Mother Jones: Nearly 100 Confederate Monuments Were Toppled Last Year. What Happened to Them?

Mother Jones: Nearly 100 Confederate Monuments Were Toppled Last Year. What Happened to Them?. “Earlier this year, in April, I started a five-week, 7,300-mile road trip through the South to document Confederate monuments that had been taken down since George Floyd’s death the previous spring. My goal was to create a record of an unraveling—this moment in time when long-held narratives about Southern pride and the memorialization of Civil War ‘heroes’ are literally being knocked off their pedestals. I’m photographing the spaces where the monuments once stood, as well as where they’ve ended up. I’m also pairing these photos with archival images of the monuments, sometimes commemorated on postcards, other times in state and university archives, or in the Library of Congress.”

Route Fifty: Most Americans Resumed Risky Activities Before Covid-19 Vaccines Came Out

Route Fifty: Most Americans Resumed Risky Activities Before Covid-19 Vaccines Came Out. “A new study identifies various factors that played a role in the resumption of risky travel and leisure behaviors during the pandemic. After months of lockdowns and quarantines, many Americans were eager to return to normal activities, even as public health experts continued to warn the public that the Covid-19 pandemic was not over.”

UNC Libraries: UNC-Chapel Hill joins project to investigate slavery and U.S. universities through archival records

UNC Libraries: UNC-Chapel Hill joins project to investigate slavery and U.S. universities through archival records. “In 2005, archivists at UNC-Chapel Hill developed “Slavery and the Making of the University.” The exhibition was one of the first systematic efforts on campus to examine the ways enslaved people enabled the University’s founding, growth and wealth. Sixteen years later, a new generation of archivists at the Wilson Special Collections Library is leading efforts to reconstruct the lived experiences of enslaved individuals at and around the University. Their efforts are part of On These Grounds: Slavery and the University.”

CNN: New CDC data shows the risk of dying from Covid-19 is 11 times higher for unvaccinated adults than for fully vaccinated adults

CNN: New CDC data shows the risk of dying from Covid-19 is 11 times higher for unvaccinated adults than for fully vaccinated adults. “Throughout August, the risk of dying from Covid-19 was 11 times higher for unvaccinated adults than for fully vaccinated adults in the United States, according to new data published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

Bloomberg News: US consumer prices outpace forecast as inflation dogs economy

Bloomberg News: US consumer prices outpace forecast as inflation dogs economy. “Prices paid by U.S. consumers rose in September by more than forecast, resuming a faster pace of growth and underscoring the persistence of inflationary pressures in the economy. The consumer price index increased 0.4% from August, according to Labor Department data released Wednesday. Compared with a year ago, the CPI rose 5.4%, matching the largest annual gain since 2008.”

New York Times: Boosters Are Complicating Efforts to Persuade the Unvaccinated to Get Shots

New York Times: Boosters Are Complicating Efforts to Persuade the Unvaccinated to Get Shots. ” The overwhelming majority of eligible adults who remain unvaccinated in the United States are hard-core refusers, and the arrival of boosters is making efforts to coax them as well as those who are still hesitating even more difficult. In the September vaccine monitor survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation, 71 percent of unvaccinated respondents said the need for boosters indicated that the vaccines were not working.”

New York Times: The U.S. will open the Canada and Mexico borders for fully vaccinated travelers in November

New York Times: The U.S. will open the Canada and Mexico borders for fully vaccinated travelers in November. “The Biden administration will lift travel restrictions at the borders with Canada and Mexico starting in November for fully vaccinated travelers, reopening the door of the United States to tourists and separated family members who had been sealed out of the country during the pandemic.”

Brookings Institution: Worsening global digital divide as the US and China continue zero-sum competitions

Brookings Institution: Worsening global digital divide as the US and China continue zero-sum competitions. “At this critical juncture, it has become even more essential to examine the urgent challenges that the world confronts and to engage in global cooperation instead of devolving into constant contention and confrontation. One of the most urgent tasks for the international community is to overcome growing digital divides.”

‘I wish I could say this would be the end’ | Mourners pause as National Cathedral funeral bell tolls for 700K COVID deaths (WUSA)

WUSA: ‘I wish I could say this would be the end’ | Mourners pause as National Cathedral funeral bell tolls for 700K COVID deaths. “It didn’t have to be an inexorable march towards death and defeat. Yet Tuesday evening, mourners and members of the public gathered on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral, as its massive funeral bell tolled for America’s more than 700,000 COVID dead. It was an astounding number – 700 plangent peals of the funeral bell, which was used before the pandemic to mourn the loss of presidents, senators, and luminaries of American life.”

NBC News: Covid-19 booster shots now surpassing initial vaccination doses by nearly half

NBC News: Covid-19 booster shots now surpassing initial vaccination doses by nearly half. “An NBC News analysis of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data shows that the number of people receiving booster shots is outpacing those getting their first or second doses of the initial vaccination, and is contributing to a modest increase in Covid vaccinations in October. Of the 6.7 million shots administered from Sept. 30 to Oct. 6, nearly 2.7 million were booster shots. That’s compared to the nearly 2 million first doses and nearly 2 million second doses in the same period.”

Opinion: What the 700,000 flags I put on the National Mall really mean (Washington Post)

Washington Post: Opinion: What the 700,000 flags I put on the National Mall really mean. “Twenty-five years of hospice volunteering has taught me that the most important thing we can afford people is their dignity. That lesson formed the backbone of ‘In America: Remember,’ my art installation that for the past three weeks blanketed Washington’s National Mall with 700,000 fluttering white flags, each one representing an American lost to the coronavirus pandemic. The art is an effort to reclaim the dignity of 700,000 people who have become reduced to a single number, a number too large to fathom.”