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Jorge L. Ortiz


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Recent articles by Jorge:

It's a bird! It's a dinosaur! No, apparently it's a lizard, as study authors issue retraction

Researchers thought they discovered the world’s smallest dinosaur, a bird-like creature less than the size of a hummingbird. But they were wrong. → Read More

Coronavirus updates: A double-whammy of hurricane season and case surge in Texas, Hawaii; no Yankee Stadium pitch for Trump

Texas and Hawaii are coming to grips with two simultaneous natural disasters: Incoming storms and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

Coronavirus updates: US deaths surpass 150,000; AG Barr tests negative; Pelosi mandates masks on House floor

The U.S. was approaching 150,000 coronavirus deaths; drug to treat severe COVID fails. Here's your latest news. → Read More

Coronavirus updates: Wisconsin is 34th state to require masks; Florida pair arrested for violating quarantine; SEC to play only league games

While new cases in the U.S. are trending down, Florida deaths are surging. Latest COVID-19 news. → Read More

Coronavirus updates: Florida sets record for deaths in a day; COVID killing a Texan every 6 minutes, 16 seconds; Marlins' season paused

U.S. death toll nears 150,000 as several states set fatality records. Marlins' season on hold. Latest COVID-19 news. → Read More

'A dangerous environment': As churches reopen, outbreaks are sprouting and some are keeping doors shut

Houses of worship are struggling to balance safety with needs of their congregation. Some have been linked to coronavirus outbreaks since reopening. → Read More

US hits 3M coronavirus cases – about a quarter of the world's total. What number will spark societal changes to slow exponential rise?

As the USA hits the grim milestone of 3 million coronavirus cases, there is little agreement on the need to slow reopenings to curb the spread. → Read More

Fired Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe charged with felony murder in shooting death of Rayshard Brooks

Ex-Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe has been charged with felony murder and aggravated assault in the killing of Rayshard Brooks. → Read More

PG&E pleads guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter for 2018 Northern California fire

The nation's biggest utility acknowledged its neglected equipment set off the fire that destroyed most of the Northern California town of Paradise. → Read More

'Lawful but awful': Atlanta police had better options than using lethal force in Rayshard Brooks shooting, experts say

The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office on Sunday said Rayshard Brooks died of two gunshot wounds to his back, ruling his death as a homicide. → Read More

'The major stumbling block': Powerful police unions stand in the way of structural reform, experts say

Demonstrators across the country demanding justice for George Floyd might be wise to aim their wrath at a rare target: police unions. → Read More

George Floyd live updates: Burial is Tuesday; poll shows strong support for protests; Army to consider renaming forts

George Floyd's funeral will be held Tuesday in Houston. U.S. Army considers renaming Confederate forts. Latest George Floyd updates. → Read More

Thousands flocking to George Floyd memorial service to remember a 'gentle giant man'

Thursday's memorial for George Floyd is the first of four to honor the man whose death has sparked protests across the US over racial inequalities. → Read More

The next 100 days: How the coronavirus will continue to change your life at home, at work, at school and beyond

In a little over 100 days, the coronavirus killed 100,000 Americans. What awaits the country over the next 100 days in the COVID-19 battle? → Read More

'Almost all the kids are treatable': What parents should know about new COVID-related inflammatory disease

Parents already overwhelmed by the challenges of raising kids amid a global pandemic now have something else to worry about: a mysterious inflammatory disease. → Read More

Coronavirus live updates: Pence back in White House, at a distance; US closes in on 10 million tests; New York plans reopening

Mike Pence is back at work in the White House. US about to hit 10 million tests. New York plans for reopening. Monday's coronavirus news. → Read More

Coronavirus live updates: WH reportedly shelved CDC reopening plans; Trump staff to be tested daily; lockdown of seniors?

The White House reportedly shelved the CDC's reopening plan. MIT study says a targeted lockdown of seniors would work best. Thursday's news. → Read More

When will US reach 100,000 deaths? After a horrific April, grim milestone could hit in May

After the U.S. suffered nearly 60,000 deaths because of the coronavirus in April, the prospect looms of reaching the grim milestone of 100,000. → Read More

'They're playing Russian roulette': As states reopen amid coronavirus, experts warn of risks

The states' loosening of restrictions to try to get their economies restarted may result in a start-and-stop process if COVID-19 cases pile up again. → Read More

Coronavirus live updates: U.S. reaches 'plateau,' nears 1 million cases; GOP governor calls out Trump; last patient leaves hospital in Wuhan

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. was closing in on 1 million, but new cases appear to have reached a plateau. Sunday's updates. → Read More