Gov. Cuomo Threatens To Sue Rhode Island For Keeping New Yorkers Out

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he will sue Rhode Island if the state does not retract its new decision to search door-to-door to find New Yorkers, as well as pull over any vehicle with New York plates.

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“If they uphold that policy, I’m going to sue Rhode Island,” he told CNN Saturday. “That clearly is unconstitutional. I understand the goal, and I could set up my borders and say ‘I’m not letting anyone in until they take a test to see whether or not they have the virus,’ but there’s a point of absurdity. I think what Rhode Island did is at that point of absurdity, and again, it’s not even legal.”

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo has issued new measures that instruct law enforcement to stop anyone with a New York license plate and collect information about them. The National Guard is stationed at Amtrak and bus stations to do the same. The National Guard will also be going door-to-door to find anyone who has been to New York recently and will enforce a 14-day quarantine.

“I think what they did is wrong, it was reactionary. I think it was illegal but we’ll work it out amicably, I’m sure,” Cuomo said. “ No state should be using police to prohibit interstate travel in any way.”


“Contagion” Stars Film “Virtual Reunion” PSA’s For Coronavirus

The cast of Contagion has come together for a “virtual reunion,” as a favor to Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health to film PSA’s about preventing the spread of the Coronavirus.

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“A few years ago a bunch of us did this movie called Contagion which we’ve noticed is creeping its way back up on the charts on iTunes for obvious reasons, given what we’re all living through right now,” Damon says in his PSA spot.

“I’m here to talk to you about social distancing, something we’ve been hearing a lot about on TV, I think, the last couple weeks. In the movie, I played a guy who was immune to the hypothetical virus that was spreading around the world. And so a couple of things to start: That was a movie. This is real life. I have no reason to believe that I am immune to COVID-19.”

“Wash your hands like your life depends on it,” Winslet implores in her PSA video. “Because right now, in particular, it just might.”

Laurence Fishburne adds, “If we can slow this thing down, it will give our doctors and our nurses in our hospitals a fighting chance to help us all get through this thing together.”

Contagion released in 2011 but has seen a sharp spike in popularity as the plot resembles the outbreak of the Coronavirus.


The Office Writers Tried To Break Up Jim & Pam For Final Season

The Office almost finished with a very different ending for Jim and Pam. As explained in Andy Green’s new book, The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000sa lot of people behind the scenes wanted to end the show with the couple breaking up in the final season.

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John Krasinski (Jim) was actually a big fan of the darker ending: “My whole pitch to Greg was that we’ve done so much with Jim and Pam, and now, after marriage and kids, there was a bit of a lull there, I think, for them about what they wanted to do… For me it was, ‘Can you have this perfect relationship go through a split and keep it the same?’ which of course you can’t. And I said to Greg, ‘It would be really interesting to see how that split will affect two people that you know so well.’”

Writer Brent Forrester confirmed what Krasinki says, adding, “Greg really wanted to do something extremely risky and high-stakes, which was the documentary airs and we see what effect it has had on these characters. And there was going to be a reunion episode where you see that Jim and Pam have split up by this time, and they will have their reunion in the reunion episode.”

After a scene where Brian saves Pam from an assault, beginning a possible bad ending for Jim and Pam, audience reaction was so negative, the show had to make drastic edits and change directions.

“People just absolutely did not like that,” Writer Owen Ellickson said. “They were bothered that there might be some triangle that Pam and Jim would be involved in and even more insulted that we thought they might believe that. That’s how it felt to me. Greg absolutely turned on a dime after that and we pivoted away, I think pretty skillfully given how quickly we had to do that.”


Donald Trump Seeks Advice From Alex Rodriquez On Coronavirus: Report

Donald Trump contacted former-Yankee Alex Rodriquez, earlier this week, regarding the Coronavirus response, according to ABC’s John Santucci and John Santucci.

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“During marathon day of meetings earlier this week, President Trump continued outreach across the country regarding coronavirus & phoned former Yankees baseball player Alex Rodriguez,” ABC senior editorial producer John Santucci tweeted Friday. “Multiple sources tell ABC, the president spoke to ARod from the Oval Office.

“A source close to Rodriguez told @ABC the call with Trump was ‘pleasant’ adding that Trump was seeking thoughts from ARod about the coronavirus response. Sources say there was no discussion of AROD or his fiancé Jennifer Lopez taking on any official effort,” he continued.

Trump responded, “More Fake News!”

Trump has been critical of ARod in the past. He once tweeted, “The @Yankees should immediately stop paying A-Rod—he signed his contract without telling them he was a druggie.”

While Trump originally downplayed the seriousness of the Coronavirus, he’s now begun taking action to combat it. Saturday, Trump announced that he is considering a quarantine on New York, New Jersey and parts of Connecticut. New York has the highest rates of coronavirus cases across the country.


Deadly NYC Subway Fire Leaves One Dead, 17 Injured

One passenger is dead and over a dozen more are injured, following a subway fire in New York City on a northbound 2 train. The New York Police Department is currently investigating the incident.

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The fire began at 3:15 AM Friday. The train was ablaze as it pulled into the station at West 110th Street and Lenox Avenue. Authorities expect foul play as evidence at the scene points to the fire being intentionally set. Authorities suspect the hypothetical arsonist to be involved in two separate fires at subway stations from earlier that morning.

17 people, five of whom are firefighters, were injured. 36-year-old train operator Garrett Goble has been pronounced dead. 

“Absolutely heartbroken to share the news that one of our New York City Transit family members passed away as a result of an incident this morning,” Interim New York City Transit president Sarah Feinberg told CBS Local. “We are devastated by this. This is a hard moment for New York City Transit. A devastating incident. Our hearts and prayers are with our families, with our workforce, and with the family of and loved ones of our family member who has passed away… This is another horrific moment for our family.”

The MTA has announced a $50,000 reward for anyone with information that leads to an arrest.