NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 05: Sanitation workers thrrow out debris from a flood damaged home in Oakwood Beach in Staten Island on February 5, 2013 in New York City. In a program proposed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York state could spend up to $400 million to buy out home owners whose properties were destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. The $50.5 billion disaster relief package, which was passed by Congress last month, would be used to fund the program. If the program is adopted, homeowners would be relocated and their land would be left as a natural barrier to help absorb future floods waters. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Photo: Spencer Platt/2013 Getty Images
It seems like a nice gesture when you’ve asked your garbageman for help with a particularly unpleasant task, but after 24 years on the job, a Queens sanitation worker has lost his job over a $20 tip. The city’s Conflict of Interest Board has ruled that Lenworth Dixon, a 56-year-old father of three, must retire and pay a $1,500 fine after accepting cash from a homeowner disposing of a large amount of wood, furniture, and other “bulk refuse.” A sincere “thank you” is probably okay, but just to be safe, we plan on staying inside and scowling at our valued city employees through awindow.
A Covid-19 vaccine being developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZenecaAZN 0.08% PLC showed a promising immune response and low levels of adverse reactions in the elderly and older adults, according to an interim analysis that the drugmaker said was encouraging.
The vaccine, now in late-stage human trials aimed at showing its efficacy and safety, is a front-runner in the global sprint for a shot to protect lives and jump-start economies hobbled by the pandemic. Trials in the U.K. could produce results before year-end, fueling hopes among scientists and government leaders that a vaccine might be available for high-risk groups here by early 2021.
The results showed positive outcomes for adults over 56, including the especially higher-risk age group of those 70 and older, and were based on analysis of previously conducted interim safety and immune-response data, AstraZeneca and Oxford said Monday.
Just what we need as COVID-19 cases surge: an understaffed HHS
At least 27 political appointees have exited the embattled Health and Human Services department since the start of the Covid-19 crisis in February, according to a POLITICO review, and senior leaders are bracing for dozens more officials to depart swiftly if President Donald Trump loses re-election.
Such a wave of departures would leave only a shell staff shepherding the department through a uniquely challenging winter of coronavirus outbreaks and drug and vaccine authorizations until Inauguration Day on Jan. 20, according to interviews with 17 current and former HHS officials, some of whom requested anonymity to discuss the sensitive issue.
In the final stretch of the campaign, we find three Southern battlegrounds that could still go either way. Our estimates show Joe Biden with just a two-point edge over President Trump in Florida, Biden up four points in North Carolina, and the contest even in Georgia. …
[V]ery different views on the coronavirus pandemic still shape the race in all these states. In all, most Biden voters are very concerned about getting it, and Mr. Trump’s voters, by comparison, are far less concerned. Biden also gets better marks overall on how he would handle the outbreak.
An early-vote trend that could prove decisive on Election Night
One important election night twist: early mail ballots are really good for Biden in Arizona so far, reversing the traditional pattern (you may recall McSally led and then Sinema over took post election day). Now, I’d expect Biden to have the Election Night lead in Arizona.