Mayfield: How scared of the omicron variant should we actually be?

Written by Travis Mayfield, filling in for Dave Ross on Seattle’s Morning News The omicron variant is stranding travelers and rattling markets. It just sounds scary, and it just might be too. But what if it’s not? What if it’s just the next variant? What if our vaccines and masks offer the same protection they’ve … Read more

Rantz: Seattle School Board hides findings that its members harassed Black staff

Two woke Seattle Public School board directors who claim to be antiracist progressives were found guilty of harassing, intimidating, and bullying Black staff. They barely got a slap on the wrist. But the district is doing what it can to keep the report from public view. Some school board directors even declined to be interviewed … Read more

Omicron cases pop up in Canada

Cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in countries on opposite sides of the world Sunday and many governments rushed to close their borders even as scientists cautioned that it’s not clear if the new variant is more alarming than other versions of the virus. The variant was identified days ago by … Read more

Stage set for Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex trafficking trial

NEW YORK (AP) — Two years after Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide behind bars, a jury is set to be picked Monday in New York City to determine a central question in the long-running sex trafficking case: Was his longtime companion, Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s puppet or accomplice? Maxwell — who once dated the financier — is accused … Read more

Emerald City Comic Con returns Dec. 2-5 after being cancelled in 2020

Emerald City Comic Con will make its return next weekend, Dec. 2-5. The event didn’t happen in March 2020 as usual due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and was initially postponed to the summer of 2020, before being canceled for the year. For this year’s four-day comic con, organizers are expecting a big turnout. ECCC already … Read more

WHO members eye pandemic preparation, as new variant emerges

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization is opening a long-planned special session of member states to discuss ways to strengthen the global fight against pandemics like the coronavirus, just as the worrying new omicron variant has sparked immediate concerns worldwide. In the wake of diplomatic wrangling, a draft resolution at the special World Health … Read more

UW Medicine’s head of Virology: Live market ‘more likely the start’ of COVID

Scientists have been trying to trace the actual origins of the virus that causes COVID-19 for a while now. For a time, some thought that it was possibly partially engineered as part of a lab experiment but there’s some new information in now that points toward the origins being at a live animal market. Dr. … Read more

WHO criticizes travel bans on southern African countries

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The World Health Organization on Sunday urged countries around the world not to impose flight bans on southern African nations due to concerns over the new omicron variant. WHO’s regional director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, called on countries to follow science and international health regulations in order to avoid using travel restrictions. … Read more

Several thousand rally in Belgrade after scuffles day before

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Several thousand people rallied in Belgrade on Sunday in another environmental protest, a day after demonstrators blocked bridges and roads in different parts of Serbia and scuffled with riot police who formed cordons to try to stop them. The rally on Sunday was called in protest at alarming levels of air … Read more

Study determines the ideal time to sleep based on biological clock

Is there a specific time when you should be going to sleep? The latest research on heart disease actually puts a number on the best time to fall asleep, and concludes that too much sleep is just as bad as too little sleep. “This was really interesting and something that I’ve never seen before. It’s … Read more