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Vaccine passport coming to Massachusetts ‘soon’, says Charlie Baker

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Vaccine passport coming to Massachusetts ‘soon’, says Charlie Baker

A digital QR code-based vaccine passport is coming “soon” to Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker said.

His administration, he announced, has “been talking to a lot of other states about” creating an app that would streamline vaccine verification using the scannable quick response codes called QR codes.

“Here’s my QR code,” the governor said, showing the app during an appearance on GBH’s “Boston Public Radio” on Monday.

“That’s my proof that I’ve been vaccinated. It’s easy to access. It’s a universal standard and we’ve been working with a bunch of other states — probably 15 or 20 of them — to try to create a single QR code that can be used for all sorts of things where people may choose to require a vaccine,” he added.

It’s Baker’s latest about-face in his ongoing and ever-evolving response to the coronavirus pandemic.

In April, as vaccines were still being distributed in Massachusetts and across the nation, Baker said there would be no vaccine verification system in the Bay State. At the time, he said, “I think having a conversation about creating a barrier before people have even had an opportunity to be eligible to be vaccinated — let’s focus on getting people vaccinated.”

He had previously made similar statements banishing vaccine mandates on which he later reversed course.

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Events ready to entertain St. Louisans this weekend

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Events ready to entertain St. Louisans this weekend

ST. LOUIS – Looking for something to do this weekend? We’ve found a few special events and some St. Louis favorite spots that are ready for you.

Dino & Dragon Stroll
America’s Center – Downtown St. Louis
Saturday – 8:30 a.m. – Sensory Friendly Session
Saturday – 10:00a.m. – 4:00p.m.
Sunday – 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Take a walk through the Mesozoic Era amongst prehistoric dinosaurs from the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. Get up close to winged, horned and fire breathing dragons.
Note: Face coverings are required at all times while in the facility for guests 5 years of age and over
https://www.etix.com/ticket/e/1023863/dino-dragon-stroll-stlouis-lake-orion-dino-dragon-stroll-stlouis

Monster Jam 2022
The Dome at America’s Center
Saturday: 7pm, Sunday 2pm
Monster Jam features some of the most recognizable trucks in the world including Grave Digger, Max D, El Toro Loco and many more. World class drivers push perfectly engineered Monster Jam trucks to their limits in Freestyle, 2 Wheel Skills and Racing competitions that will put you on the edge of your seat and leave you craving more.
Note: Face coverings are required at all times while in the facility
https://www.monsterjam.com/en-US/events/st-louis-mo/jan-22-2022-jan-23-2022

Mardi Gras: Family Winter Carnival
The St. Louis Mardi Gras Family Winter Carnival is now an online contest inviting kids across St. Louis to participate in the Shoebox Parade Float Contest.
Learn more: https://stlmardigras.org/events/family-winter-carnival

SLU Women’s Basketball vs. Duquesne
Chaifetz Arena
Saturday: 7pm
http://www.thechaifetzarena.com/events/wbb-slu-vs-duquesne-1

SLU Men’s Basketball vs UMass
Sunday: 1:30pm
http://www.thechaifetzarena.com/events/mbb-slu-vs-umass
Attendees of all Chaifetz Arena events must provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (at least two weeks out from final dose) or a negative test received within 72 hours of the event.

Pawns & Passports: Chess Sets from Around the Globe
World Chess Hall of Fame
Saturday: 9am-5pm, Sunday: Noon to 5pm
Featuring over 1200 sets from over 65 countries, the World Chess Hall of Fame has amassed one of the largest and most diverse chess set collections in the world. From beautiful decorative antique chess sets made from luxury materials to mass-produced sets celebrating the popular culture of different regions, the collection demonstrates how chess has captured the imagination of people around the world. https://worldchesshof.org/exhibit/pawns-and-passports

Beyond Van Gogh
Galleria Mall Parking Lot
Immerse yourself in Vincent Van Gogh’s artwork like you’ve never seen it before. Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience has extended its time in St. Louis.
https://vangoghstlouis.com/

St. Louis Aquarium
Union Station
Filled with thousands of aquatic species from all over the world; an amazing Mirror Maze with a labyrinth of mirrors to entertain the entire family; a three-story Ropes Course with more than 90,000 cubic feet of climbing space and 30 obstacles that take you sky-high. All visitors age 5 and older are required to wear a mask while indoors.
https://www.stlouisaquarium.com/

The Magic House St. Louis Children’s Museum
Kirkwood, MO
Saturday: 9am-5pm, Sunday: 10:30am-5pm
Kids can make a mess, a mud pie – or, both — in the “mud kitchen”; explore a shallow stream and creek bed, make stick castles alongside native Missouri plants all inside at The Magic House. In the Children’s Village, they can climb a ladder into a treehouse, serve pizza in a restaurant, catch a fish in a pretend pond and use some tools to service a car. Make sure to stop by the museum’s new sensory play space, which gives the little ones a chance to explore, sort, classify and organize all kinds of objects. All visitors age 5 and older are required to wear a mask while indoors.

The Missouri Botanical Garden
South St. Louis
Saturday & Sundays: 9am-5pm
Founded in 1859, the Missouri Botanical Garden is one of the nation’s oldest botanical gardens in continuous operation and a National Historic Landmark.
https://discover.missouribotanicalgarden.org/visit
Note: The Butterfly House in Faust Park will be closed for annual maintenance January 1 – 31.

The Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri History Museum, and Saint Louis Science Center remain closed until February due to Covid-19 concerns.

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Broncos meet with Kansas City offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy to complete 10th interview of search

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Broncos meet with Kansas City offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy to complete 10th interview of search

And now come the deliberations.

A whirlwind nine-day trip around the country wrapped up Friday night when Broncos general manager George Paton and his search committee were in Kansas City to interview Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy.

Bieniemy is the 10th candidate to meet with Paton and Co., since coach Vic Fangio was fired on Jan. 9.

According to a source, the Broncos’ contingent was expected to fly back to the Denver area after the Bieniemy interview. They will re-group this weekend to determine which candidates merit a second interview and a possible visit to the Broncos’ facility.

Each of the interviews have lasted 3-4 hours.

The full list of interviews: Detroit defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn (Jan. 13), Green Bay quarterbacks coach Luke Getsy (Jan. 14), Green Bay offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett (Jan. 15), Dallas defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and offensive coordinator Kellen Moore (Tuesday), New England inside linebackers coach Jerod Mayo and Philadelphia defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon (Wednesday), Cincinnati offensive coordinator Brian Callahan and Los Angeles Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell (Thursday) and Bieniemy.

All but Callahan visited with the Broncos in-person.

While not the Chiefs’ play-caller, Bieniemy, 52, does have a lengthy and impressive coaching resume that’s made him a talked-about candidate for several years.

“It disappoints me that someone hasn’t hired him, because he’s so good,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid told reporters last week. “I’m hoping that takes place this year.”

After the season from 2018-20, Bieniemy interviewed for 11 head-coaching jobs. The Broncos were his first interview during this cycle.

Bieniemy started his coaching career as an assistant at Denver’s Thomas Jefferson High School and then became CU’s running back coach in 2001. He jumped to the NFL in 2007, and now has 14 years of NFL coaching experience.

During Bieniemy’s four years on the Minnesota Vikings’ coaching staff, Paton worked in the team’s front office.

Bieniemy has spent the past four seasons as the Chiefs’ offensive coordinator and Kansas City has finished first, fifth, sixth and fourth in scoring. The second-seeded Chiefs host Buffalo Sunday night in the AFC Divisional round.

Ahead of last week’s wild-card win over Pittsburgh, Bieniemy said his concentration was centered on helping the Chiefs reach a third consecutive Super Bowl.

“All that is going to take care of itself,” Bieniemy said of being on the head-coaching radar. “And do not get me wrong, I am blessed and I am very fortunate to be a part of that chatter and some of the (conversations) that are taking place. But right now, my focus is on (the Chiefs’ offense).”

Ahead of last season’s Super Bowl, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes saluted Bieniemy.

“He gives me every single tool that is needed so I know exactly what to do,” Mahomes said. “Obviously you know he’s disappointed he didn’t get the opportunity to become a head coach after (the 2020) season. But he knows all he can do is make himself and this team better every single day, and he always comes to work with that mindset.”

Before coaching, Bieniemy played nine years in the NFL after being drafted by the Chargers in the second round of the 1991 draft out of CU. With the Buffs, he had 3,940 yards rushing over four seasons from 1987-90, with 5.6 average yards per carry and 42 total touchdowns.

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NFL ends daily COVID-19 testing for all players

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The NFL is curtailing daily testing of all players, vaccinated or unvaccinated, for COVID-19.

In a memo sent to the 32 clubs and obtained by The Associated Press, the league said Friday that medical experts from the NFL and the players’ union agreed to the change. Those doctors have seen enough evidence of a decrease in positive tests in the last month to feel comfortable with dropping daily tests.

Last month, weekly testing for vaccinated players and personnel was stopped, but anyone who reported symptoms of COVID-19 or was part of targeted surveillance still was subjected to testing.

“Following consultation with our jointly retained infectious disease experts, the NFL and NFL Players Association have updated the NFL-NFLPA COVID-19 protocols to eliminate the distinction between vaccinated and unvaccinated players to determine testing cadence,” the memo said. “Effective immediately, all players and tiered staff will be subject to strategic and targeted testing.”

The league will continue symptom-based testing and screening for symptoms.

“This comprehensive, symptom-based approach to testing reflects our recent experience with the omicron variant and conforms to current public health recommendations and best practices employed in healthcare,” the memo said, “and offers the best opportunity for identifying and treating cases promptly and avoiding spread within the facility.”

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