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John Krasinski Hosts “Virtual” Senior Prom

John Krasinski host a virtual senior prom, where he also played the role of DJ!  “The Office” star announced on his “Some Good News” YouTube show that he had plans to host an online prom for high school seniors across the nation who have had theirs canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Krasinski was joined by celebrity pals like Chance the Rapper, “The Office” costar, Rainn Wilson, Billie Eilish and The Jonas Brothers. Even though all the traditional elements of prom were missing, seniors everywhere managed to participate in a variety of ways.

John Krasinski Just Hosted The Most Incredible Virtual Prom For Teens Missing Theirs Due To Coronavirus

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President Trump Announces New Guidelines For Reopening Individual State Economies

On Thursday, President Trump announced the White House’s guidelines for beginning to reopen the country, something he says was reached with input from medical experts and scientists. “We are not opening all at once, but one, careful step at a time,” Mr. Trump said, adding that states will reopen their economies at different times. 

On a call with governors Thursday afternoon, the president told them, “You’re gonna call your own shots.” The plan calls for higher-risk populations — older Americans and those with certain underlying health conditions — to remain to shelter in place for the foreseeable future, while some Americans might begin to go back to work. Governors ultimately have the authority to decide when to lift or continue their shelter-in-place and other mitigation measures. 

Dr. Anthony Fauci said the plan is not a “light switch,” and changes will be gradual. Public health officials have said that social distancing measures are having an impact on slowing the spread of the coronavirus but are encouraging Americans to remain vigilant in their efforts. Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, told reporters, “I will just remind the American people again: This is a highly contagious virus. Social gatherings, coming together, there’s always a chance that an asymptomatic person can spread the virus unknowingly.  No one is intending to spread the virus. We know if you are sick, you will stay home. But to all of you that are out there that would like to join together and just have that dinner party for 20: Don’t do it yet.” 

Trump’s new guidelines for states are aimed at reopening parts of US, lifting coronavirus restrictions

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Seven Midwest States Join Together To Work On Reopening The Economy

Seven Midwestern governors announced on Thursday that they will coordinate on reopening their state economies amid the coronavirus pandemic, following similar agreements made in the Northeast and on the West Coast. This latest agreement includes Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Kentucky.

“We look forward to working with experts and taking a fact-based, data-driven approach to reopening our economy in a way that protects families from the spread of COVID-19,” the governors said in a statement. “Our No. 1 priority when analyzing when (is) best to reopen our economy is the health and safety of our citizens.” The Midwestern alliance joins pacts on the West Coast and in the Northeast that were announced this week. All together, the 17 states covered by the partnerships are home to nearly half of the country’s population.

“Phasing in sectors of our economy will be most effective when we work together as a region,” said the governors, who include five Democrats — Michigan’s Gretchen Whitmer, Wisconsin’s Tony Evers, Illinois’ J.B. Pritzker, Minnesota’s Tim Walz, Kentucky’s Andy Beshear — and two Republicans, DeWine and Eric Holcomb of Indiana. They stressed it does not mean every state will take the same steps at the same time. “Close coordination will ensure we get this right,” said Evers, who on Thursday extended Wisconsin’s stay-at-home order until May 26.

7 Midwest states say they’ll partner on reopening their economies

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St. Louis Blues Agree To 4-Year Contact Extension For Marco Scandella Worth $13.1M

On Thursday, the St. Louis Blues signed free agent defenseman Marco Scandella to a four-year, $13.1 million contract extension.  Scandella, 30, appeared in 11 games for the defending Cup-champion Blues prior to the NHL shutdown in mid-March.

The Blues acquired Scandella from the Montreal Canadiens on Feb. 18 in exchange for a 2020 second-round draft pick and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2021. Scandella was set to become an unrestricted free agent following the season.  Scandella has 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in 62 games with three teams this season. He had three goals and six assists in 31 games with the Buffalo Sabres before being dealt to the Canadiens on Jan. 2 for a fourth-round draft pick in the 2020 draft. He had one goal and two assists in 20 games with Montreal prior to the trade to the Blues. Scandella has one assist in 11 games with St. Louis.

Overall, Scandella has 89 points (27 goals, 62 assists) in 373 games in 10 NHL seasons, the first seven spent with the Minnesota Wild.

Blues agree to terms with Scandella on $13.1M, 4-year deal

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Denver Broncos LB Von Miller Tests Positive For Coronavirus

joining Los Angeles Rams center Brian Allen.” data-reactid=”29″ type=”text”>Miller is now the second confirmed player in the league to have the coronavirus, joining Los Angeles Rams center Brian Allen. Allen tested positive for the virus three weeks ago, though is now reportedly almost symptom-free. New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton previously tested positive, but has since recovered. At least one member of the Los Angeles Chargers organization tested positive this week, too, and two others reportedly have symptoms. 

according to The New York Times, and more than 8,200 in Colorado alone.” data-reactid=”32″ type=”text”>There were more than 662,400 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United States as of Thursday afternoon, according to The New York Times, and more than 8,200 in Colorado alone.

Agent: Broncos’ Miller tests positive for virus

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Chase Rice To Release New 4-Song EP, “The Album Part II”

Chase Rice announced “The Album Part II” is set for May 15 release during his appearance on “Good Morning America.” Rice FaceTimed into the show to perform current single “Lonely If You Are” live from his farm in Nashville.

The four-song digital project will combine with his earlier chart-topping seven-song release “The Album Part I.”  The two EPs, along with additional forthcoming songs, will be combined for an eventual product entitled “The Album.”

“We’ve been eager to get more new music out to the fans, especially during this crazy time,” said Rice. “I’m really proud of these songs and hope they can bring a little joy to people while they’re stuck at home… and I can’t wait to play them live for you when we’re back on the road together soon.”

Chase Rice to Release New 4-Song EP, “The Album Part II,” on May 15

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Luke Combs Performs Unreleased New Song “Used To Wish I Was”

Luke Combs just posted an acoustic performance of the unreleased new song “Used to Wish I Was.”   Combs added the caption, “Lots of things I wanted to be growing up, but now I wouldn’t want to be anyone else but me. Hope y’all like it and can relate!”

Take a look at Luke’s amazing performance of “Used To Wish I Was”  at the link here.

Luke Combs Surprises Fans With New Song, ‘Used to Wish I Was’ [Watch]

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Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez, Oprah, Celine Dion Joining “One World: Together At Home” TV Special

Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez, Oprah Winfrey and Celine Dion are among those joining the lineup for the One World: Together at Home television special. Global Citizen announced that Swift, Lopez, and Dion will perform remotely during the two-hour concert event, which airs Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC, CBS, ABC, ViacomCBS Networks, The CW, the BBC, iHeartMedia and other global networks and platforms. 

Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, Alicia Keys, Sam Smith, Usher and Pharrell Williams have also joined the list of performers. Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Awkwafina, Amy Poehler, LL Cool J, Lupita Nyong’o, Matthew McConaughey and Victoria Beckham will make appearances.

Previously announced performers and presenters include Lady Gaga, Andrea Bocelli, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong, Chris Martin, David Beckham, Eddie Vedder, Elton John, Keith Urban, Paul McCartney, Priyanka Chopra and Stevie Wonder.

Together at Home is curated by Lady Gaga. Late-night talk show hosts Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel will co-host the event. NBC said in a previous press release: “One World: Together at Home is not a telethon, but rather a global broad entertainment special to celebrate the heroic efforts of community health workers and support the World Health Organization and the global fight to end COVID-19.”

Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez, Lupita Nyong’o, more join One World: Together at Home special

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Take A First Look At ‘Dune’ Featuring Timothée Chalamet

Vanity Fair has shared a first look at the new “Dune” movie, set to be released on December 18. The film stars Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides and is directed by Denis Villeneuve of “Arrival” and “Blade Runner 2049” fame. Based on the 1965 novel by Frank Herbert, the new movie follows the 1984 original film and a 2000 television series.

Chalamet starred in “Call me by Your Name” and “Beautiful Boy.” Zendaya, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin and Rebecca Ferguson also co-star in the forthcoming film.  Take a sneak peak at the link below.

See First Look at Timothee Chalamet & Zendaya In New Movie ‘Dune’

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U.S. Government Stimulus Checks Begin Arriving As Economy Plummets

Government relief checks began arriving in Americans’ bank accounts on Wednesday, as the economic damage to the U.S. from the coronavirus pandemic deepened.  Sluggish sales at reopened stores in Europe and China emphasized that business will not recovery immediately once the crisis eases.

The U.S. began issuing one-time payments this week to tens of millions of people as part of its $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package, with adults receiving up to $1,200 each and $500 per child to help them pay the rent or cover other bills. The checks will be directly deposited into bank accounts or mailed to households, depending on how they filed their tax returns. In an unprecedented move, President Donald Trump’s name will be printed on the checks.

Meanwhile, other parts of the world are slowly reopening, but shoppers and other customers are staying away from the reopened businesses and workers afraid they are putting their health at risk. Worldwide, deaths have topped 130,000 and confirmed infections have surpassed 2 million, according to the tally kept by Johns Hopkins University. 

US relief checks begin arriving as economic damage piles up

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