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DeGette, others introduce legislation to ‘save local news’ | Congresswoman Diana DeGette

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Diana DeGette (D-CO), Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Jamie Raskin (D-MD) introduced a resolution today to recognize the vital role that local journalists play in promoting good governance and accountability.

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With local journalism in crisis, Northwestern University has assembled a team of experts in digital innovation, audience understanding and business strategy....

Check Out These Tips To Improve Your Memory

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This powerful information will help you to gain a better understanding of your memory and offers you some very helpful advice to help you improve your memory. You will definitely notice great results when you put this information to use. If you are looking for ways to enhance your memory, then these tips will certainly work for you.

The phrase “use it or lose it” definitely applies to your…

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How To Find Or Give A Great Massage

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Many people are looking for ways to be healthier these days and if you’re one of them, consider learning more about the art of massage! Getting a massage is very beneficial to your entire well-being and learning to give one means you can make someone you care about feel better! Keep reading to discover more.

Massage is great during pregnancy, but wait until after the first trimester. During the…

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Having Trouble With Your Memory? Read These Tips!

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Memory is an integral part of brain function, and can fade if the brain is not kept in optimum health. Maintaining good overall health will also assist in keeping your memory sharp. The following tips will help you maintain healthy brain function and ensure that your memory remains intact for many years to come.

Exercise your brain. Using your memory and other thought provoking functions of your…

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Natural Ways You Can Remember Things More Clearly

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Your memory is what you rely on to remember the good things from your past, those beautiful memories that you never want to forget. It’s also what you use to remember where you put the car keys, and what items you need to pick up at the store. If you need help improving your memory, this article should give you some tips on making that happen.

To boost your memory, make sure you are getting…

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Build Your Muscles With These Easy Tips

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No matter what your motivation for wanting to engage in muscle building, you will reap considerable benefits from it. Doing it the right way is very important to avoiding injuries and keeping your routine going. Use the advice in the following article to find a great routine for you that will have you looking and feeling great.

Regardless of how frequent or intense your workout sessions are, if…

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Excellent Methods Of Increasing Your Muscle Mass

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Muscle building is a subject that interests many, but it is common for people to be somewhat confused as to how they should go about sculpting the body they desire. By arming yourself with the right information, you can soon be well on your way to the impressive physique you have always wanted. The article that follows can help you do just that.

Genetics are one of the most important factors in…

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Simple Ideas For Helping You To Understand Muscle Building

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Anytime you want to start building your muscles, you need to know the best, safest ways to do so. It can be a straightforward process, but you have to take the precautions and do what is safe, what is effective, and what you feel good doing. Here are some tips to help you do just that.

Eat a lot of protein. It’s a well known fact that the more protein your body can store, the more muscle you can…

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How Better Nutrition Can Benefit You Today

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Good nutrition is truly all about education and moderation. This article contains a few useful ideas to help you on your way to eating healthier. It’s important to consider that everything you put in your body will affect you in either a positive or negative way and to consider the consequences of your eating choices.

Ideal fitness starts with ideal nutrition. Understand the major nutrition…

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Tips To Live A Nutritional But Pleasurable Lifestyle

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Healthy nutrition can help you feel great, but it can also help prevent and manage many diseases. Good nutrition does not happen automatically. It is the result of making smart food choices every day. If you need some fresh ideas of how to keep your nutrition high, take a look at the tips below.

Consume 600-900 mg of garlic, about 1 fresh clove, daily to help lower your cholesterol. There have…

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Treat Yourself And Your Family To Better Health With These Nutrition Tips

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For those who have never been into it, nutrition may be intimidating. Because your body needs so many different nutrients, it is easy to get information overload. This article has tips to help you organize the information so you can eat better.

Most dieters stay away from any foods that are high in fat. Yet, your body needs fat to operate and many foods with moderate fat content are necessary.…

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Coronavirus Drives Away Volunteers Just As They're Needed Most

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Many food banks and homeless shelters depend on volunteers. But fewer are showing up at a time when the need for these services is skyrocketing.

Cuomo Says New York Has Seen 'Highest Single Increase' In Deaths From Coronavirus

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Medical workers in protective clothing move a body to a refrigerated overflow morgue outside the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn on Thursday.

The state had 562 coronavirus-related deaths in the past 24 hours. In a bit of "good news," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said 1,452 coronavirus patients have been discharged from hospitals in the past day.

(Image credit: Angus Mordant/Bloomberg via Getty Images)


Peru, Panama Limit Movement By Gender In Bid To Slow The Coronavirus

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A pair of men wearing masks — but neglecting social distancing guidelines — wait for public transportation in Peru

The rules unveiled this week allow men and women to leave their homes only on separate days of the week. "We have to get fewer people on the streets every day," said Peru's president, Martín Vizcarra.

(Image credit: Rodrigo Abd/AP)

Corpses Lie For Days As Ecuador Struggles To Keep Up With COVID-19 Deaths

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Men load a coffin onto a pickup truck in front of General del Guasmo Sur Hospital in Guayaquil, Ecuador. The port city is the most affected by COVID-19 in the country. Corpses lie in apartments for days and morgues are overcrowded. The city administration requested four refrigerated containers in which the corpses can be temporarily stored.

The epicenter of the country's outbreak is the port city of Guayaquil, where cadavers are lying in the streets and in homes.

(Image credit: Marcos Pin Mendez/Picture alliance via Getty Imagees)

Kaine supports bill to extend $500 dependents stimulus credit for college students, young adults with disabilities, older teens

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WAVY) — More than two dozen U.S. senators, including Virginia’s Tim Kaine, plan to introduce a bill that would make dependents who are currently excluded by the the $2 trillion relief bill from Congress, the CARES Act, count toward families’ stimulus payments during the coronavirus pandemic.

The CARES Act in its current form includes $1,200 stimulus checks for individuals making under $75,000 and $2,400 for married couples making under $150,000 a year. Individuals and couples making up to $99,000 a year and $198,000 a year, respectively, will still receive a payment, but payments go down $5 based on every $100 in extra income.

The act also includes $500 payments per child under the age of 17 for individuals and couples who qualify.

However the CARES Act doesn’t allow caretakers to receive the $500 credit for certain types of dependents, including children older than 16 and disabled adults. This means caretakers won’t receive the credit for older teenagers, college students, older children with disabilities, or other family members who they provide financial support to. These dependents cannot claim the credit themselves, either, according to a news release from Kaine’s office.

Kaine and other senators plan to introduce the All Dependents Count Act to amend the CARES Act and provide relief for families in this situation. It would expand the definition of dependents to allow caretakers to receive the $500 credit for each of their dependents who they provide financial support for, according to the news release.

“Virginians know the coronavirus pandemic is not just a health emergency, it’s an economic emergency too,” Kaine wrote in the news release. “These rebates were meant to help low and middle income families who are struggling and it’s unfair to deny credit for dependents 17 and older, including older children with disabilities and college students. This is a gap that must be closed.”

Read the All Dependents Count Act here


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3M fires back at Trump over order to produce more face masks

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Manufacturing giant 3M pushed back Friday against criticism from President Donald Trump over production of face masks that are badly needed by American health care workers.

The company said it has been producing as many masks as possible for the U.S. “over the last several weeks and months.”

3M also said the administration asked it to stop exporting medical-grade masks to Canada and Latin America, which the company said raises “significant humanitarian implications” and will backfire by causing other countries to retaliate against the U.S.

The unusual but not unprecedented spat between the president and a leading American manufacturer broke out after Trump directed heads of the Homeland Security Department and Federal Emergency Management Agency to use their authority under the 1950 Defense Production Act to acquire the “appropriate” number of N95 respirators from 3M and any of its affiliates.

The N95 masks, also called respirators, provide more protection against the new coronavirus than ordinary surgical masks. Governors and hospital officials around the country have warned of a dire shortage of masks and other protective gear for health care workers treating people with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

The president followed up his order with a barbed tweet Thursday night at the Minnesota-based manufacturer.

“We hit 3M hard today after seeing what they were doing with their Masks. ‘P Act’ all the way. Big surprise to many in government as to what they were doing – will have a big price to pay!” Trump tweeted.

The events leading to Trump’s order against 3M began weeks ago. A White House official said when Vice President Mike Pence visited a 3M factory in Minnesota last month, he was told that 3M had 35 million N95 masks that were intended for commercial uses but could be used by health care workers.

This week, after 3M received liability protection that it sought, the White House learned that not all of those masks were ready for the U.S. market, the official said.

Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, has been leading administration contacts with the company to learn where the masks went and why some were not available as promised. The situation led Trump to invoke the Defense Production Act, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss events that have not been made public.

The company said it has been working with the Trump administration since last weekend and has shipped masks that it produces overseas back to the U.S., including 10 million N95 masks 3M made in China.

3M also raised concerns over what it said was a request by the administration to stop exporting masks to Canada and Latin American countries, where the company is a critical mask supplier.

“Ceasing all export of respirators produced in the United States would likely cause other countries to retaliate and do the same, as some have already done. If that were to occur, the net number of respirators being made available to the United States would actually decrease,” the company said. “That is the opposite of what we and the Administration, on behalf of the American people, both seek.”

The White House did not immediately comment on the company’s statement about limiting exports.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said essential health supplies and workers flow both ways across the border, and blocking exports of 3M masks would be a mistake.

“I think of the thousands of nurses who cross the bridge in Windsor to work in the Detroit medical system every day,” Trudeau said. “These are things American rely on.”

Doug Ford, premier of Ontario province, said he protested to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, expressing concern that Trump could create a shortage of masks for Canadian doctors and nurses.

“The health and well-being of our frontline workers depend on these essential medical items and now more than ever our countries need to work together to combat COVID-19,” Ford tweeted.

Last week, Trump invoked the same 1950 lawto force General Motorsto build ventilators used to treat COVID-19 patients. The president accused GM of not moving quickly enough and trying to charge the government too much. GM said it had been working on ventilators for weeks. Two days later, Trump praised the auto maker, saying it was “doing a fantastic job.”

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Robert Gillies in Toronto contributed to this report.

Target to limit number of customers in stores starting Saturday

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MINNEAPOLIS. Mn. (Nexstar) — Target stores nationwide will limit the number of guests allowed at any one time starting this Saturday. The goal is to maintain social distancing and slow or stop the spread of COVID-19.

“Target will monitor store traffic, and meter, or limit, the number of guests inside stores, when needed,” Target said in a written statement. “Occupancy limits will vary by location and be determined by the store’s specific square footage”

Target said that customers would be provided with a designated waiting area outside of markers set up for social distancing.

“Target will provide all team members in stores and distribution centers with high-quality, disposable face masks and gloves to wear at the beginning of every shift,” Target also said. Those masks and gloves were expected to be available to every location within two weeks.

Target reduced store hours on March 18. Target also reserved the first hour of each Tuesday and Wednesday for the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.

Related: Stores providing ‘senior shopping’ hours during coronavirus outbreak


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$25k given to help Hampton Roads sex trafficking survivors during COVID-19

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Survivor Ventures will receive a $25,000 grant to help sex trafficking survivors in Hampton Roads overcome economic challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The money was granted by Safe House Project, a national nonprofit organization that helps survivors of child sex trafficking in America, according to a news release.

Survivor Ventures will reportedly use the money to meet the immediate needs of sex trafficking survivors in Hampton Roads, including helping them find stable housing and jobs.

“Pre-COVID-19, survivors of human trafficking experience dozens of barriers to housing, employment, healthcare, and obtaining basic resources and services,” Survivor Ventures Executive Director Tiffany McGee wrote in the news release. “The coronavirus makes this daily struggle even more life-threatening. This grant is just another example of the Safe House Project being ahead of the curve in thoughtful and timely disbursement of funds that maximize survivor success.”

Safe House Project has seen a rise in the national numbers of sex trafficking cases during the COVID-19 crisis. Fewer donations are being made to support programs that help sex trafficking surviviors, as well, according to the news release.

Learn more about how Safe House Project and Survivor Ventures are trying to help sex trafficking survivors here.


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Bill Withers, Singer-Songwriter Of 'Ain't No Sunshine,' Has Died At Age 81

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Bill Withers, performing on television in London in 1972.

The soulful artist behind a number of 1970s hits died Monday of heart disease. He created all of his hits in a 14-year recording career before walking away from the music business.

(Image credit: Michael Putland/Getty Images)


Newport News nonprofit donates $1 million to local United Way emergency fund

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Newport News based Petters Family Foundation announced on Friday a donation of $1 million to support the United Way of the Virginia Peninsula coronavirus emergency fund.

The money will go to the United Way Coronavirus Recovery Funding campaigns which help people and families affected by the coronavirus in the Virginia Peninsula communities, Greater Pascagoula, Southwest Alabama and Greater New Orleans. The funds also go to help the local non-profit organizations that are providing relief efforts.

The Petter family donation is aimed to support the community in areas experiencing a significant impact from the virus by helping those enduring financial hardships, challenges due to closures, and those directly affected by the virus.

“I am truly thankful for the generosity of the Petters family during this time of crisis,” said Steven S. Kast, United Way of the Virginia Peninsula’s president & CEO. “Mike, Nancy, their daughters, and their daughters’ families, are examples of the goodness that comes from a difficult time — they see the need to keep life moving forward, they understand the big picture and importantly, they know that their gift will have a positive impact and provide a much needed helping hand to the hard-working individuals who are currently struggling in our community. Our communities are eternally grateful for their setting an example that we hope others will follow.”


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1 Million Bangladeshi Garment Workers Lose Jobs Amid COVID-19 Economic Fallout

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Workers in Dhaka sew protective suits at a garment factory during Bangladesh

"Please don't give up on us," the president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association said in a YouTube plea addressed to global buyers. "Kindly do not let go of our hands."

(Image credit: Sultan Mahmud Mukut/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Northam: Hampton picked for COVID-19 alternate care site, budget cuts coming, law enforcement won’t bother anyone wearing mask in public

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Virginia Gov. Northam and state officials held a press conference Friday to give updates on Virginia’s COVID-19 response.

It comes as Virginia health officials reported more than 300 new cases on Friday, bringing the commonwealth’s total to 2,012 overall. 312 are hospitalized and 46 people have died due to the virus.

Updates from Northam’s press conference.

  • Gov. Northam confirmed Friday that the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton will be one of three major sites in Virginia to serve as overflow medical facilities if local hospitals are overwhelmed due to the coronavirus. The facility will have 360 acute and 580 non-acute beds. Other sites will be in Northern Virginia and Richmond, and all three are expected to be ready in 6 weeks, Northam says. Officials say the number of beds they’re building are in line with the expected surge in cases in Virginia, though they’re looking at other sites to possibly expand. The Army Corps of Engineers is also looking to see what sites will be needed in the western and southwestern areas of the state, officials say.
  • 114,104 Virginians filed for unemployment benefits last week, but Northam says that number will seem small next week. He says the state has upgraded the unemployment department’s website and server capacity and staffing to answer calls has been increased by 20%. Virginians have reported major issues in applying for benefits.

More: Laid off due to coronavirus? Here’s how to apply for unemployment benefits in Virginia

Northam says the state's medicaid program has hit a milestone: 400,000 enrollees. "It is nothing to celebrate. However, I think we are all grateful that Virginia did expand eligibility, so more people can have have access to health care at this most critical time."

— Mel Leonor (@MelLeonor_) April 3, 2020

Northam says he is still hearing about people having large gatherings outdoors. "Everyone needs to stay apart..we will be watching this weekend." @WAVY_News

— Brett Hall (@BrettHNews) April 3, 2020
  • “These are not normal times,” Northam said while encouraging faith communities to use virtual or drive-in services in the next few weeks. His pastor, Kelvin Jones of First Baptist Church in Capeville, Virginia, said “this could be the time for us to push the reset button on our lives and concentrate on our faith,” even as we suspend in-person worship.”

"We should see (government) as trying to protect and preserve our lives," says @GovernorVA's pastor. "Our faith will be our stimulus long after the $1,200 is spent." @WAVY_News pic.twitter.com/vqHCR3ctbt

— Brett Hall (@BrettHNews) April 3, 2020
  • Fielding a question about help for renters, Northam’s chief of staff first says 500 hotels across the commonwealth have offered to help up to 1,500 people experiencing homeless during the coronavirus pandemic. He says many people are looking for information on private landlords/commercial operations. While evictions are currently suspended, rent payments are still due.
  • “No law enforcement will be bothering anybody because they have a covering on their face,” Northam says in response to a question about Virginia’s law against wearing masks in public. Health officials say masks, scarves, bandannas, etc. can help prevent the spread of coronavirus. The White House is considered national guidance asking Americans to wear masks in public. Northam is asking citizens to leave N95 masks for medical professionals and use cloth masks instead. “I would encourage that,” he says – for healthy people and people who suspect they may have COVID-19.”

Q: On modeling data, reporter asks why they aren't releasing their model like other states are
A: "It's not a perfect science," @GovernorVA says, but says they are looking at multiple models and curves from around the world. He says they aren't classified as far as he knows.

— VPM (@myVPM) April 3, 2020

Paddleboarder arrested for flouting California’s stay at home order

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MALIBU (KTLA) – A paddleboarder was arrested in Malibu on Thursday after ignoring lifeguards’ orders to get out of the ocean amid social distancing rules, authorities said.

The lifeguards flagged down deputies for assistance, but the man ultimately chose to stay in the water alongside the Malibu Pier for about 30 to 40 minutes, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a Facebook post.

Deputies summoned their patrol boat from Marina Del Rey, and the man swam to shore once it arrived, officials said.

He was subsequently arrested on suspicion of disobeying a lifeguard and violating Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home order, a misdemeanor.

He was booked at the sheriff’s station in Calabasas before being released with a notice to appear in court, deputies said.

Officials did not release any identifying information on the man. He could face a $1,000 fine, up to six months in jail or both.

So far, the state order has not been widely enforced by police agencies, but this isn’t the first time this week a Southern California man has faced consequences for being in the ocean.

According to the Los Angeles Times, a surfer in Manhattan Beach was fined $1,000 last weekend after similarly ignoring repeated orders to exit the ocean.

But it’s unclear how many, if any, other people in the region have been arrested for violating the governor’s order.

Kim Prather, who works at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, told the Los Angeles Times that the beach could be one of the most dangerous places in California amid the outbreak. She said she fears the virus is being washed into the ocean and transferred back into the air along the coast.

“I wouldn’t go in the water if you paid me $1 million right now,” she told the newspaper.


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PHOTOS: Bottomed out on toilet paper

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In the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, toilet paper has become a hot commodity.

Americans began stocking up on toilet paper and other items such as food and water after the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic. And others around the world did much the same.

At first, people were baffled by why toilet paper had become the popular kid at the pandemic dance, but now that more states are issuing stay-at-home orders, it’s perhaps becoming a little more clear.

Here’s how some folks are rolling with the shortage.

Open-mouthed surprise

A Target customer reacts to empty toilet paper and paper towel shelves at a Target store on March 13, 2020, in San Rafael, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

‘My precious’

Graffiti showing Gollum from “Lord of the Rings,” holding a roll of toilet paper with note, “My precious,” on March 23, 2020, in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

Cranking up production

A view shows a toilet paper production line at the Syassky Pulp & Paper Mill, as the company increases production due to high demand amid the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, in the town of Syasstroy in Russia’s Leningrad region on March 25, 2020. (Photo by OLGA MALTSEVA/AFP via Getty Images)

Toilet paper ‘backpacks’

Fans dressed in HAZMAT suits with toilet paper “backpacks” referencing the shortages during the current COVID-19 crisis at BC Place stadium March 08, 2020, in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Trevor Hagan/Getty Images)

One free per family

A man offers toilet paper and paper towels for free (one roll per family) from the back of his car in Los Angeles on March 24, 2020. (Photo by CHRIS DELMAS/AFP via Getty Images)

Rolling out cakes

Bakery owner Tim Kortuem prepares toilet paper-shaped cakes is displayed at the bakery Schuerener Backparadies in Dortmund, western Germany, on March 26, 2020, due to the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. The bakery of owner Tim Kortuem sells toilet paper cakes, which are spread with cream and wrapped in fondant. The sweet toilet paper rolls have become a “bestseller” during the coronavirus crisis. (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

Buy the car and get a roll

A car for sale parked near the River Dee at West Kirby offering free toilet paper to whoever buys it on the Wirral on March 23, 2020, in West Kirkby, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Free roll with order

A sign in the window of The Beach Cafe on Second Avenue offering one free roll of toilet paper plus two pairs of sanitizer gloves with every outgoing order as the coronavirus continues to spread across the United States on March 24, 2020, in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

Lap dances

A sign at Little Darlings Las Vegas strip club advertises “coronavirus-free lap dances,” featuring an image of a model holding a surgical mask and a roll of toilet paper, on March 14, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Street sales

A vendor sells toilet paper on the streets in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, on March 31, 2020, on the second day of a lockdown directed by Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa to curb the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus. (Photo by ZINYANGE AUNTONY/AFP via Getty Images)

Score!

A woman leaves a store after buying supplies, including toilet paper, in Los Angeles, California on Feb. 29, 2020. (Photo by MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images)

‘Adiós Corona’: SC teen’s song is sure to put a smile on your face

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Looking for a new song to listen to while you’re stuck at home? Well, one South Carolina teenager has you covered.

Blake Weinbach, a 17-year-old from Columbia, says he first started playing guitar back in elementary school but recently discovered his love for writing music.

He put his skills to use this week, penning a catchy tune called “Adiós Corona.” From being confused about the lack of toilet paper in stores to feeling bored without any sports to watch, Blake puts into song what many are feeling amid the outbreak.

“Adiós corona/See ya later my dear,” he sings, “I don’t know if you’ve heard this yet but you’re not welcome here/Caused a whole lot of trouble/Put the whole world in fear/So adiós corona/We liked you better when you were a beer.”

Earlier this week, Blake posted the song on his Instagram, which has been viewed 2,000 times and counting.

“When are you moving to Nashville?” one person commented. “I’ll buy your first album!”

But above anything else, Blake says he hopes his song helps cheer people up during what is such a difficult time for many.

Check out WSAV.com NOW’s conversation with Blake below. And be sure to dance along to the song above.

What inspired you to write the song?

I saw the song that Patrick Davis had posted the day before I wrote mine and honestly just watched it and said, “Man, that looks fun!” I have a lot of time on my hands right now, so the next day I sat down for an hour or two and wrote what became “Adiós Corona.”

Actually, when I finished the first draft of the song, I played through it, and the song just felt kind of sad. It was just preaching the same thing we hear all the time now. That was not the message I wanted the song to send, so I rewrote parts of it to make it more upbeat and happy. I finished it and showed it to my family who started to crack up when they heard it.

When I saw their smiles, I knew I had done a somewhat decent job with it, and I wanted to post it online in order to hopefully give other people that same experience during this difficult time.

How has at-home high school been for you?

We actually just received an email this morning that said we will be following the governor’s closing of public schools through April, so we will be shut down through then.

However, Hammond has done a great job of creating an online learning environment for us to continue our education during this time. We have three to four classes a day online, four days a week, where we participate in a video conference call through Zoom.

It can be really strange sometimes, but it really does still feel as though we are all still connected as a school.

How soon can we expect more songs from you?

Haha, we’ll see what happens. I’ve already lost track of how many songs I’ve written, but there are only a handful of people who have heard them. Those people have given me super positive feedback, telling me I should record them and get them online, so who knows what will happen here in the near future.

I will say that if music is what the world needs right now, I’ll be willing to write and record however many songs are needed to help people get through this difficult time.


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Coronavirus Testing Backlogs Continue As Laboratories Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

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People wait in their vehicles on the second day of coronavirus testing at Bergen Community College, Paramus, New Jersey, Saturday, March 21, 2020.

One big commercial testing lab revealed a backlog of at least 115,000 test, illustrating the scope of the coronavirus testing problems.

(Image credit: Angus Mordant/Bloomberg via Getty Images)


Coronavirus economic updates: US cuts 701K jobs in March, unemployment rate at 4.4%

Trump resists a nationwide stay-at-home order. Fauci says 'I don't understand why'

Putin suggests sizable oil production cut as prices fall

White House To Give Coronavirus Test To People 'In Close Proximity' To Trump, Pence

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People in "close proximity" to President Trump and Vice President Pence will be tested for the coronavirus, the White House said on Friday.

President Trump told reporters on Thursday that he had taken a second coronavirus test, which was negative.

(Image credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)

Trump nominates McConnell ally to powerful appeals court

Spain Briefly Passes Italy In COVID-19 Cases But Officials See Growth Rate Slowing

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A temporary field hospital set up at IFEMA Convention Center in Madrid, Spain, on Thursday. Spain is one of the countries hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite the increase, Spain's figures suggest the rate of new infections has begun to slow, according to a spokeswoman for the government's health emergency center.

(Image credit: Manu Fernandez/AP)

3M fires back at Trump over order to produce more face masks


Scientists Probe How Coronavirus Might Travel Through The Air

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Image for story on coronavirus transmission.

Simply talking could produce tiny particles of mucus and saliva that might carry the coronavirus, experts say. How much these airborne particles matter for the spread of this disease is controversial.

(Image credit: filo/Getty Images)

4th Virginia prison inmate tests positive for COVID-19

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RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) — The Virginia Department of Corrections has confirmed a new case of coronavirus in its inmate population, bringing the total number of infected offenders to four.  

The newest person with COVID-19 is incarcerated at the Central Virginia Correctional Unit 13 for women in Chesterfield.  

The three other inmates who are positive for COVID-19 are incarcerated at the Virginia Correctional Center for Women in Goochland. 

Four VADOC employees and a contractor have also tested positive for COVID-19: 

  • An officer at the State Farm Correctional Complex 
  • An officer in training at the Virginia Correctional Center for Women 
  • An officer at Indian Creek Correctional Center 
  • A Norfolk Probation and Parole office employee 
  • A contract nurse at the Virginia Correctional Center for Women 

VADOC is working with the Virginia Department of Health and following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They are operating facilities following a pandemic response manual that follows guidelines from the American Correctional Association. 

VADOC employees and inmates are required to wear personal protective masks and have been provided sneeze and cough guard masks made by Virginia Correctional Enterprises. Anyone entering a VADOC facility is also being screened for sickness by having their temperatures taken. 

In-person visitation has been cancelled, but video visitation, email, and phone calls are available to inmates. 


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Democrats say paid leave law's business exemptions too broad amid COVID-19 pandemic