Instacart shoppers to strike for better protection against coronavirus

March 28 (UPI) — Employees who shop for Instacart, which allows customers to order groceries for delivery through a smart phone app, are planning to strike nationwide Monday to demand the company provide better protections amid the coronavirus pandemic. In a blog post this week the Gig Workers Collective announced they would refuse to accept orders until the company provides… Read more →

New York postpones primaries due to coronavirus

March 28 (UPI) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday the state will postpone its primary amid growing coronavirus cases. The decision will move the state’s presidential preference primary from April 28 to June 23 when state legislative and congressional races were already being held, Cuomo said. The new date is more than two weeks after the June 9… Read more →

Trump praises healthcare workers as USNS Comfort deploys

March 28 (UPI) — President Donald Trump praised those aboard Navy hospital ship the USNS Comfort as it prepared to depart for New York City on Saturday to assist with coronavirus relief in a state that has become the epicenter for the outbreak in the United States. “Nobody performs better when lives are on the line. These are incredible people,”… Read more →

Civil rights icon Rev. Joseph Lowery dies at 98

March 28 (UPI) — Rev. Joseph Lowery, a Civil Rights Movement icon who co-founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, has died at age 98. Lowery died peacefully at home Friday night, surrounded by his daughters, according to a statement by the Joseph & Evelyn Lowery Institute for Justice and Human Rights. “Hailed as the ‘dean of the civil rights movement’… Read more →

SeaWorld to furlough most of its employees amid coronavirus closures

March 28 (UPI) — SeaWorld Entertainment has announced the furlough of more than 90 percent of its employees due to the coronavirus pandemic. The company made the announcement that thousands would be furloughed beginning Wednesday in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing Friday. “The furloughed employees will not receive compensation from the company during the furlough period after March 31,”… Read more →

‘Star Trek: Picard,’ Fancy Sheets, and the Meaning of Home

Star Trek: Picard, the new reloading of the Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG) universe, explores contemporary disasters—refugees denied havens, racist paranoia, travel bans, genocide—but, if I may, I’d like to land into this world on its soft furnishings. One often disappointing element in science fiction is the lack of warm, homey décor. The interiors of the distant future tend… Read more →

Business as Usual Is On Hold—Even at the EPA

2020 has a new motto: “Canceled due to the coronavirus.” Businesses, schools, sports, travel, film, and TV production, conferences, meetings, and basically any and all business as usual has been suspended in the US as individuals and institutions try to slow the spread of Covid-19. We have, at least, had outdoor space to go to—staying at least six feet away… Read more →

David Spade interviews ‘Tiger King’ star for ‘Lights Out’

March 28 (UPI) — Comedian David Spade interviewed Kelci Saffery, one of the stars of the true-crime documentary series Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, for Lights Out: Live From the Bunker. Tiger King is a Netflix sensation about a group of colorful characters who collect and care for big cats in the United States. Bunker is the home edition… Read more →

Global communications startup OneWeb files bankruptcy

March 28 (UPI) — The London-based global communications company OneWeb, which aims to provide worldwide high-speed Internet connectivity through satellites, has filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company announced the filing Friday in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, saying it plans to use the proceedings to maximize the company’s value as it pursues its sale.… Read more →