NPR: Colin Powell, the former secretary of state, dies at 84

NPR: Colin Powell, the former secretary of state, dies at 84. “Colin Powell, who served as secretary of state during the presidency of George W. Bush and led the first Gulf War as chairman of the joint chiefs, has died at age 84 of complications from COVID-19, his family confirmed. Powell, the first African American to serve in both of those senior posts, died Monday morning, they said, adding that ‘he was fully vaccinated.’”

Data mining the past: New algorithm searches historic documents to discover noteworthy people (University at Buffalo)

University at Buffalo: Data mining the past: New algorithm searches historic documents to discover noteworthy people. “Old newspapers provide a window into our past, and a new algorithm co-developed by a University at Buffalo School of Management researcher is helping turn those historic documents into useful, searchable data. Published in Decision Support Systems, the algorithm can find and rank people’s names in order of importance from the results produced by optical character recognition (OCR), the computerized method of converting scanned documents into text that is often messy.”

Blac Chyna goes on expletive-filled rant at airport over COVID-19 vaccine: ‘Get the shot!’ (Yahoo Entertainment)

Yahoo Entertainment: Blac Chyna goes on expletive-filled rant at airport over COVID-19 vaccine: ‘Get the shot!’. “Rob Kardashian’s former fiancé went on an expletive-filled tirade at Miami International Airport on Sunday, yelling at people to ‘go get the shot!’ It’s unclear what set Chyna off, who happened to be maskless. Multiple clips from the rant have been posted online.”

NBC New York: YouTube Pulls Two R. Kelly Channels After Sex-Trafficking Conviction

NBC New York: YouTube Pulls Two R. Kelly Channels After Sex-Trafficking Conviction. “YouTube pulled two channels linked to R. Kelly after he was found guilty on all counts in a federal sex-trafficking trial last week, the company said. However, Kelly’s songs and albums will continue to be available on the YouTube Music service, and user-generated content incorporating Kelly’s music is still allowed on the main platform, NBC News reported.”

PsyPost: Longitudinal study shows how parasocial relationships changed over time during the COVID-19 pandemic

PsyPost: Longitudinal study shows how parasocial relationships changed over time during the COVID-19 pandemic. “People can form strong social bonds with celebrities and fictional characters who they do not personally know, a phenomenon known as a parasocial relationship. New research published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships provides evidence that these parasocial bonds were strengthened during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.”

Opinion: We’re not calling out Nicki Minaj. We’re calling her in. (Washington Post)

Washington Post: Opinion: We’re not calling out Nicki Minaj. We’re calling her in.. “Minaj’s now-infamous post follows comments from other Black musicians, such as the rapper Busta Rhymes and R&B singers Tank and Summer Walker, who have taken to stages and social media to question the safety and utility of the vaccines. Given the unique trust many Black people afford Black musicians — and the understandable skepticism with which many regard the medical establishment — it is extra critical we make sure these celebrities have all the information they need to talk about the vaccines responsibly. And the best way to do so is without judgment.”

Yahoo Entertainment: Jeff Bridges says his cancer is in remission, but recent COVID battle ‘kicked my ass pretty good’

Yahoo Entertainment: Jeff Bridges says his cancer is in remission, but recent COVID battle ‘kicked my ass pretty good’. “Jeff Bridges says his cancer is in remission, but he contracted COVID-19 at a chemo treatment and was close to death. Nearly a year after going public with his lymphoma diagnosis, the 71-year-old Academy Award winner shared that he’s ‘in remission’ and his tumor, which he said was ‘9 x 12,’ has shrunken to the ‘size of a marble.’”

CBS Local: Jacqueline Jackson, Wife Of Rev. Jesse Jackson, Is Now Able To Breathe On Her Own As She Battles COVID-19

CBS Local: Jacqueline Jackson, Wife Of Rev. Jesse Jackson, Is Now Able To Breathe On Her Own As She Battles COVID-19. “Jacqueline Jackson, the wife of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, has been able to breathe on her own for the past few days as she continues to battle COVID-19. The Jackson family reported Thursday that Ms. Jackson remains at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. After leaving the ICU earlier in the week and returning to her regular hospital room, she has been able to breathe on her own for a few days without any supplemental oxygen.” Rev. Jackson is also feeling better but remains in hospital.

BBC: Prince Harry uses GQ awards show spot to make vaccine plea

BBC: Prince Harry uses GQ awards show spot to make vaccine plea. “The Duke of Sussex has urged governments to tackle the ‘huge disparity’ in access to Covid vaccines worldwide, as he made a surprise virtual appearance at an awards show. Prince Harry was speaking at the GQ Men of the Year awards, where he presented a prize to the team behind the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.”

Library of Congress: Library of Congress National Book Festival Announces Schedule of Events

Library of Congress: Library of Congress National Book Festival Announces Schedule of Events. “The 2021 Library of Congress National Book Festival will feature more than 100 authors, poets and writers in a range of formats — all celebrating the festival theme, ‘Open a Book, Open the World.’ The 2021 virtual festival programs will roll out over 10 days in an extended schedule Sept. 17-26.”

Newsweek: Danny DeVito Gets Twitter Verification Back After Abrupt Loss of Status Sparks Outrage

Newsweek: Danny DeVito Gets Twitter Verification Back After Abrupt Loss of Status Sparks Outrage. “Danny DeVito’s Twitter account was briefly unverified before being reinstated, after he tweeted support for striking Nabisco workers. As walkouts spread across U.S. Nabisco bakeries, with union workers protesting proposed changes amid contract negotiations, screen star DeVito took to Twitter to express solidarity on Wednesday.”

TMZ: Jerry Messing On Ventilator With Covid-19

TMZ: Jerry Messing On Ventilator With Covid-19. “Jerry Messing — the “Freaks and Geeks” actor who’s also the face of a famous meme — has COVID and is fighting for his life in Florida … TMZ has learned. His father, James, tells us … Jerry lives with his parents in an apartment in Tampa, and a few days ago he started feeling really sick all of a sudden and having shortness of breath, but assured his dad he was breathing fine.”