The Morning After – Engadget

Your wearable, whether it’s an Apple Watch, Fitbit or another fitness tracker, might offer an early detection system for COVID-19, based on your heart rate variability (HRV). In a Mount Sinai study, researchers followed a group of 297 healthcare workers for roughly half a year and noted heartbeat changes that may indicate someone has the coronavirus, a full week before they feel sick. This would be particularly useful for asymptomatic

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Biden health appointee Rachel Levine would be first transgender federal official confirmed by Senate

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Dr. Rachel Levine, who has helped to lead Pennsylvania through an opioid crisis and now the COVID-19 pandemic, was picked Tuesday by President-elect Joe Biden to be his assistant secretary of health, putting her on track to be the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

“Dr. Rachel Levine will bring the steady leadership and essential expertise we need to get people

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Free meals from Jackson restaurants being passed out through new Consumers Energy program

JACKSON, MI — Jackson community leaders have a new plan to address the coronavirus pandemic-related challenges of a sluggish restaurant industry and the rising risks of food insecurity – buy meals from local restaurants and pass them out for free.

Consumers Energy and the city of Jackson are partnering in the new meal distribution program through Consumers’ “Our Town” initiative that distributes meals made by Jackson restaurants to Jackson families.

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Billboard Campaign to Protect Geese Culling Takes Off in Denver

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Activists want Denver to straighten up and fly right, and two billboards erected on January 18 by In Defense of Animals and Canada Geese Protection Colorado are designed to remind residents to protect the city’s geese.

The billboard campaign, which runs through January 21, is the latest action that animal-rights

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Biden Cabinet pick Dr. Levine on track to be first transgender fed official confirmed by Senate

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Dr. Rachel Levine, who has helped to lead Pennsylvania through an opioid crisis and now the COVID-19 pandemic, was picked Tuesday by President-elect Joe Biden to be his assistant secretary of health, putting her on track to be the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

“Dr. Rachel Levine will bring the steady leadership and essential expertise we need to get people

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Boating access fee, marijuana opposition

The Coalition of Virginia Health and Safety Groups will talk about why they are opposed to legalizing marijuana. Gov. Ralph Northam outlined his desire to legalize it during the State of the Commonwealth Address. The groups are made up of medical professionals and law enforcement officials from across the Commonwealth.

The Appomattox County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing tonight about transportation. The board will receive comments about

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Why Cleveland has only given out half of its COVID-19 vaccines on hand

As of Jan. 15, city distributed 3,117 does; says it’s holding back to ensure second shot for those eligible for Phase1A

CLEVELAND — Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson is blaming federal and state officials for over-promising vaccines – and leaving distribution details — to others.

“There’s criticism because it’s failed from the top, down,” Jackson said during a press conference on Facebook last Tuesday.

As of Friday, the city had only

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Missing live concerts? Catch Louisiana’s Laine Hardy, Justin Garner in virtual shows | Music

Missing those live concerts?

Louisiana’s Laine Hardy and Justin Garner both have scheduled online performances during the next two weeks.

Country artist Hardy, of Livingston, will present virtual tour shows at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and on Jan. 28.

Expect 2019 “American Idol” winner Hardy to sing his newest cover single, “Swingin’,” John Anderson’s hit song from 1983.

“Harmonica fills and double solos punctuate a performance that illustrates not only Laine

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day events go virtual this year due to the pandemic

Due to COVID -19, this year’s celebration looks a little different, as several community events were hosted online.

MINNEAPOLIS — A day to remember and a day to reflect.

Today’s holiday, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy, is known as  “a day on, not a day off.” A day of service for all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.

Due to COVID-19, this year’s celebration looks

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Man-made Colorado ice wall fills climbing venue shortage | Lifestyle

PARK COUNTY • “Whooaa,” Jim Barry remarks, as one of his Boy Scouts slips nearly 50 feet up a frozen waterfall.

The teenager is secured, harnessed. The fellow Scout belaying digs his feet into the ground and quickly stops the fall.

“Good catch!” Barry shouts, adding to the applause here about 100 miles from the troop’s Highlands Ranch home.

The climber resumes his ascent. And the afternoon of fun continues

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Hemlock Woolly Adelgid more widespread as treatment continues

WASHINGTON COUNTY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The New York State DEC has been working with partners in the Adirondack Park to handle the spread of the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid invasive since its appearance in the town of Dresden last August at Glen Island Campground.

Treatment of Adirondack hemlock trees began last October, and a predatory insect was unleashed to feed on the invasive. Over the weekend, the DEC said that their

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Trump administration proposes 11th-hour plan to strip California desert protections

<span>Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images</span>
Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images

The outgoing Trump administration is proposing to strip away protections for millions of acres of California desert, threatening damage to Joshua trees, desert tortoises and landmarks.

The plan would open up California’s desert areas to mining projects, eliminate up to 2.2m acres of conservation lands, as well as remove 1.8m acres designated as Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (Acecs).

Related: Hope grows that Biden will restore

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Six ways to spend Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Metro Detroit

It might be a federal holiday, but for many people, MLK Day is a day of service. That means they’ll be

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Gov. Cuomo announces proposal to open low-cost finance, design, construction services to all non-profits, school districts

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Gov. Cuomo announced a proposal to open the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York’s (DASNY) low-cost financing, design and construction services to all non-profits and school districts as part of the Governor’s 2021 State of the State agenda.

Through this program, nonprofit organizations and school districts can access DASNY’s services for needed improvements at lower costs during COVID-19 so they can spend their resources

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Cleveland Orchestra clings to music education goals through pandemic

CLEVELAND, Ohio – When it comes to music education, there’s no such thing as a year off. Not in Cleveland.

Convinced that the need for music now is greater than ever, the Cleveland Orchestra is finding new ways to comply with pandemic restrictions and meet Cleveland’s children safely where they are, at home.

“The things that we’re committed to, those things haven’t changed,” said Joan Katz Napoli, the orchestra’s senior

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An Easy Plan for Beating the Winter Blues

Winter can bring the beauty of freshly fallen snow and bright, crisp days. But the season can also leave some people feeling a little down, and the COVID-19 pandemic may only exacerbate the situation.

“This year we’re worried about how to handle continued social isolation when the weather keeps us indoors and the pandemic makes indoor gatherings unsafe,” says Vickie Mays, PhD, a professor of psychology at UCLA.

If you’re

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Man-made ice wall fills climbing venue shortage for Colorado outfitter | Lifestyle

PARK COUNTY • “Whooaa,” Jim Barry remarks, as one of his Boy Scouts slips nearly 50 feet up a frozen waterfall.

The teenager is secured, harnessed. The fellow Scout belaying digs his feet into the ground and quickly stops the fall.

“Good catch!” Barry shouts, adding to the applause here about 100 miles from the troop’s Highlands Ranch home.

The climber resumes his ascent. And the afternoon of fun continues

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Here’s What’s Open, Closed In St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG, FL — Martin Luther King Jr. Day falls on Mon., Jan. 18 this year, and a variety of services will be closed in St. Petersburg on the day.

In addition to closures, the 35th annual MLK Jr. Dream Big Parade will be held virtually with guest speakers due to the coronavirus pandemic. Monday’s parade will stream online at MLKDreamBig.com starting at 11 a.m.

King’s birthday is Jan. 15,

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In Brief: Student art exhibit, bus driver remembered and more in the North Hills

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Block Northway hosting students art exhibit

Art created by students in the North Hills is on display through Feb. 18 at The Block Northway in Ross.

The artwork was made by elementary, middle school and high school students in the Hampton and North Hills school districts and

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In Brief: Dog licenses, baseball & softball registration and more in Pine, Richland

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Pine officials are reminding residents that dogs age 3 months or older must be licensed.

Lifetime dog licenses that do not need to be renewed each year also are available, but the dog must have a microchip implanted to ensure that it is reunited with its owners if

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