Washington Post: Youngkin’s mask-optional order divides Virginia schools and parents, threatening chaos

Washington Post: Youngkin’s mask-optional order divides Virginia schools and parents, threatening chaos. “A level of statewide chaos unprecedented in recent memory is looming for Virginia schools, as a new Republican governor prepares to enforce a mask-optional mandate on Monday that many superintendents and parents have vowed to fight, or to uphold, with all the ammunition they can muster.”

KnowTechie: Redditors reveal the most useful websites nobody seems to know about

KnowTechie: Redditors reveal the most useful websites nobody seems to know about. “Redditor u/SauloJr requested the hive mind’s help a few months back, asking, ‘What useful unknown website do you wish more people knew about?’ We dove into the replies to surface the lesser-known gems that you really should know about. Here’s hoping that they can weather all the additional traffic they’re about to receive.” Interesting list; several I hadn’t heard of.

Autoevolution: The Best 5 Google Maps Alternatives With Offline Maps Support

Autoevolution: The Best 5 Google Maps Alternatives With Offline Maps Support. “One of the best things about Google Maps is offline support. With this feature, Google allows you to continue enjoying its navigation capabilities without an Internet connection. This obviously comes in handy when data coverage is not available, no matter if we’re talking about a tunnel or a limited mobile plan that makes it harder to use an online navigation app. But of course, Google Maps isn’t the only app out there with support for offline maps, so if for some reason you’re now looking for an alternative, here are the best five you can try out today.”

Italics Mag: The Best Italian Museums — The Italics Guide

Italics Mag: The Best Italian Museums — The Italics Guide. “According to the data collected by Istat in 2019, there are over 4,800 museums in Italy. This number includes galleries, archaeological areas, ecomuseums, and monuments. It may not come as much of a surprise, considering the wealth of Italy’s artistic heritage. This is spread throughout the Italian territory: one municipality out of three has at least one museum.” I’m including this because most of the museums featured have some form of digital presence that is discussed.

9to5: Google Labs working on blockchain, ‘next-gen distributed computing’ with new group

9to5: Google Labs working on blockchain, ‘next-gen distributed computing’ with new group . “According to Bloomberg, this new group within Google Labs is focused on ‘blockchain and other next-gen distributed computing and data storage technologies.’ Shivakumar Venkataraman, an engineering vice president that has worked on advertising infrastructure and payments systems for over a decade, will be leading.”

Washington Post: Low-wage workers prop up the nursing home industry. They’re quitting in droves.

Washington Post: Low-wage workers prop up the nursing home industry. They’re quitting in droves.. “In the eight years she has worked at nursing homes, LaToya Francis, 34, has been yelled at, kicked at and had feces thrown at her for little more than the minimum wage. She endured it because she loved being a certified nursing assistant, she said. But she’s not sure she can hold out much longer.”

Washington Post: Monks in New Mexico desert dedicated to hospitality reflect on two years without guests

Washington Post: Monks in New Mexico desert dedicated to hospitality reflect on two years without guests. “For more than 50 years, a small community of Benedictine monks has quietly lived, worked and worshiped here in a cluster of off-grid adobe buildings along the banks of northern New Mexico’s Chama River. Considered the most remote Catholic monastery in the hemisphere, it can be reached only by a 13-mile single-lane earthen road that winds through the canyon. Abiquiú, the closest village — population 151 — is 25 miles away. Groves of cottonwood and willows line the river where bald eagles hunt for rainbow trout. Black bears, coyotes and cougars prowl the pinyon- and sage-scented Santa Fe National Forest, which surrounds the monastery. Despite the difficult journey, outsiders have flocked to this serene abbey for decades in search of spiritual renewal.”

CTech: Israeli police used NSO’s Pegasus to spy on local mayors, their relatives

CTech: Israeli police used NSO’s Pegasus to spy on local mayors, their relatives. “After last week’s multi-part exposé detailed how police’s SIGINT unit had been allegedly employing the controversial Pegasus malware to spy on civilians, Calcalist is revealing that law enforcement tapped the phones of at least three mayors and heads of local councils for the purposes of ‘phishing’ – all under the guise of intelligence activities.”

Forward: ‘A chance to change the world’ — new initiative to elevate voices and experiences of Jews of Color

Forward: ‘A chance to change the world’ — new initiative to elevate voices and experiences of Jews of Color. “There are four primary areas in the initiative: a working group of scholars, artists and activists from diverse communities; a digital archive centering the experiences of Jews of Color, focused on oral histories; public conversations; and publications, programs and creative projects focusing on such topics as Jews of Color, racism, white supremacy and American Jewish life.”

Associated Press: Fund to preserve, assist Black churches gets $20M donation

Associated Press: Fund to preserve, assist Black churches gets $20M donation. “A new effort to preserve historic Black churches in the United States has received a $20 million donation that will go to help congregations including one that was slammed during the tornado that killed more than 20 people in Mayfield, Kentucky, last month. Lilly Endowment Inc., which supports religious, educational and charitable causes, contributed the money to the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund as seed funding for the Preserving Black Churches Project, according to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which launched the fund.”

Reuters: Exclusive-Google aims to improve spotty enforcement of children’s ads policy

Reuters: Exclusive-Google aims to improve spotty enforcement of children’s ads policy . “Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Inc’s Google said this week it would immediately improve enforcement of an age-sensitive ad policy after Reuters found ads for sex toys, liquor and high-risk investments in its search engine that should have been blocked under its efforts to comply with UK regulations.”