Heads-up: A Chinese rocket that might be out of control is hurtling back to Earth. What you should know.

A section of a large Chinese rocket is falling back to Earth and is expected to hit sometime Saturday. Where will it land?

A section of a large Chinese rocket is falling back to Earth and is expected to crash sometime Saturday. It could strike an inhabited area, experts warn.

Where it will hit “cannot be pinpointed until within hours of its reentry,” the Pentagon said in a statement this week.

U.S. officials are watching the rocket’s trajectory. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin is “aware and he knows the space command is tracking, literally tracking this rocket debris,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said.

Here’s what you should know:

Did China launch a rocket?

Yes. The Long March 5B rocket carrying China’s Tianhe space station core module lifted off from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in southern China’s Hainan province April 29. Known as the Heavenly Harmony, the space station will be China’s first to host astronauts long-term.

China plans 10 more launches to carry additional parts of the space station into orbit.

Is the Chinese rocket falling to Earth?

Yes, and “it’s potentially not good,” Jonathan McDowell, an astrophysicist at the Astrophysics Center at Harvard University, told the Guardian.

Usually discarded core rockets, or first-stage rockets, plunge to the sea soon after liftoff and don’t go into orbit like this one did.

China’s space agency has yet to say whether the core stage of the huge rocket is being controlled.

No one knows for sure. McDowell told CNN that pinpointing where debris could be headed is almost impossible because of the speed the rocket is traveling – even slight changes in circumstance drastically change the trajectory.

The debris will be dragged toward Earth by increasing collisions with molecules in the Earth’s atmosphere, Space News said.

One group has made a prediction, however: The nonprofit Aerospace Corp. expects the debris to hit the Pacific Ocean near the equator after passing over eastern U.S. cities. Its orbit covers a swath of the planet from New Zealand to Newfoundland.
How big is the Chinese rocket that’s falling to Earth?

It’s roughly 100 feet long and and would be among the biggest pieces of space debris to fall to Earth.

“It’s almost the body of the rocket, as I understand it, almost intact, coming down,” Kirby said.

The newspaper Global Times, published by the Chinese Communist Party, said that the stage’s “thin-skinned” aluminum alloy exterior will easily burn up in the atmosphere and that the risk to people on the surface is extremely remote.
Has a rocket fallen to Earth before?

Yes. Last year, part of a Chinese rocket, one of the largest pieces of uncontrolled space debris ever, passed directly over Los Angeles and Central Park in New York City before landing in the Atlantic Ocean, CNN said.

The 18-ton rocket that fell last May was the heaviest debris to fall uncontrolled since the Soviet space station Salyut 7 in 1991.

China’s first space station, Tiangong-1, crashed into the Pacific Ocean in 2016 after Beijing confirmed it had lost control. In 2019, the space agency controlled the demolition of its second station, Tiangong-2, in the atmosphere.


Judge strikes down federal moratorium on evictions; Biden administration says it will appeal

A federal judge has thrown out a national moratorium on evictions enacted last year to help Americans who have fallen behind on their rent during the coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. District Judge Dabney L. Friedrich of the District of Columbia ruled Wednesday the federal government overreached in enacting the ban.

“The court recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious public health crisis that has presented unprecedented challenges for public health officials and the nation as a whole,” Friedrich wrote in a 20-page decision. “The pandemic has triggered difficult policy decisions that have had enormous real-world consequences. The nationwide eviction moratorium is one such decision.”

But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not have the authority under the Public Health Service Act to impose a national moratorium, Friedrich said.

The Justice Department “respectfully disagrees” with the ruling and has filed a notice to appeal, Brian Boynton, acting assistant attorney general for the department’s Civil Division, said in a statement.

“The CDCs eviction moratorium … protects many renters who cannot make their monthly payments due to job loss or health care expenses. Scientific evidence shows that evictions exacerbate the spread of COVID-19, which has already killed more than half a million Americans, and the harm to the public that would result from unchecked evictions cannot be undone,” Boynton said.

The Justice Department has also asked the judge keep the ruling from going into effect until the appeals process is over. In a motion filed late Wednesday, the agency argued that putting the ruling on hold would prevent evictions that could cause COVID-19 to spread.

At the White House, spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the Biden administration is reviewing the ruling.

“We recognize, of course, the importance of the eviction moratorium for Americans who have fallen behind on rent during the pandemic,” she said.

Congress enacted a 120-day eviction moratorium last spring as part of the CARES Act, which provided relief for American families and workers suffering from financial hardship because of COVID. When the moratorium expired, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the CDC, issued a broader eviction moratorium that applied to all rental properties nationwide.


Relmada Therapeutics Announces Poster Presentations at the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting 2021

Relmada Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: RLMD), a late-stage biotechnology company addressing diseases of the central nervous system (CNS), today announced that clinical data related to REL-1017, the company’s lead product candidate, will be presented in two posters at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Annual Meeting 2021, which is being held virtually between May 1 and May 3, 2021.

Details of the poster presentations are below:

Date/Time: May 1, 2021, from 1:00 – 1:30 PM ET
Poster Number: 5181
Title: Rapid and Sustained Antidepressant Effects of REL-1017 (esmethadone) as an Adjunctive Treatment for Major Depressive Disorder: A Phase 2 Trial

Date/Time: May 1, 2021, from 1:00 – 1:30 PM ET
Poster Number: 5198
Title: Effect of Percentage of Life-Years from the Start of Major Depressive Disorder on the Therapeutic Response of REL-1017

The on-demand posters are available for viewing online for the duration of the meeting by registered conference attendees.

About REL-1017

REL-1017, a novel NMDA receptor (NMDAR) channel blocker that preferentially targets hyperactive channels while maintaining physiological glutamatergic neurotransmission, is entering late-stage studies as an adjunctive treatment for MDD in adults. Our clinical program for REL-1017 will evaluate its potential as the first rapid-acting, oral, once-daily antidepressant treatment. In a Phase 2 trial, REL-1017 demonstrated rapid onset and sustained antidepressant effects with statistically significant improvements as compared to placebo. The Phase 2 study also confirmed the favorable safety and tolerability profile of REL-1017 observed in previously completed Phase 1 studies. In April 2017, the FDA granted Fast Track designation for REL-1017 for the adjunctive treatment of major depressive disorder.

About Relmada Therapeutics, Inc.

Relmada Therapeutics is a late-stage biotechnology company addressing diseases of the central nervous system (CNS), with a focus on major depressive disorder (MDD). Our experienced and dedicated team is committed to making a difference in the lives of patients and their families. Relmada’ s lead program, REL-1017, is a novel NMDA receptor (NMDAR) channel blocker that preferentially targets hyperactive channels while maintaining physiological glutamatergic neurotransmission. REL-1017 has entered late-stage development as an adjunctive treatment for MDD in adults.

Forward-Looking Statements

The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a safe harbor for forward-looking statements made by us or on our behalf. This press release contains statements which constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including but not limited to statements regarding the expected use of the proceeds from the offering. Any statement that is not historical in nature is a forward-looking statement and may be identified by the use of words and phrases such as “expects,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “will,” “will likely result,” “will continue,” “plans to,” “potential,” “promising,” and similar expressions. These statements are based on management’s current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements, including the risk factors described under the heading “Risk Factors” set forth in the Company’s reports filed with the SEC from time to time. No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed, and actual results may differ materially from those projected. Relmada undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. Readers are cautioned that it is not possible to predict or identify all the risks, uncertainties and other factors that may affect future results and that the risks described herein should not be a complete list.

Investor Contact:
Tim McCarthy
LifeSci Advisors


‘Manifest,’ ‘The Rookie,’ ‘For Life’: Vote for your favorites in USA TODAY’s Save Our Shows poll

It’s time to save your favorite show.USA TODAY’s 24th annual Save Our Shows poll asks you to pick your favorites among 25 endangered sitcoms and dramas fighting for survival on the major broadcast networks. Don’t worry: Fan favorites like “Grey’s Anatomy” and “This Is Us” are safe, even if a contract or two needs signing.

But this year’s list of series hovering “on the bubble” between renewal and cancellation includes a long-running comedy (“The Goldbergs”), a cult favorite (“Manifest”), newer entries ranging from Dwayne Johnson’s “Young Rock” to “All Rise” and last year’s winner, “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist,” which won extraordinary support from a record 67% of 2020 respondents – and a second season. For some shows, it’s simply too soon to tell how they’ll perform: NBC’s “Law & Order: Organized Crime” and CBS’ “United States of Al” premiered only last week.
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Also among this year’s crop: ABC’s “For Life,” a drama based on the true story of Isaac Wright Jr., a wrongfully convicted Black man who became a jailhouse lawyer to help himself and others. “It’s a relevant show that needs to be seen,” says series star Nicholas Pinnock, who hopes for a third season. “There’s more to the story; we’re not finished yet.” (But not for CBS’ “MacGyver” remake, canceled after the poll was published; the drama will end its five-season run on April 30.)

Which will stay and which will go? You can have your say, for a limited time, before the networks make their own calls ahead of their 2021-2022 schedule announcements in mid-May.

Save Our Shows 2021: Vote now to save ‘Young Rock,’ ‘Call Me Kat,’ ‘For Life,’ more(1:24)
USA TODAY TV Editor Gary Levin explains this year’s Save Our Shows poll. Plus, Nicholas Pinnock explains why ABC’s “For Life” should get your vote.
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‘He was family’: Fans, friends gather to remember rapper DMX at Brooklyn memorial service

Whether it was by foot, train, car — or even by motorcycle or monster truck — fans found a way to pay their respects to rapper DMX.

Amid police barricades outside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, was filled Saturday with public affection and respect for the late DMX, who died April 9 after suffering a heart attack. The roar of motorcycle engines blended with the thumping sounds of the rapper’s hit songs like “What’s My Name,” “Party Up (Up in Here)” and “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem.”

Fans from around the region and even as far as Florida came to support. Self-described “die hard” fan Meia Parker, who showed up in a handmade airbrushed shirt with the rapper sprawled across the front, said in her home DMX “was family.”

“I remember my grandma’s favorite song was ‘Party Up.’ She would blast that song every Friday after she came home after she cashed her check,” Parker said. “That was her song.”

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A giant monster truck with some of DMX’s closest friends hanging out the side windows came barreling behind motorcycle escorts playing “What’s My Name.” The truck doors read: “Long Live DMX.” DMX’s shiny red coffin with platinum handles and Ruff Ryders logos stamped on the front rode on the back of the truck closely fastened to the bed.

“When that red coffin came, I cried,” Parker said. “I was chasing it like a little girl chasing an ice cream truck with her last dollar. Listen, I felt that.”

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Ruff Ryder motorcyclists filled thesunny New York skies with a thick cloud of smoke. They cranked engines, wearing shiny metallic and black helmets, black leather vests and thick boots. The riders participated in a ride out starting in Yonkers, New York, and took their rubber on the highway all the way to the front of the Barclays Center.

As they approached to the venue, they made their presence known, revving up their engines, eventually surrendering to the voice of DMX over the speakers. It was a symphony of graveling growls.

A floral arrangement laid out in the formation of the rapper’s “X” emblem stood on what felt like hallowed ground within the marked-off areas of the arena. Above it, like a halo over the Barclays’ dome, was a photo of DMX with angel wings next to his quote:

The memorial services will be streamed live on DMX’s official YouTube page for the public. The next day BET will host a homegoing celebration, “BET Remembers DMX,” to commemorate the rapper’s life. According to a press release, the event will be broadcast and streamed by BET on Sunday, beginning at 2:30 p.m. EST/11:30 a.m. PST. Following the program, the network will air movies and documentaries featuring DMX to honor him.