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'No More Xenophobia': Calif. Governor Criticizes Trump On Immigration – NPR

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom walks up up the center aisle of the Assembly chambers to deliver his first of the State of the State Tuesday in Sacramento, Calif.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom walks up up the center aisle of the Assembly chambers to deliver his first of the State of the State Tuesday in Sacramento, Calif.

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In his first State of the State speech Tuesday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom wasted no time in criticizing what he called President Trump’s “fear-mongering” over the “so-called ‘border emergency'” as a “manufactured crisis” and “political theater.”

“The answer to the White House, with all due respect: No more division, no more xenophobia and no more nativism,” he said, one day after signing an order removing most California National Guard troops from the Mexican border.

In the speech, Newsom also announced plans to scale back California’s bullet train, and talked about combating the state’s surge in wildfires, the bankruptcy of its largest utility in PG&E, public school funding and expanding health care coverage.

In addition to immigration, the governor criticized the White House on health care as “laser-focused — has been for years — on destroying the Affordable Care Act,” blaming the end of the individual mandate to purchase insurance coverage for a sharp increase in premiums on California’s state-run health care exchange.

Newsom wants to create a state individual mandate, using the money it raises to expand subsidies on the exchange to middle-class Californians. He also wants to expand California’s Medicaid program, Medi-Cal, to immigrants under age 26 living in the state illegally. (California children are already covered, regardless of immigration status.)

But the only time the governor mentioned Trump’s name was to praise him.

“I want to thank President Trump for calling attention to prescription drug prices last week in his State of the Union,” Newsom said, noting he’s ordered his administration to begin working toward a single-purchasing system that he argues will cut costs.

“This is a bipartisan issue — at least it should be — and I hope he follows through, and takes the lead of California in the process,” he said.

Announcing he’ll scale back the state’s bullet train project, a signature of his predecessors, Newsom said, “Let’s be real: The current project, as planned, would cost too much and take too long.” The $77 billion high-speed rail line was first approved by voters in 2008, when the projected cost was $33 billion. The project’s price tag at one point hit $99 billion.

Specifically, the governor proposed delaying construction of a train connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco — let alone the larger goal of Sacramento to San Diego — and instead focus on a route between the smaller Central Valley cities of Bakersfield and Merced. He acknowledged critics would ding this move as a “train to nowhere, but I think that’s wrong and I think that’s offensive.”

“Let’s get something done once and for all,” he said, arguing the Central Valley should not be left out of the project’s “economic transformation.”

One of the nation’s most powerful Republicans signaled an openness to Newsom’s announcement.

“I look forward to working w/ Governor Newsom and federal officials in the coming weeks to best mitigate what has already been wasted on high-speed rail due to the previous Administration,” tweeted House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

But other Republicans scorned the governor for trying to have it both ways.

“He admitted it has been a failure, but he committed to keep spending billions on the failed project” by changing it to “a Central Valley commuter train,” state Sen. Jeff Stone said in a statement. “That’s not what people were promised, and the project should be killed outright.”

Newsom’s announcement seemed to confuse supporters and critics alike, prompting his administration to clarify that the Central Valley segment’s prioritization does not mean the abandonment of the entire project.

“Importantly, [the governor] also reaffirmed our commitment to complete the environmental work statewide, to meet our ‘bookend’ investments in the Bay Area and Los Angeles and to pursue additional federal and private funding for future project expansion,” California High-Speed Rail Authority CEO Brian Kelly said in a statement.

And in a tweet, the governor’s chief of staff, Ann O’Leary, said Newsom “fully committed to high speed rail as part of All in California economic transformation, and clean energy future.”

In his address — which lasted nearly 45 minutes, more than twice the length of the average State of the State speech by former governors Jerry Brown and Arnold Schwarzenegger — he also signaled support for a single Delta tunnel. It’s a reduction of former Gov. Brown’s vision for two tunnels along the Sacramento River that would transfer water to Southern California, but one already under consideration during the waning weeks of the Brown administration.

“The status quo is not an option,” the governor said of the contentious project. “Our collective effort must be to cross the finish line on real agreements to save the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta.”

Newsom ended his address with the story of registered nurse Allyn Pierce, who braved the flames of the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif. to help treat and evacuate patients from the town’s hospital.

“Taking care of each other, showing courage when it matters most — this is what we do in California,” the governor said after recognizing Pierce in the Assembly gallery. “Yes, we have much left to do, but I believe in the remarkable talent assembled here, and I believe in our state. And I know this, in the bottom of my heart: The best is yet to come.”


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Chris Pratt slams Ellen Page's claim his church is 'anti-LGBTQ': 'Nothing could be further from the truth' – Fox News

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Chris Pratt is on the defensive after Ellen Page recently slammed the actor for attending a church she claimed is “infamously anti-LGBTQ.”

Pratt, 39, slammed Page’s claims Monday on Instagram, writing: “It has recently been suggested that I belong to a church which ‘hates a certain group of people’ and is ‘infamously anti-LGBTQ.’ Nothing could be further from the truth. I go to a church that opens their doors to absolutely everyone.”

The “Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” actor went on to explain that members of his church were there for him following his divorce from Anna Faris last year.

CHRIS PRATT SLAMMED BY ELLEN PAGE FOR ATTENDING ‘INFAMOUSLY ANTI-LGBTQ’ CHURCH 

Pratt frequently attends Zoe Church, which is modeled after Hillsong Church, a megachurch founded in Australia but which has locations in New York City and Los Angeles, the New York Times previously reported. Variety stated Pratt was also a Hillsong church attendee.

“Despite what the Bible says about divorce my church community was there for me every step of the way, never judging, just gracefully accompanying me on my walk,” Pratt said. “They helped me tremendously offering love and support. It is what I have seen them do for others on countless occasions regardless of sexual orientation, race or gender.”

The “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” star also noted that although “faith is important” to him “no church defines me or my life, and I am not a spokesman for any church or any group of people.”

“My values define who I am,” he continued. “We need less hate in this world, not more. I am a man who believes that everyone is entitled to love who they want free from the judgment of their fellow man.”

Pratt concluded his Instagram post by sharing how his faith navigates him in life.

“Jesus said, ‘I give you a new command, love one another,'” he wrote. “This is what guides me in my life. He is a God of Love, Acceptance and Forgiveness. Hate has no place in my or this world.”

Page’s criticism came after Pratt appeared on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” last Thursday and talked about being religious and completing a  21-day fast inspired by the Biblical prophet Daniel.

“Oh. K. Um. But his church is infamously anti lgbtq so maybe address that too?” Page tweeted along with a Hollywood Reporter article about Pratt’s interview.

On Saturday, Page — who came out as gay during a 2014 speech in Las Vegas at a conference for the Human Rights Campaign — doubled down on her comment against Pratt and said the actor should “try and listen” to the LGBTQ community.

CHRIS PRATT CREDITS FAITH WITH HELPING HIM AVOID ‘LION’S DEN’ OF FAME

“If you are a famous actor and you belong to an organization that hates a certain group of people, don’t be surprised if someone simply wonders why it’s not addressed,” the 31-year-old actress tweeted Saturday. “Being anti LGBTQ is wrong, there aren’t two sides. The damage it causes is severe. Full stop. Sending love to all.”

She said in another tweet: “If lgbtq+ people are expressing their pain, their trauma, their experiences … maybe just try and listen? Open your heart, stop being defensive and have compassion. It’s a beautiful and life changing feeling, empathy. Much love truly to all.”

Pastor Chad Veach previously told the New York Times he modeled Zoe church after Hillsong, which is popular among celebrities, including Justin Bieber.

Senior pastor Brian Houston at Hillsong previously said in a 2015 statement that the church does “not affirm a gay lifestyle.”

“We do not affirm a gay lifestyle and because of this we do not knowingly have actively gay people in positions of leadership, either paid or unpaid,” he said in a post on the church’s website. “I recognize this one statement alone is upsetting to people on both sides of this discussion, which points to the complexity of the issue for churches all over the world.”

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He said that he loves and accepts “people on a personal level.”

“Everyone is welcome at Hillsong church except for known predators, those who are disruptive, or those who have adversarial agendas,” he said, adding that gay people are welcomed at the church but cannot pursue a leadership role.

Fox News’ Katherine Lam contributed to this report.


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Grammys 2019: Full list of winners (updating)

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A list of top winners at the 61th annual Grammy Awards.

Best rap song: “God’s Plan” by Drake

Best country album: “Golden Hour” by Kacey Musgraves

Song of the year: “This Is America” by Childish Gambino and Ludwig Goransson

Best pop duo/group performance: “Shallow” by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper

Best pop vocal album: “Sweetener” by Ariana Grande

Best pop solo performance: Lady Gaga’s “Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?)”

Producer of the year, non-classical: Pharrell Williams

Best rap performance: (tie) “King’s Dead” by Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future and James Blake, and “Bubblin” by Anderson.Paak

Best rap/sung performance: Childish Gambino’s “This Is America”

Best music video: Childish Gambino’s “This Is America”

Best urban contemporary album: “Everything Is Love” by The Carters

Best traditional pop vocal album: Willie Nelson’s “My Way”

Best rock song: “Masseduction” by St. Vincent

Best rock album: “From the Fires” by Greta Van Fleet

Best rock performance: “When Bad Does Good” by Chris Cornell

Best dance recording: “Electricity” by Silk City and Dua Lipa featuring Diplo and Mark Ronson

Best country song: “Space Cowboy,” Kacey Musgraves (Luke Laird, Shane McAnally and Kacey Musgraves)

Best reggae album: “44/876” by Sting & Shaggy

Best country solo performance: Kacey Musgraves’ “Butterflies”

Best duo/group country performance: Dan + Shay’s “Tequila”

Best jazz vocal album: “The Window” by Cecile McLorin Salvant

Best alternative music album: “Colors,” Beck

Best R&B song: “Boo’d Up” by Ella Mai, DJ Mustard, Larrance Dopson and Joelle James

Best R&B performance: “Best Part” by H.E.R. featuring Daniel Caesar

Best comedy album: “Equanimity & the Bird Revelation,” Dave Chappelle

Best Latin pop album: Claudia Brant’s “Sincera”

Best spoken word album: Jimmy Carter’s “Faith — A Journey for All”

Best folk album: Punch Brothers’ “All Ashore”

Best contemporary Christian music album: Lauren Daigle’s “Look Up Child”

Best musical theater album: “The Band’s Visit”

Best American roots song: Brandi Carlile‘s “The Joke”

Best American roots performance: Brandi Carlile’s “The Joke”

Best Americana album: Brandi Carlile’s “By the Way, I Forgive You”

Best gospel album: Tori Kelly’s “Hiding Place”

Best contemporary Christian music performance/song: Lauren Daigle’s “You Say”

Best world music album: Soweto Gospel Choir’s “Freedom”

Best compilation soundtrack for visual media: “The Greatest Showman”

Best score soundtrack for visual media: “Black Panther”

Best song written for visual media: “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born”

Best traditional blues album: Buddy Guy’s “The Blues Is Alive and Well”

Best music film: Quincy Jones’ “Quincy”

Best boxed or special limited edition package: “Squeeze Box: The Complete Works of ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic

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UFC 234: Kelvin Gastelum Says 'I'm the Champ' After Robert Whittaker's Injury Withdrawal – MMAFightingonSBN

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Backstage at UFC 234, Kelvin Gastelum says he earned the middleweight title when Robert Whittaker pulled out due to injury, how he found out Whittaker was out of the bout, dealing with staph infection this week and more.

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Reviews: Lyric Opera's searing 'Elektra'; Anat Cohen's Chicago premiere

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Sometimes adversity yields positive results.

Consider Lyric Opera’s revival of Richard Strauss’ “Elektra,” which it staged in 2012. Last Wednesday’s dress rehearsal was cancelled due to weather, making Saturday night’s opening the first time in decades Lyric has presented an opera without one, according to a Lyric representative.

Then just before the curtain went up, another Lyric rep informed the audience that soprano Nina Stemme, making her company debut as Elektra, had injured her knee during rehearsals and hoped the crowd would understand any restrictions in her physical movement.

None of this mattered, however, because Stemme’s performance – by turns sensual, subtle and dramatically charged – yielded a full-bodied, complexly nuanced Elektra, rather than the caricature it can become. For Strauss’ blood-soaked revenge opera affords its lead singers ample opportunity for histrionics but fewer for introspection.

From her opening soliloquy, “Allein! Weh, ganz allein,” Stemme’s Elektra was a woman half-crazed with the desire to avenge the murder of her father, Agamemnon. As Stemme paced the stage, stroking and pulling at knotty hair in set designer John Macfarlane’s decaying palace courtyard, she let forth an immense sound – dark in tone and urgent in phrase. With conductor Donald Runnicles, in a house debut, drawing swirling, tempestuous commentary from the Lyric Opera Orchestra, listeners heard an “Elektra” that began at something close to a fevered pitch and built from there.

During these opening scenes of the one-act opera, soprano Elza van den Heever portrayed Chrysothemis – Elektra’s less murderously inclined sister – with not quite enough vocal firepower. Though aptly sweet of timbre in “Ich kann nicht sitzen und ins Dunkel starren,” van den Heever sometimes couldn’t project above the turbulence of a Straussian orchestra. But she gained heft and self-assurance as the production unfolded, almost matching Stemme’s ardors in the opera’s culminating duets, when cathartic killings have been completed.

Mezzo-soprano Michaela Martens’ Klytamnestra – Elektra’s mother – emerged as the most chilling characterization of all. Having joined with her lover, Aegisth, in killing her husband Agamemnon before the action of the opera commences, she is tormented by nightmares. But Martens shrewdly understated the case, her brooding performance counterbalanced by a blooming vocal tone. One very nearly felt a measure of sympathy for this killer.

The revival’s only disappointment owed to the work of bass-baritone Iain Paterson, making his Lyric debut as Orest, the long-lost sibling who returns to wreak the final acts of vengeance. This mysterious, seething figure ought to foreshadow terrible, dark deeds ahead, but Paterson’s Orest – though vocally adequate – proved bland, unthreatening and dull.

By contrast, Aegisth’s drunken arrival toward the end of the tale – as colorfully drawn by tenor Robert Brubaker in a Lyric debut – easily made one relish the fate that awaited him.

When blood finally flowed in the opera’s final tableau, there was something profoundly satisfying in watching Elektra dip her hands in it, as if relishing the spoils of the opera’s denouement (in director Nick Sandys’ revival of David McVicar’s original direction). Though Stemme’s knee injury prevented her from delivering the final, orgiastic death dance that culminates the opera, her demonic howls and ferocious countenance just about made up for it.

3.5 stars

“Elektra” plays on select dates through Feb. 22 at the Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Dr.; ticket prices vary; 312-827-5600 or www.lyricopera.org.

Anat Cohen premiere

The Symphony Center Presents Jazz series has given Chicago many gifts during the past 25 years, but none more important than its commissions of new works. Pianist Jason Moran’s “Looks of a Lot” and drummer Dana Hall’s “The Hypocrisy of Justice” — both of which confronted racism and violence head-on — were object lessons in how a concert hall can address our troubled times.

But not every jazz opus that Symphony Center commissions is so closely tethered to political realities. “Triple Helix,” which clarinet virtuoso Anat Cohen played Friday night in Orchestra Hall, carried no script and or extra-musical message. Yet the profundities of the piece, as well as its sensuous tonal palette, offered much to ponder.

Co-commissioned by Symphony Center with Carnegie Hall, “Triple Helix” was penned by longtime Cohen collaborator Oded Lev-Ari, who conducted the Anat Cohen Tentet. Though the musical world knows Cohen as an elite jazz soloist, “Triple Helix” stands as a bona fide clarinet concerto cast in classical structure and technique (if streaked with elements of jazz, blues, rock and whatnot). Its Chicago premiere — and first performance after the Carnegie Hall unveiling last month — pointed to a work of considerable expressive reach.

By opening with a solo trill in the clarinet’s low register, composer Lev-Ari explicitly referenced George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” another stylistically expansive composition. But after that, all bets were off.

For starters, Lev-Ari gave Cohen a meticulously composed score predicated largely on classical phrasing and gesture. The wide-open melodic intervals, meticulous instrumental attacks and extensive pitch range brought forth sounds we are not accustomed to hearing from Cohen. With so much of the piece avoiding the swing undertow of Cohen’s jazz playing, she often sounded like a musician transformed.

More important, the concerto’s first movement illuminated the high craft of Lev-Ari’s writing, the classical formalities of its initial pages eventually giving way to a pulsing, jazz-tinged finale. It culminated with long-held clarinet notes soaring above a thickening ensemble accompaniment and peaked in a witty surprise ending.

During the poetic second movement, it wasn’t difficult to hear shades of Saint-Saens in Vitor Goncalves’ glistening pianism and in the dovetailing of Cohen’s tender clarinet lines with Christopher Hoffman’s cello phrases. If the third movement initially evoked the finale of Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G — with its playful spirit and bright, brassy orchestration — it soon gathered sonic heft and rhythmic drive.

Still, the ending sounded abrupt. That could have been because this was just the second time these musicians performed a work they’re still learning to deliver in concert. We’ll know for sure later this year, when Cohen, her Tentet and Lev-Ari release a much-anticipated recording of the concerto.

Joshua Redman Quartet

Saxophonist Joshua Redman — once a young lion of jazz — marked his 50th birthday on Friday evening in the best way possible: leading his quartet in concert, as the Orchestra Hall opener for the Anat Cohen Tentet.

Redman is no opening act, of course, as he reminded listeners in an ambitious set built mostly on original music from a forthcoming album, “Come What May.” The title selection said a great deal about Redman’s art at this point in his life, the tenor saxophonist’s translucent tone, tenderly expressive manner and delicacy of phrase suggesting a musician who feels he doesn’t need to prove himself. The slowly building intensity of his “Vast,” the intellectual heft of his “How We Do” and the multi-section structure of his “Circle of Life” affirmed that Redman was more concerned with making substantive statements than vivid impressions. He was joined in this by pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Gregory Hutchinson, the quartet’s first album in nearly two decades due March 29 on Nonesuch.

Howard Reich is a Tribune critic.

hreich@chicagotribune.com

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‘It will take off like a wildfire’: The unique dangers of the Washington state measles outbreak – The Washington Post

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Amber Gorrow is afraid to leave her house with her infant son because she lives at the epicenter of Washington state’s worst measles outbreak in more than two decades. Born eight weeks ago, Leon is too young to get his first measles shot, putting him at risk for the highly contagious respiratory virus, which can be fatal in small children.

Gorrow also lives in a community where she said being anti-vaccine is as acceptable as being vegan or going gluten free. Almost a quarter of kids in Clark County, Wash., a suburb of Portland, Ore., go to school without measles, mumps and rubella immunizations, and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) recently declared a state of emergency amid concern that things could rapidly spin out of control.

Measles outbreaks have sprung up in nine other states this winter, but officials are particularly alarmed about the one in Clark County because of its potential to go very big, very quickly.

The Pacific Northwest is home to some of the nation’s most vocal and organized anti-vaccination activists. That movement has helped drive down child immunizations in Washington, as well as in neighboring Oregon and Idaho, to some of the lowest rates in the country, with as many as 10.5 percent of kindergartners statewide in Idaho unvaccinated for measles. That is almost double the median rate nationally.

Libertarian-leaning lawmakers, meanwhile, have bowed to public pressure to relax state laws to exempt virtually any child from state vaccination requirements whose parents object. Three states allow only medical exemptions; most others also permit religious exemptions. And 17, including Washington, Oregon and Idaho, allow what they call “philosophical” exemptions, meaning virtually anyone can opt out of the requirements.

All those elements combine into a dangerous mix, spurring concern about the resurgence of a deadly disease that once sent tens of thousands of Americans to hospitals each year and killed an estimated 400 to 500 people, many of them young children.

“You know what keeps me up at night?” said Clark County Public Health Director Alan Melnick. “Measles is exquisitely contagious. If you have an under-vaccinated population, and you introduce a measles case into that population, it will take off like a wildfire.”

To date, at least 55 people in Washington and neighboring Oregon have gotten sick with the virus, with new cases tallied almost daily. All but five are in Clark County. King County, which includes Seattle, has one case; Multnomah County in Oregon, which includes Portland, has four, including three cases reported Wednesday. Most of those infected are unvaccinated children under 10, health officials said.

Gorrow, who lives in a middle-class bedroom community, says the outbreak has changed nearly every aspect of her life, which is now laser-focused on avoiding contact with children who may carry measles germs.

When she picks up her 3-year-old from preschool, she gently pushes grubby little hands away from the baby. She canceled a family outing to a children’s museum, regular trips to the library, the weekly Costco run and play dates for her daughter.

“I hate to say it but I’m even nervous about having people over — especially people who have small children and I’m not sure where they stand” on vaccinations, said Gorrow, 29, who had her older child vaccinated.

Measles, which remains endemic in many parts of the world, generally returns to the United States when infected travelers bring the disease back to pockets of the country where some parents have chosen not to vaccinate their children. When immunization rates fall below a certain threshold, outbreaks can occur; pregnant women, young children and people with compromised immune systems who can’t get vaccinated are especially at risk. Last year, 349 cases were confirmed across 26 states and the District of Columbia, the second highest total since the disease was declared eliminated from the United States in 2000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Since October, an outbreak in New York’s Orthodox Jewish community has sickened 209 people. In the first month of 2019, 10 states, including New York and Washington, have reported cases, all signs of a resurgence of a disease that is entirely preventable with a vaccine that authorities say is safe and effective.

In Washington, with late winter and spring generally the height of measles transmission, health officials say they are scrambling to stop the disease before it can spread further — spending about $200,000 so far tracking down hundreds of unvaccinated people who may have been exposed.

Clark County officials are directing hundreds of susceptible families who may have been exposed to the virus at more than three dozen locations — including a Portland Trailblazers basketball game, schools, churches and stores such as Costco and Walmart — to keep their kids home from school for 21 days to avoid exposing others.

They’re encouraging parents to vaccinate their kids if they haven’t already, and are pushing back against rumors and misinformation, including that self-medicating with vitamin A will prevent measles.

Melnick said the county is also spending precious time and resources addressing false ideas being spread by anti-vaccine advocates, who he said posted “ridiculous” misinformation as comments on the county health department’s Facebook page.

Critics claimed, for instance, that the measles vaccine can cause encephalitis, or brain inflammation, he said. That was documented once in a child who had an immune deficiency and should not have gotten a shot. More commonly, encephalitis is a severe but rare complication of the disease itself. The department has a three-person team countering those assertions and responding to questions.

“That’s what we’re up against,” he said.

Anti-vaccination activists, for their part, contend that state officials are twisting facts to stoke public fear.

“It shouldn’t be called an outbreak,” Seattle-area mother Bernadette Pajer, a co-founder of the state’s main anti-vaccine group, Informed Choice Washington, said of the measles cases, arguing that the illness has spread only within a small, self-contained group. “I would refer to it as an in-break, within a community.”

Like many in her group, Pajer considers the risks from measles to be less dangerous than those posed by the vaccine itself — a claim that can be traced back to a retracted and discredited 1998 paper that inspired the modern anti-vaccination movement.

In fact, health officials say the virus is so contagious that if an unvaccinated person walks through a room two hours after someone with measles has left, there’s a 90 percent chance that an unvaccinated person will get the disease. People can spread measles for four days before the rash appears and for four days after.

Vaccine advocates are also trying to arrange for doctors to meet with parents in small groups or one-on-one, sometimes for hours at a time, to answer their questions.

Martina Clements, 41, a Portland mom who didn’t vaccinate her two children until recently, said the anti-vaccine community uses fear to raise doubts about vaccine safety. But parents who support immunizations can be belittling.

“On one side, they make you afraid, and the other side they make you feel stupid, and you get stuck in this middle where you feel beat up by both sides,” she said.

Clements eventually changed her mind, deciding to give her kids the shots after a doctor at a vaccine workshop answered her questions for more than two hours, at one point drawing diagrams on a whiteboard to explain cell interaction. He was thoughtful, factual and also “still very warm,” she said.

Vaccine advocates blame federal public health officials for not mounting a more robust response to those spreading fears about vaccine safety.

Peter J. Hotez, a vaccine scientist and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, whose daughter has autism, wrote a book, “Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel’s Autism,” to counter the anti-vaccine lobby.

In a Twitter exchange last week, Hotez said the U.S. surgeon general and CDC director could be doing much more to push states to tighten state vaccination requirements. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams responded by flipping the responsibility back to local and state officials, who he says have greater influence with local communities.

“Their response seemed to say this was not their fight because it’s a state issue, not a federal one,” Hotez said. “But I disagree. I feel that anything adversely affecting the public health of Americans is certainly within” their purview.

CDC Director Robert Redfield has tweeted about the dangers of the disease and the importance of routine vaccinations. On Sunday, Adams also released a YouTube video with information about measles.

In Washington, state lawmakers supporting tougher vaccine requirements are mounting their second effort in the past three years to make it harder for parents to opt out of vaccinations.

The same day Inslee declared a state of emergency, Washington state Rep. Paul Harris, a Republican from Vancouver who represents Clark County, introduced a bill that would prohibit all exemptions from the measles vaccine requirement save for medical and religious reasons.

“It’s about public health,” he said. “People have told me they won’t go to the store or out into the community as much because they have cancer and are getting chemotherapy. So it doesn’t just impact those people who choose not to get vaccinated.”

Anti-vaccine groups are prepared to turn out at a committee hearing scheduled for Friday. Pajer said that her group is arranging experts to testify against it. Among those expected to speak is Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who has argued that there is a government conspiracy about the safety of vaccines.

Despite the expected turnout and the defeat of a similar bill in 2015, Harris said he believes the bill has a chance of passage. The resurgence of a vaccine-preventable disease has scared a lot of people, he said, noting that polls show the vast majority of Americans support vaccinations.

“It’s the right thing to do,” he said. “This is something we can actually control if we choose to.”

Sun reported from Washington. Alice Crites contributed to this report.


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NBA announces fields for 3-Point, Slam Dunk, Skills Challenge events on All-Star Weekend – ESPN

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The Curry brothers — Stephen and Seth — and Dirk Nowitzki will headline the 3-Point Contest as part of NBA All-Star Weekend, the league announced Tuesday.

The field also will include reigning champion Devin Booker and Kemba Walker, who will be on his home court when the event takes place Feb. 16 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Booker won last season’s 3-Point Contest with a record 28-point final round. But that field didn’t include Stephen Curry, who passed on participating in Los Angeles last year but won the event in 2015. His younger brother, Seth, currently leads the league in 3-point shooting at 48.5 percent.

The Currys grew up in Charlotte, and Stephen was an All-American at nearby Davidson.

Stephen and Seth’s father, Dell, played 10 seasons for the Charlotte Hornets — participating in the 3-point contest twice — and remains a television analyst for the franchise.

The league also on Tuesday announced the full lineups for the Slam Dunk Contest and the Skills Challenge:

3-Point Contest:

• Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns

• Seth Curry, Portland Trail Blazers

• Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors

Danny Green, Toronto Raptors

Joe Harris, Brooklyn Nets

Buddy Hield, Sacramento Kings

Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers

Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks

• Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks

• Kemba Walker, Hornets

Slam-Dunk Contest

Miles Bridges, Hornets

John Collins, Atlanta Hawks

Hamidou Diallo, Oklahoma City Thunder

Dennis Smith Jr., New York Knicks

Skills Challenge

Mike Conley, Memphis Grizzlies

Luka Doncic, Mavericks

De’Aaron Fox, Kings

Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets

Kyle Kuzma, Los Angeles Lakers

Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics

Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic

Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks

The All-Star Game will take place Feb. 17 and will pit Team LeBron James against Team Giannis Antetokounmpo. The leading vote-getters of the Western and Eastern conferences will select their rosters via a draft on Thursday.


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Grammys 2019: Greg Kot's predictions on who should win, who will win and why

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Who will win: “Black Panther: The Album, Music from and inspired by,” Kendrick Lamar and others

Who should win: “Dirty Computer,” Janelle Monáe (pictured)

Don’t be surprised if Brandi Carlile or Kacey Musgraves pulls off an upset. But in the #BlackLivesMatter era, to ignore “Black Panther” – a wonderful movie with a strong Kendrick Lamar-curated soundtrack – would be even more surprising. Even more worthy is Monae, who made the strongest album of the bunch.


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Super Bowl 2019 live stream | 4th Quarter 3-3 | How to watch the Patriots vs Rams online free – TechRadar

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Well who’s going to win Super Bowl LIII then? There’s nothing separating the New England Patriots and LA Rams going into the 4th quarter of the 2019 championship game. So will we see a touchdown? Is this one destined to go to overtime? Or are we about to see something special from Jared Goff or Tom Brady? Whatever happens, you can get a Super Bowl live stream by following the advice in this article. It’s really easy to get a Super Bowl 2019 live stream – no matter where in the world you are. And with our help, you can even watch without having to sit through the commercials.

The Los Angeles franchise had the better regular season with an impressive 13-3-0 record (matched only by the New Orleans Saints that they vanquished in the conference finals). Sean McVay – who became the youngest head coach in NFL history when he took the job in 2017 – continues to confound his critics and is hoping to make history once again.

But Tom Brady’s New England Patriots have the big game experience, making this their third consecutive Super Bowl visit. Not to mention the fact that their line is lead by possibly the finest quarterback to play the sport. They have the chance to tie the Pittsburgh Steelers as the most successful team in NFL history at Super Bowl LIII.

Whether you live in the US, the UK or anywhere else in the world, we’ll show you exactly how to watch the Patriots vs Rams in today’s so that you don’t miss a minute of the action. It will be broadcast by CBS in the US, but there are plenty of ways to catch it locally and internationally – and we can even tell you where you can get a Super Bowl live stream without having to put up with all those annoying ad breaks.

How to watch Super Bowl online – our favorite live stream choice:

Keep scrolling to see who’s showing Super Bowl 2019 where you live. But if, like us, you’d like to watch a live stream online without any commercial breaks, then following these three simple steps will help:

1. Download and install a VPN

If you don’t have easy access to watch today’s Super Bowl live online in your country – or you’re away from your home country this weekend – the best way to watch it for free is to download and install a VPN. We’ve tested all of the major VPN services (more than 100 in total) and we rate ExpressVPN as the absolute best.

It’s compatible with a whole host of devices (including Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Xbox and PlayStation, etc) and ranks amongst the fastest options out there. What’s more, there’s a great deal running offering a 49% discount, a 30-day money back guarantee and 3 months free with an annual plan – especially for TechRadar readers! So if you were already interested in VPNs now is a great time to sign up.

Click the link to check out ExpressVPN (with 30-day money back guarantee)

2. Connect to a UK server location

Simply open the VPN app, hit ‘choose location’ and select a UK location – it doesn’t matter which one and it’s super easy to do. The reason to choose the UK? Because it’s being broadcast live for free, so as soon as you have a UK IP address you’re free to watch the Super Bowl hassle free. 

3. Go to TVPlayer.com

TVPlayer is a free legal online streaming service, which offers hundreds of channels. Among the channels you’ll find on offer at TVPlayer.com on offer is BBC One which will show the entire event live. And the best bit? The BBC doesn’t have commercials so you’ll be able to enjoy a totally uninterrupted Super Bowl live stream without a single commercial break

Want to record the Super Bowl and watch it later? TVPlayer will also allow you to do that too. You’ll need to sign up for a paid account, but the good news there is that the site offers a 14-day free trial so no payments required!

What other VPNs to we rate?

Want to play the field when it comes to comparing the best VPN service? Well here are our top three choices for February 2019:

ExpressVPN – we love how easy it is to use and that 30-day trial option makes it worth making your #1 choice, too – click here to sign up

NordVPN – one of the most affordable VPN options out there right now, it’s great value for such a strong product – check out the pricing here

IPVanish – hot on security, you can use it on loads of devices at once, and running a 25% off promotion this weekend  – find out more and download here

Which countries can I watch the Super Bowl from using a VPN?

A VPN will enable you to watch the Super Bowl from literally anywhere. So that obviously includes: US, UK, Canada, Mexico, South Korea, Israel, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Australia, Denmark, India, Netherlands, Brazil, Belgium, Romania, France, Sweden, Italy, Portugal, Czech Republic, Ireland, Poland, Kenya, Hungary, South Africa, Indonesia, China, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Russia, Japan, Egypt and more!

How to watch a Super Bowl 2019 live stream for free in the US:

If you live in the US and have access to the internet, then you’ll be able to watch the entirety of Super Bowl 2019 on CBS. In addition to broadcasting the game on cable TV, the network will stream the event live through its Sports website and mobile apps. CBS has even the sweetened the deal by allowing users to stream the Super Bowl without having to sign in.

Prefer to watch football on the big screen via your favorite streaming platforms? Well you can do that too to as CBS will be streaming Super Bowl 2019 on Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, Xbox One, Apple TV, Android TV and more. But if you want to watch without any commercials – check out the options above!

Note that you will need a US IP address in order to access all of the above or otherwise you won’t be able to access the content from abroad – if you want to do so, you’ll have to follow our VPN guidelines above and log in with a VPN, choosing a US server location. 

CBS isn’t you’re only option though, with all of the top US-based streaming services all providing an alternative. Each one offers a free trial to get you started and has masses of other content and channels for you to enjoy if you subscribe:

  • Hulu with Live TV $40 per month – Hulu with Live TV includes CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN.
  • PlayStation Vue From $45 per month and the ideal choice for PS4 owners thanks to its access to the likes of ESPN, NBC, Fox, Disney and other essential networks. Crank up the price and you can add the likes of Showtime and HBO, too.
  • YouTubeTV $40 per month – YouTubeTV gives you access to CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN.
  • DirecTV Now $50 per month – DirecTV Now includes CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN and for $5 extra you can add the NFL Network.
  • FuboTV $35 for the first month – FuboTV gives you the first month at a discounted rate but after that the price increases to $45 a month. The service includes CBS, Fox, NBC and the NFL Network but does not come with ESPN.

How to watch Super Bowl online in the UK:

American football fans (now we’re talking your language, Brits) in the UK will be able to watch Super Bowl 2019 on either the BBC One for free (assuming you have a TV licence) or on Sky Sports with a subscription if you prefer the American coverage of the game.

The event will be televised on BBC One starting at 10.45pm GMT and if that’s a little too late for you, don’t worry as replays will be shown the following day.

If you prefer to live stream the NFL online, you can do that too via BBC’s iPlayer on both desktop and mobile. You may be asked to register for free in order to watch it but once you go through the simple and straightforward process, you’ll be able to enjoy it almost anywhere including on your smartphone, tablet, web browser, streaming devices, game consoles, etc.

And it’s worth repeating…if your outside the UK and still want to watch your home coverage, then take a look above at how to do so without difficulty by downloading and installing a VPN.

How to watch the Super Bowl 2019: live stream in Canada

CTV/TSN is the official Canada broadcaster for the Super Bowl and the CTV Go app will let you watch…well, on the go.

Not got cable? Well don’t get disheartened. We understand that you should be able to tune in to that CBS coverage from south of the border. Or if you happen to have a DAZN subscription then you can watch there as well – DAZN offers a 30-day money back option meaning that you can always sign up for the service and then get your money back within a month of signing up if you’re not keen.

How to live stream Super Bowl action in Australia

Free-to-air network Channel 7 is showing the Super Bowl to NFL fans Down Under with kick-off at around 10.30am on Monday morning – we hope you’ve already put in your holiday request!

For NFL nuts who already have a Game Pass, you can watch on there as well. While ESPN is another alternative.

If you’re outside the country and want to tune in, then you can use one of our favorite VPNs above to watch the free coverage from Oz or another nation.

Super Bowl live stream: worldwide coverage where you are

Super Bowl 53 is available live in seven languages and 170 countries and territories around the world – there’s a useful guide on the main broadcasters on NFL’s website.

But to save you the time, we can tell you a few options in some of the most popular territories for watching NFL: Mexico – ESPN, Fox, TV Azteca; Brazil – ESPN; South Korea – MBC Sports; Germany – ProSieben, DAZN; France – TF1, BeIN Sport; Argentina – ESPN, Fox; China – Fox Sports, BesTV.

Feeling flush?

As of the time of writing, the cheapest ticket for Super Bowl LIII starts at a whopping $3,600 per person in the 300 level at the very back of the stadium.

If you want to get closer to the action, it’s going to cost even more with seats in the 100 level going for $15,075 each. These seats do include access to the three hour all-inclusive Premier Party at the Georgia World Congress Center, appearances and meet and greet opportunities with NFL stars and Hall of Famers, pre-game hospitality and a post-game confetti-filled celebration.

Super Bowl 2019 FAQ: your questions answered

When is Super Bowl LIII?

Each year the Super Bowl takes place on the first Sunday in February. This year that means the Super Bowl will take place on Sunday, February 3.

What is Super Bowl 2019 start time?

While the kickoff time has yet to have been announced for Super Bowl LIII, last year’s game began at 6:30pm ET (3:30pm PT, 11:30pm GMT) so expect things to start around the same time this year.

What’s happening during the half time show?

It was a drawn out, controversial process, but it has finally been confirmed that Maroon 5 will be headlining the event.

Travis Scott and Big Boi (yep, the one from hip-hop legends Outkast) have been added to the bill as guest stars as well.

Want to know more (including our list of the top 5 ever performances)? Then take a look at our dedicated guide on how to watch the Super Bowl halftime show.

Where is Super Bowl LIII?

Super Bowl LIII will take place at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. This will be the first time the stadium, which opened in 2017, will host the world’s biggest sporting event.

However, this will be the third Super Bowl played in Atlanta with Super Bowl XXVIII and Super Bowl XXXIV both being held at the now-demolished Georgia Dome. The Mercedes-Benz Stadium can hold 71,000 fans and is located right in the heart of downtown Atlanta. 


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