Demand on the rise for coronavirus testing in Florida

As COVID-19 cases surge in Florida, the number of those wanting tests has increased with sites become packed with people.

  • COVID-19 warning for expectant mothers — especially Black and Hispanic women
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    COVID-19 warning for expectant mothers — especially Black and Hispanic women

    Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the effect of the coronavirus on pregnancy has been a worrisome mystery; with little data available, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website had previously said there was no evidence that pregnancy was a risk factor for COVID-19. A Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released by the CDC on June 16 found that “among women of reproductive age with COVID-19, pregnant women are more likely to be hospitalized and at increased risk for ICU admission and receipt of mechanical ventilation compared with nonpregnant women.” The reassuring news in the report was that pregnancy did not appear to increase the risk of death from COVID-19.

  • Supreme Court won't throw out ban on robocalls to cellphones
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    Supreme Court won't throw out ban on robocalls to cellphones

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to strike down a federal law banning automated calls to the nation's cellphone users. A group of fundraisers, political organizations, and pollsters filed a lawsuit, claiming that the revision made the law unconstitutional because it discriminated on the basis of the content of the call. A victory for them would have unleashed automated calls to cellphones just as the 2020 presidential election campaign heats up.

  • Maxwell moved to NY for Epstein-related sex abuse charges
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    Maxwell moved to NY for Epstein-related sex abuse charges

    Jeffrey Epstein's longtime confidante Ghislaine Maxwell was transferred Monday to a New York City jail plagued by coronavirus concerns and other problems as she faces charges that she recruited girls, one as young as 14, for him to sexually abuse. Maxwell, 58, was moved to the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, where she will await a July 14 remote appearance in Manhattan federal court, her lawyer told a judge. Maxwell, the daughter of the late British publishing magnate Robert Maxwell, was the former girlfriend and longtime close associate of Epstein, who killed himself at a federal jail in Manhattan last August while he awaited trial on federal sex trafficking charges.

  • We Fought a U.S.-China War in the South China Sea. The U.S. Navy Lost.
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    We Fought a U.S.-China War in the South China Sea. The U.S. Navy Lost.

    The U.S. Navy is backing up its Philippine allies — two LCSs, USS Freedom and USS Fort Worth, are both about 30 miles south of the Emilio Jacinto and Artemio Ricarde. The USS Halsey, an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, is behind them at an equal distance. Shots fired The ships of the Philippine navy have comparatively crude sensors — basically amounting to eyeballs and navigational radars — and are having a difficult time identifying all of the ship traffic in and around the shoal.

  • Australia warns of 'arbitrary detention' in China
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    Australia warns of 'arbitrary detention' in China

    Australia warned its citizens Tuesday they could face "arbitrary detention" if they travel to China, the latest sign of growing tensions between the two nations. The foreign ministry issued the warning in updated travel advice, which also noted that Chinese authorities had detained foreigners for allegedly "endangering national security". Australia has already told its citizens to avoid all international travel due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the updated advice did not raise the overall level of the warning against travel to China.

  • NASA's powerful Hubble space telescope has beamed back a striking photo of a 'fluffy' galaxy with a ghostly, empty center
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    NASA's powerful Hubble space telescope has beamed back a striking photo of a 'fluffy' galaxy with a ghostly, empty center

    By contrast, other spiral galaxies — including the Milky Way — have more distinct arms where stars and gas are compressed. Hubble is NASA's strongest telescope — but not for long NASA launched Hubble into Earth's orbit in April 1990. Since then, the telescope has discovered new planets, revealed strange galaxies, and provided new insights into the nature of black holes.

  • Predominantly Black armed protesters march through Confederate memorial park in Georgia
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    Predominantly Black armed protesters march through Confederate memorial park in Georgia

    A predominantly Black group of heavily armed protesters marched through Stone Mountain Park near Atlanta on Saturday, calling for removal of the giant Confederate rock carving at the site that civil rights activists consider a monument to racism.

  • Mississippi students voted to move a Civil War statue. Now they fear a Confederate shrine
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    Mississippi students voted to move a Civil War statue. Now they fear a Confederate shrine

    When Joshua Mannery voted last year to remove a statue of a Confederate soldier that has towered over the heart of the University of Mississippi for more than a century, he understood that change takes place slowly on this historic Southern campus. Now that construction crews have arrived on campus to move the white marble figure, student leaders are demanding that the project be halted after learning that university administrators plan to spend more than $1.1 million in private funds to renovate the cemetery and erect headstones for the Confederate dead, install security cameras and shine new lighting on the memorial. “It just doesn't seem normal that we have to protest the creation of a Confederate shrine — and yet here we are,” said Mannery, a fourth-year political science and English double major.

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    Hong Kong Tiananmen museum turns to digitalisation after new law

    A Hong Kong museum chronicling the crackdown by Chinese troops on pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square is raising funds to digitalise its collection as concerns over a new national security law create uncertainty over its future. The sweeping legislation, which came into force in the Chinese-ruled city last week, punishes crimes related to secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces, with punishments of up to life in prison. Lee Cheuk-yan, chairman of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, who manages the museum, said it was not clear whether the museum would be treated as subversive or undermining the Chinese government.

  • Moscow Has a Field Day With Trump’s Fireworks at Mt. Russia-More
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    Moscow Has a Field Day With Trump’s Fireworks at Mt. Russia-More

    Kremlin-controlled Russian state media set out to tickle U.S. President Trump's fragile ego amid falling ratings after his blustery appearance at Mount Rushmore on Friday. Mentioning that the American head of state had previously toyed with the idea he might be featured alongside Washington, Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt, and Lincoln, Russia's premier state media channel Rossiya-1 aired a graphic of Trump's mug right up there on the mountain beside them. Given the frequent allusions on Russian state media to Trump as Moscow's friend, even Moscow's “agent” in the White House, maybe the Kremlin would like to see the enormous monument renamed Mount Russia-More.

  • As divisions threaten America, the pressure to cancel presidents is dangerous
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    As divisions threaten America, the pressure to cancel presidents is dangerous

    Princeton University has decided to remove former President Woodrow Wilson's name from its school of Public and International Affairs, citing his “racist thinking and policies.” Looking solely through the lens of race relations, the case against Wilson is clear. In his 1912 run for the White House, Wilson would warm up the crowds with racial jokes that today would be unprintable. Gazing back across the long century since Wilson was in office shows the progress we have made as a country.

  • A white Florida man who was filmed yelling at a Black homeowner while waving a BB gun also faked being a Navy SEAL for years, report says
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    A white Florida man who was filmed yelling at a Black homeowner while waving a BB gun also faked being a Navy SEAL for years, report says

    Joseph Fucheck, 58, was arrested last month after being caught on video holding an airsoft gun while harassing a Black man in North Miami-Dade, Florida. The Miami Herald has since reported this claim to befalse. A white man who was caught on video holding an airsoft gun while harassing a Black man last month in Florida is not a Navy SEAL veteran, as he claimed in the tirade.

  • South Korea rejects US extradition request over child abuse website
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    South Korea rejects US extradition request over child abuse website

    A South Korean court has denied a US extradition request for the man behind one of the world's largest child sexual abuse websites. Son Jong-woo, who ran the site Welcome to Video, served 18 months in South Korea for producing and distributing indecent images of children. Following his initial release in April, Son was taken back into custody after a warrant was issued for US extradition.

  • Portland Police See 240 Percent Yearly Increase in July Shootings
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    Portland Police See 240 Percent Yearly Increase in July Shootings

    Portland police have responded to 17 shootings so far this month, a 240 percent increase when the city saw five in the same timeframe last year, the department announced Monday. In a statement, Portland police chief Chuck Lovell called the spike “alarming.” Portland has faced weeks of unrest following the death of George Floyd in May. Over the weekend, police declared a riot after a bronze sculpture honoring Oregon's pioneers was set ablaze outside the city's justice center.

  • India just surpassed Russia as the country with the 3rd-most coronavirus infections
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    India just surpassed Russia as the country with the 3rd-most coronavirus infections

    Satyabrata Tripathy/Hindustan Times/Getty India recorded tens of thousands of new COVID-19 cases over the weekend, raising the country's total number past Russia's as the third-largest in the world. The country has recorded nearly 700,000 cases despite strict lockdowns imposed from March to May. A lack of testing and external factors preventing social distancing among the population of 1.3 billion are thought to be to blame as some cities are preparing to impose lockdowns again.

  • Despite precautions, summer camps have failed to keep out the coronavirus
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    Despite precautions, summer camps have failed to keep out the coronavirus

    As summer camps debated whether and how to operate during the coronavirus pandemic this spring, Kanakuk Kamps, a prominent network of Christian sports camps in Missouri, announced that its five overnight camps would open to over 20,000 kids starting May 30. By Monday the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services told the St. Louis Post Dispatch that the number had jumped to 76.

  • Olson Kundig’s Latest Design Embraces Its Hawaiian Habitat
    Architectural Digest

    Olson Kundig’s Latest Design Embraces Its Hawaiian Habitat

    On a stunning lava rock field site in Kona, this stunning home seems to hover over the landscape as a series of pavilions Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest

  • 'We're next': Hong Kong security law sends chills through Taiwan
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    'We're next': Hong Kong security law sends chills through Taiwan

    The imposition of a sweeping national security law on Hong Kong has sent chills through Taiwan, deepening fears that Beijing will focus next on seizing the democratic self-ruled island. China and Taiwan split in 1949 after nationalist forces lost a civil war to Mao Zedong's communists, fleeing to the island which Beijing has since vowed to seize one day, by force if necessary. "The law makes me dislike China even more," 18-year-old student Sylvia Chang told AFP, walking through National Taiwan University in Taipei.

  • China launches political policing task force: state media
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    China launches political policing task force: state media

    China has launched a special taskforce to ramp up political policing to maintain social stability, said the official Procuratorial Daily, the latest move to rein in dissent over Beijing's handling of the coronavirus and protests in Hong Kong. The taskforce should "crack down on all kinds of infiltration, subversion, sabotage, violent terrorist activities, ethnic separatist activities, and extreme religious activities," according to the undated notes from a meeting of the taskforce published in the paper on Monday.

  • 5 Reasons You Simply Can't Sleep on Israel in a Land War
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    5 Reasons You Simply Can't Sleep on Israel in a Land War

    Here's What You Need to Remember: The Israel Army has fought numerous wars in defense of Israel, and embarked on numerous punitive expeditions into the Sinai, Lebanon, Gaza and the West Bank. Much like the Israeli Air Force, the Israeli Army came from humble—but more established—beginnings. Israel's ground forces had their origins in the Haganah, a Zionist paramilitary force created in the early 1920s to protect Jewish interests.

  • Man 'pulls gun' on Black Lives Matter protester after Trump supporters deface mural
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    Man 'pulls gun' on Black Lives Matter protester after Trump supporters deface mural

    A man has been arrested in Martinez, California after reportedly pulling a gun on protesters protecting a Black Lives Matter mural that had previously been vandalised by Trump supporters. Speaking to local media, one protester described how he saw the man drive past the demonstration yelling “all lives matter” and “flipping us off”; he followed the man's car on his skateboard, at which point the man allegedly made a u-turn and and pointed a gun in the protester's face. Police, who were at the scene, pulled the man over to arrest him.

  • Franco's heirs clash with Spanish state over summer home
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    Franco's heirs clash with Spanish state over summer home

    The Spanish state on Monday clashed in court with the heirs of Francisco Franco over who should control a mock-castle used by the fascist dictator as a summer home. Officials in the A Coruña areadonated the property as a retreat for Franco in 1938, when he was the leader of the Nationalists in the Civil War. During his two-year tenure, Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has challenged lingering reverence for Franco, who ruled from 1939 to 1975, most notably by exhuming his body from a mausoleum for fallen war heroes.

  • Did Doxxing of an Oklahoma Councilwoman Lead to a Neighbor Being Raped?
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    Did Doxxing of an Oklahoma Councilwoman Lead to a Neighbor Being Raped?

    A city council member in Norman, Oklahoma, proposed a police budget cut. Alexandra Scott, a Norman council member who won the Democratic nomination for her state Senate seat last month, is an outspoken critic of her city's police force. When racial justice protests swept the nation in June, Scott proposed slashing the Norman Police budget by $4.5 million.

  • ‘We Should Listen to the Argument’ for Removing George Washington Statues, Says Senator Duckworth
    National Review

    ‘We Should Listen to the Argument’ for Removing George Washington Statues, Says Senator Duckworth

    Senator Tammy Duckworth (D., Ill.) said that “we should listen to the argument for removing George Washington statues” in an appearance on CNN's State of the Union Sunday. Statues of slave-owning historical figures such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson have become the latest target of the nationwide racial reckoning sparked by the death of George Floyd in police custody this summer. When asked by CNN's Dana Bash if she supported taking down monuments of leaders who were slave owners, as she has expressed support of changing military bases named after Confederate leaders, Duckworth instead initially took aim at President Trump's Mount Rushmore speech on Friday.

  • College students are preparing to return to campus in the fall. Is it worth it?
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    College students are preparing to return to campus in the fall. Is it worth it?

    Zou, 22, is a senior taking online summer classes at the University of California, Los Angeles, which plans to offer classes in person with the option of remote learning this fall. Along with millions of college students across the United States, she transitioned to online instruction when college campuses closed to curb the spread of the coronavirus back in March. For students like Zou, taking online classes was a difficult adjustment.