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Due to ‘Diversity’ Virginia School Bans Jesus From Christmas Concert

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To celebrate the birthday of Jesus Christ, the Robious Middle School in Midlothian, Virginia, has banned all Christmas carols that mention his name in order to be "sensitive" to students of "diverse" backgrounds.

To commemorate the birthday celebration of Jesus Christ, the Robious Intermediate School in Midlothian, Virginia, has actually prohibited all Xmas carols that state his name in order to be “delicate” to trainees of “varied” histories.

College managers apparently discussed they had actually decided to “ stay clear of vocal singing anything of a straight spiritual nature” in order to be “ much more conscious the boosting varied populace at the institution.

David Allen, the dad of a trainee at Robious Intermediate school, has actually revealed his issue over the exemption of Jesus from Xmas tunes to be executed at institution Xmas shows.

Breitbart record: Allen claimed trainees were prohibited from singing a specific carol “ since words Jesus remained in there.

According to Allen, it appears as if “ anywhere you look everybody’s worried of tipping on a person’s toes or every little thing is being so delicate

In an e-mail exchange with Allen, the institution’s choir supervisor claimed that the Jesus restriction comes from issues experienced by trainees.

We had a couple of trainees that weren’t comfy vocal singing an item I have actually done sometimes in the past, yet it is of a spiritual nature as well as does point out Jesus,” the choir supervisor created.

While this exchange was taking place, Allen claimed he had actually gotten a “ variety notification” from the institution discussing their dedication to variety as well as addition, which struck him as paradoxical.

I’m attempting to justify exactly how you can urge variety as well as yet be exclusionary in one details location,” Allen said.

Lawyer Michael Berry of First Freedom Institute created a letter to the Chesterfield Area College Area, of which Robious Intermediate School belongs, discussing that that, legitimately, public colleges have no factor to outlaw Jesus from Xmas shows or various other parties.

Federal courts have actually maintained the constitutionality of public institution vacation programs that consist of using spiritual songs, art, or dramatization,” Berry created, “ as long as the product exists in an unbiased way ‘as a typical component of the social as well as spiritual heritage of the specific vacation‘”

There has actually been significant conflict in previous years pertaining to the positioning of Xmas nativity scenes, using spiritual images, as well as also the proper option of Xmas introductions.

As component of his advocate the presidency, Donald Trump informed citizens that he would certainly restore ” Merry Xmas” instead of the much more common ” Satisfied Vacations.”

So when I began 18 months earlier, I informed my initial group in Wisconsin that we are mosting likely to return right here one day as well as we are mosting likely to claim cheerful Xmas once more,” Trump informed groups in Wisconsin a month after his political election. “ Merry Xmas– so, cheerful Xmas everybody.”

Finally year’s White Residence tree-lighting event, Mr. Trump went even more still, referencing the birth of Jesus Christ as well as his extensive effect on human background.

The Xmas Tale starts 2,00 0 years ago with a mom, a papa, their infant boy as well as one of the most phenomenal present of all– the present of God’s love for every one of humankind,” Trump tweeted. “ Whatever our ideas, we understand that the birth of Jesus Christ as well as the tale of his life …”

” Melania as well as I have lots of happiness at the beginning of this extremely honored period,” Trump claimed, “ the event of the birth of our Lord as well as Rescuer, Jesus Christ.”

In 2016, a Washington DC-based study team located that Democrats extremely prefer the even more respectful expressions of “Satisfied Vacations” or “Seasons Greetings” over the consistently billed “Merry Xmas” that recognizes the factor for the celebrations.

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Giant California sequoias wrapped in aluminum as wildfire nears

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THREE RIVERS, Calif. — Firefighters have wrapped the base of the world’s largest tree in a fire-resistant blanket as part of an effort to save a famous grove of gigantic old-growth sequoias from wildfires burning in California’s rugged Sierra Nevada.

The colossal General Sherman Tree in Sequoia National Park’s Giant Forest, some other sequoias, the Giant Forest Museum and other buildings were wrapped for protection against the possibility of intense flames, fire spokeswoman Rebecca Paterson said.

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This photo provided by the Southern Area Blue Incident Management Team on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2021, shows the giant sequoia known as the General Sherman Tree with its base wrapped in a fire-resistant blanket to protect it from the intense heat of approaching wildfires at Sequoia National Forest in California.

The aluminum wrapping can withstand intensive heat for short periods. Federal officials said they have used the material for several years throughout the U.S. West to protect sensitive structures from flames. Near Lake Tahoe, some homes that were wrapped in protective material survived a recent wildfire while others nearby were destroyed.

The Colony Fire, one of two burning in Sequoia National Park and named for the area where it started, was expected to reach the Giant Forest, a grove of 2,000 sequoias, within days, fire officials said.

However, the fire didn’t grow significantly Thursday as a layer of smoke reduced its spread in the morning, fire spokeswoman Katy Hooper said.

The blaze erupted after a wildfire in the region last year killed thousands of sequoias, some as tall as high-rises and thousands of years old.

The General Sherman Tree is the largest in the world by volume, at 52,508 cubic feet (1,487 cubic meters), according to the National Park Service. It towers 275 feet (84 meters) high and has a circumference of 103 feet (31 meters) at ground level.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks Superintendent Clay Jordan stressed the importance of protecting the massive trees from high-intensity fire during a briefing for firefighters.

A 50-year history of using prescribed burns — fires set on purpose to remove other types of trees and vegetation that would otherwise feed wildfires — in the parks’ sequoia groves was expected to help the giant trees survive by lessening the impact if flames reach them.

A “robust fire history of prescribed fire in that area is reason for optimism,” Paterson said. “Hopefully, the Giant Forest will emerge from this unscathed.”

Giant sequoias are adapted to fire, which can help them thrive by releasing seeds from their cones and creating clearings that allow young sequoias to grow. But the extraordinary intensity of fires — fueled by climate change — can overwhelm the trees.

That happened last year when the Castle Fire killed what studies estimate were 7,500 to 10,600 large sequoias, according to the National Park Service.

A historic drought and heat waves tied to climate change have made wildfires harder to fight in the American West. Scientists say climate change has made the region much warmer and drier in the past 30 years and will continue to make weather more extreme and wildfires more frequent and destructive.

A national interagency fire management team took command of efforts to fight the 11.5-square-mile (30-square-kilometer) Paradise Fire and the 3-square-mile (8-square-kilometer) Colony Fire, which was closest to the grove. Operations to burn away vegetation and other fuel that could feed the flames were done in that area.

The fires forced the evacuation of the park this week, and parts of the town of Three Rivers outside the main entrance remained evacuated.

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Three Asian YouTubers spent a day in America’s ‘most racist town’

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In July 2020, a Los Angeles-based film producer stood outside a Walmart in Harrison, Ark., with a Black Lives Matter sign. Just moments later, he was on the receiving end of hateful remarks ranging from jeers about his actions to explicit declarations of white supremacy.

Rob Bliss, who is white, had wanted to see for himself whether the word about Harrison was true: that it is the “most racist town in America.”

Set in the Ozark hills of northwest Arkansas, Harrison has held its infamous reputation for as long as anyone can remember. More than 95% of its 13,000 residents are white, while the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) — a Klan faction whose headquarters lie several miles away — reportedly uses one of its post office boxes as their mailing address.

Bliss caught the outrage he received on camera and posted it onto YouTube. The video only runs for two minutes, but all the hate distilled in it was enough to make national headlines and propel Harrison into the spotlight of discussions about racial intolerance.

But just how racist could this town get? Do residents only harbor animus toward one group, or do they discriminate against everyone who isn’t white? What if Asians showed up?

This month, Sheldon Ho, Mike Wu and Edward Leung — a trio of Asian YouTubers known as CantoMando (@CantoMando) — set forth to Harrison to find out.

“Our channel goal is to push the boundaries of what is expected of Asian Americans and in turn to spread our own culture and positivity to the world,” the group told NextShark. “We’re big believers in change through action and not just words so when we were curious how Asians would be treated in Harrison, known as the most racist town in America, we had to go there for ourselves to find out.”

The trio filmed themselves spending an entire day in the town. What started off as mere curiosity, they said, became a journey of “pushing our comfort zones, discovery and a chance to spread Asian culture to the world.”

Left to right: Sheldon Ho, Mike Wu and Edward Leung start their day in Harrison. Image via CantoMando

In their now-viral video, Sheldon, Mike and Edward start their day at 8 a.m. with breakfast at a local diner. As soon as they enter the establishment, at least four white people are immediately caught staring at them.

The staring continued past 11:30 a.m. while they were at a local Walmart, which required the trio to put on face masks while allowing virtually every other white customer to shop without them. Shortly after, the group met an elderly white woman who told them her granddaughter “loves China men.”

The woman, who was using an ambulatory device, pulled Sheldon in to give him a hug, saying that she liked “this one.” “My granddaughter is 26 and she wants to go to China. She wants to bring her a China man home,” she said.

Shortly after, the trio headed for lunch at Dragon King, which they believe was the only Chinese restaurant in Harrison. There, they met an Asian waitress who claimed that she has never experienced racism in town, even during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Sheldon, Mike and Edward continued their journey downtown at 2 p.m., to the flea market at 4 p.m. and to a bar at 9 p.m.

The group never encountered another single racist incident since, and to their surprise, the white strangers they had engaged with were actually friendly and accommodating.

At the bar, one man even bought them drinks and invited them to celebrate his birthday, all without knowledge of himself being filmed.

Another non-Caucasian man echoed what the Asian waitress said, telling them everyone in town gets along and that he has no bad experiences to share.

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The trio were welcomed to Arkansas and invited to celebrate with a man on his birthday. Image via CantoMando

Still, Sheldon, Mike and Edward pointed out that not everyone’s experience will be the same.

“Although our experience here in Harrison has been positive overall, we are not speaking for everyone. It is important to note that everyone’s experience is unique and different,” the trio told NextShark. “We want to stress that our video does not reflect the experiences of all minorities nor do we want it to make a blanket statement. We simply made this video to share our personal experience in Harrison as Asian Americans.”

They added, “We were pretty scared before going, and we were honestly scared for the worst to happen.”

The trio said they also talked to residents about last year’s viral video. “We talked to some locals about the famous viral video, and they told us that [the] video had a devastating impact on the community, and that some people even moved out because they didn’t want to be associated with that. Locals also condemned the behavior in that video, and said that it doesn’t represent the people of that community,” they said.

The town’s mayor reportedly reached out to CantoMando after they published their video. The official informed them that the town’s committee on diversity searched for the 24 individuals who made hateful comments in Bliss’s video, but “they were only able to find three locals and likely the other 21 were from out of town.”

Some users have questioned the authenticity of the residents’ behavior because a Facebook post about their presence was reportedly made before they went to the bar. The group’s video has now received more than 3 million views on YouTube. 

Sheldon, Mike and Edward hope that their video will encourage others in the Asian American community to express who they are.

“We’re hoping that by sharing our culture and embracing it in an environment like Harrison where we might face hostility, this would inspire other members of the Asian community to never be afraid of expressing who they are. Because no matter the fear or whatever obstacles we might face as a community, we should be proud of who we are.”

Featured Image via CantoMando

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BC defenders Isaiah Graham-Mobley and Khris Banks make return to Temple

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Two members of the Boston College front seven will experience a visitor’s homecoming when the Eagles visit Temple Owls at noon Saturday.

Middle linebacker Isaiah “IGM” Graham-Mobley and tackle Khris Banks were Temple refugees who BC coach Jeff Hafley extracted from the NCAA transfer portal to fill deficiencies in the Eagles’ defense.

“For Kris and IGM, I know this will be a meaningful game and I hope every game is a meaningful game for them so I hate to say it is a more meaningful game,” said Hafley. “But certainly, playing the team you were on, there has got to be some emotions there.

“But they are two guys I am really glad are on the team.”

BC graduated three starting linebackers from 2020 and two of them, Isaiah McDuffie (Packers) and Max Richardson (Raiders), made the jump to NFL rosters. Graham-Mobley, a 6-1, 230-pound graduate from King of Prussia, Pa., took over at the MIKE and started the first two games of the season.

“IGM has been a blessing to have here, he’s been an unbelievable human being,” said Hafley. “He is a great leader and he’s got a ton of energy and he is starting to feel his way around our scheme.

“He is physical, long, rangy and a great guy.”

The interior of the BC defensive line was thinned to the point of extinction by graduation and injuries. Banks has platooned with Cam Horsley while learning a new system under defensive coordinator Tem Lukabu. Banks is a 6-2, 294-pound, redshirt junior from Paterson, N.J. who has been a great addition to the Eagles’ run defense.

“Khris Banks has been a great help to an injury riddled D-line,” said Hafley. “We are still down so many guys and we are lucky we got him.

“He’s is guy who I keep telling has so much potential and upside. I’m not saying that he is not playing well. I just see such and bright future for the guy and I hope he continues to get better.”

Graham-Mobley played in 11 games for Temple last season and finished with 26 tackles, two TFL and a pair of sacks. He recorded four solo tackles and two assists with a TFL in his BC debut, a 51-0 victory over Colgate in the season opener at Alumni Stadium.

In last Saturday’s 45-28 win at UMass, Graham-Mobley and defensive end Shitta Sillah shared the team lead with seven tackles apiece. Graham-Mobley and Banks are hoping to be difference-makers against his old mates while keeping the emotions on an even keel.

“It is definitely going to be a surreal moment because that is a place that I have called home the last five years being a sixth-year student now,” said Graham-Mobley. “Just making sure we are not getting too emotional and staying with the game plan and understanding this is just another road trip.”

There are other Temple/Philadelphia connections in play. BC athletic director Patrick Kraft served in the same capacity at Temple for five years. Injured kicker Aaron Boumerhi transferred from Temple in 2019. Tailback Pat Garwo, who rushed for a career high 160 yards at UMass, is from Levittown, Pa., outside Philly.

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Ordway opens its doors Sunday for its first Ordway-sponsored performance

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What should patrons expect Sunday night when they return to the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts’ first in-person event in 18 months?

“Hopefully joy, celebration and relief that they have a place to go to connect with others,” said Chris Sagstetter, the Ordway’s interim president and CFO.

Those who show up to see podcaster and comedian Maz Jobrani will also see COVID protocols similar to other performing arts venues in the Twin Cities and around the country. Masks are required and ticketholders will have to show an ID and proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of showtime. (Ordway employees are required to follow the same rules.) The venue has also upgraded its air filtration system to increase air flow and bring in more outside air.

Ordway staff got a preview of life under these guidelines last weekend, when it opened its doors for performances in the Concert Hall from its Arts Partnership members the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Schubert Club.

Performances at the Ordway this month are operating under reduced capacity. Sagstetter said they saw about 200 or 300 people Friday, a few more on Saturday and about 500 on Sunday. Patrons now must enter through one of the main doors out front, all of which are now open.

“That allowed us to see how things flowed,” Sagstetter said.

Staff encountered very few problems, she said. One patron without vaccination proof went and got it and returned. Several others were able to exchange tickets or get refunds. Without vaccination or negative test proof, ticketholders will not be allowed to attend. Sagstetter said these policies are already written into contracts for many touring acts.

“We will work patrons to meet their needs,” Sagstetter said.

Also, for now, the Ordway’s concessions are closed, although visitors will be offered a free bottle of water when they get inside.

As far as hiring staff goes, Sagstetter said they’re happy with how it’s gone so far. Close to 70 percent of the front-of-the-house staff is returning, and about 70 percent of those who aren’t have said they’re interested in volunteering. Two recent full-time positions drew nearly 300 combined applicants.

“It could be tough filling some after-hours positions,” she said. “But so far, so good.”

For the coming months, Sagstetter, Ordway staffers and the Arts Partnership are keeping an eye on how things are going and tweaking things as needed. “We don’t have all the answers,” she said, “but we know we have a plan and that we are able to be fluid and to pivot.”

This article has been edited to reflect that the Maz Jobrani performance is Sunday, not Saturday. 

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New York suspect killed by gunfire during struggle with Marshals

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WIVB/WROC) — Police say that a man wanted by numerous law enforcement agencies, including the U.S. Marshals Service, died after his weapon went off during a struggle with officers in Rochester. He was wanted for a warrant out of Wayne County on a second-degree assault charge involving a child.

He was identified Thursday as 24-year-old Dedrick James. On Wednesday morning, members of the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force—which also includes state police, Rochester police, and members of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office—tried to serve an arrest warrant on Vinewood Place.

Police say that when they encountered James, he tried to retreat into a residence. While the officers attempted to apprehend James, they say he produced a handgun. One round was fired and it struck him in the upper body, according to state police.

Although lifesaving techniques were attempted, James died at the scene. Police say that no shots were fired by officers during the incident.

Police also say there was one other person at the residence at the time of the incident, and the victim’s family has been notified. The New York Attorney General’s Office was reportedly notified and is working with state police and the Rochester Police Department as the investigation continues.

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See the Great Forest Park Balloon Glow and Race in St. Louis this weekend

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Organizers are excited to welcome people back to the recently renovated Emerson Central Fields in Forest Park for the next two days. FOX 2 and News 11 are proud sponsors of the event.

Friday night, the Balloon Glow takes place, where spectators can roam among inflated, tethered balloons. The fun begins at 5:00 p.m. and the balloons will glow from dusk to 9:00 p.m. Fireworks cap off the night at 9:15 p.m.

The festival and race of 50 balloons is on Saturday. Central Fields opens at Noon with live music, great food, the Purina Pro Plan Performance dogs, and family activities. Skydivers perform at 3 p.m. The race is on at 4:30 with the launch on the “hare” balloon. The hound balloons give chase at 4:45 p.m.

Where the balloons will end up depends on the weather, which looks great for the weekend. Winds on Saturday are expected out of the northeast, so look for the balloons to drift south and west of Forest Park.

The balloons couldn’t launch in 2019 because of high winds. Last year, organizers created an alternative pandemic event called Lift Up St. Louis.

Learn more: www.greatforestparkballoonrace.com

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Biden, world leaders try to hammer out next steps on climate change

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Washington — President Joe Biden tried to hammer out the world’s next steps against rapidly worsening climate change in a private, virtual session with a small group of other global leaders Friday, and announced a new U.S.-European pledge to cut climate-wrecking methane leaks.

Ever-grimmer findings from scientists this year that the world is nearing the point where the level of climate damage from burning oil, gas and coal becomes catastrophic and irreversible “represent a code red for humanity,” Biden said at the session’s outset.

“We have to act and we have to act now,” Biden said, speaking on a specially erected White House set that showed virtual arrays of solar panels in the background and a wall of other global leaders listening on screens.

He cited his tour earlier this month of communities hit by relentless wildfires in California and Hurricane Ida in the northeastern U.S. and the Gulf — evidence that warnings of natural disasters worsening in number and severity as the climate warms already are becoming reality.

Drought and rising temperatures have made California’s wildfire season virtually year-round now, state fire officials say. And a study out this year concluded sea rise caused by global warming contributed $8 billion in additional damage to 2012′s Superstorm Sandy.

“Over the last two weeks, I’ve traveled across the United States to see the damage and destruction,” Biden said. “Climate continues to change across Europe, Africa and Latin America, and you’ve endured massive flooding.”

The Biden administration billed the meeting as a chance for some of the world leaders to strategize how to achieve big, fast cuts in climate-wrecking petroleum and coal emissions. The administration also is trying to re-establish the United States’ Major Economies Forum — a climate group set up by President Barack Obama and revived by Biden – as a significant forum for international climate negotiations.

Friday’s meeting followed a much bigger and splashier virtual White House climate summit in April that saw scores of heads of governments — representing allies and rivals, and big economies and small — making sweeping speeches about the need for action against climate change.

The provided list of Friday’s attendees included only nine leaders: those of Argentina, Bangladesh, Indonesia, South Korea, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the European Council, European Union Commission and United Nations.

China, India and Russia, with the United States, are the nations that emit the most climate-damaging gases from the production and burning of oil, natural gas and coal, and there was no word on their leaders’ taking part.

Climate advocates have stressed the importance of the U.S. coordinating with Europe and Asia for a joint front in coaxing China, which emits more climate-damaging fumes than the rest of the developed world combined, to move faster on cutting its use of dirty-burning coal-fired power plants in particular.

Biden, in the public opening of the otherwise private talks, also discussed a new U.S. agreement with the European Union aiming at cutting the two entities’ emissions of methane 30% by the end of this decade. Methane is one of the most potent agents of climate damage, gushing up by the ton from countless uncapped oil and gas rigs, leaky natural gas pipelines, and other oil and gas facilities.

Fred Krupp, president of the nonprofit Environmental Defense Fund, said cutting methane pollution is the single fastest, most effective strategy to slow the rate of warming.

A 30% reduction in methane pollution should be only “the entry point for this critical conversation. Many countries can and should aim even higher,” Krupp said.

The pledge comes as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is set to propose stricter rules against methane emissions for the oil and gas sector, as laid out in one of Biden’s first executive orders.

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Buri Ram’s meatballs sales rocket 3,333% after BLACKPINK’s Lisa said they were her favorite

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Thai street food vendors in Buri Ram station saw a massive influx of customers after BLACKPINK’s Lalisa “Lisa” Manoban revealed one of her favorite foods could only be found there. 

Her favorite street food: On the Woody Show for her first Thai TV interview after releasing her solo album on Sept. 11, Lisa, 24, said it has been over a year since she visited her home province of Buri Ram because of COVID-19 restrictions, Bangkok Post reported.

  • In the interview, show host Vuthithorn “Woody” Milintachinda asked the Thai-born K-pop star what she would do when she returned home, to which she replied, “pay respect to my grandfather.”
  • However, she was immediately surprised when Woody asked her if she missed eating Yuen Kin meatballs, a traditional delicacy popular in the province. “How do you know?” she exclaimed. “They’re really popular. People buy and eat them right away at Buri Ram train station.” Woody then exclaimed, “I know it’s your favorite, they don’t have it in Korea?” She replied with, “Sadly, no, there isn’t anything like that.” 
  • Lisa then explained that the highlight of the popular street food is the sauce, Thai chili paste, which can only be found in the station. “That place is so good. You can’t find it anywhere else,” she said.
  • Woody shocked Lisa again when he asked her, “Wait, so your favorite sauce is the Thai chili paste?” After the singer confirmed the question, Woody pointed out that the stalls they were referring to in the conversation were the only ones that offer Thai chili paste as a dipping sauce.

More customers: Days after the interview, vendors at Buri Ram station suddenly saw an influx of customers from outside the province placing online orders to try Lisa’s favorite food.

  • Arunsri Kamnerdklang, owner of Yai Pha, and Ratchanok Maneewan, owner of Je Nok Kok, told the Bangkok Post that their sales have suffered due to the pandemic. However, Lisa’s interview skyrocketed their earnings from a few hundred baht to more than 10,000 baht ($300) a day.
  • The vendors in Buri Ram station are now offering the same Thai chili paste that Lisa and Woody mentioned in the interview. To show their appreciation, Arunsri and Ratchanok said the artist would receive Yuen Kin meatballs and the sauce of her choice when she visited them.
  • A bottle of their famous sauce costs around 60 to 100 baht ($1.81 to $3) while a skewer of the popular freshly fried meatballs with dipping sauce sells for 5 to 10 baht ($0.15 to $0.30).
  • Bordin Ruengsuksriwong, the provincial Tourism Industry Council president, said vendors are entertaining about 2,000 orders per day, a significant increase in their business, even compared to before the COVID-19 pandemic.

New album: Lisa’s interview came days after the singer released the single “Lalisa” from her solo album of the same name and subsequently broke Taylor Swift’s YouTube record with more than 73.6 million views on debut. The music video now has over 160 million views as of this writing.

  • Lisa is the third BLACKPINK member to debut a solo album this year, according to Billboard. Rosé, whose real name is Roseanne Park, made her solo debut in March, while Jennie Kim released her solo single “Solo” in 2018.
  • Lalisa” ranked No. 1 on the Gaon Albums chart in South Korea after its release. The achievement was marked as the artist’s first entry into the chart on her own.

Featured Image via BLACKPINK (left), ข่าวช่องวัน (right)

 

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Hot Property: Lincoln mid-century modern available for first time

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You don’t even have to swoon over mid-century modern architecture to fall head over post-and-beam for 64 Baker Bridge Road in Lincoln.

Offered on the market for the first time, the 1956 jewel has an impressive architectural pedigree behind its good looks. Reading like a Who’s Who of modernism, the home was originally designed by Carl Koch on more than 10 acres abutting conservation land. And who better than to site the home just-so on those 10 acres than then-neighbor Walter Gropius himself.

Following a 1968 expansion by Walter Hill of Hoover & Hill, the home has been cared for and updated by a family that treasured its historical significance. As a result, the home retains its singular character and “bones” — recently spiffed up with new hardwood flooring and fresh paint.

The single-floor property flows in an L shape, with living and dining on one axis and sleeping quarters on the other, all under a sculptural butterfly roof and cathedral ceilings.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a mid-mod without walls of glass, clerestory windows, and the trademark inside-outside construction. What better way to enjoy the surrounding gardens and landscape than to celebrate them year-round? A step-down dining room includes a Koch trademark — a rubber tree growing in the inside corner, roots on the outside.

Concord grapes, a mulberry tree, peach tree, and a focal garden make use of the natural terrain and flow of the hillside for a natural sanctuary, one that benefits from incredible sunsets over the hill.

There are three bedrooms and 3.5 baths in the more than 2,800-square-foot property. A four-car garage offers car enthusiasts, artists, and hobbyists bonus space.

The property is on the market for $1,649,000 The sale is represented by Terry Perlmutter with Barrett Sotheby’s International Realty, 617-519-5179.

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Coronavirus Friday update: Thirteen more deaths and 2,645 more infections

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Minnesota recorded 13 more COVID-19 deaths Friday and 2,645 new infections, according to the state Department of Health.

Those whose deaths were reported ranged in age from their 30s to their 90s with 11 residing in private homes and two in assisted living. Twelve of the deaths happened in September and one in February 2021.

Minnesota’s death toll is 7,983 since the pandemic began with 4,601 fatalities in long-term care. More than 92 percent of deaths have been seniors.

There are 719 patients hospitalized including 208 in critical condition. An estimated 15,700 people with active infections are recovering at home.

Minnesota has diagnosed 681,613 coronavirus infection since March 2020. Of those who tested positive, 657,145 have recovered enough they no longer need to be isolated.

Test-positivity remains at about 7 percent, which is above the 5 percent threshold health officials use to determine if an outbreak is under control. The overall rate of new cases and hospitalizations is remains in the high-risk category.

Nearly all new infections in Minnesota are believed to be caused by the more contagious delta variant.

Health officials say vaccination is the best way to avoid a severe COVID-19 infection. Of the 3 million Minnesotans who are fully vaccinated, 99 percent have not reported a breakthrough infection.

Minnesota has administered 6.3 million doses of vaccine and 3.3 million residents have gotten at least one shot. About 71 percent of the eligible population, age 12 and older, has gotten at least one shot.

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