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They Shunned Covid Vaccines but Embraced Antibody Treatment

Championed by doctors and conservative radio hosts alike, monoclonal antibodies for Covid are in high demand — even from those who don’t want a vaccine.
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Rita Ora and Taika Waititi: A Definitive Relationship Timeline
Rita Ora and Taika Waititi have become one of Hollywood's hottest couples over the past year.
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Expert explains why the UK might be seeing rising Covid cases
The UK is seeing a rise in coronavirus cases months after having lifted all restrictions earlier this year. Dr. Eric Topol, Professor of Molecular Medicine at Scripps Research explains to CNN's John Vause why that might be.
All the Contestants Who Made it to the Knockouts of 'The Voice' Season 21
"The Voice" Season 21 has aired the last of its Battles. Here's who's representing Ariana Grande, John Legend, Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton in the Knockouts of the NBC show.
Facebook Plans to Rebrand Company With New Name, Report Says
CEO Mark Zuckerberg is expected to discuss the name change at the company’s Connect conference on Oct. 28, The Verge reported
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Here's the latest for Wednesday October 20th: January 6th committee votes to hold Steve Bannon in contempt; Haitian kidnapping gang demands ransom; City in Michigan declares emergency due to lead; San Francisco and burger chain in vaccine rule dispute.
Former NWSL player Kaiya McCullough calls for accountability after widespread women's football abuse scandal
Former Washington Spirit player Kaiya McCullough has told CNN that the abuse she faced at the hands of former coach Richie Burke left her "dreading having to go on the field" and "hoping I would get hurt at practice."
The app letting people take 3D videos on an iPhone
When you see a 3D image of a real person in a video game or as a visual effect in a movie, that virtual human has usually been constructed through an intricate process known as "volumetric capture."
Irish app lets you take 3D videos on an iPhone
The free app Volu uses artificial intelligence to create a digitized 3D image of a person.
Beverly Hills shooting: Attempted robbery outside restaurant leaves patron shot in leg, police say
An attempted robbery outside of a Beverly Hills Italian restaurant two blocks from Rodeo Drive left a man shot in the leg Tuesday evening, according to reports.
War With China Not Likely in Next Three Years: Taiwan Intelligence Chief
The director of Taiwan's National Security Bureau said China's ruling Communist Party is "trapped inside a security dilemma."
"The Facebook" Trends As People Speculate on Company Name Change Amid Metaverse Plans
Twitter users have joked that a rebranding of Facebook could see it return to its original name, TheFacebook.
California School Backtracks on Making Children Eat Lunch Outside in the Rain
California has some of the strictest COVID restrictions in schools in the country, being the first state to implement mask and vaccine mandates for staff and students aged 12 and above.
Bombing hits military bus in Syrian capital, killing more than a dozen people
It was the deadliest attack in Damascus in several years, and especially rare since government troops in 2018 captured suburbs once held by insurgents in Syria's decade-long conflict.
How CJ McCollum is using his love of wine to become a different type of trailblazer
It's not often an NBA star can quietly make his way through a crowd unnoticed. But with celebrities like William H. Macy, Martha Stewart, and Guy Fieri roaming the grounds of the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, Colorado last month, Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum figured he had a decent chance to quietly taste wines, meet vineyard owners and avoid attention.
How CJ McCollum is using his love of wine to become a different type of trailblazer
It's not often an NBA star can quietly make his way through a crowd unnoticed. But with celebrities like William H. Macy, Martha Stewart, and Guy Fieri roaming the grounds of the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, Colorado last month, Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum figured he had a decent chance to quietly taste wines, meet vineyard owners and avoid attention.
Ted Sarandos Refuses to Back Down Over Netflix Dave Chappelle Backlash
The Netflix co-CEO admitted he "screwed up" over his communications to staff over the controversial stand-up show.
How CJ McCollum is using his love of wine to become a different type of Trailblazer
Portland Trail Blazers star CJ McCollum is a wine lover, so much so that he and his wife have bought a 318-acre vineyard to begin producing wine. But McCollum is looking to increase diversity and inclusion in winemaking with his new project.
Josh Duggar Facing up to 20 Years in Prison After Major Loss in Child Porn Case
The former "19 Kids and Counting" personality, 33, was indicted in April on two counts of downloading and possessing child pornography.
Who Was Eliminated on Michelle Young's First Episode of 'The Bachelorette?'
23 roses were handed out during the first episode of "The Bachelorette" on ABC, which means seven men were eliminated from the competition.
Public Officials Threatened Doctors Over Ivermectin Refusal, Hospital Says
A spokesperson for the hospital said: "These conversations were deeply troubling to our physicians and staff."
Inside a Trump-Backed Candidate’s Leaky Audit Fiasco
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyOn the morning of Jan. 6, hours before rioters would break into the Capitol, another, quieter breach appeared to be underway.“I am publishing the Dominion audit raw data from Antrim County machines,” pro-Trump activist Joe Oltmann wrote in an email to a Newsmax correspondent. “Sitting with Matt DePerno and his information overlays this diagram.. perfectly.”This would not be the last time that apparent voting machine data from Antrim County, Michigan, was distributed through conservative conspiracy circles. Despite voting for Trump in the 2020 presidential election, the northern Michigan county has become central to election fraud conspiracy theories, including new efforts to “audit” Michigan’s election. At the heart of the audit efforts, and the Antrim County conspiracy theories, is Matthew DePerno, an attorney whose election theories have won him the endorsement of Donald Trump in Michigan’s upcoming attorney general race.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
Netflix employees are staging a walkout today as a fired organizer speaks out
The Netflix employee resource group supporting trans and non-binary people is demanding better representation, both onscreen and in management.
When Tom Petty Was at the Height of His Musical Powers
Courtesy Robert SebreeIn the waning days of summer 2016, I received a call from Tom Petty’s office. They were in the early stages of planning an expanded edition of Wildflowers, his 1994 multi-platinum album—a career high point, even for an artist of Petty’s pedigree—and wanted to know if I would be willing to fly to Malibu to interview the legend about the period. The album hadn’t come together, but there were lots of amazing archival photos and even unseen footage from the recording sessions. A documentary about the making of the album was definitely in the cards.Obviously, that interview never happened. Not long after that initial call, I heard that a new plan was in place. Petty would be honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year ahead of the 2017 Grammy Awards, and a 40th anniversary tour, celebrating the Heartbreakers, Petty’s remarkable band throughout his long and illustrious career, would follow. Once that was complete, I was told Petty would be turning his sights to the expanded Wildflowers, and a tour, probably multiple nights at small theaters in major markets, would follow. We could then revisit the interview with Petty, as well as Wildflowers co-producers Rick Rubin and Mike Campbell, so “just be patient.”On Oct. 2, 2017, with his death in a Santa Monica hospital, the chance to sit down with one of the greatest songwriters of his generation to discuss the greatest artistic achievement of his career evaporated, along with so many other things that meant so much to all of us. Read more at The Daily Beast.
This Is How Russia Is Pulling Off a Free-for-All Murderous Rampage
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photos Getty ImagesABUJA, Nigeria—When Lamido Souleymane Daouda, mayor and sultan of the northwestern Central African Republic (CAR) town of Koui, was told by locals that they had seen a cache of weapons gathered by rebels in a nearby community early in June, he quickly reported it to security agencies. The highly respected Sultan Mayor, as Daouda is commonly referred to as, had expected officials to rush to the community and seize the weapons.But that’s not what happened.Rather, a group of Russian mercenaries allegedly stormed his home on June 12 and insisted he accompanied them to where the arms were kept, according to family eyewitnesses who spoke with The Daily Beast. The family members said that just before noon, Daouda, his assistant and bodyguard, left with the mercenaries and headed to the community, which was west of Koui. But when the Russians returned four hours later, none of the three men were with them. The mercenaries allegedly told Daouda's family that the three men were killed in a landmine explosion not far from the Sultan Mayor’s house, and that the rest of them were lucky to escape death.Read more at The Daily Beast.
White Texas Property Owner Avoids Arrest After Killing Moroccan Driver
Courtesy Faizan SyedWhen Adil Dghoughi left his girlfriend’s home in Maxwell, Texas, just after 3 a.m. on Oct. 11, she didn’t think anything of it. Sarah Todd told The Daily Beast the 31-year-old Moroccan native enjoyed late-night drives during which he would listen to music from his country, and sing.“It was kind of a relaxation thing for him,” Todd told The Daily Beast.But according to the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, by 3:42 a.m. Dghoughi was being transferred to a hospital after he’d been shot by a white property owner named Terry Turner in Martindale, less than five miles away from Maxwell. The Sheriff’s Office said the shooting occurred after Turner confronted a “suspicious” car parked outside his home.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
Liberal California Has a Huge Racial-Profiling Problem
Genaro MolinaTake it from a lifelong Californian: My home state is not as liberal as many people here pretend.We tell ourselves that, because our state isn’t Arizona or Texas, this must be the most “woke” state in the country. Don’t believe the hype.When confronted with the homeless, the farm worker, the immigrant, or the public school student with a learning disability, Californians often fail to walk it like we talk it. The same goes for Black people who come into contact with police here.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Inside the Netflix Series Skewering QAnon Nuts—and Joe Rogan
NetflixOn Facebook, Instagram, and various other online platforms, fake news is chipping away at the very fabric of American democracy—so it was high time such insanity was ridiculed in merciless animated fashion. Inside Job goes some way toward achieving that end, affording an intimate peek at Cognito Inc., a secret organization that covers up the fact that every conspiracy theory is real, and that the country—and world—is run by a shadow board of robed elites consumed with acquiring profit and power. Created by Shion Takeuchi and executive produced by fellow Gravity Falls alum Alex Hirsch, it’s a workplace comedy that jovially mocks our brain-fried reality—even if, ultimately, it stops just shy of truly miring itself in today’s muck.Which is to say, Inside Job doesn’t touch upon the Big Lie and anti-vax nonsense currently addling the minds of so many Americans. It does, however, takes great pleasure in pretending that our myths and fantasies—about Bigfoot, the moon landing, Yale secret societies, and more—are less fictional than we assumed. Over the course of its 10-episode first season (Oct. 22), it provides a loopy and humorous tour of our national derangement via the story of Reagan (Lizzy Caplan), Cognito Inc.’s resident genius and a woman whose intellectual prowess is matched only by her evil inclinations—conquering the planet is often high on her list of priorities—and, consequently, her desire to ascend the corporate ladder.Reagan is the daughter of Cognito Inc.’s bitter former CEO Rand (Christian Slater), who now spends his days recording YouTube videos in an effort to expose the company’s secrets, as well as drinking himself silly—a pastime which so ruins his liver that he needs regular organ transplants that are facilitated by Cognito Inc.’s new boss JR (Andrew Daly). Reagan also works with a collection of misfits who help round out the show’s cast: PR and Manipulation’s Gigi (Tisha Campbell), who exploits social media to dupe and enslave the masses; Glenn Dolphman (John DiMaggio), a right-wing military fanatic who took a super-serum that turned him into a half-man, half-dolphin creature; Andre (Bobby Lee), a mad scientist with an insatiable hunger for sex and mind-altering narcotics; and Magic Myc (Brett Gelman), a tentacled psychic mushroom who hails from the Hollow Earth, the subterranean realm that’s also the apparent home of the mole people, sea monsters, and the family from Land of the Lost.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Joe Manchin Isn’t Moved by Dem Attacks—He’s Emboldened By Them
Kevin Dietsch/GettyWhen activists paddled their kayaks to Sen. Joe Manchin’s houseboat in Washington, D.C., earlier this month to protest the West Virginia Democrat’s opposition to a $3.5 trillion social welfare bill, what they encountered was a man very comfortable with being heckled.Like others who have pressured Manchin to reconsider—Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and pretty much every other liberal activist and elected Democrat between them—these progressive pushers aren’t moving Manchin.In fact, they may just be stiffening his resolve.Read more at The Daily Beast.
The Warnock vs. Walker Race Promises to Be Ugly—and Well-Funded
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos Getty/APThe pivotal Senate election in Georgia is still more than a year away, but the money race is very much on.The two leading candidates, Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) and Republican hopeful and NFL legend Herschel Walker, have roped in a combined $12.8 million since June 30, juicing their war chests in expectation of a fierce battle for the swing seat next November.Warnock’s $9 million haul for the period—the top quarterly number in all of Congress—outwardly appears to have bested the Walker campaign, whose financial report shows roughly $3.8 million raised. However, Walker only started accepting donations on Aug. 24, and by a daily measure, he went pound-for-pound with his rival, with each clocking about $100,000 a day.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Soup Fanatics Have Invaded TikTok, and It’s Delicious
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast / Photos GettyTikTok has a new It Girl: she’s hot, she’s zesty, and she can get spicy. Actually, she’s soup. What I’m trying to say is, people on TikTok love soup.Some very strange things have gone viral on the video-sharing app (hello, vagina ice cubes), but this trend makes a lot of sense. It’s getting colder out. Most everyone is miserable. And anyone who’s ever needed a day where they lie face down in a comforter for hours on end knows: In times of trouble, minestrone will be there.The extremely fun-to-say “#Souptok” has 29 million views on the app right now. The more generic “#Soup” boasts nearly 2 billion. Similarly, over 4.7 million people have watched “#SoupTikTok” clips.Read more at The Daily Beast.
This Conservative Pundit Says He Actually Got COVID on Purpose
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyWhile most Americans are trying not to catch COVID-19—or, at the very least, pretending it doesn’t exist—one fearless pundit claims to have hugged thousands of people in order to finally contract the respiratory illness.This week on Fever Dreams, hosts Will Sommer and Kelly Weill visit the case of Dennis Prager, the conservative media figure who is now receiving Regeneron treatments for COVID-19 because he said he actually wanted to contract the illness. “We’re so many cycles into this kind of storyline now that I think Republican figures are getting a little anxious about it and they don’t want to get owned,” Sommer says of Prager’s COVID announcement. “And so you have like Allen West, who only announced that he had COVID after he had already been on a bunch of cycles of Regeneron. And now we have Dennis Prager, who’s saying that, actually, getting COVID rocks.”COVID isn’t the only fever spreading on the right. Later in the episode, we visit Michigan, where Trump fans are attempting to “audit” the 2020 vote, much like their doomed attempt in Arizona. What’s different this time? “Michigan is funny because unlike Arizona, where it was a line call for Biden, Biden won Michigan really handily,” Weill says. “Like it’s not even close.” Nevertheless, the audit efforts are drawing out some of Michigan’s fringiest, including a state lawmaker who wore a QAnon pin to a recent pro-audit rally. Nevertheless, former President Donald Trump has thrown his weight behind the Michigan audit efforts, calling the state’s GOP chair to ask for an audit and endorsing a pro-audit Michigan attorney general candidate.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Air Conditioning Is Killing the Planet—Here’s How to Fix It
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastThough climate scientists say humans can still avoid the worst possible effects of climate change if the economy adopts carbon-neutral activities as soon as possible, it’s clear the planet will continue to warm regardless of how quickly we achieve that goal. To a certain extent, humans will have to face a hotter, more dangerous planet. That means we’re going to need to figure out sustainable ways to keep things comfortable at home, at work and everywhere in between as temperatures rise.The obvious solution to dealing with high temperatures is air conditioning, but current AC technology is just making climate change worse. Most designs require the use of refrigerants: chemicals that absorb heat and turn it into cool air after it runs through a compressor and evaporator. The most common AC refrigerants are hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), but they are potent greenhouse gases—thousands of times more effective at trapping heat than carbon dioxide.So we’re in a bind at the moment: the higher temperatures rise, the more our AC units are on full blast. The more our AC units are running, the more they’re contributing to climate change and, of course, rising temperatures.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
Star Baker Nadiya Hussain Shares Her Personal Scone Recipe
Chris TerryYou might be surprised to learn that Nadiya Hussain, the winner of season 6 of the hit TV series The Great British Bake Off, didn’t learn to bake until enrolling in a cooking class at secondary school.“I didn’t grow up in a family where baking was a natural thing,” says Hussain, who also hosts Netflix series Nadiya’s Time to Eat and Nadiya Bakes. “For us it was big pots of food cooking on the stovetop. Any kind of cakes or biscuits that we ate came from shops.”Once she began baking one of the first recipes she learned how to make was for the traditional scone. But while she may be a star baker now, her first try making this quintessential British treat didn’t go so well.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Hurry up and wait: Trump's best legal shot at blocking the release of his January 6 docs
The next few weeks will be pivotal if former President Donald Trump is hoping to bury the House's request for January 6 documents in years of litigation.
Elio Motors promised 1,500 jobs at an old GM plant in Louisiana. But, 'the intent had no basis in reality'
Not a single vehicle has rolled off Elio Motors' Shreveport assembly line and not one job has been created.
Former Australia batsman Michael Slater charged after domestic incident
Former Australia cricketer Michael Slater has admitted himself into care for "health and mental issues" after being charged by police following a report of a domestic violence incident in Sydney.
What happens when conservative school boards seize power at districts around the country
They ran against critical race theory. But once they got on the school board, these conservatives started rolling back efforts to include students.
Unemployment over vaccination? These public figures paid a hefty price for their decisions.
Employers are requiring the COVID vaccine and high profile coaches, Broadway stars and reporters have quit or been fired for refusing the vaccine.
The Washington Wizards are set to begin another season of meh
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The Washington Wizards are set to begin another season of meh
Expectations for these Wizards are muted. Like, sneakers-squeaking-in-an-empty-gym muted.
Over 25% of Americans are no longer living in high-transmission counties: Live COVID-19 updates
More than one-quarter of Americans are now living in a county that no longer has high levels of community transmission of coronavirus. COVID updates.
Soldier with ‘Hitler mustache’ thrown out of military after Capitol riot charges
Timothy Hale-Cusanelli, whose photo in court records showed him with a squared-off moustache and slicked back hair, is one of at least six service members federally charged in connection with the Capitol riot involving supporters of President Trump.
As housing concerns mount, cities, states steer billions in COVID funds to address crisis
Mayors are tapping COVID-19 funds to take on an affordable housing crisis. But some say real progress depends on Biden's $3.5 trillion spending bill.
A federal program tries to house people. But it leaves many homeless and segregated in the Southeast.
The Section 8 voucher program aims to improve people's lives, but it's left many people homeless or stuck in racially segregated neighborhoods.
Zuckerberg to Be Added to Facebook Privacy Suit
The District of Columbia case, which grew out of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, could expose the chief executive to financial and other penalties.
How Will Blue America Live With Covid?
It can be the safety-above-all caricature that deep-red America has made of it, or it can leave the age of emergency behind.
D.C.-area forecast: October’s finest through tomorrow, and not bad after that either
Warmer today and tomorrow, then cooler with a few light showers possible Friday and Saturday.
This 32 Degrees Top that Helps Me Stay Warm all Winter
Photo Illustration: Scouted/The Daily Beast/AmazonScouting Report: This layering top from 32 Degrees not only keeps me warm but won't irritate my sensitive skin.When I lived on the east coast, my west coast-raised skin had a very unfortunate reaction to the cold, dry winters. Once the weather would dip into the freezing and near-freezing temps, I’d get a full-body rash that could only be described as a “chapped” skin situation. I learned, quickly, that I had to wear soft, tight layers in order to avoid being uncomfortable.Now I’m back on the west coast, in the rainy Pacific Northwest where I belong, and I got a pandemic puppy. A pandemic puppy demands to be walked, even when the temperatures are cold, wet, or windy (or a combination of all three). I found this 32 Degrees Base Layer Top and bought a few to wear on my dog walks. It’s close to the skin and is meant to be worn fitted, so it fits nicely underneath all of my outerwear.Read more at The Daily Beast.