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  • COVID-19 has now killed nearly 800,000 Americans, including one out of every 100 people over 65.
  • On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Kim Jong Un taking over North Korea after his father's sudden death, the AP took stock of how Kim overcame early doubts to become a leader of unquestionable authority. (A main factor is that he executed hundreds of potentially disloyal government officials and family members.)
  • Huge "Vax Daddy" Ma, the creator of the TurboVax site that helped scores of New Yorkers get appointments during the chaotic early days of vaccine availability, is running for a State Assembly seat in Queens.
  • Disney appears to have carefully orchestrated Ansel Elgort's media appearances to promote West Side Story so that he's simultaneously very visible while also being unavailable for questions about the accusation that he raped an underage girl.
  • Bay Area police claim that hordes of thieves who don't know each other are using Snapchat to organize "flash mob" robberies at stores like Nordstrom.
  • Say what you will about Jeremy Strong's New Yorker profile, this week's issue of the magazine pins Alison Roman as "both a product and a perpetuator of structural racism in food media," which sounds more stressful than being a method actor who likes Prada.
  • And just like that, deceased Sex and the City character Mr. Big is now in a Peloton ad after riding one just before his death in the SATC reboot premiere.
  • And finally, a dog in the zone: