(CNN) — It’s like something straight out of a nightmare — venomous spiders were found inside a University of Michigan library, causing the building to be shut down for two days last month. The “small number” of venomous Mediterranean recluse spiders were uncovered in the basement mechanical room of Shapiro Undergraduate Library in late January during a routine building check, said university spokesperson Kim Broekhuizen. READ MORE: I-75 Modernization Project In Oakland County Resumes Friday With Weekend Closure Closing the library was a misunderstanding, and there haven’t been any other spider sightings since then, she said. “Based on what we all know now, library managers agree that it was a mistake to close the building and they apologize for the inconvenience to the university community,” Broekhuizen said in a statement issued Tuesday. But the spiders have also been identified in basements and remote areas of other buildings on campus due to low occupancy. Broekhuizen … [Read more...] about University Of Michigan Shuts Down Campus Library For 2 Days After Discovering Venomous Spiders
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A proposed bill in the Australian parliament that would require Facebook and Google to pay news outlets for content has cleared its final hurdle, and Facebook has agreed to restore access to news pages in the country after the government agreed to small changes to the legislation. The Wall Street Journal reports that Australian legislation that would require Facebook and Google to pay news publishers for access to their content has cleared its final .major parliamentary hurdle. Breitbart News recently reported that Simon Birmingham, Australia’s Minister for Finance, discussed the bill with Australian Broadcasting Corp Radio, stating: “The bill as it stands … meets the right balance.” Now it seems the government of Australia and the Masters of the Universe have agreed to minor amendments to the legislation and Facebook has dropped its blanket censorship of the Australian news media. Birmingham added that the bill ensures “Australian-generated news content by … [Read more...] about Australian Bill Forcing Google, Facebook to Pay Publishers Moves Forward with ‘Minor Amendments’
The race against the virus that causes COVID-19 has taken a new turn: Mutations are rapidly popping up, and the longer it takes to vaccinate people, the more likely it is that a variant that can elude current tests, treatments and vaccines could emerge. The coronavirus is becoming more genetically diverse, and health officials say the high rate of new cases is the main reason. Each new infection gives the virus a chance to mutate as it makes copies of itself, threatening to undo the progress made so far to control the pandemic. On Friday, the World Health Organization urged more effort to detect new variants. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said a new version first identified in the United Kingdom may become dominant in the U.S. by March. Although it doesn’t cause more severe illness, it will lead to more hospitalizations and deaths just because it spreads much more easily, said the CDC, warning of “a new phase of exponential growth.” “We’re taking it really … [Read more...] about A new COVID-19 challenge: Mutations rise along with cases
The pandemic, social unrest, and presidential election upended life as usual in 2020. It was also an unprecedented and devastating year of violence. It is almost certain that the 2020 rise in the homicide rate will go down as the largest on record. Denver bucked the national trend but in the wrong direction. The city’s homicide rate jumped by 50% — there were 95 homicide victims last year, compared to 63 in 2019. That’s well above the 30% average rise observed by the Council on Criminal Justice in 34 large U.S. cities. Why did violence rise so dramatically in Denver? Our evidence points to a legitimacy crisis with the criminal justice system. The COVID-19 pandemic, with its cascading consequences, was no doubt important. In fact, it’s quite possible that the legitimacy crisis wouldn’t have taken hold as strongly in the pandemic’s absence. But the killing of George Floyd, which shocked the conscience of the country, had ramifications that were swift and substantial. … [Read more...] about Opinion: Understanding Denver’s devastating rise in homicides in 2020, the largest in at least 5 years
Photo: Damon Winter/The New York Times/DAMON WINTER/The New York Times/ When Laura Poitras co-founded First Look Media with Glenn Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill in 2013, the venture had immediate prestige: Poitras and Greenwald shared a Pulitzer Prize for their work at the Guardian on Edward Snowen’s NSA leaks, and Scahill’s reporting illuminated the excesses of the U.S. global war on terror. Now Scahill is the only co-founder who remains. Greenwald left in November, accusing the Intercept’s editors of “censorship,” claiming that the outlet had refused to publish a column concerning Hunter Biden’s business dealings, because they were in the tank for Biden. Intercept editor-in-chief Betsy Reed said Greenwald was making himself out to be a “victim, rather than a grown person throwing a tantrum,” she wrote in a scathing public statement. In January, Poitras announced that she, too, had left First Look — but not by choice. In an open letter, Poitras wrote the company fired after … [Read more...] about Why Did First Look Let Go of Laura Poitras?