With vaccination rates down, officials try new approach

iStock/Hector Pertuz (NEW YORK) — Vaccine lotteries and other incentives designed to encourage COVID-19 vaccination after the rate steeply declined didn’t consistently raise numbers as many public health officials had hoped. Now, officials are turning to community partnerships and other means of engagement to drive vaccinations — and the personal approach appears promising. Vaccinations peaked …

Simone Biles withdraws from individual all-around competition ‘to focus on her mental health’

Fred Lee/Getty Images (TOKYO) — Following “further medical evaluation,” American gymnastics superstar Simone Biles has withdrawn from Thursday’s final individual all-around competition at the Tokyo Olympics “to focus on her mental health,” USA Gymnastics announced. “Simone will continue to be evaluated daily to determine whether or not to participate in next week’s individual event finals,” …

Report: Bob Odenkirk rushed to hospital after collapsing on ‘Better Call Saul’ set

Tommaso Boddi/WireImage Bob Odenkirk has reportedly been hospitalized after suffering a medical emergency while filming Better Call Saul. The Hollywood Reporter confirms that the 58-year-old actor is still undergoing treatment after collapsing on the show’s set on Tuesday.  Sources tell the outlet that crew members immediately surrounded the fallen actor and summoned an ambulance. Sources were unable to say if …

Scoreboard roundup — 7/27/21

iStock (NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Tuesday’s sports events: MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL INTERLEAGUE St. Louis 4, Cleveland 2 Miami 7, Baltimore 3 Texas 5, Arizona 4 Colorado 12, LA Angels 3 San Diego 7, Oakland 4 AMERICAN LEAGUE Chi White Sox 5, Kansas City 3 NY Yankees 4, Tampa Bay 3 Detroit …

Peter Frampton, Paul Rodgers, Slash & more offer support to Road Recovery program assisting at-risk youth

Ethan Miller/Getty Images; Paul Moscow Peter Frampton, Bad Company frontman Paul Rodgers and Guns N’ Roses‘ guitarist Slash are among the rockers sharing their support for Road Recovery, an organization that uses music to help teens battling addiction and other at-risk youth. Each musician filmed a video testimonial speaking about Road Recovery’s mission and how music …

Gymnasts support US women, Biles after silver finish in Tokyo

Jean Catuffe/Getty Images (TOKYO) — Gymnasts have been showering support for the U.S. women’s gymnastics team after winning the silver medal in Tokyo — and particularly for Simone Biles and her decision to withdraw from the competition. Biles competed on the opening rotation of vault Tuesday in the team competition but decided not to compete …