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Daily Bread for 12.8.20

Good morning.

Tuesday in Whitewater will be partly cloudy with a high of thirty-six.  Sunrise is 7:13 AM and sunset 4:20 PM, for 9h 06m 49s of daytime.  The moon is a waning crescent with 44.2% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is both the one thousand four hundred ninety-first day and the thirty-second day. 

Whitewater’s Public Works Committee will meet via audiovisual conferencing at 6 PM.

On this day in 1660, a woman (either Margaret Hughes or Anne Marshall) appears on an English public stage for the first time, in the role of Desdemona in a production of Shakespeare’s play Othello.

Recommended for reading in full — 

Noah Weiland and Carl Zimmer report Pfizer’s Vaccine Offers Strong Protection After First Dose:

The coronavirus vaccine made by Pfizer and BioNTech provides strong protection against Covid-19 within about 10 days of the first dose, according to documents published on Tuesday by the Food and Drug Administration before a meeting of its vaccine advisory group.

The finding is one of several significant new results featured in the briefing materials, which span 53 pages of data analyses from the agency. Last month, Pfizer and BioNTech announced that their two-dose vaccine had an efficacy rate of 95 percent after two doses administered three weeks apart. The new analyses show that the protection starts kicking in far earlier.

What’s more, the vaccine worked well regardless of a volunteer’s race, weight or age. While the trial did not find any serious adverse events caused by the vaccine, many participants did experience aches, fevers and other side effects.

Andrew Roth writes Putin’s former son-in-law bought shares worth $380m for $100, report says:

A Russian businessman who was married to Vladimir Putin’s daughter received an estimated $380m (£283m) stake in a Russian petrochemicals company for just $100, an investigation by Russia’s iStories investigative outlet has claimed.

The investigation, published in collaboration with the the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), used a trove of leaked emails to shine new light on the closed circle of family and associates who surround the Russian president.

According to the investigation, Kirill Shamalov, the son of a longtime friend of Putin’s, purchased the sizeable stake in the parent company of petrochemicals giant Sibur through an offshore company. The deal was inked just months after he married Katerina Tikhonova, a scientist and university official who is widely reported to be Putin’s younger daughter.

John Bowden reports More than 1,500 attorneys sign letter condemning Trump legal team:

An open letter from Lawyers Defending Democracy has been signed by more than 1,500 attorneys, law professors and officials in the legal profession, including some high-profile signees such as Laurel Bellows, a former president of both the Chicago Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

“More than 35 losses in election-related cases have made one thing painfully clear: President Trump’s barrage of litigation is a pretext for a campaign to undermine public confidence in the outcome of the 2020 election, which inevitably will subvert constitutional democracy. Sadly, the President’s primary agents and enablers in this effort are lawyers, obligated by their oath and ethical rules to uphold the rule of law,” reads the open letter.

How The 75-Foot Rockefeller Christmas Tree Makes It To NYC:

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