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Austin Mayor Encouraged People To Stay Home, Went To Cabo For Vacation

After initially saying he didn’t do anything wrong, Steve Adler, the mayor of Austin, Texas, says he now realizes he “set a bad example” by traveling to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, for vacation last month.

An Austin American-Statesman story revealed Wednesday that Adler attended an in-person wedding for his daughter in early November and then flew with others to Cabo for a weeklong vacation.

At the same time, Adler was encouraging people to stay home to avoid contracting or spreading COVID-19.

“Not only did we not do anything wrong, we didn’t do anything that abrogated or violated the rules or regulations in the city, or the conduct that we were expecting of others that we also expect of ourselves,” Adler initially told KUT.

Adler confirmed to KUT that 20 people attended the wedding, which was held outside at a hotel and restaurant in Austin. He said people were seated at distanced tables but that not everyone was wearing masks.

At the time of the wedding, which was held in early November, the city and county were under Stage 3 of Austin Public Health’s risk-based guidelines, with public health officials urging people to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people.

Adler said his daughter had originally invited about 100 people to the wedding but disinvited dozens to hold a much smaller gathering.

“It’s a hard thing for a girl to do, but there are girls all over the city that are having to do the same kind of thing, couples all over the city that are having to do the same kind of thing,” Adler said.

When asked why the family didn’t decide to postpone the wedding indefinitely, he said: “We’re not asking people to not get married.”

A few hours after speaking with KUT, Adler released a statement saying he “regrets” his decision to travel.

“I wouldn’t travel now, didn’t over Thanksgiving and won’t over Christmas,” he wrote. “But my fear is that this travel, even having happened during a safer period, could be used by some as justification for risky behavior. In hindsight, and even though it violated no order, it set a bad example for which I apologize.”

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A Texas Mayor Urged People To Stay Home, Then Flew To Mexico For Vacation

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After initially saying he didn’t do anything wrong, Steve Adler, the mayor of Austin, Texas, says he now realizes he “set a bad example” by traveling to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, for vacation last month.

An Austin American-Statesman story revealed Wednesday that Adler attended an in-person wedding for his daughter in early November and then flew with others to Cabo for a weeklong vacation.

At the same time, Adler was encouraging people to stay home to avoid contracting or spreading COVID-19.

“Not only did we not do anything wrong, we didn’t do anything that abrogated or violated the rules or regulations in the city, or the conduct that we were expecting of others that we also expect of ourselves,” Adler initially told KUT.

Adler confirmed to KUT that 20 people attended the wedding, which was held outside at a hotel and restaurant in Austin. He said people were seated at distanced tables but that not everyone was wearing masks.

At the time of the wedding, which was held in early November, the city and county were under Stage 3 of Austin Public Health’s risk-based guidelines, with public health officials urging people to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people.

Adler said his daughter had originally invited about 100 people to the wedding but disinvited dozens to hold a much smaller gathering.

“It’s a hard thing for a girl to do, but there are girls all over the city that are having to do the same kind of thing, couples all over the city that are having to do the same kind of thing,” Adler said.

When asked why the family didn’t decide to postpone the wedding indefinitely, he said: “We’re not asking people to not get married.”

A few hours after speaking with KUT, Adler released a statement saying he “regrets” his decision to travel.

“I wouldn’t travel now, didn’t over Thanksgiving and won’t over Christmas,” he wrote. “But my fear is that this travel, even having happened during a safer period, could be used by some as justification for risky behavior. In hindsight, and even though it violated no order, it set a bad example for which I apologize.”

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Chevy Chase Thinks ‘It’s the Silliest Thing’ When People Compare ‘Christmas Vacation’ To ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

There’s no denying National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is a popular holiday movie. It’s not uncommon for fans of the 1989 comedy to watch it multiple times during the month of December. 

Chevy Chase in a scene from 'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation'
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For some, it’s a time-honored family tradition to watch the Griswolds endure Christmas with their relatives. In fact, the movie’s become so popular in the decades following its release there are now Christmas Vacation inspired ornaments and t-shirts.

The movie might be one of the most beloved holiday movies but its star, Chevy Chase, insists it’s not on the same level as It’s a Wonderful Life

‘Christmas Vacation’ has a connection to ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

Frank Capra III, the grandson of It’s a Wonderful Life director Frank Capra, served as the second assistant director on Christmas Vacation

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Watch Christmas Vacation and see clips from It’s a Wonderful Life. Rusty Griswold, played by a 14-year-old Johnny Galecki in his pre-Big Bang Theory days, sits on the couch watching the 1946 film.

It’s a brief moment of calm just before the doorbell rings and Ellen (Beverly D’Angelo) and Clark’s (Chase) parents show up. 

Chevy Chase says ‘Christmas Vacation’ isn’t comparable to the Christmas classic

Chase reunited with some of his Christmas Vacation co-stars including D’Angelo, Juliette Lewis (Audrey Griswold), and Galecki as well as others, to provide an oral history of the film in 2014.

They talked about the legacy of Christmas Vacation and how it rivals other holiday movies. But Chase is adamant that it doesn’t stand a chance against It’s a Wonderful Life. He told Rolling Stone he doesn’t get it when people compare Christmas Vacation to Capra’s Oscar-nominated film. 

“Comparing Christmas Vacation to It’s A Wonderful Life is the silliest thing,” he said. “That film starred the greatest movie actor of all time and the idea that our movie could ever be connected in some fashion to something so brilliant and beautiful always made feel like, ‘That’s all they had to write about?’”

Donna Reed, James Stewart and Karolyn Grimes in 'It's a Wonderful Life'
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Chase continued, saying he appreciates the comparison but says there’s no competing with It’s a Wonderful Life

“It’s very flattering and I suppose Christmas Vacation is a modern look at Christmas. But James Stewart, my God! What a movie,” he said. “I could talk about that one all day.”

Watch ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ on Amazon Prime Video

Whether or not fans of Christmas Vacation agree with Chase’s assessment, they can stream It’s a Wonderful Life on Amazon Prime Video for free with a subscription. Unfortunately, Christmas Vacation isn’t streaming so fans will have to rent the film or rely on a DVD to witness the Griswold family during the holiday season.

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Austin Mayor Encouraged People To Stay Home, Went To Cabo For Vacation : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

Austin Mayor Steve Adler, shown here at an event in 2018, says he “set a bad example” by traveling to Cabo San Lucas last month.

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After initially saying he didn’t do anything wrong, Steve Adler, the mayor of Austin, Texas, says he now realizes he “set a bad example” by traveling to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, for vacation last month.

An Austin American-Statesman story revealed Wednesday that Adler attended an in-person wedding for his daughter in early November and then flew with others to Cabo for a weeklong vacation.

At the same time, Adler was encouraging people to stay home to avoid contracting or spreading COVID-19.

“Not only did we not do anything wrong, we didn’t do anything that abrogated or violated the rules or regulations in the city, or the conduct that we were expecting of others that we also expect of ourselves,” Adler initially told KUT.

Adler confirmed to KUT that 20 people attended the wedding, which was held outside at a hotel and restaurant in Austin. He said people were seated at distanced tables but that not everyone was wearing masks.

At the time of the wedding, which was held in early November, the city and county were under Stage 3 of Austin Public Health’s risk-based guidelines, with public health officials urging people to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people.

Adler said his daughter had originally invited about 100 people to the wedding but disinvited dozens to hold a much smaller gathering.

“It’s a hard thing for a girl to do, but there are girls all over the city that are having to do the same kind of thing, couples all over the city that are having to do the same kind of thing,” Adler said.

When asked why the family didn’t decide to postpone the wedding indefinitely, he said: “We’re not asking people to not get married.”

A few hours after speaking with KUT, Adler released a statement saying he “regrets” his decision to travel.

“I wouldn’t travel now, didn’t over Thanksgiving and won’t over Christmas,” he wrote. “But my fear is that this travel, even having happened during a safer period, could be used by some as justification for risky behavior. In hindsight, and even though it violated no order, it set a bad example for which I apologize.”

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Austin mayor took vacation in Mexico while urging people to stay home | Austin

Austin’s mayor, Steve Adler, went on vacation to Mexico with family in November as he urged people to stay home amid worsening coronavirus caseloads in Texas, at one point recording a video during the trip in which he told residents back home that now was “not the time to relax”.

The trip, revealed on Wednesday by the Austin American-Statesman, is the latest example of a public official who has pleaded for vigilance in the face of rising cases and hospitalizations across the US seeming not to heed their own guidance. Adler, a Democrat, told the newspaper his actions did not violate his own regulations.

Last month, the California governor, Gavin Newsom, came under scrutiny for attending a birthday party at a posh restaurant in the wine country near San Francisco as he urged people to stay within their own households. Denver’s mayor, Michael Hancock, also flew to Mississippi to visit family for Thanksgiving despite sending messages on social media and to city staff asking them to avoid traveling for the holiday. He has since apologized.

“There was no recommendation for people not to travel during that period of time,” Adler told the newspaper. “Someone could look at me and say, ‘He traveled.’ But what they could not say is that I traveled at a time when I was telling other people not to travel.”

Adler did not immediately return a message Wednesday.

Texas surpassed 9,000 hospitalized virus patients this week for the first time since a deadly summer outbreak. More than 15,000 new cases were reported on Tuesday, smashing a single-day record, though state health officials attributed some of that spike to a backlog of results from the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

More than 272,000 Americans have died from Covid-19, and more than 13.8 million have been infected – more than any other country by far.

The trip to Cabo San Lucas came after Adler hosted an outdoor wedding and reception with 20 guests for his daughter at a hotel near downtown Austin, according to the newspaper. Adler said the attendees had to take a rapid Covid-19 test and maintain social distancing. He acknowledged, however, that although masks were distributed at the wedding, all guests were “probably not” wearing them all the time.

Adler typically does a nightly livestream on Facebook, and while in Mexico on 9 November, he recorded a video warning about the rising number of cases. He did not say in the video that he was on vacation.

“We need to stay home if you can,” Adler said in the video. “This is not the time to relax. We are going to be looking really closely. … We may have to close things down if we are not careful.”

After Adler returned from the trip, local health officials elevated the city’s Covid-19 guidance before the Thanksgiving holiday to stage 4, which discourages nonessential travel.

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Austin mayor urged people to ‘stay home’ from a timeshare in Cabo San Lucas, where he flew in on a private jet for a vacation with eight others, according to report



Steve Adler wearing a blue shirt: Steve Adler, Mayor of Austin, speaks during the American Cities Climate Challenge conference at the C40 World Mayors Summit on October 10, 2019 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Ole Jensen/Getty Images


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Steve Adler, Mayor of Austin, speaks during the American Cities Climate Challenge conference at the C40 World Mayors Summit on October 10, 2019 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Ole Jensen/Getty Images

  • The mayor of Austin, Texas, took a trip to Cabo San Lucas in Mexico on a private jet just before urging constituents to stay home as COVID-19 cases rose in the city, according to the Austin Statesman and KVUE.
  • Steve Adler also hosted a wedding for his daughter the day before the November flight, according to Tony Plohetski, the local reporter who broke the story. Twenty people attended the event.
  • Adler delivered a video address to constituents telling them to “stay home” and avoid unnecessary travel, though he did not disclose that he was doing so from Cabo.
  • “It’s not perfect,” Adler said during an interview this week, according to KVUE. “Obviously there are infections that could happen. But what we did was stay compliant with the rules.”
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The mayor of Austin, Texas, urged his constituents to “stay home” on a video call from a timeshare in Cabo San Lucas last month where he traveled on a private jet with eight family members and guests, according to the Austin Statesman and KVUE.

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“Stay home if you can … this is not the time to relax,” said Steve Adler in the video, which was shared Facebook on November 9. 

Adler kept the jaunt under wraps until local journalist Tony Plohetski broke the story Wednesday afternoon. The Democrat then confirmed the trip to Mexico and said he also hosted a wedding for his daughter the day before flying out for his vacation. Plohetski reported that 20 people attended the celebration.

According to Adler, neither his trip nor the wedding violated any of his own orders or Texas’ COVID-19 restrictions.

“It’s not perfect,” Adler said during an interview this week, according to the local ABC affiliate, KVUE. “Obviously there are infections that could happen. But what we did was stay compliant with the rules.”

In his video address, the mayor gave no indication he was out of town.

He also noted some constituents “seem to be a little reticent” when reached by the city’s contact tracers.

As for the wedding, Adler said in a statement that he consulted with health officials “and worked hard to model the kind of behavior I’ve asked of the community.”

“We ask everyone to be as safe as possible in what they do,” he continued in the statement. “My family and I are no exception and we’ll continue to do as I ask of our community. During Thanksgiving and as anticipated for Christmas and the New Year, we should all be especially mindful.” 

As of Wednesday, more than 13.8 million Americans have tested positive for coronavirus and over 272,400 have died, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Texas, the second worst-hit state in the US, has surpassed 1.25 million cases and 22,100 deaths.

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COVID-19: Labour demands ‘comprehensive’ Christmas travel plan to help people avoid ‘chaos’ | Politics News

The government is being urged to suspend peak rail fares and introduce mass testing for transport staff, to help the country avoid travel “chaos” in the run up to Christmas.

Labour is demanding that Transport Secretary Grant Shapps present a “comprehensive travel plan” to the House of Commons next week that looks at the lifting of COVID-19 travel restrictions between 23 December and 27 December.

A temporary easing of restrictions has been agreed by the devolved administrations over Christmas, that will allow up to three households to mix in a single bubble.

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Network Rail chairman Sir Peter Hendy was appointed as a Christmas travel tsar in the week, and will look at what impact the easing of the rules will have on the air, rail and road networks during the five days, and scrutinise their preparedness.

Labour says more than two million people used the rail network to travel over Christmas and New Year in previous years, while millions more took car journeys.

To minimise the risk of overcrowding in trains, the party has called on the government to temporarily scrap peak fares during the lockdown-eased period.

It is also encouraging the government to implement mass COVID-19 testing for transport workers such as train staff, bus drivers and highway employees.

As well as that, Labour has also argued that planned maintenance works on the East Coast Mainline, which runs between London and Edinburgh, via cities such as York and Newcastle, should be delayed until the 27 December, so people can return home safely.

London North Eastern Railway (LNER) which runs the line said that planned engineering works will make alternative routes “very busy”.

Labour shadow transport secretary Jim McMahon said: “Families will be looking forward to travelling to see one another this Christmas after a really tough year.

“However, we cannot afford to be complacent. The virus still poses a very serious risk to people’s health.

“That’s why ministers need to come to Parliament on Monday with a comprehensive travel plan to ensure families travelling across the country are kept safe and chaos on our roads and rail network is avoided.”

He added: “This is too important for the government to ignore or leave until to the last minute. This is about protecting lives and livelihoods.”

The Department for Transport will publish measures next week that will ease travel disruption over the Christmas period, which will use analysis of demand for advance rail tickets and public surveys.

Mr Shapps has urged the public to make plans “very carefully” and “where possible, book well in advance“.

He said: “As some advance tickets go on sale and people begin to plan their journeys, we are closely assessing demand on the network and have already taken actions to minimise potential disruption.

“We are currently developing a plan focused on tackling disruption – including running longer trains and relaxing rules to allow more types of coaches

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50 million people ignore advice, travel for holiday while thousands die from COVID-19



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More than 263,000 people in America have died from COVID-19. The CDC says that number could reach 321,000 the week before Christmas. Adriana Diaz reports.

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Police arrest 1 man accused of kidnapping 2 people at Myrtle Beach hotel

Police arrest 1 man accused of kidnapping 2 people at Myrtle Beach hotel

Rysheen Dala Williams faces several charges



TOMORROW, WITH SOME CHANGES ON SUNDAY. I WILL GET YOU CAUGHT UP ON THE LATEST ON THAT, COMING UP. GEOFF: WELL, BREAKING OVERNIGHT, WE ARE FOLLOWING TWO DEADLY CRASHES, WITH DRIVERS FACING DUI CHARGES. HANNAH: ONE OF THOSE HAPPENED IN ANDERSON COUNTY, WHERE A TEENAGE DRIVER IS ACTUALLY CHARGED. TROOPERS SAY 18-YEAR-OLD JUSTIN FOWLER WAS DRIVING ON LAKE ROAD, NEAR RILEY ROAD, WHEN HE WENT OFF THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD AND HIT A FENCE AND A TREE. GEOFF: THIS HAPPENED JUST AFTER 8:00 THURSDAY NIGHT. FOWLER WAS NOT HURT. THE FRONT-SEAT PASSENGER HAD TO BE MECHANICALLY REMOVED FROM THE TRUCK AND DIED AT THE HOSPITAL. TROOPERS SAY THAT THE PASSENGER WAS NOT WEARING A SEAT BELT. ONE OF THE TWO OTHER TEENAGE PASSENGERS WAS HURT. HANNAH: IN SPARTANBURG COUNTY, A DRIVER IS FACING DUI CHARGES, AFTER A DEADLY CRASH INVOLVING THREE VEHICLES. GEOFF: IT HAPPENED THURSDAY NIGHT, JUST AFTER 9:00, ON PARRIS BRIDGE ROAD, NEAR DAVIS ROAD. THAT IS JUST OFF I-85, ABOUT THREE MILES WEST OF BOILING SPRINGS. HANNAH: TROOPERS SAY 43-YEAR-OLD JAMELLS FLOYD HIT A 2007 HONDA HEAD-ON, REBOUNDED, AND THEN HIT A 2001 HONDA TRAVELING THE SAME DIRECTION. THE DRIVER OF THE 2007 HONDA DIED AT THE SCENE, AND A PASSENGER WENT TO THE HOSPITAL WITH NON-LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES. THE 2001 HONDA DRIVER WAS NOT HURT. FLOYD IS CHARGED WITH FELONY DUI WITH DEATH. GEOFF: CHANGING GEARS NOW, AND RIGHT NOW, SEVERAL SHOPPERS ARE ALREADY TAKING ADVANTAGE OF BLACK FRIDAY DEALS. HANNAH: THIS IS A LIVE LOOK AT THE BEST BUY IN GREENVILLE. QUITE A FEW CARS IN THE PARKING LOT BUT NOT NEARLY AS MANY AS YEARS PASSED. SOME STORES CHOSE TO OPEN, WITH CORONAVIRUS PERCUSSIONS. OTHERS CHOSE NOT TO OPEN THEIR BUILDINGS AT ALL, OFFERING THEIR DEALS SOLELY ONLINE. THIS POST-THANKSGIVING SHOPPING TRADITION STARTED BACK IN THE 1980’S, WHEN RETAILERS STARTED SLASHING PRICES FOR ONE DAY TO GET MORE SALES. NOW, IN ACCOUNTING TERMS, BEING IN THE BLACK MEANS YOU ARE ACTUALLY MAKING A PROFIT. GEOFF: THE CITY OF GREENVILLE IS OFFERING FREE PARKING AT ALL OF ITS CITY PARKING FACILITIES TODAY. A REMINDER, THE RICHARDSON STREET GARAGE AND THE WEST WASHINGTON STREET DECK ARE ALWAYS FREE ON THE WEEKENDS. HANNAH: WELL, BECAUSE OF THE PANDEMIC, AND THE INFLUX OF SHIPPING HOLIDAY GIFTS, THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE RECOMMENDS YO MAIL YOUR PRESENTS EARLY. THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 14 IS EXPECTED TO BE THE PEAK SHIPPING SEASON. IF YOU ARE SENDING FIRST CLASS MAIL, THEY RECOMMEND MAILING BY DECEMBER 18. AFTER THAT, IT IS RECOMMENDED YOU USE PRIORITY MAIL TO MAKE SURE YOUR PACKAGES ARRIVE BEFORE CHRISTMAS. GEOFF: THANKSGIVING HAD A DIFFERENT TONE THIS YEAR, WITH LIMITED GATHERINGS BECAUSE OF THE PANDEMIC. MORE THAN 90,000 AMERICANS ARE IN THE HOSPITAL, A NEW RECORD FOR THE COUNTRY. THERE HAVE BEEN NEARLY 12.9 MILLION CASES IN THE

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