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    Actors Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci are justifying their casting as gay characters in the film Supernova, though both men are straight in real life. Supernova writer and director Harry Macqueen knew that he wanted the veteran performers to play the lead characters for his intimate drama about a gay couple — but today, such decisions can be met with backlash, as activists demand “representation” for particular demographics strictly via actors who belong to those same demographics. “This was a discussion, and it was a very serious one,” Firth told Yahoo Entertainment. “I was undecided for a bit,” Tucci added. “It’s always a question, because all you want to do is do it right. You want to be truthful to the film, you want to be truthful to the character and to the community.” Firth said that for an actor, any role is a gamble, because the performer lacks the “lived experience”...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials say they will allow operators to fly small drones over people and at night, potentially giving a boost to commercial use of the machines. Most drones will need to be equipped so they can be identified remotely by law enforcement officials. The final rules announced Monday by the Federal Aviation Administration “get us closer to the day when we will more routinely see drone operations such as the delivery of packages,” said FAA Administrator Stephen Dickson. Drones are the fastest-growing segment in all of transportation, with more than 1.7 million under registration, according to the Transportation Department. However, the widespread commercial use of the machines has developed far more slowly than many advocates expected. Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos once predicted that his company would use drones to deliver goods to customers’ doorsteps within five years, but that prediction is already off by two years. There...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials say they will allow operators fly small drones over people and at night, potentially giving a boost to commercial use of the machines. Most drones will need to be equipped so they can be identified remotely by law enforcement officials. The final rules announced Monday by the Federal Aviation Administration “get us closer to the day when we will more routinely see drone operations such as the delivery of packages,” said FAA Administrator Stephen Dickson. Drones are the fastest-growing segment in all of transportation, with more than 1.7 million under registration, according to the Transportation Department. However, the widespread commercial use of the machines has developed far more slowly than many advocates expected. Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos once predicted that his company would use drones to deliver goods to customers’ doorsteps within five years, but that prediction is already off by two years. There have...
    Pfizer submitted to the FDA for emergency approval on November 23. This is how many people have died since then from COVID A Johns Hopkins professor has slammed the FDA for taking so long to review the Pfizer vaccine while thousands of Americans continue to die from COVID.  Pfizer announced in early November that its vaccine was effective after a widespread global trial involving 44,000 volunteers,  It submitted its findings to the FDA for approval on November 23 but has still not been approved. Since then, 34,000 Americans have died from the virus.  Writing for Med Page Today on Thursday, Martin Makary MD said there was no reason for the delay.  'There's a war on, but you'd never know it from the agency's weeks-long review.  'We are in a health emergency. The U.S. will soon exceed 3,000 deaths per day from COVID-19 and in the time that the FDA has been...
    Pfizer distribution facility in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, holds vaccine that's already been manufactured and is being held in cold storage. As it turns out, a COVID-19 vaccine really is going into almost immediate distribution … except it will be available on the other side of the Atlantic. Government authorities in the U.K. have provided emergency approval not to the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine that many thought would be the first released there, but to the vaccine developed by Pfizer and German firm BioNTech. The first doses are expected to be rolled out within a week. When those doses go out, officials have developed a somewhat elaborate table of priorities that indicates the first doses should go to nursing home residents and caregivers at these facilities. Following this, the second set of doses will address front-line healthcare workers along with everyone over 80. This is similar to the likely order in the U.S., where a Centers for...
    Donald Trump touted his handling of the coronavirus Monday morning and demanded that schools reopen in the fall, even though that majority of American parents do not want their children going back to in-person classes. 'Cases up because of BIG Testing! Much of our Country is doing very well. Open the Schools!' Trump urged in a series of tweets. The president has been pushing for schools to reopen, even amid a surge in confirmed cases over the last month. 'With the exception of New York & a few other locations, we've done MUCH better than most other Countries in dealing with the China Virus,' the president boasted in a tweet, adding, 'Many of these countries are now having a major second wave.' 'The Fake News is working overtime to make the USA (& me) look as bad as possible!' he lamented. In another tweet he said: 'FAKE NEWS IS THE...
    UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has decided to make muzzles — aka masks; aka face nappies — compulsory for everyone who wants to go shopping. Anyone caught not wearing one will, from July 24, be liable for a £100 fine. Could this be the same Boris Johnson who, in 2018, had this to say on the subject of face coverings? As for individual businesses or branches of government – they should of course be able to enforce a dress code that enables their employees to interact with customers; and that means human beings must be able to see each other’s faces and read their expressions. It’s how we work. Why, indeed it could! What Boris wrote back then — he was talking about burkas — was very sensible. As a newspaper columnist, he has always been good at finding the common sense line, speaking up for Middle Britain and barding...
    A new poll shows President Trump producing the largest partisan gap Gallup has ever measured when members of the two parties were asked about presidential approval.   On Monday, Gallup released June polling numbers that showed 91 per cent of Republicans supportive of Trump, but just 2 per cent of Democrats - as Trump's lower approval rating overall stayed steady at 38 per cent.  The 89-point difference is even bigger than the split pollsters saw in late January and early February during the president's Senate impeachment trial, which registered an 87-point gap.  President Trump's approval rating has been hovering in the high 30s since late May, but from June 8 to 30 he saw a slight uptick in Republican support, while losing more Democrats, producing the biggest partisan gap ever seen by Gallup's pollsters  In early May, Trump's approval rating tied with his personal best at 49 per cent....
    Barack Obama did it in 2012. So did George W. Bush in 2004. Both presidents improved their approval ratings during the course of their reelection campaigns  In fact, the boost in approval that Bush and Obama received provided the cushion they needed to win a close reelection battle. Can Donald Trump do the same? Can he improve his approval rating between now and Election Day and defeat Joe Biden? LIZ PEEK: INVISIBLE JOE BIDEN – CAN DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE REALLY HIDE THROUGH ELECTION DAY? An examination of Obama and Bush’s poll numbers indicates the answer could well be yes. If the last two presidents who ran for reelection were able to improve their standing with voters during the campaign, then Trump can too. Yet, the conditions that allowed Trump’s two predecessors to improve their standing with voters may not hold this year. As a result, the president may not be able to...
    TORONTO (AP) — Major League Baseball is close to winning approval to play in Toronto amid the coronavirus pandemic, the premier of Ontario said Monday. Ontario Premier Doug Ford said city, provincial and federal authorities “kind of gave their approval,” but the Toronto Blue Jays are waiting for a letter of support from the federal government. He also said Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s chief medical officer, requires a few tweaks to MLB’s submitted plan to play, which health authorities have been reviewing. Ford said he has been in conversation with Blue Jays President Mark Shapiro all weekend. He said the Blue Jays will arrive July 1 for training. MLB requires an exemption, as anyone entering Canada for nonessential reasons must self-isolate for 14 days, and the U.S.-Canada border remains closed to nonessential travel until at least July 21. A senior Canadian government official said last week that if MLB submitted...
    The Vermont House is poised to give final approval to a bill that would allow mail-in voting for this fall’s presidential election. The goal of the bill given preliminary approval by the House on Wednesday is to provide a method for voting in case the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic makes it too dangerous for traditional voting. The bill has already passed the Senate. The House is scheduled to give final approval to the proposal on Friday. It would then be sent to Republican Gov. Phil Scott. TOP STORIES Trump: Domestic terrorists have taken over in Seattle Bigger than life: George Floyd known for big heart, good works, struggles with drugs, crime A sorry bunch: How some public figures get their apologies all wrong The governor has said he was in favor of preparing to vote by mail, but he wanted to wait until later in the year to see...
    Ludacris is standing with protesters in New York who broke out into a chant at NYPD and summoned his lyrics to have their message heard. Despite the city placing an 8:00 p.m. curfew, marchers gathered Tuesday near the Manhattan Bridge to protest the death of George Floyd and chose one of Ludacris’ most deliberate and poignant songs, his 2001 release “Move B---h,” in an organized effort to get the police to un-restrict access to the bridge. “Move b---h, get out the way,” protesters recited as officers barricaded both ends of the bridge, trapping many marchers in the process. TOMI LAHREN PRAISES LIL WAYNE FOR HIS REMARKS ON GEORGE FLOYD PROTESTS Actor Ludacris attends 'The Fate Of The Furious' New York premiere at Radio City Music Hall in New York, U.S. April 8, 2017. (Reuters) When the actor and three-time Grammy-winner head of their efforts, he retweeted the social media video with a solid fist, signifying...
    The FDA this week approved a coronavirus testing kit from Quest Diagnostics that will allow individuals to test themselves for COVID-19 from the comfort of their own home. After taking a swab from their nostril, users can then FedEx the sample overnight to a testing lab whereupon they’ll receive their results. In the wake of the approval, Quest Diagnostics said it’s planning to 500,000 kits ready to send out by the end of June. The approval of the new testing kits is significant because a lack of widespread testing has been a longstanding issue. Without expansive coronavirus testing, it becomes that much more challenging to ascertain the full impact of the virus and whether or not the number of cases are rising or falling. More importantly, accessible testing helps ensure that asymptomatic coronavirus patients — who would otherwise be unaware that they have the virus — take appropriate safety precautions....
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