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Study: Sewer samples signal pending rise or fall in COVID-19

RENO — Researchers at UNR say they have developed a model that helps predict if confirmed COVID-19 cases in a local community will significantly rise or fall in the week ahead.

Scientists say data sampled from sewers and wastewater treatment plants in the Reno-Sparks area last year showed a correlation to the number of positive tests for coronavirus that would follow in about seven days.

“It clearly reflects the extent of the disease as it was determined by human testing, so it is a good leading indicator of what’s happening in the community,” said Krishna Pagilla, a UNR professor of environmental engineering who led the study.

The team monitored sewers and wastewater facilities from last April to December to keep track of concentrations of the virus that causes COVID-19.

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As Nevada begins vaccinating general public, Clark County hits milestone

Wade Vandervort

Daniele Franklin, 21, fills out an intake form while waiting in line to get a COVID-19 vaccination at UNLV, Monday, April 5, 2021.

Nevadans 16 and older became eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination Monday, and that wasn’t the only milestone.

Clark County reported early in the day it surpassed the 1 million mark in doses distributed — a combination of first and second shots — at various sites around Southern Nevada.

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Nevada bill would make it easier to retrieve property seized by police

Mona Shield Payne / Special to the Sun

Metro Police Officer Jeff Dean asks questions of an unidentified driver while conducting vehicle stops looking for impaired drivers at a DUI checkpoint on Nellis Boulevard south of East Lake Mead Boulevard.

In one scenario, a motorist is pulled over in Nevada, arrested and then charged with transportation, sale or trafficking of a drug.

Whatever property is in their possession, including cash and their car, is subject for seizure — regardless if they were obtained legally.

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A Look Inside Spirited Away, New York City’s First Booze-Free Bottle Shop

In August 2020, corporate marketer and consultant Douglas Watters was sitting on his bed when a name popped into his head: Spirited Away. With no prior beverage experience — but a burgeoning passion for zero-proof drinks — Watters couldn’t shake the notion he’d found the ideal name for an alcohol-free spirits shop. With his wife’s encouragement, Watters ran with the idea and Miyazaki-inspired name.

Just over two months later, Spirited Away opened for business on Manhattan’s bustling Lower East Side. Ironically, Watters says the fast-track from concept to retail was helped by the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on local businesses.

“I had plenty of time to like walk around my neighborhood and look at all of the vacant spaces,” Watters told us. “And unfortunately a downside of the pandemic is lots of businesses have gone under, so there was more vacant space to choose from.”

At just 300 square feet, Spirited Away is a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it storefront in a neighborhood that — pandemic notwithstanding — normally bustles with tiny independent shops. The store is rimmed with whitewashed brick, and colorful bottles and cans stand out on minimalist racks and shelving. A handful of plants and geometric designs dot the walls, illuminated by track lighting from above. It’s an attractive setup that lets the products take center stage.

But given the size and location, convincing passersby to stop can be a challenge. So Watters and a handful of part-time staff members have relied heavily on sidewalk tastings to grab attention.

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Former WSTA chairman joins Kingsland Drinks board

Kingsland Drinks Group has appointed former Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) chairman Denis O'Flynn as a non-executive director.

O'Flynn will assist Kingsland with its growth and development following a series of strategic investments.

As well as a four-year stint with the WSTA - where he met Kingsland Drinks Group's managing director Ed Baker - O'Flynn served as managing director of Pernod Ricard UK for five years and was a board member at Irish Distillers. 

Andy Sagar, executive chairman of Kingsland Drinks Group, said: "We are really pleased that Denis has now come on board formally after already working with us on a couple of major projects. His broad experience in the drinks trade will be a valuable asset to the team, especially as we continue to diversify our capability and offering."

Ed Baker added: "Denis has a great deal of knowledge about UK drinks for both wine and spirits, especially when it comes to brands. I’m confident he’ll be great addition to the team and aid in Kingsland Drinks Groups’ development."

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Glen Grant launching special bottling for master distiller Dennis Malcolm

The Glen Grant is celebrating its master distiller's 60th anniversary in the whisky industry with a new bottling.

Dennis Malcolm is a globally renowned maker of and ambassador for whisky, having created some of the most-awarded single malts in the world. He was recognised by the Queen for his service to the industry in 2016, when he was made an OBE, and is also an inductee of the Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame.

On 3 April 2021 he celebrated 60 years in the whisky industry, making him one of Scotland's longest-serving master distillers. To mark the milestone, The Glen Grant is releasing a rare 60-year-old LTO expression - the oldest and first of its kind in the brand's 181-year history. The release will be accompanied by a global campaign and launch event later in 2021.

Born onsite at The Glen Grant Distillery in Rothes in 1946, Dennis Malcolm joined the distillery workforce aged 15 as an apprentice cooper, working alongside his father and grandfather.

Following stints with whisky makers including The Glenlivet and Chivas Brothers, he came back to The Glen Grant in 2006 as master distiller, after the distillery was purchased by Campari. As well as making exceptional whisky, he is renowned as a Speyside historian and leads tours around The Glen Grant Distillery.

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Prayer vigil held outside NY hospital for rapper DMX

Mary Altaffer / AP

DMX’S ex-wife Tashera Simmons, left, and his fiancé Desiree Lindstrom embrace during a prayer vigil outside of White Plains Hospital, Monday, April 5, 2021, in White Plains, N.Y. Supporters and family of the rapper DMX have chanted his name and offered up prayers outside the hospital where he remains on life support. The 50-year-old was admitted to the hospital following a heart attack.

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Supporters and family of the rapper DMX chanted his name and offered up prayers Monday outside the New York hospital where he remained on life support.

The 50-year-old was admitted to the hospital on Friday, following a heart attack.

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Pinch-pounder: Black Keys drummer fills in at Indians opener

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Black Keys drummer and life-long Indians fan Patrick Carney pounds on the drum in the first inning of a baseball game between the Kansas City Royals and the Cleveland Indians, Monday, April 5, 2021, in Cleveland. With long-time drummer John Adams recovering from heart surgery and unable to attend his first opener in Cleveland in 48 years, Carney will fill in during the home opener.

CLEVELAND — Patrick Carney wasn't nervous before his first live drumming gig in more than a year, just honored.

A lifelong Indians fan and one half of The Black Keys, the Grammy Award-winning rock duo from Akron, Ohio, Carney filled in Monday at Cleveland's home opener for drummer John Adams, who is recovering from heart surgery.

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Gonzaga joins long list of unbeaten teams to fall in tourney

Michael Conroy / AP

Gonzaga guard Jalen Suggs (1) walks on the court at the end of the championship game against Baylor in the men’s Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, April 5, 2021, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

INDIANAPOLIS — Gonzaga coach Mark Few tried to reflect on what his heartbroken team actually accomplished this season.

It was still tough to accept.

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San Francisco school board to vote on school renaming, again

Haven Daley / AP

Abraham Lincoln High School is seen in San Francisco, on Jan. 27, 2021. The embattled San Francisco school board is poised to reverse a decision to rename 44 schools in an effort to avoid costly litigation and tone down national criticism. In a Tuesday, April 6, 2021, meeting, the board will vote on a resolution to rescind a controversial January decision to rename schools and revisit the matter after all students have returned full-time to in-person learning.

SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco school board is poised to reverse a much-criticized decision to purge 44 schools of names it said were linked to racism, sexism or other injustices, a turnaround aimed at avoiding costly litigation and toning down outrage at what critics denounced as ill-timed activism.

Just over two months ago, the city's elected Board of Education voted to strip schools of the names of figures including Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Robert Louis Stevenson and longtime California Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

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Capitol officer remembered for humor, paying ultimate price

U.S. Capitol Police via AP

This image provided by the U.S. Capitol Police shows U.S. Capitol Police officer William “Billy” Evans, an 18-year veteran who was a member of the department’s first responders unit.

WASHINGTON — The 18-year U.S. Capitol Police veteran killed in the line of duty is being remembered as a man with a sense of humor who loved baseball and golf and was most proud of one particular title: Dad.

William “Billy” Evans, 41, was killed Friday when a vehicle rammed into Evans and another officer at a barricade just 100 yards from the Capitol. The driver, Noah Green, 25, came out of the car with a knife and was shot to death by police, officials said. Investigators believe Green had been delusional and increasingly having suicidal thoughts. Capitol Police released few personal details about Evans, saying his family had requested privacy.

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Biden boosted by Senate rules as GOP bucks infrastructure

Evan Vucci / AP

President Joe Biden walks from Marine One with first lady Jill Biden on the Ellipse on the National Mall after spending the weekend at Camp David, Monday, April 5, 2021, in Washington.

WASHINGTON — With an appeal to think big, President Joe Biden is promoting his $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan directly to Americans, summoning public support to push past the Republicans lining up against the massive effort they sum up as big taxes, big spending and big government.

Republicans in Congress are making the politically brazen bet that it’s more advantageous to oppose the costly American Jobs Plan, saddling the Democrats with ownership of the sweeping proposal and the corporate tax hike Biden says is needed to pay for it. He wants the investments in roads, schools, broadband and clean energy approved by summer.

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Heaven Hill Distillery Announces Spring 2021 Edition of the Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond Series – American Whiskey News

Heaven Hill Distillery Announces Spring 2021 Edition of the Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond Series

BARDSTOWN, Ky. – Heaven Hill Distillery announced today the release of the spring 2021 edition of Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey at eight years old. Comprised of barrels produced in spring of 2013, and bottled in spring of 2021, the seventh national release ushers in the latest hallmark series to the bottled-in-bond legacy.

Bottled in an ornate decanter, the spring edition denotes a green label, consistent across all spring releases. As was the case for the past editions, this edition’s tax strip, which has always been a signature of transparency on bottled-in-bond products, will disclose when the liquid was produced and bottled. The Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond spring edition will be available in the 750ml size on an allocated basis. It meets the strict requirements of a bottled-in-bond: the product of a single distillery from a single distilling season, aged a minimum of four years, and bottled at 100 proof or 50% alcohol by volume. The edition is available at a suggested retail price of $85.

The spring 2021 edition of Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is the first 8-year-old of the nationally released series and features Bourbon pulled from three different rickhouses, on different floors, and two different production dates. As a leader of the Bottled-in-Bond category, Heaven Hill is proud to offer a premium, allocated product within this special class that showcases the authenticity and quality of the American Whiskey portfolio. Acquired in 1999 by Heaven Hill, the legendary Old Fitzgerald line is well-known for its distilling pedigree and intriguing story behind its namesake, John E. Fitzgerald.

ABOUT HEAVEN HILL DISTILLERY: Founded in Kentucky by the Shapira family in 1935, Heaven Hill Distillery continues its legacy as one of the foremost American Whiskey producers. Heaven Hill has cultivated the traditions and history of America’s Native Spirit with its fierce independence, passionate family ownership, dedication to quality, and thoughtful innovation. Today, Heaven Hill Distillery maintains over 1.8 million barrels aging in 63 warehouses throughout Nelson and Jefferson Counties. It is home to an award-winning collection of American Whiskeys including Elijah Craig Bourbon, Larceny Bourbon, Evan Williams Bourbon, Pikesville Rye Whiskey, Rittenhouse Rye Whisky and Parker’s Heritage Collection. Heaven Hill Distillery currently holds the title of 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition Distillery of the Year, Best in Show Whisky, and previously held the titles of 2018 San Francisco Spirits Word Spirits Competition Best Bourbon, 2017 Whisky Advocate Whisky of the Year, 2016 Whisky Magazine Distillery of the Year, 2016 Whisky Advocate American Whiskey of the Year. For more information, please visit www.heavenhilldistillery.com.

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Heaven Hill Seven-Bottle Bundle That’s a Must For Any Whiskey Collector – American Whiskey News

Over 30% Off: Don’t Sleep on This Remarkable Offer
Heaven Hill “The Ultimate Collection” Whiskey Collector Bundle (7x750ml) (Elsewhere $365)


One 750ml Bottle Each: Elijah Craig Barrel Proof A121, Heaven Hill 7 Year, Henry McKenna 10 Year, Evan Williams BIB, Larceny Wheated Bourbon, Pikesville Rye, Rittenhouse Rye

NOTE: Our walk-in retail locations are currently closed. We have curbside pickup and low cost (often free) delivery options available in ZIP codes where we can ship lawfully, including anywhere in California. We can also include any new or existing will call orders in your delivery batch. Choose local delivery at checkout to learn if you qualify.

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NEW! A.D. Rattray Cask Speyside 12 Year Old Sherry Finish – Scotch Whisky News

April 6th, 2021




Discover the joyous diversity that can be found in malts from the Speyside region with our new Cask Speyside 12 Year Old, the latest addition to our Casks of Scotland range.

Our 12 year old has been matured in bourbon and then finished in sherry casks which have imparted rich, spiced berry and orchard fruit flavours. This new Cask Speyside malt is an indulgent contrasts to the refreshing citrus flavours of our Cask Speyside 10 Year Old and together they highlight the opposite ends of the flavour scale found in malts from this region.


Colour: Warm copper.
Nose: Almond icing, dusted cinnamon, red apple and blackcurrant.
Palate: Cherry plum, spiced honey and zesty orange marmalade.
Finish: Rolling gently through subtle spice to a lightly tart, bramble conclusion.

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Scotch Malt Whisky Society “Elevate your flavour frontier” – Scotch Whisky News


April 6th, 2021

Whether you’re tackling a high peak or exploring your surroundings, pick the perfect dram from our colourful collection of 22 new casks to take your experience to new heights!



The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ

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New Just In! Start the month off right  with Loch Fyne Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News

April 6th, 2021

Fancy something new for the collection?

Happy April folks! What else but whisky to start off the month right? Oh, we do have some lovely new bottles in at the shop so have a wee browse and see if anything tickles your fancy. Or pop on over here to go straight to the whole range of new stock.

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Bar Appliances That Will Save You Time and Money

Bar Appliances That Will Save You Time and Money

We live in a time with an abundance of choices, choosing wisely often leads to saving money and time. Posing the question: “what do we really need and what is the best way to get it” puts us on the right track. In this article, we will try to shed light on the maybe less obvious tricks which focus on home and kitchen appliances. It is always smart to cut down unnecessary spendings. There are a lot of ways to do that, but for most cases, the best approach is to look at it from a long term perspective.  Here are a few ideas to get you started.


Although it is a revolutionary appliance that changed our way of life, over the years it got a bad reputation. Even though most of us own a freezer, it is often overlooked and underappreciated.  At one point in time it was popular belief that none of the frozen foods are good. The actual problem is that some groceries are better suited for keeping in the freezer than others. Some of them lose a lot of their healthy attributes immediately after being frozen. But in defense of the freezer, some food stays good and healthy even after being frozen. Benefits of having a freezer:
- You can save money by buying larger quantities of food.

- If you are growing some food or fresh herbs yourself, you can use them for longer periods of time

- If you use your freezer in a smart way you can cut down almost all food wastage

- You can get your healthy food even when it is out of season. Who wouldn’t have strawberries in December?

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Review: NV Domaine Bousquet Brut Rose

This nonvintage sparkler hails from Domaine Bousquet’s estate vineyards in Tupungato, Alto Gualtallary, Argentina — and is grown at 4000 feet of altitude. A blend of 75% pinot noir and 25% chardonnay, the wine is loaded with lemon and orange notes up top, moving from there into a gently floral character as it develops in the glass. Extremely acidic, particularly on the sometimes biting finish, there’s not a whole lot of nuance in this release, but that is well compensated for by its insanely low price.



Original author: Christopher Null
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Review: Deschutes Brewery Squeezy Rider

Deschutes Brewery Squeezy Rider

Christopher Null April 5, 2021

Here’s a rarity: A one-off review of a new release from Deschutes, Squeezy Rider, a west coast style IPA that joins the Squeeze-centric lineup of IPAs from the Bend, Oregon-based brewery.

Built to be an approachable expression of IPA, it’s made with Cascade, Mosaic, and Galaxy hops — but focuses on Strata, which was developed by Indie Hops and Oregon State University.

As for the beer, it is indeed as approachable as Deschutes intended, much more so than the typical west coast IPA but short of the fruit bombing you get on the east coast. Tropical fruit is balanced by a more straightforward orange and lemon character, with some earthy hops tempering the sweetness. At 7% abv it’s not exactly a session brew, but it’s light enough on its feet to work on a summer afternoon. The lemony kick on the finish is a fun way to end things, giving the beer a refreshing conclusion.

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