Washington State News http://feed.informer.com/digests/H736SQ0GTN/feeder Washington State News Respective post owners and feed distributors Sat, 29 Aug 2020 14:25:08 +0000 Feed Informer http://feed.informer.com/ Coronavirus in DC, Maryland, Virginia: What to Know on Sept. 18 https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/coronavirus-in-dc-maryland-virginia-what-to-know-on-sept-18/2422185/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:157785fb-dfc5-5161-fbb4-8c344c71ce9c Fri, 18 Sep 2020 17:36:26 +0000 <p>The <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/in-person-early-voting-virginia-where-deadline/2419304/">first day of early in-person voting</a> during the coronavirus era is underway in Virginia, where long lines of mask-wearing citizens waited to cast their ballots weeks before Election Day.</p> <p>Election officials extended the in-person voting window and expanded mail-in balloting to help citizens avoid lines, but Northern Virginians were impatient to cast their ballots.</p> <p>Virginia has released the results of a serology test that was conducted over the summer.</p> <p>Hispanic individuals, Northern Virginia residents and uninsured or Medicaid recipients were most likely to have antibodies that indicated a previous COVID-19 infection.</p> <p>Overall, roughly 2.4% of adults studied over the summer had coronavirus antibodies. But that number was 10.2% among Hispanic people studied. The data also indicates as many as 4.4% of people in Virginia’s northern region have been exposed to coronavirus.</p> <p>The American Academy of Pediatrics also weighed in on how long kids who catch coronavirus should wait before returning to sports practice or games.</p> <p>Kids can gradually resume athletics once their symptoms have been gone for 14 days and a primary care doctor clears them. Furthermore, the APA recommends any athlete who had moderate symptoms undergo an electrocardiogram (EKG) because COVID-19 can damage the heart. </p> <div class="recirc-module"> <h3 class="recirc__heading"></h3> <p class="recirc__subheading"></p> <div class="recirc__post"> <div class="post__wrap"> <div class="post__image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/health/us-issues-sweeping-new-travel-warning-for-china-hong-kong/2418824/"> <img class="post__image" src="https://media.nbcwashington.com/2020/09/trump-xi.jpg?resize=850%2C478" alt="" /> </a> </div> <div class="post__text"> <div class="post__meta"> <a class="post__tag" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/tag/china/">China</a> <span class="post__date post__date--has-category"> Sep 15 </span> </div> <h3 class="post__title"> <a class="post__title--link" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/health/us-issues-sweeping-new-travel-warning-for-china-hong-kong/2418824/"> <span data-ellipsis="true" data-text="US Issues Sweeping New Travel Warning for China, Hong Kong" data-react-component="NBCTruncate" data-maxlines="3" data-maxlinesmobile="2" data-readmore=""> US Issues Sweeping New Travel Warning for China, Hong Kong </span> </a> </h3> </div> </div> </div> <div class="recirc__post"> <div class="post__wrap"> <div class="post__image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/national-international/mgm-resorts-adopts-smoke-free-policy-for-vegas-strip-casino/2418524/"> <img class="post__image" src="https://media.nbcwashington.com/2020/08/GettyImages-1227826389.jpg?crop=0px%2C137px%2C4000px%2C2250px#038;resize=850%2C478" alt="" data-recalc-dims="1" /> </a> </div> <div class="post__text"> <div class="post__meta"> <a class="post__tag" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/tag/mgm-resorts-international/">MGM Resorts International</a> <span class="post__date post__date--has-category"> Sep 15 </span> </div> <h3 class="post__title"> <a class="post__title--link" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/national-international/mgm-resorts-adopts-smoke-free-policy-for-vegas-strip-casino/2418524/"> <span data-ellipsis="true" data-text="MGM Resorts Adopts Smoke-Free Policy for Vegas Strip Casino" data-react-component="NBCTruncate" data-maxlines="3" data-maxlinesmobile="2" data-readmore=""> MGM Resorts Adopts Smoke-Free Policy for Vegas Strip Casino </span> </a> </h3> </div> </div> </div> </div> <iframe id="datawrapper-chart-lERwp" src="https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/lERwp/1/" frameborder="0" width="600" height="400"></iframe> <hr class="wp-block-separator" /> <h2 class="wp-block-nbc-section-heading">What the Data Shows</h2> <p>Across D.C., Maryland and Virginia, trends mostly held steady on Friday.</p> <p>On Friday, D.C. added 62 new cases; Maryland added 543 and Virginia added 1,130.</p> <p>Positivity rates have fallen to 2.3% in D.C., 3.2% in Maryland and 6.6% in Virginia.</p> <p>In an encouraging sign, hospitalizations in Virginia are the lowest they have been in two months. Currently, 648 people are reported to be hospitalized with COVID-19.</p> <p>D.C. announced it will be revising some of its coronavirus data reporting during a press conference on Thursday.</p> <p>The old method of reporting community spread is set to be retired. DC Health Director LaQuandra Nesbitt said the model that was in use since the beginning of the pandemic may have confused the average person looking at the data.</p> <p>The new main metric shared so the public can track community spread will be daily cases reported per 100,000 population.</p> <p>“We believe that this metric is far easier and useful for the public to be able to follow along with,” Nesbitt said. </p> <iframe id="datawrapper-chart-lvo2N" src="https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/lvo2N/55/" frameborder="0" width="700" height="285"></iframe> <iframe id="datawrapper-chart-s4sqZ" src="https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/s4sqZ/1/" frameborder="0" width="650" height="550"></iframe> <p><em>The map below shows the number of coronavirus cases diagnosed per 100,000 residents.</em></p> <p><link href="https://data.nbcstations.com/national/templates/css/mm-embeds-head-foot.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"></p> <p class="mmTitle">Coronavirus Cases in DC, Maryland and Virginia</p> <p class="mmBlurb">COVID-19 cases by population in D.C. and by county in Maryland and Virginia</p> <p><iframe src="https://nbcuniversal.carto.com/u/nbc-dc/builder/eaf54164-4a42-4ef7-b19f-6d9bd65a56fa/embed" width="100%" height="600" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p class="mmFoot">Source: <a href="https://coronavirus.dc.gov/page/coronavirus-data">DC</a>, <a href="https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/">MD</a> and <a href="http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/">VA</a> Health Departments<br>Credit: Anisa Holmes / NBC Washington</p> <hr class="wp-block-separator" /> <h2 class="wp-block-nbc-section-heading">Local Coronavirus Headlines</h2> <ul><li>D.C. Public Schools in mid-September began considering plans that could bring students back to in-person classes by Nov. 9, 2020. The city is also starting to plan how it will administer a COVID-19 vaccine once one is proven effective and made available. <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/coronavirus/dc-planning-for-some-in-person-school-to-begin-in-november/2421251/">Read more</a>.</li><li>Prince George&#8217;s County is allowing more businesses to open their doors and revised some of its coronavirus safety guidelines under its second phase of reopening. <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/more-prince-georges-county-businesses-can-reopen/2420752/">Read more</a>.</li><li>Seven popular nightlife spots near D.C.’s U Street Corridor will be shuttered next month. <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/entertainment/the-scene/pandemic-to-shutter-7-bars-restaurants-around-dcs-u-street/2419983/">Read more</a>. </li><li><a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/smithsonian-set-to-reopen-four-more-museums/2418014/">The Smithsonian</a> is set to reopen four more museums to the public beginning this Friday.</li><li>The University of Maryland began transitioning to <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/coronavirus/local-impact/umd-resumes-some-in-person-classes-monday/2417835/">in-person lessons on Monday</a> after the school reported a low campus positivity rate of 0.7%.</li><li>Some D.C. Public Schools students could be back in the classroom as early as this month, the mayor said. <a rel="noreferrer noopener" aria-label="Read more (opens in a new tab)" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/dc-schools-may-reopen-to-small-groups-this-month-mayor-says/2414239/" target="_blank">Read more.</a></li><li>Up to 25,000 low-income students and families in D.C. are set to be provided free internet connections under a new initiative from Mayor Muriel Bowser. <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/coronavirus/dc-to-provide-free-internet-for-25000-low-income-students-families/2413736/">Here&#8217;s what to know.</a></li><li>What can sewage tell us about COVID-19 in our communities? <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/northern-virginia/sewage-system-testing-suggests-rise-in-covid-19-cases-in-stafford/2413225/">Stafford County, Virginia, provides an example.</a></li></ul> <div class="recirc-module"> <h3 class="recirc__heading"></h3> <p class="recirc__subheading"></p> <div class="recirc__post"> <div class="post__wrap"> <div class="post__image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/latest-updates-how-many-coronavirus-covid-diagnosed-confirmed-cases-test-deaths-fatalities-dc-maryland-virginia-dmv/2230095/"> <img class="post__image" src="https://media.nbcwashington.com/2020/09/test.jpg?resize=850%2C478" alt="" /> </a> <span class="format-icon format-icon--video"></span> </div> <div class="post__text"> <div class="post__meta"> <a class="post__tag" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/tag/coronavirus/">coronavirus</a> <span class="post__date post__date--has-category"> Mar 3 </span> </div> <h3 class="post__title"> <a class="post__title--link" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/latest-updates-how-many-coronavirus-covid-diagnosed-confirmed-cases-test-deaths-fatalities-dc-maryland-virginia-dmv/2230095/"> <span data-ellipsis="true" data-text="The Latest: More Than 264,000 Coronavirus Cases Diagnosed in DC, Maryland, Virginia" data-react-component="NBCTruncate" data-maxlines="3" data-maxlinesmobile="2" data-readmore=""> The Latest: More Than 264,000 Coronavirus Cases Diagnosed in DC, Maryland, Virginia </span> </a> </h3> </div> </div> </div> <div class="recirc__post"> <div class="post__wrap"> <div class="post__image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/coronavirus-tracking-charts-maps-and-interactive-data/2303960/"> <img class="post__image" src="https://media.nbcwashington.com/2019/09/GettyImages-1201616295.jpg?resize=850%2C478" alt="" /> </a> </div> <div class="post__text"> <div class="post__meta"> <a class="post__tag" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/tag/coronavirus-data/">coronavirus data</a> <span class="post__date post__date--has-category"> May 15 </span> </div> <h3 class="post__title"> <a class="post__title--link" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/coronavirus-tracking-charts-maps-and-interactive-data/2303960/"> <span data-ellipsis="true" data-text="Coronavirus Tracking: Charts, Maps and Interactive Data" data-react-component="NBCTruncate" data-maxlines="3" data-maxlinesmobile="2" data-readmore=""> Coronavirus Tracking: Charts, Maps and Interactive Data </span> </a> </h3> </div> </div> </div> </div> <hr class="wp-block-separator" /> <h2 class="wp-block-nbc-section-heading">Reopening Tracker</h2> <ul><li>Prince George&#8217;s County will allow tanning salons, banquet halls and other businesses to open with restrictions. It adjusted some other rules on Wednesday, too. <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/more-prince-georges-county-businesses-can-reopen/2420752/">Read more</a>.</li><li>Montgomery and Prince George&#8217;s counties are among those that did not enter phase three with the state of Maryland. <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/coronavirus/maryland-enters-phase-3-of-reopening-friday-as-coronavirus-case-numbers-climb/2410608/">Here&#8217;s a roundup of counties in our area</a>. </li><li>Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/maryland-governor-authorizes-safe-reopening-of-schools-in-all-counties/2403357/">he has authorized all public schools in the state to begin “safely” reopening</a> because state metrics on the coronavirus show improvements.&nbsp;The state “strongly suggests” that local school districts bring students back into schools but cannot force them to do so, Hogan said. <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/prince-georges-county/prince-georges-montgomery-county-leaders-criticize-governors-push-to-reopen-schools/2405068/">Montgomery and Prince George&#8217;s schools</a> have both affirmed that they are not altering plans to hold classes online throughout the first half of the school year.</li><li>Private and parochial schools in Maryland can choose when to reopen after a back-and-forth between county health officials and the governor. <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/maryland-private-schools-can-reopen-governor-says-in-block-of-montgomery-mandate/2380270/">Read more</a>.</li><li>Prince George&#8217;s County revisited its phase two reopening executive order due to an uptick in coronavirus cases, <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/prince-georges-revises-phase-2-to-restrict-gatherings/2377952/">according to the county executive&#8217;s office</a>.</li><li>Virginia entered <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/phase-3-reopening-begins-in-virginia-with-more-restrictions-lifted-bars-still-closed/2348907/">phase three reopening on July 1</a>, loosening restrictions on restaurants, stores, gyms and pools. Northam has said <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/virginia-governor-says-he-could-bring-back-tougher-restrictions/2358359/">more restrictions could be implemented</a> if cases continue to grow.</li><li>D.C. <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/dc-reopens-under-phase-2-monday/2340163/">entered phase two on June 22</a>, allowing indoor dining, gyms, libraries and houses of worship to reopen with restrictions.</li><li>Montgomery County <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/montgomery-county-to-enter-phase-2-friday/2334122/">entered phase two on June 19</a>, reopening with restrictions gyms, houses of worship, indoor dining and retail.</li></ul> <hr class="wp-block-separator" /> <h2 class="wp-block-nbc-section-heading">How to Stay Safe</h2> <p>There are ways to lower your risk of catching coronavirus. Here are guidelines from the CDC:</p> <ul><li>Anyone over the age of 2 should wear a mask or face covering. Keep it over your nose and mouth.</li><li>Wash your hands often. When you do, scrub with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. As a backup, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.</li><li>Avoid close contact with anyone who lives outside your home. That means staying six feet away from anyone outside your circle, even if you&#8217;re wearing masks.</li><li>Always cover coughs and sneezes.</li><li>Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.</li></ul> <p><strong><em>Sophia Barnes, Andrea Swalec and Anisa Holmes contributed to this report</em></strong></p> <div class="wp-block-nbc-localized-block"> <blockquote class="featured-text"> <em><a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/newsletters/?_osource=rm_npd_nbc_dc_hs_mn">Get the latest news on COVID-19 delivered to you. Click here to sign up for our coronavirus newsletter.</a></em></blockquote> </div> <p><i>This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/coronavirus-in-dc-maryland-virginia-what-to-know-on-sept-18/2422185/">Click here</a> to open the story in your web browser.</i></p> Metro Warns of Service Cuts, Layoffs and More if Federal Funding Lapses https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/transportation/metro-warns-of-service-cuts-layoffs-and-more-if-federal-funding-lapses/2422036/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:17662c81-41d7-22e6-ed66-bfb6d1bb32ad Fri, 18 Sep 2020 17:32:56 +0000 <p>Reduced hours, service cuts and layoffs could be on the table for Metro if federal funding runs out amid a huge drop in ridership due to the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>Ridership and revenue have dropped as much as 90% on some lines, according to WMATA. The transit agency says <a href="https://www.wmata.com/about/news/Metro-balances-budget-with-federal-CARES-funding.cfm">it has used funding from the CARES Act to maintain service</a>, but that funding is expected to run out by the end of 2020.</p> <p>Metro&#8217;s board of directors voted on cost-cutting measures Friday morning that could be put into place if that funding runs out without new revenue. They include setting 12-minute intervals between trains and ending weeknight rail service at 9 p.m.</p> <p> &#8220;CARES Act funding has replaced fare revenue. If that funding isn&#8217;t there after December, Metro will need to implement measures that hurt the region&#8217;s economic recovery and adversely impact essential workers,&#8221; said WMATA General Manager Paul Wiedefeld in <a href="https://www.wmata.com/about/news/Proposed-FY21-service-changes.cfm">a release from Metro</a>.</p> <p>Read on for the cuts that <a href="https://www.wmata.com/about/news/Proposed-FY21-service-changes.cfm">Metro says could be implemented</a>:</p> <p><strong>Proposed Metrorail Cuts:</strong></p> <ul><li>Reduced Metrorail service: Standardize weekday train frequencies. NBC Washington is awaiting confirmation on proposed train intervals. </li><li>Reduced Metrorail hours: Close Metrorail at 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday (Friday and Saturday closure would remain 11 p.m.)</li><li>Turnbacks: On weekdays, half of Red Line trains would operate between Grosvenor-Strathmore and Silver Spring only. All Yellow Line trains would operate between Huntington and Mt. Vernon Square only, seven days a week.</li></ul> <p><strong>Proposed Metrobus Cuts:</strong></p> <ul><li>Continue reduced Metrobus service levels and hours, instead of adding service in early 2021 as planned</li></ul> <p><a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/metro-ramps-up-service-to-pre-pandemic-levels/2389934/">Metro returned service to pre-pandemic levels just last month.</a> Some services had been running&nbsp;at limited capacity or were completely shut down due to the pandemic in what the transit system called the largest and most complex service change in the system&#8217;s 44-year history. </p> <p>At the time, Wiedefeld said the changes were possible because of funding received through federal aid from the CARES Act.</p> <p>Now, Metro is saying that service might not continue. But before any changes go into effect, the transit agency will hold a public review phase. Metro will be asking riders to provide feedback on the proposed changes online or at a virtual public hearing. The transit agency said they will announce details soon on how riders can give feedback.</p> <p>&#8220;Metro is required to have a balanced budget, essentially forcing the Board to consider $200 million in spending cuts&nbsp;in the event that&nbsp;federal relief ends,&#8221; a release from Metro said.</p> <p><i>This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/transportation/metro-warns-of-service-cuts-layoffs-and-more-if-federal-funding-lapses/2422036/">Click here</a> to open the story in your web browser.</i></p> Push Is Underway to Test COVID-19 Vaccines in Diverse Groups https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/coronavirus/push-is-underway-to-test-covid-19-vaccines-in-diverse-groups/2422150/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:2d54b068-eb4e-cd37-088d-b914f28f6e41 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 16:21:51 +0000 <p>In front of baskets of tomatoes and peppers, near a sizzling burrito grill, the “promotoras” stop masked shoppers at a busy Latino farmers market: Want to test a COVID-19 vaccine?</p> <p>Aided by Spanish-speaking “health promoters” and Black pastors, a stepped-up effort is underway around the U.S. to recruit minorities to ensure potential vaccines against the scourge are tested in the populations most ravaged by the virus.</p> <p>Many thousands of volunteers from minority groups are needed for huge clinical trials underway or about to begin. Scientists say a diverse group of test subjects is vital to determining whether a vaccine is safe and effective for everyone and instilling broad public confidence in the shots once they become available.</p> <p>The expanded outreach by vaccine researchers and health officials is getting a late start in communities that, because of a history of scientific exploitation and racism, may be the most reluctant to roll up their sleeves. </p> <figure class="wp-block-pullquote"><blockquote><p> &#8220;We know that Blacks and Latinos are bearing the brunt of this virus and, yeah, we definitely need to make sure that this vaccine works for them.” </p><cite> Dr. Tina Carroll-Scott, medical director of the South Miami Children&#8217;s Clinic</cite></blockquote></figure> <p>Just getting the word out takes time.</p> <p>“I didn’t know anything about the vaccine until now,” said Ingrid Guerra, who signed up last week at the farmers market in Takoma Park, Maryland, outside the nation’s capital.</p> <p>The health promoters from CASA, a Hispanic advocacy group, explained how the research process works and how a vaccine could help end the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>“I’m not afraid,” Guerra decided. “I want to participate for me, my family, my people.”</p> <p>University of Maryland researchers agreed to set up a temporary lab at CASA&#8217;s local community center so that people struggling financially wouldn’t have to travel to participate. </p> <p>The hardest part, many experts say, is gaining trust.</p> <p>“A white guy from NIH is probably not going to be as effective by far in convincing somebody from a minority community that this is the kind of science they might want to trust, as would a doctor from their own community,” said Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health.</p> <p>Recruiting African Americans in particular will be “a heavy, heavy lift,” Collins said, because of the legacy of mistrust after the infamous Tuskegee experiment, when Black men in Alabama were left untreated for syphilis as part of a study that ran from the 1930s into the ‘70s.</p> <p>Some Black doctors, too, are wrestling with doubts. Dr. Tina Carroll-Scott, medical director of the South Miami Children&#8217;s Clinic, described a “really, really tough” time, considering the political influence that the Trump administration has exerted on long-trusted health agencies like the Food and Drug Administration.</p> <p>“Wondering whether that&#8217;s going to affect the trials and even the vaccine that comes out I think are all valid concerns,” said Carroll-Scott, who ultimately decided to recommend the studies. &#8220;We know that Blacks and Latinos are bearing the brunt of this virus and, yeah, we definitely need to make sure that this vaccine works for them.”</p> <p>In the U.S., Black, Latino, Native Americans and Asians are more at risk of hospitalization and death from the coronavirus. Together they make up nearly 40% of the U.S. population, and an equitable vaccine study would match those demographics, though health officials would like to see even greater numbers. </p> <p>As Moderna Inc. neared its goal of 30,000 study participants, some sites slowed recruitment in recent weeks to increase minority enrollment, now at about 28%. </p> <p>Pfizer Inc., which recently asked the FDA for permission to expand to 44,000 volunteers, says about a quarter of its U.S. participants are from communities of color, more when counting trial sites in Brazil and Argentina. Both companies are having the most success in recruiting Hispanics.</p> <p>“It’s really important that this vaccine work for everyone, or if it doesn’t, that we understand why,” said Dr. Susanne Doblecki-Lewis of the University of Miami, who is helping to test the Moderna vaccine. Researchers might need to compare the different vaccines “and see how one might better fit a population than another.”</p> <p>A lack of diversity in the research would have ripple effects once any vaccine is approved for widespread use. Even before final testing began, a poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found just 25% of African Americans and 37% of Hispanics would get a vaccine once it&#8217;s available, compared with 56% of whites.</p> <p>“If and when we have a vaccine ready, if you didn’t have enrollment of minorities, then people are going to say, ‘Why should I put the vaccine in myself?’” said Dr. Carlos del Rio of Emory University, another study site.</p> <p>Yet too often, when Dr. Christian Ramers of Family Health Centers of San Diego tries to recruit, he is told: “How can you possibly expect me to be a guinea pig when time and again we’ve volunteered our community members and not seen the benefits of the research?”</p> <p>Theresa Hagen of Miami Beach, Florida, hopes she is a role model for other African Americans considering volunteering.</p> <p>“I may be part of history right here,” she said after enrolling in the University of Miami&#8217;s study. The research “benefits not only African Americans but everyone in general.”</p> <p>Researchers are gearing up to recruit thousands more volunteers over the next two months, as shots made by Johnson &amp; Johnson and Novavax enter final testing and a paused study from AstraZeneca is expected to resume in the U.S. </p> <p>NIH this week began a program to better inform minority populations about the vaccine studies — and other COVID-19 information — and awarded $12 million to help form “community engagement” teams in 11 especially hard-hit states.</p> <p>And as part of the NIH’s COVID-19 Prevention Network, the Rev. Edwin Sanders II of the Metropolitan Interdenominational Church in Nashville is heading a separate national project for “faith ambassadors” and clergy to dispel misinformation about vaccines and research.</p> <p>“We’re not trying to twist anybody’s arm,” said Sanders, who has spent decades working with AIDS researchers to increase Black participation in studies of HIV vaccines and treatments.</p> <p>People will have reasonable questions and fears, he said. The key is bringing them together with scientists and trusted community leaders for respectful, open conversations.</p> <p>“We’re trying to change consciousness and change mindset,” Sanders said. “It’s not a quick fix.”</p> <hr class="wp-block-separator" /> <p><em>Neergaard reported from Alexandria, Virginia. Associated Press video journalist Cody Jackson in Miami contributed to this report.</em></p> <hr class="wp-block-separator" /> <p><em>The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.</em></p> Push Is Underway to Test COVID-19 Vaccines in Diverse Groups https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/push-is-underway-to-test-covid-19-vaccines-in-diverse-groups/2422150/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:74c8d2fa-49de-2bb1-2c02-918a2a6b06da Fri, 18 Sep 2020 16:21:51 +0000 <p>In front of baskets of tomatoes and peppers, near a sizzling burrito grill, the “promotoras” stop masked shoppers at a busy Latino farmers market: Want to test a COVID-19 vaccine?</p> <p>Aided by Spanish-speaking “health promoters” and Black pastors, a stepped-up effort is underway around the U.S. to recruit minorities to ensure potential vaccines against the scourge are tested in the populations most ravaged by the virus.</p> <p>Many thousands of volunteers from minority groups are needed for huge clinical trials underway or about to begin. Scientists say a diverse group of test subjects is vital to determining whether a vaccine is safe and effective for everyone and instilling broad public confidence in the shots once they become available.</p> <p>The expanded outreach by vaccine researchers and health officials is getting a late start in communities that, because of a history of scientific exploitation and racism, may be the most reluctant to roll up their sleeves. </p> <p>Just getting the word out takes time.</p> <p>“I didn’t know anything about the vaccine until now,” said Ingrid Guerra, who signed up last week at the farmers market in Takoma Park, Maryland, outside the nation’s capital.</p> <p>The health promoters from CASA, a Hispanic advocacy group, explained how the research process works and how a vaccine could help end the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>“I’m not afraid,” Guerra decided. “I want to participate for me, my family, my people.”</p> <p>University of Maryland researchers agreed to set up a temporary lab at CASA&#8217;s local community center so that people struggling financially wouldn’t have to travel to participate. </p> <p>The hardest part, many experts say, is gaining trust.</p> <p>“A white guy from NIH is probably not going to be as effective by far in convincing somebody from a minority community that this is the kind of science they might want to trust, as would a doctor from their own community,” said Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health.</p> <p>Recruiting African Americans in particular will be “a heavy, heavy lift,” Collins said, because of the legacy of mistrust after the infamous Tuskegee experiment, when Black men in Alabama were left untreated for syphilis as part of a study that ran from the 1930s into the ‘70s.</p> <p>Some Black doctors, too, are wrestling with doubts. Dr. Tina Carroll-Scott, medical director of the South Miami Children&#8217;s Clinic, described a “really, really tough” time, considering the political influence that the Trump administration has exerted on long-trusted health agencies like the Food and Drug Administration.</p> <p>“Wondering whether that&#8217;s going to affect the trials and even the vaccine that comes out I think are all valid concerns,” said Carroll-Scott, who ultimately decided to recommend the studies. &#8220;We know that Blacks and Latinos are bearing the brunt of this virus and, yeah, we definitely need to make sure that this vaccine works for them.”</p> <p>In the U.S., Black, Latino, Native Americans and Asians are more at risk of hospitalization and death from the coronavirus. Together they make up nearly 40% of the U.S. population, and an equitable vaccine study would match those demographics, though health officials would like to see even greater numbers. </p> <p>As Moderna Inc. neared its goal of 30,000 study participants, some sites slowed recruitment in recent weeks to increase minority enrollment, now at about 28%. </p> <p>Pfizer Inc., which recently asked the FDA for permission to expand to 44,000 volunteers, says about a quarter of its U.S. participants are from communities of color, more when counting trial sites in Brazil and Argentina. Both companies are having the most success in recruiting Hispanics.</p> <p>“It’s really important that this vaccine work for everyone, or if it doesn’t, that we understand why,” said Dr. Susanne Doblecki-Lewis of the University of Miami, who is helping to test the Moderna vaccine. Researchers might need to compare the different vaccines “and see how one might better fit a population than another.”</p> <p>A lack of diversity in the research would have ripple effects once any vaccine is approved for widespread use. Even before final testing began, a poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found just 25% of African Americans and 37% of Hispanics would get a vaccine once it&#8217;s available, compared with 56% of whites.</p> <p>“If and when we have a vaccine ready, if you didn’t have enrollment of minorities, then people are going to say, ‘Why should I put the vaccine in myself?’” said Dr. Carlos del Rio of Emory University, another study site.</p> <p>Yet too often, when Dr. Christian Ramers of Family Health Centers of San Diego tries to recruit, he is told: “How can you possibly expect me to be a guinea pig when time and again we’ve volunteered our community members and not seen the benefits of the research?”</p> <p>Theresa Hagen of Miami Beach, Florida, hopes she is a role model for other African Americans considering volunteering.</p> <p>“I may be part of history right here,” she said after enrolling in the University of Miami&#8217;s study. The research “benefits not only African Americans but everyone in general.”</p> <p>Researchers are gearing up to recruit thousands more volunteers over the next two months, as shots made by Johnson &amp; Johnson and Novavax enter final testing and a paused study from AstraZeneca is expected to resume in the U.S. </p> <p>NIH this week began a program to better inform minority populations about the vaccine studies — and other COVID-19 information — and awarded $12 million to help form “community engagement” teams in 11 especially hard-hit states.</p> <p>And as part of the NIH’s COVID-19 Prevention Network, the Rev. Edwin Sanders II of the Metropolitan Interdenominational Church in Nashville is heading a separate national project for “faith ambassadors” and clergy to dispel misinformation about vaccines and research.</p> <p>“We’re not trying to twist anybody’s arm,” said Sanders, who has spent decades working with AIDS researchers to increase Black participation in studies of HIV vaccines and treatments.</p> <p>People will have reasonable questions and fears, he said. The key is bringing them together with scientists and trusted community leaders for respectful, open conversations.</p> <p>“We’re trying to change consciousness and change mindset,” Sanders said. “It’s not a quick fix.”</p> <p>___</p> <p>Neergaard reported from Alexandria, Virginia. Associated Press video journalist Cody Jackson in Miami contributed to this report.</p> <p>—-</p> <p>The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.</p> The Weekend Scene: What to Do Around the DC Area Sept. 18-20 https://www.nbcwashington.com/entertainment/the-scene/the-weekend-scene-what-to-do-around-the-dc-area-sept-18-20/2421982/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:079b744d-467c-137b-1cad-292f287d5330 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:45:48 +0000 <p>Coronavirus restrictions are easing and some people feel more comfortable about going out in public now. So, we&#8217;re bringing back The Weekend Scene. </p> <p>Weather-wise, you couldn&#8217;t pick a better weekend to get outside — and show off your best fall jacket. It&#8217;s going to be sunny and cool, especially during the night and early mornings. <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/weather/">Here&#8217;s the Storm Team4 forecast</a>.</p> <p>Remember your mask, keep your distance from others and enjoy your weekend.</p> <div class="what-to-know"><div class="what-to-know__wrapper"><h3 class="what-to-know__heading">What to Know</h3><ul class="what-to-know__list"><li class="what-to-know__item">Coronavirus is still spreading through the D.C.-area community, so take steps to stay healthy when going out</li><li class="what-to-know__item">Frequent hand washing, maintaining a social distance from others and covering your face can help slow the spread of coronavirus</li><li class="what-to-know__item">Don&#8217;t go out if you feel sick</li></ul></div></div> <div class="recirc-module"> <h3 class="recirc__heading">Weekend Reads</h3> <p class="recirc__subheading">Enjoy some good news from this week</p> <div class="recirc__post"> <div class="post__wrap"> <div class="post__image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/community/dc-area-man-starts-movement-to-fix-it-forward-gives-small-business-owners-new-car/2419884/"> <img class="post__image" src="https://media.nbcwashington.com/2020/09/norris-fix-it-forward.jpg?resize=850%2C478" alt="" /> </a> <span class="format-icon format-icon--video"></span> </div> <div class="post__text"> <div class="post__meta"> <a class="post__tag" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/tag/community/">community</a> <span class="post__date post__date--has-category"> Sep 16 </span> </div> <h3 class="post__title"> <a class="post__title--link" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/community/dc-area-man-starts-movement-to-fix-it-forward-gives-small-business-owners-new-car/2419884/"> <span data-ellipsis="true" data-text="DC-Area Man Starts Movement to ‘Fix It Forward,&#039; Gives Small Business Owners New Car" data-react-component="NBCTruncate" data-maxlines="3" data-maxlinesmobile="2" data-readmore=""> DC-Area Man Starts Movement to ‘Fix It Forward,&#039; Gives Small Business Owners New Car </span> </a> </h3> </div> </div> </div> <div class="recirc__post"> <div class="post__wrap"> <div class="post__image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/the-national-zoos-giant-panda-cub-is-getting-seriously-cute/2418840/"> <img class="post__image" src="https://media.nbcwashington.com/2020/09/ezgif.com-resize-2-1.jpg?resize=850%2C478" alt="" /> </a> <span class="format-icon format-icon--gallery"></span> </div> <div class="post__text"> <div class="post__meta"> <a class="post__tag" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/tag/national-zoo/">National Zoo</a> <span class="post__date post__date--has-category"> Sep 15 </span> </div> <h3 class="post__title"> <a class="post__title--link" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/the-national-zoos-giant-panda-cub-is-getting-seriously-cute/2418840/"> <span data-ellipsis="true" data-text="The National Zoo&#039;s Giant Panda Cub Is Getting Seriously Cute" data-react-component="NBCTruncate" data-maxlines="3" data-maxlinesmobile="2" data-readmore=""> The National Zoo&#039;s Giant Panda Cub Is Getting Seriously Cute </span> </a> </h3> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Virtual Event</em><br><a href="https://www.kennedy-center.org/whats-on/explore-by-genre/dance/2020-2021/national-dance-day/">Kennedy Center Celebrates National Dance Day</a><br>Saturday, Sept. 19<br>Classes run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.</p> <p>“We’re moving online but we won’t stop moving.”</p> <p>From Jazz to contemporary to cardio-focused, join free online dance workshops for kids and adults all day. Just follow along on the Kennedy Center’s Facebook page.</p> <p><em>Free Pick</em><br><a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/smithsonian-set-to-reopen-four-more-museums/2418014/">Smithsonian Museums Reopen<br></a>Four museums reopen Friday</p> <p>The National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Portrait Gallery, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum will reopen with new coronavirus prevention measures. </p> <p>You need to reserve a timed ticket for entry. Don’t forget your mask, it’s required.</p> <div data-react-component="VideoPlayer" data-meta="{&quot;amp_status&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;spay_email&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;syndicated_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;should_nationalize&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_first_published_date&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_prevent_modified_update&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_primary_category_id&quot;:0,&quot;nbc_primary_tag_id&quot;:0,&quot;nbc_social_page_title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_page_title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_seo_description&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_social_description&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_national_headline&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;entities&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_canonical_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_hide_from_recirculation&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_hide_from_search&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_syndication_category&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_national_collections&quot;:[],&quot;nopreroll&quot;:false,&quot;video_copyright&quot;:&quot;NBC Universal, Inc.&quot;,&quot;sst_source_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_disable_legacy_embeds&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_feed_loader_prevent_updates&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;desktopFlashPid&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_dfxp_url&quot;:&quot;https:\/\/media.nbcmiami.com\/assets\/video\/NBCU_LM_VMS_-_WRC\/983\/959\/WRC_1000000007299928.dfxp&quot;,&quot;mp4_url&quot;:&quot;http:\/\/nbclim-download.edgesuite.net\/Prod\/NBCU_LM_VMS_-_WRC\/983\/959\/WRC_1000000007299928__556343.mp4&quot;,&quot;mpx_download_pid&quot;:&quot;GsvAmpBcthBU&quot;,&quot;mpx_high_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_high_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_is_livestream&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_m3upid&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_pid&quot;:&quot;dEtj4c9Uuh23&quot;,&quot;mpx_thumbnail_url&quot;:&quot;https:\/\/media.nbcwashington.com\/2019\/09\/smithsonian-closed-for-coronavirus.jpg?resize=850%2C478&quot;,&quot;pid_streaming_web_high&quot;:&quot;dEtj4c9Uuh23&quot;,&quot;pid_streaming_web_medium&quot;:&quot;VXhf6MduCkSN&quot;,&quot;subtitle&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;dfxp_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;video_call_letter&quot;:&quot;WRC&quot;,&quot;video_captions&quot;:&quot;MARK SEGRAVES OUT IN FRONT ON THE STORY FOR US. MARK, THANK YOU. &gt;&gt;&gt; ON THE HEELS OF THE NATIONAL ZOO REOPENING THE SMITHSONIAN IS REOPENING UP FOUR OF ITS MUSEUMS NOW. THIS FRIDAY THEY&#039;LL START LETTING VISITORS BACK IN WITH STRICT PROTOCOLS. NEWS 4&#039;S DERRICK WARD JOINS US NOW WITH THE CHANGES WE CAN EXPECT. DERRICK? &gt;&gt; Reporter: GOOD AFTERNOON AGAIN. WELL, INDEED A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ANTICIPATING THIS, ESPECIALLY FOLKS WHO DEPEND ON THE ANCILLARY BUSINESS FROM MUSEUMS LIKE THE SMITHSONIAN. THIS IS ONLY FOUR MUSEUMS OPENING UP. IT&#039;S A GRADUAL STEP BUT A STEP NONETHELESS. THE ANNOUNCEMENT MARKS A GRADUAL RETURN TO THE WAY WE WERE BEFORE THE FACILITIES CLOSED IN MARCH BECAUSE OF THE PANDEMIC. FOUR MUSEUMS, THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE, THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY, THE SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM AND THE RENWICK GALLERY OF THE AMERICAN ART MUSEUM, WILL REOPEN THIS FRIDAY. COMBINED THEY OPEN 5 MILLION OF THE SMITHSONIAN&#039;S 21 VISITORS LAST YEAR. THEY&#039;LL JOIN THE UDVAR-HAZEE CENTER. FIRST THEY&#039;RE ASKING ANYONE WHO DOESN&#039;T FEEL WELL NOT TO COME AND IT&#039;S, QUOTE, STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT ANYONE 6 AND OLDER WHO DOES COME WEAR A MASK OR A FACE COVERING. &gt;&gt; WE DO HAVE A MEDICAL EXCEPTION FOR VISITORS WHO ARE UNABLE TO WEAR A MASK FOR HEALTH REASONS. WE WILL BE ENFORCING THE MASK POLICY WITH OUR VISITOR SERVICE AND SECURITY STAFF. &gt;&gt; THERE WILL ALSO BE LIMITS ON THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE ALLOWED IN RESTROOMS AT ANY GIVEN TIME. AND THE MUSEUM CAFES AND SOUVENIR SHOPS ARE NOT REOPENING YET. THAT&#039;S WHERE A LOT OF THE MYTH SEWNIAN&#039;S REVENUE COMES FROM. SOMEONE ELSE EAGERLY ANTICIPATING THE REOPENING, VENDORS ON FOOD TRUCKS WHO&#039;VE SEEN THEIR BUSINESS DROP OFF SUBSTANTIALLY. WITH MANY OFFICES BEING CLOSED AS WELL AS MUSEUMS. PEOPLE JUST WEREN&#039;T COMING. &gt;&gt; YEAH. BECAUSE WHEN THE MUSEUM IS OPEN A LOT OF PEOPLE CAME HERE FOR THE VISIT. SO WE MAKE A LOT OF MONEY BECAUSE RIGHT NOW IS AFTER PANDEMIC IT&#039;S NO BUSINESS. BUSINESS IS VERY LOW RIGHT NOW. &gt;&gt; Reporter: THE REOPENING IS SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY. AND BACK WITH YOU LIVE HERE, YOU KNOW, WE CAME HERE BECAUSE THIS WAS ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR MUSEUMS IN 2019. THEY SAW ABOUT 2 MILLION VISITORS. I DON&#039;T THINK THEY&#039;RE EXPECTING TO GET THAT ACROSS THE BOARD WITH THE SIX OPENED, THE FOUR ADD ODD TO USE VAR HASSEE AND THE ZOO. THEY&#039;LL BE WATCHING THIS AND MAYBE THEY&#039;LL RAMP IT UP LATER. THERE ARE A LOT OF VARIABLES HERE. 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It’s an outdoor activity that will get anyone into the fall spirit.</p> <p>It’s a good idea to purchase tickets in advance ($12 general admission). It’s open through Nov. 8.</p> <p><a href="https://www.sixflags.com/america/special-events/festival/draughts-drops">Draughts and Drops at Six Flags America</a><br>Noon to 6 p.m., Sept. 19-20 and 26-28</p> <p>Local beers and roller coasters could be a wonderful or risky combination. Anyone over 21 can enjoy a beer festival for the next two weekends at Six Flags America. A combo ticket that includes admission to the park and a sampler of beer costs $47.99.</p> <p><a href="https://www.marylandrestaurantweek.com/">Maryland Restaurant Week</a><br>Friday, Sept. 18 to Sunday, Sept. 27</p> <p>Maryland is launching its first-ever state-wide restaurant week. Deals vary by restaurant, but cover both take-out and dine-in meals. </p> <div data-react-component="VideoPlayer" data-meta="{&quot;amp_status&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;spay_email&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;syndicated_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;should_nationalize&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_first_published_date&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_prevent_modified_update&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_primary_category_id&quot;:0,&quot;nbc_primary_tag_id&quot;:0,&quot;nbc_social_page_title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_page_title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_seo_description&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_social_description&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_national_headline&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;entities&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_canonical_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_hide_from_recirculation&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_hide_from_search&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_syndication_category&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_national_collections&quot;:[],&quot;nopreroll&quot;:false,&quot;video_copyright&quot;:&quot;NBC Universal, Inc.&quot;,&quot;sst_source_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_disable_legacy_embeds&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_feed_loader_prevent_updates&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;desktopFlashPid&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_dfxp_url&quot;:&quot;https:\/\/media.nbcmiami.com\/assets\/video\/NBCU_LM_VMS_-_WRC\/641\/1015\/DC_Black_Restaurant_Week.dfxp&quot;,&quot;mp4_url&quot;:&quot;http:\/\/nbclim-download.edgesuite.net\/Prod\/NBCU_LM_VMS_-_WRC\/641\/1015\/DC_Black_Restaurant_Week__985693.mp4&quot;,&quot;mpx_download_pid&quot;:&quot;p_hKut3evedi&quot;,&quot;mpx_high_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_high_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_is_livestream&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_m3upid&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_pid&quot;:&quot;bIRZY9y17Ad_&quot;,&quot;mpx_thumbnail_url&quot;:&quot;https:\/\/media.nbcwashington.com\/2020\/09\/DC_Black_Restaurant_Week.jpg?resize=850%2C478&quot;,&quot;pid_streaming_web_high&quot;:&quot;WZcNMVPU_BES&quot;,&quot;pid_streaming_web_medium&quot;:&quot;bIRZY9y17Ad_&quot;,&quot;subtitle&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;dfxp_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;video_call_letter&quot;:&quot;WRC&quot;,&quot;video_captions&quot;:&quot;THERE WE GO, THAT ARE HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. &gt;&gt; Reporter: I HOPE YOU\u2019RE HUNGRY BECAUSE THERE ARE PLENTY OF OPPORTUNITIES TO MAKE YOUR MOUTH WATER. SUNDAY WRAPS UP FAIRFAX RESTAURANT WEEK WHERE DOZENS AND DOZENS OF RESTAURANTS HAVE OFFERED UP PREFIXED MENU PRICES AND ARE HOPING TO GET PEOPLE IN THE DOOR, ON THE PATIO, TAKING ADVANTAGE OF DELIVERY AND PICKUP. KICKING OFF ON FRIDAY THE ENTIRE STATE OF MARYLAND IS HOTHSING A RESTAURANT WEEK PUT ON BY THE MARYLAND RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION OFFERING ALL SORTS OF DIFFERENT DEALS AND DISCOUNTS AND PROMOS DEPENDING ON THE RESTAURANT AND THE LOCATION. PLUS BLACK RESTAURANT WEEK IS A NATIONAL ORGANIZATION PRESENTING ITS INAUGURAL CAMPAIGN IN THE GREATER D.C. AND BALTIMORE REGION, IT IS A PROGRAM MEANT TO BRING EXPOSURE TO BLACK-OWNED RESTAURANTS. ALSO CATERERERS, FOOD TRUCKS, PRODUCT AND AFRICAN-AMERICAN CULINARY LEADERS. THE WOMEN\u2019S FOOD FEST KICKS OFF ON WEDNESDAY OF NEXT WEEK, THAT\u2019S WHERE FEMALE RESTAURANTEURS AND CHEFS ARE COMING TOGETHER TO SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER AND LOOKING AHEAD IN NOVEMBER THE LOCAL DMV BLACK RESTAURANT WEEK KICKS OFF ONCE AGAIN. THAT WAS FOUNDED BACK IN 2018. 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D.C.’s kicks off on Friday and includes restaurants in the greater region, including Baltimore. Food trucks and dessert shops are included, plus there are opportunities to win prizes and gift cards.</p> Trump Calls for ‘Patriotic Education,' Says Anti-Racism Teachings Are ‘Child Abuse' https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/politics/decision-2020/trump-calls-for-patriotic-education-says-anti-racism-teachings-are-child-abuse/2422031/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:6427a507-cc47-1cde-6e9a-72ca4a5aec09 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 13:16:22 +0000 <p>President Donald Trump on Thursday accused schools of teaching students &#8220;hateful lies about this country&#8221; and said he would be taking steps to &#8220;restore patriotic education&#8221; as he continued his <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/why-trump-administration-slashing-anti-discrimination-training-n1239903" target="_blank">opposition</a> to efforts to raise awareness about racial inequalities.</p> <p>Speaking at the National Archives Museum, Trump said that he plans to sign an executive order soon to create a &#8220;national commission to support patriotic education&#8221; called the 1776 Commission and that he is directing funding to create a patriotic curriculum for schools.</p> <p>&#8220;Our youth will be taught to love America with all of their heart and all of their souls,&#8221; Trump said at what the White House described as a &#8220;conference on American history. </p> <p>He took aim at the <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/1619-america-slavery.html" target="_blank">1619 Project</a>, a New York Times-backed initiative that focused on the &#8220;consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are as a country.&#8221; </p> <p>The White House declined to say when Trump would sign the executive order.</p> <p>Read the full story on <a href="https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/trump-calls-patriotic-eduction-says-anti-racism-teachings-are-child-n1240372" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener" aria-label="NBCNews.com. (opens in a new tab)">NBCNews.com.</a></p> Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston's Flirty ‘Fast Times' Table Read Had Fans Swooning https://www.nbcwashington.com/entertainment/entertainment-news/brad-pitt-and-jennifer-anistons-flirty-fast-times-table-read-had-fans-swooning/2422022/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:ca6a610a-4043-a9c9-feeb-9bff629f4bdc Fri, 18 Sep 2020 13:05:48 +0000 <p>All right Aniston!</p> <p>Jennifer Aniston&#8217;s flirty scene with ex-husband <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.today.com/popculture/brad-pitt-thanks-bradley-cooper-helping-him-get-sober-watch-t171478" target="_blank">Brad Pitt </a>was a highlight of a star-studded <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=618867185666527&amp;ref=watch_permalink" target="_blank">virtual table read of the classic 1982 teen movie &#8220;Fast Times at Ridgemont High&#8221;</a> on Thursday, exciting fans who can&#8217;t get enough of seeing them together again in any capacity.</p> <p>Aniston, 51, played Linda Barrett, who was&nbsp;<a href="https://www.today.com/slideshow/the-10-most-iconic-swimsuits-38488659" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">immortalized by Phoebe Cates</a>&nbsp;in the original film, while Pitt, 56, played Brad Hamilton, who was portrayed by<a href="https://www.today.com/money/thats-wrap-famous-quitting-scenes-982322" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">&nbsp;Judge Reinhold</a>&nbsp;in the movie.</p> <p>Aniston and Pitt re-created the famous dream sequence scene where Brad imagines a bikini-clad Linda seducing him as she climbs out of the swimming pool at his house.</p> <p>&#8220;Hi, Brad,&#8221; Aniston as Linda said to Pitt. &#8220;You know how cute I always thought you were. I think you&#8217;re so sexy. Will you come to me?&#8221;</p> <p>Just like in the movie, it ends awkwardly when Linda barges into the bathroom to interrupt Brad&#8217;s dream and catch him in a compromising position.</p> <p>&#8220;Doesn&#8217;t anybody f&#8211; knock any more?!&#8221; Pitt as Brad says.</p> <p>Pitt and Aniston were joined in the reading by&nbsp;<a href="https://www.today.com/parents/chrissy-teigen-reveals-sex-baby-no-3-john-legend-t191956" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">John Legend</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.today.com/popculture/matthew-mcconaughey-wants-8-more-kids-his-wife-isn-t-t175108" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Matthew McConaughey</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.today.com/video/ray-liotta-s-manly-aroma-has-klg-and-hoda-wishing-for-smell-o-vision-600382019739" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Ray Liotta</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.today.com/popculture/jimmy-kimmel-plays-who-wants-be-millionaire-his-kids-t177800" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Jimmy Kimmel</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.today.com/popculture/julia-roberts-says-she-had-no-business-being-pretty-woman-t155516" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Julia Roberts</a>, Dane Cook,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.today.com/video/awkwafina-and-henry-golding-on-what-crazy-rich-asians-means-to-them-1301076547955" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Henry Golding</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.today.com/popculture/shia-labeouf-got-his-entire-chest-tattooed-movie-role-t186442" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Shia LaBeouf</a>, and the original<a href="https://www.today.com/popculture/hey-bud-sean-penn-channels-spicoli-holiday-surf-session-2D11819028" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">&nbsp;Jeff Spicoli&nbsp;</a>himself,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.today.com/popculture/sean-penn-confirms-marriage-actress-leila-george-t188505" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Sean Penn</a>, who played the pizza guy who delivers a pie to Spicoli during Mr. Hand&#8217;s class in the table read.</p> <p>LaBeouf handled the honor of playing Spicoli and went full method, going shirtless and smoking throughout the event.</p> <p>The event was created to raise money for the emergency relief nonprofit CORE, which Penn founded.</p> <p>The whole table read was narrated by&nbsp;<a href="https://www.today.com/popculture/flashback-here-s-what-1990-oscars-looked-t172229" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Morgan Freeman</a>, who had the blush-worthy duty of introducing the famous scene re-created by Aniston and Pitt.</p> <p>The brief moment between the former couple had fans loving every second.</p> <p>&#8220;This will definitely stop everyone obsessing over Brad and Jen reunions. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FastTimesLive?src=hashtag_click">#FastTimesLive</a>&#8221; one fan jokingly <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://twitter.com/JillianSed/status/1306771469666406400" target="_blank">tweeted</a>.</p> <p>&#8220;Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston are singlehandedly saving 2020 for me&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FastTimesLive?src=hashtag_click">#FastTimesLive</a>,&#8221; another&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/lucyontheg/status/1306781264297459712" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">wrote</a>.</p> <p>They weren&#8217;t the only ones eating up the moment, as Roberts <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://twitter.com/beingamaguire/status/1306771694825213952" target="_blank">flashed her famous smile</a> as she soaked it in.</p> <p>The couple, who were married from 2000-2005, also greeted each other earlier in the table read.</p> <p>&#8220;Hi Aniston,&#8221; Pitt said.</p> <p>&#8220;Hi Pitt,&#8221; she replied.</p> <p>&#8220;How you doing?&#8221; he said.</p> <p>&#8220;Good honey, how are you?&#8221; she said.</p> <p>&#8220;I&#8217;m alright,&#8221; he answered.</p> <iframe width="100%" height="411" src="https://www.today.com/today/embedded-video/mmvo85808709931" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <p>It was the latest fun moment between the two, who ruled the internet for a night in January when they&nbsp;<a href="https://www.today.com/popculture/brad-pitt-jennifer-aniston-reunited-sag-awards-t172144" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">were photographed together at the Screen Actors Guild Awards</a>.</p> <p>Earlier in January, Aniston smirked at Pitt&#8217;s speech at the Golden Globe Awards, and Pitt was asked by &#8220;Entertainment Tonight&#8221; ahead of the ceremony if he would welcome bumping into Aniston during the show.</p> <p>&#8220;I&#8217;ll run into Jen,&#8221; he said. &#8220;She&#8217;s a good friend.&#8221;</p> <p>When they steered out of the friend zone for a minute while playing Linda and Brad on Thursday, it let fans dreaming of a reunion enjoy their flirty moment.</p> <p>In the words of Jeff Spicoli, &#8220;Awesome! Totally awesome!&#8221;</p> <p>This story first <a href="https://www.today.com/popculture/brad-pitt-jennifer-aniston-s-flirty-fast-times-reunion-had-t191957">appeared on TODAY.com</a>. 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TikTok’s parent company is the Chinese company ByteDance.</p> <p>The Commerce Department’s statement on Friday said that starting Sept. 20, U.S. companies would be banned from distributing WeChat and TikTok, meaning the two major mobile app stores run by <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/quotes/?symbol=AAPL">Apple</a> and <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/quotes/?symbol=GOOGL">Google</a> would have to remove the apps from their libraries. The statement also blocks U.S. companies from providing services through WeChat “for the purpose of transferring funds or processing payments within the U.S.”</p> <p>WeChat is a popular marketing and sales tool for U.S. companies primarily in China, but around the world as well. With U.S. social apps like <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/quotes/?symbol=FB">Facebook</a> and Instagram banned in China, WeChat is the primary app people use for social network and e-commerce. It’s also a popular app <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2020/08/07/trump-banning-wechat-would-be-devastating-blow-to-some-chinese-families.html">used by people in the U.S. to communicate with people in China</a>, since U.S. apps are banned in China.</p> <p>The Commerce Department’s announcement also lays out a separate time frame specific to TikTok, which take affect on Nov. 12. The rules that start Nov. 12 include provisions that block U.S. companies from providing internet hosting and services for TikTok. This could be directed at the deal being negotiated between TikTok and Oracle, which would provide cloud services for TikTok if Trump approves, and could give TikTok and Oracle more time to hammer out a deal that Trump will approve.</p> <p>Representatives for Tencent, TikTok, WeChat, Apple and Google were not immediately available to comment.</p> <p><em>This is breaking news. Please check back for updates.</em></p> <p>This story first appeared <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/18/trump-to-block-us-downloads-of-tiktok-wechat-on-sunday-officials-tell-reuters.html">on CNBC.com</a>. More from CNBC:</p> <ul><li><a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/17/trump-to-rule-on-tiktok-deal-in-24-36-hours-oracle-to-take-20percent-stake.html">TikTok set to IPO globally if Trump approves deal with Oracle, Walmart</a></li><li><a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/17/apple-watch-series-6-hands-on-with-the-blue-model.html">Here’s a first look at the new high-end Apple Watch and what you need to know about it</a></li><li><a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/17/social-security-benefits-how-much-money-the-2021-cola-will-give-you.html">Here’s how much your Social Security check may increase in 2021</a></li></ul> In-Person Early Voting Begins Friday in Virginia https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/in-person-early-voting-virginia-where-deadline/2419304/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:8707e8b7-9223-a60b-543c-9244a9c8820a Fri, 18 Sep 2020 10:08:12 +0000 <p>In-person early voting begins Friday in Virginia. Residents have two big options for casting their ballot before Election Day on Nov. 3.</p> <p>The in-person early voting period runs from Friday, Sept. 18 to Saturday, Oct. 31 in Virginia.</p> <p>Early voting is available at your local registrar’s office or a satellite voting location in your county or city, the Virginia Board of Elections says. </p> <div class="recirc-module"> <h3 class="recirc__heading"></h3> <p class="recirc__subheading"></p> <div class="recirc__post"> <div class="post__wrap"> <div class="post__image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/politics/decision-2020/heres-how-to-vote-by-mail-or-in-person-in-dc-maryland-virginia-and-west-virginia/2395120/"> <img class="post__image" src="https://media.nbcwashington.com/2020/08/i-voted-gif.gif?resize=850%2C478" alt="" /> </a> </div> <div class="post__text"> <div class="post__meta"> <a class="post__tag" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/tag/voter-guide/">voter guide</a> <span class="post__date post__date--has-category"> Aug 24 </span> </div> <h3 class="post__title"> <a class="post__title--link" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/politics/decision-2020/heres-how-to-vote-by-mail-or-in-person-in-dc-maryland-virginia-and-west-virginia/2395120/"> <span data-ellipsis="true" data-text="Here&#039;s How to Vote by Mail or in Person in DC, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia" data-react-component="NBCTruncate" data-maxlines="3" data-maxlinesmobile="2" data-readmore=""> Here&#039;s How to Vote by Mail or in Person in DC, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia </span> </a> </h3> </div> </div> </div> <div class="recirc__post"> <div class="post__wrap"> <div class="post__image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/how-to-make-sure-your-mail-in-ballot-is-counted/2418415/"> <img class="post__image" src="https://media.nbcwashington.com/2020/09/4258213991-1080pnbcstations.jpg?resize=850%2C478" alt="" /> </a> <span class="format-icon format-icon--video"></span> </div> <div class="post__text"> <div class="post__meta"> <a class="post__tag" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/tag/decision-2020/">Decision 2020</a> <span class="post__date post__date--has-category"> Sep 14 </span> </div> <h3 class="post__title"> <a class="post__title--link" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/how-to-make-sure-your-mail-in-ballot-is-counted/2418415/"> <span data-ellipsis="true" data-text="How to Make Sure Your Mail-In Ballot Is Counted" data-react-component="NBCTruncate" data-maxlines="3" data-maxlinesmobile="2" data-readmore=""> How to Make Sure Your Mail-In Ballot Is Counted </span> </a> </h3> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p>Some major sites in Northern Virginia that open Friday include:</p> <ul><li>Loudoun County: Office of Elections, Leesburg</li><li> Fauquier County: Office of the General Registrar, Warrenton </li><li> Prince William County: Office of Elections, Manassas </li><li> Arlington County: Courthouse Plaza </li></ul> <p>For those who don&#8217;t want to vote in-person, absentee ballots will be sent to all voters who have requested a ballot by mail. If you want to vote by mail, you need to request a mail-in ballot by Oct. 23.</p> <p>Whether you vote in-person or by mail, first, <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.nass.org/can-I-vote/voter-registration-status" target="_blank">check that you’re registered to vote</a>. If you’re not registered, you have until Oct. 13 for your <a href="https://www.elections.virginia.gov/media/castyourballot/SBE-701-703.1.pdf">registration application</a> to be received online or postmarked. Note that Virginia does not allow people to register to vote on Election Day. </p> <p>Voters will be able to pick president, members of the Senate as well as Congress. There will also be constitutional amendments and local races on the ballot.</p> <p>One calls for changes to the process for drawing congressional and assembly districts.</p> <p>Another would exempt the vehicles of disabled veterans from sales taxes.</p> <p>Gov. Ralph Northam tried on Tuesday to reassure Virginians that voting by mail is safe and that election security is a top priority for the state.</p> <p>The Democratic governor made the comments Tuesday while highlighting steps the state is taking to protect absentee voting during the coronavirus pandemic, which include using drop boxes for early voting and putting barcodes on absentee ballot envelopes to track when they are delivered.</p> <p>“We all share the priority of ensuring free and fair elections,” Northam said.</p> <p>His comments come amid a sustained effort by President Donald Trump to attack the integrity of mail voting. </p> <p>Virginia is one of several states offering ways for voters to verify the status of their ballot online. The Virginia Department of Elections&#8217; citizen portal shows when an absentee ballot request has been received, when a ballot has been sent and when the ballot has been received by a local election office. Lawmakers also recently approved Northam&#8217;s proposal to spend $2 million for prepaid postage for all absentee ballots. </p> <p>Northam said so far 790,000 people have requested absentee ballots, which will start going out on Friday. He said in the 2016 presidential election, there were a total of 566,000 votes cast absentee.</p> <p>Hillary Clinton defeated Trump in Virginia by more than 200,000 votes in that election, and the state is not considered to be competitive this year.</p> <p>___</p> <p>Follow AP coverage of the virus outbreak at https://apnews.com/VirusOutbreak and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak.</p> Doctors alarmed by surge in hospital visits as toxic smoke engulfs west coast https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/18/wildfire-smoke-health-effects-hospitals Washington state | The Guardian urn:uuid:62ec865c-85da-8dda-282c-e5eaff5c8ee8 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 10:00:02 +0000 <p>Northern California health system reports surge in cases as region endures weeks of dangerous air</p><p>A month after hundreds of wildfires started spewing toxic smoke along the entire west coast, doctors are seeing the alarming health effects of air pollution piling up.</p><p>In northern California’s Stanford Health Care system, hospital admissions have jumped by 12% in recent weeks, including a stunning 43% jump in cerebrovascular conditions such as strokes. In Oregon, health officials reported nearly one out of 10 people visiting the emergency room had asthma-like conditions due to the smoke. And in San Francisco, doctors had to cancel their clinics for recovering Covid-19 patients, because the air was so unhealthy that just getting to their appointments could make patients more sick.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/04/what-is-californias-wildfire-smoke-doing-to-our-health-scientists-paint-a-bleak-picture">What is California's wildfire smoke doing to our health? Scientists paint a bleak picture</a> </p><p>Fine particles go to the bottom of your lungs, then can cross over to the bloodstream and go anywhere in your body</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/sep/17/california-wildfires-technology-emergency-response">Paper maps, two-way radios: how firefighting tech is stuck in the past</a> </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/18/wildfire-smoke-health-effects-hospitals">Continue reading...</a> 10 in Quarantine After Fan at Chiefs Game Tests Positive for COVID-19 https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/coronavirus/10-in-quarantine-after-fan-at-chiefs-game-tests-positive-for-covid-19/2421891/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:e3328c10-302d-1677-b9bf-581f22f38b66 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 07:06:03 +0000 <p>The day after attending the NFL <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/nfl-will-look-very-different-when-chiefs-texans-kickoff-kansas-n1239756" target="_blank">season opener</a> in Kansas City last week, a fan tested positive for COVID-19, prompting authorities to tell 10 others who were at the game to quarantine, <a rel="noreferrer noopener" aria-label="NBC News reports. (opens in a new tab)" href="https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/10-quarantine-after-fan-chiefs-game-tests-positive-covid-19-n1240395" target="_blank">NBC News reports.</a></p> <p>The Sept. 10 contest between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans had fans in the stands — 15,895 of them — but far fewer than the number Arrowhead Stadium can hold, 76,000.</p> <p>&#8220;I want to remind everyone that Covid-19 is anywhere and everywhere,&#8221; Kansas City Health Department Director Dr. Rex Archer&nbsp;<a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.kcmo.gov/Home/Components/News/News/1446/16" target="_blank">said in a statement</a>. &#8220;While we’re all tired of it, frustrated and even angry at how it has altered and stricken our lives and livelihoods, we must continue to think of those who have not and will not survive it.&#8221;</p> <p>The team said that the person who tested positive last week and their group was in the lower level of the stadium and that its policies kept the potential exposure low.</p> <p>Read the full story on <a href="https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/10-quarantine-after-fan-chiefs-game-tests-positive-covid-19-n1240395" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener" aria-label="NBCNews.com (opens in a new tab)">NBCNews.com</a></p> Trump and Biden Hit Unlikely Battleground State of Minnesota https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/politics/decision-2020/trump-and-biden-hit-unlikely-battleground-state-of-minnesota/2421883/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:d4f9ad9c-0bc5-28ac-735a-24e3431fddee Fri, 18 Sep 2020 06:45:54 +0000 <p>Minnesota has backed Democratic presidential candidates for nearly half a century and rarely receives much attention during the final stages of the race, when campaigns typically focus their resources on more traditional swing states like Florida or Pennsylvania.</p> <p>But Minnesota will feel like a genuine battleground on Friday when President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, campaign here to mark the beginning of early voting.</p> <p>They&#8217;re expected to avoid the urban core of Minneapolis to focus on rural and working class voters, some of whom shifted to Republicans for the first time in 2016. Trump will be in Bemidiji, about 200 miles (320 kilometers) north of Minneapolis, while Biden will swing through Duluth, on the banks of Lake Superior and close to the Wisconsin border.</p> <p>Since narrowly losing Minnesota in 2016, Trump has focused relentlessly on the state in hopes that a victory this year could offset losses in other states. 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That&#8217;s especially true in Minnesota, where the May killing of George Floyd by a police officer sparked a national reckoning on systemic racism.</p> <p>But for all the work Trump has put into the state, it may elude him again in November.</p> <p>A series of polls over the past week show Biden has built a consistent lead over Trump. And in the 2018 midterms, Democratic turnout surged in suburbs, small cities and even on the Iron Range, across the blue-collar mining towns that were once labor strongholds but had been trending Republican. </p> <p>David McIntosh, president of the conservative Club for Growth, which has produced anti-Biden ads, said Minnesota may help the Trump campaign build momentum.</p> <div data-react-component="VideoPlayer" data-meta="{&quot;amp_status&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;spay_email&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;syndicated_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;should_nationalize&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_first_published_date&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_prevent_modified_update&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_primary_category_id&quot;:189,&quot;nbc_primary_tag_id&quot;:202086,&quot;nbc_social_page_title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_page_title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_seo_description&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_social_description&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_national_headline&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;entities&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_canonical_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_hide_from_recirculation&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_hide_from_search&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_syndication_category&quot;:&quot;1:1:190&quot;,&quot;nbc_national_collections&quot;:[],&quot;nopreroll&quot;:false,&quot;video_copyright&quot;:&quot;NBCUniversal, Inc.&quot;,&quot;sst_source_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_disable_legacy_embeds&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_feed_loader_prevent_updates&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;desktopFlashPid&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_dfxp_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mp4_url&quot;:&quot;http:\/\/nbclim-download.edgesuite.net\/Prod\/NBCU_LM_VMS\/796\/599\/DIT_NAT_SOT_NEWS_BIDEN_TRUMP_WOODWARD_INTERVIEW_2020-09-09_FH.mp4&quot;,&quot;mpx_download_pid&quot;:&quot;pVUJHxMZS1bN&quot;,&quot;mpx_high_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_high_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_is_livestream&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_m3upid&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_pid&quot;:&quot;4R8eUtZlmbFR&quot;,&quot;mpx_thumbnail_url&quot;:&quot;https:\/\/media.nbcwashington.com\/2020\/09\/DIT_NAT_SOT_NEWS_BIDEN_TRUMP_WOODWARD_INTERVIEW_2020-09-09_FH_1920x1080_1786475075898.jpg?resize=850%2C478&quot;,&quot;pid_streaming_web_high&quot;:&quot;JRdOE94sBfUr&quot;,&quot;pid_streaming_web_medium&quot;:&quot;4R8eUtZlmbFR&quot;,&quot;subtitle&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;dfxp_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;video_call_letter&quot;:&quot;NBCU LM VMS&quot;,&quot;video_captions&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;video_id&quot;:&quot;1786466883993_317&quot;,&quot;video_length&quot;:&quot;135669&quot;,&quot;video_provider&quot;:&quot;mpx&quot;,&quot;alleypack_schedule_unpublish&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;feed_remote_id&quot;:&quot;mpx_1786466883993&quot;,&quot;feed_thumbnail_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;}" data-livestream="false" data-title="Biden: Trump ‘Lied to the American People&#039; About Coronavirus" data-vidcid="1:1:5403847" data-vidurl="https://ots.nbcwpshield.com/news/biden-trump-lied-to-the-american-people-about-coronavirus/5403847/" data-islead="false" data-catnames="{&quot;189&quot;:&quot;News&quot;,&quot;207698&quot;:&quot;Coronavirus Pandemic&quot;,&quot;288&quot;:&quot;Politics&quot;,&quot;1442&quot;:&quot;Decision 2020&quot;,&quot;9804&quot;:&quot;Health&quot;,&quot;12732&quot;:&quot;Local&quot;,&quot;190&quot;:&quot;U.S. &amp;amp; World&quot;}" data-tagnames="{&quot;22912&quot;:&quot;Bob Woodward&quot;,&quot;194355&quot;:&quot;coronavirus&quot;,&quot;202086&quot;:&quot;COVID-19&quot;,&quot;108&quot;:&quot;Donald Trump&quot;,&quot;202761&quot;:&quot;Elections 2020&quot;,&quot;2351&quot;:&quot;Joe Biden&quot;,&quot;255308&quot;:&quot;Rage&quot;,&quot;251377&quot;:&quot;Swing States&quot;}" data-customdata="{&quot;ContentPartner&quot;:&quot;None&quot;,&quot;Source&quot;:&quot;WEBFM&quot;,&quot;SyndicationAllowed&quot;:&quot;true&quot;,&quot;mSNVideoCategories&quot;:&quot;MSN Video v4 Connector-most watched news&quot;,&quot;mSNVideoContentSupplierID&quot;:&quot;NBC_Local&quot;,&quot;mSNVideoCountry&quot;:&quot;us&quot;,&quot;subtitle&quot;:&quot;nosubtitle&quot;,&quot;uploadedByTeam&quot;:&quot;1&quot;,&quot;youtubeChannel&quot;:&quot;None&quot;}" data-autoplay="false" data-cplay="true"></div> <p>“They’re looking beyond the poll numbers and seeing the potential there,” said McIntosh, a former congressman from Indiana. “It’s always smart strategy to go on offense somewhere.” </p> <p>In 2018, Democrats flipped two suburban congressional districts, took back control of the state House by winning suburban Trump-voting areas and came within one seat of winning control of the state Senate. Democrats won every statewide race that year, even as they lost a rural congressional district.</p> <p>Trump’s path to Minnesota success likely depends on finding more votes in rural, conservative areas –- running up the score beyond his 2016 tally. It’s a strategy he’s trying to pull off elsewhere and depends on a robust field operation with the money and time to track down infrequent or first-time voters. That could be a tall order since Minnesota already sports one of the nation&#8217;s highest voter turnout rates. </p> <p>“I don’t think they’re there,” said Joe Radinovich, a Democrat who lost a bid for a northern Minnesota congressional district in 2018. Radinovich noted the major organizational challenge and expense in tracking new voters, making sure they’re registered and getting them to vote – especially during a pandemic. “We have relatively high turnout already. Most people vote. I just don’t think it’s there. I think those people showed up in 2016,” he said.</p> <div class="recirc-module"> <h3 class="recirc__heading">Decision 2020 Coverage</h3> <p class="recirc__subheading"></p> <div class="recirc__post"> <div class="post__wrap"> <div class="post__image-wrapper"> <a href="https://ots.nbcwpshield.com/news/politics/decision-2020/at-town-hall-biden-blasts-trumps-criminal-coronavirus-response/5422676/"> <img class="post__image" src="https://media.nbcwashington.com/2019/09/NBC@3x-7.png?resize=850%2C478" alt="" /> </a> <span class="format-icon format-icon--video"></span> </div> <div class="post__text"> <div class="post__meta"> <a class="post__tag" href="https://ots.nbcwpshield.com/tag/joe-biden/">Joe Biden</a> <span class="post__date post__date--has-category"> 6 hours ago </span> </div> <h3 class="post__title"> <a class="post__title--link" href="https://ots.nbcwpshield.com/news/politics/decision-2020/at-town-hall-biden-blasts-trumps-criminal-coronavirus-response/5422676/"> <span data-ellipsis="true" data-text="At Town Hall, Biden Blasts Trump&#039;s ‘Criminal&#039; Coronavirus Response" data-react-component="NBCTruncate" data-maxlines="3" data-maxlinesmobile="2" data-readmore=""> At Town Hall, Biden Blasts Trump&#039;s ‘Criminal&#039; Coronavirus Response </span> </a> </h3> </div> </div> </div> <div class="recirc__post"> <div class="post__wrap"> <div class="post__image-wrapper"> <a href="https://ots.nbcwpshield.com/news/national-international/ulf-between-trump-and-doctors-on-mask-wearing-gets-wider/5424373/"> <img class="post__image" src="https://media.nbcwashington.com/2019/09/NBC@3x-7.png?resize=850%2C478" alt="" /> </a> <span class="format-icon format-icon--video"></span> </div> <div class="post__text"> <div class="post__meta"> <a class="post__tag" href="https://ots.nbcwpshield.com/tag/masks/">Masks</a> <span class="post__date post__date--has-category"> 11 hours ago </span> </div> <h3 class="post__title"> <a class="post__title--link" href="https://ots.nbcwpshield.com/news/national-international/ulf-between-trump-and-doctors-on-mask-wearing-gets-wider/5424373/"> <span data-ellipsis="true" data-text="Gulf Between White House&#039;s Words, Trump&#039;s Actions on Masks" data-react-component="NBCTruncate" data-maxlines="3" data-maxlinesmobile="2" data-readmore=""> Gulf Between White House&#039;s Words, Trump&#039;s Actions on Masks </span> </a> </h3> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p>In 2016, Trump won that district that includes the Democratic city of Duluth by 15 percentage points. But in the midterms two years later, Radinovich lost by just under 6 percentage points. </p> <p>Still, Trump has spent more than a year building a sizable Minnesota ground game. Republicans are out knocking on doors and interacting personally with voters in ways that Democrats mostly have not, preferring online operations amid the coronavirus.</p> <p>The president’s reelection campaign announced this week a $10 million ad buy in a series of states, including Minnesota. It has spent nearly $17 million on advertising in the state since last October, compared to almost $6.3 million for Biden over the same period, according to a review of Kantar/CMAG data by The Associated Press.</p> <p>Democrats warn that Biden still may have his work cut out for him. Duluth Mayor Emily Larson said the Trump campaign has far outpaced Biden in local yard signs — which indicates enthusiasm but may not ultimately affect the outcome. </p> <div data-react-component="VideoPlayer" 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to win statewide. </p> <p>“If your opponent is on the ropes or on the ground, you don’t get up,” Martin said. </p> <hr class="wp-block-separator" /> <p><em>Associated Press writer Steve Karnowski contributed to this report from Minneapolis. </em></p> Volunteers Help Montgomery County Address Crisis of Food Insecurity https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/volunteers-help-montgomery-county-address-crisis-of-food-insecurity/2421796/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:57f7d1a2-c54d-80aa-4fb9-664874170d65 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 03:37:58 +0000 <p>Volunteers are helping Montgomery County, Maryland, cope with a crisis of food insecurity due to loss of income because of the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>When asked to help with an effort of&nbsp;unprecedented size and scope, Montgomery County residents responded.</p> <p>At a Sikh spiritual center in North Potomac that’s not using its commercial kitchen due to restrictions on large gatherings,&nbsp;volunteers pack bags of beans and rice.</p> <p>“Sikh place of worship is a known place to have free food for anyone,” said Rajwant Singh of Guru Gobind Singh Foundation. “We feel that the faith communities and the government need to work together to serve those who are in need.”</p> <p>Small Things Matter, a Takoma Park nonprofit stepped up and tripled the number of families to whom it distributes food, aided by a small army of teenage volunteers.</p> <div class="wp-block-nbc-localized-block"> <blockquote class="featured-text"> <em><a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/newsletters/?_osource=rm_npd_nbc_dc_hs_mn">Get the latest news on COVID-19 delivered to you. Click here to sign up for our coronavirus newsletter.</a></em></blockquote> </div> <p>“They provided a lot of the manpower to do the packing, and we also had students making casseroles and baking goods to supplement the food,” Roxanne Yamashita said.</p> <p>“When we see someone in need or there’s a need out there, a person should get up and do something about it,” John Anderson said.</p> <p>In March, Patrick Campbell of Montgomery County Emergency Management was given the job of coordinating it all.&nbsp;</p> <p>He said some of the greatest successes come from volunteers willing to reach out to people who need food but who are reluctant to take help from the government. EveryMind, a mental health coalition, helped reach out to veterans.</p> <p>“Not only did they just make the contact, they said, ‘Hey, we can take the food and deliver it for you,’” Campbell</p> <p>said.&nbsp;“And so we get them the food, and they’re able to bring it that last mile, build that relationship and make sure we get the services to them.”</p> <p>To help, <a rel="noreferrer noopener" aria-label="visit the Montgomery County Volunteer Center (opens in a new tab)" href="https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/volunteercenter/volunteers/covid19.html" target="_blank">visit the Montgomery County Volunteer Center</a>.</p> <div class="wp-block-nbc-localized-block"> <blockquote class="featured-text"> Sign up for our free <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/newsletters/">NBC Washington newsletters</a> to get the latest local news and weather sent straight to your inbox.</blockquote> </div> Food Delivery Driver Thankful to Be Alive After Being Struck by His Car During Attempted Car Theft https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/food-delivery-driver-thankful-to-be-alive-after-being-struck-by-his-car-during-attempted-car-theft/2421772/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:256288b1-5427-4e13-7563-da7927c5df50 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 02:43:14 +0000 <p>A food delivery driver said he&#8217;s thankful to be alive after he was struck by his own car in an attempted car theft.</p> <p>D.C. police said a delivery driver left a Nissan Altima running at 18th and Newton streets NW Tuesday afternoon when a man got into the car and tried to drive off.</p> <p>The delivery driver, Denis Miranda, then ran back to the car and the driver struck him in the street, police said. The suspect then apparently lost control of the car and somehow got up on the sidewalk, striking a woman and two children, ages 2 and 7.</p> <div class="recirc-module"> <h3 class="recirc__heading"></h3> <p class="recirc__subheading"></p> <div class="recirc__post"> <div class="post__wrap"> <div class="post__image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/dc-hit-and-run-suspect-tried-to-steal-car-food-delivery-driver-left-running/2420381/"> <img class="post__image" src="https://media.nbcwashington.com/2020/09/dc-hit-and-run-suspect.jpg?resize=850%2C478" alt="" /> </a> <span class="format-icon format-icon--video"></span> </div> <div class="post__text"> <div class="post__meta"> <a class="post__tag" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/tag/washington-dc/">Washington DC</a> <span class="post__date post__date--has-category"> Sep 16 </span> </div> <h3 class="post__title"> <a class="post__title--link" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/dc-hit-and-run-suspect-tried-to-steal-car-food-delivery-driver-left-running/2420381/"> <span data-ellipsis="true" data-text="DC Hit-and-Run Suspect Tried to Steal Car Food Delivery Driver Left Running" data-react-component="NBCTruncate" data-maxlines="3" data-maxlinesmobile="2" data-readmore=""> DC Hit-and-Run Suspect Tried to Steal Car Food Delivery Driver Left Running </span> </a> </h3> </div> </div> </div> <div class="recirc__post"> <div class="post__wrap"> <div class="post__image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/2-children-among-4-pedestrians-seriously-hurt-in-dc-fire-officials-say/2419378/"> <img class="post__image" src="https://media.nbcwashington.com/2020/09/dc-fire-pedestrian-crash.jpg?resize=850%2C478" alt="" /> </a> <span class="format-icon format-icon--video"></span> </div> <div class="post__text"> <div class="post__meta"> <a class="post__tag" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/tag/washington-dc/">Washington DC</a> <span class="post__date post__date--has-category"> Sep 15 </span> </div> <h3 class="post__title"> <a class="post__title--link" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/2-children-among-4-pedestrians-seriously-hurt-in-dc-fire-officials-say/2419378/"> <span data-ellipsis="true" data-text="2 Children Among 4 Pedestrians Seriously Hurt in DC Hit-and-Run" data-react-component="NBCTruncate" data-maxlines="3" data-maxlinesmobile="2" data-readmore=""> 2 Children Among 4 Pedestrians Seriously Hurt in DC Hit-and-Run </span> </a> </h3> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p>Miranda said he blacked out after he was struck. His leg is hurt, and he has a serious head wound.</p> <p>He is out of the hospital, hoping to recover at home.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img src="https://media.nbcwashington.com/2020/09/dc-hit-and-run-suspect.jpg?w=1024" alt="" class="wp-image-5422007" /></figure> <p>The suspect ran off after the crash. Police released a photo of him on Wednesday in the hopes that the public can help them identify him.</p> <p>Medics took all four patients to area hospitals with serious injuries, the fire department said Tuesday. </p> <div data-react-component="VideoPlayer" data-meta="{&quot;amp_status&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;spay_email&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;syndicated_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;should_nationalize&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_first_published_date&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_prevent_modified_update&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_primary_category_id&quot;:0,&quot;nbc_primary_tag_id&quot;:0,&quot;nbc_social_page_title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_page_title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_seo_description&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_social_description&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_national_headline&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;entities&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_canonical_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_hide_from_recirculation&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_hide_from_search&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_syndication_category&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_national_collections&quot;:[],&quot;nopreroll&quot;:false,&quot;video_copyright&quot;:&quot;NBC Universal, Inc.&quot;,&quot;sst_source_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_disable_legacy_embeds&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_feed_loader_prevent_updates&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;desktopFlashPid&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_dfxp_url&quot;:&quot;https:\/\/media.nbcmiami.com\/assets\/video\/NBCU_LM_VMS_-_WRC\/360\/258\/4306928166.dfxp&quot;,&quot;mp4_url&quot;:&quot;http:\/\/nbclim-download.edgesuite.net\/Prod\/NBCU_LM_VMS_-_WRC\/360\/258\/4306928166-source.mp4&quot;,&quot;mpx_download_pid&quot;:&quot;7SWNBDbrH4gM&quot;,&quot;mpx_high_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_high_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_is_livestream&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_m3upid&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_pid&quot;:&quot;n9LLHUL2_sAl&quot;,&quot;mpx_thumbnail_url&quot;:&quot;https:\/\/media.nbcwashington.com\/2020\/09\/4306928166-1080pnbcstations.jpg?resize=850%2C478&quot;,&quot;pid_streaming_web_high&quot;:&quot;_ug3M7bExOG9&quot;,&quot;pid_streaming_web_medium&quot;:&quot;n9LLHUL2_sAl&quot;,&quot;subtitle&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;dfxp_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;video_call_letter&quot;:&quot;WRC&quot;,&quot;video_captions&quot;:&quot;&gt;&gt; NEWS 4 AT 11:00 STARTS NOW. &gt;&gt; AND WELCOME TO NEWS 4 AT 11:00. 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There’s not been a time they’ve not been able to step up. The president should step down,” the Democratic presidential nominee said to applause from a CNN drive-in town hall crowd in Moosic, outside his hometown of Scranton.</p> <p>Speaking about Trump’s admission that he publicly played down the impact of the virus while aware of its severity, Biden declared: “He knew it and did nothing. It’s close to criminal.&#8221; </p> <p>Later, Biden decried Americans&#8217; loss of basic “freedoms&#8221; as the U.S. has struggled to contain the pandemic, like the ability to go to a ballgame or walk around their neighborhoods. “I never, ever thought I would see just such a thoroughly, totally irresponsible administration,&#8221; he said.</p> <p>Biden faced a half-dozen questions about the coronavirus and a potential vaccine in the town hall from moderator Anderson Cooper and audience members. The pandemic was not just the main topic of the night — it was the cause of the unusual format of the event: a drive-in with 35 cars outside PNC Field.</p> <p>The cars were parked around the stage, each with small groups of people standing outside them or leaning or sitting on the hoods to watch Cooper and Biden onstage. The network erected blue and red spotlights over the dirt and gravel parking lot to make it easier to see, and each parking space was marked off with white chalk in large rectangles to ensure that each group stayed more than 6 feet (1.8 meters) apart.</p> <p>The town hall marked the first time that Biden had faced live, unscripted questions from voters since winning the nomination. Trump participated in a town hall Tuesday in an auditorium in Philadelphia. </p> <p>The appearances have been seen as tuneups before the three presidential debates, the first set for Sept. 29. Biden’s uneven debate performances during the Democratic primary contributed to his initial struggles in polls and the early primary vote, and Trump has pushed unfounded conspiracy theories about Biden taking performance-enhancing drugs and has raised questions about Biden&#8217;s mental acuity.</p> <p>Biden, meanwhile, has promised to be a “fact-checker on the stage” with Trump but has said he doesn&#8217;t want to get drawn into a “brawl” with the Republican.</p> <p>On Thursday, Biden said he was beginning to prepare for the upcoming debate by reviewing Trump&#8217;s remarks and preparing his own.</p> <p>Biden was also pressed on his stance on the Green New Deal, the sweeping proposal from progressives in Congress that calls for achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions across the economy by 2030. Biden’s proposal doesn’t go as far, but it does aim to reduce emissions to zero by 2050 and has a goal of achieving an entirely carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035.</p> <p>Biden interrupted a questioner who suggested his climate plan embraces the Green New Deal to insist, “No, it doesn’t,” but when asked by the moderator if he supports the proposal, he said, “I don’t think it’s too much.”</p> <p>Still, Biden added, “I have my own deal,” which he noted the Democratic Party has incorporated as part of its platform.</p> <p>Biden also weighed in on foreign policy issues, promising to reduce America&#8217;s military footprint abroad and saying that any attempt to interfere with the election by a foreign power is a “violation of our sovereignty.” He promised that if he&#8217;s elected and it becomes clear post-election that Russia interfered in the election, “they&#8217;ll pay a price for it, and it&#8217;ll be an economic price.”</p> <p>Biden described Russia as an “opponent,” but declined to use the same word when asked about China. He instead called the nation a “competitor” and pledging to improve trade policy with China.</p> <p>Trump signaled he&#8217;d been watching the town hall before he took the stage for a rally in Misonee, Wisconsin, on Thursday night.</p> <p>“I just see he’s up there tonight getting softball questions from Anderson Cooper. They don’t ask me questions like that,” Trump told the crowd gathered at the airport. “They’ve got cars &#8230; it’s the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen.”</p> <p>Trump&#8217;s ABC town hall was held inside a half-empty auditorium, with attendees socially distanced and wearing masks.</p> <p>The format of Biden&#8217;s event was a stark reminder of the issue that&#8217;s been a central focus of Biden’s campaign — that the pandemic rages on, affecting Americans&#8217; lives in ways large and small, and that stronger leadership in White House could have eased the crisis. More than 195,000 Americans have died of the coronavirus — by far the highest death toll in the world.</p> <p>Earlier in the day, Biden joined Senate Democrats for a conference call lunch and told allies that he is taking nothing for granted in the race for the White Houseand the down-ballot effort to wrest the Senate&#8217;s majority control from Republicans. He fielded questions, particularly from senators facing reelection, about his strategy win back the chamber and defeat Trump.</p> <p>“He just said, ‘You know what we’re up against. You know why this is so important,’” said Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.</p> <p>West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin said he encouraged Biden to remind workers how much he has been on their side during his many years in government.</p> <p>“I’ve said, ‘Joe, people need to know that you recognize the dignity of the work, the people have built this country,’” Manchin told reporters. “They need to know that you fought for their pensions, you fought for their health care &#8230; and you’re not gonna leave them behind.”</p> <p>Biden’s campaign team has come under scrutiny in recent days over its outreach efforts, particularly for what some see as short shrift with Latino voters. At the same time, Democrats have mixed views over the party’s get-out-the-vote effort that largely bypasses traditional door-knocking to avoid health risks during the pandemic, instead relying on virtual outreach. </p> <hr class="wp-block-separator" /> <p><em>Jaffe reported from Washington. Associated Press writers Lisa Mascaro and Bill Barrow in Atlanta and Darlene Superville in Misonee, Wis., contributed to this report.</em></p> At Town Hall, Biden Blasts Trump's ‘criminal' Virus Response https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/health/at-town-hall-biden-blasts-trumps-criminal-coronavirus-response/2421770/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:72831868-9eff-a51f-0e5a-521b443a3539 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 02:14:21 +0000 <p>Joe Biden on Thursday went after President Donald Trump again and again over his handling of COVID-19, calling Trump&#8217;s downplaying of the pandemic “criminal” and his administration “totally irresponsible.&#8221;</p> <p>“You’ve got to level with the American people — shoot from the shoulder. There’s not been a time they’ve not been able to step up. The president should step down,” the Democratic presidential nominee said to applause from a CNN drive-in town hall crowd in Moosic, outside his hometown of Scranton.</p> <p>Speaking about Trump’s admission that he publicly played down the impact of the virus while aware of its severity, Biden declared: “He knew it and did nothing. It’s close to criminal.&#8221; </p> <p>Later, Biden decried Americans&#8217; loss of basic “freedoms&#8221; as the U.S. has struggled to contain the pandemic, like the ability to go to a ballgame or walk around their neighborhoods. “I never, ever thought I would see just such a thoroughly, totally irresponsible administration,&#8221; he said.</p> <p>Biden faced a half-dozen questions about the coronavirus and a potential vaccine in the town hall from moderator Anderson Cooper and audience members. The pandemic was not just the main topic of the night — it was the cause of the unusual format of the event: a drive-in with 35 cars outside PNC Field.</p> <p>The cars were parked around the stage, each with small groups of people standing outside them or leaning or sitting on the hoods to watch Cooper and Biden onstage. The network erected blue and red spotlights over the dirt and gravel parking lot to make it easier to see, and each parking space was marked off with white chalk in large rectangles to ensure that each group stayed more than 6 feet (1.8 meters) apart.</p> <p>The town hall marked the first time that Biden had faced live, unscripted questions from voters since winning the nomination. Trump participated in a town hall Tuesday in an auditorium in Philadelphia. </p> <p>The appearances have been seen as tuneups before the three presidential debates, the first set for Sept. 29. Biden’s uneven debate performances during the Democratic primary contributed to his initial struggles in polls and the early primary vote, and Trump has pushed unfounded conspiracy theories about Biden taking performance-enhancing drugs and has raised questions about Biden&#8217;s mental acuity.</p> <p>Biden, meanwhile, has promised to be a “fact-checker on the stage” with Trump but has said he doesn&#8217;t want to get drawn into a “brawl” with the Republican.</p> <p>On Thursday, Biden said he was beginning to prepare for the upcoming debate by reviewing Trump&#8217;s remarks and preparing his own.</p> <p>Biden was also pressed on his stance on the Green New Deal, the sweeping proposal from progressives in Congress that calls for achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions across the economy by 2030. Biden’s proposal doesn’t go as far, but it does aim to reduce emissions to zero by 2050 and has a goal of achieving an entirely carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035.</p> <p>Biden interrupted a questioner who suggested his climate plan embraces the Green New Deal to insist, “No, it doesn’t,” but when asked by the moderator if he supports the proposal, he said, “I don’t think it’s too much.”</p> <p>Still, Biden added, “I have my own deal,” which he noted the Democratic Party has incorporated as part of its platform.</p> <p>Biden also weighed in on foreign policy issues, promising to reduce America&#8217;s military footprint abroad and saying that any attempt to interfere with the election by a foreign power is a “violation of our sovereignty.” He promised that if he&#8217;s elected and it becomes clear post-election that Russia interfered in the election, “they&#8217;ll pay a price for it, and it&#8217;ll be an economic price.”</p> <p>Biden described Russia as an “opponent,” but declined to use the same word when asked about China. He instead called the nation a “competitor” and pledging to improve trade policy with China.</p> <p>Trump signaled he&#8217;d been watching the town hall before he took the stage for a rally in Misonee, Wisconsin, on Thursday night.</p> <p>“I just see he’s up there tonight getting softball questions from Anderson Cooper. They don’t ask me questions like that,” Trump told the crowd gathered at the airport. “They’ve got cars &#8230; it’s the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen.”</p> <p>Trump&#8217;s ABC town hall was held inside a half-empty auditorium, with attendees socially distanced and wearing masks.</p> <p>The format of Biden&#8217;s event was a stark reminder of the issue that&#8217;s been a central focus of Biden’s campaign — that the pandemic rages on, affecting Americans&#8217; lives in ways large and small, and that stronger leadership in White House could have eased the crisis. More than 195,000 Americans have died of the coronavirus — by far the highest death toll in the world.</p> <p>Earlier in the day, Biden joined Senate Democrats for a conference call lunch and told allies that he is taking nothing for granted in the race for the White Houseand the down-ballot effort to wrest the Senate&#8217;s majority control from Republicans. He fielded questions, particularly from senators facing reelection, about his strategy win back the chamber and defeat Trump.</p> <p>“He just said, ‘You know what we’re up against. You know why this is so important,’” said Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.</p> <p>West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin said he encouraged Biden to remind workers how much he has been on their side during his many years in government.</p> <p>“I’ve said, ‘Joe, people need to know that you recognize the dignity of the work, the people have built this country,’” Manchin told reporters. “They need to know that you fought for their pensions, you fought for their health care &#8230; and you’re not gonna leave them behind.”</p> <p>Biden’s campaign team has come under scrutiny in recent days over its outreach efforts, particularly for what some see as short shrift with Latino voters. At the same time, Democrats have mixed views over the party’s get-out-the-vote effort that largely bypasses traditional door-knocking to avoid health risks during the pandemic, instead relying on virtual outreach. </p> <p>___</p> <p>Jaffe reported from Washington. Associated Press writers Lisa Mascaro and Bill Barrow in Atlanta and Darlene Superville in Washington contributed to this report.</p> Senior Fellow at Cato Institute Suggests Shutting Down Metrorail https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/transportation/senior-fellow-at-cato-institute-suggests-shutting-down-metrorail/2421730/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:bcf2544d-d537-6b73-cac3-d4d3b6c7dfee Fri, 18 Sep 2020 02:12:48 +0000 <p>A senior fellow with the think tank Cato Institute suggested Wednesday the Metrorail system should be shut down as ridership is way down and may not return for a while.</p> <p>“Now is the best time of all to shut down the system,” Randal O’Toole said. “It’ll have the least disruption and we can replace the system with buses, which will work far better.”</p> <p>He says for those who depend on Metro, a car may actually be a better option.</p> <p>“In the long run I think it’ll be important to help low income people out of poverty by providing them with low interest loans to buy their first automobile,” he said.</p> <div class="wp-block-nbc-localized-block"> <blockquote class="featured-text"> <em><a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/newsletters/?_osource=rm_npd_nbc_dc_hs_mn">Get the latest news on COVID-19 delivered to you. Click here to sign up for our coronavirus newsletter.</a></em></blockquote> </div> <p>“What a fringy proposal,” said Tom Hucker, who is on the Montgomery County Council Transportation Committee. “I’m guessing this right-wing author has a job where he gets to work from home and a nice car in the driveway, but for our essential workers, like our nurses, our firefighters and our grocery workers, they count on Metro to get them to work every day.”</p> <p>“We have to focus on life after the pandemic, not just the present situation,” Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair Jeff McKay said. “Everyone knows that post-pandemic traffic will return and demand for metro will return as well.”</p> <p>O’Toole added Metro is a drag on taxes because it costs a lot to maintain.</p> <div class="wp-block-nbc-localized-block"> <blockquote class="featured-text"> Sign up for our free <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/newsletters/">NBC Washington newsletters</a> to get the latest local news and weather sent straight to your inbox.</blockquote> </div> <p>“You know it’s not about losing money or something like that, right? It’s a fact that there are people who need it and so the service should be available for people who need it,” one rider said.</p> <p>Metro wouldn’t comment officially, but a source with the transit agency simply shrugged off the suggestion of shutting down the trains.</p> Virginia Supreme Court Rejects Kanye West's Ballot Bid https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/politics/decision-2020/virginia-supreme-court-rejects-kanye-wests-ballot-bid/2421683/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:7ee84394-abc4-841e-005d-9828ac9185fa Fri, 18 Sep 2020 02:06:55 +0000 <p>The Supreme Court of Virginia has rejected an appeal from rapper Kanye West to appear on the state&#8217;s presidential ballot.</p> <p>The brief order issued Thursday by the high court upholds a lower court ruling that rejected his ballot application because he failed to meet a requirement that 13 people pledge their support for his campaign. Numerous people who signed papers supporting West&#8217;s bid said they were misled about what they were signing.</p> <p>Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring, who opposed West&#8217;s effort to be on the ballot, said the Supreme Court&#8217;s ruling should be the final word on the matter.</p> <p>West launched a presidential bid in July and has been trying to get his name on the ballot in multiple states.</p> <div class="wp-block-nbc-localized-block"> <blockquote class="featured-text"> Sign up for our free <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/newsletters/">NBC Washington newsletters</a> to get the latest local news and weather sent straight to your inbox.</blockquote> </div> Portland shooting suspect Michael Reinoehl pointed gun at officers, investigators say https://www.theolympian.com/news/local/article245823195.html Washington state urn:uuid:eb8e339b-1a71-531a-9d5c-b6d886708669 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 01:27:02 +0000 Reinoehl was shot and killed the evening of Sept. 3 near Lacey. Federal judge in WA state issues injunction halting changes that could lead to mail delays https://www.theolympian.com/news/state/article245822535.html Washington state urn:uuid:175f120c-b6be-cdd7-b935-3f3e6498d8bb Fri, 18 Sep 2020 00:38:49 +0000 “Americans can now confidently vote by mail and have their voices heard.” 2 Men Facing 38 Counts in Shooting of Maryland Police Officers https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/prince-georges-county/2-men-facing-38-counts-in-shooting-of-maryland-police-officers/2421696/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:d0042608-d47d-c8a0-d476-2f0a529131d7 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 00:14:07 +0000 <p>Two men are facing 38 counts in connection to a shootout that inured three Prince George&#8217;s County police officers last month. </p> <p>A grand jury returned the indictments for 27-year-old Maurice Warren and 45-year-old Andre Smith Thursday. Charges include attempted first- and second-degree murder, robbery, and home invasion.</p> <p>“Everyone deserves to go home at night, every single one of us, whether we’re civilian or sworn,” Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy said.</p> <p>Warren and Smith are being held without bond.</p> <p>“We are here to serve and to protect and so we hope that the people in that community feel safer knowing that those individuals are going to be held accountable,” Braveboy said.</p> <p>Police said they were originally called to the home on Capitol View Terrace in Landover, Maryland, in late August for a home invasion.</p> <div class="wp-block-nbc-localized-block"> <blockquote class="featured-text"> Sign up for our free <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/newsletters/">NBC Washington newsletters</a> to get the latest local news and weather sent straight to your inbox.</blockquote> </div> <p>A mother and daughter were in the house at time, prosecutors said. The mother called 911 and placed the phone under the bed. The suspects could be heard asking for money on the call, according to charging documents.</p> <p>Police said the house was targeted but won&#8217;t say why.</p> <p>Officers were fired on in broad daylight with an AK-47 gun just seconds after arriving at the scene, police said. Bullets pierced nearby homes. </p> <p>“Nothing but the grace of God that allowed these three officers to live through this incident,” County Executive Angela Alsobrooks said.</p> <p>All three of the officers who were shot had surgery. One officer who was struck three times had multiple surgeries. All of the officers are expected to be okay.</p> <p>The state&#8217;s attorney said the indictment was returned on behalf of the three officers who were, two other officers who were at the scene, and the mother and daughter whose home was invaded</p> <p>If convicted, Warren and Smith are looking at life without the possibility of parole.</p> Wildfire smoke closes Yosemite but forecast offers hope for US north-west https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/17/us-wildfires-california-oregon-washington-smoke-newsom Washington state | The Guardian urn:uuid:d758550e-0bb8-04f9-dc75-7134378294c8 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 23:47:29 +0000 <p>California governor warns about climate crisis as new wildfire evacuations ordered north-east of Los Angeles</p><p>As <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/wildfires">wildfires</a> continued to burn across the US west coast, with smoke reaching as far as Europe, California’s governor, Gavin Newsom, issued a stark warning on climate, saying: “The facts are the facts.”</p><p>Forecast rain for the Pacific north-west prompted <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/16/us/fires-oregon-california-washington.html">hopes</a> on Thursday of improved fire-fighting conditions in Washington state and Oregon, parts of which have been decimated and swathed in the world’s worst air quality.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/sep/17/california-wildfires-technology-emergency-response">Paper maps, two-way radios: how firefighting tech is stuck in the past</a> </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/17/us-wildfires-california-oregon-washington-smoke-newsom">Continue reading...</a> Big Battle Over Short-Term Rentals in Small Maryland Town https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/big-battle-over-short-term-rentals-in-small-maryland-town/2421469/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:2eb59137-0635-ff51-e48d-8bfaf84be7db Thu, 17 Sep 2020 23:23:37 +0000 <p>Chesapeake Beach, a small town along the Chesapeake Bay in Calvert County, Maryland, less than an hour from Washington, D.C., is a popular tourist destination for families looking to escape the city.</p> <p>“When you come down that hill and see the bay, all your worries go away,” Mayor Pat “Irish” Mahoney said.</p> <p>The mayor says his town is a big draw for both tourists and full-time residents.</p> <p>“Chesapeake Beach is a charming residential town that attracts seniors to spend their golden years and young adults to raise their families,” Mahoney said.</p> <p>The mayor says he welcomes visitors to his quiet town, but this summer was different.</p> <div class="wp-block-nbc-localized-block"> <blockquote class="featured-text"> <em><a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/newsletters/?_osource=rm_npd_nbc_dc_hs_mn">Get the latest news on COVID-19 delivered to you. Click here to sign up for our coronavirus newsletter.</a></em></blockquote> </div> <p>“It’s the summer of COVID, and we were noticing that many of the out-of-state visitors from … hot spots that were not permitted to go to the Jersey beaches and the Delaware beaches were ending up in these party houses that they were just popping up,” Mahoney said.</p> <p>So on July 30, the town <a href="https://www.chesapeakebeachmd.gov/home/news/short-term-rentals-not-permitted" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener" aria-label=" (opens in a new tab)">issued a notice</a> to its residents, reminding them that short-term rentals were not permitted in the town. That notice caught resident Josh Johnson off guard. He has been renting out two homes on Airbnb for about a year-and-a-half and says a lot of neighbors are, too.</p> <p>“From my estimation, there’s about 20-25, maybe even up to 30, that are directly here in the Chesapeake Beach area,” Johnson said.</p> <p>Bernadette Antoine, a preschool teacher from Prince George’s County, bought a cottage in Chesapeake Beach last year. She plans to retire in it and was depending on short-term rentals to help pay the bills until she moves there full-time.</p> <p>“I basically put all of my cash into it to buy and then to fix it up so you know it looks good for anyone who comes in to rent it and was hoping that I would make the money back up and this has been done,” Antoine said.</p> <p>The ban on short-term rentals isn’t new. These homeowners say they didn’t know about it because it is not spelled out in black and white anywhere on the town’s website.&nbsp;</p> <p>There’s a <a rel="noreferrer noopener" aria-label=" (opens in a new tab)" href="https://www.chesapeakebeachmd.gov/rental-code" target="_blank">“Rental Code”</a> section on the site, but that page is blank. The town administrator told News4 to search the <a rel="noreferrer noopener" aria-label=" (opens in a new tab)" href="https://www.ecode360.com/34309974" target="_blank">Housing Code</a>, but we didn’t see any mention of short-term rentals there, only a definition of a rental as being 30 days or more.</p> <p>The town says before the current Housing Code was passed in 2019, vacation rentals were banned by the town’s <a href="https://www.ecode360.com/15165141" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener" aria-label=" (opens in a new tab)">Zoning Code</a>.</p> <p>Johnson has started an <a href="https://www.change.org/p/residents-home-owners-and-business-owners-call-to-action-millions-to-be-lost" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener" aria-label=" (opens in a new tab)">online petition</a>, hoping to convince town leaders to change the law. He says homeowners aren’t the only ones losing out because of the ban.</p> <p>Kelly Schaefer is a single mother of three children. She owns a cleaning company called Quality Clean and says she’s losing up to $2,000 a month in business without the short-term rentals.</p> <p>“I have to decide, do I take the cut in pay myself or do I release some of my employees?” Schaefer said.</p> <div class="wp-block-nbc-localized-block"> <blockquote class="featured-text"> Sign up for our free <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/newsletters/">NBC Washington newsletters</a> to get the latest local news and weather sent straight to your inbox.</blockquote> </div> <p>Johnson is also concerned about the impact on local restaurants. Bobby Abner, the owner of Abner’s Crab House, said he supports short-term rentals. “All businesses are good for us,” Abner said.</p> <p>Mahoney said the ban actually helps the town’s hotels and restaurants. “They employ town citizens, and if people are coming down in illegal party houses with their own food and their own beverages, the town residents are gonna be unemployed because the hotel will be sitting vacant.&#8221;</p> <p>Johnson and Antoine are now faced with the tough decision of what comes next for them and their future in Chesapeake Beach.</p> <p>“Well it’s going to put us in a situation where we’re going to have to sell our house,” Johnson said. “And it’s ultimately going to put us in a situation where we’re going to have to understand if this is a place for us.”</p> Gulf Between White House's Words, Trump's Actions on Masks https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/health/ulf-between-trump-and-doctors-on-mask-wearing-gets-wider/2421578/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:9963afbd-44fa-7921-62c0-0c91361a1c24 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 21:34:46 +0000 <p>White House officials insist that President Donald Trump strongly supports face masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus and always has. But the president’s own words and actions tell a very different — and sometimes puzzling — story.</p> <p>That&#8217;s created a gulf between Trump and public health officials that keeps widening six months after the virus took root in the U.S., with the president undercutting medical experts who say consistent face covering is one of the best tools to fight the pandemic. </p> <p>Trump initially dismissed mask wearing for himself, then allowed himself to be seen wearing one while visiting a military hospital. He has called it “patriotic” to wear a mask but seldom passes up an opportunity to mock Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden for his routine mask wearing.</p> <p>On Wednesday, after the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told Congress that his mask might even be a better guarantee than a vaccine against the virus, Trump publicly undercut Dr. Robert Redfield. </p> <p>“As far as the mask is concerned, he made a mistake,” said Trump.</p> <p>Dr. Tom Inglesby, director of the Center for Health Security at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, said he’s “bewildered” by Trump’s ambiguity about masks. He said widespread use would also help restore economic vitality faster, a prime Trump goal.</p> <p>“I don’t think that there’s any controversy about masks anywhere in the world,” Inglesby said. “Why we continue to have this debate about it is a mystery.&#8221;</p> <p>Lawrence Gostin, a public health expert at Georgetown University’s law school, said Trump’s vacillation between portraying masks as an infringement on personal rights and touting them as crucial to stemming the virus has left Americans “absolutely dazed and confused.”</p> <p>“One could forgive the American public for not trusting anyone,” Gostin said. </p> <p>But Gostin also faulted Redfield for asserting that masks are more important than an eventual vaccine, at least until one is approved. Suggesting that being vaccinated is less important as long as people are wearing masks has further clouded the public message, Gostin said.</p> <p>Public health experts largely agree that COVID-19, the disease the virus causes, will be brought under control through a combination of social distancing, mask wearing and a vaccine. </p> <p>“One of those three is not enough, you need all three,” Gostin said. “It’s such a simple message. It’s just befuddling that the White House doesn’t consistently state that message.”</p> <p>Trump has very seldom worn a mask for the world to see, though he is regularly tested for COVID-19and says he does wear one when he can&#8217;t practice social distancing. At one point, he suggested that the reason some people wear masks is to make a political statement against him. </p> <p>The CDC recommended in April that people wear cloth face coverings in public when it&#8217;s difficult to be socially distant. But Trump immediately undercut the guidance, declaring he wouldn&#8217;t follow it and suggesting it would be unseemly to be masked in a meeting with a head of state.</p> <p>The first image of a masked Trump surfaced on social media in May after he donned one for a behind-the-scenes tour of a Ford facility in Michigan. Reporters were not allowed on the tour, and afterward Trump told them he&#8217;d worn a mask in a “back area” because “I didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it.”</p> <p>In June, as he prepared to hold his first indoor political rally of the COVID era, Trump complained to The Wall Street Journal that people can’t help but fidget with the coverings, similar to assertions he made on national television this week.</p> <p>“They put their finger on the mask, and they take them off, and then they start touching their eyes and touching their nose and their mouth,” Trump said in his Journal interview. “And then they don’t know how they caught it?”</p> <p>But weeks later he offered a much different take, sounding like a mask evangelist and going as far as saying he resembled the Lone Ranger when he wears one. Still, Trump framed the issue as one of personal choice:</p> <p>“If people feel good about it, they should do it.&#8221;</p> <p>In July, Trump tweeted a photo of himself wearing a mask and wrote that &#8220;many people say that it is Patriotic to wear a face mask when you can’t socially distance.”</p> <p>“There is nobody more Patriotic than me, your favorite President!&#8221; he said.</p> <p>Then, this week, Trump returned to his old ways.</p> <p>At a candidate forum televised by ABC News on Tuesday night, Trump praised a woman who removed her face covering to ask him a question. </p> <p>“I love, I love what you just did,” Trump told her. On several occasions, he has become visibly irked by reporters who refuse his requests to remove their masks to ask him questions. </p> <p>Trump also assailed Biden during the broadcast, faulting the former vice president for not acting to put in place a national mask requirement he has talked about doing if elected. Biden countered on Wednesday by reminding Trump he is not the president.</p> <p>“By the way, a lot of people don’t want to wear masks,” Trump said. &#8220;A lot of people think that masks are not good.” Pressed on who those people are, Trump replied, “Waiters.” </p> <p>Trump often brings up the very early medical guidance for the public to not wear masks and leave scarce medical-grade versions for doctors and nurses. But experts soon began encouraging people to wear face coverings after learning that the virus is primarily transmitted through the air.</p> <p>White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on Thursday cast doubt on the science as he sidestepped questions about who is influencing Trump&#8217;s opinions about masks. Meadows insisted that the president and administration officials have been consistent.</p> <p>“If masks truly were the answer where everybody can go back to work, and that they actually work as the best protocol for keeping people safe I think everyone would be more than happy to wear their mask and return to work,” Meadows said. “I don’t think the science backs that up. I think it’s an extra precaution and it’s good.” </p> Gulf Between White House's Words, Trump's Actions on Masks https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/national-international/ulf-between-trump-and-doctors-on-mask-wearing-gets-wider/2421578/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:1e5e1165-95a7-a693-6b6d-3037676a91f8 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 21:34:46 +0000 <p>White House officials insist that President Donald Trump strongly supports face masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus and always has. But the president’s own words and actions tell a very different — and sometimes puzzling — story.</p> <p>That&#8217;s created a gulf between Trump and public health officials that keeps widening six months after the virus took root in the U.S., with the president undercutting medical experts who say consistent face covering is one of the best tools to fight the pandemic. </p> <p>Trump initially dismissed mask wearing for himself, then allowed himself to be seen wearing one while visiting a military hospital. He has called it “patriotic” to wear a mask but seldom passes up an opportunity to mock Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden for his routine mask wearing.</p> <p>On Wednesday, after the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told Congress that his mask might even be a better guarantee than a vaccine against the virus, Trump publicly undercut Dr. Robert Redfield. </p> <p>“As far as the mask is concerned, he made a mistake,” said Trump.</p> <div data-react-component="VideoPlayer" data-meta="{&quot;amp_status&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;spay_email&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;syndicated_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;should_nationalize&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_first_published_date&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_prevent_modified_update&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_primary_category_id&quot;:207698,&quot;nbc_primary_tag_id&quot;:108,&quot;nbc_social_page_title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_page_title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_seo_description&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_social_description&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_national_headline&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;entities&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_canonical_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_hide_from_recirculation&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_hide_from_search&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_syndication_category&quot;:&quot;1:1:190&quot;,&quot;nbc_national_collections&quot;:[],&quot;nopreroll&quot;:false,&quot;video_copyright&quot;:&quot;NBCUniversal, Inc.&quot;,&quot;sst_source_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_disable_legacy_embeds&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_feed_loader_prevent_updates&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;desktopFlashPid&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_dfxp_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mp4_url&quot;:&quot;http:\/\/nbclim-download.edgesuite.net\/Prod\/NBCU_LM_VMS\/122\/642\/DIT_NAT_TOS_SOT_TRUMP_WORSE_BEFORE_BETTER_20200721_FH.mp4&quot;,&quot;mpx_download_pid&quot;:&quot;51vy_eMYkArH&quot;,&quot;mpx_high_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_high_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_is_livestream&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_m3upid&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_pid&quot;:&quot;03S5EoPygXIK&quot;,&quot;mpx_thumbnail_url&quot;:&quot;https:\/\/media.nbcwashington.com\/2020\/07\/GettyImages-1257464152.jpg?resize=850%2C478&quot;,&quot;pid_streaming_web_high&quot;:&quot;Jl0l3n_x_J73&quot;,&quot;pid_streaming_web_medium&quot;:&quot;03S5EoPygXIK&quot;,&quot;subtitle&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;dfxp_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;video_call_letter&quot;:&quot;NBCU LM VMS&quot;,&quot;video_captions&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;video_id&quot;:&quot;1766432835583_125&quot;,&quot;video_length&quot;:&quot;45879&quot;,&quot;video_provider&quot;:&quot;mpx&quot;,&quot;alleypack_schedule_unpublish&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;feed_remote_id&quot;:&quot;mpx_1766432835583&quot;,&quot;feed_thumbnail_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;}" data-livestream="false" data-title="Trump Says Virus Will Get ‘Worse,&#039; Urges Masks Be Worn" data-vidcid="1:1:5284238" data-vidurl="https://ots.nbcwpshield.com/news/coronavirus/trump-says-virus-will-get-worse-urges-masks-be-worn/5284238/" data-islead="false" data-catnames="{&quot;189&quot;:&quot;News&quot;,&quot;54720&quot;:&quot;Business&quot;,&quot;207698&quot;:&quot;Coronavirus Pandemic&quot;,&quot;9804&quot;:&quot;Health&quot;,&quot;12732&quot;:&quot;Local&quot;,&quot;288&quot;:&quot;Politics&quot;,&quot;751&quot;:&quot;The Trump Administration&quot;,&quot;190&quot;:&quot;U.S. &amp;amp; World&quot;}" data-tagnames="{&quot;194355&quot;:&quot;coronavirus&quot;,&quot;214087&quot;:&quot;coronavirus pandemic&quot;,&quot;243494&quot;:&quot;coronavius pandemic&quot;,&quot;202086&quot;:&quot;COVID-19&quot;,&quot;117762&quot;:&quot;Decision 2020&quot;,&quot;108&quot;:&quot;Donald Trump&quot;,&quot;180801&quot;:&quot;Election 2020&quot;,&quot;217003&quot;:&quot;face masks&quot;,&quot;197937&quot;:&quot;Masks&quot;,&quot;170163&quot;:&quot;NORC Center for Public Affairs Research&quot;,&quot;15585&quot;:&quot;police&quot;,&quot;109&quot;:&quot;United States&quot;,&quot;293&quot;:&quot;White House&quot;}" data-customdata="{&quot;ContentPartner&quot;:&quot;None&quot;,&quot;Source&quot;:&quot;WEBFM&quot;,&quot;SyndicationAllowed&quot;:&quot;true&quot;,&quot;mSNVideoCategories&quot;:&quot;MSN Video v4 Connector-most watched news&quot;,&quot;mSNVideoContentSupplierID&quot;:&quot;NBC_Local&quot;,&quot;mSNVideoCountry&quot;:&quot;us&quot;,&quot;subtitle&quot;:&quot;nosubtitle&quot;,&quot;uploadedByTeam&quot;:&quot;1&quot;,&quot;youtubeChannel&quot;:&quot;None&quot;}" data-autoplay="false" data-cplay="true"></div> <p>Dr. Tom Inglesby, director of the Center for Health Security at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, said he’s “bewildered” by Trump’s ambiguity about masks. He said widespread use would also help restore economic vitality faster, a prime Trump goal.</p> <p>“I don’t think that there’s any controversy about masks anywhere in the world,” Inglesby said. “Why we continue to have this debate about it is a mystery.&#8221;</p> <p>Lawrence Gostin, a public health expert at Georgetown University’s law school, said Trump’s vacillation between portraying masks as an infringement on personal rights and touting them as crucial to stemming the virus has left Americans “absolutely dazed and confused.”</p> <p>“One could forgive the American public for not trusting anyone,” Gostin said. </p> <p>But Gostin also faulted Redfield for asserting that masks are more important than an eventual vaccine, at least until one is approved. Suggesting that being vaccinated is less important as long as people are wearing masks has further clouded the public message, Gostin said.</p> <div data-react-component="VideoPlayer" data-meta="{&quot;amp_status&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;spay_email&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;syndicated_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;should_nationalize&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_first_published_date&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_prevent_modified_update&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_primary_category_id&quot;:207698,&quot;nbc_primary_tag_id&quot;:197937,&quot;nbc_social_page_title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_page_title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_seo_description&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_social_description&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_national_headline&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;entities&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_canonical_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_hide_from_recirculation&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_hide_from_search&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_syndication_category&quot;:&quot;1:1:207698&quot;,&quot;nbc_national_collections&quot;:[],&quot;nopreroll&quot;:false,&quot;video_copyright&quot;:&quot;NBCUniversal, Inc.&quot;,&quot;sst_source_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_disable_legacy_embeds&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_feed_loader_prevent_updates&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;desktopFlashPid&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_dfxp_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mp4_url&quot;:&quot;http:\/\/nbclim-download.edgesuite.net\/Prod\/NBCU_LM_VMS\/528\/7\/DIT_20NAT_20SOT_20POL_20LAMAR_20ALEXANDER_20MASKS_20063020_20JB.mp4&quot;,&quot;mpx_download_pid&quot;:&quot;t1O53kpcvSoy&quot;,&quot;mpx_high_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_high_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_is_livestream&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_m3upid&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_pid&quot;:&quot;b0seWx_PfjKX&quot;,&quot;mpx_thumbnail_url&quot;:&quot;https:\/\/media.nbcwashington.com\/2019\/09\/DIT_20NAT_20SOT_20POL_20LAMAR_20ALEXANDER_20MASKS_20063020_20JB_1200x675_1758273091540.jpg?resize=850%2C478&quot;,&quot;pid_streaming_web_high&quot;:&quot;6jOjM_qAlIUA&quot;,&quot;pid_streaming_web_medium&quot;:&quot;b0seWx_PfjKX&quot;,&quot;subtitle&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;dfxp_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;video_call_letter&quot;:&quot;NBCU LM VMS&quot;,&quot;video_captions&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;video_id&quot;:&quot;1758267971900_869&quot;,&quot;video_length&quot;:&quot;106573&quot;,&quot;video_provider&quot;:&quot;mpx&quot;,&quot;alleypack_schedule_unpublish&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;feed_remote_id&quot;:&quot;mpx_1758267971900&quot;,&quot;feed_thumbnail_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;}" data-livestream="false" data-title="GOP Sen. 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It’s just befuddling that the White House doesn’t consistently state that message.”</p> <p>Trump has very seldom worn a mask for the world to see, though he is regularly tested for COVID-19and says he does wear one when he can&#8217;t practice social distancing. At one point, he suggested that the reason some people wear masks is to make a political statement against him. </p> <p>The CDC recommended in April that people wear cloth face coverings in public when it&#8217;s difficult to be socially distant. But Trump immediately undercut the guidance, declaring he wouldn&#8217;t follow it and suggesting it would be unseemly to be masked in a meeting with a head of state.</p> <p>The first image of a masked Trump surfaced on social media in May after he donned one for a behind-the-scenes tour of a Ford facility in Michigan. Reporters were not allowed on the tour, and afterward Trump told them he&#8217;d worn a mask in a “back area” because “I didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it.”</p> <div data-react-component="VideoPlayer" data-meta="{&quot;amp_status&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;spay_email&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;syndicated_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;should_nationalize&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_first_published_date&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_prevent_modified_update&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_primary_category_id&quot;:207698,&quot;nbc_primary_tag_id&quot;:194355,&quot;nbc_social_page_title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_page_title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_seo_description&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_social_description&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_national_headline&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;entities&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_canonical_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_hide_from_recirculation&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_hide_from_search&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_syndication_category&quot;:&quot;1:1:190&quot;,&quot;nbc_national_collections&quot;:[],&quot;nopreroll&quot;:false,&quot;video_copyright&quot;:&quot;NBCUniversal, Inc.&quot;,&quot;sst_source_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_disable_legacy_embeds&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_feed_loader_prevent_updates&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;desktopFlashPid&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_dfxp_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mp4_url&quot;:&quot;http:\/\/nbclim-download.edgesuite.net\/Prod\/NBCU_LM_VMS\/686\/967\/DIT_NAT_TOS_NEWS_BIRX_WEAR_MASK_FAMILY_2020-08-31_FH.mp4&quot;,&quot;mpx_download_pid&quot;:&quot;W1_H2TjYx8a7&quot;,&quot;mpx_high_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_high_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_is_livestream&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_m3upid&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_pid&quot;:&quot;QzA_dBBAQUkq&quot;,&quot;mpx_thumbnail_url&quot;:&quot;https:\/\/media.nbcwashington.com\/2020\/08\/DIT_16x9.00_00_01_01.Still001.png?resize=850%2C478&quot;,&quot;pid_streaming_web_high&quot;:&quot;4lm5VYT_IG9B&quot;,&quot;pid_streaming_web_medium&quot;:&quot;QzA_dBBAQUkq&quot;,&quot;subtitle&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;dfxp_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;video_call_letter&quot;:&quot;NBCU LM VMS&quot;,&quot;video_captions&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;video_id&quot;:&quot;1783130691742_900&quot;,&quot;video_length&quot;:&quot;63030&quot;,&quot;video_provider&quot;:&quot;mpx&quot;,&quot;alleypack_schedule_unpublish&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;feed_remote_id&quot;:&quot;mpx_1783130691742&quot;,&quot;feed_thumbnail_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;}" data-livestream="false" data-title="Dr. Birx: ‘Wear Your Masks&#039; When Visiting Friends and Family" data-vidcid="1:1:5383143" data-vidurl="https://ots.nbcwpshield.com/news/coronavirus/dr-birx-wear-your-masks-when-visiting-friends-and-family/5383143/" data-islead="false" data-catnames="{&quot;189&quot;:&quot;News&quot;,&quot;207698&quot;:&quot;Coronavirus Pandemic&quot;}" data-tagnames="{&quot;194355&quot;:&quot;coronavirus&quot;,&quot;214087&quot;:&quot;coronavirus pandemic&quot;,&quot;216407&quot;:&quot;Coronavirus task force&quot;,&quot;202086&quot;:&quot;COVID-19&quot;,&quot;213185&quot;:&quot;Deborah Birx&quot;,&quot;217003&quot;:&quot;face masks&quot;}" data-customdata="{&quot;ContentPartner&quot;:&quot;None&quot;,&quot;Source&quot;:&quot;WEBFM&quot;,&quot;SyndicationAllowed&quot;:&quot;true&quot;,&quot;mSNVideoCategories&quot;:&quot;MSN Video v4 Connector-most watched news&quot;,&quot;mSNVideoContentSupplierID&quot;:&quot;NBC_Local&quot;,&quot;mSNVideoCountry&quot;:&quot;us&quot;,&quot;subtitle&quot;:&quot;nosubtitle&quot;,&quot;uploadedByTeam&quot;:&quot;1&quot;,&quot;youtubeChannel&quot;:&quot;None&quot;}" data-autoplay="false" data-cplay="true"></div> <p>In June, as he prepared to hold his first indoor political rally of the COVID era, Trump complained to The Wall Street Journal that people can’t help but fidget with the coverings, similar to assertions he made on national television this week.</p> <p>“They put their finger on the mask, and they take them off, and then they start touching their eyes and touching their nose and their mouth,” Trump said in his Journal interview. “And then they don’t know how they caught it?”</p> <p>But weeks later he offered a much different take, sounding like a mask evangelist and going as far as saying he resembled the Lone Ranger when he wears one. Still, Trump framed the issue as one of personal choice:</p> <p>“If people feel good about it, they should do it.&#8221;</p> <p>In July, Trump tweeted a photo of himself wearing a mask and wrote that &#8220;many people say that it is Patriotic to wear a face mask when you can’t socially distance.”</p> <p>“There is nobody more Patriotic than me, your favorite President!&#8221; he said.</p> <div class="recirc-module"> <h3 class="recirc__heading">Coronavirus Pandemic Coverage</h3> <p class="recirc__subheading"></p> <div class="recirc__post"> <div class="post__wrap"> <div class="post__image-wrapper"> <a href="https://ots.nbcwpshield.com/news/coronavirus/house-condemns-racism-against-asian-americans-amid-pandemic/5424088/"> <img class="post__image" src="https://media.nbcwashington.com/2019/09/NBC@3x-7.png?resize=850%2C478" alt="" /> </a> </div> <div class="post__text"> <div class="post__meta"> <a class="post__tag" href="https://ots.nbcwpshield.com/tag/asian-americans/">Asian Americans</a> <span class="post__date post__date--has-category"> 2 hours ago </span> </div> <h3 class="post__title"> <a class="post__title--link" href="https://ots.nbcwpshield.com/news/coronavirus/house-condemns-racism-against-asian-americans-amid-pandemic/5424088/"> <span data-ellipsis="true" data-text="House Condemns Racism Against Asian Americans Amid Pandemic" data-react-component="NBCTruncate" data-maxlines="3" data-maxlinesmobile="2" data-readmore=""> House Condemns Racism Against Asian Americans Amid Pandemic </span> </a> </h3> </div> </div> </div> <div class="recirc__post"> <div class="post__wrap"> <div class="post__image-wrapper"> <a href="https://ots.nbcwpshield.com/news/politics/decision-2020/at-town-hall-biden-blasts-trumps-criminal-coronavirus-response/5422676/"> <img class="post__image" src="https://media.nbcwashington.com/2019/09/NBC@3x-7.png?resize=850%2C478" alt="" /> </a> <span class="format-icon format-icon--video"></span> </div> <div class="post__text"> <div class="post__meta"> <a class="post__tag" href="https://ots.nbcwpshield.com/tag/joe-biden/">Joe Biden</a> <span class="post__date post__date--has-category"> 2 hours ago </span> </div> <h3 class="post__title"> <a class="post__title--link" href="https://ots.nbcwpshield.com/news/politics/decision-2020/at-town-hall-biden-blasts-trumps-criminal-coronavirus-response/5422676/"> <span data-ellipsis="true" data-text="At Town Hall, Biden Blasts Trump&#039;s ‘Criminal&#039; Coronavirus Response" data-react-component="NBCTruncate" data-maxlines="3" data-maxlinesmobile="2" data-readmore=""> At Town Hall, Biden Blasts Trump&#039;s ‘Criminal&#039; Coronavirus Response </span> </a> </h3> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p>Then, this week, Trump returned to his old ways.</p> <p>At a candidate forum televised by ABC News on Tuesday night, Trump praised a woman who removed her face covering to ask him a question. </p> <p>“I love, I love what you just did,” Trump told her. On several occasions, he has become visibly irked by reporters who refuse his requests to remove their masks to ask him questions. </p> <p>Trump also assailed Biden during the broadcast, faulting the former vice president for not acting to put in place a national mask requirement he has talked about doing if elected. Biden countered on Wednesday by reminding Trump he is not the president.</p> <p>“By the way, a lot of people don’t want to wear masks,” Trump said. &#8220;A lot of people think that masks are not good.” Pressed on who those people are, Trump replied, “Waiters.” </p> <div data-react-component="VideoPlayer" data-meta="{&quot;amp_status&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;spay_email&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;syndicated_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;should_nationalize&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_first_published_date&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_prevent_modified_update&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_primary_category_id&quot;:207698,&quot;nbc_primary_tag_id&quot;:217003,&quot;nbc_social_page_title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_page_title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_seo_description&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_social_description&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_national_headline&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;entities&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_canonical_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_hide_from_recirculation&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_hide_from_search&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_syndication_category&quot;:&quot;1:1:190&quot;,&quot;nbc_national_collections&quot;:[],&quot;nopreroll&quot;:false,&quot;video_copyright&quot;:&quot;NBCUniversal, Inc.&quot;,&quot;sst_source_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_disable_legacy_embeds&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_feed_loader_prevent_updates&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;desktopFlashPid&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_dfxp_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mp4_url&quot;:&quot;http:\/\/nbclim-download.edgesuite.net\/Prod\/NBCU_LM_VMS\/469\/638\/DIT_20OTS_20NAT_20NEWS_20TRUMP_20TOURS_20FORD_20REFUSES_20TO_20WEAR_20MASK_20052120_20JD.mp4&quot;,&quot;mpx_download_pid&quot;:&quot;Aw0Kiu5hvN7P&quot;,&quot;mpx_high_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_high_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_is_livestream&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_m3upid&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_pid&quot;:&quot;ezbiV7GR4UPZ&quot;,&quot;mpx_thumbnail_url&quot;:&quot;https:\/\/media.nbcwashington.com\/2019\/09\/DIT-OTS-NAT-NEWS-TRUMP-TOURS-FORD-REFUSES-TO-WEAR-MASK-052120-JD-THUMB.png?resize=850%2C478&quot;,&quot;pid_streaming_web_high&quot;:&quot;mqZdkWyqrf6h&quot;,&quot;pid_streaming_web_medium&quot;:&quot;CKq_u_2LhRpV&quot;,&quot;subtitle&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;dfxp_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;video_call_letter&quot;:&quot;NBCU LM VMS&quot;,&quot;video_captions&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;video_id&quot;:&quot;1741026883530_435&quot;,&quot;video_length&quot;:&quot;77711&quot;,&quot;video_provider&quot;:&quot;mpx&quot;,&quot;alleypack_schedule_unpublish&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;feed_remote_id&quot;:&quot;mpx_1741026883530&quot;,&quot;feed_thumbnail_url Eisenhower Memorial Opens to Public Friday https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/eisenhower-memorial-opens-to-public-friday/2421553/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:302e1579-29f6-070c-f49f-618a23dfe4cf Thu, 17 Sep 2020 21:17:54 +0000 <p> Located in a new, four-acre public park across the street from the Smithsonian&#8217;s Air and Space Museum, the <a href="https://eisenhowermemorial.gov/">Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial</a> will open to the public Friday.</p> <p>The memorial honors the life and achievements of the former president and five-star general. A dedication ceremony is set for Thursday evening. Invited guests include President Donald Trump, the Eisenhower family, and current and former members of Congress and cabinet members. The event is invitation-only, but it will be <a href="https://www.facebook.com/EisenhowerMemorial">streamed on Facebook Live</a> at 7 p.m. </p> <p>The memorial has been two decades in the making, commissioned by Congress back in 1999. It was brought to life by architect Frank Gehry, featuring inscription panels and three bronze sculptures of Eisenhower by sculptor Sergey Eylanbekov. </p> <p>Located at 40 Independence Ave. SW, the memorial will open to the public Friday at 1 p.m. If you visit, bring your headphones or earbuds so you can take <a href="https://eisenhowermemorial.gov/audio-tour">a self-guided audio tour</a>.</p> Infection Rates Soar in College Towns as Students Return https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/coronavirus/infection-rates-soar-in-college-towns-as-students-return/2421123/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:384a4e98-9105-4db4-91ea-3ea6e63ee8aa Thu, 17 Sep 2020 21:02:30 +0000 <p>Just two weeks after students started returning to Ball State University last month, the surrounding county had become Indiana’s coronavirus epicenter.</p> <p>Out of nearly 600 students tested for the virus, more than half have been positive. Dozens of infections have been blamed on off-campus parties, prompting university officials to admonish students.</p> <p>University President Geoffrey Mearns wrote that the cases apparently were tied not to classrooms or dormitories but to “poor personal choices some students are making, primarily off campus.” </p> <p>&#8220;The actions of these students are putting our planned on-campus instruction and activities at risk,” he said.</p> <p>Similar examples abound in other college towns across the nation. Among the 50 U.S. counties with the highest concentrations of students and overall populations of at least 50,000, 20 have consistently reported higher rates of new virus cases than their states have since Sept. 1, according to an Associated Press analysis. </p> <p>On average, infection rates in those 20 counties have been more than three times higher than their states’ overall rates.</p> <div data-react-component="VideoPlayer" data-meta="{&quot;amp_status&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;spay_email&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;syndicated_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;should_nationalize&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_first_published_date&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_prevent_modified_update&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_primary_category_id&quot;:0,&quot;nbc_primary_tag_id&quot;:0,&quot;nbc_social_page_title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_page_title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_seo_description&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_social_description&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_national_headline&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;entities&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_canonical_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_hide_from_recirculation&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_hide_from_search&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_syndication_category&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_national_collections&quot;:[],&quot;nopreroll&quot;:false,&quot;video_copyright&quot;:&quot;NBC Universal, Inc.&quot;,&quot;sst_source_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_disable_legacy_embeds&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_feed_loader_prevent_updates&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;desktopFlashPid&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_dfxp_url&quot;:&quot;https:\/\/media.nbcmiami.com\/assets\/video\/NBCU_LM_VMS_-_WRC\/818\/223\/WRC_1000000007182387.dfxp&quot;,&quot;mp4_url&quot;:&quot;http:\/\/nbclim-download.edgesuite.net\/Prod\/NBCU_LM_VMS_-_WRC\/818\/223\/WRC_1000000007182387.mp4&quot;,&quot;mpx_download_pid&quot;:&quot;0_deQVphbxft&quot;,&quot;mpx_high_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_high_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_is_livestream&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_m3upid&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_pid&quot;:&quot;Npcomze_zNOh&quot;,&quot;mpx_thumbnail_url&quot;:&quot;https:\/\/media.nbcwashington.com\/2020\/09\/college-campus-outbreaks.jpg?resize=850%2C478&quot;,&quot;pid_streaming_web_high&quot;:&quot;wAdVm9jNid8t&quot;,&quot;pid_streaming_web_medium&quot;:&quot;Npcomze_zNOh&quot;,&quot;subtitle&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;dfxp_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;video_call_letter&quot;:&quot;WRC&quot;,&quot;video_captions&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;video_id&quot;:&quot;1784342083615_660&quot;,&quot;video_length&quot;:&quot;149082&quot;,&quot;video_provider&quot;:&quot;mpx&quot;,&quot;alleypack_schedule_unpublish&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;feed_remote_id&quot;:&quot;mpx_1784342083615&quot;,&quot;feed_thumbnail_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;}" data-livestream="false" data-title="Towson and James Madison Universities Switch to Virtual Learning" data-vidcid="1:14:2409045" data-vidurl="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/towson-and-james-madison-universities-switch-to-virtual-learning/2409045/" data-islead="false" data-catnames="{&quot;223863&quot;:&quot;News&quot;,&quot;268884&quot;:&quot;Coronavirus Pandemic&quot;,&quot;569&quot;:&quot;Local&quot;,&quot;273311&quot;:&quot;Maryland&quot;,&quot;273312&quot;:&quot;Virginia&quot;}" data-tagnames="{&quot;294824&quot;:&quot;college outbreak&quot;,&quot;259690&quot;:&quot;coronavirus&quot;,&quot;294823&quot;:&quot;coronavirus college&quot;,&quot;270598&quot;:&quot;Coronavirus in DC Area&quot;,&quot;265386&quot;:&quot;COVID-19&quot;,&quot;268984&quot;:&quot;James Madison University&quot;,&quot;125&quot;:&quot;Maryland&quot;,&quot;15747&quot;:&quot;Towson University&quot;,&quot;26&quot;:&quot;Virginia&quot;,&quot;288396&quot;:&quot;virtual learning&quot;}" data-customdata="{&quot;ContentPartner&quot;:&quot;None&quot;,&quot;Source&quot;:&quot;WEBFM&quot;,&quot;SyndicationAllowed&quot;:&quot;true&quot;,&quot;mSNVideoCategories&quot;:&quot;MSN Video v4 Connector-most watched news&quot;,&quot;mSNVideoContentSupplierID&quot;:&quot;NBC_Local&quot;,&quot;mSNVideoCountry&quot;:&quot;us&quot;,&quot;subtitle&quot;:&quot;nosubtitle&quot;,&quot;uploadedByTeam&quot;:&quot;1&quot;,&quot;youtubeChannel&quot;:&quot;None&quot;}" data-autoplay="false" data-cplay="true"></div> <p>At James Madison University in Virginia, which <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/james-madison-university-moving-to-mostly-online-instruction/2407780/">recently sent students home through September amid a surge in cases</a>, the county is averaging a weekly infection rate of nearly 90 cases per 100,000 people, or more than eight times the statewide average.</p> <p>Health officials fear that surges among college students will spread to more vulnerable people — older ones and those with underlying health problems — and trigger a new wave of cases and hospitalizations. Some worry that colleges could overwhelm hospitals already bracing for increasing cases of COVID-19 and flu this fall and winter.</p> <p>“There’s this waiting game. Does it stay on college campuses or will it escape?” said Dr. Jeff Pothof, chief quality officer at the University of Wisconsin medical center in Madison, where cases among college students have been climbing. </p> <p>While universities have emerged as hot spots in nearly every state, many of the worst outbreaks have been scattered across the South and Midwest. Of the 50 college counties analyzed by the AP, James Madison’s had the highest infection rate, followed by counties that are home to the University of Georgia, Florida State and Indiana University in Bloomington.</p> <p>In the 10 counties with the highest infection rates, colleges have reported at least 15,000 cases among students and employees in recent weeks, though testing and reporting practices vary significantly and the actual number is probably much higher.</p> <p>For many colleges, the return to campus was a carefully orchestrated process that took months to plan and millions of dollars to pull off. But as safe as they’ve made their campuses, many colleges have struggled to curb off-campus gatherings that have been tied to thousands of infections.</p> <p>Parties were blamed for dozens of cases at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which brought students back in early August only to send them home weeks later.</p> <p>Other schools have cracked down on parties and disciplined students. The University of Missouri in Columbia announced this week that it expelled two students and suspended three others for violating rules meant to slow the virus’s spread.</p> <p>The outbreaks are increasingly straining relations between universities and their towns.</p> <p>Amid a spike in cases at the University of Colorado at Boulder, county health authorities Tuesday urged all students to quarantine for two weeks. Students and others at the university have accounted for 76% of the county&#8217;s 663 positive cases over the past two weeks, officials said.</p> <p>“More stringent and mandatory restrictions will be imposed if students do not comply and break the transmission cycle,” Jeffrey Zayach, executive director of Boulder County Public Health, warned in a letter to students.</p> <p>In a letter to students, the school&#8217;s chancellor, Philip DiStefano, warned that the quarantine will be strictly enforced and that students who violate it could face suspension or other discipline. Already, DiStefano said, more than 400 students face university discipline for violating public health orders.</p> <p>At Miami University in Ohio, county health authorities ordered all of the school&#8217;s athletes to isolate for 14 days last month after 27 tested positive for the virus. Last week, local police cited six men at an off-campus house party that included several students who had recently tested positive.</p> <p>As cases increase at Boston College and the campus runs out of quarantine space, the mayor of nearby Newton is asking the school not to use any of the town&#8217;s hotels or other property to isolate students. </p> <p>Some cities have tightened rules at bars to discourage students from gathering. As cases surged at Illinois State, the town’s mayor issued an order requiring all bar customers to be seated to be served. He also limited gatherings near campus to no more than 10 people.</p> <p>Still, residents and officials in many college towns are rooting for universities to work through outbreaks and avoid campus closings that could further hurt the local economy.</p> <p>Fred Pryce, who manages a series of stores in a strip mall near Ball State, said sending students home would hurt the area’s businesses “big time.”</p> <p>“That’s 20,000-plus potential patrons that will vanish,” Pryce said. “There are ways to keep students in Muncie safely while they do their classes.”</p> <p>Ball State, roughly 60 miles from Indianapolis, has about 22,000 students on a campus of red brick buildings and sleek, modern dorms in Muncie, where the university is the city&#8217;s second-largest employer after Ball Memorial Hospital. </p> <p>On campus last week, sophomore La’Tricia Williams, wearing a mask, said she was glad to be back instead of sitting on the couch with her laptop at her family&#8217;s home, taking online classes.</p> <p>“But I get that it comes with some risk,&#8221; she said. “You can give students a whole bunch of rules for what they should and shouldn’t do while they’re back at the school, but they’re not going to stop doing certain things here or going out into the community.”</p> <p>Caleb Henry, a Ball State junior who lives off campus, said that he and other students have been frequenting local bars and meeting at friends&#8217; houses but that he and most others are behaving responsibly, with masks and social distancing. He said students are being vilified unfairly.</p> <p>“Everyone seems to be getting upset at college kids right now, accusing us of spreading the virus and making us out to be these highly infectious creatures that need to be sent home,” Henry said. “What about all the other people around town going to bars &#8230; having parties, weddings, whatever? We&#8217;re only doing the same things they are.”</p> <p>As cases mounted at Ball State last month, the school tried to ban students from visiting dorms other than their own, but officials reversed the rule after a backlash from students. Even so, officials say infection rates have started to subside, and the school has no plans to suspend campus instruction.</p> <p>While some colleges have sent students home amid outbreaks, many others are digging in. Some have moved classes online but urged students to stay where they are until cases drop. Among them is the University of Notre Dame, which paused in-person classes Aug. 18 and moved them online amid a surge that saw as many as 89 new cases per day. Weeks later, after a sharp decrease in infections, classes have started to resume on campus.</p> <p>Other schools are hoping to replicate that success, including the University of Illinois, the University of Wisconsin and West Virginia University, which recently shifted classes online as the virus spread.</p> <p>In a recent call with governors, Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, cautioned against sending students home, saying that could spark outbreaks elsewhere.</p> <p>Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has also endorsed Notre Dame&#8217;s approach, saying colleges that “work through it” and find ways to isolate infected students are more likely to “end up in the best place.”</p> <p>In a letter to students at Ball State this week, the university president thanked students for helping reduce virus rates. Still, he warned: &#8220;This data is not a cause for celebration. Rather, this data is a call for continued action.”</p> <hr class="wp-block-separator" /> <p><em>Casey Smith is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues.</em></p> <hr class="wp-block-separator" /> <p><em>Hwang reported from Atlanta and Binkley reported from Boston.</em></p> Infection Rates Soar in College Towns as Students Return https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/health/infection-rates-soar-in-college-towns-as-students-return/2421123/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:28b909ed-d674-9dd6-664e-6bbeb83e39e2 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 21:02:30 +0000 <p>Just two weeks after students started returning to Ball State University last month, the surrounding county had become Indiana’s coronavirus epicenter.</p> <p>Out of nearly 600 students tested for the virus, more than half have been positive. Dozens of infections have been blamed on off-campus parties, prompting university officials to admonish students.</p> <p>University President Geoffrey Mearns wrote that the cases apparently were tied not to classrooms or dormitories but to “poor personal choices some students are making, primarily off campus.” </p> <p>&#8220;The actions of these students are putting our planned on-campus instruction and activities at risk,” he said.</p> <p>Similar examples abound in other college towns across the nation. Among the 50 U.S. counties with the highest concentrations of students and overall populations of at least 50,000, 20 have consistently reported higher rates of new virus cases than their states have since Sept. 1, according to an Associated Press analysis. </p> <p>On average, infection rates in those 20 counties have been more than three times higher than their states’ overall rates.</p> <p>At James Madison University in Virginia, which recently sent students home through September amid a surge in cases, the county is averaging a weekly infection rate of nearly 90 cases per 100,000 people, or more than eight times the statewide average.</p> <p>Health officials fear that surges among college students will spread to more vulnerable people — older ones and those with underlying health problems — and trigger a new wave of cases and hospitalizations. Some worry that colleges could overwhelm hospitals already bracing for increasing cases of COVID-19 and flu this fall and winter.</p> <p>“There’s this waiting game. Does it stay on college campuses or will it escape?” said Dr. Jeff Pothof, chief quality officer at the University of Wisconsin medical center in Madison, where cases among college students have been climbing. </p> <p>While universities have emerged as hot spots in nearly every state, many of the worst outbreaks have been scattered across the South and Midwest. Of the 50 college counties analyzed by the AP, James Madison’s had the highest infection rate, followed by counties that are home to the University of Georgia, Florida State and Indiana University in Bloomington.</p> <p>In the 10 counties with the highest infection rates, colleges have reported at least 15,000 cases among students and employees in recent weeks, though testing and reporting practices vary significantly and the actual number is probably much higher.</p> <p>For many colleges, the return to campus was a carefully orchestrated process that took months to plan and millions of dollars to pull off. But as safe as they’ve made their campuses, many colleges have struggled to curb off-campus gatherings that have been tied to thousands of infections.</p> <p>Parties were blamed for dozens of cases at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which brought students back in early August only to send them home weeks later.</p> <p>Other schools have cracked down on parties and disciplined students. The University of Missouri in Columbia announced this week that it expelled two students and suspended three others for violating rules meant to slow the virus’s spread.</p> <p>The outbreaks are increasingly straining relations between universities and their towns.</p> <p>Amid a spike in cases at the University of Colorado at Boulder, county health authorities Tuesday urged all students to quarantine for two weeks. Students and others at the university have accounted for 76% of the county&#8217;s 663 positive cases over the past two weeks, officials said.</p> <p>“More stringent and mandatory restrictions will be imposed if students do not comply and break the transmission cycle,” Jeffrey Zayach, executive director of Boulder County Public Health, warned in a letter to students.</p> <p>In a letter to students, the school&#8217;s chancellor, Philip DiStefano, warned that the quarantine will be strictly enforced and that students who violate it could face suspension or other discipline. Already, DiStefano said, more than 400 students face university discipline for violating public health orders.</p> <p>At Miami University in Ohio, county health authorities ordered all of the school&#8217;s athletes to isolate for 14 days last month after 27 tested positive for the virus. Last week, local police cited six men at an off-campus house party that included several students who had recently tested positive.</p> <p>As cases increase at Boston College and the campus runs out of quarantine space, the mayor of nearby Newton is asking the school not to use any of the town&#8217;s hotels or other property to isolate students. </p> <p>Some cities have tightened rules at bars to discourage students from gathering. As cases surged at Illinois State, the town’s mayor issued an order requiring all bar customers to be seated to be served. He also limited gatherings near campus to no more than 10 people.</p> <p>Still, residents and officials in many college towns are rooting for universities to work through outbreaks and avoid campus closings that could further hurt the local economy.</p> <p>Fred Pryce, who manages a series of stores in a strip mall near Ball State, said sending students home would hurt the area’s businesses “big time.”</p> <p>“That’s 20,000-plus potential patrons that will vanish,” Pryce said. “There are ways to keep students in Muncie safely while they do their classes.”</p> <p>Ball State, roughly 60 miles from Indianapolis, has about 22,000 students on a campus of red brick buildings and sleek, modern dorms in Muncie, where the university is the city&#8217;s second-largest employer after Ball Memorial Hospital. </p> <p>On campus last week, sophomore La’Tricia Williams, wearing a mask, said she was glad to be back instead of sitting on the couch with her laptop at her family&#8217;s home, taking online classes.</p> <p>“But I get that it comes with some risk,&#8221; she said. “You can give students a whole bunch of rules for what they should and shouldn’t do while they’re back at the school, but they’re not going to stop doing certain things here or going out into the community.”</p> <p>Caleb Henry, a Ball State junior who lives off campus, said that he and other students have been frequenting local bars and meeting at friends&#8217; houses but that he and most others are behaving responsibly, with masks and social distancing. He said students are being vilified unfairly.</p> <p>“Everyone seems to be getting upset at college kids right now, accusing us of spreading the virus and making us out to be these highly infectious creatures that need to be sent home,” Henry said. “What about all the other people around town going to bars &#8230; having parties, weddings, whatever? We&#8217;re only doing the same things they are.”</p> <p>As cases mounted at Ball State last month, the school tried to ban students from visiting dorms other than their own, but officials reversed the rule after a backlash from students. Even so, officials say infection rates have started to subside, and the school has no plans to suspend campus instruction.</p> <p>While some colleges have sent students home amid outbreaks, many others are digging in. Some have moved classes online but urged students to stay where they are until cases drop. Among them is the University of Notre Dame, which paused in-person classes Aug. 18 and moved them online amid a surge that saw as many as 89 new cases per day. Weeks later, after a sharp decrease in infections, classes have started to resume on campus.</p> <p>Other schools are hoping to replicate that success, including the University of Illinois, the University of Wisconsin and West Virginia University, which recently shifted classes online as the virus spread.</p> <p>In a recent call with governors, Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, cautioned against sending students home, saying that could spark outbreaks elsewhere.</p> <p>Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has also endorsed Notre Dame&#8217;s approach, saying colleges that “work through it” and find ways to isolate infected students are more likely to “end up in the best place.”</p> <p>In a letter to students at Ball State this week, the university president thanked students for helping reduce virus rates. Still, he warned: &#8220;This data is not a cause for celebration. Rather, this data is a call for continued action.”</p> <p>___</p> <p>Casey Smith is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues.</p> <p>___</p> <p>Hwang reported from Atlanta and Binkley reported from Boston.</p> Woman Found Fatally Shot on Road in Reston https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/northern-virginia/woman-found-fatally-shot-on-road-in-reston/2421491/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:b9688e7f-691f-b372-4dc8-bf0069501bca Thu, 17 Sep 2020 20:44:06 +0000 <p>Police are searching for a killer after a woman was found dead on a Northern Virginia road Thursday morning.</p> <p>Someone found the woman&#8217;s body shortly before 7 a.m., lying in a road just steps away from Hunters Woods Elementary School in Reston. She had been shot in the upper body.</p> <p>Fairfax County homicide investigators responded to the scene on Colts Neck Road near Glade Drive.</p> <p>&#8220;We&#8217;re still looking for a suspect at this point,&#8221; Tara Gerhard of Fairfax County Police said.</p> <p>The victim may have been killed several hours before anyone found her body. Multiple neighbors said they heard several gunshots at about 12:30 a.m. At the time, they had assumed it was the sound of fireworks.</p> <p>Police aren&#8217;t saying if they found a gun, but they brought out dogs that belong to the explosive ordinance division. The dogs are trained to sniff out bombs, guns and shell casings.</p> <p>Several evidence markers were visible, but there was little to point detectives in the direction of the killer.</p> <p>&#8220;We just really want people to call if they heard or [had] seen or know of anything to help us piece this together and solve this case,&#8221; Gerhard said. Anyone with information is asked to call the police department&#8217;s Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800. Those wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 866-411-8477.</p> <p> Police haven&#8217;t yet released the victim&#8217;s name. They said they were still working to notify her family.</p> <p>Police would not confirm whether she lived in the neighborhood where she was found.</p> Trump administration threatens to step up pressure against Iran and Venezuela in run-up to 2020 election https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-iran-venezuela-2020-election-pompeo-un-b470212.html The Independent - Washington urn:uuid:b42ce306-e6e0-a138-0b52-b82f01d5bebf Thu, 17 Sep 2020 20:17:21 +0000 &lt;p&gt;Trump hopes punitive actions against the two countries will win him plaudits in the battle for the White House&lt;/p&gt; Dad Creates Candy Chute for Socially Distanced Trick-or-Treating https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/national-international/dad-creates-candy-chute-for-socially-distanced-trick-or-treating/2421502/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:a4059a9f-fd3c-5440-81bc-36e6597d4fab Thu, 17 Sep 2020 20:05:30 +0000 DC Planning for Some In-Person School to Begin in November https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/coronavirus/dc-planning-for-some-in-person-school-to-begin-in-november/2421251/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:ac907a40-2917-d844-f524-e1754d38f713 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 19:42:53 +0000 <p>Washington, D.C., is planning to begin a hybrid schooling model in November and has staff planning how the first rounds of a coronavirus vaccine would be distributed once one is available.</p> <p>D.C. Public Schools aims to have a mix of in-person and virtual learning after Nov. 6, Mayor Muriel Bowser said Thursday. The city is looking at Monday, Nov. 9 as a potential day to shift away from the hybrid model.</p> <p> Details aren’t confirmed yet. </p> <p>“I understand that DCPS has in hand and is reviewing &#8230; at least a dozen proposals from principals,” Bowser said. </p> <p>The city’s previous hybrid plan, which was scrapped before the school year began, would have had students in school a few days per week and learning online during other days.</p> <p>Bowser said the city is carefully tracking enrollment and attendance, which appears to be down from last year. Attendance on one day this week was at 85% compared to 92% a year ago, Bowser said.</p> <p>Coronavirus vaccinations will be a major step in returning to normal. The federal government has sent the District a template advising how to organize the process of inoculating the population, D.C. Health Director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt said.</p> <p>Nesbitt said the city received a template on starting a COVID-19 vaccination rollout in October (<a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/us-outlines-sweeping-plan-to-provide-free-covid-19-vaccines/2419967/">a priority and promise from President Donald Trump</a>), but said that many public health officials expect a safe and effective vaccine around January to early 2021.</p> <p>The vaccine will be distributed to priority groups first, and national organizations will inform state- and city-level decisions on how to decide who gets the first immunizations, Nesbitt said.</p> <p>Public-private partnerships will be a part of the vaccination plan. </p> <p>A little more than six months since coronavirus was declared a pandemic, Bowser gave an overview of the massive impact and response the virus has elicited. </p> <p>The city has racked up nearly $1 billion in COVID-19-related costs, including paying for staff overtime, food support for households, testing and contact tracing efforts. Drawing on reserve cash, federal grants and cost-cutting will help the city balance the budget.</p> <p>Among the city&#8217;s next priorities: making contact tracing more effective. Coronavirus patients are providing an average of just one close contact to city staff, which may not be enough to truly contain the virus.</p> <p>Nesbitt said stigma drives low reporting but said D.C. Health is working to assure patients that contact tracers make an effort to protect peoples’ privacy.</p> <p>“We really do need the public and positive cases to give us a list of their contacts,&#8221; Nesbitt said.</p> DC Working on Plan for Some In-Person School to Begin in November https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/coronavirus/dc-planning-for-some-in-person-school-to-begin-in-november/2421251/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:9582aabb-7b87-d5a1-8dbf-a4f3a2fb0532 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 19:42:53 +0000 <p>Washington, D.C., is working on a plan to begin a hybrid schooling model that could have some students back in class in November. The District is also planning on how the first rounds of a coronavirus vaccine could be distributed once one is available.</p> <p>D.C. Public Schools aims to have a mix of in-person and virtual learning after Nov. 6, Mayor Muriel Bowser said Thursday. The city is looking at Monday, Nov. 9 as a potential day to shift away from the hybrid model.</p> <p>No plan has been approved yet, and details aren’t confirmed.</p> <p>“I understand that DCPS has in hand and is reviewing &#8230; at least a dozen proposals from principals,” Bowser said. </p> <p>The city’s previous hybrid plan, which was scrapped before the school year began, would have had students in school a few days per week and learning online during other days.</p> <p>Bowser said the city is carefully tracking enrollment and attendance, which appears to be down from last year. Attendance on one day this week was at 85% compared to 92% a year ago, Bowser said.</p> <p>Coronavirus vaccinations will be a major step in returning to normal. The federal government has sent the District a template advising how to organize the process of inoculating the population, D.C. Health Director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt said.</p> <p>Nesbitt said the city received a template on starting a COVID-19 vaccination rollout in October (<a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/us-outlines-sweeping-plan-to-provide-free-covid-19-vaccines/2419967/">a priority and promise from President Donald Trump</a>), but said that many public health officials expect a safe and effective vaccine around January to early 2021.</p> <p>The vaccine will be distributed to priority groups first, and national organizations will inform state- and city-level decisions on how to decide who gets the first immunizations, Nesbitt said.</p> <p>Public-private partnerships will be a part of the vaccination plan. </p> <p>A little more than six months since coronavirus was declared a pandemic, Bowser gave an overview of the massive impact and response the virus has elicited. </p> <p>The city has racked up nearly $1 billion in COVID-19-related costs, including paying for staff overtime, food support for households, testing and contact tracing efforts. Drawing on reserve cash, federal grants and cost-cutting will help the city balance the budget.</p> <p>Among the city&#8217;s next priorities: making contact tracing more effective. Coronavirus patients are providing an average of just one close contact to city staff, which may not be enough to truly contain the virus.</p> <p>Nesbitt said stigma drives low reporting but said D.C. Health is working to assure patients that contact tracers make an effort to protect peoples’ privacy.</p> <p>“We really do need the public and positive cases to give us a list of their contacts,&#8221; Nesbitt said.</p> Emmys Gift Bags Focus on Minority and Female-Owned Businesses https://www.nbcwashington.com/entertainment/emmys-gift-bags-focus-on-minority-and-female-owned-businesses/2421419/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:391ab40f-5fc0-f0c5-ca3a-c331a9964e88 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 18:41:58 +0000 <p>Awards season<a href="https://www.nbclosangeles.com/entertainment/entertainment-news/mmy-predictions-when-predicting-the-future-is-folly/2428770/"> looks different</a> this year as the 72nd Emmy Awards team gets ready for the first ever virtual show. In fact, a lot of the usual pomp and circumstance around the Emmys, like the Governors Ball and the many pre and post parties, have been cancelled because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>One tradition that soldiers on, is the gifting of swag bags to nominees and presenters. Lash Fary of <a href="http://www.distinctiveassets.com/">Distinctive Assets</a>, which is not affiliated with the Television Academy, has been getting swag in the hands of celebrities for awards shows like the<a href="https://www.nbclosangeles.com/entertainment/see-whats-inside-the-official-grammys-gift-bag-and-lounge/2298165/"> GRAMMYS</a>, the BET Awards, and the AMAS for two decades. But he admits, this year the swag will look a little different.</p> <p>“With everything going on the world right now, we wanted to honor these amazing nominees who helped entertain us during the quarantine with gifts that also serve a higher purpose,” Fary says. </p> <p>All of the products in his gift bag this year will focus on health and wellness, and have a charitable element. And each of the businesses are minority and female-owned. </p> <p>The gift bags will be delivered to 75 nominees in the Best Lead Actor/Actress and Best Supporting Actor/Actress in the Comedy, Drama and Limited Series categories. Stars like Christina Applegate, Tracee Ellis Ross, Jim Parsons and Sterling K. Brown are all on that list.</p> <p>So what swag do these stars get?</p> <p><a href="https://thegreengarmento.com/"><strong>The Green Garmento</strong></a> reusable tote bags will be teeming with <a href="http://africanpridehair.com"><strong>African Pride</strong></a> nourishing hair care sets, <a href="https://baketivity.com/"><strong>Baketivity</strong></a> baking subscription boxes, <a href="https://bombas.com/"><strong>Bombas</strong></a> comfort-focused socks, and <a href="https://chomps.com/"><strong>Chomps</strong></a> grass-fed meat snacks<strong>.</strong></p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img src="https://media.nbcwashington.com//2020/09/Screen-Shot-2020-09-17-at-11.33.45-AM.png?w=1024" alt="" class="wp-image-5424114" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Masks from City Threads in Los Angeles will be included in the 2020 Emmys inspired gift bags.</figcaption></figure> <p>They will also get <a style="font-weight: bold" href="https://www.citythreads.com/">City Threads</a> top-rated soft cotton masks, <a href="https://www.elixinol.com/"><strong>Elixinol Stress Less CBD</strong> </a>capsules,<strong> </strong><a href="https://eonmist.com/"><strong>eOn</strong></a> sanitizing mist advanced personal germ protection, <a href="https://fortuneandframe.com/"><strong>Fortune &amp; Frame</strong></a> wearable love note necklaces, <a href="https://us.foursigmatic.com/"><strong>Four Sigmatic</strong></a> plant-based protein, <a href="https://goldshield1.com/"><strong>Goldshield GS75 Surface Antimicrobial</strong></a>, <a href="https://www.happiesttee.com/"><strong>Happiest Tee</strong></a> luxury t-shirts, <a href="https://www.thermalhaircare.com/"><strong>Hot Head by Thermal Hair Care</strong></a> cordless heat caps,<strong> </strong><a href="https://isalazo.com/"><strong>Isa Lazo</strong></a> facial oil.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img src="https://media.nbcwashington.com//2020/09/Tea-Forte.jpg?w=560" alt="" class="wp-image-5424082" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>This tea set from Tea Forte will be included in the 2020 Emmys inspired gift bags.</figcaption></figure> <p>And <a href="https://jamnola.com/"><strong>JAMNOLA</strong></a><strong> </strong>cultural funhouse private tours, <a href="https://madamesapothecary.com/"><strong>Madame’s Apothecary Cloud Nine</strong> </a>uplifting essential oils, <a href="https://www.maelyscosmetics.com/"><strong>MAËLYS B- Tight Lift &amp; Firm Booty Masks</strong></a>, <a href="https://www.millianna.com/"><strong>Millianna</strong> </a>BLM hand-woven 24k gold beaded bracelets, <strong>Prince of Peace Ginger Chews</strong> and Ginger Honey Crystals, <a href="https://stretchystack.com/"><strong>Stretchy Stack</strong></a> volcanic VOTE bracelets,<strong> </strong><a href="https://sourpatchkids.com/"><strong>Sour Patch Kids</strong></a> tasty candies, <a href="https://www.teaforte.com/"><strong>Tea Forté</strong></a><strong> </strong>limited-edition Fleur collections, <a href="https://therescuekitco.com/"><strong>The Rescue Kit Company</strong> </a>fashion emergency kits, and <a href="http://peta.org"><strong>PETA’s</strong></a> vegan snack bags featuring Azzizah’s Herbal Green Popcorn, Funky Mello, Maya’s Cookies, Mylk Dog and Worthy Well Done Oat Butter. <br></p> Emmys Gift Bags Focus on People of Color and Female-Owned Businesses https://www.nbcwashington.com/entertainment/emmys-gift-bags-focus-on-minority-and-female-owned-businesses/2421419/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:1344010d-e1dd-e84a-cfb2-9dfba84c3958 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 18:41:58 +0000 <p>Awards season<a href="https://www.nbclosangeles.com/entertainment/entertainment-news/mmy-predictions-when-predicting-the-future-is-folly/2428770/"> looks different</a> this year as the 72nd Emmy Awards team gets ready for the first ever virtual show. In fact, a lot of the usual pomp and circumstance around the Emmys, like the Governors Ball and the many pre and post parties, have been cancelled because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>One tradition that soldiers on, is the gifting of swag bags to nominees and presenters. Lash Fary of <a href="http://www.distinctiveassets.com/">Distinctive Assets</a>, which is not affiliated with the Television Academy, has been getting swag in the hands of celebrities for awards shows like the<a href="https://www.nbclosangeles.com/entertainment/see-whats-inside-the-official-grammys-gift-bag-and-lounge/2298165/"> GRAMMYS</a>, the BET Awards, and the AMAS for two decades. But he admits, this year the swag will look a little different.</p> <p>“With everything going on the world right now, we wanted to honor these amazing nominees who helped entertain us during the quarantine with gifts that also serve a higher purpose,” Fary says. </p> <p>All of the products in his gift bag this year will focus on health and wellness, and have a charitable element. And each of the businesses are people of color and female-owned. </p> <p>The gift bags will be delivered to 75 nominees in the Best Lead Actor/Actress and Best Supporting Actor/Actress in the Comedy, Drama and Limited Series categories. Stars like Christina Applegate, Tracee Ellis Ross, Jim Parsons and Sterling K. Brown are all on that list.</p> <p>So what swag do these stars get?</p> <p><a href="https://thegreengarmento.com/"><strong>The Green Garmento</strong></a> reusable tote bags will be teeming with <a href="http://africanpridehair.com"><strong>African Pride</strong></a> nourishing hair care sets, <a href="https://baketivity.com/"><strong>Baketivity</strong></a> baking subscription boxes, <a href="https://bombas.com/"><strong>Bombas</strong></a> comfort-focused socks, and <a href="https://chomps.com/"><strong>Chomps</strong></a> grass-fed meat snacks<strong>.</strong></p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img src="https://media.nbcwashington.com//2020/09/Screen-Shot-2020-09-17-at-11.33.45-AM.png?w=1024" alt="" class="wp-image-5424114" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Masks from City Threads in Los Angeles will be included in the 2020 Emmys inspired gift bags.</figcaption></figure> <p>They will also get <a style="font-weight: bold" href="https://www.citythreads.com/">City Threads</a> top-rated soft cotton masks, <a href="https://www.elixinol.com/"><strong>Elixinol Stress Less CBD</strong> </a>capsules,<strong> </strong><a href="https://eonmist.com/"><strong>eOn</strong></a> sanitizing mist advanced personal germ protection, <a href="https://fortuneandframe.com/"><strong>Fortune &amp; Frame</strong></a> wearable love note necklaces, <a href="https://us.foursigmatic.com/"><strong>Four Sigmatic</strong></a> plant-based protein, <a href="https://goldshield1.com/"><strong>Goldshield GS75 Surface Antimicrobial</strong></a>, <a href="https://www.happiesttee.com/"><strong>Happiest Tee</strong></a> luxury t-shirts, <a href="https://www.thermalhaircare.com/"><strong>Hot Head by Thermal Hair Care</strong></a> cordless heat caps,<strong> </strong><a href="https://isalazo.com/"><strong>Isa Lazo</strong></a> facial oil.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img src="https://media.nbcwashington.com//2020/09/Tea-Forte.jpg?w=560" alt="" class="wp-image-5424082" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>This tea set from Tea Forte will be included in the 2020 Emmys inspired gift bags.</figcaption></figure> <p>And <a href="https://jamnola.com/"><strong>JAMNOLA</strong></a><strong> </strong>cultural funhouse private tours, <a href="https://madamesapothecary.com/"><strong>Madame’s Apothecary Cloud Nine</strong> </a>uplifting essential oils, <a href="https://www.maelyscosmetics.com/"><strong>MAËLYS B- Tight Lift &amp; Firm Booty Masks</strong></a>, <a href="https://www.millianna.com/"><strong>Millianna</strong> </a>BLM hand-woven 24k gold beaded bracelets, <strong>Prince of Peace Ginger Chews</strong> and Ginger Honey Crystals, <a href="https://stretchystack.com/"><strong>Stretchy Stack</strong></a> volcanic VOTE bracelets,<strong> </strong><a href="https://sourpatchkids.com/"><strong>Sour Patch Kids</strong></a> tasty candies, <a href="https://www.teaforte.com/"><strong>Tea Forté</strong></a><strong> </strong>limited-edition Fleur collections, <a href="https://therescuekitco.com/"><strong>The Rescue Kit Company</strong> </a>fashion emergency kits, and <a href="http://peta.org"><strong>PETA’s</strong></a> vegan snack bags featuring Azzizah’s Herbal Green Popcorn, Funky Mello, Maya’s Cookies, Mylk Dog and Worthy Well Done Oat Butter. <br></p> Anti-mask pastor hosts church gathering of hundreds in Washington, officials say https://www.theolympian.com/news/state/washington/article245807000.html Washington state urn:uuid:ef1eccaf-a291-944e-745a-9e52a66d493c Thu, 17 Sep 2020 18:32:41 +0000 Pastor Greg Locke said face masks are “the dumbest thing that’s ever been created by humanity.” Trump administration threatens to step up pressure against Iran and Venezuela in run-up to 2020 election https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-iran-venezuela-2020-election-pompeo-un-b470212.html The Independent - Washington urn:uuid:1543b7e8-c262-c0bf-32b8-7a5e520ed1ee Thu, 17 Sep 2020 17:47:04 +0000 &lt;p&gt;Trump hopes punitive actions against the two countries will win him plaudits in the battle for the White House&lt;/p&gt; Bryce Harper's Batting Average With the Phillies Will Make Nationals Fans Smile https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/sports/nbcsports/phillies-of-bryce-harpers-batting-average-will-make-nationals-fans-smile/2421332/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:f87848e4-1fe4-c24b-0b34-66e3f68b622c Thu, 17 Sep 2020 16:51:44 +0000 <iframe src="https://www.nbcsports.com/vplayer/p/BxmELC/midatlantic_main/select/media/cO1T0_acc4YB?form=html&amp;autoPlay=true&amp;ssid=rsn_washington_embed_off_domain_otswas" width="624" height="351" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe> <p><em><a href="https://www.nbcsports.com/washington/nationals/phillies-bryce-harpers-batting-average-will-make-nationals-fans-smile?cid=Yahoo&amp;partner=ya4nbcs">Bryce Harper&#8217;s batting average will make Nats fans smile</a> originally appeared on <a href="https://www.nbcsports.com/washington?cid=MSN">NBC Sports Washington</a></em></p> <p>The 2020 season has brought about a plethora of unique challenges and unforeseen circumstances, but a Bryce Harper mid-season slump is not one of them. It&#8217;s almost a regular occurrence these days.&nbsp;</p> <p>In the last 24 outings, Harper&#8217;s at-bat connection just hasn&#8217;t been there. He&#8217;s got an average of .159, one home run, three RBIs, and a .244 slugging percentage. Those numbers are way down from his first 22 games in 2020.&nbsp;</p> <div class="embed-link"><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="da" dir="ltr" xml:lang="da">Bryce Harper last 24 games Coronavirus in DC, Maryland, Virginia: What to Know on Sept. 17 https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/sday-coronavirus-in-dc-maryland-virginia-what-to-know-on-sept-17/2421179/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:8c8b1600-f61c-8b42-f576-8915e00c8f95 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 15:53:40 +0000 <p>Arlington County voted to allow a social distancing order to expire after it was criticized online. The order required pedestrians on posted sidewalks to maintain at least six feet of distance and prohibited groups of more than three to gather.</p> <p>“Arlington police have determined that it is impractical to cite hundreds of violators a night,” Board Member Christian Dorsey said, the county reported in a press release.</p> <p>The order will lapse on Sept. 29.</p> <p>In Loudoun County, <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/coronavirus-in-dc-maryland-virginia-what-to-know-on-sept-9/2413846/">another </a>school staff member has tested positive for coronavirus. The Sugarland Elementary School employee was in school on Sept. 10, and is now self-isolating.</p> <p>Prince George&#8217;s County is <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/more-prince-georges-county-businesses-can-reopen/2420752/">allowing more businesses to open their doors</a> and revised some of its coronavirus safety guidelines under its second phase of reopening.</p> <p>Banquet halls, hookah lounges, tanning salons and indoor pools are among business that can open with some restrictions.</p> <div class="recirc-module"> <h3 class="recirc__heading"></h3> <p class="recirc__subheading"></p> <div class="recirc__post"> <div class="post__wrap"> <div class="post__image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/health/us-issues-sweeping-new-travel-warning-for-china-hong-kong/2418824/"> <img class="post__image" src="https://media.nbcwashington.com/2020/09/trump-xi.jpg?resize=850%2C478" alt="" /> </a> </div> <div class="post__text"> <div class="post__meta"> <a class="post__tag" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/tag/china/">China</a> <span class="post__date post__date--has-category"> Sep 15 </span> </div> <h3 class="post__title"> <a class="post__title--link" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/health/us-issues-sweeping-new-travel-warning-for-china-hong-kong/2418824/"> <span data-ellipsis="true" data-text="US Issues Sweeping New Travel Warning for China, Hong Kong" data-react-component="NBCTruncate" data-maxlines="3" data-maxlinesmobile="2" data-readmore=""> US Issues Sweeping New Travel Warning for China, Hong Kong </span> </a> </h3> </div> </div> </div> <div class="recirc__post"> <div class="post__wrap"> <div class="post__image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/national-international/mgm-resorts-adopts-smoke-free-policy-for-vegas-strip-casino/2418524/"> <img class="post__image" src="https://media.nbcwashington.com/2020/08/GettyImages-1227826389.jpg?crop=0px%2C137px%2C4000px%2C2250px#038;resize=850%2C478" alt="" data-recalc-dims="1" /> </a> </div> <div class="post__text"> <div class="post__meta"> <a class="post__tag" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/tag/mgm-resorts-international/">MGM Resorts International</a> <span class="post__date post__date--has-category"> Sep 15 </span> </div> <h3 class="post__title"> <a class="post__title--link" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/national-international/mgm-resorts-adopts-smoke-free-policy-for-vegas-strip-casino/2418524/"> <span data-ellipsis="true" data-text="MGM Resorts Adopts Smoke-Free Policy for Vegas Strip Casino" data-react-component="NBCTruncate" data-maxlines="3" data-maxlinesmobile="2" data-readmore=""> MGM Resorts Adopts Smoke-Free Policy for Vegas Strip Casino </span> </a> </h3> </div> </div> </div> </div> <iframe id="datawrapper-chart-lERwp" src="https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/lERwp/1/" frameborder="0" width="600" height="400"></iframe> <hr class="wp-block-separator" /> <h2 class="wp-block-nbc-section-heading">What the Data Shows</h2> <p>Nearly 4.5 million coronavirus cases have been administered in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. More than 262,000 people have tested positive and more than 7,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the region.</p> <p>The moving average of cases in Washington, D.C., continues to rise. On Thursday, it reached 54, up from 40 last week.</p> <p>Hospitalizations are also at a high level for D.C. Currently, 100 people are hospitalized, the highest number in a month.</p> <p>The moving average of new cases is currently 634 in Maryland and 906 in Virginia. On Thursday, Maryland and Virginia added 634 and 997 cases, respectively.</p> <iframe id="datawrapper-chart-lvo2N" src="https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/lvo2N/55/" frameborder="0" width="700" height="285"></iframe> <iframe id="datawrapper-chart-s4sqZ" src="https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/s4sqZ/1/" frameborder="0" width="650" height="550"></iframe> <p><em>The map below shows the number of coronavirus cases diagnosed per 100,000 residents.</em></p> <p><link href="https://data.nbcstations.com/national/templates/css/mm-embeds-head-foot.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"></p> <p class="mmTitle">Coronavirus Cases in DC, Maryland and Virginia</p> <p class="mmBlurb">COVID-19 cases by population in D.C. and by county in Maryland and Virginia</p> <p><iframe src="https://nbcuniversal.carto.com/u/nbc-dc/builder/eaf54164-4a42-4ef7-b19f-6d9bd65a56fa/embed" width="100%" height="600" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p class="mmFoot">Source: <a href="https://coronavirus.dc.gov/page/coronavirus-data">DC</a>, <a href="https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/">MD</a> and <a href="http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/">VA</a> Health Departments<br>Credit: Anisa Holmes / NBC Washington</p> <hr class="wp-block-separator" /> <h2 class="wp-block-nbc-section-heading">Local Coronavirus Headlines</h2> <ul><li>Prince George&#8217;s County is allowing more businesses to open their doors and revised some of its coronavirus safety guidelines under its second phase of reopening. <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/more-prince-georges-county-businesses-can-reopen/2420752/">Read more</a>.</li><li>Seven popular nightlife spots near D.C.’s U Street Corridor will be shuttered next month. <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/entertainment/the-scene/pandemic-to-shutter-7-bars-restaurants-around-dcs-u-street/2419983/">Read more</a>. </li><li><a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/smithsonian-set-to-reopen-four-more-museums/2418014/">The Smithsonian</a> is set to reopen four more museums to the public beginning this Friday.</li><li>The University of Maryland began transitioning to <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/coronavirus/local-impact/umd-resumes-some-in-person-classes-monday/2417835/">in-person lessons on Monday</a> after the school reported a low campus positivity rate of 0.7%.</li><li>Some D.C. Public Schools students could be back in the classroom as early as this month, the mayor said. <a rel="noreferrer noopener" aria-label="Read more (opens in a new tab)" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/dc-schools-may-reopen-to-small-groups-this-month-mayor-says/2414239/" target="_blank">Read more.</a></li><li>Up to 25,000 low-income students and families in D.C. are set to be provided free internet connections under a new initiative from Mayor Muriel Bowser. <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/coronavirus/dc-to-provide-free-internet-for-25000-low-income-students-families/2413736/">Here&#8217;s what to know.</a></li><li>What can sewage tell us about COVID-19 in our communities? <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/northern-virginia/sewage-system-testing-suggests-rise-in-covid-19-cases-in-stafford/2413225/">Stafford County, Virginia, provides an example.</a></li></ul> <div class="recirc-module"> <h3 class="recirc__heading"></h3> <p class="recirc__subheading"></p> <div class="recirc__post"> <div class="post__wrap"> <div class="post__image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/latest-updates-how-many-coronavirus-covid-diagnosed-confirmed-cases-test-deaths-fatalities-dc-maryland-virginia-dmv/2230095/"> <img class="post__image" src="https://media.nbcwashington.com/2020/09/test.jpg?resize=850%2C478" alt="" /> </a> <span class="format-icon format-icon--video"></span> </div> <div class="post__text"> <div class="post__meta"> <a class="post__tag" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/tag/coronavirus/">coronavirus</a> <span class="post__date post__date--has-category"> Mar 3 </span> </div> <h3 class="post__title"> <a class="post__title--link" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/latest-updates-how-many-coronavirus-covid-diagnosed-confirmed-cases-test-deaths-fatalities-dc-maryland-virginia-dmv/2230095/"> <span data-ellipsis="true" data-text="The Latest: More Than 262,000 Coronavirus Cases Diagnosed in DC, Maryland, Virginia" data-react-component="NBCTruncate" data-maxlines="3" data-maxlinesmobile="2" data-readmore=""> The Latest: More Than 262,000 Coronavirus Cases Diagnosed in DC, Maryland, Virginia </span> </a> </h3> </div> </div> </div> <div class="recirc__post"> <div class="post__wrap"> <div class="post__image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/coronavirus-tracking-charts-maps-and-interactive-data/2303960/"> <img class="post__image" src="https://media.nbcwashington.com/2019/09/GettyImages-1201616295.jpg?resize=850%2C478" alt="" /> </a> </div> <div class="post__text"> <div class="post__meta"> <a class="post__tag" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/tag/coronavirus-data/">coronavirus data</a> <span class="post__date post__date--has-category"> May 15 </span> </div> <h3 class="post__title"> <a class="post__title--link" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/coronavirus-tracking-charts-maps-and-interactive-data/2303960/"> <span data-ellipsis="true" data-text="Coronavirus Tracking: Charts, Maps and Interactive Data" data-react-component="NBCTruncate" data-maxlines="3" data-maxlinesmobile="2" data-readmore=""> Coronavirus Tracking: Charts, Maps and Interactive Data </span> </a> </h3> </div> </div> </div> </div> <hr class="wp-block-separator" /> <h2 class="wp-block-nbc-section-heading">Reopening Tracker</h2> <ul><li>Prince George&#8217;s County will allow tanning salons, banquet halls and other businesses to open with restrictions. It adjusted some other rules on Wednesday, too. <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/more-prince-georges-county-businesses-can-reopen/2420752/">Read more</a>.</li><li>Montgomery and Prince George&#8217;s counties are among those that did not enter phase three with the state of Maryland. <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/coronavirus/maryland-enters-phase-3-of-reopening-friday-as-coronavirus-case-numbers-climb/2410608/">Here&#8217;s a roundup of counties in our area</a>. </li><li>Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/maryland-governor-authorizes-safe-reopening-of-schools-in-all-counties/2403357/">he has authorized all public schools in the state to begin “safely” reopening</a> because state metrics on the coronavirus show improvements. The state “strongly suggests” that local school districts bring students back into schools but cannot force them to do so, Hogan said. <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/prince-georges-county/prince-georges-montgomery-county-leaders-criticize-governors-push-to-reopen-schools/2405068/">Montgomery and Prince George&#8217;s schools</a> have both affirmed that they are not altering plans to hold classes online throughout the first half of the school year.</li><li>Private and parochial schools in Maryland can choose when to reopen after a back-and-forth between county health officials and the governor. <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/maryland-private-schools-can-reopen-governor-says-in-block-of-montgomery-mandate/2380270/">Read more</a>.</li><li>Prince George&#8217;s County revisited its phase two reopening executive order due to an uptick in coronavirus cases, <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/prince-georges-revises-phase-2-to-restrict-gatherings/2377952/">according to the county executive&#8217;s office</a>.</li><li>Virginia entered <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/phase-3-reopening-begins-in-virginia-with-more-restrictions-lifted-bars-still-closed/2348907/">phase three reopening on July 1</a>, loosening restrictions on restaurants, stores, gyms and pools. Northam has said <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/virginia-governor-says-he-could-bring-back-tougher-restrictions/2358359/">more restrictions could be implemented</a> if cases continue to grow.</li><li>D.C. <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/dc-reopens-under-phase-2-monday/2340163/">entered phase two on June 22</a>, allowing indoor dining, gyms, libraries and houses of worship to reopen with restrictions.</li><li>Montgomery County <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/montgomery-county-to-enter-phase-2-friday/2334122/">entered phase two on June 19</a>, reopening with restrictions gyms, houses of worship, indoor dining and retail.</li></ul> <hr class="wp-block-separator" /> <h2 class="wp-block-nbc-section-heading">How to Stay Safe</h2> <p>There are ways to lower your risk of catching coronavirus. Here are guidelines from the CDC:</p> <ul><li>Anyone over the age of 2 should wear a mask or face covering. Keep it over your nose and mouth.</li><li>Wash your hands often. When you do, scrub with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. As a backup, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.</li><li>Avoid close contact with anyone who lives outside your home. That means staying six feet away from anyone outside your circle, even if you&#8217;re wearing masks.</li><li>Always cover coughs and sneezes.</li><li>Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.</li></ul> <p><strong><em>Sophia Barnes, Andrea Swalec and Anisa Holmes contributed to this report</em></strong></p> <div class="wp-block-nbc-localized-block"> <blockquote class="featured-text"> <em><a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/newsletters/?_osource=rm_npd_nbc_dc_hs_mn">Get the latest news on COVID-19 delivered to you. 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Dorris was 24 at the time and Trump was 51.</p> <p>&#8220;He just shoved his tongue down my throat and I was pushing him off. And then that&#8217;s when his grip became tighter and his hands were very gropey and all over my butt, my breasts, my back, everything,&#8221; said Dorris. </p> <p>Lawyers for the president emphatically denied the allegations and suggested they were politically motivated, The Guardian reports. NBC News has reached out to the White House for comment.</p> <p><a href="https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/ex-model-amy-dorris-alleges-trump-sexually-assaulted-her-1997-n1240291">Read the full story on NBCNews.com.</a></p> Barr Says Virus Lockdown Orders ‘Greatest' Civil Liberties Intrusion Since Slavery https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/politics/barr-says-virus-lockdown-orders-greatest-civil-liberties-intrusion-since-slavery/2421116/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:bb321ae3-8a94-4519-b2fb-4a683a0aa173 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 14:44:29 +0000 <p>Attorney General William Barr drew sharp condemnation Thursday for comparing lockdown orders during the coronavirus pandemic to slavery.</p> <p><a href="/news/politics/president-trump/barr-takes-aim-at-prosecutors-inside-his-own-justice-dept/">In remarks Wednesday night at Hillsdale College in Michigan,</a> Barr had called the lockdown orders the “greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history” since slavery.</p> <iframe width="100%" height="411" src="https://www.today.com/today/embedded-video/mmvo91967045685" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe> <p>Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., the No. 3 House Democratic leader, told CNN that Barr’s remarks were “the most ridiculous, tone-deaf, God-awful things I’ve ever heard” because they wrongly equated human bondage with a measure aimed at saving lives.</p> <p>“Slavery was not about saving lives. It was about devaluing lives,” Clyburn said. “This pandemic is a threat to human life.”</p> <p>This is not the first occasion that Barr has condemned stay-at-home orders.</p> <p>He has previously said that some orders were “ disturbingly close to house arrest,” and the Justice Department sent letters to several states warning that some of their virus-related restrictions might be unlawful. 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AMBER Alert: 17-Year-Old Girl Abducted in Virginia, Stafford County Police Say https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/amber-alert-17-year-old-girl-abducted-in-virginia-stafford-county-police-say/2420985/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:9d5c3194-0f35-ac66-32fe-8aa969c93c45 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 11:53:56 +0000 <p>Virginia authorities have issued an AMBER Alert for a 17-year-old girl who was abducted on Wednesday night, police say.</p> <p>Selena Jah&#8217;nyrah Fernandez, 17, was last seen near 2142 Jefferson Davis Highway in Stafford County, Virginia, around 10 p.m. Wednesday, Virginia State Police say. She was abducted and is in extreme danger, police say.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image"><img src="https://media.nbcwashington.com//proxy_rtf_image/RTFImage_5f633cbec985bc4593636462.JPG" alt="Image did not load." data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption> Selena Jah&#8217;nyrah Fernandez, 17, was the subject of an AMBER Alert on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. (Photo: Virginia AMBER Alert)</figcaption></figure> <p>Fernandez is Hispanic and has black hair and brown eyes, police say. She’s about 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs about 160 pounds. She was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and black pants. Her hair may be in braids.</p> <p>Rodney Richards is accused of abducting the teen, police say. He’s described as a Black male with black hair, brown eyes who is 5 feet, 10 inches tall and 230 pounds. Police say he was wearing a blue hoodie and black jeans.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image"><img src="https://vspapps.vsp.virginia.gov/amberalertpublic/showImageServlet?photoName=IMG_609_1600337682755.JPG" alt="" /><figcaption> Rodney Richards is accused in an abduction on Sept. 17, 2020. (Photo: Virginia AMBER Alert)</figcaption></figure> <p>He was last seen driving a four-door Honda sedan that is white. They may be traveling south.</p> <p>The address where Fernandez was last seen houses a strip mall with a gas station. Richards threatened to &#8220;shoot up&#8221; a business near the abduction site, according to vaamberalert.com.</p> <p>The suspect was stopped in Stafford County last month and had a loaded gun, authorities say.</p> <p>Anyone with information should contact Stafford County Sheriff&#8217;s Office at 1-540-658-4400 or Virginia State Police at 1-800-822-4453.</p> <p><strong><em>Stay with News4 for more on this developing story.</em></strong></p> AMBER Alert: 17-Year-Old Girl Abducted From Stafford County Gas Station, Police Say https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/amber-alert-17-year-old-girl-abducted-in-virginia-stafford-county-police-say/2420985/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:3beee132-1fab-c00d-ad96-aae070716c8e Thu, 17 Sep 2020 11:53:56 +0000 <p>Virginia authorities have issued an AMBER Alert for a 17-year-old girl who was abducted from a gas station on Wednesday night, police say.</p> <p>Selena Jah&#8217;nyrah Fernandez, 17, was last seen at a gas station at 2142 Jefferson Davis Highway in Stafford County, Virginia, around 10 p.m. Wednesday, Virginia State Police say. She was forcibly taken out of the gas station by a man and is in extreme danger, police say.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image"><img src="https://media.nbcwashington.com//proxy_rtf_image/RTFImage_5f633cbec985bc4593636462.JPG" alt="Image did not load." data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>AN AMBER Alert was issued for Selena Jah&#8217;nyrah Fernandez, 17, on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. (Photo: Virginia AMBER Alert)</figcaption></figure> <p>Fernandez is Hispanic and has black hair and brown eyes, police say. She’s about 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs about 160 pounds. She was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and black or dark pants. Her hair may be in braids, authorities say.</p> <p>Rodney Richards, 19, is accused of abducting the teen, police say. He’s described as a Black male with black hair in short dreadlocks. He has brown eyes, is about 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs 230 pounds. Authorities say he was wearing a blue or black hoodie, dark-wash jeans and white athletic shoes.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image"><img src="https://vspapps.vsp.virginia.gov/amberalertpublic/showImageServlet?photoName=IMG_609_1600337682755.JPG" alt="" /><figcaption> Rodney Richards is accused in an abduction that sparked an AMBER Alert on Sept. 17, 2020. (Photo: Virginia AMBER Alert)</figcaption></figure> <p>Richards was seen on Wednesday driving away from the scene of the abduction in a white, four-door sedan with a Virginia tag southbound on Jefferson Davis Highway. The car might be a Honda Accord or a similar-looking vehicle.</p> <p>Police on Thursday morning released some details on the circumstances of the abduction.</p> <p>On Wednesday night, Fernandez, who was visibly upset, went into a Valero gas station on Jefferson Davis Highway and asked to use a phone, Stafford County Maj. Shawn Kimmitz said in a video posted to social media.</p> <p>As Fernandez called someone to get a ride, Richards entered the store and took the phone from her. Then, he forcibly removed her from the store, Kimmitz said.</p> <p>The two entered a car that sped off south on Jefferson Davis Highway.</p> <p>A warrant has been issued for Richards. He&#8217;s wanted on an abduction charge, police say.</p> <p>Richards threatened to &#8220;shoot up&#8221; the business where Fernandez was abducted, according to vaamberalert.com.</p> <p>The suspect was stopped in Stafford County last month and had a loaded gun, authorities say.</p> <p>Stafford County police are seeking the public&#8217;s help in bringing home Fernandez safely.</p> <p>Anyone with information should contact Stafford County Sheriff&#8217;s Office at 1-540-658-4400 or Virginia State Police at 1-800-822-4453.</p> <p><strong><em>Stay with News4 for more on this developing story.</em></strong></p> Teen Abducted in Virginia Found Safe; AMBER Alert Canceled https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/amber-alert-17-year-old-girl-abducted-in-virginia-stafford-county-police-say/2420985/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:84e71c26-b2bc-3214-69af-11e346cceecb Thu, 17 Sep 2020 11:53:56 +0000 <p>Virginia authorities have found a missing 17-year-old safe and arrested her alleged abductor. An AMBER Alert for the teen missing from Stafford County, Virginia, has been canceled.</p> <p>The teen had been forcibly taken out of the gas station by a man she knew and was in extreme danger, police say.</p> <p>Rodney Richards, Jr., 19, is accused of abducting the teen and is now in police custody. He was wanted on warrants for abduction, assault and battery, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and driving on a suspended license.</p> <p>Police on Thursday morning released some details on the circumstances of the abduction.</p> <p>On Wednesday night, the teen, who was visibly upset, went into a Valero gas station on Jefferson Davis Highway and asked to use a phone, Stafford County Maj. Shawn Kimmitz said.</p> <div class="recirc-module"> <h3 class="recirc__heading"></h3> <p class="recirc__subheading"></p> <div class="recirc__post"> <div class="post__wrap"> <div class="post__image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/nih-employee-assaulted-inside-lab-in-bethesda/2420232/"> <img class="post__image" src="https://media.nbcwashington.com/2020/09/NIH-Bethesda-GettyImages-1135182477.jpg?resize=850%2C478" alt="" /> </a> </div> <div class="post__text"> <div class="post__meta"> <a class="post__tag" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/tag/assault/">Assault</a> <span class="post__date post__date--has-category"> 19 hours ago </span> </div> <h3 class="post__title"> <a class="post__title--link" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/nih-employee-assaulted-inside-lab-in-bethesda/2420232/"> <span data-ellipsis="true" data-text="NIH Employee Assaulted Inside Lab in Bethesda" data-react-component="NBCTruncate" data-maxlines="3" data-maxlinesmobile="2" data-readmore=""> NIH Employee Assaulted Inside Lab in Bethesda </span> </a> </h3> </div> </div> </div> <div class="recirc__post"> <div class="post__wrap"> <div class="post__image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/northern-virginia/daughter-of-man-accused-of-killing-her-mother-doesnt-want-plea-deal-for-her-father/2420629/"> <img class="post__image" src="https://media.nbcwashington.com/2020/09/couple-2.png?resize=850%2C478" alt="" /> </a> <span class="format-icon format-icon--video"></span> </div> <div class="post__text"> <div class="post__meta"> <a class="post__tag" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/tag/winsome-price/">Winsome Price</a> <span class="post__date post__date--has-category"> 13 hours ago </span> </div> <h3 class="post__title"> <a class="post__title--link" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/northern-virginia/daughter-of-man-accused-of-killing-her-mother-doesnt-want-plea-deal-for-her-father/2420629/"> <span data-ellipsis="true" data-text="Daughter of Man Accused of Killing Her Mother Doesn&#039;t Want Plea Deal for Her Father" data-react-component="NBCTruncate" data-maxlines="3" data-maxlinesmobile="2" data-readmore=""> Daughter of Man Accused of Killing Her Mother Doesn&#039;t Want Plea Deal for Her Father </span> </a> </h3> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p>As she called someone to get a ride, Richards entered the store and took the phone from her. Then, he forcibly removed her from the store, Kimmitz said.</p> <p>The two entered a car that sped off south on Jefferson Davis Highway.</p> <p>Richards threatened to &#8220;shoot up&#8221; the business where Fernandez was abducted, according to vaamberalert.com.</p> <p>The suspect was stopped in Stafford County last month and had a loaded gun, authorities said.</p> <p>Anyone with information should contact Stafford County Sheriff&#8217;s Office at 1-540-658-4400 or Virginia State Police at 1-800-822-4453.</p> <p><em>Editor&#8217;s Note (Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, at 9:20 a.m.): The photos, names and descriptions of the minor victim of this crime have been removed to protect her identity.</em></p> <p><strong><em>Stay with News4 for more on this developing story.</em></strong></p> Teen Abducted in Virginia Found Safe; Amber Alert Canceled https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/amber-alert-17-year-old-girl-abducted-in-virginia-stafford-county-police-say/2420985/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:95fe761d-da9a-0f4a-fc9c-7fd76b441935 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 11:53:56 +0000 <p>Virginia authorities have found a missing 17-year-old safe and arrested her alleged abductor. An Amber Alert for the teen missing from Stafford County, Virginia, has been canceled.</p> <p>The teen had been forcibly taken out of the gas station by a man she knew and was in extreme danger, police say.</p> <p>Rodney Richards, Jr., 19, is accused of abducting the teen and is now in police custody. He was wanted on warrants for abduction, assault and battery, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and driving on a suspended license.</p> <p>Police on Thursday morning released some details on the circumstances of the abduction.</p> <p>On Wednesday night, the teen, who was visibly upset, went into a Valero gas station on Jefferson Davis Highway and asked to use a phone, Stafford County Maj. Shawn Kimmitz said.</p> <div class="recirc-module"> <h3 class="recirc__heading"></h3> <p class="recirc__subheading"></p> <div class="recirc__post"> <div class="post__wrap"> <div class="post__image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/nih-employee-assaulted-inside-lab-in-bethesda/2420232/"> <img class="post__image" src="https://media.nbcwashington.com/2020/09/NIH-Bethesda-GettyImages-1135182477.jpg?resize=850%2C478" alt="" /> </a> </div> <div class="post__text"> <div class="post__meta"> <a class="post__tag" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/tag/assault/">Assault</a> <span class="post__date post__date--has-category"> 22 hours ago </span> </div> <h3 class="post__title"> <a class="post__title--link" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/nih-employee-assaulted-inside-lab-in-bethesda/2420232/"> <span data-ellipsis="true" data-text="NIH Employee Assaulted Inside Lab in Bethesda" data-react-component="NBCTruncate" data-maxlines="3" data-maxlinesmobile="2" data-readmore=""> NIH Employee Assaulted Inside Lab in Bethesda </span> </a> </h3> </div> </div> </div> <div class="recirc__post"> <div class="post__wrap"> <div class="post__image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/northern-virginia/daughter-of-man-accused-of-killing-her-mother-doesnt-want-plea-deal-for-her-father/2420629/"> <img class="post__image" src="https://media.nbcwashington.com/2020/09/couple-2.png?resize=850%2C478" alt="" /> </a> <span class="format-icon format-icon--video"></span> </div> <div class="post__text"> <div class="post__meta"> <a class="post__tag" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/tag/winsome-price/">Winsome Price</a> <span class="post__date post__date--has-category"> 16 hours ago </span> </div> <h3 class="post__title"> <a class="post__title--link" href="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/northern-virginia/daughter-of-man-accused-of-killing-her-mother-doesnt-want-plea-deal-for-her-father/2420629/"> <span data-ellipsis="true" data-text="Daughter of Man Accused of Killing Her Mother Doesn&#039;t Want Plea Deal for Her Father" data-react-component="NBCTruncate" data-maxlines="3" data-maxlinesmobile="2" data-readmore=""> Daughter of Man Accused of Killing Her Mother Doesn&#039;t Want Plea Deal for Her Father </span> </a> </h3> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p>As she called someone to get a ride, Richards entered the store and took the phone from her. Then, he forcibly removed her from the store, Kimmitz said.</p> <p>The two entered a car that sped off south on Jefferson Davis Highway.</p> <p>The suspect was stopped in Stafford County last month and had a loaded gun, authorities said.</p> <p>Anyone with information should contact Stafford County Sheriff&#8217;s Office at 1-540-658-4400 or Virginia State Police at 1-800-822-4453.</p> <p><em>Editor&#8217;s Note (Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, at 9:20 a.m.): The photos, names and descriptions of the minor victim of this crime have been removed to protect her identity.</em></p> <p><strong><em>Stay with News4 for more on this developing story.</em></strong></p> Virginia's Electronic Gaming Machines Face Ban Next Year https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/virginias-electronic-gaming-machines-face-ban-next-year/2420677/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:8f9838a6-f272-ac8e-2bc7-3bb17dbfe601 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 11:17:50 +0000 <p>More than 9,000 electronic gaming machines are currently in circulation in Virginia, but state lawmakers have said the machines will be banned next year.</p> <p>The Roanoke Times reports that the Virginia Department of Taxation estimates the machines contributed about $12 million in tax payments in July. Most of that tax revenue has gone into a newly established COVID-19 relief fund.</p> <p>At the beginning of the year, the General Assembly wanted to ban the machines, which resemble slot machines but claim to have an element of skill that could allow them to elude the state’s prohibition on gambling. </p> <div data-react-component="VideoPlayer" data-meta="{&quot;amp_status&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;spay_email&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;syndicated_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;should_nationalize&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_first_published_date&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_prevent_modified_update&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_primary_category_id&quot;:826,&quot;nbc_primary_tag_id&quot;:257954,&quot;nbc_social_page_title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_page_title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_seo_description&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_social_description&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_national_headline&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;entities&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_canonical_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_hide_from_recirculation&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_hide_from_search&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_syndication_category&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_national_collections&quot;:[],&quot;nopreroll&quot;:false,&quot;video_copyright&quot;:&quot;NBC Universal, Inc.&quot;,&quot;sst_source_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_disable_legacy_embeds&quot;:false,&quot;desktopFlashPid&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_dfxp_url&quot;:&quot;https:\/\/media.nbcmiami.com\/assets\/video\/NBCU_LM_VMS_-_WRC\/12\/263\/WRC_1000000007282250.dfxp&quot;,&quot;mp4_url&quot;:&quot;http:\/\/nbclim-download.edgesuite.net\/Prod\/NBCU_LM_VMS_-_WRC\/12\/263\/WRC_1000000007282250__136634.mp4&quot;,&quot;mpx_download_pid&quot;:&quot;cqdsJD3HA3RB&quot;,&quot;mpx_high_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_high_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_is_livestream&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_m3upid&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_pid&quot;:&quot;t4R9BuVmxtkz&quot;,&quot;mpx_thumbnail_url&quot;:&quot;https:\/\/media.nbcwashington.com\/2020\/09\/Gambet-DC.jpg?resize=850%2C478&quot;,&quot;pid_streaming_web_high&quot;:&quot;FcJ9R142Pltj&quot;,&quot;pid_streaming_web_medium&quot;:&quot;t4R9BuVmxtkz&quot;,&quot;subtitle&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;dfxp_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;video_call_letter&quot;:&quot;WRC&quot;,&quot;video_captions&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;video_id&quot;:&quot;1787791939811_109&quot;,&quot;video_length&quot;:&quot;109943&quot;,&quot;video_provider&quot;:&quot;mpx&quot;,&quot;alleypack_schedule_unpublish&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;feed_remote_id&quot;:&quot;mpx_1787791939811&quot;,&quot;feed_thumbnail_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;}" data-livestream="false" data-title="What to Know Before Using DC&#039;s Sports Betting App" data-vidcid="1:14:2416531" data-vidurl="https://www.nbcwashington.com/entertainment/the-scene/what-to-know-before-dcs-sports-betting-app/2416531/" data-islead="false" data-catnames="{&quot;678&quot;:&quot;Entertainment&quot;,&quot;223863&quot;:&quot;News&quot;,&quot;682&quot;:&quot;Sports&quot;,&quot;826&quot;:&quot;The Scene&quot;}" data-tagnames="{&quot;295924&quot;:&quot;gambet dc&quot;,&quot;257954&quot;:&quot;sports betting&quot;}" data-customdata="{&quot;ContentPartner&quot;:&quot;None&quot;,&quot;Source&quot;:&quot;WEBFM&quot;,&quot;SyndicationAllowed&quot;:&quot;true&quot;,&quot;mSNVideoCategories&quot;:&quot;MSN Video v4 Connector-most watched news&quot;,&quot;mSNVideoContentSupplierID&quot;:&quot;NBC_Local&quot;,&quot;mSNVideoCountry&quot;:&quot;us&quot;,&quot;subtitle&quot;:&quot;nosubtitle&quot;,&quot;uploadedByTeam&quot;:&quot;1&quot;,&quot;youtubeChannel&quot;:&quot;None&quot;}" data-autoplay="false" data-cplay="true"></div> <p>The General Assembly decided in April to allow the machines to continue to operate for another year as a lifeline to struggling businesses and as a source of additional revenue to help with coronavirus services.</p> <p>The companies making the machines had until July 1 to place the games in convenience stores, restaurants and truck stops. </p> <p>Senate Minority Leader Tommy Norment, R-James City, urged the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority to keep a close eye on the machines to ensure they’re not evading tax collection or that more machines are being placed in the market.</p> <p>Sen. Janet Howell, D-Fairfax, chairwoman of the Senate Finance Committee, assured the committee that she and Gov. Ralph Northam are still united in banning the machines by next June. </p> Fairfax County Votes to Remove Marker of Confederate Death https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/fairfax-county-votes-to-remove-marker-of-confederate-death/2420095/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:093be777-3080-5e6d-93e6-9056f42b23a8 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 10:59:03 +0000 <p>A Northern Virginia county has voted to remove a monument marking the spot where the first Confederate soldier died in the Civil War.</p> <p>The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted 9-1 at its Tuesday meeting to remove the stone marker and two cannons placed on either side of it on the grounds of the county courthouse.</p> <div data-react-component="VideoPlayer" data-meta="{&quot;amp_status&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;spay_email&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;syndicated_id&quot;:&quot;1:41:16492&quot;,&quot;should_nationalize&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_first_published_date&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_prevent_modified_update&quot;:false,&quot;nbc_primary_category_id&quot;:6882,&quot;nbc_primary_tag_id&quot;:254936,&quot;nbc_social_page_title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_page_title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_seo_description&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_social_description&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_national_headline&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;entities&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_canonical_url&quot;:&quot;https:\/\/www.lx.com\/social-justice\/the-history-behind-confederate-monuments-in-america\/16492\/&quot;,&quot;nbc_hide_from_recirculation&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_hide_from_search&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_syndication_category&quot;:&quot;1:41:2704&quot;,&quot;nbc_national_collections&quot;:[],&quot;nopreroll&quot;:false,&quot;video_copyright&quot;:&quot;NBC Universal, Inc.&quot;,&quot;sst_source_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;nbc_disable_legacy_embeds&quot;:false,&quot;desktopFlashPid&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_dfxp_url&quot;:&quot;https:\/\/media.nbcmiami.com\/assets\/video\/NBCU_LM_VMS_-_LocalX\/123\/967\/3300637821.dfxp&quot;,&quot;mp4_url&quot;:&quot;http:\/\/nbclim-download.edgesuite.net\/Prod\/NBCU_LM_VMS_-_LocalX\/123\/967\/3300637821-source.mp4&quot;,&quot;mpx_download_pid&quot;:&quot;cz5BpkPHK59c&quot;,&quot;mpx_high_id&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_high_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_is_livestream&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_m3upid&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;mpx_pid&quot;:&quot;1v2P7oAp6_61&quot;,&quot;mpx_thumbnail_url&quot;:&quot;https:\/\/media.nbcwashington.com\/2020\/07\/GettyImages-1250277791.jpg?resize=850%2C478&quot;,&quot;pid_streaming_web_high&quot;:&quot;acYuRKf7fQr_&quot;,&quot;pid_streaming_web_medium&quot;:&quot;1v2P7oAp6_61&quot;,&quot;subtitle&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;dfxp_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;video_call_letter&quot;:&quot;LocalX&quot;,&quot;video_captions&quot;:&quot;Array&quot;,&quot;video_id&quot;:&quot;1768581699767_870&quot;,&quot;video_length&quot;:&quot;305673&quot;,&quot;video_provider&quot;:&quot;mpx&quot;,&quot;alleypack_schedule_unpublish&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;feed_remote_id&quot;:&quot;mpx_1768581699767&quot;,&quot;feed_thumbnail_url&quot;:&quot;&quot;}" data-livestream="false" data-title="The History Behind Confederate Monuments in America" data-vidcid="1:14:2373149" data-vidurl="https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/the-history-behind-confederate-monuments-in-america/2373149/" data-islead="false" data-catnames="{&quot;223863&quot;:&quot;News&quot;,&quot;569&quot;:&quot;Local&quot;,&quot;274565&quot;:&quot;LX&quot;}" data-tagnames="{&quot;254936&quot;:&quot;Confederate monuments&quot;,&quot;17851&quot;:&quot;Jefferson Memorial&quot;,&quot;276703&quot;:&quot;LX&quot;,&quot;259328&quot;:&quot;monuments&quot;,&quot;294556&quot;:&quot;name changes&quot;,&quot;9671&quot;:&quot;Washington Monument&quot;}" data-customdata="{}" data-autoplay="false" data-cplay="true"></div> <p>The monument marks the spot where Capt. John Marr of the Warrenton Rifles was killed in the Battle of Fairfax Court House on June 1, 1861. </p> <p>The six-ton granite monument was unveiled in 1904 and bears a simple inscription noting that it marks the scene where Marr died.</p> <p>“In Fairfax County, our diversity is one of our greatest qualities and Confederate monuments don’t reflect our values. We cannot ignore what these monuments mean for our residents. Symbols matter,&#8221; Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeffrey McKay said in a statement.</p> <p>The monument will be placed in storage. The county estimates the removal cost at $20,000.</p> <p>Numerous Confederate monuments have been removed across Virginia after the state legislature passed a law earlier this year relinquishing state control over the removal of monuments.</p> Maryland Woman Charged in Killing of 81-Year-Old Woman https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/maryland-woman-charged-in-killing-of-81-year-old-woman/2420481/ NBC4 Washington urn:uuid:3fee66a6-3751-dd37-91f1-923f88e172a7 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 10:47:17 +0000 <p>A Maryland woman is being held without bond after she was charged in the killing of an 81-year-old woman.</p> <p>Police in Frederick said Maria Gloria Vazquez-Mebo, 35, has been charged with first-and second-degree murder.</p> <p>Police said they responded to a home Sunday evening after a 911 caller reported that an elderly woman had fallen down the stairs. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. At the request of her family, police have not released her identity.</p> <p>After an autopsy was completed Monday, detectives took Vazquez-Mebo into custody. Police said in a news release that she confessed to striking the victim multiple times with a blunt object. </p> <p> Vazquez-Mebo is being held at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center. </p>