Mexico’s Grupo Modelo said on Thursday it will temporarily stop brewing Corona beer and other brands exported to 180 countries after its business activities were declared non-essential under a government order aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus.
-- Adriana Barrera, Reuters
Gayle Murphy and her boyfriend, Chris Murray, spent the past year dreaming about rafting through the Grand Canyon. For most, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The 24-day adventure took them down the scenic Colorado River -- away from cell service, internet and far from the outside world.
-- Kyle Iboshi, KGW
Just as with wine, some beers get better with age. Time can cause the boozy heat of a high-gravity beer to mellow, allowing the flavors that booziness once masked to come to the forefront.
-- Matt Koesters, Cincinnati Enquirer
The inquiry, which is still in its early stages and being done in coordination with the Securities and Exchange Commission, has so far included outreach from the FBI to at least one lawmaker, Sen. Richard Burr, seeking information about the trades, according to one of the sources.
-- David Shortell, Evan Perez, Jeremy Herb and Kara Scannell, CNN
Just a week after Portland’s first Spanish flu diagnosis, the Oregon State Board of Health ordered all public gathering places to shut down statewide. Parades were canceled. Churches suspended services. Restaurants sat empty. Dance halls silent. And suddenly, 36,000 Portland students had nowhere to go.
-- Ian McCluskey, Oregon Public Broadcasting
On March 26th, the TSA recorded that it screened only 203,858 passengers. On the same day a year ago, the TSA screened 2,487,162 passengers. That is a decline of over 90%. Furthermore, it represents the fewest number of passengers that the TSA has screened in the last ten years according to TSA Public Affairs spokesperson, Lisa Farbstein.
-- Jay Singh, Simple Flying
I just canceled my last two flights for later in April, this week. I do not believe that air travel is going to come roaring back and, very possibly, it may never again approach the volumes seen in 2019. Business is going to be tight for the foreseeable future, and business is going to finally get more comfortable with remote technology, because they are being forced to. It remains to be seen if and when people get over their fear of being crammed together in close spaces.
PORTLAND, Ore. – Oregon Metro, the government agency that oversees the tri-county Portland metropolitan area, says it will need to lay off 40% of its employees amid the coronavirus outbreak.
-- KATU 2
Sweden has become an international outlier in its response to the deadly coronavirus outbreak by keeping schools open and adopting few other restrictions, as the Scandinavian nation embarks on what one health expert called a "huge experiment".
-- Richard Milne, Financial Times
Founder Gary Fish, who started the downtown Bend brewery and pub in 1988, on Wednesday told The Oregonian/OregonLive that with all of its tasting rooms and pubs closed, Deschutes was forced to let a majority of its employees go.
-- Andre Meunier, Oregonian