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  • The decision to cast Ben Platt as a teen in the movie version of Dear Evan Hansen was such a bad decision it's “an act of sabotage that’s near avant-garde.”
  • Artist Adrian Wilson turned an aboveground Rector Street station sign into a 9/11 tribute (pictured above).
  • The CDC reports that unvaccinated Americans are 11 times more likely to die of COVID that vaccinated people.
  • And experts agree that vaccine mandates will help slow the pandemic in the long term.
  • Seventeen "prominent players" in the post-9/11 landscape, including senior politicians at the time, reflect on "decades of war they helped wage and the domestic defenses they helped erect." And many of them sound regretful about the policies that turned into the “Global War on Terror."
  • Vice has some thoughts on ways you can see friends right now, even if you're worried about breakthrough cases.
  • According to the Washington Post, Fox is still all about Trump: "Almost every night, a member of the Trump family or a former Trump administration official appears as a guest on the primetime show."
  • Vox investigates why TikTokers seem to hate affordable housing developments and misunderstand gentrification.
  • A coalition of delivery apps, including DoorDash, Caviar, Grubhub, Seamless, Postmates and UberEats, are suing NYC over fee caps.
  • Lots of new music Friday releases to recommend this week: Low released HEY WHAT, another strong late-period release combining processed noise and beautiful harmonies; Baby Keem stepped up to the next level with The Melodic Blue, which has tons of appearances by his cousin Kendrick Lamar; country/pop star Kacey Musgraves reflects on her divorce with Star-Crossed; Daniel Romano released another great '70s rock-influenced album, Cobra Poems; and of course, don't miss out on Guided By Voices' insanely catchy new single, "Dance Of Gurus."
  • And finally, some cats just want to raise their own dogs: