Two studies have some good news and bad news for potential coronavirus treatments

A pair of new coronavirus treatment reports are offering new insights into experimental drugs being tried to treat Covid-19.

The first provides grounds for cautious optimism about Gilead Sciences’ experimental drug remdesivir, while the second raises questions about the safety of hydroxychloroquine, the drug President Donald Trump has recklessly hyped as a potential remedy to coronavirus.

Here’s what the studies found, and what they can tell us about prospective treatments for the deadly disease.


Biotech company Gilead Sciences published an analysis in the New England Journal of Medicine on Friday tracking the responses of 53 patients with severe cases …

Mayor de Blasio and Gov. Cuomo clash over reopening NYC schools

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Saturday that the city’s public schools would remain shut for the rest of the academic year, a decision that was widely expected given the scale of the coronavirus crisis in New York City.

“Lord knows, having to tell you that we cannot bring our schools back for the remainder of this school year is painful,” de Blasio said at a press conference Saturday. “But I can also tell you, it’s the right thing to do.”

But this is New York, so before anything happens, the mayor and the governor …

The US is now the country with the most confirmed coronavirus deaths

The death toll in the United States from the novel coronavirus has surpassed 20,000 meaning the country has overtaken Italy for the highest number of confirmed fatalities from the pandemic.

This grim milestone was expected, as the US recorded more than 2,000 deaths in a single day Friday. It was the highest number of deaths any country has recorded in 24 hours since the start of the outbreak.

The global number of confirmed coronavirus cases is now greater than 1.7 million, and the number of deaths around the world topped 100,000 on April 10, according to data from Johns Hopkins

Thousands of Wisconsin ballots could be thrown out because they don’t have a postmark

Thousands, perhaps even tens of thousands, of Wisconsin voters may have their ballots tossed out for the most arbitrary of reasons: because the post office either did not place a postmark on their absentee ballot when it was mailed in, or because that postmark doesn’t have a date.

The reason why stretches back to a surprising decision that the Supreme Court handed down the night before Wisconsin’s Tuesday primary election. That case, which was appropriately named Republican National Committee v. Democratic National Committee, was brought by Republicans seeking to make it harder for many absentee voters to have …

10 great mobile games to play solo, with friends, or both

Boredom (and anxiety) both have a knack for making people stare at their phones and other screens. If you’re tired of scrolling through Instagram or getting antsy looking at Twitter, might I suggest passing time with a mobile game? They’re an interactive and fun way to embrace and accept smartphones and tablets as a persistent part of life, especially now, when many other activities and distractions are off-limits. Plenty of mobile games are fulfilling, artistic, cooperative, and intelligent. Plus, most of them are simple yet clever enough to be enjoyed by players of all skill levels.

Finding a fun mobile …