Month: December 2020

Congress Approves New Smithsonian Museums Celebrating Latinx People and Women’s History

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The $900 billion covid-19 relief bill and end-of-year spending package, which Congress passed on Monday, also greenlit the creation of two new Smithsonian museums, one dedicated to Latinx people and the other dedicated to women’s history in the United States.

In order to build a new museum, the Smithsonian must be granted permission through federal legislation. Similar to the financing of the National Museum of African American History & Culture, the most recently created Smithsonian, the bill requires that the funding and costs for the projects be taken equally from public and private sources. Although several spots are already being scoped out, the Smithsonian Board of Regents is responsible for finding space for both new museums on or near the National Mall.

The president of the Friends of the American Latino Museum, Estuardo Rodriguez, said it was fitting that

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‘Wonder Woman 1984’ debuts with pandemic-best $16.7M

NEW YORK (AP) — Despite premiering simultaneously by streaming service, “Wonder Woman 1984” managed the best box office debut of the pandemic, opening with $16.7 million over the Christmas weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.

That’s only a faint glimmer of typical business during the holiday season, when cinemas are usually packed and box-office receipts are among the best of the year. Last year, “Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker” exceeded $32 million on Christmas Day alone. According to data firm Comscore, 35% of North American theaters are currently open.

But Warner Bros. nevertheless celebrated the performance of “Wonder Woman 1984,” which landed in 2,150 theaters and bettered the approximately $10 million launch of Warner Bros.’ “Tenet” in North America. (Universal Pictures’ “The Croods: A New Age” opened similarly in late November.) “Wonder Woman 1984” grossed an additional $19.4 million in international markets where it began playing a week earlier. The

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Illinois woman finds apparent COVID test in Kohl’s package


An Illinois woman who ordered flags for her grandmother’s garden got a surprise when the package arrived — someone’s apparent COVID-19 test specimen.

Andrea Ellis was wrapping Christmas gifts at her aunt’s house in East Moline, in northwestern Illinois, when she opened a padded envelope containing the flags she ordered weeks ago from the department store chain Kohl’s, according to The Quad City Times.

“I pulled out the flags and I told my aunt, ‘Look how cute these are,’” she said. “I pulled out the packing slip and then noticed something deeper inside the envelope and pulled that out. It was a biohazard bag containing someone’s COVID-19 test specimen.”

Ellis, who didn’t immediately reply to a Monday phone message from The Associated Press, called the police, who referred the issue to the county health department, according to East Moline police Chief Jeff Ramsey.

Janet Hill, the

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Billionaire Leonard Lauder reveals successful people are first to arrive at work, last to leave

Estée Lauder Chairman Emeritus and cosmetics billionaire Leonard Lauder told Fox Business Network Tuesday that being successful is all about the time put in and knowing firsthand that there’s no substitute for hard work.

Leonard Lauder, the eldest son of Estée and Joseph Lauder, told “Cavuto: Coast to Coast” that his father consistently beat him to the office and was last to return home.

“A bit of advice that I’d give to all young people: Never come in late,” he said. “Be the first there and, if you can, be the last to leave. First there and last to leave always gets it.”


Leonard Lauder joined the family business in 1958, taking over as president in 1972 and becoming CEO

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Pfizer and Moderna vaccines should be safe for most Americans, but 5 groups may want to wait for more data before getting shots

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Margaret Keenan was the first person to be given the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine outside clinical trials. Getty

US vaccine regulators on Friday authorized the nation’s second coronavirus shot for emergency use.

The Food and Drug Administration determined that the benefits of Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine outweighed the known and potential risks, based on data from clinical trials. The agency authorized Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine a week prior.

Most participants in Pfizer’s trial reported temporary side effects after being vaccinated, including fatigue, headaches, and pain at the injection site. In Moderna’s trial, nine in 10 people who got the shots registered some side effects, but they were mostly mild or moderate.

Neither trial found any major safety concerns. Their results were consistent across genders, age groups, ethnic and racial groups, and people with preexisting medical problems.

Both studies were at or above the average size for a phase-three vaccine trial: Pfizer’s late-stage

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My American dreams and nightmares: On Mississippi streets, “Native Son” and Jeezy vs. Gucci Mane

Big Cripp stood 6’2″ with a dark caramel complexion, gangsta under his fingernails, and always strapped with the respect that comes from knocking n***as out, doing a murder bid, and surviving a murder attempt on his life. Cripp, who is also my cousin, sewed me into the fabric of a well-knitted crew, the All-Fam Team. Not only was I moving with a strong unit, but I finally had a plug that moved bricks of cocaine — as Nas said, this is a drug dealer’s destiny.

It was a few minutes after 8 a.m. in Jasper County, Mississippi. The sun was still rising, sitting just at the crowns of the oak, pecan and willow trees that populated the woods. The All-Fam Team lingered outside of Uncle’s home, a tidy white structure with brown trim. Uncle was “up the road” dropping off his baby daughter at a neighbor’s house. There were eight

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