Posted in Art Coronavirus News Safety Net

Some emergency relief programs open to Arizona artists affected by COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect individual artists and arts groups on a local and global scale. Several factors, from event cancellations to temporary venue closures, are leaving creatives with far fewer opportunities for earning income…

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Posted in Coconino County News

Coconino Parks & Rec announces amenity closures Saturday April 4

Flagstaff     Effective Saturday, April 4 at 5 p.m., all playgrounds, basketball courts, ramadas (including picnic tables and barbecue grills), and restroom facilities managed by Coconino County Parks and Recreation will close until further notice as…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus Health Opinion

Failures show Trump Is clear and present danger to the United States

Seven “pro-contagion activities” by Trump increased the coronavirus death toll in the United States. by Ralph Nader Trump ridiculed, then minimized, then delayed the federal government’s response to the coronavirus for weeks. Then finally he wrapped…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Military Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Lessons in Leadership: Captain Courageous vs. President Mr. Me

Pearl River     It’s not every day when the United States and any of the world that bothers to look gets such a stark lesson in leadership than what we have seen recently, both in what it…

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Posted in Analysis Music The Conversation

Bob Dylan brings links between JFK assassination and coronavirus into stark relief

Then – as now – Americans found themselves transfixed by the news. International Center of Photography by Aniko Bodroghkozy, University of Virginia Over the past few weeks, the coronavirus has turned the country’s cultural spigot off,…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Economy News Safety Net

“It’s Not Like We Have a Massive Recession or Worse,” says Trump after 10 million lost their jobs in two weeks

“It’s artificial because we turned it off,” Trump said of the economic crisis, a distinction that makes no difference to the millions who have lost their jobs and their health insurance. by Jake Johnson, staff writer…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Columns Coronavirus Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Safety Net Unemployment insurance

A pandemic is another terrible time to be poor

Pearl River     There’s no good time to be poor in America.  Not surprisingly, a pandemic bringing rampant disease and deaths in droves is a spectacularly bad time to be poor.  Some are even noticing the poor…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus Economy News Safety Net

Trump Admin says millions may have to wait 5 months to receive $1,200 relief check

“That’s not even remotely fast enough for the millions of working people who have seen their hours slashed, their expenses rise, and their government refuse to take sufficient action.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer More than…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Public Policy Safety Net Sick Leave

Labor Department to slash paid sick leave amid pandemic

“The Trump administration is robbing workers of the paid sick days and paid leave Congress passed into law for them. That is unconscionable.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Two Democratic members of Congress on Thursday accused…

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Posted in Colorado Plateau Coronavirus News Public Health

Flagstaff coronavirus shorts

by Meteor Staff Thursday, April 2, As government response to the coronavirus outbreak increases, there’s news to report on many levels that affects northern Arizonans and our business community. Gov. Doug Ducey hosts virtual Town Hall…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News Politics Public Policy

Trump reversal on coronavirus relief payments still leaves barrier for millions. (Updated 4 PM Thursday)

‘Not Enough’:  “They’re still requiring SSI recipients and veterans receiving pensions to file a tax return before receiving their coronavirus stimulus payments.” UPDATE: 4 PM Thursday: People who do not have direct deposit information on file…

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Posted in Coronavirus Flagstaff Health News

Saturday night Coconino County reports 153 confirmed cases of COVID-19; over 2,000 AZ cases

Flagstaff  Updated by Meteor staff Saturday, April 4, 8:45 PM, MST. — CCHHS reports ten deaths, 153 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 25 tests pending. Across Arizona there are 2,019 cases and 52 Arizona deaths. Flagstaff …

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Indian informal workers are starving, some Americans griping

  Pearl River   I have to tell the truth. It’s hard to read some of these reports from near and far complaining about being required to comply with stay-at-home orders in order to protect their…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Climate change Common Dreams Corporate Influence Energy Environment News

As pandemic paralyzes global economy, world Is ‘awash in seas of oil’ with nowhere left to store it

“How about we #KeepItInTheGround?” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Despite the coronavirus pandemic grounding global oil demand to a halt, oil producers continue to extract the fossil fuel—even as storage space is running out, the price…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News Safety Net

With record-shattering unemployment, Sanders, Schumer, and Wyden ask Trump’s Labor Dept: ‘do you have a plan?’

“It is absolutely imperative that the millions of Americans who are eligible for unemployment benefits receive every dollar to which they are entitled as quickly as possible.” by Jon Queally, staff writer Common Dreams Wednesday, April 1…

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Posted in Coronavirus Science The Conversation

Antibodies in the blood of COVID-19 survivors know how to beat coronavirus – and researchers are already testing new treatments that harness them

by Ann Sheehy, College of the Holy Cross Amid the chaos of an epidemic, those who survive a disease like COVID-19 carry within their bodies the secrets of an effective immune response. Virologists like me look…

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Posted in Colorado Plateau Coronavirus News

NPS closes Grand Canyon National Park

by Meteor Staff Wednesday, April 1, 2020 Flagstaff   The National Park Service (NPS) announced the closing of Grand Canyon National Park (GCNP). Beginning immediately GCNP is closed to the public. According to acting Superintendent Mary…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health News

Temperature check: tips for tracking a key symptom of coronavirus contagion

by  Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News April 1, 2020 After I was told I’d been exposed to the novel coronavirus, I tried to follow the best medical advice. I started working from home. I socially isolated….

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Safety Net

Trump throws up roadblock for seniors, people with disabilities in need of $1,200 relief checks, takes down one block to Social Security recipients

“The Trump administration is throwing up an unnecessary barrier that will make it harder for seniors, people with disabilities, and veterans to get the payments they desperately need.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Editor’s update:  At…

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Posted in Political Cartoons

Khalil Bendib: Essential Business

A man has a right to defend his castle (and TP stash). By Khalil Bendib | April 1, 2020  

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Posted in Coronavirus Editorial/opinon Letters News

Letter from Rez doctor: Navajo Nation in need of assistance

  Editor’s note: This letter to the public is written by a physician who has been working on the Navajo Nation and environs for 8 years. Many are feeling alone on the Navajo Nation right now,…

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Posted in Business Columns Journalism News Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Pandemic challenges ad-based business models

New Orleans   One of the stark realities undergirding a number of industries that has been vividly exposed during the current coronavirus pandemic is the fragility of advertising-based business models that actually power tech giants and…

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Posted in Coronavirus Immigration News Pro Publica Public Health Safety Net Social Justice

Hospitals have left many COVID-19 patients who don’t speak English alone, confused and without proper care

One medical worker told us: “It takes 10 minutes of sitting on the phone to get an interpreter, and that’s valuable time when you’re inundated. So this utilitarian calculus kicks in. And the patients that are…

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Posted in Coronavirus

A major medical staffing company just slashed benefits for doctors and nurses fighting coronavirus

Alteon Health, a staffing company backed by private-equity firm Frazier Healthcare Partners, will cut salaries, time off and retirement benefits for providers, citing lost revenue. Several hospital operators announced similar cuts. by Isaac Arnsdorf March 31,…

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