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New Yorkers Livid After Losing ‘Best Pizza in USA’ Title to Neighboring State

And they weren’t #2 either!

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When it comes to foods that America has reimagined, there are a few staples that we cannot ignore: Hot dogs, hamburgers, and other assorted sandwiches are likely atop that list, if for no other reason than their pure pop culture value.

But we can’t overlook pizza, despite its still-hearty roots in the old country.

You see, ‘za in America isn’t one particular pie.  Pizza has evolved in its journey around the nation, with a number of distinct styles to explore.

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There’s Chicago’s deep dish variety, which is a sauce-topped, girth-laden version of the meal, that resembles a piece of birthday cake in its sliced shape.  There’s the Western New York pie, which is a thick, doughy pizza, often cooked in rectangle shapes and adorned with small, crispy pepperonis.

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There’s even the “Vinnie Pie” – a messy and gluttonous homage to grease and cheese that you can only find in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but is worth the experience.  (Just bring some Pepto Bismol with you).

But, sitting atop the American pizza throne has long been New York City, where the pizza is hot, foldable, unavoidable, and delicious.

This year, however, there’s some serious controversy baking to the east of The Big Apple.

 The Garden State just nabbed the title for the best pizza in the country.

New Jersey upstaged New York on Food & Wine’s list of best “pizza states” in America.

“New Jersey is the best place to eat pizza in the country right now. The state is one in an elite group remaining true to their heritage, through long periods of time when others were too busy crashing ahead into the future to care about theirs,” Food & Wine senior editor David Landsel reported in his ranking published earlier this week.

And you’re not going to guess who #2 was…

Nabbing the No. 2 spot on the list of doughy supremacy is Connecticut. New Haven, known for its coal-fired pizza, has become a tourist destination for its thin-crust, well-done, crispy pies with more sauce than cheese at institutions like Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana and nearby Sally’s Apizza, founded in 1930.

The Empire State rounded out the top three, but you had better believe that New Yorkers won’t soon fuhgeddaboutit.

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Free At Last: CDC Updates Mask Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated

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The moment that many of us have been waiting for has seemingly arrived, as the CDC has now updated their COVID-19 mask guidelines to reflect the state of affairs here in the United States. After 14 months of worry and wonder, the nation’s top health officials are now suggesting that fully-vaccinated individuals can shed their protective face coverings, should they choose to do so. People fully vaccinated against Covid-19 do not need to wear masks or practice social distancing indoors or outdoors, except under certain circumstances, the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday. “If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky said during a White House Covid-19 briefing. “We have all longed for this moment when we can get back to some sense of normalcy.” Calling it an “exciting and powerful moment,” Walensky said the science supports the updated CDC guidance that “anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities — large or small — without wearing a mask or physical distancing.” The decision followed the science, with the CDC using an amalgamation of studies from both the US and Israel to come to their conclusion. And while the mask mandate will certainly change the way many of us interact at the grocery store or inside of a restaurant, the CDC has not lifted their mandates for travelers, who are often packed into airplanes or busses with recirculating air and no way of knowing who is at-risk and who is not.

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Minnesota ‘Sovereign Citizen’ Films Himself Stealing Vaccines from Health Workers

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America is on a path to a grand economic recovery in 2021, with much of the success of this move hinging on whether or not we can convince enough folks to get vaccinated so that herd immunity is declared. Of course, as with anything in the land of the free, there are plenty of us who just aren’t going to go along with the program.  That’s the beauty of liberty:  You are your own unique individual, and you have the inalienable right to live your life however you wish, just so long as you don’t make a victim of someone else in the process. And so our health professionals are now encumbered with the issue of vaccine hesitancy, as more and more Americans find themselves concerned over the speed at which these vaccines were developed. Some have even taken their concern over these inoculations to the extreme, as evidenced by the latest news out of Minnesota. A 32-year-old St. Paul man has posted multiple Facebook videos of himself stealing Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines by pretending he wants to get vaccinated and walking out with the vials. Thomas E. Humphrey said on the videos he’s a member of the sovereign citizen movement, which is an anti-government extremist group that believes they are sovereign from the U.S. He also said on a video that he lost his business and home last year due to pandemic restrictions, and now lives in a van with his dog. He says on another video he has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, but disagreed with the diagnosis. Humphrey posted videos of himself walking into an Allina Health vaccination site in Oakdale and leaving with a vial of Pfizer vaccine, calling it poison. The following day, he posted a video of himself taking a vial of Johnson &…

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