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April 23, 2020 GMT

HOME BEER BREWING ON RISE AMID COVID-19

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Something’s definitely brewing. In the wake of the new coronavirus outbreak, many Americans are engaging in an old-school craft to keep their spirits up: making their own beer. With many states implementing stay-at-home orders and many breweries shuttered, homebrewing has spiked. The head of a company that distributes beer and wine making supplies says the suds-making surge will continue as COVID-19 keeps battering the U.S. economy. David Stuart of LD Carlson says with fewer people working, home budgets tighter and folks having more time on their hands, he expects the brew-it-yourself industry will do well.

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EASTER BUNNY THREATENED IN OHIO

MIDDLEBOURNE, Ohio (AP) — Who would have a beef with the Easter Bunny? Police in Ohio say they know someone who might — though it’s unclear why. A few days before Easter, a man was arrested for brandishing a gun and threatening a man dressed as the Easter Bunny. The costumed person was waving at motorists from an interstate highway overpass while wearing the bunny costume. The suspect was arrested and would have been taken into custody at the time. But authorities say because he had an elevated temperature, he wasn’t booked for fear he might have had the coronavirus. No one was hurt in the bunny-threatening incident.

NFL DRAFT BECOMING BET-WORTHY

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — This year’s NFL draft would usually draw lots of attention from pigskin fans. But it will get more attention than usual from punters — and in this case, we don’t mean the players who boot the ball to the other team on fourth down. Because most sports have been idled because of COVID-19, the draft is expected to draw an unusual number of bettors — looking for any sports action they can find in these lean times. American sportsbooks say they expect this year’s draft to be the most bet on-ever, with one saying the industry will rake in $5 million in bets on what players get picked when — and by which teams. The draft runs from today until Saturday.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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