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The COVID-19 “Super Strain” Should Make You Rethink These Common Activities

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 20: People wear face masks at The Mall in Central Park on December 20, 2020 in New York City. The coronavirus pandemic has caused long-term repercussions throughout the tourism and entertainment industries, including temporary and permanent closures of historic and iconic venues, costing the city and businesses billions in revenue. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images) By now, you’ve probably heard about the new mutant strain of COVID-19. The variant, known as the SARS-CoV-2 lineage B.1.1.7, originated in the United Kingdom in the early fall, and was first detected in the U.S. on January 5. And it’s spreading — fast. All viruses mutate, but B.1.1.7, along with other new variants that have been detected in South Africa and Ohio, are concerning, says Abisola

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John Higgins beats Ronnie O’Sullivan in historic Masters classic

John Higgins produced a stunning performance to beat Ronnie O’Sullivan (Picture: Getty Images)John Higgins beat Ronnie O’Sullivan 6-3 in the quarter-finals of the Masters on Friday night in an absolute classic as the pair equalled the record for the number of centuries on the spin. The Wizard of Wishaw played as well as he has done over his epic career, knocking in breaks of 145, 134 and 110 on his way to victory over the world champion. Stephen Maguire and Neil Robertson sat the record of five centuries on the spin in the 2009 Masters quarter-finals, but Higgins and O’Sullivan matched that on Friday night. The Rocket did very little wrong over the contest, but the unrelenting quality of the Scot could not be dealt with as he powered to victory. ‘I enjoyed it, it was a really...

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Woman charged with attempted murder in stabbing of Denver police officer

A 38-year-old woman faces felony charges for allegedly stabbing a Denver police officer. Alicia Esquibel has been charged with attempted murder and two counts of assault in connection to a January 6 incident at a hotel, 620 Federal Blvd., according to a district attorney’s office news release. Denver District AttorneyAlicia EsquibelThe officer, who was stabbed multiple times, was seriously injured. He has been released from a hospital and is recovering. Police were called to the Comfort Suites Near Denver Downtown on a report of trespassing and harassment. The stabbing happened as a suspect was being taken into custody. Esquibel also faces a crime of violence sentence enhancing charge. Related Articles 74-year-old man suspected of stabbing woman in Fort Collins domestic ...

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Salt Lake Postal Service preparing for possible civil unrest this weekend

The downtown Salt Lake City Post Office will close at noon on Saturday to prepare for possible civil unrest. | Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY — The Postal Service said Friday it plans to take several measures to prepare for possible civil unrest as armed marchers are expected to rally Sunday at capitols across the country. On Saturday, the Postal Service will close the Downtown Salt Lake City Post Office, 230 W. 200 South, at noon. It will also temporarily remove four blue collection boxes in the downtown area to protect postal property, employees and the public. The boxes that will be temporarily removed are located at 8 W. 100 South; 50 W. 200 South; and two at 4 S. Main. Customers may find nearest collection boxes in service or post office locations on the Postal Servi...

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Metra police respond to suspicious package at maintenance facility; ME trains stopped

Police are responding to a call of a “suspicious package” Jan. 15, 2021 at a Metra facility. | Sun-Times file photoThe Kensington Yard District facility, at 12231 S Indiana Ave., was evacuated after an employee reported a “suspicious package,” to Metra Police. Metra police are investigating reports of a suspicious package at one of the commuter agency’s Far South Side maintenance facilities. The Kensington Yard District facility, at 12231 S Indiana Ave., was evacuated after an employee reported a “suspicious package,” to Metra Police, Metra officials said. A Chicago police K9 unit was called to that block about 2:45 p.m. to investigate a telephone threat, a police spokeswoman said. The department’s canine units were called in to respond, according to Metra officials. About 3:25 p.m., a...

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Ethan Hawke to Battle Oscar Isaac as ‘Moon Knight’ Villain in Marvel Disney+ Series

Ethan Hawke is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the villain in the upcoming “Moon Knight” television series on Disney+, THR reports. The casting choice will make “Moon Knight” hard to resist for indie movie lovers, as the MCU series pits Hawke against Oscar Isaac, who is starring in the title role. “Ramy” breakout May Calamawy is also set to star in “Moon Knight,” which is being directed by Mohamed Diab and “The Endless” and “Synchronic” filmmakers Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. Hawke’s specific character is remaining under wraps, but he is set to play the series’ lead baddie. That Hawke is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe might raise some eyebrows, given his buzz-worthy comments from August 2018 in which he shared his belief that superhero movies are overly praised by cri

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States declare emergencies, close capitols ahead of rallies

Members of the National Guard stand guard outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. | APThough details remain murky, demonstrations are expected at state capitols beginning Sunday and leading up to Biden’s succession of President Donald Trump on Wednesday. State officials hope to avoid the type of violence that occurred Jan. 6, when a mob of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol, leaving a Capitol Police officer and four others dead. Responding to warnings of potentially violent demonstrations, governors across the nation are calling out National Guard troops, declaring states of emergency and closing their capitols to the public ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week. Though details remain murky, demonstrations are expected at state capitols b

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NBA GMs Think Giannis Antetokounmpo Is Going to Join Larry Bird and Bill Russell This Season

(L-R) Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bill Russell, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at the 2019 ESPYs | Rich Fury/Getty ImagesRELATED: NBA general managers face an interesting position this season. With the Warriors lacking contention for two seasons now, the finals are no longer guaranteed. The Heat weren’t high on many lists to make it far, even if the Lakers were. The Bucks, meanwhile, seriously underperformed last year. That was, in large part, because MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo was injured during crucial playoff games. Now, he’s back in action with a historically massive contract as the wind beneath his wings. But Antetokounmpo will have to contend with teams like Kevin Durant’s much-hyped Brooklyn Nets. So where do NBA GMs think this season is headed? NBA GMs think the future looks a lot like t...

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With hundreds of healthcare workers in line, Dodger Stadium becomes massive vaccination site

Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles is turned into a COVID-19 drive-thru vaccination site on Friday, January 15, 2021. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)There was a sense of urgency mixed with relief among many who showed up on Friday. LA City Fire’s David Ortiz sets the table for the day here at Dodger Stadium, where the line continues to grow in a “soft opening” of vaccinations. Note: there is only a limited number of doses to be given today. Dodger Stadium transformed into a massive vaccination center on Friday, Jan. 15, amid concerns that shortfalls in anticipated supplies are slowing the rollout of the vaccine. Lines of cars showed up early Friday morning along the Academy Road entrance, where members of CORE and L.A. City Fire Department  personnel directed eager he

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Bears DL Mario Edwards Jr. suspended 2 games

Defensive end Mario Edwards celebrates after the Bears recovered a fumble Sunday. | Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty ImagesDefensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr., was suspended two games by the NFL on Friday for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug ban. Defensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr., was suspended two games by the NFL on Friday for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug ban. Edwards is not under contract with any team next season, but will serve the suspension whenever he signs. He would be able to play games and practice in the preseason. A former second-round pick by the Raiders in 2015, Edwards was a rotational player who stood out on passing downs. Edwards had a career-high four sacks in 15 games in 2020 after the Saints cut him before the start of the season. He...

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UCLA men’s basketball wary of Washington as a trap game

A Saturday afternoon start doesn’t exactly scream primetime. Neither do the makings of the game between UCLA and Washington, each on the other side of the Pac-12 standings. The Bruins are in first place at 6-0, while the Huskies are 0-6. Some might call it a “trap game”. It’s cliché because it happens all too often. A high-flying team off a big win – like Thursday afternoon’s 30-point win over Washington State – hosts a one-win team looking to claim its first conference victory of the season. Upon further review: It’s a trap game. “All I know is we play Washington and all I care about is what they’re good at,” UCLA coach Mick Cronin said. “I know Washington has struggled, but the one thing about coaching in a Power 5 conference is that everybody has good players and everybody is capable. ...

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‘Avatar 2’ Image Reveals New Setting for Sequel

It’s been over a decade since James Cameron’s Avatar was first released and was the highest grossing film of all the time. The original, released in 2009, was just the beginning of highlighting what technology was becoming and can truly accomplish. Ever since it was announced that a sequel was in the works a couple years ago, fans have been beyond eager. According to Cinema Blend, the sequel is finally becoming reality, and we can see a new location that will be in the film. The producer of the film, Jon Landau, posted concept art for the sequel on his Instagram from artist Jonathan Bach: “Tomorrow, as part of our Behind Pandora stories, we will be featuring concept artist Jonathan Bach. In advance of that, I thought I would share a concept illustration he created of the Metkayina villag...

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States declare emergencies, close capitols ahead of rallies

Responding to warnings of potentially violent demonstrations, governors across the nation are calling out National Guard troops, declaring states of emergency and closing their capitols to the public ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week. Though details remain murky, demonstrations are expected at state capitols beginning Sunday and leading up to Biden’s succession of President Donald Trump on Wednesday. State officials hope to avoid the type of violence that occurred Jan. 6, when a mob of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol, leaving a Capitol Police officer and four others dead. The FBI has warned of the potential for violence at all state capitols and has said it is tracking an “ extensive amount of concerning online chatter, ” including calls for armed protes

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Wednesday’s LA Council meeting is canceled, in response to Inauguration Day security concerns

A Los Angeles City Council meeting scheduled on the same day as the presidential inauguration, on Wednesday, Jan. 20, has been canceled out of concern for any potential unrest. Council President Nury Martinez made the announcement Friday, saying that the council meeting the day before, on Tuesday, Jan. 19, will go on as planned. Related Articles Capitol mob meant to ‘assassinate’ officials, feds say ‘QAnon shaman’ was following Trump’s orders and deserves a pardon, his lawyer says ‘Kill him with his own gun’: Police describe facing the mob at the U.S. Capitol Capitol rioters included highly trained ex-military and police officers Deputy possibly involved in U.S. Ca...

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