Happy Sunday! Today's headlines take a look at what is currently happening around the country. New Jersey residents fight back at local authorities solution to the homeless population, NYC officials say students who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine if a student in their class tests positive for COVID, a Connecticut school board reverses their decision to rename Columbus Day Indigenous Peoples Day, constant changing of mask mandates confuse many, and Alabama sees a large decline in population over the last decade. These headlines of daily news are courtesy of Newseum.
The Star-Ledger Published in Jersey City, NJ
North Hudson Park is just one of many parks across New Jersey that have been cutting down greenery to prevent the homeless population from settling down in the space. Residents claim not only is it unethical but does not solve the root of the problem, providing necessary resources to the homeless population. The parks are meant to be ‘a green oasis’ and by cutting down the trees and bush this statement is no longer true.
Chalkbeat Published in New York, NY
If someone in a New York City public school classroom tests positive for COVID this fall, fully vaccinated students and staff will not have to quarantine as long as they haven’t been infected and don’t have symptoms, city officials said Thursday. Additionally, officials said they’re only considering closing buildings when there are positive cases in four or more classrooms. CDC says that students don’t have to quarantine if they were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected person, as long as both people were wearing masks properly. City officials did not immediately say whether they plan to follow this recommendation. In response to parent concerns that vaccinated and asymptomatic people can still spread the virus, officials are not banking on vaccination being “the golden ticket, but rather an extra layer of protection.
New Haven Registered Published in New Haven, CT
A Connecticut school board has reversed the district's decision to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day on the 2021-22 school calendar after hearing criticism about the move made back in June. The Stonington Board of Education voted 3-2 last week to restore the name Columbus Day, at least for the time being, with some members arguing that a public hearing should be held before such a change is made.
Houston Chronicle Published in Houston, TX
Businesses large and small, from McDonald’s and Home Depot to local yoga studios, are reinstituting mask mandates as U.S. coronavirus cases rise. Bars, gyms, and restaurants across the country are requiring vaccines to get inside. After a largely mask-free summer, it's a reversal no one wanted to see. But for now, customers are far more likely to encounter mask mandates. After lifting mask recommendations for fully vaccinated people in May, the CDC reversed course in late July, recommending masks for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people in areas of higher transmission. The shifting guidance has caused confusion over which rules to enforce and how. Walmart and Target, for instance, recently began requiring masks for employees __ but not customers __ in areas where virus transmission rates are high. McDonald’s is requiring masks for both employees and customers. Home Depot’s mask mandate is nationwide.
Birmingham News, Published in Birmingham, Ala. USA
New, federal population totals released by the U.S. Census Bureau last week showed 17 larger cities in Alabama lost people over the last decade. And three of the state’s largest cities are included in that list. Birmingham, Mobile, and Montgomery all lost significant amounts of people. Birmingham, which was long the biggest city in the state, lost 11,500 people since 2010, the biggest total loss of any city, and roughly 5% of its total population.
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