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Omicron Variant in New York: What We Know About the 5 Cases – NBC New York

Omicron Variant in New York: What We Know About the 5 Cases  NBC New YorkView Full Coverage on Google News

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Smash-and-Grab Thieves Hit South Bay Jewelry Store – KPIX CBS SF Bay Area

  1. Smash-and-Grab Thieves Hit South Bay Jewelry Store  KPIX CBS SF Bay Area
  2. San Jose: Robbers target Eastridge mall jewelry store  The Mercury News
  3. Smash-and-grab burglars target San Jose jewelry store  KRON4
  4. San Jose Police Investigate Smash-and-Grab Robbery at Eastridge Mall  NBC Bay Area
  5. San Jose jewelry store robbed by smash-and-grab thieves  KTVU San Francisco
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German military honors outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel with punk rock sendoff – CNN

  1. German military honors outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel with punk rock sendoff  CNN
  2. Why did Merkel’s military farewell include a song made famous by punk rocker Nina Hagen?  The Washington Post
  3. Germany honors Angela Merkel, who leaves chancellorship after 16 years  CBS News
  4. Angela Merkel bows out to the sound of Beethoven and an East German pop hit  The Guardian
  5. Germany’s Merkel at farewell ceremony: Don’t tolerate hate  Associated Press
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‘She didn’t deserve to die’: Kenya fights tuberculosis in Covid’s shadow

For the first time in a decade deaths from TB are rising, with the curable disease killing 20,000 Kenyans last year. Now testing ‘ATMs’ and other innovations are helping to find ‘missing cases’

One day in May last year, Violet Chemesunte, a community health volunteer in Kibera, the largest slum in Nairobi, got a call from a colleague worried about a woman she had visited who kept coughing.

She asked if Chemesunte could go round and convince the 37-year-old woman, a single mother to three young children, to seek medical help. She suspected tuberculosis (TB), and feared it might already be too late.

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‘I was offered $35m for one day’s work’: George Clooney on paydays, politics and parenting

He acts, he directs, he even does the washing-up – is he the perfect man? Here, he discusses marriage, raising twins and his new film, The Tender Bar

George Clooney is smoother than a cup of one of those Nespresso coffees he has advertised for two decades and for which has earned a highly caffeinated £30m-plus. With that, on top of the tequila company Casamigos, which he co-founded then sold four years ago for a potential $1bn (£780m), the ER juggernaut and – oh yeah! – the hugely successful film career as an actor, director and producer, it seems safe to assume that Clooney could, if he were a bit less cool, start every morning by diving into a pile of gold coins like Scrooge McDuck. So, George, I ask, do you ever think: “You know what? I think I have enough money now.”

Unruffled as the silver hair on his head, Clooney leans forward, as if he is about to confide in me. “Well, yeah. I was offered $35m for one day’s work for an airline commercial, but I talked to Amal [Clooney, the human rights lawyer he married in 2014] about it and we decided it’s not worth it. It was [associated with] a country that, although it’s an ally, is questionable at times, and so I thought: ‘Well, if it takes a minute’s sleep away from me, it’s not worth it.’”

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Best podcasts of the week: the reality show that ridiculed its trans star

Harsh Reality considers how TV has changed, as it celebrates Miriam Rivera’s life rather than mocking her. Plus: how a group of American students ended up at ‘Fake Oxford’

Harsh Reality: The Story of Miriam Rivera
In 2004, when There’s Something About Miriam was touted as the next big thing, ratings were more important than duty of care in reality TV. This podcast goes beyond the reality show that saw six men competing to win cash and Miriam Rivera’s love – and exploited the trans star’s identity as its “twist”. It recalls Miriam as a superstar on the New York ball scene and celebrates her life as a pioneer, rather than a victim of cruelty.
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The Thing About Helen & Olga
From the makers of serial killer podcast The Thing About Pam – currently in development for TV, starring Renée Zellweger – comes another serviceable, if tabloid, true crime tale. This time, our subjects are two nice retired women helping the homeless in Los Angeles – and bumping them off.
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One Year
Another series of Slate’s podcast, which zooms in on forgotten or little-known events from one year in history (this time it’s 1995). Josh Levin reports on the mind-boggling
story of a group of US students hoodwinked into believing they had been accepted into Oxford, the rise of the Macarena and more. HJD

It’s the terrifying word of mouth hit that brought intrigue and interest to the well-worn true crime podcast genre, and this week Sweet Bobby came to an end with a stunning revelation. Showing that a complicated story doesn’t need an overly sensational treatment, Tortoise Media’s series has been among the most talked about shows of the year, and the most terrifying.

Why not try: Boys Like Me | Twice Upon A Time with Janet Ellis | Paul McCartney: Inside The Songs

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How better air could save tens of thousands of lives a year in UK

Studies show implementing WHO air guidelines would have drastic impact on health outcomes

Improving the air that we breathe is an opportunity for our politicians to save lives and for each of us to have better health.

In September the World Health Organization (WHO) revised its guidelines for air quality. Following this announcement, two studies have estimated the health benefits from implementing these guidelines across Europe.

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Boris Johnson’s rule is a throwback to the 18th-century golden age of sleaze | Andy Beckett

This prime minister is a reminder of an era when government jobs were sold and political leverage was bought with cash

Corruption is a word used nervously in the UK. We’re quite happy applying it to other countries; but in Britain even critics of the status quo can be surprisingly reluctant to describe as corrupt our society’s tight, often concealed circulation of power and rewards.

Partly, this is because corruption is a slippery concept. “There has never been a single, fixed, universal definition,” wrote Mark Knights of Warwick University in 2016. “Notions about what is unfair, unjust or immoral change over time.”

Andy Beckett is a Guardian columnist

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Is Superman Circumcised? wins oddest book title of the year award

Study of the superhero’s Jewish influences beats off stiff competition to come first in this year’s Diagram prize

Is Superman Circumcised?, a study of the superhero’s Jewish influences, has resoundingly won the competition to be named “oddest book title of the year”.

The Diagram prize, which is run by The Bookseller magazine and voted for by the public, pitted six titles against each other this year, from Curves for the Mathematically Curious to Hats: A Very Unnatural History. Despite competition from second-placed The Life Cycle of Russian Things: From Fish Guts to Fabergé, Is Superman Circumcised? took 51% of the public vote to win the award. More than 11,000 people cast a vote in this year’s competition.

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Arca: Kick ii, iii, iiii, iiiii review | Alexis Petridis’s albums of the week

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Four new albums of extravagantly warped electronics offer listeners a lot to take in – and her most pop-focused music to date

For the best part of a decade, Alejandra Ghersi Rodriguez has built her career as Arca on a kind of idiosyncratic, confrontational maximalism. Her signature style involves densely woven tapestries of warped electronics, seemingly designed to engulf the listener. The accompanying visuals are similarly extravagant, featuring Arca as a grotesque pillar-box red mutant, or with prosthetic appendages and flame-throwers for arms, or as a naked, androgynous being attached to the bonnet of a car with a series of terrifying-looking mechanical devices. The latter appeared accompanying Arca’s 2020 single @@@@@: a solitary track that was 62 minutes long. Last year, she released the first “official remixes” of her material: 100 of them, at once, all of the same song. Arca, you get the feeling, does not place a tremendous amount of store by the theory that less is more.

Her latest release feels similarly overwhelming. She recently announced three new albums, follow-ups to 2020’s Grammy-nominated KiCk i, to be released simultaneously. It turns out there are actually four: KICK ii, KicK iii, kick iiii and kiCK iiiii (released as a surprise today) that between them amount to 44 songs and 135 minutes of music. It’s a lot to take in, but that isn’t a shock given her previous form. What is surprising is that this is her most obviously pop-focused and straightforward music to date.

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