Vanessa Bryant worked closely with the Lakers on planning every facet of the event from handpicking the personal photos in the program, selecting the speakers and the musical performers and the order each would go on. She also worked with the team on the ticket prices, with proceeds from ticket sales going to Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation. The plan initially was to have a 24-foot-by-24-foot stage surrounded by 33,643 red roses, one for every point Bryant scored during his Lakers career, but the circular stage ended up being slightly larger to accommodate the musical performers and there were more roses than originally planned. … [Read more...] about Column: How Staples Center officials hustled to put on Kobe Bryant’s memorial
Could not get permission
The nation’s public health laboratories, exasperated by the malfunctioning tests in the face of a global public health emergency, have taken the unusual step of appealing to the Food and Drug Administration for permission to develop and use their own tests. In Hawaii, authorities are so alarmed about the lack of testing ability that they requested permission from the CDC to use tests from Japan. A medical director at a hospital laboratory in Boston is developing an in-house test, but is frustrated that his laboratory won’t be able to use it without going through an onerous and time-consuming review process, even if demand surges. … [Read more...] about Why Hasn’t the U.S. Done More Coronavirus Tests?