A person passes discarded Christmas trees along a sidewalk on January 14, 2014 in New York City. With thousands of trees being thrown out following the holidays, the New York City Parks Department is planning to use trees donated to the city’s Mulchfest recycling program to create dunes along portions of beach at the Rockaways to help fight erosion following Hurricane Sandy. The man-made dunes, which will include up to 3,000 old Christmas trees, are part of a larger program by the city and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to strengthen the beach at Rockaway.
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Park Slope residents are pointing to another casualty of the never-ending winter: dead Christmas trees, denied a proper burial. Since it started snowing and never stopped, the once-festive decorations are still strewn about Park Slope, reports DNAinfo, which counted about two dozen trees and other holiday detritus on neighborhood blocks. The Department of Sanitation said garbage collectors plan to pick up the trees, but can’t if they remain frozen to the sidewalks. “But they’re getting so gross that my dog ignores them now,” one resident said. That’s right, even peeing dogs are sick ofthem.
Your plan to go “one and done” just got more complicated
Federal health agencies on Tuesday will call for an immediate pause in use of Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose coronavirus vaccine after six recipients in the United States developed a rare disorder involving blood clots within about two weeks of vaccination, officials briefed on the decision said.
All six recipients were women between the ages of 18 and 48. One woman died and a second woman in Nebraska has been hospitalized in critical condition, the officials said.
Nearly seven million people in the United States have received Johnson & Johnson shots so far, and roughly nine million more doses have been shipped out to the states, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
While the move is framed as a recommendation to health practitioners in the states, the federal government is expected to pause administration of the vaccine at all federally run vaccination sites. Federal officials expect that state health officials will take that as a strong signal to do the same.
Scientists with the Food and Drug Administration and C.D.C. will jointly examine possible links between the vaccine and the disorder and determine whether the F.D.A. should continue to authorize use of the vaccine for all adults or limit the authorization. An emergency meeting of the C.D.C.’s outside advisory committee has been scheduled for Wednesday, officials said.
Fallout from the killing of Daunte Wright hits the sports world
ESPN reporting with @wojespn: In the aftermath of a police shooting that’s caused unrest in Minneapolis, conversations are ongoing about the possible postponement of the Nets-Timberwolves game tonight. The Twins-Red Sox game has been postponed. Decision expected this afternoon.