Here are the top stories for this week all summarized so you can stay informed and save time!
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NYC mayor declares state of emergency amid migrant busing crisis:
On Friday, New York City Mayor Eric Adams declared a state of emergency over thousands of migrants being bused to the city in recent months from the US southern border. This is due to a political dispute over border security. Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican seeking a third term in midterm elections this November, has bused over 3,000 migrants to New York. Adams criticized Abbott for failing to alert city officials when sending migrants to the city, calling it a "manufactured crisis." Abbotts and other Republican governors, however, argue that this is necessary due to President Biden failing to provide adequate border security. Democrats call the moves political stunts and accuse the governors of using people as pawns. The city expects to spend $1 billion to manage the influx of the migrants, Adams said in a speech at City Hall with more than 17,000 having arrived since April. Many of the migrants sent to New York are Venezuelans, whom the US cannot expel under a COVID-19-related policy as it can other migrants. The increase in arrivals has set a record for the number of people in shelters across New York. "Although our compassion is limitless, our resources are not," Adams said, calling on the federal and state governments to provide support. Washington DC declared a state of emergency last month, creating a new office to handle incoming migrants.
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Russia tightens security on Crimea bridge after huge blast:
On Saturday, a large explosion caused the partial collapse of Russia’s controversial Crimea bridge. Since this incident, Russia has tightened security around the bridge. Destroyed parts of the bridge were removed by Russian officials, who immediately began repairs and got traffic moving again by Saturday evening. CCTV footage shows a white truck driving along the bridge in the early hours of Saturday morning and then a large explosion. Criticism has been raised in Russia about how the truck could pass through state-of-the-art security controls, with Russian war bloggers calling for retaliation. The explosion is a major blow to Russia as the bridge is an important supply route for the Russian military fighting in Ukraine and a symbol of its power in the Black Sea region. It casts further doubt on whether Russia's war in Ukraine is going to plan, with the Kremlin previously claiming that there was no risk to the bridge, despite Kyiv's threats. Ukrainian officials mocked and joked about the explosion, but have not directly claimed responsibility. Russia has opened a criminal investigation in connection with the incident, with some Russian lawmakers urging Putin to upgrade the “special military operation” in Ukraine to a “counterterrorism operation”. This would allow the Kremlin to broaden the powers of security agencies, ban rallies, tighten censorship, introduce restrictions on travel and expand the partial military mobilization that Putin ordered last month.
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Youth Given 8 Months to Live Has Beaten Aggressive Blood Cancer, Now Inspires Others:
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A young Florida man given just eight months to live has beaten a rare and aggressive blood cancer, after nearly dying multiple times during treatments. Now he is inspiring others who are going through health hardships. Michael Cramer went to see a doctor after suffering fatigue, night sweats, and weight loss. He thought these symptoms were caused by the stress of COVID-19 lockdowns, but the blood test showed something was wrong and he was told to see a blood specialist immediately. Michael was then diagnosed with Hepatosplenic T-cell Lymphoma (HSTCL) in July 2020 and was told he might only have eight months to live. He underwent many procedures including chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant that almost caused his liver to completely fail. However, in June of 2022 Michael started a new treatment at the University of Miami Cancer Institute, called extracorporeal photopheresis (ECP). The treatment separated his blood, treated it, and returned it back to him, which ultimately provided the solution that is still saving his life today. Now, Michael is inspiring people through social media and his podcast with his mom to give people hope so they can keep fighting cancer.
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Hubble Is Slowly Falling—and SpaceX Wants to Give It a Boost:
The Hubble Space Telescope is falling, but amid always-tight NASA budgets, SpaceX is volunteering to help see if it’s possible to give it a push back into space. Hubble has been in orbit around the Earth for a very long time, and it experiences a constant slow-motion re-entry of the atmosphere. It has already been pushed back up in orbit once before. NASA is firm that any efforts to “reboost” Hubble back up to its orbit of 600 kilometers (370 miles) above the Earth will not be deducted from its existing budgetary commitments, and that the study co-conducted with Elon Musk’s rocket company SpaceX is looking only at commercial possibilities. Teams expect the study to take up to six months, collecting technical data from both Hubble and the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft. This data will help determine whether it would be possible to safely rendezvous, dock, and move the telescope into a more stable orbit. Now the SpaceX Dragon Crew spacecraft has entered into service with the agency for crewed missions to the ISS, and the possibility that a flight to dock with Hubble to boost it back into orbit, as well as bring along engineers to service Hubble’s systems, is what is currently being discussed.
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