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Once vaccinated, you can …


ONCE VACCINATED, your world opens up a bit, according to the CDC (Shutterstock).

If you are done getting your vaccinations, you can relax on some of the restrictions you may have followed.

That’s the word from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as reported Monday by the Associated Press.  Once you’ve got your jab (or jabs), you can gather with other vaccinated people indoors without having to don a mask and stay six feet away.

When vaccinated, the CDC’s latest guidelines state, you can gather with family members who are considered to have a low risk of developing the coronavirus, such as children and grandchildren who are healthy.

“With more and more people vaccinated each day, we are starting to turn a corner,” said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC.

However, even after being inoculated against COVID-19, you should still wear a mask, avoid crowds and make sure to socially distance when in public.

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News: 12 states sue over greenhouse gas rules

PRESIDENT Biden is being sued by 12 states over his “greenhouse gases” order (Shutterstock).

A dozen states – all of them with Republican governors – have sued President Joe Biden over an executive order he signed aiming to curb the use of fossil rules which are believed to contribute to the “greenhouse gases” which speed climate change.

The plaintiffs are arguing that Biden’s act was a violation of the separation of powers doctrine in American government, claiming that such an action was within the power of Congress, not the president, according to USA Today. The president has made the battle against man-made climate change one of his top priorities.

Under Biden’s executive order, the potential cost of the effects of such environmental developments have to be factored in by federal government agencies regulating a variety of industries.

Business:  Market divided against itself

Wall Street can’t seem to agree on whether these are the best of times of the worst of times. The Dow Jones Industrial Average leaped 306.14 points to 31,802.44 on Monday. On the other hand, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq took the down elevator. The S&P declined 20.59 points to 3,821.35 and the Nasdaq slipped more than the Dow gained, falling 310.99 points to 12,609.16.

Dow Jones’ upsurge is attributed by market analysts to the likely passage of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion American rescue plan, which may boost consumer spending by millions.

Sports: Prescott gets $160 million deal


Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott – who missed much of the 2020 season with an ankle injury – has reportedly signed a four-year, $160 million contact with the team. According to ESPN, the deal includes a $126 million guarantee, a $66 million signing bonus, a $75 million salary in 2021 and a no-trade clause.

Prescott is a two-time Pro Bowl player who has passed for 106 touchdowns and ran for 24 more. His completion percentage is 66 percent.  In 2016 he was named the National Football League’s Offensive Rookie of the Year.

The new contract makes him the second highest-paid QB in the NFL, with being Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes.

Weather: Sweaters and umbrellas

Temperatures and some rain are expected to fall in the West Orange County area over the next few days. The forecast calls from Tuesday’s high to be 63 (49 overnight) with cloudy, windy weather. Showers should roll in on Wednesday and the daytime high will drop to a chilly 57 (45 overnight). Partly cloudy conditions are expected the rest of the week, but temperatures should rise to 67 and 68 by the weekend.


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