Happy Monday! Today's headlines take a look at what is currently happening around the country. Amazon warehouses continue to pop up all over the country, COVID-19 continues to run rampant in India, Connecticut parishes welcome members back, a forest fire with unknown causes rages in Arizona, and with restrictions lifting some are still hesitant to ditch the facial coverings. These topics all grace front cover news across the country. These headlines of daily news are courtesy of Newseum.
The Times-Picayune Published in New Orleans, LA
Amazon continues its attempt at a global monopoly with the opening of another fulfillment center, this one in Shreveport, Louisiana. With a price tag of $200 million, the hub plans to employ over one thousand local residents. The Seattle-based online retailer already has been investing heavily in a warehouse network in south Louisiana, with warehouses in Baton Rouge, Port Allen, and Slidell. Adrian Perkins, mayor of Shreveport has expressed his excitement for the center stating it will provide a much-needed boost for the city in terms of employment.
Daily News Published in New York, NY
The coronavirus outbreak in India continues to hit the country hard, with overcrowded cities like New Delhi and Mumbai being especially affected. India has seen more than 22 million cases and over 246,000 reported deaths. The numbers, according to experts, could be much higher due to a lack of adequate testing and reporting.
Dr. Fauci says the only way out for India is the vaccination. He calls for other nations to chip in whether it's sending spare vaccines or supplying the necessary materials needed for India to produce their own. The World Health Organization has previously called the inequality of COVID-19 vaccines “a moral outrage.” Larger countries such as the United States have seen over one hundred million vaccinated, while smaller countries are left in the dark.
New Haven Registered Published in New Haven, CT
The dispensation from the obligation to attend weekend Masses will expire, Archbishop Leonard P. Blair announced Monday. The Roman Catholic Church teaches that Catholics have an obligation to attend Mass each Sunday,, except when age or health prevents it. The vigil Mass on Saturday afternoon is considered part of the Sunday obligation. The dispensation, which was written on March 16th due to statewide mandates will officially come to an end. With local Archbishops stating the pandemic is loosening its hold and it is time for people to come back together under the roof of the lord.
Azcentral Published in Phoenix, AZ
A fire just south of Prescott National Forest has crossed into the national forest and has caused mandatory evacuations for the areas of Minnehaha, Fort Misery, and Horsethief Basin, while Crown King was placed on alert Sunday. The fire is currently 0% contained. This is no known cause of the fire as of yet, but an investigation has been launched. Over 2,500 acres of land have burned so far.
The Baxter Bulletin, Published in Bakersfield, CA. USA
The official word came: If you're vaccinated, you can finally ditch your mask in certain social settings. The announcement was met with excitement from many but hesitancy from a few. The official release stated fully vaccinated Americans don’t need to wear a mask outside except in crowded settings, and can unmask during small outdoor gatherings with vaccinated people. The past year has been a scary time for many due to the unknown, and the removal of masks, something that felt like a safety net of sorts has some people understandably worried. With the science-backed evidence and time, many hope to see people willing to ‘take the risk’ of not wearing a mask.
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