Have Gates Foundation efforts to vaccinate the world against COVID-19 helped — or hindered?
SEATTLE — As a dangerous new virus began spreading around the globe in early 2020, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation turned to a tried-and-true playbook. It's an approach that has worked well for the Seattle philanthropic giant for more than two decades, ever since it set out to boost childhood vaccinations in the developing world. Back then, the foundation helped bankroll a new, global entity — Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance — to broker deals with pharmaceutical companies, pool donations from wealthy countries and provide low-cost shots for the world's poorest kids. Faced with the first pandemi...
The Seattle Times
Study finds correlation between high-fat Western diet and pain
The Western diet is associated with many ills, and now chronic pain may be added to the list. Fats provide important health benefits, but they can be too much of a good thing. Most people eat too many omega-6 fats and not enough omega-3. A new study looks at the potential for omega-6 fats’ influence on neuropathic pain in people with diabetes and other conditions. Researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio studied the effects of omega-6 fatty acids themselves by measuring the role of these dietary lipids in pain conditions and found that the substances themselv...
New York Daily News
250 gators removed from Disney properties since 2-year-old’s 2016 death
ORLANDO, Fla. — About 250 alligators have been removed from Disney properties since an alligator killed 2-year-old Lane Thomas Graves from the shores of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa five years ago. Disney management and staff have worked directly with trappers contracted through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to remove them. Disney has also installed a boulder wall and reptile warning signs at the resort, as well as reinforced training among Disney staff. The majority of nuisance gators taken from Disney are euthanized and sold for their hide and meat, accordi...
‘We all bleed the same.’ Couple wants kidney transplant to be message of kindness.
NAPERVILLE, Ill. — Aaron and Tonya Rhoden always have big ideas together. They eloped in Hawaii in 2016, when he proposed at sunset on a mountain in Maui, and she wanted to get married the very next day. Preparing for a kidney transplant together is another life challenge the couple is tackling together. In a surgery later this month, Tonya, 41, will give Aaron, 50, one of her kidneys. It’s a big moment for the Naperville couple, left in a holding pattern since a 2019 stroke left Aaron partially without the use of his right side and awaiting a kidney transplant. In the meantime, he does dialys...
GOP lawmakers intensify effort to ban critical race theory in schools
In April, Cheryl Harris, a law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, noticed an uptick in citations of her work. Sort of. “My inbox started being flooded with very bizarre and rabid emails and voicemails attributing things to me that I've never said,” she recalled in a phone interview. “I've been in this scholarly business long enough to know that occasionally, somebody may pick up something that you write and take exception to it. But this had nothing to do with anything I had said, actually.” Harris’ name was appearing in op-eds purporting to explain critical race theory (C...
'My 1961' views Roger Maris-Mickey Mantle home run chase through eyes of adolescent
SAN DIEGO — While growing up in New York's northern suburbs in the late 1950s, all of Andy Strasberg's friends, "without exception," were baseball fans. And their favorite player was Yankees center fielder Mickey Mantle. Which meant, of course, that Strasberg had to find someone else. "Don't get me wrong," Strasberg says. "He was a great player — but I didn't want to be like everyone else who idolized him." Adds Strasberg: "I'm not good when it comes to sharing food, toys or baseball idols with other kids. Ever since I was 9 years old back in 1957, I had been searching for a player I could cal...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
California drought has moved up wildfire season far ahead of schedule, PG&E warns
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s drought is accelerating the start of the 2021 wildfire season — and intensifying the pressure on PG&E Corp. to prevent more mega-fires of the sort that drove the state’s largest utility into bankruptcy. Pacific Gas and Electric Co. executives said Wednesday they’ve begun gearing up for wildfire season weeks earlier than usual, including putting helicopters in the air to practice for PG&E’s “public safety power shutoffs.” Scott Strenfel, the utility’s director of meteorology and fire science, said in an interview that the drought is drying out California’s vege...
The Sacramento Bee
Southern Ocean recognized as fifth ocean by National Geographic
The Southern Ocean, which surrounds Antarctica, was officially recognized by National Geographic Tuesday as planet Earth’s fifth ocean. The magazine’s announcement, which will denote the body of water as an ocean in its atlases and maps, was made in honor of World Oceans Day. The borders of the Southern Ocean touch three of its watery peers: the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans. “Scientists have known for many years that the icy waters around Antarctica form a distinct ecological region defined by ocean currents and temperatures,” National Geographic tweeted, noting the International Hydrog...
New York Daily News
2020 wildfires left precious endangered species habitat in Central Washington 'nothing but ash and dust'
SAGEBRUSH FLAT WILDLIFE AREA, Wash. — It is a sound like something from the beginning of the world, that begins in the darkness just before dawn. Sage grouse, intent on attracting the interest of a mate, have begun to dance. Their call at first light is a sound of the wild in the shrubsteppe of Central Washington, a landscape of sagebrush, flowers and native grasses precious and rare — now much more so since the wildfires of 2020. Of the 802,000 acres that burned in Washington in 2020, some 725,000 were scorched within the boundaries of the Columbia plateau, including around 600,000 acres of s...
The Seattle Times
Vahe Gregorian: Black Archives of Mid-America seeks to illuminate the powerful story of golf and race
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Born into slavery in Kentucky in 1859 and emancipated by the Civil War, Junius Groves around 1880 walked 500 miles to Kansas with other freed slaves as part of what became known as the Exodus of Blacks from the South. He arrived carrying 90 cents and later became known as the "Potato King of the World." Decades later, Joe Louis became the heavyweight boxing king of the world, defending his title 25 times and striking a momentous symbolic blow against Nazi propaganda by swamping Germany's Max Schmeling in their 1938 rematch. Thomas Hunton Swope was a local real estate mogul a...
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