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Eerie, Apocalyptic Note Found in Delta Cockpit

The last pilot off the plane in March 2020 left a message for the next people in the cockpit

(Newser) - When the coronavirus first surged and lockdowns were expected to be brief, a Delta Airlines pilot left a note for the next person to take his seat. That cockpit note became a time capsule undisturbed for 435 days. When Chris Dennis first wrote it—and posted it on Facebook —...

A Big Day Is Coming Tuesday for California

State is dropping most COVID restrictions, as per a Friday executive order signed by Gov. Newsom

(Newser) - The nation's most populous state is about to see a big easing. On Friday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order that will end the state's stay-at-home mandate, as well as its accompanying alterations—15 months after it was put into place to manage the pandemic, reports...

Whitmer Rescinds Rule She Violated in Mich. Bar

Gatherings of more than 6 people at a table will be allowed as of June 1

(Newser) - Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration on Monday rescinded a rule that limits restaurant tables to no more than six people, a day after she apologized for violating the COVID-19 regulation while gathering with friends at an East Lansing bar. The Democratic governor has said tables at the Landshark...

Macron: 'We Tried to Push Back This Day as Long as Possible'

He says France will have third nationwide lockdown

(Newser) - With a third wave of coronavirus infections threatening to overwhelm hospitals, French President Emmanuel Macron has brought in a measure he had long resisted—a third national lockdown. Macron announced Wednesday that the "lockdown light" measures introduced in Paris and 15 other regions almost two weeks ago will be...

We Packed On 2 Pounds a Month During Lockdown
Study Finds Lockdown
Weight Gain Is Real
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Study Finds Lockdown Weight Gain Is Real

Small study found participants gained an average 0.6 pounds every 10 days

(Newser) - Good thing stretchy pants aren't visible on Zoom. For many Americans, buttoning one's jeans has gotten increasingly harder during the pandemic, and researchers have now estimated just how many pounds people under shelter-in-place orders tended to gain. The research letter, published Monday in JAMA Network Open , opens by...

Military College Dorm Gets a New Resident: Its President
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College President Moves Into Dorm

Col. Mark Anarumo of Norwich University worried about effects of lockdown isolation on students

(Newser) - The best military leaders aren't afraid to get in the trenches, and even though he's now a civilian, Dr. Mark C. Anarumo's old habits die hard. The 50-year-old retired Air Force colonel and father of four is the president of Norwich University, a private military college in...

2 Men Broke Lockdown, With Unexpectedly Grave Results
2 Men Broke Lockdown, With
Unexpectedly Grave Results
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2 Men Broke Lockdown, With Unexpectedly Grave Results

They needed a mountain rescuer, and one of the rescuers fell

(Newser) - Two men violated lockdown restrictions in England, with a grave result they likely never anticipated. The Guardian and BBC report the men, from Liverpool and Leicester, traveled to the Kirkstone Pass in the Lake District and were camping when one began experiencing chest pains. The Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team traveled...

'The Game Has Changed. This Thing Is Not the 2020 Virus'

Melbourne, Australia, began its third lockdown on Friday

(Newser) - Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city, will begin its third lockdown on Friday due to a rapidly spreading COVID-19 cluster. The five-day lockdown will be enforced across Victoria state to prevent the virus spreading from the state capital, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said. The Australian Open tennis tournament will be allowed...

It's Back to a Brutal Lockdown in England

Schools are closing for 6 weeks, and residents are told to stay home

(Newser) - It may be 2021, but it's about to feel like 2020 again in England, where Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday said that people must stay home again, as they were ordered to do in March. The new lockdown will last at least six weeks, and will see schools...

Kirk Cameron Leads Yet Another Maskless Caroling Event

Dozens of people joined actor for event in Southern California

(Newser) - Kirk Cameron is ticked off about Southern California's pandemic stay-at-home order, and he's been using the most seasonal of ways to protest it: Christmas caroling. The Growing Pains star has already held two previous singalongs this month attended by hundreds, and on Tuesday he added a third. CBS...

Top COVID Official Didn't Quite Take Her Own Advice

Deborah Birx travels with family to Delaware

(Newser) - Deborah Birx tells Americans to "be vigilant" and celebrate only with "your immediate household" over the holidays, but many struggle to take that advice—including Birx herself, the AP reports. Birx, who coordinates the White House coronavirus response, visited a vacation home in Delaware last month with three...

Minnesota Sues Bar That Refuses to Close
In Minnesota, a Showdown
Between the State and a Bar
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In Minnesota, a Showdown Between the State and a Bar

Minnesota has sued Alibi Drinkery and ordered it to stop serving patrons indoors

(Newser) - Another high-profile fight is taking place between a business trying to operate as usual amid the pandemic despite orders to curtail services. This time it's in Minnesota, where Democratic Gov. Tim Walz this week ordered bars and restaurants to cease offering indoor dining through Jan. 11. Coverage:
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Anti-Lockdown Bar Owner Hit Deputy With His Car: Cops

Danny Presti is taken away in cuffs

(Newser) - The co-owner of a New York City bar that authorities said has been defying coronavirus restrictions was taken into custody early Sunday after running over a deputy with a car, authorities said, the AP reports. Danny Presti tried to drive away from his bar, Mac's Public House, as deputies...

California Announces New Stay-at-Home Order

'This is the most challenging moment since the beginning of this pandemic'

(Newser) - With coronavirus cases surging at a record pace, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a new stay-at-home order Thursday and said if people don't comply the state's hospitals will be overwhelmed with infected patients. Newsom's latest effort to keep people from gathering with others from outside their households...

Celeb Violates Lockdown to Throw Her Birthday Party

Rita Ora is sorry for breaking London's rules

(Newser) - British singer Rita Ora apologized Monday for breaking lockdown rules by holding a birthday party, saying it was "a serious and inexcusable error of judgment." The Sun newspaper ran photos of Ora and others, including models Cara and Poppy Delevingne, arriving at the Casa Cruz restaurant in London’...

2 Legends Collaborate on Anti-Lockdown Single

Van Morrison, Eric Clapton say struggling artists need help

(Newser) - Van Morrison is keeping up his anti-lockdown sentiments, now with help. Eric Clapton performs a new single, "Stand and Deliver," written by Morrison, which will be released Dec. 4 in support of Morrison's "Save Live Music" campaign, per Variety . Morrison, of Northern Ireland, has already released...

Cops: Restaurant Owner Went to Extremes to Violate Lockdown

Owner of Adamson Barbecue in Toronto facing 13 charges

(Newser) - With COVID-19 cases spiking, Canada's largest city entered a four-week lockdown on Monday. Among other restrictions, Toronto restaurants are prohibited from offering indoor dining—a rule police say Adam Skelly willfully violated. The owner of Adamson Barbecue in the suburb of Etobicoke is facing 13 charges for continuing to...

Angry Officials: State's Lockdown Was Based on a Lie

Order affected 1.7M residents of South Australia

(Newser) - The entire state of South Australia went into lockdown based on a lie told by a man who worked at a pizza place. "Had this person been truthful to the contact-tracing teams, we would not have gone into a six-day lockdown," Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said Friday. The...

Biden Advisors Debate Nationwide Lockdown

But they're nearly impossible for a president to enact alone

(Newser) - Joe Biden faces a decision unlike any other incoming president: whether to back a short-term national lockdown to finally arrest a raging pandemic, the AP reports. For now, it's a question the president-elect would prefer to avoid. In the week since he defeated President Trump, Biden has devoted most...

One Word of the Year Is Depressingly 2020

'Lockdown' usage up 6K% from 2019: Collins Dictionary

(Newser) - In 2019, there were just 4,000 recorded instances in which the word "lockdown" was used, according to the Collins Dictionary. Of course, we had no idea what was coming. This year, there were more than 250,000 uses for a 6,000% increase, Collins says. It was enough...

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