5 things to know on Wednesday

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Passover traditions change as the coronavirus spreads

Despite stay orders and social distancing guidelines, American Jews will still celebrate Passover, one of the most important holidays of the year. Pesach, as it is called in Hebrew, is observed from sunset from Wednesday to April 16. The traditional Passover seder (or ceremonial dinner) includes the consumption of symbolic foods and the recitation of the biblical story of the Exodus, when God freed the enslaved Jews more than 3,000 years ago. The coronavirus pandemic, with its public health mandates against rallies, has prompted synagogues and families to change their celebration of Passover this year. Some will use video chat and replace some of the hardest to find foods.

Census Bureau will start sending paper forms to those who have not responded

If you have not yet completed your 2020 enrollment form, the federal government will try another way to contact you. As of Wednesday, the US Census Bureau is sending paper forms to 65.6 million households whose residents have not yet responded to the questionnaire once in a decade. About a month ago, most American residents started receiving notices allowing them to respond online or by phone. The suspension by the Office of Field Operations between mid-March and mid-April due to the coronavirus pandemic could affect response rates. Census day was last week and was the last effort by community leaders to get people to complete the population survey. .

This is the end of ‘Modern Family’

ABC ‘Modern Family’ ends its remarkable 11-season season Wednesday night after 250 episodes, big odds and 22 Emmy Awards, including five in a row for Best Comedy Series. The show, which follows the multi-generational Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker mixed clan, bids farewell to a one hour final series (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 sounds revolutionary today and it’s a good thing, a sign of how much we’ve grown. Ed O’Neill, who plays Patriarch Jay, says “Family” has come at the right time. “Like every successful show, I still think it has to be timing, what the country wants to see at some point. “

What are they going to talk about? Howard Stern goes head to head with Tom Brady

Six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady is set to make his first appearance on “The Howard Stern Show” on Wednesday where many NFL fans are hoping that the future Hall of Fame quarterback will open on his shocking departure from the New England Patriots. Another subject that may arise is that of Ivanka Trump, the eldest daughter of President Donald Trump. There had been a buzz “people in high places” were once interested in fixing 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 had Jared Kushner,” he added. Brady signed with the Buccaneers in March after spending the past 20 years with the New England Patriots. The scheduled interview will be widely available, with SiriusXM currently free until May 15 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Can emergency stimulus audit support millions of Americans?

Almost a third of American adults who plan to receive a stimulus check say there will not be enough money to maintain their financial well-being for a month, according to a new report released Wednesday. About 80% say getting a check would be very important (50%) or somewhat important (30%) to their short-term financial situation, according to the study by Bankrate.com. The report, which interviewed 1,465 adults, including 994 who plan to receive a stimulus check under the CARES law, found that half of those surveyed think they would use the payment to help pay monthly bills such as rent, mortgage or utilities. stimulus checks could reach $ 1,200 per person, $ 2,400 for married couples who declare taxes jointly, and $ 500 per dependent child.

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