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Tokyo 2020 isn’t the first Olympic Games to battle a pandemic
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Tokyo 2020 isn’t the first Olympic Games to battle a pandemic

Covid-19 has thrown more than few curve balls at Tokyo Olympic organizers — but this isn’t the first Games to battle a pandemic. A century ago, the 1920 Antwerp Olympics were held only a few months after the Spanish flu ravaged the world, killing at least 50 million people. In 2010, the Vancouver Olympics were…MORE

Tennessee resumes vaccination outreach but with marketing emphasis on parents, not children
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Tennessee resumes vaccination outreach but with marketing emphasis on parents, not children

Tennessee’s top health official said Friday that vaccination efforts for teens will continue but that marketing efforts would be clearly directed at parents rather than their children. The Tennessee Department of Health announced mid-July that it had stopped outreach on all adolescent vaccines, including the Covid-19 shot. That pause followed the firing of a top…MORE

Bumble match turns in January 6 suspect who allegedly whipped police

Bumble match turns in January 6 suspect who allegedly whipped police

Yet another US Capitol suspect was caught this week, all thanks to his Bumble match. Prosecutors say Andrew Taake of Texas used the dating app Bumble while in Washington on January 6. The match asked if he was near the Capitol and he said he was there “from the very beginning.” He sent several selfies…MORE

They dodged flames pushed by 30 mph winds. Crews fighting the huge Bootleg Fire still are trying to tame it
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They dodged flames pushed by 30 mph winds. Crews fighting the huge Bootleg Fire still are trying to tame it

When crews battling the massive Bootleg Fire saw wind-driven flames race across the treetops, they had one option: retreat. “We had a running crown fire, which means that the fire has reached the top of the trees and being pushed by the wind” moving at 30 mph, firefighter Eric West told CNN. “We all had…MORE

Defense Department has had about 2,000 breakthrough Covid cases
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Defense Department has had about 2,000 breakthrough Covid cases

The Department of Defense has experienced about 2,000 breakthrough Covid-19 cases among its more than 2 million fully vaccinated personnel, Pentagon spokesman Maj. Cesar Santiago-Santini told CNN in a statement, but it’s unclear how many are a result of the Delta variant. “Like the civilian sector, we are seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases, driven…MORE

The week in 12 headlines

The week in 12 headlines

This week, Senate Republicans blocked a key vote to start debate on a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill long sought by President Joe Biden, leaving his political agenda potentially on the brink. Meanwhile, the White House toughened its tone regarding Covid-19 as the Delta variant continued to spread and some cities reassessed their relaxed mask mandates.…MORE

National Guard unit starts to make cuts after Congress fails to pay for Capitol security mission
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National Guard unit starts to make cuts after Congress fails to pay for Capitol security mission

The Nebraska National Guard has begun canceling training events as other Guard units across the country prepare to take even more drastic measures if Congress doesn’t reimburse the National Guard Bureau for the more than half a billion dollars spent securing the Capitol in the months following the January 6th riot. The annual weapons qualification…MORE

US women’s national soccer team players appeal equal pay lawsuit decision
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US women’s national soccer team players appeal equal pay lawsuit decision

Players from the United States women’s national soccer team filed an appeal Friday to overturn a 2020 decision against their equal pay lawsuit, saying last year’s decision “defies reality.” In May 2020, Judge Gary Klausner ruled there was no basis to prove the players’ claims that the US Soccer Federation (USSF) financially discriminated against the…MORE

Florida heads to Supreme Court on Covid-19 regulations for cruise ships
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Florida heads to Supreme Court on Covid-19 regulations for cruise ships

Florida’s attorney general asked the Supreme Court on Friday to step in on an emergency basis to block Covid-19 protocols put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requiring the cruise lines to meet certain conditions before they can sail again. The dispute comes as the industry is attempting to ramp up…MORE

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