Blackpink's use of a Hindu god in a video was the latest example of K-pop fans holding artists to account — while staying fiercely loyal.

VultureJul 11, 2020
The 20 Best Movies for Kids on Amazon Prime
Harriet the Spy, Charlotte's Web, Bumblebee, and more.

New York Times BooksJul 11, 2020
Lucius Barker, Expert on Race in American Politics, Dies at 92
He was a passionate Jesse Jackson delegate at the 1984 Democratic National Convention and, later, a mentor to future politicians like Senator Cory Booker.

NYTimes ArtsJul 11, 2020
3 Picture Books: How to Hike, Camp, Relax in the Great Outdoors
For families ready to roam free, these illustrated guides celebrate the physical joys of wide-open spaces.

Yahoo! BooksJul 11, 2020
The first federal execution in 17 years of a white supremacist killer was postponed because the coronavirus stopped the victims' family attending
Daniel Lewis Lee was to be executed Monday for the 1996 murders of an Arkansas family of three.

Yahoo! ArtsJul 11, 2020
Filippinos starve as President Duterte vows not to ease the world's longest lockdown
Jeepney buses, with their cheerfully gaudy exteriors and packed-in seats, are a national symbol of the Philippines, a form of public transport known affectionately as 'kings of the road'. But almost all of them have been forced off the roads by possibly the world's longest and strictest coronavirus lockdown. The situation has left many of the drivers destitute and desperate, with fellow citizens stepping in to raise money for them via Facebook groups. Jowel Palaña, 41, a jeepney driver in Manila, told the Telegraph: "Every single day has been a struggle." He has not been able to work as a driver since March 15, when the lockdown began. Instead, he swept the streets in exchange for food from his local district leaders. He was unable to travel to see his wife, three children and their extended family outside the city - or send them any money to survive - for months.

USA Today: BooksJul 11, 2020
5 books not to miss: Colin Jost's 'Very Punchable Face,' David Mitchell's 'Utopia Avenue'
"SNL" star Colin Jost opens up in his new memoir "A Very Punchable Face," and David Mitchell visits the golden age of rock in "Utopia Avenue."        

Billboard Music NewsJul 10, 2020
First Stream Latin: New Music By Anitta, Karol G, Los Dos Carnales & More
"First Stream Latin" is a compilation of the best new Latin songs, albums and videos recommended by the Billboard Latin editors.

Playbill NewsJul 10, 2020
Celebrate Jerry Herman With a Look Back at His Broadway Shows
The Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist, known for Hello, Dolly!, La Cage Aux Folles, and more, was born July 10, 1931.

Yahoo! ArtsJul 10, 2020
Execution blocked after victims' family raises virus concerns
Daniel Lewis Lee, a former white supremacist who robbed and murdered a family of three, including their 8-year-old daughter, was scheduled to be executed on Monday.

VultureJul 10, 2020
The 100 Best Movies on Hulu Right Now
Dirty Dancing, Parasite, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, and more.

The best horror movies on Netflix (AV Club Films)

BBC Entertainment & ArtsJul 09, 2020
Coronavirus: Sir David Attenborough warns London Zoo risks 'extinction'
The Zoological Society of London faces its "toughest challenge to date", warns the naturalist.

Yahoo! TVJul 08, 2020
MTV Sets Remotely Produced Season of ‘Catfish' (EXCLUSIVE)
MTV's "Catfish" is making a return with its first-ever virtual season, Variety has learned exclusively. As the coronavirus pandemic pushed people across the globe to shelter in place and self-quarantine, many may have turned to the internet for social connections. Many others have turned to remote-production to create content, and that is exactly what "Catfish" […]

Time EntertainmentJun 30, 2020
10 Powerful Inclusive and Anti-Racist Books for Kids and Teens
As Americans are turning to books on anti-racism and social justice to deepen their understanding of how to fight systemic racism, parents and caregivers are looking for suggestions for their young ones. Enter 15-year-old Marley Dias. In 2015, Dias founded the #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign with the aim of collecting and donating 1,000 books featuring a Black…

USA Today: BooksJun 15, 2020
Reese Witherspoon recommends two new books: 'I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness' and 'The Guest List'
Looking for a good book? Actress, producer and passionate book-lover Reese Witherspoon has quite a few to recommend via her Hello Sunshine book club.        
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