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White House to distribute free N95 masks, at-home COVID-19 tests

The Biden Administration is making 400 million N95 masks widely available for free nationwide, according to a White House statement. The administration is also leveraging the federal retail pharmacy program and the federal community health centers around the country to make these free masks, provided by the Strategic National Stockpile, accessible, the statement said. 
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Take a walk someplace new: A personal essay

Oct. 31 — Halloween day  I walked around the streets and neighborhoods of North and West Berkeley, basking in the late-afternoon glow of the sinking sun and the festive fervor in the air.  Sidewalks strewn with fallen leaves were crowded with families and kids, most of them dressed in costumes,
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