How to volunteer during the coronavirus pandemic

With the coronavirus re-shaping the daily routines of millions of Americans, many nonprofits are struggling with a lack of volunteers that could impact crucial services for the most vulnerable populations. 

Trump’s big promises on COVID-19 often fall short

Almost daily, President Donald Trump appears on television, flanked by officials, to announce his latest maneuver in the fight against the new coronavirus. The new national testing infrastructure he unveiled in the Rose Garden last week is actually a modest pilot program still in development. It’s unclear whether he’s using all his power to ramp up production of medical equipment — or whether he’s just preparing to do so.

You Now Have 90 Extra Days to File and Pay Your Taxes Because of the Coronavirus Pandemic

Update: On Friday, government officials said the IRS was extending the federal income tax filing deadline from April 15 to July 15. Individual state tax filing deadlines may still apply, though it is believed various states will also grant extensions amid the disruption from the coronavirus. The original article, published on Wednesday, is below. As part of its response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Treasury Department announced this week that taxpayers have an extra … Read more

Dozens of Michael Bloomberg campaign staffers learned they were exposed to coronavirus hours before getting laid off and days before they’ll lose their health insurance

Staffers for former Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s campaign learned in a Thursday night email they were exposed to coronavirus just hours before losing their jobs and health insurance.  Politico reported on Friday afternoon that staffers who worked out of the campaign headquarters in New York City were informed on Thursday that a person in the same building had tested positive for coronavirus. On Friday morning, Bloomberg scrapped his plans to keep staff in New York and … Read more

The World Health Organization has launched a WhatsApp chatbot to warn people about the coronavirus’ dangers (FB)

The WHO has launched a WhatsApp chatbot to provide people with info about the coronavirus. It’s one of a number of steps Facebook is taking to try and direct users to reliable information about the pandemic. WhatsApp has previously struggled with the spread of misinformation on its encrypted platform. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. The World Health Organisation has launched a chatbot to provide people with information about the novel coronavirus as the … Read more

7 limited-edition home and kitchen product launches to shop now, from Williams Sonoma exclusives to new KitchenAid colors

  Here are the seven best new and limited-edition home and kitchen products so far in 2020. We’re not sure how long they’ll be around, so shop the collections while you can. We’ll update this post with new products as they launch as well. Our top picks include a Made In cookware collection that benefits restaurants and bars negatively impacted by the coronavirus and a Williams Sonoma-exclusive GreenPan collection.  The fashion industry isn’t the only … Read more

New Orleans Woman Was Fatally Shot and Put in Car’s Trunk — But Police Don’t Know Who Killed Her

Police are continuing to search for a suspect in the case of a missing woman who was found dead inside the trunk of her car, according to Nola.com. Huong Nguyen worked at an insurance office and her boss allegedly saw her leave work in her silver Toyota Camry at about 5 p.m. on March 11. Her boss reported her missing the following day after she didn’t show up for work and her family was unable … Read more

Bank of America will keep its branches and call centers open amid the coronavirus pandemic — but it’s increasing pay and reducing hours for some workers in the trenches

Bank of America isn’t closing its branches, call centers, or operations facilities, but it is offering pay bumps and in some cases reducing working hours, according to a company memo seen by Business Insider.  Weekday branch hours have been cut back to 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and employees can earn an additional $200 per pay period on top of their full weekly base pay.  Call center and operations employees are eligible to earn twice … Read more

Producers Guild Postpones Produced By Conference Amid Coronavirus Crisis

The Producers Guild ​of America has postponed its 12th annual Produced By Conference due to the coronavirus pandemic. The trade group represents more than 8,000 producers of film, television and new media content. The event had been scheduled to take place on June 6 and June 7 at Fox Studios in Los Angeles. “The Producers […]

Bachelor’s Colton Underwood Tested Positive for Coronavirus: ‘I’m Exhausted’

Bachelor star Colton Underwood has tested positive for the new coronavirus, he said Friday, urging younger adults to take the virus seriously. Underwood, 28, said that he started experiencing symptoms a few days earlier. “I want to let you guys know: I’m 28, I consider myself pretty healthy, I work out regularly, I eat healthy, and I became symptomatic a few days ago, got my test results back today, and they are positive,” he said … Read more

Department of Education Waives Standardized Tests, Gives Student Loan Relief Due to Coronavirus

The U.S. Department of Education has announced two new changes in order to help students and families who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. On Friday, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced in a press release that the department would be offering schools an option to bypass standardized testing for the 2019-2020 academic year as they cope with the impact of the health crisis. “Students need to be focused on staying healthy and … Read more

Attitude and Amplitude: I Can’t Get Over This Soulja Boy Hip-Hop Floor Routine

Collegiate gymnastics is over – the 2020 NCAA season was cut short due to the coronavirus outbreak – and my heart has been heavy ever since. That’s why I like to reminisce about the amazing routines these kickass athletes have done this year. One of which is a floor performance from Oregon State senior and Australia native Isis Lowery, who’s made a point to bring high energy and entertaining character onto the floor ever since … Read more

Opinion: What’s most troubling about senators’ stock sales

The sale by North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr and his wife of up to $1.7 million in stock shortly before sharp market declines related to the coronavirus pandemic, first reported by ProPublica and the Center for Responsive Politics, raises troubling questions that demand action by the Justice Department and Congress. Most importantly, did Burr and his wife trade on valuable insider information that he gained by virtue of his position as an elected official? If … Read more

‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Is Not Abandoning Its Theater Release (Not Yet, At Least)

Warner Bros. After watching Marvel pull the release date for Black Widow, all eyes turned to Wonder Woman 1984, which is currently set for a June 5 release date. But as more and more studios alter their schedules, and some turn to day and date VOD releases, a bombshell report from The Wrap claimed Warner Bros. was contemplating bypassing theaters and releasing its Wonder Woman sequel on streaming. The move would make it the most … Read more

Christie Brinkley Posts Sweet Photo of Her ‘Babies’ as She Tells Them to ‘Wash Your Hands’

No matter how old her kids get, Christie Brinkley will never stop worrying about them. As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to escalate, Brinkley, 66, shared a sweet photo of kids Alexa Ray Joel, 34, Jack Brinkley Cook, 24, and Sailor Brinkley Cook, 21 on Instagram as she reminded them to always remember proper hygiene and stay safe during this uncertain time. “You are always going to be ‘my babies’ and I’m always going … Read more