The National Hockey League says its regular season is over—but the playoffs could still happen. The league has released a "Return to Play" plan that includes 24 of its 31 teams in playoffs that will take place in two "hub cities," one for the Eastern Conference and one for...
Golden Gate Bridge opens to the public; U.N. Tribunal indicts Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic; the British Navy sinks Nazi Germany's battleship Bismarck; Actor Christopher Reeve is paralyzed. (May 27)
The World Health Organization on Tuesday promised a swift review of data on hydroxychloroquine. This review should be available probably by mid-June, reports Reuters. Safety concerns prompted the group to suspend the malaria drug’s use in a large trial on COVID-19 patients. A final decision on the harm, benefit or lack of benefit will be made once the evidence is reviewed. There are already 17 countries currently studying it under a group called Solidarity. Separate hydroxychloroquine trials include a 440-patient U.S. study are continuing enrollment.
Safety Tips for When You Return to the Gym Boston University epidemiologist Ellie Murray says there is a "spectrum of risk" as businesses reopen. According to Murray, the biggest risk at the gym comes from indoor small group exercise classes. A report from 'Business Insider' says over 112 COVID-19 cases in South Korea came from one fitness workshop. For any class, Murray says people should have up to 12 feet of space between each other. You will want to clean equipment before using it, so make sure you have access to hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes. Try to cut down time spent in a gym's locker room, showers, sauna and bathroom. Your best bet is to arrive in your workout gear and use your shower at home afterwards. Ellie Murray, via Lifehacker Work out outside as much as possible, as open spaces are less of a threat than confined spaces. Be sure to still carry sanitizer and wipes with you when handling outdoor equipment, such as a pull-up bar.
Facebook announced today that it would be completely rebranding the wallet for its long-anticipated cryptocurrency—perhaps in an attempt to shake off its troubled reputation. “Today, we’re excited to introduce Novi—the new name and brand for the digital wallet that will help people send and hold Libra digital currencies,” said Novi’s head, David Marcus, in a company blog post earlier today. “While we’ve changed our name from Calibra, we haven’t changed our long-term commitment to helping people around the world access affordable financial services.”
Four Minnesota police officers involved in the death of an unarmed black man are "no longer employees," says Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo. The four officers were fired after video surfaced of a white officer kneeling on the handcuffed man's neck while he repeatedly said "I can't breathe." Minneapolis Mayor...
Trump Gives WHO 30 Day Ultimatum, Threatens to Permanently Cut US Funding President Donald Trump posted his letter to the WHO in a Monday night tweet. He threatened to pull the U.S. out of the World Health Organization (WHO) within 30 days, unless it will "commit to major substantive improvements." Trump had already enacted a 60-day suspension of U.S. payments to the body. The U.S. commits $400 million to the WHO, annually. In his letter, Trump accused the WHO director general of not being harsh enough on China, where the coronavirus is thought to have started. Donald Trump, Twitter Donald Trump, Twitter Earlier on Monday, China pledged $2 billion to the WHO. The nation responded to Trump's late night tweet, accusing him of using the country as an excuse to break U.S. financial obligations. Zhao Lijian, Foreign Ministry
Four Minneapolis officers involved in the arrest of a black man who died in police custody were fired Tuesday after video showed an officer kneeling on the handcuffed man’s neck, even after he pleaded that he could not breathe and stopped moving. (May 26)
Kevin Hart's world was changed by the horrific car crash he was in last year. Now he's sharing just how bad the injuries caused by that crash were. In an appearance on the "Joe Rogan Experience" podcast that was released Monday, the actor said he had his spine fused—the...
Police have surrounded Hong Kong’s legislature before lawmakers debate a bill that would criminalize abuse of the Chinese national anthem in the semi-autonomous city
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has garnered a slew of coronavirus-related headlines these past couple months. But this week has brought one that also includes the words "husband" and "boat." The Detroit News reports on the "purported request" from Marc Mallory that NorthShore Dock LLC get his boat in the water...
AP Washington Bureau Chief Julie Pace says that as the number of reported deaths in the U.S. from COVID-19 reaches a staggering 100,000, the president's messaging is split between politics and public health. (May 26)
Long before Spotify was a thing, I collected music on my computer during my college days. That collection, which had everything from Cradle of Filth to Dashboard Confessional, to Reverend Horton Heat, easily surpassed 10,000 songs by the end of my first semester as a freshman. I definitely had to spend a lot of money on the requisite hardware, but now that we’ve been able to stream music to our phones for a while, there’s no such thing as limits—at least that’s how it’s often felt. But Spotify has capped the number of items you can add to your library for a long time.
Chase Elliott snapped Kyle Busch’s seven-race Truck Series winning streak and collected a $100,000 bounty for beating NASCAR’s most successful truck driver with a victory Tuesday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway
1 in 5 US Educators Won't Go Back to Reopened Schools, Survey Says Poll results from 'USA TODAY/Ipsos' add that one in four teachers 55 and older say they won't return. The polls surveyed just over 500 teachers ranging from kindergarten through high school. 403 parents of school children from the same grade range participated as well. Ipsos president Cliff Young, via 'USA Today' 83 percent of educators also claim they're unable to properly do their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. That comes despite 86 percent of parents saying their kids have the necessary technology for digital learning. Middle school teacher J.W. White, who participated in the survey, is concerned about how school systems will adapt post-coronavirus. J.W. White, via 'USA Today' Other poll results add that a majority of parents support extending the school year, but teachers are opposed. Compared to 46 percent of parents, 76 percent of teachers are also concerned about kids falling behind in their studies. A majority of both sides agree on combining online and in-person classes, which would see kids in school two or three days a week. Eight out of ten teachers plan to wear masks in school, but even more say enforcing social distancing will be a challenge.
A new poll is bad news for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez' senate chances. According to the Washington Examiner AOC's chances of ousting either of New York’s senators are miniscule. The new poll showing that she would get steamrolled by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in Democratic primaries. AOC has hinted several times that she will primary Schumer in 2022. A new statewide Zogby poll provided exclusively to Secrets shows her losing 54% to 21%. And in a head-to-head matchup with Gillibrand AOC loses 43%-26%.
Brazil now has the second worst coronavirus outbreak in the world, according to official figures—and unlike the US, which has the world's worst outbreak, the daily death toll is rising. Reuters reports that on Monday, Brazilian COVID-19 deaths rose above the US daily toll for the first time, with...
US Men Are Less Likely to Wear Face Masks Because 'They're Not Cool,' Says Study The study was conducted by researchers from Middlesex University London and the Berkeley Mathematical Science Research Institute. According to the study, mandatory face coverings to mitigate the coronavirus “has a larger effect on men than on women.” Study Authors, via 'New York Post' The study also found that men are less likely than women to believe they will be affected by COVID-19. Study Authors, via 'New York Post' Data published in the 'European Heart Journal' reveals that men are more than twice as likely to die from COVID-19 than women. The Centers for Disease Control currently recommends that some form of face covering is worn by everyone in public. As of Friday afternoon, more than 1,427,000 people in the U.S. have contracted the coronavirus. Nearly 87,000 people in the U.S. have died.