Good morning! Read up on NYC prison reform and saving the animals this morning with Bwoglines!
Happening in the World: A seven-story building collapsed in northeastern Brazil killing one person with several others trapped in the rubble. The collapse is one of an unsettling number of infrastructure failures in Brazil, revealing the county’s “vulnerabilities in urban infrastructure, long bedeviled by structural hazards, lax oversight, and occupation by squatters.” Brazil’s current economic troubles make efforts for improvement largely cost-prohibitive (Washington post)
Happening in the US: In an effort to protect the state’s coral reefs, Florida senator Linda Stewart proposed a bill that would require a prescription for sunscreens containing chemicals known to cause coral bleaching and eventually kill coral reefs (CNN).
Happening in New York: After years of outrage over horrific conditions at New York City’s main prison, the city council has released a plan for Rikers to be shut down. Rikers will be replaced by four smaller jails and offering “job training, mental health counseling and education services.” The undertaking, to be completed by 2026 is projected to cost over 8 billion dollars. While some believe these “more humane” jails could be a model for the rest of the country in beginning to deal with mass incarceration, others argue the money should be invested back into communities (NYT)
Happening on Campus: Decorate pumpkins while enjoying fall treats at Well Woman today from 7 to 9!
Photo of the year: please go look at this year’s winner of The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, “The Moment” (Atlantic)
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