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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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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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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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 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 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 Analysis Coronavirus

Why we can’t make vaccine doses any faster

President Biden has promised enough doses for all American adults by this summer. There’s not much even the Defense Production Act can do to deliver doses before then. by Isaac Arnsdorf and Ryan Gabrielson February 21,…

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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 Coronavirus Hospitals

Dying on the waitlist

In Los Angeles County and around the country, doctors have had to decide who gets a lifesaving COVID-19 treatment and who doesn’t.  by David Armstrong and Marshall Allen Thursday, February 18, 2021 In early December, Miguel…

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Posted in Debt Hospitals News

‘An arm and a leg’: Viral TikTok video serves up recipe to ‘crush’ medical debt

by, Dan Weissmann, Kaiser Health News February 15, 2021   Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen. Jared Walker, who runs a nonprofit that helps people pay medical bills, posted a TikTok video explaining the…

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Posted in Coronavirus News

Fauci: Vaccines for kids as young as first graders could be authorized by September

For this to happen by the start of the next school year, trials need to prove the vaccine is safe and effective in children. Experts say manufacturers aren’t moving quickly enough, and that this is important…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus

Why opening restaurants is exactly what the Coronavirus wants us to do

Governors continue to open indoor dining and other activities before vaccinations become widespread. Experts warn this could create superspreading playgrounds for dangerous variants and squander our best shot at getting the pandemic under control. by Caroline…

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Posted in COVID Reboot 2021 News Restart 2021

‘Giant first step’: After 14+ hours of votes, Senate approves Covid relief resolution

 With Zero GOP Support “We have the opportunity to give hope to the American people and restore faith in our government by telling them that… we understand the pain that they are experiencing and we are…

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Posted in Arizona Coronavirus News

Health officials keep close eye as COVID-19 variants found in Arizona

by Jake Holter, Cronkite News Tuesday, February, 2, 2021   Health officials have confirmed that the UK variant of the coronavirus has been found in Arizona. Now what? For the time being, more of the same: mask,…

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Posted in Coronavirus News

Vaccinating the homeless: Some have received doses, others await their turn

by Leo Tochterman, Cronkite News Friday, January  29, 2021 Los Angles, Calif    — Clayton Foster was living out of his car when he contracted COVID-19. The 67-year-old knew he faced higher risks of death or severe…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus

As fears grow over Covid vaccine delays, watchdog asks: ‘Why are we allowing Big Pharma’s patents to artificially limit supply?’

“It’s just wrong that big business is deciding who gets vaccinated, with zero transparency. We must scrap patents and massively scale up production globally.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, January 29, 2021 “Could you patent…

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Victor Garcia works to disinfect tables and clear finished plates at Fish restaurant in Sausalito, California, on Jan. 25. Fish was one of the first restaurants to re-open for outdoor dining after Governor Gavin Newsom lifted shelter-in-place orders. (JESSICA CHRISTIAN/THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE VIA GETTY IMAGES)
Posted in Coronavirus News

New Covid cases plunge 25% or more as behavior changes

by Christina Jewett January 28, 2021 A dozen states are reporting drops of 25% or more in new covid-19 cases and more than 1,200 counties have seen the same, federal data released Wednesday shows. Experts say…

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Rioters storm the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, seeking to intimidate politicians into overturning the presidential election
Posted in Op/Ed Politics Republicans

Death threats and intimidation of public officials signal Trump’s autocratic legacy

by Shelley Inglis, University of Dayton Thursday, January 26, 2021 As the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump approaches, federal officials are investigating threats to attack or kill members of Congress. This comes in the…

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Posted in News QAnon

Report reveals racist conspiracy theorist Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene showed support for murdering Democrats

“We’re trending towards ‘execute our opponents’ as [a] not entirely fringe GOP… position,” tweeted one prominent journalist. by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Tuesday, January 26, 2021 – 9:32 p.m. – MST Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene—a freshman…

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Posted in Coronavirus News

A year after first case in Arizona, COVID-19 is now a leading killer

  Ryan Knappenberger, Cronkite News Jan. 25, 2021 WASHINGTON    – COVID-19 is on the verge of becoming the leading cause of death in Arizona, surpassing cancer and closing in on heart disease, according to the…

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Posted in Biden Administration COVID Reboot 2021 News

Biden orders on food aid heralded as ‘Most significant anti-hunger actions in modern times’

The expected executive action comes as “families are struggling with food insecurity like never before.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Friday, January 21 Social justice organizations and Democratic lawmakers on Friday welcomed President Joe Biden’s expected…

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Posted in Biden Administration Coronavirus News

Flurry of Biden orders on COVID-19 raise some doubts, but more hopes

by Jacob Holter, Cronkite News Washington, D.C.    Almost half of the 24 executive orders President Joe Biden has signed in his first two days in office have dealt with COVID-19, which White House officials cite as…

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Posted in Arizona Corruption Politics

Trump pardons former Rep. Rick Renzi for fraud, extortion convictions

by Sarah Oven, Cronkite News WASHINGTON –   In one of his last acts as president, Donald Trump on Wednesday pardoned two Arizonans, including former Rep. Rick Renzi who was convicted of extortion, racketeering and other charges…

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