TRENDING NEWS Archives for 2021-08

Las Vegas Raiders become first NFL team to require fans to prove COVID-19 vaccination at home games

The NFL's Las Vegas Raiders announced Monday that the franchise will require fans to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination to attend home games this season at their gleaming new Allegiant Stadium.

The vaccine mandate will go into effect Sept. 13, the date of the team's first regular-season home game, a Monday night showdown with the Baltimore Ravens. With this move, fans will be allowed to attend home games without wearing a mask, the release said. The vaccine/no mask policy is the first of its kind in the NFL.

 

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University of Florida campus in West Palm Beach one step closer

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. —

The University of Florida is now one step closer to opening a graduate campus in West Palm Beach following a vote from the West Palm Beach commissioners.

On Monday, the West Palm Beach commissioners voted unanimously to transfer properties, including several on Evernia Street, to the University of Florida for educational purposes.

 

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Ed Asner, 'Mary Tyler Moore' and 'Lou Grant' star, dead at 91

LOS ANGELES —

Ed Asner, the burly and prolific character actor who became a star in middle age as the gruff but lovable newsman Lou Grant, first in the hit comedy “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and later in the drama “Lou Grant,” died Sunday. He was 91.

Asner's representative confirmed the actor's death in an email to The Associated Press. Asner's official Twitter account included a note from his children: “We are sorry to say that our beloved patriarch passed away this morning peacefully. Words cannot express the sadness we feel. With a kiss on your head- Goodnight dad. We love you.”

 

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PHOTOS: Aftermath of Hurricane Ida across Louisiana

?NEW ORLEANS —

Louisiana emergency crews and residents are beginning to survey damage left behind by Hurricane Ida. Here are some photos taken by sister station WDSU and viewers, showing Ida's path of destruction across the state.

 

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Ida weakens to tropical storm after causing 'tremendous damage' in Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS —

Here's the latest on Ida:

  • The storm weakened to a tropical storm early Monday morning as a rescue effort began
  • Officials reported the first death related to the storm
  • More than 1 million customers were without power in Louisiana and Mississippi
  • Scores of coastal Louisiana residents are trapped by floodwaters and pleading to be rescued
  • Ida’s 150-mph winds tied it for the fifth-strongest hurricane to ever hit the mainland U.S.
  • Ida hit Louisiana the exact day Hurricane Katrina devastated the state 16 years ago

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Michael Nader, 'Dynasty' and 'All My Children' star, dead at 76

Michael Nader and Joan Collins during "Dynasty" Celebrates 9th Season & 200th Episode at ABC Studios in Los Angeles, California, United States. 

SOURCE: Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images

 

Michael Nader, the actor best known for playing Farnsworth "Dex" Dexter on the hit soap "Dynasty," has died age 76.

The Missouri-born star's manager, Richard Schwartz, confirmed to USA Today that he died in his California home on Monday after a short battle with cancer.

 

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Rick Diamond / WireImage / Getty Images Don Everly of the Everly Brothers.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. —

Don Everly, one-half of the pioneering Everly Brothers whose harmonizing country rock hits impacted a generation of rock 'n' roll music, has died. He was 84.

Everly died at his home in Nashville, Tennessee, on Saturday, according to his attorney and family spokesperson Linda Edell Howard. His brother, Phil Everly, died in January 2014 at age 74.

 

"Don lived by what he felt in his heart," a statement from the family said. "Don expressed his appreciation for the ability to live his dreams ... living in love with his soul mate and wife Adela, and sharing the music that made him an Everly Brother. Don always expressed how grateful he was for his fans."

 

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A leaked 'Spider-Man' trailer has fans in a frenzy. Here's why

How popular is Spider-Man? So popular that fans are clamoring for a movie trailer that doesn't even exist yet.

 

The trailer for "Spider-Man: No Way Home" — or some version of it — reportedly leaked online this weekend, sending millions of fans searching social media for any tidbits from the new movie. The film, the third installment starring Tom Holland as Peter Parker, hits theaters in December.

What the leaked trailer actually showed is hard to know since it's already been erased from the internet. And Sony, the film's studio, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment regarding the leak, so there are still a lot of unknowns.

 

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Krispy Kreme is sweetening its free doughnut promotion for vaccinated people

Krispy Kreme is doubling down on its popular free doughnut promotion for customers vaccinated against COVID-19.

Beginning Aug. 30, the chain is giving anyone with vaccination proof two free doughnuts every day until Sept. 5. The promotion comes following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's full approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on Monday.

 

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FDA grants full approval to Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine

The Food and Drug Administration on Monday granted full approval to the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for people age 16 and older. This is the first coronavirus vaccine approved by the FDA, and is expected to open the door to more vaccine mandates.

"The vaccine has been known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, and will now be marketed as Comirnaty, for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older," the FDA said in its announcement on Monday.

 

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Florida attorney general warns of coronavirus relief scam

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. —

Video above: News to Go - August 23, 2021

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody issued a consumer alert warning about a new scam offering coronavirus relief funds.

 

Scammers are impersonating the Federal Trade Commission Linda Khan in new phishing emails that claim the recipients are able to receive coronavirus relief funds — which don't exist — in exchange for personal information, the attorney general's office said.

“These brazen scammers are impersonating a federal agency charged with investigating and shutting down scams," Moody said. "Floridians need to be on the lookout for these phishing emails and report them to the FTC. We have seen so many new scams during the pandemic, but this latest trick is extremely flagrant. The best way to beat this scam is to immediately send these messages directly to the FTC and be sure to never reply or click on any links in the email.”

 

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The Girl Scouts are bringing us a new cookie that tastes like a brownie

Despite perfecting the coconut-and-caramel combo of Samoas and the chocolate-covered breath mint that is a Thin Mint, it took decades before the bakers behind Girl Scout Cookies brought us their own version of a fudgy brownie.

It's ironic, considering that an entire rank of young scouts are known as Brownies. But now, the chocolatey dessert is finally about to be incorporated into the iconic Girl Scout Cookie portfolio.

 

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Health officials call for booster shots against COVID-19. Here's when they could be available

U.S. health officials Wednesday recommended all Americans get COVID-19 booster shots to shore up their protection amid the surging delta variant and evidence that the vaccines' effectiveness is falling.

The plan, as outlined by the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other top authorities, calls for an extra dose eight months after people get their second shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. The doses could begin the week of Sept. 20.

 

Health officials said people who received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine will also probably need extra shots. But they said they are awaiting more data and have yet to work out a plan.

The plan is still awaiting a Food and Drug Administration evaluation of the safety and effectiveness of a third dose, the officials said.

 

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Lawsuit accuses Bob Dylan of sexually abusing 12-year-old in 1965

A lawsuit filed in New York City claims that legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan sexually abused a 12-year-old girl in 1965, according to court documents filed Friday.

The now-68-year-old woman, identified in the lawsuit as J.C., alleges that "over a six-week period" the singer "befriended and established an emotional connection" with her and ultimately sexually abused her multiple times between April and May of 1965 when she was 12.

 

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How South Floridians can help victims of the Haiti earthquake

Help is on the way for Haiti.

A fleet of 40-foot containers carrying supplies left the 'Food for the Poor' warehouse in Port-au-Prince on Monday morning.

 

The South Florida-based charity organization is making sure essential aid gets to the epicenter of the earthquake.

Bishop Oge Beauvoir is the executive director for the branch in Haiti. He spoke with WPBF 25 from the island Monday afternoon via Zoom.

"The American people have been there for Haiti for time for ages," Beauvoir said. "Whenever we are in trouble, you are the first to run to and you never let us down."

He said so much is needed. Since Saturday, they have discovered more homes, hospitals, schools and churches have collapsed. Now, they also have to deal with Tropical Storm Grace.

 

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Dolphins starters shine in 20-13 preseason loss to Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) - Rookie quarterback Justin Fields came off the bench in the second quarter and rallied the Chicago Bears from a 13-0 deficit to a 20-13 win over the Miami Dolphins at Soldier Field to start each team's preseason.

Fields went 14 of 20 for 142 yards and threw a 30-yard TD pass in the third quarter to tight end Jesse James to put the Bears ahead for good, 17-13. Fields also scrambled in for an 8-yard TD in the third quarter.

 

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Tony Bennett cancels remaining 2021 tour dates; son says crooner is retiring from performing

Tony Bennett has canceled his fall and winter 2021 tour dates.

The legendary crooner is pulling out of concerts in New York, Maryland, Connecticut, Arizona, Oklahoma and Canada. Ticket holders should check with the local venues for information regarding refunds.

 

Bennett, who just turned 95, teamed up with Lady Gaga for two nights at New York's Radio City Music Hall last week. The concerts were filmed for broadcast at a later date.

Lady Gaga and Bennett previously collaborated on the song "The Lady Is a Tramp" for Bennett’s 2011 "Duets II" album. Their collaborative album "Cheek to Cheek" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Album charts and earned them a Grammy for "Best Traditional Pop Vocal."

 

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'I'm still taking it in': Jennifer Hudson plays her idol Aretha Franklin in 'Respect'

Jennifer Hudson was fresh off her Oscar win for "Dreamgirls" when she was summoned to meet Aretha Franklin in 2007.

The two singers had technically met before, when Hudson, freshly cut from American Idol, opened for Franklin at a show in Indiana. But this time was different: The Queen of Soul told Hudson that she wanted her to play her in a film.

 

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15 fascinating facts you've never heard about August-born babies

If you were born in August, or are lucky enough to know someone who was, check out this list of interesting facts about August-born folks.

 

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3 major US airlines will not mandate shots for their unvaccinated workers

The CEOs of Southwest Airlines, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines said they are not requiring unvaccinated employees to receive the shot, breaking with United Airlines' mandate that workers get vaccinated by Oct. 25 or face getting fired.

 

In an internal memo obtained by CNN, Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly said the airline will "continue to strongly encourage" that workers get vaccinated, but the airline's stance has not shifted.

"Obviously, I am very concerned about the latest delta variant, and the effect on the health and Safety of our Employees and our operation, but nothing has changed," Kelly said.

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian told Good Day New York on Tuesday that 75% of its workforce has already been vaccinated even without a companywide mandate.

 

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CDC adds more destinations to 'very high' COVID-19 travel risk list

France and Iceland are among seven destinations added on Monday to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's highest risk category for travel.

Travel should be avoided to locations carrying the "Level 4: COVID-19 very high" notice, according to CDC guidance. Anyone who must travel should be fully vaccinated first, the agency advises.

 

The seven destinations added to the Level 4 list on Aug. 9 are:

• Aruba
• Eswatini (formerly Swaziland)
• France
• French Polynesia
• Iceland
• Israel
• Thailand

 

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Kool & the Gang co-founder Dennis Thomas dead at age 70

Dennis "Dee Tee" Thomas, a founding member of the long-running soul-funk band Kool & the Gang known for such hits as "Celebration" and "Get Down On It," has died. He was 70.

 

He died peacefully in his sleep Saturday in New Jersey, where he was a resident of Montclair, according to a statement from his representative.

 

Thomas was the alto sax player, flutist and percussionist. He served as master of ceremonies at the band's shows. His last appearance with the group was July Fourth at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

Born Feb. 9, 1951, in Orlando, Florida, Thomas was known for his prologue on the band's 1971 hit, "Who's Gonna Take the Weight." Known for his hip clothes and hats, he was also the group's wardrobe stylist. In the early days, he served as their "budget hawk," carrying their earnings in a paper bag stuffed into the bell of his horn, the statement said.

 

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Legendary college football coach Bobby Bowden dies at 91

This is a Jan. 10, 2018, file photo showing former Florida State NCAA college football head coach Bobby Bowden at a Rotary Club luncheon in Omaha, Neb. 

SOURCE: Nati Harnik

 

Bobby Bowden, the folksy Hall of Fame coach who won more than 350 games and built Florida State into one of college football's great dynasties with two national championships has died. He was 91.

Bobby's son, Terry, confirmed to The Associated Press that his father died at home surrounded by his family early Sunday morning. Florida State also announced the news on social media.

 

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Disney has an out-of-this-world price tag for its 'Star Wars' hotel

ORLANDO, Fla. —

Disney's Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser hotel is set to open next spring, but comes with steep price tags for those looking to stay.

Disney is offering a couple of different packages for a stay or "voyage" at the new Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser hotel. It depends on when you go, but standard rates start at about $5,000.

 

Guests will primarily stay in the hotel designed as the starcruiser for two nights where they will interact with characters, eat galactic cuisine and plot secret missions.

On Disney's website, you can find sample rates that start at more than $4,800 for a two-person cabin.

The voyage total for a three-person cabin starts at almost $5,300. For a four-person cabin, the price is set at $6,000.

All packages are a two-night experience and include entry to Hollywood Studios for one day as well as two breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals per person.

"It does seem a little steep for some people's budget," Disney expert Michele Atwood said.

Atwood said even with the all-inclusive feel, the prices aren’t necessarily the most affordable.

 

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Comedian Kathy Griffin announces she has lung cancer, will have surgery

Years after Kathy Griffin shaved her head in solidarity with her sister who was undergoing chemotherapy, the comedian and actress has announced she has lung cancer.

"I've got to tell you guys something. I have cancer," Griffin began a note posted Monday on her verified Instagram account.

 

"I'm about to go into surgery to have half of my left lung removed," the note continued. "Yes, I have lung cancer even though I've never smoked!"

Griffin's doctors "are very optimistic" that the cancer is stage one and contained to her left lung, she said.

 

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Simone Biles returned for the balance beam final at the Olympics. Here's the latest on the competition

The American gymnastics superstar won bronze during the balance beam final on Tuesday, a week after she took herself out of several competitions to focus on her mental health.

Biles earned her seventh career Olympic medal — tied with Shannon Miller for the most by an American in gymnastics — by drilling a slightly watered-down version of her usual routine in front of a crowd that included IOC President Thomas Bach.

Biles, using a double-pike dismount — no twisting required — posted a score of 14.000. That was good enough for bronze behind the Chinese duo of gold medalist Guan Chenchen (14.633) and Tang Xijing (14.233).

Olympic all-around champion Sunisa Lee of the United States finished fifth. The 18-year-old Lee won three medals in Tokyo, including silver in the team final and bronze on uneven bars.

 

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First day of school resources: What you need to know

The first day of school in South Florida is Aug. 10.

As children and their parents get ready for the return to classrooms or virtual learning, WPBF 25 News has the resources needed to make sure the first day, and every day after, is smooth.


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