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Gyms, health facilities get back to sweating post-quarantine
6/4/2020 9:55:15 PM

By Adam Hunsucker   MONROE, La. (AP)—In the seven years since Cesar and Allison Camacho founded INFIT, the couple have paired a unique approach to fitness with an engaging, personal touch to help members achieve their goals. The goal at INFIT is to redefine the gym experience. The Monroe-based facility, located at 1816 Glenmar Avenue since 2017, offers personal training and group classes alongside weight management and nutrition coaching. A loyal following has kept INFIT afloat during the novel COVID-19 pandemic. Some members even continued paying dues instead of...

Perry's studio moves toward reopening while industry waits
5/27/2020 12:00:01 PM

By Jonathan Landrum Jr.   LOS ANGELES (AP)—Tyler Perry is planning to make his Atlanta-based mega studio one of the first domestic filming grounds to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic. But while Perry is looking to restart production in July, other studios in Georgia and beyond are anxiously waiting for Hollywood's green light. “We're taking the lead from our production partners,” said Frank Patterson, president of the sprawling Pinewood Studios, located in suburban Atlanta. The studio has been home to big-budget films such as “The Avengers:...

Review: 'Sunny Days' tells of beginnings of 'Sesame Street'
5/27/2020 11:57:13 AM

By Molly Sprayregan   In “Sunny Days: The Children's Television Revolution That Changed America,” journalist David Kamp takes readers on a fascinating journey through the development of one of the most beloved shows on television. Educational children's programming was not at all a given before “Sesame Street” began to take over living rooms across the country over 50 years ago. The show started as a type of experiment to determine whether it was indeed possible to use television to bolster children's learning, especially low-income children...

The Who's Roger Daltrey concerned about teens with cancer
5/27/2020 11:56:26 AM

By John Carucci   NEW YORK (AP)—Roger Daltrey worries that the coronavirus pandemic will have a devastating effect on a special group of people in need—teens with cancer The Who frontman, along with bandmate Pete Townsend, started the Teen Cancer America foundation in 2012 to deal with the specific needs of teenage cancer patients. The organization has funded specialized hospital wings and services for teens and their families. But heading into June, which is National Cancer Survivors Month, the situation is looking bleak. Teen Cancer America funding depends in...

Governor's increased spending draws concern from lawmakers
5/27/2020 11:51:46 AM

By Adam Beam   SACRAMENTO (AP)—California Gov. Gavin Newsom's decision to take an extra $1.8 billion from the state's dwindling coffers for the coronavirus response brought a stern rebuke Friday from some lawmakers who worry he is reaching beyond his authority to spend money during an emergency. The Newsom administration says it can spend the money, citing the state's Emergency Services Act. But lawmakers pushed back on Friday, with Assembly Budget Committee chairman Phil Ting noting things like cancer and heart disease kill many more people per year than...

Biden says he was too 'cavalier' about Black voters' choices
5/27/2020 11:45:10 AM

By Bill Barrow and Kat Stafford   ATLANTA (AP)—Joe Biden says he “should not have been so cavalier” after he told a prominent Black radio host that African Americans who back President Donald Trump “ain't Black.” The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee quickly moved to address the fallout from his Friday remark, which was interpreted by some as presuming Black Americans would vote for him. In a call with the U.S. Black Chamber of Commerce that was added to his public schedule, Biden said he would never “take the African American...

Running on empty? Charity events wary in time of COVID-19
5/27/2020 11:43:18 AM

By Will Graves   It wasn’t exactly the finish line Ali Riecke had in mind. The 27-year-old had envisioned something more tropical when she signed up to participate in her second “Run Across Haiti,” an ambitious eight-day, 200-mile tour of the impoverished Caribbean nation sponsored by the nonprofit organization WORK. Instead of celebrating with more than 30 others from across North America who raised north of $200,000 to make the journey to run and to get a first-hand look at WORK’s mission, the end for Riecke came as she neared her house in decidedly...

'Pandemic babies' Babies born now have a story to tell
5/27/2020 11:24:53 AM

By Gabby Boyd   CORINTH, Miss. (AP)—Born amidst a national crisis, some local and area babies will have a story to tell when they grow up as “pandemic babies.” Stephanie Davis gave birth to her baby girl, Alaura, on April 3 during the COVID-19 state shutdown at Magnolia Regional Health Center. The registered nurse said she was afraid throughout her pregnancy, especially as the due date drew near. “I was absolutely terrified. I tried to talk my doctor into delivering her two weeks early because the virus wasn't in the area. However, she insisted for...

Musk threatens to exit California over virus restrictions
5/15/2020 12:59:42 PM

By Tom Krisher   ALAMEDA COUNTY, CA—Tesla CEO Elon Musk threatened Saturday to pull the company's factory and headquarters out of California in an escalating spat with local officials who have stopped the company from reopening its electric vehicle factory. On Twitter, Musk also threatened to sue over Alameda County Health Department coronavirus restrictions that have stopped Tesla from restarting production at its factory in Fremont south of San Francisco. “Frankly, this is the final straw,” he tweeted. “Tesla will now move its HQ and future...

Black district attorney taking over Ahmaud Arbery case
5/15/2020 12:58:33 PM

By Russ Bynum   SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP)—Georgia’s attorney general appointed a Black district attorney Monday to take over the case of a white father and son charged with killing a Black man, making her the third outside prosecutor in a slaying that’s prompted a national outcry over suspicions that race played a role in delaying arrests. Ahmaud Arbery, 25, was fatally shot Feb. 23 by the men who told police they chased him because they believed he matched the appearance of a burglary suspect caught on surveillance video. Gregory McMichael and his son, Travis...