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Is the coronavirus “tamed”?

HAVE THE VACCINES “tamed” the coronavirus? (Shutterstock).

Deaths from COVID-19 have fallen to the lowest level in 10 months. According to the Associated Press, there’s an average of 600 fatalities a day tied to the coronavirus pandemic. Confirmed new infections are at 38,000, the lowest level since September 2021.

Vaccinations have had a big impact on the improvement in public health. Dr. Amesh Adalja, a specialist in infectious disease at John Hopkins University, said, “The primary objective is to deny this virus the ability to kill at the rate that it could, and that has been achieved. We have, in effect, tamed the virus.”

The New York Times is reporting that some states with the worst outbreaks are now reporting steep declines in new cases and hospitalizations. Michigan, the hot spot for new cases just a few weeks ago has seen a 45 percent drop in those categories. Similar numbers are coming from Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Florida.

In an effort to boost vaccinations, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced a new state lottery that would give five people $1 million each if they get inoculated for the coronavirus

News: Cheney is out: new party coming in?

A THIRD PARTY on the way?

In the wake of the ouster of Liz Cheney from her post as the chair of the House Republican Conference, some prominent Republicans are threatening to form a breakaway conservative political party. According to USA Today, a group of 100 or more well-known Republicans are considering demanding that the party move away from being Donald Trump supporters or face a schism in the GOP.

Cheney was removed from her position on a closed-door voice vote Wednesday morning.  Cheney, the sole representative from Wyoming, has been critical of Republicans who have embraced the unsupported claim that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Trump by widespread voter fraud.

Business: Inflation worries batters Wall Street

A report that inflation rose 4.2 percent in April sent the stock market into another gloomy day. The increase in the cost of living is the steepest in 13 years, according to

The Dow Jones Average tumbled 681.50 points to 33,587.66. The S&P 500 sank by 89.06 points to 4,063.04 and the Nasdaq fell 357.75 to 13,031.68. It’s being called the worst three-day losing streak so far in 2021.

Sports: 2021 NFL schedule announced

It’s only three months or so until the new season and the new NFL schedule has been announced.  The Rams will open at home on Sunday, Sept. 12 against the Chicago Bears at SoFi Stadium.  They’ll hit the road on Sunday, Sept. 19 in Indianapolis.

The most interesting early game will be on Sunday, Sept. 26 hosting Tom Brady and his Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Skipping ahead, the Rams will be at  Green Bay on Sunday, Nov. 28. Ought to be frosty. They’ll close out the regular season back at home on Sunday, Jan. 9 hosting the San Francisco 49ers in a game that could decide the NFC West crown.

Wednesday’s games

  • Dodgers 7. Seattle Mariners 1: Julio Urias pitched seven innings of two-hit ball and Matt Beaty drove in three runs. Dodgers are 20-17 and third in NL West.
  • Houston Astros 9, Angels 1: Andrew Heaney was touched for nine hits and five runs in 5.1 innings as the Angels lost again in Texas. The Halos are now 16-20 and remain in last in the AL West. Astros are 20-17.
  • Lakers 124, Houston Rockets 122: After building up an early lead, the Lakers barely hung on to win. Talen Horton-Tucker scored 23 points and had 10 assists. Lakers are 40-30.
  • Colorado Avalanche 6, Kings 0: Kings are now 21-27-7.

Weather: When will we get some sun?

Not for a while, not in most of the West Orange County area. The forecast calls for partly cloudy days through Sunday, with daytime highs ranging from 75 degrees on Thursday to 65 on Sunday. A warming trend should begin on Monday. In the coastal area of Huntington Beach, expect mostly sunny days on Thursday and Friday with daytime highs in the mid-60s.  Cloudier weather in the mornings should creep in on Sunday.

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