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Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Heres whats happening Wednesday – Chicago Tribune

| May 3, 2020

State officials Wednesday reported another 92 deaths in Illinois related to the coronavirus, as the statewide death toll reached 2,215. Officials also announced 2,253 new known cases of COVID-19, bringing total to 50,355.

The real history behind HBO’s ‘The Plot Against America’ – Heritage Florida Jewish News

| May 1, 2020

(JTA)-The new TV show based on Philip Roth's novel "The Plot Against America," helmed by David Simon, the Jewish creator of "The Wire," has premiered on HBO and made a splash with critics and fans. The eerily captivating series, which borrows details from the iconic Jewish author's life and a crucial moment in American history, depicts an alternative reality in which isolationist Charles Lindbergh defeats Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1940 presidential election and encourages anti-Semitic attitudes throughout the country.

In New York, bagels and lox have been recruited for the coronavirus fight – Haaretz

| May 1, 2020

In its 106 years of existence, Russ & Daughters, a world-famous Jewish appetizing store in New York, had never closed its doors for more than a day or two other than on holidays. Even in 9/11 we didnt close for more than one day, says Niki Russ Federman, fourth-generation salesperson of pickled herring and bagels and lox the trademark items at their store, located on Manhattans Lower East Side.

An update on The Roth Family JCC – Heritage Florida Jewish News

| May 1, 2020

These are interesting times, with things changing on a daily basis and so much more that is unknown than is known, said Keith Dvorchik, CEO of The Roth Family JCC as he shared some things the JCC is working on. Getting back to work slowly The Roth Family JCC has received Paycheck Protection Program funding and because of this, they can bring back the staff in a strategic fashion, according to Dvorchik.

Coronavirus will change America forever. Past crises offer hints of what’s to come. – Business Insider – Business Insider

| April 26, 2020

The legacy of the coronavirus pandemic, if written today, would be the unspeakable tragedy of hundreds of thousands of dead worldwide, major cities under lockdown, millions suddenly out of work, the largest economic stimulus package in US history, and the heroic sacrifices of workers who kept hospitals and supply lines running. And it would be impossible to tell this story without discussing the ways in which President Donald Trump left the US utterly unprepared.

US Coronavirus Updates: Trump Says Hes Temporarily Suspending Immigration to US – NBC Bay Area

| April 26, 2020

The Trump administration is ramping up its outreach to governors after insisting it was up to states to scale coronavirus testing. Vice President Mike Pence lead a conference call with the nations governors Monday morning in response to calls for a national testing strategy to help secure in-demand supplies like testing swabs and chemical reagents. The call comes a day after Trump announced that he would be using the Defense Production Act to compel one company to manufacture swabs.

Messenger: Zoombombing is the next front in the battle against rising anti-Semitism – St. Louis Post-Dispatch

| April 14, 2020

In New York, the current national epicenter of the pandemic, Zoombombing has become so bad that the city has banned the softwares use for online learning.

SMITHEREENS: Reflections on Bits & Pieces. Category: Columns from The Berkeley Daily Planet – Berkeley Daily Planet

| April 11, 2020

Recasting the Forecast Bay Area weather can be rather humdrum. Fortunately

Barr: Draconian Measures Should Ease at the End of the Month – White House Dossier

| April 11, 2020

Part of the ongoing debate within the administration about how to handle the lockdown, often being played out in public. According to the Wasington Post: Attorney General William P. Barr said Wednesday that some of the government-imposed lockdown measures meant to control the spread of covid-19 were draconian and suggested that they should be eased next month.

Profile: Hanania argues American Arabs need more networking and greater involvement in local society – The Arab Daily News

| April 11, 2020

Special to The Arab Daily News Ray Hanania is a name that resonates across the American Arab community. He was one of the first in the community to jump in the deep waters of professional journalism and communications, serving as the award winning City Hall reporter in Chicago for the Daily Southtown and Sun-Times beginning in 1976.


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