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How 'Social Distance' filmed an entire show in quarantine: 'Like making a student film'

There were just seven months between the day Hilary Weisman Graham came up with the idea for “Social Distance” and the Netflix series’ premiere Thursday.Normally, the process to make a TV show takes years and includes inception, pitching, casting, shooting and editing.“We wanted to get it out before the pandemic is over,” the “Orange is the New Black” writer told the Daily News of the coronavirus era-set show.Turns out, the pandemic isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, but “Social Distance” lives entirely in shutdowns, filmed on FaceTime and Zoom and Nest.Real-life couples and family members wer...

Attacking COVID, not religion: New York City, state have the right approach

The two Brooklyn federal judges who reviewed New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s new temporary COVID restrictions in stretches of that borough and Queens both rightly decided that the rules do not unfairly intrude on religion. The lawsuits seeking to set aside the 10-person cap on worship services, one brought by Orthodox Jews and the other by Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, were properly denied by Judges Kiyo Matsumoto and Eric Komitee.Matsumoto noted, in fact, that Cuomo gave extra latitude to faith, as nonessential gatherings of any size are banned entirely. However, still undefined is what com...

It's the instability, stupid: Trump's erratic term is danger to the Republic

President Donald Trump returned to the Oval Office Wednesday, less than a week after he tested positive for coronavirus. Still presumably infectious, still shedding the deadly pathogen, he simply did not care that he’s exposing more White House staffers. A top economic adviser would not say whether the president has been wearing a mask; this after nearly two dozen staffers have tested positive. Also currently in quarantine: almost the entire Joint Chiefs of Staff.In arguing why Donald Trump must not be reelected, we’ve previously noted why it’s impossible for this administration to either hire...

Trump officials admit diverting 9/11 treatment funds was wrong, but stall returning $4M

WASHINGTON — Top officials in the Trump administration responsible for withholding nearly $4 million from the New York Fire Department’s 9/11 treatment program now say it was “unacceptable” — but still haven’t figured out how to give back money siphoned away from ailing EMTs and firefighters.The money was taken in bits and pieces by the Treasury Department since 2016 to pay down a still-unexplained Medicare debt purportedly owed by the city that has nothing to do with the Fire Department.New York lawmakers have pointed out that federal law gives Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin authority to w...

Trump adviser Stephen Miller tests positive for COVID-19

Stephen Miller, a senior White House adviser responsible for some of President Donald Trump’s most extreme immigration policies, tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, he told the Daily News in a statement.Miller, 35, said he has been working from home since Friday, when Trump shocked the nation by announcing that he and the first lady had tested positive for the respiratory virus that’s killed more than 210,000 Americans.“I have been working remotely and self-isolating, testing negative every day through yesterday. Today, I tested positive for COVID-19 and am in quarantine,” Miller said in ...

Study: LGBTQ people nearly 4 times as likely to be victims of violent crime than non-LGBTQ individuals

Sexual and gender minorities in the U.S. are much more likely to be the victims of violent crimes than those outside those communities, according to a study released Friday by The Williams Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.As a group, LGBTQ people are nearly four times as likely to suffer victimization than their heterosexual, cisgender counterparts, the study suggested.Although previous research has shown that sexual and gender minorities experience higher levels of criminal victimization, there hasn’t been a comprehensive national study to analyze the issue...

Trump administration will not take additional money from FDNY's 9/11 treatment program

WASHINGTON — According to a letter sent to New York lawmakers late Wednesday, the U.S. Treasury Department has agreed to stop siphoning cash away from the Fire Department’s 9/11 treatment program, but it remains unclear when or if the FDNY would get its missing money back.The federal agency began docking payments meant to care for ill firefighters and EMTs back in 2016 in a move that was never explained to the FDNY’s World Trade Center Treatment program.In all, FDNY Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Prezant estimates that $3.7 million that was sent to his program by the National Institute of Occ...

Sophia Loren's first film in 11 years generating serious Oscar buzz

Sophia Loren might have a new man in her life soon — and his name is Oscar. The 86-year-old, silver-screen legend is generating serious awards buzz for her performance in “The Life Ahead," her first major film role in 11 years. The Netflix feature, directed by her son Edoardo Ponti, has Loren playing Madame Rosa, a Holocaust survivor who befriends a Senegalese boy while raising children of prostitutes. Loren's most recent cinematic role was in the 2009 Daniel Day-Lewis musical “Nine." “In my career, I've worked with the biggest studios but I can safely say that none have had the breadth of reach a...

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