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Exhausted world looks back — and forward — after contagion year.



Exhausted world looks back — and forward — after contagion year.

Exhausted world looks back — and forward — after contagion year.


No one has been untouched.

Not the woman from Michigan who awoke one morning to find her wife dead by her side. Not the Mozambican domestic worker, whose life is threatened by the virus. Not the mother from North Carolina who struggled to keep her company and her family afloat in the face of rising anti-Asian hostility. Not the sixth-grader, who was kicked out of class in the blink of an eye.

It took place a year ago. Darelyn Maldonado, now 12, said, “I expected to go back after that week.” “I didn’t expect it to take so long.”

Few could have predicted the long path ahead or the many aspects in which they will suffer — millions of deaths and agonies, devastated societies, disrupted lives, and near-universal alienation and isolation — when the World Health Organization announced a pandemic on March 11, 2020.

A year later, some people are wishing for a return to normalcy, due to vaccinations that appeared to appear out of nowhere. Others live in environments where magic seems to be confined to the realms of the wealthy.

Simultaneously, people are reflecting on where they were when they first realized how dramatically their lives would change.

On March 11, 2020, there were 125,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and less than 5,000 recorded deaths. Today, 117 million people have been reported as contaminated, with more than 2.6 million deaths, according to Johns Hopkins.

After locking down in the face of 10,000 confirmed infections, Italy closed shops and restaurants on that day. The NBA’s season was halted, and Tom Hanks, who was making a film in Australia, revealed that he had been poisoned.

That evening, President Donald Trump delivered a speech from the Oval Office to the country, announcing travel restrictions from Europe that sparked a trans-Atlantic scramble. In the days that followed, airports were overwhelmed with unmasked passengers. They were soon depleted.

And for a large part of the planet, that was just the beginning.

Maggie Sedidi is hopeful today, thanks to her vaccination: “By next year, or maybe the year after, I really do hope that people will be able to resume normal life.”

However, it is a hard-won optimism. Sedidi, a 59-year-old nurse at Soweto’s Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital, the country’s and continent’s biggest, remembers being devastated when the first cases appeared there in March.

She also remembers being frightened when she first received COVID-19. Around the same time, her manager became ill and died.

South Africa has had by far the worst outbreak of the virus in Africa. More than 1.5 million confirmed cases have been recorded in the 60-million-strong nation, with more than 50,000 deaths.

“As you can imagine, I was terrified to death. Many of the signs were present in me. “Except dying,” she said, a survivor’s grim smile on her face. Her recuperation took a long time.

“I had chest tightness and shortness of breath. “It was six months long,” she said. “I had given up hope that it would ever go away.”

But she recovered and is now working in the surgical ward. Others haven’t been so fortunate. In the United States — the world’s most COVID-wracked country — 29 million have been infected, and 527,000 have died.

Latoria Glenn-Carr and her wife of six years, Tyeisha, were diagnosed at a hospital emergency room near their home outside Detroit on Oct. 29. They were sent home, despite Latoria’s protests.

Tyeisha, 43, died in bed next to her wife three days later.

“I woke up on Sunday, and I didn’t feel a pulse,” Glenn-Carr said.

One month later, COVID killed Glenn-Carr’s mother, too.

In quiet times, in prayer, Glenn-Carr thinks she should have pushed for the hospital to keep Tyeisha, or should have taken her to a different hospital. She is also angry at America’s political leaders — in particular, Trump, who she believes was more worried about the economy than people’s lives.

“If he was more empathetic to the issues and concerned about people, in general, he would have taken it more seriously,” she said. “And because of that, 500,000 people are dead.”

She joined a survivor’s group for people who lost loved ones to COVID. They meet weekly on Zoom, text each other and help with the grieving process. Glenn-Carr knows she will dread birthdays and Mother’s Days that will go uncelebrated.

“Nothing goes back to the way it was” she said.

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Giants hang on to beat Eagles after Michael Strahan tells impatient Giant fans to ‘appreciate what you got’



Giants hang on to beat Eagles after Michael Strahan tells impatient Giant fans to ‘appreciate what you got’

During Michael Strahan’s halftime jersey retirement ceremony on Sunday, when the great pass rusher thanked the Mara and Tisch families, a steady chorus of boos got Strahan’s attention.

So he broke from his script to defend the team.

“You know, I gotta say this,” Strahan said, with co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch sitting on the stage behind him. “Every team has their ups and downs, but the New York Giants have won Super Bowls. There are teams that [have] never had enough. Appreciate what you got. We will be back. We will be up again. I guarantee you that.”

The crowd cheered that, and they loved watching Joe Judge’s team justify Strahan’s confidence by hanging on to beat the rival Philadelphia Eagles, 13-7.

Tuesday’s firing of offensive coordinator Jason Garrett did not produce an immediate outburst of points with Freddie Kitchens calling plays on the headset.

But Pat Graham’s defense forced six turnovers. Kitchens’ offense committed none. Daniel Jones hit tight end Chris Myarick with a 1-yard TD pass in the third quarter for a 10-0 lead.

And Philly wideout Jalen Reagor dropped two passes on the game’s final drive, including what might have been the game-winning touchdown on the Eagles’ final play in vain with 15 seconds to play.

Darnay Holmes, Tae Crowder and Xavier McKinney all intercepted Eagles QB Jalen Hurts. Dexter Lawrence forced a fumble by Eagles back Boston Scott into the arms of safety Julian Love late in the fourth quarter up six.

And the Giants’ defense forced two Eagles turnovers on downs, one of which they turned into a 10-play, 59-yard touchdown drive in the third quarter.

Kitchens called plays for Jones to run early and emphasized getting the ball to playmakers in space.

Kenny Golladay failed to haul in a couple end zone jump ball targets with a renewed focus on involving him in the red zone. But he made back-to-back 18-yard catches on the Giants’ fourth quarter field goal drive to create important separation with a 39-yard Graham Gano field goal.

Otherwise the Eagles easily would have forced overtime with a field goal of their own down the stretch.

Love, the Giants’ safety, dropped an interception on Philly’s final drive after Reagor failed to catch a deep throw from Hurts down the left sideline with rookie Aaron Robinson in coverage.

But Reagor returned the favor, posting up Robinson on the goal line in the middle of the field, to seal the Giants’ win.

The Giants (4-7) bounced back from last Monday night’s horrible loss at Tampa, while the Eagles (5-7) faltered after winning three of their previous four to enter the playoff picture.

Judge, Jones and the whole Giants team handled the pressure coming off the Buccaneers embarrassment well. The team played extremely hard, and the defense rose to the challenge. The offensive line was still an atrocious liability, but they did their best to coach around it.

Saquon Barkley, Evan Engram and Golladay all made explosive plays of 18 yards or more, and while Jones put some passes in harm’s way, including an Engram drop nearly picked off by Avonte Maddox, avoiding turnovers protected their lead.

This doesn’t mean the Giants are out of the woods with their fans just yet.

Sunday was the second time that Mara has heard boos from the home crowd this season.

He was booed loudly during Eli Manning’s halftime jersey retirement in a Week 3 loss to the Falcons.

The Giants haven’t put Mara at a podium on the field since. He wasn’t on the field at all for the 10th anniversary celebration of the 2011 Super Bowl champions during halftime of a Week 6 loss to the Rams.

And while Mara and Tisch sat on the stage for Strahan’s ceremony on Sunday, they were the only people on the stage not introduced to the crowd, and neither owner spoke.

Even Strahan had given the organization a hard time during the week about how long the Giants had waited to retire his No. 92.

“What took you so long?” Strahan had said Wednesday.

That’s what happens when a team loses constantly. Everyone from ownership on down loses the benefit of the doubt.

Still, when Judge’s team plays for him like they did Sunday, and they win, maybe it gets a bit easier for the frustrated fans to keep the faith.

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Aurora school district closes campuses for lunch after shootings



Aurora school district closes campuses for lunch after shootings

AURORA — After recent shootings involving teens in Aurora, the public school system has decided students will have to stay on campus during lunch break at least for the next several weeks.

All high schools in Aurora will have closed campuses beginning Monday and continuing at least through winter break, an Aurora Public Schools spokesperson told KCNC-TV in Denver.

The announcement was made Saturday at a vigil held at Nome Park, where six students from Aurora Central High School were shot and injured on Nov. 15. Two arrests have been made.

Four days later, three more students were injured in a shooting in the parking lot at Hinkley High School. Three arrests have been made in that case.

Aurora schools will have additional security and mental health support for students when they return to classes after the Thanksgiving break, Superintendent Rico Munn said in a letter to the community.

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Instant Analysis: Miami Dolphins 33, Carolina Panthers 10



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David Furones, Dolphins Writer

This is what the Dolphins look like clicking on all cylinders. Tua Tagovailoa, even without DeVante Parker and Will Fuller, connecting with Jaylen Waddle non-stop. The defense swarming and forcing turnovers. Even special teams is scoring. The momentum is real, and Miami can legitimately reinsert itself into playoff discussion with a few more wins against a favorable upcoming schedule.

Keven Lerner, Assistant Sports Editor

The Dolphins had their most complete effort of the year and they are now 5-7. Tua Tagovailoa played very well and the defense was even better. Wins against the quite-incomplete Giants and Jets would have Miami at .500. Crazy.

Steve Svekis, Assistant Sports Editor

OK … the Dolphins have basically negated the Falcons and Jaguars losses with two wins as a home underdog against the Ravens and Panthers. They are 5-7 and it would be inexcusable for this meteorically rising defense and the truly competent offense to not defeat the visiting Giants and Jets to get to 7-7. Then, they probably would need to sweep the Saints, Titans and Patriots to reach the playoffs. But, more realistic now — and inconceivable four games ago — is a winning season at 9-8. Tua did two big things he hadn’t during this season: didn’t throw a bad interception, and hit Jaylen Waddle in stride deep down the field. Waddle could end up right in the mix for consideration as the best wide receiver in this draft’s loaded wide receiver first round.

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