NYC’s vaccine mandate, missile strikes, infrastructure news, and Indigenous People’s Day all featured in this morning’s Bwoglines.

Happening in the World: Russia launched 83 missiles this morning—a series of attacks that civilians are comparing to the first days of the war—at several Ukrainian cities, targeting infrastructure and civilians, such as a pedestrian bridge and a children’s playground near several roads. These strikes are coming in response to this weekend’s explosions on the Kerch Bridge, which Putin is labeling an act of terrorism. According to the Ukrainian National Police, 60 have been injured and 10 killed by this morning’s attacks. (BBC)

Happening in the US: The first attempt at an American bullet train between the cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles is now being used as an example of what not to do—how large and high-reaching infrastructure projects can easily become hindered by political deals, poor engineering choices, and unfeasible budget proposals. This case study comes in the wake of the signing of last year’s massive infrastructure bill, ratified in November, as an event to learn from and a fair warning of how not to realize wide-ranging infrastructure projects. (NY Times)

Happening in NYC: Legal tensions surrounding the New York City COVID-19 vaccine mandate are reaching a head, with NYPD Detective Anthony Marciano’s lawsuit against the city reaching the US Supreme Court, and set to be discussed this Friday. The lawsuit claims that the city lacked proper legal authority to initially issue the mandate, partially due to the vaccine only being approved for emergency use by the FDA at the time of issuing. The lawsuit was rejected twice: first in March in a Manhattan federal court, and again in August in the Supreme Court by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, but was accepted by Justice Clarence Thomas an emergency application from Marciano’s attorney, who states that the court’s decision on abortion earlier this summer motivated her to try once more. (Gothamist)

Happening in our Community: Today at 1 pm at the Columbia School of Nursing, Delaware Tribe member and Co-Founder/Director of The Lenape Center Curtis Zunigha will lead a discussion on the Healing & Restoration of Indigenous Peoples and their Homeland in honor of today being Indigenous People’s Day.

Vaccine doses via Bwarchives