Three tourists were found dead at a resort in the Bahamas. What happened? The White House announced a deal to slash costs of high-speed internet for millions. And Ukraine’s smallest soldier was honored for big wartime efforts.
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Mysterious tourist deaths under investigation
Three Americans who fell ill and died at a Sandals resort in the Bahamas had been treated for symptoms at a hospital the night before, Bahamas police said Monday. Police identified the three people who died last week at Emerald Bay Sandals Resort as Vincent Paul Chiarella, 64, of Florida, and Michael Phillips, 68, and Robbie Phillips, 65, of Tennessee. Chiarella’s wife was hospitalized in the Bahamas and airlifted to a Florida hospital in serious condition, police said. All four Americans went to a doctor after complaining of feeling ill the night before the three bodies were discovered Friday. Officials said samples collected from the bodies, the rooms where they stayed and the nearby area were sent to a Philadelphia lab to be examined, and no foul play is suspected.
Cutting the cost of high-speed internet for low-income Americans
Millions of low-income Americans will be able to get high speed internet service for no more than $30 a month under a partnership the Biden administration reached with major providers. Twenty providers, including AT&T, Comcast and Verizon, agreed to increase internet speeds or cut the price of their services for eligible households, the White House announced Monday. Many families can’t afford access to high-speed internet, so they do without or sacrifice necessities to pay for broadband service, Biden said. The announcement is part of the administration’s push to expand access to fast, affordable internet service in rural areas and on tribal lands.
Do you qualify? a new website, getinternet.gov, was launched to help people determine eligibility and get connected. About 48 million households, or nearly 40% of those in the country, are eligible for the broadband benefit.
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Ukraine’s smallest soldier honored by Zelenskyy
After going viral last month, a famous little bomb sniffing jack russell terrier named Patron was honored by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, receiving state honors at a ceremony in Kyiv for his wartime efforts. Patron’s owner, Mykhailo Iliev of the Civil Protection Service, taught the 2-year-old dog how to sniff out bombs. He clearly learned well, finding more than 200 explosive devices. Russian forces buried land mines and bombs across large parts of the country, according to the BBC. Patron helps children understand safety rules in areas under threat. A very good boy, indeed.
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What will COVID-19 look like this summer?
The past two pandemic summers saw a spike in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and death, but this season may be different. Viruses don’t go on vacation, so health experts expect cases to rise, but they said the wave won’t be as devastating as the previous two summers or the surge of the omicron variant of the coronavirus. Unlike the previous summers, most of the US population has some immunity against the coronavirus from vaccines, boosters and previous infections. People have access to antivirals that can prevent hospitalizations in the unvaccinated. However, immunity wanes and new variants could evade what protection remains. Here’s what we can expect.
A day without child care?
Hundreds of child care providers in 27 states and Washington, DC, went on strike Monday to remind policymakers how essential they are, not only to families but to the nation’s economy. Early childhood professionals – and the parents they serve – said they’re fed up with the lack of progress on policy promises such as better wages and expanded subsidies. Few providers make much profit, and many are in the red. Center closures were part of “A Day Without Child Care: A National Day of Action,” in which nearly 400 providers pledged to close their doors or strike Monday, according to Wendoly Marte , a community organizer in New York who helped coordinate the national initiative.
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