4. An associate of the representativeboth Matt Gaetz should plead guilty to federal charges, including sex trafficking.
Joel Greenberg, a former elected official, could cooperate as a key witness against Mr. Gaetz, a Republican from Florida. Mr. Greenberg's plea, above, could significantly strengthen the Justice Department's arguments against Mr. Gaetz and others, which are looked at potential sex trafficking violations .
Sir. Greenberg allegedly met women on a website and then introduced them to Mr. Gaetz, who along with Mr. Greenberg had sex with them. Mr. Gaetz denied paying for sex. Image Credit ... George Etheredge for Hfrance.fr
5. Owners sweat as w ork remote keeps office spaces empty.
Nationwide, the vacancy rate in office buildings have reached 16.4 percent , the highest level in decades. This number could rise further, despite vaccinations allowing some people to return, if companies turn more definitely to hybrid work or totally to distance.
Some professionalreal estate companies claim not to. be worried and wait for a feedback. But so far, on average, just a quarter of workers in the 10 largest urban areas have returned to offices, a rate that has remained virtually the same for months, according to Kastle Systems, a security firm. Above, an office in Manhattan.
"We're just going to bleed lower for the next three to four years to find out what the new level of tenant demand is " said Jonathan L itt, chief investment officer. Image Credit ... Abdulmonam Eassa / Barcroft Media, via Images
6. Years after #MeToo, powerful men in France are accused of abuse.
Since the beginning of the 'year, men from some of France's most important fields - politics, sports, news media, universities and the arts - faced accusations of abuse sexuality in a reversal of most years of silence. Above, a demonstration at Paris city hall in July.
The accusations have also led to rethinking French masculinity and the French archetype as irresistible seducers.
"Things move so fast that sometimes my head spins ", said the founder of a group against sexual violence. Image Credit. .. Nell Redmond / Associated Press
7. A former NFL The cornerback is believed to have killed five people in South Carolina.
Phillip Adams, who was on six team rosters for six seasons in the NFL, a was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot in his Rock Hill home after a confrontation with the police. Alonso Adams, the suspect's father, said his son committed the murders and then committed suicide. Above, a sheriff's car in front of a crime scene inRock Hill.
The reason for the shooting was unknown. It was not clear whether Mr. Adams's brain would be sent to researchers who could determine if he had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative disease of the brain associated with repeated head trauma.
By the way, Pavle Jovanovic, a former Olympic bobsleigh who committed suicide last year, had CTE, the first athlete in a board sport have been found with . Image Credit ... Hannah Yoon
8. Meet Kati Kariko, a vaccine development hero Covid-19 lopment.
In 1989, she was hired as a low-level researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, migrating from lab to lab without ever make over over $ 60,000 a year. But she was convinced that messenger RNA could be used to instruct cells to make their own drugs, including vaccines.
First, Dr. Kariko inserted mRNA into cells, prompting them to make new proteins. Then she discovered how to overcome a crucial roadblock: getting mRNA beyond an ani's immune system.wrong. His work laid the foundation for the incredibly successful vaccines manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.
"It is already transforming for Covid-19, but also for other vaccines. HIV. - people in th The field is already excited. Flu, malaria, ”said Dr Anthony Fauci. Image Credit ... Yasuyoshi Chiba / Agence France-Presse - Images
9. African locusts have met their match: smartphones.
In 2020, billions of locusts descended on countries in East Africa which had not seen them for decades. But as bad as it is, a revolutionary approach has proven to be so effective that it could transform the management of other climate-related disasters. Above, a swarm of locusts in Meru, Kenya in February.
An entomologist created a simple smartphone app that allowed anyone to collect data like an expert. The information was then used by aerial pesticide sprayers to search for swarms and destroy them.
"The situation is still very, very serious " said Keith Cressman, a senior locust forecasting officer at the United Nations. food and agriculture. “But if you compare now to a year ago, countries are a thousand times more prepared. " Image Credit ... Bertrand Guay / Agence France-Presse - Images
10. And finally, Prince's new music.
For the first time since his death, Prince 's estate announced an unreleased album ," Welcome 2 America ", to be released in July . Above, Prince performing in Paris in 2009.
Recorded in 2010, the album documents "Prince's concerns, hopes and visions for a changing society, anticipating with foresight an era of
The Prince's Vault at Paisley Park, his studio complex outside of Minneapolis, is thought to contain hundreds - if not thousands - of unreleased songs .
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