Archive for February 24th, 2021

Biden Reopens Gateway For Green Cards, Work Visas Reversing Trump COVID-19 Freeze

US & World | | February 24 2021, 9:20 PM

The change means the wait is over for hundreds of thousands of job-seeking foreigners and those pursuing permanent residency in the U.S., to apply for the coveted immigration documents.

CDC Launches Web Tool To Help Americans Find COVID-19 Vaccines

Health | | February 24 2021, 7:20 PM

The process of trying to get vaccinated can be confusing. A new platform from the federal government and private sector partners makes it easier to find a provider where you live.

The Supreme Court Wrestles With 'Police Chase' That Wasn't

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | February 24 2021, 5:40 PM

The Court Justices ponder What makes a hot pursuit, "hot?" Pursuing a suspect for a noise violation, a highway patrol officer entered a suspect's home without a warrant.

McConnell Blasts Pelosi's Proposed Jan. 6 Commission As 'Partisan'

Politics | | February 24 2021, 3:40 PM

Republican lawmakers want equal party representation on the panel to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

CIA Nominee William Burns Talks Tough On China

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | February 24 2021, 3:20 PM

Burns said his top priority as spy chief would be a rising China. He received strong bipartisan support in testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee and was widely expected to be confirmed.

One of LAPD's First Black Officers Reinstated More Than 120 Years After His Firing

US & World | | February 24 2021, 2:00 PM

Robert Stewart was among the first Black officers hired by the LAPD. He spent 11 years on the force before he was unjustly terminated, according to the Los Angeles Police Commission.

Vitamin C Fails Again As Treatment For Sepsis

Health | | February 24 2021, 1:40 PM

Sepsis is one of the most common causes of death for hospitalized patients. The search for an effective treatment has been frustrating.

Amnesty Rescinds 'Prisoner Of Conscience' Designation For Russia Activist Navalny

US & World | | February 24 2021, 1:20 PM

Amnesty International cites past comments by the anti-Kremlin activist that "reach the threshold of advocacy of hatred."

What Is A Cold Chain? And Why Do So Many Vaccines Need It?

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | February 24 2021, 1:20 PM

Many of the coronavirus vaccines like it cold. Really cold. Sub-zero cold. Why is this the case? And how is the world handling this frigid requirement?

'It's a Minefield': Biden's Pick For Health Secretary Faces Abortion Politics

Health | | February 24 2021, 12:40 PM

As California's attorney general, Xavier Becerra fought Trump-era restrictions on reproductive health. If confirmed, he'll navigate an even more difficult legal and political landscape.

Tim O'Brien On Late-In-Life Fatherhood And The Things He Carried From Vietnam

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | February 24 2021, 11:20 AM

Now 74, O'Brien didn't become a father until his late 50s. He reflects on writing, mortality and his experiences in Vietnam in the new documentary, The War and Peace of Tim O'Brien.

Landmark Verdict In Germany Sentences Syrian For Aiding Crimes Against Humanity

US & World | | February 24 2021, 11:00 AM

Eyad al-Gharib was convicted for sending protesters to a prison where they were tortured, in the first criminal trial against Syrians who served in President Bashar Assad's government.

Millions Of Kids Learn English At School. Teaching Them Remotely Hasn't Been Easy

Education | | February 24 2021, 11:00 AM

For children learning English, speaking the language can be a way to fit in. But teachers worry that remote learning means some students aren't hearing even casual English outside their classes.

Chinese Pharmaceutical Makers Seek Approval For New Coronavirus Vaccines

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | February 24 2021, 10:20 AM

If approved, the new vaccine candidates would give China a total of four OK'd for general distribution. Even so, the country's vaccine drive appears to be falling short.

China Wants Your Data — And May Already Have It

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | February 24 2021, 9:20 AM

When COVID hit, a Chinese firm offered to set up testing labs in the U.S., which could have given it access to DNA data. The U.S. says this is part of China's effort to collect mass data on Americans.

A Tale Of The Taps: Which Hand-Washing Station Is Best In Emergencies?

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | February 24 2021, 8:40 AM

In areas with limited access to clean running water, hand-washing stations can help limit the spread of disease. But experts say not all taps are created equal.

New Evidence Shows Fertile Soil Gone From Midwestern Farms

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | February 24 2021, 7:20 AM

One third of the cropland in the upper Midwest has entirely lost its fertile topsoil, according to a new study. Other scientists doubt that figure, but agree that soil loss is a big problem.

Postmaster General DeJoy Faces Questioning About Mail Delays

Politics | | February 24 2021, 7:00 AM

Beset by delivery delays, the postmaster general is working on a 10-year strategy for the Postal Service. He testifies before a House panel on Wednesday.

For Black Families, Evictions Are Still At A Crisis Point — Despite Moratorium

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | February 24 2021, 6:40 AM

"Black individuals make up about 21% of all renters, but they make up 35% of all defendants on eviction cases," says Peter Hepburn, a researcher for Princeton University's Eviction Lab.

Evangelical Leaders Condemn 'Radicalized Christian Nationalism'

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | February 24 2021, 5:20 AM

In response to the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, more than 100 evangelical leaders have published a statement calling on other church heads to speak out against Christian nationalism in their ranks.

Biden's Straight-Talking CDC Director Has Long Used Data To Save Lives

Health | | February 24 2021, 4:40 AM

Dr. Rochelle Walensky says scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were "muzzled" and "diminished" by the Trump team, especially during the pandemic. She aims to fix that.

High-End Medical Provider Let Ineligible People Skip COVID-19 Vaccine Line

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | February 24 2021, 4:20 AM

Concierge health care provider One Medical has been allowing ineligible people to receive COVID-19 vaccines. Staff questioned what they saw as inappropriate, internal documents obtained by NPR show.

House To Vote On Equality Act: Here's What The Law Would Do

Politics | | February 24 2021, 4:00 AM

The House is set to vote on the Equality Act, which would add and expand protections for LGBTQ people in the Civil Rights Act. Here's what it would do and why it's controversial.

'Ginny & Georgia' Has Trouble Getting Georgia Out Of Ginny's Way

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | February 24 2021, 4:00 AM

The Netflix series about a young single mom and her teenage daughter has drawn comparisons to Gilmore Girls. It's messier than that.

How Judges' Work Experience Can Impact Court Rulings — And Legal Precedent

Crime & Justice | | February 24 2021, 4:00 AM

A new study of diversity on the bench reports that judges who worked as prosecutors and corporate attorneys are significantly more likely to rule in favor of employers in workplace disputes.

Biden To Sign Order Seeking Homegrown Fixes For Shortfalls Of Foreign-Made Items

Politics | | February 24 2021, 4:00 AM

During the pandemic, the U.S. couldn't import enough gloves. Recently, car makers ran out of semiconductors. So the White House wants to find ways to make more critical items in the United States.

Board Members Resign From Texas Electric Grid Operator After Mass Power Outages

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | February 24 2021, 3:20 AM

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas has been heavily criticized after last week's winter storm left more than 4 million Texans without power for several days.

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As Children’s Migrant Facility Opens In Texas, We Look At Child Detention Facilities And Process Under Biden

| February 24 2021, 9:47 AM

President Joe Biden’s administration has reopened a tent facility to house up to 700 immigrant teenagers after they cross the U.S.-Mexico border unaccompanied by a parent, a sign of growing worries about how children are treated in government custody.

What We Learned About Law Enforcement Preparedness, Communication From Senate Hearing On Capitol Insurrection

| February 24 2021, 9:45 AM

Security officials testifying at Congress’ first hearing on the deadly siege of the Capitol cast blame and pointed fingers on Tuesday but also acknowledged they were woefully unprepared for the violence.

The Voice In Our Head, The Conversations We Have With Ourselves, And How We Can Harness Our Self-Talk For Good

| February 24 2021, 9:20 AM

While it might seem strange on the surface, talking to yourself isn’t that unusual. In fact, most of us have a voice in our head, which can act as both a confidence booster and a mood-killer, depending on the situation.

Research Shows Real-Time Communication With Lucid Dreamers Is Possible. What Can We Learn From It?

| February 24 2021, 9:16 AM

Researchers have broken into the mysterious world of dreams, a place largely uncharted. We still don’t know much about why we dream. Scientists at Northwestern University and other parts of the world released a new study that shows they were able to communicate with individuals during REM sleep.

DOC AMA: FDA Says Johnson & Johnson Shot Prevents COVID-19, Growing Evidence Vaccines Reduce Transmission And More

| February 24 2021, 9:13 AM

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Dr. Kimberly Shriner, infectious disease specialist at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena.

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