The city Department of Correction said on Wednesday that the number of inmates testing positive for coronavirus has jumped to 75, up from 52 reported on Tuesday.
The number of DOC employees with confirmed COVID-19 cases was 37, an increase of seven from Tuesday, the department said.
The department does not provide information on which facilities the cases were reported from, though the vast majority of inmates are held on Rikers Island.
With about 5,200 inmates in custody, DOC’s infection rate for prisoners is higher than the rest of the city, according to an analysis by the Legal Aid Society.
There are 14.5 infections per 1,000 inmates in city jails compared with about 2 per 1,000 people in New York City, which has more than 16,700 cases.
“COVID-19 is spreading rapidly at Rikers Island and other local jails, endangering our clients, correction staff and all of New York City,” said Tina Luongo of the The Legal Aid Society in a news release. “Based on this analysis, New York City jails have become the epicenter of COVID-19.”
Compared with federal and state lock-ups in New York, coronavirus has spread like wildfire.
On Wednesday, the federal Bureau of Prisons reported that two of its inmates in New York tested positive — one in Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center and one in Manhattan’s Metropolitan Correctional Center.
Meanwhile, the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision reported positive tests for 33 of its employees and three inmates. One of them is disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, who began his 23-year sentence at Wende Correctional Facility in Erie County.
As the number of confirmed cases builds, attorneys with clients in city and federal facilities have filed motions in droves to get them released.
Legal Aid filed a lawsuit against the city on Wednesday in Bronx Supreme Court demanding the release of 110 at-risk Rikers inmates who are being held on technical parole violations.
That’s on top of the 148 vulnerable inmates that Legal Aid said should be released from Rikers in a pair of Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuits filed in recent days.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday that the city plans to release 300 inmates and that his administration would review several hundred more in the coming days to determine if they could be set free.
Running back Melvin Gordon is on the move from Los Angeles to an AFC West rival.
The Denver Broncos have signed 26-year-old Gordon to a two-year, $16 million contract with $13.5 million guaranteed according to NFL Network.
The two-time Pro Bowler joins Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman in the Broncos backfield.
The Wisconsin product was selected 15th overall in the 2015 NFL Draft by the then-San Diego Chargers. He has accrued 4,240 rushing yards, 1,873 receiving yards and 47 total touchdowns over the span of his five-year career.
Gordon sat out the first four weeks of the 2019 season in protest that he had not received a new contract. During the holdout, undrafted free agent Austin Ekeler stepped in and ultimately took away from Gordon’s production even after his return in Week 5.
The Chargers signed 24-year-old Ekeler to a four-year, $24.5 million contract extension earlier this offseason. The team also has two years remaining on Justin Jackson’s rookie contract.
When it comes to choosing godparents, people often pick those closest to them to inspire and provide guidance to their child. So it’s no surprise that most celebrity kids end up with very big stars influencing their upbringing. Steven Spielberg is godfather to a pair of huge stars, Drew Barrymore and Gwyneth Paltrow, and Nicole Richie’s got two superstar goddads of her own. Michelle Williams’s little girl, Matilda Ledger, calls Jake Gyllenhaal and Busy Philipps her honorary parents, while Courteney Cox looked to BFF Jennifer Aniston to take the role of godmother to her daughter, Coco Arquette. See more sets of surprising celebrity godparents, including Elton John, Hugh Grant, and Lady Gaga, when you scroll through now.
Oxygen has a new series, Up and Vanished, which is based on the podcast of the same name. While the two seasons of the podcast focused each on a disappearance, each episode of the series tackles a new case. One of the cases featured on the show so far is the mysterious disappearance of Jodi Huisentruit.
The Jodi Huisentruit missing persons case is one of the most mysterious true crime cases
Huisentruit’s disappearance has captivated the media and true sleuths for over two decades. She was a 27-year-old news anchor at a station in Mason City, Iowa. Her co-workers were worried when she didn’t show up to her early morning shift in June 1995. After she was late, a producer called her and she said she was on her way but never arrived.
When police arrived at her apartment for a welfare check, they found her car still there, but inside the apartment, she wasn’t there and there was evidence of a struggle. Her shoes, hairdryer, earrings, car key, and nd can of hair spray were found near her car.
Police began to investigate her disappearance as an abduction and a missing persons case. By 2001, after all the leads going nowhere, Huisentruit was declared dead.
Several theories have come up over the years, including a stalking incident that may have been going on. A man named John Vancise may have also wanted to romantically pursue her. His name often comes up when the investigation is talked about.
She may have encountered people at the country club the night before
Beth Bednar, an author and retired teacher anchor, was at the Mason City golf tournament that Huisentruit attended the night before she went missing.
A theory presented in Up and Vanished is that Angela Johnson and Dustin Honken may have had something to do with Jodi’s disappearance. Johnson worked at the country club where the golf tournament was held. In 1993, the two were arrested for the murders of five people who had gone missing. Honken is on death row and Johnson was sentenced to life in prison.
“I don’t know that she [Johnson] talked to Jodi, but she may have very well come face to face with her a number of times that evening,” says Bednar in the episode. “As police were putting their case together against Dustin Honken, he managed to suppress a couple of major witnesses that would have proved harmful to him in court.”
John Vansice is also a person of interest. Though he has always denied involvement, he was still a person of interest in October 2019. Up & Vanished‘s Payne Lindsey told In Touch Weekly that people close to Huisentruit think he may have had something to do with it. “Some [of her friends] do. Her friends and family seem unanimous in thinking it was some sort of admirer.” Last year, Vansice was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Alzheimer’s disease that would prevent him from working with the case.
Lindsey says that overall, the new details they’ve learned may be a part of the case going forward. “We talked to some people off the record that told us some pretty damning stories. Basically, all I will say is that timelines aren’t matching up for everyone in Jodi’s life. I think that a clean timeline is truly key in a missing persons case like this. I always go back to the timeline for each person of interest.”
Like so many other artists the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has pushed off the road, Jon Pardi is finding he has a lot of unexpected time on his hands these days.
“I haven’t had to stay home this long for a long time,” says Pardi, who was among the artists affected by the abrupt cancellation of the Houston Rodeo and has since postponed or canceled appearances through March 26.
In his downtime, he says, he’s been catching up on chores around his 15-acre property north of Nashville, watching a little TV (the latest: HBO’s The Outsider), grocery-shopping with fiancée Summer Duncan (“I’m two weeks at home … We gotta eat!”). And, of course, he’s been practicing good hygiene (“my favorite meme is ‘why haven’t we been washing our hands the whole time?’“).
But the 34-year-old platinum-seller also has been spending considerable time reading the comments on his socials from disappointed fans. “It’s heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time,” says Pardi, who’s just released “Ain’t Always the Cowboy” as his latest single. “People are planning this for months out, and they’re rocking out to the album and they can’t wait. Everything’s building up and it’s, like … canceled.”
Still, Pardi says he didn’t hesitate in making the decision to suspend his tour. “As much security we put into stopping active shooters, we’ve got to do the same thing for this,” he says. “We’re just protecting our audience.”
To stay connected to fans, Pardi is now making plans to live-stream “a little jam” from the expansive workshop/party space he recently built on his property. Hoping to broadcast the show as early as next weekend, he’s asking fans to keep watching his socials for details.
“So if people are, you know, chilling at the house — because that’s what we’re told to do — now they can just tune in on socials and watch us jam some songs and kind of give a little mini-concert on the Internet,” he says.
Like the rest of the country, Pardi is now adjusting to all the unknowns the virus is causing, including the possibility it could disrupt a major event unrelated to his career: his wedding.
He and Duncan have been planning a May wedding, with about 200 guests, at a venue overlooking Yellowstone National Park in Montana — a favorite destination for Pardi for many years.
“I’m excited,” he allows, “but I just can’t be overexcited about it because there’s always that lingering, well, what if it [the virus] is not caught up by then? I have elderly people that are going to come, and I can’t put them in jeopardy. I’m just kinda like whatever happens happens.”
And if the best-laid plans fall apart?
The cup-half-full guy thinks for a moment. “We’ll just go to Vegas,” he says with a laugh. “When Vegas is all fine, we’ll just go there and get it over with.”
Pardi reveals the latest checkmark on the wedding to-do list: the rings have been purchased. He plans to put on a western-themed gold band that mimics hand-tooled leather. Duncan’s simple band will join the oval-shaped diamond ring that Pardi picked out for their engagement.
His mother, he says, was his “secret agent” who made sure his bride-to-be got the ring she wanted. “She would always ask Summer about rings, and then she got her these cheapo rings just to get her ring size,” he says.
So Pardi was the M to this 007?
“No, no, no, no!” he qualifies. “I didn’t even know my mom had this information. My mom came to me, and she says, ‘You know, when you get your ring … blah, blah, blah. Summer likes this. She doesn’t want “too flashy.” Blah, blah, blah.’“
Needless to say, when he finally went ring shopping, “it didn’t take long.”
One more celebration for Pardi that also could be up in the air is the ACM award show on April 5. Pardi’s scored a coveted album of the year nomination for his critically acclaimed Heartache Medication.
So far, the Academy of Country Music says the show will go on as planned, but considering the seismic changes in recent days, Pardi still wonders what will happen.
“I could see them make, like, a TV show with no audience,” he says. “Or I could see it just going on — or I could see it being postponed.”
If the latter happens, he says, he’ll just get to celebrate his nomination a little longer.
“You get to be an album of the year nominee, and it’s just cool,” says Pardi, who adds that he feels especially affirmed for his traditional country sound.
“I think we were ahead of the curve,” he says, “and now it’s kinda carved its way into country music to where we can be a little poppy or we can be more like the ‘90s or we can be more traditional. As long as we’ve got a good lyric and a good song and a melody that speaks to somebody, regardless of what it sounds like, I think that’s country music.”
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Justin Bieber was one of the many celebs spotted out wearing a face mask this past week amid the growing Coronavirus pandemic.
Safety first. Justin Bieber, 26, was seen arriving at a medical center in Beverly Hills, California with his wife Hailey Baldwin, 23, on Friday, March 13. The “Sorry” singer was seen greeting one of the nurses while sporting a face mask to stay safe from COVID-19… AKA Coronavirus. He donned a bright blue Toronto Maple Leafs jacket over a printed white t-shirt and grey sweats for the outing. Hailey, meanwhile, wore an oversized grey jacket and hoodie which she presumably paired with shorts given the amount of leg that was exposed. Justin appeared to be in great spirits during his visit as he gave the peace sign to the photographers before going inside.
Justin has been one of many celebs who have been enjoying their lives outside but still being cautious by wearing a face mask. Vanessa Hudgens, 31, danced the night away with her friends at a Tame Impala concert on Wednesday, March 11, while wearing a colorful version of a face mask. Legendary supermodel Naomi Campbell, 49, also made news recently when she was seen rocking a white hazmat suit and face mask at The Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday, March 10.
It has been an emotionally charged month for Justin and Hailey outside of the growing Coronavirus pandemic. His beloved cat Sushi finally returned home safely after it went missing for a month! The “Yummy” singer took to Instagram to share his overwhelming happiness with his nearly 130 million followers on Friday, March 6. The photos, featuring Sushi, showed the kitty cat slightly skinnier than the average feline, but still looking relatively perky and as curious as ever.
“Almost a month ago, my pal sushi decided to run away,” Justin began the caption to his post. “After weeks passing by Hailey and [I] began to lose hope that our baby was gone.” Fortunately, not all hope was lost for the singer and his model wife. “Yesterday we got a call that somebody found our baby.. it had made it Miles and miles away!”
TOTTENHAM manager Jose Mourinho and star man Dele Alli have let rip after Spurs crashed out of the Champions League.
Any chance of a dramatic comeback against RB Leipzig was lost in just 20 minutes after Hugo Lloris was twice at fault.
The goalkeeper failed to stop a soft effort in the opening minutes before being beaten at his near post – both goals being scored by Marcel Sabitzer.
The defeat meant Mourinho is now without a win in his last SIX matches, making it the worst run of his entire career.
Dele Alli said the side are in a "bad situation" with confidence completely gone.
He told BT Sport: "It's devastating. We had belief before the game and we didn't perform. This is the Champions League, if you don't step up you will be punished.
"After the first one went in it didn't change much but we conceded too many chances as a team. It's hard to come back from those two goals. We had to show our maturity and fight and we didn't do that.
"We can't use excuses, we still have quality on the pitch. We are missing good players but that happens. The players coming in have to step up and we haven't done that today.
"We apologise to the fans, to go out and lose like that, they deserve better.
"We have to fight. We can't be in the position we are in in the league, we can't hide. This hasn't been a good season for us.
"The reality is we are in a bad situation, confidence has gone at the minute.
"All the players are mature enough to know we’re not doing well enough. You always have to look at yourself first and I’ll do that and I’m sure the others will as well."
Mourinho later praised the home side, refusing to single out his own players – like he had done to Tanguy Ndombele at the weekend.
The Portuguese also said he does not think the squad need a complete overhaul in the summer.
"Look, of course I was positive yesterday, that's the way I have to be all of the time. If you're not positive it's better not to come to the game.
"Yes we all believed but we know that in this moment it's very difficult. They are a very strong side.
"It's hard for us to score at the moment. Our first couple of mistakes they score and then it's very difficult. Their physicality is incredible, their defenders win the duels, they stop the game. They are very fast in attack. They can hurt us all of the time, they deserve to go through.
"If I can be critical of some of my players, I keep this for us. They tried to give what they can give.
"We made mistakes, mistakes that we have analysed in previous matches. I never blame players with some difficulties. It's hard for me to cope with players who cannot express their potential, not those who are at their limit. I am with the boys.
"I think probably it’s good [going out]. Difficult moments can prepare the future in a better way.
"There is nobody to blame. In every match we have a traumatic injury. That's the history of this season. It is non stop. It started with problems and you look to the position in the table when we arrived but the negative history arrived with Hugo Lloris's injury.
"Look to our bench, look to the pitch with Tanganga in his first match, Sessegnon in his second match. It’s very, very hard."
WALES legend and gay icon Gareth Thomas has apologised for making a joke on live TV about Joe Marler's groin grab on Alun Wyn Jones.
The England front row is facing a 12-week ban for grabbing the Wales captain's penis during the first half at Twickenham, while some fans have called on Marler to be charged with sexual assault.
When the footage panned back to the ITV studio, Thomas joked: "It would've never have happened in my day and I'm really upset about that — because if it had I would have never retired!"
Pundits, including Sir Clive Woodward, Jonny Wilkinson and Mike Phillips, as well as host Mark Pougatch all burst into laughter, before the footage went back to the second half.
But there was a backlash on social media over the incident and the 45-year-old's reaction to it.
He tweeted: "To the VERY small minority of people who were offended by my comment yesterday I apologise.
"I tried to find humour in a situation-that doesn’t mean I condone it, it means I wanted it to not be an issue. "So don’t change the narrative to justify how you feel. Be kind."
Thomas bravely became the first high-profile rugby player to reveal he is gay.
He also revealed he has been suffering from HIV last September.
But that did not stop social media users piling in on Thomas.
@Roisin929 tweeted: "Disappointing reaction from Gareth Thomas, what could have been a learning moment or even a debate about behaviour on the pitch has now been laughed off as if that was appropriate behaviour in any space. Really weird."
Posting an image of the rules on making contact with genitalia, @KORNYpanda said: "I'm actually disgusted and appalled that Gareth Thomas and the guys find sexual assault funny.
"Hopefully @JoeMarler will be banned from playing for his actions."
Outraged @Mornadestt posted: "What really really sucks about this whole situation was family members sharing it and having to explain to them why them thinking Gareth Thomas' gay joke was funny, is part of the f***ing problem. "IT. WAS. SEXUAL. ASSAULT.
The next James Bond installment, No Time To Die, has been delayed until November, but it seems Daniel Craig is doing everything to soften the blow.
Just recently it was announced that the 007 agent would be hosting Saturday Night Live, with musical guest, The Weeknd.
And the online content hasn’t stopped flowing since then, with an adorable video emerging of the 52-year-old dancing with a dog.
Teasing his appearance on the talk show, the actor can be seen chatting into the camera as he tells fans: ‘Hi, my name is Daniel Craig. I’m an incredibly serious actor.’
The father-of-one then grins as he jokes: ‘One of the things you should know about me is that I never do social media.’
Reaching to the side, Daniel is handed a fluffy, white dog who he proceeds to dance with.
Fans were quick to comment, and couldn’t help but coo over the pair – after realising it was the video we never knew we all needed.
‘I thought it was an edit of a fan BUT NO!! I’ve fallen in love again with this man,’ one wrote while another added: ‘Everyone needed this.’
Someone else said: ‘This is one of the best SNL promos I’ve EVER seen. Kudos to the writer and Daniel Craig!’
The clip comes just days after it was announced the new James Bond film was pushed back from 2 April due to coronavirus fears.
‘MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, announced today that after careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace, the release of NO TIME TO DIE will be postponed until November 2020,’ a tweet from the film’s official account read.
‘The film will be released in the UK on November 12, 2020 with worldwide release dates to follow, including the US launch on November 25, 2020.’
The announcement followed the fandom’s open letter to producers, asking them to delay the release following the virus outbreak.
‘It is time to put public health above marketing release schedules and the cost of cancelling publicity events,’ it read.
They also took a second to point out press tours to China, South Korea and Japan have already been cancelled ahead of the scheduled world premiere – which was due to take part on 31 March.
‘Hundreds of fans and celebrities from around the world will be flying to the UK to attend,’ the statement continued: ‘The Royal Albert Hall capacity is above the 5,000 limit that affected countries are banning for public gatherings.
‘Just one person, who may not even show symptoms, could infect the rest of the audience. This is not the type of publicity anyone wants.’
James Bond will be released in UK cinemas on 12 November.