A California city is paying its homeless population to clean up their tent sites as the state fights a homelessness crisis

Summary List Placement Officials in the California town of Elk Grove are paying those who are homeless in its city to keep their encampment sites clean, according to CNN. Elk Grove, which sits about 15 miles south of Sacramento, appears to have started the pilot program about a year ago. The city’s housing and public services manager, Sarah Bontrager, told CNN that the public works team distributes trash bags and visits the homeless encampment every two weeks. If they arrive and those living there have trash bagged, she said they are eligible for $20 gift cards to grocery stores. Per the report, whoever receives the gift cards can use them… Read More

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Acceptance rates at elite colleges hit a record low as students face cancelled college entrance exams and online learning difficulties

Summary List Placement The coronavirus pandemic has made it harder for students who wish to land one of the coveted spots at an Ivy League university. Acceptance rates at elite schools have hit a “record low” as the Class of 2025 faces hurdles brought on by the pandemic including canceled college entrance exams and remote learning difficulties. Harvard accepted 3.4% of applicants to the Class of 2025. Over 57,000 applications were received but only 1,968 were accepted, according to The Harvard Crimson, the university’s newspaper. Despite a surge in applications, it is the lowest admissions rate in the college’s history. Columbia received over 60,000 applications for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle… Read More

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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp says that voters waiting in long lines can order from Uber Eats

Summary List Placement GOP Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia suggested in a Newsmax interview earlier this week that voters waiting in line to vote could order food from online delivery apps like Grubhub or Uber Eats, as he continues to face blowback for the 2021 MLB All-Star Game leaving the state over its newly-enacted voting law. The law, known as the Election Integrity Act of 2021 or SB 202, tightens election rules in the state by limiting drop boxes, strengthening voter identification requirements, and banning water and food from being distributed by volunteers to voters waiting in line, among other measures. It has been slammed by prominent Democrats including President Joe… Read More

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Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw said he’ll be ‘essentially blind’ for a month after emergency eye surgery

Summary List Placement Rep. Dan Crenshaw, a two-term Republican representing Texas, said Saturday that he’d be “essentially blind” for at least the next month after he underwent emergency surgery on his eye Friday. In a press release posted Saturday to Twitter, Crenshaw said he would be “off the grid for the next few weeks” following the surgery. He said he first noticed a problem earlier in the week when he noticed some “dark, blurry spots” in his vision. Read more: Congressional stock report: Diet Coke-loving Debbie Dingell buys the competition, environmentalist Lois Frankel eyes oil, and Dan Crenshaw gets his move on When he went to a doctor Thursday, Crenshaw… Read More

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Heavy police presence gathers at shooting scene at Salt Lake County Jail

Law enforcement officers are seen near the Salt Lake County Jail in South Salt Lake on Saturday, April 10, 2021. Initial reports are that at least one law enforcement officer has been shot. | Annie Barker, Deseret News Police sources indicate an officer has been shot A heavy police presence is unfolding near the Salt Lake County Jail on Saturday, after a shooting that appears to involve police. Unified police confirmed on Twitter the incident did involve a shooting, but didn’t release other details. Police sources have indicated an officer has been shot. 3300 S and 900 W near Salt Lake County jail is shut down. I’m hearing from police… Read More

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Salesforce invests $40 million in text-marketing startup Community

Summary List Placement Salesforce is investing $40 million in the text-marketing startup, Community, the Wall Street Journal reported.  The new funding, which comes through the company’s investment division, Salesforce Ventures, brings Community’s total amount raised to around $90 million.  Community first launched in 2019, raising tens of millions of dollars from investors like Ashton Kutcher to build an app where celebrities and influencers could send texts directly to their fans. Early users included Paul McCartney, Jake Paul, Ellen Degeneres, and Jennifer Lopez. In January, the company told Insider that it had begun targeting business customers in addition to celebrities. “We’ve started moving into small businesses, streetwear brands, big brands, and… Read More

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NASA delays Mars helicopter flight after a crucial rotor-blade-spinning test ended abruptly

Summary List Placement NASA has delayed the first flight of its Ingenuity Mars helicopter after a crucial test-spin of the drone’s rotor blades abruptly stopped. This was the last major test to make sure the helicopter would be ready for its first flight, which was originally scheduled for early Monday. Now NASA has delayed the historic liftoff — which would mark the first powered, controlled flight on another planet — to Wednesday. For the test on Friday, Ingenuity was supposed to spin its blades at full speed while on the ground. The two pairs of blades should have spun in opposite directions at more than 2,500 rotations per minute —… Read More

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A new study found that Black women are 3 times more likely to die from COVID-19 when compared to white men

Summary List Placement New research suggests Black women are dying from the coronavirus at higher rates than any other demographic in the US, except Black men.  A team of university researchers from schools all around the country published an analysis earlier this week that found Black women are more than three times likelier to die from COVID-19 than white men.  The study, published in the Journal of Internal Medicine, examined mortality patterns in Georgia and Michigan. Researchers sorted their findings by race and gender.  “The deaths we see in the pandemic reflect pre-existing structural inequities; after the pandemic is gone, those will still be there,” Heather Shattuck-Heidorn, assistant professor of… Read More

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First flight test for NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter pushed to Wednesday

NASA engineers have decided to delay the Ingenuity helicopter’s debut flight on Mars to at least Wednesday, April 14th, after running into a minor computer glitch during a rotor spin test late Friday night, the agency said on Saturday. The tiny craft is healthy, but engineers need some more time to review telemetry data from the unexpected hiccup before proceeding. Ingenuity, a mini four-pound helicopter that arrived on Mars February 18th attached to NASA’s Perseverance rover, was initially slated to carry out its first flight test late Sunday night (or, mid-day Mars time). The first bits of data on whether the flight attempt was successful was expected to come early… Read More

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‘They wanted me there’: How Kerry Hyder Jr. ended up with the Seahawks

In talking with new Seahawks pass rusher Kerry Hyder Jr., you get the sense that he wants to be wanted. Jake and Stacy: Is it worrisome Hawks haven’t extended Adams? To his credit, what player wouldn’t feel that way about his team? After all, unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve spent the bulk of the NFL offseason hearing about Russell Wilson’s frustration with the Seahawks’ failure to protect him with a top-ranked offensive line. You may have also heard Aaron Rodgers openly questioning his future in Green Bay, or Tom Brady pleading the fifth when asked whether he felt appreciated by Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft. After the… Read More

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