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In Robinhood’s stock debut, a tumble and then sharp swings

By STAN CHOE and ALEX VEIGA
  • Some users, meanwhile, are still angry at Robinhood after it and other brokers temporarily locked them out of trading GameStop shares earlier this year, when hordes of smaller-pocketed investors were pushing the stock up in part to spite the monied elite on Wall Street.
  • The stock could see continued sharp swings through the day given Robinhood's unusual move to reserve a big chunk of shares for its own smaller-pocketed customers rather than big professional firms.
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Biden pushing federal workers to get vaccinated

  • President Joe Biden is announcing strict new testing, masking and distancing requirements for federal employees who can’t — or won’t — show they’ve been vaccinated against the coronavirus, aiming to boost sluggish vaccine rates among the millions of Americans who draw federal paychecks and to set an example for employers around the country.
  • Biden’s move for the federal government — by far the nation’s largest employer — comes in the face of surging coronavirus rates driven by pockets of vaccine resistance and the more infectious delta variant.
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How the Delta Variant Overtook Missouri: A Lesson for the Rest of the U.S.

By Emily Barone
  • The below chart, which includes counties and cities with more than 20,000 people (collectively accounting for nine in 10 Missourians), shows that places with the highest COVID-19 case rates tend to be smaller counties with lower vaccination rates.
  • As of July 28, Missouri is reporting a seven-day average of new daily cases of 27.3 per 100,000 people, up from 5.4 during the first week of May, before Delta took hold there.
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Baker bribery trial nearly upended after Assistant U.S. Attorney falls ill

By Dale Ellis
  • The bribery trial of former state senator Gilbert Baker was nearly upended Thursday for a second time related to a covid-19 scare after Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Harris was reported to have taken ill with fever and other symptoms after leaving court Wednesday.
  • Just before lunchtime Thursday, Marshall announced he had received an update from Harris regarding the results of a rapid covid-19 test.
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Rosie Perez Just Got Her First Emmy Nom for Acting. She Fought to Get Here

By David Canfield
  • (She’d previously been nominated in the early ‘90s for her choreography work on In Living Color .) It’s been a long journey, from initially saying no to the part because she hates flying to receiving major awards buzz.
  • For The Flight Attendant, HBO Max’s zippy comic thriller starring Kaley Cuoco, Perez earned her first-ever acting Emmy nod for her key supporting turn as Megan, a coworker of Cuoco’s Cassie who gets sucked into a dangerous conspiracy.
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Biden to allow eviction moratorium to expire Saturday

By MICHAEL CASEY
  • "Given the recent spread of the delta variant, including among those Americans both most likely to face evictions and lacking vaccinations, President Biden would have strongly supported a decision by the CDC to further extend this eviction moratorium to protect renters at this moment of heightened vulnerability," the White House said in a statement.
  • The Biden administration announced Thursday it will allow a nationwide ban on evictions to expire Saturday, arguing that its hands are tied after the Supreme Court signaled the moratorium would only be extended until the end of the month.
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Portland to require city employees be vaccinated or tested weekly

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Portland is planning on requiring all city employees be vaccinated or face weekly testing. Exact details and start dates are still being worked on, and the plan will need to be approved by City Council. Special exemptions will be allowed for religious accommodations and the Americans with Disability Act. In a statement on Thursday, Mayor Wheeler’s office said the "the city needs to coordinate with multiple parties to finalize" the plans. Portland has also reinstated itsmandatory face covering requirementfor everyone in cityowned or leasedfacilities as of July 28. 7,300public employees work […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Amid the pension’s crisis it’s time for change at PSERS I Editorial

  • Nearly half a million public school employees rely on the fund’s pension plan to make ends meet, and tens of thousands of teachers who currently work in classrooms are counting on the system for support during their own retirements in the years to come.
  • The General Assembly should also consider adding financial experts to the fund’s board; there is currently no requirement for any of the board members to have a background in investment management.
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Listen: The quest for a Covid pill, a microbiome gut-check, & CRISPR on the big screen

By Damian Garde and Meg Tirrell and Adam Feuerstein
  • For more on what we cover, here’s the latest on the FDA and Aduhelm ; here’s more on vaccine durability ; here’s the news on the microbiome ; here’s the story on the CRISPR movie ; here’s where you can subscribe to the First Opinion Podcast ; and here’s our complete coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic .
  • We cover all that and more this week on “The Readout LOUD,” STAT’s biotech podcast.
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Haz mat incident reported on N. Columbia

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A hazardous materials incident on North Columbia Boulevard in Portland on Thursday morning resulted in traffic being temporarily shut down within a half-mile radius, according to officials. Portland Fire & Rescue said it happened on the 2300 block of North Columbia. Traffic was shut down within a half-mile radius as crews respond to the scene; however, North Columbia has since re-opened. Haz mat incident 2300 block N ColumbiaPortland fire crews are on scene of a hazardous materials incident here. all traffic is shut down within a half mile radius please avoid the area. Media staging is Argyle wy and N […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis say we don’t need to bathe every day. Here’s what experts say

  • How often you should bathe really depends on your daily activities, according to Elaine Larson, senior scholar in residence at the New York Academy of Medicine and professor emerita of epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.
  • Also considering the pandemic, we are seeing a lot more people using antibacterial hand sanitizers like Purell, and this may not be great for your skin if you aren’t careful, said Dr. Arielle Nagler, assistant professor of dermatology at New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine.
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Stillwater: Matt Damon on the Unlikely Muse Behind His Transformation

By Julie Miller
  • And their legs are kind of stiff from decades of hard work.’” Describing Damon’s excitement about the role, McCarthy said, “I've been around actors enough to tell when they’re really enjoying that part of the process where they’re so locked into a character and it’s like riding a wave a little bit.
  • The Oscar winner was due to play a roughneck in the drama Stillwater, out in theaters Friday, and hoped that spending time with hardworking manual laborers like his character Bill would help him convincingly play one onscreen.
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Auditor: Iowa Veterans Home leader knew he collected $105k in excess pay

By Clark Kauffman
  • A new report from the auditor’s office says former IVH Commandant Timon Oujiri collected $90,027 in questionable gross wages and $15,386 in related payroll costs.
  • In addition, state auditors said as of early this week, IVH officials had not filed a formal wage adjustment to recover contributions made to the retirement system due to the excess, unauthorized wages collected by Oujiri.
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Do Ohio Voters Actually Know Who J.D. Vance Is?

By Charlotte Klein
  • J.D. Vance, the Republican Senate candidate who earlier this month went on Fox News in a desperate attempt to disown prior criticism of Donald Trump, continued his appeal to the MAGA base appeal when discussing one of the former president’s favorite pet topics: the New York Times .
  • “In nearly two dozen conversations with politics watchers and regular voters here before and after Vance officially announced his candidacy, a few did not recognize Vance’s name at all,” Hannan reports, noting that “most voters, with some prompting,” were able to make the connection not as a politician but “as someone they had seen on the news, or whose life story had been made into a movie on Netflix.”
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In Robinhood’s Wall Street debut, stock swings sharply

By STAN CHOE and ALEX VEIGA
  • Robinhood made its own leap into the stock market Thursday, the one it helped reshape by bringing millions of new investors to Wall Street, and its shares swung sharply in their first day of trading.
  • Some users, meanwhile, are still angry at Robinhood after it and other brokers temporarily locked them out of trading GameStop shares earlier this year, when hordes of smaller-pocketed investors were pushing the stock up in part to spite the monied elite on Wall Street.
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What’s in the new infrastructure bill — and why it’s a big deal

By German Lopez
  • Priced at $550 billion in new federal spending, the bipartisan deal focuses almost entirely on physical infrastructure projects that will move to rebuild parts of American society and take action on longer-term issues, from climate change to improving internet access.
  • But news of a $1 trillion infrastructure agreement between Democrats and Republicans, with $550 billion in new spending, is a big deal — one that will affect Americans’ lives both directly and indirectly.
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CDC mask guidance met with hostility by top Republicans

By JILL COLVIN and LINDSAY WHITEHURST
  • From Texas to South Dakota, Republican leaders responded with hostility and defiance to updated masking guidance from public health officials, who advise that even fully vaccinated people return to wearing masks indoors if they live in areas with high rates of virus transmission.
  • Last week, White House officials reported that vaccination rates were on the rise in some states where COVID-19 cases were soaring, as more Republican leaders implored their constituents to lay lingering doubts aside and get the shots to protect themselves.
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Milwaukee County Board approves $50 incentive for people in county custody to get COVID-19 vaccine

  • People in custody at the Milwaukee County Jail and House of Correction could receive $50 for getting the COVID-19 vaccine under legislation the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors approved Thursday.
  • The House of Correction reported that 47% of people in custody at the Franklin facility and 51% of staff had received a vaccine, the legislation states.
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Republicans to block UW virus testing, vaccination rules

By SCOTT BAUER
  • A Republican-controlled committee plans to block the University of Wisconsin from instituting COVID-19 testing, masking and vaccination protocols on campuses across the state, a move that comes as health officials sound warnings a bout the rapidly spreading, highly contagious delta variant.
  • Weekly COVID-19 testing for unvaccinated UW-Madison students living on campus is currently required, but would be blocked under the Nass proposal.
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‘Welcome 2 America’ shows that Prince is still full of surprises

By Jon Bream
  • Circa 1993, he recorded a power trio project with drummer Michael Bland, bassist Sonny Thompson and himself on guitar, but it ended up in the vault.
  • As with many Prince albums, "Welcome 2 America" contains the good, the meh and the "What was he thinking?" Despite its unevenness, this seldom-bootlegged album is a welcome addition to his official catalog, a record that shows a strong sense of purpose, vibrant spirituality and fervent hope for a better world.
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Oregon to require masks indoors for K-12

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – The state of Oregon will require students and staff in K-12 schools to wear masks indoors, Governor Kate Brown’s office announced in a statement today. The decision follows both a recent spike in Oregon’s COVID-19 cases and newly updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Oregon releases updated guidance for 2021-2022 school year "The science and data are clear: the Delta variant is in our communities, and it is more contagious," Brown said in a release. "In the meantime, as we ask Oregonians statewide to mask up in public indoor spaces, we will continue […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Robinhood makes Wall Street debut, stumbles at start

By STAN CHOE and ALEX VEIGA
  • Robinhood made its own leap into the stock market Thursday, the one it helped reshape by bringing millions of new investors to Wall Street, and its shares were falling in their first day of trading.
  • Some users, meanwhile, are still angry at Robinhood after it and other brokers temporarily locked them out of trading GameStop shares earlier this year, when hordes of smaller-pocketed investors were pushing the stock up in part to spite the monied elite on Wall Street.
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Henry Ford Health Doctors Bust COVID Vaccine Myths, They Say Being Circulating Online

  • During a virtual press conference Thursday, doctors with Henry Ford Health says there are currently 23 patients being treated for COVID in their hospital, a number that’s been stable, however they are seeing a slight uptick in people testing positive especially the Delta Variant.
  • (CBS DETROIT)- Official’s with Henry Ford Health says there’s been a lot of COVID-19 vaccination myths circulating online, in an effort to get more people vaccinated, they say they want to set the record straight.
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At long last, leadership class graduates

  • She pointed out that the current graduating class started their eight-month leadership journey in October 2019 but was forced to suspend all meetings and program events due to the pandemic in early 2020.
  • Another ceremony highlight was the selection of class member Jennifer Kelley, Executive Director of the Lakes Region Children’s Auction, as the recipient of the Adrienne Stevens Founders’ Award for Leadership.
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Archegos Was Too Busy for Margin Calls

By Matthew S Levine
  • In this particular case the answer to “and then what” is that, a couple of weeks later, the stocks that Archegos Capital Management owned went down a lot, and it did not have enough money to pay back its loans from Credit Suisse Group AG (whose Prime Services Risk analyst had called Archegos to ask for more margin), and Credit Suisse lost $5.5 billion because it turns out it did not have enough collateral against Archegos’s positions.
  • This was less than half of the additional initial margin that would have been required if Archegos’s Prime Brokerage dynamic margining rules were applied to Archegos’s swaps portfolio.On February 23, 2021, the PSR analyst covering Archegos reached out to Archegos’s Accounting Manager and asked to speak about dynamic margining.
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Officials: Fairfield home of CT’s largest spotted lanternfly population yet

By Katrina Koerting
  • An old egg mass and a few nymphs were observed in Westport and a few adults were found at sites in Fairfield County, which is about a week or so earlier than expected, Stafford said.
  • “Hundreds of nymphs were observed in Southport on Ailanthus, many of which are large shade tree size,” Kirby Stafford, the state entomologist with the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, announced Thursday.
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Should Philadelphia declare a gun violence emergency? | Pro/Con

  • Declaring a state of emergency to address gun violence in our city without any guaranteed action behind it does nothing for Black communities.
  • This month, Mayor Kenney formally declined to declare gun violence a citywide emergency — an action that the City Council unanimously called for last September, and which I have advocated for throughout the months since — arguing that it would have no material impact on his administration’s response to our city’s gun violence crisis.
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Jimmie Tramel: Matt Damon is convincing as an Oklahoman in ‘Stillwater’

By Jimmie Tramel Tulsa World
  • Oklahoma filmmaker Sterlin Harjo showed up and watched Damon at work when shooting was taking place in Oklahoma, according to McCarthy, who said, “Sterlin was like ‘oh man, oh yeah, OK, he got it.’ It was like a stamp of approval from someone who grew up there.”
  • “When you hang out with these guys, they have a certain look and a certain sensibility,” Damon said in production notes for the film.
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Stillwater: How Much of Matt Damon’s New Movie Was Inspired by Amanda Knox?

By Julie Miller
  • In Matt Damon ’s new movie Stillwater, the onetime Jason Bourne trades slick spy gadgets for a dramatic storyline involving a young woman in Europe who is imprisoned abroad for a murder she says she didn’t commit.
  • The premise, Stillwater ’s director and co-screenwriter Tom McCarthy tells Vanity Fair, was directly inspired by the Amanda Knox saga that erupted in Italy after Knox’s roommate was killed in Perugia in 2007.
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Thousands of Pa. households still waiting for rental relief as eviction ban nears its end

  • Under a Philadelphia court order, for example, landlords there must apply for rental assistance at least 45 days before they can file to evict a tenant for non-payment.
  • A week later, the president judge in Delaware County issued an order requiring local courts to inform tenants facing eviction about the rental assistance program, “prominently display” posters about it, and distribute flyers with details.
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Republicans seek requirement for internet companies to disclose government concerns about content

By Andrew Blake
  • Internet companies including Facebook and Twitter already regularly published transparency reports containing all sorts of statistics about requests made by law enforcement officials and other authorities.
  • Senate Republicans have introduced legislation requiring social media companies to publicly disclose requests or recommendations made by governments concerning the content users post on their platforms.
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Peru’s President Puts Himself On a Path To Nowhere

By Clara Ferreira Marques, James Gibney
  • A leftist political novice who ran as candidate for a Marxist party and swept to power on a wave of pandemic anger, former teacher Pedro Castillo had to wait six weeks to be announced as the official winner of the presidential runoff, as his rival piled in with accusations of fraud and challenges to the vote count.
  • But he also called for a new constitution, promised the world’s second-largest copper producer would seek greater state participation in mining ventures, hinted at plans to curb monopolies in financial services and utilities and announced the presidential palace would become a museum.
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Coronavirus exposed huge flaws in the Wisconsin unemployment system. Where things stand and what still needs to be done

  • By December, regular unemployment claims were moving more quickly through the process, but those waiting on benefits from federal programs were still experiencing delayed payments or denials that they believed were incorrect .
  • The state's outdated unemployment system has required consistent updates for the federal unemployment benefits, sometimes delaying payments by months.
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‘Suicide Squad’ director James Gunn slams cancel culture: ‘I’m attracted to outsiders!’

By Noah Sheidlower
  • James Gunn is opening up about cancel culture in light of the release of his upcoming movie “The Suicide Squad.”
  • In the Fox interview, Gunn shared that the sequel to the 2016 David Ayer-directed “The Suicide Squad” brings together the “worst of the worst” anti-heroes in the DC Comics Universe and reverses the script on their negative perceptions.
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Bellator 263: Patricio Pitbull looks to add to rich legacy vs. AJ McKee

By Brian Martin
  • Southern California fans will reap the benefits Saturday as 145-pound champion Patricio Pitbull defends his title for the fourth time in the tournament, taking on Long Beach’s undefeated A.J. McKee in the $1 million final at Bellator 263 on Saturday at The Forum in Inglewood.
  • “It’s a perfect final,” Pitbull said in an interview last week after an open workout outside The Forum.
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Pride: It’s not only for the LGBTQAI+

By Lauren Wheeler, MD
  • When I heard the term imposter syndrome, it was a relief to know that there was a name for what I felt — that means other people feel it too — but it truly started opening the door to a much deeper sense of inauthenticity in my own life.
  • She’s giving me truly unconditional love—which has certainly been a catalyst in the self-acceptance process—and I would never have met her if I’d kept listening to what other people thought I should do with my life.
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Sing goodbye to The Tavernacle: It’s closing time for Salt Lake City’s iconic piano bar

By Kathy Stephenson
It’s closing time for Salt Lake City’s Tavernacle Social Club.July 31 is the last day of business for the popular dueling piano bar — which opened two weeks before the start of the 2002 Winter Olympics.The owners are having a farewell party that night that will feature one last piano show and an auction of memorabilia — including the famous gong and framed photos of Tony Danza. Tickets are $100 at Eventbrite.Located on the corner of 200 East and 300 South, The Tavernacle is being shuttered to make way for 31-story apartment building. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Target giving another $200 bonus to front-line workers

By Nicole Norfleet
  • The only three companies out of the more than a dozen that the report analyzed that bucked this trend were Target, Richfield-based Best Buy and Home Depot, who the report said provided the most pandemic compensation to workers through "temporary pay increases, bonuses and permanent wage increases."
  • Pay for front-line workers increased an average of $1.11 per hour, or 10%, since the start of the pandemic.
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Two more civil cases filed involving pathologist convicted of manslaughter

By Doug Thompson
  • Kolpek of Bella Vista also went six years without treatment for prostate cancer after pathologist Levy reviewed his tissue samples in 2012 and declared him cancer-free, according to a previous lawsuit.
  • Two more lawsuits have been filed against the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks over missed diagnoses linked to a former pathologist now imprisoned for involuntary manslaughter.
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Masks up for debate again at suburban districts after CDC calls for universal masking in schools. ‘All of the mama bears are on high alert right now.’

By Karen Ann Cullotta
With Illinois adopting the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention masking recommendations — including universal indoor masking at schools — suburban districts that recently approved less restrictive mask policies for the fall are scrambling once again to review their back-to-school guidance. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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How Modi’s Hindu nationalism impairs global fight against climate change

By Abhimanyu Chandra
  • Amid a summer bewildering in terms of climate — with the Pacific Northwest experiencing a record heat wave, data suggesting that Chicago is becoming warmer, the devastating floods in western Europe, New Delhi hotter when it should be wetter — it can be useful to consider what India’s governing ideology of the day, Hindutva, means for the global fight against climate change.
  • The second proposition is that the advancement of Hindutva culture wars distracts attention from pressing issues, including climate change.
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Neighbors pack Stratford zoning hearing for Little Pub

By Ethan Fry
  • On Sunday the owner of Little Pub asked supporters to attend a Zoning Commission hearing on an application for an outdoor dining and entertainment permit across the street from the restaurant.
  • Ryan Mahoney said Stratford is included on a “Tiffany List” of Connecticut communities with Little Pub locations — in the company of Fairfield, Greenwich, Wilton, and Old Saybrook — and asked the commission to work with Grabe.
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A Republican lawmaker is moving to block University of Wisconsin virus testing, vaccination rules

  • A Republican state lawmaker plans to block the University of Wisconsin from instituting COVID-19 testing, masking and vaccination protocols on campuses across the state, a move that comes as health officials sound warnings about the rapidly spreading, highly contagious delta variant.
  • Weekly COVID-19 testing for unvaccinated UW-Madison students living on campus is currently required but would be blocked under the Nass proposal.
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This mother has been living in her teen daughter’s ICU room praying she survives COVID-19

  • Agnes Velasquez remembers the last words her teen daughter said before COVID-19 severely attacked her respiratory system."She told me that she loved me," said Velasquez, who rushed her daughter to the hospital.Velasquez spoke with CNN on a video call from the ICU room where her 15-year-old daughter, Paulina, has been battling COVID-19 for about 10 days."She can hear me," Velasquez said.Velasquez showed her daughter up close, her hair combed in a ponytail and her eyes shut.
  • Velasquez is helping coordinate their vaccines from her daughter's ICU room, where she now spends every hour of the day since her daughter Paulina fell ill.Velasquez panned the camera to show the couch where she sleeps and the food tray where she set up a computer workstation."I came with my daughter and I'm not going anywhere," Velasquez said.
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Republican to block UW virus testing, vaccination rules

By SCOTT BAUER
  • A Republican state lawmaker plans to block the University of Wisconsin from instituting COVID-19 testing, masking and vaccination protocols on campuses across the state, a move that comes as health officials sound warnings a bout the rapidly spreading, highly contagious delta variant.
  • Weekly COVID-19 testing for unvaccinated UW-Madison students living on campus is currently required, but would be blocked under the Nass proposal.
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Critical race math meets a critical public

By Lance Izumi, Wenyuan Wu
  • Californians for Equal Rights Foundation (CFER) launched a wave of public advocacy campaigns educating its community supporters about the ideological and anti-merit natures of the framework and urging members to civilly voice their concerns.
  • The coalition to save California’s math education has grown to unite conventional stakeholders including parents and local school districts, and unconventional allies such as STEM professionals and members of Congress.
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Lollapalooza signs warn attendees they assume all risk for COVID-19 exposure

By Satchel Price
  • As they enter, they’re being greeted not just by a requirement for proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test, but by signs informing them that, by attending the festival, they assume all risk related to exposure to the virus.
  • Under the rules implemented by the city and the festival’s operator, Live Nation, everyone entering Lollapalooza is required to present a vaccination card or a negative COVID-19 test, which must be obtained within 72 hours of attending.
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Who got shuttered venue grants in Minnesota

By Ashley Hackett
  • Though many Minnesota venues lost staff and morale during the pandemic, some are now receiving grants through the Shuttered Venue Operator Grant (SVOG) program, which includes $16 billion in grants to venues like concert halls, movie theaters and museums that were forced to close during the pandemic.
  • The Small Business Administration, the agency administering the funds, released a dataset this week with information on which venues received grants and how much money they were allotted.
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Controller finds overpayments, money spent on yoga in Philly’s administration of Medicaid funding

  • Controller Rebecca Rhynhart’s office examined the administration of Medicaid funds in fiscal year 2017 and found $10 million in payments for services that were not actually provided, $4 million in temporary advances to providers that were not paid back, and money spent on employee perks such as fitness and yoga instructors.
  • The city’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) distributes about $1 billion annually through the HealthChoices program, and contracts with Community Behavioral Health, a nonprofit that acts as a quasi-governmental agency and administers funds to health care providers.
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Austin’s Lukas Haas Brings Menace to the Otherwise-Dismal ‘Midnight in the Switchgrass’

By Sean O'Neal
  • Of course, most viewers won’t be drawn to Midnight in the Switchgrass because of their interest in Robert Ben Rhoades’s story, or even in watching Bruce Willis kill time between M.
  • In the new thriller, available on demand and in theaters that are especially starved for content, Megan Fox and the peevish husk of Bruce Willis play FBI agents hunting a murderer who’s preying on young women, mostly runaways and prostitutes.
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The Drunken Canal Was the Toast (or Scourge) of Pandemic New York. What’s Next?

By Kenzie Bryant
  • “A big thing about the Canal is our excitability and the fact that we take an everyday occurrence and we’re like, it’s breaking news,” Banse said.
  • “I was influenced by Bernd and Hilla Becher, who taught photography at the Dusseldorf School in Germany in the ’70s and ’80s and ’90s,” said Berko, who became friends with the girls in the worst of the pandemic when they kept coming to the bar when they could.
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How the left has used COVID-19 to bankrupt the United States

By Stephen Moore
  • Instead, the left has leveraged COVID-19 fears to call for a $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill on top of the $1.9 trillion spent in March on welfare programs and now $4.1 trillion in public works programs; labor union protections; green new deal subsidies; Medicare and Medicaid and food stamps expansions; and bailouts of Amtrak, urban transit and schools.
  • COVID-19 is now the gateway to the left’s utopian agenda of multitrillion-dollar climate policies, hyperregulation of the economy, the rebirth of the welfare state and a radical redistribution of income.
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We’re Ben and Jerry, men of ice cream, men of principle

By Bennett Cohen and Jerry Greenfield
  • Even though it undoubtedly knew that the response would be swift and powerful, Ben & Jerry's took the step to align its business and operations with its progressive values.
  • As such, we unequivocally support the decision of the company to end business in the occupied territories, which the international community, including the United Nations, has deemed an illegal occupation.
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San Antonio’s South Side will gain first Chipotle location, complete with drive-thru

By Nina Rangel
Residents of South San Antonio will soon gain a Chipotle, complete with a drive-thru, MySA reports.

The build-a-burritochain operates 14 locations in San Antonio, though none is located south of U.S. Highway 90. The company confirmed to MySA thatthe future restaurant is at the corner of Southwest Military Drive and Mallard Street, near Frost Bank and across from Chick-fil-A.

"This new location will feature a Chipotlane, the brand’s digital order drive-thru pick up lane," a Chipotle rep told MySA in an an email. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Adventures in Martha’s Vineyard

By Jessica Kelly

As our ferry approached Martha’s Vineyard, boat horns blazing and beautiful sailboats coming into view along the coast, excitement filled the air from families, couples and friends ready to hop off and enjoy the amenities. With everything from highly rated restaurants and shops to thrilling activities, there’s certainly no shortage of things to do within the island’s three main areas: Vineyard Haven, Oak Bluffs and Edgartown.

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Part of Riverside Dr. closed starting Friday due to crane dismantling

By Billy Gates
AUSTIN (KXAN) — Starting Friday through Aug. 2, a portion of Riverside Drive in south Austin will be closed, the Austin Transportation Department said. TRAFFIC NOTICE: Riverside Dr. will be closed between S. 1st St. and Barton Springs Rd. from July 30 – Aug. 2 for a crane dismantling. Please seek alternate routes when traveling in the area. pic.twitter.com/pkNpifIePs— ATX Transportation (@austinmobility) July 29, 2021 The street will be closed between South First Street and Barton Springs Road so crews can take a crane apart. The city would like people to avoid the area while crews are working. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Gov. Kay Ivey asks SCOTUS to overturn Roe v. Wade

By Eddie Burkhalter
  • Governor Kay Ivey on Thursday joined 10 other Republican governors in signing on to an amicus brief led by South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v.
  • Wade, the Supreme Court’s abortion cases have established (and affirmed and re-affirmed) a woman’s right to choose an abortion before viability,” wrote a panel of judges on the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals in December 2019.
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Music Television Is Everywhere Post-MTV. But Does It Have to Be So Nostalgic?

By Judy Berman
  • The fundamental strangeness of the revival, debuting July 29 on Paramount+, hit me around seven minutes into a series premiere devoted to Ricky Martin—an extremely worthy subject who was originally profiled by the show in 2000 and then saw his episode updated 11 years later, not long after he came out as gay.
  • The premiere features a clip from that 2011 version in which Martin looks back on his youth in Latin-pop boy band Menudo and muses: “When you’re 12 years old and you’re in front of 200,000 people, and people are telling you ‘Yeah, man, you’re the best!,’ you become like a little god.”
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Maryland’s transportation improvements will help Montgomery County thrive

By Hans Riemer
  • As identified in the resolution that passed the board, the county and state will work together on “construction, final delivery, and operation, funded through ongoing toll revenue,” for a project such as the Corridor Cities Transitway or Bus Rapid Transit on Route 355.
  • The state also previously agreed to a request I organized to build exclusive bus-ramps that will be the backbone of a bus rapid transit connection from Montgomery to Tysons, Dulles International Airport and other major destinations in Virginia, which neither Metro nor MARC provide.
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Is Robinhood the next meme stock?

By Emily Stewart
  • The company has also said it will reserve 20 to 35 percent of its IPO shares for Robinhood users, who have opened some 22 million accounts through the platform.
  • It’s also been the subject of significant scrutiny, including concerns that it makes trading feel too much like a game, nudges people toward too much risk, and uses a business model — payment for order flow — that hides the actual cost of trading.
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LIVE: Gov. Beshear gives update on vaccine incentives, infrastructure in Kentucky

  • PREVIOUS STORY: As the state continues to chart a path through the latest health recommendations over the delta variant, Gov. Andy Beshear said he's leading by example for his state employees.
  • The governor said his reasoning for requiring masks again is because of the new guidance released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week that showed vaccinated individuals can still spread the COVID-19 delta variant.
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Women are leading the new Latin American literature boom

By Marina E. Franco (Noticias Telemundo)
  • What’s happening : Writers like Argentines Samanta Schweblin and Mariana Enríquez, Mexican Fernanda Melchor and Chilean Lina Meruane have made international waves with books that comment on quotidian violence — gender and otherwise — as well as othering through pulse-racing, enthralling and occasionally beautiful horror.
  • Between the lines: Reframing real-life horrors is also at the center of the most prominent of today’s male Latin American authors, notably Chilean Alejandro Zambra.
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Philadelphia Freedom Schools, built for Black children, tackle literacy and love

  • For three years, a growing number of students have enrolled in Freedom Schools Literacy Academy, a project of the Center for Black Educator Development, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit built to diversify the teaching force.
  • Sharif El-Mekki spent his formative years as a student at Nidhamu Sasa, a small Philadelphia Freedom School that shaped him into the person he is today: a former city teacher and principal, the center’s founder and chief executive, with a national profile in education circles .
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Firm leading Arizona audit received millions from Trump supporters

By Adam Gabbatt
  • Cyber Ninjas, a Florida-based company with no prior experience in election audits, said it had received $3.25m from Patrick Byrne, the CEO of the furniture sales company Overstock, who has falsely described the 2020 election as “rigged”, with more money pouring in from figures who have peddled lies about the legitimacy of the vote.
  • The firm leading a widely criticized, Republican-backed audit of election ballots in Arizona has received $5.7m in donations, the majority from supporters of Donald Trump, it revealed on Wednesday.
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Doctor: People getting COVID-19 vaccine in secret, fear backlash from loved ones who oppose it

  • Related video above: Kansas City reinstates indoor mask orderThe COVID-19 vaccine has become so polarizing that some people in Missouri are getting inoculated in secret for fear of backlash from their friends and family who oppose vaccination, a doctor told CNN Wednesday."They've had some experience that's sort of changed their mind from the viewpoint of those in their family, those in their friendship circles or their work circles.
  • It's taken us 30 days to exceed that and be up to 33 today." Frase said.And it's not just Frase's hospital that is dealing with an influx of patients in Missouri.The CoxHealth health system said it's expanding morgue capacity in due to an increase in COVID-19 related deaths."We've actually brought in a portable piece of technology that allows bodies to be cooled and placed outside the morgue.
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Larry Magid: Why it is essential to keep your operating systems up to date

By Larry Magid
  • It’s unclear whether this latest update addresses the potential threat from NSO Group’s software, but Apple has previously patched security vulnerabilities that were exploited by companies that sell spyware to governments.
  • Regardless of what device you’re using — an iPhone or iPad, an Android phone or tablet, a Mac, a Windows PC or even a smart home appliance — it’s important to keep operating systems, apps and browsers updated with the latest security patches.
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Las Vegas couple finds hope in controversial new Alzheimer’s drug

  • This is the promise that some doctors, Alzheimer’s advocacy groups, patients and their families see in Biogen’s newly approved Alzheimer’s drug Aduhelm: that it will slow loss in memory and decline in mental function, giving patients more meaningful time with loved ones.
  • And the patient won’t notice the impairment, which is a trait of the disease, said Dr. Aaron Ritter, a neurologist and director of clinical trials at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in downtown Las Vegas.
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White House official visits Louisiana to encourage more vaccinations amid COVID resurgence

By Paula Jones
  • Since Louisiana began administering COVID-19 vaccine doses and moved into a cautious reopening process, state leaders and citizens alike have been faced with a challenging balancing act of resuming everyday activities while taking steps to mitigate the spread of novel coronavirus.  
  • The question of how to succeed in this balancing act comes to the fore as the spread of the delta variant causes a spike in COVID-19 cases. 
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Opinion: The FDA just broke the logjam on interchangeable biologics. Here’s what that decision means

By Gillian Woollett
  • The interchangeable designation allows pharmacists (subject to state law) to substitute a biosimilar biologic for its brand-name (reference) product without the permission of the original prescriber, much as occurs today for generic drugs.
  • The FDA has been making interchangeability decisions for biologics for decades, but only when applied to products from the same sponsor that have been subject to manufacturing changes.
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Bipartisanship is all well and good. But it’s not what really matters.

By Paul Waldman
  • While one bill hardly represents a new era of bipartisan cooperation in Washington, it’s more than many people (myself included) expected, given all the political benefits for Republicans of simply depriving Democrats of any legislative victories at all.
  • The good news is that there is still plenty of useful spending in the bill, and Democrats have another chance to include the things that are missing, when they move on a budget reconciliation bill that can be passed with a simple majority.
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The US Is Returning To Early Pandemic Surges And Restrictions. It’s Time To Compel People To Do The Right Thing, Expert Says

  • Overall vaccine hesitancy has decreased during the past couple of months, but some Republicans are more likely to refuse a Covid-19 vaccine now than they were in March, according to survey data published Wednesday by the Public Religion Research Institute and the Interfaith Youth Core.
  • The culprit is the insufficient rate of vaccinations, and a solution may be to mandate that people take action to protect themselves and their community, said Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a member of the US Food and Drug Administration’s vaccine advisory committee.
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One man is in the hospital, another is in jail after a road rage incident in a Utah parking lot

By Scott D. Pierce
  • According to police, the 44-year-old suspect, who was driving a Ford F-150 pickup truck, was involved in “some type of driving altercation” with the 20-year-old driver of a Mitsubishi Lancer in the parking lot of a Walmart at 221 W.
  • Security video shows the truck accelerate, hit the victim and drag him for eight parking stalls — about 50 feet — before driving away “at a high rate of speed,” according to a probable cause statement.
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Republicans refuse to go after rich tax cheats. Democrats should.

By Jennifer Rubin
  • It is financed through a combination of redirecting unspent emergency relief funds, targeted corporate user fees, strengthening tax enforcement when it comes to crypto currencies, and other bipartisan measures, in addition to the revenue generated from higher economic growth as a result of the investments.”
  • Strain of the conservative American Enterprise Institute writes for Bloomberg Opinion, “By refusing to adequately fund the Internal Revenue Service, congressional Republicans are leaving hundreds of billions of dollars on the table each year and undermining the rule of law.”
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Dolly Parton’s Rhinestone-Studded World Now Has a Perfume to Match

By Laura Regensdorf
  • Dolly Parton: Well, I was hoping that I was going to be able to do a little less, but anytime you have things going—I’ve always said, and I’ll say again, I’ve dreamed myself into a corner.
  • Her prolific songwriting is matched only by her ever-changing catalogue of looks—the higher the hair, the closer to God.) But as Parton explains here—in between talk of drugstore mascara and cheating songs and Schitt’s Creek —the Dolly parade is only getting started.
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Prolific social media commentator asked to resign from East Side council in St. Paul due to online comments

By Frederick Melo
  • Beekie, who was re-elected to a two-year term on the neighborhood board in April, was asked to resign “for posts I have made on this very forum,” he said, in an online post in mid-July.
  • Management consultant Raj Beekie is a prolific contributor to online discussion boards such as LinkedIn, Next Door and Disqus.com, where readers regularly debate news from the twincities.com website.
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Protesters rally against Cone Health’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro

By Justyn Melrose
  • At the same time, we remain steadfast in our decision to require the COVID-19 vaccine because keeping our patients and communities safe at all times is at the core of our values and our commitments.
  • Some are speaking out after Cone Health, Novant Health and Wake Health announced that COVID-19 vaccinations will be required for all employees.
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Tom Butine: Time to face the facts about the Colorado River

By Tom Butine | Special to The Tribune
  • For more than 20 years, Utah and Washington County have argued the LPP is (1) needed, (2) affordable, (3) environmentally acceptable and (4) a risk-free and wise use of Utah’s Colorado River water.
  • To be successful, this requires openly engaging stakeholders, including the public, to conservatively and scientifically determine Utah’s practical future Colorado River allocation, and to implement policies for wisely and justly managing it.
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As an emergency doctor fighting delta’s rise, I’ve seen trust change on the COVID-19 vaccine | Expert Opinion

  • Many healthcare workers feel drained from living the frontline of the pandemic peak and the emotional fall-out associated, and managing sicker non-COVID-19 patients due to delays in seeking needed healthcare alongside the substance use and mental health crises since.
  • The patient was open to discussing concerns, about side effects and the challenges associated with misinformation and politicization around vaccines running rampant on social media.
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Meisei Gonzalez: Utah deserves air quality solutions free of loopholes

By Meisei Gonzalez | Special to The Tribune
  • In the past few weeks, we have seen a combination of record high temperatures, fires in Utah and neighboring states that fill our skies with wildfire smoke and mandatory action regarding our air quality.
  • The other pollution clogging our summertime skies is wildfire smoke, an issue that will only continue to get worse if drought, extreme heat and climate change aren’t immediately addressed.
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The 4 main fault lines that divide the vaccinated and the unvaccinated

By Umair Irfan
  • Now some parts of the country are reimposing pandemic restrictions like mask mandates, and the spread of Covid-19 among the unvaccinated is starting to threaten people who have been vaccinated, contributing to breakthrough infections .
  • “There have really been persistent gaps between white people compared to Black and Hispanic people, with Black and Hispanic rates lagging behind pretty consistently across states,” said Samantha Artiga, vice president and director of racial equity and health policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation.
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Mo Brooks wore body armor during fiery Jan. 6 speech near U.S. Capitol

By Eddie Burkhalter
  • Congressman Mo Brooks, R-Alabama, slept on the floor of his office, instead of in his Washington D.C. condo, and wore body armor when he gave his Jan. 6 speech, telling the crowd that would go on to attack the U.S. Capitol that it was time to start “taking down names and kicking ass.”
  • Brooks’ comments about being forewarned of possible violence were given to the reporter to illustrate why Brooks thought the House select committee investigating the attack, which met for the first time that same day, should be investigating why House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office wasn’t “doing a better job with respect to the Capitol Police and their level of preparation.”
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Infrastructure deal: Senate suddenly acts to take up bill

By LISA MASCARO, KEVIN FREKING and ALAN FRAM
  • Lead GOP negotiator Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio announced the bipartisan group's agreement on the $1 trillion package earlier Wednesday at the Capitol, flanked by four other Republican senators who had been in talks with Democrats and the White House.
  • The Senate has voted to begin work on a nearly $1 trillion national infrastructure plan, acting with sudden speed after weeks of fits and starts once the White House and a bipartisan group of senators agreed on major provisions of the package that's key to President Joe Biden's agenda.
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What is a breakthrough infection? Six questions answered about catching COVID-19 after vaccination

By Sanjay Mishra
  • But along with the rising number of new COVID-19 cases globally and growing concern about highly transmissible strains like the delta variant come reports of fully vaccinated people testing positive for COVID-19.
  • Through July 19, 2021, there were 5,914 patients with COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough infections who were hospitalized or died in the U.S., out of more than 159 million people fully vaccinated nationwide.
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Voter ID laws are probably here to stay. What can be done about it? | The fight to vote

By Spenser Mestel
  • To help voters comply with ID requirements for absentee ballots, VoteRiders has even partnered with a law firm that accepts photos of their documents through an encrypted website, prints a photocopy and mails it to their home.
  • “When someone registers to vote, the board of elections pulls a picture of their signature from the state’s DMV,” she says.
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