The Daily Populous

Monday April 17th, 2023 night edition

image for The Kissimmee River has been brought back to life—and wildlife is thriving

Much of the water within the famous “river of grass” originates in Central Florida and flows south via the Kissimmee River—one of the more important and lesser-known waterways nationwide.

The Army Corps of Engineers complied and, beginning in the 1960s, turned the meandering Kissimmee into a 30-foot-deep, channelized canal.

The channel acted like a pipe, moving water quickly off the landscape to Lake Okeechobee, and then to the ocean.

“That response was immediate and pretty impressive,” says Lawrence Glenn, director of water resources with the South Florida Water Management District.

Passing through a lock to get the restored part of the river, the difference is stark and obvious as the river begins its natural flow.

“The Kissimmee River accomplished an amazing feat last summer when Hurricane Ian slammed Florida,” Ward says.

About half of the Kissimmee consists of a canal, and there’s a big backlog of hydrological and research projects. »

Clinging to power does not make Dianne Feinstein a feminist hero | Arwa Mahdawi

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Her physical health has also become an issue: Feinstein has been absent from the Senate since February, when she was diagnosed with shingles.

On Wednesday, multiple Democrats, led by Representative Ro Khanna, called for Feinstein to resign, saying she could no longer fulfil her duties.

“I don’t know what political agendas are at work that are going after Senator Feinstein in that way,” Pelosi told reporters on Wednesday. »

Japan Asks Schools Not to Penalize Students if They Were Late Because They Were Groped

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The Japanese government has asked schools not to penalize students if they were late or missed classes because they were filing a police report after getting groped on their commute.

The notice was sent to educational boards nationwide as Japanese schools begin a new term this month and more students return to classrooms after disruptions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

18-year-old Masami, a student in greater Tokyo who was groped last year on her way to her high school, welcomes the proposal. »

Germany ends nuclear era as last reactors power down

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While many Western countries are upping their investments in atomic energy to reduce their emissions, Germany brought an early end to its nuclear age.

Europe’s largest economy has been looking to leave behind nuclear power since 2002, but the phase-out was accelerated by former chancellor Angela Merkel in 2011 after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan.

Friedrich Merz, leader of the opposition CDU party, said the abandonment of nuclear power was the result of an “almost fanatical bias”. »