Coronavirus testing site coming to southern Palm Beach County by next week

first_imgA new coronavirus testing site will be coming to southern Palm Beach County by early next week, according to Boca Raton Councilman Andy Thomson.Thomson told WPTV NewsChannel 5 on Thursday that Palm Beach County’s second testing location will be at the South County Civic Center on Jog Road.People will be able to start making appointments on Monday, State Rep. Emily Slosberg, D-Boca Raton said.Palm Beach County currently has over 500 confirmed coronavirus cases and the most coronavirus deaths.Palm Beach County leads Florida in number of coronavirus deathslast_img read more

CDC Releases Edited Documents on COVID-19 Reopening Guidance

first_imgU.S. health officials on Thursday released guidance for schools, businesses and other organizations to use, as states begin to reopen from coronavirus shutdowns.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued several “decision tool” documents that use traffic signs and other graphics advise organizations on what to consider before reopening.The tools are geared toward schools, workplaces, camps, childcare centers, mass transit systems, and bars and restaurants. Places of worship are not addressed in any of the final version, as a Trump administration official speaking on condition of anonymity reports there were concerns about the propriety of the government dictating the activities and schedules of places of worship.A lengthier CDC document, which the Associated Press obtained, would give different organizations more specific on reopening while limiting spread of the virus, such as by spacing workers or students six feet apart, along with closing break rooms and cafeterias to limit gatherings.Health experts and politicians have been asking the CDC to release as much guidance as possible to help businesses and organizations determine their next steps.“They want to be able to tell their own employees the guidance of the federal government,” Dr. Tom Inglesby, director of the Center for Health Security at Johns Hopkins University, said during a congressional hearing Wednesday. “They want to be able to tell their customers, ‘We’ve done everything that’s been asked of us.’” New York Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer adds, “America needs and must have the candid guidance of our best scientists unfiltered, unedited, uncensored by president Trump or his political minions. The CDC report on reopening the country is an important piece of that guidance.”The decision tools are still undergoing review by federal officials, and have been edited from earlier versions.For example, language has been removed that asked if an organization is located in a community that still requires significant measures to avoid spreading the virus. If the answer was yes, the original document advised the organization not to reopen.Meanwhile, the original version of the document for operators of child care centers stated that CDC recommended “checking for signs and symptoms of children and staff.” The new version adds “as feasible” to the end of that statement.Similar new language regarding feasibility also appears in sections that promote healthy hygiene such as hand washing and employees wearing cloth masks.last_img read more

Texas’ first Black football letterman Whittier has died

first_imgWhittier was the Longhorns’ first African-American letterman, making his debut in 1970, one season after Texas fielded the last all-White national championship team in the history of college football. He starred for two seasons at guard before switching to tight end as a senior in 1972, a season in which he caught every touchdown pass the Longhorns threw.“And I caught it in the (Texas) A&M game,” he said in the 2007 book “What It Means to be a Longhorn.” ″We had one touchdown pass the entire year.”Whittier died Tuesday at age 68, the school announced Thursday. No cause of death was given, but Whittier had been battling Alzheimer’s disease. In 2014, his family sued the NCAA on behalf of college players who suffered brain injuries. The case is still pending.The school’s Board of Regents dropped its ban on Black players in 1963 but integration was painfully slow and difficult. A few Black players signed with the Longhorns over the next several years, but none stayed long enough to make the varsity in an era when freshmen were ineligible to play under NCAA rules.Texas recruited Whittier out of San Antonio and his parents were scared of what might happen to him in Austin.“My dad was scared for me,” Whittier said in 2007. “He’d known some guys who struck off into ‘White’ territory and paid for it with their lives.”Whittier landed on a campus of nearly 35,000 students and only 300 were Black. He was a star on the freshman team, and Texas made Whittier available for interviews before his debut season.“I’m a loner up here,” Whittier told the San Antonio-Express News in early 1970, noting his coaches were treating him well but hinting at having problems with some of his teammates.“Texas seems to recruit a lot of boys from small towns, and most of them have small minds just like their fathers,” he said. “They never think about the things that are happening in this country. You never hear them talk about Vietnam or racism. If you want to know the truth, the only people I’ve met that I can really talk to are the longhairs or hippies. They are really concerned about things like ecology and the war. I’m concerned about those things, too.”A few months later, a group of sportswriters covering the Southwest Conference looked into his social life. The lead of a Sept. 8, 1970, article by The Associated Press noted that “Whittier, Texas’s Black offensive guard, is rooming with a White player and occasionally dates White girls.”The story noted that Whittier said no one at school had said anything to him about the dating.“I don’t think it’s anything unusual. Well, unusual, but not abnormal,” Whittier said then.Texas senior halfback Billy Dale was Whittier’s roommate that season; Whittier’s previous roommate, another Black player, had left school. Coach Darrell Royal had asked Dale and two other seniors to consider rooming with Whittier, Dale said.“Coach Royal wanted someone to help look out for him,” Dale told the AP on Thursday. “I volunteered. We learned a lot from each other. He just added a depth to who I was. He made me a much wiser individual about racial relationships.”Whittier played in the 1970 season opener against California. Texas won three Southwest Conference titles from 1970-72. The Longhorns were 28-5 over that span, 20-1 in the SWC.Perhaps frustrated early by his role as a trailblazer, Whittier seemed to embrace it by his senior season when he said in an interview he went to Texas in part to change its culture: “I wanted to see if the myth about UT’s racism was true. If it was, I wanted to see what I could do to change it.”Whittier earned an undergraduate degree in philosophy and a law degree from Texas. He went on to be a criminal prosecutor in Dallas.Whittier’s success opened doors between Texas and Black athletes. In 1971, Texas recruited the top player in the state in running back Roosevelt Leaks. By 1974, it had signed Earl Campbell, who would win the Heisman Trophy in 1977 and go on to a Hall of Fame career in the NFL.“I am so proud of Julius,” Dale said. “His legacy is the fact that he was an individual who was smart enough and confident enough to come to Texas and challenge the university.”___ AP college football: and___Follow Jim Vertuno at AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Julius Whittier once remarked that attending the University of Texas and playing football opened up a larger world for him. It could be said Whittier helped open the university to the world. In this Dec. 16, 2005 photo, Dallas attorney and former Texas football player Julius Whittier holds a newspaper clipping from 1971 featuring Whittier with teammates Bruce Cannon, Greg Dahlberg, and coach Darrell Royal in Dallas. Whittier, the first African-American football letterman at the University of Texas whose family later sued the NCAA on behalf of college players who suffered brain injuries, has died, the school announced Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (Tim Sharp/Austin American-Statesman via AP)last_img read more

Crosby’s nifty move lifts Penguins to 6-5 OT win over Oilers

first_imgCrosby opened the scoring in the first period and his second goal of the season was the winner. Crosby moved from the left boards, slipped the puck through a defender’s legs, moved past Oilers goalie Cam Talbot and lifted a backhand shot over Talbot’s glove for the win.“I’m going out there every night to try and create things, and come up with big plays when they’re needed,” Crosby said. “I’m not any different than (McDavid) is as far as understanding my responsibility, and wanting to be at my best.”Despite the hype ahead of the matchup that pitted two of the game’s brightest stars in McDavid and Crosby, Pittsburgh head coach Mike Sullivan said Crosby just put his head down and got the job done.“He doesn’t really get caught up in a lot of the story lines from game to game regardless of who we play,” he said.“He’s just a real good player that tries to be the best that he can be. I thought he had a great game, he gets two goals. The overtime goal was one of the prettiest goals that I’ve seen.”Jamie Oleksiak and Patric Hornqvist also had two-goal games for the Penguins, who have won two straight.Leon Draisaitl and Alex Chiasson each scored twice, while Connor McDavid had the other for the Oilers (3-3-1), who lost their second straight.“I felt that we deserved those two points tonight,” Oilers forward Milan Lucic said.“I think we are trending in the right direction as far as our game goes. We are starting to get contributions from other guys throughout the lineup. I feel we are one mistake less from taking that stride to that next level.”Matt Murray had 41 saves in the win, while Talbot kicked out 25 shots in the loss.The Penguins started the scoring 11 minutes into the first period on the power play as Crosby tipped home a Kris Letang shot that was going wide past Talbot. It was Crosby’s first goal in seven games, the longest he had gone without a goal to start the season in his 14-year career.Edmonton tied the game just over a minute into the second period, when Draisaitl picked up a loose puck in the slot and beat Murray with a wrist shot.The Oilers went up 2-1 a couple of minutes later when Chiasson laid a big hit in the corner and then got the puck back in front and scored while falling to the ice. It was his first goal of the season in his second game as an Oiler.Pittsburgh tied the game seven minutes into the second frame, when a nice three-way passing play was chipped in by Oleksiak.The Penguins regained the lead midway through the second when a give-away led to a goal by Hornqvist.The see-saw second continued with Edmonton pulling even when Chiasson scored his second of the game on a 2-on-1 with five minutes left.The Penguins made it 4-3 in the final minute when a puck went in off of Hornqvist’s skate for his second of the game.Edmonton took the lead again early in the third on a pair of power plays as McDavid put a shot past Murray and then set up Draisaitl for his second of the night.Pittsburgh tied it up once again seven minutes into the third on a slap shot by Oleksiak.NOTES: The Penguins have points in five straight games. … Edmonton hasn’t had a regulation win over Pittsburgh since Jan. 10, 2006, although the last seven games between the two squads have now been decided by a single goal. … The Oilers were winners in their home opener last Thursday when they beat Boston 3-2 in overtime, but were then shut out 3-0 by Nashville.UP NEXTPenguins: Continue a Western Canadian road swing in Calgary on Thursday.Oilers: Close out a four-game homestand against the Washington Capitals on Thursday.___More AP NHL: and Edmonton Oilers’ goaltender Cam Talbot (33) reacts as Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby (87) scores during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018 in Edmonton, Alberta. (Codie McLachlan/The Canadian Press via AP) EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Sidney Crosby isn’t about to let the younger stars of the game pass him by.It was vintage Crosby on Tuesday night as he made a slick move through two defenders, skated through the slot and lifted a backhander into the net at 2:12 of overtime to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 6-5 victory over Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers.“Listen, I’m not changing the way I play,” Crosby said.last_img read more