Category Archives: Viva!

Indigenous Americans had contact with Polynesians 800 years ago, DNA reveals | World news | The Guardian

Whether peoples from what is today Colombia or Ecuador drifted thousands of kilometres to tiny islands in the middle of the Pacific, or whether seafaring Polynesians sailed upwind to South America and then back again, is still unknown. But what is certain, according to a study in Nature, is that it took place hundreds of years before Europeans set foot in either region, and left individuals scattered across what became French Polynesia with signature traces of the New World in their DNA.

Source: Indigenous Americans had contact with Polynesians 800 years ago, DNA reveals | World news | The Guardian

‘A Bad Dream’: New York Children Who’ve Lost Parents to COVID-19 Face Hardships Beyond Grief

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By Rosa Goldensohn, THE CITY

This article was originally published on Jul 6 at 5:11pm EDT by THE CITY. Sign up here to get the latest stories from THE CITY delivered to you each morning.

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Catherine Abear has one family photo of the four of them: herself, her husband Ray, and their 2-year-old son and then 1-month daughter, all together, taken on Christmas Eve.
Three months later, COVID moved Ray into the basement of their Jamaica, Queens, house, to quarantine. He was there for nine days, and then for four in the hospital, where he died.
“It seems like a bad dream still,” Catherine Abear said.
Ray Abear, a 43-year-old NYPD detective, was among the untold number of mothers, fathers and other primary caregivers whom the coronavirus has claimed since tearing through the city this spring. 
There is no official count of New…

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L.A. reopening of K-12 schools at risk from COVID-19 spike – Los Angeles Times

“Every single school district at this point needs to have plans in place to continue distance learning for 100% of the time,” Ferrer said told officials from both public and private schools. “We would be irresponsible if we didn’t say to you that you have to have the back-up plan ready.” Ferrer also said she remained hopeful that campuses could reopen as anticipated and said administrators should continue to develop those plans as well. There are 80 school districts in L.A. County serving about 1.5 million children. And even if campuses cannot reopen to start the school year, the delay might be for weeks rather than a longer period.

Source: L.A. reopening of K-12 schools at risk from COVID-19 spike – Los Angeles Times

Supreme Court Deals Massive Blow To Birth Control Access

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Today, the Supreme Court ruled against free and comprehensive access to birth control under the Affordable Care Act, a long-term project of the Religious Right and a decision that will immediately prevent hundreds of thousands of women from accessing free reproductive care. The decision upholds a Trump Administration…

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