2 The U.S. Navy’s latest promise to clean up radioactive soil and buildings at its former San Francisco shipyard relies on an earlier Navy effort to remove less radioactivity in order to cut costs, The Chronicle has learned. The perplexing move has complicated the already-troubled project to rid the site of harmful radioactivity, provoking criticism from multiple government agencies that oversee the cleanup, as well as environmental groups. At stake is the city’s dream of one day filling the shipyard’s derelict land with thousands of new homes and businesses — San Francisco’s most ambitious redevelopment project in more than a century. A 2012 report obtained by The Chronicle details some of the Navy’s reasoning behind its new approach to the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard. Back around 2010, the Navy was spending a lot of money to dig up and haul away radioactive waste at the shipyard. It paid a major defense contractor to help it find ways of saving … [Read more...] about Navy’s Hunters Point retesting plan draws on questionable cost-cutting study
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Organizers marked 100 days until the start of the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday with a subdued ceremony amid tougher restrictions and growing questions over the event as Japan endures another surge of coronavirus infections. The governor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike, pledged that officials would do everything to deliver a “memorable tournament.” Wearing a mask and gloves, she unveiled statues of the Olympic mascots inside Tokyo government headquarters while a video link showed another group of officials unveiling a monument of the Olympic rings atop fog-shrouded Mount Takao, 30 miles west of the capital. But parts of Tokyo and other municipalities remain under a quasi-state of emergency ordered last week to stem what officials describe as Japan’s fourth wave of infections. Japan has recorded nearly 3,200 infections a day over the last week, according to a New York Times database — few by the standards of the United States and Europe, but a worryingly high number for Asia. The … [Read more...] about With 100 days till the Olympics, Japan grapples with a new wave of infections.
0 Politics & Government 'Why would I put my kids in a place where there is no future?' Capital & Main Posted Reply By Jessica Goodheart, Capital & Main June 4, 2021 Kathleen DeSisto has a good job , a house, four kids and, as she affectionately puts it, "a man-child" at home, a husband who is also gainfully employed as a manager at a club in downtown Boston. But she's uneasy. That's because she sees a way of life disappearing, one that rewards skilled blue collar workers like her with good careers and a comfortable retirement. General Electric Co. has provided her family members and residents of Massachusetts' North Shore with that kind of employment for generations at a massive plant that manufactures aircraft engines. But in the last several decades, that social contract has been upended at GE and at many other companies across the country. A machinist, DeSisto had just finished her shift when … [Read more...] about How An American Family Raised On GE Wages Copes With Income Inequality
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Maryland reported 86 new COVID-19 cases and five more deaths Saturday as hospitalizations dropped below 200. More than three million Marylanders are fully vaccinated. State officials also reported that the state positivity rate went down to 0.9%. READ MORE: ‘It’s Just All Political Agenda’ Some Business Owners Criticize Mayor, City Response In Fells Point; Street Closures In Effect Hospitalizations went down by 20, now at 192 people hospitalized for the virus. Of those hospitalized, 138 are in acute care and 54 are in the ICU. Since the pandemic began, there were 461,183 total confirmed cases and 9,464 deaths. There are 3,137,520 Marylanders fully vaccinated. The state has administered 6,469,627 doses. Of those, 3,332,107 are first doses with 9,452 administered in the past 24 hours. They have given out 2,891,165 second doses, 18,824 in the last day. The state began to administer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine again in April, after the CDC and … [Read more...] about COVID-19 In Maryland: 5 Deaths Reported Saturday As Hospitalizations Drop Below 200
On Wednesday morning, Eric Adams, the front-runner in New York City’s mayoral race, stood facing reporters outside a row house he owns in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, tears occasionally welling in his eyes. “How foolish would someone have to be to run to be the mayor of the city of New York and live in another municipality?” Adams asked. He’s not the only one asking. The previous day, a pair of Politico reporters, Sally Goldenberg and Joe Anuta, published an article detailing their attempts to find out where, exactly, Adams rests his head at night. The reporters compared official records to Adams’s public statements and conducted a stakeout of Brooklyn Borough Hall, where Adams works as borough president. Goldenberg and Anuta found a lot of inconsistencies and general weirdness. Adams’s voter-registration file, for instance, lists his address as the first-floor apartment of the Bed-Stuy row house, but other documents list a tenant living on that floor. Last … [Read more...] about The Big Stakes and Deep Weirdness of the Last Days of New York City’s Mayoral Race