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She’s a priest. You’ll never guess her other job

She’s a priest. You’ll never guess her other job

When Rev. Pamela Conrad looks into the heavens, she really looks into the heavens. By night, and at odd moments during the day, Conrad moonlights as a research scientist at the Carnegie Institution of Science in Washington, DC. A member of the tactical operations team for the Mars Perseverance rover mission, she is a co-investigator…MORE

Many turned to libraries during the pandemic for free Wifi and other services. Will these venerable public institutions get the credit they deserve?

Many turned to libraries during the pandemic for free Wifi and other services. Will these venerable public institutions get the credit they deserve?

Ramses Escobedo probably wouldn’t call himself a hero. But during the pandemic, he was asked to act in some heroic ways. Escobedo, a bilingual Spanish-English librarian, manages a branch of the San Francisco Public Library. For more than a year, however, Escobedo hasn’t been lending out books. Instead, he’s worked with a Covid-19 contact tracer…MORE

Inmates at Oklahoma prisons begin receiving computer tablets

Inmates at Oklahoma prisons begin receiving computer tablets

Inmates in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections (ODOC) began receiving tablets this week as part of a plan to supply all state prisoners with secure tablet computers. More than 21,000 inmates at over 20 facilities will receive tablets that will give them access to books, college classes, music and even a way to communicate with…MORE

‘It’s a moving chess board’: Covid reopening creates new anxieties

‘It’s a moving chess board’: Covid reopening creates new anxieties

Deirdre Lawson was living her best life before the pandemic — if she wasn’t traveling, she was going to concerts, movies or doing other activities with friends — often at the spur of the moment. “Then 2020 hit and the universe says, ‘Hey, I got something for you,’” she told CNN. Like millions of Americans,…MORE

Have suitcase, will travel! Americans take to the skies in almost pre-pandemic numbers as Covid-19 restrictions ease

Have suitcase, will travel! Americans take to the skies in almost pre-pandemic numbers as Covid-19 restrictions ease

As more Americans get vaccinated against Covid-19 and states and cities further ease pandemic restrictions, more people are flying to vacations, family visits or just getting away. The Transportation Security Administration screened more than 2 million passengers Friday, the highest number since March 7 of last year, just before lockdowns and coronavirus restrictions started keeping…MORE