You heard that right, you can still vote absentee in New York! Editor’s note: mentions of death and assault.

Happening in the World: Recent developments on the Itaewon crowd crush now include the fact that the first call to police happened several hours before the deadly event occurred. In this first phone call at 18:34 local time, the caller warned officials that the alley was becoming crowded and dangerous: “People keep coming up, it’s gonna be crushed. I think you should control it.” At least 10 phone calls were made over the next three hours, to which local residents say the police response was “wholly inadequate.” Earlier on Tuesday, South Korea’s police chief admitted that their emergency response was “inadequate,” marking the first official acknowledgment that officials did not do enough to prevent the event, although the police also state that local businesses asked them not to control the crowds to avoid reducing their customers. As a result of this incident, the CDC is offering safety tips in overcrowded situations. (BBC)

Happening in the US: David DePape, the suspect of the hammer attack on Nancy Pelosi’s husband, pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon in a San Francisco court on Tuesday. He broke in to the Pelosi home last Friday and attacked Paul Pelosi with a hammer, who remains in the hospital but is making “steady progress.” Court documents say DePape planned to hold Nancy Pelosi hostage and had a roll of tape, white rope, and zipties in his possession when he was arrested. He would face 13 years to life in prison on the state charges and a maximum of 50 years on the federal charges. (BBC)

Happening in NYC: On Tuesday, a state appeals court reversed a Republican-led challenge to New York’s voting laws. The law allows anyone to vote absentee if they’re afraid of catching or spreading an infectious disease, such as COVID-19, and it is set to remain in place through 2022. Republicans challenged the law, attempting to invalidate possibly thousands of mail-in ballots and arguing that they are trying to protect their candidate’s rights. Democrats and voting-rights advocates accuse Republicans of casting doubt on the absentee ballot process ahead of the November 8 election. (Gothamist).

Happening in Our Community: Join faculty roundtable ‘We Just Want to Exist’: Anti-LGBTQ+ Legislation and LGBTQ+ Youth today from 12 to 1:30 pm. This event will feature Columbia professors Katherine Franke, Jon Freeman, and Yannik Thiem, and will be moderated by Che Gossett, a Racial Justice Fellow at Columbia. This roundtable will focus on recent anti-LGBTQ+ legislation and its impact on queer youth, and it is in Butler Library 523.

Round Table via Flickr