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'Homeless billionaire' Nicolas Berggruen wins Hearst estate auction with $63.1-million bid

The co-founder of the Berggruen Institute think tank beat out five other bidders at a heated courthouse auction that lasted about 45 minutes.


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Manhunt for Brian Laundrie leads authorities to at least 5 bodies of missing persons
While the 23-year-old remains on the lam more than a month after skipping out of his family's Florida home, the other bodies have been found in areas where authorities have been looking
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Supreme Court Dashes Hopes of Vaccine Mandate Opponents
Recent decisions by three justices suggest the Court is not prepared to revisit a precedent established in 1905.
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What Time Will ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race UK’ Season 3 Episode 5 Premiere?
Will this week's episode have as much Big Drag Energy as last week's?
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KKK Flyers Threatening 'Commies' Who 'Took Down Statues' Prompt Police to Step up Patrols
Police in Henrico County, Virginia, said "acts of intimidation will not be tolerated" as they asked residents with information about the leaflets to come forward.
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U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus
U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that he has tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday morning. Johnson, a top ally of President Trump, is in self-isolation at the prime minister's residence at 10 Downing Street in London. Elizabeth Palmer reports on the new developments.
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Broken heart diagnoses on the rise in the US: study
The life-threatening medical condition known as broken heart syndrome is being reported at increasing rates, according to a new study published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
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‘Dragon Ball Z’ voice actor Chris Ayres dead at 56
Chris Ayres, known for voicing Frieza on "Dragon Ball," has passed away at age 56 from unspecified causes. He was diagnosed with end-stage cardiac obstructive pulmonary disease in 2017.
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Zuckerberg to team up with Bill Gates on coronavirus treatment research
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan are stepping up to battle the coronavirus pandemic through their charitable group, The Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative. They announced plans to partner with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, "contributing $25 million with Gates and others" to begin exploring possible COVID-19 treatments. The sit down with Gayle King to talk about their effort as well as how they themselves are impacted by the virus.
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Family Dog Mauls Grandmother to Death
Kathleen Bartram was attacked and killed at a home in Matthews in front of family members.
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Chevrolet unveils its biggest, most powerful V8 engine ever ahead of electric push
The Chevrolet Performance ZZ632/1000 V8 is the biggest and most powerful engine GM has ever made. The 10-liter V8 race motor is rated at 1004 horsepower.
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A deep dive on the collapse of the Giants defense — who and what has gone wrong
What's behind the demise of the Giants' defense this season? There are so many reasons...
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Wendy Williams’ absence from her talk show will continue into November
How is she doing? Still not well, apparently. As Wendy Williams continues to recover from health issues, her hiatus from her daytime talk show has been extended into November.
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Everything you're waiting for is in these containers
Virtually every US home contains items that came through the ports of Los Angeles or Long Beach.
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Michigan city declares emergency over lead; Gov. Whitmer visits
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she visited Benton Harbor on Tuesday to listen to residents who have been urged to use bottled water because of elevated levels of lead in their tap water.
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Led Zeppelin’s ‘The Song Remains The Same’ At 45: Big Riffs, Tight Jeans, And Even A Dose Of True Crime
This is an absolutely foundational rock 'n roll epic, a window into the world of high fantasy and danger that no other group perfected quite like Led Zep did.
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Progressives are under pressure to prioritize Medicaid expansion
A coalition of advocates say it should be a top task for Congress.
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Eye Opener: Steve Bannon could be facing criminal charges
The committee investigating the assault on the Capitol has voted to hold Steve Bannon in contempt for defying a subpoena and the former Trump strategist could soon face criminal charges. Also, the latest on the case against Alex Murdaugh. All that and all that matters in today’s Eye Opener. Your world in 90 seconds.
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Rahm Emanuel's nomination to be Biden's ambassador to Japan faces opposition from some Democrats
Rahm Emanuel could face opposition from an unusual source at his Wednesday nomination hearing to be the next US ambassador to Japan: his own party.
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The bleak outlook for two climate provisions
As the price tag of Democrats' tax-and-spending package continues to shrink, two major climate provisions — a clean electricity standard and a carbon tax — are hanging by a thread.
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Leslie Bricusse, ‘Willy Wonka’ and ‘Goldfinger’ songwriter, dead at 90
Leslie Bricusse, the Oscar-winning songwriter whose legendary catalog includes James Bond’s “Goldfinger” theme song, Willy Wonka’s signature “Candy Man” anthem and Nina Simone’s signature “Feeling Good,” has died. He was 90. The British composer and lyricist’s passing was confirmed by his son, artist Adam Bricusse, on Tuesday in a Facebook post. The family has shared...
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Queen Elizabeth cancels trip to Ireland on the advice of medical team
Queen Elizabeth II has reluctantly canceled a trip to Northern Ireland at the behest of medical experts who want her to rest for a few days.
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Everything We Know So Far About 'American Horror Story' Season 11
"American Horror Story" has come to the end of its "Double Feature," but the show will be back with more chills and thrills. Here's what we know so far.
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Plane Dumps Human Waste on Man While Flying Over His Yard: 'A Really Horrible Experience'
The unlucky man lives in southeast England only eight miles from Heathrow, which is one of the world's busiest airports.
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From Harry Styles to Angelina Jolie, Meet the Cast of Marvel's 'Eternals'
"Eternals" is finally coming to movie theaters on November 5, and has a whole host of megastars from Richard Madden to Gemma Chan and reportedly Harry Styles.
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Navy probe reveals failures that fueled arson fire and destroyed USS Bonhomme Richard
A Navy report has concluded there were sweeping failures by commanders, crew members and others that fueled the July 2020 arson fire that destroyed the USS Bonhomme Richard, calling the massive five-day blaze in San Diego preventable and unacceptable.
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Jamie Lynn Spears 'blindsided' after charity declined planned donation from book sales: report
Jamie Lynn Spears was reportedly caught off guard by a nonprofit organization's decision to decline a donation offer from her upcoming book sales.
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NYC to Mandate Vaccines, Scrap Testing Option for Workforce
Starting Wednesday, all employees who get their first shot at a city-run site will receive an extra $500 in their paycheck
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Lizzie Tisch’s new NYC store is a funky fashion emporium
Lizzie Tisch is bringing downtown to uptown with her new LTD by Lizzie Tisch store, transforming the old Cartier boutique on NYC’s Madison Avenue into a modern-day cabinet of curiosities.
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Louisiana teen faces up to 10-years in prison for alleged TikTok-inspired beating of disabled teacher
Larrianna Jackson, 18, was additionally charged with felony second-degree battery and with cruelty to the infirmed on Friday in connection to an assault on a 64-year-old disabled teacher at Covington High School, authorities said Tuesday.
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Netflix walkout over Dave Chappelle is not just a matter transgender rights and dignity
Dave Chappelle's transphobia is the spark of this conversation. And Netflix is not a moral vacuum, despite what its co-CEOs say.       
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Pell Grant put college within my reach. Now, let's double it: University chancellor
So many of these students already have the odds stacked against them. Pell Grants can encourage more students not only to apply but also to succeed.       
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Artist Karla Diaz turns insomnia into dream-like paintings at Luis De Jesus
In the wake of a devastating stroke, Diaz turned to drawing to contend with insomnia. Her fantastical images are on view at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.
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Netflix’s ‘Night Teeth’ Only Has One Megan Fox Scene And I Feel Cheated
At least she's wearing a cape.
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The Wizards had a busy offseason. Here’s what you may have missed.
Wes Unseld Jr. begins his first head coaching job with a revamped roster led by Bradley Beal.
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Podcast: Unclogging America's biggest ports
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Fed up with Chappelle fallout, Netflix employees are leading a walkout today in L.A.
Transgender Netflix staffers are protesting the streamer's decision to release Dave Chappelle's new comedy special, which contains transphobic material.
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L.A. County supervisors order independent audit of Mark Ridley-Thomas bribery charges
The five supervisors unanimously approved an independent investigation that will scrutinize past contracts and the county's current policies.
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Hot, hot, hot ... warm: SoCal home values hit new record, but price rises are slowing
The Southern California housing market is hot, but cooling. Home prices rose nearly 13% in September — the smallest jump since January.
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As L.A. draws new political boundaries, two City Council members say they want USC
Two L.A. City Council members are in the midst of a tug of war over who will represent USC. A city redistricting commission is bringing the issue to a head.
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Megan Fox on ‘dream boy’ Machine Gun Kelly, and helping girls come out
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It's still very, very good to be Duran Duran
Set to release their 15th album, Duran Duran's Simon Le Bon and John Taylor talk recovering from COVID, their favorite bad review and plastic trousers.
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Street racing surged during the pandemic. L.A. now wants to crack down
As activity continues to surge, cities are scrambling for new tools to curtail illegal racing and sideshows.
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Timothée Chalamet learned this new skill from 'Dune': 'I hope I won't have to use it'
Timothée Chalamet talks painful fights and fleeing sandworms on the set of "Dune," the highly anticipated sci-fi epic in theaters Thursday.       
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Can TSA vaccinate enough screeners before the Thanksgiving travel rush?
Only 60% of TSA employees are vaccinated against COVID-19. It could mean trouble for Thanksgiving travelers.
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A reader asked: What do tourists think of Angelenos? We asked around
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CCP Uses Border Disputes to Blame India and U.S., Vindicate China | Opinion
CCP media used the recent China-India border skirmishes as an opportunity to throw shade on the U.S.-India alliance.
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Bellator 269 pre-event facts: Can Fedor Emelianenko add another KO to resume?
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When can we start enjoying nightlife again? 
A merry disco in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, with a rapid Covid-19 test requirement for dancing without masks. | Markus Scholz/Picture Alliance via Getty Images Scientists don’t want you to be going out right now. But if you must … Over the course of the last 18 or so months, I watched as my friends, and flagrantly attractive people I follow on Instagram who aren’t my friends, started picking up hobbies. Some grew plants. Others began knitting. People were reading and hiking and baking and binge-watching, seemingly making the best of a bad situation. As much as I wanted to enjoy these appropriate pandemic hobbies, I found myself wanting to pass the time only one way: dancing to the disco hit “Rasputin” in a crowd of people — preferably, but not limited to, gay men. This has been an elaborate yearning in my soul. Previously, I wasn’t that deeply invested in going out. I don’t know how this desire started, or why, beyond the addictive hook, “Rasputin” is my song of choice. I can’t explain the logistics of this intense personal fantasy. But I think it goes back to the concept of never appreciating what you have until it’s gone. In 2020, nightclubs and bars were shut down abruptly to slow the spread of Covid-19. Had I known the speed at which it was going to happen, I might have gone out at least one more time. A year and a half later, I have the option. Nightlife — clubs and bars — has come back. New York City, where I live, has more than a few really great disco parties, provided you are fully vaccinated. Lawmakers and public health experts have loosened messaging and restrictions, even as warnings about the delta variant continue. But the question that lingers is, if nightlife was shut down so urgently at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, should we be going out at all while it continues? Is there really a responsible way to dance to “Rasputin” in a nightclub full of sweaty people? The strict and simple answer from public health experts is no, not yet. But if people were strict and simple when it comes to following public health advice, the US would probably be having a different conversation regarding Covid-19. ​​The answer to these questions then involves understanding personal risk and recognizing our own responsibility to the communities we belong to. This past summer, in Provincetown, Massachusetts, public health experts reported an outbreak that was connected to nightlife and affected many people who were already vaccinated. Very few of those vaccinated people appeared to get severely ill, but it was a real-life illustration of the risk that remains. And on the flip side, some scientists say that outbreak displayed a real-life example of a community coming together and mitigating harm, not only with vaccinations but also by proactively protecting one another. In turn, it provided us a model that we could all use when we think about risk assessment. What to think about if you’re going to go out In an epidemiologist’s ideal world, no one would be going out. All of the epidemiology professors I spoke to — including from UCLA, Columbia, NYU, and the University of Washington — said they would not personally partake in a night at a crowded indoor nightclub or bar right now. Nightlife venues are risky because they satisfy everything Covid-19 needs to thrive. They’re indoors and ventilation isn’t usually great. They’re crowded with people in close proximity to one another. Those people are usually yelling to be heard over the music — yelling propels droplets into the air, which is both gross when you think about it and unnerving when you consider that’s how SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, is spread. Throw the virus into a place with all those combined factors and it could spread quickly and easily. That’s why the epidemiologists I spoke to wouldn’t be going out. “Epidemiologists are often the buzzkills of the party,” Danielle Ompad, an associate professor of epidemiology at NYU’s School of Global Public Health, told me. “But we are the buzzkill so you can continue having fun. We’re all about harm reduction and let’s have fun in a way where there aren’t consequences. “ Ompad said that on a spectrum of risk assessment, epidemiologists and public health officials skew toward the very careful end. She recently went to a homecoming celebration for her alma mater and said that even with capacity restrictions and vaccination requirements, she still kept her mask on and maintained distance from unmasked partiers. Saeed Khan/AFP via Getty Images Australians drinking in a bar on October 11, after 106 days of Syndey’s lockdown. They are happy. But a huge part of public health is understanding that humans are going to be human, the epidemiologists also noted. Some will make mistakes. Some won’t follow every rule. Some won’t listen to every piece of advice. On top of that is the year-and-a-half of shutdowns, restarts, and disruption to normal life — things that can affect decision-making, especially impulsive decisions. Hence the emphasis on harm reduction. Nightlife establishments are open, across the US, so epidemiologists understand that the human inclination is to go to them. They also understand that an idyllic world of regular and extensive testing, masking, and reduced capacity is pretty far from the world we have. All that in mind, there are a few things epidemiologists say we should consider if we do partake in nightlife. Barun Mathema, an assistant professor of epidemiology at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, explained that there are three general factors to think about with regard to risk: the level of community transmission and vaccination, what precautions a venue is taking to ensure safety, and personal vaccination status. What you’re looking for is high vaccination and corresponding low Covid-19 positivity rates and cases per capita, within your community; venues that take precautions like reduced capacity, vaccination checks, and ventilation; and making sure you are fully vaccinated. Triangulating those three factors, Mathema explains, can help make something as fluid as risk easier to grasp. “Risk is a very difficult concept to understand, even as somebody who studies risk for a living,” Mathema told Vox. “If you are fully vaccinated, are healthy, have no underlying reasons to be put in a higher risk bracket, and your environment and community is in near or full vaccination compliance — you can say that’s a fairly low personal risk environment at that point.” The wrinkle in this risk calculus is, Mathema explains, that there are still a lot of variables. For example, even if everyone presents vaccination records at the door, the efficacy of vaccines generally wanes over time, meaning the people present may have slightly different levels of immune protection. There are also stories popping up about fake vaccine cards. Breakthrough infections do occur and have occurred at nightlife venues. So while these guidelines can help you assess risk in going out, the risk present in nightlife — or really any activity — will never be at zero. The completely safe activity would be staying home alone. What makes Covid-19 precautions so complicated is that our personal decisions don’t just affect us. The coronavirus is contagious. It spreads via airborne droplets. If you get sick from visiting a nightlife venue, you could put the people around you — at the grocery store, at the cleaners, at a restaurant, etc. — at risk. Conversely, you could have a situation in which you contract Covid-19 without even being at a nightclub — you just happen to come into contact with someone who was. “That’s always been the problem with these types of respiratory-based diseases. It’s not just about your risk. You can’t just say, ‘I don’t care’ or ‘I’m young and healthy,’ because you may be unfairly and unknowingly putting other people at risk,” Mathema said. To fully grasp the personal risk of going out to bars or clubs during Covid-19 means not just thinking about if this kind of risky activity presents a danger to you, but also how it affects the people around you. It means thinking about the communities and social circles you belong to, and how to keep people within those spheres safe. If you’re going out, protect the people around you While partaking in nightlife and fun might be optional for many of us, there are a lot of people in the service and entertainment industry where it’s their livelihood. Terence Edgerson, a nightlife producer based in New York City, saw the pandemic shut down the city that never sleeps and then watched it slowly reawaken in recent months. “I would say it’s been a roller coaster without any stops,” Edgerson told me. “Usually you have the option of getting on or off. But this was one where I didn’t have any options. It’s different when your work is your life and that it’s also your livelihood.” Edgerson credits his friends with helping him while nightlife was put on pause. Slowly, outdoor events — New York City allowed outdoor dining and drinking with social distance restrictions in June 2020 — were allowed to happen again. But it wasn’t until around June 2021 that Edgerson’s parties were happening full-time again, with proof of vaccination, for Pride. (New York City announced a vaccine mandate for indoor venues in August, but many businesses, including Edgerson’s parties, were already implementing similar restrictions over the summer.) “All of our parties have been vaccine-only and we’ve gotten no pushback and no blowback from it,” Edgerson explained. The fragility of New York City nightlife in 2020 changed the way Edgerson and many in his cohort looked at vaccination mandates and safety measures. Instead of viewing them as hindrances, he sees them as ways to keep his friends safe and keep his livelihood intact. In epidemiology-speak, Edgerson was thinking about protecting his community. Any pushback against vaccination checks and safety precautions such as reduced capacity, Edgerson asserts, would be dwarfed by the backlash if a party was the epicenter of an outbreak. New York City nightlife, especially gay nightlife, is intensely interconnected. An outbreak at one party could hypothetically set off a chain reaction in which parties, clubs, and bars around the city could get shut down again. “It’s our mental health escape. It’s so vital that we take care of it and take care of each other and ourselves.” An outbreak did happen around the Fourth of July, about 200 miles north of New York City in Provincetown. P-town and its indoor venues, including nightclubs, bars, and live shows, saw an estimated influx of over 60,000 people over the holiday weekend, and with it saw a surge of more than 1,000 Covid-19 cases, according to the Washington Post. Many were alarmed that the coronavirus spread in a town with vaccination checks and in a county with a high vaccination rate. That 1,000-case figure might seem like a startling number, especially for a town that had just a handful of cases prior to July 4. But it’s less than 2 percent of the estimated 60,000 people who visited over the weekend. Further, thanks to vaccinations, many of those cases were asymptomatic or mild. Only seven people were hospitalized, and no one from that cluster died. Instead of being a nightmare scenario, some public health officials are looking at Provincetown’s outbreak as a community success. The vaccination rate and the vaccination checks at the venues are evidence that these pre-emptive precautions help keep people safe, they argue. But there’s also another element: the way in which people in P-town, gay men especially, were proactive about testing and public health measures. This, some experts say, can be traced to the way the gay male community responded to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, especially when the American government failed to act in its early stages. “In P-town, I think that there was a community of gay men who understand the importance of contact tracing,” Pamina Gorbach, a professor of epidemiology at UCLA who has an expertise in HIV. Gorbach explained that in the absence of tools and structural support, the gay male community had to come together to protect one another. Those important lessons are being reflected and praised in this pandemic. “I think being public about infection, letting people know — that’s a great example of community care,” Jennifer Balkus, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington, said. “Talking about testing openly is one of the key ways to help reduce stigma. And that is super important to promote testing and eventually isolating, and quarantining if they need to.” Balkus, Gorbach, and epidemiologists I spoke to said that masking at venues would be ideal, as would treating each outing like a possible exposure and following CDC guidelines. This means that if you go out on a weekend, you would then get tested three to five days after, wear a mask in public, and limit your exposure to people in the meantime. Epidemiologists also stressed the importance of regular testing and communicating the results, especially with the lack of robust contact tracing here in the US. That might be as simple as shooting a text to your friends or anyone who was out with you or calling the venue if you test positive. Or in the social media age, it’s posting to your followers. Ilker Eray/GocherImagery/Universal Images Group via Getty Images Here are some people dancing in Istanbul. Are they dancing to “Rasputin”? I’m not sure, but I hope so. Edgerson explained to me that in the wake of P-town, and in rare cases of breakthrough infections, he’s seen friends post about testing positive and telling people who they were with to go get tested. He said he gets tested often, and he urges his followers, friends, and fellow partiers to get tested regularly — before and after his parties. “If one of us gets sick, you know, many more can get sick — it affects us all,” Edgerson said. “And dancing, and queer dancing especially, is so vital to us. It’s our mental health escape. It’s so vital that we take care of it and take care of each other and ourselves.” The response to the Provincetown outbreak offers lessons about personal accountability to the people around us and perhaps a model for anyone who’s going out. Hopefully, there will be a day when we can, if the spirit moves us, dance to “Rasputin” in a sweaty nightclub without a worry in the world. For now, it’s helpful to know how to think about those worries, and how to act responsibly in the meantime.
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