The Rundown for March 9, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 29,044,109 and the nation’s death toll stands at 525,752, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued new guidelines for people who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19. The new CDC guidance says fully vaccinated people can: Visit other vaccinated people indoors without masks or physical distancing; Visit indoors with unvaccinated people from a single household without masks or physical distancing, if the unvaccinated people are at low risk for severe disease; Skip quarantine and testing if exposed to someone who has Covid-19 but are asymptomatic, but should monitor for symptoms for 14 days.

BIDEN SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDERS… President Joe Biden recognized International Women’s Day yesterday in signing executive orders to support gender equity and equal rights. Biden’s first executive order establishes the White House Gender Policy Council to ensure that the administration advances gender equity and equal rights and opportunity for women and girls. The second order directs the Education Department to review all existing regulations, orders, guidance and policy to guarantee education free from sexual violence.

SOUTH DAKOTA AG IMPEACHMENT ON PAUSE… South Dakota’s state House of Representatives voted yesterday to pause impeachment proceedings against state Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg. A bipartisan group of South Dakota lawmakers launched the impeachment effort after Ravnsborg was charged with distracted and careless driving in connection with a fatal crash. He faces three misdemeanors for running over a pedestrian on a remote highway last September. He told police he didn’t see what he struck, even as investigators noted that the victim’s face smashed through his windshield. Investigators also told Ravnsborg his phone records show he was scanning political articles a minute before the deadly crash.

GEORGIA STATE SENATE PASSES ABSENTEE-VOTING LAW… Georgia’s state Senate yesterday passed an election bill that would repeal no-excuse absentee voting, among other sweeping changes. The legislation, which has been championed by state Republican lawmakers, passed by a 29-20 vote. It now heads to the Georgia House of Representatives, where it is expected to pass in the coming weeks. Under SB 241, voters would need to be 65 years old or older, absent from their precinct, observing a religious holiday, be required to provide constant care for someone with a physical disability, or required to work “for the protection of the health, life, or safety of the public during the entire time the polls are open,” or be an overseas or military voter to qualify for an absentee ballot. The bill aims to undo a 2005 Republican-backed law allowing no-excuse absentee voting.

GHOST SHIP MAIN TENANT SENTENCED… The founder of a California artists’ warehouse where 36 people die in a fire more than four years ago was sentenced yesterday to nine years in prison and three years of post-supervision release. Derick Almena, the master tenant of the Ghost Ship warehouse in Oakland, California, can serve the remainder of his prison term at home with a GPS monitor. Almena pled guilty to 36 counts of manslaughter in January, more than two years after a jury deadlocked on the charges in an earlier trial. The same jury acquitted a co-defendant, Max Harris, who had also faced involuntary manslaughter charges.

ENTERTAINMENT
ROYAL INTERVIEW A RATINGS HIT
… Oprah Winfrey’s Sunday interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle drew an average of 17.1 million viewers. The viewership surpassed the most recent Golden Globes and Emmys combined. CBS released a statement yesterday calling the interview “the network’s most live-streamed event outside of the NFL and Super Bowl Sunday this season.”

GRAMMY PERFORMERS… Taylor Swift, BTS and Billie Eilish are among performers scheduled to perform at the 2021 Grammys. The event was rescheduled from January 31 to March 14 due to the pandemic. Beyoncé leads this year’s field with nine nominations. “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah is scheduled to host the event.

SPORTS
NHL SCOREBOARD

MINNESOTA 2 – Vegas 0… Kaapo Kahkonen stopped all 26 shots in his first career shutout and the Wild clipped the Golden Knights. Kevin Fiala provided all the offense Minnesota needed in the first period with his eighth goal.

EDMONTON 3 – Ottawa 2… Leon Draisaitl’s second-period goal proved to be the difference in the Oilers’ win over the Senators. Connor McDavid assisted on two goals.

Arizona 3 – COLORADO 2… Johan Larsson tipped in a tie-breaking goal early in the third period and the Coyotes held on to edge the Avalanche. Clayton Keller and Oliver Ekman-Larsson each had two assists.

SAN JOSE 3 – St. Louis 2 (OT)… Evander Kane found the net 41 seconds into overtime to send the Sharks past the Blues. Ryan Donato set up two goals.

VANCOUVER 2 – Montreal 1 (SO)… Bo Horvat assisted on Adam Gaudette’s tying goal with 41 seconds left in regulation and netted the lone goal in the shootout to lead the Canucks past the Canadiens. Goalie Thatcher Demko made 27 saves.

ANAHEIM 6 – Los Angeles 5 (OT)… The Ducks outlasted the Kings after letting a two-goal third-period lead slip away. Adam Henrique netted the game-winner three minutes into overtime. Rickard Rakell scored two goals and assisted on another. Adrian Kempe’s three goals weren’t enough for Los Angeles.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
the N.Y. Rangers are at Pittsburgh…
the N.Y. Islanders host Boston…
Buffalo is at Philadelphia…
Washington hosts New Jersey…
Nashville is at Carolina…
Columbus hosts Florida…
Winnipeg is at Toronto…
Detroit hosts Tampa Bay…
Chicago is at Dallas

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD
No. 1 GONZAGA 78, Saint Mary’s 55

MLB SPRING TRAINING SCORES
Miami 7, ST. LOUIS 7 (tie)…
WASHINGTON 9, N.Y. METS 5…
Arizona 2, SAN FRANCISCO 2 (tie)…
L.A. DODGERS 8, Chi. White Sox 0…
KANSAS CITY 10, Oakland 3…
CLEVELAND 10, Seattle 0…
CHI. CUBS 9, Texas 0…
MILWAUKEE 10, L.A. Angels 9…
Cincinnati 6, COLORADO 4

NFL NEWS… The Dallas Cowboys and quarterback Dak Prescott reportedly have agreed to a four-year, $160 million contract. The 27-year-old Prescott suffered a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle suffered in the Week 5 win against the New York Giants in October, but doctors expected him to make a full recovery during the offseason. During his five seasons in the NFL, Prescott has recorded a team-record seven 400-yard passing games and 24 rushing touchdowns.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS… The University of Kansas has parted ways with head football coach Les Miles. The move comes three days after the university placed Miles on administrative leave amid accusations of inappropriate behavior toward female students during his head-coaching tenure at LSU. On Thursday, a report released on behalf of LSU showed that a 2013 internal investigation at the school accused Miles of inappropriate behavior toward female students, including allegations he contacted some via Facebook and text, met them off campus alone and kissed at least one of them.

NBA REGULAR SEASON RESUMES TOMORROW

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