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Icy conditions on the Yellowstone River Bridge in Billings, Montana led to a 30 vehicle pile-up that resulted in the closure of I-90 for hours on Saturday.
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ChargePoint CEO Pasquale Romano on When American Cars Will Go All-Electric
Car charging stations are a hot new employee benefit.
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Marjorie Taylor Greene Calls Herself Congress's 'It Girl' On SNL Weekend Update
Cecily Strong reprised her role as the freshman Congresswoman to discuss her latest controversy on SNL's Weekend Update.
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DeSantis: 'Flawed assumptions' led some states to send COVID-positive patients to nursing homes
"Flawed assumptions" about overcrowded hospitals led states like New York to order coronavirus-postive patients into nursing homes during the early days of the pandemic, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis told "Life, Liberty, & Levin."
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What the Pandemic Revealed About Sports
The night that sports began shutting down was the night that the United States began shutting down. On March 11, 2020, an announcer at the Oklahoma City Thunder’s home arena told fans just before tip-off that the evening’s game had been postponed. Within an hour, the visiting Utah Jazz revealed that a player—soon identified as the center Rudy Gobert—had tested positive for COVID-19, and the NBA also declared that it was indefinitely suspending the season. Suddenly, Americans were forced to accept that the coronavirus pandemic was going to completely disrupt everyday life.Although the NBA eventually resumed its season by creating a playoff bubble, and other professional and college leagues figured out a way to return in some form, the sports world is still struggling for normalcy nearly a year after widespread shutdowns began and fans turned their attention to matters of life and death.As the pandemic dragged on, the leagues, universities, pro franchises, and other entities that profit from a multibillion-dollar sports economy made a push for games to return. But these efforts also reflected a working assumption that the mere presence of sports would provide comfort, and perhaps a welcome distraction, for people who wanted to escape the horrors of the pandemic, at least momentarily.But the ratings for some of the biggest sporting events in the past year show that the public’s emotional connection to sports during a tumultuous time has been grossly overestimated. In practically every sport, the number of television viewers nosedived in 2020, despite the fact that more people than usual were stuck at home. Compared with the previous year, ratings were down 51 percent for the NBA Finals, 61 percent for the NHL finals, and 45 percent for tennis’s U.S. Open. Not even the Kentucky Derby was safe: Ratings dropped 49 percent from the previous year. The 8.3 million viewers represented the derby’s lowest TV audience ever.The NFL has long been immune to ratings pressures, but not this year. The NFL couldn’t have asked for a better story line for the Super Bowl earlier this month. The game pitted Tom Brady, the celebrated Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback seeking his seventh Super Bowl win at age 43, against Patrick Mahomes, the brilliant young Kansas City Chiefs star who has become the new face of pro football. The game should have been a ratings bonanza. Instead, the Super Bowl drew its lowest ratings in 15 years.[Justin Ellis: There is no escapism from America’s current crises]Not even Brady and Mahomes could overcome some daunting underlying trends. In recent years, sports programming has had to compete harder for fans’ attention. Streaming platforms such as Netflix and Hulu have exploded in popularity as more Americans are severing ties with their cable and satellite companies. That shift has accelerated during the pandemic. In 2020, streaming services saw a 50 percent hike in viewership from the previous year. Even before the pandemic, cord-cutting had become a real challenge to sports-network giants such as ESPN, which currently has 83 million subscribers. Ten years ago, ESPN had just over 100 million subscribers.Plenty of evidence suggests that sports broadcasts aren’t resonating as well with Generation Z—Americans born after 1996—as they did with previous generations. According to a recent poll, only 53 percent of Gen Zers identify as sports fans. And more troubling for networks that have invested heavily in live sports, Gen Zers are half as likely as Millennials to watch live sports regularly, and twice as likely to never watch.Exacerbating those trends, the pandemic has made sports unusually tough to follow. The normal sports calendar was wildly reshuffled. The NBA Finals, which are usually played in June, began in October. Normally in April, pro golf’s storied Masters Tournament was moved to November. In college football, well more than 100 games were canceled or postponed as many colleges and universities struggled to deal with the virus. During some weeks of the NFL season, games were played on Tuesdays or Wednesdays because positive COVID-19 tests by players and staff had delayed games scheduled for the previous weekend. In late November, the Denver Broncos actually had to play their game against the New Orleans Saints without any quarterbacks on the roster because of COVID-19 protocols. (To fill the position, Denver tapped a wide receiver from its practice squad.) The NCAA men’s March Madness tournament will take place this year, but inside a bubble in Indianapolis, and with a limited number of fans.[Jemele Hill: Denial isn’t working out for college football]Even though the sports world did provide several moments of reprieve for the nation—for example, ESPN’s highly successful documentary series on Michael Jordan—it ultimately could not make fans forget certain harsh realities. Even if some fans were able to compartmentalize the pandemic’s heavy toll, the sports-viewing experience only reminded fans of just how abnormal things were. The pageantry and traditions in sports largely were missing. The Augusta National Golf Club’s “Amen Corner” had no roaring crowd during the Masters. When Green Bay Packers players scored touchdowns at Lambeau Field, they did the famous “Lambeau leap” into empty stands—if they did it at all. The new normal for fans is watching games with manufactured crowd noise and virtual or cardboard fans in the stands.The overriding lesson from the past year is that too much money was at stake for pro and college sports not to forge ahead—no matter how awkward, hypocritical, and exploitative the attempt might be. On March 7, the NBA will hold its All-Star Game festivities in Atlanta, despite serious objections by players, including the superstar LeBron James. The dynamic showcase event is usually stretched out over the course of a weekend, but this year the All-Star Game, slam-dunk contest, skills competition, and three-point-shooting contest will be shoehorned into one day. The bad optics are difficult to ignore. When the NBA announced plans for the event, Georgia had one of the worst COVID-19 death rates in the nation. And even though the league has instituted strict health and safety protocols for its All-Star events—which include requiring participating players and their guests to travel by private transportation—the league clearly believes that trying to create some version of All-Star Weekend is worth potentially exposing its best players. Not to mention that the presence of this event is complicating the jobs of Atlanta officials. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has already pleaded with basketball fans not to travel to her city for the event and for party promoters not to host All-Star-related events. But considering the state’s lenient COVID-19 restrictions, Bottoms’s pleas may be totally ignored.Since that fateful night in Oklahoma City last March, the sports world hasn’t been the escape that some fans desperately needed it to be. It has simply mirrored the chaos the entire country has experienced. During a deadly pandemic, a lot of people just couldn’t bring themselves to enjoy the distraction that sports traditionally provide.
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NASA spacewalk: Watch astronauts Kate Rubins and Victor Glover outside the space station
NASA astronauts Kate Rubins and Victor Glover Jr. are conducting a spacewalk outside of the International Space Station Sunday. This spacewalk is expected to last for 6.5 hours and will assist with solar array upgrades for the space station.
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NASA spacewalk: Watch astronauts Kate Rubins and Victor Glover outside the space station
It's a nice day for a spacewalk.
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Portland anti-ICE rioters smash windows, spray-paint businesses; downtown merchants frustrated
Rioters vandalized several buildings in downtown Portland, Ore., on Saturday night in one of the largest protests in weeks, according to reports.
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What Learned About Ourselves In the First Year of the Pandemic
And why March may be our psychological turning point
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Op-Ed: Twitter condemns dad who let daughter struggle to open a can. What should he have done?
After a daughter asked her dad how to use a can opener, he let her struggle to figure it out. When kids ask for help, how should you respond?
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Opinion: We're about a year into the pandemic. Tell us your thoughts and memories
When was the moment you realized life would change? We wants readers to share their thoughts almost a year into the COVID-19 pandemic upending society.
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Golden Donald Trump Effigy Seen at CPAC Was Made in Mexico
Designer Tommy Zegan said his sculpture paid tribute to the former president's commitment to creating more American manufacturing jobs.
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McManus: The dumbest thing Ted Cruz said last week. Hint: It wasn't about his Mexico trip
In criticizing Health and Human Services nominee Xavier Becerra for not being a doctor, Cruz betrayed his ignorance about the kind of Cabinet we need.
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D.C.-area forecast: Soggy at times today into early Monday; highs in the 40s and 50s through midweek
Showers are steadiest today during the morning into early afternoon, then becoming more spotty in nature.
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Editorial: L.A. can begin to solve its affordable housing crisis in 2021
The Housing Element is the perfect opportunity to make Los Angeles' housing and land-use policies match its leaders' progressive rhetoric.
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Where are Mexico's disappeared? Many have been in government graves all along
Some 80,000 Mexicans have disappeared in the last 15 years. Many are now thought to be in government custody — among the thousands of corpses that pass through morgues each year without ever being identified and end up in common graves.
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Taliban could return, Karzai warns
The Taliban could make a comeback and take over Afghanistan again, President Hamid Karzai warned Monday at an international conference on Afghanistan's future.
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Tainted water leak at Fukushiima Daiichi
Workers at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility have discovered a leak of 45 metric tons of radioactive water, operator Tokyo Electric Power Company said in a statement Monday.
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Clinton talks to Pakistani leader
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke Saturday with Pakistan's prime minister amid strained relations between the two nations.
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Hong Kong wife wins $154 M divorce payout
A Hong Kong judge ordered a wealthy real estate mogul to pay his former wife $154 million in one of the city's largest divorce settlements.
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Full text: Obama letter to Aung San Suu Kyi
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton personally delivered a letter from President Barack Obama to Myanmar's leading democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi Thursday. Here is the letter in full as released by the State Department:
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Full text: Obama letter to Myanmar president
The full text of a lettter Hillary Clinton personally delivered from President Barack Obama to Myanmar's President Thein Sein Thursday.
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Aging China hit by rising HIV infection among the elderly
When an old widower from the central Chinese city of Wuhan went into hospital last summer because of a persistent high fever, he was diagnosed with the AIDS virus -- and made national news.
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Manila's little people seek their own community
Crowded, gritty, and poor, Metro Manila can be a tough place to live; but when you stand 3ft 10in the odds are seriously stacked against you.
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Suu Kyi briefs U.S. think tank
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi told a major U.S. think tank Wednesday she intends to run for parliament.
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Anti-Taliban leader killed in car bomb attack
Hashim Khan, an anti-Taliban tribal leader, was killed in northwest Pakistan on Wednesday when a bomb hidden in his car detonated, police said.
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Clinton looks for signs of change in Myanmar
When Hillary Clinton arrives in Myanmar on Thursday she will be visiting a country still trying to make sense of rapid government reforms.
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Ai Weiwei: Wife held by Chinese police
The wife of Ai Weiwei was taken from the Chinese artist's studio by police Tuesday and was questioned for three hours, the high-profile dissident said.
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NATO's perilous Kunar mission
The mistaken NATO air attack on Pakistani military outposts over the weekend, in which 24 soldiers were killed, was an accident waiting to happen.
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Iranian base blast caused extensive damage
An Iranian military compound that blew up earlier this month was extensively damaged, an analysis of new satellite imagery shows.
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Afghanistan announces security handover plan
Afghanistan's president announced Sunday a second group of areas where security operations would be handed over from NATO to Afghan troops.
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Blast kills 3, injures 27 in the Philippines
A blast at a hotel in the southern Philippines on Sunday killed three people and wounded 27, an official said.
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How to turn your clutter into cash: selling cell phones, laptops, headphones through Decluttr app
You can sell old electronics through apps such as Decluttr, which allows you to ship your old devices for valuation.      
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Letters to the Editor: Do more than raise the minimum wage. Adopt price controls too
We should do more than raise the minimum wage to address poverty. Why not spread the burden by enacting wide-ranging price controls?
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Column: California's shameful vote against Black suffrage in 1870 — and why it still matters today
Teaching young students only about what America did right is not only inaccurate; it's a lot less interesting.
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Why Republicans Are Moving To Fix Elections That Weren't Broken
GOP-led legislatures in dozens of states are moving to change election laws in ways that could make it harder to vote, by for example, reducing early voting days or limiting access to voting by mail.
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Editorial: Biden follows Trump's bad example in downgrading the American Bar Assn.'s role on judges
The bar association can offer valuable advice on potential federal judges.
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Op-Ed: The U.S.-Taliban peace deal only whetted the insurgents' appetite for more violence
The United States elevated the Taliban's status by negotiating a 2020 deal without Kabul's participation.
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Op-Ed: How the Los Angeles Times shilled for the racist eugenics movement
The Times ran a column for more than six years extolling the virtues of a movement of compulsory sterilization to do away with those deemed 'defective' or 'unfit.'
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Letters to the Editor: L.A. River Master Plan serves driving tourists, not local residents
Creating huge parks along the L.A. River in the Gateway Cities would do almost nothing to improve the quality of life of local residents.
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What Polls Say About Trump's Role in the GOP Ahead of CPAC 2021 Speech
Trump closing out CPAC is already a signal of the significant role the GOP sees him continuing to play and voters seems to agree with the former president's expected message that he's still the man in charge.
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Donald Trump CPAC 2021 Speech: How to Watch, Live Stream
Trump's speech comes against the backdrop of his provocation of GOP infighting with a threat to endorse primary challengers to Republican incumbents who don't fall in line with his America First agenda.
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Vaccine Hesitancy Isn’t Just One Thing
Vaccine Refusal Is America’s Last Great Pandemic ChallengeOne-third of Americans say they might not get the COVID-19 shot. Decisively ending COVID-19 might depend on our ability to understand why.Why wouldn’t someone want a COVID-19 vaccine?Staring at the raw numbers, it doesn’t seem like a hard choice. Thousands of people are dying of COVID-19 every day. Meanwhile, out of the 75,000 people who received a shot in the vaccine trials from Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, and Novavax, zero died and none were hospitalized after four weeks. As the United States screams past 500,000 fatalities, the choice between a deadly disease and a shot in the arm might seem like the easiest decision in the world.Or not. One-third of American adults saidthis month that they don’t want the vaccine or are undecided about whether they’ll get one. That figure has declined in some polls. But it remains disconcertingly high among Republicans, young people, and certain minority populations. In pockets of vaccine hesitancy, the coronavirus could continue to spread, kill, mutate, and escape. That puts all of us at risk.Last week, I called several doctors and researchers to ask how we could reverse vaccine hesitancy among the groups in which it was highest. They all told me that my initial question was too simplistic. “Vaccine hesitancy” isn’t one thing, they said. It is a constellation of motivations, insecurities, reasonable fears, and less reasonable conspiracy theories.“I call it vaccine dissent,” Kolina Koltai, who studies online conspiracy theories at the University of Washington, told me. “And it’s way more complicated than being anti-vaccine. It goes from highly educated parents who are interested in holistic, naturalistic child-rearing to conspiracy theorists who want to abolish vaccines entirely.”“I call it vaccine deliberation,” said Giselle Corbie-Smith, a professor at the University of North Carolina and the director of the UNC Center for Health Equity Research. “For Black and Brown people, this is a time of watchful waiting. It’s a skepticism of a system that has consistently demonstrated that their health is not a priority.”“It’s not vaccine hesitancy among American Indians, but rather hesitancy and distrust regarding the entire government,” said Margaret Moss, an associate professor at the University of British Columbia School of Nursing and an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes of North Dakota. “After decades of distrust, on top of centuries of genocide, now they appear and say, ‘Here, you have to take this!’”Let’s not forget vaccine indifference. Two-thirds of Republicans under 30 without a college degree say that they are “not concerned at all” about COVID-19 in their area, according to polling from Civiqs. The same percentage of this group says that they won’t take the vaccine, making them the most vaccine-resistant cohort among all of those surveyed.Dissent. Deliberation. Distrust. Indifference. Vaccine hesitancy is not one thing. It’s a portfolio. And we’re going to need a portfolio of strategies to solve it.Kolina Koltai has been studying online disinformation since 2015, with a special focus on anti-vaccine groups on Facebook. “People come into the space for a variety of reasons,” she said. “At first, it was mostly parents, more women than men, and overwhelmingly white, ranging from stay-at-home moms to people with high levels of education who wanted a naturalistic upbringing for their child.” The group didn’t initially have a political lean. But in the past few years, Republican politicians have played more directly to anti-vaccine fears, pulling these groups to the right.Today, resistance among the GOP seems to be the most significant problem for vaccinating the country. Just half of Republicans say that they plan to get the shot, while the share of pro-vaccine Democrats has increased to more than 80 percent.Online denialism and conspiracy theorizing about the COVID-19 vaccine is more complex than previous anti-vaccine skepticism, Koltai said. “Crisis often breeds conspiracies, and the extended nature of this public-health crisis has given conspiratorial people lots of time to build elaborate theories,” she told me. Beyond the more outlandish theories—for example, that Bill Gates is using the shots to inject Americans with his microchips—she said that most online skepticism is more prosaic. People claim that the vaccine trials were rushed and shoddy. They worry about the long-term side effects of a newfangled chemical that monkeys around with our cells. They read news reports of people getting sick after having taken the shots, and become afraid.“You shouldn’t say that people are idiots for believing false or misleading information, because they’re not idiots,” she said. “That’s part of what makes this such a hard problem to solve.”In the past few years, social-media companies have banned content that they consider to be harmful misinformation. Pinterest has famously established a zero-tolerance vaccine-misinformation policy, while Facebook has more recently banned claims that the COVID-19 vaccines are dangerous. But vaccine denialism doesn’t need outright disinformation to thrive; it can breed on poor reporting and misleading headlines, which are harder, if not impossible, to ban. On February 5, NBC reported that a Virginia woman died shortly after her vaccination shot. The story went viral, but no link was ever established between the vaccine and her death. Several weeks later, NBC reported that the death was likely unrelated. Is such a story misinformation? The headline was technically true. But it was the sort of technical truth that actively detracts from our understanding of the world.More subtly, many reporters and scientists consistently focus on the worst news about the pandemic, perhaps thinking that they are doing good. They promote stories that claim with certainty that the vaccines won’t contain the new variants (contra most available data) and emphasize that vaccinated people should not return to a normal life. These messages aren’t entirely wrong; they shouldn’t be classified as misinformation that merits social-media expulsion. But anybody who gets their news diet from such doombait will inevitably come to believe that the vaccines are no good—or that it doesn’t even matter whether they get one. “It’s not just fake information that might strengthen vaccine hesitancy,” Koltai said. “True information that is stripped of context could do the same thing.”Aaron Richterman is an infectious-disease specialist in Pennsylvania, where his clinic serves many low-income patients with HIV. Their vaccine skepticism presents itself in several forms: fear of illness, fear of unnatural substances, and even fear of elite conspiracy.“A lot of my patients tell me they’re worried the vaccine will make them sick,” he told me. “They hear stories about people who took the vaccine and didn’t feel well. Others tell me that vaccines are unnatural and they don’t want to put such chemicals in their body. Then others tell me they’re worried about big companies trying to do something nefarious. I just heard this too today: ‘There is some bigger plan that is underlying this.’ They ask about the Bill Gates microchip, too.”It’s tempting to treat these more outlandish conspiracy theories with straightforward contempt. But the history of Western medicine is not a fairy tale of moral purity. In fact, several of its chapters are almost as diabolical as a forcibly implanted computer chip. In the U.S., vaccine hesitancy among Black Americans is an enduring phenomenon, in many cases tied to past abuses such as the horrifying Tuskegee syphilis study. In the study, federal officials enrolled 600 Black Alabamans suffering from syphilis in an experiment to examine the disease’s long-term effects, withholding participants’ diagnoses and denying them treatment.“We talk about Tuskegee, but it’s not just the history of exploitation by the medical field, or the history of unethical research conduct” that taints Black Americans’ trust in the medical system, said Corbie-Smith at UNC. “It’s their current-day experience with the health-care system, including with this pandemic, which has such a disparate impact on the lives of Black and Brown Americans. People are looking to see how the vaccine rollout is going to treat them with equity.”The early returns haven’t been promising. In Alabama, where the white population is being vaccinated at twice the rate of Black citizens, a community clinic in a low-income neighborhood in Birmingham has yet to receive its first dose. As Sheila Tyson, a commissioner in the county that includes Birmingham, told Bloomberg: “How do they know we are turning down the vaccine if it is not offered to us?”Even vaccine shots intended for residents of minority neighborhoods have often gone to higher-income people, by scheme or by mistake. In Los Angeles, the government tried to distribute vaccines to hard-hit communities of color by sending out a set of online access codes through leaders in those communities. But the codes got leaked and passed around the city’s higher-income remote workers—most of whom probably had no idea that they were taking spots intended primarily for Black and Latino communities. Thus, a well-meaning program to distribute shots to poor neighborhoods became another example of how knowledge workers tethered all day to their computers have coped throughout the pandemic while low-income hourly workers have suffered.In Raleigh, North Carolina, online enrollment has left behind older Black citizens without access to a home computer or an understanding of the often Byzantine rules required to sign up for an appointment. Community volunteers have stepped in to help seniors navigate the vaccine websites or print the requisite forms and deliver the papers to their front door. “They’re calling it an Underground Railroad to help older Black citizens get access to the vaccines,” Corbie-Smith told me. “When the community narrative is drawing on slavery, I think it’s fair to say that slow vaccination rates among Black citizens is a bigger issue than Oh, my arm is going to be sore.”I heard the same point from several sources: The confusing vaccine-eligibility rules and the unequal distribution of doses were combining to bar some people from the process. “At my own reservation in North Dakota, I’ve heard that elders drove for hours over ice—we’re talking North Dakota—and were turned away from the nearest clinic,” Moss, the UBC professor, told me. “They don’t have time to stand in line for 10 hours a day or refresh a web page.” States could give such enrollees a ticket that guarantees a specific slot for future vaccination. But instead, we’re turning people away from a system that requires near-universal participation.Despite these challenges and the long history of minority Americans’ vaccine deliberation, there is some evidence that things are moving in a positive direction. The share of Black and Latino Americans who say that they plan on taking the vaccine has increased from about 40 percent to roughly 60 percent in the past three months. This raises the possibility that one of the most important ways to solve the vaccines’ “demand problem” is to rapidly solve the “supply problem.” More shots in arms means fewer sick people; fewer sick people means more normalcy and more headlines about normalcy; and more normalcy provides crucial evidence to the undecided that the drug is worth the jab.Vaccine hesitancy is as old as vaccines themselves. The smallpox vaccine faced immediate skepticism in the U.K. when Edward Jenner tried to present his initial experiments to the scientific community and the public in the late 1700s. Around 1900, as authorities tried to contain smallpox, Americans formed anti-vaccination leagues and hid sick children from public-health officials. Their reasons were as manifold as those of today’s vaccine resisters, including fear of the new and unnatural and skepticism about a dubious authority. A bit of distrust was not entirely irrational.Today’s vaccine resistance isn’t entirely irrational, either. And even if it were, it wouldn’t do any good to treat the vaccine-hesitant as if they were crazy. “As a clinician, I find it’s a mistake to simply tell people what to think,” Richterman, the Pennsylvania infectious-disease specialist, told me. “Screaming ‘Just take this!’ isn’t effective, because this isn’t about getting others to see my goals. It’s about helping them identify their own goals and how, maybe, getting a vaccine might help achieve them.”This approach is often called “motivational interviewing.” It works like this: Instead of telling people why you think they should change, you ask them open-ended questions to help them discover their own reasons. If their motivation (e.g., “I want to be healthy”) matches your goal (e.g., “I want you to take this vaccine”), you can guide them toward a plan.“Sometimes I flip the question and ask, ‘What would make you want to get the vaccine? What would convince you to get it?’ That way you urge them to identify the positive things,” Richterman said. “Maybe they’ll say, ‘I want to help my friend who isn’t well,’ or, ‘I want to protect my family.’ And then I latch on to that and try to build on that.” These methods don’t exactly proceed at warp speed. It can take time for people to change their mind, if they do so at all. But the approach seems to work better than any other to soften vaccine deliberation. A 2021 study from the University of Pennsylvania found that Black Americans who expressed reluctance toward the COVID-19 vaccine “were willing to consider” receiving it when trusted health-care providers reflected their concerns and emphasized the safety of the shot.When we disentangle the constituent parts of vaccine hesitancy—conspiracy theorizing, wait-and-see deliberation, frustration, and distrust—it becomes clear that vaccine reluctance will never be solved by one big thing. Better national messaging on how vaccines could change our lives might encourage young people to get the shot, but would do little to change inequities at the community level. Clearer eligibility rules and more equitable distribution could accelerate vaccination in low-income neighborhoods, but might not solve vaccine indifference among young white Republicans. Motivational interviewing might bring along the skeptical, but more information is unlikely to convert the full-blown conspiracists. The multiple-choice question of combatting vaccine resistance has an obvious answer: We need all of the above.
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Supreme Court to again consider federal protections for minority voters
A more conservative court could make changes in how rules for next election will be set.
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Dylan Sprouse Reckons With His Disney Past and Looks Toward the Future
Andreas Rentz/GettyIn Daddy, a young male escort dons a bright pink dress and is tasked with raising the spirits of a broken 80-year-old man (Ron Rifkin) on the anniversary of his wife’s passing. Set almost entirely in a palatial hotel suite, it’s a tender two-hander about the need for human connection. The YouTube comments underneath the short film, however, tell a different story. “This Zach & Cody’s episode is very weird,” wrote one user, whose remark garnered 15K likes. “…you’re 30 seconds into the video and your [sic] looking in the comments thinking what the f am I watching?” wondered another.The reason these Gen Zers are so damn befuddled is because the striking escort is played by none other than Dylan Sprouse. For years, Dylan and his twin brother Cole starred in The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, a hit Disney series that saw the Sprouse boys amass a devoted tween following and also made them the highest-paid Disney child stars on the planet. (Millennials are more familiar with the Sprouses’ role as the adopted child in Big Daddy.) While Cole has become something of a CW teen idol thanks to a starring role on Riverdale, Dylan has carved a different path, appearing in indie dramas, voicing video game characters, and operating the All-Wise Meadery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn—a nod to his belief in Heathenism.Fans of The Suite Life will likely be surprised by the 28-year-old’s latest role, too: as a drug addict named Luke who falls for a fellow drifter in Kerry Mondragon’s Tyger Tyger, a surreal neo-Western set in a future society thrown off its axis by a pandemic, and where many of its younger inhabitants are slaves to opioids. It was filmed on location in Bombay Beach, California, about a year before the real-life COVID pandemic hit, and incorporated many of the bohemian locals as characters in the movie.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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US Soccer scraps anthem-kneeling policy
United States Soccer on Saturday voted to end a ban on players kneeling during the national anthem, something they have done to protest racial inequality and police brutality.
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Cynthia Nixon, others scoff after Cuomo team names judge to ‘review’ gov’s sex scandal
A New York state Republican and other critics – including former "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon -- reacted with derision Saturday after a retired judge was named to conduct a "review" of sexual harassment allegations against Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
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Yankees’ DJ LeMahieu not resting on his laurels
TAMPA — DJ LeMahieu led the majors in batting average last season and is coming off a pair of the best offensive years in the sport. The Yankees star hasn’t reflected much on that, however. “Just because last year was good doesn’t mean anything,’’ LeMahieu said Saturday. “It’s a big confidence thing, coming off last...
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