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ORLANDO, Fla. — News surrounding an impending arrival of Pirate River Quest at Legoland Florida and the eventual transition of Magic Kingdom’s Splash Mountain into Tiana’s Bayou Adventure has given us water on the brain, but in a good way.

U.S. health officials are endorsing a new monkeypox vaccination strategy designed to stretch limited supplies by allowing health professionals to vaccinate up to five people — instead of one — with each vial. The so-called dose-sparing approach uses just a fraction of the typical amount of the Jynneos vaccine and administers it with an injection just under the skin rather than into deeper tissue. Recipients would still get two shots spaced four weeks apart. The highly unusual step announced Tuesday is a stark acknowledgment that the U.S. currently lacks the supplies needed to vaccinate everyone seeking protection from the rapidly spreading virus.

A jury has acquitted a commercial truck driver of causing the 2019 deaths of seven motorcyclists in a collision in northern New Hampshire. Twenty-six-year-old Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, of West Springfield, Massachusetts, had pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of negligent homicide, manslaughter, and other charges. The jury deliberated for less than three hours before returning the verdict. Zhukovskyy has been in jail since the crash on June 21, 2019, in Randolph. The seven who died were part of a Marines motorcycle club and were from New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The trial began July 26.

Ahmaud Arbery is being honored by his hometown after stiff sentences for hate crimes against the white men who chased and killed him. Dozens of people joined Arbery's family on a sweltering street corner Tuesday as Brunswick city officials unveiled signs designating a 2.7-mile roadway as Honorary Ahmaud Arbery Street. Arbery was fatally shot Feb. 23, 2020, after being chased by three men in pickup trucks who wrongly suspected him of committing crimes. Father and son Greg and Travis McMichael were sentenced to life terms for hate crimes by a federal judge Monday. Their neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan, got 35 years. All three had already received life sentences in a Georgia court for Arbery's murder.

A northern Indiana congressional seat will remain vacant until the November election following the death last week of Republican Rep. Jackie Walorski in a highway crash. Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb issued a proclamation Tuesday setting the special election for Nov. 8. Walorski was seeking reelection in the solidly Republican 2nd Congressional District that she first won in 2012. The candidate elected will complete Walorski’s current term running through the rest of this year. It will be up to local Republican officials to pick a candidate for the special election. The governor’s office cited the complicated legal deadlines for selecting a new candidate as the reason for putting off the special election for three months. Walorski’s funeral is scheduled for Thursday in Granger.


There I was, down to the 11th hour on my deadline for the next “Old Car Column.” I had been to a car cruise the night before and taken a number of photos of the three dozen or so cars at Imo’s Pizza on St. Clair Avenue in Fairview Heights. The IL Wheelz Car Club holds cruises on the last Sat…

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