So Many Tabs…
Several stories for your consumption.
- Via the Cedar Rapids Gazzette: Iowa university faculty threaten to rebuff state mask-mandate prohibition
The UNI biology professor pitching the resolution, Steve L. O’Kane Jr., told The Gazette he has already imposed a mask mandate for his students, lowering laboratory grades if they refuse.
“I have made it clear to the administration that I am willing to be terminated for my actions,” he said. “Of course, I would immediately sue the university and the Board of Regents if that were to come to pass.”
Faculty need more freedom to require masking as the delta variant of COVID-19 is driving another surge of the disease, O’Kane argued, estimating that only one or two out of 100 wear masks in UNI’s McCollum Science Hall, “even after their professor has pleaded with them to do so.”
“My students, not surprisingly, now all wear masks as they know there will be consequences to their grades,” he said.
- Via Politico: Republicans plot to keep Texas red in redistricting
The Texas state Senate is on the verge of releasing new congressional lines that could very well determine the balance of power in the House for the next decade. While the precise boundaries are still being finalized, the new map is likely to shore up all of the state’s GOP incumbents by packing Democrats together in three new deep-blue seatsin the biggest metro areas: Austin, Houston and Dallas, according to severalsources close to the redistricting process.
The United States experienced its biggest one-year increase on record in homicides in 2020, according to new figures released on Monday by the F.B.I., with some cities hitting record highs.
Although major crimes were down overall, there were an additional 4,901 homicides in 2020 compared with the year before, the largest leap since national records started in 1960. The significant rise has roughly coincided with the 18 months of the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Via Reuters: Top ELN rebel commander dies of bombing injuries, Colombia gov’t says
- Via The Atlantic: Photos: The Arduous Journey of the Haitian Migrants
- Via France24: Darien Gap: Where hell and hope collide for US-bound migrants