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The nation’s biggest lithium mine may operate on a site sacred to Native Americans. The project, approved by the Trump admin. on public land, has sparked outcry and a lawsuit, but opposition among Native Americans is not unanimous. #NBCNewsThreads (1/11)
Thacker Pass, a remote valley in the high desert of northern Nevada, will always be sacred for Gary McKinney of the Paiute-Shoshone Tribe. He often visits to honor ancestors said to be killed here by U.S. soldiers in 1865. (2/11)
McKinney and others are now fighting a new battle over the open-pit mine planned for Thacker Pass, which sits atop a massive lode of lithium, which is vital to electric car batteries and renewable energy. (3/11)
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When Serena Williams retires from tennis — whether it’s after the upcoming U.S. Open or sometime later — she will leave a legacy as the most dominant and influential women’s player in the game’s history. #NBCNewsThreads (1/11)
It is Serena’s inspiring ascension from the mean streets of Compton, California, to becoming one of the greatest in tennis that has made her a pop culture icon and inspired Black girls across the globe to take up the sport. (2/11)
“I started playing because of her. I’m sure there’s so many other girls that started playing because of her, so she literally built champions,” four-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka said to Tennis World magazine last year. (3/11)
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As Beijing’s military sent missiles and jets over their heads in a display of fury, many residents of Taiwan remained unmoved by what outside observers fear is a rising threat of war. #NBCNewsThreads (1/10)
“We grew up with this,” said Rui Hao, a resident of Taipei, the capital, shrugging off the potential for conflict. When he was a boy, his parents considered emigrating from their home in Taiwan to escape the threat of war with China. (2/10)
Chinese officials say it is the U.S. that is trying to change the status quo by strengthening its unofficial relations with Taiwan, a self-ruling island that Beijing claims as its territory. (3/10)
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A public library in Vinton, Iowa, has been in a monthslong controversy spurred by anti-LGBTQ rhetoric, attempts to censor books with progressive and LGBTQ themes and the alleged harassment of LGBTQ staff members. #NBCNewsThreads (1/13)
The situation reached a tipping point last month when the library was forced to close for more than a week after its interim director resigned, saying he felt ostracized for being gay. (2/13)
With efforts to censor LGBTQ books in many communities across the U.S., the situation in Vinton appears to be a microcosm of a nationwide trend. It also marks the arrival of a new battleground in the culture wars: public libraries. (3/13)
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After working as a UPS driver on a 103-degree day in Texas, Matthew Moczygemba wound up at a hospital emergency room, where he was diagnosed with dehydration and heat exhaustion. His story isn't an isolated issue for the company. #NBCNewsThreads (1/10)
UPS employees and union leaders say this year more workers seem to be getting sick and have been hospitalized because of the heat than ever before. In response, they are demanding that the company put more safety measures in place. (2/10)
The workers' union issued a public letter outlining a series of steps it says UPS should take immediately to improve the safety of its drivers. They include providing fans in every truck, consistent supplies of water and ice, and hiring more drivers to reduce workload. (3/10)
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Black people are 7 times more likely to be wrongfully convicted of murder than whites, according to the National Registry of Exonerations. But even after exoneration, their freedom comes at a cost. #NBCNewsThreads (1/11)
Among those who have been exonerated, psychologists who treat them and lawyers who represent them say their re-emergence into the world after prison produces potentially lifelong challenges that affect them and their families. (2/11)
“You’re dropped into society so damaged that you don’t know how to fit in,” Herman Atkins, who spent 12 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, said. “That’s the part of these exonerations that people don’t realize.” (3/11)
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29-year-old Sania Khan documented her divorce, the stigma she faced and the process of starting her life over on TikTok. Then, she was allegedly shot to death by her estranged husband. #NBCNewsThreads (1/10)
Khan had gotten out. She had separated from her husband earlier this year, despite pressure from her family, and moved into her own place in Chicago, miles away from the man she described as “toxic.” (2/10)
Raheel Ahmad made the 11-hour drive from his Georgia home to Khan’s Chicago apartment, where he allegedly came to kill her. Coroners identified the bodies found by police as Khan and Ahmad; they ruled her death a homicide and his a suicide. (3/10)
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The moment she heard the first pops of gunfire, the teacher knew what she had to do: She needed to make sure that her classroom door was locked, a seemingly simple task that would require her to take a life-threatening risk. #NBCNewsThreads (1/11)
Robb Elementary is among thousands of schools across the country lacking a basic safety feature that experts have recommended for decades: classroom doors that lock from the inside. (2/11)
1 in 4 U.S. public schools lack classroom doors that can be locked from the inside, according to an NCES survey. In 2018, 36% of Texas schools said they did not have interior-locking doors in most of their classrooms. (3/11)
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A new class of weight-loss drug is giving some patients with obesity new hope that they’ll be able to lose weight and improve their health, but doctors say relatively few of the country’s millions of eligible patients are taking them. #NBCNewsThreads (1/9)
The drugs mimic a hormone called GLP-1, which tells the pancreas to secrete more insulin to control blood sugar. They’re not new to medicine; they’ve been used to treat Type 2 diabetes for years. (2/9)
It’s still unclear exactly how the drugs help with weight loss. Thomas Wadden, director of Penn Medicine’s weight and eating disorders program, said they seem to slow down stomach-emptying so people stop eating sooner and feel full longer. (3/9)
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.@NBCNews asked its readers: How has getting an abortion — or deciding not to — changed your life? Here’s what they said.

"I want my great-grandkids to experience the process and consequence of choice. Empowered to make those high-stakes decisions. Because that's just the first one they will make about their family."

— Julie Davies / Salem, OR
"I purchased [abortion] pills online, took them at home and almost bled to death. I then sought out legal abortion services. Abortive services allowed me to get out of a bad situation without being beaten for being pregnant."

— Kristi Wilson / Bakersfield, CA
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Hannah Crisostomo is one of several USS George Washington sailors who said they’ve either attempted suicide, know shipmates who have, or have had ideations related to the work. #NBCNewsThreads
Last spring, Crisostomo, an aviation boatswain’s mate handler on the USS George Washington, had been moved to night-shift repair duties.

Amid disorganization on the ship during an extensive overhaul, she said she was constantly berated for things out of her control.
Crisostomo & several other George Washington sailors said they didn't get resources they seeked and stayed in uninhabitable living conditions aboard the ship, including a lack of hot water & electricity.

“There is no putting in your two-week notice and getting out,” she said.
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Forced to give up their homes and leave their families, everyday Ukrainians boarded a train in hopes of finding safety.

@NBCNews spent 15 hours on a train from Przemysl, Poland to Berlin with Ukrainian refugees.

Nataliia Sukhar and her son, Gleb had never left Ukraine before. But in 24 hours, they will have crossed two national borders — first Poland and then Germany. Berlin is their final destination — or as final as they can imagine in the midst of the chaos. Image
After days hiding with 60 other people in the basement of a department store in Kharkiv, Sukhar decided to go to Germany.

That meant having to leave her conscription-age husband behind.

“I am just afraid that I may never see him again,” she said softly. Image
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After natural disasters, FEMA often rejects aid for vulnerable communities where survivors have few other paths to recovery, an @NBCNews analysis finds.

A tornado that cut a 10-mile path through Jefferson County, Alabama, on Jan. 25, 2021, destroyed 86 homes and severely damaged 45 more, devastating the suburb of Fultondale.

“Our town got demolished,” Mayor Larry Holcomb said. “I mean, completely destroyed.” Image
FEMA estimated the cost to support those without insurance in finding temporary shelter and beginning to rebuild their homes would top $1.8M.

But the federal government denied Jefferson County’s request for aid, saying the tornado did not cause enough damage to require help.
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“I don’t think we’re doing enough.”

In the middle of former President Trump’s Midwest base, many Republicans see higher gas prices as a small price to pay to help defend Ukraine.

@HenryJGomez reports from Ohio:

@HenryJGomez “Ask the public what they are willing to sacrifice,” an unemployed caregiver said while waiting for GOP Senate candidate J.D. Vance to hold a campaign event.

“I pray every day to St. Nicholas to save the children in Ukraine who are in danger.”
@HenryJGomez “It’s not going to cripple us,” a retired cardiac technician said of the higher gas prices likely to result from the Russian oil ban, speaking after Vance finished a town hall.

“I invest in things that are important to me.”
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At 1 p.m. on a Wednesday in February, a DJ in front of pink flashing lights played a trance song for a crowd of 90 people. The performance wasn’t at a warehouse rave.

It was in a Zoom room organized around meth use.

While Zoom became a household name during the Covid-19 pandemic, the platform was familiar to many meth users for years before.

“There is no meth without Zoom, and there is no Zoom without meth,” Paul, who said he’s been addicted to meth for about eight years, told @NBCNews.
Paul is part of a sprawling online community of meth users hidden in plain sight on nearly every major social platform, from Facebook to Zoom to Reddit to Twitter. “That is where I found a forum, like a tribe, where I could be my authentic self with no fear of judgment,” he said.
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An untold number of Americans are grappling with the mysterious effects of what has become known as long Covid. Their concerns now go beyond health as they try — and fail — to get financial assistance, an @NBCNews investigation finds. #NBCNewsThreads (1/9)…
An estimated seven to 23 million Americans have experienced “long Covid,” a catch-all term for roughly 200 symptoms ranging from memory issues to chest pain to dizziness upon standing. (2/9)
Latesha Holloman, a 38-year-old mother of five daughters has experienced chest pain, headaches, fatigue, dizziness and shortness of breath since she contracted Covid-19 while working at the front desk of a health care company in Virginia. (3/9)
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Across the country, immunocompromised people, the disabled, and the elderly are watching as states relinquish a requirement that compelled all members of the community to protect themselves and each other. #NBCNewsThreads (1/8)…
One concern for many is that ending mask mandates is just another step toward leaving the disabled, immunocompromised and elderly behind as the country tries to move past the pandemic. (2/8)
Advocates for the disabled and immunocompromised in states that recently lifted their mandates or did away with them long ago say that it’s driven members of their communities to be even more alone and disconnected from society. (3/8)…
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Volunteers are restoring generations-old headstones.

Advocates are battling developers to keep grounds intact.

Groups are seeking justice for burial grounds paved over to build highways.

The growing movement to save Black cemeteries:

In 1874, the Greenwood Cemetery was founded as the first Black commercial burial ground for the St. Louis area’s growing Black population after the Civil War.

At least 50,000 people were buried in Greenwood, including at least a half dozen relatives of Raphael Morris. Image
The Greenwood Cemetery Preservation Association, a group of local volunteers and historians, has cleared out about half the cemetery and located several documents to identify those buried.

So far, they’ve found some form of record for at least 35,000 people. Image
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President Biden thinks Russian President Putin will invade Ukraine. Here's why the West is so worried.

@NBCNews looks at what Putin might want from the standoff and how he could be planning to get it. #NBCNewsThreads (1/8)…
Although Russia has denied its planning to attack the former Soviet state, Putin has issued several security demands that have been dismissed by the West, resulting in a diplomatic stalemate. (2/8)
The current standoff centers on Putin’s demands for security guarantees for Russia that would include a stop to NATO’s expansion eastward, a formal veto to stop Ukraine from ever joining the military alliance, and roll backs of NATO's military deployments in the region.​​ (3/8)
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As oil companies carve up more of the rainforest, a new study says no place in the world uses more oil from beneath the Amazon than California.

Published in partnership with @pulitzercenter @Rainforest_RIN #NBCNewsThreads (1/8)
@pulitzercenter @Rainforest_RIN Last year alone, some 70M barrels of oil from the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador flowed to the U.S. California accounted for nearly 56M barrels, far more than the 5 other states that received oil: Texas (6M), Louisiana (6M), Mississippi (0.5M), Washington (0.4M). (2/8)
@pulitzercenter @Rainforest_RIN About half of the Amazon oil exported to California went to 3 refineries in and around Los Angeles, the report said. California drivers fill up on Amazon oil at gas stations operated by major brands such as Marathon, Chevron and Shell. (3/8)
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Black culture and influence made 'athleisure' a phenomenon, but only a handful of Black retail owners are benefitting from the trend. #NBCNewsThreads (1/8)…
The guest bedroom in Earl West’s home in suburban Atlanta looks more like a sneaker warehouse. From floor to ceiling, covering the entire space, there are nearly 900 pairs of sneakers valued in West’s estimation at more than $100,000. (2/8)
West, a self-described “sneaker head” started collecting in 1982. He is among thousands of people in America, especially Black males, who are fixated on sneakers, so much so that they are the drivers of a market that pulled in $70B in 2020. (3/8)
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Sec. Cardona is urging Congress to approve $103B in discretionary budget authority for the Dept. of Education.

This funding could mean a huge change in federal control over local schools.

Reporting by @hechingerreport.

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@hechingerreport By bringing the nation’s classrooms into the public’s homes, the pandemic offered a close-up of the system’s failures.

Yet, thousands of teachers, principals and other school staff have been going to heroic lengths to help students struggling emotionally and academically. (2/10)
At Witch Hazel Elementary, which has a student poverty rate of 95%, adults are proud of how well they’ve survived a difficult year.

“I’m always excited for innovation,” Principal Christy Walters says. “I’m not too tired for that. That is energizing.” (3/10)
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Next week, Minneapolis residents will vote on whether to replace the Minneapolis Police Department with an agency that provides a "comprehensive public health approach" to public safety.

Reporting by @janellefiona.
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The ballot measure says the new department "could include" police officers "if necessary."

According to JaNaé Bates, a spokeswoman for the coalition that petitioned for the initiative, passage would not "abolish" the police or lead to the firings of any officers. (2/6)
Supporters of the proposal say it would bolster public safety to include not just police officers but also mental health and substance abuse experts, violence interrupters and others better suited to handle situations that armed police officers ordinarily face. (3/6)
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Pro-China social media accounts are pushing a new thread of propaganda about the origins of the pandemic, claiming that Covid was imported to Wuhan from the U.S. through a batch of Maine lobsters, the University of Oxford found. #NBCNewsThreads (1/6)
Marcel Schliebs, a disinformation researcher at the university, uncovered more than 550 Twitter accounts spreading a nearly identical message. Translated into multiple languages, the message was sent at similar times each day between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. China Standard Time. (2/6)
“This is the third or fourth major different redirection Chinese officials have gone in to try and somehow pin the Covid outbreak on the U.S.,” said Bret Schafer, the head of the information manipulation team at the Alliance for Securing Democracy. (3/6)
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