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Venezuelans brave open sea on tubes, fishing for survival

LA GUAIRA, Venezuela – The biggest fear is a fishhook puncturing the inner tube that keeps them afloat far from shore. Then come sharks grabbing their catch and maybe biting their legs. And the current that threatens to pull them out to sea.

Texas testing drops as schools reopen, prepare for football

SAN ANTONIO — Anyone can get a coronavirus test at the CentroMed clinic in San Antonio, but on a recent day, the drive-thru was empty. Finally two masked people in a maroon SUV pulled straight on through with no wait.

The year the music might die: British clubs face closure

LONDON – When Keiron Marshall was 15, he found his way out of a desperate situation with help from an unexpected source: Eric Clapton. The guitar great was host at the first gig Marshall attended, and he was joined on stage by Gary Brooker of Procol Harum, The Who’s Pete Townshend and Beatle Ringo Starr.

‘Impossible’: School boards are at heart of reopening debate

Helena Miller listened to teachers, terrified to reenter classrooms, and parents, exhausted from trying to make virtual learning work at home. She heard from school officials who spent hundreds of hours on thousands of details — buses, classrooms, football, arts, special education. She spent countless nights, eyes wide open, her mind wrestling over the safety and education of the 17,000 children she swore to protect.

‘It’s not just dollars, it’s lives’: Officials hope COVID-19 pandemic will change way public health is funded

Local health districts have become the frontline in the fight against the coronavirus, but have historically been subject to political arguments about funding when seeking resources to prepare for a pandemic. A new bill in the state Legislature would seek to provide the sort of stable funding that has been absent for public health officials since the repeal of a motor vehicle excise tax in the late 1990s. 

Limited COVID-19 testing? Researchers in Rwanda have an idea

KIGALI, Rwanda – Like many countries, Rwanda is finding it impossible to test each of its citizens for the coronavirus during shortages of supplies. But researchers there have created an approach that’s drawing attention beyond the African continent.

SPS schools opening pushed back two weeks

Citing the need to better prepare teachers and staff for distance learning, Spokane Public Schools announced Wednesday afternoon that the school year will be pushed back by two weeks.

Despite pandemic, downtown library renovation on track

Despite disruptions to the construction industry caused by the pandemic and the building’s temporary use as an emergency shelter for the homeless, the project is still on schedule for completion in spring 2022.

Probe: Interior held back Bernhardt records sought by court

The Interior Department purposely withheld what it called “sensitive” public documents related to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt ahead of his Senate confirmation, an agency watchdog office concluded in a report made public Tuesday.

College football coaches facing tough adversary: uncertainty

College football coaches are facing the daunting challenge of getting their players to maintain the required focus to prepare for season-openers when the prevailing question swirling around the sport is when, or if, the season will even be played because of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.

Trump allows some unemployment pay, defers payroll tax

BEDMINSTER, N.J. – President Donald Trump on Saturday bypassed the nation’s lawmakers as he claimed the authority to defer payroll taxes and replace an expired unemployment benefit with a lower amount after negotiations with Congress on a new coronavirus rescue package collapsed.

FAA employees who oversee airplane makers report pressure

Federal employees overseeing Boeing and other aircraft makers say they face pressure from the companies and fear retribution from their own bosses if they raise too many safety concerns, according to a survey of the workers that was delivered to Congress on Friday.