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Friday headlines: Shots in arms

The Senate moves towards passage of President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. / The Washington Post 

Action was delayed after Sen. Ron Johnson called for a reading of the 628-page bill. / Vox 

What a "vote-a-rama" is and what it means for Biden's stimulus. Also, SPACs, SPLAINed. / CNN, Recode

Helen Branswell games out three phases in the future of the coronavirus. / STAT

Advice on how to get vaccinated when you're terrified of needles. / New York Magazine

Aides to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo rewrote a report by state health officials to conceal the number of nursing home residents who died. / The National Review

Maya Kosoff: I always knew 2020 was going to be a lost year. But it didn't happen the way I thought it would. / Maya Kosoff

Arthur Brooks: When you most need to get happier, try giving happiness away. / The Atlantic

Among the 100 most overpaid CEOs, Alphabet's Sundar Pichai makes more than 1,000 times what his median employee takes home. / As You Sow

Shoppers spent some $2 billion online on Election Day this year, nearly twice as much as they did in 2016. / Instagram

Last week, chess surpassed League of Legends, Fortnite and Valorant as the most-watched gaming category on Twitch. / Protocol

The Iditarod Trail Invitational is one of running's most grueling races. A diary from one person's 2020 experience. / Runner's World

A report from the gentle British world of growing enormous vegetables for sport. / Atlas Obscura

Since the end of February, Iceland has been shaken by more than 18,000 earthquakes. / The New York Times

Researchers digitally unfold 17th-century letters that had been "letterlocked" to prevent them from being read during transit. / Kottke

See also: NASA's latest Mars rover has the same processor as an iMac from 1998. / The Verge

The history of New York's Roosevelt Island, named for a disabled president who used a wheelchair, offers lessons at once troubling and hopeful for accessibility. / Places 

Philip Bump: If curtailing racist imagery in Dr. Seuss is "cancel culture," what, exactly, is your culture? / The Washington Post

Amazon quietly updates its logo to look less like Adolf Hitler's mustache. / The New York Times

There is balloon art, and then there is balloon art by Masayoshi Matsumoto. / It's Nice That

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