Editors, USA TODAY
Published 3:36 a.m. ET April 8, 2020 | Updated 6:49 a.m. ET April 8, 2020
Trump Passover traditions change as the coronavirus spreads
Despite stay-at-home orders and social distancing guidelines, Jewish Americans will still celebrate Passover, one of the most significant holidays of the year. Pesach, as it’s called in Hebrew, is observed from sundown Wednesday to April 16. The traditional Passover seder (or ceremonial dinner) includes eating symbolic foods and reciting the biblical story of Exodus, when God freed the enslaved Jews more than 3,000 years ago. The coronavirus pandemic, with its public health mandates against gatherings, has spurred synagogues and families to alter their Passover celebration this year. Some will be using video chat and substituting some of the harder-to-find foods.
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Whether you’re personally participating or not, it’s important to understand this significant Jewish holiday. Here are six key facts to help you out.
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Trump Census Bureau to begin sending paper forms to those who haven’t responded
If you haven’t yet filled out your Census form for the 2020 headcount, the federal government is going to try another way to get in touch with you. Starting Wednesday, the U.S. Census Bureau is mailing out paper forms to 65.6 million homes whose residents haven’t yet answered the once-a-decade questionnaire. Most U.S. residents started getting notices about a month ago that they could respond online or by phone. The bureau’s suspension of field operations between mid-March and mid-April due to the coronavirus pandemic may be affecting response rates. Census Day was last week and was the latest effort from community leaders to get people to fill out the population survey. .
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Trump It’s the end for ‘Modern Family’
ABC’s’ Modern Family’ ends its remarkable 11-season run Wednesday night after 250 episodes, big ratings and 22 Emmys, including five in a row for best comedy series. The show, which follows the blended, multigenerational Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan, says goodbye in a one-hour series finale (9 EDT/PDT), preceded by a retrospective (8 EDT/PDT). ‘Modern Family’ was considered revolutionary in 2009 when it included a gay couple, Mitch and Cam, said co-creator Christopher Lloyd. “I don’t think it feels revolutionary today and that’s a good thing, a sign of how much we’ve grown.” Ed O’Neill, who plays patriarch Jay, says “Family” arrived at the right moment. “Like every hit show, I always think it has to be the timing, what the country wants to see at a certain time.”
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Trump What will they talk about? Howard Stern goes one-on-one with Tom Brady
Six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady is scheduled to make his first-ever appearance on “The Howard Stern Show” Wednesday where many NFL fans hope the future Hall of Fame quarterback will open up about his shocking departure from the New England Patriots. Another topic that is likely to come up is Ivanka Trump, the eldest daughter of President Donald Trump. There had been buzz “people in high places” were once interested in fixing up the NFL legend with Trump’s daughter. According to a 2018 New York Times story, Trump joked that he “could have had Tom Brady” as a son-in-law. “Instead, I got Jared Kushner,” he added. Brady signed with the Buccaneers in March after spending the last 20 years with the New England Patriots. The anticipated interview will be widely available, with SiriusXM currently free through May 15 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Trump Can the emergency stimulus check sustain millions of Americans?
Nearly one-third of U.S. adults who anticipate receiving a stimulus check say the money wouldn’t be enough to sustain their financial well-being for one month, according to a new report released Wednesday. Roughly 80% say getting a check would be very important (50%) or somewhat important (30%) to their near-term financial situation, according to Bankrate.com’s study. The report, which surveyed 1,465 adults, including 994 who anticipate receiving a stimulus check as part of the CARES Act, found that half of those surveyed think they would use the payment to help pay monthly bills such as rent, mortgage or utilities.The emergency stimulus checks could be as much as $1,200 per person, $2,400 for married couples filing taxes jointly and $500 per dependent child.
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