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Crews address oil leaks in wake of engine section’s departure | Local News

As tugboats towed a barge carrying the severed 6,300-ton engine section away Tuesday morning from what remains of the shipwrecked Golden Ray, elsewhere on the St. Simons Sound cleanup crews busied themselves with large oil slicks on the water.

The slicks were characterized by light fuel sheens on the surface of the water with floating brown heavy oil inside.

One of the larger slicks was photographed by Coastkeeper Susan Inman of the Altamaha Riverkeeper. On an airplane ride over the sound Tuesday morning, she snapped photos of the slick near where Frederica River and the Back River meet the sound.

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Kim Mulkey’s departure leaves hole in Waco community | Local News

Carla Pendergraft, who markets the Waco Convention Center to event planners and tracks hotel performance locally, said Baylor’s championship teams, including Mulkey’s Lady Bears, bring visitors and competitors to Greater Waco, where they occupy hotel rooms, buy meals and visit shops.

Championship games and regional tournaments “all impact the bottom line and generate positive publicity,” said Pendergraft, adding she hopes Mulkey’s successor has similar success in stimulating the local economy.






Former Baylor women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey arrives at Metro Airport to become LSU’s women’s basketball coach Monday in Baton Rouge, La.




Cynthia Simms, athletic coordinator

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Pandemic Lessons: Can you safely travel to places like Florida? | Local News

Acquiring Covid-19 naturally leads to developing antibodies that recognize and fight off the virus when they see it again. If you’ve been re-exposed, “those people have really, truly robust immune systems,” said Dr. George Rutherford, an epidemiologist at the University of California, San Francisco. That may not be measurable with antibodies, which wane after several months. But when the T cells and B cells in your immune system are stimulated, Rutherford says, “all the memory comes back right away.”

Rutherford, like Russo, is concerned about the variants. “The question for me about this long-term immunity stuff is not how long

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Council wants more oversight of ABIA hotel operator, other local government corporations

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The city-owned Hilton Hotel at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is operated by a quasi-government corporation that several city council members want a magnifying glass on.

Austin Bergstrom Landhost Enterprises, Inc., or “ABLE” was created to finance the purchase, rehabilitation, operation and management of the hotel. It has a council-appointed board of directors.

But District 7’s Leslie Pool wants more accountability of ABLE and other local government corporations that are separate from city departments.

“We birth them, and we give them their guiding principles, their rules and their mission. And we say go do good,” said Pool.

She said

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Canada added to State Department ‘do not travel’ list | Local News

Meanwhile, Nova Scotia closed its borders to visitors from several Canadian provinces, including Ontario and Quebec. And officials in British Columbia reported that a virus variant that overwhelmed India had appeared in that Canadian province.

Variants from the United Kingdom and Brazil have fueled the third and worst wave of the pandemic in Canada.

And while Canada’s vaccination rate has increased recently, its reliance on hard-to-get imported vaccines slowed the start of its vaccination effort. According to the Our World in Data Covid-19 Data Explorer, only 2.54% of Canadians had been fully vaccinated as of Wednesday. That compares to 26.1%

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Rebooted summer recreation program needs workers | Local News

After COVID-19 shut down traditional summer recreation programs for Hermitage students last year, city and school district officials are rebooting the programs for the summer. With the pandemic improving, they hope to conduct a traditional summer recreation program, following whatever masking or social distancing guidelines are prescribed.

With costs shared by the city and Hermitage School District, the summer program runs from June 14 through July 31. It typically registers 300 to 400 students. Indoor and outdoor activities include tennis, basketball, softball, kickball, and swimming, as well as science, art, and music projects. 

This year, city officials need about 15

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