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    Netflix Murder Among the Mormons promotional shot. Gerry D’Elia is among the kookier characters to make an appearance on Murder Among the Mormons. While his job was immensely serious – homicide prosecutor for Salt Lake City – he doesn’t take himself too seriously. Today, his is still practicing law. Now he has a private practice, Park City Law Dawgs, or, more professionally, D’Elia & Associates. D’Elia took on the prosecution of Mark Hofmann, who was convicted of murdering two people in separate bombings as a part of a coverup for forging documents that upended the Mormon faith. The victims, Steve Christensen and Kathy Sheets, were murdered October 15, 1985. D’Elia and others on the case secured a guilty plea in an unusual plea deal. Hofmann pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated murder in January 1987, avoiding the death penalty in exchange for revealing information on his forgery...
    Utah Department of Corrections/Facebook Mark Hofmann/Dorie Olds As Mark Hofmann serves out the remainder of his life in prison, his ex-wife, Dorie Olds, has moved on with her life and found peace. Olds found healing for herself through hypnosis, and now works in the field in hopes of helping others. Hofmann is imprisoned for orchestrating three separate bombings that killed two people and injured himself in a suicide attempt. The bombings were intended to hide forgeries he committed with the intent of embarrassing the Mormon Church. He pleaded guilty to killing Steven Christenson and Kathy Sheets with separate pipe bombs less than two hours apart on October 15, 2021. Olds found herself as a pregnant single mom with a husband in jail, shunned by some of her former friends in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. A new Netflix docuseries,...
    Photograph: Boston Dynamics/Reuters The New York police department has acquired a robotic police dog, known as Digidog, and has deployed it on the streets of Brooklyn, Queens and, most recently, the Bronx. At a time that activists in New York, and beyond, are calling for the defunding of police departments – for the sake of funding more vital services that address the root causes of crime and poverty – the NYPD’s decision to pour money into a robot dog seems tone-deaf if not an outright provocation. Related: Louisiana police trooper kicked and dragged Black man who died in custody, records show As Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who represents parts of Queens and the Bronx, put it on Twitter: “Shout out to everyone who fought against community advocates who demanded these resources go to investments like school counseling instead. Now robotic surveillance ground drones are being deployed for testing on low-income communities...
    Houston, Texas, is the first city in the US to identify all of the major coronavirus variants spreading in the US, according to a soon-to-be-posted pre-print.  Meanwhile, scientists in Florida identified the state's first case of the South African variant over the weekend, meaning it has all three of the imported variants.  Florida already had more cases of the UK B117 variant than any other state. Its number of UK 'super-covid' infections stood at 599 as of Monday, in addition to its first case of South Africa's B1351 variant, and five cases of the Brazilian P1 variant.  Scientists at Houston Methodist found 28 cases of variants, including positive for variants from the UK, South Africa, Brazil, New York and California, in the latest batch of  samples it performed genome sequencing for.    Their lab alone has identified more than 200 cases of these variants altogether, study co-author Dr James Musser, chair...
    New, lower speed limit violation enforcement is now in effect for drivers in Chicago. Under the new rules, tickets can be issued by speed cameras if you're going only six miles per hour over the speed limit.If drivers are caught going just six miles-per-hour or more over the speed limit in a speed zone, they could get fined, beginning Monday.The automated speed enforcement zones are posted near schools and parks. The city claims the new enforcement comes in response to an increase in speeding and deadly car crashes during the pandemic.For vehicles traveling six to 10 miles-per-hour over the speed limit, the fine is $35. For vehicles traveling at 11 miles-per-hour, drivers will get a $100 fine.While drivers may be frustrated, the city said this is a response to a 45% increase in traffic fatalities in Chicago from 2019 to 2020, according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.CDOT said with...
    Police in British Columbia, Canada are searching for the head of Queen Elizabeth II after a statue of the monarch was decapitated by vandals. 'Investigators are asking for those with information to come forward after the Queen Elizabeth II statue in Beacon Hill Park was 'beheaded' in an act of vandalism,' police in Victoria said in a statement. 'The head has not been recovered.' The statue, a version of a bust first erected in 1960, was vandalized overnight on Tuesday, at roughly the same time the city's nearby bylaw offices were targeted with graffiti reading 'Support Beacon Hill', 'Stop Lying' and 'FU Pig'. Tensions have been increasing in Victoria after a massive homeless encampment sprung up in Beacon Hill Park when the pandemic shut down the city's shelters. Police in British Columbia, Canada are searching for the head of Queen Elizabeth II after a statue of the monarch was...
    PAUL POGBA will remain on the sidelines for a number of weeks, Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed. The Red Devils were without the midfielder for Thursday night's draw with Real Sociedad in the Europa League. 2Paul Pogba will have to wait for his return from a thigh injuryCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd It was the fifth game he has missed since coming off early in the draw with Everton at the start of the month. A thigh injury has kept Pogba, 27, out of action and his recovery will run into March. Solskjaer admitted to BT Sport after the Sociedad match: "Paul is still out for a few weeks." Pogba will definitely miss Sunday's crucial trip to Chelsea and the following midweek game away to Crystal Palace. Just over a week away, United take on Premier League leaders Manchester City and the Frenchman is also likely to sit...
    The Daily Beast Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Fearless Poet, Publisher, and Bookseller, Is Dead at 101 Carlos Avila Gonzalez/GettyLawrence Ferlinghetti, the innovative bookseller and publisher of Ginsberg and Kerouac, one of the best friends free speech ever had, and the man who wrote that most anomalous thing—a poetry bestseller: A Coney Island of the Mind—died today at the age of 101.“If amendments had addresses, the address of the First Amendment would be right here at City Lights Books,” said historian Kevin Starr, standing outside Ferlinghetti’s legendary San Francisco bookstore at its 50th Anniversary in 2003 (City Lights was also the name of the poet’s equally celebrated publishing company). “You will never see the First Amendment so fully and so happily ensconced as it is here. Lawrence Ferlinghetti, congratulations. Literature, Culture, the First Amendment is better because of you.”A brave bookseller, an innovative publisher, and an author who introduced several generations of readers...
    As New York City begins to recover from the coronavirus, the city now has a new “recovery czar” — Lorraine Grillo, the city’s longtime commissioner of the Department of Design and Construction and CEO of the New York City School Construction Authority. Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday appointed Grillo to her new post, officially titled the city’s senior advisor for recovery, effective immediately. “New York City was hit with an unprecedented health care and economic crisis. Together, we’re taking unprecedented steps to drive a recovery for all of us,” said Mayor de Blasio. “As New York City’s first-ever recovery czar, Lorraine will cut through bureaucracy, coordinate across all agencies, and reach out to non-profit and private partners to make sure our recovery is felt in every borough, every neighborhood and every block.”
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Starting Monday, residents do not need an appointment to get a COVID-19 test at sites operated by the city of Los Angeles. Those looking to get tested will be able to show up to any testing site between Monday and Saturday between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. READ MORE: Convicted Sex Offender Kenneth Rasmuson Pleads No Contest To 1980s Murder Of 2 Boys “Since we became the first big city in America to offer universal testing, free to everyone with or without symptoms, we’ve tested more times than there are people in the city of Los Angeles, over four million tests across 14 city-run sites, 136 nursing facilities and over 150 mobile sites we’ve set up around the city,” Garcetti said during his COVID-19 briefing last week. Angelenos can register for their tests while waiting in line and are told to bring their insurance information or...
    Elijah McClain: Aurora Police did not have basis to stop, frisk or restrain him, investigation finds Republicans demand equal representation on 1/6 Commission Unique Tip If Your Car Has Automatic Headlights Ad Microsoft Expert: “This credit card is so good I signed up personally” Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/18 SLIDES © HBO/Getty Images WHERE ARE THEY NOW: The cast of 'Sex and the City' 23 years later "Sex and the City" aired from 1998 to 2004, and completely changed TV with its frank discussions. In January 2021, fans learned there would be a new revival series, "And Just Like That..." Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, and Cynthia Nixon will reunite for the series....
    Sarah Jessica Parker and Chris Noth on the set of "Sex and the City." HBO/Getty Images "Sex and the City" aired from 1998 to 2004, and completely changed TV with its frank discussions. In January 2021, fans learned there would be a new revival series, "And Just Like That..." Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, and Cynthia Nixon will reunite for the series. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. It's been 17 years since the series finale of "Sex and the City" aired and audiences said their final (at the time) goodbyes to Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte. These women represent four different archetypal personalities that people identify with to this day. It's still not uncommon to hear someone say, "I'm such a Samantha."  In the two decades since the show premiered, there have been six seasons and two movies — and now a revival on HBO Max...
    LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- Vote centers are now open and available for the March 2 special election in Los Angeles County.County Registrar-Recorder Dean Logan said Saturday the centers will remain open every day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for safe in-person voting or to drop off completed vote-by-mail ballots.All participating vote centers will follow public health and safety guidelines related to COVID-19.Locations of the vote centers can be found here.The election is being held to fill the state Senate seat vacated by Holly Mitchell, who was elected to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in November. County registrar officials have been sending vote-by-mail ballots to voters in the 30th Senate District.Three Democrats, two Republicans, a Peace and Freedom Party candidate and one candidate with no party preference will appear on the ballot for the race to represent the overwhelmingly Democratic district that includes Culver City, Mar Vista, Century...
    By Rodolfo León 0 COMMENTS 02/19/2021 1:28 pm The Sinking City was an adventure horror game that debuted for the last generation of consoles in 2019. The title was not very well received by critics, however, players found that the experience could be extremely enjoyable, particularly because of its mysterious and intriguing narrative. Frogwares, developers behind this game, have just suddenly confirmed that a native version of PS5 and Xbox Series X / S will be available … tomorrow? So is, The Sinking City will have its own next-gen version that you can purchase in less than 24 hours within the PlayStation Store and Xbox Store. Unfortunately, its creators confirmed that it will not be a free upgrade if you already have the title. This improved version of The Sinking City will run in native resolution of 4K and 60FPS. One of the most consistent criticisms the game...
    Dogs have turned pink in a former chemical weapons-making city in Russia where there was a recent case of seven blue strays. The incidents were in Dzerzhinsk, one of the world's worst polluted locations. An expert who examined the strays said their colouring — and poo — had both turned blue. A first video of the stricken strays shows their colouring. Officials and a top vet have since claimed to locals that the cause was not toxic, and denied the dogs suffered from chemical burning. Dogs have turned pink in former chemical weapons-making city Dzerzhinsk in Russia where there was a recent case of seven blue strays The pink dogs were discovered next to the Kristall factory in Dzerzhinsk in Russia which manufactures explosives and ammunition, said reports RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Life, loss and how the love of a Labrador saved my sanity:......
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Comcast is once again pushing back its plans to begin charging customers in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic who use large amounts of data, the company said this week. On its website, Comcast said it will not roll out its new data plan until 2022. The plan would charge customers $10 per 50 gigabytes of data they use over a 1.2 terabyte threshold, up to $100 per month. “We are delaying implementation of our data plan in our Northeast markets until 2022. We recognize that our data plan was new for our customers in the Northeast, and while only a very small percentage of customers need additional data, we are providing them with more time to become familiar with the new plan,” the company said in a statement to WJZ on Friday. RELATED COVERAGE: Comcast Delaying Data Cap Overage Charges Until August For Northeast Region, Including Maryland...
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is urging Big Apple residents to wear two masks instead of one to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as new variants of the coronavirus circulating in the United States are reportedly more contagious than the original. De Blasio’s Health Department has adopted the policy of recommending double-masking just days after the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance. ‘We know that even as the vaccine is here, the need to keep wearing a mask is paramount, it’s crucial,’ the mayor said. ‘It’s amazing of how all the things that we’ve learned in this crisis, maybe the most profound is the power of a mask.’ New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's top health officials are recommending that residents of the Big Apple don two masks instead of one to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 Wearing a thicker fabric...
    HOUSTON, Texas — The City of Houston is now under a boil water notice for the residents of the state’s largest city. The notice comes on top of more than 300,000 Houston residents who are without electricity. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (D) announced Wednesday morning that residents using City of Houston water should boil before drinking. A boil water notice is now in effect in our city until further notice. Please check with your local provider or MUD to see if you are impacted. For Houstonians who do not have power to boil water, you are advised to use bottled water for consumption. #houwx pic.twitter.com/l19VUjsvDY — Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) February 17, 2021 The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the agency that manages electricity transmission across the state, reports that 305,000 residents of Harris County are currently without electricity. Houston is part of, but not all of, Harris County. Statewide,...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New data shows New York City neighborhoods that were hit the hardest by the coronavirus now have the lowest percentage of residents getting vaccinated. Meanwhile, Mount Sinai Hospital abruptly canceled already-scheduled appointments Wednesday. A spokesperson told CBS2 second-dose and employee vaccinations will continue as scheduled, but all other appointments have been canceled and will not be rescheduled until the hospital gets more supply. “Due to sudden changes in vaccine supply, we have been forced to cancel existing public vaccination appointments,” the spokesperson said. WEB EXTRA: COVID Vaccine Data By Zip Code This comes as new numbers show the hardest hit neighborhoods have the lowest patients vaccinated. Many argue there are major inequities with distribution and accessibility in communities of color. “It’s not fair and it’s not equitable for communities ravaged by COVID,” New York City Councilman Francisco Moya said. Moya represents Corona, Queens in zip code 11368,...
    FAIRFIELD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — The coronavirus variant first identified in South Africa has been detected in Connecticut. This is the first known case in the state. The patient is from Fairfield County and was transferred to a hospital in New York City for a procedure. COVID VACCINE New York State book online here or call 1-833-NYS-4-VAX New York City book online here or call 877-VAX-4NYC Nassau County more info here Suffolk County more info here Westchester County more info here New Jersey book online here or call 1-855-568-0545 Connecticut book online here Connecticut health officials say the patient’s condition is improving. It’s not known where the person contracted the virus. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Ask CBS2’s Dr. Max Your Vaccine Questions COVID Vaccine FAQ From CDC Vaccination Sites In New York City | Call 877-VAX-4NYC Find A New York City Testing Site Near You Check NYC Testing Wait Times...
    Pianist Allen Toussaint was already holed up in New York City on September 21, 2005—driven from New Orleans by the flood resulting from the levee failures following Hurricane Katrina—when he sat down at the piano of Manhattan’s Avatar Studios to record “Yes We Can Can.” Toussaint—the composer, arranger, and producer of hits spanning generations and genres, who died in 2015—wrote that song in 1970 for singer Lee Dorsey, as a message of hope and a call for communal action to heal societal ills. (The Pointer Sisters scored big with it a few years later). He had never recorded it himself, a fact he wasn’t likely thinking about. Just then, he simply wanted to return home, and to help his hometown heal. The version Toussaint sang and played that day in 2005, tender and yet with a funky urgency, became the opening track of Our New Orleans, a lovingly if hastily...
    More On: mayoral race Yang tops Adams, Stringer in poll of Democrats vying for NYC mayor Thousands of Republicans, indies re-enroll as Dems ahead of mayoral primary Andrew Yang: ‘I’ve been trying to escape New York for a while’ Taxi advocate Fernando Mateo launches bid for NYC mayor In recent days, New York City’s Republican, independent and unaffiliated voters have received an offer they can’t refuse: become Democrats. A new political entity named Be Counted NYC has launched a citywide effort it claims is meant to give political minorities a say in the upcoming mayoral election — and perhaps elect more moderate Democrats who can help New York “get back on track.” As a lifelong, active and proud city Republican, I urge my fellow GOPers to tear up those pre-filled voter-registration forms they’ve received in the mail. Tear them up and throw them out. Just think about how different...
    You might not have to ride public transit to work right now, but if you’re one of the many workers who still commutes in New York City (or if you’re someone like me who fantasizes about their old commute), you’ll now have some new celebrity voice talent to keep you company on your bus or subway ride, the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) announced Friday. Normal transit announcements can easily fade in the back of riders’ minds. They’re either too garbled to be understood or you’ve heard them so many times that they don’t even register. But that might be different if, say, Whoopi Goldberg was the one reminding you to wear a mask on the bus. At least that’s a theoretical benefit of the MTA’s new announcements rolling out today, created in partnership with director and Instagram star Nicolas Heller (@newyorknico). There are 25 “iconic New Yorkers” set to...
    A newly remastered version of Sex and the City is now available to stream on HBO Max, WarnerMedia announced on Friday. Thanks to the remaster, you can watch the hit show in a high-definition 16:9 aspect ratio for the first time. “The series was originally shot on film and mastered in standard definition as high definition capabilities were unavailable at the time of filming,” according to a press release. “Over the past year, the series was updated from scratch as film negatives from the show were meticulously scanned at 4K to create HD masters.” The new HD remasters arrive ahead of a “new chapter” of Sex and the City coming to HBO Max, called “And Just Like That…” Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis are set to reprise their roles as Carrie, Miranda, and Charlotte, but playing the characters in their 50s. WarnerMedia has already given the...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Tri-State Area residents can now begin scheduling COVID vaccination appointments through local pharmacies. It’s part of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program rolling out across the country to help speed up distribution. MORE: Local Pharmacies Eager For Additional Shipments Of COVID Vaccine Rite Aid and Walgreens will serve New York City residents, while CVS and Walgreens are used in the rest of the state. New Jersey is also partnering with Rite Aid and CVS. COVID VACCINE New York State book online here or call 1-833-NYS-4-VAX New York City book online here or call 877-VAX-4NYC Nassau County more info here Suffolk County more info here Westchester County more info here New Jersey book online here or call 1-855-568-0545 Connecticut book online here Gov. Phil Murphy said the pharmacy doses are in addition to ones the state gets from the federal government. “As these doses are being...
    President Biden's new target for reopening schools -- having more than 50% of public schools offering at least one day of in-person classes a week -- is behind where the nation's public schools already are.  According to data from Burbio, a digital platform that tracks school data from across the country, 66 percent of students in kindergarten through 12th grade are already attending traditional in-person classes five days a week, or are on a hybrid schedule -- meaning they attend at least one day a week or more. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki surprised reporters earlier this week in saying that schools will be considered "open" as long as they teach in-person at least one day a week – a goal that the U.S. is already largely achieving. Psaki attempted to soften the landing of the White House's announcement Wednesday, telling reporters that the president’s ideal objective "is for all schools to...
    A celebrity SoulCycle instructor in New York City who cut in front of schoolteachers, senior citizens, first responders and others eligible for a COVID-19 shot to get her vaccination under the guise of being a 'teacher' is now offering spin classes in Miami. Stacey Griffith, 52, sparked outrage last month after she bragged about jumping the line to get a COVID-19 vaccine in the Big Apple, despite not being eligible under city rules.  Now it appears that she's traveling back and forth between New York City and Miami, holding SoulCycle classes in both places.   Griffith's scheduling profile on the SoulCycle website shows she is offering her classes in tony South Beach, Miami, on February 12, 13 and 14.   She's also slated to teach classes in New York City on the afternoon of the 11th - the day before her apparent arrival in Florida - at noon and at 1.15pm in...
    New York : The Valentine’s Day came forward to the restaurants in New York City, because although it was scheduled to reopen Sunday February 14The good news is that as of Friday, February 12, they will be able to resume their internal service, with a capacity of 25%. This was announced this Monday by the governor, Andrew Cuomo, after mentioning that by advancing the date by two days, those businesses, brutally beaten by the COVID-19 pandemic, they can receive the full weekend benefits, something that had requested the restaurants, closed since December. The determination was also adopted, after seeing that new cases and hospitalizations continue with a downward trend, and are located at the average of 7 days down 9%, down 8.28%Although the state president warned that if the figures rise again, there will be changes. “The enemy changes tactics, we adjust with the enemy. But now the numbers...
    Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, which means it’s time to hurry up and make a date with our TVs. (Hey, buddy, some of us are still sheltering in place!). Thankfully, there are scores of swoon-worthy scripted series strategically formulated to make us laugh and cry and turn our hearts to mush. But we figure that a bazillion words have already been written about “Outlander” — and that you’re familiar with usual the prime-time standards. So we’re instead zeroing in on five relatively fresh shows that have delivered only a single season (so far) and debuted over the last year or so. Now pour some wine, break open a box of chocolates and binge like you mean it. “Bridgerton” (Netflix) Even if you’re not big on lavish period romances, you might want to check out the series that has obliterated Netflix viewership records. A Shonda Rhimes-produced adaptation of...
    Dave Portnoy, founder of Barstool Sports, shared his views Saturday night on the so-called Tom Brady "hate factor" – and also gave his pick for Sunday’s Super Bowl LV matchup. Brady, 45, will be playing for the NFC champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the big game against the AFC champion Kansas City Chiefs. Portnoy’s comments came during an appearance on Fox News’ "Watters’ World," hosted by Jesse Watters, where both men were joined by former NFL quarterback Doug Flutie, who also weighed in on Brady and the big game. Watters started by asking Portnoy to explain the so-called Brady "hate factor," in which the longtime NFL star – now with Tampa after many years with the New England Patriots, and married to former supermodel Gisele Bundchen -- attracts derision despite a history of excellence and championships on the field. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE SUPER BOWL LV COVERAGE "Is it his...
    Kansas City Chiefs outside linebackers coach Britt Reid, the son of head coach Andy Reid, was involved in a multi-car accident on Thursday night.  Police have confirmed the accident, a three-car pile-up, has left a five-year-old child with life threatening injuries. Reid, 35, is in hospital with undisclosed injuries and could be there for days, according to reports from ESPN, and is now not expected to travel to Tampa, Florida with his side for Super Bowl LV against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Kansas City Chiefs outside linebackers coach Britt Reid was involved in a crash on Thursday RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Some tried to 'take his head off' to stop him while others... The Weeknd's 'last supper' style meal on the Super Bowl LV... Ryan Reynolds, Diddy and David Beckham discover they are... Tom Brady, 43, is a good sport as...
    The "America’s Team" moniker had always belonged to the Dallas Cowboys -- but Hall of Fame offensive lineman Willie Roaf said Wednesday it should be Kansas City Chiefs taking the nickname. Roaf explained to FanSided that the Chiefs are playing better than they have ever played before, and getting back to the Super Bowl and appearing in their third AFC Championship is more than enough reason to call Kansas City "America’s Team." CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM "This is a level that Kansas City has never been at," Roaf said. "Kansas City is now America’s team. Kansas City went from being a small-market team to being America’s team right now with Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek [Hill], [Travis] Kelce and all those guys. I’m excited for them. "I’m excited they have another opportunity to go out and play [in the Super Bowl]. They’re the young guns. I think the pressure...
    MANCHESTER UNITED have done well to make this season's title challenge a 'three-horse race', claims former player Dimitar Berbatov. But the Bulgarian has insisted that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side must use last night's 9-0 thumping of Southampton to build momentum, ahead of Saturday's clash with Everton. 4The Red Devils battered beleaguered Saints at Old Trafford Credit: AP:Associated Press 4Berbatov wants his former side United to build momentumCredit: Getty - Contributor Title rivals Manchester City and Liverpool face each other at Anfield on Sunday. And Berba, 40, wants his old team to be able to relax during that game, having already put three more points on the board against the Toffees. He told Betfair: "Manchester United were excellent in their 9-0 win over Southampton and gave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer exactly the kind of performance he would have demanded after the draw at Arsenal and defeat to Sheffield United. "It also gave...
    More On: COVID vaccine How much Pfizer expects to make in COVID-19 vaccine sales in 2021 Single dose of AstraZeneca vaccine drastically cuts COVID-19 transmission: study New Mexico book club helps get town vaccinated for COVID-19 Biden dithers on vaccination while COVID’s new strains rage Restaurant workers and taxi drivers are now eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday. The announcement came one day after Gov. Andrew Cuomo reversed his position and allowed local leaders to vaccinate the groups, while leaving the call to them based on supply. “It was clear to me that the folks who work in restaurants deserve the right to be vaccinated,” said de Blasio during a City Hall briefing on Wednesday. “Like everybody, they’ll have a chance to get appointments with so many other people trying to get appointments.” Also now eligible in the city...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — More New Yorkers are now eligible for the coronavirus vaccine, and there’s a new plan to bring the shots to local pharmacies. New York City’s vaccination hubs will reopen Wednesday, after Mayor Bill de Blasio had to shut them down because of the snow. As CBS2’s John Dias reported, the restaurant industry has a lot to celebrate — indoor dining is set to resume in just over a week, and workers can start getting vaccinated. “I think they, and anybody else who is going to deal with the public like waiters, should be able to get the vaccine before opening indoor dining,” Madeline Ianciani told CBS2. MORE: Gov. Cuomo Does Dramatic About-Face, Now Says Restaurant Workers Are Eligible To Get Vaccinated Gov. Andrew Cuomo‘s decision to expand the pool to include restaurant workers, taxi drivers and people with developmental disabilities was a dramatic reverse course. He...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has expanded the pool of people eligible to get COVID-19 vaccine to include restaurant workers, taxi drivers and the developmentally disabled. But with supplies already stretched, it is a very controversial decision, CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported Tuesday. MORE: NYC Restaurants Can Resume Indoor Dining At 25% Capacity On Valentine’s Day, Cuomo Says Madeline Ianciani, the owner of the Ring Ding Bar on Duane Street, is firmly in the camp of those who think restaurant workers should be included in the pool of people eligible to get the vaccine. “I think they and anybody else that is going to deal with the public, like waiters, should be able to get the vaccine quickly before indoor dining resumes,” Iancini said. Richard Vanderblas is an event caterer. “I do think that we need a vaccine for the event industry and restaurant workers so that we can reopen,” Vanderblas...
    The matriarch of the Kansas City Chiefs will continue her streak of seeing every Super Bowl in person. Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said Monday his 82-year-old mother, Norma Hunt, will make the trip to Tampa, Florida, to see Kansas City play the Buccaneers on Sunday. He added that she has been cautious all season because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “My mother’s very excited to be headed back to the Super Bowl,” said Clark Hunt, who serves as the face of the franchise’s ownership family. “Last year was a big one for her. It was her 54th but the first one she had been to in 50 years that the Chiefs were participating, so that was special.” Norma Hunt was working as a schoolteacher and hostess for the Dallas Texans when she met Lamar Hunt in 1964, five years after he and other members of “The Foolish Club” founded the AFL....
    (AFP) — A new visa scheme offering millions of Hong Kongers a pathway to British citizenship went live on Sunday as the city’s former colonial master opens its doors to those wanting to escape China’s crackdown on dissent. Anyone with a British National (Overseas) passport and their dependents can now apply online for a visa allowing them to live and work in the United Kingdom. After five years, they can apply for citizenship. The immigration scheme is a response to Beijing’s decision last year to impose a sweeping national security law on Hong Kong to snuff out huge and often violent democracy protests. Britain has accused China of tearing up its promise ahead of Hong Kong’s 1997 handover that the financial hub would maintain key liberties and autonomy for 50 years, and has argued it has a moral duty to protect its former subjects. “We have honoured our profound ties...
    RONALD KOEMAN has confirmed Barcelona will sign Eric Garcia for free in the summer - if they do not before the end of the window. The Manchester City defender's contract is up at the end of the season and he could leave for as little as £2.65m. 2Garcia, 20, is keen on a return to BarcelonaCredit: AP:Associated Press Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of their Copa del Rey tie against Athletic Bilbao, Barcelona boss Koeman said: "We already know he [Garcia] will probably arrive in the summer. "If it's not possible this January, then we'll accept it and move on." The 20-year-old came through at Barcelona's academy before joining City in 2017. He made his debut in December 2018 and has since made 31 appearances under Guardiola, 16 of which have been in the Premier League. Despite getting plenty of minutes at City, Garcia has so far rejected...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — It’s been about a week since the dining rules relaxed in Chicago and many of the suburbs, and a trend line has emerged that might be surprising: The rules are being followed far more than they have been in recent months. For months CBS 2 has reported about the tables not far enough apart and the masks not being worn and the capacity limits ignored, but the relaxed rules have created more rule following. At Virtue in Hyde Park patience isn’t on the menu, but it’s the only recipe for success. “We feel very fortunate that we are in a position to stay afloat,” said owner Erick Williams. Fifty percent of staff are back to service the 25% of tables allowed to be seated inside. Once inside, customers are honoring dining rules far better than before. “People are adhering to the standard a lot better than we’ve seen...
    The police chief of a Texas city has resigned amid a scandal sparked by a surprising response to his girlfriend’s announcement of their engagement. Jason Collier. (Hutchinson County Sheriff’s Office)  Jason Collier resigned his position on Thursday, Stinnett’s city manager announced; also that day, he was arrested on suspicion of  tampering with a government document with the intent to defraud. On Wednesday, the Texas panhandle city had announced it was “aware of the current situation” involving Collier and that he had been placed on administrative leave. The “situation” was an investigation by Texas Rangers into allegations that Collier had faked an annulment document, which he showed to an Amarillo woman to whom he had proposed marriage, TV station KAMR reported. When that woman posted on her Facebook page that she was engaged to Collier, she reportedly heard from another woman who said Collier had proposed to her as well. At...
    New York City has just 7,710 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine left, prompting Mayor Bill de Blasio to beg the federal government to allow him to give out supplies currently reserved for second shots.  The vaccine supply for first doses had dwindled to 7,710 in NYC as of Tuesday, according to the city's health department.  There are currently 202,119 shots put aside for those who need to receive their second dose of the vaccine.  De Blasio has argued that he should be able to start handing out the reserved doses while the city waits for its next vaccine shipment. He has asked the federal government for authorization to do so.  Mayor Bill de Blasio has argued that he should be able to start handing out the reserved doses while the city waits for its next vaccine shipment. The vaccine supply for first doses had dwindled to 7,710 as of Tuesday 'I'd...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New COVID testing requirements take effect Tuesday for international travelers coming into the U.S.. This comes just as a new variant has been discovered in the country, and as concerns grow nationwide about a shortage of vaccine doses. The new rules require all air passengers 2 and older to show proof of a negative test within three days. That applies for travelers and U.S. citizens. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the change in mid-January, but it’s now federally mandated under President Joe Biden. Meanwhile, the first case of a highly contagious new variant from Brazil has been detected in Minnesota. Scientists worry the vaccines may not be as effective at stopping it. COVID VACCINE New York State book online here or call 1-833-NYS-4-VAX New York City book online here or call 877-VAX-4NYC Nassau County more info here Suffolk County more info here...
    RAHEEM STERLING and Manchester City had better be on a war footing when they travel to Cheltenham. For their League Two FA Cup fourth-round opponents have been getting battle tips and endurance training from former Royal Marine Commandos. 9Raheem Sterling crawls through muddy water during a Royal Marines endurance test with Ben Williams, who is now working with Cheltenham Ironically Afghanistan veteran Ben Williams, who has been working with the Robins for the last two years, put City stars Sterling, Kyle Walker, John Stones and England through their paces ahead of their highly- successful 2018 World Cup run to the semi-finals. And he said: "I liked Raheem a lot because he's a great professional - but Pep Guardiola and the City lads must beware because little old Cheltenham are up for a fight." When Cheltenham boss Michael Duff called in the Marines for help he and the team were in...
    More On: COVID vaccine Amazon will open ‘pop-up’ vaccination site to serve thousands in Seattle De Blasio: ‘I want to be fair’ but Biden COVID vaccines won’t hit NYC right away Amazon offers Biden vaccine assistance after months of silence with Trump New CDC director says COVID vaccine won’t be in pharmacies when promised More than a month after a Queens nurse became the first American to receive the coronavirus vaccine, New York’s inoculation rollout has slowed to a crawl, with stockpiles of the shots drying up. Here’s a look at where New York’s vaccination efforts stand now, and how they went off track. Why are coronavirus vaccination appointments being scrapped in New York? At least 22,000 New Yorkers had their appointments to receive the first dose of the two-dose vaccine between Thursday and Sunday pushed back because the city no longer has sufficient supplies of the shots on...
    The city of Long Beach this week expanded distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to food workers, the first group of essential workers in Los Angeles County outside the healthcare industry to be offered the critical shots. Those eligible include grocery store and restaurant workers who live or work in Long Beach. Drivers who deliver food through apps, including GrubHub, Instacart and UberEats, are not part of the new distribution phase. They will be included in the transportation group, which is Phase 1C, or the third round of vaccine access, city officials said. Vaccinations are administered by appointment only at the Long Beach Convention Center, a mass vaccination site opened by the city Tuesday that has the capacity to vaccinate 1,800 people a day. “Our vaccine rollout has gone quite well,” Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia said Thursday. “I’ve been hearing about a lot of the horror stories in other...
    “Sex and the City” premiered on HBO in 1998. The groundbreaking series turned the cast into instant stars. Most fans are excited about the revival HBO Max series, but the cast has never escaped the rumors about catty fights over the years. For six seasons and two movies, Carrie, Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte flaunted their fabulous style and bonded over mimosas in Manhattan. Page Six takes a look at how Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis have changed through the years. Subscribe to our YouTube!
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- An effort to thank the more than 30,000 police officers in the NYPD for their work during the coronavirus pandemic is now underway.Officers at the 108 Precinct in Long Island City, Queens received care packages and personal notes Thursday morning.The outreach program was organized by the nonprofit organization Operation Gratitude."We're going to do this over the next eight months and literally express the appreciation of the American people, our one million volunteers, to every police officer in the NYPD," Operation Gratitude's CEO Kevin Schmeigel said.The care packages, containing a mix of hand warmers, bracelets, lip balm, coffee, chocolate bars, jelly beans, and a hand-written thank you note,were put together on Wednesday by volunteers from police department fraternal organizations.Operation Gratitude normally sends its care packages to military members overseas but amid the COVID-19 crisis, the organization realized there was a need for first responders on the...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Disgraced former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh wants out of the Alabama prison where she has been behind bars since June. Pugh asked outgoing President Donald Trump to commute her sentence and send her home to the mixed reaction of her former constituents. Pugh’s clemency request remains pending on the Department of Justice website. Photo: DOJ screenshot “Why not give it a shot. The worst he can say is ‘no.’” said city resident David Rogers. Others said Pugh needs to serve her sentence. “The nerve of her!” said another Baltimore resident who declined to give her name. “You do the crime then you pay the time!” Pugh perhaps hopes the warm welcome she gave to Mr. Trump more than four years ago—when she was the only Baltimore politician to greet him at the Army-Navy game—will come back to help her. With @realDonaldTrump in Baltimore I delivered a letter noting...
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBSDFW.COM/CNN) – The number of positive COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is surging at an exponential rate. With some has 24 million cases in America, more than 60% of those have been reported since Election Day on November 3. The stunning numbers follow brutal surges in the past months — during which the US saw hundreds of thousands of new cases daily, while COVID-19 hospitalization and death numbers reached all-time highs. And just about a year since the first COVID-19 case was reported in the US, the country’s death toll is fast approaching 400,000 — more than the number of Americans who died in World War I, the Vietnam War and the Korean War combined and nearly as many Americans who died in World War II. Currently, more than 123,800 Americans are hospitalized with the virus, according to the COVID Tracking Project. While that number may be down...
    Pope Francis is the reason the 2020-21 Atlanta Hawks will become NBA Champions.Pope Francis was such a fan of the Atlanta Hawks‘ MLK City jersey he received, he blessed the uniform. So naturally, all of Atlanta sports fans are celebrating and panicking simultaneously. It would be so Atlanta sports if the Hawks are the first one of the longest-tenured teams to win a championship this century. Back in 2018, Atlanta United FC won MLS Cup in their second year of existence. The only other league championship Atlanta can claim is the 1995 World Series won by the Atlanta Braves. Are the Hawks next? Better yet, will divine intervention intervene in The ATL? ???????????? ???????????????????????? ????????????????????. ???? On Dr. Kings birthday, @Pontifex blessed our 20-21 MLK Nike City Edition jersey to honor our shared commitment to making positive change in social equality, economic empowerment and love. ????: https://t.co/ob7sSp0J9H#EarnTheseLetters pic.twitter.com/Hy8xts7t9y — Atlanta...
    PHIL FODEN became Manchester City’s top goal scorer in all competitions this season after he scored against Brighton on Wednesday night. But as talented as the youngster is, the fact City’s top scorer is ranked just 23RD in the Premier League’s highest scorers table in mid January shows just how much they miss Sergio Aguero. AFP 2 Phil Foden is Man City’s joint top Premier League scorer with four PA:Press Association 2 The Blues have struggled for goals in Sergio Aguero’s absence England international Foden, 20, scored the only goal of the game as City downed the Seagulls 1-0 at the Etihad. The strike was his eighth for the club in all competitions this term and his fourth in the Prem. Liverpool’s Mo Salah tops the table so far with 13 league goals and Tottenham’s Heung-min Son is just one behind on 12. But West Ham’s Tomas Soucek,...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – As we’ve been reporting, the administering of the COVID vaccine is picking up speed as more people in our area are now eligible to get it. With the accelerated rollout come many questions. CBS2’s Dr. Max Gomez has the answers. Our first question is from Susan, who asks: “What if you had COVID and didn’t know it and now you have antibodies? Should I still get the vaccine and is it safe?“ If you had a mild or asymptomatic COVID case, then you will likely have developed antibodies to the coronavirus. That should protect you for a while, experts say. Don’t count on more than 90 days, though. So you don’t need a shot right away, but you still need one. COVID VACCINE New York State book online here or call 1-833-NYS-4-VAX New York City book online here or call 877-VAX-4NYC Nassau County more info here Suffolk County more info here Westchester...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The federal government now says people ages 65 and older and the immunocompromised should eligible to be vaccinated. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that New York state will follow that guidance. It opens eligibility to 7 million New Yorkers, but the state still only receives 300,000 doses a week, CBS2’s John Dias reported. Vaccination Sites In New York City | Call 877-VAX-4NYC It was another day, another line outside the Brooklyn Army Terminal vaccine hub. Residents in category 1B waited eagerly to get their COVID-19 shots. “Opening up huge centers like this 24/7 was a really smart move, really smart,” said Veronica Najhar of Park Slope, Brooklyn. But not everyone is as optimistic. Eddie Garcia said he still has been having major issues when trying to book his slot. “I’ve been trying since day one when they said it was open. I can’t get in,”...
    Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha were family. Home Box Office (HBO) "Sex and the City" premiered in 1998, and completely changed TV. From its frank discussions of sex to its exploration of the then-radical idea that women over 30 could be single and happy, the show's impact can still be felt today. Even after plans for a third film were squashed, fans continued to be passionate about their favorite show — and they've been rewarded. A revival series on HBO Max titled "And Just Like That" was announced in January 2021. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. It's been over 20 years since audiences were introduced to Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte. These women represent four different archetypal personalities that people identify with to this day. It's not uncommon to hear someone say "I'm such a Samantha."  In the two decades since the show premiered, there have...
    CHICAGO (CBS)– Applications are now open for Chicago’s popular Shared Sidewalk Program. The program is voluntary and allows property owners to share the cost of sidewalk repairs with their neighbors in the city. The city said the cost per square foot is well below what a private contractor would charge. And senior citizens and persons with disabilities may qualify for further discounts. Applications will be taken through the city’s 311 phone line, the 311 website or the 311 app. Also From CBS Chicago: Brad Rukstales Of Inverness, Arrested At U.S. Capitol Riot, Apologizes And Expresses Embarrassment Hackers Stole $2,000 From Woman’s Account, But Bank Wouldn’t Give Her Refund Until CBS 2 Got Involved Sen. Tammy Duckworth Calls For First-Term Rep. Mary Miller To Resign For Comments About Hitler Being ‘Right On One Thing’
    Moss Landing battery storage project under construction near Monterey, California. Video courtesy of EKM Metering via Yale Environment 360. Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters. This story was originally published by Yale360 and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The twin smokestacks of the Moss Landing Power Plant tower over Monterey Bay. Visible for miles along this picturesque stretch of the Northern California coast, the 500-foot-tall pillars crown what was once California’s largest electric power station—a behemoth natural gas-fired generator. Today, as California steadily moves to decarbonize its economy, those stacks are idle and the plant is largely mothballed. Instead, the site is about to begin a new life as the world’s largest battery, storing excess energy when solar panels and wind farms are producing electricity and feeding it back into...
    Law enforcement braces for more extremist violence in DC and around the US ahead of Inauguration Day A top Georgia election official says Rudy Giuliani intentionally lied about election fraud by presenting a deceptively edited video as evidence These $19k SUVs Will Make You Trade in Your Car Ad Microsoft This is a slam dunk if you want a one-card wallet in 2021 Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/12 SLIDES © Hbo/Darren Star Productions/Kobal/Shutterstock Grab a cosmopolitan and get ready, because it’s time to relive the glory days of Sex and the City! The landmark HBO series introduced the world to Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall), Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon) and Charlotte York (Kristin Davis) back in...
    Leandra Blades visited Washington this week for a self-described girl’s trip to spend time with friends and sightsee. It was like a slumber party with wine, said Blades, who was recently elected to the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified Board of Education in Orange County, in an interview streamed online. Except that two days into the sojourn, Blades and her friends attended the rally of Trump supporters that culminated in the attack on the U.S. Capitol in which five people were killed and the nation’s democratic foundation was shaken to its core. Blades, who denies entering the Capitol or participating in the violence, is one of at least two Southern California officials facing calls to resign because of her presence at the event. An online petition calling for her to step down had nearly 2,800 signatures as of Saturday afternoon. “I’m not going to hide my beliefs to appease people,” Blades said...
    SAN FERNANDO, Calif. (KABC) -- A striking and powerful mural now on display in San Fernando depicts the U.S. federal program dealing with the detention of migrant children at the border.The temporary art installation, titled "Children in Cages" was created by local artists Lalo Garcia and approved by the San Fernando City Council back in September.The eight-foot by eight-foot installation depicts children in a room behind a physical chain link fence and was placed on the city-owned wrought iron fence located in the Civic Center parking lot at the corner of First Street and Maclay Avenue, facing the bike path.The mural is expected to be on display until March.City leaders hope the partnership with a nationwide coalition of artists will keep immigration at the forefront of the national policy discussions."The San Fernando City Council is honored to partner with local artist Lalo Garcia to bring awareness of the continued federal...
    California continues to remain the nation's hardest hit state during the pandemic as coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths keep surging. In Los Angeles County, the epicenter of the state's outbreak, a new death due to COVID-19 is now reported every eight minutes.    On Thursday, Mayor Eric Garcetti said the number of people who died in the county in one day is equivalent to the number of homicide deaths the city saw last year. 'Yesterday we had 259 deaths, that's one more than all the homicides in 2019 in LA city combined,' Garcetti told reporters at his news conference. 'In a single day, equal to a year of homicides.'  It comes as state officials issued a travel advisory recommending people not travel more than 120 miles away from home and government officials say a commonly used test may be returning false negatives. SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO  re than 11,000 residents...
    PATERSON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — New Jersey has expanded its list of who is eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Dozens of police and firefighters were inoculated with the Moderna vaccine at International High School in Paterson on Thursday. They are the first group outside of health care workers and nursing home residents allowed to get the vaccine. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Ask CBS2’s Dr. Max Your Vaccine Questions COVID Vaccine FAQ From CDC Find A New York City Testing Site Near You Check NYC Testing Wait Times Explanation Of N.Y.’s Yellow, Orange, Red Zones (.pdf) Resources: Help With Unemployment, Hunger, Mental Health & More Remote Learning Tools For Students And Parents At Home Complete Coronavirus Coverage Gov. Phil Murphy moved them up, saying they are on the front line and in harm’s way. MORE FROM CBS NEW YORK Exclusive: Long Island Father Talks About Young Son’s Bout With Rare...
    New York City mayor Bill de Blasio has called for a full travel ban from the UK to the US as the 'mutant' strain of COVID-19 currently causing cases to surge in Britain has now been found in New York.  De Blasio's plea came during his daily press conference from City Hall on Tuesday morning.  It follows an announcement made by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday, who announced that the super-infectious UK variant of the coronavirus has already been found upstate.  The governor said the man, who works at a jewelry store in Saratoga Springs, had COVID-19 symptoms but is 'on the mend.'   Three other people linked to the jewelry store have tested positive for COVID-19, but Cuomo said it’s unknown if they have the variant.  De Blasio urged the White House to 'shut down the danger now' and stop all travel to and from the UK.  ‘We all...
    IT’S the most wonderful time of the year. That time when we all start trying to second-guess the intentions of Roman Abramovich, a billionaire Russian riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. 6Frank Lampard watched his side put in a worryingly poor display on SundayCredit: AP:Associated Press 6Gone are the days of Roman Abramovich watching over every home game from his Stamford Bridge boxCredit: AP:Associated Press A secretive oligarch, as likely to mouth off in public as Sooty bear or Marcel Marceau. Even when Chelsea’s owner was a regular match-goer, we tended to talk about him as if he were some Old Testament God, ready to strike down under-achieving managers with lightning bolts from the blue. Many inside Chelsea speak about him in a similar vein. More so now that Abramovich is in exile — and they don’t even get to read his facial expressions while Chelsea are having...
    Authorities in Belgium say a 27th elderly person has died in a coronavirus outbreak at a retirement home from a super-spreading St. Nick party last month but they hope the situation is now under control. The Hemelrijck home in the northern Belgium city of Mol had organized a Dec. 4 visit from a troupe playing the beloved saint who usually spreads mirth and presents. But the city and families of some of the deceased have complained that the nursing home should never have organized the party when restrictive measures on events were in place throughout the country to contain the pandemic. The Mol municipality said "the event was not coordinated with the crisis cell," and if they had heard about it beforehand they would have stopped it. The municipality said that a 27th person had died. At the Hemelrijck nursing home, no one was available for comment Friday. At...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- New York City sees concerning spike in COVID cases as the first wave of vaccines have come slower than expected.Some 340,000 doses of the COVID vaccine have been delivered to New York City, but just 88,000 have been administered.The goal of having one million people in New York City vaccinated by the end of the month appears to be a lofty goal.ALSO READ | 1 dead, 2 injured in Queens, marking first homicide of 2021EMBED More News Videos A 20-year-old man died in front of the hotel on Queens Boulevard in Kew Gardens just after 1:10 a.m. However, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says the goal is within reach.In the meantime, the COVID positivity rate continues to spike.New York City sheriffs shut down large New Year's Eve gatherings in SoHo and Queens.In addition, 49 zip codes in New York City are now above...
    Facebook/Neptune City Police Department Preston Taylor and Sarah Stern Sarah Stern disappeared from Neptune City, New Jersey, on December 2, 2016, and two months later Liam McAtasney and Preston Taylor were arrested in connection with her death. Authorities said that McAtasney and Taylor threw Stern’s body over a bridge and split the money McAtasney had killed the young woman for, App reported. The news came as a shock to the Neptune City community, as Taylor and McAtasney were Stern’s childhood friends and Taylor was even Stern’s date to junior prom. Stern, Taylor and McAtasney were friends and high school classmates, all three graduating in 2015. Taylor and McAtasney then went on to become roommates, according to App. The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office said in a press release that detectives found that Taylor helped McAtasney move and dispose of Stern’s body after McAtasney killed the 19-year-old woman. On February...
    CHICAGO (CBS)– New 2021 laws are taking effect Friday. The minimum wage is now $11. The new minimum wage passed in 2019 and will now take effect. The minimum wage will go up $1 every year until 2025, when it hits $15-an-hour. Other laws that start Friday include the cost of insulin will now be capped at $100-a-month for people on state-regulated insurance. Also, if police are looking for a missing person, they can collect DNA samples from family members. Survivors of sexual assault and stalking will now be able to use secondary addresses, to keep their locations confidential. And you won’t be able to take a horse-drawn carriage ride in Chicago anymore. The city council voted to ban them from city streets. There was concerns about how the horses were being treated. The three carriage operators left in Chicago were forced to shut down in the spring by the pandemic. Also From...
    You can now gain entry to any station of the New York City Subway with the tap of a phone, instead of the (famously finicky) swipe of a MetroCard. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced Thursday that it had completed the rollout of tap-to-pay scanners at all subway stations and on all of its buses throughout the city. The MTA has been installing the system, called OMNY, since May 2019 as part of a moderniz ation effort to phase out the plastic MetroCards that have been in use since the ’90s. The new tap-to-pay system is available at 472 stations and on 5,800 buses in total, the MTA said. Tap-to-pay is supposed to speed up entry into buses and subways and reduce costs throughout the transit system, officials have said. It’s also just meant to be simpler and more modern. Other cities have had tap-to-pay transit systems for years or decades....
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- MetroCard will soon be tapped out as the MTA finished installing readers for OMNY, its new contactless fare payment system, at all subway stations and on all buses, the authority announced Thursday.Customers can now use OMNY to pay their fares by tapping contactless bank cards or smart devices equipped with digital wallets on OMNY readers at all 472 stations, on all 5,800 buses and at Staten Island Railway stations."This is a great milestone for our customers," Interim New York City Transit President Sarah Feinberg said. "It's been a profoundly challenging year at the MTA and New York City Transit, but the OMNY team rose to the challenge and delivered this huge project on time. NYCT teams have been relentless in their focus and have continued to make key improvements throughout the system despite the pandemic and I'm excited for our customers to experience these new benefits."Beginning...
    “Star Wars” voice actor Tom Kane suffered from a stroke in November that has left him unable to speak. Kane’s condition was revealed Wednesday on Facebook by his daughter. “About two months ago he had a left side stroke that gave him right sided weakness and damage to the speech center of his brain,” she wrote. “This means right now he cannot efficiently communicate verbally, nor read or spell. “He is still competent and very much himself, but can only get out a few words right now,” she added. (RELATED: Comedian Sinbad Recovering After Suffering A Stroke) Kane is recovering in Kansas City, according to his daughter. “As many of you might know about strokes, it is possible for him to gain these functions back and we have found him excellent care in Kansas City for speech, occupational, and physical therapy, but for now, we have been warned by...
    Dozens of homeless squatters have taken over a Washington state Travelodge after a group of local activists booked 16 rooms at the motel to provide shelter for those in need on Christmas Eve. Members of Tacoma Housing Now, an advocacy group for the homeless, reserved multiple rooms at the Fife motel by paying for a one-night stay last Thursday.  The rooms were used to house people who are experiencing homelessness in the area, however, the activists have refused to pay for the accommodation since, The News Tribune reported.  Tacoma Housing Now has been occupying 16 rooms at the Travelodge motel in Fife, Washington since Christmas Eve The homeless advocacy group booked the rooms last Thursday by paying for a one-night stay and is now demanding city and county officials foot the rest of the motel bill by using COVID-19 relief funds The group is now demanding the city of...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Travelers to Chicago from Wisconsin can now bypass the 10-day quarantine as long as they have a negative COVID-19 test results before coming into the city.Illinois' northern neighbor was bumped down from the most severe red travel advisory level to orange, which requires either a 10-day quarantine period or a pre-arrival negative COVID-19 test. Visitors must still adhere to strict masking, social distancing and avoid in-person gatherings while in the city.Indiana remains at red level, which requires a 10-day quarantine. The city strongly advises avoiding travel to states rated red and orange. Only Vermont and Hawaii are ranked yellow, and Chicagoans are still advised to avoid non-essential travel to yellow states.A state in the yellow tier has less than 15 daily cases per 100,000 people. States in the orange tier have 15-40 cases per 100,000 people. States in the red tier have more than 40 daily cases...
    CHICAGO — Health care workers in Chicago can now sign up to get vaccinated against coronavirus. The city has vaccinated more than 20,000 people so far, but those vaccinations have largely been done among people who work in hospitals. Starting Tuesday, though, Chicago’s Department of Public Health is vaccinating outpatient health care workers. A mass vaccination site for health care workers has been set up at Malcolm X College, and officials have said there are more to come. But people must sign up in advance and make an appointment to get vaccinated the site or elsewhere. RELATED: Chicago’s Top Doctor Gets Coronavirus Vaccine Publicly While Urging Others To Get One Vaccinations are available to all kinds of outpatient health care workers, including morticians and people working in dentist offices, correctional facilities and homeless shelters. “Every person, every vaccine that we give here in Chicago takes us one step closer to...
    Nashville Mayor John Cooper addressed the early morning bombing that rocked his city and injured three, announcing that he was instituting a three-day curfew across several blocks in downtown and said the focus is now on tracking down those responsible for the attack. Speaking at a live press conference, Cooper said he had toured the blast site and reiterated earlier reports that the attack was intentional and a “deliberate bomb being set off in our community.” “I certainly have gone from relief that there were not  more casualties and that’s an amazing thing that there were not, particularly when people began to see the devastation on Second Avenue,” Cooper said. “There is a relief that there were not more casualties, but for now, anger, determination, resolve and resolve to rebuild and not be deterred to enter bring whoever was responsible for this to justice.” He noted that there were at least 41 businesses...
    (CNN)Nashville residents woke up to a vehicle explosion on Christmas morning that authorities now believe was intentional.The blast injured at least three people, damaged dozens of buildings and left people shaken during what should have been a joyful holiday spent with family.It also dealt yet another challenge to the city's first responders in what's already been an incredibly challenging year. In 2020, emergency personnel responded to a tornadoes in March, a derecho in May and of course, the coronavirus pandemic."It's been Nashville's hardest year," Mayor John Cooper said Friday morning. Here's some of what the Music City has faced so far this year.Read MoreChristmas Day: A disturbing explosionFriday's explosion struck around Nashville's 2nd Avenue, a street on the edge of the city's hospitality and tourist district in an old, historic part of town. Just around the block from the scene is Lower Broadway, a major tourist destination for country music...
    A 40-foot tall inflatable leg lamp has been erected in the small Oklahoma city of Chickasha as a tribute to the man who built the very first one, which is thought to be behind the inspiration behind amusing iconic prop used in the classic seasonal film A Christmas Story. The film, set in the 1940s and narrated by an adult Ralphie Parker, sees him reminiscing on a Christmas where he was nine years old.  It also features a lamp in the shape of a leg delivered to a family in a large box reading 'fragile', to which the father famously says 'fra-gee-leh, must be Italian!' The father had won the lamp as an award. A 40-foot tall inflatable leg has been erected in the small Oklahoma city of Chickasha as a tribute to a local man who built the very first one which inspired the famous film prop Chickasha,...
    FAIRFIELD, Calif. (KGO) -- As California grapples with the growing housing crisis, affordable housing advocates are hoping to put to use 300 homes that have been sitting empty in Solano County for a decade. But they're hitting roadblocks from both the city of Fairfield and their next door neighbor Travis Air Force Base.One big hurdle? The base controls the water for the development, and they won't agree to turn it on."This is a classic case of 'NIMBY-ism,'" Anthony York with the Affordable Housing for Hundreds Coalition told ABC7 News. "It's just this time the 'NIMBY' neighbor happens to be the U.S. Air Force." NEW tonight: Why have these 300 homes been sitting empty for a decade next to Travis Air Force Base? And why are affordable housing advocates facing push back as they try to put them to use? Some answers coming up at 5 & 6 on @abc7newsbayarea pic.twitter.com/jIBbgoZCjf—...
    COURTESYIt has been a hot minute since Tampa hosted a dueling piano bar. In 2012, Channelside said goodbye to Howl at the Moon, a dueling piano bar chain that has locations scattered throughout the nation including Orlando. Those who enjoy the excitement and energy of pianists finessing the keys don't have to road trip any longer to get their fix thanks to Showbar Ybor. The new piano bar made its debut last weekend at 1613 E. 7th Ave., within the former Tequilas space.  The roughly 8,000-square-foot space is designed to connect guests with the live local talent. That means pianos stationed throughout the bar - one at the entrance to welcome guests, two on stage to perform, and another fixed to the wall that is to be played between sets. Damn, talk about showmanship.  When it comes to layout, the piano bar is set up in sections. The...
    COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — A new political group is aiming harsh criticism at the leaders of a northeast Mississippi city, but city leaders say the criticism is rooted in a personal dispute that the group's two heads have with the city. A Better Columbus, founded by Leslie Sorrell and her husband, Will Sanders, has been sharply critical of the mayor and city council of Columbus, attacking them on social media and on a billboard that was later removed. The Commercial Dispatch reported the group rented a billboard reading “Mayor and Council. Where’s our money? What are you hiding? Who else is going to jail?” earlier this month, only to see Lamar Outdoor Advertising take the billboard down days later. Sorrell told the newspaper Friday that the decision to pull the billboard was made at Lamar’s Jackson, Mississippi, office. “At first, I was told that the problem was that the disclaimer...
    By TIM HAHN, Erie Times-News ERIE, Pa. (AP) — Seenah Mischel was in grade school when she said she saw something one day in her hometown of Buffalo that “just stopped me in my tracks.” It was a Black female firefighter, “someone who looked just like me,” climbing off a fire truck. “I swear, never before in time had I thought I could do something like that,” Mischel said. “Seeing someone doing it was an eye-opener. From that point, I wanted to do it.” Lt. Seenah Mischel, the Erie Bureau of Fire’s first Black female firefighter when she was hired in 2010, in August was named the bureau’s first Black female officer. Mischel, 42, didn’t seek her dream of becoming a firefighter right away. But after college, a stint in the U.S. Army and a move to Erie, she said she decided to go for the job while driving to...
    CHICAGO — The city is no longer taking any legal action against Anjanette Young’s attorney for going public with news of the 2019 botched raid of Young’s home that has rocked City Hall this week, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Friday. When CBS Chicago aired its story about the raid that falsely targeted Young, it included footage from police body-worn cameras that showed Young handcuffed and naked in her living room during much of the raid. City attorneys unsuccessfully attempted to block the news station from airing the video and sought sanctions against “the plaintiff” for allegedly providing the video to the station against a court order. Lightfoot said Wednesday she directed city attorneys to make clear with the court they were not seeking any actions against Young, but rather attorney Keenan Saulter for allegedly violating a confidentiality clause related to that case. Now the mayor says the city is...
    O’HARE — As one of the world’s busiest airports, O’Hare International is usually synonymous with long lines, delays and crowds of frustrated passengers. On Wednesday, Pete Buttigieg reminded the public it can also be a place of romance. And the city’s Department of Aviation took notice. Buttigieg — the former presidential candidate and mayor of South Bend, Indiana — was in Wilmington, Delaware, to accept President-elect Joe Biden’s nomination for secretary of transportation when he described his “personal love of transportation” and recalled his proposal to his now-husband, Chasten, at O’Hare. “Don’t let anyone tell you O’Hare isn’t romantic,” Buttigieg joked to the press.  It wasn’t long after Buttigieg made his remarks that the city’s aviation department updated O’Hare’s Twitter profile to say it is a “place of romance.” The city also acknowledged Buttigieg’s comment in a tweet that read “Thank you for appreciating all the connections we...
    A heated legal dispute between billionaire investor Bill Gross and his tech-entrepreneur neighbor is now in the hands of an Orange County Superior Court judge, as hearings that included allegations of voyeurism and loops of high-decibel sitcom theme songs came to an end Wednesday. Attorneys representing the respective owners of neighboring ocean-front Laguna Beach mansions on Wednesday both asked Orange County Superior Court Judge Kimberly A. Knill to issue a restraining order limiting what the other party can do on their property, a result of what one of the lawyers referred to as “a neighbor dispute that has gone completely out of proportion.” Gross, the former Pimco investment fund founder, and former professional tennis player Amy Schwartz, whom Gross described as his life-partner, said they purchased the Laguna Beach property to serve as a private respite to spend summer weekends when they weren’t at their main Newport Beach home. Their...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The city of Chicago is still cautioning people not to travel if they don’t have to because the spread of COVID-19 continues at an alarming rate across the country. The travel order starts Friday December 18. The territories include Puerto Rico and Washington D.C. The city’s health department used a color coded map highlighting the places where COVID cases are not leveling off. Indiana and Wisconsin are two nearby red states. According to the  Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH)  based on Chicago case counts, the red list case rate threshold is now 60 new cases per day per 100,000 residents. Tennessee, Arizona, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, California, Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Arkansas, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, West Virginia have moved from the Orange to the Red list. That makes a total of 31 states in the red. It is recommended that people avoid traveling to those states. People who...
    CHICAGO — A push to “make Michigan Avenue magnificent again” with a special taxing district has stalled after two key aldermen rejected the proposal, disappointing Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Downtown neighborhood leaders. A business group and city officials worked to create an “emergency” taxing district along the famed retail corridor after the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic and summer looting. Funds from the district would have boosted the area’s tarnished reputation, supporters said, but Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) and Ald. Brian Hopkins (2nd), who represent the impacted area, rejected the plan. The district, known as a special service area, would have imposed a 0.05 percent tax on commercial properties along Michigan Avenue from the Chicago River to Oak Street. The estimated $742,000 in revenue would be spent within the boundaries on beefed-up security, marketing and streetscaping. But at the request of Reilly and Hopkins, the Committee on Economic, Capital...
    CHICAGO — On the heels of a scathing report from the city’s top watchdog, three aldermen are calling for a hearing on how the city handles recycling in large buildings. The city’s recycling ordinance requires owners of commercial buildings and residential complexes with at least five units to hire private contractors to haul their tenants recyclables, but many of them don’t, in part because the city doesn’t bother enforcing the rules. On Dec. 2, Chicago’s Inspector General Joe Ferguson, issued an audit saying the city’s Streets and Sanitation Department doesn’t “thoroughly enforce” the recycling ordinance and even lacks the capability to issue tickets to those who violate it. Inspired by reporting from the Better Government Association, Ferguson’s audit was the latest withering assessment of the city’s recycling programs. Currently, the city recycles at a rate of 8 to 9 percent, lower than the national average of 25 percent and...
    New York City will suspend outdoor dining starting at 2pm on Wednesday as a major snow storm barrels towards the East Coast.  A powerful nor'easter is forecast to barrel through New York on Wednesday into Thursday bringing with it six to 10 inches of snow.  The city will notify restaurants, which are already closed to indoor dining due to surging coronavirus cases, when they can reopen for roadway seating for outdoor dining.   'Based on the current forecast, the City estimates that this Snow Alert will be over on Thursday evening, allowing restaurants to reopen, but this may change to the morning of Friday, December 18 based on actual accumulations and roadway conditions,' the city's sanitation department said Monday.
    Six months ago, following massive protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez announced a dramatic step at City Hall: She and her colleagues would cut police spending by $150 million. The plan, Martinez said at the time, would be to reinvest funding for vital services, including those that “uplift disenfranchised communities.” On Wednesday, the council took its first stab at deciding where a chunk of that money — nearly $88.8 million — should go. So far, council members are looking to put much of the money toward nuts-and-bolts city services: street resurfacing, graffiti removal, alley cleanups and many other core city programs. On a 13 to 2 vote, Martinez and her colleagues decided to focus the money on city services, youth and recreation programs, neighborhood beautification initiatives, job and business programs and nonprofit services. And while the final spending plan won’t be...
    More On: housing NY’s job-killers trying to ‘preserve’ industrial wasteland in Flushing The City Council’s latest idea for screwing up housing Heat’s on in one Harlem building — but why did it take a Post story to get done? NYC sends temporary boiler to Harlem building cited in Post report The City Council appears set to approve a plan that will bring more than a dozen towers and an estimated 1,700 apartments to the Flushing waterfront after nearly a month of delays, The Post has learned. Negotiations over the final details of the Queens project are “ongoing,” said the spokeswoman for the chairman of the Council’s zoning committee, lawmaker Francisco Moya (D-Queens). But a deal appears within reach as Moya has tentatively scheduled a vote in his committee over the project for Wednesday — and the full Council is expected to take up and approve it on...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas County Health and Human Services reported 906 additional positive COVID-19 cases in Dallas County (649 confirmed cases and 257 probable cases) on Friday, Dec. 4. There is a cumulative total of 131,479 cases (PCR test), including 1,230 confirmed deaths after eight more were announced Friday. There is a cumulative total of 13,166 probable cases (antigen test), including 38 probable deaths. “It’s up to all of us to renew our strength and to flatten the curve, so that less people will get sick and our economy will remain strong for as long as possible until the vaccine can be widely administered,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins in a statement. “Now is the time for patriotism. Think of the sacrifices that our forefathers made during World War II and the Cold War to protect America. Whether serving in the military or supporting the effort at home, they...
    UPPER WEST SIDE, Manhattan (WABC) -- A stay has been granted to prevent NYC from moving about 230 men from the Lucerne Hotel on the Upper West Side to the Radisson Hotel in Lower Manhattan.On Thursday afternoon, a judge granted the men of the Lucerne an interim stay order until the court can hear their appeal.Advocates for the homeless held a Zoom press call Thursday to demand that Mayor Bill de Blasio drop the transfer and allow the men to stay where they have on-site services, jobs and community support."We are extremely gratified that the court recognized the seriousness of this situation and the potential harm a move will cause to both the homeless men and the Lower Manhattan neighborhood. To issue this stay, the court had to conclude that there is a likelihood that we will win the appeal on the merits. We look forward to presenting our position...
    After a mysterious metal monolith recently appeared in Utah and was promptly disassembled, another was spotted in Romania. Now, a third such obelisk has popped up — this time on a mountain in Southern California. The new monolith was found atop Pine Mountain in Atascadero early Wednesday and drew a crowd of hikers throughout the day. Unlike the Utah structure, this equally mysterious monolith was not secured to the ground, allowing it to be removed by vandals on Thursday, despite that it reportedly standing at 10-feet tall and 18 inches wide, and weighing about 200 pounds. The offenders dubbed the structure an "alien obelisk" and replaced it with a wooden cross, The Atascadero News reports. In an email to the local news outlet, Deputy City Manager Terrie Banish wrote, “The Monolith disappeared this morning. We did not remove it. There was rebar found in the ground, so we are planning to remove that as...
    WEST LOOP — A historically significant Queen Anne Victorian building dating back to 1891 has been spared from demolition — at least for 90 days.  The city has revoked a Nov. 30 permit to tear down the former Schlitz-branded saloon and tied house at the corner of Lake Street and Ogden Avenue. The vacant brick and copper-clad structure most recently housed La Luce Italian restaurant for 27 years before closing in 2016.  For the permit to be issued, the historic building should have been subject to a city-required 90-day demolition delay period. The hold is a requirement for all properties with an “orange rating” on the Chicago Historic Resources Survey.  The designation doesn’t protect a structure from being torn down, but provides additional time for preservationists and officials to “explore options to preserve a building, including but not limited to landmark designation,” according to the city’s Demolition-Delay Ordinance. In the...
    LOS Angeles residents have been told to "stay in homes now" as the mayor banned travel and shut non-essential businesses due to Covid. Mayor Eric Garcetti warned on Wednesday the city was nearing "a devastating tipping point" and ordered residents to stay in their homes and avoid social gatherings in new lockdown measures to rein in a surge in Covid infections. 3Mayor Eric Garcetti shared the warning on WednesdayCredit: LUCY NICHOLSON "It's time to cancel everything," Garcetti said during the press briefing. His order limits nearly all social gatherings of people from more than a single household, mirroring a directive by county health officials last week, but exempts religious services and protests protected by the constitution. "My message couldn’t be simpler. It's time to hunker down. It’s time to cancel everything. And if it isn’t essential, don't do it," the mayor added. "Don't meet up with others outside your household....
    LOGAN SQUARE — A court-appointed receiver has assumed control of the dilapidated Congress Theater, another sign developer Michael Moyer’s multi-million-dollar redevelopment project might not be moving forward anytime soon — if at all. The receivership is the result of the $24 million foreclosure lawsuit Moyer was hit with this fall. Los Angeles-based lender AEG Worldwide sued Moyer for allegedly defaulting on $14 million in loans on the theater at 2135 N. Milwaukee Ave. more than four years ago. Over time, the loans resulted in another $10 million in fees and interest, bringing the total amount Moyer owes up to $24 million, the lender alleges. The lawsuit was first reported by Crain’s. Around the same time the lawsuit became public, a judge appointed a receiver to “care for” the 1920s theater, which has fallen into disrepair, said Ald. Daniel La Spata (1st), whose ward includes the Congress. Receivers are appointed...
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Sunday that public schools are set to reopen in phases for in-person learning starting December 7. In-person learning at preschools, 3-K programs and elementary schools will open on that date. Then schools that serve children with special educational needs, known as District 75 schools, will open on December 10 and middle schools and high schools will reopen at a later, yet to be determined, date. The schools, which make up the country’s largest school system, have been closed since November 19 after the citywide rate of coronavirus tests coming back positive exceeded the three percent benchmark agreed to by the mayor and the teachers' union.  'It’s a new approach because we have so much proof now of how safe schools can be,' De Blasio said at Sunday's coronavirus briefing, saying the three percent benchmark was being scrapped. 'We feel confident that we can...
    Holiday shopping at Macy's in 1946. AP PhotoCarl Nesensohn There's something magical about the holiday season in New York City. Symbols of the holidays in the city, like the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, have been around for decades. Other traditions, such as holiday shopping, look a little different today. The coronavirus pandemic has shaken up some traditions even more, and many major events are going virtual this year. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The Big Apple usually draws millions of people from around the world to partake in holiday traditions like ice skating in Central Park and browsing iconic department stores' decorative windows with hot cocoa in-hand. While some features of the holidays in the city have stayed the same over the past 100 years, many others have changed. This year we'll see even more changes to the city's beloved traditions due to the coronavirus pandemic. ...