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Vaccinations back on the rise

VACCINATIONS against the coronavirus are increasing across the United States (Shutterstock).

Vaccination against the coronavirus is on a slow, steady rise across the United States.

According to the Associated Press, the increase is caused by senior citizens and people with previous medical conditions getting booster shots and mandates from government agencies and employers that push more and more of the vaccine-hesitant and resistant into getting their “jabs.”

About one million more doses are being administered daily, reports the AP, which is almost twice as many as three months ago.

The New York Times is reporting that 65 percent of all Americans have received at least one dose, and 56 percent have been fully vaccinated. Among seniors (65 and older) 95 percent have received at least one does and 84 percent are fully vaccinated.

Pipeline damage could be months old

A LEAK from a pipeline from an oil drilling platform is the cause of the oil spill off the coast to Huntington Beach (Shutterstock).

The underwater petroleum pipeline that was split and gushed up to 126,000 gallons of crude oil into the waters off Huntington Beach may have been struck by a ship’s anchor several months ago, the U.S Coast Guard said on Friday.

An inspection last October found the pipeline – between an offshore oil drilling rig and storage on land – intact, but since then may have been struck several times by other ships’ anchors, according to USA Today.

However, it’s not yet known which ships might have been involved. So far, the incident has led to full or partial closures of shorelines from Huntington Beach to Dana Point.

Also in the news …

  • President Joe Biden signed three proclamations restoring lands in three national monuments, reversing protections that had been withdrawn by former President Donald Trump, according to United Press International. Two are in Utah and one in New England.
  • Two parents were convicted Friday in Boston on federal fraud charges in an effort to get their children into elite colleges in the “Operation Varsity Blues” scandal. They are John Wilson, 62, and Gamal Abdelaziz, 64. Sentencing is scheduled for February, according to UPI.

Sports: Dodgers whiff in opener vs. Giants

The National League Division series showdown Friday between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers was a giant letdown for fans of the Blue Crew. The Dodgers could muster only five hits and were beaten 4-0 in the opening game of the best-of-five series.

Logan Webb struck out 10 batters for SF and walked none. The Giants scored all their runs with homers, with Buster Posey, Kris Bryant and Brandon Crawford going deep.

Game Two will be on Saturday with a 6:07 p.m. start.

Other playoff results from Friday:

American League

  • Boston Red Sox 14, Tampa Bay 6 (Series tied 1-1)
  • Houston Astros 9, Chicago White Sox 6 (Astro leads series 2-0)

National League

  • San Francisco Giants 4, Los Angeles Dodgers 0 (Giants lead series 1-0)
  • Milwaukee Brewers 2, Atlanta Braves 1 (Brewers lead series 1-0).

Weather: If you like variety, you’ll like …

… What it’s going to be like outside this weekend. According to forecasts, West Orange County will see daytime high temperatures drop to 73 on Saturday (overnight low of 55) and then jump up to 81 (59) on Sunday. But then, on Monday, the thermometer will plunge to 73 (54). The compensation for all that gyration? Sunny skies right through next Friday.

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