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Can the Phantom Take Off His Mask at the Opera?

In Gaston Leroux’ 1910 novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra, as well as film and stage adaptations of the work, including the 1925 motion picture starring Lon Chaney and the 1986 Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Erik, also known as the Phantom of the Opera, or just the Phantom, is forced to wear a mask to hide his face because of a birth deformity (in the novel) or because he became disfigured …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Nov. 14: New Booster Strengthens Immune Response Against Variants, RSV Infections Straining New York Hospitals

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Nov. 14: New Booster Strengthens Immune Response Against Variants, RSV Infections Straining New York Hospitals

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 949th day of the pandemic.
Moderna started off the week by releasing good news about its newly-authorized booster shot for Covid.
Moderna said that the new bivalent coronavirus booster shot produced a strong immune response in people against sublineages of the omicron variant when compared to the original booster, which was targeted …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Nov. 13: Cruise Ship With 800 Passengers With Covid Docks in Sydney, China Sees Record Number of Cases

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Nov. 13: Cruise Ship With 800 Passengers With Covid Docks in Sydney, China Sees Record Number of Cases

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 948th day of the pandemic.
In news we cover today, cases of Covid and the flu are surging in parts of the United States, China reported a record number of new infections in three cities, and a cruise ship with 800 passengers who tested positive for Covid docked in Sydney,.
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Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Nov. 8: Paxlovid Found to Lower Risk of Long Covid, An Overloaded Hospital ER Called 911 for Help

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Nov. 8: Paxlovid Found to Lower Risk of Long Covid, An Overloaded Hospital ER Called 911 for Help

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 943rd day of the pandemic.
It’s common knowledge that hundreds of hospitals were overwhelmed in the early days of the pandemic and many hospitals are hitting circuit breakers in recent weeks thanks to the dramatic increase in RSV, or respiratory syncytial syndrome, in young children as well as longer-term issues such …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Nov. 5: Antivaxxer Kyrie Irving Now ‘Unfit’ to Play Due to Racist Tweets, U.S. at Crossroads, Says Fauci

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Nov. 5: Antivaxxer Kyrie Irving Now ‘Unfit’ to Play Due to Racist Tweets, U.S. at Crossroads, Says Fauci

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 940th day of the pandemic.
It’s quite possible that some anti-vaxxers have other undesirable traits, and one, anti-vaxxer basketball player Kyrie Irving, has now been deemed “unfit” to play for the Brooklyn Nets after refusing to apologize for a tweet promoting an antisemitic movie called “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black …

Breeze Enters Transcon Market With Service from Westchester to Los Angeles

Breeze Enters Transcon Market With Service from Westchester to Los Angeles

New airline Breeze Airways announced plans to offer service linking White Plains, New York, with Los Angeles, the airline’s first transcon service.
The carrier, which began operations in May 2021, inaugurated the service on Wednesday.  On Thursday, it also added service from Westchester County Airport in White Plains to Bradenton International Airport in Florida.
The transcon service will operate using Airbus A220-300 aircraft with two cabins.  The first-class cabin has seats in …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Nov. 3: Airport Testing Provides Early Warning of New Variants, Toddler Dies in Lockdown in Chinese City

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Nov. 3: Airport Testing Provides Early Warning of New Variants, Toddler Dies in Lockdown in Chinese City

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 938th day of the pandemic.
If you’re flying into the United States, you may be asked to take a coronavirus test upon arrival at certain airports.
At four U.S. airports – John F. Kennedy International in New York City, Newark Liberty International in New Jersey, San Francisco International, and Atlanta Hartsfield International …