Disneyland reopened to California residents on April 30 after a 13-month closure.
What We Know:
- Guests that entered Disneyland and neighboring Disney California Adventure were greeted by new rules and attributes. Some of these included hand sanitizing stations and signs that reminded people to keep their masks on at all times. Alongside this, travelers learned they may only take off their masks when eating in designated areas. Furthermore, to limit crowding, Disneyland has suspended fireworks and parades.
- Despite these adjustments, visitors were grateful and ecstatic to be at the world-famous theme park once more. Rides such as Snow White’s Enchanted Wish had long, socially distanced lines to view the updates made throughout the 412-day shutdown. Tourists captured selfies around different locations in the park to commemorate re-entering the esteemed California location. Additionally, special moments such as proposals, first-time visits, and more took place on April 30.
- The Happiest Place on Earth’s reopening “highlights a big shift” for California. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, a large number of cases came from California. In December, hospitals began running out of ICU beds and started treating ill patients in outdoor tents. California also had recorded hundreds of deaths daily around that time.
- Recently, the impact on the state declined drastically. At the end of April, California held the country’s lowest rate of coronavirus infections. This shift has inspired Governor Gavin Newsom to reinstate in-person classes and permit shops and restaurants to expand their business. Newsom announced that he aims to further reopen the economy by June 15.
- Although theme parks were the last businesses to resume work, officials believe it will boost the economy. According to the Associated Press, Disneyland is a “major economic engine” in the state. Carissa Baker, Assistant Professor of Theme Park and Attraction Management at the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management says Disney’s California parks have a more loyal local fan base than Florida’s Walt Disney World. The theme park drew 19 million guests in attendance in 2019, and the travel industry believes it may be able to generate more revenue due to the “pent-up demand” of California’s 40 million residents.
Disneyland Resort is currently operating at 25% capacity under state health rules. To enter the theme parks, residents and fully vaccinated tourists must make a reservation first. Disneyland’s reopening is a symbol of returning to normalcy and the next phase of the pandemic.
Former NFL Champ Nate Burleson joins CBS Mornings
Former NFL player Nate Burleson has officially made his hosting debut on the newly branded morning talk show, CBS Mornings.
What We Know:
- It was announced earlier this month that Burleson would replace Anthony Mason. Previously Mason joined Gayle King and Tony Doukoupil as host of the former CBS This Morning. The show was rebranded in tandem to the relocation of their set to Times Square and Burleson joining the cast.
- Since 2017, former NFL player Burleson has been the host of Good Morning Football on the NFL Network and has served as an analyst on The NFL Today on CBS. Burleson will continue his role on The NFL Today.
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- Burleson is the second former NFL player to join a network morning TV show, with Michael Strahan playing a major role as a co-host on ABC‘s Good Morning America.
Burleson credits Michael Strahan as the ‘blueprint’ for his career path, explaining, “He’s one of those individuals that I took a liking to once I retired because he rewrote the blueprint. I don’t want to say that he is the blueprint, because there has been plenty of players that have transitioned out of the game into TV. There have been African American men and women before him that have done the same thing, but he is a guy that has shown me the lay of the land, especially being a transplant from the West Coast to now New York.”
Classes canceled at Howard University as US Government investigates ransomware cyberattack
Howard University officials along with leading cyber experts are trying to assess what has been compromised in an active ransomware, cyberattack on the HBCU campus. Officials have deemed the attack criminal.
What We Know:
- Monday, the university issued a statement to faculty and students that “the service disruption was caused by a ransomware cyberattack against the university.”
- Classes have been canceled for Tuesday and Wednesday. Students have been notified that online and hybrid classes will remain canceled and only essential staff will be allowed on campus. All in-person undergraduate, graduate, professional, and clinical experiential courses will resume as scheduled on Wednesday.
- A ransomware attack can be triggered by simple, everyday activity. Opening a unintended link inside of can lead to a cyberattack. Computer, tablet and phone users are encouraged to change their passwords and security questions regularly.
Howard University is home to several notable high profile Black alumni such as Chadwick Boseman and Phylicia Rashad.
Polo G Reportedly Arrested in Los Angeles on Concealed Weapon Charge
Polo G was arrested on in Los Angeles on Monday, TMZ reports.
What We Know:
According to the outlet, Polo G was arrested after police allegedly found a concealed firearm on the Hall of Fame rapper, which TMZ points out is a felony. The supposed discovery of the firearm occurred when a vehicle Polo G was a passenger in was stopped.
It’s currently unclear why the vehicle was pulled over in the first place but it was reported that a male juvenile was also detained during the stop.
Polo was similarly arrested while he was in Miami for his Hall of Fame album release party. The arrest, which took place back in June, resulted in the rapper getting hit with charges of of battery on a police officer, resisting arrest with violence, and criminal mischief. The rapper was also a passenger in a vehicle at the time of that arrest.