Archive for October 16th, 2020

Coronavirus FAQs: Open Windows In Winter, Holding Your Breath, Sprayed Masks? | | October 16 2020, 5:40 PM

This week our readers have lots of ... interesting ... queries involving opening windows during winter in North Dakota, trying not to breathe during a micro-encounter and spraying a mask with ... oil?

21 Alleged White Supremacists Indicted In Utah On Federal Drug And Firearms Charges

US & World | | October 16 2020, 5:20 PM

The indictments of members of at least three separate extremist gangs follows similar charges earlier this week against two dozen alleged white supremacists in Texas, Mississippi and Kentucky.

Trump Announces Partnership With CVS, Walgreens For Nursing Home COVID Vaccination

Health | | October 16 2020, 5:00 PM

The federal government is offering nursing homes the chance to opt in to the new program, in which pharmacy staff would deliver and administer a future vaccine on site.

Don't Censor! Stop The Hoaxes! Facebook, Twitter Face A Catch-22 | | October 16 2020, 4:40 PM

While Republicans accuse Facebook and Twitter of censoring free speech, one expert says the platforms should do more because U.S. voters are "more vulnerable to online disinformation" than ever.

Supreme Court Speeds Up Case On Trump's Push To Alter Census For House Seats

US & World | | October 16 2020, 4:20 PM

The justices will hear oral arguments on Nov. 30, increasing the potential for Trump to try to omit unauthorized immigrants from the census numbers used to reallocate House seats while in office.

$3.1 Trillion: Pandemic Spending Drives The Federal Budget Deficit To A Record | | October 16 2020, 2:20 PM

The government shortfall for the fiscal year that just ended was more than triple that of 2019. The national debt of $21 trillion now exceeds the size of the U.S. economy.

The Complicated Role Of Black Leaders In Shaping The Criminal Justice System | | October 16 2020, 2:00 PM

In Locking Up Our Own, James Forman Jr. explains the role that Black leaders, from prosecutors to legislators, have played in mass incarceration—and why it's more complicated than meets the eye.

When Shoplifting Is A Felony: Retailers Back Harsher Penalties For Store Theft | | October 16 2020, 11:00 AM

A new report by the consumer-interest nonprofit Public Citizen calls out major retailers for donating to trade groups and campaigns supporting harsher shoplifting penalties in at least 18 states.

Needing The Support Of Catholic Women, Democrats Are Careful With Amy Coney Barrett

US & World | | October 16 2020, 10:20 AM

Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee have looked ways to challenge Barrett's conservative views without alienating her Catholic supporters.

Shoppers Came Back To Department Stores In September, Lifting Retail Sales | | October 16 2020, 8:00 AM

U.S. retail spending grew 1.9% last month, delivering a slight boost of confidence amid a recent spate of signs that the economic recovery has lost momentum from the pandemic's toll.

Trump's And Biden's Plans For Education | | October 16 2020, 7:20 AM

Compare the presidential candidates' education policies, from college tuition to universal pre-K to "patriotic" curriculum.

Trump And Republicans Raise $248 Million In September, Lagging Biden, Democrats | | October 16 2020, 7:00 AM

Democrats enter the presidential contest's homestretch with a big cash advantage.

Jim Hudspeth: How Do We Hear — And How Do We Lose Our Ability To Hear?

Health | | October 16 2020, 7:00 AM

Over 30 million people in the U.S. have hearing loss. Neuroscientist Jim Hudspeth explains how the ear's thousands of hair cells function to amplify sound—and how they can be damaged but not repaired.

Rebecca Knill: Technology Has Come So Far—When Will Our Mindset Catch-Up?

Health | | October 16 2020, 7:00 AM

As a deaf person, Rebecca Knill is anti-noise and "neutral" on sound. She explains how technology allows her to hear what she wants to hear, and asks why our mindset about ability hasn't caught up.

Dallas Taylor: What Can We Learn From Listening To Silence? | | October 16 2020, 7:00 AM

What can we discover when we allow ourselves to sit in silence and just... listen? Sound designer Dallas Taylor explores how tuning into silence is key for understanding the beauty of the sonic world.

Trump's And Biden's Plans For The Economy | | October 16 2020, 7:00 AM

How the economic priorities of the Republican president and his Democratic challenger compare.

Trump's And Biden's Plans For The Environment | | October 16 2020, 7:00 AM

Here's how the environmental priorities of the Republican president and his Democratic challenger compare.

'Grand Army': Breakout Performances In A Depressing High School Tale | | October 16 2020, 6:00 AM

Netflix's latest teen melodrama attempts to tackle a lot of social issues and ills at once, to mixed results.

Feminists Weigh Their Wins And Losses After Nearly Four Years Of Trump

Politics | | October 16 2020, 4:20 AM

The latest round of women's marches is against the filling of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Supreme Court seat. It's also an opportunity for activists to take stock as the stakes of the election loom.

Facing Many Unknowns, States Rush To Plan Distribution Of COVID-19 Vaccines

Health | | October 16 2020, 4:20 AM

A vaccine will only work if a lot of people can get immunized. State health officials are working furiously to design outreach and distribution plans, with little clarity from the federal government.

Damned If You Do: Hulu's Less-Than-Marvelous 'Helstrom' | | October 16 2020, 4:20 AM

A surfeit of subplots and secondary characters — and a complicated production history — take a minor Marvel occult hero on a journey that turns out to be a dead end.

City In China Tests 10 Million People After 13 COVID-19 Cases Are Found | | October 16 2020, 4:00 AM

Qingdao city officials say no new infections were identified. The extraordinary testing effort followed the appearance of a small cluster of COVID-19 cases centered in a city hospital.

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The Latest In Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict, Plus Armenian Community Response In LA

| October 16 2020, 9:24 AM

A Russian attempt to broker a cease-fire to end the worst outbreak of hostilities over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh in more than a quarter-century has failed to get any traction, with rivals Azerbaijan and Armenia trading blame for new attacks.

DOC AMA: Oxford Developing Rapid COVID-19 Test, A Rare Children’s COVID-19 Complication Found In Adults & More

| October 16 2020, 8:55 AM

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Dr. Peter Chin-Hong from UCSF.

Triple Play: After Game 4 Win Over Dodgers, Braves One Win Away From World Series

| October 16 2020, 8:38 AM

Marcell Ozuna and the Atlanta Braves turned things around in a hurry, and now are one win from ending a two-decade World Series drought.

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FilmWeek: “The Trial Of The Chicago 7,” “Honest Thief,” “Rebecca” And More

| October 16 2020, 8:45 AM

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Lael Loewenstein and Wade Major review this weekend’s new movie releases.

Aaron Sorkin’s On Timely New Courtroom Drama “The Trial of the Chicago 7” And How Its Message Still Resonates 52 Years Later

| October 16 2020, 8:42 AM

Following protests that turned violent as police clashed with protesters in Chicago’s Grant Park during the 1968 Democratic National Convention, seven people were tried on charges of conspiracy to cross state lines in order to incite a riot.