Online betting for Super Bowl LV expected to surge

Here’s one more thing the coronavirus pandemic has ruined for at least some people: betting on the Super Bowl. The American Gaming Association, the gambling industry’s national trade group, predicted in a report Tuesday that the number of people planning to bet on the big game will decrease this year.

That’s largely because people haven’t returned to work settings, where office pools are often circulated. Fewer people are planning to

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The best movies from Sundance Film Festival 2021

The coronavirus pandemic may have forced the Sundance Film Festival to go virtual for the first time in its history, but movie buffs came out in force anyway. The week-long event proved a buzz-generating machine on social media and other places where film lovers congregate, as indie movies like CODA, Passing and Flee premiered to rave reviews from critics and early-bird audiences, suggesting odds are good for mainstream success.

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Biden’s climate plan can work if it’s sea to shining sea

Last week President Biden made a firm commitment to transition America from polluting fossil energy to clean renewable power. We and other coastal residents are heartened by his “whole government” approach to tackling the climate crisis, especially his focus on the positive employment impacts of making smart climate investments.

However, we get concerned when the president identifies a million jobs linked to building electric cars in the industrial heartland, yet

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N.J. COVID updates: Indoor capacity limits increased. CVS, Rite Aid to begin vaccinations. What you need to know. (Feb. 4, 2020)

Restaurant and bar owners who have been pushing to be allowed to welcome more customers inside their businesses got a bit of relief Wednesday when Gov. Phil Murphy expanded indoor capacity from 25% to 35%.

Murphy also lifted the 10 p.m. curfew for restaurants and bars to serve customers inside. The loosening of restrictions takes effect Friday — just in time for the Super Bowl on Sunday and 11 months

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Residents get help in registering for COVID-19 vaccine | News

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Village of Los Lunas Fire Chief John Gabaldon, center, helps residents sign up for COVID-19 vaccinations. Gabaldon said his primary concern is people who only have landlines falling through the cracks if they can’t be reached for a vaccine appointment.

LOS LUNAS — Hours before the vaccine registration event began, people were lined up in the cold outside the Daniel Fernandez Recreation Center in

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Beloved childhood game comes to life in Olathe schools


Havencroft Elementary art teacher Anna Huelskamp brainstormed with a student for an art project focused on Candy Land.

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Last fall, Havencroft Elementary art teacher Anna Huelskamp brainstormed with her fifth-graders about an art project she wanted to do with neon and black lights.

“One of the kids came up with Candy Land,” she said. “When I started looking into the history of Candy Land, I discovered that the

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Officials in Fayetteville, other Northwest Arkansas cities considering new Slow Streets for year

FAYETTEVILLE — The city wants suggestions on expanding a program intended to slow car traffic and provide pedestrians safe opportunities to be outside during the pandemic.

Fayetteville, Rogers and Bentonville last year participated in nonprofit BikeNWA’s slow streets program. The program involves setting up signs on streets informing drivers to go extra slow through certain stretches. The signs discourage cars without a destination on the street from passing through. Pedestrians,

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Cottage Grove Sentinel | Governor Brown updates County Risk Levels

This week, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced updates to county risk levels under the state’s public health framework to reduce transmission and protect Oregonians from COVID-19.

The framework uses four different risk levels for counties based on COVID-19 spread — extreme risk, high risk, moderate risk and lower risk — and assigns health and safety measures for each level.

Effective Jan. 29 through Feb. 11, there will be 25 counties

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Rollback of some COVID-19 restrictions gives hope to Hudson County bars and restaurants

On a normal Super Bowl Sunday, the Madd Hatter sports bar in Hoboken is packed.

The Washington Street bar, whose website advertises “40+ big screen TVs” and “projection TVs surrounding our enormous island bar,” normally hosts about 350 people for the big game.

“I mean, we’re slammed,” said Abe Ruales, Madd Hatter’s general manager.

This year, things are different. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the bar’s staff is

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Artist Teams up With Dog to Recreate Famous Paintings

Recreating “St. Veronica” by Jacques Blanchard (1633 – 1634)

In the spring of 2020, a creative challenge began to take over the internet. Known as the Getty Museum Challenge, it encouraged people from across the globe to recreate works of art using what they had on hand in their homes. (It came at a time when much of the world was in lockdown due to COVID-19.) Artist Eliza Reinhardt took

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