Today’s news continues to be dominated by the pandemic gripping America. Additional stories still concern the other major stories of the year: Rampant corruption and the fight for equality. All stories are drawn from the front pages curated by Newseum.org.
130-acre solar farm in Massachusetts, though this one was built on an already-cleared property
Massachusetts is preparing to restrict the clearing of wooded land for the purposes of installing solar farms. The rule’s proponents argue that there’s no point to green energy initiatives that only serve to worsen the environment. 10,000 forested acres have apparently already been cut down for the purposes of solar farms.
Evidence has arisen that the Canadian government accepted outdated housing inspections for migrant workers. This decision came during a crucial time for a particularly endangered class of workers during the pandemic, as inadequate and unsafe housing would encourage the spread of COVID-19 among a population who can least afford to contract it. Concurrent with this situation was an uptick in requests for open work permits - a system designed to protect workers relying on visas from predation - many of which cited pandemic concerns.
Boris Johnson’s chief advisor has been revealed to have authorized payments to a company he owns for over a quarter of a million pounds. The AI-related firm was part of the Leave campaign in the UK and the payment itself apparently concerns a contract for COVID-related data management. This contract is just one of 13 that have been issued to the firm since Johnson came to power.
Photo of the San Gabriel Mission by Robert Estramo reproduced under CC BY-SA 2.0 License
Investigators are attempting to reconstruct the cause of a fire that gutted historic and controversial San Gabriel Mission. Founded in 1771 by the Franciscan monastic order, it is seen by some indigenous activists as a monument to the colonization of California. As a result of this reputation, investigators are investigating the fire as an arson.
Florida registered a staggering 15,000 new cases of COVID-19, demolishing previous records and truly underscoring the health crisis caused by DeSantis’s failures as a governor. With this increase, Florida now has almost 300,000 confirmed cases and that number will only continue to rise as the state government fails to implement proper restrictions. While only 45 deaths were recorded Saturday, concerns have been raised that health officials in Florida are misrepresenting some COVID deaths as unrelated pneumonia or heart failure.
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