Are the New York basketball teams supposed to be good?
Editor’s warning: this article contains mentions of anti-Black violence.
Happening in the world: Covax, the WHO program designed to ensure equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, has delivered its first set of AstraZeneca doses to the capital of Ghana, Accra. The program seeks to prevent richer nations from buying up all available vaccines and forcing poorer countries to wait longer to begin vital COVID-19 vaccination campaigns, with a goal of supplying enough vaccine for 20% of the populations of the 92 poorer countries signed up. (BBC)
Happening in the US: Rochester officers will not be charged with the murder of Daniel Prude in 2020, as decided by a grand jury and announced on Tuesday. The ruling comes despite public records demonstrating a coverup by Rochester police and the dismissal of the city police chief in connection with the incident. A protest in Rochester last night and a declaration by the federal Justice Department that they would review the case followed the announcement. Daniel Prude, a Black man, was killed in police custody following a mental health crisis. (NYT)
Happening in NYC: Professional basketball reopened to spectators last night, allowing New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets fans to witness their teams play in-person for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. This follows the recent authorization of in-person attendance in New York State after a successful test run during the Buffalo Bills’ playoff season. The Brooklyn Nets beat the Sacramento Kings; the Knicks lost to the Golden State Warriors. (Gothamist)
Happening in our community: Need to relax during midterm season? The Arts Initiative at Columbia is promoting a virtual performance of two piano sonatas Maxim Lando will be giving at 12 pm today. Learn more and tune in to the free concert here.
Obviously the stadium was not this packed via Wikimedia Commons