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Atheist girl sues to get school’s Christian prayer banner removed

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An atheist student and the Rhode Island ACLU have filed a lawsuit against a school in the state, demanding that a banner featuring a prayer to a “heavenly father” be removed from their facilities on the grounds that it violates the constitutional requirement of a separation between church and state.

The banner has been in the school’s auditorium for about 50 years, according to local media.

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This video is from NBC 10 in Rhode Island, broadcast Tuesday, April 5, 2011.


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COVID-19 is hitting black and poor communities the hardest, underscoring fault lines in access and care for those on margins

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As the COVID-19 epidemic continues to ravage the American public, an unsurprising story emerges: Poor communities are hot spots for COVID transmission. The death rate from COVID-19 appears to be staggeringly high among African Americans compared to whites. The Washington Post reports, for example, that while 14% of the Michigan population is black, 40% of COVID-19 deaths are among blacks.

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For asthma patients, the novel coronavirus can be scary. Here’s what you need to know

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The new coronavirus’s ability to wreak havoc in the lungs is raising a lot of concerns and questions from my asthma patients. They already know how it feels to have trouble breathing. Now, they are wondering what risks they face amid this new pandemic.

Some worry that their asthma inhalers could increase their risk of COVID-19 infection. Others are asking if nebulizers are safe, and if they can use expired inhalers.

Here are answers to some of the common questions I’m hearing as an allergist.

Do people with asthma face a higher risk of severe illness if they get COVID-19?

There’s a lot we still don’t know about COVID-19 and how it affects asthma patients.

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Wall Street Journal rips Trump’s ‘outbursts’ at daily briefings he’s turned into campaign rallies

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The conservative Wall Street Journal urged readers to tune out President Donald Trump's daily coronavirus briefings.

The newspaper's editorial board published a column Wednesday evening lamenting that Trump had turned those news conferences into an airing of grievances instead of useful updates on the public health crisis.

"The briefings began as a good idea to educate the public about the dangers of the virus, how Americans should change their behavior, and what the government is doing to combat it," the column began. "They showed seriousness of purpose, action to mobilize public and private resources, and a sense of optimism. Mr. Trump benefitted in the polls not because he was the center of attention but because he showed he had put together a team of experts working to overcome a national health crisis."

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