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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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With Amwell’s deal, the acquisition race heats up in telehealth

  • Amwell is spending $320 million to acquire a pair of companies — the digital mental health provider SilverCloud Health and Conversa, which uses an automated texting platform to help health systems remotely manage patient care.
  • Behavioral health startup SonderMind raised a $150 million Series C led by Drive Capital and Premji Invest with participation from General Catalyst, Partners Group, Smash Ventures, Kickstart Fund, and F-Prime Capital .
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Pro-Sanders group rebranding into ‘pragmatic progressives’

By WILL WEISSERT
  • Stinging from the disappointment of Bernie Sanders' loss in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary, supporters pumped millions into the powerful advocacy group Our Revolution to keep the progressive fight alive and prepare for another swing at the White House.
  • Former Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner, one of the top voices in Sanders' presidential campaigns and a former president of Our Revolution, is competing in a crowded Democratic field that has emerged as one of the final tests of the left's political strength this year.
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Tammie Bostick: Time to be innovative in order to preserve our canyon

By Tammie Bostick | Special to The Tribune
  • Currently, much like many of Utah’s popular state and national parks, which have seen record-breaking numbers of visitors, Little Cottonwood Canyon, too, is in crisis.
  • Our shared efforts to move and manage outdoor enthusiasts, hospitality workforce and local residents accessing the natural wonders in Utah should consider the economic driver along with a responsible review of the consequential environmental impacts of those decisions.
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Could conservative radio hose Larry Elder actually be the next governor of California?

By Emily DeRuy
  • Among voters most likely to participate in the election, 34% said they were considering supporting Elder, according to a poll this week from UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS) — placing him well ahead of more traditional candidates like former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and businessman John Cox.
  • But where Faulconer has taken a more dry, policy-focused approach to campaigning, Elder has focused more on Newsom being the wrong man for the job — which appears to be resonating with Republican voters, who are more engaged with the recall than Democrats.
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The new Pursuit of Love TV show means it’s time to remember the Mitfords

By Constance Grady
  • When we talk about the Mitfords, we are principally interested in the six sisters who came of age on their parents’ country estate between the two world wars: Nancy, Pamela, Diana, Unity, Jessica, and Deborah.
  • ( The last big Mitford biography came out in 2016.) “It was, of course, Nancy who started it all,” Jessica writes in her 1981 foreword to The Pursuit of Love .
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Navy to reexamine ocean training after fin whales were likely struck by a visiting destroyer

By Erika I. Ritchie
  • The Center for Biological Diversity, an environmental advocacy group, requested NOAA, the Pentagon and the U.S. Department of Commerce re-examine Navy training in the Pacific and put in place more protective measures for whales and marine life, threatening a lawsuit in its letter.
  • Officials with NOAA said that based on their “evaluation of the recent vessel strike incident involving the HMAS Sydney, and other relevant new information,” the trigger to reevaluate the Navy’s training in the regions off Southern California and Hawaii had been met.
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The Technology 202: Billionaires can now escape earth’s gravity, but not its regulators

By Dalvin Brown
  • For instance, the day Blue Origin blasted Amazon founder Jeff Bezos 351,000 feet in the air, the Federal Aviation Administration, which primarily sets air safety standards in the United States, reclassified who gets astronaut wings, limiting the title to people with mission-critical roles such as those acting as pilots or safety personnel and not passengers.
  • As Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic, and SpaceX attempt to drive down costs, after completing multimillion-dollar crewed flights to the edge of space and back, it’s now prime time for policymakers to nail down a universal set of rules, Goswami said.
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New CDC mask guidance confuses and frustrates some Americans as Delta variant surges

By Bryan Pietsch
They thought the worst of the coronavirus pandemic was behind them. The vaccines were here, the masks could come off. A summer slowly returning to normal seemed within reach. Then came the hyper-transmissible delta variant – and with it, this week, a call from health officials for everyone to start masking up indoors again in places where viral transmission is high. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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‘Education is hope’: How Lawrence’s Laurie Carter went from first-gen student to university president

  • In her first address to Lawrence University, Laurie Carter, the college's first Black woman president, invoked the words of Ella Baker, mother of the civil rights movement.
  • She comes to Wisconsin this summer not only having broken a glass ceiling at Lawrence but also as one of the state's few people of color to have attained the pivotal and public-facing role of being a college president or chancellor.
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Bob Moses helped change America. Will America embrace his legacy?

By Jeff Kolnick
  • In 1982, as his eldest child was entering middle school in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Moses began to close the circle on civil rights by working on math literacy ( The Algebra Project ) and passing a constitutional amendment guaranteeing every child in the U.S. a quality public education .
  • Moses fought tirelessly for Black power by working for unrestricted voting rights in the United States between 1960 and 1964.
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COVID rampant as return to school nears. Should we worry?

By John Woolfolk, Kate Selig
  • The hope comes after wrapping up a summer session without COVID-19 spreading among students and staff at school and just one contracted service provider testing positive, even as the highly contagious delta variant of the virus began its aggressive march through the state.
  • To that end, the 30,000-student San Jose Unified School District just announced it will require regular COVID-19 testing for any staff or teachers who aren’t vaccinated, though more than 90% have had the shots.
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Qin Gang, China’s new ambassador to US, strikes conciliatory note

By Vincent Ni China affairs correspondent
  • A former news assistant at United Press International’s bureau in Beijing, Qin became a diplomat in 1992 and has served in various capacities at the Chinese embassy in London three times throughout his career.
  • “China and the United States are entering a new round of mutual exploration, understanding and adaptation, trying to find a way to get along with each other in the new era,” Qin said, signalling Beijing’s thinking on the current state of the relationship, and invoking memories of former US national security advisor Henry Kissinger’s trailblazing cold-war-era visit to Beijing .
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Here Are the 11 New Books You Should Read in August

By Annabel Gutterman and Cady Lang
  • A crop of fresh books arriving in August offers something for every reader, from tennis legend Billie Jean King’s autobiography to Helen Hoang’s latest swoony love story.
  • August welcomes the return of veterans like Deborah Levy and Hilma Wolitzer and ushers in fiction debuts from Anthony Veasna So and poet Honorée Fanonne Jeffers.
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Fixing the Bond Market Will Take More Than Repos

By William C Dudley
  • The Fed announced a $500 billion standing repo facility, meaning the central bank will stand ready to lend to a select group of “primary” dealers, against the collateral of Treasuries and certain government-guaranteed securities.
  • Sophisticated investors typically finance their Treasury holdings in the “repo” market, using the government debt as collateral for short-term loans from securities dealers, many of which are part of large banks.
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St. Paul gymnast Suni Lee wins gold in all-around

By Dane Mizutani
St. Paul teen Sunisa Lee made history Thursday morning, winning the gold medal in the women’s gymnastics all-around competition at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. She finished with a final score of57.433 points to edge Brazilian Rebecca Andrade for the title As the U.S national anthem played over the loudspeakers at Ariake Gymnastics Center, Lee’s eyes filled with tear of joy. Nearly 6,000 miles away in Oakdale, her family and friends celebrated the emotional moment at a jam-packed watch party. The 18-year-old Lee is the fifth straight American to win the gold medal in the all-around. Andrade was second, and Russian gymnast Angelina […]Read more >Similar articles >
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‘I Will Cry When I Deliver That Last Yogurt.’ Small Ranch Owners Are Selling Their Herds For Lack of Water

By Raisa Bruner
  • Kea was the final remaining animal in Ansley’s hundred-plus goat herd, which she grew and raised over the past six years on her small farm in Richfield, ID.
  • (In a normal year, that number would be about 140.) Farmers in the valley only harvested one crop of hay, the primary feed source for livestock like cattle and goats, instead of the usual three.
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Denver Voters Will Decide Several Hot-Button Issues in November

By Conor McCormick-Cavanagh
  • So far, five proposals touching on everything from homelessness to the potential development of the Park Hill Golf Course site to the pandemic have landed on the ballot.
  • Guarding Against Pandemics, a group registered in Delaware, has spent over $440,000 to get an initiative on the November ballot that would add 1.5 percent to the Denver marijuana sales tax and use the money generated from that increase to fund pandemic research at the University of Colorado Denver CityCenter .
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California unemployment claims jump to highest level since reopening

By George Avalos
Unemployment claims in California jumped last week to their highest levels since the state’s much-touted reopening of an economy that has been enfeebled by coronavirus-linked ailments for well over a year. The jobless claims that were filed last week in California were numerous enough that they accounted for a jaw-dropping one out of every five unemployment filings nationwide. California workers filed 67,400 initial claims for unemployment during the week that ended on July 24, an increase of 10,900 from the 56,500 jobless claims that were filed over the week ending on July 17, the U.S, Labor Department reported Thursday. Nationwide, […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Three women discovered they were dating the same man. They dumped him and went on a months-long road trip together.

  • Instead of feeling bitter about their discovery, Abi Roberts, 19, of Salt Lake City, and Bekah King, 18, and Morgan Tabor, 21, who both live in Boise, said they decided the best way to cope was to move on — in a 30-year-old school bus that they bought and renovated themselves over 2½ months.
  • She noticed that her boyfriend, a 20-year-old college student who lives down the street from her parents’ house in Boise, was texting several women and receiving flirty comments on his social media posts, she said.
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Shirley Jackson’s letters reveal the droll voice of an aggrieved working mother

By Jennifer Reese
  • Murphy — begins with a few dozen frisky love letters Jackson wrote to “snookums” and “adored one,” a.k.a. her future husband, the literary critic Stanley Hyman: “looked all through your letter to find out if you loved me and you refuse to say.
  • After their marriage in 1940, the love letters give way to amusing accounts of daily life addressed to “mother and pop,” chatty notes to Ralph Ellison (“i realize — don’t think i could ever forget — that i still owe you a batch of brownies”), upbeat bulletins about her health problems, and ever more complicated business correspondence with her literary agents.
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