Your dream to be in one of Buzzfeed’s “celebrities play with puppies” videos is becoming a reality. Editor’s note: mentions of death.
Happening in the World: More than 40 migrants have died near the coastal town of Cortona in the Calabria region of Italy. Their ship broke apart in stormy weather, smashing against rocks just before dawn this Sunday. The boat left from the Turkish coastal city of Izmir three or four days ago, carrying around 150 people, many of whom were fleeing dangerous conditions. Currently, around 80 people have been recovered, some of whom swam to shore after the boat sank. Italian authorities have said a coast-guard rescue operation is underway, and local fishermen have also mobilized to look for survivors. (BBC)
Happening in the US: A group of 12 democratic-led states are suing the FDA for limiting access to mifepristone, a popular abortion pill. Mifepristone is the first pill of a two drug regimen considered highly safe and effective for inducing abortions within the first ten weeks of pregnancy. The second pill, misoprostol, is widely available, but distribution of mifepristone is highly regulated by the FDA. The states of Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Rhode Island and Vermont have led the charge, claiming that the drug, which was approved in 2000, is being excessively regulated in pharmacies and overly burdensome to prescribe. Mifepristone has long been a contentious drug. Last year, anti abortion groups filed a suit against the FDA arguing that the drug should be withdrawn from the market entirely. (BBC)
Happening in NYC: The New York Taxi Workers Alliance, which represents thousands of rideshare and taxi drivers in New York City, will be striking this Sunday. Uber and Lyft drivers will refuse to drive passengers to and from LaGuardia Airport from noon until midnight. They are striking in advance of a public hearing on Wednesday, where drivers will advocate for an increased minimum wage to account for inflation and higher operating costs. Uber and Lyft have been historically opposed to these changes–last December, Uber successfully sued to block city-ordered raises. Drivers will still serve passengers in other parts of the city, including other airports. (Gothamist)
Happening in Our Community: As midterms ramp up, step out of Butler and into the arms (paws?) of a therapy dog from New York Therapy Animals. This Monday from 4 to 5 pm in Wein Lounge, New York Therapy Animals is partnering with Active Minds to connect students with dogs, no pre-registration required. Access to dogs is first come, first serve.
Dog via Rawpixel