The Rundown for May 1, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. topped 1,056,000 yesterday and the death toll surpassed 63,000, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence issued a news release declaring it has found no proof the coronavirus was manmade. The chief executive of British pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca told BBC radio that the company expects to know by July whether a coronavirus vaccine it’s working on with University of Oxford researchers will be effective.

COURT RULES AGAINST ‘SANCTUARY’ WITHOLDINGS… A U.S. appeals court yesterday ruled against the Trump administration’s effort to withhold millions of dollars from so-called “sanctuary” jurisdictions that limit cooperation with federal immigration enforcement. The decision by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago upheld a pair of lower court rulings that blocked the administration from placing immigration-related conditions on law-enforcement grants. On Wednesday, Trump suggested he might restrict coronavirus aid to states and cities with “sanctuary” policies.

UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS JUMP BY 4 MILLION… Nearly 4 million more Americans filed for new unemployment claims last week, the Labor Department said yesterday. The new filings raise the number of claims to about 30 million. Analysts believe true unemployment numbers are even higher since the volume of applicants has overwhelmed jobless systems in several states.

LAWMAKERS SEEK SUPPORT OF USPS AID PROPOSAL… Lawmakers from both parties have joined in calling for emergency funding for the U.S. Postal Service. House oversight and reform committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney and three U.S. congressmen sent a letter to congressional leaders seeking support for a proposal by the Postal Service Board of Governors for $75 billion in aid. The package would include $25 billion to offset coronavirus losses, $25 billion for projects to modernize the Postal Service and access to another $25 billion in borrowing authority.

4 CHILDREN DEAD IN BUGGY MISHAP… Authorities in Kentucky confirmed yesterday that four children were killed and one is missing in Bath County after their horse-drawn buggy was washed away while trying to cross a stream the night before. The Amish family of six was crossing a low water bridge when its horse was swept away by the current, according to police. The National Guard and state police joined in the search for the missing child.

MADONNA TESTS POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS ANTIBODIES… Madonna revealed yesterday that she has tested positive for coronavirus antibodies. The 61-year-old singer canceled the remainder of her “Madame X” tour last month over safety concerns. Earlier this month, she announced plans to team up with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “to find a drug that will prevent or treat COVID-19.”

NETFLIX RELEASES SEINFELD COMEDY SPECIAL TRAILER… Netflix yesterday released a trailer for the upcoming Jerry Seinfeld comedy special “23 Hours to Kill.” Seinfeld’s first standup comedy special in 22 years premieres May 5. It was filmed at New York’s Beacon Theater prior to the coronavirus pandemic.

BENGALS RELEASE ANDY DALTON… The Cincinnati Bengals yesterday released veteran quarterback Andy Dalton, who had been the team’s primary signal-caller since his selection in the second round of the 2011 draft. During his nine seasons with the Bengals, the 32-year-old Dalton threw a franchise-record 204 touchdown passes leading the team to the postseason five times. His 31,594 passing yards are second only to Ken Anderson’s 32,838 in team history. Dalton’s departure comes a week after Cincinnati drafted Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow with the top overall pick.

NHL CONSIDERING RETURN-TO-PLAY PLANS… NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said yesterday that starting the 2020-21 season as late as December is among options on the table as the league how best to close the current season and transition into the following one. The NHL ended regular-season play on March 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Owners and the players union have begun discussions on Phase 2 of plans to reopen play.

The Rundown for April 28, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. is nearing a million and the number of deaths has risen to 53,922, according to figures released last night by the Centers for Disease Control. Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced phased plans to reopen his state yesterday. After Texas’ stay-at-home order expires on Thursday, retail stores, malls and theaters can operate at 25 percent capacity, possibly moving to 50-percent capacity by May 18; hair salons, barber shops and gyms can open as early as mid-May. Colorado yesterday aligned with four other Western states in a regional pact as it begins to reopen sectors of the state’s economy. Interstate travel presses the need regional partnerships, governors claim. Seven states created a pact in the Midwest and seven states have formed a Northeast advisory council. Meanwhile, researchers in China have released a new study that claims the coronavirus appears to linger in the air in crowded rooms that lack good ventilation. The study published yesterday in the journal Nature Research emphasizes the importance of ventilation, limiting crowds and meticulous cleaning.

TRUMP DISREGARDED CORONAVIRUS INTELLIGENCE… The Washington Post reported yesterday that U.S. intelligence officials warned President Trump about the coronavirus threat in at least a dozen classified briefings in January and February. The warnings were included in the president’s Daily Brief but drew no response. By the beginning of February, coronavirus updates accounted for most of the intelligence contained in the daily briefings but the president was publicly downplaying the risk of the virus.

HOUSE PANEL OPENS WHO-FUNDING INQUIRY… House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel announced yesterday that he is opening an inquiry into the Trump administration’s decision to withhold funding to the World Health Organization. The New York Democratic congressman wrote in a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the administration’s explanation for suspending the U.S. contribution in the midst of a pandemic “inadequate. Engel says the State Department has provided Congress with “a one-page talking points ‘fact sheet’ that contains few facts, no plan, and no explanation of how suspending funds for the WHO will save lives here at home or around the world” by way of justification for suspending the funds. In his letter, he requested a number of materials from the State Department by May 4, including “any and all documents” related to the decision and its impacts, lists of interagency meetings and officials consulted on the funding.

SUPREME COURT DECISIONS… The Supreme Court ruled in an 8-1 vote yesterday that the federal government owes insurers involved in the Affordable Care Act $12 billion under a program designed to encourage them to offer medical coverage to previously uninsured Americans. The decision reversed a lower court’s ruling that Congress had suspended the government’s obligation to make such payments. Between 2015 and 2017, Congress passed legislation barring the Department of Health and Human Services from using general funds to pay the government’s risk corridor obligations, prompting health insurers to file suit… In a separate ruling, the Supreme Court yesterday declined to re-visit a Second Amendment gun case it heard months ago after New York City modified the law in question to address plaintiffs’ concerns. The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association filed suit over a New York City law that barred licensed gun owners from taking firearms outside the city or to a second home elsewhere in the state. The city subsequently amended the statute to rescind the restrictions and state lawmakers later barred them from returning… Finally, the Supreme Court gave President Trump’s lawyers until May 8 to provide additional documents related to the House of Representatives’ efforts to obtain the president’s financial records. The House Intelligence and Financial Services committees subpoenaed Deutsche Bank, accounting firm Mazars USA, and Capital One for Trump’s financial records last April. Justices are preparing to hear arguments about whether Trump is justified in preventing the financial institutions from complying. The court is expected to hear oral arguments via telephone conference on May 12. Lower court rulings previously upheld the legitimacy of the subpoenas.

FLYOVERS SALUTE CORONAVIRUS WORKERS… The Navy’s Blue Angels and the Air Force’s Thunderbirds precision flying teams will perform flights over four cities in a tribute to health-care workers and others on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. Formation flights will be flown over New York City; Trenton and Newark, New Jersey; and Philadelphia. Six F-16C/D Fighting Falcon and six F-18C/D fighter jets are scheduled to perform maneuvers.

‘THE DAILY SHOW’ EXPANDED TO 45 MINUTES… Comedy Central announced yesterday that it is expanding episodes of “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” to 45 minutes beginning Monday. The show, which had been 30 minutes long throughout its 24-year history, will air at 11 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Trevor Noah has been hosting the show remotely from his New York home and leading an effort to support relief organizations, with different charities highlighted each night.

NETFLIX TO RELEASE MICHELLE OBAMA DOCUMENTARY NEXT WEEK… Netflix announced yesterday that it will release a Michelle Obama documentary on May 6. “Becoming” chronicles the former first lady’s 34-city book tour in 2018-2019 for her best-selling memoir. The tour produced a string of sold-out arenas. Obama said the experience of the tour “drove home the idea that what we share in common is deep and real and can’t be messed with.”

BLACKHAWKS FIRE JOHN McDONOUGH… The Chicago Blackhawks fired President and CEO John McDonough yesterday. McDonough was credited with helping revise the franchise, which captured three Stanley Cups after he took over in 2007. However, the Blackhawks haven’t made the playoffs since 2017 and haven’t won a playoff series since their 2015 Cup run.

The Rundown for April 20, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases is nearing 750,000 and the death toll has topped 40,000, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University. Governors from both parties yesterday emphasized the need for more testing and disputed President Trump’s claims that tests are readily available. Maryland Republican Governor Larry Hogan, along with governors Ralph Northam of Virginia and Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, blame the lack of testing for the crisis America now faces.

MNUCHIN PROVIDES RELIEF-CHECK UPDATE… Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said yesterday that the federal government is allowing Americans more time to set up direct deposits before it starts mailing out $1,200 coronavirus stimulus payments. Mnuchin said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that many checks already have been wired directly into peoples’ accounts and claimed it was his idea to print President Trump’s name on the checks. Mnuchin also expressed hope for a quick agreement on a deal that would replenish the depleted small-business loan program.

NEIMAN MARCUS SHUTTING DOWN… Neiman Marcus plans to file for bankruptcy following the closure of its stores due to the coronavirus pandemic. Reuters reported that the company is shutting down its 43 flagship Neiman Marcus stores, two dozen Last Call stores and its two Bergdorf Goodman stores in New York while facing billions of dollars in debt. Most of the retail giant’s 14,000 employees have been furloughed.

TEXAS SHOOTING LEAVES THREE OFFICERS INJURED… Three officers were injured yesterday morning during a pursuit with a man who hijacked a Dallas Area Rapid Transit bus in Richardson, Texas. Authorities say 31-year-old Ramon Thomas Villagomez opened fire on police who responded to the hijacking, injuring a DART officer along with Garland and Rowlett police officers. Officers used a spike strip to disable the bus and end the chase. Villagomez was fatally shot after exiting the bus and exchanging gunfire with officers.

STORMS POUND SOUTHEAST… The Southeast was hit by severe storms for the second straight Sunday yesterday. Parts of Alabama were pounded by high winds, hail and heavy rain as forecasters warned of tornadoes and flooding across a wide swath of the region. Tornado watches covered a swath of East Texas and large parts of Louisiana and Mississippi yesterday afternoon. Parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama battened down for possible twisters last night.

BROADWAY STAR NICK CORDERO HAS LEG AMPUTATED… Broadway star Nick Cordero had his right leg amputated due to complications from coronavirus, his wife Amanda Kloots announced yesterday. The stage performer had been sedated in the intensive-care unit of a Los Angeles hospital for 18 days. Cordero earned a Tony nomination for his starring role in the 2014 musical adaptation of Woody Allen’s film “Bullets Over Broadway.” He previously appeared on Broadway in “Rock of Ages,” “Waitress” and “A Bronx Tale the Musical.”

THE WEEKND REMAINS ATOP ALBUM CHART… The Weeknd’s “After Hours” sold 75,000 copies to remain atop the Billboard 200 chart for a fourth straight week. Tory Lanez’s “The New Toronto 3” jumped into second place after selling 64,000 units. Lil Uzi Vert’s “Eternal Atake” remained in third place after selling 61,000 copies. Lil Baby’s “My Turn” stayed in fourth place on sales of 44,000 units. Bad Bunny’s “YHLQMDLG” sold copies to cap the top five.

GRETZKY BELIEVES NHL WILL RETURN IN SUMMER… Wayne Gretzky told The Associated Press yesterday that he is optimistic the NHL will resume at some point this summer. The hockey legend has been trying to help the NHL with content during its shutdown while self-quarantining from his California home. The NHL is considering several options on trying to resume this season, including going directly to the playoffs at several neutral sites.

The Rundown for March 13, 2020

ONGOING SHUTDOWNS OVER CARONAVIRUS… Efforts to contain the coronavirus continue as officials are calling off public gatherings, postponing sporting events and canceling classes at schools. As of yesterday morning, there had been more than 1,300 confirmed cases in the U.S. with at least 39 deaths of them fatal. The virus has infected more than 126,000 people worldwide and is blamed for more than 4,600 deaths. Doctors say the vast majority of cases are mild, and almost half of those infected have recovered. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, conceded during testimony before the House oversight committee yesterday that government efforts have failed to provide Americans easy and accessible testing. President Trump drew condemnation from leaders of the European Union for not consulting them before announcing that he as barring travelers from 26 nations from entering the U.S.for 30 days. It was also revealed yesterday that the communications secretary for Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro tested positive for coronavirus just five days after he was among a group of officials who met with Trump.

U.S. LAUNCHES AIR STRIKES IN IRAQ… The Pentagon confirmed yesterday that U.S. forces launched airstrikes in Iraq against Iranian-backed Shia militia members blamed for a rocket attack that killed and wounded American and British troops Wednesday night at Iraq’s Camp Taji. Officials said multiple strikes by U.S. manned aircraft hit five locations and mainly targeted Kataib Hezbollah weapons facilities inside Iraq. Earlier yesterday, Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced that President Donald Trump had given him the authority to take whatever action he deemed necessary.

DOW FALLS AFTER FED INJECTION… The Federal Reserve Bank of New York yesterday took drastic steps in injecting more than $1.5 trillion into the markets amid investors’ fears of the coronavirus’ economic impact. The move brought immediate calm but it quickly gave way. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell nearly 10 percent in its worst drop since the 1987 stock market crash. The Dow was down 2,353 points at closing bell, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq fell by over 9 percent.

SANDERS WINS CALIFORNIA DEM PRIMARY… News outlets yesterday declared Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders the winner of California’s Democratic primary. Official numbers from the Super Tuesday contest have been delayed pending the final count of mail-in votes and provisional ballots. As of yesterday, Sanders was holding a 34.3-to-27.6-percent lead. He had claimed 184 delegates to former Vice President Joe Biden’s 144, with 81 delegates left to be allocated.

CHELSEA MANNING RELEASED FROM PRISON… Former intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning was released from prison yesterday. She had been in detention in Virginia since last May after refusing to testify in an inquiry into Wikileaks. Manning was found guilty in 2013 of charges including espionage for leaking secret military files to Wikileaks.

PROMOTERS SUSPEND CONCERT TOURS… Two dominant live entertainment promotion companies have announced that they are suspended all touring activities because of the coronavirus pandemic. Live Nation Entertainment and AEG Presents both said they would halt events beginning this weekend at least through the end of March. On Tuesday, AEG announced the postponement until October of both the Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals.

IN THEATERS… “Bloodshot” stars Vin Diesel and Eiza Gonzalez in the story about a slain soldier who is re-animated with superpowers. The film is rated PG-13… In “The Hunt,” 12 strangers wake up not knowing where they are or how they got there and soon discover that they’ve been chosen for a very specific purpose. Betty Gilpin and Hilary Swank star in the R-rated film.

NCAA CALLS OFF TOURNAMENTS; NHL SUSPENDS SEASON… The sporting world has undergone a complete shutdown due to the health threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic. Yesterday, the NHL announced that it was suspending its season but expressed hopes to resume. The league had 189 games and three and a half weeks remaining in its regular-season schedule. Later, the NCAA called off its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments as part of a complete cancellation of all remaining spring and winter championships. Major League Baseball, meanwhile, announced that it is suspending spring-training games and will delay the start of the 2020 regular season by at least two weeks. On Wednesday night, the NBA announced suspended its season “until further notice” after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus. His teammate Donovan Mitchell reportedly also has been diagnosed with the virus.

The Rundown for March 12, 2020

TRUMP ANNOUNCED TRAVEL BAN OVER CORONAVIRUS… During an address from the Oval Office last night, President Trump announced plans to sharply restrict travel to the U.S. from 26 European countries to combat the spreading public health crisis that has engulfed his presidency. Trump said the plan would be in effect over the next 30 days. Afterward, administration officials explained that the ban will apply only to foreign nationals and not to American citizens who had been screened before entering the country.

SENATORS SEEK EMERGENCY DECLARATION… Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other senators are preparing to ask President Trump to issue an emergency declaration for the coronavirus pandemic. The formal declaration would let the Federal Emergency Management Agency use more than $40 billion from the Disaster Relief Fund to assist local state government in their response to the coronavirus. Democratic Senator Patty Murray of Washington tried to pass by unanimous consent a bill that would “allow Americans to earn paid sick leave time so they can address their own health needs and the health needs of their families.” The bill failed when it was opposed by Republican Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee.

HEALTH OFFICIALS BRIEF HOUSE PANEL… Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform yesterday that the coronavirus spread is going to get worse. Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told lawmakers that the role of local agencies is becoming more important as more states report cases. Redfield said 31 people have died from the coronavirus in the U.S. Of the deaths, 23 were in Washington, there were two each in California and Florida, and there has been one death each in New Jersey and South Dakota. The World Health Organization declared yesterday that the global coronavirus crisis is now a pandemic. Meanwhile, Reuters reported that information from dozens of meetings at the Department of Health and Human Services about the novel coronavirus has been withheld due to a White House order to keep top-level discussions classified. Officials said the classified meetings have limited the government’s ability to respond to the pandemic.

SENATE OVERTURNS STUDENT-LOAN PROTECTION REVISAL… The Senate yesterday overturned an Education Department policy to reverse student loan protections. 10 Republicans joined Democrats in the 53-to-42 vote. The rule designed by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos would have revised the “borrower defense” rule enacted by the Obama administration and restricted available actions by students who were misled by colleges engaged in misrepresentation or misconduct. The House passed a resolution of disapproval of the revised rules last month by a vote of 231 to 180, with six Republican members voting with Democrats.

SUPREME COURT ALLOWS ‘REMAIN IN MEXICO’ MIGRANT POLICY… The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Trump administration yesterday in allowing the controversial “Remain in Mexico” policy to remain in place along the southern border. The policy, officially called the Migrant Protection Protocols, requires asylum seekers to wait in Mexico prior to their appearance in U.S. immigration court. Officials say that about 60,000 migrants have been sent back across the border since the MPP was first implemented in January 2019. The Supreme Court has yet to issue a final ruling on the legality of the MPP program itself. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California briefly had blocked the policy last month, finding that it violates federal law.

CARTEL CRACKDOWN RESULTS IN ARRESTS, SEIZURES… U.S. authorities say they have arrested more than 250 people and seized 600 kilograms of illegal narcotics as part of a broader crackdown that targets the Mexican drug cartel known as the Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion. Last month, federal prosecutors filed criminal charges against the daughter of the cartel’s recognized leader, Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, better known as “El Mencho,” and extradited his son to the U.S. to stand trial. The cartel’s No. 2 in command, Ruben Oseguera Gonzalez aka “Menchito,” has also been extradited to the U.S. from Mexico to face drug trafficking and firearm charges in Washington, D.C.

WEINSTEIN SENTENCED TO 23 YEARS IN PRISON… Disgraced Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison yesterday after offering a plea for mercy. The 67-year-old Miramax co-founder was convicted last month of raping a once-aspiring actress in a New York City hotel room in 2013 and forcibly performing oral sex on former TV and film production assistant Mimi Haleyi at his apartment in 2006. He faced a minimum of five years and a maximum of 29 years in prison.

NUMBER OF FREQUENT MOVIE-GOERS DROPS… A detailed report released yesterday by the Motion Picture Association found that frequent movie-going slipped in 2019 and there were fewer tickets sold across all age groups. However, the number of occasional moviegoers. In 2019, there were 11 million such moviegoers in North America who were responsible for 47 percent of all ticket sold, according to the report. That compares to 12 percent and 49 percent of all tickets sold in 2018. The number of infrequent moviegoers, or those that go only once a year, increased from 10 percent to 11 percent. The number of occasional moviegoers, defined as those who go to a theater less than once a month, made gains, increasing from 53 percent to 54 percent while non-moviegoers fell from 25 percent to 24 percent.

NBA SUSPENDS SEASON… The NBA announced last night that it is suspending its season “until further notice” after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus. The diagnosis prompted the postponement of Utah’s game at Oklahoma City just before tip-off last night. The New Orleans Pelicans’ game at Sacramento was also postponed because one of the referees scheduled to work the game had worked Utah’s game Monday night.

PHILADELPHIA 124 – Detroit 106… Joel Embiid returned from a shoulder strain to score 30 points and grab 14 rebounds in leading the 76ers past the Pistons. Al Horford added 20 points and 10 boards.

New York 136 – ATLANTA 131 (OT)… The Knicks recovered to outlast the Hawks after blowing a 23-point lead. Julius Randle pumped in 33 points. RJ Barrett added 26 points.

Charlotte 109 – MIAMI 98… The Hornets rolled past the Heat after trailing by 18 points entering the second quarter. Devonte Graham scored a game-high 30 points.

DALLAS 113 – Denver 97… The Mavericks held the Nuggets to 12 fourth-quarter points in a come-from-behind victory. Boban Marjanovic had 31 points and 17 boards. Luka Doncic tossed in 28 points.

Chicago is at Orlando…
Milwaukee hosts Boston…
Memphis is at Portland…
Golden State hosts Brooklyn…
Houston is at the L.A. Lakers

CHICAGO 6 – San Jose 2… Patrick Kane found the net twice as the Blackhawks skated past the Sharks. Alex DeBrincat assisted on three goals.

Winnipeg 4 – EDMONTON 2… Kyle Connor scored a tie-breaking goal 2 9seconds into the third period and added an empty-netter as the Jets doubled up on the Oilers. Blake Wheeler had a goal and an assist.

St. Louis 4 – ANAHEIM 2… Zach Sanford netted the go-ahead goal with 2:47 left in the second period and Alex Pietrangelo added the finishing empty-netter in the Blues’ win over the Ducks. Adam Henrique had a goal and an assist.

COLORADO 3 – N.Y. Rangers 2 (OT)… Cale Makar’s goal at 2:50 of overtime sent the Avalanche past the Rangers. Gabriel Landeskog set up two goals.

LOS ANGELES  3 – Ottawa 2… The Kings scored back-to-back power-play goals in the third period to upend the Senators. Martin Frk scored the game-winner with 4:41 remaining. Gabriel Vilar/di tied the game 6:07 earlier.

Nashville is at Toronto…
Montreal hosts Buffalo…
Philadelphia is at Tampa Bay…
New Jersey hosts Carolina…
Detroit is at Washington…
Columbus hosts Pittsburgh…
Vegas is at Minnesota…
Dallas hosts Florida…
the N.Y. Islanders are at Calgary…
Arizona hosts Vancouver

The Rundown for March 11, 2020

BIDEN EXTENDS LEAD WITH PRIMARY WINS… Former vice president Joe Biden extended his lead over Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders yesterday in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Biden won primaries in Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi and Missouri. Results from contests in North Dakota and Washington were considered too close to call as of earlier this morning, but Sanders was leading in both races. The most count had Biden collecting 823 of the 1,991 delegates he needs to win the nomination. Sanders had 663 delegates.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… President Trump said yesterday that the coronavirus outbreak would “go away” and urged Americans to remain calm. He made the comments as the number of cases in the U.S. surpassed 800. Washington Governor Jay Inslee warned of tens of thousands more cases without “real action” and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo deployed National Guard troops in the hard-hit New York City suburb of New Rochelle. Trump met with his top economic officials but didn’t disclose what was addressed.

APPEALS COURT GIVES HOUSE ACCESS TO MUELLER REPORT… A federal appeals court yesterday decided to let House Democrats access to redacted or deleted versions of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s 448-page report on Russian election interference. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 to uphold a lower court decision. Two of the judges rejected the Justice Department’s argument that impeachment is not the kind of court case where grand jury materials are usually available and said courts should not “micromanage” the House’s need for information in the context of an impeachment probe. The Justice Department is expected to file additional appeals and the case could still face Supreme Court review.

ST. PAUL TEACHERS STRIKE… School teachers in St. Paul, Minnesota, went on strike yesterday after negotiations with the school district failed to produce an agreement. The St. Paul Federation of Educators, which represents 3,600 teachers and support staff, says a reduction in new employees has been a sticking point in talks. Union officials on Sunday said no progress had been made on adding mental health, multilingual and special education supports or expanding restorative practices to address racial disparities. The district said adding mental health teams the union wants would cost $30 million per year.

UN CLIMATE REPORT WARNS OF CLIMATE CHANGE… A UN climate report released yesterday warns “time is fast running out” to avert the worst impacts of climate change. The report by the UN’s World Meteorological Organization cites unprecedented heat waves, fires and floods over the past year as well as soaring levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide levels once again hit a record in 2019. The five warmest years on record worldwide occurred over the most recent five years.

WEINSTEIN WISHED DEATH UPON JENNIFER ANISTON… Unsealed court documents reviewed by Variety yesterday revealed that Harvey Weinstein urged that “Jen Aniston should be killed” in response to a reporter’s question about an allegation that Weinstein had groped the actress. Weinstein made the comment in an October 2017 email that was part of 1,000 pages of documents unsealed in advance of Weinstein’s sentencing today. A representative for Aniston said the groping allegation was not true. A jury last month convicted the 67-year-old Weinstein on a first-degree criminal sexual act charge and third-degree rape. He faces a minimum of five years and a maximum of 29 years in prison.

COACHELLA POSTPONED… The Coachella music festival is being postponed over concerns over the coronavirus. The event in the Southern California desert is being pushed back six months to the weekends of October 9-11 and October 16-18. Rage Against the Machine, Frank Ocean and Travis Scott had been set as headliners.

Boston 114 – INDIANA 111… The Celtics turned away a late rally to down the Pacers and clinch a playoff spot. All five starters scored in double figures led by Jayson Tatum’s 30 points. Gordon Hayward had 27 points and 10 rebounds. Daniel Theis added 20 points.

WASHINGTON 122 – New York 115… The Wizards rallied past the Knicks in the second half after trailing by 14 at the break. Bradley Beal scored a game-high 40 points.

CHICAGO 108 – Cleveland 103… Coby White scored 20 points in his first career start and the Bulls fought off the Cavaliers. Chicago had four other players score in double figures.

HOUSTON 117 – Minnesota 111… The Rockets overcame the Timberwolves in the second half and snapped their four-game skid. James Harden scored a game-high 37 points. Russell Westbrook added 27 points.

Orlando 120 – MEMPHIS 115… Terrance Ross came off the bench to score 18 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and lead the Magic past the Grizzlies. Fellow reserve Michael Carter-Williams tossed in 20 points. Nikola Vucevic finished with 19 points and 11 boards.

SAN ANTONIO 119 – Dallas 109… The Spurs came up big in the fourth quarter to surge past the Mavericks. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 24 points in his return from injury. DeMar DeRozan had 13 points and 12 assists.

PORTLAND 121 – Phoenix 105… All five starters scored in double figures as the Trail Blazers handled the Suns. Damian Lillard dropped in 25 points. CJ McCollum and Trevor Ariza scored 22 points apiece. Carmelo Anthony had 21 points.

L.A. Clippers 131 – GOLDEN STATE 107… The Clippers built a 34-point lead through three quarters and coasted past the Warriors. Kawhi Leonard pumped in 23 points before sitting out the fourth quarter.

Brooklyn 104 – L.A. LAKERS 102… Spencer Dinwiddie knocked down a go-ahead jumper with 28.2 seconds left and the Nets held on to down the Lakers. Dinwiddie finished with a team-high 23 points. Caris LeVert added 22 points.

Detroit is at Philadelphia…
Atlanta hosts New York…
Charlotte is at Miami…
Oklahoma City hosts Utah…
Denver is at Dallas…
Sacramento hosts New Orleans

TORONTO 2 – Tampa Bay 1… Auston Matthews netted a tie-breaking goal in the third period and the Maple Leafs made it stand in their win over the Lightning. William Nylander opened the scoring in the first period. Mitch Marner assisted on both goals. Goalie Frederik Andersen made 32 saves.

Nashville 4 – MONTREAL 2… The Predators scored all four goals in the second period on their way past the Canadiens. Filip Forsberg scored two goals and assisted on another. Roman Josi had two assists.

Pittsburgh 5 – NEW JERSEY 2… Evgeni Malkin found the net twice in the third period and had an assist as the Penguins put away the Devils. Kris Letang added a goal and an assist.

Boston 2 – PHILADELPHIA 0… Goalie Tuukka Rask stopped all 36 shots as the Bruins blanked the Flyers to end their nine-game winning streak. Boston got goals from Matt Grzelcyk and Patrice Bergeron.

Carolina 5 – DETROIT 2… Justin Williams scored a go-ahead goal in the third period and Sebastian Aho added short-handed and power-play goals as the Hurricanes put away the Red Wings. Jake Gardiner had three assists.

N.Y. Rangers 4 – DALLAS 2… Kaapo Kakko’s two second-period goals proved to be the difference as the Rangers doubled up on the Stars. Mika Zibanejad netted his 10th goal in five games and reached 40 for the season.

ANAHEIM 5 – Ottawa 2… The Ducks opened with four unanswered goals in the first period and never looked back in their defeat of the Senators. Nicolas Deslauriers scored three straight goals, with the final two coming 32 seconds apart. Ryan Miller made 40 saves at goal.

VANCOUVER 5 – N.Y. Islanders 4 (SO)… J.T. Miller scored the lone goal in the tie-breaker to lift the Canucks over the Islanders. Tyler Toffoli had a goal and an assist. Thatcher Demko stopped 45 shots at goal. The loss was New York’s seventh in a row.

San Jose is at Chicago…
Edmonton hosts Winnipeg…
St. Louis is at Anaheim…
Colorado hosts the N.Y. Rangers…
Ottawa is at Los Angeles

#2 Gonzaga 84, Saint Mary’s 66 (West Coast Conference final)

The Rundown for March 10, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… There were 423 coronavirus cases and 19 deaths nationwide as of yesterday afternoon, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Meanwhile, scientists at Johns Hopkins University of Medicine list the number of cases at 607 and deaths at 22. The CDC said 75,000 COVID-19 tests are available at 78 state and local public health labs in all 50 states. Research has thus far revealed that people with pre-existing conditions or over the age of 80 are most susceptible. President Trump announced yesterday that he would introduce a payroll tax cut and ensure assistance is available to hourly workers throughout the pandemic. Trump, who has referred to the virus spread as the “Democrats’ new hoax,” is scheduled to hold a press conference today and reveal further details about action being taken. Meanwhile, Florida Republican Matt Gaetz became one of four GOP members of Congress to announce they are in self-quarantine after coming in contact with a person diagnosed with the virus at last month’s Conservative Political Action Conference. Gaetz joins Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and congressmen Paul Gosar of Arizona and Doug Collins of Georgia.

CRUISE SHIPS DEALING WITH CORONAVIRUS… The Grand Princess cruise ship arrived in port at Oakland, California, yesterday after forced to idle for days off the coast of California. The 3,500 people aboard included 21 confirmed coronavirus patients. Officials say it will take up to three days to unload passengers. American passengers will be transported to military bases in California, Texas and Georgia for testing and a 14-day quarantine. Passengers from 55 other countries will be flown home. The more than 3,000 people aboard a separate Princess Cruises ship, the Caribbean Princess, remain anchored off the coast of Florida. The ship was scheduled to dock in Grand Cayman yesterday but was issued a “no sail order” from the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pending test results of two crew members who had transferred from the Grand Princess. The Caribbean Princess was originally scheduled to return to Fort Lauderdale last Wednesday following a 10-day trip to the Panama Canal.

WALL STREET TAKES BEATING… Wall Street took another staggering hit yesterday as markets plummeted amid falling oil stocks and concern about the coronavirus. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 2,000.70 points, or 7.74 percent, while the S&P 500 slid 7.6 percent and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 7.29 percent. There was a 15-minute halt in morning trading after the drop set off a built-in safety mechanism designed to avert a free fall. It was the first time the safety mechanism stopped trading since December 2008 financial crisis.

DEM CANDIDATES PREPARE FOR TODAY’S PRIMARIES… The two Democratic Party presidential hopefuls campaigned in Michigan yesterday ahead of today’s primaries there and in five other states today. Former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders are vying for the state’s 125 delegates. Other nominations today are in Washington, Missouri, Mississippi, Idaho and North Dakota. Biden has spurted ahead of Sanders in the delegate count and his hoping to deal a finishing blow today.

MONTANA GOVERNOR TO RUN FOR U.S. SENATE… Montana Governor Steve Bullock announced yesterday that he will run for the U.S. Senate currently held by incumbent Republican Steve Daines in November. The two-term governor touted his record of job creation and infrastructure in his campaign announcement. Since he took office, Montana’s economy has posted the nation’s sixth-fastest weekly wage growth, high school graduation rates improved and healthcare was expanded to 90,000 Montanans.

ACTOR MAX VON SYDOW DIES… Family members announced yesterday that Swedish-born actor Max von Sydow died Sunday of natural causes at age 90. Von Sydow earned Academy Award nominations as Best Actor for 1989’s “Pelle the Conqueror” and as Best Supporting Actor for 2012’s “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.” His other film credits include “The Exorcist,” “Hannah and Her Sisters” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Von Sydow’s television credits include Showtime’s “The Tudors” and in HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

LED ZEPPELIN PREVAILS IN COPYRIGHT DISPUTE… An appeals court yesterday ruled in favor of Led Zeppelin in its long-running copyright dispute over the 1971 song “Stairway to Heaven.” The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a 2016 verdict that the band did not unlawfully copy the Spirit song “Taurus” in creating the song. The initial verdict was delivered by a California jury in June 2016.

ATLANTA 143 – Charlotte 138 (2OT)… De’Andre Hunter knocked down three free throws to break a tied with 13.3 seconds remaining in the second overtime and Cam Reddish added two more as the Hawks put away the Hornets. Hunter finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Trae Young led Atlanta with 31 points and 16 assists.

DENVER 109 – Milwaukee 95… The Nuggets jumped out to a 15-point lead after the first quarter and rallied in the fourth to bury the Bucks. All five starters scored in double figures, led by Jamal Murray’s 21 points. Paul Millsap had 20 points and 10 boards.

Toronto 101 – UTAH 92… The Raptors got big games from Serge Ibaka and Pascal Siakam in powering their way past the Jazz. Ibaka had 27 points and 13 rebounds. Siakam added 27 points and 11 boards. Kyle Lowry tossed in 21 points.

Boston is at Indiana…
Washington hosts New York…
Cleveland is at Chicago…
Houston hosts Minnesota…
Orlando is at Memphis…
San Antonio hosts Dallas…
Phoenix is at Portland…
Golden State hosts the L.A. Clippers…
Brooklyn is at the L.A. Lakers

BUFFALO 3 – Washington 2 (SO)… The Sabres recovered to outlast the Capitals after blowing a two-goal third-period lead. Dominik Kahun’s goal in the seventh round of the tie-breaker was the difference. Victor Olofsson and Jack Eichel scored in regulation for Buffalo.

WINNIPEG 4 – Arizona 2… The Jets came from two goals down in the second period to double up on the Coyotes. Cody Eskin scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and had an assist. Tucker Poolman also had a goal and an assist. Nikolaj Ehlers scored one goal and assisted on two others.

Florida 2 – ST. LOUIS 1… Brett Connolly scored early in the third period to break a tie and the Panthers held on to edge the Blues. Mike Hoffman evened the score with a second-period goal. Aleksi Saarela set up both scores. Goalie Chris Driedger stopped 26 shots.

Vegas 3 – EDMONTON 2 (OT)… Jonathan Marchessault tied the game with a third-period goal and assisted on Shea Theodore’s game-winner at 2:12 of overtime as the Golden Knights prevailed in a matchup of teams vying for the Pacific Division title. Nicolas Roy put Vegas on the board with a power-play goal in the first period.

LOS ANGELES 3 – Colorado 1… Austin Wagner and Mikey Anderson scored first-period goals and the Kings skated past the Avalanche. Alex Iafallo also found the net.

Tampa Bay is at Toronto…
Montreal hosts Nashville…
Pittsburgh is at New Jersey…
Philadelphia hosts Boston…
Carolina is at Detroit…
Dallas hosts the N.Y. Rangers…
the N.Y. Islanders are at Vancouver…
Anaheim hosts Ottawa

#2 GONZAGA 81, San Francisco 77 (West Coast Conference Tournament semifinal)…
Saint Mary’s 51, #14 BYU 50 (West Coast Conference Tournament semifinal)