Kurt Thigpen was met with vitriol shortly after he became a school board member in Washoe County, Nevada. Credit: David Calvert, special to ProPublica
Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Pro Publica

We’re losing our humanity, and the pandemic is to blame

“What the hell is happening? I feel like we are living on another planet. I don’t recognize anyone anymore.”  by Sarah Smith, ProPublica October 8, 2021   Kurt Thigpen clenched his hands around the edge of…

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Posted in Arizona Coronavirus News

Ban on school mask mandates was unconstitutionally enacted, judge rules

“The survey data presented in this report reinforces what we already know to be true – masking is an important and effective way to help control the spread of the virus,” said Franco, with Phoenix Union….

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Seth Osborn with his father, Nathaniel Osborn, at their home in Jensen Beach, Florida. Credit: Saul Martinez for ProPublica
Posted in Coronavirus

A boy went to a COVID-swamped ER. He waited for hours. Then his appendix burst.

Non-COVID patients die waiting for emergency procedures and hospital beds because – non-vaxers are taking up the space by Jenny Deam, ProPublica September 15, 2021 ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom.  What first struck Nathaniel…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus News Wade Rathke

MASK REVOLT – really?!?

by Wade Rathke August 18, 2021 New Orleans f all of the revolts we might imagine in the fever dreams of our lives, the anti-mask rebellion has to be one for the comic books. Much of…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Jails Prisons

Correctional officers are driving the pandemic in prisons

New research shows correctional officers are vectors of infection, driving COVID-19 rates both inside prisons and in their communities.   While prison may isolate people from the larger community, it does not isolate them from COVID-19.  Scott…

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Posted in COVID Reboot 2021 Education Guest Column

My kids’ school won’t reinstate masks despite a recent surge in COVID cases. Here’s what I chose to do.

Georgia’s Cobb County School District had parents choose between virtual and in-person learning, then lifted its mask mandate. Many families are frantically figuring out how to navigate this reality. ProPublica reporter Nicole Carr is one of…

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks during the confirmation hearing for Secretary of Energy nominee Jennifer Granholm on January 27, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Graeme Jennings—Pool/Getty Images)
Posted in Arizona News Unemployment insurance

Sanders urges Labor Secretary to protect jobless benefits as GOP governors race to cut them off

Az Gov. Ducey moves to cut fed unemployment help The Vermont senator warned that many workers “will be forced into poverty” if Republican leaders are permitted to end emergency unemployment benefits. by Jake Johnson, staff writer…

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A new report finds that 51 of the nation's 100 biggest low-wage employers manipulated their rules to boost executive pay while offering their workers few safeguards against the pandemic and resulting economic meltdown.(Image: Institute for Policy Studies)
Posted in Analysis Bailout 2020 Wealth

Corporations rigged rules to boost pandemic pay of CEOs

“By inflating executive compensation while their workers struggled during a pandemic, corporate boards have strengthened the case for tax penalties on huge CEO-worker pay gaps.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, May 11, 2021   Dozens…

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Posted in Coronavirus News Public Health

WHO declares Covid mutation found in India a ‘variant of concern’ for global health

“I think what we’re seeing is more transmissible,” said WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, May 10, 2021 The World Health Organization on Monday classified a coronavirus mutation first detected in…

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Posted in Analysis Citizen Wealth COVID Reboot 2021

Third round of coronavirus relief checks led to largest monthly rise in household income since 1959

“This is what happens when you opt for investing in working people over trickle-down economics.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Friday, April 30, 2021   The third round of coronavirus relief checks, which have been sent…

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Posted in Columns Wade Rathke

3/11 Pandemic Anniversary

by Wade Rathke March 11, 2021 New Orleans    9/11 has been a date fixed on the mental calendar of Americans for what will be twenty years this September of 2021. It is worth wondering whether…

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Posted in COVID Reboot 2021 Restart 2021

‘Stop Nickel and Diming the American people’: Anger grows as Senate Democrats move to deny relief checks to 17 million

“While you’re quibbling over who you want to exclude, people are suffering. SEND THE CHECKS.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer March 5, 2021   The decision by the Senate Democratic leadership and President Joe Biden—for no…

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Posted in COVID Reboot 2021 News Restart 2021

With jobless benefits to expire in 9 days, Republicans pull out all stops to obstruct relief bill

“When Sen. Johnson voted to cut taxes for the wealthiest Americans, he didn’t force staff to read the bill. But now that working people need help, he’s forcing a delay.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday,…

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Posted in Coronavirus Investigations

Meatpacking industry fought feeble Covid-19 safeguards under Trump

“These documents show that the industry actively pushed back against the few steps the Trump administration took to try to ensure the safety of meatpacking workers and federal inspectors.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Thursday, March…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Rural America

Rural Americans in pharmacy deserts hurting for Covid vaccines

by Markian Hawryluk March 3, 2021 As the Biden administration accelerates a plan to use pharmacies to distribute covid-19 vaccines, significant areas of the country lack brick-and-mortar pharmacies capable of administering the protective shots. A recent…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus

How inequity gets built into America’s vaccination system

People eligible for the coronavirus vaccine tell us they are running up against barriers that are designed into the very systems meant to serve those most at risk of dying of the disease. We plan to…

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Posted in Coronavirus News

Grave warnings as Texas Gov. Abbott lifts Covid restrictions

‘Endangers the Entire Country and Beyond’ “Make no mistake: opening Texas prematurely will only lead to faster Covid spread, more sickness and overcrowding in our hospitals, and unnecessary deaths.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, February…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Economy Wade Rathke

No venues, no sales, no money

by Wade Rathke March 1, 2021 New Orleans   One week, we have the southern end of the polar vortex. The next week, it’s spring, while I’m still hacking away at freeze-damaged night-blooming jasmine, bougainvillea, and the…

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Posted in Coronavirus Evictions News

Trump-appointed judge strikes down pandemic eviction moratorium

‘The CDC Must Appeal Immediately’ The pause on evictions was put in place to help stem the spread of Covid-19. by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Friday, February 26, 2021 A Trump-appointed federal judge in Texas on…

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Posted in Coronavirus News

Sanders rips Netanyahu for sending Covid vaccines to foreign allies as Palestinians denied access

‘Outrageous’ The U.S. senator from Vermont denounced Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for sending spare vaccines overseas “while so many Palestinians in the occupied territories are still waiting.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, February 25,…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Wealth

As US mourns 500,000 lives lost, report shows billionaires added $1.3 trillion to their fortunes during pandemic

“It is unseemly that billionaires have experienced such gains as we mark a half a million lives lost and millions more who have lost their health, wealth, and jobs.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, February…

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Posted in Columns Wade Rathke

Amazing Grace for 500,000 Covid dead

by Wade Rathke February 23, 2021 Atlanta    I was driving in what I hoped was post-rush hour traffic in Atlanta after 6pm. I had the local public radio station on, which was interrupted by an…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Health

Sedentary and stressed? Get outside to improve health during COVID, experts advise

by James Paidoussis, Cronkite News Sunday, February 21, 2021 Phoenix     Nearly a year of isolation and widespread closures has harmed the mental and physical health of many Americans. But Arizona state parks saw record visitation over…

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Posted in Arizona Coronavirus

Masks off: Bill would allow Arizona businesses to ignore city, county mandates

by Victoria Hill, Cronkite News Thursday, February 18, 2021   Phoenix – A House committee has passed a Republican-sponsored bill that would allow Arizona business owners to decide whether to enforce mask mandates for employees and customers,…

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