Wednesday, May 20

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Today we have stories about a man arrested for killing a registered sex offender whose crime has garnered divided responses, COVID-19 testing set to double in North Omaha and Asian Americans facing increased racism across the country.

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What to do during quarantine?

From our list of things to do during quarantine:

Best Isolation/Lonely Movies

Given that he’s recovering from COVID-19, we should all spend time with Tom Hanks by spinning Castaway. If you’re more melancholy, give Lost in Translation a go.

What’s Happening In The United States?

  • A scientist in Florida says she was fired from her position with the state’s department of health for refusing to hide COVID-19 data from the state’s public reporting model.

CDC Releases Reopening Guidelines Rejected by White House

  • The federal agency released a 60-page document that includes guidance for businesses, schools, transit systems and other industries. The CDC released six slides with similiar, simplified information last week. This document is likely its original guidance that was rejected by the White House for being too detailed.

Asian Americans Facing Increased Racism

  • Across the county, Asian Americans have reported more verbal and physical attacks. Those working in hospitals have the unique obstacle of battling racism and a fatal virus.

How the “Plandemic” Conspiracy Video Spread Online

  • The video claiming the pandemic response was manufactured to benefit society’s elites spread quickly online last week after gaining steam in the recesses of conspiratorial Facebook groups.

What’s Happening Across The World?

EU Response Team: Brace for Second Wave

  • As many countries in the European Union ease restrictions, public health officials say increased activity could lead to a second wave of infections.

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Chris Bowling

Chris has worked for The Reader since January 2020. As an investigative reporter and news editor he’s taken deep dives into topics such as police transparency, affordable housing and COVID-19. Originally...

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