Blue Origin space flight, Super Bowl champions visit White House, COVID-19 vaccines, Harvey Weinstein extradited. This is the news of Tuesday.


Jeff Bezos completed a successful flight into space alongside a historic crew. Super Bowl champions, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, visited the White House. And Harvey Weinstein has been extradited to California for a new trial.

This is Laura. Like the rocket that took off this morning, Tuesday’s news is technically out of this world!

But first, it’s a big fish story. 🐡 To local shock, a 3½-foot, 100-pound Opah, a tropical deep-sea fish, was found stranded on an Oregon beach. Check this thing out.

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‘Best day of my life’

Another rich man took to space Tuesday morning – and this one brought in some truly historic business. Amazon billionaire founder Jeff Bezos and his Blue Origin rocket crew took off from the West Texas desert, reaching space and returning to Earth with a soft parachute landing minutes later. On board were Bezos’ brother Mark, longtime advocate for women in space, Mary Wallace “Wally” Funk, and Oliver Daemen. Funk, 82, is now the oldest person in space. Daemen, 18, is the youngest. The New Shepard has floor-to-ceiling windows to take in the views, and the crew also got three or four minutes of weightlessness. “Best day ever,” said Jeff Bezos after the touchdown. Just over a week ago, space competitor Richard Branson and his Virgin Galactic crew historically rushed to the edge of space. Bezos and his team said they raped him.

Super Bowl Champions at the White House

Tom Brady has White House jokes. The Super Bowl MVP surprised the White House crowd on Tuesday when he joked about the 2020 election with President Joe Biden while celebrating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Super Bowl 55 victory. “Not many people think we could have won, in fact I think about 40% of people still don’t think we won,” Brady said. “I understand that,” Biden replied to a laughing crowd. It was the first ceremony Brady had attended at the White House since 2005. He turned down three more invitations when he won the Super Bowl while playing for the New England Patriots. Brady led Tampa Bay to a 31-9 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.

U.S. President Joe Biden holds a jersey alongside Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians (C) and quarterback Tom Brady (2nd R) at a ceremony honoring the team. NFL football for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for their Super Bowl LV Championship on the South Lawn at White House in Washington, DC on July 20, 2021. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)

What everyone is talking about

“Nothing in this world is 100%” – including COVID-19 vaccines

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Everyone wants vaccines to be perfect – and COVID-19 vaccines almost are. Only a tiny fraction of those who are vaccinated become seriously ill from infection. But still, some people who are fully vaccinated will get sick, some will pass the virus on, and very few will die despite their vaccines. “It’s not 100%. But nothing in this world is 100%,” said epidemiologist Carlos del Rio. At a time when the infection rate has doubled, many go unvaccinated, and the delta variant is much more contagious than the original, it’s important to recognize that vaccines aren’t perfect.

📊 Of the over 159 million Fully vaccinated Americans, 5,492 have been hospitalized and 791 have died from COVID-19, according to the CDC.

Meta Konte, a student at North Providence High School, watches pharmacy technician Victoria Connolly administer Konte's first COVID-19 vaccine on May 13 in Rhode Island.

Huge contraband fire burns in Oregon

A massive wildfire in Oregon, which reached a third the size of Rhode Island, prompted firefighters to call for outside help to prepare for more fires in the parched state. The Bootleg Fire, which is now about 568 square miles, is burning 300 miles southeast of Portland. The concern is that dry conditions, a drought and the recent record heat wave in the region have created powder keg conditions, so resources are being recruited in Arkansas, Nevada and Alaska. At least 2,000 homes have been evacuated at one time and 5,000 others threatened. A total of 83 large forest fires are burning in 13 states, most of them in western states. Nearly 20,000 firefighters were battling the fires, which cover nearly 1.3 million acres of land.

Firefighters Garret Suza, right, and Cameron Taylor, of the Chiloquin Forest Service, search for hot spots on the northeast side of the Bootleg fire on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, near Sprague River.

Really fast

Weinstein extradited to Los Angeles

Putting an end to his long efforts to avoid or delay extradition to face further charges of sex crimes, movie mogul turned sex offender Harvey Weinstein was en route to Los Angeles on Tuesday. Weinstein, 69, faces 11 counts of sexual assault, including forced rape, against five women in dating dating back to 2004. Weinstein’s lawyers said he was seeking to delay extradition for continue medical treatment for various ailments. He is serving a 23-year sentence in Buffalo, New York, after being convicted of two sex crimes in Manhattan in 2020, including first-degree sexual assault and third-degree rape.

Harvey Weinstein leaves a Manhattan courthouse during his sex crimes trial in New York City on February 5, 2020.

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