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Saturday February 11st, 2023 evening edition

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[1/2] An aerial view shows a boundary demarcation area at the Arara indigenous reserve during an operation to combat deforestation near Uruara, Para State, Brazil January 21, 2023.

SAO PAULO, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon rainforest fell in January from a year earlier, satellite data showed on Friday, in the first monthly figures under President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Preliminary satellite data collected by the government's space research agency Inpe showed 167 square km (64 square miles) cleared in the region last month, down 61% from January 2022, the worst for the month in the eight-year series.

In mid-January, Brazilian environmental agents launched their first anti-logging raids under Lula, who has pledged to end surging destruction under his predecessor Jair Bolsonaro.

Deforestation in January was also below the historical average of 196 square km for the month since 2016, although January data can be especially noisy given heavy clouds over the rainforest early in the year.

"It is positive to see such a relevant drop in January," WWF-Brasil conservation specialist Daniel Silva said.

"However, it is still too early to talk about a trend reversal, as part of this drop may be related to greater cloud cover.". »

Minnesota House passes "universal" school meals, providing free breakfast, lunch to students

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota House passed a bill on Thursday guaranteeing free lunch and breakfast to all Minnesota students, regardless of income requirements set by a federal program.

One in four food-insecure children don't qualify for support under current federal programs, according Hunger Solutions Minnesota.

Right now, the number of students who qualify for free and reduced lunch help determine additional state funding – known as compensatory funding – that districts receive to support students in need. »

Relative of Emmett Till files lawsuit demanding sheriff arrest Carolyn Bryant Donham

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In a federal lawsuit filed earlier this week, a family member of Emmett Till is demanding that Leflore County Sheriff Ricky Banks serve an arrest warrant from 1955 on Carolyn Bryant Donham for her role in the death of Till.

Last year, a five-member search group, including members of Till’s family found an unserved 1955 arrest warrant for Bryant at the Leflore County courthouse.

Till, a 14-year-old boy from Chicago, was visiting family in Mississippi when he had his fateful encounter with then-20-year-old Carolyn Bryant. »

Make Russia Pay: Lessons From the West’s Botched Response to Moscow’s 2008 Assault on Georgia - Vasil Sikharulidze

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The West cannot forget the lessons of Georgia: it must remember the dangers of accommodating Putin or another Russian dictator.

The United States and its allies should also develop an energy and transportation corridor that connects Central Asia with Europe, bypassing Russia.

At its 2008 summit in Bucharest, NATO declared that Georgia and Ukraine would eventually join the alliance. »

Emails expose right-wing fraudsters’ scheme to use robo calls to suppress Black voter turnout in Cleveland

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The emails bolstered Cuyahoga County prosecutors’ assertion that the men specifically sought to suppress Black voter turnout in the 2020 election between Democrat Joe Biden and then-President Donald Trump.

Out of more than 67,000 calls placed, more than 8,100 went to people in Cleveland and East Cleveland, according to court records.

The calls immediately sparked backlash — much to the delight of Burkman, prompting him to send the email praising Wohl for the “[B]lack robo.”. »