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Rick Steves Tours Cancels All March Italy Tours

Rick Steves Tours has cancelled all its March group tour departures to Italy, but other than that is adhering to its standard cancellation policy. The company is cancelling as few tours as possible even in the face of a global health issue of great concern to many. Due to the CDC recommendations to avoid non-essential […]

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We Actually Know What We Should Eat – WSJ

Mark Bittman and David L. Katz writing in The Wall Street Journal: The truth is that all good diets feature one or another balanced assemblage of wholesome, real foods—mostly plants. Even now, with our instincts suppressed, we know what a good diet is. We picture chickpeas, not Doritos; pinto beans, not jelly beans; broccoli, not […]

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Italy Locks Down Much of the Country’s North Over the Coronavirus – NYTimes

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Putting Hillary in Context

“Hillary” on Hulu includes exclusive interviews with Hillary Rodham Clinton herself, Bill Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, friends and journalists. The series provides an inside look of an important public figure. The director, Buffalo native Nanette Burstein, had behind the scenes access to Hillary’s 2016 campaign. Although much in the series is familiar, the inside look is […]

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Petula Clark

I have loved the music of Petula Clark since her 1964 hit single “Downtown.” This old video is particularly lovely.

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Pilot Discusses COVID-19 and Airline Flying

Juan Browne, a commercial pilot, explains the air quality of commercial airliners and the cleaning regimen airlines use.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): How Google is helping

As COVID-19 makes its way across the globe, it’s affecting our communities in different ways. Many in Europe and the Americas are just now beginning to experience what people in Asia have been confronting for weeks. We have set up a 24-hour incident response team to stay in sync with the World Health Organization, and […]

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Lufthansa Reduces Flights By 50 Percent

The Lufthansa Group has announced that it will reduce its current flight schedule by up to 50 percent, in response to the spread of the Covid-19 virus. The airline is also contemplating grounding its fleet of 14 Airbus A380 aircraft. Source: AirlineGeeks

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New York Declares Emergency – NYTimes

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo declared a state of emergency in New York on Saturday as the state’s number of confirmed cases rose to 76, 11 of them in New York City, the latest of which is an Uber driver. The declaration of emergency will allow the state to speed up the purchasing of supplies and […]

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Italy Plans Large-Scale Lockdown in Country’s North to Fight Coronavirus – WSJ

MILAN—The Italian government is planning to lock down Lombardy, a region of 10 million people where Milan is the capital, and 11 provinces in neighboring regions, in the most sweeping steps any European country has so far prepared to take against the coronavirus epidemic. A draft decree from the Italian Prime Minister’s office, seen by […]