Archive for July 15th, 2020

Asheville, N.C., Approves Steps Toward Reparations For Black Residents

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | July 15 2020, 10:40 PM

"The blood capital that we have banked to spend today to fight for significant change came ... not from our allies but from Black men, women and children who died," said Councilman Keith Young.

New York's Metropolitan Museum Of Art Will Open Its Doors Again In Late August

US & World | | July 15 2020, 8:20 PM

The country's largest art museum will be open to the public five days a week starting at the end of August. It had been closed since March as New York City grappled with the coronavirus pandemic.

Government Watchdog Says Aid For Migrants Misspent By Border Agency

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | July 15 2020, 7:40 PM

Some of the $112 million Congress approved last year for humanitarian assistance for migrants was spent instead on dirt bikes and dog food.

Ireland Delays Further Reopening, Keeping Bars Closed As Case Numbers Grow

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | July 15 2020, 7:00 PM

Prime Minister Micheál Martin said on Wednesday that current restrictions will remain in place until Aug. 10. The country had been set to begin the final phase of its reopening plan on July 20.

Doctors Without Borders Responds To Charges Of 'Racism' From Its Staff

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | July 15 2020, 5:40 PM

The concerns range from condescending attitudes toward people of color to inequities of pay between international and local workers. The aid group's leaders have pledged to address the issues.

Defense Secretary Esper Announces Actions To Address Discrimination In U.S. Military

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | July 15 2020, 5:20 PM

Esper calls the actions "a necessary first step" but says he has "no illusions" that these initial changes will fully address the concerns he has heard from many service members.

Mary Trump Describes Abusive Trump Family Home, Says She Will Vote For Biden

Politics | | July 15 2020, 4:00 PM

In an interview with NPR, the president's niece says the cruelty of the president's upbringing was eventually mirrored in his own actions, making him unfit for office in her view.

NPR Radio Ratings Collapse As Pandemic Ends Listeners' Commutes

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | July 15 2020, 3:20 PM

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the public broadcaster lost about a quarter of its radio audience in the second quarter of 2020, compared with a year earlier. Even so, digital audiences surged.

Oil Industry, Accustomed To Booms And Busts, Is Rocked By Pandemic

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | July 15 2020, 3:00 PM

When the price of oil crashes, oil companies often merge and big oil gets even bigger. So this crisis could be an opportunity for companies, but it comes with a tremendous amount of uncertainty.

As Coronavirus Cases Surge In Florida, Can Schools Safely Reopen?

US & World | | July 15 2020, 2:00 PM

Florida's coronavirus cases keep surging and educators are wrestling with whether opening schools in the Fall is a good idea. The governor, following the lead of President Trump, is pushing ahead.

Dozens Of Pets, Kept Oceans Away By Pandemic, Are Reuniting With Their Owners

US & World | | July 15 2020, 1:40 PM

Travelers were stuck without a way to get back to their pets amid coronavirus travel restrictions. Now expats in China are chartering a flight to bring dogs and cats over to their owners.

Oklahoma Governor Tests Positive For Coronavirus

US & World | | July 15 2020, 1:00 PM

Gov. Kevin Stitt is the first governor known to have tested positive for the virus. Oklahoma saw its largest one-day increase of cases on Wednesday.

Fired Over Anti-Semitic Comments, Nick Cannon Wants 'Wild 'N Out' Ownership

Arts & Entertainment | | July 15 2020, 12:40 PM

The actor and comedian was fired from his long running show Wild 'N Out for anti-Semitic comments he made on his podcast. He demanded full ownership of the brand he helped create.

White House Strips CDC Of Data Collection Role For COVID-19 Hospitalizations

Health | | July 15 2020, 12:40 PM

The Trump administration is directing hospitals to use a new platform to report COVID-19 data instead of an existing system at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Apple Does Not Owe Ireland Nearly $15 Billion In Back Taxes, Court Rules

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | July 15 2020, 12:40 PM

In a major victory for the tech giant, the European Union's second-highest court said the tax break received by Apple did not represent an unfair advantage.

Walmart Will Require Shoppers To Wear Masks; Other Retailers Urged To Follow

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | July 15 2020, 11:40 AM

Walmart and Sam's Club join a growing list of retailers to make masks mandatory in stores. The National Retail Federation is urging all stores to adopt the same policy.

GOP Senator On Defense As WNBA Team She Co-Owns Embraces Black Lives Matter

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | July 15 2020, 10:40 AM

"The truth is, we need less — not more politics in sports," wrote Sen. Kelly Loeffler of Georgia, a co-owner of the Atlanta Dream, to the WNBA's commissioner. The team's players strongly disagree.

New Report Says Schools Should Try To Reopen In Person For Elementary Students

Education | | July 15 2020, 10:20 AM

The National Academy of Sciences report includes an updated review of the evidence from around the world and a set of recommendations on mitigation strategies for the coronavirus in school settings.

'The Sandman': Landmark Comic Series Gets A Rigidly Faithful Audio Drama Adaptation

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | July 15 2020, 10:00 AM

Neil Gaiman's impossible-to-adapt dark fantasy series has now been adapted, albeit into a medium no one could've predicted: a ten-hour-long audio drama, featuring a celebrity voice cast.

It's Nice To Be Rich: Wall Street Is Raking In Profits In The Stock Market

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | July 15 2020, 10:00 AM

The economy is tanking, with massive layoffs and bankruptcies. But the richest sliver of the country continues to do quite well. The latest evidence: Goldman Sachs said it's raking in money on trades.

A COVID-19 Success Story In Rwanda: Free Testing, Robot Caregivers

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | July 15 2020, 8:20 AM

Despite its limited resources, Rwanda has vowed to identify every case. So you could be walking down the street and a health worker will ask if you want to be tested.

Floyd Family Attorneys To Announce A Civil Lawsuit Against Minneapolis And Police

US & World | | July 15 2020, 7:40 AM

Ben Crump and Antonio Romanucci, attorneys representing the family of George Floyd, are expected to announce the lawsuit at a press conference on Wednesday morning.

Investigation Uncovers Missteps In Washington, D.C.'s Coronavirus Response

US & World | | July 15 2020, 7:20 AM

In the nation's capital, the coronavirus has killed Black residents at 5.9 times the rate of white people — a disparity that's worse than any other big city in America with published demographic data.

Texas Democrat MJ Hegar To Face Cornyn; Maine's Sara Gideon Will Challenge Collins

Politics | | July 15 2020, 6:00 AM

In a night of primaries, President Trump's personal physician Ronny Jackson secured a nomination to represent a Texas congressional district and Jeff Sessions lost a bid to regain his Senate seat.

In Supreme Court Term, Liberals Stuck Together While Conservatives Appeared Fractured

Crime & Justice | | July 15 2020, 4:20 AM

The court's conservative justices wrote separately a lot, often just for themselves. Meanwhile, the court's liberals let their victories speak for themselves and dissented as a bloc.

Congress Is Investigating Contracts Tied To Mask And PPE Shortages

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | July 15 2020, 4:20 AM

Seven multi-million-dollar contracts are at the center of a House subcommittee probe. Investigators say the companies lacked experience and some had political connections to the Trump administration.

China Threatens Response After U.S. Sanctions Over Crackdown On Hong Kong

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | July 15 2020, 4:00 AM

China promised to retaliate against "U.S. institutions and individuals" after President Trump signed the Hong Kong Autonomy Act and an executive order rescinding special treatment for the territory.

Video Chats, Driveway Dances And Dino Parades Buffer Pandemic's Loneliness

Health | | July 15 2020, 4:00 AM

Though anxiety has increased in the U.S. in recent months, a drastic spike in loneliness that psychologists expected hasn't emerged. People seem to be finding new ways to connect, researchers say.

Trump Overhauls Key Environmental Law To Speed Up Pipelines And Other Projects

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | July 15 2020, 4:00 AM

President Trump is making major changes to a bedrock environmental law that he says will help the economy. Critics say the move will sideline input from communities affected by polluting projects.

Court Halts Dakota Access Pipeline Shutdown As Legal Fight Goes Forward

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | July 15 2020, 3:20 AM

A federal appellate court temporarily blocked a lower-court order to shut down and empty the controversial oil pipeline. The operator, Energy Transfer, can continue pumping while the case is pending.

Senator Lifts Hold On Military Promotions After Assurances On Impeachment Witness

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | July 15 2020, 12:40 AM

Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., had demanded proof that Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who retired last week, was included on a list of more than 1,000 officers submitted to the White House for promotion.

LA County Guidelines For Reopening Head Start: Fewer, Smaller Classes

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | July 15 2020, 5:55 PM

L.A. County’s Office Of Education oversees Head Start for 11,000 kids, closed its centers in March, and since then has been providing some virtual instruction.

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2021 Rose Parade Cancelled Due To COVID-19

| July 15 2020, 9:12 AM

A few months ago, the Tournament president said that he was thinking through different scenarios for the 2021 Rose Parade, depending on where California would be with the pandemic.

Local Black Law Enforcement Officers Reflect On National Conversations About Race And The Future Of Policing

| July 15 2020, 9:11 AM

Black law enforcement officers in America find themselves in a unique position as the country continues to have national conversations about the undervaluing of Black lives, police brutality toward Black people and what the police departments of the future will look like in terms of both funding and function.

LAPD Chief Moore: Officers Charged In Gang Database Investigation, Hiring Cuts, Cutting Back On Mental Health Calls And More

| July 15 2020, 9:04 AM

Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore joins Larry Mantle for his monthly check-in on AirTalk.

COVID-19: Vaccine Updates, Cedars-Sinai Says Arthritis Drug Proving Successful In Treating Symptoms

| July 15 2020, 8:55 AM

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry speaks with Dr. Kimberly Shriner, infectious disease specialist at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena.