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Tackling 'Energy Justice' Requires Better Data. These Researchers Are On It

WXXI US News - Sun, 06/13/2021 - 7:00am
Poor people and people of color use much more electricity per square foot in their homes than whites and more affluent people, according to new research. That means households that can least afford it end up spending more on utilities. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science, arrives as the Biden administration has said that it wants 40 percent of federal climate spending to reach poorer communities and communities of color, including initiatives that improve energy efficiency. Researchers have said better data on wealth and racial disparities is needed to make sure such plans succeed. The researchers found that in low-income communities, homes averaged 25 to 60 percent more energy use per square foot than higher-income neighborhoods. And within all income groups except for the very wealthiest, non-white neighborhoods consistently used more electricity per square foot than mostly-white neighborhoods. The results were even starker during winter and

Gas Explosion In Central China Kills At Least 12

WXXI US News - Sun, 06/13/2021 - 4:02am
Rescue efforts are still ongoing. Officials have not provided information on the cause of the explosion that took place in the Hubei province city of Shiyan.

Biden Pushes G-7 Allies To Take A Tougher Stance On China

WXXI US News - Sun, 06/13/2021 - 12:47am
Updated June 13, 2021 at 1:58 PM ET Leaders of the G-7 wrapped up their first in-person meeting in two years agreeing to work together to combat the coronavirus pandemic, confront climate change, and — in a win for President Biden — counter the rising influence of China. Biden has identified China as the top strategic challenge for the United States and its democratic allies, but had met some resistance during three days of talks in Cornwall about just how assertive to be on Beijing in the G-7's official joint statement. Some G-7 members are wary of crossing China given its economic might. The G-7 communique, released on Sunday, called for a new "timely, transparent, expert-led, and science-based" study of the origins of COVID-19, to be led by the World Health Organization; support for infrastructure for developing countries to compete with China's "Belt and Road" initiative; and support for responding to China's "non-market economic practices." It also included a public rebuke of

Biden Urges G-7 Leaders To Call Out And Compete With China

WXXI US News - Sat, 06/12/2021 - 10:21pm
CARBIS BAY, England (AP) — Leaders of the world's largest economies unveiled an infrastructure plan Saturday for the developing world to compete with China's global initiatives, but they were searching for a consensus on how to forcefully to call out Beijing over human rights abuses. Citing China for its forced labor practices is part of President Joe Biden's campaign to persuade fellow democratic leaders to present a more unified front to compete economically with Beijing. But while they agreed to work toward competing against China, there was less unity on how adversarial a public position the group should take. Canada, the United Kingdom and France largely endorsed Biden's position, while Germany, Italy and the European Union showed more hesitancy during Saturday's first session of the Group of Seven summit, according to two senior Biden administration officials. The officials who briefed reporters were not authorized to publicly discuss the private meeting and spoke on condition of

New York's COVID-19 positivity rate falls to .44%

WXXI US News - Sat, 06/12/2021 - 6:18pm
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday that according to Johns Hopkins University, New York state has the nation's lowest 7-day average COVID-19 positivity rate at 0.44% The 7-day average positivity rate for the Finger Lakes is .70%. That is the 2nd highest infection rate, behind Central New York, which is at .72%, but all of the regions in the state are now below 1%. The percentage of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose is 55.6% The percentage of all New Yorkers with the completed vaccine series is 48.9% In the Finger Lakes region, the percentage of residents with at least one vaccine dose is 55.5% The percentage of residents in the area with the completed series is 50.3%

Teen shot and killed in Rochester on Saturday has been identified

WXXI Local Stories - Sat, 06/12/2021 - 6:08pm
UPDATE : On Sunday evening, Rochester Police have now identified the individual who died as Christopher Wood, 18, Rochester. The 14-year-old who was with him has since been treated and released from the hospital. ---------------- Earlier story : Rochester Police said a young teen was shot and killed on Genesee Street Saturday afternoon and another person was injured in the shooting. The shooting happened at about 1:20 p.m. When police responded, they found a male in his early teens, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at Strong Memorial Hospital about an hour later. His name has not been released yet. Police said shortly after the initial call about gunfire, a 14-year-old male arrived at Strong in a private vehicle. He suffered at least one gunshot wound and his injuries are described as non-life threatening. Police said that the victims were walking together down the sidewalk on Genesee Street near Earl Street when a suspect or suspects fired multiple

Teen shot and killed in Rochester on Saturday has been identified

WXXI US News - Sat, 06/12/2021 - 6:08pm
UPDATE : On Sunday evening, Rochester Police have now identified the individual who died as 18 year old Christopher Wood of Rochester. The 14-year-old who was with him has since been treated and released from the hospital. ---------------- Earlier story : Rochester Police say a young teen was shot and killed on Genesee Street on Saturday afternoon and another was injured in the shooting. It happened at about 1:20pm, and when police responded they found a male in his early teens, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at Strong Memorial Hospital about an hour later. His name has not been released yet. Police say shortly after the initial call about gunfire, a 14-year-old male arrived at Strong in a private vehicle. He suffered at least one gunshot wound and his injuries are described as non-life threatening. Police say that the victims were walking together down the sidewalk on Genesee Street near Earl Street when a suspect or suspects fired multiple gunshots at

Update On Infrastructure Bill Negotiations

WXXI US News - Sat, 06/12/2021 - 5:16pm
Copyright 2021 NPR. To see more, visit MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: And finally today, before Lin-Manuel Miranda created the mega-hit Broadway musical "Hamilton," he made a splash within "In The Heights" (SOUNDBITE OF MUSICAL, "IN THE HEIGHTS") LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA: (As Usnavi, rapping) Lights up on like Washington Heights. Up at the break of day, I wake up. Up and I got this little punk I got to chase away. MARTIN: "In The Heights" was a Latin, pop and salsa-infused love letter to Washington Heights, the predominantly Latinx New York City neighborhood where Lin-Manuel Miranda grew up. This week, more than a decade after its Broadway premiere, "In The Heights" is hitting the movie theaters (SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "IN THE HEIGHTS") UNIDENTIFIED ACTORS: (As characters, singing) In the Heights, I hang my flang up on display. It reminds me that I came from miles away. MARTIN: It is a classic story about the comfort of the familiar - home, friends, neighborhood - versus the pull of what might or might

A Lobster Diver In Cape Cod Says A Humpback Whale Scooped Him Up And Spat Him Out

WXXI US News - Sat, 06/12/2021 - 4:15pm
A commercial lobster diver says he escaped relatively unscathed after nearly being swallowed by a humpback whale, in a biblical-sounding encounter that whale experts describe as rare but plausible. Michael Packard, 56, said in local interviews and on social media that he was diving off the coast of Provincetown, Mass., on Friday morning when the whale suddenly scooped him up. "I was in his closed mouth for about 30 to 40 seconds before he rose to the surface and spit me out," Packard later wrote on Facebook . "I am very bruised up but have no broken bones." The Cape Cod Times reports that Packard was pulled out of the water by his crewman and rushed back to shore, where he was transported to Cape Cod Hospital. He walked — albeit with a limp — out of the hospital that afternoon. While he's still recovering from soft tissue damage, Packard told the newspaper he'll be back in the water as soon as he heals. What Packard says Packard told WBZ-TV that he was about 45 feet down in the water

An 11-Minute Flight To Space Was Just Auctioned For $28 Million

WXXI US News - Sat, 06/12/2021 - 3:06pm
Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos is going into space on July 20 on a reusable rocket made by his space exploration company, Blue Origin. So is his younger brother Mark. And now, pledging $28 million, a mystery bidder has won an auction to join them on the suborbital ride. The mission is estimated to last about 11 minutes. That works out to $2.545 million per minute. Or $42,424 per second. Nearly 7,600 people from 159 countries registered to bid on the flight aboard the vehicle called New Shepard, Blue Origin said Saturday . The winner's name will be revealed in a couple of weeks, and the name of the fourth crew member will be announced soon, the company said. The $28 million will be donated to Club for the Future, Blue Origin's foundation, "to inspire future generations to pursue careers in STEM and help invent the future of life in space," the company said in announcing the auction . Only a brief portion of the flight will be spent above the Karman line — the altitude at which space

Naming contest for Seneca Park Zoo's snow leopard cub

WXXI Local Stories - Sat, 06/12/2021 - 3:00pm
Monroe County Executive Adam Bello and the Seneca Park Zoo on Saturday launched a naming contest for the zoo’s 8-week-old snow leopard cub. Bello also unveiled ‘Cub Cam’, a 24/7 online camera from the snow leopard cub’s den. ‘Cub Cam’ can be accessed by visiting the Seneca Park Zoo website . “Our little guy is doing great and showing a lot of improvement, but we need your help naming him. As we celebrate Monroe County’s bicentennial, let’s find a name that is reflective of the rich history of our community,” Bello said. The snow leopard cub has been hand-raised by Seneca Park Zoo veterinarian Dr. Louis DiVincenti and the zoo staff since birth. Zoo officials indicated in April just after the cub’s birth that they needed to intervene since it appeared the cub’s mother was not caring for the animal. This is snow leopard Timila’s second litter at Seneca Park Zoo with 10-year-old male Kaba, as a result of a breeding recommendation from the Snow Leopard Species Survival Plan. Snow leopards

Naming contest for Seneca Park Zoo's snow leopard cub

WXXI US News - Sat, 06/12/2021 - 3:00pm
Monroe County Executive Adam Bello and the Seneca Park Zoo on Saturday officially launched a naming contest for the zoo’s eight-week old snow leopard cub. As part of this announcement, Bello also unveiled ‘Cub Cam’, a 24 hour/day, 7 days/week online camera from the snow leopard cub’s den. ‘Cub Cam’ can be accessed by visiting the Seneca Park Zoo website, www.senecaparkzoo.org/cubcam. “Our little guy is doing great and showing a lot of improvement, but we need your help naming him. As we celebrate Monroe County’s Bicentennial, let’s find a name that is reflective of the rich history of our community,” Bello said. The snow leopard cub has been hand raised by Seneca Park Zoo veterinarian Dr.Louis DiVincenti and the zoo staff since birth. Zoo officials indicated in April just after the cub’s birth that they needed to intervene since it appeared the cub’s mother was not caring for the animal. This is snow leopard Timila’s second litter at Seneca Park Zoo with 10-year-old male, Kaba, as a

Slow Your Roll: Slow Radio From NPR's Archives

WXXI US News - Sat, 06/12/2021 - 11:38am
It all started with a challenge from Invisibilia co-host Yowei Shaw: "Is it possible to tell a boring story that people will listen through to the end?" Enter Norwegian Slow TV. In " The Great Narrative Escape ," Invisibilia producer Abby Wendle explores this overseas viral sensation and why it floundered when it jumped the pond. In " American Slow Radio ," Abby tries her hand at Yowei's challenge. These Invisibilia episodes are not NPR's first foray into what is also known as "ambient media." In honor of NPR's 50th anniversary, we picked out some of our favorite slow radio pieces from the NPR archive. NPR's Noah Adams learns how to play Debussy's Clair de Lune on the piano from Georgianna Askoff. She teaches him that there's more to the song than just the notes. What sound do plants make? Engineers at a Washington recording studio involved in the nonscientific attempt to give voice to the physical and maybe even psychological changes in the living organisms we know as plants. Is there

Biden And Putin Won't Hold A Joint News Conference After Their Geneva Meeting

WXXI US News - Sat, 06/12/2021 - 10:53am
President Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin will not have a joint news conference after they meet in Geneva next week, according to a White House official. Biden will instead hold a solo press conference after Wednesday's meeting, which will include a working session and a smaller session. "We expect this meeting to be candid and straightforward, and a solo press conference is the appropriate format to clearly communicate with the free press the topics that were raised in the meeting — both in terms of areas where we may agree and in areas where we have significant concerns," the official told reporters traveling with Biden at the G-7. Putin's spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, told Russian news agency TASS on Saturday that the Russian leader will speak to Kremlin pool reporters and other media outlets after the meeting. Holding separate press conferences is the "practice of the American side," Peskov said, and is not indicative of low expectations for the summit. The two leaders

June 12 Is Loving Day — When Interracial Marriage Finally Became Legal In The U.S.

WXXI US News - Sat, 06/12/2021 - 8:28am
When Richard and Mildred Loving awoke in the middle of the night a few weeks after their June, 1958 wedding, it wasn't normal newlywed ardor. There were policemen with flashlights in their bedroom. They'd come to arrest the couple. "They asked Richard who was that woman he was sleeping with? I say, I'm his wife, and the sheriff said, not here you're not. And they said, come on, let's go, Mildred Loving recalled that night in the HBO documentary The Loving Story . The Lovings had committed what Virginia called unlawful cohabitation. Their marriage was deemed illegal because Mildred was Black and Native American; and Richard was white. Their case went all the way to the Supreme Court. And on June 12, 1967, the couple won. Now, each year on this date, "Loving Day" celebrates the historic ruling in Loving v. Virginia, which declared unconstitutional a Virginia law prohibiting mixed-race marriage — and legalized interracial marriage in every state. The couple is given a choice: flee or go

Updates From President Biden's Europe Trip

WXXI US News - Sat, 06/12/2021 - 8:05am
Copyright 2021 NPR. To see more, visit SCOTT SIMON, HOST: President Biden's in Cornwall, England, to meet with other leaders of the G-7 today. That's the U.S., U.K., Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan. On the agenda today is China and how to respond to its rising power. NPR White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez is there in Cornwall and joins us. Good morning. FRANCO ORDOÑEZ, BYLINE: Hey, Scott. SIMON: What kind of response are the leaders planning? ORDOÑEZ: Well, you know, they're talking about a new fund. It's going to be a counterpoint to what's known as the Belt and Road Initiative from China. Belt and Road is what China has used to help build big projects around the world. And officials from Latin America, for example, have told me that it's politically helpful to them. You know, this cash helps them build roads and create some jobs, and that really matters when it comes time for them to be up for reelection. But the program has been criticized because the funding tends to

Week In Politics: Biden Embarks On First European Tour As President

WXXI US News - Sat, 06/12/2021 - 8:05am
Copyright 2021 NPR. To see more, visit SCOTT SIMON, HOST: A busy week in Washington, D.C. Infrastructure talks collapse. Oh, come on. But long live infrastructure talks. JON TESTER: I think it's going to take more than just 10 Republicans - I think the Republicans will tell you that - because quite honestly, there's no guarantee we're going to keep all the Democrats. SIMON: Montana Senator Jon Tester, who's one of the new gang of 10 now trying to pick up a bipartisan flag on infrastructure - also, more troubling revelations about the Justice Department's actions during the Trump administration. And, of course, the president is in Europe to try to reassure allies and prepare for a meeting with Vladimir Putin. We're joined now by NPR Ron - NPR's Ron Elving. Ron, thanks so much for being with us. RON ELVING, BYLINE: Good to be with you, Scott. SIMON: And let's begin with the president at the G-7. Is this the world stage debut that he would like? ELVING: It's certainly the stage he would

Nicaragua Sees Democracy Crisis As President Ortega Jails Potential Election Rivals

WXXI US News - Sat, 06/12/2021 - 8:05am
Copyright 2021 NPR. To see more, visit SCOTT SIMON, HOST: Daniel Ortega, the one-time Nicaraguan revolutionary who's been the country's president since 2007, is jailing political rivals in the run-up to this year's election. Maria Martin reports on Nicaragua's crisis of democracy. MARIA MARTIN, BYLINE: This latest chapter, the clampdown on the opposition in Nicaragua, began less than two weeks ago when police surrounded the Managua home of free press advocate Cristiana Chamorro and chased away media and her supporters. CRISTIANA CHAMORRO: (Speaking Spanish). MARTIN: Cristiana Chamorro comes from one of Nicaragua's most prominent families. Her father founded the nation's premier newspaper, La Prensa. Her mother Violeta defeated Daniel Ortega for the presidency in 1990, though he returned to office in 2007. Now Cristiana was, according to analysts, the person most likely to defeat Ortega at the polls this coming November. But the government has accused Chamorro of money laundering, a

Detectives Just Used DNA To Solve A 1956 Double Homicide. They May Have Made History

WXXI US News - Sat, 06/12/2021 - 8:00am
It was only three days into 1956 when three boys from Montana, out for a hike on a normal January day, made a gruesome discovery they were unlikely to ever forget. During a walk near the Sun River, they found 18-year-old Lloyd Duane Bogle, dead from a gunshot wound to the head. They found him on the ground near his car, and someone had used his belt to tie his hands behind his back, according to a report from the Great Falls Tribune . The next day brought another disturbing discovery: A county road worker found 16-year-old Patricia Kalitzke's body in an area north of Great Falls, the paper reports. She had been shot in the head, just as Bogle had been, but she had also been sexually assaulted. Their killings went unsolved until this week when investigators announced they had cracked what is believed to be the oldest case solved with DNA and forensic genealogy. The victims were discovered in a lover's lane Bogle, an airman hailing from Texas, and Kalitzke, a junior at Great Falls High

Syria Bombs Hospitals. Now It Will Help Lead The World Health Organization

WXXI US News - Sat, 06/12/2021 - 7:04am
Abdalhamied Sharaf Aldein, a doctor in rebel-held northern Syria, has survived airstrikes and barrel bombs by the Syrian government, or its ally Russia, while caring for patients in at least eight different hospitals and medical clinics. Now working at a hospital in Bab al Hawa, close to the Turkish border controlled by the opposition, Aldein says the attacks have become so terrifyingly routine that it's hard to keep an exact count. Sometimes the hospital or clinic where he was working would be destroyed, other times just damaged. "If we were in the operation room [when the strike hit] we couldn't leave the patient, even if our lives were in danger," he says. Health facilities are officially protected from attack under international law and the Syrian regime denies intentionally targeting civilians, including a 2016 statement from President Bashar al Assad saying "We don't attack any hospital." But hundreds of attacks on medical centers and health workers during the Syrian civil war by
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