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Vaccine for kids gets approval

CHILDREN AGES 5-11 will be able to receive a one-third dose of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine (Shutterstock).

Final clearance has been given by the Food and Drug Administration to give a one-third dose shot of Pfizer coronavirus vaccine to children

According to the Associated Press, the way cleared Tuesday for kids ages 5 to 11 to be inoculated. That potentially means up to 28 million children.

“As a mom, I encourage parents with questions to talk to their pediatrician, school nurse or local pharmacist to learn more about the vaccine and the importance of getting their children vaccinated,” said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky in a statement.

Republican projected winner in Virginia

SECOND UPDATE: Glenn Youngkin, a Republican, is the projected winner as the next governor of Virginia. With 98 percent of the vote counted, he was leading Democratic former governor Terry McAuliffe 50.9 percent to 48.4 percent. He would become the first member of his party elected to statewide office since 2009.  Winsome Sears, also a Republican, is projected to become the lieutenant governor. She would be the first woman and first Black person to hold that office in state history.

UPDATE: The race for the governor’s house in Virginia is tightening as more votes are counted. Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin is still leading Democratic former governor Terry McAuliffe, but his lead has been whittled down from 200,000 votes to less than 85,000.  Youngkin is now at 51.1 percent with McAuliffe at 48.2 percent with an estimated 95 percent of the votes tallied as of 8:30 p.m. Pacific.

In other races:

  • Black mayors – both Democrats – have won mayoral posts in New York City and Pittsburgh. Eric Adams will be the Big Apple’s second African-American mayor and in Steel City, the new mayor will be Ed Gainey. In Boston, voters chose Michelle Wu, an Asian-American.
  • In Minneapolis, voters rejected a proposal to replace the city’s police department with a Department of Public Safety.
  • In New Jersey, with about 84 percent of the vote tallied, Jack Ciattarelli, a Republican, is leading incumbent Democrat Phil Murphy in a nip-and-tuck battle for that state’s governor’s post by the slim margin of 1,974 votes with 16 percent of the votes still to be counted.

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As a possible harbinger of the 2022 elections or a test of President Joe Biden’s popularity, the election for the governorship in Virginia today is getting a lot of attention.

THE VIRGINIA GOVERNOR’S RACE is expected to be close. (Shutterstock).

Virginia has been a “blue” state for several election cycles, but an off-year election usually brings out a lower turnout that can lead to an unpredictable result.

According to CNN, as of this posting, an estimated 61 percent of the votes cast have been counted and Republican Glenn Youngkin is leading Democrat Terry McAuliffe by 54.8 percent to 44.5 percent, a margin of about 200,000 votes. That race is expected to get closer as the counting continues. The last polls taken before today showed Youngkin ahead by less than a percentage point.

Sports: Braves win Game Six and 2021 Series crown

The Atlanta Braves defeated the Houston Astros 7-0 on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park and won their first World Series since 1995. The visitors ended up taking four games to two for the Astros.

The winners benefitted from four home runs and got a strong pitching performance from Max Fried, who struck out six batters in six innings and gave up just four hits, all of them singles.

With just 88 wins in the regular season to take the National League East pennant, the Braves won the world championship despite having the worst record of all division winners in Major League Baseball.

 

The first College Football Rankings of 2021 – to be used in determining the top four who will go to the playoffs – were announced today (Tuesday) and they are 1) Georgia (8-0), 2) Alabama (7-1), 3) Michigan State (8-0) and 4) Oregon (7-1). The rest of the top 10 are Ohio State, Cincinnati, Michigan, Oklahoma, Wake Forest and Notre Dame.

Weather: Skies are not cloudy all day, but …

You may not see a lot of sun, either. In West Orange County, skies will be partly cloudy for the next week or so, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Wednesday’s forecast calls for a daytime high of 73 (overnight low of 56). In the coastal areas of Huntington Beach, Wednesday’s daytime high expected to be 68 (56 overnight) and 69 (55) on Thursday.

 

 

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