What 'Project Runway' judges look for in a winner

The finale of “Project Runway” is here, and it’s anyone’s competition to win. The penultimate episode of the show's 18th season left off with four contestants showing select pieces from their collections to the judges... for them to decide whether or not they’ll get the opportunity to appear at the NYFW finale. “As you know, fashion is a cultural mirror of what’s happening in society, so this winner needs to communicate that,” judge Nina Garcia told ITK. “We are looking for someone ... who is representative of the future of American fashion,” Judge Elaine Welteroth added. Another factor that remained top of mind for both Garcia and Welteroth while judging the final collections was wearability. “It’s got to be wearable, not just fantasy, because then it’s just a museum piece,” Garcia explained

  • Her granddaughter was sick, so Dr. Birx stayed home: 'You can’t take that kind of risk' around the president
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    Her granddaughter was sick, so Dr. Birx stayed home: 'You can’t take that kind of risk' around the president

    Dr. Deborah Birx, one of the two leading medical experts on the White House coronavirus task force, said that out of deference to social distancing rules she had stayed away from her daughter's house — despite her 10-month-old granddaughter having registered a fever of 105 degrees over the weekend. Birx said the child, who is recovering, probably had roseola, a common childhood infection, not COVID-19. Birx, who meets daily with President Trump and Vice President Pence, said she has been vigilant about avoiding social contact “because of you two.”

  • Fauci once dismissed concerns about 'silent carriers' of coronavirus. Not anymore.
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    Fauci once dismissed concerns about 'silent carriers' of coronavirus. Not anymore.

    At Sunday's White House briefing, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, suggested that hundreds of thousands — or even millions — of “silent carriers” may be unwittingly spreading the coronavirus across the United States because they don't realize they're infected. “It's somewhere between 25 and 50 percent” of the total, Fauci said. The first thing to note is that Fauci himself expressed a high degree of uncertainty about his own numbers.

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    Norway Starts Easing Restrictions With Virus Seen as Under Control

    Schools, universities and technical colleges will start opening their doors from April 27, Prime Minister Erna Solberg said at a webcast press conference on Tuesday. Services that require personal contact, such as hairdressers and physiotherapists, can be resumed gradually, while restrictions on large sporting and cultural events will remain in place until June 15. In neighboring Sweden, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven recently admitted he'll need to review his laissez-faire response to the virus, after new forecasts showed that thousands of his countrymen will lose their lives to Covid-19.

  • Defense secretary reportedly told Navy chief to apologize for bashing fired captain to crew of aircraft carrier
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    Defense secretary reportedly told Navy chief to apologize for bashing fired captain to crew of aircraft carrier

    Joshua Roberts/Reuters Secretary of Defense Mark Esper directed acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly to apologize for remarks criticizing Capt. Brett Crozier, former commanding officer of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, according to multiple reports. After issuing a statement Monday saying he stood by his statements aboard the carrier, Modly backtracked later in the day, saying in a statement, "I want to apologize to the Navy for my recent comments to the crew of the TR." The Pentagon declined to comment on reports that Esper directed the apology.

  • Azul Rojas Marín: Peru found responsible for torture of LGBT person
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    Azul Rojas Marín: Peru found responsible for torture of LGBT person

    The top human rights court in the Americas has found Peru responsible for the arbitrary detention and rape of an LGBT person. Azul Rojas Marín was stripped, hit and raped with a truncheon by three officers while in custody in 2008, her legal team said. The Inter-American Court of Human Rights said it was an act of torture.

  • U.S. to seize exports of masks and gloves amid coronavirus crisis
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    U.S. to seize exports of masks and gloves amid coronavirus crisis

    The United States will seize exports of key protective medical gear until it determines whether the equipment should be kept in the country to combat the spread of the new coronavirus, two federal agencies announced on Wednesday. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will hold exports of respirators, surgical masks and surgical gloves, according to a joint announcement made with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA will then determine if the equipment should be returned for use in the United States, purchased by the U.S. government or exported.

  • Saudi Arabia halts parental visitation rulings to curb virus
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    Saudi Arabia halts parental visitation rulings to curb virus

    The Saudi king suspended final rulings and judicial orders on visitation rights of children of separated parents in the latest effort to try and curb the spread of the novel coronavirus among households, according to state media reports Wednesday. The state-run Saudi Press Agency said parents were notified of the changes by text message, the latest measure by the kingdom to stem the rising number of new infections as a nearly nationwide 24-hour curfew takes place. Saudi Arabia has more than 2,900 confirmed cases of the virus, including 41 deaths.

  • NYC Is Taking Hundreds of Body Bags Out of Houses—and Soon They Will Be Counted
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    NYC Is Taking Hundreds of Body Bags Out of Houses—and Soon They Will Be Counted

    The coronavirus death count in New York City, already unfathomable, is expected to surge in the coming days as officials begin including people who have been dropping dead at home without an official diagnosis. Emergency Medical Service data first reported by Gothamist suggests the undercount of individuals who have likely died from the virus is massive. Until this month, about 25 people in New York City were found dead in their homes on a typical day, suggesting that most of Tuesday's calls were related to the outbreak that has already killed over 5,400 people across the state and infected 140,386 more.

  • Time to put China on lockdown for its dishonesty amid coronavirus crisis
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    Time to put China on lockdown for its dishonesty amid coronavirus crisis

    There are many lessons to be learned from the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic. Were China a more civilized nation, this outbreak would have been stopped early, and with far less harm, inside and outside of China. As Marion Smith wrote in these pages on Sunday, China's first response was to clamp down on reports of the then-new disease that had appeared in Wuhan.

  • Trump lashes out at reporter during coronavirus briefing: 'You will never make it'
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    Trump lashes out at reporter during coronavirus briefing: 'You will never make it'

    President Trump on Monday berated a reporter during the White House coronavirus task force briefing.

  • Trump berates reporters during coronavirus briefing: 'You will never make it'
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    Trump berates reporters during coronavirus briefing: 'You will never make it'

    Trump used Monday's briefing of the coronavirus task force to lash out at several members of the press, despite having recently praised media coverage of his response to the crisis as “very fair.” After kicking off the briefing by praising his own administration for its response to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, Trump opened the briefing up to questions, during which he refused to acknowledge any criticism of his handling of the pandemic that has brought the United States to a virtual standstill. One point of contention was a report released today by the inspector general of the federal Department of Health and Human Services.

  • U.S. reports 1,200 coronavirus deaths in one day as China lifts lockdown
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    U.S. reports 1,200 coronavirus deaths in one day as China lifts lockdown

    At the start of what is expected to be the deadliest week of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, the White House tried to offer some hope that measures to contain the spread were working. The virus killed 1,264 over 24 hours in the U.S. as of 2:05 am ET on Tuesday, according to NBC New's tracker. Meanwhile China, where the pandemic broke out, claimed that not a single new death was reported, and the city of Wuhan in Hubei province, where the new virus was first identified, prepared for lockdown measures to be lifted.

  • Germany Plans to Tighten Rules on Foreign Takeovers
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    Germany Plans to Tighten Rules on Foreign Takeovers

    Chancellor Angela Merkel's government plans to bring in new rules to protect German companies from takeovers by entities based outside the European Union. The bill would enable the government to block deals that present “potential interference” to German interests, according to an official who spoke on condition of anonymity. At the moment, it can only prevent a takeover if it is seen as posing a security threat.

  • Column: 'Pharma bro' Martin Shkreli wants out of prison to find a cure for coronavirus
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    Column: 'Pharma bro' Martin Shkreli wants out of prison to find a cure for coronavirus

    One little-noticed consequence of the novel coronavirus crisis might be an outbreak of chutzpah. That's a possible explanation for an audacious request by Martin Shkreli, the notorious "pharma bro" known for jacking up the price of old drugs to which he had acquired the rights, the better to reap profits from the needs of their desperate users. Shkreli has asked for a three-month furlough from the federal prison in Allenwood, Pa.

  • India's financial hub Mumbai set to extend coronavirus lockdown: sources
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    India's financial hub Mumbai set to extend coronavirus lockdown: sources

    India's financial hub Mumbai is set to extend lockdown measures until at least April 30 as authorities race to expand testing to stem the spread of coronavirus cases in the city, three senior officials said. A 21-day nationwide lockdown that Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared in late March to fight the epidemic is officially set to end on April 14. The Mumbai municipal authority and the state government in the western state of Maharashtra, of which Mumbai is the capital, both declined to comment.

  • Iran says US oil production must be known before OPEC+ call
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    Iran says US oil production must be known before OPEC+ call

    Iran demanded on Wednesday that U.S. oil production levels must be known before an upcoming OPEC meeting with Russia and others seeking to boost global energy prices. The meeting of the so-called OPEC+ is scheduled to be held Thursday after officials delayed it following Saudi Arabia criticizing Russia over its comments about the price collapse. A meeting in March saw OPEC and other nations led by Russia fail to agree to a production cut as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has drastically cut demand for oil.

  • 86-year-old and three sons die after contracting COVID-19
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    86-year-old and three sons die after contracting COVID-19

    The coronavirus pandemic is affecting nearly everyone in the world in different ways, but for one Louisiana family, the deadly virus inflicted a particularly devastating blow. Four members of the same family died after contracting the virus, including the 86-year-old matriarch. Antoinette Franklin and three of her sons all died within days of each other.

  • Coronavirus: Why China's claims of success raise eyebrows
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    Coronavirus: Why China's claims of success raise eyebrows

    China has reported no new deaths from coronavirus anywhere in the country, for the first time since the beginning of the outbreak. For months now, every morning at 03:00, officials in China have put together the latest figures on the spread of the virus to share with the world. World Health Organization Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus hailed China for the "speed with which [it] detected the outbreak" and its "commitment to transparency".

  • 'I can't take it back': Trump's Navy secretary resigns and apologizes after he described a fired carrier captain as 'too naïve or too stupid'
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    'I can't take it back': Trump's Navy secretary resigns and apologizes after he described a fired carrier captain as 'too naïve or too stupid'

    Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly has resigned, CNN and Politico reported on Tuesday. Modly's offer to step down came a day after he visited the USS Theodore Roosevelt in Guam and delivered an impassioned 15-minute speech to the crew slamming the ship's former commanding officer and lashing out at China and the US media. Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly, who fired the commanding officer who pleaded with the Navy for help with a coronavirus outbreak on his aircraft carrier, resigned on Tuesday, capping off weeks of controversy as the service struggles to contain the virus.

  • 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.

  • How the Coronavirus Death Toll Compares to Other Deadly Events From American History
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    How the Coronavirus Death Toll Compares to Other Deadly Events From American History

    When the White House projected on March 31 that, even with social distancing measures, 100,000 to 240,000 Americans could die of COVID-19, the numbers were not necessarily shocking to those who had been paying attention. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, had already said he projected between 100,000 to 200,000 U.S. deaths, and estimates by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington are not much different, projecting 81,766 American deaths by Aug. 4, as of Monday afternoon. White House is now setting the goal posts at 100-200K dead as a good job.

  • Iran supreme leader approves withdrawal of 1 billion euros from sovereign wealth fund to fight coronavirus
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    Iran supreme leader approves withdrawal of 1 billion euros from sovereign wealth fund to fight coronavirus

    Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has approved the withdrawal of 1 billion euros from the country's sovereign wealth fund to help fight the coronavirus epidemic, President Hassan Rouhani's official website said on Monday.

  • Chinese Official Tries to Walk Back Claim U.S. Military Brought Virus to Wuhan
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    Chinese Official Tries to Walk Back Claim U.S. Military Brought Virus to Wuhan

    China Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian held his first press conference in several weeks on Tuesday, attempting to walk back his earlier claim that the U.S. military had brought the novel coronavirus to the city of Wuhan. The virus [is] a scientific question that requires scientific opinions,” Zhao told reporters. He was then asked if he stood behind a March 12 tweet in which he wrote that, “It might be the U.S. Army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan.

  • New York, New Jersey report record coronavirus deaths, fear death toll undercounted
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    New York, New Jersey report record coronavirus deaths, fear death toll undercounted

    The number of coronavirus cases in New York state alone approached 150,000 on Wednesday, surpassing Spain for the most infections anywhere in the world, even as authorities warned the state's official death tally may understate the true toll. New York and neighboring New Jersey on Wednesday again reported new single-day highs for coronavirus deaths. New York state has 149,316 reported cases compared to Spain's 146,690, according to a Reuters tally.

  • UK truck driver pleads guilty in deaths of 39 Vietnamese
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    UK truck driver pleads guilty in deaths of 39 Vietnamese

    The bodies of the 39 people were found in the container at the back of the truck on Oct. 23.. 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. Police said they died of a combination of a lack of oxygen and overheating in an enclosed space.