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Trump’s order on police reform

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP (White House photo).

President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order aimed at addressing some of the controversies over police conduct.

According to the Associated Press, the order will ban the use of chokeholds unless the officer’s life is at risk and will create a national database of law enforcement personnel fired for misconduct.

He praised police in general and said “Reducing crime and raising standards are not opposite goals.”

Some of the measures in the order have been advocated by the Democratic leadership in the House of Representatives and by both parties in the Senate.

Hope arises with steroid treatment

A commonly-used and inexpensive steroid is showing promise as a treatment for people seriously ill with coronavirus.

A study of 6,000 people in England showed that dexamethasone reduced deaths by 35 percent when the patients were on breathing machines and 20 percent for those only needing oxygen as a supplement to their respiration.

While the drug does not appear to help those with lesser symptoms, the price and availability of the drug are raising hopes for further treatment of the pandemic.

Coronavirus cases pass 8 million

The total confirmed worldwide coronavirus cases passed the 8 million mark on Tuesday. The count by Johns Hopkins University showed 8,155,266 by Tuesday evening.

The nations with the most cases reported are the United States with 2,137,707, followed by Brazil (923,189), Russia (544,7250), India (343,091) and the United Kingdom/Great Britain (299,600).

Global deaths are now at 441,505, with the U.S. the leader with 116, 962. Brazil is next with 45,241, followed by the U.K. with 42,054, Italy (34,405) and France (29,550).

Stock prices back on an upward path

Your mutual fund just made you a bit richer today. All three major stock indexes, had meaningful jumps. The Dow was up 526.82 points (2.04 percent) and the S&P 500 rose by 58.15 (1.9 percent). Tech-heavy Nasdaq closed with a rise of 169.84 (1.75 percent).

Weather: Clouds, clouds and more clouds

The weather is getting pretty monotonous for the West Orange County. Clouds in the morning all the way through Sunday, with some clearing in the afternoons. Highs will gradually climb from the low to the high 70s.

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