The Rundown for March 24, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 29,920,378 and the nation’s death toll stands at 543,793, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Texas, Indiana and Georgia have joined the growing list of states that plan to broaden vaccine eligibility to all adults ahead of a May 1 deadline set by President Joe Biden. Residents 16 years and older will be eligible for Covid-19 vaccinations starting Thursday for Georgia residents, Monday for Texans and on March 31 for Indianans. West Virginia, Alaska and Mississippi are currently the only states where all adults are eligible to receive shots. Utah will open eligibility to all adults today, with Tennessee following on April 5. New Yorkers 50 years and older became eligible yesterday.

SUSPECTED BOULDER GUNMAN CHARGED… Prosecutors in Colorado have charged 21-year-old Ahmad Alissa with 10 counts of first-degree murder following Monday’s attack that killed 10 people at a Boulder supermarket. Authorities say Alissa was hospitalized with a leg wound suffered in the attack but have released no information about a possible motive. During a brief exchange with reporters, President Joe Biden characterized one of the victims, Boulder Police Officer Eric Talley, as the “definition of an American hero” and called on Congress to act on gun reforms.

BIDEN ANNOUNCES ACA ENROLLMENT EXTENDED… President Joe Biden announced yesterday that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is extending the Affordable Care Act special enrollment period until August 15. During a visit to the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute at Ohio State University, Biden said the extension was one of the benefits of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. The Department of Health and Human Services later released a statement explaining that in addition to the extension, consumers will have access to additional savings through the HealthCare.gov marketplace, decreasing premiums by $50 per person per month and $85 per policy per month on average beginning April 1.

DeJOY REVEALS 10-YEAR USPS PLAN… Postmaster General Louis DeJoy yesterday laid out a 10-year strategy to stabilize the U.S. Postal Service. His plan calls for slowing mail delivery standards and cutting hours at some post offices. It also includes a proposal to consolidate underused post offices, suggests a potential postage rate increase and details investments in new delivery vehicles. The USPS is facing an expected $160 billion in losses over the next decade.

TEXAS MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT ON NATIONAL GUARD… A 66-year-old man they was arrested in northwest Texas yesterday after allegedly forcing three National Guard vans carrying COVID-19 vaccines to stop on a highway and held up 11 soldiers at gunpoint. Larry Harris attempted to run the National Guard vans off the road multiple times before turning into oncoming traffic and forcing the vans to stop, according to Idalou police Chief Eric Williams. Harris reportedly pointed a loaded .45-caliber handgun at the guardsmen and demanded to search one of the vehicles. Williams said Harris told the soldiers he was a detective and he believed the people in the vans had kidnapped a woman and a child.

ENTERTAINMENT
GEORGE SEGAL DIES
… Actor George Segal, whose long career spanned dramatic roles on film to comedic roles on television, died in Santa Rosa, California, yesterday of complications from bypass surgery. He was 87. Segal received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his work opposite Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in the 1966 best picture nominee “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” He went on to appear in the lighthearted 1970s films “Where’s Poppa?,” “The Owl and the Pussycat” and “Fun With Dick and Jane.” On television, Segal starred for seven seasons (1997-2003) on the NBC sitcom “Just Shoot Me!” and more recently played Pops Solomon, a grandfather always on the lookout for the ladies, on ABC’s “The Goldbergs.”

PAISLEY PARK TO OPEN FREE TO THE PUBLIC… Prince’s Paisley Park is opening for free on April 21 to mark the fifth anniversary of the late musician’s death. Paisley Park, which served as Prince’s home and studio, is normally operated as a museum in Chanhassen, Minnesota, outside Minneapolis. Fans are encouraged to leave flowers and mementos in front of the Love Symbol statue that is located outside the entrance.

SPORTS
NBA SCOREBOARD

Denver 110 – ORLANDO 99… The Nuggets built a 22-point halftime lead and coasted past the Magic. Nikola Jokic piled up 28 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists. Jamal Murray added 21 points.

NEW YORK 131 – Washington 113… Julius Randle pumped in 37 points to lead the Knicks in their rout of the Wizards. RJ Barrett tossed in 21 points. Mitchell Robinson delivered 16 points and 12 boards off the bench.

NEW ORLEANS 128 – L.A. Lakers 111… Brandon Ingram lit it up for a season-high 36 points in leading the Pelicans past the short-handed Lakers. Zion Williamson added 27 points.

Phoenix 110 – MIAMI 100… The Suns cruised past the Heat for their seventh straight road win. Devin Booker scored 23 points to lead a balanced scoring attack. Deandre Ayton had 17 points and 16 rebounds.

Philadelphia 108 – GOLDEN STATE 98… The 76ers held the Warriors to 13 fourth-quarter points to come out ahead in a back-and-forth contest. Tobias Harris came up big down the stretch and finished with 25 points and 13 boards. Ben Simmons added 22 points.

Brooklyn 116 – PORTLAND 112… James Harden scored a game-high 25 points and dished off 17 assists as the Nets fought off the Trail Blazers. Jeff Green added 20 points.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Detroit is at Indiana…
Milwaukee hosts Boston…
Denver is at Toronto (in Tampa)…
Orlando hosts Phoenix…
Cleveland is at Chicago…
Houston hosts Charlotte…
Dallas is at Minnesota…
Oklahoma City hosts Memphis…
the L.A. Clippers are at San Antonio…
Utah hosts Brooklyn…
Atlanta is at Sacramento

NHL SCOREBOARD
New Jersey 4 – PHILADELPHIA 3… The Devils withstood a late rally to edge the Flyers. Yegor Sharangovich and Travis Zajac each had a goal and an assist.

CHICAGO 3 – Florida 2… The Blackhawks jumped out to a three-goal lead and held off the Panthers to end their four-game skid. Carl Soderberg’s power-play goal early in the second period proved to be the difference.

NASHVILLE 2 – Detroit 0… Goalie Jusse Saros stopped all 31 shots in his first shutout of the season and the Predators clipped the Red Wings. Mikael Granlund’s power-play goal in the first period provided all the offense Nashville needed.

Tampa Bay 2 – DALLAS 1… Steven Stamkos and Yanni Gourde netted second-period goals to give the Lightning the lead for good in their win over the Stars. Sergei Vasilevskiy made 16 stops at goal.

ARIZONA 5 – Colorado 4 (SO)… The Coyotes erased a two-goal third-period deficit and outlasted the Avalanche. Christian Dvorak scored the winning goal in the shootout. Phil Kessel netted a tying goal in the third period and had an assist.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Calgary is at Ottawa…
Minnesota hosts Anaheim…
Edmonton is at Montreal…
Pittsburgh hosts Buffalo…
Winnipeg is at Vancouver…
San Jose hosts Los Angeles

MLB SPRING TRAINING SCORES (opening day is April 1)…
TEXAS 6, L.A. Angels 4…
Chi. White Sox 3, CHI. CUBS 1…
OAKLAND 4, Colorado 1…
San Francisco 7, CLEVELAND 0…
SAN DIEGO 5, Cincinnati 4…
MILWAUKEE 9, L.A. Dodgers 6…
Boston 7, ATLANTA 6…
PITTSBURGH 1, Minnesota 0…
N.Y. Yankees 5, DETROIT 5 (tie)…
BALTIMORE 4, Tampa Bay 3…
ST. LOUIS 5, Washington 5 (tie)…
N.Y. METS 5, Miami 3…
Toronto 9, PHILADELPHIA 3…
Seattle 3, ARIZONA 0

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