- If you are an essential worker, over 65 years of age or under 65 but have a high risk medical condition, the DuPage County Health Department asks that you fill out this survey to receive weekly updates on when a vaccine appointment will be available.
- Public health departments in Chicago and its collar counties have released varying degrees of surveys and registration tools.
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- Yet “Land” is more than a travelogue or popular history or geographic exploration — it is a political work, a chronicle of human efforts to possess, restrict, exploit and improve our lands, all while, ideally, not destroying them.
- Spend some time with Simon Winchester, and you will sail oceans, survive earthquakes, peer into volcanoes, pore over maps, mine the origins of language and measure the immeasurable world.
- — Wisconsin is launching a mobile coronavirus vaccination program next week to be operated by the Wisconsin National Guard and health officials, Gov. Tony Evers announced Friday.
- They will be staffed by members of the National Guard as well as pharmacy and nursing student volunteers through a partnership with the University of Wisconsin System.
- What they saw was that people who had this novel variant were more likely to infect their contacts, and that increase was about 30% to 40% .
- What researchers have seen is that one of the mutations found on both the U.K. and South Africa variants doesn’t seem to have any effect on how our immune system sees the virus, so that’s good news.
Former gubernatorial candidate Loren Culp drops election fraud lawsuit after Washington state threatens legal sanctions+
Former GOP gubernatorial candidate Loren Culp has dropped his lawsuit against the state in his failed bid this past fall to become governor of Washington state. He'd claimed the secretary of state had committed fraud in counting votes. State attorneys called the claim "frivolous.'' […]Read more >
- MLK Celebration: Free Day —Monday, Jan. 18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Two Mississippi Museums (222 North St.)
- In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, the historical museums offer free admission to both the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and the Museum of Mississippi History.
Imagine not having high-speed internet at home.
That may be hard to do for people who live in towns like Wilton, Niskayuna, Clifton Park, Guilderland and Bethlehem.
But in some towns in rural Washington and Warren counties, as well as far-flung parts of Albany County, the majority of households lack decent internet service, a new study by the Center for Economic Growth found.
The news isn't all that bad.[…]Read more >
- A Colorado travel company will pay nearly $665,000 in refunds to several hundred Minnesota music students after their trip to Europe was canceled last spring due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Some 344 students in Minnesota signed up for an "Ambassadors of Music" tour to Europe last summer arranged by Voyageurs International of Wheat Ridge, Colo.
- WASHINGTON ( NewsNation Now ) — With just days to go until President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, Washington, D.C., is stepping up security, with thousands of National Guard troops standing by to protect the presidential swearing-in.
- President Trump told his supporters to avoid violence in the days ahead: "It must stop."
After learning the federal vaccine reserve is apparently barren and won’t provide a boost of doses to states, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee accused the Trump administration of deception. “Governors were told repeatedly by [the United States Department of Health and Human Services] there was a strategic reserve of vaccines, and this week, the American people […]Read more >
- If you don't have internet or computer access, you can still make appointments, when available, by calling the KCHD Public Information Line a 865-215-5555.
- KCHD said that on Thursday the public information line staff signed up more than 200 qualifying individuals who were without computer/internet access.
- (WJTV) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) published its Record of Decision for the Yazoo Area Pumps Project on Friday, January 15.
- The Record of Decision details USACE’s decisions on the issues discussed in the Final Supplement No. 2 to the 1982 Yazoo Area Pump Project Final Environmental Impact Statement, which was published in the Federal Register in December 2020.
- “Tell the State Preservation Board where they can stick their mask,” yelled the thirty-year-old Austin activist, who said she plans to sue the board and the Texas Department of Public Safety for barring her from the Capitol.
- Representative Joe Deshotel told the Texas Tribune, which first reported the story, that he tested positive for COVID on Thursday after three days on the House floor.
- Trump had already announced that he would not be attending Biden’s inauguration, a break with tradition.
- President Trump will leave Washington next Wednesday morning, just before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.
- Author Joe Starita (left), who wrote "I Am a Man" and Judi gaiashkibos, executive director of Nebraska's Indian Affairs, pose before the unveiling of a statue of Ponca Chief Standing Bear in Statuary Hall in 2019.
- Judi gaiashkibos, executive director of Nebraska's Indian Affairs, and Steve Laravie Jr., a great-great-great-great-grandson of Standing Bear, pose after the unveiling of a statue of Ponca Chief Standing Bear in Statuary Hall in 2019.
- More than 250 authors, editors, agents, professors and others in the American literary community signed an open letter this week opposing any publisher that signs book deals with President Donald Trump or members of his administration.
- “We affirm that participation in the administration of Donald Trump must be considered a uniquely mitigating criterion for publishing houses when considering book deals.
- At the end of the day choosing a messaging app is a personal preference and Mitnick says as long as the service uses end-to-end encryption and its policies protect your privacy you should be OK.
- I f you use the popular messaging service WhatsApp you may have noticed a pop-up message in recent days asking you to accept the service’s new terms and conditions by 8 February in order to continue using it.
- “You don’t have to have things figured out, aside from wanting to make a change,” said Holly Whitaker, the author of “Quit Like a Woman: The Radical Choice to Not Drink in a Culture Obsessed with Alcohol” and creator of an online A.U.D. recovery program called Tempest .
- When we go to work every day during non-pandemic times and don’t have an inordinate amount of stress, it’s fairly easy” to limit drinking to Friday nights, said James G.
- Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago is also offering coronavirus vaccines to veterans 65 and older, or those in high-risk health categories.
- Hines VA in Maywood and Jesse Brown VA in Chicago are offering shots to veterans over 65.
- The mayor explained that as the demand for vaccines outstrips the supply, adequate testing is important for early detection of the virus to save lives.
- At the event, Lumumba introduced a mobile laboratory company, LABLINQ, as a partner with the City to offer COVID-19 testing across Jackson, with results obtained in less than 24 hours.
- Downtown apartment managers are extending rent specials, reducing parking costs and offering other incentives to get tenants in the door—and lock those already there into new leases—as they try to stave off a pandemic-related slowdown in the multifamily market.
- “We’re kind of trying to give downtown a shot in the arm,” said Tony Knoble, president of TWG Development, which owns The Whit and the 333 Penn apartments downtown, along with several other properties in the city.
French/Tucson singer Marianne Dissard has released the latest in her cover series, a complete re-working of Ritchie Valens’ “Come On Let's Go!” with a music video to boot. […]Read more >
- MADISON - The state Elections Commission told clerks Friday to mail absentee ballots to nursing homes instead of hand delivering them and assisting residents with voting.
- The commission voted 5-1 to advise clerks to mail ballots to nursing home residents rather than sending special voting deputies.
- So, in January 2021, the Arkansas Times raises a glass to all things boozy with a series we’re calling Drink/Drank/Drunk : our city’s great cocktails and mocktails, the history of temperance in the state, brews to try before you die, a boozy playlist and more.
- That’s why you find distilleries producing bourbon all around the country, including here in Arkansas.
- Here's a daily map of coronavirus cases in Arizona, broken down by county.
- Sign up now to get the most recent coronavirus headlines and other important local and national news sent to your email inbox daily.
Gov. Jared Polis: ‘We Were Lied To,’ Federal Government Doesn’t Have National Reserve Of COVID Vaccine+
- And to make matters worse, two of her dogs died.To counter her feelings of grief on both counts, Alonzo decided to create the nonprofit Obi's Pet Pantry to help people who are having a hard time financially providing for their pets.She keeps it stocked with food, blankets, collars, shampoo and other pet supplies in part with her stimulus money and with the donations the pantry receives."It's available for people in need, no questions asked, and all of the items are free," Alonzo said.
- "Good begets good."Providing help for homeless seniorsStephanie Woods-McKinney, who works for a union pension fund, feels very lucky that she has been able to work from her home in Bronx, New York, throughout the pandemic.She has even managed to save more money as a result.
The 96-acre park in far Northeast San Antonio has long been known for its stunning views of the city. […]Read more >
- In fact, these experts told VICE that without drug test results, it’s impossible to make a definitive statement about whether or not someone is using steroids or other performance enhancing drugs—especially not based on photographic evidence alone.
- He said the people he believes use performance enhancers most often are more likely doing so to maintain permanent leanness, rather than to achieve greater muscle mass—though even he can’t always be sure who’s juicing and who isn’t.
- Two months later, the authority approved vendor contracts for new restaurant offerings, including Sun King and Tinker Coffee, plus Goshen-based Ben’s Soft Pretzels and much-anticipated New York-based Shake Shack.
- Even as the pandemic has dramatically reduced foot traffic at Indianapolis International Airport, the facility’s work to refresh its slate of restaurants and shops is progressing—albeit more slowly than initially expected.
- "Our district leadership is doing whatever it takes to help serve our students and our teachers," the spokesperson said.
- Likewise, those central administration employees who have a direct path to the classroom, and many of which are certified teachers already, have also been asked to serve in a regular capacity as substitutes."
- DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The FBI’s Dallas office is on a “heightened level” of awareness for any possible threats in multiple areas of Texas ahead of the presidential inauguration next week.
- “The FBI Dallas Field Office is currently operating at a heightened level of investigative awareness for any emerging threats to our region between now and the presidential inauguration.
- In 2019, the Director of the Office of Religious affairs, Beatriz Lorena Ríos Cuéllar, an evangelical and former advocate for Christian organizations, dissolved the Templo de las Semillas de Luz Satánico .
- The three-year legal crusade against the Templo raised questions over whether the laws designed to protect religious freedom in Colombia were instead being used to maintain a christian hegemony.
Watervliet City Schools will begin testing at least 10 percent of its on-site students and staff next week, school officials have announced.
The testing will be administered by school nurses on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on a rotating basis starting with the junior and senior high school on Wednesday, Jan. 20 and at Watervliet Elementary School on Friday, Jan. 22.[…]Read more >
- Nashville, TN (TN Tribune)– Meharry Medical Group will offer the COVID-19 vaccine to Nashville residents age 75 and older each Saturday beginning January 16 th .
- The post Meharry Medical Group Begins offering COVID-19 Vaccines to Seniors 75 and older Saturday, Jan. 16th appeared first on The Tennessee Tribune .
- Moreno, 48, must also abstain from alcohol while he awaits trial on his felony fraud case, Cook County Judge William H.
- Former 1st Ward Ald. Proco “Joe” Moreno was granted $5,000 bail Friday, roughly a week after he was sent to Cook County Jail for violating conditions of his bond in a pending felony case.
- Those without internet or computer access can still make appointments, when available, by calling the KCHD Public Information Line (865-215-5555).
- (WATE) -- Additional vaccine appointments announced Friday by Knox County Health Department were filled in less than 20 minutes.
- His approach to planning is simple; using a printed map and a pencil, he allows the streets and city parks to guide his lines and curves.
- Named after the fitness tracking app that has previously helped reveal secret US military bases – and also referred to as GPS art or GPX – your movements are the paint and a city block your brush stroke.
- We ran back up to the main house, had a chat with Bobi Wine, who said this was an example of the intimidation that he has faced during the campaign and increasing intimidation now that the election results are expected.
- Mr Wine told us that he had seen troops - soldiers on the property - that they had come and beat one of his guards up.
- I love the walk to the post office, in headphones, getting lost, feeling very “main character." Anything pop-rock feels “main character,” I think because of any of the coming-of-age movies I’ve seen.
- Most of all, we needed to know: Shamir, how are you so hot?
- But as hospitals and health departments scramble to erect temporary clinics, the big questions are how fast states can roll out the vaccines and how long it will take for people to get protected against a deadly virus and resume their normal lives.
- U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, a former Indiana state health commissioner, said last week that hundreds of thousands of people are getting vaccinated every day across the nation, but the pace of inoculations needs to improve.
The restaurant is inviting guests to don their bell bottoms and platform shoes while professional go-go dancers and disco music set the scene for this month’s themed brunch. Era dishes such as spinach quiche, fried chicken lollipops and cherries jubilee will get a culinary refresh from chef Damien Watel. […]Read more >
- It’s a pity that the most expensive component of the plan — another round of checks to most households regardless of need, adding $1,400 to the $600 already provided in the measure that passed in December — is likely to be its least cost-effective .
- In his speech on Thursday night, President-elect Joe Biden said his new economic-stimulus proposal is only the first installment of a two-stage plan to speed America’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.
- County officials haven't ruled out Southdale Center as a future library location, Geffen said, though its unclear how mall management and Life Time will proceed.
- Updating Southdale Library has been in the county's capital plans for a few years, Geffen said, and the mall location would have provided "the opportunity to be a part of a larger space to draw additional people to the library."
- “We remain committed to the major opportunity ahead of us to make dating healthier and more equitable around the world, not only for women, but for people across the gender spectrum,” Wolfe Herd wrote in a letter accompanying the IPO paperwork.
- (CBSDFW.COM/CNN) — Bumble, the Austin, Texas-based company best known for its female-centered dating app, is getting ready for its big date with Wall Street.
- Now you can think about a key in a lot of different ways, but the better that key fits, the more efficient and transmissible the virus is going to be.
- Menachery: The worry would be: If you’re increasing the viral load, the virus is replicating better and that might cause more severe disease.
- Talking about the need to restore voters’ confidence, Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu said Wisconsin needs to allow work on absentee ballots to begin before Election Day. Wisconsin is one of just a handful of states that ban election workers from starting to process these ballots until then.
- "It takes quite a while on Election Day to load those ballots, which is why we have the 1 a.m. or 3 a.m. ballot dumping in Milwaukee," LeMahieu, R-Oostburg, said Jan. 10, 2021, on WKOW-TV’s Capitol City Sunday .
- Almost a year into pandemic life, and many fleeting food trends later, frog cakes have taken over social media: most of them featuring chubby, smiling buttercream frogs atop colorful and retro-inspired cakes.
- Though she admired the intricate rococo designs by decorators like Lily Vanilli Bakery and briefly gave jelly cakes a try, Ma landed on her current chubby animal style in part because of its simplicity.
New York has administered 74 percent of the state's supply of first doses of COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said on Friday.
The Cuomo administration has been criticized for a bumpy roll out of the program as frustrations mount about lack of access and glitches in setting up appointments. At a Friday briefing in Albany, Cuomo gave the state good marks, but acknowledged there could be improvements.[…]Read more >
- Made by the company Plott, Matt Cultrera said he tested it before showing the doorbell to people at CES.
- The BinaxNOW testing kit gives results in 15 minutes and can display the result on the NAVICA app you can show to someone at work, school, or an airport as proof.
- WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden is scheduled to deliver remarks Friday afternoon about his plan to get COVID-19 vaccines administered to the American public.
- President-elect Biden has set a goal of administering 100 million coronavirus vaccines by the 100th day of his administration.
- • John Vinson, chief executive of the Arkansas Pharmacists Association, said that while there will be enough vaccines available, it may take a few weeks to schedule appointments for everyone eligible to receive the shots.
- Coronavirus coverage pertaining to crucial public health information will be available for all readers.
Verizon is installing fiber-optic cables in the town of Hoosick as part of its agreement with the state to upgrade its high-speed internet network upstate.
The expansion of Verizon's high-speed internet servivce in Hoosick is part of a 2018 agreement with the state Public Service Commission to bring high-speed internet to 14,000 additional upstate homes.[…]Read more >
- Members of the jury will be temperature checked when they arrive and will be required to wear masks at all times in the courthouse, according to a video released by the courts outlining the new safety precautions .
- The Utah court system had previously planned to hold some jury trials with extra safety precautions at the end of last month but called off those plans in light of high positivity rates of COVID-19, the Deseret News reported.
The new crackers offer a bright jalapeño flavor and lingering burn, as well as a hint of onion and garlic, the Express-News reports.
The daily offers a slew of possible applications for the new snack — past the obvious one of crumbled atop chili. Those includeas using the crackers as a vessel for charcuterieor crushed up into meatloaf, meatballs or the breading for a fried schnitzel.
H-E-B Jalapeño Saltines are available at area stores for $1.58 for an 8-ounce package.
So many restaurants, so little time. […]Read more >
- He, Gov. Tim Walz and other officials updated Minnesotans about security concerns following the attack at the U.S. Capitol last week and continued threats to state capitols.
- Federal buildings, along with U.S. District Courthouses in Minnesota, will be temporarily closed because of security threats, according to a Friday statement.
- Wachter said the vaccine rollout would be going better if there was a thoughtful national plan that considered what he called “the last mile problem”.
- Schaffner said the Moderna vaccine is going to local health departments, nursing homes, and smaller community hospitals because it doesn’t have to be kept so cold.
- - The Illinois National Guard has been activated after the FBI's warning about threats to state capitals cities in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration.
- The FBI issued a warning on Monday based on intelligence that said there is the potential for armed protests at all 50 state capitals and in Washington, D.C. in the days leading up to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.
- A hacker archived more than 56 terabytes of data pulled from the far-right social media site and now nearly every video captured in that archive is available on Bittorrent where anyone can download and watch them.
- “These torrents contain video.parler.com public video archives, as they existed,” the projects GitHub explained .
- The person who tested positive for the new strain had traveled to the UK and the Middle East in the two weeks prior to testing positive, according to a contact tracing investigation by the city.
- The person who tested positive for the new strain had traveled to the UK and the Middle East in the two weeks prior to testing positive, officials said.
- After graduating from the University of Virginia, she began working in the tax research division of New York-based public accounting firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers in 1994.
- Since assuming her position, Simmons has been teaching both entrepreneurship courses and accounting, with a focus on venture creation and commercializing new ideas and technologies.
- Eli Lilly and Co. is investing $30 million in a new venture fund for minority-owned, early-stage health care companies as part of its ongoing racial justice efforts.
- The Indianapolis-based drugmaker said Friday that the fund is “well on its way” to raising $100 million, and the company expects traditional investors to follow its lead in helping minority and “historically under-represented” business owners.
The initiative, introduced by Waterloo CEO Jason Shiver, is designed to support small businesses affected by the pandemic, as the Texas economy slowly regains stability. […]Read more >
Polis “shocked we were lied to” following report that promised COVID-19 vaccine stockpile doesn’t exist+
- Colorado Gov. Jared Polis tweeted Friday morning that he was “shocked we were lied to” following a report that a promised increase in COVID-19 vaccine doses won’t be coming because the federal stockpile already had been used up.
- But the Trump administration had stopped holding back doses in December, meaning there was no stockpile to send out when Azar made the announcement, The Washington Post reported Friday .
- “I like to say we’re going to bring the vaccine to people where they, not just bring it to places where we hope that they are and so you know one of the most important things to move us through the economic downturn we have is obviously to get people back to a healthy state, free from contacting Covid-19,” Axne said.
- Congresswoman Cindy Axne of West Des Moines, the only Democrat in Iowa’s congressional delegation, says she’ll “absolutely” vote for the $1.9 trillion pandemic relief plan President-elect Joe Biden unveiled last night.
Indoor dining, bar service could resume sooner under Pritzker’s latest plan; Phase 1b of vaccination to begin Jan. 25+
- Though this strain of the virus (officially called “B.1.1.7”) quickly became known as “the U.K. variant,” it has already been found in 45 countries, suggesting that the opportunity to contain it with travel restrictions has passed.
- There is a plausible mechanism that could allow them to do so elsewhere: Both the U.K. and South African variants share a mutation that manifests as a subtle change in a key site where the virus binds to human cells.
- The positivity rate and cases per 100,000 residents in particular are both critically high and need to drop significantly to make enough progress in the risk score to safely phase students back into the classroom."
- "All district schools will remain in the virtual setting until the COVID-19 risk score drops below 7.
- (WATE) -- A fast food barbecue restaurant in Oak Ridge earned a passing health inspection score but will have a follow-up after critical violations were found.
- The lowest health inspection score this week is recorded at a fast food barbecue restaurant.
- — A study at the University of Tennessee says that pregnant women who get moving for roughly eight minutes longer than daily recommendations from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services may lower their risk of developing gestational diabetes.
- And, there's potential to help the women in their pregnancies and also improve health outcomes for the children later on,” Ehlrich said, adding that if 38 minutes sounds daunting, any amount of physical activity is better than none.
- Security officials from the Department of Public Safety (DPS), the Minnesota National Guard, the Minnesota State Patrol, and St. Paul police will join the governor to give the public an "update on security concerns at the Minnesota Capitol following the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last week and continued threats to state capitols," according to a news release from the governor's office.
- On Thursday DPS said while the State Capitol remains a safe place, state officials are asking residents who aren't working or doing business there to stay home.
- Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Alabama was selected by the Secretary of the Air Force to host U.S. Space Command headquarters based on factors related to mission, infrastructure capacity, community support and cost to the Department of Defense.
- From there, the Department of the Air Force selected six candidate locations and conducted both virtual and on-site visits to assess which would be best suited to host the U.S. Space Command Headquarters based on factors related to mission, infrastructure capacity, community support and costs to the Department of Defense.
- During the same period a year earlier, the credit union was classified as well-capitalized, with a net worth of $718,186 and total assets of $7.6 million.
- “The NCUA placed Indianapolis’ Newspaper Federal Credit Union into conservatorship because of unsafe and unsound practices at the credit union,” the NCUA said in a statement.
- The B.1.1.7 variant, which was first found in the United Kingdom, was discovered in his case through ongoing genetic sequencing of positive COVID-19 samples by the Utah Public Health Laboratory.
- The so-called “UK variant” of COVID-19 — a fast-moving and more contagious version of the coronavirus — has arrived in Utah, the state health department said Friday.
- The Nevada Gaming Control Board has issued a survey to its more than 400 nonrestricted licensees about their employees’ willingness to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.
- “This most recent version of the playbook includes Nevada’s gaming industry as part of the state’s ‘Frontline and Essential Workforce.’ To implement this portion of the playbook most effectively, the board is collecting information regarding the willingness of the industry’s workforce to receive vaccinations,” it says.
- There are two photographs of Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife, Coretta, that paint a vivid picture of their time together in Boston.
- Martin and Coretta met, in fact, on a blind date across town at the New England Conservatory of Music in January 1952, under cold wet midday skies.
- ALBANY – New York has administered 74 percent of the state's supply of first doses of COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Andrew M.
- New York next week will only get 250,000 new doses of vaccine to distribute, Cuomo said.
- Through interviews with former classmates and reviewing archived social media and VICE News has identified Pezzola, now 43, as “Spazzo” a member of the Proud Boys who is wanted by the FBI for his critical role in the breach that occurred on Capitol Hill.
- Now, word is traveling quickly through the alumni community from The Aquinas Institute in a suburb of Rochester, New York, that their former classmate was the wild-eyed man seen smashing the window of the Capitol with a riot shield during the deadly January 6 insurrection.
- A new, more transmissible variant of the virus that causes Covid-19 could sweep the United States in coming weeks and become the dominant strain as soon as March, leading to a new surge of cases through the spring, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Friday.
- Modeling work done by CDC scientists suggests that unless the pace of vaccination of the population increases dramatically and people adhere stringently to Covid-19 control measures, the new variant will spread rapidly.
- Sankey’s question in 2018 was prompted by Exxon breaking with tradition and setting a long-term target to double its earnings and return on capital by 2025.
- It’s important to emphasize that the whistle-blower’s complaint is said to center on assumptions about drilling productivity, which is the sort of thing batted around at every oil and gas company.
A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Videos do not show Capitol rioters on no-fly list who were removed from […]Read more >
- Attention St. Paul restaurateurs looking for some operational support in online ordering, delivery and marketing: a program called the St. Paul Restaurant Resiliency Program is here to help.
- St. Paul has launched Phase 2 of the program, which is a collaboration between the city and nonprofit NCXT, and aims to help restaurants in generating revenue and other support.
- Toward that goal, we gathered a group of women personally affected by abortion or contraception policies who were willing to share their stories, and we asked individual lawmakers to meet with small groups of women to hear their experiences.
- But legislators aren’t hearing much from women and families with personal experiences that were made easier or more difficult depending on the reproductive health policies in effect when they needed them.
- The hottest song in pop music right now, Olivia Rodrigo’s “Drivers License,” is directly tied to Utah — and not just because the accompanying music video was filmed here.
- Rodrigo and Bassett recently wrapped production on Season 2 of “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” which will stream on Disney+ later this year.
- Federal health officials sounded the alarm Friday about a fast spreading, far more contagious variant of the coronavirus that is projected to become the dominant source of infection in the country by March, potentially fueling another wrenching surge of cases and deaths.
- Only 76 cases of the variant have been identified so far in the U.S., but the actual number is believed to be higher and is expected to spiral upward in the next few weeks, officials said.
- Those who already have a vaccination appointment time at the medical center or clinics should keep that time and not come to the walk-in event, officials said.
- The Milwaukee VA Medical Center walk-in clinic will be offering COVID-19 vaccinations Saturday through Monday to veterans 65 and over who are enrolled with the Milwaukee VA or its community clinics in Green Bay, Appleton, Cleveland and Union Grove.
- The Department of Workforce Development announced Friday it would begin issuing $300 federal payments to those receiving unemployment.
- The announcement comes on the heels of weeks of uncertainty as to when the state would be able to implement the payments.
- But the industry has grown into a monster – one which threatens democracy by commercialising the swift spread of controversy and lies for political advantage.
- There are two related issues at stake here: the chilling power afforded to huge US corporations to limit free speech; and the vast sums they make from algorithmically privileging and amplifying deliberate disinformation.
- Amazon’s Dash Smart Shelf is a plastic scale that recognizes when a product is running low and automatically re-orders a replacement.
- Now, Amazon thinks a new gadget will help consumers who may have trouble remembering when they need something and for whom ordering themselves is just too difficult.
Mechanicville has again paid legal fees for denying a Freedom of Information request.
City council Commissioner Barbara McGuire took the city to court after it denied her access to fellow city council Commissioner Anthony Gotti’s text messages. In a settlement agreement between attorneys last fall, she got the text messages. And the city was ordered to pay $9,700 for her attorney.
“The city is playing games,” McGuire said. “(The city) does whatever it likes. It’s like the wild, wild west. But (city officials) aren’t mad at the attorney for denying my request, they are mad at me for winning.”[…]Read more >
- Reface is the latest crazy popular face-swapping app that uses artificial intelligence to take someone’s selfie and place it in photos and videos of famous actors, actresses, singers, and other famous people.
- Reface does reserve the right to use your selfie and the photos and videos you create for marketing and advertising campaigns at no compensation to you.
When will we reach herd immunity? What about vaccines for 65- to 69-year-olds? Q&A with Washington state’s health secretary+
The Seattle Times sat down for a video chat on Wednesday with Dr. Umair Shah, who took over the top post at the Washington state Department of Health last month. Shah came to Washington as cases of COVID-19 crested their peak and during the second week of vaccine administration. The vaccine rollout nationwide and in […]Read more >
Folake Olowofoyeku On CBS’ ‘Bob Hearts Abishola’: ‘I’m Extremely Proud To Be A Part Of This Presentation Of Nigerian Culture’+
- The next two episodes of the series are extremely important to Olowofoyeku and the rest of the cast as Abishola’s husband makes his way from Nigeria to Detroit in order get Abishola and their son Dele back in his life.
- As Abishola tries to figure out whether to stay in Detroit with Bob or go back to Nigeria with her husband, the episodes give life to the many fascinating dynamics of Nigerian culture.
- Stitt's office announced Friday the governor he has activated more than 75 members of the guard to assist local law enforcement should any violent protests break out at the state Capitol or elsewhere.
- Gov. Kevin Stitt has activated the Oklahoma National Guard to protect the state Capitol building as warnings swirl that all 50 state capitals could see armed protests in the coming days.
- Face coverings must be worn inside retail businesses with a maximum capacity at 100 percent as long as strict social distancing is enforced.
- Group gatherings are allowed as long as social distancing measures are followed.
- According to a county spokesperson, the reason for the move is to help clear the downtown Cleveland area should any protests arise.
- Cuyahoga County will send its non-essential workers home early on Friday starting at 1:00 p.m. County buildings will remain open with skeleton crews.
New York graduation rates climbed steadily higher in 2019- 2020, a school year upended by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the most recent data from the state Education Department.
In the Capital Region, 23 high schools saw higher graduation rates in 2019-2020 when graduation requirements were eased because of the health crisis.[…]Read more >
- Meeting as the St. Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority, the St. Paul City Council this week voted to reserve $914,000 in 2021 low-income housing tax credits for the Selby-Wilkins housing development at 180 Milton Ave.
- The tax credits will help the Twin Cities Housing Development Corporation preserve and rehabilitate 45 existing units of affordable housing, including 23 units of federally-backed Section 8 housing.
- Six other Tunisian migrants – not including Azer and Mohammed – who arrived on Lampedusa’s shores in 2020 told VICE World News that they all organised their own journeys to Europe.
- Azer is one of tens of thousands of Tunisian migrants shunning smugglers to organise their own escape from the country on self-provisioned boats, before posting videos of their journey on social media.
How will school closures affect children in the long run? Wars, disease and natural disasters offer clues+
- German children lost around 25% of classes and had earnings dropped by around 5%," Posso told CNN, citing their findings.More recent insights can be drawn from the experience of children whose education was disrupted in the early 1990s by the Bosnian War — with the obvious caveat that life during conflict is very different from life during a peacetime pandemic.Arnesa Buljusmic-Kustura, who was born in Sarajevo, was about four years old when the nearly four-year siege of the city began.
- She had to learn English from scratch but, after a few rocky months, she caught up with her peers, became a "straight-A student" and continued into further education.She relocated to London from Chicago at the end of April 2019 and has since seen the education of her daughter disrupted by both the move and the pandemic.Like many countries in Europe, the UK closed its schools to most children in March.
- With the move into Phase 1B, Jefferson Co. teachers, first responders and residents 70 and older can now make appointments online to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
- Signups for Jefferson Co. residents over the age of 70 to receive the vaccine begin today and the first appointments will be available on Jan. 19.
- “PLEASE SHARE: We need to give out 410+ doses in next 4hours at Brooklyn Army Terminal (by 7pm), taking anyone in community age 18+, walk ins, or earlier than scheduled,” it read, followed by an address and a link to New York City’s official COVID-19 vaccine finder website.
- So when the message spread last night around New York City, late in the afternoon, it was believable that a clinic may have had excess doses that would expire by 7 p.m. that walk-ins could take advantage of.
- The state Department of Health reported 1,640 more coronavirus cases Friday and 33 COVID-19 deaths.
- Minnesota health officials added 68,625 more vaccine doses to the tally they say the federal government has promised the state, but as of Friday few had been shipped.
- But the study’s findings might also suggest that couples with bigger (and cheaper) weddings are more likely to experience what researchers call “the community effect” — the impact of supportive friends and family that help a married couple get through the inevitable peaks and vales of married life.
- As marriage has become a personal and private matter — and now with the potential of self-solemnization — it’s worth noting that marriages are often better positioned to thrive when situated within community life.
- Motorists must exit at Franklin Boulevard (exit 36) and travel westbound I-84 to exit at Northside Boulevard.
- • The I-84 eastbound off ramp at Northside Boulevard (exit 35) will be closed.
- Students in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District remain in a remote learning plan amid ongoing COVID-19 concerns .
- While we must all take precautions to keep our students, their parents, caregivers and our educators safe at this time, the prospects of vaccines becoming available during the month of February gives me hope that we will soon begin the move to hybrid learning for our students and families who choose to return to in-person instruction.”
- Apple, Google, and Amazon’s decision to effectively shut down the social media platform “Parler” has resulted in cries that free speech and the first amendment is under attack by big tech.
- Professor of Communications at Hartford University, Adam Chiara says while many of its users will disagree, the decisions made by Apple, Google, and Amazon are not infringing on the right to free speech and the companies have a right to police their services.
- The IRS says paper checks and debit cards sent out Friday could take up to two weeks to arrive.
- (CBSDFW.COM) – Friday, Jan. 15 is the last day for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to send out your $600 stimulus check.
- “Strong evidence, including Chansley’s own words and actions at the Capitol, supports that the intent of the Capitol rioters was to capture and assassinate elected officials in the United States Government,” prosecutors wrote in their memo urging the judge to keep Chansley behind bars.
- PHOENIX (AP) — The pro-Trump mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol last week aimed to “capture and assassinate elected officials,” federal prosecutors said in court documents.
- In a nationally televised speech, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said he had informed King Willem-Alexander of his decision and pledged that his government would continue work to compensate affected parents as quickly as possible and to battle the coronavirus.
- In a nationally televised speech, Rutte said he had informed King Willem-Alexander of his decision and pledged that his government would continue work to compensate affected parents as quickly as possible and to battle the coronavirus.
- The county is now one of the few in the state to tighten restrictions on it’s own volition and move to Level Red, or severe risk, on the COVID health dial starting Sunday.
- Pitkin County Manager Joe Peacock told CBS4 this move is necessary.
- Trump aides have reportedly floated the idea of quitting before Congress can officially impeach Trump again, but the president shot it down, saying he couldn’t depend on Vice President Mike Pence to grant him a pardon, according to CNN .
- President Gerald Ford, Nixon’s vice president, pardoned his predecessor in September 1974, two months after Nixon left office to avoid an impeachment vote.
Public Employees Federation President Wayne Pence on Friday filed a lawsuit against New York for its failure to provide adequate paid sick leave for state employees who have had to quarantine or isolate beyond the 14 days allotted to them.
"The lawsuit asserts that state employers have irrationally and improperly deprived our members of their guaranteed right to paid quarantine leave during the COVID-19 pandemic," he said, standing in front of the closed steps to the state Capitol in Albany.[…]Read more >
- As a lowly representative from Indiana, he talked privately with former Vice President Dan Quayle about how best to position himself for a White House bid, gaming out whether he should run as a member of Congress or as Indiana governor.
- Reviewing the changes, Pence would take his Sharpie and add Trump’s name back in, a former Trump-administration official told me.
- Read why she thinks the deal "actually leaves the Scottish industry in a worse position" .
- It comes as a leading scientist said one of the Brazilian variants of coronavirus has been detected in the UK .
- A newly elected Colorado Republican lawmaker who attended the president’s Jan. 6 rally has been absent for the majority of the three-day legislative session that started Wednesday .
- House Minority Whip Rod Pelton, a Cheyenne Wells Republican, said Hanks informed him he had a “prior commitment” Wednesday.
- Local food banks are a necessary part of the community to help those in need with their everyday meals.
- They can go a long way when helping families and organizations open their cans that can hold needed non-perishable foods.
- LIBERTY COUNTY, Texas — Dozens of Texas EquuSearch volunteers are searching for Nathan Heathco, a missing 22-year-old man who was last seen Tuesday in Liberty County.
- Texas EquuSearch volunteers are activily searching for 22-year-old Nathan Heathco.
- "It is encouraging that the IRS expects taxpayers who file electronically at the beginning of the season and claim refundable tax credits to receive their refunds by the first week of March," Neal said.
- “These changes ensure that eligible people will receive any remaining stimulus money as a recovery rebate credit when they file their return,” the agency said, according to CNBC .
- With that rethinking comes a recentering of the festival’s Texas identity, not only via Willie’s keynote but through an opening night premiere of Dallas singer Demi Lovato’s new documentary, Dancing With the Devil, as well as a spotlight conversation between Austin FC co-owner Matthew McConaughey and Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber.
- Who could have ever predicted that the Houston rapper would spend the year shattering so many streaming and awards records, slaying Saturday Night Live, gracing the cover of Time, and generally dominating our culture—unless, of course, they were Megan Thee Stallion?
Wisconsin set to launch mobile vaccination teams next week with the help of National Guard and UW System, Evers says+
- State health officials and the Wisconsin National Guard are launching a mobile COVID-19 vaccination program next week to help expand access throughout Wisconsin, Gov. Tony Evers said Friday.
- The mobile clinics will be staffed by the National Guard as well as pharmacy and nursing student volunteers through a partnership with the University of Wisconsin System.
- In all, MDH says nearly 37% of all COVID-19 vaccine doses received by the state have been used, and on Thursday health officials gave guidance to health care providers that they can began vaccinating people outside of Phase 1a who are over age 65.
- Numbers from the new Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) dashboard say 162,040 Minnesotans have received at least one dose of vaccine, and 24,745 have completed the two-dose series.
In a piece running down the best sandwich in each U.S. state, writer David Landsel proclaimed five-year-old West Side eateryRo-Ho Pork & Bread's torta ahogado Texas' top choice. […]Read more >
- If President-elect Joe Biden gets his way, Americans will soon see more stimulus checks, extended unemployment benefits, and a boosted federal minimum wage in the midst of a shattered economy that’s pushed some households to the brink of financial calamity.
- But, since qualifying Americans were already granted a $600 check through the stimulus package that Congress passed in December, the level of new direct payments will actually be $1,400—bringing the total benefit to $2,000, according to Biden’s plan.
- On Friday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine authorized the activation of additional Ohio National Guard members for deployment to Washington D.C.
- Friday's addition brings the total number of Ohio Nation Guard members activated to 1,000, including Soldiers and Airmen.
- So how about living in a giant Tudor that feels like it’s tucked in the English countryside and includes a secret garden and private golf course?
- Seven fireplaces throughout add a warm glow to the wood floors.
- BOISE, Idaho — Jaialdi, Boise's weeklong Basque festival, has been postponed until July 26-31, 2022 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
- This is the second time the Basque Jaialdi celebration has been postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Trump had already announced that he would not be attending Biden’s inauguration — breaking tradition — after spending months making baseless allegations of voter fraud in an attempt to delegitimize Biden’s presidency.[…]Read more >
- Much of western Iowa was in drought last year and even with a couple of heavy snowstorms already this winter, the drought is expected to continue at least into spring.
- “I would expect it to improve some in the spring,” Todey says.
- When identifying their priorities, Garland and Biden’s other top DOJ nominees pointed to the same two issues: tackling the threat of violent domestic extremism and confronting systemic racial bias in law enforcement.
- Rashad Robinson, the president of the civil-rights advocacy group Color of Change, argues that federal law enforcement puts much more emphasis on monitoring and pressuring racial-justice advocates than white nationalists.
Questlove, Robin Wright, Rita Moreno among the stars set to appear in Sundance Film Festival online talks+
- It announced a slate of events for the festival, which runs Jan 28 through Feb. 3, via the digital portal festival.sundance.org .
- • Festival director Tabitha Jackson kicks off the reimagined film festival before the opening-night screenings.
Charles Barkley: Athletes pay more in taxes, ‘deserve some preferential treatment’ for COVID-19 vaccine+
- Kentucky and Indiana are each in different phases of distribution for the COVID-19 vaccine.
- The Kentucky Department of Public Health said it will share with the public when and where vaccine doses will be available through press conferences and press releases.
- Nonetheless, Neeson is honored by fans’ demands he reprise his role as Zeus from “Clash of the Titans” to star alongside Gal Gadot as her omnipotent father in Wonder Woman 3 .
- I mean, I’m very flattered!,” the box-office boomer said, before revealing that he didn’t know Zeus is Wonder Woman’s dad.
- State Rep. Joe Deshotel, D-Beaumont, told The Texas Tribune he tested positive Thursday – three days after lawmakers gaveled in for this year’s legislative session.
- State Rep. Joe Deshotel, D-Beaumont, told The Texas Tribune he wore a mask on the House floor but photos show him without one.
- When Alex Dodds started reaching out to local Washington, DC, Airbnb hosts last week asking them to take down their listings and cancel existing reservations ahead of the presidential inauguration, she had hoped the house-sharing company would wave cancellation fines.
- Airbnb is balancing some lost customers and revenue with preserving the trust and safety of the rest of the guests and hosts on its platform — issues it’s dealt with over and over and has since taken a stronger stance on.
- More than half of the $522 billion loaned through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which was aimed at small- and midsized companies, went to bigger businesses making up just 5% of the recipients .
- NBC News discovered that tenants at properties owned by the Trump Organization and Kushner Companies received more than $3.65 million in PPP loans, which they may have used to pay rent.
Tennessee authorities searching for alleged members of identity theft ring operating out of Memphis metro area+
- - One Madison County family was in for an unwanted surprise when they opened the trunk of their newly purchased car.
- After making the discovery, Joyner called the Madison County Sheriff's Office.
- But instead of making you tap a button to activate this setting, Samsung’s buds can start listening for outside sound automatically when they hear your voice.
- Similar to the “Transparency” mode on Apple’s AirPods Pro and similar features on other high-end earbuds, the Galaxy Buds have an “Ambient” setting that pipes in audio through outward-facing microphones.
- WASHINGTON — A Democratic congressman has filed a resolution directing the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation against President Donald Trump once he leaves office, on charges that Trump incited a mob to storm the U.S. Capitol.
- Rep. Brendan Boyle of Pennsylvania said the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol stemmed from a rally that Trump held just blocks from where lawmakers were set to certify the Electoral College votes to officially declare Joe Biden the winner of the presidential election.
- The company must also delete any algorithms that it developed with the photos and videos that it obtained through the app (which was shut down last year).
- Some Ever users felt that their privacy had been violated, and the Federal Trade Commission alleged that the company, Everalbum, had acted deceptively by employing face recognition without customers’ knowledge and by failing to delete their photos when they deactivated their accounts.
- — Wisconsin's Department of Health Services says it's investigating plans by the Janesville school district to vaccinate its teachers and staff next week, even though the state hasn't yet moved to the next phase of coronavirus vaccinations.
- The state is still in what is referred to as 'phase 1a' of the vaccine rollout, which includes inoculating frontline health care workers, residents and staff at long-term care facilities and first responders.
- It outlines a vision for America that reaches back to an older time, when both parties shared the idea that the government had a role to play in the economy, regulating business, providing a basic social safety net, and promoting infrastructure.
- While this system was enormously popular, reactionary Republicans hated business regulation, the incursion of the federal government into lucrative infrastructure fields, and the taxes it took to pay for the new programs (the top marginal tax rate in the 1950s was 91%).