Outdoor seating for the win! Editor’s warning: mention of gun violence.

Happening in the World: Ukrainian refugees were asked not to return to the country until the spring to help ease pressure on the country’s energy system. As Russian air strikes have destroyed more than a third of the country’s energy sector, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urged Ukranians to “stay abroad for the time being,” as the country still needs to survive the winter. This statement affects a recorded 7.7 million Ukrainian refugees. (BBC)

Happening in the US: Victims have been identified following a high school shooting in St Louis, Missouri on Monday. This attack occurred at the Central Visual & Performing Arts High School, where seven individuals were left injured and two (a student and a teacher) died. The gunman, a former student, was armed with an AR-15-style rifle and more than 600 rounds of ammunition. This attack marks at least the 35th school shooting so far this year. (BBC)

Happening in NYC: According to a new report out on Tuesday, some NYC restaurants and bars are performing better than they were pre-pandemic, thanks to New York City’s Open Streets program, allowing outdoor dining on certain streets. While all restaurants have not experienced this increase, restaurants and bars along Open Streets corridors saw an average 19% increase from their pre-pandemic sales. In many locations, there is a desire for the Open Streets program to be expanded further, which would support more restaurants. (Gothamist)

Happening in Our Community: Columbia’s History Department, Latin American and Iberian Cultures Department, and the Institute of Latin American Studies/ Center for Brazilian Studies present The Politics of History in Brazil from 4 to 6 pm today at Casa Hispanica. Hear from Sidney Chaloub, Professor of History and African Studies at Harvard University and Henrique Espada Lima, Associate Professor of History at Federal University of Santa Catarina (Brazil) in this bilingual roundtable discussion on Brazil’s political sphere and the role of historians in Brazilian politics.

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