Cramm for 7/16/21


Western Europe is experiencing serious flooding. 



Lately, much of Europe - including Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Belgium - has been dealing with heavy rain. Extremely heavy rain. 



All that rain has led to dangerous flooding - in some places, the worst in decades. Entire villages have been left without power or even telephone or cellphone service. People are being told to evacuate or seek high ground. Rivers are continuing to rise by several feet, throwing “parked cars sideways” and causing trash and debris to pile up on the street. Buildings are being destroyed. At least 69 people have been killed. And officials say 1,300 people are currently missing. Yes, really. 



As of now, authorities are hoping that most of those people are safe - just unreachable. But with the heavy rain expected to continue and even worsen in the coming days, it’s unclear how long it could take before search and rescue teams reach them. Meanwhile, lots of people are pointing fingers at lawmakers and industry leaders for doing things like building in floodplains and woodlands and other policies that have apparently contributed to the disaster. 



Expect to keep hearing about this as the rain keeps up and rescue teams search for those missing people.


CORONAVIRUS: In Myanmar, there are reports that the junta (which took control of the gov in a coup earlier this year) has ordered that oxygen be denied to private clinics. The why: those clinics are mostly staffed with doctors who aren’t a fan of the military’s takeover and don’t want to work in state hospitals. In one instance this week, soldiers even fired into a crowd of people lined up to get oxygen tanks. You read that right. Over in California, Los Angeles County is reinstating its indoor mask mandate for everyone, regardless of whether you’re fully vaccinated. This comes as cases continue to rise across the US. In other news, a new study says that younger adults who are hospitalized with coronavirus are almost as likely to suffer from complications as people over 50. And speaking of which, 23 million kids worldwide missed out on basic vaccinations during the pandemic - the most since 2009. 


USA: Recently, it came out that extreme heat actually causes way more workplace injuries than official records show. Plus the injuries - ranging from heatstroke to falling to being hit by vehicles or mishandling machinery, since heat makes it harder to concentrate - disproportionately affect the poorest workers. In other news, the Boston School Committee just unanimously voted to overhaul admissions to the city’s three selective exam schools. The idea is to still weigh test results and grades while also intro’ing ways to select applicants from poor and disadvantaged neighborhoods. And meanwhile, California just passed the first ever state-backed guaranteed income plan in the US. The plan applies to some pregnant people and young adults who just left foster care. 


WORLD: Reminder: last week, Haiti’s prez, Jovenel Moise, was suddenly assassinated during an attack on his home. Since then, everyone’s been scrambling to figure out what happened. So far, dozens of people have been detained in connection with the killing - including Moise’s head of palace security. The arrest comes as questions remain over how the attackers got into Moise’s heavily guarded home. In other news, back in 2018, 5 people were killed after a gunman opened fire in the newsroom of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland. Two others were injured. Fast forward to 2019, and the gunman pleaded guilty to all 23 counts against him - but pleaded not criminally responsible, which is basically like pleading insanity. So yesterday, a jury weighed in...and rejected that argument, meaning he’ll be sentenced to prison. 


An 18 year old:” the latest passenger on that Blue Origin flight, becoming the youngest person to go to space. Out of this world.


“MLB game to be called entirely by women for first time” - an actual headline. Grand slam. 

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