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Simone Biles Withdraws From The Individual All-Around Final At The Tokyo Olympics

Updated July 28, 2021 at 3:05 AM ET TOKYO — U.S. superstar gymnast Simone Biles, the greatest gymnast of all time, will not compete in the individual all-around gymnastics final at the Summer Olympics on Thursday. The Olympic individual all-around is the sport's marquee individual event, and she won by a huge margin at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. She pulled out of the team final on Tuesday, saying she needed to take care of her mental health. "After further medical evaluation, Simone Biles...

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Biden Is Considering A Vaccine Or Testing Mandate For Federal Workers

President Biden is said to be giving "strong consideration" to new requirements for federal employees to help arrest the spread of the delta variant of the coronavirus. One option under consideration: verifying that federal employees are vaccinated for COVID-19 using an "attestation of vaccination," a source familiar with the deliberations tells NPR's Tamara Keith. Under the policy, federal employees who are not confirmed as vaccinated would be required to wear masks at all times while at...

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“Alien/Nation” an immersive world premiere theatrical experience that takes you on a journey throughout Williamstown, Massachusetts -- revealing unexpected surprises.

Commissioned and Originally Produced by the Williamstown Theatre Festival, audiences who attend “Alien/Nation” may choose to experience the unique site-specific performance by foot or by car.

Tony Award-nominated director Michael Arden and the company of The Forest of Arden invite WTF audiences to plunge themselves into the center of stories inspired by real events that took place in Western Massachusetts in 1969. The two-part play is ritten and devised by Eric Berryman, Jen Silverman, and the Company of The Forest of Arden.

Sarah LaDuke speaks with Jen Silverman and Eric Berryman.

Key artwork for Alien/Nation at WTF
provided / Williamstown Theatre Festival

“Alien/Nation” an immersive world premiere theatrical experience that takes you on a journey throughout Williamstown, Massachusetts -- revealing unexpected surprises.

Commissioned and Originally Produced by the Williamstown Theatre Festival, audiences who attend “Alien/Nation” may choose to experience the unique site-specific performance by foot or by car.

Tony Award-nominated director Michael Arden and the company of The Forest of Arden invite WTF audiences to plunge themselves into the center of stories inspired by real events that took place in Western Massachusetts in 1969. The two-part play is ritten and devised by Eric Berryman, Jen Silverman, and the Company of The Forest of Arden.

Joe Donahue speaks with Michael Arden.

Book cover for "I Alone Can Fix It"
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Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker are authors of the New York Times bestseller "A Very Stable Genius." With unparalleled sources, including a wide-ranging and revealing interview with President Trump himself, their new book "I Alone Can Fix It" presents a behind-the-scenes account of Trump’s final year in office.

Carol Leonnig is a national investigative reporter at The Washington Post, where she has worked since 2000, covering Donald Trump’s presidency and previous administrations. She won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for her reporting on security failures and misconduct inside the Secret Service. She also was part of the Post teams awarded Pulitzers in 2018, and in 2014. Leonnig is an on-air contributor to NBC News and MSNBC and the author of "Zero Fail: The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service."

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The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, UAlbany adjunct professor and investigative journalist Rosemary Armao, Edward Hamilton Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at RPI and Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University Fran Berman, and Actor and Educator and co-founder and Artistic Director of WAM Theatre Kristen van Ginhoven.

Miles Reed
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed of The Daily Gazette about Schenectady Councilwoman Karen Zalewski-Wildzunas, who wants New York state to raise its mandatory minimum sentence on gun charges to 10 years. 

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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the House select committee to investigate the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, which held its first meeting Tuesday. 

Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

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Paul Caiano
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Here is NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano's WAMC Regional Forecast: 

A mix of sun and clouds today. Highs in the mid to upper 70s.

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Simone Biles will not defend her Olympic title. The American gymnastics superstar withdrew from Thursday's all-around competition to focus on her mental well-being. USA Gymnastics said in a statement on Wednesday that the 24-year-old is opting to not compete.

Masks are again required for members of the House side of the U.S. Capitol amid a nationwide rise in coronavirus cases.

Under the reimplemented mandate, members, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, must wear a "well-fitted, medical grade, filtration face mask" in House office buildings, during meetings, and while in the House Chamber. Under the order from Dr. Brian Monahan, Congress's attending physician, the new rule doesn't effect members of the Senate.

The return of masks in the House comes a month after the requirement was first lifted for vaccinated members.

BEIJING — As a spokesperson, he delivered excoriating one-liners and helped pioneer a brash, more sharply confident communication style from the Chinese foreign ministry's pulpit.

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