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Vaccination deadline is coming

EMPLOYEES at firms with 100 or more employees are facing a Jan. 4 deadline to get vaccinated or be tested weekly (Shutterstock).

It’s 60 days and counting before the deadline for millions of American workers to get vaccinated or be tested weekly for coronavirus.

Under a regulation issued by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration – at the direction of President Joe Biden – people working at a company with 100 or more employees must by Jan. 4 get inoculated against COVID-19 or get tested. According to the Associated Press, that will apply to 84 million Americans.

The regulations will require that unvaccinated workers get a “negative” test reading at least once a week and wear a face covering while at work.

For those who work in health care – nursing homes, hospitals and other operations that receive money from Medicare and Medicaid – vaccinations will be mandatory, although exemptions on religious or medical grounds may be allowed.

Two big bills still not across finish line

NANCY PELOSI is Speaker of the House (Wikipedia photo).

Democrats in the House of Representatives are still grappling with reconciling the details of the $1.85 trillion social safety net and climate change package proposed by President Joe Biden.

According to The New York Times, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) said Thursday there was no firm date on when the bill might come up for a vote. The bill has been the subject of considerable debate among Democrats – who hold a slim majority in the House – over the cost and content of the bill.

Also in the mix is a $1.1 trillion infrastructure bill, which Pelosi wants to have passed after the larger package is approved.

Also in the news ….

  • A woman who bragged online that her participation in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol would not land her in jail because she was “blonde and a woman” has been sentenced to two months in federal prison.
  • Federal agents have arrested Igor Danchenko, a Russian analyst suspected to be connected to efforts by the Moscow government to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election, according to United Press International.

Sports: Suns owner’s speech brings on heat

Robert Sarver, majority owner of the Phoenix Suns basketball team, has used offensive language of racial and sexual nature over the course of his 17-year career with the Suns, according to ESPN.

Sarver allegedly used the “N-word” and spoke to employees about sexual matters, including his relationship with his wife. The Suns management and Sarver have denied any “improper conduct.”

Weather: Warmer, but then …

For the West Orange County area, Friday’s daytime high temperature is forecast to reach 77 degrees (55 overnight), but that’s the last time you’ll be that warm for almost a week. Under partly cloudy skies, the thermometer will drop to 72 on Saturday and 70 on Sunday. On Nov. 11, however, temps are forecast to hit 84.  In coastal areas of Huntington Beach, Friday is forecast to be 70 during the day and 56 at night, cooling to 66 (55) on Saturday and 67 (55) on Sunday. Above average surf (four to six feet) are expected through Friday evening.



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