Awkwafina’s ‘Nora From Queens’ Helped BD Wong Embrace His Inner Hunk

Awkwafina’s ‘Nora From Queens’ Helped BD Wong Embrace His Inner Hunk

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BD Wong and I had almost finished discussing his role as Awkwafina’s father on Comedy Central’s Nora From Queens, which aired its season finale on Wednesday, when our conversation took a bit of a turn. I’d just asked what, if anything, the actor might be looking forward to doing in Season 2. “This is late-breaking news,” he replied. “I’ve decided to—and I’m committing to this now that I’m telling you—be able to give them the option of taking my shirt off.”

I’m listening.

“I’ve never done that before,” Wong continued. “Well, I have done that before, but it was a long time ago. And I’ve never done it before on my own terms.”

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Fauci: ‘The Virus Makes the Timeline’ on Lifting Coronavirus Restrictions

Top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci seemingly pushed back Wednesday night against President Donald Trump’s desire to quickly end coronavirus restrictions and reopen the economy, noting that “the virus makes the timeline.”

Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House coronavirus task force, appeared on CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time to discuss the growing pandemic and the administration’s efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19. 

Anchor Chris Cuomo at one point noted that there’s currently “two different points of pressure” from opposing directions: those who want to bring social distancing to an end and open the country back up and others arguing that we need to maintain restrictions much longer because mitigation isn’t close to complete.

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Wedding Ring Purchase Is Latest Twist in Doomsday Couple’s Saga

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The timeline in the doomsday couple case just got even more intriguing with a report that the ring Lori Vallow wore after her wedding to Chad Daybell was purchased more than two weeks before Daybell’s previous wife died.

And East Idaho News reports that the computer used to order the malachite-and-silver band on Oct. 2 was also used to search for wedding dresses the very next day.

Vallow, a doomsday-obsessed widow, and Daybell, the author of a series of apocalypse novels, tied the knot in Hawaii in nearly November and then returned to Idaho.

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Fox News Host Martha MacCallum Nails Kellyanne Conway for Rewriting Trump’s Coronavirus History

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White House counselor Kellyanne Conway was trashing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday night when Fox News host Martha MacCallum hit her with a rude awakening. 

Conway accused the mayor of “lying to America” when he said he’s “been on top of” the coronavirus crisis from the beginning, pointing to tweets in which he encouraged New Yorkers to go out despite early warnings to the contrary from medical experts as well as his decision to visit his gym “one last time” as the state was being quarantined. 

“I think it shows you the contrast in leadership when you have feckless leaders,” Conway said, referring to de Blasio, “or when you have a president, who’s publicly facing every single day, giving people information engagement they need.”

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Inside the Hell that is Getting Out of Peru

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When many think of Peru, Machu Picchu usually comes to mind, with its emerald slopes, stone walls, and astronomically aligned Temple of the Sun. It’s a place where travelers seek enlightenment and an escape from the chaos of life. When a pandemic like COVID-19 breaks out and borders close, however, lives are suddenly turned upside down. 

In conversation after conversation with The Daily Beast, Americans remaining in Peru tell stories of being stranded with no definite way home, struggling to find shelter, suffering physical assault, and facing a shortage of necessary medications.  

Peru has 416 cases of COVID-19 and (as of publication) seven deaths. This is partly due to an immediate and strict quarantine emergency order issued March 16 by President Martin Vizcarra, with borders being closed the following day. That brought all travel to a halt, limiting movement outside of homes to getting necessary supplies, with a strong military presence enforcing that order. 

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Look Good on Zoom and Stay Comfortable At Home With These Picks

Working from home outfits are tricky, some might say, even trickier than office wear. You want something that’s comfortable but not too comfortable. No matter what it is, it needs to be something you change out of. It can’t just be whatever you wore to sleep (although, in my opinion, it can be somewhat close to what you wore to sleep). But then, Zoom came into the mix, and I’ve been video chatting a lot more with my colleagues, and I’m guessing you have too. My dad, for one, just discovered that you can change the background on Zoom to whatever you want (he likes Hawaii). But just because you’re working from home (or Hawaii), doesn’t mean you can look unprofessional. To help skirt the delicate line of comfortable but not too comfortable, we’ve picked some of our WFH essentials that you should add to your repertoire. 

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Governors Like Cuomo Must Save Us From Trump’s Coronavirus Madness

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Every morning around 11 a.m., I feel momentarily better. That man who appears on my television screen is calm; measured; blunt where he needs to be; full of factual updates.

Not that it’s good news he’s peddling. Tuesday morning, as I write these words, he announced that “we have some new facts… changes in circumstances that are not encouraging.” The rate of increase has sped up. That means, he explained clearly, more seriously sick people, which means more hospital beds are needed, and medical staff and equipment and protective gear, and that the apex is coming sooner than we thought—in 14 days, “so if the ventilators aren’t there when needed, it’s no good.” Only the federal government can provide those, from an existing stockpile.

That’s all horrible news, but all delivered in a way we would expect a leader to speak—it’s just a shame that that man is not the president. It’s Andrew Cuomo. However you feel about the pre-virus Andrew, he’s been what we’ve needed during this crisis. He has behaved the way a president ought to behave. And hardly a syllable of his presentations is about himself.

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Improve the Small Moments With a Functional and Stylish Travel Kit You’ll Actually Enjoy Using

Toiletry bags are so easy to neglect. We come in contact with them very specifically and significantly when we travel or when we commute (especially for those of us balancing gyms and offices). And yet, the pain of a plain or less-than toiletry bag or dopp kit is so quick we might forget we meant to upgrade them by the time we get to work or leave the hotel room. So in that spirit, I bring to you some of the bestselling and top-rated travel kits I’ve come across or used. This summer, travel with a toiletries kit that’s worth its mettle — and yours.

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Source: Prince Charles ‘Has a Bad Cough’ as He Battles the Coronavirus

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Prince Charles “has a bad cough” but is “generally feeling OK”, as he battles the coronavirus, a source with knowledge of the Prince’s condition has told The Daily Beast.

The source added that Charles’ family “are not very worried” about the prospect that he may become seriously ill following the revelation Wednesday that the heir to the throne has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

While the Prince’s press officers declined to comment further on his health, in a previous statement they said: “He has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual.”

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Military Prepares 60-Day Coronavirus Ban on Troops Coming Home From the Mideast

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The novel coronavirus outbreak has prompted the U.S. military to consider ordering troops scheduled to return home from the Middle East to stay where they are for the next 60 days, two sources tell The Daily Beast. 

A draft of the forthcoming order, described to The Daily Beast, instructs U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), which is in charge of U.S. military operations in the Mideast, to exempt servicemembers returning from Afghanistan. They can transit through Kuwait for a maximum of 72 hours before returning home. One source familiar with the order cautioned that the order is not in its final form but expected it to take effect soon. 

It is not clear if such an exception also holds for servicemembers scheduled to leave Iraq. With training missions for the Iraqi Security Forces paused during the COVID-19 outbreak, commanders anticipate sending about 200 U.S. trainers back home. 

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