The Daily Populous

Tuesday July 20th, 2021 night edition

image for All children should wear masks in school this fall, even if vaccinated, according to pediatrics group

The American Academy of Pediatrics on Monday recommended that all children over the age of 2 wear masks when returning to school this year, regardless of vaccination status.

The AAP, which said its important for children to return to in-person learning this year, recommends that school staff also wear masks.

"Combining layers of protection that include vaccinations, masking and clean hands hygiene will make in-person learning safe and possible for everyone.”.

Universal masking will also protect students and staff from other respiratory illnesses that could keep kids out of school, the AAP said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended this month that vaccinated students do not have to wear masks in classrooms.

"They will not be popular amongst parents and kids who are sick of masks, but you know what?

“Now is the time for all of us to work together to keep our kids healthy and safe. »

Veterans burn medals to protest Australia's 'failure' to protect Afghan translators from the Taliban

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Key points: A small group of veterans have burned medals outside their federal MP's offices.

A small group of veterans have burned medals outside their federal MP's offices There have been calls to fast-track visas for Afghans who worked with Australian troops.

There have been calls to fast-track visas for Afghans who worked with Australian troops The government has insisted visas for translators are given the highest priority. »

Maine passes nation’s first law to make big companies pay for the cost of recycling their packaging

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Clear plastic could be easily melted down and reused, and fetched 23 cents a pound from big recyclers.

Maine Governor Janet Mills this week signed the nation’s first extended producer responsibility (EPR) law, effectively holding the corporations accountable for the packaging waste they create.

Sarah Nichols, the Sustainable Maine program director for the Natural Resources Council of Maine, considers the law “recycling reform” and says it arrives at a moment when the cost of recycling has risen dramatically in Maine and recycling rates have plummeted. »

Reducing incarceration in 2020 did not lead to increase in overall crime in Baton Rouge, study finds

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“There’s no secret that murders in East Baton Rouge have increased,” CJCC Executive Director Christopher Csonka said.

However, he added, “one thing this report shows is that murder is just one part of violent crime as a whole.”.

To temper the coronavirus’ spread in early 2020, state and local criminal justice agencies tried to lower jail and prison populations. »

20% of Americans believe the conspiracy theory that microchips are inside the COVID-19 vaccines, says YouGov study

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Conspiracy theory specialist says this misinformation comes from anxiety and a search for answers to the uncertain.

A new study has found that 1-in-5 Americans believe that it is "definitely true" or "probably true" that there is a microchip in the COVID-19 vaccines.

There has never been any evidence to support the idea that microchips are a part of the vaccine rollout. »