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Film, TV production officially OK to resume today in California after COVID-19 shutdown

kckate16/iStock(LOS ANGELES) — After shutting down beginning in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic, today is the day California officials have allowed for film and television production to resume in the state.  However, all productions will have to adhere to a state-mandated set of safety protocols to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.  The Los Angeles County Public Health Department …

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It’s no yolk: Texas attorney charged with egging judge’s car over COVID-19 stay-at-home orders

RapidEye/iStock(CONROE, Texas) — An attorney and district judge candidate in Conroe, Texas has been charged with criminal mischief for egging a judge’s car over COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, according to Community Impact Newspaper. The Conroe Police Department charged Eric Yollick, who’s running for district judge in Monroe County, with throwing an egg at current Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough’s car back in …

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Dow plunges almost 7% amid concerns of second COVID-19 wave

iStock/lucadp(NEW YORK) — As states across the country are working on reopening, COVID-19 cases are back on the rise — which is rattling the volatile stock market once more. COVID-19 cases are up in about 20 states, with hospitalizations on the rise in at least eight.  The new trend has health officials concerned that the long-predicted second wave, which was …

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Dow plunges almost 7% amid concerns of second COVID wave

iStock/lucadp(NEW YORK) — As states across the country are working on reopening, COVID-19 cases are back on the rise — which is rattling the volatile stock market once more. COVID-19 cases are up in about 20 states, with hospitalizations on the rise in at least eight.  The new trend has health officials concerned that the long-predicted second wave, which was …

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After being postponed to the fall, America Black Film Festival is now going virtual

ABFF(MIAMI BEACH) — The 24th annual American Black Film Festival in Miami Beach will be going virtual. ABFF Ventures announced on Thursday that it is moving the annual fest online, where it will now run from August 21 to 30 this year. “While we will surely miss being with our ABFF community in Miami Beach this year and connecting in …

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Coachella 2020 officially canceled by California’s Riverside County

Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Coachella(INDIO, CA) — California’s Riverside County has officially canceled Coachella 2020.  The annual Indio, California festival had originally been scheduled for this past April before being postponed to this coming October due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Headliners included the reunited Rage Against the Machine, Frank Ocean and Travis Scott. In a press release, Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser says, “I …

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COVID-19 cases in the US top two million

ffikretow/iStock(NEW YORK) — The number of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. has now exceeded two million.  The nation officially crossed that threshold Wednesday night, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.  The milestone has been passed 44 days after the number of reported coronavirus infections in the U.S. exceeded one million.  Just two weeks ago, the U.S. death toll …

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Dr. Fauci expresses concerns over how protests can spark a second wave of COVID-19

David ‘Dee’ Delgado/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — With thousands of protestors across America demanding justice for George Floyd, health officials have raised concerns over how the lack of social distancing seen in the crowds will affect future cases of COVID-19.   Speaking to Good Morning America on Wednesday, the nation’s leading expert on infectious diseases Doctor Anthony Fauci is worried of how the demonstrations will affect the …

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Nanotech breakthrough means reliable COVID-19 test results in minutes

iStock/wildpixel(MARYLAND) — Nanoparticles — tiny materials that can be programmed to do various functions — were once the stuff of science fiction, but now real-life science is seeing them pressed into service in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.  Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine have found a way to use plasmonic gold nanoparticles to detect the COVID-19 …

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AMC theater chain lays out plan for reopening

iStock/Nattakorn ManeeratThe AMC theater chain laid out an ambitious plan on Tuesday to have almost all of its theaters open sometime in July.  The plan includes partnering with companies like Clorox to create theatre environments as safe and clean as possible, educating theatergoers on how to keep safe, and looking into high tech sanitation techniques, including the use of electrostatic …

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