Flashpoint: Mask culture in COVID-19 world, Bill Cosby wants out, #FeedingTheFrontLines

April 19, 2020 - 4:00 am
Isaiah Thomas, James Funt, Amy Morin

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio)  This week on Flashpoint: Host and KYW Community Affairs reporter Cherri Gregg asks the burning questions about the impact of the new mandatory masking order that goes into effect in Pennsylvania on April 19. 

Businesses must require all employees and customers to wear masks or facial coverings or deny entry. But what will this do to our culture? Anonymity has an impact on individual behavior. It can lead to more crime and suspicion.  What will be the consequences on individual groups? 

Civil rights Lawyer James Funt of Greenblatt, Pierce, Funt and Flores joins psychotherapist Amy Morin, who has written about the psychology of masking, and Isaiah Thomas, at-large member of Philadelphia City Council.

NORRISTOWN, PA - SEPTEMBER 24: Actor and Comedian Bill Cosby arrives with his spokesman Andrew Wyatt at the Montgomery County Courthouse.
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The newsmakers of the week are all the celebrities seeking release from prison because of the coronavirus crisis. Singer R. Kelly has petitioned the court, and former Trump attorney Michael Cohen just got house arrest because of the coronavirus. 

Experts say coronavirus is ripe for spread behind the wall. 

This week, actor Bill Cosby made headlines when word came out that he did not qualify for the reprieve granted by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's recent executive order prioritizing release of certain low-risk inmates in state prisons. 

His spokesperson, Andrew Wyatt, explains what Cosby is planning to do to get house arrest given the outbreak of COVID-19 in SCI Phoenix, where he is incarcerated.

DJ Rhyno is raising money to provide lunch to health care workers.
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The Patriot Homecare Changemaker of the week is South Jersey DJ Rhyno. Ryan O'Connell launched #FeedtheFrontLines, setting up a GoFundMe page. He takes money raised to provide lunch to healthcare workers.

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