Strategic National Stockpile, the country’s emergency medical reserve, for supplies and efforts to restructure it that began last year. Nearly $7 billion would create an agency meant to research diseases like cancer and diabetes.

Reporting was contributed by Coral Davenport, Zolan Kanno-Youngs, Lisa Friedman, Brad Plumer, Christopher Flavelle, Mark Walker, Dana Goldstein, Mark Walker, Noah Weiland, Margot Sanger-Katz, Lara Jakes, Noam Scheiber, Katie Benner and Emily Cochrane.

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Cellar 503 Brings Popular Pour Oregon Wine Tasting Event Right To Your Home

Cellar 503, an Oregon-focused wine club that helps wine lovers discover the state’s many cutting-edge producers, holds the annual Pour Oregon tasting event, which is one of wine’s most compelling explorations of a single state. This year, the event is moving to an online format for the first time, which is sad for those of us who might be able to show up in person but great news for those who want to participate from far-flung locales.

The organizers of Pour Oregon, which will be held on April 29 through May 2, 2021, have creatively pulled together, by way of interactive Zoom sessions and immersive tasting experiences, a way for attendees to dive deep into Oregon wine — and food — with “Pour Packs” that will be delivered right to your door, along with instructions for how to get the most out of the event.

Attendees can pick and choose the events that interest them most during the four-day event — from wine cocktails to cheese and wine pairings to a live cooking demo with star chef Vitaly Paley. Wineries represented include Brick House, Troon, Maysara, Day, Varnum and others.

“We look forward to this festival every year,” says Carrie Wynkoop, CEO and founder of Cellar 503. “And while we were disappointed to cancel in 2020, we’ve spent the last year adopting new technologies and new ways of life. More and more people have embraced virtual wine tastings and digitally connecting with others — we’re excited to harness that energy, bringing Pour Oregon and the magic of Oregon wines to even more households across the country.”


Pour Packs for the events are available for purchase now at and ship nationwide to every that allows direct shipping. Pour Packs will include all items necessary to participate in the virtual events, including wine and food, and will be shipped to participants the week of April 19.

Pricing varies depending on the sessions you choose; the range is$85-$150. For a detailed schedule of events and to purchase Pour Packs, visit

This online event is a great way to get to know Wynkoop’s taste in wine, as she personally curates each selection that appears in the Cellar 503 lineup. When I attended the in-person event in 2019, I was impressed by the range of styles, the number of small wineries represented that I might not otherwise have heard about, and the ways in which each vintner I spoke with regarded the program highly.

On that trip, I was able to visit one of Cellar 503’s partners, Mayasara Winery in McMinnville, a gorgeous, sustainability-minded property that Iranian immigrants Moe and Flora Momtazi built into a world-class biodynamic operation from an abandoned wheat field.

Even more interesting was my anecdotal observation that many of the wineries that participate in the Cellar 503 program have minimal-intervention winemaking philosophies, and a fair number are certified biodynamic. So, this is not your usual walk-around tasting of big producers and known quantities. This is a genuine opportunity to learn about one of the most innovative, meticulous wine-producing areas in the world.

Order your Pour Packs before April 19 at

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Out of Trump’s Shadow, World Bank President Embraces Climate Fight

Mr. Malpass has ingratiated himself with World Bank staff with his steady, low-key approach and congenial manner. He has also benefited from low expectations. But with three years left to go in his term, some development experts want to see more.

Scott Morris, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, a Washington think tank, said it was unfortunate that the World Bank appeared to be leaving the door open for funding fossil fuel projects. He suggested that Mr. Malpass still had yet to lay out a clear strategic vision for the bank, but credited him for embracing climate change.

“It is remarkable to compare his statements today with his positions as a Treasury official in the Trump administration two years ago, when the official position was to strike the word ‘climate’ from any multilateral institution’s documents,” Mr. Morris said. “By that standard, he’s made a remarkable evolution toward being a climate leader.”

He added: “But it is a question of compared to what, and is he up to the task of being the leader of this critical institution for climate finance?”

The bank will accelerate its efforts in the coming months. Mr. Malpass, in a speech last month about “building a green, resilient and inclusive recovery,” said his team was integrating climate into all of the bank’s country strategies and would complete climate and development reports for 25 countries this year.

Mr. Malpass has more recently been working to curry favor with the Biden administration. He speaks regularly to Ms. Yellen and personally invited her to participate in the climate discussion this past week.

Asked what the transition from the Trump administration to the Biden administration had meant for the bank, Mr. Malpass answered carefully. He noted that under Mr. Trump, the United States had approved a capital increase for the bank. He said the new White House team was highly committed to the bank’s goals of reducing poverty, making food accessible and preparing countries for a changing climate.

“The Biden administration policies have been very supportive of that mission,” Mr. Malpass said.

Lisa Friedman contributed reporting.

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GM cutting overtime shifts at two U.S. truck plants due to chip shortage

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General Motors is cutting overtime production this weekend at two U.S. assembly plants that make its highly profitable full-size pickups due to the ongoing semiconductor chip shortage impacting the global automotive industry.

The plants in Flint, Michigan, and Fort Wayne, Indiana, produce a mix of the company’s full-size pickups, including the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 models as well as their larger siblings.

This is the first time the Detroit automaker has cut production shifts for its full-size pickups due to the monthslong chip shortage. GM has significantly reduced production at its car and crossover plants in North America to prioritize chips for the pickups as well as the company’s full-size SUVs.

In total, GM is eliminating three overtime shifts between the two plants on Saturday and Sunday.

“As we continue to manage the semiconductor impact on our plants, we are balancing parts availability with our ability to run efficiently for the entire week,” GM said in an emailed statement.

GM also produces the 1500 versions of the Silverado and Sierra pickup at a plant in Mexico.

In addition to the shift cuts, GM said Friday it is canceling scheduled downtime the weeks of June 28 and July 5 at all U.S. plants except a midsize truck plant in Missouri. GM hopes production during those weeks, which is traditionally known as a summer shutdown period, will assist in making up lost production from the first half of the year.

The changes come a day after GM and Ford Motor announced plans to temporarily idle or extend shutdowns at several plants in North America.

GM CEO Mary Barra and Ford CEO Jim Farley are expected to take part Monday in a virtual CEO summit with the Biden administration to discuss the global semiconductor shortage.

Semiconductors are key components in automotive manufacturing and are used in infotainment, power steering and braking systems, among other things. As multiple plants shuttered last year due to Covid, suppliers directed semiconductors away from automakers to other industries, creating a shortage after consumer demand snapped back stronger than expected. The automobile parts can contain several sizes and different types of chips.

For months, GM and Ford have been prioritizing assembly of high-margin vehicles such as full-size pickups by cutting production of cars and crossovers. The companies are even partially building pickups to complete and ship at a later date.

GM expects the chip shortage will reduce its operating profit by $1.5 billion to $2 billion this year, while Ford said the situation could lower its earnings by $1 billion to $2.5 billion in 2021.

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Ethel Gabriel, a Rare Woman in the Record World, Dies at 99

Ethel Gabriel, who in more than 40 years at RCA Victor is thought to have produced thousands of records, many at a time when almost no women were doing that work at major labels, died on March 23 in Rochester, N.Y. She was 99.

Her nephew, Ed Mauro, her closest living relative, confirmed her death.

Ms. Gabriel began working at RCA’s plant in Camden, N.J., in 1940 while a student at Temple University in Philadelphia. One of her early jobs was as a record tester — she would pull one in every 500 records and listen to it for manufacturing imperfections.

“If it was a hit,” she told The Pocono Record of Pennsylvania in 2007, “I got to know every note because I had to play it over and over and over.”

She also had a music background — she played trombone and had her own dance band in the 1930s and early ’40s — and her skill set earned her more and more responsibility, as well as the occasional role in shaping music history. She said she was on hand at the 1955 meeting in which the RCA executive Stephen Sholes signed Elvis Presley, who had been with Sun Records. She had a hand in “Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White,” the 1955 instrumental hit by Pérez Prado that helped ignite a mambo craze in the United States.

Caroline Losneck and Christoph Gelfand, documentary filmmakers, were at work on “Living Sound,” a film about her.

Ms. Losneck, in a phone interview, said they had been hoping to complete the documentary by Ms. Gabriel’s 100th birthday this November.

Ms. Losneck said Ms. Gabriel had survived in a tough business through productivity and competence.

“She knew who to call when she needed an organist,” she said. “She knew how to manage the budget. All that gave her a measure of control.”

Many of the records Ms. Gabriel made fit into a category often marginalized as elevator music.

“It’s easy to look back on that music now and say it was kind of cheesy,” Ms. Losneck said, “but back then it was part of the cultural landscape.”

Toward the end of her career, as more women began entering the field, Ms. Gabriel was both an example and a mentor. Nancy Jeffries, who went to work in RCA’s artists-and-repertoire department in 1974 and had earlier sung with the band the Insect Trust, was one of those who learned from her.

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Ms. Gabriel lived in the Poconos for a number of years before moving to a care center in Rochester to be near Mr. Mauro and his family. As she died at a hospital there, Mr. Mauro said, the staff had Sinatra songs playing in her room.

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Covid cases overwhelm Michigan health system, Gov. Whitmer urges residents to stay home

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer urged high schools to temporarily halt in-person learning and residents to restrict their activities as a surge in Covid-19 cases overwhelms the state’s public health system.

The governor also asked schools to voluntarily suspend youth sports games and practices and residents to avoid in-person dining for the next two weeks.  

“To be very clear, these are not orders, mandates or requirements,” Whitmer said at a news conference Friday. “A year in, we all know what works and this has to be a team effort. We have to do this together. Lives depend on it.”

Covid-19 infections have surged across the state in recent weeks, approaching the state’s pandemic high set in November at an average of 7,226 new cases per day over the last week — a 23% jump over the previous week, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

The state health department is currently tracking 991 Covid outbreaks across Michigan, the state’s Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun said at the news briefing.

“Because we are seeing so many cases a day, our public health system is overwhelmed. We are not able to get information on many cases, nor are we able to identify their close contacts. We don’t know where all the cases or outbreaks are, and what we do know is likely an undercount,” Khaldun said.

Whitmer and Khaldun urged all Michiganders to wear masks, social distance, wash their hands, stay home and get vaccinated.

The coronavirus surge in Michigan comes as the highly infectious B.1.1.7 variant first identified in the U.K. has become the most common Covid strain in the U.S.

Between January and March, the state saw 291 outbreaks stemming from youth sports teams alone that involved at least 1,091 people, Khaldun said.

“The numbers show young people are not impervious to this virus, as we’ve seen a lot of cases among teens and young adult Michiganders,” Whitmer said.

State health officials have seen 58 outbreaks in restaurant and retail settings alone just in the past week, according to Khaldun.

“Just because something is open, doesn’t mean it is safe or that you should do it,” Khaldun said. “Indoor dining is one of the riskiest things you can do in this pandemic.”

Whitmer also urged the federal government to create a vaccination surge program to deploy Covid-19 vaccine doses to hot spots.

“Today it’s Michigan and the Midwest, tomorrow it could be another section of our country,” Whitmer said.

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