Building Bridges Maine to host media literacy session Monday

LEWISTON — Building Bridges Maine, an affiliate of Braver Angels, is hosting a one-hour media literacy session starting at 5:30 pm Monday. Braver Angels is a national citizens organization working to unite Americans of all political views in an alliance to depolarize the nation, including through workshops, debates and music. The Zoom will be facilitated … Read more

Utah enacts anti-trans sports ban after Republican lawmakers override GOP governor’s veto

HB 11 had been vetoed earlier this week by Gov. Spencer Cox, who questioned the need for it and stressed that it targets a marginalized group that suffers from high rates of suicide. Utah’s law states that “a student of the male sex may not compete, and a public school or (Local Education Agency) may … Read more

UN says it has “increasing information” corroborating existence of mass graves in Mariupol 

These are the biggest updates so far on Friday as the war in Ukraine gets into its fifth week: Fighting on the ground: Ukrainian forces have retaken towns and defensive positions on the eastern outskirts of Kyiv, Britain’s Ministry of Defense said Friday in its latest intelligence update. Meanwhile, Russian defense ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov … Read more

Google contractors in Kansas City are first to unionize under Alphabet Worker Union

A technician gets cabling out of his truck to install Google Fiber. George Frey | Reuters Google Fiber contractors in Kansas City, Missouri voted to unionize Friday, becoming the first workers with bargaining rights under the Alphabet Workers Union. The group of 10 full-time workers are employed by BDS Connected Solutions through Alphabet and work … Read more

‘Informational simplicity’ may explain why nature favors symmetry

In biology, symmetry is typically the rule rather than the exception. Our bodies have left and right halves, starfish radiate from a central point and even trees, though not largely symmetrical, still produce symmetrical flowers. In fact, asymmetry in biology seems quite rare by comparison. Does this mean that evolution has a preference for symmetry? … Read more

Some immune system memory persists year after infection; COVID from Omicron also less severe for pregnant women

By Nancy Lapid (Reuters) – The following is a summary of some recent studies on COVID-19. They include research that warrants further study to corroborate the findings and that has yet to be certified by peer review. Immune system memory persists a year after COVID-19 A year after infection with the coronavirus, when antibodies in … Read more

Quentin Tarantino celebrates birthday at W Mag’s Oscar bash

W Magazine’s glamorous pre-Oscars bash turned into a star-studded surprise birthday party of sorts for director Quentin Tarantino — whose actual birthday falls on Oscar Sunday. W editor-in-chief Sara Moonves presented Tarantino with a surprise cake at the mag’ Best Performances party, which attracted heavy birthday stars as well as a clutch of hitting directors. … Read more