WORLD: At least 72 people have now died in the protests and riots following the jailing of ex-South Africa Prez Jacob Zuma. 10 of those deaths were the result of a stampede during looting at a shopping center in Soweto. Stores are continuing to be looted and buildings are continuing to be set on fire. The country’s current prez says it’s some of the worst violence there in decades. Meanwhile, 160 more unmarked graves were just discovered near a former residential school in British Columbia. This comes as the remains of hundreds of people have been found at many of those schools in the province. In other news, 92 people have now died as a result of a fire that engulfed a covid isolation ward at an Iraq hospital. The fire is said to be sparked by an electrical short in a ventilator, which caused oxygen canisters to explode.
USA: ICYMI, during the pandemic, New York City moved homeless people out of group shelters (where as many as 20 people sleep in a single room) and into private hotel rooms. As of now, about 5,000 people continue to live in these rooms...but NYC wants to send them back to homeless shelters as part of its reopening. Now, a judge is stepping in, pausing that plan, and saying that officials can’t move anyone with a disability to another site until they’ve evaluated whether it meets their needs. Stay tuned. In other news, Illinois’s governor just gave the thumbs-up to legislation requiring that Asian American history be taught in the state’s public schools - making it the first US state to do so.
ENVIRONMENT: Italy’s gov is making some big moves. Quick refresher: back in 2019, UNESCO warned Venice about the “damage caused by a steady stream of cruise ships.” But over the course of the pandemic, cruises pretty much ground to a halt, so the whole thing fell to the back of some people’s minds. Fast forward to 2021, and as cruises have started up again, so have protests demanding that cruise ships be banned from Venice. So yesterday, Italy’s gov announced that it’ll do just that - plus designate the city’s lagoon a national monument. Meanwhile, more than 60 wildfires are currently raging across the US west. Yes, really. Thousands of people have been forced to evacuate from Alaska to Wyoming. This comes as the region has been dealing with extreme temps.