More vaccine doses are on the way, as the coronavirus pandemic appears to be abating somewhat. According to the New York Times, the White House said on Tuesday that states could soon expect to get another million “jabs” each week, bringing the total to 14.5 million.
The “deep freeze” that crippled a large part of the center of the nation recently slowed the production of the vaccines, but Pfizer and Moderna have regained momentum. An average of 1.4 million Americans are inoculated every day, according to The Times.
It’s estimated that 6 percent of all U.S. adults have been fully vaccinated, and 13 percent have received at least one dose. The Times is also calculating that new coronavirus cases have dropped 40 percent in two weeks, and deaths from COVID-19 have declined by 28 percent over that time.
News: No charges in Daniel Prude’s death
Police officers in Rochester, N.Y. will not face criminal charges in the death of a Black man who died after he was being physically restrained.
USA Today reported that a grand jury on Tuesday declined to prosecute the three officers.
Prude, who died in a March 2020 incident, “was in the throes of a mental health crisis,” said New York Attorney General Letitia James, who wanted to prosecute the three.
According to a medical examiners’ report, Prude died lost oxygen to the brain while pinned to the ground. Officers had placed a mesh mask over his face.
Business: Don’t write Macy’s off yet
Macy’s, the last remaining major national department store chain, surprised the retail world on Tuesday when it reported its first quarterly profit in a year.
According to CNBC, the chain cut inventories and swore off deep discounting as consumers bought a lot of home goods as well as beauty products, jewelry and watches.
However, same-store sales for 2020 were down 17.1 percent from 2019 levels. A bright spot was digital commerce, which accounted for 44 percent of net sales
- Still no agreement: Harmony still eluded Wall Street investors on Tuesday as two major stock indexes reported gains while the other showed a big loss. The Dow Jones Average rose by 15.66 points to 31,537.35, while the S&P 500 climbed 4.87 points to 3,881.37. However, the Nasdaq declined 67.85 points to 13,465.20.
Sports: Woods hurt in one-car crash
Legendary golfer Tiger Woods, 45, suffered “multiple injuries” Tuesday morning when the car he was driving “at a high rate of speed” crossed over the center divider of a street in the Rolling Hills/Rancho Palos Verdes area near Los Angeles, and went out of control.
According to Sports Illustrated, the vehicle crossed two lanes on the opposite side of the road, hit a curb and trees and rolled over more than once. He had to be removed from the car with a prybar and an ax.
The extent of Woods’ injuries and the cause of the crash are not known. An investigation is underway.
Late Monday’s results.
- Arizona Coyotes 4, Anaheim Ducks 3: On the road, the Ducks built an early 3-0 lead and then lost it, yielding four unanswered goals. Jakob Silfverberg, Max Jones and Cam Fowler scored for the Orange County team, which fell to a 6-10-3 record and last place in the NHL West.
- Los Angeles Kings 3, St. Louis Blues 0 : Dustin Brown scored twice and Jonathan Quick had 54 saves as the visitors posted their fifth straight win. The Kings, who also got a score from Gabriel Vilardi, are now 8-6-3, good for a tie for third place in the NHL West.
- Washington Wizards 127, Los Angeles Lakers 124 (OT): An early lead melted away as the Lakers (22-10) lost again Monday night and fell into second place in the NBA Pacific Division. LeBron James had 31 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds, but also committed eight turnovers and failed on eight of 10 three-point attempts.
Weather: Windy, not winter-y
Sunny weather continues to herald an early spring, but as the saying goes, it may come in like a lion. In the West Orange County area, breezes will be picking up on Wednesday and rising to a crescendo of 20 miles an hour on Thursday. Windy weather of a lesser velocity should take us into the weekend, as will sunny skies and daytime highs ranking from 70 on Wednesday to 75 on Thursday before falling to 70 on Saturday. Along the coast areas of Huntington Beach, daytime highs will be five to six degrees cooler.
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