Trump donors among early recipients of coronavirus loans

By BRIAN SLODYSKO and ANGELIKI KASTANIS The Associated Press WASHINGTON — As much as $273 million in federal coronavirus aid was awarded to more than 100 companies that are owned or operated by major donors to President Donald Trump’s election efforts, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal data. Many were among the first to be approved for a loan in early April, when the administration was struggling to launch the lending program. And only eight businesses had to wait until early May before securing the aid, according to the AP’s review of data released Monday. The Trump-connected companies…
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Keymark closes down amid virus outbreak

FONDA — Keymark Corporation, the facility that makes aluminum, has closed down after dozens of its employees tested positive for COVID-19. Keymark recently shut down temporarily after about 77 of its employees tested positive with COVID-19, and out of those 77 employees, eight are Montgomery County residents and nine are Fulton County residents. “Keymark temporarily shut down however, we have to remember shutting down the business is not the answer, as again, the large group of patients did not contract the virus at work,” Said Montgomery County Public Health Director Sara Boerenko. “They come from an area in which they…
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The Re-opening

The inability to attend church each week has been one of the most affecting consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to social distancing guidelines, it’s been nearly impossible for congregations around the country to gather in ways they were accustomed to prior to the COVID-19 outbreak. As states begin to reopen, however, so are religious activities. Kevin Seager, the senior pastor for the Norwalk Alliance Church in Norwalk, Ohio, said earlier this week that his church began a particular re-opening of in-person services in early June. Yet even with that in mind, he acknowledged how hard it’s been to get…
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Death Cafes help ease grief, loss in the time of coronavirus

By LEANNE ITALIE and EMILY LESHNER The Associated Press NEW YORK — Panic attacks, trouble breathing, relapses that have sent her to bed for 14 hours at a time: At 35, Marissa Oliver has been forced to deal with the specter of death on COVID-19’s terms, yet conversations about her illness, fear and anxiety haven’t been easy. That’s why she headed onto Zoom to attend a Death Cafe, a gathering of strangers willing to explore mortality and its impact on the living, preferably while sipping tea and eating cake. “In the Death Cafe, no one winces,” said Oliver, who was…
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Cornell says in-person learning is best for the public’s health

By MARY ESCH Associated Press As colleges around the country grapple with how to reopen in the fall, Cornell University’s president on Tuesday announced that it will welcome students back to campus — an option she said is best not only for their education, but also public health. The Ivy League university decided that compared with holding classes only online, residential learning would be safer for students and the wider community because it can ask students to participate in a screening program to detect and contain any spread of the coronavirus, President Martha Pollack said. “The key consideration in our…
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NYC delays resumption of indoor dining at restaurants

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday that he was delaying the planned resumption of indoor dining at restaurants in the city out of fear it would cause a spike in coronavirus infections. The mayor, a Democrat, said he was concerned that if the city welcomed diners back into the enclosed spaces of its restaurants, it might experience the same surge in illness now being seen in other states. “Honestly, even a week ago, honestly, I was hopeful we could. But the news we have gotten from around the country gets worse and worse…
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