Headlines edition

Thursday headlines: The king of coconuts

More than three million people in the US are estimated to be contagious with the coronavirus. Over 250,000 people have died. And yet little changes. / The Washington Post

More than 900 Mayo Clinic staff have contracted COVID-19 in the past two weeks. New York City shuts down its schools. / The Pioneer Press, The New York Times

Overwhelmed hospitals are converting chapels, cafeterias, waiting rooms, hallways, and parking garages into patient treatment areas. / The Associated Press

Related: The case for postponing Thanksgiving. / The Los Angeles Times

Making the case for prosecuting Trump: "Healing" our government after his term may mean something fundamentally different. / The New York Times Magazine

A White House official says their goal is to set so many fires that it will be hard for the Biden administration to put them all out. / CNN

The Trump campaign is paying for a recount in Wisconsin, but only in areas with large black populations. / BuzzFeed News

A basketball tournament—hosted by a healthcare company—chose the most virus-ridden county in South Dakota to play. / The Wall Street Journal

The NBA draft took place. Interestingly, an NBA record-tying 136 undrafted players appeared in at least one game in the 2019-20 season. / ESPN, The Ringer

Chris Nikic is the first competitor with Down syndrome to complete an Ironman triathlon. / The New York Times

See also: “The Last Children of Down Syndrome.” / The Atlantic

Judging by Japan, the only fitness trend you may need is a bit more walking. / Kokumura

The world’s most expensive cities are Hong Kong, Zurich, and Paris. Singapore fell off the list due to foreign workers fleeing Covid-19. / BBC News

In publishing news, Simon & Schuster had a ton of best sellers this year. Why so much quiet about the fact that it's up for sale? / Vanity Fair

Charles Yu wins the National Book Award for fiction. / CNN

An interactive tour of the public libraries that helped shape the genius of Octavia E. Butler. / The Los Angeles Times

A climate journalist interviews a climate denialist over the screed he paid $25,000 to run in the Washington Post. / Heated

Timelapse videos show how much our houseplants are moving throughout the day. / Moss and Fog

Did you know there is a king of the coconuts? Meet thambili, the heart of Sri Lankan cuisine. / Vittles

A tour of Indian cheeses that are in danger of disappearing, like kalari, chhurpi, and churu. / Scroll.in

“Old world” versus “new world” in the wine industry is a false separation. It also helps support a lot of racist thinking. / Punch Drunk