(Hollywood, CA) — The show business community is reacting to the death of Rock and Roll pioneer Little Richard. The Macon, Georgia native born Richard Penniman passed away today in Nashville at the age of 87.
Little Richard was a member of the inaugural class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. Richard reportedly had bone cancer.
Music Executive Andre Harrell Dies at 59
He founded the influential label Uptown Records and gave a first break to Sean Combs, who would go on to become one of hip-hop’s signature moguls. Reportedly, Harrell passed away from heart failure.
Roy Horn of Siegfried and Roy duo dies of coronavirus
Roy Horn, one-half of the popular Las Vegas animal and magic act Siegfried and Roy, died Friday of complications from the coronavirus, according to his publicist. He was 75.
(AP) – Russia is sending a plane with medical supplies such as masks to help the U.S. fight the coronavirus pandemic. The plane will arrive today after President Trump accepted an offer earlier this week from Russian President Vladimir Putin to send personal protective equipment and other gear.
The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs tweeted a photo of its largest cargo aircraft filled with boxes of masks and equipment to “help save the lives of American citizens.”
Trump Administration officials say the U.S. will immediately put items to use that are approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
(Washington, DC) – Lawmakers are pressing CDC Director Robert Redfield about the growing coronavirus threat.
During a House hearing, Connecticut Democrat Rosa DeLauro stressed that it is a real and growing crisis. She argued that the U.S. is behind the curve on the availability and distribution of coronavirus test kits. Redfield said health officials are working hard to push accurate tests out as quickly as possible. He cited a government “regulatory process” that had to be navigated.
Oklahoma Republican Tom Cole said a “deadly new disease is just a plane ride away.” He noted that there is a long road ahead with many unknowns.
New York Democrat Nita Lowey called the coronavirus crisis an emergency and criticized the Trump administration’s response.
Meantime, California Democrat Barbara Lee noted that store shelves have been stripped of hand sanitizer and said many people need it if they can’t get to a source of hot water and soap. Redfield said he could not address shortages in the consumer supply chain but he vowed to look into it.
The number of deaths in the United States from the coronavirus is topping 100. West Virginia reported its first case of the virus making the total number of cases in the U.S. is just over 58-hundred. A large majority are being reported in New York and Washington state. Cases have now been confirmed in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
Illinois reported its first death today as a result of the virus, joining 18 total states. Nearly 85-percent of those who have died were older than 60 and about 45-percent were older than 80. Of the first 100 reported fatalities, many people appear to have had underlying health conditions including diabetes and kidney disease.
(Washington, DC-AP) — The director of the CDC says the number of coronavirus cases continues to grow. Doctor Robert Redfield told reporters the number has gone over 600 cases, but the increase was expected as time goes on.
Cases have been reported in at least 35 states and the District of Columbia. Redfield says they are keeping an eye on several community outbreaks.
He argued that despite the increase in cases, the risk of the illness to Americans remains low.
Five members of Congress are now isolated after being exposed to someone with coronavirus. And two of them spent time with President Trump.
Matt Gaetz of Florida was on Air Force One today and Doug Collins of Georgia shook Trump’s hand Friday. Both men decided to stay home out of caution.
Same goes for California Congresswoman Julia Brownley who also closed her DC office for the week. This comes after Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar went into self-quarantine yesterday.
(New York, NY-AP) — The world’s five richest people are paying a pretty penny for the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.
They lost nearly 37-billion dollars combined in this week’s stock market tumble. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was hit the hardest, dropping his fortune to 116-billion.
Microsoft’s Bill Gates was second. He called the deadly disease a “once-in-a-century pathogen we’ve been worried about.”
(Washington, DC-AP) – CDC officials say a coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. appears inevitable. After closed briefings with lawmakers on Capitol Hill today, Dr. Nancy Messonnier spoke with news reporters and said it’s not a matter of if but when.
The U.S. has 53 confirmed cases, including 36 people evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship off Japan.
Meanwhile, Health Secretary Alex Azar is facing more heat over the growing coronavirus threat. During a House hearing, Azar defended the Trump administration’s request for two-point-five-billion-dollars in emergency funding to prepare for the coronavirus.
Democrats have called it too little, too late. New York Democrat Nita Lowey criticized the Trump administration for budget cuts in U.S. global health programs, including at the CDC. She called it disastrous.
Azar said the emergency funding request is flexible and stressed that more money could be requested later, if necessary. Meantime, Oklahoma Republican Tom Cole said the threat of a global pandemic is more serious than a major terrorist attack.