2020 Primaries Reveal the Atrophy of Political ‘Machines’ ; The Arctic's ‘Baby Spider Boom’ ; and More Picks 7/13

Hydrogen May Be the Crucial ‘Jigsaw’ Piece for Green Microgrids

2020 Primaries Reveal the Atrophy of Political ‘Machines’ ; The Arctic's ‘Baby Spider Boom’ ; and More Picks

2020 Primaries Reveal the Atrophy of Political ‘Machines’ ; The Arctic's ‘Baby Spider Boom’ ; and More Picks 7/13

LA Teachers Union Overwhelmingly Votes Against Reopening Schools (Chris C.)

From LAist: “The union representing L.A. Unified School District teachers is calling for campuses to remain closed and for online learning to continue when classes start again in August. ‘The safety and well-being of our students is and will always be our priority,’ UTLA vice president Gloria Martinez told KPCC’s Larry Mantle.”

I Got COVID Two Months Ago. I’m Still Discovering New Areas of Damage. (Russ)

The author writes, “The cough has come back, without warning and seemingly for no reason; so has the fatigue. True, neither are as debilitating as when I had the actual virus, but they are back. Like many others, I am now coming to realize that I am living and suffering from the long tail of Covid-19.”

2020 Primaries Reveal the Atrophy of Political ‘Machines’ (Russ)

The author writes, “Big-city machines lost much of their mojo in the last decade as politics flattened and a band of new progressives used the Internet and social media to fundraise and organize, toppling the old guard.”

Bail Reform Tool Replicates Biases in the Criminal Justice System (Dana)

From the Intercept: “Criminal justice reform advocates have raised the alarm about risk assessments, arguing that the tools are based on questionable data that cannot accurately predict someone’s actions after they are released and often reproduce racial disparities already in place in the criminal justice system. What little success risk assessments have achieved has been undercut by judges who appear to ignore recommendations and legislators attempting to exacerbate their defects. The very idea that we can accurately predict future crime is doubtful.”

France Ordered to Fight Pollution or Pay Millions in Fines (Mili)

The author writes, “France’s highest administrative body ordered the government to take immediate measures to combat pollution in Paris and several regions or pay up to 20 million euros ($22.6 million) a year in fines. The Council of State’s unusual ruling Friday came after the government failed to fulfill a 2017 order to reduce pollution in accordance with EU rules.”

Nature’s Creepiest Crawler Is Thriving as Climate Change Warms the Arctic (Mili)

From Inverse: “In the Arctic — already a weird place to encounter a spider — the chances of spotting arachnids are on the rise. Thanks to warming temperatures, Arctic wolf spiders are able to have more offspring than usual, according to a new study. This means a baby spider boom.”

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