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By: SHEA ROBARDS / STAFF WRITER
10 Mass COVID-19 Vaccination Sites Open For Kids Aged 5-11 Statewide
New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced that 10 state-run mass COVID-19 vaccination sites opened for kids ages 5 to 11 this weekend. The announcement came over a week after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) authorized the Pfizer vaccine for this age group. According to the Governor's office, more than 50,000 New York kids have had their first shot since the CDC’s approval. Two of the sites opened in the city Saturday, with one site is Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn and the other is at Bay Eden Senior Center in the Bronx. Parents and guardians can make appointments at those sites on the New York state's website.
Taylor Swift Re-releases Album “Red”
Taylor’s remake of her album “Red” was a hit overnight, achieving over 90 million streams in one day. On Friday, the Grammy award-winning singer released “Red (Taylor’s version),” a rerecording of her original 2012 album “Red. This album is a part of her continued mission to regain ownership of her early music which was bought against her will back in 2019. Along with her re-released album, Taylor also released the short film “All Too Well” starring Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brien in a whirlwind of emotion much to the delight of her adoring fans.
Ben Roethlisberger is Diagnosed with COVID-19
Yet another major league football quarterback is placed on the reserve Covid- 19 list after contracting a breakthrough case of the deadly virus. Roethlisberger, who is QB for the Pittsburgh Steelers, will likely be missing the home game against theDetroit Lions unless his results come back negative for COVID in two consecutive tests before the game. Roethlisberger is the second starting quarterback this month to be ruled out of a game because of coronavirus protocols. This comes after Packers QB Aaron Rodgers contracted the virus after refusing to get vaccinated, however he will be expected to play after he missed last week's 9’s game against the Chiefs.
Musk sells 1.2 million Tesla Shares
Tesla CEO Elon Musk offloaded a combined $6.9 billion worth of shares in the electric car company this week, taking advantage of a meteoric rally that vaulted the firm’s value to over $1 trillion. The billionaire sold 1.2 million shares held by his trust for more than $1.2 billion on Friday, the latest in a flurry of his stock transactions, according to a US securities filing released later in the day. Tesla’s top shareholder, who is also the richest person in the world, tweeted last Saturday that he would sell ten per cent of his shares if users of the social media platform approved the move. The ten percent would be about 17 million shares at the time of his tweet. He has already sold 6.36 million shares this week – around 37 percent of the 17 million shares. He now needs to offload about 10 million more shares to fulfill his pledge to sell ten percent of his holdings.
Queen Elizabeth Misses Remembrance Sunday Service After Back Sprain
Queen Elizabeth has missed the Remembrance Sunday service in London due to a concerning back injury. Buckingham Palace said the Queen was "disappointed" not to attend the service event this morning. The Palace had previously stated that it was the Queen’s “firm intention” to attend the service, after taking time away from her duties for prior health concerns. As in previous years, a wreath was laid on the Queen's behalf by the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, who is celebrating his 73rd birthday today.