Banning cashless stores in New York won’t fix the city’s deeper problem

John Detrixhe
Banning cashless stores in New York won’t fix the city’s deeper problem

Cash has come to represent generational, class, and racial divides.

  • A timeline of Trump's missed opportunities on coronavirus
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    A timeline of Trump's missed opportunities on coronavirus

    U.S. intelligence officials with the National Center for Medical Intelligence issued a report in November warning that a virus was taking root in China, ABC News reported Wednesday. Analysts concluded it could be a cataclysmic event,” a source inside the government told ABC, and the report was shared with the White House, the Pentagon's Joint Staff and the Defense Intelligence Agency. It is unclear whether Trump was ever briefed on the NCMI report, but sources who spoke to ABC described multiple briefings about the report throughout December for “policymakers” as well as officials at the National Security Council and the White House.

  • Coronavirus is ushering in a new wave of racially motivated attacks, warns intelligence bulletin
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    Coronavirus is ushering in a new wave of racially motivated attacks, warns intelligence bulletin

    Federal agencies are concerned that domestic extremists could use the coronavirus pandemic to attack Asians and Jews, according to a joint intelligence bulletin obtained by Yahoo News. That bulletin mirrors what organizations that monitor online hate content are also finding. The bulletin, a joint effort of the Department of Justice, the National Counterterrorism Center and the Department of Homeland Security, is dated April 7.

  • Doctors rethinking coronavirus: Are we using ventilators the wrong way?
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    Doctors rethinking coronavirus: Are we using ventilators the wrong way?

    One doctor who has been treating COVID-19 patients at a New York-area hospital says there's no reason to believe it would work. Marik acknowledged that the World Health Organization has advised against the use of corticosteroids to treat viral pneumonia in patients with COVID-19 (except in clinical trials) citing previous studies on other viral diseases like SARS and MERS, which found insufficient evidence that the drugs were effective. But Marik's view encapsulates a growing suspicion among doctors treating COVID-19 that the disease has some novel features that may require a unique approach.

  • Pope hails priests, health workers as 'the saints next door'
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    Pope hails priests, health workers as 'the saints next door'

    Pope Francis on Holy Thursday hailed priests and medical staff who tend to the needs of COVID-19 patients as “the saints next door.” Francis celebrated the Holy Week evening Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, which was kept off-limits to the public because of restrictions aimed at containing the spread of the new coronavirus. The pope began his off-the-cuff homily by honoring the memory of priests who gave their lives in service to others, singling out those who died after tending to sick people in Italy's hospitals.

  • Coronavirus: WHO chief and Taiwan in row over 'racist' comments
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    Coronavirus: WHO chief and Taiwan in row over 'racist' comments

    A row has erupted after the chief of the World Health Organization (WHO) accused Taiwan's leaders of spearheading personal attacks on him. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he had been subjected to racist comments and death threats for months. But President Tsai Ing-wen said Taiwan opposed any form of discrimination, and invited Dr Tedros to visit the island.

  • New York City will bury unclaimed bodies on a remote island after 14 days because coronavirus deaths are overwhelming morgues
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    New York City will bury unclaimed bodies on a remote island after 14 days because coronavirus deaths are overwhelming morgues

    The coronavirus pandemic is killing hundreds of people in New York City each day. To accommodate the dead before families claim them, the city's medical examiner expanded temporary refrigerated storage to hold 3,600 decedents, up from the usual 900. However, a policy change posted to the medical examiner's website suggests that room is running out: Bodies that families don't claim within 14 days of death will be catalogued and interred in a mass grave site on a Bronx island.

  • Tour More of the Toronto Home of Superstar Recording Artist Drake
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    Tour More of the Toronto Home of Superstar Recording Artist Drake

    Superstar Drake goes home to Toronto to build his eye-popping pleasure dome Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest

  • France to extend lockdown, coronavirus death toll close to 11,000
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    France to extend lockdown, coronavirus death toll close to 11,000

    France reported some positive coronavirus-linked data on Wednesday, with the increase of hospital death fatalities slowing again, but the presidential palace said nonetheless the national lockdown aimed at containing the disease would be extended. French President Emmanuel Macron will address the nation regarding the new coronavirus situation on Monday evening, the presidential palace added. Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said the lockdown had helped contain the spread of the coronavirus but stressed the time to lift the restrictions had not yet come.

  • Pakistan shoots down Indian drone as Kashmir tensions rise
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    Pakistan shoots down Indian drone as Kashmir tensions rise

    Pakistan's army said Thursday it had shot down a small Indian surveillance drone in Kashmir, as tensions rose over continued cross-border shelling in the disputed territory. According to a statement from the army media wing, the Indian quadcopter -- about the same size as a commercially available hobby drone -- had crossed 600 metres (650 yards) over the de facto border known as the Line of Control (LoC). "This blatant act was aggressively responded to by Pakistan Army troops shooting down Indian quadcopter," the statement read.

  • Biden campaign assembling VP selection committee
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    Biden campaign assembling VP selection committee

    Former Vice President Joe Biden, now the presumptive Democrat nominee, told donors Wednesday afternoon that his campaign is mobilizing a team to help pick his running mate. “We are putting in place, which we can do with abandon now, a mechanism to be able to vet the vice presidential potential picks,” Biden said, when asked if he's going to be announcing his running mate after the last primary in June. On Wednesday morning, Bernie Sanders, Biden's only remaining rival for the Democratic nomination, ended his presidential bid.

  • Trump’s Fox News Cabinet Tells Him the Coronavirus Crisis Is Over
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    Trump’s Fox News Cabinet Tells Him the Coronavirus Crisis Is Over

    Throughout Tuesday night's primetime stretch, Carlson, Sean Hannity, and Laura Ingraham were in lockstep in telegraphing to Trump a message that the pandemic's threat has been overstated, death counts have been inflated, and the U.S. is already on the downside of the curve. Carlson, who received mainstream plaudits for his “admirable” early coronavirus coverage, kicked off his show by declaring that the crisis “may have passed,” noting that health-care systems across the country haven't come close to collapsing—“except in a handful of places. Patients are not dying alone in the hallways of emergency rooms with physicians too overwhelmed to treat them,” he asserted.

  • This is what I want my friends to do if they have COVID-19 symptoms and are asked to go to the ER
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    This is what I want my friends to do if they have COVID-19 symptoms and are asked to go to the ER

    Ashita S. Batavia, MD, MSc, is a board-certified infectious diseases specialist and public health expert with extensive experience in treating epidemics. In my state, New York, our hospital systems are being strained in unprecedented ways. As a frontline infectious diseases doctor, this is what I want my friends and neighbors to do if they have COVID-19 symptoms and are asked to go to the emergency room.

  • Wuhan ends its coronavirus lockdown, but another Chinese city shutdown emerges
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    Wuhan ends its coronavirus lockdown, but another Chinese city shutdown emerges

    The Chinese city where the new coronavirus emerged ended its more-than two-month lockdown on Wednesday, even as a small northern city ordered restrictions on residents amid concern about a second wave of infections.

  • U.K. truck driver pleads guilty in deaths of Vietnamese migrants found in container
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    U.K. truck driver pleads guilty in deaths of Vietnamese migrants found in container

    A truck driver accused in the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants whose bodies were found inside a refrigerated container that had been hauled to England pleaded guilty to manslaughter Wednesday. Maurice Robinson, 25, of Craigavon in Northern Ireland, entered the plea at Central London Criminal Court. Police investigating the case found the 31 male and eight female victims were all from Vietnam and ranged in age from 15 to 44, including 10 teenagers.

  • Hamas arrests Gaza activists after Zoom call with Israelis
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    Hamas arrests Gaza activists after Zoom call with Israelis

    Hamas-run security forces have arrested several peace activists in the Gaza Strip on treason charges after they took part in a web conference with Israeli activists, officials said Thursday. The Hamas-run Interior Ministry said the activists are accused of “holding a normalization activity with the Israeli occupation.” “Holding any activity or contact with the Israeli occupation under any cover is a crime punishable by law and a betrayal for the people and their sacrifices,” it said in a statement.

  • Photos show thousands packing into cars, planes, and trains in a rush to get out of Wuhan as China lifts the coronavirus lockdown
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    Photos show thousands packing into cars, planes, and trains in a rush to get out of Wuhan as China lifts the coronavirus lockdown

    Xinhua/Cheng Min via Getty Images On Wednesday at midnight, Chinese authorities began allowing outbound travel from Wuhan, the city where the first coronavirus cases were reported last year. Throngs of people who can prove they are healthy are rushing out of the city by car, plane, and train. Travel from Wuhan was restricted for 76 days in an effort to keep the novel coronavirus outbreak contained.

  • Taiwan rebuffs accusations it racially attacked WHO chief
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    Taiwan rebuffs accusations it racially attacked WHO chief

    Taiwan on Thursday angrily condemned accusations from the World Health Organization's (WHO) boss that racist slurs against him had come from the island, saying racism did not exist in Taiwan. Taiwan's exclusion from the WHO, due to objections from China which claims the island as its own, has infuriated the Taipei government during the coronavirus outbreak. Taiwan says it has been unable to get timely information and that Taiwanese lives have become political pawns.

  • Nimitz Becomes 4th Aircraft Carrier with COVID-19 Case: Report
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    Nimitz Becomes 4th Aircraft Carrier with COVID-19 Case: Report

    John Fage, spokesman for the U.S. 3rd Fleet, said the sailor's test is still inconclusive and no sailors aboard the Nimitz have tested positive. "There are no confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 on board USS Nimitz at this time," Fage said. Another aircraft carrier has confirmed a case of coronavirus in a crew member, according to a news report.

  • Sanders' exit could bring Obama into the 2020 fold
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    Sanders' exit could bring Obama into the 2020 fold

    Sanders dropped out of the 2020 race on Wednesday, saying his "path toward victory is virtually impossible" but pledging to stay on primary ballots through the Democratic National Convention to gain influence in the party. That makes former Vice President Joe Biden the presumptive Democratic nominee, and leaves Obama free to campaign for his former second in command. Obama has refused to endorse a primary candidate since the 2020 Democratic race's jam-packed beginnings, though reports did suggest he was quietly backing Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.

  • New Yahoo News/YouGov coronavirus poll shows Americans turning against Trump
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    New Yahoo News/YouGov coronavirus poll shows Americans turning against Trump

    With more than 400,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and 14,000 deaths in the United States, a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll shows that Americans are souring on President Trump's leadership during the pandemic. After a brief period during which some polls found more Americans approving of Trump's coronavirus response than not, half of them (50 percent) now disapprove, according to the Yahoo News/YouGov survey, compared to only 42 percent who approve. The public figure who has earned the highest approval ratings for his work on the pandemic is Dr. Anthony Fauci, the infectious disease expert on the White House coronavirus task force.

  • Liz Cheney Calls WHO’s Tedros ‘A Puppet of the Chinese Communist Party’
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    Liz Cheney Calls WHO’s Tedros ‘A Puppet of the Chinese Communist Party’

    Representative Liz Cheney (R., Wyo.) slammed the World Health Organization's director general Tedros Adhanom for being “a puppet of the Chinese Communist Party” over the organization's response to the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic. Cheney, speaking to radio host Hugh Hewitt, cited Tedros's kowtowing to Chinese authority in the wake of the outbreak, despite multiple reports detailing how Chinese government officials failed in their response. “The fact that the head of the WHO was unwilling to say, for example, yes, it's right to cut off travel from China, was unwilling to acknowledge that there was, you know, community transmission, has been touting the Chinese Communist Party line from the beginning of this, tells you that he absolutely should go,” Cheney stated.

  • Woman gives birth standing with trousers on while detained at US-Mexico border
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    Woman gives birth standing with trousers on while detained at US-Mexico border

    A woman suffering flu-like symptoms gave birth standing and fully clothed while detained near the Mexican-US border, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. The Guatemalan woman, 27, was being processed at the Chula Vista Border Patrol Station near San Diego when her complaints of pain and pleas for help were allegedly ignored by agents, according to a complaint filed on Wednesday by the ACLU and Jewish Family Service of San Diego with the US Department of Homeland Security's Office of the Inspector General. "This horrific case is just the most recent and one of the most egregious examples of this agency's abuse," said ACLU attorney Monika Y. Langarica.

  • Two suspects arrested after Wisconsin doctor and husband were 'targeted' and killed, police say
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    Two suspects arrested after Wisconsin doctor and husband were 'targeted' and killed, police say

    MILWAUKEE - Two suspects have been arrested in the double homicide of a University of Wisconsin doctor and her husband. Ali'jah J. Larrue, 18, was taken into custody Friday evening and booked into the Dane County Jail on two counts of party to a crime of first-degree intentional homicide. Early Friday, UWPD arrested Khari Sanford, 18, who also was charged with two counts of party to a crime of first degree intentional homicide.

  • East Coast faces thunderstorm threat; tornadoes, snow in weekend forecasts
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    East Coast faces thunderstorm threat; tornadoes, snow in weekend forecasts

    More than 40 million Americans could face severe thunderstorms capable of strong winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes on Thursday — the first wave of dangerous weather patterns expected for Easter Weekend. Wind gusts of 35-50 mph and isolated tornadoes are possible for a portion of the northeast that includes New York City and Philadelphia. For New York City, the timing of Thursday's severe storms will be between noon and 4 p.m. The severity of the storms is particularly concerning for a temporary field hospital located in Central Park treating coronavirus patients.

  • 'Alexa, help me': A nursing home patient begged her Amazon Echo for help dozens of times before dying of COVID-19
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    'Alexa, help me': A nursing home patient begged her Amazon Echo for help dozens of times before dying of COVID-19

    AP Images A Michigan nursing home patient reportedly asked her Amazon Echo smart speaker for help dozens of times before she died from COVID-19. LouAnn Dagen, 66, was one of 36 people who tested positive for coronavirus as part of an outbreak at a Cedar Springs nursing home. She reportedly asked her Alexa device "How do I get to the police?"