Heroes of laziness, a Hamas supporter and David Hasselhoff. The stars of Germany’s absurd Covid publicity campaign

Public awareness campaigns launched by governments are usually anodyne affairs. Not in Germany, where officials have managed to spark a number of controversies during the pandemic in their push to keep the public safe. From spending millions on videos deemed insensitive, commissioning an alleged Hamas supporter to promote the vaccine for the country’s Arabic-speaking population … Read more

‘It’s a moving chess board’: Covid reopening creates new anxieties

Deirdre Lawson was living her best life before the pandemic — if she wasn’t traveling, she was going to concerts, movies or doing other activities with friends — often at the spur of the moment. “Then 2020 hit and the universe says, ‘Hey, I got something for you,’” she told CNN. Like millions of Americans, … Read more

At least 12 killed in huge gas explosion in central Chinese city

National-World At least 12 people were killed in a huge gas explosion in central China on Sunday, state media reported. The blast took place at about 6:30 a.m. local time in the Zhangwan district of Shiyan city, in Hubei province, according to local authorities. Authorities have rescued nearly 140 people from the area, including 37 … Read more

2 people, including a young child, are dead after being swept out by Florida currents. A man who tried to rescue them is missing

Two people — including a 3-year-old child — are dead and a third person is missing after being swept out by strong currents at a beach near Tampa, Florida, Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said. Authorities received a “frantic” 911 call around 7:30 p.m. Friday reporting that a man and a child had been wading … Read more

A father is suing an Illinois police department for opening an urn containing the ashes of his daughter

A Springfield, Illinois, man is suing the city and six of its police officers for opening a small urn containing his daughter’s ashes and allegedly “desecrating” it during a traffic stop. In his lawsuit, Dartavius Barnes claims that the officers violated his Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable search and seizure. Barnes also claims the officers … Read more

Moscow mayor announces ‘non-working’ week to curb spread of Covid-19

The mayor of Moscow Sergey Sobyanin has asked inhabitants of the Russian capital to stay home in the coming week, declaring it a “non-working” week, to try and curb the spread of Covid-19. “Over the past week, the situation with the spread of coronavirus has deteriorated sharply. The number of newly diagnosed COVID-19 cases has … Read more

For many tribal nations, the pandemic also brought an increase in population

Soon after the coronavirus began spreading in the United States, it became clear that the pandemic would hit parts of Indian Country hard. But as they emerge from the worst of the crisis, several tribal nations have seen one positive trend unfold: An increase in population. The Navajo Nation saw its numbers of enrolled citizens … Read more

Fire restrictions are tightened on federally controlled land in Arizona due to ongoing wildfire danger

Campfires and other activities were banned Friday on Arizona federal land as crews battle two massive wildfires that have charred more than 150,000 acres over the past week, officials said. The Telegraph and Mescal Fires, both burning nearly 100 miles east of Phoenix, began earlier this month and continue to engulf the area. The US … Read more

How Orlando’s LGBTQ Latino community is healing and mobilizing five years after the Pulse massacre

Joél Junior Morales was at Pulse the week before a gunman killed 49 people there. Morales had moved to Orlando a few years earlier in search of his “people” — namely LGBTQ people and fellow Puerto Ricans. He found them, but Orlando’s queer Latino community was less visible in the years before the devastating mass … Read more

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