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Harrowing blame game over COVID-19 toll in nursing homes
6/19/2020 11:16:55 AM

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar   WASHINGTON (AP)—A grim blame game with partisan overtones is breaking out over COVID-19 deaths among nursing home residents, a tiny slice of the population that represents a shockingly high proportion of Americans who have perished in the pandemic. The Trump administration has been pointing to a segment of the industry—facilities with low federal ratings for infection control—and to some Democratic governors who required nursing homes to take recovering coronavirus patients. Homes that followed federal infection control...

Savvy Senior - Grocery and Meal Service Delivery Options for Seniors Sheltering in Place
6/11/2020 11:01:28 AM

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend some good grocery and/or meal service delivery options for seniors? My 78-year-old mother has always shopped for herself, but since the coronavirus pandemic hit the grocery store shelves are always half empty, and she’s getting more fearful of leaving the house. Parent Helper   Dear Helper, There are numerous grocery and meal service delivery options available to help seniors stay safe at home during this pandemic, but what’s available to your mom will depend on her location and budget. You should also be aware that...

Comforting the dying and their families—from a distance
6/11/2020 11:00:04 AM

By Lane DeGregory   TAMPA, Fla. (AP)—She gets to work early these days, now that there's so much more need. When she turns into the empty parking lot at the hospice care center, the sun is just starting to brighten the sky. She pulls on her mask and heads into the one-story brick building where a nurse takes her temperature. The long halls are empty. Normally, patients' families would be napping on the sofas in the Hearth Room, praying in the chapel, sitting beside relatives' beds. But for the last two months, the common rooms have been closed, the chapel...

New trial date for woman charged with 1990 clown killing
6/11/2020 10:58:12 AM

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP)—The trial for a woman accused of dressing as a clown and fatally shooting her lover's wife in Florida in 1990 has been pushed back again, this time because of court disruptions created by the coronavirus pandemic. Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Joseph Marx on Thursday scheduled the first-degree murder trial of Sheila Keen-Warren, 56, to begin April 9, 2021, according to court records. The trial had previously been set for January and then moved to May. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. Keen-Warren was arrested in 2017 and extradited...

Hope through the suffering
6/11/2020 10:56:35 AM

By Marian Wright Edelman FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT EMERITA   “Another life taken. Another public lynching. Another news story. Another act of recorded Black death . . . [This death] is not an anomaly, but a historical pattern of behavior that binds every American to an unexamined history of our nation.”   These lines are from the opening scenes of the “sermonic film” Rev. Otis Moss III, senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, released on May 17: The Cross and the Lynching Tree: A Requiem for Ahmaud Arbery. The...

COVID-19 puts National WWII Museum 20th anniversary online
6/11/2020 10:54:41 AM

By Janet McConnaughey   NEW ORLEANS (AP)—Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the National WWII Museum in New Orleans was planning on a 20th anniversary crowd of thousands. Now it's working to avoid crowds by selling a limited number of scheduled tickets and holding all anniversary commemorations—including an annual D-Day morning ceremony—online. The museum opened June 6, 2000, as the National D-Day Museum and was designated the national World War II museum a few years later. Last June 6, the landing's 75th anniversary, it logged 3,200...

Will there be television in heaven?
6/11/2020 10:48:34 AM

Dr. James L. Snyder   If anybody can ask hard questions, the award has to go to the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. She knows how to ask a question and, more importantly, when to ask a particular question. Throughout our marriage, she has become an expert in the area of questionology. There is not a question I can think of that she hasn’t asked. On the other side of the parsonage, my expertise has been in not correctly answering questions. It is not that I cannot answer a question; I do not answer in a way that fits her expectations. That is important when it...

Furry friends fill the empty nest well
6/4/2020 10:28:29 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard-- I will be the first one to tell you that when your kids are grown, gone, and living their own lives, having pets is a great way to engage and keep the parent party going.   When you adopt an animal, the rules change about parenting, but the battle continues.  Granted, I don't have to storm upstairs anymore, and scream, do your homework or go to bed, but I still have moments with my furry friends.   For example, if you are sitting at your desk writing an editorial, the animals don't...

Council approves engineer's report and orders the levy and collection of assessments for the Fiscal Year 2020-21 within the City's Landscape Maintenance Districts
6/4/2020 10:26:03 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard-- During a public hearing on June 2, the Oxnard City Council approved the engineer's report and collecting assessments for the fiscal year 2020-2021.    The action is applicable within the city's landscape maintenance districts.   The action is according to the city's 1972 Landscape and Lighting Act.   Project Manager Adam Smith said the council adopted two resolutions that were a prelude to adopting the engineers' report.   Upon approval, the...

Reflection-One Black Journalist
6/4/2020 9:35:01 PM

By Amanda Barrett   For many Americans, “space” means leaving the Earth's atmosphere and exploring the galaxy. They think of this weekend's SpaceX launch. Or going where no one has gone before on “Star Trek.” But the concept of space has a different meaning for African Americans. It's about finding places in American society—white society—where we are free to just be. Those spaces have been shrinking in recent months. With the flames lit in Minneapolis spreading to other cities after yet another black man's death, it felt...

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