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Trump Name Removed from Historic Old Post Office Hotel in D.C. Following Sale

Trump Name Removed from Historic Old Post Office Hotel in D.C. Following Sale

The Trump name was removed from Donald Trump’s former hotel in Washington, D.C., located in the historic Old Post Office Building, after it was sold to CGI Merchant Group, an investment firm.
Once considered the crown jewel of its hotel operation, the luxury property served as a magnet for Trump aides, supporters, and foreign businesses seeking to curry favor during the Trump administration.
The hotel, which sold for $375 million, lost more …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 10: 2 Omicron Subvariants Bypass Immunity, Few New Yorkers Are Returning to Office Towers

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 10: 2 Omicron Subvariants Bypass Immunity, Few New Yorkers Are Returning to Office Towers

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 761st day of the pandemic.
God save the Queen.
On Monday, Queen Elizabeth, who reigns over the United Kingdom and 14 Commonwealth realms, became the third longest reigning monarch in history, surpassing Johann II of Liechtenstein, who ruled for 70 years and 91 days before dying in October 2016.
The 96-year-old has been …

Boeing to Move Headquarters from Chicago to Arlington, Virginia

Boeing to Move Headquarters from Chicago to Arlington, Virginia

Boeing said that it will relocate  its headquarters, currently in Chicago, to Arlington, Virginia.
The move “makes strategic sense … given its proximity to our customers and stakeholders,” said Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun in a statement.
An Arlington location would place Boeing near federal government decision-makers in Washington, D.C.
The planemaker moved its headquarters from Seattle to Chicago in 2001 after an unusually public search that also considered Dallas and Denver.  Boeing has …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 3: We Haven’t Seen the Worst of the Pandemic Says Bill Gates, VP Harris Returns to the White House

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 3: We Haven’t Seen the Worst of the Pandemic Says Bill Gates, VP Harris Returns to the White House

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 754th day of the pandemic.
I don’t wish to be in the habit of making dire predictions but, unfortunately, in covering the pandemic on a non-stop daily basis since January 2020, I’ve become a doomsayer at times, hoping to be proven wrong.
Apparently, I’m in good company.
Bill Gates believes it’s quite possible …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – April 24: In Beijing, the Situation is ‘Grim,’ Tony Award Nominations Delayed Due to Covid

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – April 24: In Beijing, the Situation is ‘Grim,’ Tony Award Nominations Delayed Due to Covid

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 745th day of the pandemic.
If you have symptoms similar to a cold or the flu, including a sore throat, nasal congestion, aches and pains, and a cough or fever, it’s possible that it’s SARS-CoV-2.  People start to feel unwell within two to three days following exposure and anyone with these …

Trump Hotel in Historic D.C. Post Office Building to Be Sold and Reflagged as a Waldorf Astoria

Trump Hotel in Historic D.C. Post Office Building to Be Sold and Reflagged as a Waldorf Astoria

 
The Trump Organization is slated to close on a deal to sell the lease to the crown jewel of its hotel operation, the luxury property located in the historic Old Post Office Building in Washington, D.C., for $375 million by the end of the month.
The new owners, CGI Merchant Group, an investment firm, will reflag the property, in partnership with Hilton Worldwide, as a Waldorf Astoria.
This is not the Trump …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – April 11: Is Covid Surging in the U.S., More Infections Reported from D.C. Superspreader

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – April 11: Is Covid Surging in the U.S., More Infections Reported from D.C. Superspreader

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 762nd day of the pandemic.
The numbers of new coronavirus cases is slowly increasing but the reality could be – or is likely – far worse.  The latest surge comes as testing efforts across the nation are waning.
Testing – and later, viral sequencing – were critical to the country’s response to …