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  • Here is an enraging story about Florida data scientist Rebekah Jones, who had her home raided by state police after months of battling with the state over its questionable COVID data.
  • A mysterious "booming" sound in a New Jersey town is apparently the result of a homemade “hail cannon” designed by a vineyard owner to protect his crop from bad weather.
  • Should empty Midtown offices be converted into apartments?
  • CDC Director Robert Redfield has a grim warning about the impact of coronavirus over the coming weeks: “We are in the timeframe now that probably for the next 60 to 90 days we're going to have more deaths per day than we had at 9/11 or we had at Pearl Harbor."
  • The NYPD has a new robot dog that is a big nope.
  • The Times also thinks that Andrew Yang is serious about running for mayor of NYC.
  • Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have been named TIME's 2020 Person of the Year.
  • The owner of Stand Up NY called out the double standard for comedy clubs vs. SNL: “They have a live studio audience and the cast members are not social distancing,” he said. “I was watching the show Saturday night and I was so upset that struggling comedy clubs are going out of business while they’re doing their thing and collecting a paycheck.”
  • Bruce Springsteen chatted with Jimmy Fallon about his teenage rock band on The Tonight Show, and Fleet Foxes performed "Can I Believe You" at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church in Brooklyn on A Late Show With Stephen Colbert.
  • It's new music Friday, and this is likely to be the last really great week for new music of the year, give-or-take any surprise releases we don't know about. Listen to Guided By Voice's best album of the year, Styles We Paid For; The Avalanches' wonderful technicolor third record We Will Always Love You; Nilüfer Yanya's new Feeling Lucky? EP; Kid Cudi's Man On The Moon III: The Chosen; covers EPs from James Blake and Muzz, and a covers album from the late Chris Cornell; Belle And Sebastian’s double live album What To Look For In Summer; and evermore, a new album from a little-known singer-songwriter named Taylor Swift.
  • And for all you Marvel, Star Wars and Pixar fans, Disney dropped a lot of information—as well as a few new trailers—about new and upcoming projects last night, including: multiple new Star Wars TV shows and movies (Rogue Squadron directed by Patty Jenkins, Hayden Christensen returning as Darth Vader in Obi-Wan Kenobi, two The Mandalorian spinoffs, Russian Doll creator Leslye Headland's series The Acolyte), a Buzz Lightyear origin story with Chris Evans, a Noah Hawley Alien TV series, and more.
  • From the Marvel side of things, there are new trailers for WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, What If...? and Loki as well as a sizzle reel for Ms. Marvel; announcements about three new Disney+ series, Ironheart, Armor Wars and Secret Invasion plus a Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special; casting updates on Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, She-Hulk, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, and more; and confirmation that Chadwick Boseman's T’Challa won't be recast in Black Panther II and Jon Watts will direct a Fantastic Four film.
  • And finally, this dog just wants to get a workout in: