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Opinion: Your Utility Should Expect the Unexpected, It’s on the Way

The flooding in New York City, the high winds in New Orleans, and the winter freeze in Texas usher in a new reality for the electric industry, showing how outdated its infrastructure has become and how it has to expect the unexpected. Resilience is the word used by utilities to describe their ability to speedily

History

Holy Cow! The Body in the Trunk; Who Killed Elsie Sigel?

If the telegram was meant to reassure her parents, it didn’t work. “Will be home soon,” it said. “Don’t worry.” It was signed EJS. But the parents did worry. They hadn’t seen 19-year-old Elsie J. Sigel for days. The Sigels were socially prominent New Yorkers. Grandfather Franz Sigel was a famous Civil War general. A German immigrant, he inspired

COVID-19

Half of Arizonans believe ‘immunity passports’ should be issued as proof of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, reveals survey

Half think immunity passports should state which company’s vaccine people received. 42% say they would be concerned about privacy and data sharing. It’s a question of social fairness that has grown increasingly pertinent for public health officials as more and more Americans receive their initial dose of the COVID-19 vaccine – should vaccinated people, or

History

How New York’s 19th-century Jews turned Purim into an American party

The Jewish Museum’s Purim Ball at the Park Avenue Armory in 2015 in New York City. Andrew Toth/Getty Images Zev Eleff, Touro College Purim, which falls this year on Feb. 26, ranks among Judaism’s most joyous holidays. In synagogues, Jews read the Scroll of Esther, a book in the Hebrew Bible that explains how Purim

National

NRA declares bankruptcy, plans to incorporate in Texas

The National Rifle Association announced Friday it has filed for bankruptcy protection and will seek to incorporate the nation’s most politically influential gun-rights group in Texas instead of New York. The announcement came months after New York’s attorney general sued the organization over claims that top executives illegally diverted tens of millions of dollars for

Legal Beat

High court blocks NY coronavirus limits on houses of worship

As coronavirus cases surge again nationwide the Supreme Court late Wednesday barred New York from enforcing certain limits on attendance at churches and synagogues in areas designated as hard hit by the virus. The justices split 5-4 with new Justice Amy Coney Barrett in the majority. It was the conservative’s first publicly discernible vote as

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