MTA are facing cuts.

Happening in the World: Poland’s President Andrzej Duda has tested positive for coronavirus. Interim leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski has gone into self-isolation as a precautionary measure. The new cases have arisen in the midst of rapidly rising numbers of cases in Europe, particularly in Poland, which has led to returning to a lockdown state in much of the country. (New York Times)

Happening in the US: The United States hits a record high of more than 83,700 new Covid-19 cases on Friday, which exceeds the previous high of roughly 77,300 cases a day seen in July. Although some of this may be attributed to a growth in testing, new cases have grown by 51% compared to a 13% growth in testing. Experts grow worried that as winter approaches, cases will continue to climb as necessary outside activities are moved indoors, increasing likelihood of transmission. (ABC News)

Happening in NYC: Budgetary constraints for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) due to lack of ridership, coupled with lack of stimulus from the federal government, has threatened cuts to services by the MTA. In addition, necessary precautions such as cleaning the service has raised costs of operation. It is predicted that up to 50 percent on Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North will be cut in addition to up to 40 percent on subways and buses being removed. In addition, the MTA predicts the layoff of about 8,000 people. New Yorkers are already facing increased tolls and fares for next year. (NBC New York)

Happening in Our Community: Columbia’s Spooky Showcase is scheduled for this Thursday. The event consists of sharing spooky short films created by Columbia students. (register here)

Food of the Week: potatoes (just, so many potatoes)

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