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U.S. Visitors Face New Restrictions in Europe

Jessica Wong

Italy now requires travelers from the United States to take a test before arrival, and unvaccinated American visitors must isolate for five days. Sweden is barring all nonessential U.S. visitors. The Netherlands says vaccinated travelers must isolate after arriving from the United States — and unvaccinated ones are not welcome.

In removing the United States from a safe list of countries whose residents can travel without coronavirus testing or quarantine requirements, the European Union last week opened the door to myriad rules, restrictions and hurdles for travelers, with the bloc’s member countries implementing different measures.

The surge of coronavirus deaths

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Journey to victory: Union football sees 1st winning streak in 18 years

Jessica Wong

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids Union High School’s varsity football team lost 45 games straight, but a new coach last season brought them their first win in years.

Two games into the 2021 season and the team is undefeated. It’s the first time in 18 years they’ve won back-to-back games. Union High School’s football team is proving that no matter where you start, you can end up a winner.

“It’s in the books. It wasn’t easy as you can see, that’s all hard work,” senior Twanyea Smith said.

Smith is one of the seniors who has been pushing

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Austin Living: Musical Journey – Austin Daily Herald

Jessica Wong

Angel following her path of happiness and music


Angel Val knows exactly when and where her love of music came from.

At a young age, she was already looking up to her mom, who was then playing in an 80s rock band.

That love and influence was the beginning for where Angel is today — a successful local musician making records and loving the stage. To date, Angel has released a full length album in 2015 (“Gravel Road) and an EP in 2019 (“Broken”).

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“It started with my mom being

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CDC adds Jamaica and Sri Lanka to ‘very high’ Covid-19 travel risk list

Jessica Wong

(CNN) — Two tropical islands half a world apart and popular with tourists — Jamaica in the Caribbean and Sri Lanka in South Asia — are now among the highest-risk destinations for travelers.

That’s according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s travel advisories list, which was updated on Tuesday.

Also joining the bulging highest-risk list during a global swell of Delta variant cases is the isolated nation of Brunei on the island of Borneo.

People should avoid traveling to locations designated with the “Level 4: Covid-19 Very High” notice, the CDC recommends. Anyone who must travel

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Local music teacher shares his inspirational journey to ‘The Voice’

Jessica Wong

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) – A voice you can find inside the walls of North Augusta Middle School will now be on this season of the hit TV show “The Voice.” We talked to local music teacher Tony Aaron Hambrick about his journey to the top.

You can find Hambrick sharing his love for music with his students during the week, a passion that started at a young age.

“I grew up watching my mom signing in the church choir, and it was one of the most beautiful things I had ever seen and I wanted to do it,” he

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