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COVID-19 NC: Cocktails and Childhood Immunizations

Every Friday, BPR's Helen Chickering talks with NC Health News founding editor Rose Hoban about the week’s coronavirus headlines and emerging issues linked to the pandemic. This week they discuss the increase in cases and hospitalizations during the first week of North Carolina’s Phase-2 reopening , the push by state lawmakers to reopen bars and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on state immunization rates.

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Amid continuing protests over the death of George Floyd, Target has temporarily closed or adjusted hours at more than 200 stores nationwide.

Updated at 7:27 p.m. ET

As overlapping crises convulse an anxious nation, President Trump on Sunday sought to cast blame for widespread protests gripping cities on "radical-left anarchists," while adding that the media "is doing everything within their power to foment hatred and anarchy."

Demonstrators and police clashed this weekend as anguish and rage swept through cities across the U.S. in response to the death of George Floyd. Protesters were tear-gassed, police cars destroyed, buildings vandalized and businesses looted in some of the nation's worst civil unrest in years.

Here's a look at some of the cities.

Updated 1 p.m. Sunday

At least 350 people crowded outside the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department headquarters in uptown Saturday night. Many chanted and held signs with phrases like “Black Lives Matter” and “Warning: Unarmed Black Man.”

On-air challenge: I'm going to give you some words. Anagram each one to make a new word. And as a help, the first three letters of my word will be the first three letters of your answer.

Ex. Sublet --> Subtle
1. Platen
2. Thereat
3. Declaim
4. Parleys
5. Magnate
6. Trained (hyph.)
7. Martial
8. Chorale
9. Senescent
10. Pedantries

European Union Leaders Urge U.S. To Remain In WHO

19 hours ago

Officials with the European Union are urging President Trump to rethink his recently announced plans to pull the United States from the World Health Organization.

Who Owns 'Boogaloo'?

19 hours ago

In pockets of far-right and anarchist groups, there's a word often bandied about: "boogaloo." In January, NPR first reported that fringe movements including right wing militias and "patriot groups" had begun using the word "boogaloo" on social media as a thinly veiled code for a race-based or civil war.

Shortly after NASA astronauts blasted off from U.S. soil for the first time since 2011, President Trump painted a dire picture of what the space agency had looked like when he first came to office.

"There was grass growing through the cracks of your concrete runways — not a pretty sight, not a pretty sight at all," he said at NASA's enormous Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where he had come to watch two astronauts launch to orbit in a vehicle owned and operated by SpaceX.

Two NASA astronauts have arrived at the International Space Station, 19 hours after launching from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Saturday. NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken made the trip on a private space vehicle designed, built and launched by SpaceX.

SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule docked with the station at 10:17 a.m. ET while flying over the border of northern China and Mongolia.

Widespread protests across the nation have followed several high-profile deaths of African Americans in recent weeks, including George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, as well as allegations of racial profiling,


Arts & Performance

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Asheville Music Hall has seen four times the number of people turn out for its weekly virtual trivia nights than those who actually came to the club to play trivia before the pandemic. Still, it’s a thin silver lining. Matteo LaMuraglia, the club’s talent buyer, says Asheville Music Hall will go out of business within a year without the return of live, general admission concerts.

“We’d be in danger with a year of no shows,” LaMuraglia said. “We can work around it for the time being, as seated comedy, as seated live music shows, but the space is built to be a GA standing-room only (space).”

While many local musicians have taken to virtual performances to bring in some money and maintain their profiles, venues built on live music face far greater challenges while dark.

Matt Peiken | BPR News

Malaprop’s Books reopened Tuesday under North Carolina’s social-distancing guidelines, but any enthusiasm to return to business life as normal was muted. Only two customers had registered in advance for reopening-day appointments to shop inside the downtown Asheville store.

“There is naturally going to be an amount of nervousness because we haven’t done things like this before,” said Justin Souther, the manager at Malaprop’s.

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Resúmenes para la semana del 25 de Mayo

May 26, 2020
Illustration by Luis Martinez

Fase 2 y uso de mascarillas


Carolina del Norte comienza Fase 2 el viernes

May 21, 2020
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El gobernador Roy Cooper confirmó el miércoles que el estado de Carolina del Norte comenzará la Fase 2 de reapertura, a partir del viernes a las 5pm.


Esta nueva orden denominada “Más seguro en casa” permite a los restaurantes, piscinas y salones de bellezas volver a abrir sus puertas con un máximo de capacidad del 50 por ciento.


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