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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Here's another positive story for those who need a mental breather from all of the negative news regarding the coronavirus pandemic. Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his wife music artist Ciara have pledged 1 million meals to feed the needy during the COVID-19 situation.

In a video, the couple explained their decision to help those in need. "Obviously, this worldwide pandemic, coronavirus, is changed the world, second-by-second, minute-by-minute," Wilson said. "People are losing loved ones, the elderly and the young people, people in between."

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) " Standing over the still body of an intubated 5-year-old boy wearing nothing but a plastic diaper, an Iranian health care worker in a hazmat suit and mask begged the public for just one thing: Stop drinking industrial alcohol over fears about the new coronavirus. The boy, now blind after his parents gave him toxic methanol in the mistaken belief it protects against the virus, is just one of hundreds of victims of an epidemic inside the pandemic now gripping Iran. Iranian media report nearly 300 people have been killed and more than 1,000 sickened so far by ingesting methanol across the Islamic Republic, where drinking alcohol is banned and where those who do rely on bootleggers. An Iranian doctor helping the country's Health Ministry told The Associated Press on Friday the problem was even greater, giving a death toll of around 480 with 2,850 people sickened.

Something unexpected has happened to neighborhoods across the country in the wake of coronavirus lockdowns and business closures: they're coming to life. With schools and restaurants closed, and a huge swath of the workforce stuck at home either working remotely or not working at all, usually quiet and empty neighborhoods are suddenly bustling. Patterns of life and work that have become entrenched in American society over the past half-decade"kids in school and both parents away at jobs during the day"are being upended practically overnight. ...The result is that instead of empty streets and closed doors, neighborhoods have come alive with families"children playing in the front yard, couples taking walks, joggers and cyclists out and about, and neighbors getting to know one another in conversations over fences and along sidewalks - all at a safe distance, one hopes.

(CNN)Tom Coburn, a former US congressman from Oklahoma and obstetrician, died at his home Saturday, according to a statement from his family. He was 72. Coburn, a Republican dubbed "Dr. No" by his Democratic colleagues, was a staunch fiscal and social conservative who battled lawmakers over money for pet projects in their home states and fought for anti-abortion legislation throughout his career. He served in the US Senate from 2005-2015, after having been a member of the US House of Representatives from 1995-2001. A doctor who specialized in obstetrics and family practice, Coburn continued to see patients while he served in Congress. "Tom A Coburn, MD, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully at home this morning surrounded by his family," his family said in a statement.

Monday, March 23, 2020

A majority of Americans now approve of President Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new survey, as the administration has issued stricter federal guidelines in recent days and the president has adopted a more public-facing role in combating the disease.

An ABC News/Ipsos poll released Friday reports that 55 percent of respondents approve of Trump's management of the public health crisis, while 43 percent disapprove. The latest figures represent a boost in the president's rating from the previous iteration of the survey, published one week ago, which showed only 43 percent approval for Trump and 54 percent disapproval.


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