This week in news (Feb. 15 to Feb. 22)

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By | Iridian Casarez

Local

Arcata looks at rising sea levels

-The Arcata city council strategized a future plan for when rising sea levels take the low-lying side of Arcata.  Arcata will protect and accommodate the encroaching waters where necessary. Eventually they will pull back to higher ground when the rising sea level makes alternatives unavoidable.

Source: Mad River Union


Hazard waste violations in Humboldt

-The Humboldt County Department of Health & Human Services, Division of Environmental Health (DEH) recently issued hazardous waste violation fines to four businesses that operate in Humboldt County. The businesses include Antich Automotive, Figas Construction, Hoopa Valley Ready-mix, and Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

A day without immigrants in Fortuna

-Centro de Pueblo activists marched through the streets of Fortuna and rallied in front of Fortuna City Hall  for “a day without immigrants” protest. A day without immigrants is a day aimed at showcasing the impact immigrants have on the U.S. economy.

Source: Lost Coast Outpost


U.S.

Tornado hits San Antonio

-The National Weather Service confirmed Monday morning that a tornado hit San Antonio. Severe overnight storms ripped through south-central Texas, damaging more than 150 homes and injuring several people in San Antonio.

Source: USA Today


Utah republican resigns

-James Green, a Utah county Republican Party official resigned after receiving backlash for criticizing a bill in the state legislature designed to create equal pay criteria.

Green wrote a letter to the editor published in the Wasatch Wave and The Park Record on Wednesday Feb. 15, in which he argued against requiring equal pay because “if businesses are forced to pay women the same as male earnings, that means they will have to reduce the pay for the men they employ.”

Source: CNN


Uber under investigation

-Susan Fowler, a former Uber engineer, came forward with allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination, claiming that management repeatedly dismissed her complaints, protected a repeat offender and threatened to fire her for raising concerns. The accusations from Fowler, a former site reliability engineer prompted CEO Travis Kalanick to announce an “urgent investigation” on Sunday, Feb. 19.

Source: The Guardian


World

Britain to ban Trump

– British lawmakers on Monday kicked off a debate on whether to withdraw an invitation to President Trump for a state visit. The debate was triggered after a petition calling on the British government to cancel the state visit amassed more than 1.8 million signatures.


Russian ambassador dies suddenly

-Vitaly Churkin, the Russian ambassador to the United Nations, died suddenly Monday, Feb. 20. Churkin was at his desk when he died, the Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed. But the ministry didn’t give details about the circumstances of his passing.

Source: NBC


U.S. forces to stay in Iraq

-U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday, Feb. 20, he believes U.S. forces will be in Iraq and in the fight against Islamic State militants for a while. Mattis said he is open to any request from his military commanders to aid the battle to retake Mosul.

Source: Washington Post

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