New drone rules published

New drone rules for certficated remote pilots have been published in the Federal Register on January 15. 2021, starting the clock running toward various effectivity dates. Flying at night and over people will be permitted March 16, 2021 without a waiver. Remote ID will be required for most drones September 16, 2023. [1/19/2021]

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Phil Spector Dies at 81

Famed record producer Phil Spector has died at age 81 while serving a 19-years-to-life sentence for murdering actress Lana Clarkson. Spector had been hailed as a visionary for channeling Wagnerian ambition into the three-minute song, creating the “Wall of Sound” that merged spirited vocal harmonies with lavish orchestral arrangements to produce such pop monuments as Da Doo Ron Ron, Be My Baby, and He’s a Rebel. He also produced thhe original release of the Beatles album Let It Be. [1/17/2021]

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The Missing Flu Riddle

Rates of influenza have remained persistently low through late 2020 and into 2021, cratering from levels a year ago and raising the puzzling specter of sharply reduced influenza transmission rates even as positive tests for COVID-19 have shattered numerous records over the last several weeks. Where have all the flu cases gone? [1/2/2021]

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Phyllis McGuire gone at 89

The New York Times reports that Phyllis McGuire died Tuesday, December 29, 2020. She was the last of the living McGuire Sisters, a group with over a dozen hits in the late 50's. [1/1/2021]

Phyllis McGuire

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