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Prince Andrew’s FBI Probes The Epstein Child Sex Trafficking Ring

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The FBI extended its study of Jeffrey Epstein by testing Prince Andrew’s relationship with the deceased pedophile billionaire.

Virginia Roberts Giuffre, a former child sex slave, had formally accused York’s Duke of having sex with her as a minor.

In 2015, the UK Metropolitan Police mysteriously dropped the test. The FBI hid Prince Andrew’s participation in the offenses according to a former Palm Beach County sheriff who worked in Epstein’s child sex case in 2009.

Dailymail.co.uk reports: The Federal Investigative Bureau will now question about 100 victims aged 14 to 15 when Epstein has committed supposed sex trafficking.

Prince Andrew allegedly encountered Epstein in 1999, and the royal flew on the financial jet twice, including with Giuffre once in 2001.

It is asserted that Giuffre’s 35-year-old account is not the only one the FBI, which has already recognized 80 victims of the Prince Andrew 59, examines.

In 2013 he also toured Epstein’s home in New York and claimed that more witnesses could disclose information of his relationship with Epstein.

The US inquiry focuses on several prospective victims with the hope that they can explain Prince Andrew in more detail and his relationship with Epstein,’ the US Department of Justice sources told the Sunday Times. They will not reject[ Andrew allegations] because they are a royal person.’ The paper reports that officers of Scotland Yard have been briefed and are prepared for inquiry.

The Sunday Times revealed that alleged victims will be interviewed over the next two months.

Prince Andrew rejected the claims against him repeatedly and declared that they were “false” and “without foundation.”

Buckingham Palace has mentioned earlier denials of his relationship with Epstein who was waiting for a trial after dozens of women were accused of sex trafficking when he murdered himself.

But the British royal didn’t speak to clear his name lately.

Former Head of Royal Protection in Scotland Yard, Dai Davies, who supervised Prince Andrew’s safety in the early 1990s said that a test was essential when it came to public welfare in Britain.

Davies added to The Sunday Times: “I would have believed that it was in Prince Andrew’s interest to clarify this question. A clear and unambiguously structured investigation should remedy any doubt and innuendo residue.’ John Mark Dougan, former deputy of the sheriff of the Marine and former Palm Beach County and now living in Russia, had been working at the Sheriff’s office in 2005, the year in which he began to investigate Jeffrey Epstein and could still have in-house information regarding Epstein and Prince Andrew.

I’m sure the FBI is covering Epstein some kind of,’ Dougan told the Times. That could definitely involve Andrew or that senior FBI visitors could not disclose it.’ Dougan escaped the USA in 2016 while being tested for an unrelated cases of hacking and accusing policemen of child abuse, corruption and Nazism.

He argues that he has backups of the ancient case records.

I will never release my copies of the documents unless something unpleasant occurs to me because they ensure security for me and my family in the United States,’ Dougan said.

In the meantime, Prince Andrew has recruited a fresh Special Advisor to lead a PR ‘ fightback’ after the Epstein scandal.

Jason Stein, who at Westminster has established a reputation as’ Dark Arts Master,’ will begin next month as the Duke’s Communications Secretary.

Mr. Stein, 28, was out of office previously this month when Ms. Amber Rudd resigned as Secretary of the Office of Work and Pensions in protest at 21 Tory MPs ‘ whip removal following rebellion against the government to prevent a No Deal Brexit.

Earlier this month, Virginia Roberts Giuffre came to American TV to repeat that she was forced by Epstein three times to have sex with the Duke, the first in 2001 at the age of 17.

The Prince vehemently rejects the accusations that a US judge dropped in 2015 as “immaterial and impertinent.’

A spokesperson for the palace of Buckingham stated that:’ The Duke of York is emphatically refused any type of sexual contact or relations with Virginia Roberts. In a 2017 journal interview, Andrew acknowledged that he had nothing to do with the criticism and that he said:’ You don’t get it right all the time. It doesn’t bother me. It doesn’t bother me. It’s just part of the wealthy tapestry of life.’ Last night Mr Stein and Buckingham Palace refused to comment.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A news report says Missouri’s decision to allow open containers of alcohol in vehicles is diverting millions of dollars from road construction to safety programs.

KCUR-FM says an investigation found that Missouri has given up roughly $370 million in highway construction funds since 2001 for failing to comply with federal safety policies.

Missouri lets passengers drink in moving vehicles, which violates federal safety laws and forces the state to divert a percentage of road construction funds from federal programs to fund safety initiatives.

The diverted money goes to infrastructure improvements like guard cables and behavioral campaigns like DWI enforcement.

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Kiszla: Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has taken ownership of Broncos and Drew Lock isn’t getting team back anytime soon

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This is Teddy Bridgewater’s team. He has taken ownership of the Broncos. And Drew Lock isn’t getting them back anytime soon. Not this year. Maybe never.

While Bridgewater produced magic on the field in his debut with Denver, the most significant moment of the team’s season-opening, 27-13 victory against the New York Giants might have taken place on the sideline, when outside linebacker Von Miller congratulated Teddy B on a job well done and declared: “I ain’t felt that in a while, since 18 was here, man.”

For more than five years, Miller and everyone in Broncos Country have been impatiently waiting for a worthy heir to Peyton Manning, who last wore No. 18 for Denver when the team won Super Bowl 50.

“I told Teddy the truth. He definitely has this vibe about him that guys want to play for,” said Miller, when asked about his conversation with Bridgewater. “Guys believe in Teddy. He’s a veteran in this league. He’s sat behind Drew Brees (in New Orleans). He was on track to win MVP with the Minnesota Vikings, so he knows how to do it. He carries himself in a way that people want to play for him, and people believe in him.”

Get a glowing endorsement from the Vonster and you’re golden in the Denver locker room. Despite the claims by coach Vic Fangio that the offseason competition between Bridgewater and Lock was a 50-50 proposition, it seems more apparent every day that maybe there really was never much doubt which quarterback would be the starter.

The truth often leaks in dribs and drabs, until the floodgates open in a moment of candor from Miller. Vonster insisted his kudos for Bridgewater were supposed to be private, despite the fact Miller agreed to suit up with a microphone for the road game against the Giants.

“I kind of forgot that I was mic’d up. I don’t like putting stuff out there. That was a moment for me and Teddy, but it’s out there,” said Miller, who meant no disrespect to Lock.

From the jump, conventional wisdom touted Bridgewater as the safer and wiser choice to open the season as the starter, with the Broncos facing three bad teams (the Giants, Jacksonville and the Jets) that would trot out three unproven NFL QBs (Daniel Jones, Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson) in September.

But barring an injury to Bridgewater, it’s difficult to envision him surrendering the starting job to Lock at any point during this season, especially after demonstrating against the Giants that he can be more than a solid game manager.

Consider Miller officially wowed by Bridgewater’s 4-yard touchdown pass to tight end Albert Okwuegbunam that put the Broncos ahead 17-7 in the third quarter.

“It was a fourth down in the game where he kind of like stuttered and stiffed armed a guy and threw it to ‘Albert O.’ That’s just heart. Nobody can draw it up. No coach on our coaching staff or in the NFL can teach you how to do that,” Miller said.

“Teddy had to fight to go out there and win for the football team. Some of the things that he says and some of the things he tells everybody before games …. Me personally, I just believe that, and I’m a hard guy to just believe everything that everybody says. You can definitely feel it with Teddy. I told Teddy, I think that was toward the end of the game. I saw him, and I just told him I’m a firm believer in giving people their flowers while they are still here. Teddy, he definitely deserves the love, for sure.”

Bad quarterback play allows doubt to fester in the one position where there can be no lack of faith by teammates.

For five years, Denver lacked a quarterback that had the full trust of the locker room

After Bridgewater was named the starter, I believed the debate was far from over and not only anticipated a QB controversy at the first sign of trouble, but also fully expected Lock would get a shot to be the leading man in the Denver huddle for at least a half dozen games this season.

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Howie Carr: The tawdry tales of the Friends of Karyn Polito

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If anybody ever writes a book about the lieutenant governor of Massachusetts, they should call it, “The Friends of Karyn Polito.”

That would be a play on the title of the classic George V. Higgins novel and movie “The Friends of Eddie Coyle.” It’s about a small-time career grifter who keeps getting mixed up with sleazy criminals who were always jammed up with the law.

Sound familiar?

This month would be a big chapter in that new book, because right now the Friends of Karyn (FOK’s) are paying the price for their tawdry sticky-fingered misdeeds.

Just check out this photo gallery. All these FOK’s are taking the fall right now.

Let’s start with the former mayor of Fall River, Jasiel Correia. On Monday he’ll be in federal court in Boston for sentencing — the feds want him to do 11 years for running the city of Fall River as a racketeering enterprise, shaking down $600,000 from drug dealers, taking kickbacks from employees, failing to pay income taxes, etc. etc.

In 2016, the woman known to one and all as Pay to Play traveled to Fall River for Jasiel’s first inauguration. She tweeted out multiple pictures of herself with the young Democrat statesman.

“Great to administer the Oath of Office,” she gushed. “Looking forward to working together.”

In 2018, five weeks before his first arrest, Correia endorsed Pay to Play and the failed governor, Charlie Baker, for re-election.

Oddly, Karyn has not written a pre-sentencing letter of support for her pal. But then again, she was also a no-show at last week’s sentencing of another of her FOK’s: ex-Rep. Dave Nangle of Lowell.

Like Correia, Nangle was stealing hot stoves without gloves — and then coming back for the smoke.

When Nangle wasn’t committing wire fraud (10 counts), bank fraud (4 counts), making false statements to a bank (4 counts) and filing false tax returns (5 counts), he was giving $600 to Karyn Polito’s campaign and making TV spots for her re-election effort.

Sadly, Nangle will not be involved in Pay to Play’s next campaign – he’s spending the next 15 months in Club Fed.

Did I mention that in the House, Nangle served as chairman of the Ethics Committee? Of course he did. He’s an FOK.

Have you noticed how much Karyn loves selfies? She used to pose all the time with ex-state trooper Leigha Genduso. Remember her?  Leigha was a gangster’s live-in moll who was Karyn’s BFF because they’re both from Shrewsbury.

Genduso became a Mass. State trooper after committing perjury before a federal grand jury investigating her hoodlum sugar daddy.

Finally, this Friend of Karyn admitted to the G-men that she herself was a drug dealer and abuser, not to mention that she laundered money and evaded income taxes (just like those other FOK’s Correia and Nangle).

After admitting all her felonies, this FOK was hired as a $145,000-a-year state trooper. Another nationwide search!

Check out the many happy Internet photos of Genduso and Polito, often with former state police Lt. Col. Dan Risteen. When Genduso was finally forced off the job, her dear friend Risteen, another FOK, soon, uh, resigned from the MSP with a $161,598 annual pension.

Then Risteen became “director of research and security” for Teamsters Local 25, whose thug boss Sean O’Brien was once suspended from the national organization for threatening dissidents in Rhode Island.

Then there’s Polito’s close ally on the Republican State Committee, Tom “Mount ‘em” Mountain.

Just last weekend, Pay to Play had her picture snapped with the disgraced former GOP vice chairman at the 9/11 commemoration in the city of Newton.

Even after all these other embarrassing photos with all her FOK’s, Pay to Play had no compunction about having her picture taken with Mount ‘em Mountain.

Mount ‘em was in the news a lot this summer. First, he was thundering about how a state committeewoman from western Mass. had to resign because she was “immoral.” What she’d done was express her opposition to gay marriage.

Mountain went holier than thou because he wanted to depose the conservative GOP chairman, Jim Lyons. But then somebody got ahold of what appear to be Mount ‘em’s own social media postings. Yikes.

Now the state committee has a pending resolution at its next meeting Sept. 29 censuring Mount ‘Em Mountain for his scandalous behavior and demanding his resignation. One sure bet: Karyn will be a no-show in her pal’s defense.

By the way, at the top of this column, I mentioned the great novel “The Friends of Eddie Coyle.”

Check out Polito’s financial reports. On July 26, she grabbed $1,000 from a guy at Wayne Roofing Systems in West Roxbury. His name is Eddie Coyle. In 2017, Eddie Coyle gave her another grand.

In other words, Karyn Polito is one of the Friends of Eddie Coyle, and Eddie Coyle is one of the Friends of Karyn Polito.

Truth really is stranger than fiction.

(Listen to Howie 3-7 p.m. weekdays on AM 680 WRKO.)

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Hoang Murphy announces candidacy for MN House of Representatives 67A 

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Hoang Murphy announced his candidacy for the Minnesota House of Representatives for St. Paul’s District 67A Saturday, challenging incumbent Rep. John Thompson should he be on the 2022 ballot.

The announcement comes after Minnesota House Democrats voted to expel Rep. John Thompson from their caucus on Sept. 14. Thompson says he will continue to serve in the Legislature as an independent.

Murphy, a lifelong Minnesotan and the son of immigrants who fled Vietnam, said in a news release he wants to focus on issues like affordable housing, creating union jobs and equitable education and resource allocation.

Thompson is representing St. Paul’s East Side until his two-year term is over in November 2022. He has not publicly announced his intentions for 2022.

In 2018, Murphy founded Foster Advocates, an organization intended to let people impacted by systems of oppression identify problems and create solutions, according to the release.

In 2021, he drafted The Fostering Higher Education Act, which starting in fall 2022 will allow Minnesotans under 27 years old who were in foster care after age 13 to attend participating colleges for free.

“We have a responsibility to upend systems of inequity. This responsibility is calling me to run for state representative,” Murphy wrote in the release. “Our kids deserve better, our community needs more resources, I am running because we can’t wait.”

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Man who kicked woman down NYC subway station escalator has been arrested, police say

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Police had previously asked for help identifying this man in connection with a Brooklyn subway station assault. (NYPD)

BOERUM HILL, Brooklyn (WPIX) – Police arrested a suspect accused of kicking a woman inside a New York City subway station, sending her falling down an escalator, authorities said Friday.

Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said on Twitter the suspect, identified by police as Bradley K. Hill, was taken into custody. Shea also thanked detectives for apprehending the man.

Video from the Sept. 9 attack showed the man had passed the woman on the escalator. After a brief verbal exchange, he kicked the 32-year-old woman in the chest, then fled from the Brooklyn subway station.

Warning: Video below contains graphic footage. Viewer discretion is advised.

The woman suffered cuts and bruises to her back, arms, legs, right knee and right thigh, as well as trauma to her left ankle. She refused medical attention at the scene, police said.

Hill, 32, of Brooklyn, was charged with assault and attempted assault, according to the NYPD.

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First family of Afghan refugees arrive in Kansas City, Mo.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The first family of Afghanistan refugees has arrived in Kansas City as resettlement agencies in the area prepare for hundreds more.

Mayor Quinton Lucas tweeted that he was “proud” of the city for “welcoming all people” in announcing the family’s arrival. He said they represented the first of 550 Afghan refugees who will arrive in Kansas City.

More than 100,000 people were airlifted out of Kabul in a chaotic exodus late last month after President Joe Biden announced that U.S. troops would withdraw, and the Taliban seized control of strife-torn Afghanistan in just a few weeks.

Thousands more Afghans want to leave.

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Keeler: Brendon Lewis? Broken. Karl Dorrell’s coaching staff? Broken. Offensive line? Broken. Folsom Field? Broken. Time for CU Buffs to blow it up and start over.

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BOULDER — The loudest cheer from the student section came early into halftime, when a Buffs fan wearing gold-and-black overalls and not much else came charging out of the undergraduate throng and onto Folsom Field.

Skippy McOveralls ran untouched into the north end zone before security corralled him out of bounds.

It was the closest anybody wearing CU colors got to breaking the plane all stinking day.

“Offensively, we’re struggling in a number of areas,” Buffs coach Karl Dorrell said after his era hit a new nadir Saturday in a 30-0 loss to Minnesota, the program’s first shutout home loss in nearly 10 years.

“And it’s not just the quarterback. It’s protection, it’s the run game, it’s receivers, it’s backs, it’s everything. It’s one of those things right now (where) we’re going to have to wipe the slate clean and start all over and try to figure out how to do some semblance of offense and how to get some things back going.”

The defense is gassed. The passing game is painful. The Buffs’ leading rusher on Saturday was the backup quarterback, freshman Drew Carter. Nine yards. Two carries. If you want a stat to sum up the day, start there. The rest, cover your eyes.

The Buffs (1-2) play like strangers, which is what happens when your head coach doesn’t trust your offensive coordinator, your offensive coordinator doesn’t trust his quarterback, your wideouts don’t trust their quarterback, your quarterback no longer trusts his offensive line, and your linebackers can’t trust anybody. A two-score deficit feels like five right now.

“You’ve just got to look at yourself in the mirror, as a man,” junior defensive stopper Carson Wells said. “And you’ve got to physically come back (Sunday) with a better mindset and get ready to work again.”

CU’s offense? Whatever this is, it ain’t working.

Blow it up. Start over. The Gophers (2-1), buoyed by a breakfast pep talk by alum and former Broncos linebacker Karl Mecklenburg, are better than they looked at home against Miami of Ohio. Not this much better.

Ohio State shredded the Gophs for 495 yards in the Twin Cities in the opener for both programs. Miami’s RedHawks followed that up with 341 yards on Minny in Week 2, 237 through the air.

The Buffs managed 7 net yards at the break. On 25 plays. They collected 56 more yards the rest of the way.

Over its last eight quarters, against a good defense (Texas A&M) and an OK defense (Minnesota), CU has run 108 plays for 323 yards — 2.99 yards per snap — and scored seven points.

“As the head coach, I have to look at everything,” Dorrell said.

Including the mirror. It’s not just them, Coach. It’s you. It’s all of you.

Freshman Brendon Lewis might be the quarterback of the future, but the present looks unsightly. His windup is slow and deliberate, his eyes usually locked and fixed on the target. It’s a credit to the kid that he’s only been picked off once through three games, but every snap feels like a giant roll of the dice.

And we’ve heard all the arguments, why this staff is hellbent on trying to turn a running quarterback into a passer. Brenden Rice, Dimitri Stanley and Daniel Arias are allegedly too good to waste as blockers or decoys? Maybe.

The Buffs are a Lewis hamstring pull away from trotting out Carter at quarterback against Power 5 defenses? That didn’t stop the coaching staff from chucking the teen into the mix after the score was 23-0.

And that’s where you feel the vacuum of JT Shrout’s shredded knee and Sam Noyer taking the transfer portal express to Oregon State. And again, we get it: The more you use Lewis’ best weapon, his legs, the more risk you take that one or both of those legs wind up mangled.

Mind you, that’s assuming this offensive line doesn’t get him flattened first.

“That was a complete beatdown,” Dorrell said. “In every phase.”

UNC was the warm-up. Texas A&M was the reach. Only the football gods handed the Buffs a gift at Empower Field, a backup quarterback who wasn’t remotely prepared for the circumstances. The Aggies escaped anyway.

But this one, against the Gophers, was supposed to be the first fair barometer for where this roster really was. A pair of bowl-hopeful middleweights trading punches for the lunchtime crowd.

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Sonia Chang-Diaz endorses Michelle Wu for mayor

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Jamaica Plain State Sen. and gubernatorial hopeful Sonia Chang-Diaz endorsed Michelle Wu for the mayor of Boston during a rally in the South End on Saturday.

“I want vision and delivery in my candidate,” she said of her endorsement of Wu. “It is a status quo-preserving lie that we cannot have both, and that we have to choose between those two things. We’ve got both right here.”

Chang-Diaz was referencing Wu’s ideas that can be seen as too “pie-in-the-sky,” such as free public transportation and extensive public housing. “I know that Michelle will be able to work with all levels of government to get things done because she has already been doing it,” noting that Wu is often “in the trenches” in working toward these policies.

Wu will face off against fellow City Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George in the November mayoral election after topping the vote count with 35,888 votes to Essaibi-George’s 24,186 votes. The two women knocked out Andrea Campbell, who came in third, Acting Mayor Kim Janey, who came in fourth, and John Barros, who came in fifth.

Chang-Diaz, who became the first Hispanic woman elected to the Massachusetts Senate in 2008, announced in late June that she would be running for governor.

Aside from Chang-Diaz, former state Sen. Ben Downing and Harvard professor Danielle Allen, all Democrats, have all announced gubernatorial runs. Former state Rep. Geoff Diehl has announced a run as a Republican. Gov. Charlie Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and Attorney General Maura Healey, all potential candidates, have not yet announced their plans.

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By MARCIA DUNN

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Four space tourists safely ended their trailblazing trip to orbit Saturday with a splashdown in the Atlantic off the Florida coast.

Their SpaceX capsule parachuted into the ocean just before sunset, not far from where their chartered flight began three days earlier.

The all-amateur crew was the first to circle the world without a professional astronaut.

The billionaire who paid undisclosed millions for the trip and his three guests wanted to show that ordinary people could blast into orbit by themselves, and SpaceX founder Elon Musk took them on as the company’s first rocket-riding tourists.

“Your mission has shown the world that space is for all of us,” SpaceX Mission Control radioed.

“It was a heck of a ride for us … just getting started,” replied trip sponsor Jared Isaacman, referring to the growing number of private flights on the horizon.

SpaceX’s fully automated Dragon capsule reached an unusually high altitude of 363 miles (585 kilometers) after Wednesday night’s liftoff. Surpassing the International Space Station by 100 miles (160 kilometers), the passengers savored views of Earth through a big bubble-shaped window added to the top of the capsule.

The four streaked back through the atmosphere early Saturday evening, the first space travelers to end their flight in the Atlantic since Apollo 9 in 1969. SpaceX’s two previous crew splashdowns — carrying astronauts for NASA — were in the Gulf of Mexico.

Within a few minutes, a pair of SpaceX boats pulled up alongside the bobbing capsule. When the hatch was opened on the recovery ship, health care worker Hayley Arceneaux was the first one out, flashing a big smile and thumbs up.

All appeared well and happy.

Next up: A helicopter ride back to shore for a reunion with their families at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, scene of their launch Wednesday night.

This time, NASA was little more than an encouraging bystander, its only tie being the Kennedy launch pad once used for the Apollo moonshots and shuttle crews, but now leased by SpaceX.

Isaacman, 38, an entrepreneur and accomplished pilot, aimed to raise $200 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Donating $100 million himself, he held a lottery for one of the four seats. He also held a competition for clients of his Allentown, Pennsylvania payment-processing business, Shift4 Payments.

Joining him on the flight were Arceneaux, 29, a St. Jude physician assistant who was treated at the Memphis, Tennessee hospital nearly two decades ago for bone cancer, and contest winners Chris Sembroski, 42, a data engineer in Everett, Washington, and Sian Proctor, 51, a community college educator, scientist and artist from Tempe, Arizona.

Strangers until March, they spent six months training and preparing for potential emergencies during the flight, dubbed Inspiration4. Most everything appeared to go well, leaving them time to chat with St. Jude patients, conduct medical tests on themselves, ring the closing bell for the New York Stock Exchange, and do some drawing and ukulele playing.

Arceneaux, the youngest American in space and the first with a prosthesis, assured her patients, “I was a little girl going through cancer treatment just like a lot of you, and if I can do this, you can do this.”

They also took calls from Tom Cruise, interested in his own SpaceX flight to the space station for filming, and the rock band U2′s Bono.

Even their space menu wasn’t typical: Cold pizza and sandwiches, but also pasta Bolognese and Mediterranean lamb.

Before beginning descent, Sembroski was so calm that he was seen in the capsule watching the 1987 Mel Brooks’ film “Spaceballs” on his tablet.

Aside from trouble with a toilet fan and a bad temperature sensor, the flight went exceedingly well, officials said

“A very clean mission from start to finish,” said Benji Reed, a SpaceX senior director.

Nearly 600 people have reached space — a scorecard that began 60 years ago and is expected to soon skyrocket as space tourism heats up.

Congratulations streamed in, including from the Association of Space Explorers to its four newest members.

Reed anticipates as many as six private flights a year for SpaceX, sandwiched between astronaut launches for NASA. Four SpaceX flights are already booked to carry paying customers to the space station, accompanied by former NASA astronauts. The first is targeted for early next year with three businessmen paying $55 million apiece. Russia also plans to take up an actor and film director for filming next month and a Japanese tycoon in December.

Customers interested in quick space trips are turning to Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin. The two rode their own rockets to the fringes of space in July to spur ticket sales; their flights lasted 10 to 15 minutes.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Albany County Executive Dan McCoy provided the latest report on the county’s progress on vaccinations and controlling the spread of the coronavirus. 

As of Friday, it is reported that 70.7% of all Albany County residents have received at least the first dose of the vaccine, and 64.9% have been fully vaccinated. The first dose vaccination rate for the county’s 18+ population is now up to 81.7%. More information on vaccination rates can be found at the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker at the link here.

County Executive McCoy announced that the total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Albany County is now at 27,875 to date, with 104 new positive cases identified since Friday. The county’s five-day average of new daily positive cases is now up to 87.4. Albany County’s most recent seven-day average of percent positive rates is still 4.6%, and the Capital Region’s average rate is now down to 4.2%.

Among the new daily cases of COVID identified in the county, 32 reportedly had close contacts to positive cases, 64 did not have clear sources of infection at this time, five reported traveling out of state and seven are healthcare workers or residents of congregate living settings.

Health officials say there are now 555 active cases in the county, up from 498 Friday. The number of people under mandatory quarantine increased to 1170 from 977. So far 87,397 people have completed quarantine to date. Of those who completed quarantine, 27,320 of them had tested positive and recovered – an increase of 43 additional recoveries.

The County Executive reported that there were three new hospitalizations since Friday, and 35 county residents are now hospitalized with the virus. There are currently seven patients in ICU’s, unchanged from yesterday. There are no new COVID deaths to report, and the death toll for Albany County still stands at 400 since the outbreak began.

“We’ve reported triple digit increases in new positive cases for three days in a row and are hospitalizations for the last week have remained at our highest levels since March,” said County Executive McCoy. “Albany County continues to offer COVID-19 vaccination clinics at our health department and with partners at community events to get more people vaccinated and to help curb the spread. Getting a vaccine shot is your best protection against serious illness should you become infected with the virus in the future.”

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