Cuomo digs heels in against resignation
Damning evidence of sexual harassment at the hands of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo took center stage last week when Attorney General Letitia James released a report that found him guilty of abusing 11 women. This is in violation of state and federal law. Cuomo has repeatedly refused to resign even after President Biden and almost every Democratic official in New York asked him to step down. The latest blow was the resignation of his staunchest loyalist Melissa DeRosa whom the report also named for trying to discredit a former aide who was harassed. The New York State Assembly will move forward with an expedited impeachment process on Monday.
The Tokyo Olympics ends
The Tokyo Olympics that faced obstacles unprecedented in number and nature, concluded on Sunday. The onslaught of COVID-19 ensured that fewer than 1,000 guests attended the Opening Ceremonies in a stadium that can hold about 68,000 people. Some highlights for the weekend are: American Allyson Felix won her 11th Olympic medal (gold for the 4×400-meter relay), the most ever by a U.S. track and field athlete; Quinn, a member of the Canadian women’s soccer team, became the first transgender athlete to ever win a gold medal on Friday when Team Canada defeated Team Sweden in the finals; India won her first gold medal this session thanks to ace javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra. This is India’s first medal in Olympic athletics since the country became independent.
Biden administration extends deadline on student loans
For the fourth time, the Biden administration has bought more time for borrowers to pay off student loans. The Education Department said it will extend the suspension of federal student loan payments through January 31, 2022. This is supposedly the final extension being offered.
The Dixie Fire is now California’s second-largest blaze
Northern California’s town of Greenville has been destroyed by the Dixie Fire: a behemoth blaze that is the second-largest in state history. Dixie has mushroomed to almost 490,000 acres, burning an area larger than the size of New York City. Authorities are now trying to keep it from reaching the tiny neighboring community of Crescent Mills.
COVID-19 updates: booster shots for the immunocompromised are expected to be authorized soon as the Delta variant brought the virus roaring back to life; the Pentagon will seek a mandate for vaccination of all military personnel; the U.S. is now averaging 100,000 new COVID-19 infections a day, up from 11,000 a day in late June; as poorer countries are still struggling to access vaccines, the World Health Organization called for a halt on booster shots through at least September; the U.S. economy that was ravaged by the pandemic added 943,000 jobs in July as the labor market recovery boomed.