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How to ask patients for their pronouns

By Letters to the Editor
  • I empathize with medical student Lala Tanmoy Das’s struggle to find common ground with both his transgender and gender-nonconforming and cisgender patients when, during a medical encounter, he inquires what pronouns they use.
  • Practitioner-to-patient communications rarely require the use of third-person pronouns.
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Why a Debate on the Minimum Wage Could Spark a D.C. Meltdown

By Philip Elliott
  • Frustrated, progressives in the House are now openly calling for Democrats in the Senate to either overrule the parliamentarian’s ruling or do away with the filibuster, which would allow them to pass the relief bill through the Senate with the minimum wage hike by a simple majority.
  • Because Republicans are refusing to go along, Democrats planned to use a budget gimmick to let them avoid a filibuster and pass it into law with a slim 50-vote majority, plus the backing of Vice President Kamala Harris.
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Wisconsin supply of new vaccine will dip after next week

By SCOTT BAUER
  • — Teachers will be prioritized to receive the first shipment of about 48,000 doses of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine coming to Wisconsin next week, a bolster in supply that won't be matched again for several weeks, the state's deputy health secretary said Tuesday.
  • About 30% of Wisconsin public school districts — 131 out of 421 — will be done vaccinating teachers by March 15, said Julie Willems Van Dyke, deputy secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
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Biden: US will be able to vaccinate all adults by end of May

By ZEKE MILLER and LINDA A. JOHNSON
  • WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said Tuesday that the U.S. expects to take delivery of enough coronavirus vaccines for all adult Americans by the end of May, two months earlier than anticipated, as his administration announced that drugmaker Merck & Co. will help produce rival Johnson & Johnson's newly approved shot.
  • On a call with governors Tuesday, White House coronavirus coordinator Jeff Zients said states should prepare for administering 16-17 million total weekly doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines by the end of March, climbing to 17-18 million weekly by early April.
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From the Editor: Fans of the Cowdog

By Dan Goodgame
  • Christian first pitched a story about Erickson and Hank five years ago but says he couldn’t drum up much interest until he had two more of the author’s fans on the staff: Lauren, and me.
  • Erickson, creator of Hank the Cowdog, when the author delivered a reading in Christian’s hometown of Andrews, in West Texas.
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Lisa Berreau and Kathleen Riebe: The value of undergraduate research for Utah college students

By Lisa Berreau and Kathleen Riebe | Special to The Tribune
  • Utah State University undergraduates met last month with Utah legislators to share research projects they’ve completed this year.
  • USU undergraduate research stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the work of graduate student and faculty colleagues in importance and quality, and their project results are improving their current disciplines and future industries.
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Backpack battle: Colorado’s Osprey sues California retailer over branding

By Shelly Bradbury
A California clothing company is ripping off Colorado outdoor gear maker Osprey’s branding in violation of a trademark agreement between the two companies, Osprey claimed in a federal lawsuit filed Monday. The company, which is headquartered in Cortez and makes hiking packs and gear, claims the California company, Aether, is selling Aether-branded backpacks despite a 2019 agreement between the two companies that it would not do so. Osprey has used “Aether” to brand its backpacks for more than two decades, the complaint says. “Osprey has invested a substantial amount of time, money and effort to promote and advertise its backpacks under the […]Read more >Similar articles >
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High court weighing whether Arizona law was meant to suppress minority votes

By Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services
  • Chief Justice John Roberts specifically asked attorney Jessica Ring Amunson why that report by the commission that Carter co-chaired does not provide enough reason for lawmakers to ban ballot harvesting.
  • She represents Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, who has taken the position that both the ban on ballot harvesting and the prohibition on counting votes cast in the wrong precinct violate federal law.
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Why Fox News is having a day-long meltdown over Dr. Seuss

By Aaron Rupar
  • It's just 10AM and Fox News has already had 8 segments on Dr. Seuss "quite literally being canceled" [Narrator: He wasn't] pic.twitter.com/uSHnBT8sXn
  • A Fox News reporter asked White House press secretary Jen Psaki a question during Tuesday’s briefing about why Biden didn’t mention Dr. Seuss in his statement commemorating Read Across America Day, and Fox News then tried to spin Psaki’s response (she referred the reporter to the Department of Education) as some sort of scandal.
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Utah commemorative state flag proposal could be in trouble because of concern by Democrats, others

By Bethany Rodgers
  • But with just days to go in the legislative session, Democratic state lawmakers are saying they’ve been disturbed to discover that a few social media accounts associated with the controversial DezNat hashtag have embraced one of Martin’s flag designs.
  • “In its own way, it’ll make people feel better,” said Martin, chairman of Organization for a New Utah Flag .
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Maryland won’t receive more Johnson & Johnson vaccines for a few weeks, Gov. Hogan says

  • The federal government says unfortunately, states won’t be seeing more Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine doses for a few weeks, as they've shipped all available doses.
  • However, officials said there will be no Johnson & Johnson vaccines shipping to the states in the next few weeks due to the federal government shipping out all doses they had immediately.
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Why are Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos so interested in space?

By Kara Swisher
  • Mr. Bezos, who is stepping down as chief executive of Amazon this year, is expected to accelerate his space-travel efforts through his company Blue Origin, whose tag line reads, in part, "Earth, in all its beauty, is just our starting place."
  • Like SpaceX, Blue Origin is working on payload launches and reusable orbital launch vehicles, as well as on moon landing technology, to achieve what Mr. Bezos once called "low-cost access to space." Blue Origin executives said recently that the company is close to blasting off into space with humans.
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Colorado set to begin receiving roughly twice as many coronavirus vaccine doses starting in April

  • Colorado is set to begin receiving roughly twice as many weekly doses of coronavirus vaccine starting in April compared to what the state is allotted now as production ramps up and the newly approved Johnson & Johnson vaccine is widely distributed.
  • Starting the week of April 11, Colorado is forecast to receive more than 400,000 weekly doses of coronavirus vaccine.
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Biden says U.S. will have enough vaccines for 300 million Americans by end of May

By Ursula Perano
President Biden on Tuesday said that ramped-up coronavirus vaccine production will provide enough doses for 300 million Americans by the end May. Why it matters: That’s two months sooner than Biden’s previous promise of enough vaccines for all American adults by the end of July.The accelerated timeline also comes on the heels of pharmaceutical manufacturer Merck teaming up with Johnson & Johnson to quickly produce its one-shot COVID-19 vaccine. J&J’s vaccine received its emergency use authorization last Saturday, joining Pfizer and Moderna on the vaccine market.The big picture: Coronavirus cases and deaths have […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Andrew S. Weyrich and Richard R. Orlandi: U’s COVID-19 testing program is making our community safer

By Andrew S. Weyrich and Richard R. Orlandi | Special to The Tribune
  • At the center of our ability to do this is one of the university’s extraordinary scientific facilities, the Health Sciences Center Sequencing Core laboratory, which pivoted from its pre-pandemic work analyzing genetic material for research to processing saliva samples full time to detect evidence of the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • The Sequencing Core Laboratory is one of more than 25 facilities on our campus that provides expert staff and specialized technology to students and faculty, enabling them to conduct world-class research.
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D.C. expands paid leave: Two weeks to mourn a child, but no parental leave after stillbirths

By Julie Zauzmer
  • The D.C. government will expand bereavement leave for public employees who lose a child, but will not broaden the more generous leave to include the loss of other family members, as some city lawmakers had advocated .
  • The bill was inspired by Elizabeth O’Donnell, a D.C. public school teacher who raised awareness of the city’s lack of leave for parents who lose a child after her daughter Aaliyah Denise was stillborn at seven months.
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Congress-created commission calls for spending billions on artificial intelligence to defeat China

By Ryan Lovelace
  • The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence’s final report to Congress urges the federal government to prioritize artificial intelligence innovation now and spend billions of taxpayer dollars or risk getting left behind in China’s dust.
  • The commission said it worried that only the largest technology companies and largest countries have the resources to make artificial intelligence breakthroughs and called for $40 billion in government spending now as a “modest down payment” on future developments.
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Minnesota company’s product trick to scraping ice from your driveway

By John Ewoldt
  • Invented by Dave Young of Grand Forks, N.D., the flexible steel blade is designed to remove snow and ice compacted from foot and vehicle traffic.
  • For nearly 20 years, Svobodny has sold an ice removal tool that he calls "the best one we sell." The Ultimate Scraper isn't fancy, but some local hardware store operators and commercial snow and ice removal contractors wouldn't be without it.
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Biden promises enough Covid-19 vaccines to inoculate all adult Americans by the end of May

By Nicholas Florko
  • W ASHINGTON — President Biden pledged Tuesday that the federal government will have enough doses of the coronavirus vaccine to inoculate all adult Americans by the end of May.
  • The Biden administration has stood up a number of efforts to help states get shots in arms, including mobilizing the Federal Emergency Management Agency to set up mass vaccination sites.
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The strongest fishing knots you can tie

By John Merwin/Field & Stream
  • For this test, I tied 10-pound Seaguar InvizX fluorocarbon to 10-pound Trilene Big Game monofilament, purposefully going with lines of similar diameters to simulate a common use of fluoro, such as in tying on a leader when fishing for heavily pressured steelhead or walleyes in clear water.
  • I tested the strength of at least three or four different splicing knots for each of three line combinations to find what worked best.
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Brewers Fest won’t return to Portland until ’22

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Oregon Brewers Festival has decided to cancel their annual gathering at the Portland waterfront for the second year in a row due to the pandemic. They posted the announcement on Facebook, saying they will return July 27-30 2022. "Until then, stay safe and support your local pubs, breweries, and cider houses. We miss you all, and we look forward to seeing you next year, cheers!" Like nearly all mass gatherings, Brewers Fest also canceled in 2020. It’s unclear what other summer festivals will take place in Portland this year. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Concord looks to fully reopen schools by fall, perhaps sooner

  • At the Concord School Board Monday night, Murphy said she’s been thinking ahead to the district’s next steps, and believes it is time to begin planning for in-person learning five days a week in the fall, and possibly as early as May 3.
  • But Murphy says she hopes to increase in-person education to five days a week as soon as it is safe to do so, to begin doing the “make-up” work necessary to get kids back on their learning targets.
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Lack of paperwork for free lunches could cost N.H. school districts millions

  • New Hampshire school districts are worried about losing funds for the Free and Reduced Lunch program, as administrators say fewer families are filling out the necessary paperwork, which is still required to determine aid, and is creating a false perception of lower enrollment.
  • MacLean estimates, based on a report the district got from the Department of Education, the enrollment drop could cost Merrimack Valley $485,091 in aid for free and reduced lunch, while Andover could lose $107,275.
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Dallas Co. Drug Program Gets $50,000 Grant Assisting Parents with Retaining, Regaining Custody of Kids

  • The grant would enable the Dallas County Family Drug Court to conduct screening and undertake other measures to ensure that people who have had substance abuse problems remain drug free as part of a requirement to keep their children at home with them.
  • “Children in most cases want to be in the home with their parents, and the Dallas County Family Drug Court is willing to make that happen under certain conditions,” Gov. Ivey said.
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Fox News gets huge ratings boost during Trump’s CPAC speech

  • But this Sunday, boosted by days of right-wing media hype about Trump’s star turn at CPAC, Fox News averaged 1.4 million viewers at 2 p.m., rising to 2.5 million in the 3 p.m. hour, when Trump was originally slated to speak.
  • The ratings for Fox News Channel, which have been relatively weak since Trump lost the election last November, spiked Sunday afternoon when he was scheduled to address the CPAC convention in Orlando, Florida.
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Utah Senate approves bill to end gas chamber euthanasia for animals in the state

By Taylor Stevens
  • The Utah Senate voted unanimously Tuesday in favor of a bill that would end gas chamber euthanasia for animals in the state, while a second proposal relating to animal welfare — this one to ban “puppy mills” that opponents say sell poorly-treated pets — stalled in a House committee.
  • The proposal from House Minority Leader Brian King, D-Salt Lake City, sought to prohibit pet stores in the state from selling a “companion animal,” like a dog or a cat, as part of an effort to end so-called puppy mills.
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White House: Merck to help produce rival J&J’s vaccine

By ZEKE MILLER and LINDA A. JOHNSON
  • WASHINGTON — Drugmaker Merck & Co. will help produce rival Johnson & Johnson's newly approved coronavirus vaccine in an effort to expand supply more quickly, the White House said Tuesday.
  • White House press secretary Jen Psaki also announced Tuesday that the federal government was increasing supply of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines to states next week to 15.2 million doses per week, up from 14.5 million previously.
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Nursing Homes See 82% COVID Decline Since Vaccine Rollout

By Jeff Gardner

Today, the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living released a report detailing a steady decline in nursing home COVID cases since vaccines began to be administered in mid-December. As of March 2, nursing homes in the US have seen the lowest number of new COVID cases since the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services started tracking cases in May 2020. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Former DFL lawmaker, ex-city employee Kate Knuth announces she’s running for Minneapolis mayor

By Faiza Mahamud
  • In an interview Tuesday, Knuth, an environmental educator and a former three-term DFL legislator, said she decided to run because of what she calls Frey's lack of leadership and the absence of other candidates who can bring together a broad coalition to help move the city forward.
  • Frey's campaign manager Joe Radinovich, said the mayor has dedicated his time working with the community to implement "meaningful" policy changes in the police department and "guiding Minneapolis residents and businesses through a public safety flashpoint."
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RARE SIGHT: Here’s a look at the documents behind Texas Independence Day

By Todd Bailey
  • “[Texas'] Declaration of Independence really is one of the most significant documents in our collection, because it does outline how the founders felt about liberty, about government, about what they wanted from their own country and establishing that,” Price said.
  • Their archives are accessible online in the Texas Digital Archive along with more than five million other state records documenting the work of the government.
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The COVID-19 Pandemic’s Impact on Global CO2 Emissions Didn’t Last Very Long

By Jeffrey Kluger
  • According to a report released March 2 by the International Energy Agency, 2020 on the whole saw a total drop-off in global CO2 emissions of 6%—the largest annual decline since World War II—keeping almost 2 billion tons of planet-warming gasses out of the sky.
  • China, the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gasses and the first country hit by the pandemic, went into lockdown in February, resulting in its CO2 output falling by 12% compared to the same month a year prior.
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Raiders, SafeNest partner on domestic violence education

  • The official health care partner of the Las Vegas Raiders has pledged $500,000 to help SafeNest provide student athletes and coaches in Clark County with education about domestic and sexual violence.
  • Intermountain’s donation will help the nonprofit launch Coaching Boys Into Men and Athletes as Leaders — “two incredible programs that support important relationships between high school coaches and their athletes, and that leverages that space to have conversations of consequence, conversations that build respect for ourselves and respect for others,” said SafeNest CEO Liz Ortenburger.
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CMA Fest canceled for second year in a row due to COVID-19 concerns

  • Organizers said it just wasn't safe to bring fans from all over the world to one place right now due to COVID-19.
  • "We know our fans near and far have hoped that the festival could safely return this summer, and while we are encouraged to see COVID-19 vaccines becoming more widely available, we still face several challenges that prevent us from bringing our fans around the world the CMA Fest experience they have come to expect," organizers said in a statement.
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UM-Morris chancellor to retire after four years on job

By Josh Verges
After four years on the job, Chancellor Michelle Behr will retire at the end of this school year, the University of Minnesota-Morris announced Tuesday. Behr was provost at Birmingham-Southern College before joining Morris in February 2017. Janet Schrunk Ericksen, Morris’s vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean, will step in as acting chancellor on June 25.Related Articles Billboard hopes to bring needed kidney donation to beloved Minnesota man ‘Exciting times’: UMN and NASA alum, 81, watches historic Mars mission University of Minnesota to establish center for anti-racism health research UMN makes tuition free for students from […]Read more >Similar articles >
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COVID-19 vaccine coming to Pick ‘n Save, Metro Market stores

  • — Nearly 4,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine will be distributed to Pick 'n Save and Metro Market locations in Wisconsin this week, the state Department of Health Services announced Tuesday.
  • Kroger, which operates 67 stores in Wisconsin under the Pick 'n Save and Metro Market names, will allocate vaccine to their stores that are not already receiving vaccine from the state, the health department said.
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Texas governor to lift COVID-19 mask mandate

  • AUSTIN, Texas — Texas is lifting its mask mandate, Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday, making it the largest state to end an order intended to prevent the spread of the coronavirus that has killed more than 42,000 Texans.
  • “Removing statewide mandates does not end personal responsibility,” said Abbott, speaking from a crowded dining room where many of those surrounding him were not wearing masks.
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Substance use, suicide, and cardiometabolic conditions drive rise in working-age mortality, report finds

By Rebecca Sohn
  • I ncreasing mortality rates among working-age Americans since 2010 have been mainly driven by drug- and alcohol-related deaths, suicide, and cardiometabolic conditions like diabetes and heart disease, according to a sweeping new report .
  • Economically disadvantaged people are more vulnerable to obesity and associated conditions, said Mullan Harris, since they are less likely to have access to healthy food, safe and open spaces to exercise, and affordable health care.
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Anne Decker, a lifelong writer, passed on her love of words to her children

By Rachel Chason
  • In an episode that would become part of family lore, Anne Decker one day found herself locked in the bathroom of their New Jersey house, her husband at work and her 2-year-old son on the other side of the door, unable to summon help.
  • James Decker was working in the D.C. area that summer and decided to pay a visit to his friend at their home in Alexandria, in the hope of seeing Anne.
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Texas becomes biggest US state to lift COVID-19 mask mandate

By PAUL J. WEBER
  • AUSTIN, Texas — Texas is lifting its mask mandate, Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday, making it the largest state to end an order intended to prevent the spread of the coronavirus that has killed more than 42,000 Texans.
  • The Republican governor has faced sharp criticism from his party over the mandate, which was imposed eight months ago, and other COVID-19 restrictions.
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Hyundai Collaborates with MPS for Virtual “Read Across America” Production

  • Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) collaborated with Montgomery Public Schools (MPS) to present MPS students with a virtual version of the manufacturing plant’s annual Read Across America production.
  • HMMA Team Members took the stage for an afternoon of story-telling as they read the famous Dr. Seuss tales “Green Eggs and Ham” and “The Cat in the Hat.”
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Official: Merck to help produce rival J&J’s COVID-19 vaccine

  • WASHINGTON — Drugmaker Merck & Co. will help produce rival Johnson & Johnson’s newly approved coronavirus vaccine in an effort to expand supply more quickly, the White House said Tuesday.
  • White House press secretary Jen Psaki also announced Tuesday that the federal government was increasing supply of vaccines to states next week to 15.2 million doses per week, up from 14.5 million previously.
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Wisconsin would receive $3.2 billion in COVID-19 aid under House stimulus bill

  • MADISON - Wisconsin would receive $3.2 billion in federal help to fight COVID-19 and its economic toll — more than one and a half times what it got last year — under legislation approved by the U.S. House.
  • Last year the state received about $2 billion in federal help to deal with the effects of COVID-19 and Democratic Gov. Tony Evers had broad leeway on how to spend it.
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Texas to join 15 US states without statewide mask mandates

  • AUSTIN, Texas — On Tuesday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced that effective March 10, he would be issuing a new executive order that will undo statewide coronavirus restrictions such as business capacity limitations and face mask mandates.
  • Gov. Abbott first announced the statewide mask mandate on July 2, meaning Texans were required to wear masks in public for a total of about eight months during the pandemic, which began in the state in March 2020.
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Tick diseases surging and lawmakers say more money needed for the battle

By Amanda Fries
  • The latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate is that the number of people nationally who contract Lyme each year is growing to nearly 500,000; state Sen. Sue Serino, a Hudson Valley Republican, and other lawmakers are urging their colleagues to include $1.5 million to tackle tick-related diseases.
  • Serino said state funding for these efforts has been lackluster in recent years despite the Legislature adding funding for Lyme research, treatment and prevention.
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Orange County’s coronavirus case rate misses red tier status by a fraction

By Ian Wheeler
  • But the third, the rate of new COVID-19 cases by population, remained just above the red tier threshold rate of 7 per 100,000, according to a state Department of Public Health update Tuesday, March 2.
  • Orange County barely missed the mark this week that would have started its transition to the more relaxed red tier of the state’s four-level pandemic tracking system, meaning it remains in the most most-restrictive purple tier that limits a lot of indoor activities.
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Domestic terrorism is ‘metastasizing’ across the country, FBI director says in Capitol riot testimony

  • WASHINGTON — The links between white supremacist and violent militia groups and the Capitol riot are growing by the day, according to testimony from FBI Director Christopher Wray on Tuesday.
  • Wray said racially motivated violent extremism, specifically violent white supremacy, is the biggest chunk of the FBI’s domestic terrorism case portfolio.
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Sierra snowpack at 61% as new drought looms for California this summer

By Paul Rogers
  • Highlighting the second dry winter in a row, the Sierra Nevada snowpack on Tuesday was just 61% of its historical average for this date, the latest signal that California appears headed toward summer drought conditions, with water restrictions possible in some areas for the first time in five years.
  • Most Bay Area cities and Los Angeles have received only about 40% of their normal rainfall totals, and only a month remains in the state’s winter rainy season, which typically ends around the beginning of April.
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Pabst Blue Ribbon debuting new art gallery in San Antonio’s Southtown neighborhood

By Nina Rangel
Art and beer collide in this month when recently added San Antonio corporate citizen Pabst Brewing Co. showcases work by emerging artists at its new Pabst Blue Ribbon Studiosin Southtown.

The pop-up gallery’s debut show will feature artists who submitted works for consideration in Pabst’s annual can design competition. It will also showcase art by the winner of the 2020 competition, Boise, Idaho-based Dreyfus.

Pabst — the conglomerate behindLone Star, Pearland its namesake Pabst Blue Ribbon — brought its headquarters back to San Antonio last year, after 14 years in Chicago. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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America must embrace civics and history instruction for the sake of our democracy

By Editorial Board
  • Educating for American Democracy, a two-year effort funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Education Department, provides national guidance that states, local school districts and educators can use to strengthen and help transform the teaching of civics and history, designed with a diverse 21st-century student body in mind.
  • Recent troubling events — notably the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol — should be a Sputnik-like spur to strengthen American democracy with improvements in civics and history education.
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For Putin, it wasn’t enough to smear, harass and poison Navalny

By Editorial Board
  • Russian media has reported that Mr. Navalny, who returned to Moscow in January after having barely survived a nerve-agent poisoning carried out by a Kremlin hit squad, would be incarcerated at a penal colony known for cruel, dehumanizing conditions.
  • According to former inmates and lawyers familiar with Penal Colony 2, the facility east of Moscow to which Mr. Navalny has been transferred, it is notorious for subjecting convicts to extreme isolation.
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Group lists Hogle Zoo as one of the worst places for elephants

By Scott D. Pierce
  • According to a statement from the California-based In Defense of Animals’ elephant campaign coordinator, Hogle is “is still keeping African elephants Christie and Zuri in social isolation,” and is “senselessly offering a feeding experience during the pandemic which endangers elephants and risks public health.”
  • According to In Defense of Animals, Hogle’s elephants, mother-and-daughter Christie and Zuri, are kept “alone in a small, cold-weather enclosure.”
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Urban League Sacramento President Cassandra Jennings reflects on life during Civil Rights Movement

  • She spoke with Brittany Johnson, a reporter at sister station KCRA, as part of Hearst TV's History & Hope project.Jennings reflected on her upbringing in Williamston, North Carolina, and how growing up during segregation would shape her life of community advocacy.Q: Let's go back to 1956 in Williamston, North Carolina, where you were born and grew up.
  • LISA: CASSANDRA JENNINGS SAYS SHE GREW UP ALWAYS ASKING WHY PEOPLE TREATED HER DIFFERENTLY BECAUSE OF THE COLOR OF HER SKIN.
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The Guardian view on Saudi Arabia: on Khashoggi and Yemen, the west too must answer

By Editorial
  • But while the US declines to say whether Prince Mohammed is included in the “Khashoggi ban” that it has imposed on visas for 76 Saudi officials, the clear message is business as usual, with only minor changes.
  • While the last of Riyadh’s many stories portrayed it as a “rogue operation”, the CIA swiftly concluded that the crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, approved his killing .
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CNN host Chris Cuomo issues pitiful disclosure about Andrew Cuomo

By Erik Wemple
  • Any “straight” disclosure would have included an admission that when the governor’s coronavirus news conferences made him a national star, Chris Cuomo invited him on “Cuomo Prime Time” for a series of image-enhancing chats that raised the profile of both family members; that they switched between policy chatter and family small talk in a way that the governor couldn’t procure on any other show; and that when the appearances wound down in June, Chris Cuomo said this about his brother :
  • The Erik Wemple Blog has asked CNN whether Chris Cuomo still thinks that his brother is the “best politician in the country.”
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The vaccine race against the coronavirus variants, explained

By Umair Irfan
  • There’s evidence that the virus is evolving in ways that can reduce the effectiveness of Covid-19 vaccines — particularly when they’re up against the variant discovered in South Africa.
  • The Covid-19 vaccines that are being distributed in the US, as well as the newly authorized Johnson & Johnson vaccine, have been shown to almost eliminate deaths and hospitalizations from the disease, even for people infected with the new mutations.
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History & Hope: Community advocate says progress has been made ‘but we still have a long way to go’

  • She spoke with Brittany Johnson, a reporter at sister station KCRA, as part of Hearst TV's History & Hope project.Jennings reflected on her upbringing in Williamston, North Carolina, and how growing up during segregation would shape her life of community advocacy.Q: Let's go back to 1956 in Williamston, North Carolina, where you were born and grew up.
  • LISA: CASSANDRA JENNINGS SAYS SHE GREW UP ALWAYS ASKING WHY PEOPLE TREATED HER DIFFERENTLY BECAUSE OF THE COLOR OF HER SKIN.
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City to conduct second Elijah McClain investigation meeting Tuesday

  • This is the first meeting that will allow Mayor Mike Coffman and city council members to directly question the independent authors of the report released last week, which found that Aurora police officers had no grounds to detain or subdue McClain.
  • AURORA | Aurora City Council members will get their chance Tuesday night to question the authors of a recent, “damning” report about the death of Elijah McClain.
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Doctors: More young people are needing liver transplants

  • Now they're in their 40s, their 30s, and a few are even in their 20s."I think it's just drinking itself has become a problem, and now it's even worse with this pandemic," said Dr. Tim Schmitt, transplant director for the University of Kansas Health System.He's been doing this for over 20 years.
  • that doctors link to the pandemic as a contributing factor.It used to be that people needing a liver transplant were in their 50s, who drank a lot for 20 or 30 years.
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Big anti-abortion push on in conservative legislatures across the country

By Justin Franz
  • That has emboldened lawmakers in Montana and other right-leaning states including Utah to introduce dozens of anti-abortion bills this year in the hope that the high court will hear lawsuits against new state laws and side with the states.
  • When Rep. Lola Sheldon-Galloway introduced a bill in the Montana House two years ago that would have prohibited abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, the Republican legislator knew it was unlikely to survive the veto pen of the Democratic governor.
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Republicans turn their party into a newt

By Neil Steinberg
  • Early in “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” there’s a scene where filth-spattered villages gleefully drag a woman to their lord, shouting “We’ve got a witch!
  • Donald Trump delivered two main messages to the Conservative Political Action Committee in Florida Sunday: the 2020 presidential election was stolen; and his followers must defeat every Republican who spoke out against him.
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Spurs’ March 4 matchup with the Thunder will give a glimpse at San Antonio’s evolving backcourt

By M. Solis
Back in January, when the Spurs and Thunder clashed in Oklahoma City, Spurs guard Lonnie Walker IV led all scorers with 24 points in a 112-102 victory for San Antonio.

Walker shared the offensive load with five other Spurs who scored in double figures, including Dejounte Murray who finished the night with 16 points, 5 rebounds, and 7 assists. […]Read more >Similar articles >

Lawsuit challenging Bridgeport assistant chief pick is continued

By Daniel Tepfer
  • Superior Court Judge Barry Stevens on Tuesday granted a motion by the city to continue the trial to April 29 after the federal sentencings of the trial’s two star witnesses, former Police Chief Armando Perez and former Personnel Director David Dunn, were continued until April 11 and 12, respectively.
  • Deputy City Attorney John Bohannon Jr. told Judge Stevens that he had spoken to the lawyers for Perez and Dunn and they had indicated that their clients desire to participate in the defense of this action, but “both lawyers emphasized their professional preference and desire to maintain the status quo through conclusion of the sentencing process.”
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In-person graduation events planned at Iowa’s three state universities

By Matt Kelley
As the pandemic loosens its grip, Iowa’s three public universities are unveiling ways to hold in-person graduation ceremonies this spring. News releases from both Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa tell how they’re developing plans for modified commencement ceremonies. UNI says graduates will be allowed to bring a limited number of guests, […]Read more >Similar articles >
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‘It may look different’: Organizers say planning is underway for 2021 State Fair of Texas

  • Spokesperson Karissa Condoianis said the State Fair team remains optimistic and is planning for multiple scenarios with the hopes of hosting the event in 2021.
  • "Planning has continued for the 2021 Fair during this pandemic with an optimistic and measured approach because producing an event of this size and scope, that means so much to so many, requires year-round efforts," Condoianis said.
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Grimes’s Digital Art of Spear-Wielding Babies Sells For $5.8 Million

By Emily Kirkpatrick
  • After announcing the auction on Twitter, Grimes's ten NFTs on offer—featuring dramatic, moody illustrations of winged babies wielding spears in outer space—sold for over $5.8 million in under 20 minutes, according to Business Insider .
  • This is also just the first of many NFT collections Grimes has planned, explaining that WarNymph is just one fact of the mythical universe she's created called Oth3rkin.
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The time is right to cancel Dr. Seuss’s racist books

By Ron Charles
  • For instance, Seuss’s first children’s book, “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” (1937), contains an illustration of a young Chinese man that looks like a pre-World War II stereotype.
  • Today, on the 117th anniversary of the birth of Theodor Seuss Geisel, the company that controls his works announced it will no longer publish six Dr. Seuss books because of their racist imagery .
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New Waite Park amphitheater to finally open this summer — hopefully

By Jenny Berg
  • This year, continued state capacity restrictions might delay hopes for national acts at the new $15 million venue, but local officials are determined to open for local events.
  • Johnson said the city and production company are planning for the "worst case scenario," which is only being able to open at 50% capacity by June: New West is designing an updated seating chart to align with restrictions and the city is creating a COVID-19 preparedness plan for the site.
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Republicans Are Taking a Sledgehammer to Voting Rights

By Eric Lutz
  • But their efforts have been even more audacious, bald-faced, and undemocratic in recent months: In swing states where Trump sought to overturn his narrow losses, Republican legislators are using his lies as a pretext for “election security” bills targeting mail-in voting and other measures that expand access to the ballot.
  • The GOP has now put forth bills in 43 states that would dramatically restrict access to the ballot, according to a Brennan Center analysis ; in places like Georgia, with Republican-controlled state governments, anti-democracy lawmakers are succeeding .
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Boston Marathon announces virtual race, expects smaller field for in-person event amid coronavirus pandemic

By Rick Sobey
  • “We anticipate having a reduced field size for the in-person road race on Monday, October 11 but want to celebrate and honor the 125th running of the Boston Marathon through this virtual race,” Tom Grilk, president and CEO of the B.A.A., said in a statement.
  • The Boston Athletic Association has announced that it will offer a virtual Boston Marathon for up to 70,000 people, as it anticipates the in-person race this fall will have a smaller field amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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To thwart domestic terror threat, Walz wants to increase funding for little-known investigative unit

By Andy Mannix
  • The little-known investigative unit is called the Minnesota Fusion Center, part of the BCA's Criminal Information Operations Section.
  • In his 2022 budget proposal, Gov. Tim Walz says this subset of the state's public safety force will be key to Minnesota's strategy in thwarting the threat of domestic terrorism — what the Department of Homeland Security has called the "most persistent and lethal threat" to the United States right now.
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North Las Vegas No. 1 in local new home market

  • North Las Vegas tripled new home sales during the past two years and emerged as the No. 1 market in 2020, surpassing the southwest valley, which had been the dominant player in Southern Nevada for years along with former No. 2 Henderson.
  • But new data from Las Vegas-based Home Builders Research showed North Las Vegas grew to 27 percent of the market share in Southern Nevada in 2020, bettering its 20 percent in 2019.
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An American Reckoning at the Golden Globes

By Shirley Li
  • This being the opposite of a normal year, however, the Golden Globes have only just aired, and the glitterati of TV and film Zoomed in from their homes, wearing everything from haute couture to homey sweatshirts.
  • Technical difficulties abounded, and early in the ceremony, three members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the voting body behind the Globes, addressed the organization’s ethical issues (namely, that it includes zero Black members ) while standing stiffly onstage and reading from the teleprompter like glass-eyed automatons.
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The Voting Rights Act had a surprisingly good day at the Supreme Court

By Ian Millhiser
  • Michael Carvin, a lawyer for the Arizona Republican Party, argued in his brief that states have broad power to enact laws restricting the “time, place, or manner” where voters cast their ballots — though he rapidly back-pedaled after Justice Elena Kagan suggested that this proposed rule would allow a state to require all voters to cast their ballots at, say, country clubs.
  • Chief Justice John Roberts, and Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett — all conservatives — each expressed concerns that Carvin’s proposed test either wasn’t workable or contradicted the text of the Voting Rights Act. After Carvin conceded that a state could not require every ballot to be cast at a country club, Barrett warned him that his argument “has some contradictions in it.”
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Senator Tammy Duckworth Wants FDR Memorial to Be Accessible for People with All Disabilities

By Abigail Abrams
  • “Our national parks should be accessible to everyone, whether they read Braille or printed text, whether they get around by walking or in a wheelchair, like the American President whom this site honors,” Duckworth, who lost both legs serving in the Iraq War and often uses a wheelchair, said in a statement on Tuesday.
  • Sen. Tammy Duckworth on Tuesday will introduce a resolution with D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton calling on the National Park Service to improve the memorial’s accessibility to blind and low-vision visitors and to create accessible education materials about the site’s history.
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More Than Four Decades Into Her Trailblazing Career, Lorraine O’Grady Finally Has The World’s Attention

  • Through every medium and subject, she has built a body of work that asserts two key ideas: the centrality of Black women and their stories and the ways in which hybridity — of people, cultures, ideas — has shaped the modern Western world.
  • Boston was a heavily white city at the time, and O’Grady said her class-conscious parents didn’t relate to many of the African Americans there, including upper-class Black Bostonians.
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10 books to read in March

By Bethanne Patrick
  • Novelists consider the nature of borders and how substances (including oil and drugs) corrupt; journalists examine health care, feminism, genetics; and a young but already accomplished poet releases her first book.
  • "The Hospital: Life, Death, and Dollars in a Small American Town," by Brian Alexander (March 9)
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San Antonio’s immersive art experience Hopscotch searching for new resident food truck

By Nina Rangel
Calling San Antonio food truck operators: Snapchat-esque art experience Hopscotch is looking for its next cuisine-focused partnership.

The downtown interactive art collection partnered with Smack's Chicken Shack when it opened last fall, but the chicken sando purveyor's opening of a standalone space has created a vacancy for another mobile kitchen to fill. […]Read more >Similar articles >

Iowa cop: After excessive-force probe, I resigned to ‘save my career’ in policing

By Clark Kauffman
  • When he quit, Terry specifically told his superiors not to inform him of the outcome of their recent investigation into an excessive force complaint filed against him by a fellow officer.
  • A former Shenandoah police officer says that in an effort to land a job with another police agency, he quit his job last summer amid an excessive-force investigation related to his conduct.
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Her Pain Was Their PR

By Simone Migliori
  • “It’s very likely that everyone knows someone that has been personally affected, whether that’s an immediate family member, a friend, or someone that they’ve worked with,” says Jayla Burton, the program officer for Breast Cancer Action, a watchdog organization that focuses on what it calls a takeover of the disease by corporate giants and charities that use pink-ribbon marketing culture for their own benefit.
  • Even still, in the early part of her treatment, Johnson says her employer asked her to take medical leave, or else start using her sick and vacation time, which the company said was likely not enough to cover the four to six hours per week of treatments that could go on for several months.
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Microsoft debuts Mesh software aimed at broadening VR experiences

By Bloomberg
  • The company’s Mesh software will enable users to work and play together virtually by interacting with the same set of holograms on devices at various price points and from different manufacturers.
  • Mesh also lets multiple people see the same holograms from different locations, allowing for events such as concerts or company meetings where one user attends in person and the other “holoports” from home.
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Trump Is Threatening Republican Prospects in 2022

By David A. Graham
  • The 2021 Conservative Political Action Conference proved that it’s still Donald Trump’s Republican Party, but then you knew that.
  • W. Bush a presumed squish who had a chilly relationship with the conference.) The 2024 GOP presidential primary may be a wild affair, but Trump’s continued dominance poses a more immediate quandary for the Republican Party in 2022.
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Oh, So Now Chris Cuomo Can’t Cover His Brother for CNN

By Charlotte Klein
  • The pairing was such a conflict of interest that, as the New York Times ’ Ben Smith previously reported, it required CNN to roll back a rule they’d instituted in late 2013 when an interview between the Cuomos raised similar questions about ethics.
  • The crisis surrounding his brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, has deepened amid another accusation of sexual harassment—the third account in a span of days, this time corroborated with a photo.
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53% of Minnesota seniors have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose

By Glenn Howatt
  • State health officials reported Tuesday that 53% of Minnesota seniors have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • They hope to get that number up to 70% by the end of the month in order to move on to the next phases of vaccinations that include essential workers, such as manufacturing and public transit workers, as well as adults with underlying medical conditions, such as sickle cell disease, Down syndrome, obesity and Type 2 diabetes.
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Obscure program sends big money to Texas nursing homes amid pandemic. Is it protecting residents?

By David Barer
  • And, a KXAN investigation has found that since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the federal government waived some reporting requirements that state health officials use as benchmarks to calculate payments to nursing homes.
  • The state will funnel more than a billion federal dollars to nursing homes this fiscal year, through the Quality Incentive Payment Program, or QIPP.
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H-E-B removes product purchasing limits on all items

By Billy Gates
AUSTIN (KXAN) — H-E-B removed all product limits on food and non-food items, the grocery chain announced on its website Monday. Empty shelves at the H-E-B at Oltorf and Congress on Feb. 22, 2021 (KXAN/Frank Martinez) Following the devastating winter storms in February, H-E-B altered hours and placed limits on certain items to stabilize its supply chain due to poor road conditions. On Feb. 22, stores returned to normal operating hours, but the chain chose to keep some product limits in place. Items like bottled water, meat, eggs, milk, bread, paper towels, toilet paper and other items were subject to buying limits while the stores […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Crispin Odey Hits Hedge Fund Jackpot With Bond Bet

By Mark Gilbert
  • A huge bet that U.K. government bonds would plunge in value came good as the 30-year gilt yield surged by almost half a percentage point in February, its biggest jump in more than a decade.
  • His flagship Odey European Inc. fund is up 51% so far this year after gaining a staggering 38.4% last month, my Bloomberg News colleague Nishant Kumar reported on Tuesday.
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