The Rundown for March 18, 2020

STIMULUS PLANS… Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin yesterday introduced a $1 trillion stimulus plan in response to the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus. As part of the plan, roughly $500 billion in total direct cash payments would be made to Americans in two “tranches,” with the goal of getting the first checks of “at least $1,000” out by the end of April, Mnuchin said. The government would also allow companies and individuals to delay their tax payments for 90 days. The White House plan appeared to have the support of Republicans in Congress but Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer unveiled a $750 billion Democratic stimulus plan that takes on medical problems and assists workers and small businesses. He also advocated for mobilization of the national guard to assist hard-hit states.

CORONAVIRUS IN ALL 50 STATES… West Virginia became the 50th state to announce confirmed cases of coronavirus yesterday. The confirmation came as the number of deaths in the U.S. reached 108, with more than 3,600 infections. Illinois reported its first death due to the virus yesterday. On Monday, Kentucky, South Carolina, South Dakota, Nevada, Texas and Indiana confirmed their first deaths. Eighteen states have now recorded at least one fatality.

BIDEN SWEEPS DEM PRIMARIES… Former Vice President Joe Biden swept all three Democratic presidential primaries held yesterday. His biggest win came in Florida, where he defeated Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in a state that carries 219 pledged delegates. He also won in Illinois and Arizona. Ohio’s primary was scheduled for yesterday but has been postponed until June amid concerns that attendance at polling places would contribute to the coronavirus pandemic. The Ohio Democratic Party filed suit over Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s decision, claiming that power rests only with the Legislature. Biden has now secured 1132 of the 1,991 delegates needed to secure the nomination. Sanders trails with 817 delegates.

FORMER GOP CONGRESSMAN DUNCAN HUNTER SENTENCED… Former Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter of California was sentenced yesterday to 11 months in prison and three years of parole for corruption charges stemming from his misuse of more than $200,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses. Hunter pleaded guilty in December to one count of conspiracy to misuse campaign funds. He will be on supervised release for three years and must participate in a drug and alcohol treatment program.

CHINA EXPELS U.S. JOURNALISTS… China has effectively expelled reporters from the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal in retaliation for restrictions placed by the Trump administration on its news outlets in the U.S. Journalists from the three newspapers have been ordered to return media passes within 10 days. The U.S. earlier this month imposed limits on the number of Chinese citizens who could work as journalists in the country.

ENTERTAINMENT
LYLE WAGGONER DIES… Actor Lyle Waggoner, who rose to fame for his work on television’s “The Carol Burnett Show,” died at his Los Angeles-area home yesterday after a battle with cancer. He was 84. Waggoner’s good looks landed him the first centerfold for Playgirl magazine in 1973. In 1976, he co-starred with Lynda Carter in “Wonder Woman” and moved with the show from ABC to CBS, where it was retitled “The New Adventures of Wonder Woman.”

ROLLING STONES POSTPONE TOUR… The Rolling Stones are postponing their 15-city North American tour due to the coronavirus pandemic. The “No Filter Tour” was scheduled to kick off in San Diego on May 8. The Stones’ planned North America tour last year was postponed after Mick Jagger had heart surgery, but the band rescheduled those dates.

SPORTS
(NOTE TO STATIONS: Please share with us your ideas for any particular kind of content we can provide your sports listeners with during the shutdown of live sporting events amid the coronavirus pandemic. We can continue providing simple news briefs as we’re doing now or we could supply sports reports from past years. We could even take the comic route and assemble sports report that are silly. Your call. If you’d want to see a sample of the latter two suggestions, or have something else in mind, just let us know.)

FOUR BROOKLYN NETS PLAYERS TEST POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS… Four Brooklyn Nets players, including Kevin Durant, have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The team has not identified the other players but revealed that only one of the players was experiencing symptoms. Durant has yet to play this season after suffering a ruptured Achilles injury during last year’s NBA finals.

GAMES
WORD OF THE DAY… HARROW… (HA–row)… v… To traumatize or disturb; to frighten or torment.
The thought of a teenage son taking out the car for the first time harrows a parent.

BOND, COMMON BOND… What do these 3 things have in common: INDEPENDENCE HALL–EAGLES—LIBERTY BELL?… (Things in Philadelphia)

WHAT THE HECK AM I TALKING ABOUT… SHOWER–POSIES–CALLIGRAPHY–BUFFET–GARLANDS?… (Wedding)

USELESS TRIVIA… What is Paul McCartney’s real first name?… (James… Paul is his middle name)

PHOBIA DU JOUR… Consecotaleophobia … Fear of chopsticks

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