Happy Sunday! Today's headlines take a look at what is currently happening around the country. The future of a New Jersey park may be in the hands of an unknown DC organization, NYC school officials call for smaller classroom sizes due to ongoing COVID-19 variant rises, positive COVID-19 cases in Connecticut continue to rise but Gov. Lamont is hesitant to implement a mask mandate again, Democratic representative in Texas are being arrested at peaceful voting restriction protests, and sewage systems across Alabama are being backed-up due to flushable wipes. These headlines of daily news are courtesy of Newseum.
The Star-Ledger Published in Jersey City, NJ
For years, Jersey City has been embroiled in a battle over the Embankment, a line of six elevated blocks running through the city’s Historic Downtown. City officials envision the former rail line becoming a linear walking park, the city’s answer to New York’s High Line. But railroad company Conrail, the onetime owner of the land, is trying to unload it to a private developer. The future of the city’s dream park could hinge on an upcoming ruling by the Surface Transportation Board, an obscure federal agency in Washington, D.C.
Chalkbeat Published in New York, NY
City council members and the teachers union want New York City to further limit the number of students allowed in a classroom by amending the city’s administrative code. The change could address the dual concerns of class sizes and public health, as COVID threatens to disrupt a third consecutive school year. Parents and teachers, however, have immediate concerns over whether classrooms will be safe next school year, which starts Sept. 13. The city would likely have to hire many more teachers to make the smaller class sizes a reality.
New Haven Registered Published in New Haven, CT
An upward trend of COVID cases and hospitalizations has federal and state health officials recommending the people of Connecticut, a particularly high transmission area wear masks indoors again. Some Connecticut cities — Norwalk, Norwich, New London, and Hartford — have already announced the return of mask mandates in municipal buildings. They joined New Haven, which never dropped the requirement. It will be up to Gov. Ned Lamont whether an indoor mask mandate is reinstated, who has been reluctant to reinstate a statewide indoor mask mandate
Houston Chronicle Published in Houston, TX
Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, D-Texas, became the third member of Congress to be arrested in a series of nonviolent protests aimed at rallying support for federal voting legislation that activists say are needed to push back against new restrictive state laws. The protest has been organized by the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, along with several other groups led primarily by Black women, with support from other voting rights groups. Senate Democrats on Tuesday said they were working on a revised bill that would include some compromises put forth by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., who has said he wants to get some Republicans to support the voting reforms.
Birmingham News, Published in Birmingham, Ala. USA
More than 10,000 gallons of raw sewage rushed into Daphne’s Rock Creek on April 9, 2020, prompting the environmental watchdog group Mobile Baykeeper to issue a news release assigning the blame to “flushable wipes.” Flushable wipes – a product that has risen in usage over the past decade and has become even more popular during the COVID-19 pandemic – are a major source of clogs and damage to sewer and water utility infrastructure. The wipes, when they flush through a home sewer’s pipe, will congeal with grease and other cooking fats that are also sent improperly through sewer systems. The combination of the waste creates what is called “fatbergs” that will block pumps and pipes, and which are a major cause of sewer backups and overflows into waterways.
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