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Christian prophets are on the rise. What happens when they are wrong?

In Crystal River, Florida, Scott Wallis had read Mr Johnson’s prophecies on Facebook and was encouraged by them. He trusted Mr Johnson in part, he said, because of two recent prophecies that had turned out to be true, including one about the Los Angeles Dodgers winning the World Series. (Mr Johnson reported the prophecy two days before the team won the championship.)

For Mr. Wallis, pastor and prophet himself, it made perfect sense that God would be involved in the outcome of the American election, just as he is involved in every human life. “Some people, like deists, believe that God created the earth but abandoned people and left them alone,” Wallis said. “I don’t believe that. When a friend prophesied to him in 2014 that he would get married soon, he didn’t even have a girlfriend, but he was married by the end of the year.

The internet has made it much easier for prophets to broadcast their visions, with many other media available to them: social media, podcasts, books, and a traditional media ecosystem that remains largely under the radar, even for many other evangelicals. An appearance on “It’s Supernatural !,” ​​an interview show hosted by octogenarian televangelist Sid Roth, can be a career for the prophets. The same goes for an endorsement of the venerable Elijah List newsletter, which claims 240,000 subscribers. Charisma magazine and the Christian Broadcasting Network both cover prophetic predictions as news.

Jennifer Eivaz, who calls herself “The Praying Prophet”, realized in college that she could hear the voice of God in a way she could “prove.” When she and her husband started running a church in central California, she dreamed and received specific information about who attended. She was careful not to scare people off, she said, often choosing to learn from them rather than launching into specific predictions or glimpses of their lives.

She also began recording training videos on prayer and prophecy, which caught the attention of Steve Shultz, who founded The Elijah List and invited her to contribute. As her profile increased, she became a sought-after speaker around the world at events with names such as the Inner Healing and Deliverance Institute and the Prophetic Wisdom & Prayer Conference, where believers pay for themselves. come together for music, prophecy and inspiration.

Ms. Eivaz occasionally offers public prophecies on national or international events. In May 2015, she announced that the multi-year drought in California was over and “the rains were returning.” The message linked the experience of the biblical prophet Elijah on Mount Carmel; Ms. Eivaz’s recent trip to Carmel-by-the-Sea, California; a vision of a mother bear fighting for her cubs; the flag of the State of California; and Governor Gavin Newsom. (The drought did not officially end until 2017, although the state experienced unusually high rainfall during the summer of 2015.)

But these kinds of visions only come to her once a year or two, she says. She observed with concern that such predictive prophecies have come to dominate the prophetic movement. “It’s like shopping,” she said, adding that social media rewards “buzz and sensationalism” over wisdom, and presses Independent Prophets in particular to produce new predictions every few days.

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Federal government orders states to expand vaccine targets as Covid-19 deaths rise

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended last month that after vaccinating healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities, states should vaccinate people over the age of 75 and some workers ” frontline ‘who cannot do their homework. Only after that, the CDC advised, should states turn to people aged 65 to 74 and adults of all ages with high-risk medical conditions. The CDC’s recommendations were not binding, but many states have largely followed them as demand still greatly exceeds supply.

It is not clear how the threat to execute Mr. Azar worked; in two weeks, Mr. Biden will have already been sworn in as president. Mr Azar said the incoming Biden administration would be notified of the changes, while adding that the Americans “operate with one government at a time, and this is the approach that we believe serves the mission best.

Mr Biden is expected to announce the details of his own vaccination plan – which will include federally-backed mass vaccination clinics – this week. Biden’s transition team declined to comment on Trump’s new policy on Tuesday. But a person familiar with the president-elect’s plans said Mr Biden also plans to expand the universe of those eligible for vaccination.

Mr Azar said people seeking the vaccine because they have high-risk medical conditions should provide “some form of medical documentation, as defined by the governors”, but he did not specify. A significant portion of the population has conditions that the CDC has determined increase the risk of severe Covid disease, starting with obesity, which affects at least 40 percent of adults.

Other people who would be immediately eligible for vaccines under Mr Azar’s directive include the more than 30 million adults with heart problems, 37 million people with chronic kidney disease and 1 in 10 with chronic kidney disease. of diabetes.

The new distribution plan, first reported Tuesday morning by Axios, is a reversal for the Trump administration, which had withheld around half of its vaccine supply – millions of vials – to ensure second doses would be available . Mr Azar said the administration always expected to make the switch when they were confident in the supply chain.

Dr Paul Offit, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and a member of the Food and Drug Administration’s Vaccine Advisory Committee, praised the administration’s decision, comparing the current situation to the Titanic, where there was no enough lifeboats to save everyone, “and you have to decide who you’re going to let talk to.”

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A brutal divide in the rise of California

The numbers jump off the page. In the first week of this year, Los Angeles County recorded 950 deaths from the coronavirus – four times as many deaths as San Francisco has had during the entire pandemic.

As my colleagues and I write in an article on the winter push, California is experiencing two distinct pandemics, north and south. By almost any measurement – hospitalizations, cases per capita and deaths – the pandemic is much worse in Southern California.

It’s not always the case.

Dr Bob Wachter, professor and head of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, said the summer surge saw the first divergence and the winter wave resulted in an even greater dichotomy, a trend that, according to him, was confusing.

“It’s the same state government, the same base climate,” said Dr Wachter. “But you see extremely divergent results.”

There are only theories as to what is behind the discrepancy. San Francisco has higher average household incomes than Los Angeles, which gives people more resources to protect themselves. The tech industry allows more people to work from home. But Dr Wachter said those differences alone don’t provide a full explanation.

“I think it’s more in the global cultures of places, the willingness of people to buy science and do what they’re told is the right thing to do,” Dr Wachter said.

Rosie Cornwell, a science teacher who moved from San Francisco to Koreatown in Los Angeles in October, said she immediately noticed differences in the way the pandemic was being handled.

In San Francisco, she said, she saw multilingual information posted everywhere, advising residents to protect themselves from the virus and information on free testing sites.

“There was a lot of information not only online but in print on the streets,” Ms. Cornwell said. “I haven’t seen this to about the same degree in LA”

Wearing the mask is also more common in the Bay Area, she said.

“I would say that on average in San Francisco on the street 90 to 95% of people wear masks,” she said. “I just went for a walk the other day in Los Angeles, and about 30-40% of people weren’t wearing a mask.”

Joey Nygaard, a musician, lived in Los Angeles, returned to San Francisco for spring quarantine and then returned to Mid City, Los Angeles.

“There are a lot fewer people who can work from home here,” he said of Los Angeles. “Lots of people go to their jobs.”

He said the large size of Los Angeles made it necessary for people to move more and further from their homes.

“When I first came here, I was driving a long way to my day job and then driving a very long way to my night job,” he said.

Tenzin Seldon, 31, a San Francisco resident who works for a tech start-up, said he felt a sense of “psychological security” in San Francisco due to the wearing of the mask and social estrangement.

“It’s a fairly homogeneous group here, socially and educatively, and also politically,” he said. “We are sometimes in our own bubble here.” – Thomas Fuller, San Francisco bureau chief

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Baseball lost one of its most colorful characters on Friday. Tommy Lasorda – who has become synonymous with the Dodgers, managed them for 21 years from 1976 to 1996, won two World Series, served in a series of roles for the team, and is in the National Baseball Hall of Fame – is dead of cardiopulmonary arrest at his home in Fullerton, California. He was 93 years old.

Lasorda was a style of manager now absent from modern play. He was a motivator, a showman, a baseball philosopher, and he was renowned for his sense of humor – and his pot mouth.

“He was a strong defender and wanted to win at all costs,” Doug Rau, 72, who was familiar with Lasorda’s fiery personality, said on the phone Friday night. He later added: “He was relentless, to say the least.

A former pitcher, Rau played for the Dodgers from 1972 to 1979.

“I spent a lot, a lot, a lot of hours – and a lot of practical jokes and pranks – with him,” Rau said. “We had that kind of relationship with Tommy where we can air it out, and then the next day, go to dinner together.

One of those indelible moments came during the 1977 World Series against the Yankees in which Rau and Lasorda engaged in a passionate and obscenity-laden exchange that has endured, along with Lasorda’s other classic tirades, thanks to Youtube.

The Dodgers followed the best-of-seven series by two games to one, and Rau was pitching poorly. Lasorda wore a microphone for the show and swore a storm before exiting the canoe to remove Rau from the match.

Embarrassed and furious, Rau pressured to stay. It didn’t go well, with all the other words from Lasorda’s mouth seemingly being a curse, as the teammates tried to calm the situation down.

“I might be wrong, but it’s my job,” Lasorda told Rau, with a few additional words that cannot be printed. “I’ll make the decisions here.”

Laughing at the incident now, Rau said he had no idea Lasorda was wearing a microphone.

“Even though he probably knew he was mic, Tommy probably forgot about him,” Rau said. “People would sit in the seats right next to our canoe just to listen to Tommy talk about the game and the various curses he was using. It was very efficient. There was nothing unusual about this conversation on the mound in 1977.

The Dodgers then lost Game 4, 4-2 and the World Series in six games.

Hidden away at his home in Texas, Rau said he had some tapes of the colorful Lasorda clubhouse meetings “that would turn golden if I released them.” But Rau had no intention of freeing them.

There are already a lot of Lasorda on the Internet. – James Wagner


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Four days after a riot on Capitol Hill, the likelihood of Trump’s impeachment by the House continues to rise.

The momentum to impeach President Trump a second time quickly grew over the weekend among grassroots Democrats and some Republicans, paving the way for a final showdown that would test the limits of politics, accountability and of the Constitution.

Representative Ted Lieu, Democrat of California, announced on Saturday that the impeachment article drafted by him and other House Democrats had attracted more than 190 co-sponsors.

“We will present the article of impeachment this Monday during the pro forma session of the House”, he wrote on Twitter.

Most Republicans in Congress remained silent on the issue over the weekend, drawing more attention to those who spoke.

Republican Senator Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania said on Saturday that Mr. Trump had “committed indictable offenses” in a sign of growing anger over Mr. Trump’s role in the Jan.6 attack on the Capitol building.

Mr Toomey’s comment, on Fox News on Saturday, was the most blunt of Republican lawmakers who seemed new to the idea. Earlier last week, Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska indicated he would be willing to consider articles of impeachment at a trial, and Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska called on the president to step down.

“I want him to come out,” Ms Murkowski told The Anchorage Daily News. “He’s done enough damage.”

But reflecting how unpopular the idea is even among Republicans who criticized Mr. Trump’s role in the riot, seven House Republicans wrote to President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Saturday and pleaded with him. to ask President Nancy Pelosi to stop. efforts to impeach Mr. Trump.

Lawmakers, led by Representative Ken Buck of Colorado, argued that initiating such a process would be divisive and overly hasty. Each of them strongly opposed his colleagues’ attempt to overturn the election results.

“A second indictment, just days before President Trump leaves office, is as needless as it is inflammatory,” lawmakers wrote.

If the House proceeds with impeachment and the Senate brings Mr. Trump to justice, at least 17 Republicans would most likely have to join the Democrats in securing a conviction.

Kentucky Republican and Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell said that under Senate rules a trial could not begin until Senators were scheduled to return from a recess on Jan. 19, the day before the inauguration of Mr. Biden, which raises the prospect of leading a trial after Mr. Trump leaves the White House.

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Cuba to Limit Flights from US and Other Countries Amid Rise of COVID-19

Cuba will begin allowing fewer flights from the United States and some other countries in the Americas and the Caribbean, including Mexico, Panama, the Bahamas, Haiti and the Dominican Republic as of Friday, January 1, 2021.

According to Reuters, the country has seen an increase in coronavirus cases since its airports reopened last month. The Cuban Ministry of Health reported 3,782 COVID-19 cases from November 1 to December 23 and said the majority, 71.5 percent, were visitors or their direct contacts.

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Currently, visitors to Cuba are evaluated upon arrival and again five days later if they are not staying at a hotel. Beginning January 10, 2021, travelers to the Caribbean country will also need proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival.

Elevated health and safety protocols combined with local restrictions in the hotel and resort areas where most tourists stay have been successful so far, as the Cuban government said the famous Varadero Beach resort area welcomed 69,000 foreign tourists between November 1 and December 23 without a single COVID outbreak. -19.

The government noted that many Cubans returning to the island have stayed with family and friends, ultimately breaking the quarantine and contributing to the increase in the number of cases.

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With the rise of the virus, the hard work of paramedics has become more difficult

With the rise of the virus, the difficult work of paramedics has just got tougher Emergency medical technicians play a key role in treating the coronavirus. The latest wave in California has put a strain on these already grueling jobs.By Gabriella Angotti-Jones

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Schools to close in Germany as cases rise

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This fall, even as cases increased across Europe, Germany worked hard to keep schools open, prioritizing them over other aspects of daily life like restaurants and bars.

But even in a country once considered a success, this strategy is no longer viable. German schools will close as well as non-essential shops and services on Wednesday under a strict lockdown that will be in effect until Christmas. Schools are expected to reopen in mid-January.

“The numbers were so out of control that the German leaders decided to lock everything down, even schools,” said Melissa Eddy, Times correspondent in Berlin.

Germany took an aggressive approach to containment from the start, leveraging science, contact tracing and accessible testing to keep the virus at bay. He cited research that said elementary school students were at low risk of spreading the virus, which is now a growing consensus across much of the world. But that couldn’t stop this week’s tough decision.

It is not because schools have spread the virus. Instead, it’s because the community’s spread has exploded.

“This sends the message that Germany has completely lost control of the pandemic,” Melissa said. “The schools were sacrificed because they failed to lock down everything else tightly enough.”

As in the United States, complacency, pandemic fatigue and political wrangling undermined Germany’s coordinated national restrictions. A record number of Germans have been infected or have died in recent weeks.

The coming weeks are now particularly uncertain for schools. Germany, a country long committed to data privacy, has not looked into e-learning software, making the transition to distance learning even more difficult.

“You have a weird school with the inventive technical director, but the others are really struggling,” Melissa said. “Getting into distance education is a big deal here.”

Similar trends are evident in Europe and around the world.

  • In LondonMayor Sadiq Khan called on schools to close early for Christmas, even as Prime Minister Boris Johnson fought to keep them open.

  • In the Netherlands, the Dutch Prime Minister is expected to announce a month-long lockdown during which schools will close.

  • In South Korea, some schools will also close in and around Seoul, the capital.


At the end of the difficult fall semester, many campuses emptied. But coronavirus outbreaks remain.

Deaths in counties with high student populations have doubled since the end of August, compared to a 58% increase in the rest of the country, according to a New York Times analysis.

Deaths from coronavirus among young people are remarkably rare. Since the start of the pandemic, The Times has identified only about 90 deaths involving college workers and students out of more than 397,000 infections.

But the real toll came after the virus spread off campus, leading to deaths among the elderly, especially in nursing homes. A possible transmission route: more than 700,000 undergraduates are nurses, medical assistants and orderlies.

As our colleagues Danielle Ivory, Robert Gebeloff and Sarah Mervosh have reported, people like 94-year-old Phyllis Baukol may have in the past seemed unlikely to spread to college. Baukol, a classical pianist, lived in a retirement home in Grand Forks, ND, far from the classrooms, bars, and fraternity houses frequented by students at the University of North Dakota.

But an increase in the number of cases, first attributed to cases among college students, exploded in Grand Forks this fall. Baukol quickly tested positive. Three days later, staff members pushed her bed against a window so her daughter could say goodbye.


  • Keyontae Johnson, member of the men’s basketball team University of Florida, is in critical but stable condition after collapsing on the pitch during Saturday’s game. Johnson, 21, had the coronavirus this summer.

  • Employees of local businesses in Ithaca, New York, home to Cornell University, have started a petition to close indoor restaurants, receive a risk premium and maintain clear safety protocols, Simran Surtani reported for The Cornell Daily Sun, the student newspaper.

  • Uber drivers had a frustrating semester transporting students to Emory University from dorms to bars and clubs, Ulia Ahn and Matthew Chupack have reported for The Emory Wheel, the student newspaper.

  • The president of the University of Iowa said that a pass / no pass grading option for the fall semester could negatively impact the future of students, Kelsey Harrell reported for The Daily Iowan. Despite lobbying from the student government, university administrators have chosen to maintain the traditional grading.

  • One coach recalled: Tom Burek, Head Swim and Dive Coach Monmouth College, died of complications from Covid-19 on Saturday. Burek, 62, has repeatedly led his team to victory at regional conferences and helped college athletes break records.

  • A columnist’s point of view: Our colleague Kurt Streeter touched on a long-standing ethical issue in varsity sport that has new urgency during the pandemic: Should athletes be paid?

  • A good read: Student athletes at Harvard University wrestled during a fall semester of home training and Zoom reunions, Alex Koller and Ema Schumer reported for The Harvard Crimson, the student newspaper. “When you work your whole life for something, and you are told that you cannot play, or that you cannot participate in it,” said one football player, “it just complements and s ‘add to itself, sort of creating a semester-long trash can fire for mental health. “

  • Buffalo, New York, will delay the start of its reopening until at least February 1, due to high levels of community transmission. Students who need it will return first during a gradual reopening until mid-March.

  • A teacher in Bend, Ore., was suspended after being shown in a viral video shouting at a crowd of anti-lockdown protesters.

  • Hackers continue to target U.S. schools with ransomware attacks, U.S. intelligence officials have said.

  • An opinion: A group of teachers Connecticut exposed their fears and frustrations with in-person learning in an opinion piece for The Hartford Courant: “Why We Don’t Want To Teach Your Children, In Person.”

  • A good read: About 100 teachers in Chandler, Arizona., staged a breakout on Friday, demanding that schools close after winter recess and stay away until the region’s infection rate declines. The schools did not close: only a fraction of the 2,000 teachers in the district took part in the action. But it underscores the anxiety of many teachers in Arizona, where cases soared last week.


Connie Chang’s daughter started the school year in distance education. But without constant supervision, she could roam freely on the Internet with relative ease.

“My 9-year-old daughter was in several unauthorized Google Hangout groups and chatting with her friends,” Chang wrote. “Within minutes my phone had received 80 more notifications – all with messages like an endless stream of ‘hi’ or a parade of unicorn emojis.”

She spoke with experts and shared some tips for other worried parents about the digital overload recall. Some Suggestions: Normalize digital play and respect your child’s communication needs, while teaching children to use the Internet as a literate user.

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A Covid memorial will rise from a former toxic waste site in New Jersey.

Of all the toxic landfills in New Jersey, none was perhaps more infamous than PJP Landfill, which stood on the Hackensack River in Jersey City and was polluted with dangerous chemicals. For over a decade there, underground fires spontaneously erupted, spewing acrid smoke so thick it could rumble traffic on an adjacent bridge, the Pulaski Skyway, a key link for commuters to and from. from New York.

Now the site, which was designated a Superfund Priority by the Environmental Protection Agency in 1983, is being converted into a public park with one of the country’s first memorials to Covid-19 victims.

As part of a $ 10 million makeover, more than 500 trees will be planted in a grove at the new Skyway Park – one for every Jersey City resident who has died from the coronavirus, Mayor Steven M. Fulop said Thursday.

Each person’s name will also be inscribed on a commemorative wall, giving the relatives of the dead a place of mourning. Many families were unable to observe traditional funeral rituals as the pandemic ravaged the North East.

“We wanted to do something important for families who have not been able to grieve properly, and we are taking a step forward in that direction,” said Mr. Fulop. “It was a difficult year for the city.”

For Mr. Fulop, the pain is personal. Her grandmother died of Covid-19 and the city council lost one of its members, Michael Yun, to the virus in April.

The site of the former industrial landfill has been remediated and covered to make it safe for visitors, but additional land will be brought in for planting.

Vernon Richardson, who was an assistant to Mr Yun, said the park “will represent the resilience of the city – everyone from those who died to those who loved them to those who just had a bad 2020. “

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The rise and fall of Carl Lentz, the famous pastor of Hillsong Church

Mr. Lentz, who grew up in Virginia Beach, has spent years seeking his calling. He played basketball at North Carolina State University before dropping out. He worked as a receptionist in a Gucci store on Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles. But in the early 2000s, he traveled to Australia, where he attended a school run by Hillsong Church.

Mr. Lentz was interned for Mr. Houston, who founded the church with his wife, Bobbie, and befriended his eldest son, Joel. In 2010, Hillsong opened its first church in the United States, and Mr. Lentz and his wife, Laura, moved from Virginia to New York City to help Joel Houston lead it.

Around this time, Mr. Lentz became friends with Mr. Bieber, the young pop star. The two became so close that Mr. Bieber temporarily moved in with the Lentz family in 2014. They have often been photographed together: in a recording studio in Beverly Hills, on a go-kart track in Los Angeles, and – feathers tousled in conservative Christian circles – apparently shooting at a bar in New Zealand.

Mr. Lentz was known for his looks: tattoos, edgy glasses and not just style but fashion. Women’s Wear Daily described Mr. Lentz’s “uniform” as a Saint Laurent leather jacket, ripped jeans and a scooped T-shirt. He also often wore a Rolex. Pastors and other staff who arrived in Hillsong wearing traditional costumes and ties often gradually began to dress like Mr. Lentz and even imitate his southern accent.

Thanks in part to Mr. Lentz’s notoriety, Hillsong’s New York branch appeared to thrive. A church that started with a series of small group meetings in apartments across town began to congregate in the downtown Irving Plaza concert hall, then the larger Hammerstein Ballroom, then United Palace, a place that bills itself as the fourth largest theater in Manhattan.

The New York Church, which reported a weekly attendance of over 7,000 people last year, quickly opened outposts in Montclair, NJ, Norwalk, Connecticut and Boston. These four localities became known as Hillsong East Coast, and the Lentz were all responsible.

Hillsong’s model is what is known as “seeker-sensitive”, a consumer-oriented approach that aims to attract people who are suspicious or unfamiliar with the mainstream church. Instead of old hymns and dry Sunday morning sermons, Hillsong and churches like it offer an elegant concert punctuated with a “message” that often feels more like a self-help seminar. Mr. Houston’s rules for leaders in Australia say that a Hillsong sermon “leaves people feeling better about themselves than they came.”

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Newsom Family Quarantined Amid Rise Of Covid In California

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On Monday, in the middle of his virtual press briefing, Governor Gavin Newsom coughed.

He continued to speak and cough again. He stopped and smiled, apparently anticipating the question.

“It was tea that got into my throat,” he said. “Nothing more.”

Early in the morning, the governor’s office said Mr Newsom, along with his family, had entered quarantine after three of his children came into contact with a state highway patrol officer who later tested positive for the coronavirus.

The incident brought home – “literally,” Mr Newsom said, his head framed by old books as he spoke from a desk in his home – the realities of a coronavirus outbreak that has affected everyone. the corners of this vast state.

Although everyone in Mr. Newsom’s house – including his partner, Jennifer Siebel Newsom; their four children; and someone the governor described as a housekeeper or caregiver residing “overseas” – tested negative for the virus on Sunday, he said they would all be quarantined for two weeks, according to the state and local councils.

[See coronavirus cases by California county.]

The Newsoms learned of the revelation on Friday evening, the governor’s office said. The whole family waited until Sunday to be tested to reduce the likelihood of a false negative result (the virus may take time to reach detectable levels after infection). The governor and his partner were not in direct contact with the officer.

One of Newsom’s children was already in quarantine after a classmate tested positive, Politico reported on Friday. The governor was criticized for returning his children to classrooms at their private schools when many public schools in the state remained closed. (And if you forgot, he also went to the French laundry with too many people – a misstep.)

With infections and hospitalizations each increasing at an alarming rate in the state, officials announced a curfew late last week for counties in the state’s reopening purple level – in other words, the curfew affects nearly all of the state’s nearly 40 million residents.

According to a New York Times database, the state reported an average of 12,694 new cases per day over the past week, a large increase from a month ago. That’s more than the state’s previous peak of just over 10,000 new cases per day at the end of July.

[Read more about the curfew.]

Officials implored Californians to take precautions and reconsider their movements even within the state.

Some local officials have also taken more aggressive steps to stem the tide and warn that further lockdowns may be possible.

San Francisco leaders have said the county, which has performed better than any other major city in the state, may be moved from the second most restrictive red level to the purple level this week, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.

In Los Angeles County, where indoor dining has been closed for months and cases of the virus continue to rise, health officials took an extra step on Sunday to outdoor meals closed “To reduce the possibility of overcrowding and the potential for exposure.” This order takes effect Wednesday, just before the Thanksgiving holiday.

But as Eater Los Angeles reported, there was some reluctance over the measures, including from supervisor Kathryn Barger, who said closing restaurants whose owners have worked hard and invested heavily to operate safely. punishes the wrong people and will not stop the spread.

Mr Newsom also delivered encouraging news on Monday: The state could start immunizing some of the state’s 2.4 million healthcare workers as early as next month, and broader plans to distribute vaccines were underway. .

[If you missed it, here’s more about the state’s vaccine rollout.]

Read more:

  • Hospital staff prepare for more stress across the state after the holidays: “Everyone’s just petrified.” [The Los Angeles Times]

  • Small gatherings can certainly spread the virus. But the data doesn’t actually show they are responsible for the surge Across the country. [The New York Times]

  • A San Diego Superior Court Judge refused to order officials to lift restrictions on restaurants and gyms inside, claiming that “the impact on public health of dismantling part of the state’s response to COVID-19 designed to reduce the spread of the community outweighs the economic harm.” [The San Diego Union-Tribune]

  • Starting Wednesday, travelers arriving in Los Angeles at Los Angeles International Airport, Van Nuys Airport, and Union Station from out-of-state should complete an online form recognizing the state-recommended 14-day quarantine. [CBS Los Angeles]

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  • In a signal that American companies are leaving President Trump, General Motors has said it will no longer support administration efforts to backtrack California Emissions Standards. [The New York Times]

If you missed it, in late September Mr Newsom said the state plans to ban the sale of new gasoline-powered cars in 15 years, adding urgency to the state’s climate plans. [The New York Times]

  • Appointment of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. Alejandro N. Mayorkas will be the first Latino and the first immigrant to head the Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Mayorkas is a former senior federal prosecutor in Los Angeles and a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and Loyola Law School. [The New York Times]

  • Senior California Senator, Dianne Feinstein, said she would relinquish the Democratic top spot on the Judiciary Committee next year, yielding to pressure from progressives. [The New York Times]

  • In a first in San Francisco, Chesa Boudin, the district attorney, announced that a former police officer had been charged with manslaughter after killing an unarmed carjacking suspect in 2017. [The New York Times]

  • Apple security chief accused of working with Santa Clara County Deputy Sheriff to redeem iPads for faster concealed weapon licenses. It’s part of a bigger corruption scandal engulfing Sheriff Laurie Smith’s office. [The Mercury News]

  • Due to Facebook’s algorithm, some accounts have acted as “super-diffusers” of disinformation, sow false electoral theories. [The New York Times]

  • Twenty years ago, last month, a show featuring a now iconic Burbank ensemble took the place of an eccentric Connecticut town debuts on the CW. Here’s a look at the reasons why “Gilmore Girls” survived. [The New York Times]


One of the many weird things about this pandemic is the way it has slowed down time.

Fortunately, there are always more books to read. My colleagues at The Times Book Review put together this list of the top 10 that came out this year. (One of them is “Uncanny Valley,” a Silicon Valley memoir that doubles as a “quietly damning talk” of the Bay Area tech scene.)


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