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Tiger Woods Announces He Had a Fifth Back Operation

“Professional athletes are different human beings, in my opinion, than the rest of us mortals,” said McGuire, who was not involved in Woods’s treatment. “If the rest of us swung the golf club as many times as Tiger Woods did, most of us would get hurt, get injured, or have back problems. So professional athletes tend to come back fast — or, do come back faster.”

Woods has contended with unpredictable back pain over the years, and his 2020 starts yielded just one top-10 finish, a tie for ninth in January at the Farmers Insurance Open. In mid-February of 2020, he became stiff and repeatedly grimaced throughout the final two rounds of the Genesis Invitational, where he shot an 11 over par and finished last among the golfers who made the cut.

In the six majors he has played since his 2019 Masters victory, he has missed the cut three times, tied for 21st, tied for 37th and tied for 38th.

In August 2019 Woods had a fifth arthroscopic procedure done on his left knee. Woods returned three months later in Japan and claimed his 82nd career victory, tying him atop the career PGA Tour wins list with Sam Snead.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Woods had to wait until November to try to defend his Masters title. But he struggled trudging up and down the wet Georgia hills, the physical toll exacerbated by rain and limited autumn sunlight, which meant compressed tee times and little time for rest and recuperation. Woods finished tied for 38th, 19 shots behind the winner, Dustin Johnson.

“No matter how much I push and ask of this body, it just doesn’t work at times,” Woods told reporters then.

But Woods has become accustomed to making comebacks.

“The classic line I give a lot of my patients is: ‘If you really enjoy something, go for quality rather than quantity,’” McGuire said.

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Biden Peloton Raises Security Risks

Peloton was popular before the pandemic with a wealthy subset of home exercisers, but with the quarantine, it has become something of a phenomenon in a certain socioeconomic bracket. There are Peloton message boards (“Joe Biden has a Peloton,” Peloton Forum reported this week), and the company’s celebrity instructors have huge followings on Facebook and Instagram.

But Peloton does not exactly comport with Mr. Biden’s “regular guy from Scranton” political persona. The company was widely mocked before the pandemic for an advertisement in which an already trim young woman went into a panic about not fulfilling her husband’s body expectations after he gave her a Peloton for Christmas. Its ads featuring stationary bikes in lavish settings are the butt of class-conscious social media jokes.

The company, which did not respond to a request for comment, has also been accused of catering too much to white people. In an opinion piece for NBC News in May, the writer David Kaufman, who is Black, said Peloton needs “a racial rethink,” adding, “My most segregated hours feel like the hours I spend each week on my Peloton.”

Peloton lovers are undeterred and convinced that Mr. Biden would never part with his bike.

“Nobody who’s committed to Peloton would move and not take their Peloton with them,” said Larry Appel, a retired executive in Greensboro, N.C.

To make the bike White House friendly, the camera and the microphone in the tablet would have to be removed, said Richard H. Ledgett Jr., a former deputy director of the National Security Agency. He would advise Mr. Biden to pick a nondescript user name and change it every month, and keep the bike far from any place where there might be sensitive conversations.

“If he’s the kind of guy who pedals and talks to people, that could be problematic,” said Mr. Ledgett, who confesses to being “a Peloton user myself.”

Being president is stressful, and most in recent years have had exercise routines. Bill Clinton jogged. George W. Bush ran until his knees gave out, and then turned to other forms of exercise, including mountain-biking at his ranch in Crawford, Texas. Mr. Obama played basketball. Mr. Trump sticks to golf.

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The Pariah Post-Presidency

But Mr. Trump will be hard-pressed to evade the considerable financial challenges facing his resorts and hotels, difficulties exacerbated by a pandemic that devastated the hospitality industry and unlikely to be helped by his fallen personal brand. Adding to his economic stress is the more than $300 million in debt coming due in the next few years that he has personally guaranteed.

His favorite sport has also stepped away, with the P.G.A. Tournament relocating from Mr. Trump’s New Jersey golf club to protect its “brand and reputation,” as P.G.A. of America’s chief executive, Seth Waugh, put it. Mr. Trump was “gutted” by the decision, according to a person close to the White House, as he had worked personally for years to push the tournament executives to hold events at his courses.

Even if Mr. Trump wants to adopt a lower-profile — a decision that’s hard to imagine the media-loving president making — it will be difficult for him to avoid politics.

In the coming weeks, Mr. Trump faces a Senate impeachment trial and the likelihood of continued Democratic-led investigations into his business dealings, presidential decisions and the inner workings of his government. A vocal wing of the party is pushing for prosecutions and a raft of legal challenges against Mr. Trump, his family and his allies.

Though he won more voters than any other Republican presidential candidate in history and maintains the support of a vast majority of G.O.P. voters, a small but growing segment of his party believes the president has become too toxic even for those who elected him.

“I do not think a party centered on President Trump is viable,” said David Asp, a former member of the Republican National Committee from Minnesota. The party should move away from Trump as quickly as possible, drop the conspiracy theorists and advance a vision for the party focused on the national interest.”

Perhaps the closest historical analogy to the kind of post-presidency that lies ahead for Mr. Trump is that of President Richard Nixon, who left Washington in disgrace to avoid being impeached for his role in the Watergate break-in. (Mr. Trump, for his part, does not care for the comparison, exploding at aides who bring up the ex-president’s name, according to CNN.)

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As Eligibility for Coronavirus Vaccines Expands in U.S., So Does Confusion

In Georgia, which has one of the country’s slowest vaccine distribution rates, health departments have been inundated with people trying to book appointments.
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The evolving distribution system for coronavirus vaccines in the United States has opened up the prospect of inoculations to millions more people this week, but has simultaneously set off a new wave of confusion.

At least 28 states and Washington, D.C., have begun vaccinating older people, a New York Times survey shows, in many cases marking a shift in earlier plans that put medical workers and nursing home residents at the front of the line for the inoculations.

As cases and deaths from the coronavirus reach record levels across the country, much is in flux when it comes to states’ plans for distributing vaccines. At least 32 states have expanded their vaccination programs to include critical workers, such as police officers, teachers, grocery store employees and other people at risk of being exposed to the virus on the job. More than a dozen states have said they expect to expand their vaccination pools significantly before the end of the month.

The changing rollout in many states, which matches a new federal appeal this week that all people over 65 — not just those in long-term care facilities — should be prioritized, was embraced by many older people, who have been the most vulnerable to Covid-19 and have been waiting eagerly for vaccinations and a return to normal life. But the sudden availability to so many more people also caused a deluge of problems as people tried to figure out whether their state was now allowing them to get shots, how to sign up and where to go.

“Once we get people in, the experience is wonderful,” said Logan Boss, a spokesman for the Northwest Health District in Georgia, which on Monday expanded access to the vaccine to people over the age of 65.

Until then, the process can be fraught. “It’s the anxiety, the frustration, the difficulty people have in scheduling appointments — which we are making with a very limited supply of vaccine that comes in — in quantities that we don’t know until it arrives,” he said.

In states across the country, demand for the vaccine has far outweighed supply, leading to crashed websites, long lines outside vaccination clinics and overwhelmed public health departments that are facing a torrent of calls and emails.

While the federal government advises states on how best to distribute vaccines, states follow their own plans, and that has created a patchwork of policies. While some offered shots to older people in December or early January, most focused their initial plans on medical workers and those in long-term care facilities.

And the rules are changing by the day: At least 14 states and Washington, D.C., opened up vaccinations to older people this week, and some of those changes came after the new federal call on Tuesday to open up vaccines to a wider group.

United States › United StatesOn Jan. 1414-day change
New cases238,391+27%
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Dr. David Kessler headed the Food and Drug Administration during the presidencies of George Bush and Bill Clinton.
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President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. has chosen Dr. David Kessler to help lead Operation Warp Speed, the program to accelerate development of coronavirus vaccines and treatments, according to transition officials.

Dr. Kessler, a pediatrician and lawyer who headed the Food and Drug Administration during the presidencies of George Bush and Bill Clinton, has been a key adviser to Mr. Biden on Covid-19 policy and is co-chair of the transition team’s Covid-19 task force.

He will replace Dr. Moncef Slaoui, a researcher and former drug company executive, who will become a consultant to Operation Warp Speed. Dr. Kessler will share top responsibilities for the initiative with Gen. Gustave F. Perna, who will continue as chief operating officer, according to a Biden transition spokesman.

Dr. Kessler’s responsibilities will cover manufacturing, distribution and the safety and efficacy of vaccines and therapeutics.

“Dr. Kessler became a trusted adviser to the Biden campaign and to President-elect Biden at the beginning of the pandemic, and has probably briefed Biden 50 or 60 times since March,” said Anita Dunn, a co-chair of the transition team. “When staff gets asked, ‘What do the doctors say?,’ we know that David Kessler is one of the doctors that President-elect Biden expects us to have consulted.”

Dr. Kessler will join Operation Warp Speed at a critical time. Although the program is widely credited with making possible the development of two highly effective coronavirus vaccines in record time, it has been much less successful at delivering the shots to the public — a complex task that it shares with numerous federal, state and local authorities.

The Trump administration has vowed to vaccinate 20 million people by the end of 2020, but as of Thursday, just over 11 million inoculations had been given, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Kessler is close to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease doctor, who became the leading governmental voice on the pandemic. The two worked closely to speed the development and approval of drugs that changed the course of the AIDS epidemic in the 1990s.

Global Roundup

A quarantine center under construction in Shijiazhuang, a city of 11 million people in northern China.
Credit…Yang Shiyao/Xinhua, via Associated Press

China’s National Health Commission said on Friday that more than 1,000 people nationwide were being treated for Covid-19, a day after the country reported its first coronavirus death on the mainland since May.

The commission said that 144 new cases had been recorded on Thursday, the highest daily figure since a series of new outbreaks began at the end of last year.

Of 1,001 total patients in China, the commission said, 26 were reported to be in serious condition. While the toll remains far lower than in other countries, the surge is challenging the government’s much-touted success in wresting the coronavirus under control.

Hebei, the northern province surrounding Beijing that has been hardest hit in the latest surge, reported 90 more cases on Thursday. New outbreaks have also appeared in the central province of Shaanxi and in Guangxi, a southern province that borders Vietnam.

The new outbreaks suggest that the virus is once again spreading widely despite the measures China has taken, including electronic monitoring and new lockdowns. More than 28 million people have been ordered to remain inside their homes — more than the number affected last January when the central government locked down Wuhan, the city where the virus was first reported.

The National Health Commission reported that nine of the 144 cases recorded on Thursday involved people returning to China, but most of the new ones have spread domestically.

In Shijiazhuang, a city of 11 million people where residents have been ordered to stay home since last week, the authorities have scrambled to build a large quarantine center in a rural district. The facility, which covers 82 acres, will ultimately have 3,000 trailer-like units, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

  • China’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday that it would allow a British scientist from the World Health Organization who had been stuck in Singapore to enter the country, after the scientist tested negative for coronavirus antibodies. The scientist is part of a team of experts from the health agency who arrived in the central city of Wuhan on Thursday to begin hunting for the source of the virus. Two members of the team — the British scientist and another from Qatar — were unable to enter because they had tested positive for coronavirus antibodies. The other 13 members are undergoing two weeks of quarantine in Wuhan, where the virus first emerged in late 2019.

In other developments around the world:

  • France strengthened border controls and extended a curfew to the entire country to keep the coronavirus in check, and the authorities warned that new restrictions are possible in the coming days if the epidemic worsens. For at least 15 days starting Saturday, everyone will have to be home and shops will have to close by 6 p.m., barring certain exceptions.

  • Britain on Friday started barring arrivals from Latin American countries and Portugal over fears of a coronavirus variant first detected in Brazil.

  • In northern India, hundreds of thousands of Hindu worshipers have gathered on the banks of Ganges River in recent days as part of the Kumbh Mela, an annual pilgrimage, despite the potential risks of coronavirus infection. India has reported more than 10 million cases during the pandemic, the second-highest tally in the world, and more 150,000 deaths. The country’s health authorities plan to begin a campaign on Saturday to inoculate 300 million people by August.

  • Thailand’s national tourism authority has named six resorts that are offering “golf quarantine” packages under a December law that allows foreigners who meet certain requirements to spend their mandatory two-week quarantine on the links. The agency said this week that Thailand “remains a golfer’s paradise even during the Covid-19 pandemic.”




Biden Outlines $1.9 Trillion Economic Rescue Package

President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Thursday proposed a spending package to combat the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus. The plan includes $1,400 direct payments to individuals and more generous unemployment benefits.

During this pandemic, millions of Americans, through no fault of their own, have lost the dignity and respect that comes with a job and a paycheck. Millions of Americans never thought they’d be out of work — many of them never even envisioned the idea — are facing eviction, waiting for hours in their cars to feed their families as they drive up to a food bank. A growing chorus of top economists agree that the moment of crisis — in this moment of crisis, with interest rates at historic lows, we cannot afford inaction. Our rescue plan also includes immediate relief to Americans hardest hit and most in need. We will finish the job of getting a total of $2,000 in cash relief to people who need it the most. The $600 already appropriated is simply not enough. One in seven households in America, more than one in five Black and Latino households in America, report they don’t have enough food to eat. So we’re going to extend emergency nutritional assistance for 30 — for 43 million children and their families enrolled in the SNAP program through the rest of this year. To the millions of you just looking for a fighting chance in this economy, I promise you, we will not forget you. We understand what you’re going through. We will never, ever give up.

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President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Thursday proposed a spending package to combat the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus. The plan includes $1,400 direct payments to individuals and more generous unemployment benefits.CreditCredit…Amr Alfiky/The New York Times

President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Thursday proposed a $1.9 trillion rescue package to address the economic downturn and the coronavirus, outlining the type of sweeping aid that Democrats have demanded for months and signaling a shift in the federal government’s pandemic response as Mr. Biden prepares to take office.

The package includes more than $400 billion to respond to the pandemic directly, including money to accelerate vaccine deployment and safely reopen most schools within 100 days. Here’s a look at what’s in the plan.

He acknowledged the high price tag but said the country could not afford to do anything less. “The very health of our nation is at stake,” Mr. Biden said. “We have to act, and we have to act now.”

Mr. Biden detailed the initiative, called thee American Rescue Plan, in an evening speech in Delaware, effectively kicking off his presidency. The package, which would be financed entirely through increased federal borrowing, flows from the idea that the virus and the recovery are intertwined.

A $20 billion “national vaccine program” he announced envisions community vaccination centers around the country.

Mr. Biden also called for a “public health jobs program” to address his goals of bolstering the economy and the Covid-19 response while also rebuilding the nation’s fragile public health infrastructure. The proposal would fund 100,000 public health workers to engage in vaccine outreach and contact tracing.

At the same time, Mr. Biden is keen to address the racial disparities in health that have been exposed by the pandemic, which has also disproportionately claimed the lives of people of color. He pledged to increase funding for community health centers and intends to fund efforts to mitigate the pandemic in prisons and jails, where Black and Hispanic people and are overrepresented.

Ambulances at hospital in London on Wednesday.
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Hospitals across England are stretched to the brink with Covid-19 patients, medical workers are at their breaking point, and the death toll is soaring.

Decisions about who dies and who is given a chance at survival through intensive care grow more challenging by the day. The amount of oxygen being given to severely ill patients has been reduced in a few hospitals to prevent a “catastrophic failure” of overstressed infrastructure. Ambulance crews frequently wait hours to offload patients. And medical workers on the front lines are reporting levels of emotional trauma that outstrip even those of combat veterans.

The number of hospitalized Covid-19 patients in England has risen sharply since Christmas and now dwarfs the spring peak by 70 percent, with almost 14,000 more patients in hospitals than on April 12.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned this week that there was a “very substantial” risk that many hospitals will soon run out of beds in intensive care units, even as the nation continues to set daily records for fatalities.

And although the number of new infections in England has started to show signs of slowing — with nearly 49,000 new cases reported on Thursday, compared with the recent high of more than 60,000 daily cases — the consequences of weeks of raging spread are being felt across the country.

Mr. Johnson’s cabinet is considering even tighter restrictions. The country is not only trying to contain a more contagious variant of the virus first seen in the fall, but also to fend off other highly infectious variants — one first detected in South Africa, and two in Brazil.

Prof. Neil Greenberg, a forensic psychiatrist based at King’s College London, released a report this week that showed nearly half of the staff treating the most seriously ill patients reported symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, severe anxiety and depression.

A similar survey of military veterans who had recently served in combat roles in Iraq or Afghanistan had a PTSD rate of 17 percent.

Debbie Heglin, a caregiver, got an injection of the Moderna vaccine at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in California this week.
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People who received two shots of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine in its earliest, Phase 1 clinical trial are being offered a third shot, a so-called booster, as part of a continuing study to determine whether repeated vaccinations are needed and whether they are safe and effective, the company said on Thursday.

The vaccines made by Moderna and Pfizer, both using genetic material called mRNA, were shown in clinical trials to be about 95 percent effective at preventing symptomatic cases of Covid-19 when administered as a two-shot regimen. But they have not been in use long enough to tell how long the immunity lasts or whether additional booster shots will be needed.

“We anticipate that an additional dose could further boost the levels of neutralizing antibodies, should such a boost be required, and that this is expected to be an advantage of mRNA vaccines,” Colleen Hussey, a Moderna spokeswoman, said in a statement.

The immune system makes neutralizing antibodies in response to a virus or a vaccine, and can block the virus from breaking into cells.

The company’s statement said the boosters were being offered to participants six to 12 months after their second shot. Volunteers in early trials received different vaccine doses as part of the company’s attempts to calibrate the most effective amount of active ingredient to use.

The Moderna vaccine was ultimately given an emergency green light from the Food and Drug Administration as a two-dose vaccine of 100 micrograms of mRNA each. Trial volunteers who got lower doses might especially benefit from a third shot, said Akiko Iwasaki, an immunologist at Yale University.

In its statement, Moderna said that boosters might also be studied in people who took part in its later, Phase 3 study of 30,000 participants, “if accumulating antibody persistence data indicate that this is warranted.”

Company officials said at a conference this week that they thought protection should last at least a year, according to a report by CNBC. But Moderna’s chief executive, Stephane Bancel, also said in an interview with CNBC that the vaccine might have to be adjusted in the future to immunize people against new coronavirus variants or strains, much as flu vaccines are regularly revamped.

Sales in the Bronx on November.
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As New York City officials strive to control the coronavirus by this summer, it is becoming clear that the economic fallout will last far longer: The city’s property tax revenues are projected to decline by $2.5 billion next year, the largest such drop in at least three decades.

The anticipated shortfall, which Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Thursday, is largely driven by a projected drop in the value of office buildings and hotel properties, which have all but emptied out since the pandemic began.

Roughly half of the city’s tax revenue comes from real estate, and the economic projections suggest that the city’s budget will remain in a precarious position for the foreseeable future.

For now, the city will partly offset the loss with increased revenues from income taxes: The “rich got richer,” according to a slide from the mayor’s presentation.

But the city will still likely have to substantially cut spending elsewhere.

“This is just a total economic dislocation for certain industries,” the mayor said. “We’ve never seen anything like what’s happened to the hotel industry. We’ve never seen Midtown in the situation it is now.”

Mr. de Blasio and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who have battled with the Trump administration for more federal aid, have expressed optimism that President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr., together with a Democratic-led Congress, will bring substantial assistance.

Indeed, just before Mr. de Blasio’s expected announcement, the incoming Senate majority leader, Chuck Schumer, said that he and Mr. Biden had reached a deal for the federal government to cover the full costs of state and city expenses related to a disaster declaration from last March, when the virus was first discovered in New York.

The move is expected to save the state and city about $2 billion, money that Mr. Schumer’s office said could be used to “tackle Covid-related budget gaps.”

Still, few expect the federal government to be able to fully meet the budgetary needs of state and local governments.

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Removing the Name ‘Trump’ Won’t Save a Golf Course in the South Bronx

The Bloomberg administration chose Trump as the vendor amid limited options. Constructing the course had cost the city more that $127 million, and now a capable operator was needed to maintain it when golf’s popularity was already in decline. The overlords of tech were deal-making at Burning Man, not on the back nine.

The Trump Organization came forward with the most favorable offer when some major operators did not even bid on the city’s proposal — and that offer still meant that the city would not be able to make money from the deal until 2019, four years after the course opened. The real goal was to bring major championship tournaments and all that attendant tourism and revenue to New York, an expectation the city identified in its contract. But Mr. Trump’s volatility got in the way — as it was bound to, eventually.

But simply removing the name “Trump” from the golf course won’t exorcise the civic spirit and political will that deferred to the demands of a largely white community so many years ago. The course that exists today sits on what was once a landfill. In the late 1970s, homeowners told local officials that what they wanted most of all in its place was somewhere to play golf. It would drive up their property values and at the same time prevent the development of a park that would have attracted the Black and brown residents of the public housing complexes nearby.

Over many years and mayoral administrations, after financial setbacks and starts and stops, the city rationalized its decision to build a golf course, arguing that the creation of something broader in purpose would require more extensive and costlier forms of environmental remediation. (Housing, given the landscape’s toxic history, was not an option.)

If Trumpism in much of America is marked by righteous rage and nationalist grievance, among New York’s liberal ruling class it lives in gilt and self-deception, in the placement of a luxury commodity where there ought to be a utilitarian asset, in the capitulation to real-estate interests often with the distorted view that the benefits of serving the dominant will redound to the powerless — they just didn’t know it yet.

Only a mindless lefty would think that leaving acres of land on the eastern shore of the Bronx to accommodate picnic tables and hiking trails would deliver greater value than a place to putt, chip and drive. What is the economic multiplier effect of a serene spot on the grass where you might eat a sandwich you made at home? Golf would bring jobs and real money for schools, for housing — wasn’t it obvious?

In the first year the city was able to collect licensing fees from Trump Links at Ferry Point, it brought in roughly $560,000. The deal is structured to give the city 7 percent of gross receipts annually, and even though Trump Links grossed more during that year than any of the city’s other municipal courses (because of the disproportionate cost of its greens fees) at this rate New York won’t make back its initial investment for at least 226 years.

But it was going to be great. Big. Big league. A kind of golf course like you have never seen. Making piles of cash so high, you couldn’t believe it. The best. The very, very best.

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Scoot around town with one of these personal electric scooters on sale

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Faster than walking, more eco-friendly than driving.
Faster than walking, more eco-friendly than driving.

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Getting places by foot is overrated. Thanks to electric scooters, we can glide around town without putting in much effort. Is it lazy? Perhaps, but it’s also a whole lot of fun.

TechCrunch predicts that the electric scooter industry will continue to grow in 2021 as people look for a means of getting around easily without buying cars. But with everyone extra conscious of germs these days, electric scooter sharing services will not be the move. Instead, personal scooters are likely to explode in popularity. Get ahead of the game with these five options on sale for a limited time.

With a 12-mile range, speeds up to 14 mph, and the ability to tackle 20 percent inclines without breaking a sweat, the Jetson Eris Scooter is an ideal option for those living in the city. The robust 250W motor offers three different speed modes to match your riding style, and when you get to where you’re going, you can easily fold it up for storage. Regularly $499.99, you can use the coupon code SCOOT40 at checkout to get it for $459.99.

The L5+ from EcoReco might cost more, but the 28-mile range and 20mph maximum speed make the price worth it. It features a 700W motor, three-speed modes, and rear-wheel drive and brake for maximum traction and stability. Plus, it can handle hills with a 25 percent incline and handle rough and bumpy road conditions like a champ. It’s usually $999, but you can snag it for $848.99 for a limited time.

Originally funded on Kickstarter at $147k, with features like rear suspension for vibration absorption and a hinging deck for battery quick swap, the Cycleboard Elite delivers safe and fun rides around town. With five-speed modes, the 450W silent motor allows you to hit speeds up to 22mph and climb hills up to 20 percent grade, while the battery will last you up to 20 miles on a single charge. It usually costs $1,499, but if you use the coupon code CYCLEBOARD10 at checkout, you can get it on sale for $1,349.10.

A step up from the Cycleboard Elite, the Elite Pro is even faster, climbs steeper grades, and allows you to travel longer. You can reach 27mph, climb hills up to 25 percent grade, and ride for up to 25 miles on a single charge. Plus, its perfect power to weight ratio makes it hyper-agile and hyper-smooth. Regularly $1,899, you can use the code CYCLEBOARD189 at checkout to get it for $1,710.

For those who spend a lot of time at the golf course, this all-terrain golf scooter from Cycleboard is the perfect companion. It tops out at 13mph for safety and effective golf course use, can climb hills up to 40 percent grade, and will last up to 40 miles on a single charge. It’s designed for golfers to go directly to their own ball and reduce playtime by nearly 50 percent. While it is a bit pricey at $2,699, you can use the coupon code CYCLEBOARD10 to get it for $2,429.10 for a limited time.

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N.Y.C. Will End Trump Contracts Over Capitol Riot

New York City is terminating its contracts with the Trump Organization because of the mob riot at the U.S. Capitol, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Wednesday.

The contracts are for two ice-skating rinks at Central Park, the Central Park Carousel and the Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point, a city-owned golf course in the Bronx.

Mr. de Blasio said he was ending the relationship because President Trump had incited violence.

“Inciting an insurrection against the U.S. government clearly constitutes criminal activity,” Mr. de Blasio said in an interview on MSNBC on Wednesday. “The City of New York will no longer have anything to do with the Trump Organization.”

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In New York, Fallout From the Capitol Riot

Weather: Mixed clouds and sun. High in the mid-40s.

Alternate-side parking: In effect until Monday (Martin Luther King’s Birthday).

The ripple effects of the mob attack in Washington continue to be felt in New York as the authorities investigate those involved, and as officials brace for renewed threats.

On Tuesday, the son of a Brooklyn judge was arrested in connection with last week’s Capitol riot. New York City said it was reconsidering its ties with the Trump family business. And a Republican congressman from New York announced that he would vote to impeach the president on a charge of inciting the riot.

Here’s what else you need to know:

The judge’s son, Aaron Mostofsky, was taken into custody in Brooklyn. His father, Steven Mostofsky, sits on the Kings County Supreme Court.

The younger Mr. Mostofsky was seen in fur pelts and a bulletproof vest as he breached the Capitol last week. He is facing four charges, including stealing government property, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

The authorities were investigating a handful of New Yorkers who had acknowledged being at the riot, including a Metropolitan Transportation Administration employee, William Pepe, who was arrested in White Plains on Tuesday afternoon.

[Read more about Mr. Mostofsky’s arrest.]

Many New Yorkers had severed ties with the president’s family’s real estate company, the Trump Organization, long before the siege, but this week Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed that the city was weighing whether to cancel its contracts with the company. Those contracts include ice-skating rinks and a carousel in Central Park, and the Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point.

[Read more about the contracts.]

On Monday, State Senator Brad Hoylman, a Manhattan Democrat, made a request to the state court system to begin the process of stripping President Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, of his law license. The call came hours after the New York State Bar Association said it was investigating Mr. Giuliani, the former New York City mayor.

Also, Representative John Katko, a moderate Republican in a Democratic-leaning district in central New York, became the first House Republican to publicly say he would vote to impeach President Trump.

“To allow the president of the United States to incite this attack without consequence is a direct threat to the future of our democracy,” Mr. Katko said in a statement on Tuesday afternoon. “For that reason, I cannot sit by without taking action. I will vote to impeach this president.”

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The landmark smoking Camel sign blew its last oversize puff in Times Square 55 years ago this month. The two-story sign had been blowing out smoke since a few days after the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.

During World War II, the model morphed from sailor to soldier to Marine to airman and back again every four months, The Times reported. In 1966, the tobacco company R.J. Reynolds decided that the iconic billboard had “done its work.”

The company’s advertising agency told The Times that the change had nothing to do with cancer warnings or the increase in popularity of filtered cigarettes. “We’re just always looking for ways to support other forms of advertising,” a spokesman said.

Eddie Hausner, a Times photographer, took this unpublished photo in 1964 as a Times reporter spoke with Kjell Lindell, a maître d’ who admitted to smoking about three cigarettes a day.

It’s Wednesday — change is inevitable.

Dear Diary:

I was in New York City for my annual exhibition at an art fair. During a lull, I watched people walk by my booth and listened to scraps of conversation.

“My theory about buying art,” I heard one woman walking by say to another, “is, if you love it, can afford it and it doesn’t scare the dog, you buy it.”

— Joel Soroka

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Will New York City Cancel Contracts for Trump Golf Course and Carousel?

New York City is investigating whether it can cancel its contracts with the Trump Organization after last week’s deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday.

Mr. de Blasio, who has repeatedly accused President Trump of provoking the violent siege, said his legal team was assessing the city’s options.

“We are looking at that very, very carefully and very quickly,” Mr. de Blasio said when asked about the contracts at a news conference. “The president incited a rebellion against the United States government — clearly an unconstitutional act and people died. That’s unforgivable.”

It is not the first time the city has examined the Trump Organization’s contracts with the city, which include two ice skating rinks at Central Park, the Central Park Carousel and the Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point, a city-owned golf course in the Bronx. Mr. de Blasio’s administration has looked at the issue several times since 2015, including two years ago during the legal troubles of Mr. Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen.

A representative of the Trump Organization did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday. The city’s decision to examine the contracts was first reported by The Washington Post, which said the parks concessions had brought the Trump Organization about $17 million in revenue.

Some legal experts have said that it could be difficult for the city to terminate the contracts. The agreements contain language that forbids “arbitrary” or “capricious” reasons for cancellation if the decision appeared to be motivated simply by personal animus toward the president.

The city could also let the agreements expire. The contracts at Wollman Rink, near Central Park’s southern edge; Lasker Rink, in the northern end of the park; and the carousel end in April. The contract for the golf course ends in April 2032.

Many companies and institutions have moved to sever ties with President Trump and his family after the riot, including the 2022 P.G.A. Championship, which will no longer be held at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.

Schools have also stripped the president of honorary degrees, and the New York State Bar Association announced it was investigating Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, which could lead to his removal.

New Yorkers have already sought to distance themselves from Mr. Trump, who was born and raised in New York City but repeatedly attacked the city as he ran unsuccessfully for a second term as president. His name has been stripped from private properties, including the Trump SoHo hotel, now the Dominick, and some former Trump Place condominiums in Manhattan.

In 2019, the Trump name was quietly removed from the skating rinks. It was particularly noticeable at Wollman Rink, where Mr. Trump’s name had long been splashed all over. In its place, logos read: “Wollman Rink NYC Central Park.”

While losing the New York City contracts might not be the greatest financial hit Mr. Trump is facing, it would be a major symbolic rebuke from his hometown.

Mark Levine, a Democratic city councilman who represents a slice of northern Manhattan, has long supported cutting the city’s ties with the Trump Organization.

“It’s been a no-brainer for years, but it would be beyond outrageous if, even now, we allow him to continue to profit off those businesses, which are on public property that is our sacred public green space,” Mr. Levine said.

Mr. Levine, who formerly chaired the Council’s parks committee, said he believed the city had the legal grounds to terminate the contracts because they were “at will” agreements. There is also a business rationale, he argued. Even before the pandemic, the concessions run by the Trump Organization were not doing well.

“They’ve been underperforming, so the city is getting a worse and worse deal out of it,” he said. “People are avoiding these places because of the Trump name.”

Mr. Levine sponsored a resolution in December 2019 “calling upon the mayor to not renew or issue new contracts with any entity that results in a direct financial benefit to President Donald Trump.” Soon the pandemic hit, and the resolution never passed the Council despite public support from Corey Johnson, the Council speaker.

In 2015, after Mr. Trump made derogatory comments about Latinos, Mr. de Blasio tried to terminate the licenses. But city lawyers said that was not possible because of First Amendment protections for Mr. Trump’s speech.

Mr. de Blasio said then that he did not believe that the city could cancel the contracts, but that it would not “do any business with him going forward.”

“My impression is that unless there has been some breaking of a contract or something that gives us a legal opportunity to act,” he said, “I’m not sure we have a specific course of action.”

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Fallout Continues as Trump Finds Himself Increasingly Besieged

The Marine guard outside the West Wing on Monday, indicating that President Trump is in the Oval Office.
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Nearly a week after a mob of President Trump’s supporters laid siege to the Capitol, the president finds himself increasingly besieged: abandoned by big businesses, institutions and his own acting homeland security chief just as Washington and state capitols are bracing for renewed threats leading up to Inauguration Day.

A president who famously demands loyalty has found himself increasingly cut off. Even New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick, who publicly supported Mr. Trump when he ran for office, has spurned him, turning down the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, because of the “tragic events of last week” a reference to the deadly riot.

Schools have stripped Mr. Trump of honorary degrees. The P.G.A. of America announced it would no longer hold a major tournament at Mr. Trump’s New Jersey golf club. Mr. Trump’s primary lender for two decades, Deutsche Bank, said it has decided not to do business with Mr. Trump or his company in the future, according to a person familiar with the bank’s thinking. Twitter has permanently suspended Mr. Trump’s account, while Facebook barred him at least through the end of his term on Jan. 20.

Chad F. Wolf, the acting secretary for the Homeland Security Department, stepped down from his position on Monday. The department includes the Secret Service, which is leading inauguration security.

Mr. Wolf told employees of the Department of Homeland Security he would be stepping down in part because of court rulings that invalidated some of the Trump administration’s immigration policies, citing the likelihood that Mr. Wolf was unlawfully appointed to lead the agency. He did not address the Capitol riot in his letter.

White House officials, including several members of the cabinet, have resigned, saying they were deeply troubled by the deadly siege. Prominent Republicans have threatened to leave the party or called on Mr. Trump to resign.

Scores of the president’s supporters who participated in the Capitol riot are the subject of a nationwide manhunt, according to law enforcement officials. The Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation are pursuing more than 150 suspects for prosecution, a number that is almost certain to grow, an official said.

Now, supporters of Mr. Trump are openly planning attacks in Washington and around the country in the days leading up to President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s inauguration next Wednesday. The F.B.I. has sent information to local law enforcement agencies about the potential for armed protests outside all 50 state capitols, demonstrations that are being organized and promoted by far-right extremist groups like the Boogaloo movement.

In the days since the violent assault of the Capitol, more graphic images have emerged showing police officers outnumbered as they were defending it. A visual investigation by The Times found rioters outside the building dragged three officers into a mob that assaulted them as they laid defenseless on a stairwell. One rioter was caught on video beating an officer with the American flag.

A poll released by Quinnipiac University found that just 33 percent of Americans approved of Mr. Trump’s job performance — matching his lowest approval rating in four years of polling. The president could become the first to be impeached twice, after House Democrats introduced an article of impeachment on Monday, an effort that, if successful, could bar him from ever holding the office again.

Members of Congress and aides were evacuated from the House chamber as rioters spread through the Capitol last week.
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A grim reality has begun to dawn on Capitol Hill: The riot on Wednesday may have started a coronavirus superspreader event, fueled by the mob that roamed through the halls of Congress and unmasked Republicans who jammed into cloistered secure rooms.

It could have been worse. Because of the pandemic, lawmakers were instructed to remain in their offices unless speaking during the debate over the certification of votes. Tourists had been temporarily barred and the number of reporters allowed in each chamber at a time had been substantially curtailed.

But the normal precautions — already haphazardly enforced — collapsed as pro-Trump supporters stormed the Capitol. Did six feet of distance matter when lawmakers huddled on the ground as a mob tried to break through the door? Or as they tried to rush through tight corridors and into a cramped elevator to a secure space? Or as they sought to comfort a traumatized colleague?

On both sides of the Capitol, lawmakers, aides, police officers and reporters who had fled to secure locations have been warned that they might have been exposed to the coronavirus while hiding from the mob. Some people who had taken refuge in a room that included senators have been warned of possible exposure, while Dr. Brian P. Monahan, the attending physician of Congress, wrote to House lawmakers telling them to obtain a P.C.R. test as a precaution and to continue taking preventive steps against the spread of the virus.

In a letter referring to a crowded House safe room, Dr. Monahan said that “the time in this room was several hours for some and briefer for others,” warning that “individuals may have been exposed to another occupant with coronavirus infection” during that period.

That person has not been identified, but two lawmakers have announced that they tested positive.

On Monday, Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman, Democrat of New Jersey, announced that she had tested positive. She directly pointed at a handful of Republicans who had refused to wear masks in the room despite entreaties from Democrats to do so.

Ms. Watson Coleman said that after taking a rapid antigen test on Monday, she was isolating and awaiting the results of a more accurate laboratory P.C.R. test. She began to feel symptomatic within the last 24 hours, and was experiencing “mild, cold-like symptoms,” including a cough and a raspy sore throat.

Hours later, Representative Pramila Jayapal, Democrat of Washington, said that she had also tested positive, also suggesting unmasked Republican lawmakers were in part to blame. Ms. Jayapal said she had been self-isolating since last week’s riot as a precaution.

Six thousand troops from six states have already arrived in Washington, according to the chief of the National Guard Bureau, Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson.
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With the resignation of Chad F. Wolf, the acting secretary for the Homeland Security Department, on Monday, the task of coordinating the security of the upcoming inauguration, will now fall to Peter T. Gaynor, the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, who will replace Mr. Wolf for the remaining days in the Trump administration.

The Secret Service, which falls under the Homeland Security Department, is leading the security operations for the event on Jan. 20, and officials are bracing for heightened threats of violence.

Before his resignation, Mr. Wolf announced that enhanced security measures would begin on Jan. 13 instead of Jan. 19 as initially planned.

Mr. Wolf said he did so “in light of events of the past week and the evolving security landscape leading up to the inauguration.”

On Saturday, the mayor of Washington, Muriel E. Bowser, sent a firmly worded letter to the Department of Homeland Security, asking officials to move up security operations and requesting a disaster declaration, which would free federal funding for the inauguration. President Trump granted the request on Monday night.

Ms. Bowser’s call to action came as law enforcement officers in several states made arrests related to the assault on the Capitol.

Security experts have warned that some far-right extremist groups have now started to focus attention on Inauguration Day and are already discussing an assault similar to the one on the Capitol last week. Sixteen groups — some of them armed and most of them hard-line supporters of Mr. Trump — have already registered to stage protests in Washington.

The National Guard plans to deploy up to 15,000 troops to the nation’s capital for the inauguration.

Six thousand troops from six states have already arrived, according to the chief of the National Guard Bureau, Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson. Defense officials have not made a decision on whether the troops will be armed, but they indicated that even if they were initially unarmed, the troops would not be far away from their weaponry.

The P.G.A. of America announced it would strip President Trump’s New Jersey golf club of a major tournament.
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The mob attack on Congress last week by President Trump’s supporters has spurred the most substantial challenge for the Trump Organization to date, a reckoning by businesses and institutions that are distancing themselves from the president on a grand scale.

Mr. Trump’s brand, premised on gold-plated luxury and a super-affluent clientele, may not fully recover from the fallout, hospitality analysts say and some people close to the business acknowledge.

The fallout began on Thursday, when the e-commerce provider Shopify said it had terminated online stores affiliated with the president. On Sunday, the P.G.A. of America announced it would strip Mr. Trump’s New Jersey golf club of a major tournament.

Mr. Trump was said to be “gutted” by the P.G.A. decision, according to a person close to the White House, as he had worked personally for years to push the tournament executives to hold events at his courses.

Deutsche Bank, which has been Mr. Trump’s primary lender for two decades, has decided not to do business with Mr. Trump or his company in the future, according to a person familiar with the bank’s thinking. Mr. Trump owes Deutsche Bank more than $300 million, which is due in the next few years.

Another longtime financial partner of the Trumps, Signature Bank, also is cutting ties. The bank — which helped Mr. Trump finance his Florida golf course and where Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter, was once a board member — issued a statement calling on Mr. Trump to resign as president “in the best interests of our nation and the American people.”

The Trump Organization had already been facing considerable financial challenges. And with more than $300 million in debt coming due in the next few years that the president has personally guaranteed, there had been some urgency for the company to line up new deals.

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