Workers Hit Picket Lines as Pandemic Spreads Across US

Workers across America walked off the job Monday demanding better health benefits and worker safety precautions as the simple act of showing up for work has become more dangerous during the global coronavirus pandemic.


Can Quarantine Protect the Americas’ Most Densely Populated Country?

The streets of this small city in the north of El Salvador are deserted. Everything has halted. Even the tortilla shops are shut, with signs saying, “Se suspende venta de tortillas hasta nuevo aviso” — Tortilla sales closed until further notice.



A woman wearing a mask walks past candles at the Santa Maria ai Monti church, in Rome Sunday, March 29, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (Cecilia Fabiano/LaPresse via AP)

Italy Sees Glimmer of Hope for End to Outbreak

For the past 37 days, Italy has lived a national nightmare after it discovered an outbreak of the novel coronavirus in a number of towns in the northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto. But Italians have reason for optimism: The number of newly infected people is on a downward trend.


Reopened Christian College Denies Student Tested Positive for Virus


Market Calm May Give Way to Another Week of Upheaval

Wall Street recovered more losses from the coronavirus pandemic Monday, adding to last week’s historic upswing, though the volatility — and losses — are not likely over.

In this photo provided by the New York Stock Exchange, traders John Romolo, left, and Leon Montana work on the trading floor on Friday, March 20, 2020. Stocks turned lower Friday after New York became the latest major state to mandate nearly all workers stay home to limit the spread of the new coronavirus. (Nicole Pereira/NYSE via AP)

Trump Gabs to Fox Ahead of Putin Call on Oil Price Plunge

President Donald Trump has signaled that he plans to work in closer cooperation with Russia as Covid-19 sends oil prices plummeting.



I Have Questions


I have another indoor activity for those of you stuck at home these days: answering unasked questions. Read lawsuits or court rulings and then ponder the issues you feel have been neglected.

Home Alone


I‘ve been working remotely for 16 years happily editing this news page — my boss might call it remotely working. So as 1 billion people around the world are working from home, or not working at all, let me offer a few words about how to be happy working alone.

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Science & the Environment

The blue regions are oil palm plantation; the forest regions (yellows and greens) are colored by tree height, which is a proxy for carbon. (Global Airborne Observatory, ASU Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science)

Carbon Losses Up as Logging Fragments Malaysian Tropical Forests

Though the destruction of tropical rainforests is known to negatively impact global carbon levels, new research revealed Monday shows that excessive logging also affects the growth and life of nearby trees left behind.


Feds Withdraw Protections for California-Nevada Sage Grouse

The Trump administration continued its pattern of rolling back or declining to pursue protections for the greater sage grouse, the iconic bird which has seen its population numbers dwindle across a broad swath of rangeland in the American West.


Counties Without Coronavirus Are Mostly Rural and Poor

As the coronavirus rages across the United States, mainly in large urban areas, more than one-third of U.S. counties have yet to report a single positive test result for Covid-19 infections.


Dutch Museum Says Van Gogh Painting Stolen in Overnight Raid

A painting by Dutch master Vincent van Gogh was stolen in an overnight smash-and-grab raid on a museum that was closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, police and the museum said Monday.


In Brief


Walt Girdner was born in central Iowa in 1922, one of five children. His father took a job as a Christian minister in Alameda after the family moved to California in 1925. Growing up during the Great Depression, Walt worked double shifts at a cannery to make money for college. He attended Stanford where he put together a string of letters and wins, running the quarter and half-mile. An invitation to join the U.S. Olympic team was negated by World War II and cancellation of the games. During the war, he disembarked in Normandy, fought in the infantry and marched into Germany .

As a young man, he developed an interest in imagery, first through drawing then through the developing technology of photography. Although he left the church where his mother and father were pastors, he kept a lifelong faith in the power and mystery of the natural environment, seeing in its beauty an overriding and everlasting spiritual force. His subjects focused on people and their settings. Farmers, flower sellers, youth were recurring themes.

He traveled in large part to find new images and capture them, in France at first, then the rest of Europe and later Africa and Mexico. Towards the end of his life, Walt focused on images in nature, including letters and numbers that emerged through abalone shells, beach tableaus and patterns in the sand.  He had faith that imagery was a powerful way to communicate and believed young people were much better at interpreting the language of imagery, gifted with imaginations more agile and unencumbered.



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Highway 95 near Hanksville, Utah, March 2020. (Bill Girdner / CNS)