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Newsletter March 19th, 2021

"QUOTE OF THE WEEK" ' Zoom boom ' A plastic surgeon, describing a rise in the number of people getting Botox after looking at themselves on Zoom.


A Close-Up Picture of Partisan Segregation, Among 180 Million Voters

The broad outlines of America’s partisan divides are visible on any national map. Republicans typically dominate in most Southern and Plains states, and Democrats in Northeastern and West Coast ones. Democrats cluster in urban America, Republicans in more rural places.

But keep zooming in — say, to the level of individual addresses for 180 million registered voters — and this pattern keeps repeating itself: within metro areas, within counties and cities, even within parts of the same city.


How 535,000 Covid Deaths Spurred Political Awakenings Across America

Pamela Addison is, in her own words, “one of the shyest people in this world.” Certainly not the sort of person who would submit an op-ed to a newspaper, or start a support group for strangers, or ask a United States senator to vote for $1.9 trillion legislation.

No one is more surprised than her that, in the past five months, she has done all of those things. Her husband, Martin Addison, a 44-year-old health care worker in New Jersey, died from the coronavirus on April 29 after a month of illness. The last time she saw him was when he was loaded into an ambulance. At 37, Ms. Addison was left to care for a 2-year-old daughter and an infant son, and to make ends meet on her own. Read more


COVID-19 Vaccinations in the United States

Data on doses of vaccine distributed and administered include data received by CDC as of 6:00 am ET on the day of reporting. Vaccination data on CDC’s COVID Data Tracker are updated daily between 1:30 pm and 8:00 pm ET. Updates will occur the following day when reporting coincides with a federal holiday. Note: Daily updates might be delayed due to delays in reporting.

Vaccination data reported on the CDC COVID Data Tracker might differ from data reported by jurisdictions (states, territories, tribes, and local entities) and federal entities for several reasons:


Pre-embryos made in lab could spur research, ethics debates

For the first time, scientists have used human cells to make structures that mimic the earliest stages of development, which they say will pave the way for more research without running afoul of restrictions on using real embryos.

Two papers published Wednesday in the journal Nature detail how two teams of scientists independently made such structures. Read more


I.R.S. Pushes Tax Deadline Back One Month

The Internal Revenue Service will again give Americans extra time to file their taxes as a result of the pandemic.

Instead of the usual April 15 deadline, filers will instead have until May 17, the agency said Wednesday, an extension that will ease the burden on filers dealing with the economic upheaval caused by the coronavirus, which has put millions out of work or caused their hours to be cut. Read more


Disneyland To Reopen On April 30 At Limited Capacity

Disney’s flagship theme park Disneyland will reopen on April 30, the company said Wednesday, marking a major milestone after being closed for more than a year.

More than 10,000 cast members will be returning to work (including at the reimagined Snow White’s Enchanted Wish, which will open to guests for the first time, Disney said).

“The joy and laughter and magical moments of the Disneyland Resort will soon return to its theme parks as Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park are planning to officially reopen to the public on April 30, 2021, with limited capacity,” Disney said today.


What You Can Do About Anti-Asian Violence: ‘We Are Part of This Country,’ Activists Say

Recent attacks on Asian victims are at the center of a rising national dialogue about anti-Asian and Asian-American racism, with the latest incidents coming nearly a year after the coronavirus pandemic spawned increased vitriol towards people of Asian descent across the country.

This week, six Asian women were among those killed when a gunman opened fire in three Atlanta-area massage parlors, before he was apprehended by police.


6 Things You Shouldn’t Reheat in the Microwave

Don’t get us wrong — microwaves can reheat many dishes quickly and easily. Just place the food in a microwave-safe container, add a splash of water (or cover with a damp paper towel) to maintain moisture, and zap it for a minute or two. Leftover rice, soup and vegetables are all good candidates for reheating in the microwave — but some foods fare much better when reheated on the stove or in the oven.


The Pandemic Drove People to Tennis and Golf. Will They Keep Playing?

In 2020, the coronavirus pandemic all but shuttered recreational sports and leisure activities. Fitness centers and yoga studios closed as did movie theaters, museums and concert halls. Games as routine as checkers at a local park or pickup basketball in almost any setting were prohibited. Even playing in ultimate Frisbee leagues became fraught with risk.

And yet, golf and tennis, which have struggled to recruit new participants in recent years, flourished as idle athletes sought to play outside, at a safe distance, with some tweaks to accommodate new health guidelines. While more than half of tennis and golf facilities in the United States were padlocked in March and April because of the coronavirus, from June to December in 2020 golf rounds nationwide surged by 75 million as compared to the same period in 2019, a gain of 27 percent. Read more

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