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Friday - 04/30/21
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Welcome to Bullet Points by News Bling where we give you a well-rounded dose of bias-free news in the fewest words possible so you can start your day smart. 🧐
 

POLITICS 🏛️

Study reveals underrepresentation of women in American politics

  • According to a report released by Rutgers University, women are underrepresented on the municipal level of the political office, which contradicts prior predictions that women would be more likely to hold office locally
  • Provided data highlights that the percentage of women serving in the municipal office matches similarly to that of women participating in state government or the House of Representatives, where 30.5% of women occupy municipal seats and 30.9% work in state legislatures
  • An additional study by CAWP and Politics and KnowWho Data Services displays that 40% of women serve local office obligations in only 5 states

WORLD 🌎

Turkey enforces first national coronavirus lockdown

  • The lockdown was issued on Thursday due to accelerating positive COVID-19 cases, as the infection rates become the highest in Europe. The isolation will continue through the remainder of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and over the Eid al Fitr holiday
  • Turkey has reported 37,674 new positive cases and 339 deaths within a duration of 24 hours, according to the Turkish Health Ministry’s COVID-19 online dashboard
  • Citizens have been frantically stocking up on essentials while causing lines of traffic and car accidents on the country’s main city streets in preparation for the 3-week lockdown

BUSINESS 💰

FDA plans to ban menthol-flavored cigarettes and cigars

  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration made the decision to move forward with taking these products off the market due to evidence proving addictiveness and long-term health effects
  • Menthol was found to mask unpleasant or harsh flavors of tobacco products, while also enhancing the effects of nicotine and making themselves more addictive to users
  • FDA Commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock stated that this action will help significantly reduce youth initiation and will also illuminate health disparities within diverse or disproportionate communities that are more likely to purchase these tobacco products

TECH 📱

Lime Micromobility is bringing electric mopeds to New York City

  • The company will distribute 100 mopeds in Queens, Brooklyn, and Lower Manhattan with additional plans to deploy 1,000 of their electric kick scooters in the Bronx as part of the city’s shared scooter pilot
  •  These electric vehicles will have a speed limited to 28 miles per hour and can be altered and monitored through wireless connectivity
  • The app was developed in partnership with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and plans to continue promoting electric micromobility integration throughout cities as a form of transportation

US 🦅

Defendants in Ahmaud Arbery murder charged with hate crimes

  • Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael, and William “Roddie” Bryan were indicted for trapping and gunning down Arbery, who was jogging through a neighborhood in Brunswick, Georgia
  • The charge alleges that the three men used force and threats of force to intimidate Arbery and his right to use the public street as a result of his race.
  • All three defendants were already issued malice murder, felony murder, and aggravated assault charges before being cited for hate crimes by a federal grand jury in the southern District of Georgia on Wednesday  

FOOD 🍲

Food pantries experiment with digital shopping options

  • Certain food pantries have made the decision to offer online ordering with drive-through distribution due to the ongoing pandemic in order to continue combatting nationwide food insecurity
  • By allowing clients to select their desired items digitally and the surge of drive-through pick up, participating food pantries are able to provide a higher level of services that highlights both choice and convenience

EXTRA BLING ✨

  • Science 🧬. Condition of birds’ health indicates the state of our environment
  • Sports ⚽. Sources reveal Aaron Rodgers skepticism in returning to the Green Bay Packers
  • Arts 🎭. 5 people were charged in connection with the attack of Lady Gaga’s dog walker and the kidnapping of her French bulldogs   
  • Interesting 🔎. 105-year-old Indian man and 95-year-old wife beat Covid-19
  • Funny 😹 Video of IHOP employees not recognizing actor Adam Sandler goes viral


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