Happy Sunday! Today’s headlines feature stories from across the country. From new in person social distancing rules for schools in New York state to a drop in shelter attendance in Columbus, Ohio there are a variety of topics from various states on display in this curated list. As always, our selections are inspired by the Front Pages posted daily on FreedomForum.org.
Press & Sun-Bulletin in Binghamton, NY
Students in New York's classrooms can now be three feet apart in most instances, without barriers between their desks, as the state Health Department on Friday updated its distancing rules for schools. The change for student distancing had been widely expected since the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its recommendations on March 19 to say that three feet of distance is sufficient for mask-wearing students in classrooms. The new rule should make it easier for school districts to return more students to school at once.
New Haven Registered Published in New Haven, CT
Pfizer’s Angela Hwang said this month that immunity granted by her company’s vaccine lasts at least six months, and so far it’s effective against emerging, more infectious variants. But, she said, booster shots will likely be necessary. The quicker we vaccinate as many adults as we can, and then the 20 to 25 percent of society under the age of 16 when the vaccines are approved, the less likely we will need vaccine boosters says Ohm Deshpande, who runs Yale New Haven’s vaccine program. Vaccine boosters are not uncommon but it remains unknown what COVID-19 vaccine boosters will do or if they will be needed.
The Seattle Times,Published in Seattle, WA. USA
Among police departments, Seattle pays the highest wages in Washington state. But within city government, the electric utility pays even more for their services. Seattle City Light pays $90 an hour for cops to direct traffic, a rate earned by only the top 2% of the Seattle Police Department’s payroll. On Sundays and holidays, when City Light pays $139 an hour, not even the interim police chief earns more. The city of Seattle’s practice of hiring its own cops for off-duty work is the visible tip of a much larger market, where officers equipped by the public wield their police powers to serve private clients.Many U.S. cities allow cops to supplement their incomes with moonlighting work. But few have less control than Seattle, where working off-duty is written into the police union contract.
Modesto Bee Published in Modesto, CA
Day-use reservations will again be needed to enter Yosemite National Park this summer. Yosemite will sell a limited number of ticketed entry passes via recreation.gov – required in addition to normal park entrance fees – to reduce visitation due to COVID-19. The day-use reservation passes will go on sale at 8 a.m. April 21 for dates starting May 21. The reservation system will be in effect through Sept. 30 “or until local health conditions improve.” The day-use reservations will be valid for three days in the park instead of the normal seven days.
The Columbus Dispatch Published in Columbus, OH
The annual point-in-time count of homeless people in Columbus and Franklin County emergency shelters showed an 18% decrease over the past year, which an official attributed to the eviction moratorium and enhanced unemployment benefits and stimulus checks during the COVID-19 pandemic. Enhanced unemployment benefits and stimulus money has helped many pay rent.
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