On December 31 2020, the newsrack service will be shut down permanently.

It has been a nice long run from the Sarai days in 2004 to being hosted on its own domain around 2006. Beside maintenance, there has been no real active development on the code or the features since early 2008. Since 2015, even all that maintenance was pretty bare bones. A lot of news sources no longer provide reliable RSS feeds and since mid 2018, there were growing issues with the service and I only kept it alive to assist a handful of users.

So, it is time to shut this down. The internet world in 2020 is vastly differently from 2003 when I first conceptualized this service. Thanks for using this all these years.

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User: flenvcenter Topic: Environmental Health-National
Category: Infectious Disease
Last updated: Nov 30 2020 17:46 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Op-Ed: Want to avoid pandemics? Eliminate factory farming 30.11.2020 LA Times: Opinion

Denmark's minks were just the latest example of why cramming animals together is dangerous to humans.

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Letters to the Editor: Vaccine hesitancy could prolong the pandemic. Here's how to overcome it 20.11.2020 LA Times: Opinion

We need an effort from health officials and pop culture figures to promote COVID-19 vaccination, similar to what was done with HIV/AIDS in the 1990s.

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Column One: Comet tails and a Trojan horse: One laboratory's hunt for a COVID-19 vaccine 13.11.2020 LA Times: Nation

A small lab tries to alter one gene of the coronavirus, hoping that change will offer a way to kill it.

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Anthony Fauci: Eerily Predicted the COVID-19 Pandemic While Funding the Experiments that Likely Caused It 11.11.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Dr. Anthony Fauci is a medical doctor who has been the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) since 1984. He’s best known in his current role as a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans put their faith in Fauci. His bedside manner―straightforward, modest and unassuming―made it easy to warm up to this grandfatherly nerd. Inspiring trust that he was unbiased, non-partisan and strictly scientific, he quickly became “America’s Favorite Doctor.”

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O.C.'s John Wayne Airport will add clinic with COVID testing 10.11.2020 LA Times: Health

Due in spring, the Hoag clinic will focus on traveler needs

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Coronavirus in Illinois updates: 6,222 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 20 deaths reported Monday 2.11.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus in the Chicago area and the rest of Illinois.
Op-Ed: Time to prepare for an even more deadly pandemic 28.10.2020 LA Times: Opinion

As lethal as the novel coronavirus has been, a novel influenza could be worse, transmitting even more easily and killing millions more people.

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Is it a cold, the flu or COVID-19? Get a flu shot and err on the side of caution, experts say. 27.10.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
That tickle in the throat, cough, runny nose or run-down feeling typically means grabbing some over-the-counter medicine and powering through a day of work or errands, but that's a bad idea this year.
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Coronavirus in Illinois updates: 4,000 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19, 46 additional deaths reported 27.10.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus in the Chicago area and the rest of Illinois.
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COVID-19 Panic Mongering―Faulty Math and Shoddy Science 22.10.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines
With mounting evidence and increasing certainty, a growing number of independent scientists , investigators and now lawyers have begun to deconstruct and critique the “official story” on the origins, nature, dangers, prevention and treatment of the COVID-19 pandemic. The “official story,” dogmatically upheld by the Chinese government and military, Big Pharma, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the mass media and the tech giants is that the SARS-CoV-2 virus emerged “naturally” from nature and then inexplicably jumped the species barrier from bats into humans, precipitating the most serious and deadly epidemic since the Spanish Flu one hundred years ago, which killed up to 50 million people, one third of the world’s population at the ...
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Research Links Industrial Pig Farming and Virus Outbreaks 20.10.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

In recent months, meatpacking companies in different parts of the world have been associated with large clusters of COVID-19 infections. The Tönnies meat-processing plant in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, was temporarily closed, and U.S.-based pork processor Smithfield became a major focus of the disease in South Dakota, one of the country’s least-populated states. In Brazil, complaints abound about COVID-19 at slaughterhouses: 20% of the industry’s workers have been infected, according to the National Confederation of Workers in Food and Related-Industries (CNTA).

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CVS to hire 250 workers in Chicago area — and 15,000 nationwide — to handle flu and COVID-19 19.10.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
CVS Health plans to hire 15,000 workers nationwide, including 250 in the Chicago area, to help handle the flu season and growing cases of COVID-19.
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Colorado hospitals are better prepared for COVID-19 than in March, but flu creates uncertainty 18.10.2020 Headlines: All Headlines
Colorado hospitals have some advantages they didn't have this spring even if the third wave of COVID-19 cases continues to grow, but what will happen if the flu hits at the same time is anyone's guess.
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Gain-of-Function Ghouls: SARS-CoV-2 Isn’t the Scariest Thing That Could Leak From a Lab 15.10.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines
Lab accidents happen. When the first Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-1) pandemic ended in 2003, lab-acquired infections continued. Immediately following the end of the 2003 pandemic of SARS-1, there were four separate outbreaks of lab-acquired infections of SARS-1 within one year at three different labs in Beijing, Singapore and Taipei. The situation was so bad that Science Magazine warned, “health experts fear that the next SARS epidemic may be more likely to emerge from a research lab than from the presumed animal reservoir.” In one lab accident , a 26-year-old graduate student was exposed while working at the Institute of Viral Disease Control at the Chinese CDC. Her mother caught the disease from her and ...
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Indiana governor adds a month to statewide COVID-19 mask mandate; Lake, St. Joe counties top state in new cases Wednesday 15.10.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Gov. Eric Holcomb said the statewide mask order will remain, but tougher restrictions on businesses and crowd sizes aren’t being reinstated, despite recent increases in COVID-19 hospitalizations and rates of new infections.
Child-care centers don't drive coronavirus infections, national study shows 15.10.2020 L.A. Times - World News

An American Academy of Pediatrics study shows providers who cared for young children in the pandemic's first wave were no more likely to get the coronavirus than those who stayed home.

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A special high-dose flu shot for seniors is in limited supply in Illinois 15.10.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
A high-dose flu shot designed for people 65 years of age and older is in limited supply in Illinois, with a number of pharmacies and doctor's offices saying they’re temporarily out of the special vaccine.
Indiana numbers show Lake County seeing large jump in new COVID-19 cases 14.10.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
People “are tired of hearing about COVID,” he said. “There’s no universal treatment, there’s no vaccine. People are attempting to go back as if nothing has happened.”
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Editorial: Don't be part of the 'twindemic.' Get a flu shot 9.10.2020 LA Times: Opinion

This is a bad year to put off getting protected from the annual flu.

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Infected With Coronavirus, Trump Finds a Way to Make His COVID Lies Even Worse 6.10.2020 Mother Jones
President Donald Trump, clearly unchastened by his hospitalization for COVID-19, is back to comparing the virus to the flu. It’s the same, tired falsehood he’s clung to—at least publicly—since the start of the pandemic, as he seeks to downplay the deadly disease, discourage public health interventions, and project strength amid an increasingly imperiled reelection campaign. Except […]
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