Wheat shortage: Baker's mission to reinvent bread in Senegal

BBC World News - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 16:19
Instead of relying on imported wheat, they’re starting to experiment with recipes using locally grown crops.
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Map: California updates tsunami hazard areas with most changes in the Bay Area

San Jose Mercury - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 16:18

The California Geological Survey and the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services released an update to the state’s tsunami hazard area map, with the latest changes concentrated on seven counties — mostly in the Bay Area.

The designated area is primarily used to help cities and counties assess tsunami risk and develop plans to deal with the threat. However, the CGS does recommend that if you are on land and in the hazard area, you should leave immediately after feeling a long earthquake or if you receive an official evacuation notification.

The hazard areas were based from 2009 Tsunami Inundation Maps for Emergency Planning and improved high-resolution computer modeling of tsunami scenarios. The counties that saw updates Friday are Marin, Napa, San Diego, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma and Ventura.

The last update was in July 2021. The update accounts for 1,000-year historical tsunami events. Previous maps only calculated 100- to 500-year historical events.

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Treasury Scrutinizes Florida’s Use of Relief Funds in Sending Away Migrants

N.Y. Times - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 16:18
Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida used interest that the state had accrued from stimulus money to send Venezuelan migrants by plane to Martha’s Vineyard.
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Microsoft arms Surface Pro 9 with Qualcomm SQ3, 12th-gen Intel chips

The Register - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 16:10
Plus, the Surface Laptop drops AMD, Studio arrives with an even higher price, and more

Ignite  Microsoft put a coat of polish on its Surface line this week, including its third-generation tablet powered by an Arm-based CPU.…

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We Are Suddenly Taking On China and Russia at the Same Time

N.Y. Times - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 16:08
A battle over computer chips could have more long-term global impact than the Ukraine war.
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Oath Keepers jury hears about massive weapon cache on Jan. 6

San Jose Mercury - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 16:06

By Lindsay Whitehurst | Associated Press

WASHINGTON — A member of the Oath Keepers who traveled to Washington before the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol testified Wednesday about a massive cache of weapons the far-right extremist group stashed in a Virginia hotel room.

Taking the stand in the seditious conspiracy case against Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes and four associates, Terry Cummings showed jurors an AR-15 firearm and an orange box for ammunition that he contributed to the so-called quick reaction force the Oath Keepers had staged at the hotel outside of Washington in case they needed weapons.

“I had not seen that many weapons in one location since I was in the military,” said Cummings, a veteran who joined the Oath Keepers in Florida in 2020.

Prosecutors have said teams of Oath Keepers guarded the arsenal of firearms and were prepared to rush them into the hands of extremists in the capital if needed.

The alleged teams and the cache of weapons are a central piece of the Department of Justice’s case against Rhodes and four associates charged with seditious conspiracy in the Jan. 6 attack. Members of the Oath Keepers stashed the firearms just outside Washington district limits, given the capitol’s tougher gun laws.

Authorities have alleged the teams and the stockpile of arms were designed to get weapons into Oath Keepers’ hands quickly if they were needed to support a plot to stop the transfer of power from Republican Donald Trump to Democrat Joe Biden.

Cummings’ testimony came in the second week of the trial that is expected to last several weeks. The others on trial are Thomas Caldwell of Berryville, Virginia; Kenneth Harrelson of Titusville, Florida; Jessica Watkins of Woodstock, Ohio; and Kelly Meggs of Dunnellon, Florida.

Defense lawyers have not denied the existence of the quick reaction teams but noted that they were never deployed on Jan. 6. They have accused prosecutors of falsely portraying them as an invasion force.

Defense lawyers have said the Oath Keepers often set up quick reaction forces for events, but insist they were defensive forces only to be used to protect against violence from antifa activists or in the event Trump invoked the Insurrection Act. They are not facing any gun charges for bringing the weapons to Virginia.

Rhodes’ lawyers have said they will argue that cannot find him guilty of seditious conspiracy because all the actions he took before Jan. 6 were in preparation for orders he anticipated from Trump under the Insurrection Act, which gives presidents wide discretion to decide when military force is necessary.

Cummings told jurors that he traveled to Washington on Jan. 6 with other Oath Keepers to be part of a VIP security detail for Trump’s rally at the Ellipse. He said he saw it as an opportunity to “express my First Amendment rights” and see a sitting president speak, which he had never done.

Cummings said his understanding was the quick reaction forces “would potentially be used not as an offensive situation, but more as a show of force.”

Cummings said he was part of a group that acted as a security team for a VIP at Trump’s rally before the riot. Cummings and other Oath Keepers left before Trump’s speech was finished and went toward the Capitol.

He recalled Meggs talked about entering the Capitol – something Cummings didn’t think was a good idea. He then split off to find a bathroom, and when he returned the group was gone. The group entered the Capitol while he was away, he said. Up to an hour later, Cummings rejoined fellow Oath Keepers from Florida, and eventually Rhodes appeared as well.

Cummings said he did not hear any talk about plans to storm or attack the Capitol, though he also said he wasn’t in a position of leadership. He has not faced criminal charges, was subpoenaed to testify for the government and acknowledged on the stand that he has contributed to the legal defense fund of some of the defendants.

Authorities have said that Meggs and the Florida Oath Keepers on Jan. 5 brought gun boxes, rifle cases and suitcases filled with ammunition to the Virginia hotel that served as the home for the quick reaction force. Another team from Arizona brought weapons, ammunition, and supplies to last 30 days, according to court papers. A team from North Carolina had rifles in a vehicle parked in the hotel lot, prosecutors have said.

Prosecutors have described surveillance footage that they say shows Oath Keepers rolling bags, large bins and what appears to be at least one rifle case into the hotel.

Over several days in early January, Rhodes spent $15,500 on guns, including an AR-platform rifle, magazines, mounts, sights and other equipment, prosecutors have said. Caldwell, in one message, suggested getting a boat to ferry “heavy weapons” across the Potomac River into the Oath Keepers’ “waiting arms.”

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A former Oath Keeper from North Carolina last week described setting up a quick reaction force for the “Million MAGA March” in Washington on Nov. 14, 2020, in case Trump invoked the Insurrection Act. Thousands of Trump supporters that day gathered at Freedom Plaza along Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington to rally behind Trump’s false election claims.

The former Oath Keeper, John Zimmerman, told jurors that the Oath Keepers stashed at least a dozen rifles and several handguns in his van parked at Arlington National Cemetery to serve as the quick reaction force on that occasion. He said they never took the guns into Washington.

Associated Press writer Alanna Durkin Richer in Boston contributed to this report.

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Ukraine Offensive Will Push Through Winter, US Defense Chief Says

N.Y. Times - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 16:01
The “deliberate cruelty” of Russia’s latest bombardment has made the West more determined to help Ukraine, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said.
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Letters: Water supply | S.J. mayor | Parties have issues | Medical residents | Shooter drills

San Jose Mercury - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 16:00

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Before more housing,
solve water supply

Re. “Poll shows resistance to more housing,” Page A1, Oct. 3:

I’m sure you are right that a good deal of resistance to new housing is an uncomfortable mixture of NIMBYism and racism. We indeed have a dark side even in our fairly blue valley.

Another matter of great concern needs to be addressed in addition, however: water. Unless we can come up with a serious and viable combination of, say, recycling wastewater and desalination – neither of which appear to be on the horizon – we can’t continue to add jobs and people to the Valley.

And unless new construction is required to add underground parking, there is not going to be room for the cars.

These matters can be solved – perhaps far more easily than racism and NIMBYism – but we’ll need to come up with some major money and creativity to do so … and soon.

James Bangsund
San Jose

S.J. doesn’t need
mayor owned by 49ers

Re. “49ers shell out more for Cindy Chavez,” Page B1, Oct. 2:

I agree with city of Santa Clara Mayor Lisa Gilmor that the enormous sums of money the 49ers have contributed to her city’s election campaigns are obscene. But the Niners are not stopping and are now casting a wider net.

In April they contributed $300,000 to committees favoring mayoral candidate Cindy Chavez. On Sept. 28 the Niners gave those committees another $400,000. You have to wonder what return they expect for that $700,000 investment.

I for one am not waiting to find out. Matt Maham, you have my vote. We must not allow an NFL football team to control San Jose as they currently control the city of Santa Clara.

Tom Darby
San Jose

Major parties have
glaring candidate issues

With each passing day, Republicans’ naked self-interest becomes more glaring.

They decided a football player in Georgia with zero qualifications was fit to serve in the Senate and are now reduced to explaining his ineptitude by saying he’s been concussed too many times. They’re backing an Ohio congressional candidate willing to lie about his military combat experience, something that previously would have been just beyond the pale. Across the country, Republicans are seeking out candidates for positions to supervise elections with the signature qualification of insisting that the election process has been a complete fraud and the answer for this is voter suppression.

Meanwhile, Democrats painted themselves into a corner with a president who has passed his sell-by date and a vice president whose only reason for existence was that she checked enough identity politics boxes.

The choice is between well-meaning decrepitude and shameless debasement.

Eugene Ely
San Jose

Medical residents need
mental health care

I would like to bring attention to the poor mental health of medical students in residency and bring awareness to this issue in hopes of creating a more welcoming environment for medical students in the future.

The years of residency after medical school usually involve working conditions with low pay and long hours. Along with this, students are exposed to the trauma and grief involved with working in the health care field. This significantly affects mental health, leading to stress and even depression. We’ve seen repeated cases of residency students ending their lives due to the pressure, but there is little effort to bring change.

Health care workers play a large part in sustaining the health of our community, yet their health is sacrificed. It makes me wonder, where the laws or policies that address this issue are. Health care workers should receive the same amount of benefits as people working in tech.

Kaylee Nguyen
San Jose

Shooter drills needed
to make schools safe

Re. “Stop traumatizing children with active shooter drills,” Page A6, Oct. 4:

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Schools need to continue active shooter drills at all levels of school. Why? Because our students and staff must be prepared because no one, unfortunately, has yet come up with a foolproof solution regarding how to ensure that we do not have active shooters on campus.

Staff must carefully explain to students why we need to have active shooter drills just like the required earthquake drills because either one can take place at any school at any time.

As a former high school teacher and principal for more than 40 years I have disarmed students and outsiders who carry all types of weapons. If students don’t feel safe at school they will not learn. Let’s be prepared every day.

John Sellarole
San Jose

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House Jan. 6 Panel Plans a Sweeping Summation of Its Case Against Trump

N.Y. Times - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 15:58
In what may be its final public hearing, the committee intends to present new evidence about the former president’s state of mind and central role in the plan to overturn the 2020 election.
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Four San Jose artists honored at 10th annual Leigh Weimers Emerging Artists Awards

San Jose Mercury - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 15:58

Four distinct San Jose artists became the latest recipients of this year’s Leigh Weimers Emerging Artists Awards.

This year’s honorees — who were recognized Wednesday at a Rotary Club of San Jose ceremony — are musician Lauren Halliwell, composer and sound designer George Psarras, performance artist Nick Rodrigues and visual artist Ji Young Yoon. Each will receive $5,000 in grants to support their future work

The awards program, started by the Rotary Club was created in honor of former Mercury News columnist Leigh Weimers, who often wrote about the local arts community and platformed local artists to larger audiences. Now in its tenth year, the awards program was created to celebrate Weimers’ life and to continue fostering the local arts scene he loved.

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA - October 12: Geri Weimers, wife of the late Mercury News columnist Leigh Weimers, addresses the audience during the Leigh Weimers Emerging Artists Awards ceremony at the Hammer Theatre Center on Oct. 12, 2022, in San Jose, Calif. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group)SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA – October 12: Geri Weimers, wife of the late Mercury News columnist Leigh Weimers, addresses the audience during the Leigh Weimers Emerging Artists Awards ceremony at the Hammer Theatre Center on Oct. 12, 2022, in San Jose, Calif. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group) 

“That’s what makes these awards so great — they are the perfect way to honor his memory and to preserve his legacy and love for the arts, and that’s why they’re so important to me,” said his daughter, Kristin Weimers.

Halliwell, a jazz and blues musician, said she’s been an artist for as long as she can remember and wants to use the money she was awarded to continue growing and evolving as a performer.

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA - October 12: Leigh Weimers Emerging Artists Awards recipient Lauren Halliwell performs on the stage during the ceremony at the Hammer Theatre Center on Oct. 12, 2022, in San Jose, Calif. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group)SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA – October 12: Leigh Weimers Emerging Artists Awards recipient Lauren Halliwell performs on the stage during the ceremony at the Hammer Theatre Center on Oct. 12, 2022, in San Jose, Calif. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group) 

“If you’ve stopped doing that and you feel like you’ve reached the end, that you’ve peaked, in my opinion, that’s not a good sign,” Halliwell said. “We need to keep going, keep getting momentum, keep learning. That’s why I’m so proud to be a recipient of this award this year.”

Yoon, a visual artist, said she began her journey as an oil painter after studying chemistry, pursuing a career in fashion merchandising, and moving around between the United States, South Korea, Germany and Chile. She returned to the Bay Area in 2019 and recently completed her second MFA, focusing on fine art and creating a body of work focused on cityscapes in the Bay Area.

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA - October 12: Leigh Weimers Emerging Artists Awards recipient Ji Young Yoon speaks on the stage during the ceremony at the Hammer Theatre Center on Oct. 12, 2022, in San Jose, Calif. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group)SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA – October 12: Leigh Weimers Emerging Artists Awards recipient Ji Young Yoon speaks on the stage during the ceremony at the Hammer Theatre Center on Oct. 12, 2022, in San Jose, Calif. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group) 

“I was 33 and I thought it was too late to start something new,” Yoon said. “Since I had zero experience in painting, I had to spend many extra hours practicing, but I really, truly enjoyed every bit of my three years of learning from the best instructors.”

Psarras, a composer and sound designer, is the first artist in his discipline to receive a Leigh Weimers award. As an artist who works regularly in theater, TV, film, voiceover and video games, his work is often the backbone of a larger production and is fundamental to defining the themes and setting the tone of a larger story.

“It’s always special when your work gets recognized,” Psarras said.

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    SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA - October 12: Leigh Weimers Emerging Artists Awards recipient George Psarras speaks on the stage during the ceremony at the Hammer Theatre Center on Oct. 12, 2022, in San Jose, Calif. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group)

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    SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA - October 12: The audience applauds during the ceremony at the Hammer Theatre Center on Oct. 12, 2022, in San Jose, Calif. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group)

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Rodrigues, an actor, singer and dancer, said he’s always loved to sing, despite also being a “shy, awkward child with a crippling fear of public speaking.” When he, unknowingly, used the monologue of a female character to audition for a high school production of “Antony and Cleopatra,” he realized that the performing arts could be a powerful tool for subverting social norms.

“American theater is going through a renaissance of change and restructuring that opens up the door for more diverse and interesting stories to be told, and for old stories to be told in new ways,” Rodrigues said, adding that he tries to put those principles into practice as much as possible both onstage and off.

Each of the artists shared their work with the audience at the Rotary Club’s award ceremony on Wednesday.

Halliwell shared a rousing vocal performance. Yoon showcased several of her oil paintings and explained how each one was crafted. Psarras played clips from some of the productions he’s worked on and offered insight into how he uses music and sound to help tell stories. And Rodrigues delivered a strong vocal performance with a song from the musical “Pippin.”

The artists can use the grants to support their careers in whatever way would make it easier to continue being an artist, said Sarah Clish, chair of the Rotary Club committee that oversees the awards.

“I know of one young man who had been wanting to further the art he had done and publish it into a book, and he wrote to us to let us know he was successful in doing that,” Clish said. “And I had one artist tell me, ‘oh my gosh, it alleviated the need for my car payment, I can pay my car off, so now I don’t have to worry about that cash flow problem’ … In terms of what they use the money for, the answers are all around the map.”

After the ceremony, Kristin Weimers said while the arts scene in the South Bay is smaller than the one in nearby San Francisco, she hopes the awards and the grants given to recipients can help San Jose one day achieve the same reverence.

“My dad always pictured this as being a cultural destination,” she said. “And we’re just going to keep working on making that happen and supporting it, getting it one step closer.”

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Stanford president apologizes for 1950s policy restricting Jewish admissions

San Jose Mercury - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 15:47

STANFORD — Owning up to the school’s history of discrimination, Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne on Wednesday apologized to the Jewish community after a task force report found the university had intentionally denied admission to Jews in the 1950s.

The 75-page report probed a 1953 university memo — which was reported in a blog last year — that expressed concern by university administrators about the number of Jewish students being admitted to Stanford. The report documents a sharp drop in enrollments of students from two Southern California high schools known to have substantial populations of Jewish students — “evidence that the university took action to suppress admission of Jewish students.”

Though it’s unclear how long the antisemitic policy lasted — or whether it extended to other schools or students — the report shows “how this effort to suppress Jewish enrollments had long-lasting effects and dissuaded some Jewish students from applying to Stanford in later years.”  The report shows that when questioned about its practices in later years, the university denied any anti-Jewish bias in admissions.

“On behalf of Stanford University I wish to apologize to the Jewish community, and to our entire university community, both for the actions documented in this report to suppress the admission of Jewish students in the 1950s and for the university’s denials of those actions in the period that followed,” Tessier-Lavigne said. “These actions were wrong. They were damaging. And they were unacknowledged for too long.”

“Today, we must work to do better, not only to atone for the wrongs of the past, but to ensure the supportive and bias-free experience for members of our Jewish community that we seek for all members of our Stanford community.”

On behalf of Hillel at Stanford, Executive Director Rabbi Jessica Kirschner said ” I want to lift up President Tessier Lavigne’s apology as a notable example of institutional teshuvah—an acknowledgment of past wrongdoing and clear and specific commitment to ensure a supportive and bias-free experience at Stanford.”

“This is what we want for all members of the Stanford community,” she said.

In addition to the institutional apology, the task force is recommending “enhanced education and training to address biases” and wants to put “greater attention to Jewish religious observances in university scheduling, housing and dining.” The task force also wants the university to enforce an Undergraduate Senate resolution on antisemitism and clarify its relationship with Stanford Hillel.

Along with going against stereotypical anti-Semitic speech, the Undergraduate Senate resolution also lists “demonization of Israel” as examples of anti-Semitism, a deeply divisive issue among Americans who support Palestinian liberation and don’t want to see restrictions on student activism and academia.

The university is set to offer a webinar Thursday at noon wherein Professor Ari Y. Kelman, a social scientist and leading expert on Jewish life in America who chaired the task force, will present the report.

Tessier-Lavigne appointed the Advisory Task Force on the History of Jewish Admissions and Experience at Stanford University in January. The charge called on task force members to address lingering assertions, including a report in an online newsletter last year, about admissions quotas aimed at limiting Jewish applicants.

“Admittedly, this is a difficult undertaking because the efforts to suppress the number of Jewish students at Stanford in the 1950s do not map easily onto contemporary expressions of antisemitism,” the task force wrote. “There are, however, continuities, and they provide an opportunity for the university to learn from its history and to inaugurate new directions for addressing some of the core concerns shared by both the past and the present.”

The task force uncovered a group of administrators who participated in efforts to limit admissions of Jewish students, including Rixford K. Snyder, who was admissions director for two decades.

“Snyder played a central role in efforts to limit the number of Jewish students at Stanford,” the report states.

But the crucial piece of the review was the 1953 university memo written to then-President Wallace Sterling from his assistant, Fred Glover, which criticized the number of Jewish students being admitted to Stanford.

Glover listed two high schools in Los Angeles — Beverly Hills and Fairfax — whose student populations were “from 95 to 98% Jewish,” and said that accepting “a few” from those schools would be followed by “a flood of Jewish applications” the next year.” He also cited Snyder’s concern “that more than one quarter of the applications from men are from Jewish boys” during that admissions cycle.

After the memo, the report says, Snyder ended recruitment efforts at those schools and ‘appears to have taken other steps that had more direct and measurable effects, visible only in a close analysis of the annual reports of the Registrar’s office.” As a result, the school had a “sharp drop” in Jewish students: 87 enrolled during 1949-1952, but only 14 in 1952-1955. That trend was not seen at any other public schools during the 1950s and 60s.

“The impact was immediate and striking,” the report states.

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You’re feeling cruddy. Is it flu? COVID? Here’s why it matters

San Jose Mercury - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 15:45

If you’re feeling really cruddy right now, join the crowd. Yes, you might have COVID. Yet again, this time it might be the flu — or just a really bad cold that is making the rounds.

Figuring out why you’re sick is a bit more complicated this fall amid myriad circulating viruses.

Flu season is off to an early start. And as we head toward a third winter of the COVID pandemic, experts say the trend that has emerged in the first two years is likely to continue: The weather gets colder, preparations for the holidays ramp up, and COVID cases will start to rise, too.

So in our always-complicated shifting effort to stay healthy, here are some answers to your latest questions.

Q. We hear about “flu season” every winter. Is there also a “COVID season” now?

A. Influenza transmission follows strong seasonal patterns — in the Bay Area, that typically happens between November and April — tracked carefully by public health experts well before the current pandemic. Now COVID might be falling into a similar, though less-predictable, seasonal pattern as well.

During the first winter of the pandemic, in January 2021, California recorded what was then an all-time-high case rate. The next year, in late 2021 and early 2022, we had the worst surge we have seen so far, in large part because of the omicron variant’s increased transmissibility.

“It was the perfect storm,” said Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, a UCSF professor of medicine who specializes in infectious diseases.

And this year might follow suit. “Right now we have the right time of year,” Chin-Hong cautions, “and we may have variants that have legs.”

Q. How concerned should we be about another winter COVID surge?

A. Chin-Hong said he is most worried about a variant that is showing rapid growth in Europe, commonly referred to as BF.7. “It may be the most immune-invasive of the lot,” he said, but a large surge is far from certain, and there are other variants of concern that could emerge.

Dr. Bob Wachter, chair of UCSF’s Department of Medicine, also expects a surge. “It almost certainly will go up this winter for one of the reasons that flu goes up,” he said. “People go inside more, and there is more opportunity for spread.” He points out that while we may have seen our worst surges so far in the winter, “counting on seasonality is dicier than it is with the flu.”

Cases in the United States have yet to start spiking, but COVID testing is also at new lows, and the switch to weekly rather than daily reporting by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and many local and state health departments might give us less of a warning than we had during previous winter surges.

But Wachter is optimistic the surge won’t break records. “It feels unlikely to be a huge surge, given the population immunity,” but he’s also wary to make predictions at all. “As far as I can tell, it’s all pretty unpredictable at this point.”

Q. Should I worry about catching the flu this year?

A. Simply put: Yes! The flu is heading for an early rise, with positivity rates for flu testing increasing fivefold from mid-August to early October in the country. New York is showing signs of an early and rough flu season, according to Chin-Hong. “It’s coming earlier,” he said, “and there is already much more than last year at this time.”

Chin-Hong says that while the population seems to be getting stronger when it comes to COVID, two years of lower-than-normal flu activity means our population, especially the very young and the very old, are even more susceptible than before to getting very sick with influenza this year.

Q. Isn’t COVID more dangerous than the flu?

A. COVID killed more Americans in 2020 than the flu killed during the entire decade of flu seasons before that, and 2021 COVID deaths were even higher.

But this winter, for those who are up to date on COVID vaccinations, flu might be a worse bug to kick.

“At this point COVID is not any more severe than the flu,” Wachter said. “When people said that two years ago, it was a lie meant to minimize the impact of COVID.” But now? “As a reasonably healthy guy, with five (COVID) vaccine shots, the chances of me dying of the flu are greater.”

New vaccinations, current variants that typically cause less severe illness and new successful therapeutics have all dropped the case fatality rate for COVID in the past three years.

But even with a lower mortality rate, COVID is likely to still have a higher death toll than the flu, especially if case rates rival previous years. Most of our immunity has waned from previous omicron surges, and many people are not up to date on their vaccinations.

Q. What should I do if I start to feel sick?

A. If you start feeling extra run down, a cough or a tickle in your throat, the confluence of COVID and flu season might complicate your path to recovery. “Symptoms are merging more and more,” Chin-Hong said.

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It can be harder to tell if you have COVID right away, so testing is important, especially because early detection means you can get prescribed more effective treatments such as the antiviral Paxlovid, if you are eligible.

Wachter said if he starts feeling sick, he will first take a COVID test right away. If that’s negative, he would get tested for influenza and again for COVID in a few days.

Reach out to your medical provider for the best treatment options.

And whether you have COVID, influenza or another virus, you can help prevent transmission by wearing a mask, washing hands and isolating.

One thing we know for certain: Vaccination helps prevent the worst outcomes for both influenza and COVID-19. So don’t put off getting your annual flu shot and the latest COVID boosters.

“In a different world, if everyone went out to get the booster, we might have a really mild COVID season,” Wachter said, but with fewer than 1 in 10 people getting the newest booster, “that doesn’t seem like its going to be the case.”

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Suspect arrested in chaotic Oakland triple homicide, but police allege one victim shot and killed another, then fatally crashed into cyclist

San Jose Mercury - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 15:43

OAKLAND — A Hayward man has been arrested and charged with murdering two people in a chaotic triple homicide involving at least two shooters, one of whom was driving a distinct Chevrolet Impala that police say they identified as the suspect’s vehicle.

Jonathan Zeigler, 30, was arrested and charged with two counts of murder, as well as shooting into an occupied vehicle, court records show. He was identified by police as one of two men who fired guns at around 7:15 p.m. Aug. 26, in the 2800 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Oakland, leaving two men dead from gunshot wounds and a third dead after being struck by a car.

But in court records, police describe a hectic incident that started when another man, Tyrone Lee Banks, allegedly ran up to Daven Woolfolk and shot him multiple times, killing him, before running to a Chevrolet Malibu and beginning to drive off. But before he could get far, Zeigler allegedly began firing at Banks, striking him and causing him to stomp the gas pedal and run over Tonnell Williams, who was simply riding through the area on a bicycle.

In the end, Banks, Woolfolk, and Williams lay dead, while Zeigler allegedly made his way to a Chevrolet Impala with gold rims and drove off. The entire incident, including the getaway vehicle, was seen on surveillance footage and police later released a picture of the Impala with a plea for help from the public.

Investigators were eventually able to track the Impala to Zeigler’s home in Hayward, and served a search warrant there on Sept. 13, taking both Zeigler and his wife into custody, authorities said. When asked if he’d seen the car before, Zeigler reportedly told police “m—–f—– been all over the internet” and that there were “hella” other Impala’s that looked like his driving around Oakland.

Zeigler denied involvement in the shooting, but placed himself in Oakland that day, according to police. During a search of his home officers reportedly found clothing that matched what the shooter was seen wearing on video.

Zeigler is being held without bail, and was advised of the charges at his first court appearance late last month, records show.

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Western Nations Rush Defensive Systems to Ukraine to Counter Russian Missiles

N.Y. Times - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 15:42
Even with Soviet-era defensive weapons, the Ukrainians have been more than holding their own, but this week’s barrage prompted calls to better equip them.
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Quit worrying about 5G C-band and crashing aircraft, US govt eggheads report

The Register - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 15:42
Back off FAA, I'm a scientist

Fears that 5G C-band signals could disrupt aircraft altimeters are misplaced, US government researchers claim in a report, saying that current efforts to filter any potentially dangerous frequencies are likely enough to combat problems. …

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Raphael Warnock Is a Study in Restraint in a Georgia Senate Race Rife With Controversy

N.Y. Times - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 15:33
As claims about Herschel Walker pile up, Senator Raphael Warnock has stuck with his strategy of bipartisan outreach, relying on ads to slam his opponent.
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Bay Area TV Sports Listings: What to watch Thursday-Friday

San Jose Mercury - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 15:21


College Football

4 p.m. Temple at Central Florida ESPN

4 p.m. Baylor at West Virginia FS1

4:30 p.m. Morgan State at North Carolina Central ESPNU


5 a.m. DP World: Andalucia Masters GOLF

8 p.m. PGA: Zozo Championship GOLF

Horse Racing

9:30 a.m. America’s Day at the Races FS2

MLB Playoffs

12:30 p.m. ALDS Game 2: Mariners at Astros TBS

4:30 p.m. ALDS Game 2: Guardians at Yankees TBS


5:15 p.m. Commanders at Bears PRIME


9:45 a.m. UEFA Europa League game CBSSN

3:50 a.m. Women’s U-17 World Cup: U.S. vs. Brazil (Fri.) FS2

College Women’s Soccer

3 p.m. Duke at Florida State ACC

3 p.m. Wisconsin at Penn State BTN

5 p.m. Virginia at Virginia Tech ACC

5 p.m. Purdue at Iowa BTN


2 p.m. ATP/WTA tournaments, early round TENNIS

5:30 p.m. WTA San Diego Open, early round TENNIS

3 a.m. ATP/WTA tournaments, quarterfinals (Fri.) TENNIS


College Football

4 p.m. Brown at Princeton ESPNU

4:30 p.m. Navy at SMU ESPN

5 p.m. UTSA at Florida International CBSSN


5 a.m. DP World: Andalucia Masters GOLF

11 a.m. Champions: SAS Championship GOLF

7:30 p.m. PGA: Zozo Championship GOLF

4:30 a.m. DP World: Andalucia Masters (early Sat.) GOLF

Horse Racing

9:30 a.m. America’s Day at the Races FS2

MLB Playoffs

1:30 p.m. NLDS Game 3: Braves at Phillies FS1

5:30 p.m. NLDS Game 3: Dodgers at Padres FS1


5:30 p.m. NASCAR Xfinity: Alsco Uniforms 302 qualifying USA

NBA preseason

7 p.m. Nuggets at Warriors ESPN2, NBCBA


7:30 p.m. Hurricanes at Sharks NBCCA


7:20 a.m. Women’s U-17 World Cup: Chile vs. Germany FS2

Noon England: Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Bradford City USA

3:50 a.m. Women’s U-17 World Cup: Colombia vs. China (Sat.) FS2

4:30 a.m. England: Crystal Palace at Leicester City (Sat.) USA

College Soccer

2 p.m. Men: Wisconsin at Maryland ESPNU

3 p.m. Men: Notre Dame at Duke ACC

3:30 p.m. Men: Penn State at Indiana BTN

4 p.m. Women: USC at Cal PAC12-BA

4 p.m. Men: Gonzaga at Washington PAC12

5 p.m. Men: North Carolina at N.C. State ACC

6 p.m. Women: UCLA at Stanford PAC12


3 p.m. ATP/WTA tournaments, quarterfinals TENNIS

5:30 p.m. WTA San Diego Open, quarterfinals TENNIS

College women’s Volleyball

5:30 p.m. Penn State at Nebraska BTN

8 p.m. Oregon at USC PAC12

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