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SZA, ‘Boss’ to headline COVID benefit for home state’s ‘most vulernable’
4/23/2020 4:32:10 PM

NEW JERSEY—Bruce Springsteen will top a bill of diverse performers raising money to fight the impact of COVID-19 on New Jersey’s most vulnerable citizens. The one-night event—today, at 4 p.m.—featuring Bruce Springsteen, Whoopi Goldberg, Halsey, Chelsea Handler, Charlie Puth, Kelly Ripa, Jon Stewart and SZA among others, will raise funds to fight the impact of COVID-19 The broadcastwill feature New Jersey’s biggest champions and celebrities participating from their homes. This recognition of New Jersey’s strength and character will also include...

Beyoncé, Gaga offer hope at all-star event fighting COVID-19
4/23/2020 4:28:42 PM

By Mesfin Fekadu   NEW YORK (AP)—Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder, Lizzo, Shawn Mendes and others sang classic songs brimmed with messages of hope and change during a TV special aimed at fighting the coronavirus, while Beyoncé and Alicia Keys spoke passionately about how the virus has disproportionately affected Black Americans. Beyoncé made a surprise appearance on Saturday's TV special “One World: Together At Home,” thanking “delivery workers, mail carriers and sanitation employees” for their hard work during the...

Broadway star Nick Cordero has leg amputation due to virus
4/23/2020 4:27:34 PM

By Mark Kennedy   NEW YORK (AP)— Tony Award-nominated actor Nick Cordero has had his right leg amputated after suffering complications from the coronavirus, his wife says. Amanda Kloots on Instagram wrote late Saturday that Cordero “made it out of surgery alive and is headed to his room to rest and recover.” Cordero had been treated with blood thinners to help with clotting in his leg, but his doctors had to stop the treatment because it was causing internal bleeding. “We took him off blood thinners but that again was going to cause some...

Virus exposes U.S. inequality. Will it spur lasting remedies?
4/23/2020 4:15:31 PM

By Paul Wiseman   WASHINGTON (AP)—The sick who still go to work because they have no paid leave. Families who face ruin from even a temporary layoff. Front-line workers risking infection as they drive buses, bag takeout meals and mop hospital floors. For years, financial inequality has widened in the United States and elsewhere as wealth and income have become increasingly concentrated among the most affluent while millions struggle to get by. Now, the coronavirus outbreak has laid bear the human cost of that inequality, making it more visible and potentially...

Nursing home workers, owners describe heavy toll of virus
4/23/2020 4:13:15 PM

By Dave Collins   HARTFORD, Conn. (AP)—Cambar Edwards says the coronavirus has taken a heavy toll at the Connecticut nursing home where she has worked for the past 24 years, as more than 30 residents have died and many employees are home ill or scared to go to work. She is a certified nursing assistant at Kimberly Hall North in Windsor. Representatives of the 150-bed home told The Associated Press Friday night that 33 residents there have died from COVID-19, 16 residents have tested positive for the virus and another 66 are presumed positive. “We really are...

Cultural and Community Services reviews COVID 19 response
4/19/2020 12:21:44 AM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard-- The Cultural and Community Services Committee received a report April 14, on the Cultural and Community Services's response to the COVID 19 pandemic.   Director Terrel Harrison updated the committee and said usually, people think of the department doing recreation activities for the youth and seniors, plus operating the Oxnard libraries and arts programs.   The department closed its senior centers, RSVP Programs, the Oxnard Special Population Program, and the city's boxing gyms because of...

Community Services Commission approves La Colonia Boxing Gym Dr. Manuel Lopez Youth Center name change
4/19/2020 12:06:56 AM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard—The Oxnard Community Services Commission has recommended that the City Council rename the La Colonia Boxing Gym to the La Colonia Boxing Gym Dr. Manuel Lopez Youth Center at its Apr. 14 meeting.   Lopez was elected to the Oxnard City Council in 1978 and became mayor in 1992. He served on the council until 2004.   Lopez had an impact on many city organizations and committees, as he also was part of the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce, the Community Relations Committee, the Housing Authority, Planning...

Sean Penn wants to 'save lives' with free COVID-19 testing
4/17/2020 3:56:51 PM

By Marcela Isaza   MALIBU (AP)—After nearly a decade of helping communities in distress abroad, Sean Penn is joining the fight against the coronavirus much closer to home. The Oscar winner's disaster relief organization CORE has teamed up with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's office and the city's fire department to safely distribute free drive-thru COVID-19 test sites for those with qualifying symptoms. He along with his staff wearing hazard suits also are administering tests in his home city of Malibu. Penn hopes the program can “save lives...

UFC 249 canceled after ESPN, Disney halt promotion's plans
4/17/2020 3:55:55 PM

By Greg Beacham   LOS ANGELES (AP)—UFC 249 was canceled Thursday after ESPN and parent company Disney stopped UFC President Dana White's plan to keep fighting amid the coronavirus pandemic. After defiantly vowing for weeks to maintain a regular schedule of fights while the rest of the sports world halted, White confirmed the decision to cease competition in a text to The Associated Press. “I was ready to go on Saturday, but Disney and ESPN asked me to step down,” White wrote. “I love and respect my partnership with them so I postponed the...

What's wrong with UFC ruler Dana White?
4/17/2020 3:54:47 PM

By Paul Newberry   What's wrong with Dana White? Almost everyone else in the world of sports understands it's time to stand down, but not this guy. The UFC's undisputed ruler is determined to put others in harm's way to provide his Roman gladiator-style of alleged entertainment, even if it means taking it to the islands. Talk about viral denial. White's nutty insistence on staging UFC 249 from a casino located on tribal land in California's Central Valley—beyond the reach of a state ban on mass gatherings—was shut down only...

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