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Biden raises eyebrows with claim
he 'used to drive' 18-wheeler truck
Posted by NorthernDog 7/28/2021 10:28:28 PM Post Reply
Forty-eight-year political veteran President Biden raised eyebrows on Wednesday when he claimed to have driven an 18-wheeler truck — a claim the White House struggled to defend. Biden was visiting a Mack Truck facility in Pennsylvania when he made the claim to have driven the massive trucks before, which require a special kind of license. "I used to drive an 18-wheeler, man," Biden said on Wednesday in a video posted to Twitter. "I got to." (Tweet) There is scant evidence that Biden has ever driven an 18-wheeler truck. When asked if the president had ever driven such a truck, a White
Female athletes grab spotlight at Olympics
with political and social demonstrations
Posted by NorthernDog 7/28/2021 6:40:01 PM Post Reply
When it comes to political and social demonstrations during the Tokyo Olympics, 2021 is the year of women. Female athletes have attracted the spotlight on the international stage by championing racial equality and taking ownership of what they wear during competitions. "Historically, we've seen the role of patriarchy sort of supersede ... the voices, lived experiences of girls and women on the Olympic stage," said Akilah Carter-Francique, executive director of the Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change at San Jose State University. "What we're seeing now is an acknowledgment of their value in their perspective on many
US women's water polo team
suffers first Olympic loss since 2008
Posted by NorthernDog 7/28/2021 1:59:51 PM Post Reply
The U.S. women’s water polo team suffered its first Olympic loss since 2008 after falling 10-9 to Hungry in Wednesday’s preliminary round. The Americans were the favorite going into this week’s event after heading to Tokyo 19-0 as the defending World Champions but the Hungarian team, who has been beaten by the U.S. five times this year, was able to score with just 45 seconds left in the match to come out on top. "The game just doesn't know who you are. The game doesn't know where you come from," U.S. goaltender Ashleigh Johnson said. "So every time you need
New Jersey to rename multiple
rest stops after state celebrities
Posted by NorthernDog 7/28/2021 1:47:27 PM Post Reply
New Jersey's rest stops are getting the green light for a star-powered boost, with new names honoring "icons" from the state, including James Gandolfini, Whitney Houston and Jon Bon Jovi. Gov. Phil Murphy (D) announced Tuesday that nine service areas along the Garden State Parkway will be renamed as a way to "showcase the outstanding talent of the people of New Jersey and their contributions to the world." The rest stop in Montvale, N.J., will honor the late "Sopranos" star Gandolfini, while Cheesequake's spot will now be known as the Jon Bon Jovi Service Area and Vauxhall will double as
CDC: The coronavirus could be 'just a
few mutations' away from evading vaccines
Posted by NorthernDog 7/27/2021 9:25:07 PM Post Reply
The coronavirus could be just a few mutations away from evading existing COVID-19 vaccines, according to the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "These vaccines operate really well in protecting us from severe disease and death, but the big concern is that the next variant that might emerge - just a few mutations potentially away - could potentially evade our vaccines," CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said in a Tuesday press briefing. (Snip) The CDC announced Tuesday that people infected with Delta - vaccinated or unvaccinated - have higher viral loads (meaning they carry greater amounts of virus) compared to other versions
NY, LA Among Big Cities Joining
Rural Areas in CDC Mask Zone
Posted by NorthernDog 7/27/2021 8:06:02 PM Post Reply
It’s not just Arkansas and Louisiana, where the delta variant has been raging, that are affected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new recommendation for vaccinated people to mask indoors in some parts of the country. Most major U.S. urban areas also fall under the scope of the advisory. (Snip) Those counties include all five of New York City’s boroughs, plus the counties that encompass Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Dallas, Boston and Phoenix. The entire states of Arkansas, Florida and Louisiana are covered, along with most of Missouri, Mississippi, and Alabama. Los Angeles County, the nation’s second-largest
Newsom yanks his children from summer camp
after maskless photos appear on social media
Posted by NorthernDog 7/27/2021 7:57:27 PM Post Reply
California Gov. Gavin Newsom yanked his children from a summer camp after his son was seen in maskless photographs posted on social media. The development was first revealed by Reopen California Schools, an organization that filed a lawsuit challenging school coronavirus protocols in the Golden State. The group said the Democratic governor's 10-year-old son, presumably Hunter Newsom, was seen indoors without a face covering at a basketball program. "The Newsoms were concerned to see unvaccinated children unmasked indoors at a camp their children began attending yesterday. Their kids will no longer be attending the camp," Newsom's office told Fox News
Simone Biles pulled from Olympics
finals: Aly Raisman responds to
Team USA gymnast leaving event due
to reported mental health issue
Posted by NorthernDog 7/27/2021 9:38:51 AM Post Reply
Needham, Massachusetts, native and two-time Olympian Aly Raisman said she’s concerned for Simone Biles’ mental health after the gymnast was pulled from the U.S. team gymnastics finals in Tokyo due to a medical issue. “I’m just thinking about the mental impact this has to have on Simone. It’s just so much pressure,” Raisman told TODAY. “It’s just devastating. I feel horrible.” Biles could be seen walking off the floor with her bag and a trainer after her first rotation on vault, NBCreported. “We’ve just been told that, with regards to Simone withdrawing, it is not injury-related. It is a mental
American Airlines warns of
jet fuel shortages nationwide
Posted by NorthernDog 7/27/2021 8:42:33 AM Post Reply
American Airlines is reportedly warning of jet fuel shortages nationwide and asking their pilots to conserve fuel when possible. In an internal memo, the airline advised that jet fuel shortages that have been impacting western states "are now being reported at American [Airlines] stations across the country," and that "delivery delays are expected to continue through mid-August," The Dallas Morning News reported. "All airlines are continuing to experience jet fuel delivery delays at several midsize to smaller airports due primarily to constrained jet fuel transportation logistics, including a shortage of truck drivers, a shortage of fuel trucks and in some
Biden says 'long Covid' could qualify
as a disability under federal law
Posted by NorthernDog 7/26/2021 3:45:28 PM Post Reply
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden announced Monday that serious long-term Covid-19 cases could qualify as a disability, making federal protections and resources available to those suffering from the disease. Speaking at an event at the White House celebrating the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, he said that lingering Covid symptoms, such as fatigue or brain fog, "can sometimes rise to the level of a disability." "We're bringing agencies together to make sure Americans with long Covid who have a disability have access to the rights and resources that are due under the disability law, which includes accommodations and
4th person killed overnight in Seattle's
deadly weekend of gun violence
Posted by NorthernDog 7/26/2021 11:39:31 AM Post Reply
SEATTLE - Police detectives are working overtime after a man was shot and killed Sunday night outside an apartment building in the Lake City neighborhood - Seattle's fourth homicide in less than 24 hours. Officers and medics responded to the scene, in the 12700 block of 33rd Avenue NE, at around 10 p.m. after several 911 callers reported hearing a series of gunshots. (Snip) The shooting was just the latest in a series of violent episodes over the weekend that left a total of four dead and at least five wounded, with the violence extending across all corners of Seattle: Blanchard Street
Sparked by pandemic fallout,
homeschooling surges across US
Posted by NorthernDog 7/26/2021 9:02:10 AM Post Reply
Although the pandemic disrupted family life across the U.S. since taking hold in spring 2020, some parents are grateful for one consequence: They're now opting to homeschool their children, even as schools plan to resume in-person classes. The specific reasons vary widely. Some families who spoke with The Associated Press have children with special educational needs; others seek a faith-based curriculum or say their local schools are flawed. The common denominator: They tried homeschooling on what they thought was a temporary basis and found it beneficial to their children. “That’s one of the silver linings of the pandemic – I