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Olympic road races yield early drama for delayed Tokyo Games

There are five different cycling disciplines at the Olympics. Here’s what you can expect in each this summer.

The men’s and women’s road races kick off the cycling program at every Summer Olympics, yet the pair of races that will depart from Musashinonomori Park and finish at Fuji Speedway in late July could not be more different.

The men’s race should be a wide-open affair with dozens of potential winners, many of them coming off a grueling slog at the Tour de France. The women’s race will amount to the four-woman Dutch team taking on everyone else.

All eyes will be on the races, too. They offer two of the first gold medals for an Olympics that has been delayed an entire year by the COVID-19 pandemic, and that many in Japan still believe should not happen. And they come on the heels of the Tour, which Olympics partner NBC will have been broadcasting daily on its networks for much of the previous month.

“Everybody in the world is trying to figure out how to beat the Dutch girls,” said Jim Miller, the high performance director for USA Cycling. “The only way to deal with them is isolate and reduce their numbers, but they’re super strong. They have three world champions and their fourth rider will be at some point. All are super fast, capable of going long — any scenario.

“It’s the Dutch’s race to win or lose,” Miller added, “and every other nation is going to race off how they control the race.”

That doesn’t mean it’s a foregone conclusion that 2012 Olympic champion Marianne Vos, 2016 gold medalist Anna van der Breggen, world champ Annemiek van Vleuten or recent La Course by Le Tour de France winner Demi Vollering will continue an era of Dutch dominance. But the men’s road race and the other cycling disciplines — the time trial, mountain biking, BMX freestyle and racing and the track program — should prove a whole lot more difficult to handicap.

That includes the women’s time trial, where three-time Olympic champion Kristin Armstrong has retired. She now coaches Chloe Dygert, the American standout who is coming back from a catastrophic crash at last year’s world championships.

And the men’s time trial, where the form of riders coming off the Tour usually plays a big role in who captures gold. Geraint Thomas of Britain is example No. 1 — he dislocated his shoulder during a crash in Stage 3, and how the the Ineos-Grenadiers leader recovers on the roads of France will have a big impact on how he performs on the roads of Japan.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

Organizers shuffled the Olympic program to insert mountain bike between the road races and time trials, effectively moving the event from one of the last of the entire Summer Games to the opening weekend of competition.

In the men’s race, defending champion Nino Schurter of Switzerland will go for his fourth consecutive Olympic medal. Swiss teammate Mathias Fluckiger, Britain’s Tom Pidcock and Mathieu van der Poel — who wore yellow during the Tour de France but will switch to the dirt for the Olympics — should contend for the podium.

Loana Lecomte has dominated the World Cup season, but French teammate Pauline Ferrand-Prevot and the American team of Haley Batten, Kate Courtney and Chloe Woodruff promise to be in the mix at the course in the Shizuoka Prefecture.

BMX FREESTYLE

The new discipline for the Tokyo Games should be a medal bonanza for the U.S., which features two of the world’s top five men (Justin Dowell and Nick Bruce) and women (Hannah Roberts and Perris Benegas). The X Games-style trick competition at Ariake Urban Sports Park, which has been added to the Olympic program in a bid to attract a new and younger audience, is the only cycling discipline in Tokyo that will be decided by judges.

BMX RACING

The U.S. also should factor into BMX racing, which debuted at the London Games in 2012. Gold medalist Connor Fields and silver medalist Alise Willoughby return five years after their success in Rio to lead a team that could sweep the top step.

Worth watching is whether the lack of competition over the past two years gives an off-the-radar rider a chance to snare a medal. More than any other discipline, the pandemic has wreaked havoc with BMX events around the world.

TRACK CYCLING

Britain has dominated events in the velodrome during the past two Olympic cycles, and despite a scandal that caused major changes to the team structure, Jason Kenny and Co. should be hard to beat at the track in the small city of Izu.

Kenny, who has come out of retirement, has six gold medals and a silver on his resume, and another gold would break a tie with Chris Hoy for most among British cyclists. Kenny’s wife, Laura, will try to add to her own four gold medals.

Returning to the program is the Madison, an event for two-rider teams that was dropped for the London Games because there was no equivalent event for women. Now, the men will be joined by the women in the Madison for the first time.

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Author: DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer
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1 person killed, others injured in early morning crash on West Ben White Boulevard

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Police and fire crews responded to a fatal hot air balloon crash just after 7:00 a.m. Saturday morning in the area of Central SW and Unser. Officials say four people died in the crash, two men and two women. One person is reportedly in critical unstable condition and was sent to the hospital.

Authorities say a catastrophic error occurred while in the air and the gondola detached from the envelope. According to witnesses, the gondola crashed into power lines that run east-west along Central near the CVS Pharmacy. The gondola caught fire and crashed into the roadway at Unser Boulevard, south of Central.

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Toto Wolff says it's too early to sacrifice Valtteri Bottas in Lewis Hamilton title fight

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff says it’s too early in the season to “sacrifice” Lewis Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas as they battle Red Bull for the Drivers’ and Constructors titles this season. However, the Austrian was unable to rule out the possibility of it happening in the future.

Bottas has had a torrid start to his 2021 season. The Finn has so far been unable to finish higher than third in a race, with two DNFs to his name, and currently sits 72 points behind championship leader Max Verstappen.

However, Bottas remains adamant his bad start bears no reflection on any potential delays in his contract talks, and it’s currently all business as usual at Mercedes.

But it looks like the Finn’s championship-winning chances have slipped away from him, with Bottas sitting fifth in the standings as the title battle heats up between Hamilton and Verstappen up front.

Despite this, Mercedes boss Wolff said it was too early in the season to panic and, when asked if a driver – essentially Bottas – could be sacrificed in the title fight, he told Sky Sports F1, “No, I think it’s much too early.”

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Parkinson’s disease: Facial masking an early warning sign – four body parts affected

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive condition whereby the signals communicated between the brain and nervous system are disrupted. This causes a number of impairments, many of which relate to movement. The symptoms are often subtle at first but become quite pronounced as the condition advances. Occasionally there may be early warning signs of the condition not found in movement but in a condition known as facial masking. What is it?

When we think of muscles that can be affected by stiffness and slowness, the muscles people work out in the gym are probably the first to come to mind: legs, arms, maybe even abdominals.

But the same stiffness and slowness that can impact your walking and other activities can have more subtle impacts, as well.

One of these is reduced facial expression, also called hypomimia or facial masking, said the Parkinson’s Foundation.

The health site added: “When the muscles of the face are stiff or take longer to move, it can be hard to crack a smile, raise your eyebrows or otherwise express your feelings using your face, which is an important part of how we communicate.

“People might assume you’re upset or depressed all the time, which can be frustrating.”

Other symptoms of Parkinson’s disease include:

  • Tremors
  • Slowed movement (bradykinesia)
  • Rigid muscles
  • Impaired posture and balance
  • Loss of automatic movements
  • Speech changes
  • Writing changes

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Yang and Garcia Team Up Again on Last Day of Early Voting in N.Y.C.

June 20, 2021, 4:13 p.m. ET

Scott M. Stringer campaigns with his family, his wife and two kids, all wearing blue “TEAM STRINGER” shirts, in the Lower East Side on a Sunday.
Credit…Sarah Blesener for The New York Times

A competitive and grueling mayor’s race does not take Father’s Day off.

Just look to Scott M. Stringer, who turned campaigning into a family affair on Sunday afternoon, when he, his wife and two sons canvassed on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

“I wouldn’t have it any other way,” Mr. Stringer, the city comptroller, said.

It was not Mr. Stringer’s first time getting out the vote on Father’s Day. He has been an elected official in some capacity in New York since 1993.

That experience has been a major theme in his campaign for mayor. Mr. Stringer has hoped that his extensive political career would appeal to voters looking for know-how, while his shift toward progressive politics would attract left-leaning Democrats.

But Mr. Stringer’s campaign faltered after two women accused him of sexual misconduct, allegations dating from decades ago.

Mr. Stringer has denied the allegations and suggested that both were politically motivated. But a number of progressive groups and lawmakers who had endorsed him moved their support to other candidates, particularly Maya Wiley, who has sought to establish herself as the left’s best chance at the mayor’s office.

Still, as Mr. Stringer stopped to talk to voters, many of whom greeted him enthusiastically, he sounded optimistic about his path to victory on Tuesday.

“As you can see on the streets, the reaction is great,” he said. “It’s a different view than the pundits may have. I’ve been in these elections before, and I’ve never been, you know, the pundit candidate. But we end up pulling these elections off, and I’m hopeful.”

While he acknowledged that his message and Ms. Wiley’s had become very similar in recent weeks, he still believed that his time in politics made him well-suited to lead.

As he spoke and posed for photos with voters, his children — Max, 9, and Miles, 7 — were able to take part in the campaigning. Both sons, wearing blue “Team Stringer” shirts,” were enthusiastically handing out Mr. Stringer’s pamphlets to voters. (Their success rate at stopping neighborhood residents was higher than their parents. Childlike cuteness has its advantages with voters.)

At one point, a neighborhood resident asked Mr. Stringer for a photo.

“That’ll cost you a first-place vote,” Mr. Stringer joked afterward.

“Deal,” the man responded, shaking Mr. Stringer’s hand.

June 20, 2021, 3:46 p.m. ET

Maya Wiley took the stage in Chinatown, Scott M. Stringer sought some shade in the Lower East Side and Andrew Yang posed for photos in Forest Hills alongside Elizabeth Crowley, who is running for Queens borough president.

June 20, 2021, 3:23 p.m. ET

An empty gymnasium at the Brooklyn School for Social Justice in Bushwick set up for voting on Sunday.
Credit…Sarah Blesener for The New York Times

The scene in Manhattan on Sunday afternoon was a far cry from that of November, when lines stretched blocks as more than 1.1 million people cast early ballots in the presidential election.

Instead, voters were able to walk right into polling sites only to emerge minutes later.

Wait-time maps showed delays of less than 20 minutes across the city, which could be a sign of disinterest from New Yorkers who opted to spend their summer Sunday blowing off steam in a mostly reopened city with temperatures forecast to hit almost 90 degrees.

A few masked New Yorkers trickled down the escalators at Hudson Yards, wearing “I Voted Early” stickers as a handful of canvassers lined the sidewalks. The employees of nearby restaurants said the last couple of days of early voting had been quiet, though occasionally they fielded questions from New Yorkers asking where to go.

Katie Knoll was one of the voters who turned up on Sunday. “Hopefully by voting early I can relieve some of the pressure on” Tuesday, Ms. Knoll, 26, said. Sustainability and the environment are among the issues most important to her, she explained. No candidate stood out to her as a front-runner.

Rene Moya said he noticed signs for early voting at Hudson Yards yesterday while out grocery shopping and was lured by the convenience of it — he lives close by. Mr. Moya, who works as a project manager, said quality of life issues, including crime, were priorities for him. While he was cycling yesterday, someone blocked a bike lane and tried throwing punches at him, he said.

Mr. Moya, 49, voted for Kathryn Garcia and Maya Wiley as his top two candidates. Ms. Garcia “is going to know what she is doing,” he said, and Ms. Wiley impressed him after her performance in the second debate.

Men have had their time in charge, he added, and it was time for a woman to take the reins.

June 20, 2021, 3:06 p.m. ET

Eric Adams campaigns in Brooklyn for the Democratic primary for mayor of New York City.
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Eric Adams, the front-runner in Tuesday’s Democratic mayoral primary, is raising questions about the electoral process as his campaign faces growing efforts from opponents to slow his momentum.

Already a critic of ranked-choice voting, which allows voters to choose five candidates in their order of preference, Mr. Adams is now taking aim at the city’s plans to start releasing partial and unofficial vote totals on Tuesday.

The Board of Elections should only release the results when they have the final tally, he said — though that tally might not be available for weeks. Otherwise, he said, voters might worry there’s “hanky panky” going on.

“We should hold all the numbers until we have the final number,” Mr. Adams said at a Brooklyn church on Sunday.

His criticisms of the Board of Election’s plans began at least last year when he supported an unsuccessful lawsuit by Black lawmakers to stop ranked-choice voting.

Throughout the campaign, Mr. Adams has declined to say who he would rank second on his ballot, which led to criticism from a leading rival, Andrew Yang, that Mr. Adams did not support ranked-choice voting.

The Board of Elections will release an unofficial tally on primary night. If no candidate gets the 50 percent plus one vote required for victory, the ranked-choice voting tabulation process will begin.

On June 29, the board will run the ranked-choice voting software for the first time and post the results. That total will not include absentee and affidavit ballots. On July 6, the board will run the ranking software again, this time with absentee and affidavit ballots.

As the absentee and affidavit ballots continue to be counted, the board will continue to post updated results. Final results could come by the week of July 12.

Board officials said posting the results as they receive them is the best way to ensure transparency. Though Mr. Adams disagrees with that idea, he said he would not fight them.

“These are the rules. We have to play by the rules,” he said. “We are going to tell our supporters and voters let’s remain patient.”

June 20, 2021, 2:31 p.m. ET

Andrew Yang and Kathryn Garcia, two of the top candidates in the Democratic primary for mayor of New York City, arriving at the AAPI Democracy Project Rally in Chinatown on Sunday.
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Kathryn Garcia and Andrew Yang appeared together in Chinatown on Sunday ahead of a get-out-the-vote rally focused on attacks against people of Asian descent, the second display of unity between the two Democratic mayoral candidates in as many days.

Ms. Garcia, a former sanitation commissioner, and Mr. Yang, a former presidential candidate, met with a hug and a handshake at Kim Lau Square before walking together to the nearby rally.

Mr. Yang said at a news conference before their meeting that he had long admired Ms. Garcia and that his supporters should include her on their ranked-choice ballots. He said he expected to campaign with Ms. Garcia again before Tuesday’s primary.

“New Yorkers know we need to come together,” Mr. Yang said.

That two of the leading candidates would appear together days before the vote underscored how ranked-choice voting has complicated the mayor’s race. It also showed how rival candidates can ban together in a ranked-choice election to stem the momentum of a frontrunner — in this case, Eric Adams, the Brooklyn borough president.

“Andrew Yang No. 1 and Kathryn Garcia No. 2. That’s the way I want your ballots to look,” Mr. Yang said at the rally.

But the message has not been equal from both candidates. Ms. Garcia has stopped short of explicitly asking her supporters to rank Mr. Yang — a position she reiterated on Sunday before meeting him in Chinatown.

“I want his No. 2’s,” she told a voter before the rally, emphasizing she had not endorsed Mr. Yang. Later, during the rally, Ms. Garcia said voters should fill in all five choices offered on their ballots, and that people could have a “No. 1 and a No. 2.”

For his part, Mr. Yang was repeatedly pressed at the news conference about Ms. Garcia’s comments — and whether he had expected an explicit endorsement from her. But he did not answer the question.

“I’m thrilled to be campaigning with Kathryn yesterday and today,” he said.

For all Ms. Garcia’s ambivalence about Mr. Yang, Ms. Garcia seemed to appreciate the possibility that some of his support would rub off on her.

As the two candidates walked together for about two blocks, a crowd of his supporters marched around them. Periodically, they would start chanting Mr. Yang’s name emphatically. After the cheers died down, Ms. Garcia turned to him and said, wryly, “they really love you.”

Another leading candidate, Maya Wiley, also attended the rally separately.

June 20, 2021, 1:55 p.m. ET

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The top eight Democratic mayoral candidates answer our questions.CreditCredit…Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

The top contenders for the Democratic pick for mayor of New York City have made crime reduction and police reform the center of their campaigns. Watch how they said they would deal with these issues in interviews with The New York Times.

June 20, 2021, 1:21 p.m. ET

Andrew Yang greeting New Yorkers in Forest Hills on Sunday.
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Andrew Yang stopped and posed for selfies in Forest Hills in Queens on Sunday morning.

He urged kids (and dogs) to wish their fathers a happy Father’s Day, tasted yogurt from a local business and at one point ran into Austin Road to bump fists with passing drivers.

Mr. Yang’s exuberant spirit, the one that he exhibited early in his campaign as he vowed to be a cheerleader for New York City, was on full display as he canvassed with Elizabeth Crowley, a candidate for Queens borough president. They endorsed each other.

Throughout his campaign, Mr. Yang has seemed at his most enthusiastic when he has been among voters. He has been crossing boroughs for months to meet them, many of whom sheepishly stop to ask for photos of the candidate with national name recognition and a strong social media game.

Matthew Rubinstein, 19, said that Mr. Yang’s presence on the trail was one of the reasons that he was voting for him.

“You see Andrew Yang going here, Andrew Yang going there,” Mr. Rubinstein, who grew up in Forest Hills, said. “He’s on my TikTok, he’s on my Instagram. He’s everywhere, you know? He’s just more for the people.”

Mr. Rubinstein said he would not be ranking any of the other candidates on his ballot. “I don’t see any of the other candidates going to every borough, talking to every single person,” he said. (They are, for the record.)

Mr. Yang has said his path to victory involves engaging more new voters, particularly young, Asian American and Hispanic ones.

Many from those groups stopped to take photos with him, though several told him they were not decided on who to vote for.

Beth Hart, 55, who was born in Flushing and now lives in Forest Hills, said she was also leaning toward Mr. Yang but was also considering ranking Maya Wiley as her top choice.

Housing and education were two of the most important issues to her, she said. Growing up in Queens, Ms. Hart, who is Black, said the city had become unaffordable, particularly for Black communities. Mr. Yang’s background as an executive had swayed her.

“Everything about him is standing in the forefront for me,” she said.

But she was also moved by the historic candidacy of Ms. Wiley, who would be the first Black woman elected mayor if she won.

Ms. Hart said had not yet made her decision and would take the remaining two days to decide. Talking to Mr. Yang on Sunday helped her lean toward him.

June 20, 2021, 1:19 p.m. ET

Eric Adams visited St. George’s Episcopal Church in Brooklyn on Sunday.
Credit…James Estrin/The New York Times

Eric Adams arrived at St. George’s Episcopal Church on Marcy Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant too late to speak from the pulpit on Sunday morning. That didn’t stop him from shaking hands with parishioners, some of whom shared stories of where they had met him before.

“I like when people share their Eric Adams stories,” he said after chatting with one churchgoer.

Mr. Adams devoted his first campaign events on Sunday to talking about his biography: growing up poor and becoming a police officer who spoke out against racism. That history, he told voters, made him best able to identify with regular New Yorkers, stem rising crime and protect the civil rights of Black and Latino residents.

“I am the only candidate who can ensure to get the justice we deserve and the safety we need,” Mr. Adams said. “We have been duped into believing we can only have one or the other.”

It’s a message that Mr. Adams, the Brooklyn borough president, has been blasting across the airwaves. His campaign has spent more than $ 5 million on ads, and his message seems to be reaching voters.

Linda Clerk, 72, a retired court clerk, said Mr. Adams’s background, including as a police officer, was the reason she was voting for Mr. Adams as her first choice.

“He was abused by a police officer, became a police officer and he has the experience and knowledge to make the city better,” Ms. Clerk said. “Crime is getting worse, not better.”

She used the example of a group of young men who have been on the corner near her home in Bed-Stuy for years, selling drugs. She said Mr. Adams has the credibility to address that issue, and not just by flooding her block with police.

“He can change those young men’s mindset and help develop programs to show that drugs and drug money are not the answer.”

June 20, 2021, 12:17 p.m. ET

Rudy Giuliani talks at the White House, in 2020.
Credit…Doug Mills/The New York Times

Eric Adams may not want Rudy Giuliani’s support, but he got it anyway on Friday when the former mayor of New York City said that if he were a Democrat he would back Mr. Adams in the mayoral primary.

“There’s no question that Adams gives us some hope,” Mr. Giuliani said, stopping short of a full-throated endorsement. The former mayor highlighted Mr. Adams’s approach to crime, a top issue for voters across the city.

In a subsequent campaign appearance on Friday, Mr. Adams did not seem particularly pleased by Mr. Giuliani’s comments and suggested it was an attempt by the former mayor to sabotage the campaign of a sometimes former critic.

“I don’t need Giuliani’s endorsement, and we don’t want his endorsement,” Mr. Adams said. “One of the ways you sabotage a campaign is that you come out and endorse the opponent that you don’t want to win, and that’s what I believe he has attempted to do.”

Mr. Adams became a Republican during Giuliani’s tenure, only to return to the Democratic Party later. Over the years, he has sent mixed messages about the former mayor, criticizing police brutality under his watch while also crediting him for the city’s falling crime rate.

Mr. Adams is currently the frontrunner in the mayor’s race, though credible polling is sparse and the race remains fluid. He has also won praise from right-wing TV host Tucker Carlson, praise that Mr. Adams has also rejected.

After Mr. Giuliani’s remarks, Mr. Adams’s opponents pounced.

“Eric Adams is RUDY GIULIANI’S #1 pick in the Democratic primary,” said Eric Soufer, an adviser to Andrew Yang, the former presidential candidate, on Twitter.

That prompted Rebecca Kirszner Katz, a campaign adviser to the campaign Scott Stringer, the New York City comptroller, to note that Stephen Miller, the architect of former President Donald J. Trump’s anti-immigration policies, has praised Mr. Yang for taking “positions antithetical to the progressive left in a very progressive primary.”

“Andrew Yang is Stephen Miller’s #1,” she said on Twitter. “Don’t rank either of them.”

June 20, 2021, 12:15 p.m. ET

Amid the June heat and Father’s Day celebrations, New Yorkers headed out to polling sites across the city on Sunday for their last chance to cast an early ballot before Election Day on Tuesday.

June 20, 2021, 11:51 a.m. ET

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The top eight Democratic mayoral candidates answer our questions.CreditCredit…Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

From how to reform the New York Police Department to improving transportation in America’s biggest city, there isn’t much that the eight main Democratic candidates for mayor agree on.

But there was one rare moment of agreement in the campaign: favorite bagels. Five of the candidates cited an everything bagel as their choice. That’s the one with onion, sesame seeds, poppy seeds and salt.

Listen to their choices in this video of interviews with The New York Times.

June 20, 2021, 11:26 a.m. ET

A polling station in Brooklyn on Sunday.
Credit…Sarah Blesener for The New York Times

New Yorkers looking to cast their ballots before Election Day still have time. Sunday is the final day of the early voting period, and polling places are open until 4 p.m.

Despite the competitive and consequential mayor’s race (and several hotly contested City Council races), early voting turnout has been fairly modest. As of Saturday night, 155,630 voters had cast their ballots, according to the city’s Board of Elections. There are roughly 3.6 million registered Democrats and 500,000 Republicans in the city.

Whether the short lines to the ballot box reflect apathy toward the election or a large number of voters waiting until Primary Day will be hard to know until the polls close on Tuesday.

Those looking to vote early should check their polling places on the Board of Elections website. In most cases, the location will differ from where voters go on Tuesday.

On Primary Day, the polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Residents will need to be registered for a political party in order to vote. (The deadline to register has passed. You can check online to see if you are registered.)

Before you cast your ballot, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with the ranked-choice voting system, which allows voters to rank candidates in order of preference.

June 20, 2021, 10:57 a.m. ET

Kathryn Garcia does yoga in Times Square in Manhattan on Sunday.
Credit…Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times

Kathryn Garcia had the kind of Sunday morning typical of many of the West Side Democratic voters she is courting: yoga and a breakfast-time stop at Zabar’s, the storied purveyor of bagels and smoked fish on the Upper West Side.

She began the day with an hour-long yoga session in Times Square, part of a summer solstice celebration, flanked on yoga mats by aides sporting green “Garcia gets it done” T-shirts.

“She’s moderate, she’s competent, she’s proven herself able, and I think the city could also use a woman as mayor,” said Ira Tokayer, 63, a few minutes before Ms. Garcia arrived at Zabar’s. Mr. Tokayer, an attorney, said he was ranking Ms. Garcia first and Andrew Yang, the former presidential candidate, second.

He said he liked Mr. Yang as well, and appreciated Mr. Yang’s moderate instincts and focus on combating homelessness.

“I want to make sure that the progressives, and A.O.C. in particular, did not hijack our government,” he said.

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, one of the most prominent left-wing leaders in the country, has endorsed Maya Wiley in the mayor’s race, and some passersby mentioned interest in Ms. Wiley as well.

For weeks, there have been signs of Ms. Garcia’s growing strength on the Upper West Side, a neighborhood full of highly educated and politically engaged voters, and soon after arriving outside of Zabar’s, she encountered voters who told her they voted for her and lined up for photos.

But the neighborhood is also far from representative of the entire city, and her ability to build a diverse citywide coalition is untested. She was scheduled to hit the Bronx later Sunday. Some Upper West Side voters remain loyal to Scott M. Stringer, the city comptroller and veteran West Side politician. He faced two accusations this spring of making unwanted sexual advances decades ago. He has denied wrongdoing, but the allegations appeared to halt his momentum on the left.

Jade Sperling, 36, said that even with Primary Day two days away, she was still deciding between four candidates: Ms. Garcia, Mr. Yang, Eric Adams, the Brooklyn borough president, and Raymond J. McGuire, a former Citi executive. She told Ms. Garcia her top issue was safety.

“I don’t feel confident getting on the subway,” said Ms. Sperling after meeting Ms. Garcia. She said she preferred to take an Uber to her office in Midtown once a week. “I don’t think defunding the police is the right answer and I really, I cringe when I hear that. Yes, reform is definitely needed, but I think that a lot can be done with the city.”

June 20, 2021, 10:51 a.m. ET

New York City mayoral candidate Maya Wiley, second from right, talks to supporters after a news conference on Tuesday, in  Brooklyn, New York.
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Maya Wiley, a former MSNBC analyst who has been rising in the polls, planned to spend Sunday morning at two Black churches in Harlem and Brooklyn.

She is trying to become New York City’s first Black female mayor and working to assemble a coalition of Black voters and progressives.

Ms. Wiley speaks often about her biography as the daughter of a civil rights activist and how she attended a segregated public school as a child. She is Christian and her partner, Harlan Mandel, is Jewish. They have two daughters and belong to Kolot Chayeinu, a reform congregation in Park Slope.

As she competes for Black voters with Eric Adams, the front-runner in the race, Ms. Wiley has repeatedly criticized Mr. Adams’s support of stop and frisk policing, and she is betting that Black voters want to be safe both from crime and police violence.

Ms. Wiley announced an endorsement on Saturday from Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, a group that helped lead major protests in New York last summer after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Hawk Newsome, a co-founder of the group, said he was endorsing Ms. Wiley because she had made divesting from the police a consistent message in her campaign. “When we invested in a candidate, we thought long and hard,” Mr. Newsome said.

Ms. Wiley wants to cut $ 1 billion a year from the police department’s $ 6 annual budget and to reduce the number of officers. Mr. Adams is sending a very different message: he wants more officers on the subway and to bring back the plainclothes anti-crime unit that was disbanded under Mayor Bill de Blasio.

It will be interesting to see which message Black voters embrace, and whether they want the next mayor to be a moderate like Mr. Adams or a left-leaning candidate like Ms. Wiley.

June 20, 2021, 10:30 a.m. ET

A campaign sign for Republican mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa near a voting station in Manhattan.
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The two Republicans running for mayor of New York City spent the weekend visiting the boroughs outside of Manhattan as they continued to focus on public safety — and attacking each other.

Curtis Sliwa, the founder of the Guardian Angels, led a parade float decorated in a patriotic red, white and blue through Queens on Saturday.

Mr. Sliwa is hoping that his name recognition as a tabloid fixture in the city for decades will help him beat Fernando Mateo, an entrepreneur who is courting Latino voters.

Whoever wins could face an uphill battle in the general election in November in a city where Democrats outnumber Republicans by more than six to one.

Mr. Sliwa has highlighted his recent endorsements by Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former mayor, and Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, who won a competitive race last year in a district that covers Staten Island and a portion of South Brooklyn. Mr. Sliwa also criticized Mr. Mateo’s ties to Mayor Bill de Blasio in a new ad.

Mr. Mateo’s campaign received a boost last week when he qualified for more than $ 2 million in public matching funds. Mr. Mateo visited Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island and the Bronx on Saturday and released an ad focused on public safety.

“Crime is not a problem — it’s a pandemic,” Mr. Mateo said in the ad.

The two Republicans were once friends and have been engaged in a bitter and at times outlandish campaign that could be close. In a recent poll by Pix 11 and Emerson College, Mr. Sliwa had 33 percent support and Mr. Mateo had 27 percent, while 40 percent of Republicans were undecided.

During their one major debate, the two sparred heatedly over riding the subway (Mr. Sliwa asserted that Mr. Mateo does not) and Mr. Sliwa’s living arrangements in a small studio apartment in Manhattan with 15 rescue cats (Mr. Mateo suggested this was odd).

The candidates have also disagreed over President Donald J. Trump. Mr. Mateo had said that Mr. Trump won the 2020 election; Mr. Sliwa said Mr. Trump lost. Mr. Mateo voted for Mr. Trump in 2016 and 2020; Mr. Sliwa did not.

Mr. Mateo has also criticized Mr. Sliwa for becoming a Republican only last year.

“My opponent is a never-Trumper,” Mr. Mateo says in his new ad. “He is not a Republican.”

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Fatty liver disease: Stages of the disease from early signs to symptoms it has advanced

The American Liver Foundation names three types of alcoholic liver disease.

These are in order of most to least severe with several signs and symptoms indicating your stage. 

Alcoholic fatty liver disease

This disease happens when fat builds up in the liver, which causes swelling and impairs liver function.

Alcoholic fatty liver disease can occur even after a short period of heavy drinking.

Symptoms are not usually present in this stage, though the American Liver Foundation reports some may feel weak or fatigued or notice discomfort in the right upper abdomen.

With cessation of alcohol use, drinkers can usually reverse liver disease in this stage. If drinking continues, damage to the liver will not subside and will result in irreversible disease.

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England vs Scotland early team news 'leaked' as Southgate makes two changes to starting XI

Gareth Southgate looks set to make several changes to his England team tonight when the Three Lions host Scotland at Wembley. It’s only the second time the two home nations have met at a major tournament after their famous clash 25 years ago at Euro 96.

England could qualify with a victory as they look to build on the 1-0 win over Croatia on matchday one.

Meanwhile, Scotland need to pick up at least a draw to keep their qualification hopes alive following their 2-0 defeat to the Czech Republic.

Southgate is conscious of the workload his players are facing after a gruelling season and with 26 players at his disposal, the England boss is expected to shuffle the pack at full-back.

According to The Daily Telegraph, Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier will drop out of the starting XI tonight.

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There could also be further changes to Southgate’s team with news expected to filter through from the England camp throughout the day.

Kalvin Phillips should keep his place as he looks to build on his excellent tournament debut.

Declan Rice and Mason Mount are expected to join him in midfield.

Jack Grealish has explained he is desperate to get out on the pitch and show the country “how good he is” as he patiently awaits the chance to shine at Euro 2020.

The Aston Villa captain is not expected to start tonight against the Scots although he could feature from the bench.

Raheem Sterling will keep his place after he fired the winning goal last Sunday and he will be looking to get his name on the scoresheet once again.

Phil Foden and Harry Kane are expected to complete the Three Lions attack.

Harry Maguire has already declared himself fit for the contest but he is not expected to start the match.

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Diablo 2 early access beta confirmed with release date news and pre-orders

Diablo 2 Resurrected received a new gameplay trailer during the Microsoft E3 event.

Around the midway point of the Microsoft and Bethesda showcase, Xbox fans were given a closer look at the classic dungeon crawler.

According to the new gameplay trailer, Diablo 2 Resurrected has a September 23 on PC, Xbox, PlayStation and Switch.

Furthermore, fans can get early access to the Diablo 2 Resurrected beta by pre-ordering the game.

“On September 23rd, Evil will be resurrected,” reads a Blizzard tweet. “Pre-order Diablo II: Resurrected for early access to the open beta.”

“Diablo II: Resurrected is a remastered version of the quintessential action RPG Diablo II.

“Pursue the mysterious Dark Wanderer and fight the denizens of hell as you uncover the fate of the Prime Evils Diablo, Mephisto, and Baal, now in up to 4K (2160p) resolution on PC.”

The game includes all of the content from the original game and its Lord of Destruction expansion.

You can check out the new Diablo 2 gameplay by clicking play on the video below.

“Diablo II: Resurrected includes all content from both Diablo II and its epic expansion Diablo II: Lord of Destruction,” Blizzard continues.

“Battle your way through icy caverns, horrific tombs filled with undead abominations, and frozen wastelands to the frigid summit of Mount Arreat and stop Baal, the Lord of Destruction.

“Raise hell with two Lord of Destruction playable classes—the cunning Assassin, master of traps and shadow disciplines, and the savage Druid, a bold shapeshifter and summoner who commands primal elemental magic.”

Elsewhere during the event, Microsoft announced the Starfield release date. The Bethesda role-playing game will launch next year exclusively for Xbox.

Not only that, but Starfield will be available as a free download at launch for Xbox Game Pass subscribers.

Speaking of Xbox Game Pass, it was also revealed that co-op shooter Back 4 Blood will be available to subscribers at launch.

If you subscribe to Xbox Game Pass, you’ll be able to download and play the game for free from October 13.

Other announcements include news of a free Pirates of the Caribbean update for Sea of Thieves, as well as a Stalker 2 release date.

Fans were also given a look at Battlefield 2042, specifically its incredible weather systems.

The new game in the Battlefield series will be available on October 22.

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Rheumatoid arthritis early signs: The 12 early signs of this debilitating condition

If a person’s immune system is not functioning properly joints can become inflamed – this is known as rheumatoid arthritis. When this kind of arthritis fully sets in those suffering will experience joint pain and stiffness. But, there are some early signs of this debilitating condition that should not be ignored.

You must act quickly, the faster you seek treatment for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) the better your chances are of being able to reduce flares.

But how can you tell if you are in the early stages of this condition? Here are 12 early signs to watch out for:

Fatigue

An early sign of this condition could be feelings of fatigue.

If you struggle to get up in the morning or if after having a full nights sleep you still feel drained this could be an early concerning sign.

Feeling extremely tired could be due to your body’s reaction to the inflammation in the joints.

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Mild fever

Many illnesses start with a raised temperature, RA could be among that number.

Those suffering from the condition often feel feverish in the early stages of it.

Weight loss

Weight loss can precede any noticeable effects on the joints.

Many people feel feverish and fatigued due to this condition, this can lead to weight loss as appetite is reduced.

Stiffness

Repeated tenderness and stiffness may at first appear in just one or two small joints.

You may be tempted to ignore this as sometimes it comes on slowly and only lasts for several days – but this is a common early sign of RA.

Joint tenderness

Another early sign of RA is tenderness in the hands and feet.

Tenderness in the joints in the middle and at the base of the fingers may occur, whilst in the feet, the toe and heel joints may be tender when walking.

Joint swelling

If your joints appear swollen this is a typical early sign of RA.

This most often occurs in the hand and feel, swelling grows as RA develops, but, initially the swelling may be subtle.

Redness

The skin around inflamed joints may appear red in appearance, this often starts in the joints around the hands and feet.

Warmth

Another early sign of RA is joint warmth, this is caused by the inflammation RA causes.

Reduced motion

If you are struggling to bend your joints this decrease in the range of motion could indicate that you are in the early stages of RA.

Difference between joints

Sometimes those affected by RA experience the symptoms in the joints on both sides of the body.

So for example, you might have stiffness in both wrists.

It is important to note that while this symmetry common, not every sufferer experiences this with the condition.

There is no cure for RA currently, but, early diagnosis and swift treatment can help relieve flare-ups when they occur.

So if you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, it is a good idea to get these checked out as they could be an early sign of RA.

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