Archive for February 23rd, 2021

After Explosion, FAA Orders Engine Checks On Boeing's Pratt & Whitney Powered Planes

US & World | | February 23 2021, 10:00 PM

Days after the explosion of an airplane engine over Colorado, the FAA is requiring all aircraft equipped with the same components to undergo fresh inspections, effective immediately.

Do 'Tight' Cultures Fare Better In The Pandemic Than 'Loose' Cultures? | | February 23 2021, 6:00 PM

That's the question posted by a study in The Lancet Planetary Health. In case you're wondering, the United States is characterized as "loose." And Singapore is "tight."

Nearly 100 Confederate Monuments Removed In 2020, Report Says; More Than 700 Remain

US & World | | February 23 2021, 5:20 PM

An annual survey by the Southern Poverty Law Center found that 168 Confederate symbols, 94 of them monuments, came down across the country, virtually all in the aftermath of George Floyd's killing.

Ahmed Zaki Yamani, Key To Making Saudi Arabia A World Oil Power, Dies At 90

US & World | | February 23 2021, 5:20 PM

He was Saudi Arabia's oil minister for nearly 25 years, rising to fame for engineering the 1973 oil embargo and negotiating Saudi control of Aramco from U.S. fuel giants.

New York Grand Jury Votes Not To Indict Rochester Officers In Daniel Prude Case

US & World | | February 23 2021, 4:40 PM

"We concluded that there was sufficient evidence surrounding Mr. Prude's death to warrant presenting the case to a grand jury, and we presented the most comprehensive case possible," officials said.

Al Jazeera Is Launching A Right-Leaning News Outlet Called Rightly | | February 23 2021, 3:20 PM

A host of the new venture tells NPR, "my focus will be on the right and building the case over time for why the liberal tradition is worth defending."

Bulgaria Begins Mass-Vaccination Effort; All Welcome To Line Up In 'Green Corridors'

US & World | | February 23 2021, 1:20 PM

In an effort to boost vaccination rates among a skeptical public, Bulgaria has opened up COVID-19 inoculations to all who want them — with many waiting in line for hours to receive a first dose.

Mother of Ahmaud Arbery Files Civil Lawsuit On Anniversary Of Son's Killing

Crime & Justice | | February 23 2021, 1:00 PM

The suit names Gregory and Travis McMichael, as well as William "Roddie" Bryan, who are all facing felony murder charges in connection to Arbery's death.

States Must Test Student Learning This Spring, Biden Administration Says

Education | | February 23 2021, 12:40 PM

Annual state testing was canceled last year because of the pandemic. Many states want to skip it again, but the Education Department says no.

North Korea Defector Swims To South, Evading Border Guards For 6 Hours | | February 23 2021, 12:40 PM

The man's daring escape, and the failure of South Korean guards to detect him, is the second embarrassing breach of the heavily fortified DMZ in recent months.

Oak Ridge, Tenn., Will Teach History Of Its Black Students Who Helped End Segregation | | February 23 2021, 12:40 PM

"Today almost no one in America knows about this landmark Civil Rights achievement," the city council said last year, in a proclamation honoring the Oak Ridge 85.

Interior Nominee Deb Haaland Faces Tough Questions On Climate Goals

Environment & Science | | February 23 2021, 12:40 PM

Despite Biden's ambitious climate plan, Haaland told lawmakers the country would not abandon fossil fuels "overnight." If confirmed, she would be the first Native American Cabinet secretary.

Fed Chair Jerome Powell Warns Of Long Road Ahead To Recover Millions Of Lost Jobs | | February 23 2021, 12:40 PM

Powell warned it will take time to put millions of jobless Americans back to work, while also downplaying inflation threats.

Announcing The Code Switch Fellows: Help Our Team Tell Stories About Race In 2021 | | February 23 2021, 12:40 PM

We have two brand-new opportunities: a six-month fellowship for recent college graduates, and reporting fellowships to support journalists telling stories about race.

Myanmar Nationals Deported From Malaysia, Despite Outcry From Rights Groups | | February 23 2021, 9:40 AM

Malaysian immigration officials defied a court ordered stay, loaded the migrants onto three navy ships sent by Myanmar's military government to return them.

History Repeats Itself: COVID-19 Vaccine Inequities Echo HIV Crisis | | February 23 2021, 7:00 AM

People were dying of a disease that could be treated — but in poor countries, they did not have access to medicines that could help. That was the story of HIV — and now of COVID-19.

Ousted Capitol Security Officials To Testify On Insurrection In 1st Public Hearing

Politics | | February 23 2021, 4:40 AM

The security hearing is just one of the ways lawmakers are continuing to investigate the events that led to the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

Facebook Restores News Content After Brokering Deal With Australian Regulators | | February 23 2021, 4:40 AM

Facebook objected to a planned law that would force the social media giant and Google to pay publishers for news content.

Race Versus Time: Targeting Vaccine To The Most Vulnerable Is No Speedy Task

Health | | February 23 2021, 4:00 AM

The Biden team wants to swiftly vaccinate people of color and others most vulnerable to COVID-19. But health centers are learning that speed and achieving racial equity don't always go hand in hand.

Wife Of 'El Chapo' Arrested In U.S. On Drug Charges

Crime & Justice | | February 23 2021, 2:40 AM

Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán faces several drug charges and is under investigation for allegedly helping her husband escape from a Mexican prison in 2015.

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Politics Roundup: Contentious Confirmation Hearings, Capitol Security, COVID-19 Relief And More

| February 23 2021, 9:26 AM

President Joe Biden’s pick for health secretary, Xavier Becerra, faces two days of contentious Senate hearings. Republicans are portraying the Californian as unfit, but Democrats are unfazed, accusing the GOP of playing politics despite the coronavirus pandemic.

LAUSD Plans To Hire Climate Coaches Instead Of Cops. What Will That Look Like?

| February 23 2021, 9:19 AM

Last week, the LA Unified School Board voted to cut a third of the school police force and instead divert funds to hire counselors, restorative justice advisors and “climate coaches.”

DOC AMA: LA’s COVID-19 Numbers Drop 90 Percent, California’s Vaccine Rollout And More

| February 23 2021, 9:16 AM

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, infectious disease specialist and professor of medicine at the UCSF Medical Center.

Plan To Reimagine LA River Leads To Discussion On What Is Best For Surrounding Communities

| February 23 2021, 9:12 AM

Los Angeles County recently released a long-awaited draft of its LA River Master Plan, which includes the implementation of an open parkland and improved flood protection.

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