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Savvy Senior - How the Coronavirus Relief Law Helps Retirement Savers and Retirees
5/8/2020 4:02:19 PM

Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about the retirement account changes that Congress recently passed in response to the coronavirus crisis? Seeking Answers   Dear Seeking, Tucked into the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, that President Trump signed into law in late March were a series of changes that can help retirement savers in need of cash, as well as help preserve the retirement savings accounts of current retirees while the stock market is down. Here’s a rundown to how three provisions in the CARES Act might help...

'Field of Dreams': Fathers & sons, phantoms and phenoms
5/8/2020 4:01:02 PM

By Ronald Blum   NEW YORK (AP)—Baseball and tears, the ones streaking down cheeks. Tears, the kind leaving rifts between fathers and sons. “Field of Dreams” is about phantoms and phenoms on an unlikely diamond in an Iowa cornfield. Emotions gush like water across the grass, resonating three decades later because of the nerves the movie digs down to reach. “I remember, I think it was the very first test screening we had, it was in the LA area and it was a recruited audience and they didn't know anything about the movie,”...

‘Is this ever going to end?’
5/8/2020 3:58:25 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT EMERITA   Recently actor Will Smith conducted a video interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci, our nation’s leading expert on the White House Coronavirus Task Force and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, in which Dr. Fauci answered several questions from children and teenagers. Dr. Fauci explained what COVID-19 stands for, what coronaviruses are, and what makes this one different and dangerous. He answered 7-year-old Ava’s questions about whether the tooth fairy can still visit (yes!)...

Faith leader says pandemic has been an 'eye-opener'
5/8/2020 3:54:25 PM

By Steve Eighinger   QUINCY, Ill. (AP)—The Rev. Bruce Rice does not pretend to be any sort of fortune teller. Rice, however, is confident of what he feels the future will hold once the pandemic surrounding the coronavirus has run its course. “We're already becoming more of a community,” says Rice, the executive director of contemporary Christian radio station WGCA-FM. Rice, 74, has also served as a local pastor and long been one of the region's (western Illinois) top spokesmen on faith-related matters. And he was not using the term...

Vicious dogs + people: Pandemic complicates animal rescue
5/8/2020 3:00:54 PM

By David Ovalle   MIAMI (AP)—As always, Garson Dupuy was out on street patrol this week rounding up strays and responding to reports of vicious dogs or vicious people doing bad things to animals. A Miami-Dade animal welfare officer, he's been designated an essential worker doing a job that, in normal times, is fraught with risk. Throw a coronavirus outbreak in that volatile mix, and even routine daily encounters like one outside a dilapidated South Miami Heights House turn tense. Wearing a mask and gloves, Dupuy tried to maintain distance in a cramped walkway...

The party of intolerance exists in 2020
5/7/2020 11:35:22 AM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard-- I can't help but comment on Michigan Democratic State Representative Karen Whitsett, who got censured from her party for thanking President Donald Trump for making hydroxychloroquine available, which she said saved her life.   Trump invited her to the White House and speak about her experience and did not ask her about her political affiliation.    The next thing you know, she's ostracized from her party because she thanked Trump. If that's the direction we're heading, you have to worry...

COVID-19 patients can now see faces of caregivers in one California hospital
5/4/2020 11:49:30 AM

By L Ron Brooks   SAN DIEGO—A mysterious respiratory therapist known only as Robertino (Instagram tag captain_wolf82), is doing more than helping his patients breathe easier, he’s making them smile, too. Wolf_82 works at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego and in the midst of the pandemic pandemonium, had the presence of  mind to think about his patients as people first. He realized the frightened COVID-19 patients—most of them sicker than they’d ever been in their life and legitimately wrestling with mortality issues for the first...

With new time and busier schedule, HBO's 'Axios' thinks big
4/30/2020 10:28:29 PM

By David Bauder   NEW YORK (AP)—No one can accuse Axios co-founder and CEO Jim VandeHei of small dreams for his bi-weekly news series on HBO, which is ramping up production to air nearly every two weeks for the rest of the year and moving to Monday nights. He wants to be a “60 Minutes” for the modern age. “If you're going to design a ‘60 Minutes' for the new generation, it might look something like what we're putting together,” he said. “Our ambition with it is we want to have influence on a consistent basis like a...

Savvy Senior - Beware of Coronavirus Scams
4/30/2020 9:56:54 PM

Dear Savvy Senior, Amid all the troubling coronavirus news, I’ve also read that there are various coronavirus scams going around right now taking advantage of innocent people who are afraid of getting sick or are worried about those that have. What can you tell me about coronavirus scams and what can I do to protect myself? Scared Senior   Dear Scared, Unfortunately, coronavirus scams are spreading nearly as fast as the virus itself, and seniors are often the most vulnerable. These con artists are setting up websites to sell bogus products, and using...

California senior meals program has eligibility restrictions
4/30/2020 9:18:39 PM

SACRAMENTO (AP)—Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday said restaurants across California that have been struggling to stay afloat during the coronavirus economic shutdown will soon begin providing millions of subsidized meals to qualifying senior citizens. He outlined the first-in-the-nation “Restaurants Deliver: Home Meals for Seniors” program but didn't say when it would start. The state's official website sign-up said information “will be available soon.” His administration said many of the decisions will be made by local officials. Here's some of...