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Texas hotel room prices look high, but price-gouging isn’t the only thing to blame.

Texas hotel room prices look high, but price-gouging isn’t the only thing to blame.

Hotel prices in Texas are skyrocketing, but the reality is more complicated than price gouging.Millions of Texans have spent days in their homes without consistent access to power and water during extreme cold weather. Some have resorted to staying in hotels for heat and electricity, and have also worked to relocate vulnerable or homeless residents to nearby hotels.Over the past few days, local news outlets and social media users have noticed extremely high booking prices on hotel sites as demand spikes, which could be an indication of price gouging. NBC affiliate KXAN received emails from...

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Why fake news is so hard to combat in Asian American communities

Why fake news is so hard to combat in Asian American communities

Less than a week after Election Day, a spreadsheet titled “Battling Asian American Misinformation” began circulating in progressive Asian American social media circles, primarily among those of Vietnamese and Chinese descent.The most popular YouTube channels flagged on the spreadsheet accumulated hundreds of thousands of subscribers, in which pundits discussed misleading claims about , (a conspiracy by pro-Trump figures), and the in the presidential election. Below some of these clips, YouTube included a label informing viewers that the Associated Press had called the election for Joe...

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PowerPoint activism is taking over your friends’ Instagram accounts

PowerPoint activism is taking over your friends’ Instagram accounts

In 1971, to the backdrop of a funky jazz rhythm, musician and poet Gil Scott-Heron declared that “.” In 2020, however, it’s possible that the threads of revolution would be found on Instagram — its message distributed through and that preface a mini informative slideshow.Online activism, coupled with in-person organizing, reached a zenith in June, as daily Black Lives Matter protests erupted across the country. Instagram, once an apolitical din, reflected that change. It no longer felt appropriate — even for celebrities and influencers, who tend to exist unfazed by current events — to skip...

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It matters that police officers aren’t wearing masks

It matters that police officers aren’t wearing masks

Many police departments nationwide allow officers to wear masks at their own discretion while on protest duty.Over the past two weeks, tens of thousands of people have marched through American streets to protest over George Floyd’s death, police brutality, and systemic racism. While these stories have dominated news coverage, the is still . Public health experts have for the demonstrations, but many are worried about the jump in Covid-19 cases, especially as outbreaks in states like , , and are on the rise. Mass gatherings are risky, even if they are outside, as the protests are.This is why...

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