March 26, 2019: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • A plan is afoot that could make New York City the first metropolis in the U.S. to use so-called "congestion pricing." The proposal, currently being mulled by the New York State Legislature, would install electronic tolls for vehicles entering the busiest stretches of Manhattan. Cities such as London, Singapore and Stockholm already have congestion pricing to help unclog streets, though The New York Times reports that the plans have been criticized as being unfair.

    • Idaho Foundation for Parks and Lands
    The Plantation Island Greenbelt Bridge was officially reopened to the public Monday, once again linking the Boise and Garden City greenbelt systems. The reopening came two years after severe floods damaged the bridge, forcing its removal. A major FEMA grant, along with more than 170 private donations, made the $200,000 restoration project possible. Although the bridge is open to the public, officials said Monday that they still want to replace some of the planks across the span.
  • National Geographic reports that scientists are nervously watching a chunk of ice more than twice the size of Manhattan that could break off from Antarctica's Brunt Ice shelf essentially at any moment.
  • CNN reports that passengers aboard a British Airways flight from London to Dusseldorf, Germany, were left a bit bewildered Monday when their plane landed in Scotland instead. Pilots and air traffic controllers blamed a blunder with paperwork.
  • An opera singer was asked to return to her dressing room and change her outfit before performing in a concert at London's Royal Albert Hall. The BBC reports that British soprano Anna Patalong was wearing an anti-Brexit outfit—a dress inspired by the EU flag. Patalong's husband wrote on social media, "If you can't enjoy a three-hour concert because a performer wears some visible gold stars... you need to have a word with yourself."
  • The maternity ward at the Maine Medical Center is experiencing a baby boom. That may not seem like news until your learn that each of the nine nurses who work in the labor and delivery unit of Maine's largest hospital are expecting babies in the next few months. Here's some photographic evidence:
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