His father, Ellis Marsalis Sr., who died in 2004, owned the Marsalis Motel in suburban New Orleans, and became involved in the civil rights movement. Mr. Marsalis started out as a saxophonist before switching to the piano in high school. There he became a member of the Corps Four, a quartet of Marines that performed jazz on television and radio to aid in recruitment. Mr. Marsalis performed and recorded throughout the 1960s and ’70s with a variety of modern and progressive jazz musicians, including the drummer Ed Blackwell and the eminent horn-playing brothers Cannonball and Nat Adderley. He later taught at Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of New Orleans, where he served for 12 years as the founding director of its jazz studies department.
April 02, 2020 02:54 UTC
(CNN) Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country's top medical expert on the coronavirus pandemic and a member of President Donald Trump's coronavirus task force, is facing threats to his personal safety and now requires personal security from law enforcement at all times, including at his home, a source confirms to CNN. A law enforcement official told CNN that the Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General, the agency's law enforcement arm, asked the US Marshals Service for assistance following threats to Fauci. The Marshals then deputized HHS officers to act as personal security for the doctor. The source added the stepped up visible police presence was a response to growing threats to Fauci's safety, though the source of the threats was not identified. During the White House coronavirus task force briefing with reporters on Wednesday, Fauci was asked whether he or White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx , who also serves on the task force, had received threats of any kind or whether they had been assigned a security detail.
April 02, 2020 02:53 UTC
During Wednesday’s briefing, when a reporter asked about Dr. Fauci’s personal security, the president said: “He doesn’t need security. After the viral video of Dr. Fauci lowering his head, online attacks against him increased. In the email, Dr. Fauci praised Mrs. Clinton for her stamina during hearings into the 2012 attacks on the American compound in Benghazi, Libya. The blog suggested falsely that the email proved that Dr. Fauci was part of a secret group who opposed Mr. Trump. “It’s a matter of life and death, frankly,” Mr. Trump said, offering a sober assessment of the pandemic’s effect.
April 02, 2020 02:48 UTC
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Wednesday urged all Angelinos to wear non-medical face masks when venturing outside to combat the spread of the coronavirus. The mayor of America's second-largest city -- with a population of 4 million -- said those performing essential activities should wear masks or homemade face coverings like bandannas. Garcetti said residents should not wear medical-grade masks, which are in short supply and desperately needed for health care workers on the front line. As of Wednesday afternoon, Los Angeles County health officials confirmed 3,518 COVID-19 cases and 65 deaths. He added that face masks are not a substitute for social distancing and additional measures being imposed.
April 02, 2020 02:26 UTC
New York City is now a war zone. As coronavirus hot spots flare across America, the nation’s biggest city has been hit hard — and it shows. The U.S. recorded about 210,000 infections and about 4,600 deaths, with New York City accounting for about 1 out of 4 dead. Nearly 6,200 New York City police officers, or one-sixth of the department, were out sick Wednesday, including about 4,800 who reported flu-like systems, though it was not clear how many had the virus. A medical advisory council is telling paramedics in New York City they shouldn’t take fatal heart victims to hospitals to have them pronounced dead.
April 02, 2020 02:26 UTC
A train engineer intentionally drove a locomotive full speed ahead off the end of rail tracks near the USNS Mercy, which was docked at the Los Angeles Port. CALIFORNIA NURSING HOMES SEES MORE THAN 50 CORONAVIRUS INFECTIONS"Moreno stated that he thought that the U.S.N.S. Mercy was suspicious and did not believe ‘the ship is what they say it’s for,’” according to the criminal affidavit. However, the crash caused the train to leak fuel oil, which required clean up by fire and other hazardous materials personnel. The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and the Port of Los Angeles Police are now leading the investigation.
April 02, 2020 02:16 UTC
The photos, featured in the above gallery, are the winners of the Hair Freezing Contest at the Takhini Hot Pools , an annual competition In Canada's Yukon territory. Contestants are awarded in five categories: Best Male, Best Female, Best Group, Nongshim's People's Choice, and Tim Horton's Most Creative. The winner for each category gets CAD$2,000 in addition to free hot springs passes. To enter, you need to visit Takhini Hot Pools between December and March, on a day when the temperature is below -20°C (-4°F) -- certainly not rare in those parts. The mineral-rich natural Takhini Hot Pools, in operation for more than 100 years, offer relaxing dips in temps between 36° and 42° Celsius.
April 02, 2020 02:07 UTC
What's also alarming is that some of the passengers who went on the trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, took commercial flights home, the Austin Public Health Department said. Related content An open letter to my peers partying on the beachDozens of other passengers from the chartered flight are being monitored, public health officials said. The local public health department and UT Health UT Health Austin and University Health Services have contacted all of the passengers on the plane using flight manifests from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Student getaways scuttled by coronavirus"The university is working closely with Austin Public Health to assist in contact tracing," university spokesman J.B. Bird said. Mexico was not under a federal travel advisory when this happened, health officials said.
April 02, 2020 02:03 UTC
That strategy began in January, where at every turn the president downplayed the risks of the virus spreading in the United States . President Trump pointed to the shutting down of some flights from China, and one of his aides recently inaccurately said that Trump was the first to do it. In an ironic twist, he co-opted former President Barack Obama's mantra of hope as a strategy. The president ultimately backtracked ; I suspect in part because he realized Asian-Americans in swing states vote, and this strategy was politically counterproductive. During Friday's White House briefing, Trump foreshadowed his strategy by praising the work of Florida's Republican Gov.
April 02, 2020 02:02 UTC
As part of a new series Forbes is publishing regarding on-the-ground experiences from different locales, I share below some observations from the Phoenix area regarding life during the coronavirus outbreak. As an example, flying from Charlottesville, Virginia to Phoenix, I was worried I would pick up the virus and pass it to my parents. In contrast, as I walk through my parents’ community, which is a quintessential retiree community (golf course, tennis courts, clubhouse, people taking golf carts to the grocery stores, etc. Although there aren’t the usual cars on the roads, there are many people out walking their dogs and playing golf. As somebody who used to regularly visit grocery stores (as a former GM/CMO), I have never seen anything like that Fry’s store.
April 02, 2020 01:57 UTC
WASHINGTON—-President Trump said he was looking at whether to ground some domestic air travel between cities that are coronavirus hot spots to slow the pandemic’s spread. Asked about calls to stop some flights, Mr. Trump said he was “certainly looking at” putting temporary restrictions on air travel but said once that starts “you really are clamping down an industry that is desperately needed.”On...
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April 02, 2020 01:38 UTC
The USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier sits on the outskirts of Apra Harbor, Guam, on April 1. CNNAs the number of coronavirus cases aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier approaches 100, some sailors will be quarantined in hotel rooms in Guam. Cases expected to rise: A senior Defense official told CNN that the Navy expected the number of cases to rise as more test results come in. He said about 1,000 sailors have been evacuated form the ship and moved ashore to Guam where the ship is currently in port. And in the next couple of days we expect to have 2,700 of them off the ship," Modly told reporters at the Pentagon.
April 02, 2020 01:36 UTC
The son of Oklahoma City bombing co-conspirator Terry Nichols is facing multiple criminal charges, including kidnapping and armed burglary, from an alleged attack on a 67-year-old Las Vegas-area man. Joshua Isaac Nichols, 37 was arrested earlier this month in connection with the Feb. 6 attack. He is charged with first-degree kidnapping of an older person with a deadly weapon, burglary while in possession, robbery, conspiracy and ownership/possession of a gun by a prohibited person. Authorities said Nichols held a jeweler at gunpoint inside his Henderson home and fled with $1,700, clothing, a cellphone and bracelets. The elder Nichols is serving a life sentence in federal prison.
April 02, 2020 01:30 UTC
It was the second-busiest month ever for gun sales, trailing only January 2013, just after President Barack Obama’s re-election and the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. With some people fearful that the pandemic could lead to civil unrest, gun sales have been skyrocketing. In the past, fear of gun-buying restrictions has been the main driver of spikes in gun sales, far surpassing the effects of mass shootings and terrorist attacks alone. A similar worry appears to be driving gun sales. And in Michigan, which has become a hot spot for virus cases, sales more than tripled.
April 02, 2020 01:18 UTC
The White House Correspondents' Association announced on Wednesday that it is removing One America News Network (OANN) from its coronavirus briefing rotation after its reporter allegedly violated its policy. "As you are all aware, the WHCA issued a policy last month to restrict seating in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room to comply with CDC guidelines on social distancing," the WHCA board wrote. CHINA'S GOVERNMENT-RUN PROPAGANDA VIDEO INCLUDES CNN, MSNBC JOURNALISTS, HILLARY CLINTON, CELEBSOANN's White House correspondent Chanel Rion was seen at Wednesday's briefing asking questions while standing at the back of the briefing room. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE CORONAVIRUS COVERAGEAccording to OANN anchor Alex Salvi, Rion was invited as a special guest of White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham. OANN, Rion, and the White House did not immediately respond to Fox News' requests for comment.
April 02, 2020 01:18 UTC