US firm given MILLIONS in taxpayer cash to design low-cost coronavirus ventilator has instead been selling it overseas – The Sun

A US company that pocketed $14 million in tax dollars to make "game-changing" ventilators needed to fight the coronavirus has been selling versions of them overseas.

There is not a single Trilogy Evo Universal machine available for Americans as the pandemic continues to take thousands of lives every week, according to ProPublica.


Health and Human Services in September ordered 10,000 of the ventilators for the national stockpile at a cost of $3,280 per device.

However, the Pennsylvania company that designed the life-saving machines have been selling more expensive versions all over the world, ProPublica reported.

The firm is a subsidiary of the Dutch tech giant Royal Philips N.V.

“We sell to whoever calls,” a saleswoman at a small medical-supply company in New York City told ProPublica.

The company in the Big Apple had purchased 50 Trilogy Evo ventilators from Philips last month and raised the online price from $12,000 to $17,000.

“We have hundreds of orders to fill," the saleswoman told ProPublica.



"I think America didn’t take this seriously at first, and now everyone’s frantic.”

A Health and Human Services spokeswoman told ProPublica that Philips had agreed to make the ventilator “as soon as possible.”

A Philips spokesman said the company did not plan to begin production this year.

HHS officials praised the Trilogy Evo as recently as February.

“This game-changing device, considered a pipe-dream just a few years ago, is now available at affordable prices to improve stockpiling and deployment” in an emergency, the agency told Congress, according to ProPublica.


However, weeks later, officials with the Strategic National Stockpile urged Philips to start making the ventilators.

Philips agreed to a change in the HHS contract which would ask the company to make Trilogy Evo devices "as soon as possible," a spokesperson told ProPublica.

But the HHS spokeswoman later told ProPublica  that Philips is only required to deliver the ventilators “as they are completed.”

A company spokesman said Philips would meet the original contract deadline of 10,000 ventilators by 2022.

There have been more than 900,000 coronavirus cases around the world, and the lack of available ventilators has been alarming.

Doctors often have to make the difficult choice of deciding which patients to save with the few ventilators they have at their disposal.

HHS had signed a $13.8 million contract with the Pennsylvania company five years ago with the hope of creating low-cost and portable ventilators that could be used to fight a pandemic.

Philips marketing manager Jeff Marshall can be seen demonstrating the commercial version of the Trilogy Evo in a video.

The design was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in September, according to ProPublica.

“That’s the problem of leaving any kind of disaster preparedness up to the market and market forces – it will never work,” said Dr. John Hick, who counsels the HHS on pandemic preparedness, told ProPublica.

“The market is not going to give priority to a relatively no-frills but dependable ventilator that’s not expensive.”

“Keep in mind that companies are always free to develop other products based on technology developed in collaboration with the government,” an HHS spokeswoman told ProPublica.

 

“This approach often reduces development costs and ensures the product the government needs is available for many years.”

There have been more than 900,000 coronavirus cases around the world, and 200,000 in the US.

President Trump warned Americans to brace for “one of the roughest two or three weeks we’ve ever had in our country."

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US death toll from coronavirus passes 1,000

Deaths caused by the coronavirus in the US surpassed 1,000 on Wednesday night, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The country recorded 1,031 fatalities, up from 827 earlier in the day, according to the university’s coronavirus tracker.

The US has the third-highest number of confirmed cases — at 68,572. Only China, where the virus first appeared last December, and Italy have reported more.

New York has been hit especially hard by the illness, with nearly 33,000 cases as of Wednesday night, the majority of which are in New York City.

The city on Wednesday reported 81 deaths in an eight-hour span, raising the total to 280.

Globally, the virus has killed more than 21,000 people.

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‘This Is Us’ Season 5 REALLY Needs To Answer These Questions After That Finale

Warning: This Is Us Season 4 finale spoilers ahead! This Is Us fans may have finally discovered who becomes pregnant with Kevin’s child (or rather, children — plural) as well as the cause behind Kevin and Randall’s epic feud in the Season 4 finale. However, there are still plenty of questions that This Is Us Season 5 needs to answer in order to properly fill in the blanks of this complicated family dynamic. After all, it wouldn’t be a true This Is Us finale without a couple of noteworthy cliffhangers to keep us theorizing all summer long.

For the most part, the hit series likes to play things pretty close to the vest, making a point to not ever give too much away or answering one question only to have five more pop up in its place. And while the coronavirus outbreak leaves the fate of This Is Us Season 5, and fall TV in general, somewhat up in the air — depending upon how soon production crews are able to get back to work safely — there were plenty of surprises throughout the Season 4 finale that are sure to keep fans busy until the Pearsons return.

Luckily, This Is Us has already been renewed for a fifth (and sixth) season, so this won’t be the last we see of the show. But when it returns, This Is Us will have some serious explaining to do.

1. Do Kevin & Madison Get Married?

Madison may be the mother of Kevin’s twins, but that doesn’t necessarily mean she’s the one he’s engaged to and ultimately marries later on. (Future Kevin is shown rocking a wedding band, so wedding bells are definitely in his future.) When asked about Kevin’s mystery fiancée, series creator Dan Fogelman told reporters, per The Hollywood Reporter, that "there’s an immediate answer coming to all of that," though he also noted that there’s "many more chapters in Kevin’s romantic story."

Marrying Madison seems to make the most sense right now, given that they’re about to share children together, but Fogelman’s comments suggest Kevin’s life could take yet another unexpected twist.

2. Why Is Nicky Wearing A Wedding Ring In The Flash-Forward?

In the last few moments of the finale, Nicky was shown once again at Rebecca’s bedside several years into the future. But as he went to hug Kevin and Randall, fans caught a glimpse of a wedding ring on his finger. Is it possible that he’s married to Rebecca in the future? Has her Alzheimer’s caused her to think Nicky is actually Jack, and he’s playing along so as to not make her relive the pain of Jack’s death? It’s a small detail, but one that could prove to be very significant down the line.

3. Why Is Madison’s Doctor Important?

Throughout the episode, fans were shown a glimpse into the life of Madison’s doctor. We know very little about him other than that he has a daughter named Sadie who shares his interest in training horses. So why include so much of his backstory? Fogelman told Deadline during a recent interview that the OBGYN will serve as a prominent part to the story going forward.

"The doctor becomes an important character next season to Kevin — he’s having twins with a virtual stranger, not a normal birth experience," Fogelman teased. "It’s no coincidence he was introduced in the same episode that Dr. K returned." Though in what way he proves to be important remains to be seen.

4. Where Is Kate In The Flash-Forward?

Toby has appeared prominently in the flash-forward (sans wedding ring) multiple times; however, Kate is nowhere to be found. Does this signify that she and Toby are divorced or at the very least separated? These two have already been through so much, it would be a shame to see their love story end in heartache.

5. What About Miguel?

Miguel is also absent in the flash-forward, and given Rebecca’s declining health condition, that definitely raises some red flags. Did he die prior to this point in time? Did he and Rebecca end up separating? Is he keeping his distance in order to play along with the whole "Nicky is Jack" charade? We need answers ASAP!

6. How Long Does Randall & Kevin’s Feud Last?

The flash-forward showed Kevin tentatively placing his hand on Randall’s shoulder, indicating that despite the hostile words that were spoken between the two of them in the present day timeline, they ultimately are able to mend their relationship. But how long does it take them to get there? That’s a journey This Is Us is bound to explore next season, but considering the harsh words they exchanged, it’s going to be a long road to recovery.

Fogelman has already written the Season 5 This Is Us premiere, so answers are sure to come, even if it takes a bit longer than usual.

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US Navy sailor tests positive for coronavirus at Guantanamo Bay

A Navy sailor stationed at the Guantanamo Bay base in Cuba has tested positive for coronavirus — the first person at the notorious military facility to contract the virus, the base said in a statement.

The unidentified sailor has been isolated at the base and their movement restricted to prevent the spread of the virus, officials from the base added.

“Contact tracing performed by public health officials is also underway,” they added.

The Navy is also screening all individuals before they enter the base and cancelling a number of scheduled events to contain the virus.

“For the foreseeable future, this is not ‘business as usual’ aboard the installation. However, we will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our residents and the performance of our mission, and will ensure that those imperatives endure,” base officials wrote.

The base has a population of about 6,000 people, including about 2,000 laborers from nearby Caribbean countries and other military personnel.

Some 40 prisoners are still locked up in the base’s military prison.

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Boris Johnson trusted us to use common sense over coronavirus now we’re paying the price for the defiant minority – The Sun

BRITAIN paid a draconian price last night for the defiant minority who flouted basic rules of decency and care for their fellow citizens.

Boris Johnson trusted us to use our common sense, to stop hoarding and abide by voluntary rules on communal behaviour to halt the spread of coronavirus.

In an age when “rights” trump all responsibility, that trust was always going to be betrayed. More will now die before their time as a consequence.

The overwhelming majority did the right thing, kept their distance, shopped sensibly and left enough on the shelves to satisfy demand.

But we Brits are no longer compliant or united. Too many are accustomed to getting their own way with shouting and sharp elbows. Selfishness is the new normal.

This sense of entitlement is amplified by social media and unscrupulous extremists who would do anything to harm this Tory government. Now they have harmed us all.

From midnight last night, this proudly liberal country in which freedom of speech and movement are baked in, joins the rest of the world in compulsory lockdown.

Just as we welcome the first Spring sunshine we are ordered to stay indoors. No more than two members of the same family are allowed on the streets at one time.

At some point, there will be a public inquiry into the handling of this crisis. Much will depend on how many die and how our fatality rate compares with other western countries.

It may be that Boris Johnson was too soft, too trusting, too unwilling to make hard choices.

But we were all warned – and we are ALL responsible.

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Book exposes how US government hid the scale of child abuse by Epstein

The Epstein Cover-Up: Devastating book exposes how the US government hid the appalling scale of child abuse by Prince Andrew’s friend and piles pressure on Duke to reveal what he knows

  • Astonishing account details how prosecutors ‘conspired’ with tycoon’s lawyers
  • It has prompted some victims to demand Duke co-operates with investigators
  • Cover-up means the billionaire’s wealthy friends have so far avoided scrutiny 
  • It also discloses how Ghislaine Maxwell was pivotal figure in Epstein’s ‘sex cult’

Prince Andrew is set to come under renewed pressure to tell the FBI what he knows about Jeffrey Epstein as an explosive new book reveals how the US government covered up the billionaire paedophile’s appalling crimes and protected his powerful friends. 

The astonishing account – serialised in The Mail on Sunday – details how prosecutors ‘conspired’ with the tycoon’s lawyers to hide the industrial scale of his child sex abuse. 

The news has prompted some victims to once again demand that the Duke co-operates with investigators probing Epstein’s trafficking network. Andrew, who has been accused of sleeping with one of Epstein’s former sex slaves, has so far refused to do so. 

Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell pictured attending Batman Forever on June 13, 1995, in New York City. The book discloses how Maxwell was a pivotal figure in Epstein’s ‘sex cult’

The cover-up – exposed in forensic detail for the first time by Bradley Edwards, a lawyer for more than 20 of the victims – means that the billionaire’s wealthy and influential friends, including Andrew, have so far avoided scrutiny. 

Crucially, the book also discloses how socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was a pivotal figure in Epstein’s ‘sex cult’ for more than a decade, allegedly helping him recruit and groom underage girls. 

Edwards’s account of Maxwell’s alleged involvement raises serious questions about why she has never faced justice. The 58-year-old’s whereabouts remain a mystery. 

The book also claims that: 

  • Epstein and Maxwell asked Andrew’s accuser Virginia Roberts to carry Epstein’s baby – and then hand the child over to them when it was born; 

Paedophile ‘had links to the CIA’

Jeffrey Epstein appeared to have links with the CIA, according to claims by his former bodyguard in the bombshell new book. 

The minder said he was sent to the spy agency’s HQ in Virginia to attend classes for a week where he was introduced as a ‘special operative’. 

His other 44 classmates were from the CIA or ‘some other government unit with top secret clearance’. Afterwards the bodyguard, a Russian mixed martial arts fighter, was told to deliver a book with a personalised note ‘to Jeffrey’. 

The disclosure will fuel speculation that Epstein may have secured his shockingly lenient plea deal in 2007 because of alleged links to intelligence agencies. 

The book also claims that there were ‘whispers’ as far back as the 1980s that the financier ‘was associated with the CIA, Mossad or another intelligence agency’. 

The bodyguard told Bradley Edwards that he was hired because Epstein feared ‘some girl’s dad would try and kill him’. 

But the ‘real-life tough guy’ also made clear that he was frightened by his boss.

  • Miss Roberts’s ex-boyfriend recalled how the then 17-year-old telephoned him from London and told him she had been lined up by Maxwell to have sex with the Duke – but did not want to; 
  • During formal legal proceedings, Epstein’s lawyer Alan Dershowitz refused to deny claims made by Miss Roberts that she was paid to have sex with Prince Andrew. Last night Mr Dershowitz said Edwards had ‘mischaracterised’ and ‘distorted’ what he had said;  
  • Andrew may have stayed at Epstein’s New York mansion at the same time as a woman who the book suggests became the billionaire’s ‘chief recruiter’ of girls;  
  • Maxwell allegedly groomed Epstein’s first underage victim in 1994, when she approached a 13-year-old outside a summer camp in the US. The girl was later molested and raped by Epstein. 
  • Epstein and Maxwell were dubbed ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ by victims; l At the height of his offending, Epstein was abusing at least three girls a day. One witness reported how his desire to have sex with underage girls was so overwhelming that he would ‘physically shake’. 
  • Maxwell would allegedly lure new recruits while being driven in a limousine – and sometimes she would approach girls in New York’s Central Park; 
  • A victim who reported Epstein and Maxwell to the FBI claimed that Maxwell threatened to have her killed. Maxwell has always vehemently denied allegations of wrongdoing. 

Despite identifying 40 female victims, the US government secretly struck a deal in 2007 not to prosecute Epstein for sexually abusing underage girls at his Florida home. The book reveals how FBI agents had compiled a mountain of evidence against Epstein which would have seen him jailed for life. But instead he was allowed to plead guilty to lesser charges of soliciting for prostitution and procuring a minor for prostitution, and was sentenced to 18 months in jail, although he served only 13. 

Incredibly, the book reveals, Epstein was allowed to spend much of that time working at his Florida office, where he continued to arrange for women to be flown to him for sex. The book, entitled Relentless Pursuit, also details how victims were kept in the dark about the plea deal and were led to believe that police were still investigating Epstein’s crimes. 

The deal meant the grotesque scale of his offending – and explosive claims that girls were forced to have sex with his powerful friends – were only revealed years later. 

Large sections of the book focus on Miss Roberts, who spent three years as Epstein’s sex slave. She claims she was forced to have sex with Andrew on three occasions. 

Four years ago, at the height of his investigation into Epstein, Edwards took a formal statement about Miss Roberts’s allegations from Alan Dershowitz, the tycoon’s high-profile lawyer. 

Edwards claims that Mr Der­showitz refused to deny the specific claim that Miss Roberts had been paid to have sex with the Prince and instead attacked her char­acter, saying: ‘If she was paid $15,000 to have sex with Prince Andrew at the age of 17 in England, she would be guilty of pros­titution.’ 

Edwards adds in his book: ‘I didn’t let him off the hook. “My question is, was she lying when she says she was paid to have sex with Prince Andrew?”  

Edwards’s account of Maxwell’s alleged involvement raises serious questions about why she has never faced justice (pictured: Epstein and Maxwell)

‘Trapped with nowhere to go, he responded, “I have no idea.”’   

Mr Dershowitz last night said he had never seen the Duke act inappropriately and that he does not believe Miss Roberts’s accusations against Andrew. He added: ‘Edwards mischaracterised my testimony. I hope you will report that he distorted it. I have learned since then that nothing she [Miss Roberts] says should be credited.’ 

The book raises fresh questions about Andrew’s contro­versial stay at Epstein’s New York mansion in December 2010. The news that he had visited Epstein – by then a convicted sex offender – has plagued the Queen’s second son ever since. Last year, The Mail on Sunday revealed aston­ishing video footage of the Duke peering from the mansion’s grand front door and waving to a pretty brunette during his stay of at least six days. 

In May 2016, according to the book, Jean-Luc Brunel, who ran a model agency and has been accused of procuring girls for Epstein, told Edwards that ‘Epstein’s new chief recruiter was a Russian-born twentysomething-year-old woman’.  

‘According to Brunel, she was using her connections to import young girls to the United States under the pretence that they were models,’ Edwards writes. 

She is believed to have been pictured leaving Epstein’s mansion during Andrew’s stay in December 2010 and she was snapped outside the home again in 2016. 

Fateful image: Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, with Virginia Roberts in 2001. Mr Dershowitz last night said he had never seen the Duke act inappropriately

Andrew has said that during the time he spent with Epstein he did not witness any suspicious behaviour but the suggestion that he may have stayed at the mansion at the same time as a recruiter will further fuel demands for the Duke to co-operate with the FBI. 

Earlier this month, US Attorney Geoffrey Berman claimed the Duke had ‘completely shut the door’ on the investigation. 

Miss Roberts, now 36 and going by her married surname Giuffre, claims she was coerced into having sex with Andrew at Maxwell’s London home in March 2001. In 2016, Edwards quizzed Miss Roberts’s ex-boyfriend Tony Figueroa, who supported her allegation. 

‘Tony even remembered Virginia calling him when Ghislaine fixed her up with Prince Andrew in London and explaining over the phone how she did not want to have sex with him, but it was part of what she needed to do to continue their lifestyle,’ Edwards writes. 

The Duke has repeatedly and strenuously denied Miss Roberts’s claims. Last November he told Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis in an interview: ‘I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever.’ 

The book charts for the first time the scale of the alleged involvement of Ghislaine Maxwell, one of Andrew’s closest friends, in Epstein’s offending. Both Epstein and Maxwell were invited by the Prince to Windsor Castle to help celebrate his daughter Beatrice’s 18th birthday in 2006. 

Incredibly, a year earlier, police in Florida discovered that Epstein was abusing three girls a day at his property in Palm Beach and had identified 23 underage victims. According to the book, Maxwell kept the names of girls who were being abused by Epstein on her computer. 

New York visit: Prince Andrew waves to a mystery brunette from Epstein’s Manhattan home in 2010. The book raises fresh questions about Andrew’s contro­versial stay at Epstein’s mansion

Edwards writes how ‘Epstein had an unquenchable appetite for young girls, and Ghislaine had a knack for finding them.’ 

The pair had started a relationship in the early 1990s. Epstein’s former housekeeper Juan Alessi told Edwards that Maxwell ordered staff at the Palm Beach mansion to treat the billionaire like royalty and never look him in the eye. As soon as Maxwell moved in, female ‘masseuses’ began visiting ‘who did not look professional and appeared too young’, Mr Alessi claimed. 

As well as grooming Miss Roberts, Maxwell allegedly recruited Epstein’s earliest known victim in 1994, a 13-year-old talented singer who Edwards calls ‘Kat’. 

‘As part of their grooming process, Ghislaine and Jeffrey would talk about sex with her frequently,’ Edwards writes. 

‘By the time Kat was 14, Epstein was regularly molesting her and Maxwell was continuing to remind her of all Epstein was doing for her career. When Kat was 17 years old, Jeffrey Epstein forcibly raped her, taking her virginity.’ 

Another victim, Maria Farmer, who claims she was groped by Epstein and Maxwell in 1996, told the author how ‘sometimes she would be riding in Ghislaine’s chauffeured car when Ghislaine saw a girl, stopped the car, got out and lured her to Jeffrey.’ 

The Duke of York with Emily Maitlis, who interviewed him for a BBC Newsnight special. Prince Andrew has repeatedly and strenuously denied Miss Roberts’s claims 

Edwards adds: ‘Other times, when Maria and Ghislaine would walk through Central Park, Ghislaine would approach a girl minding her business on a park bench and, within minutes, convince her to give up her phone number.’ 

It is claimed that after Maria complained to the FBI about being assaulted, she was telephoned by Maxwell, who allegedly warned: ‘If you report us to the police again, I will have you killed.’

Last week, it emerged that Maxwell is seeking cash from Epstein’s £550million estate to pay off her legal fees – a move that prompted anger from the victims. 

Edwards last night demanded that Prince Andrew agree to be interviewed as part of legal action that five of his clients are taking against Epstein’s vast estate. 

Meanwhile, Gloria Allred, a US lawyer representing several other victims, said: ‘Unless he agrees to speak to the FBI and provides truthful answers to their questions, the victims and law enforcement will continue to pursue him. I can assure him that no amount of legal armour or Palace guards will shield him from his attempts to thwart justice and the truth.’ 

A spokeswoman for the Duke of York declined to comment.

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US Navy hospital ship heads to New York Harbor as state coronavirus cases jump

President Trump is dispatching a Navy hospital ship to New York Harbor, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday — as the number of coronavirus cases in the Empire State leaped to 2,382 with 20 dead.

The feds will be lending a hand by sending the USNS Comfort, a 1,000-bed US Navy hospital ship to help combat the expected shortage of beds the city and state face.

The US Army Corps of Engineers is also now in the state to help, Cuomo said.

The Big Apple now has 1,339 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus, including 695 new diagnoses, he said.

The governor said 549 of the positive cases in the state, or 23 percent, are hospitalized.

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US sports not immune to coronavirus ‘new normal’

The next step arrived just past 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, not long after Rudy Gobert, a center for the Jazz, was reportedly found to have tested positive for COVID-19. There, in 36 words of carefully crafted black and white, came the news from the NBA league office.

“The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice. The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”

And now, officially, everything is on the table for American sport, which has spent the past few days trying to figure out what’s appropriate in a time of global concern.

Mostly, there had been a batch of half-measures: The NCAA announced Wednesday, for instance, that its upcoming basketball championship will be conducted exclusively in front of TV lenses, and not fans (including the East Region, scheduled to be played in two weeks at Madison Square Garden).

Already the Nets-Warriors game, originally scheduled for Thursday night at San Francisco’s Chase Center, had been declared a fan-free zone in accordance with that city’s ban on large crowd gatherings in an effort to combat COVID-19. The Ivy League had gone a step farther, unanimously canceling all spring sports one day after eliminating its basketball tournaments.

Every hour, it seemed, brought similar reactions. The Atlantic 10 Tournament opened at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center with fans in attendance for two preliminary games Wednesday; beginning today, those games will go on without spectators. One by one, almost every other conference followed suit.

And then the NBA shut its doors.

And suddenly, that recalibrates our definition of “new normal.”

And now we have to wonder: What else is coming? Can the NCAA really conduct its billion-dollar showcase event, in essence, in remote TV studios, honoring its broadcast commitments while barring the door on its fans, an exercise that would surely come across as base and cynical, to say nothing of being potentially reckless?

What about The Masters? President Trump’s 30-day European travel ban will either wreak havoc with the field at Augusta National or force foreign golfers to scramble to get here by Friday.

And what of Major League Baseball? We are two weeks away from Opening Day, and it feels like there are any number of possibilities about how the pandemic will affect the Pastime. There is talk of keeping games in Florida and Arizona. There is talk of shifting games to cities so far unaffected by COVID-19. Neither option seems terribly wise.

There is, of course the last option before the nuclear option, which would be to follow the NCAA’s lead and play games inside empty stadiums. I’ve experienced that one before, and it was a surreal experience that, we may find, might quickly become the norm.

This was April 29, 2015, a glorious spring afternoon in Baltimore, a bright sun filling an impossibly blue sky, and even well past it 20th birthday, there was still no better place on earth to spend a day than Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the civic jewel hard by the Inner Harbor, next door to where Babe Ruth’s old man once tended bar.

Baltimore was in the midst of a turbulent week of unrest. Freddie Gray, 25 years old, had died after being injured while in police custody. The city percolated and stewed for a few days. Its public schools were closed. The first two games of the Orioles-White Sox series were preemptively postponed. As tensions eased, the decision was made to play on getaway day, with one provision:

No fans were allowed in. The Orioles won 8-2. The concession stands remained padlocked all day, with no one to buy Natty Bo beer, or Oreo-flavored churros, or Chipper-loaded kettle chips. In the seventh inning came the official attendance — zero. That’s a record that, we thought, would stand forever.

And now, soon, suddenly, everywhere, it might be tied. Regularly.

Thirty-one years ago, the North-Atlantic Conference held its basketball tournament at the Hartford Civic Center, and no fans were allowed in because of a measles outbreak on the campus of Siena — which, ironically, won the tournament. Afterward Siena coach Mike Deane said, “Well, that was something — something I hope none of us ever has to experience ever again.”

Now, everyone will, right up until they play the song on the last Monday night of the season. One Silent Moment.

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US World War II submarine that sank in 1958 is discovered

US World War II submarine that sank during a warfare exercise in 1958 is discovered 11,000 feet below the surface off the coast off Oahu

  • The Stickleback sank on May 28, 1958 during a military exercise near Oahu
  • A rescue team tried to pull it from the seabed but it was too flooded to move
  • Now, experts found the World War II ship 11,000 feet below the surface

Researchers have found the resting place of a World War II submarine wreck 11,000 feet below the surface.

Named the Stickleback, the vessel sank on May 28, 1958 during a military exercise 19 miles off the coast of Barbers Point, Oahu.

It lost power during the drill, which forced it to dart towards the seabed and the crew used emergency power kicks to save it from a watery grave.

The soldiers managed to bring Stickleback  to the surface, but crashed into the destroyer escort USS Silverstein that sealed its fate.

Researchers have found the resting place of a World War II submarine wreck 11,000 feet below the surface. Named the Stickleback, the vessel sank on May 28, 1958 during a military exercise 19 miles off the coast of Barbers Point, Oahu

The Stickleback is 311 feet long, hits 20 knots on the surface and 8 while submerged and is designed with 10 torpedo tubes.

It commissioned on March 29, 1945 for World War II, saw action in the Korean and Cold War and was brought out of retirement on September 9, 1951 to serve as a training ship in San Diego, California.

The submarine was discovered by the Lost 52 Project, which searches for long-lost World War II ships and submarines.

During the drills, Stickleback lost power and began descending to the depths of the sea.

It lost power during the drill, which forced it to dart towards the seabed and the crew used emergency power kicks to save it from a watery grave. The soldiers managed to bring Stickleback to the surface, but crashed into the destroyer escort USS Silverstein that sealed its fate

The submarine was discovered by the Lost 52 Project, which searches for long-lost World War II ships and submarines. Pictured is a scan of the submarine

Emergency buoyancy ballast was added, which rapidly brought the vessel up to the surface and into the destroyer escort.

However, there were no fatalities in the crash.

A rescue team did attempt to bring the craft back to the surface, but its compartments had flooded making the feat impossible – leaving it there to be rediscovered 62 years later.

Last year, the Lost 52 Project discovered the lost war submarine that was sunk by Japanese forces more than 75 years ago.

Approximately 80 servicemen lost their lives in the event. The U.S.S. Grayback SS-208, hailed as one of the most successful American submarines of World War II, was patrolling the South Pacific and South China Sea when it mysteriously disappeared in February 1944.

The submarine left Pearl Harbor on January 28, 1944 for its 10th combat mission and failed to return to a nearby naval base in March. The Grayback torpedoed numerous enemy vessels, rescued downed American aviators, and sank more than a dozen Japanese ships during the war, according to the New York Times.

80 servicemen died when the Grayback sank after an attack by Japanese forces

The Stickleback is 311 feet long, hits 20 knots on the surface and 8 while submerged and is designed with 10 torpedo tubes

The Navy listed the submarine, which ranked as the 20th most successful sub in WWII, as missing and presumed lost.

After the war the Navy used Japanese military records to piece together the history of its lost subs. According to the 1949 record, the Navy believed the Grayback sunk in open ocean 100 miles east-southeast of Okinawa.

However, the sub was never found.

A breakthrough in the mystery came last year thanks to the findings of amateur Japanese researcher Yutaka Iwasaki and a discovery expedition led by Tim Taylor of the Lost 52 Project.

He found that the Navy had been replying on a flawed translation of the Japanese war records that got one digit wrong in the latitude and longitude of the Grayback’s last position.

He discovered Grayback had been hit 100 miles from the approximate location the Navy had listed.

 

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US Virgin Islands clears way for Jeffrey Epstein victims’ fund

The US Virgin Islands attorney general plans to stand aside and allow a Jeffrey Epstein victims compensation fund to proceed, according to new court papers.

AG Denise George says her office has reached an agreement with victims to release liens she put on the dead pedophile’s assets in January, so that they can be paid through a victim compensation fund.

“The Attorney General intends to permit the release of Estate assets to allow for just compensation of victims of Mr. Epstein through the administration of the Fund assuming that certain enhancements to the claims program are implemented,” Assistant AG Carol Thomas-Jacobs wrote in papers filed Tuesday in Virgin Islands Superior Court.

Last month, a lawyer on the estate blamed George for impeding the process of paying out the women who claim they were sexually assaulted or raped by the 66-year-old multi-millionaire financier — often when they were underage.

Over two-dozen women have filed sexual-assault lawsuits against Epstein’s estate seeking damages.

George’s office says before the fund can start paying out, certain measures need to be implemented “to ensure fairness to all victims.”

George asked a judge to hold off on ruling on the compensation fund until Monday so that negotiations can be finalized.

Epstein left behind a $634 million fortune when he hanged himself in a Lower Manhattan lockup as he was awaiting trial on federal charges of sex trafficking.

Lawyers for the estate did not immediately return a request for comment.

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