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Where do major US religions stand on the COVID-19 vaccination?

  • SALT LAKE CITY — A recent report from the Public Religion Research Institute says 53% of Americans agree with the statement: “Because getting vaccinated against COVID-19 helps protect everyone, it is a way to live out the religious principle of loving my neighbors.”
  • Prominent religious leaders like the pope, the dalai lama, the archbishop of Canterbury, the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, the leadership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and many others have been vaccinated, often documenting it publicly.
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In Minnesota and nationwide, COVID-19 has complicated abortion access

By Emma Nelson
  • "Many people already face financial difficulty accessing abortion, and this just compounded it," said Clingan, who volunteers with Our Justice, a Twin Cities-based organization that runs a fund to help pay for the procedure.
  • In Minnesota and across the country, organizations that help cover the costs associated with getting an abortion have seen a spike amid the economic fallout of COVID, of which women — who are more likely to hold the kinds of jobs that disappeared early in lockdown and more often shoulder family and child-care demands — have borne the brunt.
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Fauci says shutdowns probably won’t return, despite more ‘suffering’ ahead from delta variant

By Paulina Villegas
  • I think we have enough of the percentage of people in the country — not enough to crush the outbreak — but I believe enough to not allow us to get into the situation we were in last winter,” said Fauci, who is also the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
  • In Florida, where Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has firmly opposed mandates for vaccines and masks — saying that people should have the right to make the decision by themselves, coronavirus cases have surged through the state, turning it into the new epicenter of the U.S. pandemic.
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Disabled Minnesota veteran honored with national award

By Reid Forgrave
  • But by the time he got transferred to Ward 57 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in February 2002, the Green Beret committed to a new mission: to heal before he reunited with his kids, to get strong enough to play ball and swim with them, and to move forward with his life.
  • When McElhiney was still a recent amputee, he met a young soldier who also lost an arm below the elbow.
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Olympics: Hopkins’ Joseph Fahnbulleh doesn’t think he’s done anything yet. But he plans to in the 200 meters in Tokyo

By Jace Frederick
  • “I don’t know where it was, what track it was at,” Fahnbulleh said, “but the first time I saw Bolt run I was like ‘Wow, I want to do that.'”
  • “It’s more of a mental test than nationals is, because every round you’re running against guys who are just as fast, if not faster,” Fahnbulleh said.
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Camp for incoming UT-Austin students canceled due to COVID-19

By Andrew Schnitker
AUSTIN (KXAN) — Camp Texas, a three-day retreat that introduces incoming University of Texas at Austin students to the Forty Acres, announced on Twitter that all four camp sessions before the school year have been canceled. In the tweet, officials say Camp Buckner, which is the site for Camp Texas, will shut down for 14 days because of positive COVID-19 cases among their staff. NFL in Austin? Report says Buffalo Bills threatening move to Central Texas "We understand that you all, especially those of you whose students were attending Session 1, have planned for this and counted on it. We have as well—and are likewise disappointed with […]Read more >Similar articles >
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What I Heard Trump Say on His ‘Perfect Call’

By Alexander Vindman
  • Just a few weeks earlier, I’d participated in a meeting at the White House at which Sondland made a suggestion to some visiting top Ukrainian officials: If President Zelensky pursued certain investigations, he might be rewarded with a visit to the White House.
  • By the time I sat down at the table in the basement conference room on July 25, preparing to listen to Trump’s call with President Zelensky, my workdays had become consumed by the Oval Office hold on funds.
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Inaction on transparency leaves Minnesotans in the dark

By Robert Moilanen
  • When elected governor in 2018, Tim Walz inherited outdated statutes purporting to regulate disclosures by lobbyists, political campaigns and public officials.
  • Or perhaps he concluded that clashing with Republican senators over greater transparency was too difficult.Whatever the reason, no meaningful improvement to lobbyist, public official and political campaign disclosure laws has occurred during the governor's watch.
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A Car Billionaire Enriches His Empire—for a Price

By Anjani Trivedi
  • Every few months, Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co., the parent company of Hong Kong-listed Geely Automobile Holdings Ltd. and Sweden’s Volvo Car AB, comes up with yet another plan for its various subsidiaries.
  • Whether it’s listing them on public markets or monetizing assets, creating new brands to boost valuations or merging various parts and units, the goal, it seems, is often the same: shifting value from one corner to another, and maximizing the efficiency of all the capital that's being put to work.
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Readers Write: The ‘defund’ amendment and the state of things in Minneapolis; ATVs and public lands

  • In his recent commentary "Why the defund amendment must be defeated" (July 28), Steve Cramer, president and CEO of the Downtown Council, reminded us that his organization stands for the status quo in response to the Minneapolis Police Department's record of failure.
  • In reality, the desire for progressive change through holistic public health and safety solutions is so strong that the Yes 4 Minneapolis campaign collected and submitted signatures from more than 20,000 city voters earlier this year (in wintertime, during a pandemic no less), earning a spot on this year's ballot.
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Did Americans’ well-being improve during the pandemic?

By From the Economist
  • They then asked questions about the subjects' individual circumstances in five domains: physical health; financial security; having supportive personal relationships (social well-being); the extent to which they felt part of a community, and their sense of purpose in life.
  • Despite the pandemic, all but one of these metrics (financial security) improved compared with 2019, causing overall individual well-being to rise from 60.3 to 64.3 (on a 100-point scale).
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Future of snowmobile trails still unclear after court ruling

By Gwendolyn Craig Adirondack Explorer
  • At a July APA meeting, APA Executive Director Terry Martino said that DEC and APA will address and propose amendments to those unit management plans that include community connector snowmobile trails.
  • It has been nearly three months since the state’s highest court ruled some snowmobile trails both built and planned for the Adirondack Park were unconstitutional.
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Back-to-School Vaccination Clinic Offers Free Alabama National Fair Tickets

By Mattie Davis
Multiple city and state departments partnered with the Alabama National Fair to host a back-to-school COVID-19 vaccination clinic. The City of Montgomery, Montgomery County, Montgomery EMA, Montgomery Public Schools and the Alabama Department of Public Health partnered together for the clinic at Garrett Coliseum. Vaccinations were given from 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 31 and from 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m on Sunday, August 1. The Alabama National Fair will provide an entry ticket to this year’s Fair when participants return to receive their second dose. Second doses will be administered at the Coliseum on the weekend of August 21st. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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A tribute to a rare politician

By Editorial Board
  • Ramstad and the late U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone, an icon of the left, worked together for seven long years on the landmark Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Parity Act, which ultimately was passed in 2008, six years after Wellstone's death.
  • In a rare moment of unity, members of Minnesota's U.S. House delegation set aside their differences and joined forces to honor one of the more outstanding public servants this state has produced, seeking to rename the Wayzata Post Office in Ramstad's memory.
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Obama plans Martha’s Vineyard birthday bash as Delta variant rages on

By Sarah Mucha
  • "If you're talking about a small party like I might have at my house for six or eight people who are all fully vaccinated, I do not believe, at this point, we need to put masks on to be next to each other," Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."
  • Why it matters: The recent breakthrough cases in nearby Provincetown, Massachusetts, after the July Fourth holiday showed the continued risk of spread even between vaccinated people — prompting new masking guidelines from the CDC.
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Ticker: $700K in grants going to Worcester behavioral health center; Agency: Trump due $1M tax refund 

  • UMass Memorial Health-Community Healthlink is using $700,000 in grants to renovate a Worcester facility to address what leaders call a national behavioral health crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
  • An Illinois tax agency has ruled that former President Donald Trump is due a $1 million refund on his 2011 tax bill for his downtown Chicago skyscraper, but local officials are trying to block the refund.
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A New Age of Anger Awaits India and Brazil

By Pankaj Mishra
  • In Brazil, where half a million people have lost their lives to the pandemic, the rich increased their share of national wealth by 2.7% last year; they now possess almost half of it.
  • Two decades ago, a Goldman Sachs executive coined the label BRICs to describe four big emerging nations: Brazil, Russia, India and China.
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How Should Investors React to China’s Crackdown?

By Mohamed A El-Erian
  • Two reasons have been cited for the Chinese government’s recent crackdown on sectors ranging from ride-hailing to private tutoring: A desire to minimize the risk of both big data abuse and adverse social effects as part of the bigger effort by the central authorities to assert stronger control on the private sector; and the government’s desire to limit reliance on Western capital at a time of recurring political tensions, particularly in China-U.S. relations.
  • The result has been large losses for investors because of the big underperformance of Chinese markets in both absolute terms and relative to opportunities in other markets, and particularly so for Chinese technology companies listed in the U.S.
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No more excuses — Democrats can’t risk another crisis

By James Downie
  • “It’s 99 and nine-tenths finished,” Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) told CBS’s “Face the Nation,” referring to the bipartisan infrastructure deal that he and nine other senators negotiated.
  • With the backing of House progressives, some of whom have threatened to scuttle the bipartisan deal if the reconciliation bill doesn’t go through, Pelosi has leverage to limit how long Manchin and others can spend whittling down the $3.5 trillion.
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Federal eviction protections have ended, leaving renters scrambling

By Maryam Gamar
  • Due to widespread job loss and the health risks of the Covid-19 pandemic, many renters in the US faced difficulty making their rent payments every month when the pandemic began in early 2020, and the federal government stepped in to prevent people from getting evicted in the midst of it.
  • Last month the moratorium was already on borrowed time, as the Supreme Court had warned that it would not extend the renter protection past the end of July .
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Many Boston students miss out on summer school opportunities, leaving the most vulnerable further behind

By Bianca Vázquez Toness
Boston has been held up as a model for offering free, camp-like summer opportunities, but a national study shows many Boston parents still can’t find affordable summer activities for their children. And compared to other urban districts like New York and Los Angeles, which guaranteed to find every student a seat, Boston’s registration page carried the caveat “seats are limited.” […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Report: Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard declines option, to become free agent

By Mirjam Swanson
  • He could then decline the option in 2022 and sign perhaps the largest contract in NBA history: $235 million over five years — if such as payday is awaiting then, when he’ll be 31 and having dealt with two significant injuries in his stalwart career.
  • On Sunday, Leonard reportedly declined the $36 million final season of his contract with the Clippers according The Athletic’s Shams Charania .
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A chance for an historic win on immigration reform — if only Democrats will hang tough

By CST Editorial Board
  • This time, advocates for the Dreamers, including the Chicago City Council Latino Caucus and Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, are putting their hopes in a proposed $3.5 trillion federal budget plan, supported only by Democrats on Capitol Hill, to finally achieve this fundamental immigration reform.
  • President Joe Biden last Thursday made clear he supports including immigration reform — specific steps to protect Dreamers from deportation and possibly give them a clear path to citizenship — in the budget package.
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Learning as we go on the coronavirus

By Letters to the Editor
  • In her July 28 Wednesday Opinion essay, “ Vaccines are the best weapons we have,” Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said that all those involved in Operation Warp Speed, which produced vaccines in record time, deserve our thanks, including former president Donald Trump.
  • As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.”
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With undersea robots, an Air Force navigator lost since 1967 is found

By Mike Ives
On a July morning in 1967, two American B-52 bombers collided over the South China Sea as they approached a target in what was then South Vietnam. Seven crew members escaped, but rescue units from the Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard were unable to find six other men, including a navigator from New York, Maj. Paul A. Avolese. It was not until last year that scientists scanning the seafloor found one of the B-52s and recovered Avolese’s remains. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Eastern governors could be model for California GOP comeback

  • Marshall Cohen, political director at the Democratic Governors Association, said the California race is entirely different than the elections in Vermont, Massachusetts and Maryland.
  • With the country’s political center largely vanished, it’s rare to see governors win elections on adversarial ground, making the notion of a Republican upset in one of the nation’s Democratic strongholds seem implausible.
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Another Iran Message for Biden

  • Here’s an idea: Stop negotiating with Iran on a nuclear deal that would reward the regime by lifting sanctions and handing it cash and investment to finance new UAV and other attacks throughout the region and beyond.
  • “Upon review of the available information, we are confident that Iran conducted this attack, which killed two innocent people, using one-way explosive UAVs, a lethal capability it is increasingly employing throughout the region,” said Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a statement.
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Cheyney University will erase unpaid student bills since the start of the pandemic

  • The nation’s oldest historically Black college said it would use federal stimulus money to pay off the outstanding debts students owe the school for 2020 and the spring 2021 semester.
  • But in pledging to pay the debts, Cheyney — a campus of about 550 students straddling Chester and Delaware Counties — joined a growing list of universities and colleges devoting the millions in stimulus funds they received to assisting students whose educations may have been disrupted over the last year and a half.
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Chapman University celebrations its Class of 2021 … and 2020

By Heather McRea
  • Chapman University’s Glenn Pfeiffer, left, hands out 2020 diplomas during the Fowler School of Engineering 2020 commencement ceremonies on Orange on Sunday, August 1, 2021.
  • Chapman University’s Glenn Pfeiffer speaks before handing out 2020 diplomas during the Fowler School of Engineering and the Schmid College of Science and Technology commencement ceremonies in Orange on Sunday, August 1, 2021.
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Close Up: Kim Reynolds talks on COVID-19, employment, agriculture

  • But you know, so the day it is not changing that much on a daily basis, but our Department of public Health and everybody is monitoring that on a daily basis, I get a daily update and if it looks like we need to, which we are make the public aware of what's happening in the state.
  • But if an educator feels more comfortable wearing an N 95 there's a lot of federal funding that's going into the schools and into the state, um to help provide testing, um, vaccination efforts, P P.
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I-70 in Glenwood Canyon will remain closed after CDOT finds damage “unlike anything they had seen before”

By Jesse Paul
  • I-70 in the canyon has had intermittent closures over the past several weeks as rain caused rocks and mud loosened by a wildfire last year to cascade down into the Colorado River, covering and damaging the roadway.
  • Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon will remain closed for the foreseeable future after Colorado Department of Transportation employees surveyed damage from recent mud and rock slides and found damage “unlike anything they had seen before.”
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Lucas: Biden’s nod to Rollins a hit on Walsh

By Peter Lucas
  • It was only a month ago that Rollins, known for her rough rhetoric, charged that Walsh was either lying or was incompetent when the former mayor said he had no knowledge of domestic violence allegations against Dennis White when he appointed him police commissioner.
  • But the nomination of Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins as the new U.S .attorney for Massachusetts is, to say the least, a political embarrassment to the former mayor of Boston — and close pal of the president.
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Florida Breaks Record for COVID-19 Hospitalizations

  • A day after it recorded the most new daily cases since the start of the pandemic, Florida on Sunday broke a previous record for current hospitalizations, as the number of patients in hospitals because of COVID-19 once again broke through the 10,000-person threshold.
  • Federal health data released Saturday showed that Florida reported 21,683 new cases of COVID-19, the state’s highest one-day total since the start of the pandemic.
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Recall Gov. Newsom, and keep the process

By Jon Coupal
  • Two important topics previously addressed by this column are the propensity of progressives to change elections rules in order to tighten their grip on political power and the question of whether Governor Gavin Newsom’s performance in office warrants his removal via recall.
  • • Senate Constitutional Amendment 3 by state Sen. Ben Allen, D-Santa Monica, would allow an officeholder subject to a recall election to also appear on the recall ballot as one of the replacements.
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Q&A with new Bellator champion AJ McKee: ‘This is the beginning’

By Brian Martin
  • You had told me you didn’t know if winning this fight and the title and $1 million was gonna stack up to the last time you were here and your and your dad won.
  • In an electrifying, supernova performance, McKee, 26, won the tournament, the featherweight belt and $1 million against the 34-year-old Pitbull (32-5), who had gone 7-0 in title fights over the past five years and never been finished in his illustrious 17-year fighting career.
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Trump’s Attempts to Fundraise off His Big Lie are Actually Working

By Charlotte Klein
  • Former President Donald Trump was the Republican Party’s most prolific fundraiser in the first half of the year and finished June with a total "war chest of more than $100 million,” the New York Times reports .
  • The ex-president’s fundraising in the first half of the year also “eclipsed that of his party’s House and Senate campaign arms, and was outpaced only slightly by the Republican National Committee,” according to the Post .
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One injured in San Jose sideshow

By Harry Harris
SAN JOSE — A spectator was seriously injured after being hit by a vehicle Saturday night during one of several illegal sideshows in the city, which also saw police issue more than 30 citations, authorities said Sunday. Police did not say if the injured person was a man or woman or at what sideshow it occurred. The person was hospitalized. Police said in a social media post early Sunday that officers responded to sideshows throughout the city. The post said officers issued 17 citations for vehicle equipment violations and 15 for spectator violations at sideshows. In the post, police said the spectator injury “illustrates how dangerous […]Read more >Similar articles >
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New state grant program will cover college costs for Minnesotans who spent time in foster care

By Ryan Faircloth
  • Teens currently or formerly in foster care who attend college may receive enough grants and scholarships to cover their tuition; those in foster care while they were 16 or older are eligible for additional aid — a higher education voucher of up to $5,000 per year.
  • "With this bill, the possibilities of whatever career I could want in the future expands from … a two-year degree to a four-year degree," said Abigail Hackbarth, 19, a student at Ridgewater College in Hutchinson who receives extended foster care services.
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‘I am furious with myself’: Unvaccinated COVID-19 patient issues warning for others

  • Even outside, "there is no more safe," she said."If you're interacting in this community, you should be vaccinated and you should have a mask on, because we're inundated with COVID," she said.Another patient at Our Lady of the Lake, Carsyn Baker, said she believed she got the virus when she visited her friend's house for her birthday, sitting on a screened porch."I'd close my eyes and I'd feel like I couldn't breathe," Baker, 21, said.
  • But it doesn't have the staff to treat everyone.Patients are coming in waves, O'Neal told CNN, forcing the hospital to call in reserve workers and shut down other wards."The load is becoming overwhelming," she said.There were 140 COVID-19 patients at Our Lady of the Lake as of Thursday, 30 of whom had been admitted over the previous 24 hours — the most since the pandemic began, according to a hospital spokesperson.Almost 50% of the patients are under age 50.
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As Lollapalooza rages amid COVID-19 surge, city’s top doc says there’s ‘no current plans to close down Chicago again’

By Tom Schuba
  • “But we need people please once again to step up” by getting vaccinated and following renewed guidance on wearing masks indoors, Dr. Allison Arwady told reporters during a City Hall news conference alongside Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
  • “We need people please once again to step up” by getting vaccinated and following renewed guidance on wearing masks indoors, Dr. Allison Arwady said Sunday.
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U.S. 6 over Loveland Pass shut by mudslides, hazmat vehicles must now go through Eisenhower tunnel

By The Colorado Sun
  • Heavy rains across Colorado have caused huge debris flows onto highways for the past month, some in areas that are merely steep and others in places where the landscape was scarred by fire last summer.
  • Heavy rains over the Cameron Peak burn scar in Larimer County over the weekend sent debris flows down that closed Buckhorn Road (aka Larimer County Road 44H) and Larimer County Road 43 between Glen Haven and Drake, and closed Colorado 14 in Poudre Canyon, near where at least three people were killed in a flash flood on July 20 .
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Jungle Cruise Wins Weekend as Disney’s Streaming Gambit Ends

By Jordan Hoffman
  • Her case alleges that Disney’s desire to boost the subscriber base to their new streaming service came at the cost of box office revenue from the theatrical release of Black Widow .
  • The studio responded that they had “fully complied with Ms. Johansson’s contract and furthermore, the release of Black Widow on Disney+ with Premier Access has significantly enhanced her ability to earn additional compensation.”
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U.S. and U.K. blame Iran for drone strike on oil tanker

By Barak Ravid
  • Secretary of State Antony Blinken and British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Sunday that the United States and United Kingdom, respectively, now believe Iran was likely responsible for last week's drone strike on an oil tanker in the Arabian sea.
  • "Upon review of the available information, we are confident that Iran conducted this attack, which killed two innocent people, using one-way explosive UAVs, a lethal capability it is increasingly employing throughout the region," Blinken said on Sunday .
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Democrats still have some options to push through a voting rights bill

By Editorial Board
  • Democrats should streamline the bill so it is more focused on voting provisions that no one committed to democracy should oppose, such as early voting requirements, universal voter registration, mail-in ballot standards, election security measures and other obvious reforms.
  • Their initial attempt at passing voting legislation, the For the People Act, was a sprawling bill that contained such varied provisions as an ambitious public campaign financing scheme and judicial ethics requirements — that is, far more than simple voting improvements.
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Evictions crisis: Ocasio-Cortez says Democrats cannot blame Republicans

By Richard Luscombe
  • Democrats who control the House of Representatives cannot blame Republicans for a looming crisis over evictions, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said, after a federal moratorium lapsed on Saturday night .
  • “The House and House leadership had the opportunity to vote to extend the moratorium and there was, frankly, a handful of conservative Democrats in the House that threatened to get on planes rather than hold this vote,” the New York representative told CNN’s State of the Union, referring to the start of the summer congressional break.
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The ATF still lacks a leader because of gun obsessives’ delusional oversensitivity

By Editorial Board
  • So when President Biden tapped 25-year ATF veteran David Chipman to lead the agency, one would have imagined that the Senate would prioritize confirming a nominee with such eminent qualifications.
  • This opposition says more about gun advocates’ toxic obsession with firearms, and the pervasive denial of reality that goes with it, than Mr. Chipman’s suitability for a job that should be filled by someone in touch with the facts.
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Law enforcement, community members preparing to bike across Idaho next week

By Rett Nelson
  • Deputies with Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office and members of the community will be participating in the first-ever Idaho border to border bike race next week.
  • Event coordinator Cary Katalin tells EastIdahoNews.com riders and other donors raised more than $100,000 in total for the organization, who is providing the sheriff’s office with 30 bullet proof vests for deputies.
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Community Food Share sets Farm to Table, auction to boost services

By April Morganroth
  • “We want residents in Boulder and Broomfield counties to be aware that we have this free virtual silent auction fundraiser also, but that our Farm to Table fundraiser has a waiting list,” Community Food Share Chief Development Officer Dina Coates said.
  • Community Food Share’s annual Farm to Fork fundraiser is sold out with a waiting list, but the nonprofit invites residents who want to help provide food for residents in Boulder and Broomfield counties to participate in its virtual silent auction fundraiser next month.
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Colorado extends mask mandate for unvaccinated people in some public facilities

By Shelly Bradbury
Unvaccinated people in medical facilities, homeless shelters, jails and prisons must continue to wear masks inside, health officials said Saturday as they extended Colorado’s only statewide mask mandate. “The prevalence of the Delta variant, coupled with the fact that many eligible Coloradans are not fully vaccinated, is threatening our progress here in Colorado,” Scott Bookman, COVID-19 incident commander at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, said in a news release. Related Articles COVID spotlighted Colorado’s health inequities. Will efforts to address racial disparities remain post-pandemic? Colorado recommends but […]Read more >Similar articles >
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My Turn: A not-so-new myth to live by

  • The Pennacook, like indigenous people in general, live by a different myth than ours, one grounded not in being the apex species but an interdependent cog, part of a living earth.
  • According to historian and mythologist Arthur George, a functioning myth must reconnect us to what the ancient world called the center of the world, “a sacred spot where the divine, in the heavens and the underworld, connected with the earthly… at the heart of reality.”
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EDITORIAL: Pretty please won’t cut it — state and local health officials must mandate masks in public again

By SENTINEL EDITORIAL BOARD
  • No level of government seems willing to mandate masks, again, to effectively slow and prevent the spread of a new and improved coronavirus that could quickly turn Colorado into Missouri even before school has a chance to start.
  • Once again, the Centers for Disease Control orders, rolling downhill into state and local health departments, now “recommend” even vaccinated people don masks in public places, including schools.
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Internet crackdown in Cuba frustrates families, friends in the U.S.

By Ariana Figueroa
  • The Biden administration is still trying to restore internet access cut off by the Cuban government after thousands of protesting Afro-Cubans took to the island’s streets calling for democratic reform.
  • Florida lawmakers, both Democrats and Republicans, are lobbying the administration to support the protests, as well as quickly get internet access back to the island as family members and friends in the U.S. struggle to get in touch with Cubans.
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Mudslides close U.S. 6 over Loveland Pass, Colorado 125 north of Granby

By Shelly Bradbury
Provided by CDOTA mudslide closed U.S. 6 over Loveland Pass Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021. A mudslide closed U.S. 6 over Loveland Pass Sunday. The road is expected to be closed through the end of the day Sunday and perhaps longer as authorities work to clear up the slide, which happened near A-Basin. Hazmat crews will work at the site, said Tamara Rollison, spokeswoman for Colorado Department of Transportation. Drivers can take Interstate 70 to detour around the closure. A stretch of the interstate remains closed to the west, between Rifle and Dotsero, due to multiple mudslides. A mudslide also closed Colorado 125 in Grand County north of Granby and […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Bryan Lindstrom Entering Ward 2 Race in Aurora

By Conor McCormick-Cavanagh
  • "We have no Democratic candidate, and I’ve gotten asked by community members, former students, elected officials — and I need to step up," says the 33-year-old Lindstrom, who was born and raised in Aurora.
  • Lindstrom, who ran for Aurora City Council in a different ward in 2019, is facing off against Steve Sundberg, a registered Republican and the only other official candidate in the Ward Two race.
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Fauci: More ‘pain and suffering’ ahead as COVID cases rise

By JONATHAN MATTISE
  • Fauci's warning comes days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed course to recommend that even vaccinated people return to wearing masks indoors in parts of the U.S. where the delta variant is fueling infection surges.
  • The seven-day rolling average for the country's daily new deaths rose over the same period from 253 on July 16 to 358 on July 30, though death reports generally lag weeks after infections and even longer after hospitalizations.
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Anger mounts as Biden, Congress allow eviction ban to expire

By LISA MASCARO, JOSH BOAK and KEVIN FREKING
  • Lawmakers said they were blindsided by President Joe Biden's inaction as the midnight Saturday deadline neared, some furious that he called on Congress to provide a last-minute solution to protect renters.
  • "No landlord should evict without seeking that rental assistance, and states and localities need to get that money out urgently, and they can do that," Deese said.
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Three-month closure starts Aug. 2 for U.S. 285 bridge replacement project

By Stephanie Butzer
A new $2.6 million bridge replacement project on U.S. 285 began in early July and a three-month full closure of the highway starts Aug. 2. The Colorado Department of Transportation said crews will replace a bridge and its railings, rebuild the approach to the bridge, and replace the guardrail. The project also includes wetland mitigation and a stream diversion. The work has multiple locations in Park County, including U.S. 285 at milepoint 172.2 to 173.5, State Highway 9 at milepoint 63, and U.S. 24 at milepoint 47.5. CDOT said the bridge over the South Fork South Platte River, which is between Antero Junction and Fairplay, has had to close […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Florida breaks record for new coronavirus cases as surge of infections rips through state

By Timothy Bella and Meryl Kornfield
  • Florida reported 21,683 new coronavirus cases on Friday, the state’s highest one-day total since the start of a pandemic, according to data released Saturday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • The Florida Department of Health reported that coronavirus cases in the state had jumped 50 percent in the past week.
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Kemp the first to set up newly legal unlimited donation committee

By James Salzer - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • State Sen. Jen Jordan, D-Atlanta, who is running for attorney general in 2022 and spoke against the legislation during debate on the Senate floor, said groups that by law can hide donors would still be able to give massive amounts of money to the new committees.
  • If Kemp, as expected, gets past the primary, he may face a rematch with his 2018 general election opponent, Democrat Stacey Abrams, who set fundraising records that year and whose voting rights group, Fair Fight, has raised more than $100 million since then .
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Woman urges people to get vaccinated after losing her dad, brother to COVID-19 in same week

  • "I mean, I wish it wasn't me, but I sure wouldn't wish it on anybody."She said her mom was well enough to come home on Friday night but is heartbroken after losing her oldest son and her husband of more than 38 years.The family was scared to get the vaccine, McCall said, because they have health conditions and didn't know how their bodies would react to the shots."We weren't trying to convince anyone not to get it," she said.
  • He got worse and had to be admitted nine days later.'People envied how good of a daddy he was'McCall said her dad was her hero and that he did everything in his power to make sure that she didn't want or need anything -- he'd go and fill her car up with gas even after she was an adult."Oh my God, we were so tight," she said.
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Kinzinger: McCarthy and Jordan should face 6 January subpoenas – but maybe not Trump

By Martin Pengelly
  • Adam Kinzinger, one of two Republicans on the House select committee investigating the US Capitol assault, will support subpoenas for testimony from Kevin McCarthy, the Republican minority leader, and senior members of the congressional GOP including Jim Jordan, a prominent Trump ally from Ohio.
  • “I want to know what the president was doing every moment of that day after he said, ‘I’m going to walk with you to the Capitol,’” Kinzinger told ABC, referring to Trump’s remarks at a rally near the White House on 6 January, before Congress was stormed.
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COVID spotlighted Colorado’s health inequities. Will efforts to address racial disparities remain post-pandemic?

By Meg Wingerter
  • Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones, an epidemiologist who specializes in the health effects of racism, said in a webinar that it’s noteworthy that cities and states are declaring racism a public health threat, but that doesn’t mean much if they don’t make it clear how they’re going to tackle systems that reproduce worse outcomes for people of color — and then put money into making changes.
  • Williams, with the Black Community Health Action Response Team, said some of the factors driving health disparities in Denver can’t be fully addressed without significant changes to the way the environment is set up, so that people aren’t living in heavily polluted neighborhoods.
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Washington ready to tax cryptocurrency trades, eyes $28 billion to help pay for infrastructure

By Kery Murakami
  • The legislation, which was being finalized Sunday, would raise an estimated $28 billion by requiring cryptocurrency brokers and investors to report transactions to the Internal Revenue Service .
  • The Blockchain Association, an advocacy group for the cryptocurrency industry, argues that new IRS reporting rules would undermine the development of the U.S. currency market.
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Lollapalooza cancels DaBaby’s performance amid backlash over homophobic comments

By Tom Schuba
  • DaBaby has come under heavy fire after he went on a controversial rant last week at the Rolling Loud music festival that targeted gay people and those living with sexually transmitted diseases.
  • DaBaby, real name Jonathan Kirk, has come under heavy fire after he went on a controversial rant last Sunday at the Rolling Loud music festival in Miami Gardens, Florida, that targeted gay people and those living with sexually transmitted diseases.
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Gridlock Guy: Biggest piece and biggest change of GA-400/I-285 project opens

By Doug Turnbull - for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
In one of the biggest changes for Atlanta drivers from the I-285 Georgia 400 project, drivers who exit I-285 Westbound to Roswell Road will need to exit sooner, near Peachtree Dunwoody Road. That is more than 2 miles earlier, so Georgia DOT says move over to the right as you pass the Ashford Dunwoody Road exit. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Pandemic food program has sent $300 million to Colorado parents this summer

By Justin Wingerter
  • Colorado’s state government has paid the parents of 306,000 low-income kids an estimated $300 million this summer to make up for meals children did not receive at school during times of remote learning last school year – $100 million more than the state had anticipated.
  • And more than $200 million is still to come from the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer, or P-EBT, program — a large-scale attempt by the government to alleviate the dramatic increases in hunger that Colorado and the nation saw during the pandemic.
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Taylor Street Little Italy festival canceled again; organizer vows to return in 2022

By Manny Ramos
  • The Taylor Street Little Italy Festa has been canceled for the second year, with organizers saying holding the event would put an additional strain on already struggling businesses.
  • Ron Onesti, president of Onesti Entertainment, said it would be irresponsible of him to put on the festival, given that so many businesses are already stretched thin for staff.
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San Jose Jazz Summer Fest grows in stages this year

By Anne Gelhaus
  • While Summer Fest usually sees acts on indoor stages in downtown San Jose, two of the usual festival venues—The Fairmont Hotel and Café Stritch—closed during the pandemic.
  • “We were just focused on the main stage, but then we decided to tie in with the Fountain Blues Festival, which didn’t happen this year,” says Artistic and Festival Director Bruce Labadie.
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Certain countries ‘should not be here’, says US swimmer Lilly King – video

The ongoing doping war of words has continued after Lilly King said that 'a lot of people here that should not be here'. King made her statements seated next to Ryan Murphy, another US swimmerwho appeared to take aim this weekat Russia, who have run afoul of doping rules. King later added: 'I wasn't racing anyone from a country who should have been banned and instead got a slap on the wrist and rebranding of their national flag.'

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At some California hospitals, nearly half of workers remain unvaccinated

By Teri Sforza
  • Officials said about 30% of employees at Los Angeles County hospitals — including “safety net” facilities that care for uninsured and underinsured patients — were still unvaccinated, though federal figures put the unvaccinated rate far closer to 50% at County USC Medical Center in Los Angeles and County Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar, and at 38% at County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center near Torrance.
  • Yet after a frenetic rollout and urgent pleas from officials on nearly-bent knees, almost a quarter of California’s hospital workers remained unvaccinated for COVID-19, according to federal data .
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Yet another reason we need fewer political appointees

By Jennifer Rubin
  • The Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response (CESER) might not be well-known, but it is a critical entity within the Energy Department that is in charge of responding to natural and man-made emergencies impacting our power — from the Texas electric grid disaster to the pipeline hack.
  • The system is supposed to give Congress oversight control, but too often it leaves critical positions open, creates discontinuity and hampers the government in emergency response situations.
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