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In baseball, the starting pitcher often chooses which uniform his team will wear for each game. In the NFL, the entire season’s game-by-game jersey schedule is usually set up by the end of July, but only a handful of teams bother to share that information. And then there’s the NBA, where we have now entered the era of LockerVision. LockerVision is a publicly available NBA web interface that shows which uniforms teams will wear for every game of the season. The site was created last season, although its existence wasn’t announced until March, at which point many fans — including your friendly uniform columnist — were surprised to learn that the league’s game-by-game uni pairings had all been scripted in advance. With the 2018-19 season set to tip off Tuesday, all of the uni matchups have already been loaded into LockerVision. The interface can be filtered by team, by date, and by game location. Want to know, say, what the…
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With the Flu Season Underway, New Study Shows Vaccine Benefits for Pregnant Women

The 2018­-2019 flu season is here, and Kaiser Permanente is once again urging its employees and members to get vaccinated. While the effectiveness of the flu vaccine varies from year to year, the message from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has remained the same: to prevent flu, the best thing you can do is get a flu shot every year.

Flu vaccine is especially important for people at higher risk of developing severe flu, including pregnant women, young children, health care workers, the elderly, and people with chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. A new CDC-led study, published on October 11 in Clinical Infectious Diseases, found that for pregnant women in particular, getting a flu shot reduced their risk of being hospitalized for flu-related reasons by an average of 40 percent.

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The study was a partnership among CDC and other public health agencies and health care systems in Australia, Canada, Israel and the United States. Allison Naleway, PhD, an epidemiologist and vaccine researcher at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, is a study co-author.

“Expecting mothers face a number of risks to their health and the health of their baby during pregnancy, and getting the flu is one of them,” Naleway explained. “This study’s findings underscore the fact that there is a simple, yet impactful way to reduce the possibility of complications from flu during pregnancy: get a flu shot.”

Naleway is a site principal investigator for the Vaccine Safety Datalink, a national project funded by the CDC that links automated medical records data from several integrated health care delivery organizations to monitor vaccine safety. As a scientist on the front lines of vaccine research and surveillance, she often fields questions about the flu vaccine. Below, Naleway answers some of the most common questions she hears.

Why is the flu vaccine important?

Many people think of the flu as an inconvenience that causes a few days of misery at its worst, but the truth is that influenza can kill. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people end up in the hospital from the flu, and thousands of people die from flu-related causes. The flu vaccine isn’t perfect, but it’s our best defense. I encourage people to learn all they can about the flu vaccine, and the CDC’s “Key Facts About Season Flu Vaccine” is a great place to start.

Are there people who shouldn’t get the vaccine?

Many formulations of the flu vaccine are grown in chicken eggs, so people with egg allergies should talk to their health care provider before deciding whether to be vaccinated. Also, people who have had severe reactions to the flu vaccine in the past should talk to their health care provider before they decide whether to be vaccinated again. That said, severe reactions to the vaccine are very rare. Perhaps one in a million people vaccinated might have an allergic reaction or develop a rare paralytic illness. More common reactions include redness at the injection site, soreness, or a slight fever — mild symptoms that are outweighed by the vaccine’s benefits.

Is there a chance that I will still get the flu even if I do get the vaccine?

The flu vaccine is reformulated every year, so its effectiveness varies from year to year. It depends on how well the vaccine is matched to the particular viruses that are causing the flu. Scientists usually do a pretty good job of predicting which flu viruses are going to move from the Southern hemisphere into the Northern hemisphere, but sometimes they miss the mark. That’s what happened in the spring of 2009, when H1N1 spread up through Mexico into the United States. Experts didn’t see that coming, so we already had a large wave of illness before we had a vaccine to prevent it.

If the vaccine isn’t always effective, why should I get it?

The vaccine has been studied extensively and it’s very safe, so there’s very little downside to getting it. The flu can be quite serious and can cause severe symptoms including cough, sore throat, high fever, body aches, chills, fatigue and headaches. Again, while most people recover after a few days, many people end up in the hospital, and there are still thousands of people who die each year from complications of the flu.

Can the flu vaccine cause the flu?

Let me say emphatically that the flu vaccine does not cause the flu. The injectable vaccine contains a killed virus, so there’s no chance that it can give you the flu. We usually give the flu shot in September or October when a lot of other viruses are circulating, so when someone gets sick after getting the flu vaccine, it’s just a coincidence that they caught some other bug about the same time they were vaccinated.

Do you get the flu vaccine?

Yes! I get the vaccine every year — and so does my family.

 

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‘The Walking Dead’ – Who Will Die in Season 9?

We’re entering the ninth season of The Walking Dead, and if anything is certain in a zombie apocalypse, it’s that no one is safe. That’s right, nobody – not even the series’ star since day one, Andrew Lincoln, whose departure early this season has already been reported.

On The Walking Dead death is not only certain and often sudden, but also a major element of the show’s entertainment/shock value. And of course we’re all wondering just who might be in the crosshairs — or a walker’s teeth — this season. We’ve taken a look at the show’s biggest characters and calculated just how likely it is that they’ll die this season on The Walking Dead.

 


Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon

Daryl

1% CHANCE DARYL DIES IN SEASON 9

Now we know we said no one is ever safe on this show, but if there’s one man that is, it’s him. And now that Rick is going to be out of the picture, Daryl will surely have to take up the mantle of a lead hero in the dawning days of a new era. Then again, there are other choices among the dwindling early survivors, like the next two on this list.

 


Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan

Negan

10% CHANCE NEGAN DIES IN SEASON 9

Love him or hate him, Negan certainly shook things up when he first arrived on the scene a couple years ago, and although his fortunes have changed considerably since his days of cracking skulls and speechifying, his presence is still a galvanizing one for many other post-apocalyptic survivors. We think he’ll stick around.

 


Danai Gurira as Michonne

Michonne

14% CHANCE MICHONNE DIES IN SEASON 9

She’s been a de facto member of the leadership for quite a while, and one of the show’s (and comic’s) most iconic and beloved characters. Although she’s also found fame via Marvel’s Black Panther, we suspect Gurira isn’t going to head off into the apocalyptic sunset just yet.

 


Lauren Cohan as Maggie

Maggie

25% CHANCE MAGGIE DIES IN SEASON 9

Although she’s not leaving for good, and new series showrunner Angela Kang has expressed interest in wrapping up Maggie’s story in Season Ten, Cohan will be absent for most of this season due to other commitments, so there are still some question marks about her possible fate.

 


Josh McDermitt as Dr. Eugene Porter

Eugene

30% CHANCE EUGENE DIES IN SEASON 9

Honestly, how is this guy still kicking? A liar from the outset, Eugene eventually demonstrated his worth as a man of expertise, and later had his moments of redemption, so he’s not the man he was when we first met him. He’s also been quite adept at dodging bullets both metaphorical and literal in the past, but how long will that luck hold up?

 


Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier

Carol

40% CHANCE CAROL DIES IN SEASON 9

Carol has always been one of the strongest and most determined survivors on the show, and although in the past it could be argued that killing her off would send the wrong message, a well-handled departure for McBride could also play as a poignant and powerful tribute in this year of all years.

 


Christian Serratos as Rosita Espinosa

Rosita

45% CHANCE ROSITA DIES IN SEASON 9

People are not defined by who they’re with, this is true, but in the shorthand of storytelling, they sadly often are. With Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) And Spencer (Austin Nichols) both gone, Rosita has an opportunity to establish herself as her own person in the post-apocalypse…but will she get the chance?

 


Seth Gilliam as Father Gabriel Stokes

Gabriel

65% CHANCE GABRIEL DIES IN SEASON 9

He should have died almost immediately, to be honest, but somehow he managed to make it. But when someone seems like an easy choice for an early Walking Dead death, and then survives beyond that, alarm bells should be ringing…or perhaps moaning. Gabriel’s day may be arriving sooner than he thinks, but he may not see it coming.

 


Alanna Masterson as Tara Chambler

Tara

75% CHANCE TARA DIES IN SEASON 9

As one of the characters that has stuck around long enough now to feel like one of the team, Tara has nevertheless also managed to fly under the radar when it comes to lists like this one, so we’re thinking this season might just be time for a Tara-ble death (we’re so sorry).

 


Ross Marquand as Aaron

Aaron

90% CHANCE AARON DIES IN SEASON 9

Every year there are characters on this show where you can’t necessarily explain why you feel they’re heading to a “Come to Walkers” moment, but you just know in your bones that they are. Could this be Aaron’s year? The Magic Zombie Ball says “Signs point to yes.”

 


Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes

Rick

95% CHANCE RICK DIES IN SEASON 9

This one’s a gimme, since we know Lincoln is leaving, but there are stories that he’s sticking around to shadow directors and pick up some tips in order to return to the show behind the camera… unless that’s all a trick, in which case we’ll leave some wiggle room.

 

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Keep the Kids Busy for Free at Bass Pro Shops This Halloween Season

I’m not an outdoorsy person, but I’m a fan of Bass Pro Shops for one reason: They know how to do the holidays right with free activities for the kiddos.

My daughter’s first experience trick-or-treating was at Bass Pro Shops in Atlantic City, New Jersey, when she was 2 years old. This year, the outdoor recreation retailer is hosting eight days of free Halloween fun. There will be crafts, games, costume parades, photos with Charlie Brown and the gang and — of course — trick-or-treating.

Events will be held at Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s stores, which are owned by the company. About 170 locations in 45 states and Canada will get in on the Halloween spirit with the exception of the retailer’s Islamorada, Florida, location.

The festivities start two weekends before the holiday. On Oct. 20 and 21 from noon to 5 p.m., children can create Frankenstein crafts, pose for photos and play pumpkin toss — a holiday-themed version of bean bag toss — for the chance to win small prizes. The stores will be selling a photo package for $ 5, but you can get one free 4-by-6 photo without buying anything.

From Oct. 26 to 30, the Frankenstein craft will be swapped out for a vampire bat craft. Families can go to Bass Pro Shops on Oct. 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. to make crafts and take photos.

More activities are scheduled the Saturday before Halloween (Oct. 27) with treat-or-treating from 3 to 5 p.m. and a costume parade at 4 p.m. The store’s pint-sized visitors can also make crafts, play pumpkin toss and take photos from noon to 5 p.m. on Oct. 27 and 28.

The action is light the two days leading up to Halloween — Oct. 29 and 30 — with just crafts and photos from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Halloween celebration culminates the evening of Oct. 31 with events from 4 to 8 p.m. Guests can take photos, play pumpkin toss and create crafts — this time a scarecrow — throughout the entire time.

From 5 to 7 p.m., children can decorate a cookie. Trick-or-treating will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. At 6 p.m., kids can walk in a costume parade.

My little one enjoyed her time collecting candy and making crafts at Bass Pro Shops. And I loved that I didn’t have to spend a dime.

Nicole Dow is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder. She loves free kids’ events and is in favor of trick-or-treating that doesn’t involve going door to door.

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The WSL Big Wave Tour will witness the world’s best big wave surfers charging massive waves at three of the world’s premiere breaks: Mavericks, Jaws, and Nazaré. This is over the edge.

We’re on the lookout for storms that generate HUGE waves – and when they do – the surfers, fans, and a whole lot of cameras fly in from all corners of the world to put on a spectacle unlike any other. Check out the three places we’ll be competing this winter:

  • Mavericks is a heavy wave that breaks so powerfully that it shakes the ground. It’s three, four, sometimes FIVE stories of terrifying ocean.
  • Jaws, originally known as Pe’ahi, is Hawaiian perfection at 10x the size, which means peril for anyone who makes a mistake.
  • Nazaré is a liquid mountain. That’s not a metaphor — it’s consistently where the biggest waves in the world have been ridden.

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Fear the Walking Dead: Season 4 Finale Review

Warning: Full spoilers for Fear the Walking Dead’s Season 4 finale follow…

Fear the Walking Dead’s Season 4 finale had one job, basically. Regardless of who lived or died, of who survived to see the adventures ahead (spoiler: it was freakin’ everyone), none of these folks could ever step foot in Alexandria.

I know, I know. That’s crazy, right? This whole half season’s been solely about Morgan collecting his new compadres (even meeting some new ones) and taking them all to his friend Rick. To house them in a safe environment. To show them the king he’s always talking about. The king who – er – used to have a tiger. It’s been his directive from the get-go.

Now all of that had to unravel in 50 minutes. Or 80 minutes including commercials. Or really, the final five minutes because that’s how quickly the show had Morgan ditch his entire plan. Because The Walking Dead’s about to hit us with an eighteen month time jump. Yup, just as Fear caught up to Walking Dead, the original show’s like “Smell ya later!” and is skipping ahead a year and a half.

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