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VIRUS TODAY: Americans travel as Biden addresses nation

Here’s what’s happening Wednesday with the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.:

– Millions of Americans are traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday despite warnings from health officials that family gatherings could make a bad situation worse.

– More people are applying for unemployment benefits as the economy remains burdened by the coronavirus. About 778,000 people applied for unemployment last week, the second straight week the number has risen.

– Authorities are desperately pleading with people to stay home for the holidays and dramatically increasing fines for businesses that break the rules. In Connecticut, Gov. Ned Lamont says he will fine businesses $10,000 for violating virus restrictions.

THE NUMBERS: COVID-19 deaths have been shooting up all week. The average number per day is now over 1,600. The country is averaging 174,000 new cases of the virus per day.

QUOTABLE: “I don’t want to be South Dakota.” – West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice in saying he would not follow the lead of other Republican governors who resist mask mandates. He cited the grim statistics in South Dakota and the governor’s refusal to require masks.

ICYMI: The virus has scuttled a long-standing holiday tradition in the tiny Kansas town of Norcatur. In a decades-old tradition that evokes Norman Rockwell nostalgia, the whole town gathers for a potluck dinner at Christmastime and conducts a prize drawing for a plethora of donated meats, crafts and goodies. This year, it’s off.

ON THE HORIZON: President-elect Joe Biden is ramping up his response to the pandemic. He i s delivering a national Thanksgiving address in an attempt to unify the country in the face of the resurgent virus, and congressional leaders are waiting for his strategy for fighting the pandemic.

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Americans risk traveling over Thanksgiving despite warnings

Holiday travelers crowd the ticketing area of terminal one Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 at MSP in Minneapolis. Millions of Americans took to the skies and the highways ahead of Thanksgiving at the risk of pouring gasoline on the coronavirus fire, disregarding increasingly dire warnings that they stay home and limit their holiday gatherings to members of their own household.




Here’s what’s happening Wednesday with the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.:

— Millions of Americans are traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday despite warnings from health officials that family gatherings could make a bad situation worse.

— More people are applying for unemployment benefits as the economy remains burdened by the coronavirus. About 778,000 people applied for unemployment last week, the second straight week the number has risen.

— Authorities are desperately pleading with people to stay home for the holidays and dramatically increasing fines for businesses that break the rules. In Connecticut, Gov. Ned Lamont says he will fine businesses $10,000 for violating virus restrictions.

THE NUMBERS: COVID-19 deaths have been shooting up all week. The average number per day is now over 1,600. The country is averaging 174,000 new cases of the virus per day.

QUOTABLE: “I don’t want to be South Dakota.” — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice in saying he would not follow the lead of other Republican governors who resist mask mandates. He cited the grim statistics in South Dakota and the governor’s refusal to require masks.

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Americans travel as Biden addresses nation

Here’s what’s happening Wednesday with the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.:



Holiday travelers crowd the ticketing area of terminal one Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 at MSP in Minneapolis. Millions of Americans took to the skies and the highways ahead of Thanksgiving at the risk of pouring gasoline on the coronavirus fire, disregarding increasingly dire warnings that they stay home and limit their holiday gatherings to members of their own household. (David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)


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Holiday travelers crowd the ticketing area of terminal one Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 at MSP in Minneapolis. Millions of Americans took to the skies and the highways ahead of Thanksgiving at the risk of pouring gasoline on the coronavirus fire, disregarding increasingly dire warnings that they stay home and limit their holiday gatherings to members of their own household. (David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)

— Millions of Americans are traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday despite warnings from health officials that family gatherings could make a bad situation worse.

— More people are applying for unemployment benefits as the economy remains burdened by the coronavirus. About 778,000 people applied for unemployment last week, the second straight week the number has risen.

— Authorities are desperately pleading with people to stay home for the holidays and dramatically increasing fines for businesses that break the rules. In Connecticut, Gov. Ned Lamont says he will fine businesses $10,000 for violating virus restrictions.

THE NUMBERS: COVID-19 deaths have been shooting up all week. The average number per day is now over 1,600. The country is averaging 174,000 new cases of the virus per day.

QUOTABLE: “I don’t want to be South Dakota.” — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice in saying he would not follow the lead of other Republican governors who resist mask mandates. He cited the grim statistics in South Dakota and the governor’s refusal to require masks.

ICYMI: The virus has scuttled a long-standing holiday tradition in the tiny Kansas town of Norcatur. In a decades-old tradition that evokes Norman Rockwell nostalgia, the whole town gathers for a potluck dinner at Christmastime and conducts a prize drawing for a plethora of donated meats, crafts and goodies. This year, it’s off.

ON THE HORIZON: President-elect Joe Biden is ramping up his response to the pandemic. He i s delivering a national Thanksgiving address in an attempt to unify the country in the face of the resurgent virus, and congressional leaders are waiting for his strategy for fighting the pandemic.

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VIRUS TODAY: Americans travel as Biden addresses nation

Holiday travelers crowd the ticketing area of terminal one Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 at MSP in Minneapolis. Millions of Americans took to the skies and the highways ahead of Thanksgiving at the risk of pouring gasoline on the coronavirus fire, disregarding increasingly dire warnings that they stay home and limit their holiday gatherings to members of their own household.




Here’s what’s happening Wednesday with the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.:

— Millions of Americans are traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday despite warnings from health officials that family gatherings could make a bad situation worse.

— More people are applying for unemployment benefits as the economy remains burdened by the coronavirus. About 778,000 people applied for unemployment last week, the second straight week the number has risen.

— Authorities are desperately pleading with people to stay home for the holidays and dramatically increasing fines for businesses that break the rules. In Connecticut, Gov. Ned Lamont says he will fine businesses $10,000 for violating virus restrictions.

THE NUMBERS: COVID-19 deaths have been shooting up all week. The average number per day is now over 1,600. The country is averaging 174,000 new cases of the virus per day.

QUOTABLE: “I don’t want to be South Dakota.” — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice in saying he would not follow the lead of other Republican governors who resist mask mandates. He cited the grim statistics in South Dakota and the governor’s refusal to require masks.

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Open house addresses recreation, trails and mobility

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — In back-to-back weeks, Macomb Township residents had the chance to ask questions and give feedback regarding the township’s future.

On Oct. 21, the Macomb Township Planning Department hosted its second of three virtual open houses in support of the township’s ongoing master planning efforts.

This time, the subject was Macomb Township recreation, trails and mobility.

Macomb Township Planning Director Josh Bocks said the master planning process is guided by public engagement, and the resulting document is a guiding document that provided input for several areas in the township.

The panel included Sal DiCaro, Macomb Township Parks and Recreation director, and Macomb County Program Manager, Land & Water Resources Group Gerry Santoro.

DiCaro provided an overview of the parks and recreation department, including when millages were passed by voters.

He said the next millage would go before voters in the near future. The current millage expires in 2022.

Township parks highlighted at the open house were Waldenburg Park, which opened in 2001; Macomb Corners Park, which opened in 2004; Macomb Town Center; and the 26 Mile Nature Preserve, which is the department’s newest park and opened in August.  

Regarding future developments, DiCaro said the plan is to design a park in the area of 24 Mile and Foss roads.

“As the township continues to grow, so does the need for more park space,” he said. “We’re very aware there are no parks west of Romeo Plank and are always looking to explore possibilities to increase park lands, especially in the south end of the township.”  

Santoro indicated that the county advocates for park land, trails, water trails, conservation and other open space opportunities around the county.

“We assist local governments in acquiring these types of assets for the benefit of everyone in the county,” he said.

The next open house was scheduled for Oct. 27, after press time.

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Rudy Giuliani addresses compromising hotel scene in ‘Borat’

UPDATED: In what may be his most outrageous prank yet, the new “Borat” film from comedian and actor Sacha Baron Cohen features an embarrassing scene starring Rudy Giuliani that could raise new questions about his role in President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign.

The Guardian and Daily Beast report that the mockumentary, to be released Friday on Amazon Prime, shows Donald Trump’s personal attorney and former New York mayor lying on a bed in a hotel suite and reaching into his trousers.

Giuliani is in the presence of actress Maria Bakalova, who is playing Borat’s teenage daughter, Tutar, the Daily Beast said. In the plot of the film, Tutar is posing as a conservative TV journalist, “in the mold of Tomi Lahren.” She is sent by Baron Cohen’s bumbling Kazakh journalist character to lure a member of Trump’s inner circle into romance and even marriage.

The seemingly intimate moment comes after Giuliani, 76, participates in an obsequious interview with Tutar, who pretends to represent a conservative news program, The Guardian said. At the suggestion of Tutar’s faux reporter, she and Giuliani retreat to a hotel suite for a drink.

The suite is rigged with concealed cameras, which show Giuliani lying back on the bed, touching his untucked shirt and reaching into his trousers, The Guardian said. At that moment, Baron Cohen’s Borat enters the room and yells at Giuliani: “She’s 15. She’s too old for you.”

Later Wednesday, Giuliani called into WABC radio in New York to say that nothing inappropriate happened and that he was simply tucking in his shirt after removing microphone wires.

“I had to take off the electronic equipment,” Giuliani told WABC, the New York Times reported. “I leaned back, and I tucked my shirt in, and at that point, at that point, they have this picture they take which looks doctored, but in any event, I’m tucking my shirt in. I assure you that’s all I was doing.”

“The Borat video is a complete fabrication,” Giuliani tweeted after he got off the air. “At no time before, during, or after the interview was I ever inappropriate. If Sacha Baron Cohen implies otherwise he is a stone-cold liar.”

When asked if about scene, Deputy White House Press Secretary Brian Morgenstern said, ““ have not seen it. … I will say that I’m very proud to call Mayor Giuliani a friend & a patriot & hardworking, a zealous representative of the president.”

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