Pope hails health care workers as heroes for COVID service

Eufemia Didonato

Feb. 20, 2022Updated: Feb. 20, 2022 8:48 a.m. 1of5Pope Francis delivers the Angelus noon prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Feb. 20, 2022.Gregorio Borgia/APShow MoreShow Less 2of5Pope Francis delivers the Angelus noon prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican, […]

Knitting during COVID pandemic is soothing, but why?

Eufemia Didonato

Half of getting through the pandemic seems to entail keeping busy. Since the arrival of the virus that shall not be named, I’ve periodically “rediscovered” old interests. I gorged myself on crime novels, joined a weekly “Seinfeld” watching group, spent a month on the coast of Massachusetts, tried to find […]

Former NFL player returns to St. Louis to open COVID testing lab

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“I bring a championship mentality to anything I am involved in,” Super Bowl champ Sylvester Williams said of his new venture: Quantum Laboratory. BRIDGETON, Mo. — Inside a Bridgeton office building, a renovated dentist’s office now houses Missouri’s only Black-owned testing lab: Quantum Laboratory. It’s an $800,000 facility with former […]

Madison County IL resolution on COVID vaccine mandates

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Edwardsville The Madison County Board delayed voting on a nonbinding resolution denouncing vaccine mandates, mandatory testing, terminations and exclusions related to COVID-19 on Wednesday night. Chairman Kurt Prenzler says he favors the resolution, but pushed to postpone a vote, saying it was a matter better suited for the Madison County […]

Hospital fire deepens Iraq’s COVID crisis

BAGHDAD (AP) — No beds, medicines running low and hospital wards prone to fire — Iraq’s doctors say they are losing the battle against the coronavirus. And they say that was true even before a devastating blaze killed scores of people in a COVID-19 isolation unit this week. Infections in […]

Wealthy Latin Americans seek COVID shots in US

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CLOSE Alaska, which has been hard hit by a lack of tourism during the pandemic, is using the state’s excess of vaccines to lure tourists to the northernmost state. (April 16) AP Domestic MONTERREY, Mexico — They travel thousands of miles by plane from Latin America to the U.S., in […]