Texas Drops Its Virus Restrictions as a Wave of Reopenings Takes Hold

As coronavirus cases fall, states are rescinding mask mandates and reopening businesses and schools, prompting people to emerge after months of isolation despite uncertainty about the pandemic’s future.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #restaurants, #states-us, #vaccination-and-immunization, #walensky-rochelle

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He Was the Hero of ‘Hotel Rwanda.’ Now He’s Accused of Terrorism.

Long hailed for his bravery during the 1994 Rwandan genocide, Paul Rusesabagina is now charged with being an insurgent leader. Did Rwanda change, or did he?

#content-type-personal-profile, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #hutu-tribe, #kagame-paul, #political-prisoners, #rusesabagina-paul, #rwanda, #terrorism, #tutsi-tribe, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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Love Factory: Becoming a Social Media Star in China

Livestreaming your life to a devoted audience is big business. A new short film explores what happens when the cameras are off.

#china, #content-type-service, #documentary-films-and-programs, #social-media, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

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How Sexual Assault Allegations Have Divided Mexico’s Governing Party

Mexico’s president has stood by a candidate accused of sexual assault. The case is testing the president’s promises of justice and equality for all.

#lopez-obrador-andres-manuel, #mexico, #sex-crimes, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

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How Green Are Electric Vehicles?

In short: Very green. But plug-in cars still have environmental effects. Here’s a guide to the main issues and how they might be addressed.

#air-pollution, #alternative-and-renewable-energy, #batteries, #carbon-dioxide, #conservation-of-resources, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #energy-efficiency, #environment, #fuel-efficiency, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #mines-and-mining, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pollution, #recycling-of-waste-materials, #water-pollution

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Supreme Court Seems Ready to Sustain Arizona Voting Limits

The case was the court’s first on the key remaining provision of the Voting Rights Act in the context of voting restrictions.

#arizona, #barrett-amy-coney, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #brnovich-mark, #carvin-michael-a, #democratic-party, #kagan-elena, #minorities, #oscannlain-diarmuid-fionntain, #republican-party, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

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At Least 15 Killed in Crash in Southern California, Officials Say

The crash, involving an S.U.V. and a tractor-trailer, took place in the area of El Centro, Calif., about 60 miles west of the Arizona border.

#california, #deaths-fatalities, #el-centro-calif, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

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Gonzaga May Miss March’s Madness

Gonzaga finally has the most dominant team in college basketball and a shot at a national championship. But what could be a historic run has none of the trappings of the N.C.A.A. tournament’s usual fanfare.

#basketball-college, #college-athletics, #few-mark, #gonzaga-university, #ionescu-sabrina-1997, #kispert-corey, #morrison-adam, #ncaa-basketball-championships-men, #ncaa-basketball-championships-women, #university-of-oregon

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Vaccine Passports, Covid’s Next Political Flash Point

A world divided between the vaccinated and unvaccinated promises relief for economies and families, but the ethical and practical risks are high.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #discrimination, #income-inequality, #travel-and-vacations, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Aretha Franklin’s Estate Signs Tentative Deal Over Back Taxes Owed

While the estate continues to dispute the amount sought by the I.R.S., it has agreed to pay or put aside the bulk of its earnings from royalties and other revenue streams.

#federal-taxes-us, #franklin-aretha, #music, #wills-and-estates

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Vernon Jordan, Civil Rights Leader and D.C. Power Broker, Dies at 85

Mr. Jordan, who was selected to head the National Urban League while still in his 30s, counseled presidents and business leaders.

#black-people, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #clinton-bill, #deaths-obituaries, #jordan-vernon-e-jr, #united-states-politics-and-government, #urban-league, #washington-dc

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‘It Should Not Be This Hard’: When Family Members Provide the Care

Readers respond to an Op-Ed essay urging increased support for the millions of Americans providing such assistance.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elder-care, #elderly, #home-health-care, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How Do Virus Variants Get Their Names?

B.1.351 may sound sweet to a molecular epidemiologist, but what’s the alternative, other than stigmatizing geographical names?

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #discrimination, #microbiology, #names-geographical, #world-health-organization, #your-feed-science

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Miami Says It Can Adapt to Rising Seas. Not Everyone Is Convinced.

Officials have a new plan to manage rising water. Succeed or fail, it will very likely become a case study for other cities facing climate threats.

#floods, #florida-keys, #gentrification, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #miami-dade-county-fla, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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My Vaccine, a Love Story

I spent my life covering wars, but this battle was fought at home.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #de-blasio-bill, #jackson-heights-queens-ny, #new-york-city, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Farther, Faster and No Sweat: Bike-Sharing and the E-Bike Boom

Social-distancing, sustainability and accessibility helped accelerate e-biking during the pandemic, and the trend is showing up in urban bike-sharing programs.

#bicycles-and-bicycling, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #transit-systems, #travel-and-vacations

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6 Dr. Seuss Books Will No Longer Be Published Over Offensive Images

The company that oversees the children’s author’s estate said that the titles contained depictions of groups that were “hurtful and wrong.”

#books-and-literature, #cartoons-and-cartoonists, #discrimination, #dr-seuss-enterprises, #geisel-theodor-seuss, #pm-newspaper, #united-states

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Book Review: ‘Later,’ by Stephen King

Stephen King’s new novel, “Later,” is something of a hybrid of genres: part detective tale, part thriller, with a horror story filling in the seams.

#books-and-literature, #king-stephen, #later-book

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How the Cookbooks of 2020 Tell the Stories of Our Pandemic Kitchens

From beans and baking projects to vegan and global recipes, the year’s best sellers show the ways home cooking changed, and what may lie ahead.

#book-trade-and-publishing, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #diet-and-nutrition, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #united-states

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Reversing Trump, Interior Department Moves Swiftly on Climate Change

As Deb Haaland, President Biden’s choice for Interior secretary, heads toward a showdown vote, the department she would head is moving ahead on environmental policies.

#global-warming, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #land-use-policies, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

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The Grocery Store of the Mind

Vicarious food shopping, from collectible Mini Brands to “Supermarket Sweep,” simulates a lost pleasure.

#collectors-and-collections, #mini-brands, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #supermarket-sweep-tv-program, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores, #television, #toys, #zuru-inc

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Volvo Will Convert to Electric Vehicles Faster Than Its Rivals: Live Updates

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Vernon Jordan, Civil Rights Activist and D.C. Power Broker, Dies at 85

Mr. Jordan, who was selected to head the Urban League while still in his 30s, counseled presidents and business leaders.

#black-people, #clinton-bill, #deaths-obituaries, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vernon-jordan, #washington-dc

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Biden to Meet Senate Democrats on Stimulus Plan

President Biden will call into a meeting of fellow party members as the Senate prepares to take up the $1.9 trillion relief plan. They are expected to discuss possible changes to the bill because Democrats cannot afford to lose any votes in the closely divided chamber.

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U.S. Accuses Russian Intelligence of Poisoning Navalny

The Biden administration announced its first sanctions against the Russian government for the attack and the imprisonment of Aleksei A. Navalny.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #federal-security-service, #navalny-aleksei-a, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #united-states-international-relations

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The Good Samaritan on Trial for Terrorism

Long hailed for his bravery during the 1994 Rwandan genocide, Paul Rusesabagina is now charged with being an insurgent leader. Did Rwanda change, or did he?

#human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #hutu-tribe, #kabuga-felicien, #kagame-paul, #political-prisoners, #rusesabagina-paul, #tutsi-tribe, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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What to Know About California’s Plan to Reopen Schools

Tuesday: Lawmakers unveiled a long-negotiated deal for reopening schools, but not everyone is on board.

#california, #coronavirus-reopenings

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Smith & Wesson Fights a Case in New Jersey. Gun Control Could Be the Winner.

A case in New Jersey about Smith & Wesson’s advertising could expose secrets that the industry would prefer to keep hidden.

#advertising-and-marketing, #grewal-gurbir-s, #gun-control, #law-and-legislation, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #new-jersey, #smithwesson, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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The Future of Voting Rights

And what else you need to know today.

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The $1.9 Trillion Stimulus Plan

As the Senate prepares to vote on President Biden’s first major piece of legislation, we look at the partisan debate that has erupted around it.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #law-and-legislation, #states-us, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Coronavirus Variant Found in Brazil Can Cause Reinfection, Study Shows

The first detailed studies of the so-called P.1 variant show how it spread in the Amazonian city of Manaus. Here’s the latest Covid-19 news.

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A Year After New York’s First Covid-19 Case, Cuomo Lies Low

After drawing praise for his leadership early in the pandemic, the governor is embroiled in several scandals.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #de-blasio-bill, #lawrence-jacob, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #sexual-harassment

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Volvo Plans to Sell Only Electric Cars by 2030

It plans to convert its entire lineup to battery power by 2030, phasing out internal combustion engine vehicles faster than other automakers.

#automobiles, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #volvo-car-corp

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The Military’s Extremism Problem Is Our Problem

Yes, veterans were involved in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. But this isn’t just the military’s problem to solve.

#draft-and-recruitment-military, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans

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Colleges That Require Virus-Screening Tech Struggle to Say Whether It Works

Many schools that use fever scanners and symptom checkers have not rigorously studied if the technology has slowed the spread of Covid-19 on campuses.

#campusclear, #colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #health-screening, #mobile-applications, #privacy, #science-and-technology, #software, #symptom-checker, #university-of-idaho, #university-of-missouri, #wearable-computing

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Amazon Workers’ Union Drive Reaches Far Beyond Alabama

A vote on whether to form a union at the e-commerce giant’s warehouse in Bessemer, Ala., has become a labor showdown, drawing the attention of N.F.L. players, and the White House.

#amazon-com-inc, #bessemer-ala, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #labor-and-jobs, #national-labor-relations-board, #organized-labor, #retail-wholesale-and-department-store-union, #shopping-and-retail

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New Technique Unfolds Centuries of Secrets in Locked Letters

M.I.T. researchers have devised a virtual-reality technique that lets them read old letters that were mailed not in envelopes but in the writing paper itself after being folded into elaborate enclosures.

#archives-and-records, #cryptography-codes-and-ciphers, #europe, #france, #letters, #mary-queen-of-scots, #nature-communications-journal, #research, #your-feed-science

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In Their Own Words: Why Experts Say Elementary Schools Should Open

With proper safety measures, doctors and scientists said in a survey, the benefits outweigh the risks.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #education-k-12, #heating-ventilation-and-cooling-hvac, #shutdowns-institutional, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Will the Supreme Court Gut the Voting Rights Act?

The court is being asked how hard it should be for states to pass what might be voter-suppression laws.

#arizona, #georgia, #republican-party, #roberts-john-g-jr, #supreme-court-us, #united-states, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-and-voters, #voting-rights-act-1965

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Biden Is Saying Things Amazon Doesn’t Want to Hear

The unionization struggle at a year-old warehouse in Alabama will help shape the future of work.

#amazon-com-inc, #bessemer-ala, #black-people, #labor-and-jobs, #national-labor-relations-board, #strikes, #wages-and-salaries, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Defective Birth Control Blamed for Scores of Unwanted Pregnancies in Chile

The public health system delivered, and then quietly recalled, 276,890 potentially flawed packets of birth control pills. At least 140 women believe they got pregnant because of the error.

#abortion, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #chile, #pinera-sebastian, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

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Put Working Families at the Front of the Line for Help

A policy that sustains people in joblessness is not ultimately anti-poverty.

#income, #labor-and-jobs, #minimum-wage, #poverty, #republican-party, #romney-mitt, #unemployment, #welfare-us

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A Farm-to-Table Reprieve From the Punishment of Prison Food

In Maine, inmates are growing vegetables and making meals from scratch to replace the deadly diets they have long been served.

#agriculture-and-farming, #diet-and-nutrition, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #prisons-and-prisoners

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Book Review: ‘Foregone,’ by Russell Banks

In “Foregone,” by Russell Banks, an aging filmmaker reveals to his wife and the world secrets about his past.

#banks-russell, #books-and-literature, #foregone-book

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Cuomo Could Be Compelled to Testify in Sexual-Harassment Inquiry

The attorney general’s investigation into the governor will give her far-ranging subpoena powers to request documents and call witnesses.

#bennett-charlotte-1995, #elections-governors, #james-letitia, #new-york-state, #sexual-harassment, #state-legislatures, #women-and-girls, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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A Better Way to Think About Conspiracies

People will always be interested in conspiracy theories. They need a tool kit for discriminating among different fringe ideas.

#conspiracy-theories, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

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What a More Responsible Republican Party Would Look Like

The conservative wonk Ramesh Ponnuru and Ezra Klein discuss child allowances, Trump’s legacy and the future of the G.O.P.

#bittman-mark, #mcconnell-mitch, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #stimulus-economic, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Late Night Recaps CPAC and the Golden Globes

The conference was billed as the largest and most influential gathering of conservatives in the world, Stephen Colbert said on Monday. “That’s if you don’t count their last gathering” at the Capitol.

#colbert-stephen, #corden-james-1978, #fallon-jimmy, #jimmy-kimmel-live-tv-program, #kimmel-jimmy, #late-night-with-seth-meyers-tv-program, #late-show-with-stephen-colbert-tv-program, #meyers-seth, #noah-trevor-1984, #the-daily-show-with-trevor-noah-tv-program, #the-late-late-show-with-james-corden-tv-program, #the-tonight-show-tv-program

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Why These 2 N.Y.C. Mayoral Candidates Are on a Collision Course

Eric Adams, the Brooklyn borough president, and Ray McGuire, a former Citi executive, have become fast rivals in the New York City mayoral race.

#100-blacks-in-law-enforcement-who-care, #adams-eric-l, #black-people, #democratic-party, #elections-mayors, #mcguire-raymond-j, #new-york-city, #primaries-and-caucuses, #race-and-ethnicity

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Criminal Inquiries Loom Over al-Assad’s Use of Chemical Arms in Syria

Investigations in France and Germany could lead to prosecutions of President Bashar al-Assad and members of his upper echelon over chemical weapons attacks, one of the Syrian war’s signature atrocities.

#assad-bashar-al, #assad-maher-al, #biological-and-chemical-warfare, #france, #germany, #open-society-justice-initiative, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #syria, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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