‘Jeopardy!’ Hosts Announced
The job of replacing legendary “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek will be taken on by a pair of newcomers — the show’s executive producer Mike Richards and actress Mayim Bialik. Richards will become the regular host, while Bialik will host prime-time specials and spin-off series, including the upcoming “Jeopardy! National College Championship.”
The pair take over for Trebek, who led the show for almost four decades before passing away in November from pancreatic cancer. During his tenure, the show won 30 Daytime Emmys — the most-ever for a game show — with Trebek nabbing eight for best host, along with a lifetime achievement award. The show also garnered a prestigious Peabody Award in 2011.
For her part, Bialik (pronounced “bee-AH-lick”), who has a PhD in neuroscience, played the main character in the ’90s show “Blossom” and was nominated for four Primetime Emmys for her role as Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler on “The Big Bang Theory.” See her announcement here.
Northwest Heat Returns
The Pacific Northwest is bracing for another round of heat, with yesterday kicking off at least three days of triple-digit temperatures in many areas of the region. Both Seattle and Portland, Oregon, are expected to see temperatures today nearly 20 to 25 degrees above average highs.
The hot spell follows a June-July heat wave that broke records in many areas of the region, including Canada (121 degrees), Salem, Oregon (117 degrees), and Spokane, Washington (109 degrees).
Amid the heat, the region has grappled with two large-scale wildfires. Oregon’s Bootleg Fire, now 98% contained, burned more than 410,000 acres in the state’s Fremont-Winema National Forest, while California’s Dixie Fire has consumed more than 500,000 acres (30% containment). New satellite images revealed the destruction of Greenville, California, which was overrun by the fire last week.
Separately, hundreds were evacuated in southeastern Montana as the Richard Springs Fire, which has burned 150,000 acres, threatened a number of towns.
Across the Atlantic, Europe is preparing for its own heat wave — Italy is believed to have set an all-time high for the continent, with parts of Sicily reaching almost 120 degrees Fahrenheit yesterday.
Masks and Mandates
California yesterday became the first state to require all school teachers and staff in the state to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo regular testing. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) framed the mandate as part of the effort to ensure schools fully reopen in the fall. He declined to say whether the state, which educates more than 6 million K-12 pupils in public schools, would require vaccines for students.
In Texas, a Dallas County judge overruled an order by Gov. Greg Abbott (R), stating that face masks will be required in schools and businesses within the county.
The US is averaging roughly 117,000 new cases per day (see data). Average deaths have passed 550 per day, roughly double from three weeks ago. The majority of recent cases, hospitalizations, and deaths as a function of population have been recorded in Deep South states, though California still ranks third in terms of absolute totals. See a breakdown by county (paywall, NYT).
Take a look inside a Louisiana hospital dealing with a surge in cases here.
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