The Rundown for April 22, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… 2,734 reported coronavirus-related deaths yesterday raised the nation’s number of fatalities above 45,000, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University. There are at least 824,889 cases of coronavirus in the U.S., the university reported. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization declared that the coronavirus probably came from an animal and was not created in a laboratory.

WHITE HOUSE, CONGRESS REACH DEAL FOR AID… The White House and Congress reached agreement yesterday to provide $484 billion more in aid for struggling small businesses that included additional funding for hospitals and coronavirus testing. Funding the Paycheck Protection Program a second time will add $310 billion to its coffers; $60 billion will go to a separate business loan program, $75 billion will go to hospitals, and $25 billion will fund coronavirus testing initiatives. Afterward, President Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell all praised the proposed legislation.

TRUMP CLARIFIES IMMIGRATION BAN… President Trump said yesterday his upcoming executive order barring new immigration will apply only to people seeking green cards. The ban would last 60 days and won’t affect workers entering the country on a temporary basis. The clarification came after the president tweeted on Monday night that he would “temporarily suspend immigration into the United States.” According to Trump, the executive order is being written now and he is likely to sign it today.

SENATE PANEL REAFFIRMS RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE IN 2016 ELECTIONS… The Senate Intelligence Committee yesterday reaffirmed its support for the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election with the goal of helping elect Donald Trump as president. The bipartisan report was released by a panel chaired by North Carolina Republican Richard Burr and defies Trump’s repeated denials that the Kremlin assisted his campaign. The intelligence community’s initial January 2017 assessment of Moscow’s influence campaign included “specific intelligence reporting to support the assessment that [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and the Russian government demonstrated a preference for candidate Trump,” the committee’s report says. The panel also found “specific intelligence” to support the conclusion that Putin “approved and directed aspects” of the Kremlin’s interference efforts.

AG BARR WARNS OF ACTION AGAINST LOCKED-DOWN STATES… Attorney General William Barr warned yesterday that the Justice Department could take legal action against governors who continue to enforce restrictions in their states to combat the coronavirus if they “impinge on either civil rights or on national commerce.” Barr vowed in an interview, “We have to give businesses more freedom to operate in a way that’s reasonably safe.” The attorney general said the department wouldn’t hesitate to support lawsuits filed by citizens or businesses in response to certain state directives.

ENTERTAINMENT
R. KELLY TO STAY JAILED… R&B singer R. Kelly has failed in his second attempt to get released from jail due to the coronavirus pandemic. The federal judge acknowledged the disease has spread at MCC Chicago, where Kelly is being held awaiting the first of many trials. However, the judge said Kelly’s motion for release on bond did not present enough evidence the singer is uniquely at risk to contract the coronavirus.

HBO MAX TO LAUNCH MAY 27… HBO Max has set an official launch date of May 27 for its streaming service, HBO Max. The service will initially offer the scripted comedy “Love Life” and five other original series. The other HBO Max originals are “On the Record,” a documentary about the women who’ve accused Russell Simmons of rape; “Legendary,” a voguing competition series; “Craftopia,” a kids crafting competition show; “Looney Tunes Cartoons,” an animated series based on characters from Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies; and “The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo,” a talk show featuring the “Sesame Street” character Elmo.

SPORTS
PATRIOTS TRADE GRONKOWSKI TO TAMPA BAY… The New England Patriots are trading Rob Gronkowski to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a deal that reunites the retired tight end with Tom Brady in Tampa Bay. New England will receive a fourth-round pick in the NFL draft and the Buccaneers will receive a seventh-round pick. The 30-year-old Gronkowski retired after the 2018 season.

The Rundown for March 24, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. has topped 41,000 and the number of deaths has risen to 573, according to figures released by John Hopkins University. The U.S. now has the third-most number of cases among nations throughout the world, trailing only China (81,400) and Italy (59,100). New York City has reported 98 deaths. King County in Washington state has 75. Thirty-four others have been recorded elsewhere in New York state.

SENATE BLOCKS SECOND STIMULUS PACKAGE… The Senate yesterday blocked a second procedural vote to advance a $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package. Democratic senators are demanding that legislation prioritize workers over companies. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer met with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House legislative affairs director Eric Ueland yesterday and afterward, both sides expressed confidence that legislation will be passed soon. Democrats say the legislation doesn’t protect workers from layoffs and object to a provision that allows Mnuchin to conceal which companies receive federal funds for up to six months. Democrats also complain that Republicans are adding unrelated measures to the legislation, including an extension of an abstinence education program set to expire in May. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell accused Democrats of obstructing the bill. Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Democrats will unveil their own economic stimulus legislation.

COLORADO BANS DEATH PENALTY… Colorado Governor Jared Polis yesterday signed legislation to abolish the death penalty. In addition to signing the bill, he commuted the death sentences of three death row inmates who will now serve life in prison without the possibility of parole. Polis’ signature comes after Colorado’s House of Representatives voted 19-13 on January 31 to repeal the state’s death penalty law. The legislation bans the death penalty as a punishment for any crime committed after July 1, 2020.

FLORIDA GOVERNOR SETS TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS… Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has issued an executive order requiring anyone flying into the state from New York, New Jersey, Washington, or California to undergo a “mandatory 14-day self-isolation” period in response to the coronavirus. During a press conference yesterday, DeSantis said there were currently over “190 direct flights from the New York City area” to Florida, and he believed there was at least one positive case per flight. The governor vowed, however, that he will not issue a stay-at-home order and called such a plan “unsustainable.”

CALIFORNIA UTILITY TO PLEAD GUILTY… California’s utility company has agreed to plead guilty to dozens of counts of involuntary manslaughter for its role in the deadliest wildfire in state history. A Pacific Gas & Electric transmission line sparked the Camp Fire in November 2018, which ultimately led to the deaths of 84 people. The utility plans to plead guilty to all 84 counts of manslaughter as part of a plea agreement with the Butte County district attorney. The company also agreed to pay a maximum $3.5 million fine, in addition to $500,000 to the Butte County District Attorney Environmental and Consumer Protection Trust Fund to cover costs related to the fire investigation. PG&E filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last year and set up a trust fund to compensate victims of fires started by company equipment.

ENTERTAINMENT
WOODY ALLEN TO RELEASE MEMOIR… Woody Allen’s memoir has a new release date after it was dropped by its original publisher amid widespread criticism. “Apropos of Nothing” will be released April 7 by Arcade Publishing, according to Grand Central Publishing. Outrage at the book’s release centered on Allen’s alleged abuse of step-daughter Dylan Farrow.

METALLICA POSTPONES SHOWS… The rock band Metallica is postponing its upcoming shows in South America and says three of the five festivals it was set to play this year have been canceled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. South American dates of the band’s six-city tour were to begin on April 15 but have been rescheduled for December. The rescheduled tour will retain Greta Van Fleet as the opening act.

SPORTS
NFL PLAYER TRACKER (source: ESPN)
The Baltimore Ravens re-signed cornerback Jimmy Smith to a one-year deal.

The Carolina Panthers have traded quarterback Kyle Allen to the Washington Redskins for a late-round draft pick. The Panthers also made quarterback P.J. Walker the first XFL player to join an NFL team.

The Chicago Bears agreed to terms with free-agent linebacker Barkevious Mingo on a one-year deal.

Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowl center Travis Frederick announced his retirement at age 29.

The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to terms with quarterback Jordan Ta’amu from the XFL.

The New England Patriots have released kicker Stephen Gostkowski, who was with the team for 14 seasons.

The New Orleans Saints signed defensive back Deatrick Nichols.

The New York Giants have signed running back Dion Lewis to a one-year deal. The Giants agreed to terms with wide receiver Corey Coleman on a one-year deal.

The New York Jets have brought back outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins by signing him to a one-year contract.

The Seattle Seahawks have acquired cornerback Quinton Dunbar from the Washington Redskins in exchange for a fifth-round pick.

The Washington Redskins have released starting free safety Montae Nicholson.

CABIN FEVER SCOREBOARD – March 17, 2020

BASKETBALL SCORES
RUIZ TIRES & WINDOW TINTING 124 – O’Brien Gifts & Such 123… Julio Cedeño’s block of an Erin Gordon shot in the final seconds preserved the Toros’ win over the Fragrance. Mando Figueroa scored a game-high 28 points and Hector Garcia Uria tossed in 25. Raffy Gutierrez powered his way to 17 points and 15 rebounds.

CURTIS TRANSPORT 93 – Hansen Fuel 75… The Movers outscored the Hornets 32-15 in the fourth quarter to run away with the victory. Mike Tarwater came off the bench to score 19 points and lead a balanced scoring attack.

Schmidt’s Turf & Insulation 130 – ROANOKE TRUST 125… Robbie Wagstaff scored 40 points and gathered 15 boards in leading the Ruggers past the Moneymen. Brock Lyon’s 52 points and 16 boards weren’t enough for the losers.

FLEMINGTON DOWNS 110 – London Bookbinders 107… The Racers rallied past the Dickens in the fourth quarter to complete a season sweep. DeWayne Everson was out there scoring 25 points while his wife stayed home with a mare that was foaling. Duane Tudor had 15 points and 17 rebounds.

ELSIE’S BAR & GRILL 101 – Crystal Cave Mattresses 91… The Rowdies built a 10-point halftime lead and maintained it in the second half to down the Sleepers. Visco Brown had 27 points and 20 boards. Genovese Smith added 22 points.

CIRCLE 6 INNS 129 – Atcheson & Partners Architects 102… The Secretkeepers bombed the Pencilmen 32-17 in the second quarter to take the lead for good in the blowout. Steven Daniels III delivered 21 points off the bench.

MITCHELL COUNTY PARKS & RECREATION 117 – Vincent’s Pharmacy 102… Lester Orr dropped in 25 points and dished off 10 assists in the Outsiders’ win over the Feelgooders. Tom Molly finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Lonny Mincher also scored 20 points.

PRESCOTT THEATER 119 – Graham’s Fitness Centers 116… Arch Rahuney knocked down a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift the Flickers past the Abs. Rahuney finished with a team-high 25 points. Trent Atkinson had 20 points and 11 boards. Floyd Jenkins added 20 points and 10 rebounds.

TONIGHT’S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
Twyla’s Chicken is at Blue Sky Appliances…
Round Richard’s Play Center hosts Nelson’s Automotive…
Brown Sugar Coffee & Tea is at Dittleman Electric…
Carroll David CPA hosts Crossing Guards Local 412…
Hoo’s Chinese Garden is at Pettibone Kennels

HOCKEY
BRISTOL ALUMNI 3 – Nappy’s Fricasse 0… Goalie Kris Klepton stopped all 22 shots to record his third shutout in his last five starts and the Keggers cruised past the Bakers. Enos Thompson scored a pair of second-period goals for Bristol.

DuBARR IRRIGATION 4 – Mills’ Plumbing 3 (SO)… Wilson Chester netted the winning goal in the shootout as the Sprinklers outlasted the Faucets. Louis Carscone made 30 saves at goal.

Wendy’s Not-the-Drivethrough 3 – SMITHTOWN CAGES 2 (OT)… Billy Nelson found the net 1:04 into overtime to lift the Order Takers over the Batsmen and move his team into a first-place tie with Hellington Property Management. Jelly Jones set up two goals.

TONIGHT’S HOCKEY SCHEDULE
Hellington Property Management is at Arlyne’s Drapes…
Silver Stu’s Social Club hosts Dizzy’s Painting…
Sons of Harley O’Keen is at Two Lips Tavern…
Arnold, Arnold & Partners Lawyers hosts Millington Community Church

BASEBALL SCORES
GOLDY’S GUNS & LOAN 3, Liberty Creative 2…
PRITCHETT MARRIAGE COUNSELING 8, Integrity Sanitation 1…
Bell River Casino 5, Paul’s Halloween Costumes 3…
MARKOV BUILDERS 10, Ace Literary 5…
MITCHELL CROPDUSTING 4, Northside Glass 2…
Watkins Printing 7, Brett’s Burgers 3…
Wolfton Daily News 7, NEXT DAY PARCEL 3…
AIR CHANCE 3, Fourth Avenue Mini-Storage 2…
MONTOYA’S CANTINA HOME OF THE GUACARITA 9, Tri-Cities Mall 8…
MAXWELL’S SATELLITE 7, Brigadier Engineering 2…
Office Heaven 9, PESTS-BE-GONE 9 (tie)…
SAL’S FISH MARKET 7, Paul’s Passport Photos 2