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Former Secretary Of State Colin Powell Dies From COVID-19 Complications

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell has passed away at the age of 84 from COVID-19 complications, his family announced on Facebook Monday morning in a statement. “We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American,” the family stated. The family also confirmed that Powell had been vaccinated.

Powell’s work for his country was polarizing, resulting in high honors and low points. Powell was born in 1937 in Harlem, New York, to immigrant parents. During college, Powell would join the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), which would thrust him into a military career.

As an advisor sent to Vietnam during the Vietnam War, Powell was injured by a Vietnamese booby-trap in 1963, which earned him a Purple Heart. Powell would return to Vietnam for a second tour of duty in the late 1960s.

Following other tours of duty and promotions to brigadier and major generals, Powell would then serve under numerous presidents — which includes Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush.

In 1987, Powell was named National Security Advisor for the Reagan administration, and was then appointed to Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staffs by H. W. Bush two years later. In 2000, W. Bush appointed Powell as Secretary of State, becoming the first African-American to hold the position.

As ABC News notes, Powell saw many historic moments in history during his time in top roles, such as the fall of the Berlin Wall, the crisis in Bosnia, the end of the Soviet Union in 1991, the Gulf War, and the 1989 invasion of Panama.

In 2003, Powell’s role in the invasion of Iraq was one that would haunt him for the rest of his life. Powell testified to the United Nations Security Council that the country was stockpiling weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and possessed an ongoing weapons program, helping to build support for the invasion.

However, Powell admitted in 2004 to the U.S. Congress that his intelligence reports were incorrect and that it was unlikely Iraq was harboring nuclear weapons. This monumental error would permanently hurt the legacy and reputation of Powell, who later resigned. Speaking to Larry King years after, Powell said he “regretted” his U.N. speech because of the wrong information.

George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, released a statement on Powell’s passing, calling him a “great public servant” while remembering the positions he held and the impact he made during his many decades of service in the military and government.

He [Powell] was such a favorite of Presidents that he earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom – twice. He was highly respected at home and abroad. And most important, Colin was a family man and a friend. Laura and I send Alma and their children our sincere condolences as they remember the life of a great man.”

Bush’s former Vice President Dick Cheney, whose relationship with Powell turned bitter during the height of the Iraq and MWD conflict, also released a statement on his passing. Cheney said that Powell was a “trailblazer and a role model for so many,” and was someone who “loved his country and served her long and well.”

Following his retirement, Powell would write a memoir titled “It Worked For Me: In Life And Leadership” in 2012 that looked back on his life and the lessons he learned, while also addressing the more tainted parts of his career.

NBC News explained that in recent years, Powell had become highly critical of the Republican party. Powell called Donald Trump a “national disgrace” in leaked emails back in 2016, while also saying he could no longer call himself a Republican following the Jan. 6 riots at the Capitol.

U.S. Plans To Reinstate “Remain In Mexico” Policy Next Month

The Biden Administration announced its plans to reinstate a Trump administration policy, the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), in mid-November that will force migrants on the U.S. southern border to remain in Mexico while they await a hearing.

Texas U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk had ordered the Biden administration to reinstate the MPP in mid-August after Attorney Generals in Texas and Missouri sued the cancellation. The Supreme Court then denied a request from Biden asking to stay the lower court order of the required reinstatement.

The reimplementation of the policy known as “Remain in Mexico” hinges on whether the Mexican government will accept the migrants that are expelled from the U.S.

ABC News notes that Mexico “generally wants cases to conclude within six months and ensure that asylum-seekers have timely and accurate information about hearing dates and times and better access to legal counsel.” Mexico also wants exemptions for migrants who are termed as being “more vulnerable.”

The Mexican Ministry of Foreign Relations also discussed its desires for “addressing the structural causes of migration,” with the U.S., while also emphasizing possible transfer programs for migrants that would provide opportunities.

Priorly, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had ended the policy in June. In a memo of termination released, DHS secretary Alejandro Mayorkas gave details regarding his review, saying he determined MPP to “not adequately or sustainably enhance border management in such a way as to justify the program’s extensive operational burdens.”

Additionally, Mayorkas cited other factors such as COVID-19 challenges that caused millions of dollars to be wasted and migrant cases to be postponed indefinitely, forced additional responsibilities from the MPP that drove the Department away from its mission sets, and questions that arose about the program’s “design and operation.”

Despite the DHS appealing a court injunction that required the Department to work in good faith in reinstalling the MPP, they stated they have done just that while also saying they remain “committed to building a safe, orderly, and humane immigration system that upholds our laws and values.”

According to CBS News, officials told reporters that the Biden administration is making several changes to the MPP that will better reflect the administration’s goals and treatment towards migrants, while also addressing concerns raised by the Mexican government.

One change the administration may make to the MPP is better and more frequent representation for those who are being held in the program, as the American Immigration Council explains.

“Representation rates for the 70,000 people subjected to MPP were exceedingly low. Data suggests that just 7.5% of individuals subject to MPP ever managed to hire a lawyer, though the true representation rate may be even lower because that number includes individuals who were initially placed into MPP and then were later taken out of the program and allowed to enter the United States.”

The administration will also be building tent courts for migrants at Laredo and Brownsville, Texas — both which are located on the border — that will have a monthly cost of $24.6 million to operate, per ABC News, while also ensuring capacity in the system.

Despite having disregarded the MPP before while also ensuring not to repeat Trump’s approach towards immigration, the Biden administration continues to enforce the controversial “Title 42” policy, which allows the U.S. to expel migrants without giving them the chance to apply for asylum. This was recently enforced in September, when thousands of Haitian refugees flooded the Texas border.

A Pew Research Center report stated that the U.S. Border Patrol reported up to 200,000 encounters of migrants along the U.S.-Mexican border in July, which was the highest monthly total since March of 2000, when over 220,000 were reported.

Those numbers are up by over 183,000 from April 2020, which saw just 16,182 migrants. Before the pandemic, total migrant encounters were slowly on the decline at the start of May 2019, which was considered to be a “breaking point.”

In July, 53% of migrant encounters resulted in apprehension (where migrants are held in the U.S. as they await a decision) while 47% resulted in expulsion back to Mexico. Both those numbers have greatly fluctuated in the past year – In May 2020, migrant encounters resulted in 93% expulsion and 7% apprehension.

Cause Of Gabby Petito’s Death Revealed To Be Strangulation

In a Tuesday news briefing, Teton County coroner Brent Blue confirmed what so many expected and feared – that Long Island native Gabby Petito’s death was a homicide by strangulation through “human force” after her remains were examined following their discovery weeks prior.

While Blue explained it is possible for strangulation to occur by other means, such as mechanical, paperwork explicitly states it was “manual strangulation and throttling,” which could not have been done by an animal.

Appearing on “Anderson 360,” Blue told Anderson Cooper that Petito’s body was left in the wilderness for about three-to-four weeks, although the exact date of her death is difficult to pinpoint due to variables such as weather.

Important details, such as what condition the remains were found in or how the remains were found, were left out of the report. However, Blue confirmed that the autopsy revealed more information that was withheld from the public due to ongoing investigations.

Blue also explained that having to work on the case was “quite the media circus and continues to be,” and made an assumption that this was a case of domestic violence.

Speaking to Fox News, criminal defense attorney Mark Eiglarsh said that Petito’s strangulation will likely result in a first-degree murder charge for the arrested suspect – which all signs seem to be pointing is fiancee Brian Laundrie, 23, who was the last person to be with Petito, 22, in August.

“I think there’s a strong argument that if premeditation didn’t exist prior to the physical contact, it certainly was developed at some point during the strangulation.”

Criminal defense attorney Stuart Kaplan told Fox News that the autopsy has likely revealed enough information in private to either disregard Laundrie as a suspect, or connect him to the homicide. While Laundrie has yet to be charged for murder, he is the prime “person of interest” to the police and FBI, and is wanted for the unauthorized use of a debt card.

Laundrie and Petito, who both shared a love for nature, left from New York in mid-June for a four-month cross-country road-trip that would take them through multiple national parks and landmarks. Despite their engagement, the two appeared to have a rocky and unstable relationship at times.

On Aug. 12, the couple were pulled over by police for a domestic disturbance. Then, on Aug. 27, the two were once again seen fighting in a restaurant. Sources told ABC News that Petito left in tears while Laundrie looked “pissed off.”

The restaurant would be the last place Petito was seen alive, while Laundrie arrived back to his home in North Port, Florida on Sept. 1 in Petito’s white van – alone.

After returning, Laundrie and his family were reportedly uncooperative with authorities. Laundrie then managed to slip away to go “hiking” and has been missing since Sept. 14. This resulted in a currently on-going nationwide manhunt that has specifically targeted the Carlton Reserve, which has more than 80 miles of hiking trails.

Despite the intense amount of coverage this story has received, there are still no confirmed sightings of Laundrie. Of course, there’s no guarantee that Laundrie is even still alive. Laundrie’s sister Cassie called him a “mediocre survivalist” in an interview with ABC News.

Additionally, WESH went over the numerous obstacles that Laundrie would currently be facing in the wilderness. The Reserve is home to dangerous wildlife such as alligators, bears, hogs, snakes, and even reportedly panthers.

Mix in other factors such as the “difficult” Florida climate, Laundrie’s likely decreasing state of mind, his lack of food, water, and supplies, and the overall outlook is potentially grim. The general feeling of survival experts that spoke to CNN is that Laundrie is no longer in the area, or he isn’t alive.

According To Pearson/NORC Poll, Most Americans Think Misinformation Is A Problem

According to the results of a poll released by the Pearson Institution and Associated Press-NORC, 95% of Americans believe that misinformation regarding current events and issues to is a problem, with 81% saying it’s a major problem.

Additionally, 91% say that social media companies are responsible for the spread of misinformation, with 93% saying the same of social media users. More Americans said that they blame social media users, social media companies, and U.S. politicians for misinformation spreading more than the U.S. Government or other foreign governments. However, older adults are more likely to blame foreign countries than younger adults.

41% are worried they have been exposed to misinformation, but just 20% are worried they have spread it themselves. The poll, which involved 1,071 adults, found that younger adults are more likely to worry about possibly having spread misinformation more than older adults.

Lastly, most Americans felt that social media companies and users, the U.S. government, and U.S. politicians all share responsibility for dealing with the spread of misinformation.

The results of this poll shouldn’t be too surprising, as the threat and spreading of misinformation has grown exponentially during the rise of social media in the past decade.

In addition, major events have been at the center point of misinformation, such as elections, natural disasters, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Many people have had their opinions on the virus and vaccines effected due to the fake news that is swirling around them, which shows us that something as simple as a lie or exaggeration in an article can have massive, negative impacts.

Social media platforms have made attempts in the past to combat misinformation. Back in 2017, Facebook discussed some of the steps it was taking to limit this matter, such as updating fake account detection, identifying fake news while fact-checking organizations, and making it harder for parties guilty of misinformation spreading to buy ads. Facebook also assured users of easier reporting of fake news and improved news feed rankings.

Those improvements clearly haven’t done much, if anything at all. In 2020, Forbes reported on a study that found that Facebook was the leading social media site to refer to fake news over 15% of the time, while referring to hard news just 6%. It wasn’t a close margin between social media sites, either. Google came in with 3.3% untrustworthy versus 6.2% hard news, while Twitter had 1% untrustworthy versus 1.5% hard news.

Speaking to 60 Minutes, Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen explained how the tech giant prioritized what content users would see on their news feeds, which helped led to the spread of misinformation that targeted fierce reactions.

“And one of the consequences of how Facebook is picking out that content today is it is — optimizing for content that gets engagement, or reaction. But its own research is showing that content that is hateful, that is divisive, that is polarizing, it’s easier to inspire people to anger than it is to other emotions.”

If you are worried about biting the bait on or spreading around misinformation, there are plenty of ways to train yourself to have a more keen eye. According to The Verge, looking at factors such as survey and infographic sources, quotes, names and keywords, and the time-sensitivity of an article can all help you in concluding whether or not there may be misinformation afoot.

You should also take the time to consider other details, such as who is providing the information and how the story is being presented by different media sources. The Verge also urges for readers to think about their own feelings— are you getting strong emotions from reading the article? Do you want to instantly share it? If articles are feeding into reactions more than emphasizing actual facts or information, then that could be a red flag.

Mother And Son Arrested For Theft of Laptop During Capitol Riots

The FBI has arrested Watertown, New York residents Maryann Mooney-Rondon, 55, and her son, Rafael Rondon, 23, for their connections in the theft of a laptop during the Capital attack on Jan. 6.

A press release by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York stated that the pair appeared in federal court Friday in Syracuse, New York, and were released pending further proceedings.

In addition to theft of government property, the pair also face other charges in regards to the Capitol riot. These include entering and remaining in a restricted Capitol building or certain rooms, disorderly conduct, and obstruction of an official proceeding.

Only the obstruction of an official proceeding is classified as a felony, with the others being misdemeanors.

The younger Rondon also faces charges for an unregistered sawed-off shotgun, of which a maximum sentence carries up to 10 years of prison time and a fine of $250,000.

According to the Associated Press, while the pair weren’t the ones to have physically stolen the laptop, Mooney-Rondon had assisted in the theft by providing her gloves or a scarf to the perpetrator of the laptop, so as to not leave any fingerprints.

“He asked, he said, give me – I don’t know if it was gloves or a scarf I was wearing – and like I said he scared me,” the documents quotes her [Mooney-Rodon] as saying.

Rodon then claimed to FBI agents that he assisted the man in sliding the laptop into his backpack with the gloves or scarf, which the young man said was “probably stupid” of him. The two then went into the Senate gallery, and proceeded to leave after seeing it was flooded with protesters.

The man that Mooney-Rodon and Rodon assisted has not yet been identified.

Numerous media outlets had reported that the laptop belonged to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. While the laptop was taken from Pelosi’s conference room, these reports were false as it was later clarified that the laptop did not belong to Pelosi. The only purpose of the staff-owned laptop was for presentations.

Pelosi’s actual laptop was claimed to be stolen by 22-year-old Harrisburg, Pennsylvania resident Riley Williams. Williams was arrested two weeks following the riot after boasting of stealing the laptop on social media and reportedly planning on selling it to Russian security services.

However, Pelosi’s laptop was not found in Williams’ possession, and it is currently unknown if it was ever recovered by the FBI.

The FBI’s search for Mooney-Rodon and her son created quite a stir for a number of parties involved. As the Associated Press notes, the FBI had raided the business of Paul and Marilyn Hueper in Homer, Alaska back in April, believing they were the ones who had assisted in the laptop theft.

The Huepers had been in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6 for the Trump rally that preceded the attack, but did not partake in the breaching of the Capitol. The raid was a case of mistaken identity as the women involved had similar features in photos during that time, such as coats and hairstyles.

Speaking to the Associated Press, Hueper said that while it’s a relief this ordeal is over, she’s concerned about the power the FBI holds that lets them disturb innocent people due to their “poor investigative skills and aggressive tactics,” while also not showing concern for the messy trail they leave behind.

In the 10 months since the capitol riot that was labeled by FBI Director Christopher Wray as “domestic terrorism,” over 668 people have been arrested on countless charges similar to the ones the Mooney-Rodon family is facing.

However, despite the takeover being extremely documented, many violators still have yet to be identified by law enforcement.

Politicians Warn Of Recession If Debt Limit Is Hit In Coming Weeks

Numerous democratic politicians have taken to addressing their concerns that if the debt limit is hit in the coming weeks, it could spell a crippling recession for the U.S. economy.

Speaking with CNBC, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen explained that she sees Oct. 18 as the deadline for the debt ceiling to be addressed by Congress. If the ceiling isn’t dealt with, the U.S. would default on their debt for the first time in history.

“I do regard Oct. 18 as a deadline. It would be catastrophic to not pay the government’s bills, for us to be in a position where we lacked the resources to pay the government’s bills.”

The debt limit had previously been suspended back in 2019 until July 31 of this year. On Aug. 1, the debt limit reset to $28.4 trillion.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY.) has echoed Yellen’s sentiments, and announced on Twitter that he has filed cloture on legislation passed by the House in order to suspend the debt ceiling, and that the Senate will be voting on moving forward Wednesday.

Schumer had previously attempted to gain approval of a debt ceiling increase multiple times, but failed due to the filibuster blockade that the GOP put in place back in June, which requires 60 majority votes.

Yahoo! Finance explains that as of now, the 100 votes are split evenly between the two parties. The Democrats have been able to reach just 51 votes thanks to Vice President Kamala Harris’ tie-breaking vote.

Schumer expressed his desire to “avoid irreparable economic harm to people and families.” Schumer also called for Republican senators to show they don’t have to “link arm in arm with those extreme members of their conference” by voting in favor of suspension.

The tense situation has been muddled with mudslinging between the two parties, with President Joe Biden accusing Republicans on Monday of playing “Russian roulette” when it comes to the debt ceiling, and that the GOP needs “to get out of the way” in order for the U.S. to avoid a financial crisis.

Biden also explained that the Trump administration is at fault for the need to raise the debt limit because of “the reckless tax and spending policies” that occurred during that time. “In four years, they incurred nearly eight trillion dollars,” Biden said.

In his press conference, Biden gave America an idea of what economic problems would arise if the government is forced to default on its debt.

“Defaulting on the debt would lead to a self-inflicting wound that takes our economy over a cliff and risk jobs and retirement savings, social security benefits, salaries for service members, and benefits for veterans.”

Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY.) has shown no inclination for the GOP to help Democrats through their votes in order to raise the borrowing limit, while also accusing Democrats of “sleepwalking” towards a debt default.

Yahoo! Finance discussed a majority of ways this debt ceiling bout could end, one of which is the filibuster being lifted by McConnell if Schumer continues his strategies. Another involves Schumer moving to ban to the use of the filibuster in regards to the debt ceiling, although it is noted that maneuver would carry some risks with it due to the senate containing a number of filibuster advocates.

While the general belief is that a positive resolution, no matter what party it comes from, is more likely to occur as opposed to a debt default, the latter is still an intimidating possibility that could send the U.S. financial status spiraling.

Has “Missing White Woman Syndrome” Played Into Gabby Petito’s Coverage?

In the past weeks, the nation has been captivated by the tragic story of Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito, a young engaged couple that had set out on a road trip to explore the natural west.

The van-dwelling, wanderlust-filled pair’s travels have ended with authorities discovering Petito’s remains in Bridger-Teton National Park, Wyoming, while a manhunt for Laundrie is still ongoing.

One of the more notable aspects of this saga includes the explosion of media coverage of the disappearance and the surrounding circumstances, along with fierce public reaction on social media platforms like Twitter. This has led to some claiming it to be a case of “missing white woman syndrome.”

Termed by the late PBS news anchor Gwen Ifill, missing white woman syndrome, or MWWS, is the phenomenon of a disappeared or jeopardized white girl or woman, typically in the middle or upper classes, being given intense preferential treatment when it comes to news media coverage.

In contrast, the disappearances of individuals belonging to minority groups such as latinos, indigenous, and blacks are claimed to be given less intense coverage or completely overlooked altogether.

A 2016 study published in the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology provided some evidence to support the MWWS theory, citing that blacks are less likely to appear in the news or have a significant amount of coverage.

Women, specifically caucasian, in the study were “consistently overrepresented on both the individual and article levels and across all sources.”

Syracuse University professor of communications Carol Leibler elaborated further on how MWWS has played into Petito’s coverage, noting her characteristics were just as important in attracting attention as the color of her skin:

“The causes for MWWS are complex and reflective of dominant ideologies of white supremacy and beauty ideals. It’s not just that Gabby Petito was white: She was young, thin, fit, blond. In other words, she fit societal definitions of beauty.”

Social definitions are also contested to be a reason for the sparse in-depth coverage of minority disappearances, particularly the prejudice notions that most black people are runaways or involved in crime.

There are other arguments as to why MWWS persists, one of which is a clear lack of diversity among journalists. In 2018, a Pew Research Center report found that non-hispanic white individuals make up three-quarters, or 77%, of newsrooms.

Additionally, a 2017 Women’s Media Center’s survey determined that women of color made up just 8.08% of journalists in the 661 participating newsrooms. Advocates for more diverse newsrooms feel that better senses and ideas regarding racial and social issues, along with a wider range of coverage, are more easily attainable in that kind of setting.

The heavily-discussed emergence of MWWS in the Petito homicide case has led to multiple journalists interjecting their own opinions, some of which resulted in disagreements over appropriateness.

In one recent instance, KTUV news anchor Frank Somerville was indefinitely suspended for attempting to bring awareness to how the disappearances of black people and other races are not given as much attention as white people are during a segment on Petito.

Even Petito’s family hasn’t turned a blind eye to the racial inequality that has risen up in these horrific developments. Instead, they have used this as an opportunity to help others who are or have been in their situation.

Joe Petito, the father of Gabby, announced that the family is starting a foundation in honor of his daughter that is dedicated to help find missing individuals through “guidance and resources.”

Petito recognized the outcry of disparity in coverage during a press conference and sent a message to reporters, saying that “it’s on all of you” when it comes to providing help for those missing.

Massive Oil Spill Threatens Wildlife, Forces California’s Huntington Beach To Close

A devastating 126,000 gallon (476,910 liters), 13 square-mile oil spill from a pipeline off the California coast has forced Huntington Beach to close for what could end up being weeks or months.

Huntington Beach, affectionately referred to by its locals as “Surf City,” had to cancel planned weekend events and immediately took action against the spill, which occurred around five miles off the beach’s shore on Saturday morning.

Officials have confirmed that the pipeline has been capped, and is no longer leaking. However, Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley explained in an ABC News interview that the pipes are old, and the true extent of the damage is not known.

The cause of the leak has yet to be determined, although investigations are currently ongoing. The pipeline that has unleashed nearly 3,000 barrels of oil slick into the environment is connected to an offshore oil platform known as “Elly.”

Beta Offshore, a division of Amplify Energy Corp. and one of the largest oil producers in the state, is responsible for the leak. Amplify Energy has since halted their production and pipeline operations, and has sent a remotely operated vehicle to confirm and investigate the spill.

A press release stated that 105 government agency personnel conducted shoreside response, and that a 1,000 yard safety zone was enforced by three U.S. Coast Guard boats around the oil spill.

Additionally, four aircrafts performed overflight assessments while fourteen boats conducted recovery operations on Sunday afternoon.

The U.S. Coast Guard has since removed 3,150 gallons (11,922 liters) from the water in a 24/7 effort while deploying 5,360 feet of boom, a floating barrier that is used to contain spills from further spread.

It will be one of the largest spills seen by California in recent memory, and Huntington Beach Mayor Kim Carr called the incident a “potential ecological disaster.” In an MSNBC interview, Carr discussed the undetermined amount of time a clean up and beach opening will take to develop:

“We don’t know at this time, and we’re assessing that day by day, hour by hour. Really, once we get a better understanding of exactly how that flow is going to hit the shoreline, then we’ll be better to assess exactly how long this beach clean up will take.”

Carr’s eco-disaster statement is ringing true, as the spill is already causing massive ecological repercussions to the area. Dead fish and birds have begun washing to shore, while oil has begun spilling into protected, sensitive preserves such as the Talbert Marsh, a 25-acre coastal wetlands that houses numerous species, some of which are endangered.

On Twitter, Foley said she spoke with Newport Beach Mayor Brad Avery, who saw Dolphins swimming through the oil. Foley called for repair and accountability, and stressed the importance of cleanup in order to prevent the situation from causing further destruction to the coast.

Speaking with ABC News, Foley believes that the fallout from the oil spill cannot be undone, and that Huntington Beach and its delicate ecosystem could be looking at years of unintended but deadly consequences.

“You can’t get wildlife back that are killed in this process, and some of the habitat, the plant species, they’re going to be impacted for years to come.”

Foley also expressed her concerns about the impact the spill will have on the air, which could harm beach-goers and residents. The popular beach brings in nearly eight million visitors a year due to its surfing reputation and scenic views.

According to the City of Huntington Beach, the Oiled Wildlife Care Center has already begun the rescue and cleaning of wildlife that have been affected by the spill. Officials have urged residents to not interfere with any oil-covered wildlife, and instead contact the OWCN via their hotline.

However, the clean-up and wildlife rescue efforts will require additional help, as Foley explained the need for equipment such as cardboard carrying boxes, tyvec suits, feeding tools, and N-95 masks.

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Underrated Things To Do In New York City

New York City is known as the “city that never sleeps”, and as a native myself I can confirm that this holds true. With five large borough’s, over 8 million residents, and skyscrapers as far as the eye can see, NYC is truly one of the most magnificent and diverse places in the U.S., maybe even the world. 

If you’re not a native, are planning on visiting, have visited but was overwhelmed by the thousands of things to do, or just are in the mood to explore a new city and New York has always been on your list, than it’s important to look into some of the amazing attractions that NYC has to offer. A lot of the typical tourism spots in New York do hold true to the photos online, however, they really aren’t the star of the show. NYC is HUGE and there’s an endless amount of possibilities when it comes to what to do when you find yourself exploring this concrete jungle. 

Central Park is the most popular park in NYC, and rightfully so, if you’ve ever seen an aerial shot of the city, it’s absolutely magnificent how contained this massive plot of nature remains in an otherwise industrial landscape. However, there are plenty of other beautiful parks in New York that don’t get as much attention, but truly deserve to. Bryant Park is an obvious runner up, as it has an endless amount of eateries surrounding the perimeter, and plenty of seating to enjoy the views on a nice day. In the winter, the park also has ice skating and the occasional concert in the park (concerts occur throughout the entire year it just depends on the day). 

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The Met

If you want to go the more historical and artsy route, NYC has one of the widest selections of museums that one could dream of. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the most magnificent museums in the country. The MET holds a myriad of artwork extending from the dawn of man, to modern examples of pop art by Andy Warhol himself. The vast size of the amount of artwork the MET has curated throughout the years is astounding, and a majority of it is on display. The best part? Entry is only $25, and for the amount to be seen within the museum, it’s definitely worth it. 

Other notable and exciting museums that one should visit in the city include; The Museum of Natural History, The Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Sex, The Museum of Ice Cream, The Guggenheim, and plenty more

Some more underrated attractions that one may not initially think of when planning their trip to New York City includes taking a ride on the Staten Island Ferry! Many don’t realize that the ferry itself travels on a route that allows passengers to see Brooklyn, the Statue of Liberty (without the overwhelming tourist energy), and lower Manhattan! 

Brooklyn itself has truly built up a representation as being flooded with hipsters and artisanal cheeses, however, the art and culture that’s circulating throughout these boroughs streets is truly astounding. Brooklyn Flea is the epicenter of all of it. Filled with up-cycled clothing stores, unique cafes and an endless amount of artwork, you can’t go wrong with a day of hipster magic and good food. 

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The West Village

The West Village is another beautiful little piece of NYC that deserves to be explored. In fact you could spend a whole day just walking around the village and you’ll definitely find plenty to do without all the noise and congestion that one would find in Times Square. Something unique to the West Village as well is their Midnight Movies at the IFC Center. IFC often roles through a whole slew of titles for their late night movie showings; including classics such as Jurassic Park and The Shining. 

Chinatown is to New York City as peanut butter is to jelly, however, if you’re looking for the greatest Chinatown/NYC experience, no other beats that of Flushing’s Chinatown. This location specifically stands out because of all the amazing food and restaurants that are bustling throughout the streets. Even more so, they have the New World Mall Food Court, a must see in terms of NYC eating. 

Finally, The Bronx. No, nothing in particular, but the Bronx in general is one of the most underrated boroughs throughout NYC and it’s no thanks to a lot of ignorant representation in the media. The Bronx has way more to offer than just the zoo as well. Home of the Yankee’s, the NYC Botanical Gardens, and several Victorian mansions, the Bronx has become a cultural hub for the history of the city, and has plenty to offer in terms of things to do. 

There’s a billion possibilities when it comes to exploring New York City. The key is figuring out what specific kind of experience you want to get out of it. Once you figure that out, there’s plenty of online resources to connect you to the perfect attraction to get the most out of your time in NYC.