Weekly Reader: Vol 3 Issue 35


It’s time once again for news and views that you can peruse. It’s time once again for your regularly scheduled Weekly Reader! Got some hot links, blog posts, or articles from a local paper you’d like to share? Head over to the comments and let us know.

A Year In, Here’s What We Know About Vitamin D For Preventing COVID (from NPR): “While these studies raised hopes among some researchers, others are skeptical, noting that most of these are observational studies, not the gold-standard randomized, controlled trials.”

Derek Chauvin Defense Witness Is Being Sued in Another State for Allegedly Covering Up Black Teen’s Death in Police Custody (from Law & Crime): “Dr. David Fowler is Maryland’s former chief medical examiner. During his tenure there, he ruled that the 2018 killing of Anton Black by members of various local police departments was an accident.

Body camera footage showed the 19-year-old struggling as he was pinned with his face, chest and stomach to ground–in effectively the same prone position that George Floyd was in while he died two years later–for over six minutes by Ridgley Police Chief Gary Manos.”

Earth’s most beloved creatures headed toward extinction under current emissions, study shows (from CBS News): “Not all species face the same threat. In mountain regions, 84% of endemic species face extinction if Earth warms another two degrees, while that number rises to 100% on islands.”

All That We’ve Lost (from Esquire): “Tonight, I asked. My boy stood on a chair. He had been waiting for just such a question. “I miss doing cannonballs! I miss hugging people! I miss high fives.” He thought for a moment. “I miss the Battle Hole! We were so close!” A pit he and two friends excavated, the beginning of an underground bunker. “But it’s been so long now.” He shook his head. “It’s probably covered with grass.””

CDC Studies ‘Breakthrough’ COVID Cases Among People Already Vaccinated (from NPR): “The three vaccines authorized for use against COVID-19 in the United States appear to be at least 94% effective at preventing severe disease and death (starting about two weeks after a person is fully vaccinated), according to data reported so far, and about 80% effective at preventing infection. But that’s not 100%, Omer notes, so a relatively small number of infections despite immunization with these very effective vaccines is to be expected.”

What Happened to the Childlike Empress From ‘The NeverEnding Story’? (from Vice): “When Stronach returned to school that fall, her life went back to normal. And even after the film’s release the next summer, her routine didn’t change. In a pre-internet and social media world, Stronach’s only public exposure was her on-screen performance.

And yet, adult men managed to track down her address and camp outside her family’s house in Northern California hoping for a glimpse of her. One German man mailed her an engagement ring. Producers even showed up at her front door offering her a nude film.”They came to our house and pitched it, and I’m like, I’m not doing a nude film,” Stronach said. “I’m not Lolita.””

Archaeologists find “lost golden city” buried under sand for 3,400 years (from ArsTechnia): “The team found numerous artifacts: rings, scarabs, pottery vessels, debris from thousands of statues, and a large number of tools, possibly used for spinning or weaving and casting molds. There was a bakery and a food preparation area (with ovens and pottery for storage) in the southern part of the site that was large enough to serve a good-sized workforce. There was also a production area for mud bricks and what appears to be an administration area. One excavated area contained the skeleton of a cow or bull, while a human skeleton was found in an odd position: arms stretching down against its side, with the remains of a rope around its knees.”

That’s all for today. Drop by again for more articles you’ll find amazing. Until then, stay safe, have a great rest of your week, and happy reading!

About Silverwynde

I'm a Transformers fan, Pokémon player, Brewers fan and all-out general nerd. I rescue abandoned Golett, collect as many Bumblebee decoys and figures as I can find and I've attended every BotCon--official and non--since 1999. I'm also happily married to a fellow Transfan named Prime and we were both owned by a very intelligent half-Siamese cat, who crossed the Rainbow Bridge on June 16, 2018. We still miss him. But we're now the acting staff of a Maine Coon kitty named Lulu, who pretty much rules the house. Not that we're complaining about that.
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