Vaccinating smokers put too many people on line with seniors; Active rec in Liberty State Park mustn’t harm restoration; Topsy-turvy world in Jersey City politics | Letters

State must rethink vax plan

I have read with great interest the opinion piece in The Jersey Journal (“Vaccine rollout a massive failure for seniors”; Jan. 29) and agree with everything written in the article. It was spot on, as were the letters by senior citizens relating the problems in securing an appointment for the vaccine, as I speak from experience. 

At the beginning, it was understood the seniors would

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Giving second COVID-19 vaccine shots may reduce supply for people seeking first dose

Officials across Southern California are opening more sites to administer coronavirus vaccine. But there are concerns that the shortage in vaccine doses could worsen before it gets better.

Authorities have said the biggest problem right now is getting enough vaccine to meet demand. At current rates, it could be June before Californians 65 and over are fully vaccinated. And full vaccination in places like L.A. County might not be possible

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Microsoft Goes Full ‘Black Mirror’ with New Patent to Turn Deceased People into AI Chatbots

A recent patent granted to Microsoft has many “Black Mirror” fans thinking of “Be Right Back,” the first episode of the show’s second season. In that “Black Mirror” installment, Hayley Atwell plays a young woman whose boyfriend, Ash Starmer (Domhnall Gleeson), is killed in a car accident. The woman decides to use technology to resurrect her dead boyfriend as artificial intelligence so she can continue communicating with him.

As reported

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L.A. County opens 5 vaccine sites, plans to reach 20,000 people daily

The Forum in Inglewood, is one of five mass-vaccination sites opening Tuesday, January 19, 2021 in the county.
The Forum in Inglewood is one of five mass vaccination sites opening Tuesday in the county. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles County opened five large-scale coronavirus vaccination sites Tuesday morning, with plans to inoculate 20,000 people daily.

The sites are at the Forum in Inglewood, Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, Cal State Northridge, the Fairplex in Pomona and the L.A. County Office of Education’s Downey Education

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online resource attracting more people to the Iron Range

VIRGINIA, MN — Over the years, the number of people moving to northeastern Minnesota has dropped.

Shawn Herhusky, workforce strategy consultant for the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, said it can be difficult for employers on the Iron Range to find the right people to hire.

“We know that our population is going down,” Herhusky said. “We know that we have Baby Boomers exiting the workforce, and we

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People Living With Disabilities Want a Broader Park Experience

Alvaro Silberstein of Chile has lived most of his life in a wheelchair—and is still an avid outdoor adventurer. He cofounded the accessible-tourism company Wheel the World, which recently won a Lonely Planet 2020 Best in Travel award in the category of inclusivity. Silberstein has experienced national parks across the globe and supports the United States park system, saying the US offers some of the most accessible parks he’s visited

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One Piece Video Shows Real People Paying Homage To Iconic Manga Moments

A new One Piece video celebrates the beloved Japanese manga series by recreating some of its most well-known moments in live-action form.

One Piece video celebrates the series by showing real people paying homage to some of its iconic moments. The now well-known Japanese manga has been around since 1997 and consists of an impressive 97 volumes. Written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda, it follows a boy named Monkey

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Rise of the rookie hikers: The pandemic pushed a new wave of people outside, for better or worse

For example, there are people who hit the trail wearing flip-flops, with no backpack or water, he said, or cars that show up to busy trailheads at 11 a.m. on a weekend, hoping to find a place to park. While there are always people making those rookie mistakes, there were far more on Mount Hood this past summer.

“Definitely a big portion of those people were first-time hikers,” Watts said.

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Celebrating some of the people who kept the arts alive during COVID | Life

It was a hard year for the arts. After the coronavirus pandemic surged into the United States, touring shows stopped dead, theaters went dark and live performance just about anywhere ground to a screeching halt.

This was true of Charleston, too. It has been a difficult year for musicians, artists, dancers — and yes, writers.

Despite the hardships and the difficulties in rehearsing or performing, some people and groups

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New Land Bridge Opens To Help Wildlife, People Safely Cross Texas Parkway

Two portions of a San Antonio park previously separated by a six-lane highway are now connected by a bridge meant to make life easier for both wildlife and human visitors.

The Robert L.B. Tobin Land Bridge opened to the public Friday, according to the City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department. The bridge, built over Wurzbach Parkway, connects two portions of the 330-acre Phil Hardberger Park. The park is

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The Latest: UK: 2 People Report Allergic Reaction to Vaccine | Business News

LONDON — U.K. regulators say people who have a “significant history’’ of allergic reactions shouldn’t receive the new Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine while they investigate two adverse reactions that occurred on the first day of the country’s mass vaccination program.

The national medical director for the National Health Service in England says health authorities were acting on a recommendation from the Medical and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.

Professor Stephen Powis says the

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COVID-19 doesn’t stop Fort Bragg’s ‘people first’ mission, garrison commander says


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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Tribune News Service) — A global pandemic has changed operations at Fort Bragg but hasn’t stopped the main mission of the installation’s garrison, the garrison’s newest commander said Monday.


Helping oversee

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As COVID-19 drives people to cross country skiing, Spokane’s Langlauf race canceled

Langlauf, Spokane’s 40-year-old cross country ski race, is the latest casualty of COVID-19.

As COVID-19 rates roar regionally, organizers decided to cancel the February race.

“It was a really hard decision to make,” co-founder Tim Ray said. “We hope to be back better than ever next year.”

Organizers considered a staggered start, which may have allowed them to space out people more, but that would have taken more time and

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People started sending art rocks to a Texas park during the pandemic. Now it’s a wonderland of tiny paintings.

The boxes are filled with packages containing painted rocks, most of them intricate works of art, handmade and mailed from people all over the country. Since the beginning of the pandemic, people have been sending them to Penny so that he and his family can place them along the Parr Park Rock Art Trail — a mile-long public walking path that has become a wonderland of more than 4,000 art

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Trump puts ‘his people first’

This story is part of “Every 30 Seconds,” a collaborative public media reporting project tracing the young Latino electorate leading up to the 2020 presidential election and beyond. 

For months, 18-year-old Marlene Herrera has been anticipating this moment. Recently, she finally got to open up the envelope sent to her from the state, revealing her double-sided ballot.

“It feels so weird grabbing it because I was like, okay, this is

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D.C. urban gardens flourish in the pandemic as people dig in to ‘fill the isolated life’

Mbazang is part of a swelling group of Washingtonians who grow produce in the city’s 68 community gardens, which offer free plots of fertile land. Many gardens have years-long waitlists and have become even more in-demand during the pandemic, as people are stuck at home, and many are looking for new, healthy hobbies.

Jeff McQueen, 63, hadn’t gardened in many years but started growing squash and cabbage in May near

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14 people test positive for COVID-19 at ODU residence hall

ODU said the outbreak happened in the Whitehurst residence hall, which houses 389 students.

NORFOLK, Va. — Fourteen people have tested positive for the coronavirus at an Old Dominion University residence hall, the university said in a statement Thursday.

ODU said the outbreak happened in the Whitehurst residence hall, which houses 389 students. The university says COVID-19 testing has also identified what could be the beginning of an uptick in

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10 Genius Budgeting Apps for People Who Hate Math (or Really Anyone)

Photo credit: katie buckleitner
Photo credit: katie buckleitner

From Cosmopolitan

I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that you’re not saving up for that big Europe trip anymore. Still, it’s a good idea to get a budget started for when life gets back to normal, whatever that means for 2020.

Whether you’re making cash from your couch, or searching for coins in said couch, you’re going to need a place to

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Hoboken Warns People About Gatherings And Gyms Amid Coronavirus

HOBOKEN, NJ — After noting Tuesday that the city of Hoboken had gotten confirmation of 12 new coronavirus cases since Friday, Mayor Ravi Bhalla said on Wednesday that the city had confirmed six more cases the following day: “all between the ages of 25 and 45, and several were related to situations where residents attended social gatherings that took place during the July 4 weekend both within Hoboken and in

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16 Real People Affected By the Coronavirus Give Their Best Financial Advice

The coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken over the world. As of March 30, 2020, there were more than 770,000 cases and nearly 37,000 deaths reported worldwide. It has affected the young and old alike and turned daily life in nearly every country into a surreal nightmare.

From a financial point of view alone, it’s an extremely uncertain and stressful time. Millions of people are unable to work and … Read More