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Everything we learned from the NFL’s wild-card weekend
Wild-card weekend revealed a lot about the teams involved and those who hope to join them (cough, Jets, cough, Giants) soon.
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Opinion: Cardinals complete late-season collapse with embarrassing playoff loss to Rams
Embarrassment is too kind of a word to describe Cardinals' performance in 34-11 loss to the Rams in the first round of the playoffs Monday night.       
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Pug Enjoying Face Massage Tool Sparks Debate About Breathing Problems
An adorable pug was filmed enjoying an electronic massage tool, but people online have used the viral video as a space to debate the breed's issues.
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Want to keep your workers? Change your climate policies
Climate change policies have become front and center for companies — not only because of ethics and reputation, but also because their employees demand it.
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How the Pandemic Ripped a Hole in Working-Age America
Lower vaccination rates among adults aged 25-64 have shifted the demographics of Covid-19’s death toll.
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'Worst house on best block' of San Francisco sells for $2M
A realtor said the price was the outcome of overbidding in an auction.
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People Are Hiding That Their Unvaccinated Loved Ones Died of COVID
After Andreea’s mom died of COVID-19 in April, the harassment started. Noxious messages started coming in after she wrote a Facebook post letting friends and family know about her loss.One person messaged her to say they couldn’t believe her mother hadn’t protected herself. Andreea has since deleted most of the other messages, but she remembers people saying things like “I can’t believe your mom was an anti-vaxxer” and “I can’t believe she didn’t understand that COVID could kill you.” “Instead of people saying that they were sorry for my loss, they would question my mom’s medical choices. It became all about her vaccine status. It was incredibly hurtful,” Andreea, a language instructor, who asked to be identified by only her first name in order to prevent further harassment, told me.It also wasn’t true that her mother was an anti-vaxxer. According to Andreea, her mom, who was a nurse, did have initial concerns about the vaccine, but after talking with her doctor, she had scheduled an appointment for her first dose. Unfortunately, she got sick before she could get it, Andreea says.[Read: America is getting unvaccinated people all wrong]In 2020, dying of COVID-19 was widely seen as an unqualified tragedy. It was the beginning of the pandemic, when it felt as if the entire world was in a state of collective grief. There was a palpable, shared mourning for all the lives gone too soon: the smiling mothers and jokester grandfathers and so-and-so from church who always lent a helping hand. All victims of a virus, unfurling and cruel.But that was before the vaccines. Before COVID deaths got caught up in a culture war.Now the majority of COVID deaths are occurring among the unvaccinated, and many deaths are likely preventable. The compassion extended to the virus’s victims is no longer universal. Sometimes, in place of condolences, loved ones receive scorn.Vitriol doesn’t come just from familiar names, but also from strangers. Websites, message boards, and social-media accounts have cropped up as forums to insult the unvaccinated dead. They scour social-media pages for “covidiots” and screenshot their photos and posts, turning them into memes. One Reddit page even gives out “awards” to those who refused the vaccine and then died.“A few months after the vaccine became available, that was really the turning point for when we began to see an acceleration in the lack of empathy for those who passed away due to COVID,” says Kristin Urquiza, who co-founded Marked by COVID, a grassroots group that advocates for those affected by the pandemic, after her dad died of COVID in June 2020. She told me that even in forums dedicated specifically to grief, when someone posts about a COVID death, often the first thing people ask is whether the person was vaccinated.That interrogation, and the judgment that may follow if the answer is no, has made opening up, especially online, hard for those who lost an unvaccinated loved one to COVID-19. “I have people reaching out to me confiding on a more one-on-one level that they’re struggling and they want to talk about their loss, but they don’t feel safe. They’re afraid they will be attacked or they’re afraid of their loved one being attacked,” said Urquiza, whose organization works with thousands of people across the country. Instead, many obituaries and memorial posts on social media don’t tell the full story, referencing pneumonia or other complications that stemmed from COVID-19 without invoking the coronavirus itself. Sometimes, no cause of death is given.When AnneMarie Jenkins, a marketing consultant from Bluffdale, Utah, lost her mother to COVID in August, she and her family didn’t mention the disease in their online announcement. According to Jenkins, her mother had a history of lung issues. She also told me her mother’s doctor had advised her mom against getting the vaccine. “We didn’t want anyone to have an opinion on … my mom’s medical choices. It makes the topic COVID and not my mom,” Jenkins said. “We didn’t want my mom’s death to feel like clickbait.” The obituary attributes her death to pneumonia and other factors.This is just one of many examples shared with me—there was the dad who died of a “brief illness,” the mom who passed “peacefully,” the boyfriend who died too soon. Several people I spoke with said they don’t confess the true cause of death to others even in person, because they’re ashamed, or because they want to avoid follow-up questions, or because they don’t want their loved one’s death to be politicized and gossiped about.But in private, it is hard for the living to make sense of these deaths. While everyone I spoke with for this story was vaccinated, many had relatives who were still opposed to getting the shots. This can create a fragmented mourning experience, divisions within a family, or even estrangement.All of this takes a toll. In the 1980s, Kenneth Doka, a senior vice president of grief programs for the Hospice Foundation of America and the author of Grief Is a Journey and other books on dying, coined the phrase “disenfranchised grief.”“We see disenfranchised grief when a living loved one doesn’t feel they can fully grieve because of the societal taboos around a loved one’s death,” Doka told me. “We see this when the victim is perceived to have had a role in their death, like we saw during the HIV/AIDS epidemic, but also with other things, like suicides, drug overdoses, and certain diseases.” These sorts of deaths can be met with victim-blaming, a sense that the deceased to some degree brought their death upon themselves through their choices or risky behaviors. Lung cancer is a classic example—one study found that people were more likely to ascribe blame to lung-cancer patients who smoked than those who didn’t. “I think the same thing is happening with COVID,” Doka said. “But now, instead of asking if the person smoked, we’re asking if they were vaccinated.”It is true that unvaccinated people are at greater risk of getting COVID, and of infecting others. It’s also true that unvaccinated patients dominate hospitals, which have been stretched thin for a long time by the pandemic. Some vaccinated people, stressed and angry about living through a pandemic for nearly two years with no clear end in sight, have understandably become more and more frustrated with those who refuse to get or deny the efficacy of the vaccines. But it’s not true that every unvaccinated person is an anti-vaxxer. And every preventable COVID death is still a deeply personal loss for someone. In some cases, the understandable frustration of vaccinated people is transmuting into cruelty, hurting those who are already suffering, and probably not changing anyone’s mind in the process.[Read: Why more Americans are saying they’re ‘vaxxed and done]’“This particular form of schadenfreude is really not showcasing humanity at its finest,” Karla Vermeulen, the deputy director of the Institute for Disaster Mental Health at SUNY New Paltz, wrote in an email to me. “It’s a classic control mechanism, like our knee-jerk desire to know if someone who died of lung cancer smoked, or if someone with liver disease drank: If so, we can believe they were responsible for their own fate, and because we’re making a different choice, that fate won’t befall us. But of course that belief comes at the price of blaming and even vilifying the deceased … As a result, survivors might sacrifice honesty in order to protect the loved one’s image, at potential cost to their own emotional needs.”When people feel they can’t be completely honest about a major loss in their lives, it makes the bereavement process more intense and long-lasting, potentially even leading to “complicated grief,” in which grief doesn’t get better over time, but lingers and sometimes gets worse.Talking about the death offline, with select, trusted others, may be the best way to heal. “It is very hard to grieve someone fully while keeping a secret about them, as it’s important to acknowledge the entirety of the individual, positive and negative, in order to come to terms with their loss,” Vermeulen said.She suggested talking with a therapist or religious leader, “someone trained to maintain confidentiality and a non-judgmental position.” Some organizations also offer support, such as Marked by COVID and COVID Survivors for Change, and Facebook groups have sprung up those who have lost loved ones to the virus.Andreea, who has still not had an official service for her mother because she doesn’t feel she can emotionally handle any more questions about her mother’s vaccination status, found comfort in an online support group specifically for those who lost a loved one to COVID-19. “It is a community of people who understand what I’m going through,” she said.Harder to process, perhaps, than other people’s judgments are one’s own. Many surviving loved ones experience anger, guilt, and shame too: Why didn’t they just get vaccinated? What more could I have done to convince them to get the shot? How could they have put so many people at risk?“On top of the horrible death you experienced, there’s always the question of what if?” Andreea said. “What if I convinced my mom to get the vaccine sooner? There is an extra layer of guilt.”Jason Coombs, a software engineer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, whose mother died of COVID-19 in October, has found his grief to be laced with anger. “I spend time and energy angry about my mom’s … unwillingness to take simple precautions to protect others,” he said.“The way a person died and the decisions they made may certainly complicate a person’s grief and ability to mourn,” Doka said. “I think how you grieve someone who died of COVID is you mourn the person and not the disease … Regardless of how somebody died, this person was important to you … You have to separate to some degree. The point is a person has died.”If it’s hard to see the person as a victim of COVID, the experts I spoke with suggested trying to look at them as a victim of something else: misinformation.When you shift your perspective, it helps create understanding and decreases the anger you’re feeling toward the person themselves, Vermeulen explained. “That certainly doesn’t mean you need to agree with [the person’s] view, but it might be a lot less painful to cope with the loss if you can reframe it.”Think of it this way, Vermeulen suggested: Change “Grandpa was a stubborn man who we couldn’t convince to get vaccinated” to “Grandpa was unfairly influenced by the distorted media messages that misinformed him.” As Vermeulen explained, “The loss doesn’t change, but some of the baggage around it might, freeing the survivors to focus on the person rather than their choice.”The pandemic is affecting all of us, shaping nearly every aspect of our lives. The discourse around COVID-19 can seem loud and crowded. Yet the reality is that so many people are grieving silently and alone.
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Glenn Youngkin, Mask-Mandate Lifter, Sends His Child to School Requiring Masks
The Republican issued an executive order giving Virginia parents the right to exempt children from mask mandates but some school districts are resisting.
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Baseball Hall of Fame: Gary Sheffield has the credentials, but link to PEDs could hold him back
Gary Sheffield was one of the most feared sluggers in baseball for 22 seasons, but his link to PEDs could hold him back from the Hall of Fame.      
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An Oklahoma pastor has apologized after smearing his spit in a man’s eye during a sermon: ‘It got too live’
The pastor apologized a day after his sermon, calling what he did "disgusting."
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Hong Kong to kill 2,000 animals after several hamsters test positive for COVID-19
Hong Kong authorities said Tuesday that they will kill about 2,000 small animals, including hamsters, after several tested positive for the coronavirus at a pet store where an employee was also infected.
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Another blow for Texas abortion rights backers
Federal appeals court sends case against them to state's Supreme Court, which is controlled entirely by Republican justices.
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Peloton is hiking prices because of inflation
Peloton says inflation and supply chain challenges have forced the company to hike the price of its flagship bike, just five months after cutting it drastically to boost sagging sales.
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ShowBiz Minute: Whedon, Williams, White
Josh Whedon denies multiple allegations of misconduct, in interview with New York magazine; Pharrell Williams calls for economic equity during MLK event; Fans celebrate what would have been Betty White's 100th birthday with hot dogs. (Jan. 18)      
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‘I was not going to let him assassinate us’: How Texas synagogue hostages used security training to flee
Jeffrey Cohen said security training the Colleyville, Tex., synagogue offered in the wake of the Tree of Life massacre helped save their lives.
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Woman Admits Ross' Infamous Spray Tan Accident in 'Friends' Happened to Her
"The color started showing around just two hours after I had got the 12 spray down, but alas, that was just the beginning," she admitted.
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'Wayne's World' AMC Pacer up for auction ahead of film's 30th anniversary
The custom 1976 AMC Pacer from "Wayne's World" is being auctioned at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale event ahead of the film's 30th anniversary.
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‘I escaped a Jewish cult that wanted me to marry my 12-year-old cousin’
Mendy Levy escaped from the fundamentalist Hasidic cult Lev Tahor after the group allegedly tried to force him, at age 15, to marry his 12-year-old first cousin.
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Carjacker Arrested After Passenger Texts Police Real-Time Location Updates
Tiffin Police Department Chief David W. Pauley said: "The passenger was able to alert police to the stolen vehicle location via text messages."
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Blinken to travel to Ukraine and Germany this week
Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to Ukraine and Germany this week as the Russian threat toward Ukraine continues to loom.
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Scrap 'Weaponized' Filibuster—MLK's Son Tells Joe Biden, Senate
Senators should remove the filibuster "as a blockade to justice and equality," King said, accusing Republicans of having "weaponized" the rule.
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Lara Logan dropped by talent agency after comparing Fauci to Nazi doctor
The South African-born journalist made the chilling comparison during a Nov. 29 appearance on Fox News Primetime.
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Schumer vows to turn up heat on GOP on voting rights, risks exposing moderate Dems on filibuster
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said that "every member will go on the record" on filibuster changes.
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ManningCast winners, losers: Eli, Peyton Manning dazzle, but the curse is real
The alternate "Monday Night Football'' telecast on ESPN2 gave Manning brothers an optimal platform to show they're not your typical retired NFL QBs.       
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Despite huge volcano blast, Tonga avoids widespread disaster
Despite sitting almost on top of the volcano that erupted so violently on Saturday, the Pacific nation of Tonga appears to have avoided the widespread disaster that many initially feared.
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How Safe Assets Became Investors’ Biggest Risk
“Risk free” is the most important concept in financial markets because it’s the baseline for setting the value of pretty much everything. Now the pandemic has drained it of meaning.
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Workers are calling out sick in droves, leaving employers scrambling
Employers from Macy's to United Airlines are having to adjust after skyrocketing omicron COVID cases have led large numbers of workers to call out sick.
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Going medieval: The surprising secrets of Notre Dame’s epic restoration
Incredible new images from National Geographic reveal the methods being used to restore the Parisian landmark, which is slated to be rebuilt by 2024.
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Recycling should be easier. These home appliance start-ups are trying to help.
While it might sound a little easier to keep a couple of dedicated recycling bins around two start-ups are tackling a sort of recycling gap people might not always think about.
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Unconventional romantic getaway destinations for Valentine's Day weekend: Scottsdale, Aspen, more
If you are looking for a romantic getaway, romantics of all ages can find something to love in San Francisco, Aspen, Park City or San Antonio.     
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How Capitol Hill Books co-owner Kyle Burk would spend a perfect day in D.C.
Burk recorded an album, "Death of a Novel," in the bookstore.
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The West can’t stand by as Putin tries to resurrect the ‘evil empire’
We might not be able to deter a Russian offensive against Ukraine — but Putin should be made to pay a heavy price.
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Billie Eilish is right. Porn is inflicting serious harm on America's children.
Singer Billie Eilish was exposed to sexually explicit acts online at age 11. Her experience is more common than many Americans realize.      
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Let’s put redistricting back in the hands of politicians
Time to send redistricting back to where it belongs: with politicians.
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Valerie Bertinelli on Eddie Van Halen, writing 'cathartic' book: 'Love isn't a big enough word'
"I can't make people understand this... but I've never felt love like that," Valerie Bertinelli, author of "Enough Already," says of Eddie Van Halen.       
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Tips on how to get — and keep — your linen closet organized
Here are five steps that will help you create a linen closet organization system that works for you and your family.
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The MisEducation of America
Due to COVID-19, for the past few years, many of America’s children were forced into virtual classrooms. Parents, looking over their shoulder, came to a stark conclusion: American education is off the rails.
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A century ago, Prohibition was about expanding liberty. Then our definition of liberty changed.
Here's why many defenders of Black, Native American and women's political rights saw Prohibition as increasing freedom.
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Thanks to China, Supply Chains Will Never Recover | Opinion
A logistical supply chain with little resiliency has collapsed.
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The Creator of Wordle on Why You Can’t Stop Playing
From its word list to its understated design, Wordle’s creator tells us about the product decisions that have us playing day after day.
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'Get Out While You're Alive': Man's 'Creepy' Discovery in Girlfriend's Attic Goes Viral
Matters were made worse when one Redditor revealed the discovery could have far more disturbing connotations.
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Don Cheadle, Kristalina Georgieva and 6 More Global Leaders Share the Most Powerful Collaborations in Their Lives
Kristalina Georgieva Managing Director, IMF In August 2021, the 190 member countries of the International Monetary Fund—working together to tackle the pandemic, a crisis like no other—delivered an achievement like no other: a historic $650 billion injection of Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) to help the global economy, and especially nations that are suffocating amid COVID-19…
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With the State of the World in the Hands of Big Business, Some Executives Think It Can Pay to Do Good
As global leaders discuss how to build a better future in a post-pandemic world, business executives weigh profits and purpose
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Why Timnit Gebru Isn’t Waiting for Big Tech to Fix AI’s Problems
Three hundred and sixty-four days after she lost her job as a co-lead of Google’s ethical artificial intelligence (AI) team, Timnit Gebru is nestled into a couch at an Airbnb rental in Boston, about to embark on a new phase in her career. Google hired Gebru in 2018 to help ensure that its AI products…
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Why TIME Dedicated This Special Issue to the Power of Collaboration
In early December, vaccinated and rapid tested, I had the opportunity to catch up in person with Klaus Schwab, chairman of the World Economic Forum, our partner in this special issue. It was his first visit to New York since the pandemic began, and though we covered a wide range of topics, from inflation to…
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The Surprisingly Low Price Tag on Preventing Climate Disaster
As the climate crisis worsens, too many people are swinging from denial straight to despair. A few years ago, it was common to hear people deny climate change, downplay the enormousness of the threat, or argue that it is far too soon to worry about it. Now many people say it’s too late. The apocalypse…
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Alex Trebek's Handpicked 'Jeopardy!' Successor Laura Coates Says Producers Rejected Her
CNN legal analyst Laura Coates said in a new interview that "Jeopardy!" producers didn't allow her to try out for the coveted presenter role.
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California Bar Staff Shot Dead by Customer After Dispute—Police
The suspect fled on foot after the shooting and is still at large, according to the Long Beach Police Department.
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