4.20.2020

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Need to Know
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Calls to Reopen Grow
Demonstrations against ongoing stay-at-home orders broke out across the country over the weekend, with protestors gathering in California, Texas, Michigan, and elsewhere. Though modest in scale, they reflect growing political pressure on state leaders to determine when and how to reopen their economies without reinvigorating the virus's spread.  

In Texas, many businesses will be allowed to provide curbside services, while hospitals may perform nonessential surgeries and state parks will reopen to the public. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) allowed some beaches in the northern part of the state to reopen over the weekend. Ohio, where half a million people have filed for unemployment in the past two weeks, will begin reopening when the current stay-at-home order expires May 1. This photo from an Ohio protest grabbed attention over the weekend.

The White House has said it will largely defer to the states to determine their own schedules, though President Trump appeared to tweet support for a number of the weekend protests. You can check where all 50 states stand on reopening here.

All proposed plans rely on testing to identify those who have already been infected. At least half a million tests are likely to be needed each day for plans to be effective. About 175,000 tests are being administered daily at the moment - you can track the data here

The US has reported nearly 760,000 cases, with more than 40,600 deaths, as of this morning (see stats). Europe passed 100,000 deaths, with just over 1 million cases. The nearly 10% mortality rate in Europe is significantly higher than elsewhere, though it does not include unreported cases. 

The virus has hit minorities and the elderly disproportionately. New preliminary data from the CDC showed African Americans account for one-third of deaths despite accounting for 14% of the population in the afflicted areas. Meanwhile, about 20% of US deaths have occurred in long-term care facilities, where residents also face the added burden of isolation from loved ones. 

From toes to the brain, the coronavirus affects much more than the lungs. We've posted a look at how scientists are racing to understand how the virus kills on our coronavirus page, along with nearly 100 other great resources. 
'The Last Dance'
Sports-starved fans got a treat last night as ESPN released the first two episodes of "The Last Dance," an intimate look at Michael Jordan's final season with the Chicago Bulls. One of the most anticipated documentaries in years, the series was slated for a June release before being expedited to fill the sports vacuum left by the coronavirus pandemic. Considered by many to be the greatest NBA player in league history, the documentary fills in the gaps between Jordan's legendary intensity and his off-court media savvy (while spotlighting some of the Bulls' other characters, like Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman). That the series came to fruition is a surprise itself. Pulled from 500 hours of all-access footage and interviews from the 1997-98 season, Jordan resisted signing off on the use of the footage for almost two decades. 

Watch a five-minute trailer from the series here.
US Crewed Space Flight
The first crewed spaceflight to launch from US soil in nearly a decade has been scheduled for May 27, NASA officials announced yesterday. The mission is also the first time a SpaceX vehicle will be used to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station, with Doug Hurley and Robert Behnken becoming the first to fly SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft. The launch will blast off atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, whose innovative design includes a reusable first-stage booster system (how it works). Since the end of NASA's Space Shuttle program, the US has largely relied on Russia to deliver astronauts to the ISS. Critics argue this dependence undercuts US space leadership at a time when space is becoming the next geopolitical domain. Commander Doug Hurley, who piloted the final flight of the Space Shuttle program when the Atlantis launched in 2011, will lead the May mission.  

Explore the rich history of US space exploration here.
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In the Know
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Sports, Entertainment, & Culture
> "One World: Together at Home” concert raises $127.9M for coronavirus relief efforts (More) | Broadway star Nick Cordero’s leg amputated due to battle with COVID-19 (More)
> San Diego Comic-Con, the largest fan convention in the US, officially canceled over pandemic (More) | Taylor Swift cancels rest of 2020 performances (More)
> Facebook launching mobile gaming app today to compete with YouTube and Twitch for live game streaming market (More)
Science & Technology
> Instagram founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger unveil Rt.live, an up-to-date tracker of whether the coronavirus is spreading or slowing in each state; it's the pair's first project since leaving Instagram (More)
> First observation of gravitational waves from an asymmetric black hole merger, where one black hole is much larger than the other, made by researchers (More) | Read about ripples in spacetime (More)
> Penn State researchers image enzyme clusters known as metabolons for the first time; hypothesized for four decades, the discovery may lead to new therapeutic strategies for cancer (More)
Business & Markets
> US stock markets up Friday (S&P 500 +2.7%, Dow +3.0%, Nasdaq +1.4%) as investors optimistic about economy potentially reopening in near term (More) | US economic confidence sees largest single-month drop on record (More)
> Former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill dies at 84, served under President George W. Bush (More)
> Walmart hiring another 50,000 workers to keep up with pandemic demand, has already hired 150,000 workers ahead of schedule (More)
Politics & World Affairs
> Gunman dressed as police officer kills at least 16 people in Nova Scotia, marking Canada's worst mass murder in more than 30 years (More)
> Twenty-fifth anniversary of Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 and injured more than 680 commemorated with online remembrance ceremony; watch video here (More) | See photo archives (More)
> Satellite photos capture North Korea making coal shipments to Chinese ports in violation of international sanctions; report accuses China of lax enforcement (More)
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Etcetera
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The coronavirus has paralyzed the international drug trade.
These maps show how global air quality has improved in the past six weeks.
John Krasinski hosts a star-studded virtual prom.

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Pitchfork gives its first perfect review in a decade to Fiona Apple's new album.
Captivating shot of Sudan uprising wins World Press Photo Awards (and see other finalists).

One hundred years of pandemic public safety posters. ($$, Atlantic)
 
Church musician plays a piano left miraculously unscathed by a tornado.
Two Italians play tennis across rooftops.
Clickbait: Judge rules attraction to a chandelier does not qualify as a sexual orientation.
Historybook: Thirteen students murdered in Columbine High School mass shooting (1999); Danica Patrick is first woman to win IndyCar race (2008); RIP Dorothy Height, civil and women’s rights activist (2010); Deepwater Horizon oil rig explodes, killing 11 and starting six-month oil spill (2010).
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