Happy Sunday! Today's headlines take a look at what is currently happening around the country. Calls for police reform across the country, endangered species sightings, Space X astronauts land in Florida, refugee vaccine barriers, and Colorado parents of children in virtual learning receive reimbursement for the 2020/2021 school year lunch all cover today’s featured headlines. As always, our selections are inspired by the Front Pages posted daily on FreedomForum.org.
Modesto Bee Published in Modesto, CA
About 40 people gathered Saturday afternoon in downtown Modesto in response to national news about recent police killings and other acts of police violence. Multiple incidents of police violence have made national news this month. They sit against the background of the continuing trial for Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged with the death of George Floyd last June. Floyd’s death sparked nationwide Black Lives Matter protests and stronger calls for police reform. At a time where it seems you cannot turn on the news without a headline featuring the murder of a person of color by the police, citizens from cities all over the country, and looking for a change.
Azcentral Published in Phoenix, AZ
A pair of jaguar sightings and the results of a recent study are renewing the hopes of wildlife experts that the endangered species is slowly beginning to recover both north and south of the Arizona-Mexico border. But new sections of the border wall were built by the Trump administration in the middle of the habitats, forming a barrier that conservationists fear could hamper the jaguars’ recovery. Following the Biden administration’s pause of wall construction along the U.S.-Mexico border, researchers are searching for ways to support the big cats’ return. A century ago, jaguars were largely eliminated from the U.S. in part after the federal government subsidized hunting campaigns to target the predator. A breeding population in Sonora, Mexico, has kept the species from disappearing in North America.
Florida Today Published in Melbourne, FL
The four astronauts assigned to NASA and SpaceX's six-month Crew-2 mission arrived at Kennedy Space Center Friday. For those who are not completely up to date on recent NASA news, SpaceX Crew-2 will be the second crewed operational flight of a Crew Dragon spacecraft, and the third overall crewed orbital flight. The mission is planned to launch on 22 April 2021. The Crew-2 mission will transport four members of the crew to the International Space Station. During the five days between their arrival and launch the crew has a jam-packed schedule which includes shifting sleep schedules, spending time with their families and a test launch.
The Morning Call, Published in Allentown, PA
When refugees arrived in the Lehigh Valley last year, many were not only entering a new country but they also suddenly were thrust onto the front lines of the pandemic by taking either high-risk jobs or those that offered little opportunity to social distance. Dozens were hired by local hospitals to clean COVID-19 patient rooms. Despite being at high risk for COVID-19 because of their front-line jobs, the refugees were reluctant to get vaccinated, fearing the side effects and questioning the effectiveness. Lehigh Valley health officials say reaching the refugee and immigrant population about the COVID-19 vaccine has posed special challenges, from language barriers to gaining their trust and helping them understand the need for widespread vaccination.
Canon City Daily Record Published in Canon City, CO
Beginning next month, Colorado’s state government will spend $200 million in federal money to the parents of 300,000 children, compensating them for meals their kids did not receive at school due to remote and hybrid learning during the pandemic. The money is part of the federal Pandemic-EBT program, which was created during the early days of COVID-19 last spring and extended in September to pay low-income parents for the entirety of the 2020-2021 school year in districts where students are attending classes online.
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