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WQXR and the Metropolitan Opera Announce the Third Season of Aria Code
NEW YORK, March 4 -- Metropolitan Opera issued the following news release on March 3, 2021:

WQXR and the Metropolitan Opera today announced a third season of the critically acclaimed opera podcast Aria Code, hailed by The New Yorker as "elegantly constructed [and] effortlessly listenable."

Hosted by MacArthur Fellow and Grammy Award-winning musician Rhiannon Giddens, Aria Code brings to life the human experience at the heart of opera through storytelling, interviews, and stellar performances from the Metropolitan Opera's treasured archives.

Season three launches on Wednesday, March 10, with ... Show Full Article

VFW: 'Hello Girls' Kept World War I Communications Humming
KANSAS CITY, Missouri, March 4 -- The Veterans of Foreign Wars issued the following news release:

By the time the U.S. declared war on Germany in 1917, the Navy had already opened its doors to women, assigning them ground jobs that freed up men for sea service. The need ashore was even greater.

As the first American forces began arriving in France that summer, they found the communications network in disarray. In three years of combat, telephone lines were shot, shelled and bombed faster than they could be repaired.

Furthermore, the French women operating telephone exchanges spoke no English ... Show Full Article

Institute for Local Self-Reliance: New Research Focuses on Internet Infrastructure on Tribal Lands
WASHINGTON, March 4 (TNSRes) -- The Institute for Local Self-Reliance issued the following news release:

New research from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance's Community Broadband Network Initiative is focused on broadband access and Internet infrastructure on tribal lands -- areas which suffer from the least connectivity in the nation. There are two key pieces of research:

The first comprehensive list of tribally owned broadband projects in Indian Country. No one has assembled a list of all tribal-owned networks in the U.S. until now. Our resource includes an interactive web map of the locations ... Show Full Article

Feinstein Institutes and GE Research Demonstrate Ultrasound Stimulation Reduces Obesity
MANHASSET, New York, March 4 (TNSJou) -- Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research issued the following news on March 3, 2021:

New research shows that liver-focused ultrasound stimulation significantly decreases chronic inflammation linked to obesity. In a study published today in Scientific Reports, researchers from the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research and GE Research demonstrate that ultrasound technology could be used as a noninvasive approach to treating obesity.

These findings are important as they present breakthrough noninvasive methods to tap into the nervous system to treat ... Show Full Article

Committee to Protect Journalists: Investigative Journalist Visar Duriqi Assaulted in Kosovo
BERLIN, Germany, March 4 (TNSRes) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following news on March 3, 2021:

Kosovo authorities should conduct a swift and thorough investigation into the assault of journalist Visar Duriqi and ensure his safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Shortly after midnight on February 25, three unidentified masked men attacked Duriqi, an investigative reporter for the local news website Insajderi, outside his home in Fushe Kosova/Kosovo Polje, a municipality of Pristina, the capital, according to a report (https://insajderi.org/dhembe-dhe-hunde-te-thyer-lendime-te-renda-trupore-ndaj-gazetarit-hulumtues-visar-duriqi/) ... Show Full Article

CAIR Decries Striking of Preamble on Role of Racism in Health Disparities Bill in Maryland Legislature
WASHINGTON, March 4 -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations issued the following news release on March 3, 2021:

The Maryland office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today decried the striking of language in Senate Bill 52 Public Health - Maryland Commission on Health Equity (The Shirley Nathan-Pulliam Health Equity Act of 2021) in the Maryland General Assembly that addresses and highlights the role of racism in health disparities.

The preamble of the bill, which is sponsored by Senator Mary Washington, originally read in part:

"Racism is rooted in the foundation of America, ... Show Full Article

Black Women Call for Police Accountability, End to Qualified Immunity
WASHINGTON, March 4 -- In Our Own Voice-National Black Women's Reproductive Justice Agenda issued the following statement:

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This week, U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) reintroduced the "Ending Qualified Immunity Act" to eliminate the legal loophole that prevents victims of police violence and civil rights violations from obtaining relief through civil lawsuits. In Our Own Voice: National Black Women's Reproductive Justice Agenda President and CEO Marcela Howell issued the following statement in support of the legislation:

"Police violence against Black families ... Show Full Article