• New York Times: Now that more than half of adults in the United States have received at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose and the country has surpassed 200 million administered doses, demand for shots appears to be slowing in many areas. Some county health departments have started closing some of their mass vaccination sites for lack of customers.
• NPR: Caitlyn Jenner, the Olympic gold medalist with a reality-show family, announced Friday that she will run for governor of California as the state’s current governor, Gavin Newsom, is likely to face a recall election this year. #NoThankYou
• Gr8erDays: Lee Majors (Big Valley, Six Million Dollar Man, The Fall Guy) turns 82 today. Check out photos from across his nearly 6 decades-long career below.
• Instinct Magazine: The show runners for the Hulu series Love, Victor starring Michael Cimino (above) say the second season (arriving June 11) will age up a bit in terms of content with an ‘edgier’ sense of humor.
• New York Times: The iconic Village Voice is back on news stands for the first time since its shutdown in 2018.
• KVUE: Lake Travis ISD School Board candidate Kara Bell (photo) was given an assault citation last week after a confrontation with a store employee at Nordstrom Rack when Bell refused to put on a mask upon entry of the store. As you can see in the police body cam video, Bell refused to ID herself even though she was being detained announcing, “”I am a Christian woman of God.”
• Kenneth-in-the-212: In his new feature, Kenneth puts the focus on ‘man-spreaders’ and their ‘spread.’
• Washington Post: Capitol Police officer Brian D. Sicknick suffered two strokes and died of natural causes a day after he confronted rioters at the Jan. 6 insurrection, the District’s chief medical examiner has ruled. The ruling, released Monday, likely will make it difficult for prosecutors to pursue homicide charges in the officer’s death.
Capitol Police officer Brian D. Sicknick, who engaged rioters, suffered two strokes and died of natural causes, officials say https://t.co/jgJ3VdcmLY
• CBS News: The jury has begun deliberations following closing arguments in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the fired Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s death. Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
• CNN: The Army is preparing to approve a request for DC National Guard forces to deploy as soon as Monday night if there is unrest in the wake of the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial.
• MSN: A suspected poacher was trampled to death by a herd of elephants in South Africa’s Kruger National Park on Saturday. That’ll learn ’em.
Give yourself a brain break as pianist Paul Barton shares his story of how he came to play the ‘Emperor’ concerto for a 61-year-old elephant named Mongkol who decided to stay and listen.
Many elephants at Elephants World sanctuary in Thailand were rescued from the logging trade. Barton discovered the beautiful denizens of the sanctuary and has been playing for the elephants for years now.
A man suspected of being a rhino poacher was killed last week by an elephant and his remains devoured by a pride of lions at a South African park, officials said.
Rangers at Kruger National Park and other searchers found only a human skull and a pair of pants, the park said in a statement dated Friday.
Four of the dead man’s accomplices were arrested, the authorities said.
The man’s accomplices told his relatives that they had been in the park to poach rhinos on Tuesday night when he was killed by an elephant, according to the local authorities.
Since 2008, more than 7,000 rhinos have been hunted illegally, with 1,028 killed in 2017, according to the South African Department of Environmental Affairs.
“an angry elephant surprised them as they stalked endangered rhino and stamped their friend to death giving them a chance to run for safety.” https://t.co/mRCwW4UfN1 You don’t have to run faster than the elephant, just faster than your fellow poacher.
Thanks to reporter Yashar Ali for pointing up this story.
Elephants are imminently watchable. Intelligent, empathetic and extremely communicative.
But many baby elephants can die from loneliness. They need the love of a herd to live.
Ndotto, born prematurely, was rescued by Sheldrick Wildlife when he was just 2 days old .
He became attached to his keepers and didn’t want to play with other orphans, until Mbegu, an older orphan, came along.
Watch this beautiful story below.
Sound On: Baby elephants can die from loneliness..they need the love of a herd to live. Ndotto was rescued by @DSWT when he was just 2 days old (born premature). He became attached to his keepers and didn’t want to play with other orphans, until Mbegu, an older orphan, came along pic.twitter.com/blLeXFnkW4
In light of the Trump administration reversing course on an Obama era ban that kept hunters from bringing elephant trophies from the African countries of Zimbabwe and Zambia back into the Untied States, Ellen DeGeneres used her opening monologue yesterday to highlight and celebrate the incredible qualities of elephants.
“I love elephants. And if you take the time to learn about elephants, you would love elephants too.
“Elephants show compassion, sympathy, social intelligence, self-awareness. They’re excellent at learning abilities…all the things I have yet to see in this president.”
I consider myself a southern gentleman most of the time, and I rarely use vulgar language. But when I heard about the Trump administration’s decision, my reaction was to take to Facebook and post, “I’m sorry, but f*ck this shit.”
You’ll notice I did at least begin with an “I’m sorry.”
Elephants are, as Ellen correctly points out, majestic creatures. All Trump’s decision will do is encourage more American hunters to kill more elephants.
Watch Ellen’s eloquent pitch for pachyderms below.