WASHINGTON (AP) — A friend and donor to President Donald Trump who the president had said was in a coma and seriously ill after becoming infected with the coronavirus has died.

Stanley I. Chera's death Saturday was reported by The Real Deal, which covers the New York real estate industry. Chera was in his late 70s.

A White House official has confirmed Chera's identity and ties to the president. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to share details about Trump's personal friendships.

Trump had spoken at recent White House briefings about a friend who had fallen ill with the virus.

Trump first spoke about his friend on March 29 as he described the “viciousness” of the disease.

“I had a friend who went to a hospital the other day. He’s a little older, and he’s heavy, but he’s (a) tough person,” Trump said.

“The speed and the viciousness, especially if it gets the right person, it’s horrible. It’s really horrible,” he said.

The president, who is 73, alluded a day later to having “friends” who were ill.


O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Charlene Gulliford at the Gandy Dancer never figured there would come a day when the Michigan restaurant known for its steaks and seafood would sell toilet paper and cartons of eggs. But the coronavirus has restaurants in survival mode.

The popular restaurant in Ann Arbor now doubles as a grocery store, offering staples such milk and bread in addition to meats and fish from its own pantry — and yes, even paper towels and TP. Sales began two weeks ago and the Gandy Dancer has found an income source to make up for some of its lost dine-in business, while also filling a need since traditional grocers are struggling to keep up with demand.

The idea is catching on nationwide. Stay-at-home and social distancing orders meant to slow the spread of COVID-19 have put restaurant dining on hold, forcing many to close and leaving others barely surviving. From large chains to mom-and-pop eateries, restaurants are increasingly turning to grocery sales.


MIAMI (AP) — An internal investigation has been launched into why an African American doctor known for testing the homeless for the coronavirus was handcuffed outside his home by a police sergeant.

Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina said in a video posted to social media Saturday that his agency doesn't condone or accept profiling of any kind. The chief made his remarks after video surfaced of Dr. Armen Henderson being handcuffed Friday outside his Miami home.

Henderson, who works for the University of Miami Health System, was unloading items from a van when the sergeant pulled up in his squad car, exchanged words with Henderson and then handcuffed him. A home security camera captured the encounter.

Henderson told the Miami Herald the officer released him from the handcuffs and went on his way after the doctor screamed for his wife, who came outside with identification.

The officer told him he was patrolling the area after receiving complaints of people dumping tra


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A family member said thousands of people attended a virtual memorial service over the weekend for Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean and her son, Gideon, extended members of the Kennedy family who died after their canoe overturned in the Chesapeake Bay.

The memorial Saturday was conducted over Zoom due to social distancing requirements amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Baltimore Sun reports family members read poems, sang songs, prayed and shared memories. The paper also reports singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge performed.

McKean, 40, was the daughter of former Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and David Lee Townsend. She was also the granddaughter of the late U.S. Attorney General and U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and grandniece of the late President John F. Kennedy.

Authorities found the bodies of the mother and son last week after a search that lasted days.


MIAMI (AP) — Arne Wilhelmsen, a founder of Royal Caribbean Cruises who helped shape the modern cruise industry, has died. He was 90.

The Miami-based company said in a statement that Wilhelmsen died Saturday in Palma, Spain. No cause of death was given.

As a member of the company's board for three decades, Wilhelmsen saw the potential for the cruise industry to become one of the fastest growing segments of the vacation industry. He helped shift the hub of the industry to warm-weather places like South Florida, instead of transportation centers like New York.

He also believed in building bigger and more efficient ships. Royal Caribbean now has 61 ships, including some of the largest cruise liners in the world.