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Covid-19 live updates: World leaders arrive for U.N. General Assembly under shadow of pandemic

By Rachel Pannett and Annabelle Timsit
  • And the mandate will be tested as Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who contracted the virus last year and as recently as last week said publicly that he does not need to be vaccinated because he has naturally acquired antibodies, is scheduled to kick off the general debate on Tuesday.
  • More than 100 world leaders will arrive in New York this week for the 76th United Nations General Assembly, a hybrid virtual and in-person event that will probably be dominated by the coronavirus pandemic and post-pandemic economic recovery from the moment they arrive.
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5 myths about compassion and patient rapport building in health care

By Rush University Series at The Podcast by KevinMD
  • This article outlines some myths about the “softer side” of health care and focuses on compassion and rapport building— exploring the ways in which providing patient-centered care for those who seek our help not only improves clinical outcomes but can also help improve ourselves.
  • A correlative study published in the Journal of Academic Medicine found that a patient-physician relationship grounded in empathy and compassion leads to better hemoglobin A1C control and consistently lower LDLs over 3 years.
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Time for Paris to Get Real: Secrecy Is Essential in Statecraft

By Daniel Moss | Bloomberg
  • Almost 36 years ago, in late September 1985, the U.S. and four allies — including France — unveiled what became known as the Plaza Accord, after the New York hotel where the hitherto highly classified pact was inked by finance ministers.
  • Paul Keating, prime minister of Australia from 1991 to 1996, wanted to change that, and began negotiating a security agreement in secret with Indonesian leader Suharto years before the pact was signed in 1995.
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Winter is coming, again: What to expect from Covid-19 as the season looms

By Helen Branswell
  • One of the amazing things about the control measures countries used to slow Covid transmission is the effect they had on the swarm of other viruses that cause colds and flu-like illnesses every fall and winter.
  • Cécile Viboud, an infectious diseases epidemiologist at the National Institutes of Health’s Fogarty International Center, said nine modeling efforts her group is monitoring suggest that by the end of November, the Delta wave will have waned and new cases will be down “at quite a low level.”
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Opinion: Seeing the butterfly effect in hospital transfers for Covid-19 patients

By Suparna Dutta
  • Now, health care workers are seeing a troubling trend : Covid-19 patients, many from states without strict vaccine mandates or masking protocols, are overwhelming their states’ capacity to care for them, forcing patients in high-transmission states to compete with those in low-transmission states for appropriately staffed acute-care beds.
  • As the chair of medicine for a large tertiary care hospital in Connecticut, I was used to getting requests from across New England for patients to be transferred to the higher level of care our hospital could offer.
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California needs an alternative to the GOP

By Tom Campbell
  • Donald Trump will be the Democrats’ opponent in every race in the state, from governor to United States senator to the California Legislature — and, as a result, the Democratic Party will keep its monopoly position over all statewide offices in California and its two-thirds control of both houses of the Legislature.
  • The winning formula for the majority party, in California politics, is to ignore all of these issues because Donald Trump is such a perfect opponent.
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Facebook’s Beloved Growth Team Has Set Off Alarms

By Parmy Olson
  • But Facebook’s growth team was practically part of the c-suite, according to Steven Levy’s book Facebook: The Inside Story, published in 2020.
  • A deluge of documents leaked out of Facebook led to bombshell reports in The Wall Street Journal last week highlighting harms — from unfair treatment of users to human trafficking — that the company partly ignored and then hid from public view.
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OPINION | WORK DAZE: Pulling down a fatter paycheck is as easy as choosing the correct job … right?

By Bob Goldman
  • Lawyers rank No. 12 on the highest-paid list, with a $148,910 average salary and a 4% projected annual growth rate, which definitely sounds low, considering how many lawyers will be needed to defend the lawyers needed to defend the lawyers who need defending.
  • With an average annual salary of $210,100, psychiatry has a projected growth rate of 11.9% — the highest of any medical specialty.
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Exhausted by tremors, Arkansas writer decides to undergo deep brain stimulation surgery at UAMS

By Jerry Butler
  • [Editor's note: After decades of involuntary shaking caused by essential tremor, freelancer Jerry Butler underwent deep brain stimulation at UAMS Medical Center.
  • Like the burden of compound interest upon a homeowner, they became so profound that tremors have restricted my eating, my leisure, my work, my comfort in social situations and the kind of life I choose to live.
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Emmys 2021: key moments from the ceremony – video

Royal drama The Crown and feelgood comedy Ted Lasso were among the big winners at television's Emmy awards, a night dominated by streaming shows, British talent and rare wins by women.

There were many triumphs for Britons – including Olivia Colman, Kate Winslet, Hannah Waddingham and Michaela Coel. Though the telecast exhibited diversity among presenters, there was little diversity to be found in the list of winners, with no acting winners of color

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Climate Populism Is a Gathering Storm in Europe

By Lionel Laurent
  • The threat of a populist backlash over rising energy costs amid a broader European Union shift to net-zero emissions by 2050 is likely going to keep the handouts coming.
  • Even if the underlying causes of this surge are varied and complex — rising demand as lockdowns are lifted, a natural-gas supply crunch and a lack of renewable power sourced from wind amid clement weather — and might be short-lived, Europeans are becoming acutely aware of the potential for social unrest during the long-term shift to cleaner energy.
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We Don’t Know Ourselves by Fintan O’Toole review – sweeping account of Ireland’s evolutions

By Colm Tóibín

The veteran journalist and author delves behind the myths of change and boom to give a rich, nuanced picture of Irish life as he and others lived it

“For all my life until about 1980,” Fintan O’Toole writes, “I had been told to think of myself as the end of something and the beginning of something else.” While his sweeping, authoritative and profoundly intelligent book sees modern Ireland through the lens of his own life and that of his family, it also offers sharp and brilliant analysis of what form change took when it arrived in Ireland.

Ireland, he writes, “emerged into the world of the postwar boom as a backwater and an irrelevance”. It had a high emigration rate and a shockingly low marriage rate. Between 1949 and 1956 the GDP of the countries of the common market had grown by 42%, Britain by 21%, Ireland by only 8%. The population was at an all-time low of 2.1 million in 1961, by which time Ireland had to decide whether “to open itself to free trade or remain as a protected but even more isolated space”.

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Biden knows fate of spending plan will show extent of his power – and define his legacy

By Lauren Gambino in Washington
  • Pursuing a perilous two-track approach, they are tying a $1tn bipartisan infrastructure deal to a $3.5tn party-line package that contains Democratic policy priorities.
  • Jonathan Alter, the author of books on FDR, Obama and most recently Jimmy Carter, said that after 36 years cutting deals in the Senate and eight leading legislative negotiations as vice-president to Barack Obama, Biden was uniquely qualified to play his new role.
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Emmys: ‘Crown,’ ‘Lasso,’ ‘Queen’s Gambit,’ streaming triumph

By LYNN ELBER
  • Netflix's "The Crown" and "The Queen's Gambit" combined with Apple TV+'s "Ted Lasso" to win top series honors at the Sunday's Emmy Awards, a first for streaming services that cemented their rise to prominence in the television industry.
  • "The Crown" stars Olivia Colman and Josh O'Connor won the top drama acting honors Sunday, with Jason Sudeikis, star of the warm-hearted "Ted Lasso," and Jean Smart of the generation-gap story "Hacks," winners on the comedy side.
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CCSD teachers say COVID reporting tool forcing them to miss work

By Julie Wootton-Greener
  • Some Clark County School District employees say problems with a COVID-19 screening tool they’re required to use daily is causing them to unnecessarily miss days of work and wait for hours on the phone trying to return to the classroom.
  • Approximately 42,000 district employees must answer a series of questions via the emocha Mobile Health app, including whether they’re experiencing certain symptoms associated with COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who tested positive.
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Lambert: MCAS results will spotlight academic needs after COVID year

By Ed Lambert
  • Nevertheless, the results were expected to yield a good amount of diagnostic data for teachers, schools and districts to use to develop strategies to help recover student learning losses and determine which areas require the most intervention.
  • Every year, MCAS results provide vital, grade-level insights into students’ academic needs, but this year the results, regardless of actual test scores, will be invaluable in helping schools respond to students’ unfinished learning.
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As insurers retreat from oil projects, Enbridge says coverage will be harder to get

By Mike Hughlett
  • "As we continue to see insurers reduce participation or withdraw from the crude oil infrastructure coverage, replacing their participation will become extremely challenging, and it is unlikely that a $900 million limit will continue to be available for Enbridge and other pipeline risks in the near future," the Marsh report said.
  • The PUC has assumed that Enbridge will maintain general corporate liability coverage of $900 million, which would backstop specific insurance requirements for Line 3.
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‘The Crown,’ ‘Ted Lasso,’ ‘Queen’s Gambit’ top Emmy Awards

By LYNN ELBER
  • "The Crown" stars Olivia Colman and Josh O'Connor won the top drama acting honors Sunday, with Jason Sudeikis, star of the warm-hearted "Ted Lasso," and Jean Smart of the generation-gap story "Hacks," winners on the comedy side.
  • There was a bright spot for HBO with its limited series "Mare of Easttown," the crime drama that earned four Emmys, including a lead acting award for star Kate Winslet.
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‘The Crown’ and ‘Ted Lasso’ come up big at Emmys

By Neal Justin
  • The same could be said for the evening's other big champ, "Ted Lasso." Early in the broadcast, "Hacks" picked up awards for lead actress, writing and directing, suggesting the HBO series about an aging comedian could pull off a major upset.
  • London native Michaela Coel delivered one of the evening's most moving speeches after her win for writing "I Will Destroy You," a mini-series about a woman trying to rebuild her life after being raped.
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ByteDance’s New TikTok for Kids in China Limits Access to 40 Minutes a Day

By Zheping Huang/Bloomberg
ByteDance introduced a TikTok-style service for China’s youth that sets strict controls on daily usage after Beijing stepped up efforts to protect minors from the internet’s risks. The app, called Xiao Qu Xing or “Little Fun Star,” offers a personalized feed of short videos in areas ranging from science to literature and art history. Users are allowed to like clips but not upload or share them, while parents can adjust the usage time for their kids to at most 40 minutes per day. China’s government is seeking to implement far-reaching rules on the algorithms tech companies use to recommend videos and other content, while top officials and […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Austin students linked to destructive TikTok trend in school bathrooms ‘addressed’, newsletter says

  • Students who are believed to be responsible for damage caused at a school bathroom in the Austin Independent School District have been identified, according to a parent newsletter.
  • The letter, written to families of Kealing Middle School by principal Jerald Wilson, says those students have been "addressed" and "will also complete a restorative component as a consequence."
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No One Had More Fun At The 2021 Emmys Than Conan O’Brien

By Chris Murphy
  • O'Brien also made his way on to the stage as his fellow late night host Stephen Colbert accepted the award for outstanding variety special for his 2020 election night special, Stephen Colbert's Election Night 2020: Democracy's Last Stand Building Back America Great Again Better 2020 .
  • O'Brien stood behind Colbert arm in arm with The Late Show writing team, accepting an award he had nothing to do with.
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China’s Evergrande Moment Is Looking More LTCM Than Minsky

By John Authers
  • Meanwhile, if we look at the performance of high-yield Chinese real estate debt (as measured by the FTSE ABBI Asian debt index), and compare it to the total return on the S&P 500 since the post-GFC bottom in March 2009, we discover that until the last few weeks, lending to low-quality Chinese property developers had made more money that investing in a stock market populated with all the monopolistic monsters that were busily making profits from the rest of the world.
  • With plentiful stock-specific reasons for problems elsewhere in the index this year, as the government clamped down on various large technology companies, it's fair to say that the Evergrande situation has caused no significant contagion so far:
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EDITORIAL: Baltimore’s ‘ghost’ students show need for school choice

By Las Vegas Review-Journal
  • What happened in Baltimore recently is an extreme example of why blindly throwing money into a broken education system won’t increase student achievement.
  • “AFS students were scheduled into classes that did not exist (known at the school as “filler classes”), when they should have been withdrawn due to lack of attendance,” the report found .
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The Best Beauty Moments From the 2021 Emmys

By Arden Fanning Andrews
  • Before accepting the award for best supporting actress in a drama series, The Crown ’s Gillian Anderson teased her winning glow with a pre-show facial selfie (using, of course, ever-culty Dr. Barbara Sturm skincare).
  • The evening’s best beauty included comedy-inflected extremes—like the rise of razor-sharp claw nails—to easy French-girl waves and ethereally sculpted braids.
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Emmys 2021: The Winners Weren’t Particularly Surprising, but the Return of Fun to Awards Shows Certainly Was

By Sonia Saraiya
  • Nothing is exactly wrong with the fact that the Television Academy preferred Tobias Menzies to Williams’ performance, but the moment soured quickly as Washington explained that Menzies wasn’t present to accept his award.
  • It was the night of Ted Lasso, The Crown, and Mare of Easttown, even as the show drew in numerous racially diverse performers to do comedic bits and present awards.
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RuPaul makes Emmy history

  • It's been a long, hard road, but I have enjoyed every minute of it."Six of RuPaul's wins were for outstanding host for a reality or competition program, the latest of which was won at last weekend's Creative Arts Emmys.In his acceptance speech, RuPaul thanked those who go on their show and share "their stories of courage.""For you kids out there watching, you have a tribe that is waiting for you," he said.
  • Morgan, according to the Los Angeles Times.The latest award came for the 13th season of "RuPaul's Drag Race," which picked up the honor for best reality-competition program.Speaking to "SNL" performer Bowen Yang for the LA Times prior to the ceremony, the host and executive producer said the possibility of making history was meaningful."I have all the scars to show you from a career in show business," he said.
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Volcano erupts on Atlantic island; lava threatens some homes

  • A volcano on Spain’s Atlantic Ocean island of La Palma erupted Sunday after a weeklong buildup of seismic activity, prompting authorities to step up plans for evacuating thousands as lava flows destroyed isolated houses and threatened to reach the coast.
  • Mariano Hernández, president of La Palma island, said there were no immediate reports of deaths or injuries but the lava flows made him concerned “about the populated areas on the coast.”
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At vigil for victims in Wisconsin slaying: ‘We got each other’

By Christina Saint Louis
  • Dozens gathered at the steps of St. Paul's Mount Olivet Baptist Church on Sunday to pray for unity alongside the families of Loyace Foreman III and Nitosha Flug-Presley, two of the four Minnesotans recently found dead in a Wisconsin cornfield.
  • Though Jessica and Loyace Foreman now reside in Texas, they returned to honor their only son at Mount Olivet Baptist Church because it has long been a fixture of the community and their family.
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How The Queen’s Gambit Stayed an Emmy Front-Runner for an Entire Year

By David Canfield
  • While drama and comedy felt like foregone conclusions, the 2021 Emmys’ limited-series race didn’t lack drama or tension: a group of hugely popular, star-driven productions were left to duke it out, backed by the biggest industry players in the game right now.
  • It says a lot that Netflix felt like old news here—its big contender, The Queen’s Gambit, established itself as the frontrunner almost a full year ago, one of 2020’s great lockdown binges.
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How China’s Pollution Fight Is Roiling Commodities: QuickTake

  • They’re more crucial this year due to China’s desire to showcase itself to the world via the Winter Olympics, thought to be very important to Xi. They will also help show the international community that China is serious about its goal to be carbon neutral by 2060 and help with shorter-term targets around switching from coal to gas, phasing out inefficient industrial boilers and cutting the number of diesel trucks on the road.
  • China is planning to expand air pollution curbs in Beijing and nearby provinces to more cities that are crucial for the production of coal, steel and transport fuel.
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COVID hospital bills arrive as insurers restore co-pays and deductibles

By Christopher Rowland
  • In 2020, as the pandemic took hold, U.S. health insurance companies declared they would cover 100% of the costs for COVID treatment, waiving copays and expensive deductibles for hospital stays that frequently range into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
  • That means, because she got sick months later, she could be on the hook for $5,500 in deductibles, copays and out-of-network charges this year for her care in a Georgia hospital near her home, including her ICU stay, according to family estimates.
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‘Queen’s Gambit’ director Scott Frank roasted for long 2021 Emmys speech

By Samantha Ibrahim
  • The filmmaker won the award for Outstanding Directing For A Limited Or Anthology Series Or Movie for the Netflix show and spoke for about two minutes, despite the music trying to play him off.
  • “Michaela Coel giving a concise, powerful, and humble speech directly after Scott Frank acting like an arrogant d–k and shushing the musical cue three times for more rambling self-importance is awards shows in a nutshell.
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‘This is the time.’ Stansbury seeks funding for Pueblo irrigation infrastructure

By Hannah Grover
‘This is the time.’ Stansbury seeks funding for Pueblo irrigation infrastructure

The Pueblo people have been farming along the Rio Grande since time immemorial, but funding is needed for the infrastructure to keep this practice going, according to U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury, who worked to get $200 million included in the reconciliation package for that purpose.

The Albuquerque Democrat said that the reconciliation package and the infrastructure package are opportunities for Congress to fund major projects that will help people for decades to come.

Continue reading ‘This is the time.’ Stansbury seeks funding for Pueblo irrigation infrastructure at The NM Political Report.

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Emmys 2021: Kate Winslet, ‘Mare of Easttown’ dominate limited series Emmys.

By Peter Larsen
“Mare of Easttown,” the HBO limited series starring Kate Winslet as a small-town police detective investigating a murder, took home three out of four acting awards, including best actress for Winslet, at the Emmys on Sunday. “I just want to acknowledge my fellow nominees in this decade that has to be about women having each other’s backs,” Winslet said in her speech. “I support you, I salute you, I’m proud of all of you.” “Brad Ingelsby, you created a middle-aged, imperfect, flawed mother and you made us all feel validated quite honestly,” she continued, giving a shoutout to the series writer and producer. Earlier in the night, Julianne […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Kate Winslet Wins Hotly Contested Emmy for Lead Actress in a Limited Series

By Chris Murphy
  • (Coel didn’t go home empty-handed on Emmy night, at least; she won a writing award right before losing to Winslet.)
  • Winslet ended her speech by thanking her co-stars Evan Peters, Julianne Nicholson and “the almighty Jean Smart,” all of whom had won Emmys earlier that night (though Smart’s was not for Mare ), and her children and her husband, Edward Smith, “who i get to hold hands with for the rest of my life.”
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‘Ted Lasso,’ ‘Crown,’ ‘Hacks” among Emmy Award winners

By LYNN ELBER
  • Jason Sudeikis, star of the warm-hearted "Ted Lasso," and Jean Smart of the generation-gap story "Hacks" won top comedy series acting trophies at Sunday's Emmy Awards.
  • Earlier in the evening, ebullient "Ted Lasso" castmate Hannah Waddingham, winner of the best supporting actress award for a comedy, said Sudeikis "changed my life with this, and more importantly my baby girl's."
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As leaders reconvene at UN, climate and COVID top the list

By EDITH M. LEDERER
  • After COVID-19 forced leaders to deliver remote, pre-recorded speeches at last year's meeting, more than 100 heads of state and government and more than two dozen ministers decided to come to New York this year despite the pandemic.
  • Richard Gowan, U.N. director of the International Crisis Group, said the General Assembly's first in-person meeting since the pandemic began — though about 60 leaders have opted to deliver pre-recorded speeches — is not only symbolic but an opportunity to "show that international cooperation matters."
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Michaela Coel Is an Emmy Winner Now for I May Destroy You

By Yohana Desta
  • At Sunday night’s Emmys 2021 awards ceremony, the creator of I May Destroy You picked up a statuette for the best writing for a limited series category.
  • It’s the first win for the British auteur, whose dark, deeply empathetic series cut through the noise this year, thanks to Coel’s blisteringly honest portrait of her own experience with sexual assault and living in its devastating aftermath.
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Emmys 2021: Jean Smart and Jason Sudeikis win top comedy acting honors for ‘Hacks’ and ‘Ted Lasso’

By Peter Larsen
  • Actor Jason Sudeikis won best actor in a comedy for the title role in “Ted Lasso,” a series he also co-created, which earlier in the evening also won best supporting actress and actor, too.
  • “Hacks” also picked up best writing and best directing for a comedy series earlier in the evening, with co-creator Lucia Aniello sharing the writing prize with Jen Statsky and Paul W.
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Senate parliamentarian deals blow to Dems’ immigration push

By ALAN FRAM
  • The decision by Elizabeth MacDonough, the Senate's nonpartisan interpreter of its often enigmatic rules, is a damaging and disheartening setback for President Joe Biden, congressional Democrats and their allies in the pro-immigration and progressive communities.
  • Democrats and their immigration allies have said they will offer alternative approaches to MacDonough that would open a doorway to permanent status to at least some immigrants.
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Kate Winslet won the Emmy for outstanding lead actress for her role as a Delco detective in HBO’s ‘Mare of Easttown’

  • Actress Kate Winslet won the Emmy for outstanding leading actress in a limited series or movie for her on-point portrayal of melancholy police detective Marianne “Mare” Sheehan in Mare of Easttown, HBO’s murder-mystery series set in the Philadelphia suburbs.
  • Evan Peters won Mare of Easttown’s first Emmy of the evening.
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Jean Smart Wins Her Fourth Career Emmy for Hacks

By Chris Murphy
  • In an interview with V.F., Einbinder, who’s nominated for best supporting actress in a comedy series, described Smart as “a legend,” adding, “I respect Jean so much.”
  • While she worked consistently, Smart experienced a career revitalization in the late 2010s with plum supporting roles in FX’s Fargo and HBO’s Watchmen, both of which earned her Emmy nominations for supporting actress in a limited series.
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‘Open Boulevard’ series debuts in Logan Square

By Tom Schuba
  • People mingled with friends and neighbors and stopped at various vendors and tents along Logan Boulevard for the debut of “Open Boulevard,” a series of three-day-long street fests that will include pop-up performances, food and other activities hosted by local businesses within the community.
  • Ira Cox, of Logan Square, brought his two kids to Palmer Square Park where they took turns walking a tightrope that was set up by Aloft Circus Arts, a performance arts school in the neighborhood.
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Mare of Easttown’s Julianne Nicholson Upsets Kathryn Hahn at Emmys 2021

By Savannah Walsh
  • Facing competition from nominees such as WandaVision ’s Kathryn Hahn and her own Mare co-star Jean Smart, Nicholson won the 2021 Emmy for supporting actress in a limited series.
  • “Great, great material is hard to find and you wrote a script that was true to the horror and beauty and the incredible bonds of ordinary people’s lives, particularly the bonds between women, something we don’t always see,” Nicholson said, before thanking director Craig Zobel .
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Daveed Diggs and Emmy Raver-Lampman Celebrate Hamilton and Their Versace Looks on the Emmys 2021 Red Carpet

By Erin Vanderhoof
  • “This nomination is an interesting one because it’s for something we did a long time ago, so it all feels like a really fun victory lap where I get to hang out with my friends,” Diggs said.
  • “The nice thing about Hamilton coming out in the middle of the pandemic on Disney+ was that it gave a lot of people who, I think, needed a lift in the a world an opportunity to experience a thing that brought a lot of joy, but also to reexamine this unique telling of the birth of America in a different time,” he said.
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‘New tool in our tool kit’: Minnesota colleges say online classes here to stay

By Ryan Faircloth
  • A new health sciences degree program at the University of Minnesota Rochester will combine online and in-person learning to help students complete their studies in just over two years instead of four.
  • Some colleges are launching their first-ever online and hybrid degree programs, while others are working to make more of their existing classes forever capable of switching between remote and face-to-face learning.
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Emmys 2021: Michael K. Williams Is Still Emmy-Less After Losing to Tobias Menzies

By Savannah Walsh
  • Voting closed prior to his tragic death on September 6, but Williams was already projected to win for his powerful performance in HBO’s now canceled Lovecraft Country .
  • It’s the kind of showcase that’d be generally award-worthy—but when you consider that Williams has somehow never won an Emmy, it starts to look more like a must-do for the Television Academy.
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Emmys 2021: Late-night TV winners pay tribute to the late Norm MacDonald

By Peter Larsen
Comedian and actor Norm MacDonald, who died last week at 61, never won an Emmy for his work on “Saturday Night Live” or his other TV projects, but he was far from forgotten at the Emmys on Sunday. “No one was funnier in the last 20 years than Norm MacDonald on late night comedy,” said John Oliver, as he accept the award for best variety talk series for “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. “If you have any time in the next week do what I did and spend time YouTubing clips of Norm and Conan because it just doesn’t get better than that,” he said. Producer Lorne Michaels, who accepted the award for best sketch show for “Saturday Night Live,” […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Emmys 2021: ‘The Crown’ jumps out to an early lead in the drama categories

By Peter Larsen
“The Crown” picked up four awards in the first hour of the Emmys on Sunday, including a pair of wins for supporting actor and actress. Gillian Anderson picked up best supporting actress in a drama for her role as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Anderson, who was with most of “The Crown” cast and creators in England, spent most of her speech thanking her longtime manager, and ran out of time before she could get around to that remarkable wig. Tobias Menzies, who plays Prince Philip on “The Crown,” won for best supporting actor, and was not present either for the in-person show in Los Angeles or the virtual party for “The Crown.” “The […]Read more >Similar articles >
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CapMetro adjusting route times due to labor shortage

By Andrew Schnitker
AUSTIN (KXAN) — Capitol Metro is adjusting how some of its "High-Frequency" routes will operate, citing labor shortages and COVID-19 impacts. The agency says "the new schedule is designed to use current staffing levels for consistent service across the transit network." CapMetro says its labor shortage has spanned several years, but has been exacerbated by the pandemic and rising housing costs in the Austin metro. Austin bus driver suspended for using cell phone to call 911 CapMetro is actively recruiting operators and mechanics. Candidates can earn up to a $3,500 hiring bonus and will be offered full benefits, the […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Can the World’s Most Painful Telecom Market Reform?

By Andy Mukherjee | Bloomberg
  • Investors like Norway’s Telenor ASA, which had entered India a little later than Vodafone, got burned when the country’s Supreme Court canceled 122 telecom licenses in one fell swoop in 2012, suspecting irregularities in their award.
  • This was also when New Delhi, after losing a tax case against Vodafone, retrospectively changed the law to hound the operator with a $3 billion demand.
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It’s a not a democracy if the votes don’t count

By CST Editorial Board
  • In Georgia, Republicans enacted a law in March that gives state-level Republicans the ability to take over county vote-counting machinery, which would allow them to tip future presidential and congressional elections their way.
  • The law gives state-level officials the power to do what Trump wanted to do in 2020: make decisions after the fact about which votes will be counted.
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Car club hosts Longmont fundraiser for family of Skyline’s Savion Lowe

By Amy Bounds
  • Friends and community members turned out Sunday for a car show in honor of Skyline High senior Savion Lowe, sharing memories of his big personality and offering support as they raised money for Lowe’s family.
  • His parents, Fred Lowe and Latasha Sanders, brought the Ford F-150 truck that was to be his high school graduation present to the Longmont car show, hanging a banner from the truck that people could sign.
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Woodward Park Arboretum to undergo $3.9 million makeover

By Kevin Canfield Tulsa World
  • (right) Horticulturist Andy Fusco shows Tulsa Garden Center CEO, Laura Chalus, where an Indigobush is located but an invasive Mulberry is trying to take over at the Arboreteum and needs to be taken care of as part of renovations of the park in Tulsa, OK, Sep. 16, 2021.
  • Laura Chalus, CEO of Tulsa Garden Center, sits on a stump of a fallen Water Oak that needs to be replaced as part of renovations of the park in Tulsa, OK, Sep. 16, 2021.
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Emmys open with music, wins for 2 ‘Ted Lasso,’ actors

By LYNN ELBER
  • An ebullient Waddingham, winner of the best supporting actress award for a comedy, said series star and producer Jason Sudeikis "changed my life with this, and more importantly my baby girl's."
  • That includes Netflix's drama "The Crown" and Apple TV+ comedy "Ted Lasso." Each is considered a frontrunner Sunday for top series honors in their respective categories, and their casts received armloads of nominations.
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Emmys 2021: Evan Peters’s Big Win Started With a Risky Gamble

  • ” Zabel as he was originally written on the page was a bit closer to some of the braggadocio-infused characters Peters has played in the past, but Peters says that in chewing over the role with series director Craig Zobel, they decided it was a better choice to make Zabel more of an eager-to-learn admirer of Mare’s.
  • Ever since he burst onto the scene a decade ago as troubled, lovesick ghost Tate Langdon in American Horror Story: Murder House, Evan Peters has been putting in solid work both in the Ryan Murphy -verse of TV shows and as one of the brightest spots in Fox’s troubled X-Men films.
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Breakthrough infections a small percentage

  • Only 3% of more than 50,000 COVID-19 cases reported in New Hampshire over the last eight months involve people who have been vaccinated, but that doesn’t stop a large percentage of Granite State residents from doubting that the vaccine works.
  • The relatively low numbers of vaccinated people with the disease shows that the vaccine is protective, said Mindi Messmer, of the New Hampshire Science and Public Health Task Force.
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Michelle Wu shies away from ‘progressive’ label with mayoral election in sight

By Erin Tiernan
  • During her victory speech following Tuesday’s election, Essaibi-George attacked Wu’s “unrealistic policy goals” saying, “The mayor of Boston cannot make the T free.
  • Mayoral hopeful Michelle Wu is working to soften her “progressive” image as she battles it out to be the city’s next CEO with fellow city councilor Annissa Essaibi-George, who leans moderate.
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Partial list of winners at the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards

Awards presented at the 73rd Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 19: Supporting actress in a drama series: Gillian Anderson, “The Crown” Supporting actor in a comedy series: Brett Goldstein, “Ted Lasso” Supporting actress in a comedy series: Hannah Waddingham, “Ted Lasso” Supporting actor in a limited or anthology series or movie: Evan Peters, “Mare of Easttown” Supporting actress in a limited or anthology series or movie: Julianne Nicholson, “Mare of Easttown” Directing for a drama series: Jessica Hobbs, “The Crown” Writing for a drama series: Peter Morgan, “The Crown” […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Vaccine mandate for 18,000 Boston workers rolls out Monday

By Erin Tiernan
  • The vaccine mandate will be rolled out in three phases with employees who serve “high priority residents” including public school students, and work in city services like day care, the library and the Council on Aging must comply starting Monday.
  • Roughly 18,000 city workers will have to submit proof of full vaccination against coronavirus or start weekly testing starting Monday, according to a new city policy.
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Solution to Evan Birnholz’s Sept. 12 Post Magazine crossword, “Voice-overs”

By Evan Birnholz
  • If you solved this puzzle on paper, you’ll notice there are some instructions above the clues that say: “When you’re done, take the first letters of certain prominent characters you’ve found and read them clockwise to spell out a person you may have heard of.”
  • The names of the characters they voice reside outside the grid’s borders, making sense of the clues with answers that, at first glance, seem to be a letter short.
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Emmys 2021: How Ted Lasso’s Brett Goldstein Won a Stacked Category

By David Canfield
  • Pick your Diamond Dog—that was the challenge Emmy voters gave themselves when they nominated a striking four men from Ted Lasso in the comedy-supporting-actor category.
  • Goldstein follows in the footsteps of Schitt’s Creek creator-star Dan Levy in this category; like Levy’s win here, the Ted Lasso star’s win likely presages an overall sweep for the Apple TV+ comedy.
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Hannah Einbinder on Her Prada Gown and the “Internal Panic” She Didn’t Show on the Emmys 2021 Red Carpet

By Erin Vanderhoof
  • A few days before the Emmys, actress and comedian Hannah Einbinder was wearing a casual outfit you might expect to see on Ava, the down-on-her-luck comedy writer that she plays on the HBO Max breakout show Hacks: gym shorts and a forest green sweatshirt.
  • “I’ve got to say, I have loved the freedom of being able to purely express emotion,” Einbinder said.
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5 key numbers from UCLA’s loss to Fresno State

By James H. Williams
Here are five key numbers from UCLA’s 40-37 loss to Fresno State: 2 The number of touchdowns scored by receiver Kyle Philips and running back Zach Charbonnet. 3 The number of points that made the difference in the final score and the number of points Fresno State scored off turnovers. 20 UCLA’s offense produced 20 points in the fourth quarter, as the Bruins pieced together a comeback attempt against Fresno State. 114 UCLA gave up more rushing yards to Fresno State than the Bruins did over the first two games combined (75). 445 The Bruins defense allowed Fresno State quarterback Jake Haener to throw for a season-high 455 yards. Related […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Determined migrants unfazed as deportations begin from Texas border

By Arelis Hernández
  • The Biden administration Sunday began deporting people from the makeshift camp where nearly 14,000 migrants have gathered beneath a South Texas bridge amid food shortages and deteriorating sanitary conditions.
  • In a midday news conference, Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz said the federal government had moved 3,300 individuals from the camp Sunday to migrant processing facilities.
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Why is Hong Kong Doubling Down on its Covid Zero Strategy?

By Anjani Trivedi | Bloomberg
  • Yes, we do pay a price for that.AT: Does that then mean that because there’s a zero tolerance policy, and because our situation is such, that as long as people keep coming to Hong Kong, we will maintain a 21-day quarantine?
  • AT: How does the government think about the social and economic costs of these measures, particularly border-control measures, given that Hong Kong is an international hub?
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Answers needed on State Patrol riot records

By Editorial Board
  • 5, a State Patrol commander asserted in a court hearing that a "vast majority of the agency" had deleted e-mails and text messages after the riots that convulsed the Twin Cities in the wake of George Floyd's murder by a Minneapolis police officer.
  • The State Patrol was among the law enforcement agencies deployed to help quell the violence that erupted on city streets after Floyd's death.
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Second ‘new deal’ won’t work without … work

By Frank Barry
  • The New Deal's attack on the Great Depression had four main components: temporary direct relief for the impoverished, in the form of cash grants administered by the states; a stronger social safety net, through new programs such as Social Security; an expanded regulatory state, with new policies and agencies aimed at stabilizing and strengthening the economy; and — most important of all, according to FDR — jobs for the legions of unemployed.
  • Yet Biden's most significant domestic policy accomplishments concern only the first of the New Deal's four parts: direct relief, in the form of the additional unemployment benefits that began under President Donald Trump, a second stimulus check to most Americans, a 30% increase in average monthly food stamp payments, and a temporary expanded tax credit for families with children.
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Purple finches provide year-round color

  • Purple finches spotted in the Northeast during winter may include year-round residents that don’t migrate, birds that breed in more northern areas and are passing through to wintering grounds in the southern and central United States, and short-distance migrants following food sources.
  • Perhaps the most vivid remaining species is the purple finch, which occurs in northeastern forests year-round and is a winter visitor to bird feeders.
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The one consistent thing is hypocrisy

By Ross Douthat
  • Early in the pandemic a political observer might have assumed that facing a mortal threat — one that emerged in China, no less — conservatives would embrace restrictions and quarantines the way they embraced the Patriot Act and other post-9/11 expansions of federal power, while liberals and the left would accuse the right of giving up too much liberty for the sake of safety.
  • Not just the ruling but its reception and changing partisan valence say a lot about how what seems like stern ideological principle is really flexible — and how people come around to new positions on policy as soon as the in-groups and out-groups, the people benefiting and the people burdened, seem to be reversed.
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‘Strong mayor’ saga is a long story in Minneapolis

By Lori Sturdevant
  • Bet you heard a lot last week about one proposed charter change question on Minneapolis ballots this fall — the one that would subsume the police department within a new Department of Public Safety and let the City Council have its way with it.
  • The first attempt to create an executive mayor/legislative council form of governance via city charter change occurred 121 years ago, only 42 years after the city's founding.
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Fauci says booster use may be expanded as more data become available

By Boston Herald Wire Services
  • Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, spoke two days after an advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration rejected a national rollout of boosters for all ages, approving them only for people 65 and older and those who are medically vulnerable.
  • “The one thing people need to realize is data are coming in literally on a daily and weekly basis,” he said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
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Some shark species better at surviving catch and release: New England Aquarium-led study

By Rick Sobey
  • Some shark species are extremely resilient to the stress of being caught and released while other species are much more likely to die, shark researchers found in a New England Aquarium-led study.
  • “We set out to do what very few studies had done previously — put electronic tags on a large number of sharks and collect blood samples from the same animals that we tagged,” said Nick Whitney, senior scientist in the New England Aquarium’s Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life and lead author of the study.
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Huawei’s Decline Shows Why China Will Struggle to Dominate

By Henry Brands
  • One of the biggest geopolitical developments of the last two years has been the quiet decline of Huawei Technologies Co. In 2019, the Chinese telecommunications behemoth was racing toward dominance of the world’s 5G networks.
  • In effect, O-RAN allows different companies to plug and play in a single network, making it harder for Huawei or any other firm to dominate global telecommunications infrastructure.
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City council to hear from Atlantic Broadband about new cable franchise 

  • Concord residents and councilors will hear from Atlantic Broadband on Monday at 5:30p.m. on how the cable provider would deliver services to the city.
  • At the hearing, the city will weigh whether Atlantic can provide “reasonable service quality in terms of available technology, subscriber interest, and cost,” and whether the company has “reasonable rules and policies for line extensions and disconnects, customer deposits, and billing practices,” among other considerations.
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Readers Write: Bottineau Blue Line extension, abortion

  • The recent Star Tribune article about opposition to the new light-rail alignment in Robbinsdale ( "Suburb balks at route for Blue Line," Sept.
  • This alignment does not serve New Hope or Golden Valley, and it will displace people from their homes and businesses whether it runs on Lowry or West Broadway, raising the question of why wider corridors like Hwy. 55 or 100 are not utilized instead.
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As COVID numbers peak, mandates become hot topic

  • For the last couple of weeks, new cases of COVID-19 have surged, hospitals have paused elective procedures to make room for coronavirus patients, and outbreaks at nursing homes have started up again, making the "normal" summer coming to a crashing end.
  • Brendan Williams, the president of the N.H. Health Care Association, said members have already reported nursing home staff leaving for small businesses to avoid the 100-employee mandate.
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Reckless COVID talk will hurt, not heal

By Editorial Board
  • In it, he encourages Minnesotans to disregard the new requirements and calls for "civil disobedience" that would further divide the state while putting his followers at risk as COVID patients max out hospital capacity in some states.
  • But while he frequently calls for "law and order," he's sabotaging it by encouraging supporters to flout the federal authority that recently put strengthened COVID-19 protections in place.
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With Climate Change, There May Be No Best Place to Live

By Francis Wilkinson | Bloomberg
  • In 2011, students in an urban studies class at Portland State University in Oregon were asked to consider the future impact of climate change on the region.
  • “The warm, salty Gulf Stream feeds into the northward flowing current that forms the upper limb of the AMOC in the northern North Atlantic,” writes Columbia University oceanographer Arnold Gordon in an email.
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Great escapes: Remembering other zoo animals that have made a run for it

By John Kelly
  • The three-year-old bear had escaped from the National Zoo, to which it had been sent eight months earlier from Yellowstone National Park.
  • Head keeper Blackburne said, “If we thought the wolf inflicted the wounds, we would willingly admit it, as we have no desire to conceal anything, but there is no necessity for people to become unreasonably alarmed, as is always the case over a scare aroused by the escape of a wild animal.”
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Poll: Mayor Frey, Minneapolis City Council see approval fall

By Susan Du
  • Nearly half of likely Minneapolis voters want to increase mayoral authority over the city's daily operations, even though support specifically for Mayor Jacob Frey has waned over the past year, according to a new Minnesota Poll.
  • Frey's approval showed a marked decline from the 50% favorable opinion the mayor received in a similar poll from August 2020, shortly after the police killing of George Floyd, days of violent rioting, and a majority of council members' pledge to end the Police Department.
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Hot summer causes algae blooms to become more common on Lake Superior

By Brooks Johnson
  • "Are things changing in the lake, and are we seeing a shift?" said Kaitlin Reinl, a researcher at the University of Wisconsin Madison who has extensively studied algae blooms in Lake Superior.
  • "In general, high surface water temperatures may promote blooms," said Gina La­Liberte, the Wisconsin DNR's harmful algal bloom coordinator; this year has seen much warmer water in Lake Superior than in a typical year.
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The Fed’s Time Is Running Out for a Timely Taper

By Mohamed A. El-Erian | Bloomberg
  • Yet the Fed is unlikely to do so this week for several reasons, from the inability to embrace sufficiently yet the extent to which the demand and supply paradigm has shifted to concerns about triggering a disorderly correction of elevated asset prices after the excessive risk-taking encouraged by years of ample and predictable liquidity injections.
  • The central bank should announce the immediate initiation of a tapering of quantitative easing with a goal of eliminating the $120 billion of monthly purchases in the first half of next year; and it should signal through its forward policy guidance a gradual lifting of near-zero interest rates starting in the second half of next year.
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Mj Rodriguez on making transgender Emmys history: ‘Respect my womanhood’

By Nadine DeNinno, Jenna Yaches
  • Whether she wins a trophy or not, Sunday’s 2021 Emmy Awards are one for the books for Mj Rodriguez — and the entire LGBTQIA community — as the “Pose” star becomes the first transgender Best Actress in a Drama nominee in TV Academy history.
  • “A lot of this strength is modeled after my own mother, who was always accepting when other parents threw kids like me out onto the streets,” Rodriguez said .
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Bull Moose workers in New Hampshire unionize

By Edward D. Murphy
  • In a statement, Bull Moose said it was surprised by the workers’ decision to join a union because it has been talking to employees at its 11 stores in Maine and New Hampshire about their concerns since the Salem store’s reopening in June.
  • United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1445 said the Salem store employees voted unanimously to join the union, which has 12,000 members in the grocery, health care and other industries in New England.
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The Fed’s Time Is Running Out for a Timely Taper

By Mohamed A El-Erian
  • Yet the Fed is unlikely to do so this week for several reasons, from the inability to embrace sufficiently yet the extent to which the demand and supply paradigm has shifted to concerns about triggering a disorderly correction of elevated asset prices after the excessive risk-taking encouraged by years of ample and predictable liquidity injections.
  • The central bank should announce the immediate initiation of a tapering of quantitative easing with a goal of eliminating the $120 billion of monthly purchases in the first half of next year; and it should signal through its forward policy guidance a gradual lifting of near-zero interest rates starting in the second half of next year.
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Challenges in first weeks of school in D.C.: Testing, quarantining and contact tracing

By Perry Stein
  • After the first weeks of school, some D.C. parents remain frustrated by how campuses are handling coronavirus quarantines and data shows the District has failed so far to reach its goals for testing students for the virus.
  • The city’s website also includes a separate link showing the number of D.C. Public Schools students and personnel currently in quarantine and publishes the results of its virus testing within the traditional public school system and some charters that have opted into the program.
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Traveling is a right; how you do so is not

By Letters to the Editor
  • It was clear from the context of her statements that Dr. Wen was referring to travel by publicly regulated shared transport (planes, trains, buses, etc.), where a traveler could infect others with the coronavirus, possibly making them seriously ill or spreading the disease in the larger population.
  • Travel by regulated shared transportation, however, must be regarded as a privilege.
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Biden pitching partnership after tough stretch with allies

By AAMER MADHANI
President Biden goes before the United Nations this week eager to make the case for the world to act with haste against the coronavirus, climate change, and human rights abuses. His pitch for greater global partnership comes at a moment when allies are becoming increasingly skeptical about how much US foreign policy really has changed since Donald Trump left the White House. […]Read more >Similar articles >

Juvenile justice reforms allow demolition of youth lockup facility in South Salt Lake

By Ben Winslow | FOX 13-KSTU
  • “Because of some of the shifts in reforms in Utah in juvenile justice, this is a space where we don’t need this capacity anymore,” said Brett Peterson, the executive director of Utah’s Division of Juvenile Justice Services told FOX 13.
  • The Utah Division of Juvenile Justice Services had actually planned to expand Wasatch Youth Center prior to the reform legislation.
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‘Sinkhole fairy’ pays visit to Texas neighborhood to raise awareness of road conditions

By Kelsey Thompson
LIBERTY HILL, Texas (KXAN) — Most people wouldn’t be thrilled at the sight of potholes littering a roadway. But for one Texas community, these roadway conditions have paved the way for some creative scenes greeting passersby each day. For the past week, a "sinkhole fairy" has been paying some special visits to a Liberty Hill neighborhood, constructing new scenes as a tongue-in-cheek way of raising awareness to current road conditions within the community. An anonymous Liberty Hill resident has been decorating potholes as a way of raising awareness to current roadway conditions. (Courtesy: KXAN Viewer)An anonymous […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Union members approve new deal, end Nabisco strike

By Sam Campbell
  • "The BCTGM’s striking members made enormous sacrifices in order to achieve a quality contract that preserves our Union’s high standards for wages, hours and benefits for current and future Nabisco workers," BCTGM International President Anthony Shelton said.
  • Nabisco workers in five cities across the country voted to accept a new collective bargaining agreement, ending the strike that started with 200 employees Aug. 10.
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1 in 5 Austinites face food insecurity. Here’s how nonprofits, city leaders are addressing it

By Kelsey Thompson
  • He said for him, the importance of this program is collaborating with nonprofits that have the experience of addressing food insecurities within their communities, providing them with the resources to help expand those initiatives.
  • The Kitchen Diva Health Outreach is one of 20 Austin-based programs and nonprofits named a recipient of the city's Food Justice Mini Grant Program .
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What’s next as Fright Fest continues to improve at Six Flags Magic Mountain

By Brady MacDonald
  • Fright Fest has raised its game to the level of Knott’s Scary Farm and is drawing big crowds to rival Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights as Six Flags Magic Mountain becomes a legitimate contender in the battle for Halloween haunt supremacy in Southern California.
  • Fright Fest has finally caught up to rival Knott’s Scary Farm after years of playing the distant bronze medalist with perennial front runner Halloween Horror Nights still holding a commanding lead in the race for best haunted theme park event at a Southern California theme park.
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Delayed congressional map upends midterm campaigns

By Alayna Treene
  • "It's always a pain in the a-- to try and recruit candidates in a redistricting cycle, because, in essence, you're trying to convince someone to give up more than a year of their life to run in a district that hasn't been drawn yet," Dave Wasserman of the Cook Political Report told Axios.
  • Wasserman said: "There are going to be musical chairs in any states that play out very quickly, and having a war chest can intimidate a potential primary opponent out of a certain district or race.
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‘I’ve got your back’: How Tuacahn’s child actors balance school, family and singing their hearts out on stage

By Kaitlyn Bancroft
  • Ruby said she thought the audition was a long shot — Lydia’s only previous experience was in a few community theater shows, and she’d never taken any dance classes before that summer — but the next thing she knew, Lydia had been cast as the title character.
  • “It’s important to connect before the show so that we know everyone has each other’s backs on stage,” said Lydia Ricks, 14, who plays backup singer Marcy and understudies as both bassist Katie Travis and class know-it-all Summer Hathaway.
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Former Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa Injured Sunday

Former Alabama quarterback and National Champion Tua Tagovailoa was injured Sunday in the Miami Dolphins 35-0 loss to the Buffalo Bills. While attempting to step into a throw early in the first quarter, Tua was hit as he released the ball. Tua was able to limp off the field under his own power before being carted to the Dolphins locker room. The injury was revealed to be a rib injury, reports say x-rays were negative. NFL.com reports that Tagovailoa is in a lot of pain, and the injury is listed as bruised ribs. Tua will have an MRI on Monday to see if there’s any damage. Categories: […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Colorado to open four new mass COVID-19 vaccination sites

By Shelly Bradbury
Colorado on Monday will open four new mass COVID-19 vaccination sites in an attempt to meet potential increased demand as employer vaccine mandates kick in this fall, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Related Articles As ICU beds fill up, Colorado hospitals beg public to get vaccinated against COVID — and the flu Pitkin County mandates public indoor masks as COVID-19 cases rise in September More than half of Colorado adults reported anxiety over last year, poll finds CU Boulder reports over 90% vaccination rate for students, employees Petitions seek to recall three Boulder school board members over COVID […]Read more >Similar articles >
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How Democrats can capitalize on the MAGA crowd’s frequent humiliations

By Jennifer Rubin
  • Biden’s economic agenda maintains a high level of support (generally 60 percent or more); the GOP’s unfavorable ratings are sky-high; and voters consider Republicans more extreme than Democrats.
  • The Post reported, “The most anticipated visit by right-wing activists to the nation’s capital since a mob stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 ended with a whimper Saturday, as demonstrators supporting the rioters found themselves far outnumbered by police, journalists and counterprotesters.”
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Soon-to-be Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Jeremy Miller known as a “fixer”

By Jessie Van Berkel
  • Republicans picked Miller as the face of their caucus and key negotiator after Sen. Paul Gazelka stepped down to run for governor, placing the self-proclaimed "behind-the-scenes kind of guy" at the center of political skirmishes during a heated election year.
  • Hortman, who also worked for her family business that sells used auto parts, said she has bonded with Miller over their shared background and described him as a "coalition-builder ...
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Journey’s epic iHeartRadio set a sample of Vegas residency

By John Katsilometes
  • So, we had an epic set from Journey, an anthemic performance from Coldplay and and a fiery performance from Billie Eilish during Saturday’s second and final night at T-Mobile Arena.
  • The set was Journey’s toe in the water for its upcoming six-show series Dec. 1-11 at The Theater at Virgin Hotel Las Vegas, and also a single performance Dec. 18 at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace.
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France’s Macron to talk to Biden amid crisis over submarines

By ELAINE GANLEY
  • French President Emmanuel Macron will speak in the coming days with President Joe Biden in their first contact since a major diplomatic crisis erupted between France and the United States over a submarine deal with Australia, an official said Sunday.
  • The phone call is at the request of Biden, government spokesman Gabriel Attal said, adding that there was "shock" and "anger" at first in France over news of the deal.
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Highway department extends comment period for study on north-south connector between Bella Vista, Springdale

By Ron Wood
  • The Arkansas Department of Transportation is extending the public comment period on the western north-south connector study, which will consider a new highway from the Springdale Northern Bypass to the Bella Vista Bypass.
  • The Arkansas Department of Transportation is inviting the public to view meeting materials and provide written comments on a proposed western north-south connector between the Springdale Northern Bypass and the Bella Vista Bypass.
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Protect the recall power from politicians

By Jon Coupal
  • The reforms advanced under Johnson’s leadership included the rights of direct democracy: initiative, referendum and recall which remain a powerful check against political elites and special interests who care little for the average taxpaying citizens of California.
  • This includes efforts to weaken the powers of direct democracy, which Johnson recognized as an indispensable tool to bypass an indolent, unresponsive, and corrupt political system.
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Don Walton: Redistricting showdown time in the Legislature

  • Yes, the spotlight shines on the contentious congressional redistricting battle because the political parties are focused on Nebraska's only competitive House seat and the presidential electoral vote in the Omaha congressional district that was won by Democratic President Joe Biden last November.
  • Could next week's night game at undefeated Michigan State, fresh off an impressive win on the road at Miami, determine how the rest of the season will unfold?
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Rupert Murdoch’s launch of talkTV is about opportunism as much as ideology | Emily Bell

By Emily Bell
  • The talkTV venture is clearly a personal project of Rupert Murdoch, who turned 90 this year, and it reassembles his dream team of the News UK chief executive, Rebekah Brooks, and Morgan – both once rising stars on the pages of Murdoch tabloids.
  • The unveiling of the Morgan/Murdoch vehicle follows a series of disasters at GB News, the rightwing news channel launched in June that has been beset by technical and editorial issues.
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Republicans who let Trump ‘bully’ party will seal midterms defeat, senator says

By Richard Luscombe
  • Bill Cassidy of Louisiana was speaking days after the Ohio Republican congressman Anthony Gonzalez, who voted to impeach Trump over the US Capitol attack, announced he would not seek re-election .
  • One of the seven Republican senators who voted to convict Donald Trump at his second impeachment trial warned on Sunday that the former president’s “bullying” of the party would lead to electoral defeat in next year’s midterms and beyond.
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US closes part of Texas border, begins flying Haitians home

  • About a dozen Texas Department of Public Safety vehicles lined up near the bridge and river where Haitians have been crossing from Ciudad Acuña, Mexico, into Del Rio, Texas, for almost three weeks.
  • Hoping to stop the flow of migrants, the United States on Sunday tried to block the Mexican border at an isolated Texas town where thousands of Haitian refugees have set up a camp, but the migrants quickly found other ways to cross nearby.
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