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Yahoo! BooksApr 04, 2020
The noble lie about masks and coronavirus should never have been told
Those of you of a certain age will doubtless remember a time when it was universally acknowledged that wearing masks would not protect you or anyone else from the coronavirus pandemic. By "certain age" here I mean all living Americans born on or before April 1, 2020, which according to my notes is when it became possible to express a contrary position in polite society.This was always nonsense. The White House is now suggesting that all of us should wear masks whenever we leave our houses. We are even stealing vast stockpiles of them from the Germans, who have been wearing them in public for around a month on the rather more numerous occasions when their leaders exempt them from house arrest. People who can't get proper masks (apparently the kind people wear when they spray for bugs) are being encouraged to make their own. If nothing else, this has given tedious DIY addicts something else to be self satisfied about. No one cares how quaint and interesting you think the piece of cloth meant to protect you from a disease is, okay?Whether the journalists and other apparent experts who enthusiastically spread this apparent lie about masks knew it was false is very much an open question. Some of us found it odd that the same people were also saying that masks should be reserved for use by medical professionals. If masks don't do anything, why do doctors and nurses need them? Are they an ornamental part of a dress uniform? The mind reels.Regardless of the personal honesty of those involved in it, this propagan

Billboard Music NewsApr 04, 2020
Of Bill Withers' ‘Profound & Poetic' Songs, This Was John Legend's Favorite to Perform
Recalling that a cover of Bill Withers' "I Can't Write Left Handed" was one of his favorites to perform, John Legend shared with Billboard how one of his idols also became a friend. Withers died Monday at age 81 from heart complications.

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Yahoo! ArtsApr 04, 2020
Vietnam lodges protest against Beijing after fishing boat sunk in South China Sea
Those of you of a certain age will doubtless remember a time when it was universally acknowledged that wearing masks would not protect you or anyone else from the coronavirus pandemic. By "certain age" here I mean all living Americans born on or before April 1, 2020, which according to my notes is when it became possible to express a contrary position in polite society.This was always nonsense. The White House is now suggesting that all of us should wear masks whenever we leave our houses. We are even stealing vast stockpiles of them from the Germans, who have been wearing them in public for around a month on the rather more numerous occasions when their leaders exempt them from house arrest. People who can't get proper masks (apparently the kind people wear when they spray for bugs) are being encouraged to make their own. If nothing else, this has given tedious DIY addicts something else to be self satisfied about. No one cares how quaint and interesting you think the piece of cloth meant to protect you from a disease is, okay?Whether the journalists and other apparent experts who enthusiastically spread this apparent lie about masks knew it was false is very much an open question. Some of us found it odd that the same people were also saying that masks should be reserved for use by medical professionals. If masks don't do anything, why do doctors and nurses need them? Are they an ornamental part of a dress uniform? The mind reels.Regardless of the personal honesty of those involved in it, this propagan

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Vietnam protests Beijing's sinking of South China Sea boat (Yahoo! Arts)

Yahoo! BooksApr 04, 2020
Coronavirus kills some people and hardly affects others: How is that possible?
How can the new coronavirus affect people so differently — killing some while leaving others blissfully unaware that they have been infected at all?


Yahoo! ArtsApr 04, 2020
Tokyo area sees daily coronavirus cases topping 100 for first time: NHK
Some 118 people were newly infected with the novel coronavirus in the Japanese capital of Tokyo, NHK public broadcaster reported on Saturday, citing metropolitan government officials. It marked the first time that daily confirmed cases exceeded 100 in the Tokyo area, bringing the number of confirmed cases there to 891, NHK said. Tokyo's metropolitan government has strongly urged people to stay at home at the weekend as the mega-city faces a rising number of cases and as speculation simmers that Japan may declare a state of emergency, leading to lockdown.


Yahoo! BooksApr 04, 2020
Asia virus latest: China mourns dead, S. Korea extends social distancing
China came to a standstill to mourn the patients and medical staff who died because of the coronavirus outbreak, with the country observing a nationwide three-minute silence. At 10 am Saturday, Citizens paused as cars, trains and ships sounded their horns, and air-raid sirens rang out in memory of the more than 3,000 lives lost to the virus in mainland China. In Beijing's Tiananmen Square, the national flag flew at half-mast, and state media showed President Xi Jinping and other officials standing outside a government compound wearing white flowers.


Billboard Music NewsApr 04, 2020
Fans Pick Sam Hunt's ‘Southside' as This Week's Favorite New Music
Sam Hunt's latest album, "Southside," has topped this week's new music release poll.

VultureApr 04, 2020
Jimmy Fallon's Daughters Might As Well Get Their Own Show At This Point
What can we say? Their comedic timing is great.

NYTimes ArtsApr 04, 2020
How a Chinese-American Novelist Wrote Herself Into the Wild West
C Pam Zhang's debut, "How Much of These Hills Is Gold," is one of several new or forthcoming books by Asian-American writers set in a period that historically hasn't recognized them.

Playbill NewsApr 04, 2020
Looking Back at Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents' Anyone Can Whistle Starring Angela Lansbury
The original production opened April 4, 1964, at the Majestic Theatre.

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Yahoo! BooksApr 03, 2020
Coronavirus: Nearly 1,500 Americans killed in 24 hours, the worst single-day death surge in the world
The United States recorded nearly 1,500 deaths from the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the worst 24-hour death toll globally since the pandemic began. According to figures from Johns Hopkins University, 1,480 deaths were counted between Thursday morning and Friday morning, and the total number of people who have died since the start of the pandemic in the US is now 7,406. It tops the record set by the US on the previous day with 1,169 deaths. The US also far has more cases than any other country in the world with more than 275,000, at least double that of Italy which has the second highest number. It comes as Donald Trump advised all Americans to wear masks in public to protect against the virus over fears that the illness that has infected more than one million people worldwide may be spreading by normal breathing. Mr Trump said the government recommendation for all 330 million Americans to wear non-medical masks in places such as grocery stores would last "for a period of time", though he said that he would not wear one.


Yahoo! TVApr 03, 2020
Logan Williams, ‘The Flash' and ‘When Calls the Heart' Actor, Dies at 16
Logan Williams, a 16-year-old actor who appeared on the CW superhero series "The Flash" as a young Barry Allen, has died, according to his family.The actor's mother, Marlyse Williams, confirmed the news of her son's death to the Tri-City News. No cause of death was provided, though Williams was said to have died suddenly on Thursday.Williams appeared in eight episodes of "The Flash" during its first two seasons — including the series pilot — as a younger version of Grant Gustin's titular DC Comics hero. His other acting credits include the Hallmark series "When Calls the Heart," as well as guest spots on "The Whispers" and "Supernatural."Also Read: 'The Flash' Actor Rick Cosnett Comes Out as Gay: 'I've Made a Promise to Myself to Live My Truth' (Video)Gustin remembered his former co-star in an Instagram post on Thursday, praising the young actor's ability and professionalism."Just hearing the devastating news that Logan Williams has passed away suddenly," he wrote. "This picture was early in the filming of The Flash pilot episode back in 2014. I was so impressed by not only Logan's talent but his professionalism on set. My thoughts and prayers will be with him and his family during what is I'm sure an unimaginably difficult time for them."He continued, "Please keep Logan and his family in your thoughts and prayers during what has been a strange and trying time for us all. Sending love to everyone."View this post on Instagram Just hearing the devastating news that Logan Williams has p

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Bill Withers, Who Sang ‘Lean on Me' and ‘Ain't No Sunshine,' Dies at 81 (NYTimes Arts)

Billboard Music NewsApr 03, 2020
Forever No. 1: Bill Withers' ‘Lean on Me'
Forever No. 1 is a Billboard series that pays special tribute to the recently deceased artists who achieved the highest honor our charts have to offer. Here, we honor the late Bill Withers by diving into his only No. 1 hit, the timeless anthem "Lean on Me."

VultureApr 03, 2020
Bill Withers Was the Definition of Timeless
Withers, who died earlier this week at 81, had talent and an air of imperturbable gravity.

AV Club FilmsApr 03, 2020
Artemis Fowl to skip theaters entirely, debut on Disney
Disney announced today—amidst a whole host of delays, moving release dates for its Marvel movies, etc.—that it's skipping all that rigamarole for its upcoming film adaptation of Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl books, and just dropping the movie directly onto Disney . Besides instantly becoming the most interesting thing…

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Mulan, Black Widow, French Dispatch, and More Disney Films Get New Release Dates (Vulture)
Disney shuffles movie schedule due to virus, 'Mulan' set for July (Reuters Entertainment)

Yahoo! BooksApr 03, 2020
A California ER nurse told her family that if she gets COVID-19 she doesn't want a ventilator and to give it to someone else who needs it more
"If I were to get really sick, my sisters know I don't want to take a ventilator from someone else who may need it," Paige said.


Billboard Music NewsApr 03, 2020
Yandel Talks Residency in Puerto Rico, New Album & More in Billboard Live Q&A
Yandel chatted with Billboard on Instagram Live, where he talked about life in quarantine, his new song "Espionaje" and an upcoming residency in Puerto Rico.

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John Legend & Kane Brown Practice Social Distancing for ‘Last Time I Say Sorry' Video (Billboard Music News)

AV Club FilmsApr 03, 2020
Mixer Gifts All Partnered Streamers $100 To Help During Covid-19 Pandemic
Even for streamers who can comfortably do their jobs from inside their homes, seemingly indefinitely, it's impossible to ignore covid-19. Before it's all said and done, everybody will be impacted. To help streamers make ends meet, Microsoft-owned Mixer has given all its partners $100.


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NYTimes ArtsApr 03, 2020
You're Quarantined and Your Kid Runs Out of Books to Read
Aron Nels Steinke, author of the "Mr. Wolf's Class" series, describes the very real problem of a bibliophilic kid in this coronavirus moment.

Yahoo! BooksApr 03, 2020
Coronavirus live updates: Cloth masks in public now recommended; US death toll passes 7,100; nation lost 701K jobs in March
New research has prompted authorities to change their position Friday on the widespread use of non-medical masks in public.


Playbill NewsApr 03, 2020
MCC and Signature Theatre Postpone Remainder of 2019-2020 Season, MTC Cancels Spring Offerings, and More—How NYC's Coronavirus Restrictions Impacts Off-Broadway Houses
Check in here for the latest cancellations, hiatuses, and more up-to-date information.

VultureApr 03, 2020
Watch These Livestreamed Concerts During Your Social Distancing
DJ D-Nice, Miley Cyrus, Ben Gibbard and a lot of Diplo.

Yahoo! BooksApr 03, 2020
France Has Deadliest Virus Day as Infection Rate Slows in Spain
(Bloomberg) -- France reported its deadliest day from the coronavirus amid tentative signs that the pandemic may be easing in Spain and Italy.The health ministry in Paris reported 588 hospital deaths, the most yet, bringing the figure to 5,091 since the beginning of the outbreak. In contrast, new infections slowed and fatalities declined in Spain for the first time in four days, as infections stabilized in Italy. Together, the three countries account for more than half the deaths worldwide in the pandemic.Austria could become one of the first in the region to loosen restrictions that have shut down much of public life. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz's government will review data and consider a plan in coming days to gradually restart the economy, the Austrian leader told parliament in Vienna on Friday."Let's not jump to conclusions because there are some positive signals," Kurz said. "I can promise you, if the numbers support it, we'll do what we can to return to normality step by step."Despite the pockets of improvement, governments have little leeway to unwind lockdowns that have devasted the region's economy. IHS Markit said its monthly measure of services and manufacturing in the euro area points to an annualized contraction of about 10%. With new business, confidence and employment all down, there is "worse inevitably to come in the near future," it said.Signs emerged that squabbling national leaders are coalescing around an aid package. Euro-area finance ministers are set to agree on a coronavirus

Yahoo! BooksApr 03, 2020
Pelosi eyes another round of checks to families before tackling infrastructure
The speaker said with coronavirus moving quickly across the U.S. communities "can't afford to wait"


Playbill NewsApr 03, 2020
Signature Theatre Postpones Remainder of 2019-2020 Season, MTC Cancels Spring Offerings, and More—How NYC's Coronavirus Restrictions Impacts Off-Broadway Houses
Check in here for the latest cancellations, hiatuses, and more up-to-date information.

Yahoo! BooksApr 03, 2020
Social distancing not slowing crime in Mexico
Social distancing measures and calls for Mexicans to remain in their homes have not produced a drop in violent crime, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Friday. There had been hope that the measures implemented in late March to slow the spread of the new coronavirus would lead to a significant decrease in criminality, but the president said that has not been seen in the numbers. López Obrador blamed the stubbornly high homicide rate on confrontations between gangs.


Playbill NewsApr 03, 2020
Broadway at Music Circus Postpones 2020 Summer Season Due to Coronavirus Concerns
The Sacramento season was set to feature The Color Purple, Kinky Boots, and more.

Yahoo! ArtsApr 03, 2020
China mourns thousands who died in country's coronavirus epidemic
China on Saturday mourned the thousands of "martyrs" who have died in the new coronavirus outbreak, flying the national flag at half mast throughout the country and suspending all forms of entertainment. The day of mourning coincided with the start of the annual Qingming tomb-sweeping festival, when millions of Chinese families pay respects to their ancestors. At 10 a.m. (0200 GMT) Beijing time, the country observed three minutes of silence to mourn those who died, including frontline medical workers and doctors.


Yahoo! BooksApr 03, 2020
Putin says Russia ready to cooperate on cutting oil production
Russia is ready to cooperate with Saudi Arabia and the United States to cut oil production, President Vladimir Putin said Friday. Putin said Russia was willing to make agreements within the framework of the OPEC group and that "we are ready for cooperation with the United States of America on this issue," according to a statement published by the Kremlin. Oil prices have tumbled in recent weeks in the face of a drop in demand and global economic uncertainty over the new coronavirus pandemic.


Yahoo! ArtsApr 03, 2020
FISA court orders FBI to review if wiretaps are invalid after errors found during investigation
The directive comes just days after an internal Justice Department review found new problems with the FBI's management of wiretap applications.


Billboard Music NewsApr 03, 2020
First Country: New Music From Sam Hunt, Ashley McBryde, Old Dominion & More
The much anticipated sophomore album by Sam Hunt dropped today (April 3). Southside proves that the best things in life are well worth the wait. Nearly six years since Hunt released his massively successful debut Montevallo, he returns with its equally appealing follow-up.

Reuters EntertainmentApr 03, 2020
Country music stars replace awards show with at-home performance special amid coronavirus pandemic
Country music stars will come together on Sunday with acoustic performances recorded from their homes for a televised special that will replace the annual Academy of Country Music Awards, which were canceled due to the global coronavirus outbreak.

Yahoo! BooksApr 03, 2020
'It is everywhere already': Fox News hosts amp up the pressure on Trump to give up on coronavirus lockdowns and reopen the economy
Primetime host Tucker Carlson attacked "the public health establishment," which he argued "failed us badly" by recommending stay-home orders that are hurting the economy.


AV Club FilmsApr 03, 2020
Disney announces new release dates for Marvel's next phase, Mulan, and Indiana Jones 5
With theaters around the globe closed and film crews forced to either suspend production or do post-production work remotely due to COVID-19, every major studio is in the process or rearranging is release calendar. We've heard from Sony, Warner Bros., and others, and now, thanks to Variety, we know when the juggernaut…



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Yahoo! BooksApr 03, 2020
The family of a 34-year-old father in a 2-week coma with COVID-19 says a 'bureaucratic glitch' has kept him from accessing potentially life-saving treatment
Michael Goldsmith is unconscious as his family fights for access to a drug, remdesivir, that he's been promised — twice.


Reuters EntertainmentApr 03, 2020
Bill Withers, soulful singer of 'Ain't No Sunshine,' dead at 81
Bill Withers, a soulful singer best known for the 1970s hits "Lean on Me," "Lovely Day" and "Ain't No Sunshine," has died at age 81 from heart complications, his family said on Friday.

Yahoo! ArtsApr 03, 2020
Working on a cruise ship can be brutal — but 2 lawyers who represent cruise workers explain why even terrible cruise-ship jobs can be attractive
Cruise lines can get away with treating their lowest-paid workers poorly because they recruit them from countries with limited economic opportunities.


Yahoo! BooksApr 03, 2020
Coronavirus and Hunter Biden: Congressional investigators prepare for war over 2020 election
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage across the United States, it has, for the moment, brought the partisan investigations taking shape on Capitol Hill that could swing the balance of the 2020 election to a screeching halt.Lawmakers, scattered across the country in their home states and districts for the indefinite future, have the health and economic welfare of their constituents to attend to.


Reuters EntertainmentApr 03, 2020
Singer Bill Withers dead at 81 from heart complications, Rolling Stone reports
Bill Withers, a soulful singer best known for the 1970s hits "Lean on Me," "Lovely Day" and "Ain't No Sunshine," has died at age 81 from heart complications, Rolling Stone magazine reported on Friday, citing a statement from his family.

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AV Club FilmsApr 03, 2020
Adam Sandler debuts sweet and funny "Quarantine Song" on Fallon
Adam Sandler streamed into Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show on Thursday night, guitar in hand, to share a brand new song inspired by, well, (gestures wildly). It celebrates doctors and nurses as it speaks some hard truths about the claustrophobic nature of self-isolating: "And I hope they save us soon, because I'm really,…

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Yahoo! BooksApr 03, 2020
LA's skies are smog-free and Venice's canals are clear. Photos show how nature has returned to cities shut down by the coronavirus pandemic.
Air pollution dropped in several cities, while mountain goats overran a Welsh town as people stay indoors to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.


AV Club FilmsApr 03, 2020
Stephen Colbert scores an exclusive, seriously quarantined interview with the Tiger King
[Spoilers ahead for Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem And Madness, also real life.]


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Yahoo! ArtsApr 03, 2020
Biden to name VP vetting team, thinking about Cabinet makeup
Joe Biden said Friday that he will announce a committee to oversee his vice presidential selection process and is already thinking about whom he'd choose to join his Cabinet. Biden, who holds a significant lead in delegates over Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Democratic presidential primary race but has yet to officially clinch the nomination, also said he's spoken to Sanders to let him know he'd be proceeding with the vice presidential vetting process. Biden, a former vice president himself, has previously committed to choosing a woman as his running mate.


Yahoo! BooksApr 03, 2020
How to Protect Yourself From Coronavirus When Grocery Shopping
When you shop through retailer links on our site, we may earn affiliate commissions. 100% of the fees we collect are used to support our nonprofit mission. Learn more. During the coronavirus outb...


VultureApr 03, 2020
The 50 Best Horror Movies on Netflix Right Now
The Platform, What Lies Beneath, The Craft, and more.

Yahoo! ArtsApr 03, 2020
'Never say never': Mark Cuban considering 2020 presidential run
Billionaire Shark Tank investor and basketball team owner Mark Cuban hasn't ruled out running for president in 2020 after claiming that the coronavirus pandemic has created a "reset" that could open the field for his campaign.He said he "doubts" he would make a legitimate run this late in the race, with a Democratic field that has whittled down to former vice president Joe Biden and Vermont senator Bernie Sanders seeking the party's nomination to face Donald Trump in the general election, but "you never say never," he said, adding that it's doubtful he'll actually join the fray.


VultureApr 03, 2020
In The Other Lamb, Misandry Is a Survival Instinct
Given all the godly males who've been steering their flocks toward certain doom, the film has a special resonance in the spring of 2020.

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VultureApr 03, 2020
The 100 Best TV Shows on Netflix Right Now
Mad Men, Cheer, Unbelievable, and more.

NYTimes ArtsApr 03, 2020
How Do You Make a Film for a Museum and Pornhub? Ask Leilah Weinraub
The director captured the utopia that was Shakedown, a strip club catering to black lesbians. The result was a radically intimate documentary suited to both platforms.

Yahoo! BooksApr 03, 2020
Here's how to safely reopen America when coronavirus pandemic wanes
It's important that we assess the threat of the virus region by region and consider reopening in phases or by industry.


NYTimes ArtsApr 03, 2020
Good Looks Ran in the Family. So Did Schizophrenia.
In "Hidden Valley Road," Robert Kolker unspools the story of Mimi and Don Galvin and their 12 children, six of whom developed schizophrenia.

NYTimes ArtsApr 03, 2020
New in Paperback: ‘The Other Americans' and ‘Bringing Down the Colonel'
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

Metacritic Movie ReviewsApr 03, 2020
The Other Lamb
For her entire life, the cult she was born into has been all that teenage Selah (Raffey Cassidy) has known. Along with a band of similarly cloistered young women she lives seemingly unstuck in time, cut off from modern society in a remote forest commune presided over by a man called Shepherd (Michiel Huisman), a controlling, messiah-like figure with a frightening dark side. But when her insular world is rocked by a series of nightmarish visions and disturbing revelations, Selah begins to question everything about her existence—including her allegiance to the increasingly dangerous Shepherd. [IFC Midnight]Rated: NRRelease Date: Apr 03, 2020

VultureApr 02, 2020
The 100 Best Movies on Netflix Right Now
Groundhog Day, Taxi Driver, The Matrix, and more.

USA Today: BooksApr 01, 2020
50 great books to entertain quarantined kids, whether they're newborns or high schoolers
If you're looking to keep your children entertained and away from screens during the coronavirus pandemic, these books can offer a great escape.        

Science Daily WeatherDec 18, 2019
Preparing for extreme sea levels depends on location, time
Using historical data from tide gauges that line US coasts, researchers created an extreme sea level indicator that identifies how much of a role different major weather and ocean forces have played in affecting extreme sea levels in coastal areas around the country.
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