After Covid Diagnosis, a Conservative Radio Host Sends a New Message

NASHVILLE — Mark Valentine knows that his brother Phil Valentine, a prominent conservative radio host who scoffed at the need to get vaccinated, has had a big impact on how his listeners have viewed the pandemic and their own response to it. “The fact of the matter is a lot of people didn’t get the vaccine because he didn’t,” Mark […]

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Cuba protests: More than 500 people still missing two weeks after anti-government protests, activists say

Two weeks after the largest anti-government demonstrations in decades in Cuba, activist groups say more than 500 protestors are still missing. Thousands of people across the island marched through the streets in several towns and cities on 11 July, calling for democracy and sweeping economic reform in the country amid major food and medicine shortages. Scores of people were arrested […]

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Require vaccines? In parts of the U.S., even mask mandates are a bridge too far.

As the Delta variant of the coronavirus spreads through unvaccinated populations in the United States, many municipalities, colleges and businesses are weighing not only whether to require vaccinations but also whether to reimpose indoor mask mandates. Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said on Thursday that her agency had no plans to […]

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In Mrs. McQueen’s Summer Classroom, an 8-Year-Old Races to Catch Up

GREENSBORO, N.C. — In second grade, Zion Graham bounded to school. He loved math. His favorite book was about a slow turtle who took all day to get dressed. Then came the pandemic, and months of joyless remote learning. Zion lost confidence in reading. His performance in third grade plummeted. Zion, now 8, is spending his summer racing to catch […]

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US, China head into first talks in months still trading blows

WASHINGTON (BLOOMBERG) – The United States and China barrelled into their first high-level talks since March trading sanctions and rhetorical barbs, raising the stakes for the effort to stabilise strained relations between the world’s two largest economies. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, the US’ No. 2 diplomat, is set to meet Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Monday (July 26) […]

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Camps Have Been Scrambling for Counselors. Some Have Even Closed.

BOSTON — Joseph Charnock, like many parents, drew a sigh of relief when he dropped his 12-year-old daughter off for an eight-week session at Camp Quinebarge, on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. It worried him a little, in the days that followed, when no sunlit pictures appeared on the camp’s Facebook page. Or when the camp’s director, […]

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Camps Have Been Scrambling for Counselors. Some Have Even Closed.

BOSTON — Joseph Charnock, like many parents, drew a sigh of relief when he dropped his 12-year-old daughter off for an eight-week session at Camp Quinebarge, on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. It worried him a little, in the days that followed, when no sunlit pictures appeared on the camp’s Facebook page. Or when the camp’s director, […]

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Camps Have Been Scrambling for Counselors. Some Have Even Closed.

BOSTON — Joseph Charnock, like many parents, drew a sigh of relief when he dropped his 12-year-old daughter off for an eight-week session at Camp Quinebarge, on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. It worried him a little, in the days that followed, when no sunlit pictures appeared on the camp’s Facebook page. Or when the camp’s director, […]

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Scenes From America’s Largest Wildfire

PAISLEY, Ore. — At the eastern edge of the Bootleg Fire on Friday afternoon, there was a surreal sign of the life that once existed in a patch of Oregon forest now turned to ash, smoke and leaveless burnt trees: the murmurs of cattle. Cows wandered through the blackened landscape of the Fremont-Winema National Forest. None of the firefighters seemed […]

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