How to Fix the COVID-19 Dumpster Fire in the US ; Scientists Develop One-Drop Test for Water Contamination ; and More Picks 7/15

How to Fix the COVID-19 Dumpster Fire in the US (Judy)

From STAT News: “This is going to be a painful and slow process. But there are things individuals, public health departments, state and local governments, and the Trump administration can do.”

I’m From Florida. Our Coronavirus Crisis Doesn’t Surprise Me. (Reader Jim)

The author writes, “‘America’s weirdest state’ offers an extreme case of the country’s broader failure to take the pandemic seriously.”

A Dozen Protesters File Claims in Washington Claiming Police Negligence, Excessive Force (Reader Steve)

From the Seattle Times: “The claimants say they, or their loved ones, were hit by cars, shot, pepper sprayed, tear-gassed, put in choke holds or knocked unconscious. Seattle’s Office of Police Accountability has 28 separate investigations open regarding officers’ actions in the recent protests, several of which appear to overlap with the newly filed claims.”

Why Is It Easier to Lose Your Cosmetology License Than to Lose the Ability to Be a Police Officer? (Dana)

The author writes, “While the training disparity between police officers and many other professions is shocking, the accountability disparity is even more staggering. While there is room to reform licensing for cosmetologists, there is also plenty of room for reform that will prevent decertified and fired police officers from being hired elsewhere.”

Scientists Develop One-Drop Test for Water Contamination (Mili)

The author writes, “Water pollution is a major health risk, especially for poor and minority communities. Technology that can cheaply screen water supplies for contaminants like lead could help anyone easily determine if their water is safe.”

Hackney in the 80s: Recovering a Forgotten Archive of Working Class Life (Chris C.)

From the British Journal of Photography: “The early 80s were tumultuous years for the borough; Thatcherism was beginning to bite, and trade unions were being silenced. Around a third of the archive are photographs of local protests, including demonstrations against the killing of Colin Roach — a young black man who was shot inside Stoke Newington police station in 1983 — and in support of the miner’s strikes and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.”