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As Hurricane Maria churned menacingly toward Puerto Rico on 19 September, Gary Soto was hunkering down on the outskirts of San Juan. Soto, the operations manager of Puerto Rico’s state-run utility, faced a daunting task: to keep the grid running and minimize damage from the storm.

In a windowless, wood-paneled control center at the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), Soto and a dozen other engineers and supervisors worked at U-shaped desks littered with paper coffee cups, staring at computer monitors that displayed real-time conditions on the grid. One after another, transmission lines were failing, and the team hastily debated their course of action. In this fragile state, the network wouldn’t be able to absorb an oversupply of power, excess voltages, or swings in frequency. They could inject test currents into the downed lines, to see which ones could be restored, or else reduce the level of electricity being put on the grid, to protect the remaining transmission system. Hour after hour, the team’s chatter filled the room with rising urgency.

As Maria veered closer, Soto recalls, and its true magnitude became apparent, he thought anxiously about his wife and two young daughters, at home in the coastal town of Dorado.

By nightfall on the 19th, the PREPA crew knew their efforts were futile. Outside, winds topping 280 kilometers per hour had begun toppling transmission towers, snapping concrete power poles, entangling lines, and battering power plants. The PREPA engineers at their workstations watched in dismay as small outages spread and bloomed like a virus. Finally, at 2 a.m. on 20 September, Soto says, “We went into total blackout.”

All of Puerto Rico was now in the dark.

Four hours later, Maria barreled into the island as a Category 4 hurricane, the strongest to hit Puerto Rico since 1928. The storm tore a diagonal 160-km-long path from the island’s southeast to its northwest, demolishing tens of thousands of homes, washing away roads and bridges, stripping the limbs from lush green palms, and leaving in its wake a littered and jarringly lifeless landscape. Unofficial tallies after the storm suggest that about 1,000 people lost their lives.

In the months to come, Puerto Ricans—who are, after all, citizens of the United States, a country of unquestioned technological preeminence—would discover how breakable their modern society actually was. Water treatment facilities couldn’t provide drinking water, markets and restaurants couldn’t refrigerate food, banks couldn’t operate ATMs or conduct transactions. Cellular and Internet access was gone. Street lights and traffic lights stopped working. Schools, hospitals, and stores closed indefinitely. Puerto Rico’s factories shut down; tourism ground to a halt. After the storm, 200,000 Puerto Ricansdecamped for the mainland United States in search of jobs, medical care, or just modern comforts. As of early March, more than four months after the storm, 84 percent of PREPA’s nearly 1.5 million customers had power. But U.S. officials were saying that remote areas in “challenging terrains” would not get service until the end of May.

The restoration of Puerto Rico’s power grid is a timely object lesson on the vulnerabilities of modern electrical networks and on the emerging technological options for minimizing those vulnerabilities. Power experts are now not just repairing Puerto Rico’s grid but doing so with an eye toward a future that portends storms of increasing intensity and frequency. Grid operators around the world are considering the merits of microgrids, utility-scale energy storage, and distributed and renewable generation. But for Puerto Rican officials trying to rebuild their shattered electrical infrastructure, these possibilities are of much more than abstract interest.

This past December, I traveled to Puerto Rico to report on this massive undertaking, to see how engineers are restoring power to the island’s 3.4 million residents. I found contradictions everywhere I went. I saw utility workers fanned out across the island, yet progress remained excruciatingly slow. I met rank-and-file PREPA employees working flat out to restore power, yet each day brought a new report of fumbles at the utility’s top levels. I dined in the dark in Old San Juan, after the restaurant’s power cut out yet again, then strolled through a bustling shopping mall glittering with Christmas lights. And I heard many smart and exciting ideas for how to build a modern, resilient grid in Puerto Rico, even as the urgent need to restore power meant resurrecting the vulnerable existing system.

Hours after the storm cleared, Soto drove home to Dorado through a surreal scene of fallen trees and debris. Abandoning his car at a washed-out bridge, he walked the remaining 8 km to his house, where he was relieved to find his family unharmed. The next day, he made his way back to the PREPA control center.

Step one was to figure out what exactly had happened, all over the island. The control center was running on a diesel generator, but island-wide communications were down. That meant the usual way of gauging conditions on the grid—using automated remote terminal units at substations to collect and send data to the central SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) system—didn’t work. PREPA’s grid reaches nearly every home, business, school, and hospital on the main island, as well as on the smaller islands of Vieques and Culebra. For months, the utility was unable to say just which customers were still in the dark. At first Soto and his team relied on outage reports coming in via satellite phone and from amateur radio operators.

Under normal conditions, Puerto Rico’s generating capacity exceeds 5,800 megawatts, but peak demand is only around 3,000 MW. About half of the electricity comes from PREPA’s 10 oil-fired power plants. Much of the rest is produced by a pair of natural-gas power plants and a coal plant. Renewables—including seven solar farms, two wind farms, and seven hydropower sites—supply just 2.4 percent of generation.

On a sweltering morning in December, Soto stands before a colorful SCADA map projected on the wall of the control center. He points out the grid’s lopsided nature: Seventy percent of Puerto Rico’s power generation is in the south, while 70 percent of power demand is in the north. This disparity reflects decades-old decisions to build up the island’s manufacturing base. Back in the 1970s, mainland U.S. companies were lured to Puerto Rico by a generous corporate tax incentive, and many sited their factories in the south. Accordingly, PREPA expanded its power generation and transmission infrastructure to service those facilities. But in 1996, the U.S. government began phasing out the tax break, and manufacturers moved overseas. Now PREPA’s biggest customer base is on the other side of the island, centered around San Juan.

Soto sweeps his hands across the middle of the map, indicating the south-to-north transmission lines that bisect the island. “This is one of the biggest problems of how PREPA is configured,” he says. Hurricane Maria sliced straight through these vital connections, only 15 percent of which were designed to withstand a Category 4 hurricane.

From the control center, Soto and I drive to a grassy clearing and climb into a PREPA helicopter. We rise up into the air, and buildings in San Juan’s outskirts soon give way to undulating green mountains and plunging valleys, the bright blue Atlantic Ocean glimmering in the distance.

The transmission system consists of 4,000 km of line divided among three voltages, Soto explains. The backbone is a 230-kilovolt ring around the island, with two south-north corridors dividing the island into western, central, and eastern loops. This feeds an extensive 115-kV network that delivers power to population centers. Finally, a 38-kilovolt “subtransmission” network serves remote areas, as well as Vieques and Culebra via underwater cable; it also supplies power to PREPA’s 51,000 km of distribution line.

As the helicopter veers southeast, scenes of unsparing destruction emerge. Steel lattice transmission towers lie in broken piles. High-voltage wires wrap around treetops. We fly over the Punta Lima wind farm, where the masts of turbines, their blades shorn off, stick up like fat white flagpoles. Near the beach town of Humacao, a large solar farm has been reduced to fields of broken glass and twisted metal. Blue square tarps dot the landscape; these temporary roofs are all that shield the buildings’ occupants from the elements.

In the distance, another helicopter is lowering a replacement tower to an ant-sized crew in the clearing below. The storm damaged, destroyed, or otherwise compromised 80 percent of the island’s grid, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is in charge of its reconstruction. Of 334 substations, nearly 40 percent suffered major harm. Some power plants were hardly touched, while others were devastated. The largest facilities were operational within weeks but couldn’t export their power to the grid until the network was repaired.

A storm the size of Maria would have wreaked havoc on any electric system in its path. But Puerto Rico’s grid was especially vulnerable to extreme weather, and the utility was ill-equipped to respond. Decades of mismanagement and questionable practices, such as providing power at no charge to state-run enterprises and municipal governments, left PREPA US $9 billion in debt. Puerto Rico’s decade-long recession, shrinking population, and declining manufacturing sector further eroded revenues. To stem costs, PREPA halved its workforce, leaving the remaining 5,000 employees, like Soto, to juggle multiple roles. Routine maintenance, like clearing brush impinging on power lines, got deferred, and aging equipment wasn’t replaced. Last July, PREPA filed for bankruptcy.

Traveling around the island, I see signs of PREPA’s decline everywhere. Along a small creek, houses and fences have been built directly on an access road leading to transmission lines. Repair crews have had to either airlift in replacement parts or haul them in through people’s yards. In a San Juan neighborhood, a yellow excavator scoops thick mud. Over the years, a nearby lagoon has taken over a right-of-way, filling it with goop that’s bogging down workers’ trucks.

“This is like a storm within a storm within a storm,” Carlos Torres, a former vice president of emergency management at Consolidated Edison in New York and the top person overseeing the island’s power grid restoration, said in a presentation to utility workers in San Juan.

In a ballroom at the Sheraton Hotel in San Juan, dozens of utility engineers and supervisors gather on a December morning. Newly arrived on the island, they crowd around large round tables covered with notepads and bowls of candy bars. They hail from utilities in Arizona, California, Massachusetts, New York, and Texas, and they’ve come to help.

It took PREPA officials more than a month to formally request such mutual aid. On the mainland, these requests typically occur much sooner—perhaps even before a major storm strikes—triggering a flow of personnel, equipment, and material to the affected area. PREPA, however, turned to private contractors, a move that proved wildly controversial and eventually led its CEO to step down (more on that later).

In the ballroom, Eric Silagy, president and CEO of Florida Power & Light, gives the workers a pep talk. He urges them to adopt the motto of “One team, one mission” and persevere through any difficulties. They’ll be joining 3,500 or so others already on the ground.

“Back home, you know how devastating [a storm like this] would be,” Silagy says. “The people of Puerto Rico are counting on you. These U.S. citizens deserve to get back up on their feet as quickly as possible.”

Later that day, I run into crews returning from the field. “It’s all work, work, work,” says Alex Echeverría, director of relay protection and control engineering at the New York Power Authority (NYPA), as he watches the dirt-streaked, sweaty linemen shuffle into the Sheraton’s sprawling lobby. They’re still wearing their yellow safety vests and clunky boots as they make a silent beeline for the elevators.

Echeverría, who was born in Ecuador and has a lively sense of humor, landed in San Juan on 28 September with a team of drone pilots, NYPA supervisors, and engineers, sent there by New York governor Andrew Cuomo to help out with the recovery. “It was kind of helter-skelter,” the engineer recalled of those early weeks.

PREPA, still scrambling to respond, wasn’t prepared to delegate tasks, so the NYPA crew went looking for things to do. They surveyed transmission lines by drone and compiled status reports on every substation. Their first hotel, in Old San Juan, had no generator and thus no air-conditioning. With temperatures soaring above 30 °C most days, some workers took to sleeping on the tile floor.

Echeverría did a four-week stint and then returned for a second stint in November along with 450 New York utility workers. By the time I met him in mid-December, he’d settled into a relentless routine of 16-hour workdays. Each morning, he wakes at 5 a.m. and meets with repair crews and then updates PREPA officials. Meetings resume at 7 p.m., to review the day’s progress and map out the next day.

“It’s like Groundhog Day,” he jokes. “Every day is the same.”

During my time on the island, electricity had been largely restored in the bigger cities, including San Juan in the north, Ponce in the south, and Mayagüez in the west. But the more remote areas and even a few urban neighborhoods still lacked power. Service continued to be unreliable, with transmission lines occasionally faltering or crews de-energizing wires to do repairs.

Col. John Lloyd, the officer leading the Army Corps’ power-restoration mission in Puerto Rico, explains the frustratingly slow progress. A week after Maria, the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) tasked the Army Corps with restoring Puerto Rico’s grid to prestorm conditions. The military agency has since provided the lion’s share of manpower and resources on the island.

At his task force’s headquarters in San Juan, Lloyd wears his usual work attire of combat fatigues. Around him, workers hunch over laptops at folding tables, each table representing a region of the island. He ticks off a few of the many complications confronting his team: decades-old grid infrastructure in disrepair, including broken “blackstart” diesel generators that would ordinarily be used to jump-start larger generators after an outage; the island’s mountainous, forested interior, which necessitates transporting crews and material by helicopter; the fact that Puerto Rico is an island, which means much-needed equipment gets hung up at the port.

“I can’t overstate enough the magnitude of some of these challenges,” Lloyd tells me. “The amount of material necessary to do the restoration and the terrain we’re operating in are huge factors that drive a lot of the schedule and timeline.”

Nevertheless, as of late February, the Army Corps had brought in nearly 1,000 emergency generators. Truck-size 1-MW units went to hospitals and other critical facilities, while 25-MW units went to damaged power plants. The unit also received nearly 4,500 km of wire and more than 37,000 wood, concrete, and galvanized steel poles; another 13,000 poles were slated to arrive this spring. At first, supplies barely trickled onto the island, in part because inventories across the United States had been depleted by the disastrous 2017 hurricane season and wildfires in California.

A final factor slowing down the recovery is PREPA’s poor choices in the storm’s aftermath. In November, Ricardo Ramos, PREPA’s CEO at the time, told the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Energy and Natural Resources that his cash-strapped utility was “unable to meet the requirements” for mutual assistance, so he didn’t request it. These requirements include providing water, food, and shelter for the visiting workers.

Instead, PREPA quietly inked a one-year, no-bid contract for $300 million with Whitefish Energy Holdings, a two-person firm in Montana with little experience in grid repair or disaster recovery. Ramos said of the six contractors he considered, Whitefish was the only one that didn’t stipulate a large up-front deposit. Close scrutiny of the contract revealed unusual provisions, such as higher-than-normal rates for labor, per diem expenses, and travel—as well as a clause stating the work could not be audited.

A second no-bid contract for $187 million went to Cobra Acquisitions, a subsidiary of the Oklahoma-based fracking company Mammoth Energy Services. Like Whitefish, Mammoth has no experience with a recovery project this big. Its contract also stated that the firm could not be audited, although Cobra eventually agreed to remove that language. That contract has since swelled to $945 million, a fivefold increase.

PREPA officials have denied any wrongdoing, and Whitefish and Cobra note that they each deployed hundreds of crew members and shiploads’ worth of heavy equipment. The contractors’ linemen helped advance initial repair work along a handful of transmission lines, PREPA’s Soto confirms.

However, the controversy over the contracts and the slow recovery infuriated Puerto Ricans and further eroded public trust in the utility. Finally, on 31 October, Ramos announced that PREPA was canceling the Whitefish contract, and he requested mutual aid from the American Public Power Association and the Edison Electric Institute, industry groups that represent hundreds of utilities. On 17 November, Ramos resigned.

In early November, more than a thousand public utility workers began making their way to Puerto Rico. Keith Ladue, a chief lineman with NYPA, arrived on 9 November for a five-week stint. The extent of the damage shocked him. Everywhere he looked, poles and wires were lying on rooftops or on the ground. “People don’t realize how bad it is until they see it for themselves,” he says.

Wearing dark sunglasses and a bright orange hard hat, he stands atop a red dirt hill in Guaynabo, a western suburb of San Juan. “Go as slow as possible,” he says into a walkie-talkie, watching as linemen in a bucket truck secure a 115-kV line to a new steel pole. Green iguanas scurry in the tall grass by the road.

Ladue, who hails from Massena, N.Y., near the Canadian border, has a lot of experience doing repairs in rugged terrain. But Puerto Rico is something different. The pole they’re installing should be in a right-of-way, but instead it’s in the middle of a neighborhood, surrounded by houses and cars. The crew has to maneuver cautiously to avoid damaging private property.

Still, Ladue says, the work has been rewarding. Neighbors bring the crew home-cooked meals and cheer “New York Power!” as they walk by. A nearby café serves them free coffee.

“The locals are very understanding,” Ladue says. “They’ve been excellent to us.”

For many Puerto Ricans, the sudden arrival of bucket trucks and linemen is often their only indication that power may soon be restored. PREPA officials, many residents complain, give few if any status reports.

Lucía Martín, a school vice-principal in San Juan, says the uncertainty has been paralyzing. “It’s the not knowing,” she tells me. “You can’t make any decisions.” Martín stands with a crowd of people outside PREPA’s San Juan control center on 15 December, and she holds a small sign that reads “Informen la verdad”—tell us the truth. She helped organize this protest with residents from two dozen communities that still lack power.

At Martín’s school, teachers have moved their classes outside. Her home hasn’t had power for nearly 100 days. During the protest, though, she receives a welcome phone call: Her lights just came back on.

Like Martín, many Puerto Ricans haven’t been inclined to wait patiently in the dark. They are finding ways, big and small, to help themselves and each other, to share information and even electricity. At Bebo’s Café, a well-known restaurant in San Juan, the owner set up outlets fed by rooftop generators so that people can charge their phones. Ivette Vizcarrondo would bring her 5-⁠year-old son, Sergio, to the restaurant several times a day. Sergio has severe asthma and uses a nebulizer, a plug-in device that dispenses medication through a face mask.

One afternoon at Bebo’s, they happened to meet solar power engineer Gabriel Rivera, who suggested a better way. Rivera had been volunteering in the neighborhood, collecting the names of residents in need of medical assistance. He saw that many, like Sergio, used simple but essential devices—such as adjustable hospital beds and minifridges to store insulin—that could easily run off small emergency solar systems. Rivera and a colleague, Beatriz Menéndez-Conde, got to work assembling and donating the systems. One of the first recipients was Sergio.

Rivera and I visit the Vizcarrondo apartment and climb the stairs to the rooftop. He shows me the single 255-watt solar panel he’s placed there, next to a small inflatable swimming pool and some plastic toys. A long yellow cord runs from the panel, over the roof’s edge, and onto the apartment’s balcony. The cord feeds a 20-ampere charge controller, a 500-W inverter, and two deep-cycle lead-acid batteries, all sitting inside a black plastic tub. Rivera had to scrounge around for every part; he picked up the batteries from an auto parts shop on the other side of the island. (He’s since refined the systems, which now use sealed absorbent glass mat batteries and larger inverters stored inside white cabinets.)

Even though power was restored to her building in early December, Vizcarrondo continued to use the solar kit for another month. The electricity was free and reliable, and she felt grateful that it worked for her son when nothing else did.

After Maria, such off-grid solutions have proliferated across the island. “We decided as a company that something drastic needed to be done,” Blake Richetta, a senior vice president for the German energy-storage manufacturer Sonnen, says by phone. Before the storm, Sonnen had worked with solar installation firm Pura Energia on residential solar-plus-storage systems. After the storm, the two companies pooled their resources to donate 15 systems in hard-hit rural communities, at a cost of around $350,000.

Jose Garcia, Pura Energia’s president, takes me to see an installation in Maricao, a tiny town in the western mountains. Fallen boulders and dried mud still cover the narrow winding roads. The Maricao system is set up in an abandoned grade school that became a temporary shelter after the hurricane. Two former classrooms serve as communal areas, with some computers, large fans, fluorescent lighting, and a washer and dryer. A pair of 3.5-kilowatt solar arrays on the roof charge two 8-kilowatt-hour battery systems.

Sol Ríos and her dog, Chivi, in a shelter in Maricao.

Sol Ríos has been living at the Maricao shelter with her adult son and daughter ever since their apartment flooded during Maria. As of mid-December, they hadn’t yet found an affordable alternative. “We lost everything,” Ríos says, clutching her small, short-legged dog, Chivi. The shelter, even with electricity, is not home; she longs to return to her daily routine of cooking and running her household. “Here I don’t have anything to do,” she says, exasperated.

But for solar installers, the hurricane has been good for business. Garcia says there’s strong demand for solar-plus-storage systems as an alternative to the PREPA grid. “Now people are starting to talk about using PREPA as their backup,” Garcia says. “Two years ago, nobody was talking about that.”

On 24 January, PREPA announced a milestone: One million customers—roughly two-thirds of its residential, commercial, and industrial users—had their lights back on. The utility continues to boost generation, which is now at about 85 percent of what it was last year. Most of that power is coming from PREPA’s oil-fired units and a natural-gas fired plant. Other sites, though, sit idle.

For example, PREPA didn’t authorize the 24-MW solar farm in Guayama, on the south coast, to begin exporting power to the grid until late February, and then only at a 10 percent level. The utility says it’s concerned that intermittent flows of solar power would create instability on the recovering grid and that the area’s transmission network couldn’t support so much electricity. The 454-MW coal plant, also in Guayama, got authorized to export power in early February. Neither facility is owned by PREPA, so the utility has to pay their owner, AES Corp., for any electricity it uses.

Obed Santos, the solar plant manager, says the site was back to 74 percent capacity by mid-October. Under its contract with AES, PREPA has to compensate AES for its lost revenue. But given the utility’s severe cash crunch, payments are running late. AES got paid for its July 2017 power exports only in mid-February, Santos says.

“It has us all a bit worried,” he says as he walks through a field of solar panels. Flocks of sheep sit in their shade, chomping the grass.

Privately owned generation is a relatively recent addition to PREPA’s nearly 80-year-old operation. In 2000, EcoEléctrica became the island’s first independent power producer when it opened a 500-MW natural-gas power plant on the south coast; the AES coal plant and a handful of utility-scale renewables projects followed. Post-Maria, independent companies will likely play a much greater role in Puerto Rico’s electric system. In January, Governor Ricardo Rosselló said he planned to privatize the insolvent utility, in a last-ditch attempt to ease the island’s energy and debt crises.

Efrain O’Neill-Carrillo, a power expert at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez, says that while privatization seemed inevitable, he worries that selling off PREPA’s centralized fossil-fuel plants risks locking in the existing system and slowing momentum toward renewable and distributed energy projects.

“Those new owners will want to maximize their investments. They would like to sell kilowatt-hours,” he says. “I’m not sure you’ll get many investors willing to buy those assets just to play a supporting role [on the grid].”

If Puerto Rico’s grid recovery has been slow and contentious, modernizing the island’s electric system will likely take many years, billions of dollars, and a lot of creative thinking. Of the last, there is no shortage.

Since Hurricane Maria, IEEE members in Puerto Rico have been distributing solar lanterns and installing off-grid solar-powered charging stations in rural communities where power has not yet been restored. To date, they’ve deployed four of the 4-kilowatt-hour systems, which include ports for charging cellphones and other electronic devices and a small refrigerator for storing medications and other perishables. Through the EPICS in IEEE program, members of the IEEE Western Puerto Rico Section worked with students and local residents to install each US $6,250 system. To support this effort, you can donate to the IEEE Foundation’s IEEE Juntos Podemo “Together We Can” Fund. Learn more about this project here.

In December, for example, a consortium of U.S. and Puerto Rican energy labs, agencies, and utilities published “Build Back Better” [PDF], a report that lays out a sweeping decade-long plan for strengthening and hardening the island’s transmission, distribution, and generation systems. The anticipated cost, at $17.6 billion, is fairly reasonable. In New York City, for comparison, Consolidated Edison has estimated that stormproofing its distribution systems by burying its overhead lines would cost an estimated $60 billion.

The Puerto Rico report recommends commonsense moves like installing Category 4–rated poles, wires, and insulators; building flood barriers around vulnerable substations; and adding fiber-based, high-speed data links between the field and control centers.

The report also champions distributed renewable energy as well as heavy reliance on microgrids. The latter are small electricity networks that can connect to the grid and also operate in isolation, combining solar power, batteries, backup generators, and control equipment. The group identified 159 sites where microgrids could be deployed, including hospitals, fire stations, and wastewater treatment plants.

Other ideas for fortifying Puerto Rico’s grid abound. Blake Richetta, of Sonnen, suggests adding software and data systems that could turn clusters of residential solar and battery systems into “virtual power plants.” These systems could be remotely controlled to supply power to the grid when and where it’s needed most.

“All the homes work together to share energy,” Richetta explains. “It makes it so there’s no way a Category 5 hurricane could bring down the grid—and it’s carbon free.”

Carlos Reyes, general manager of EcoEléctrica, in Peñuelas.

Carlos Reyes, general manager at EcoEléctrica, sees an expanded role for natural gas. In addition to the natural-gas power plant, his company operates an import terminal for liquefied natural gas (LNG) and a regasification plant. Later this year, the company will begin a project to truck LNG to a handful of factories that have large generators. That should get the sites up and running more quickly after a grid outage and be less polluting than, say, diesel. Adding small-scale natural-gas generation to the island’s energy mix will help make the grid more flexible, Reyes says.

These disparate ideas share a common theme: a shift away from traditional centralized power plants and toward more distributed systems. For that to happen, government agencies have to agree on the plan. Microgrids, for example, still can’t connect to the main grid. The Puerto Rico Energy Commission is only now finalizing the rules [PDF] to allow that to happen.

O’Neill-Carrillo urges such regulatory roadblocks to be cleared quickly. “The present system is vulnerable to these disasters, and we cannot just build what was there before. We need to build something different,” he says. “We need to move away, as far as possible, from the centralized model and into something else.”

Maria Gallucci, a freelance science writer, is the 2017–2018 Energy Journalism Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Sonnen announced the installation of its 10th donated microgrid in Puerto Rico on Thursday. Located at a health clinic in Utuado in the island’s mountainous central region, the clinic will run entirely off-grid using a 10-kilowattsolarsystem from Puerto Rico-based installer Pura Energía and a 16-kilowatt-hour sonnen battery.

More than six months after Hurricane Maria, and with yet another hurricane season approaching, more Puerto Ricans are looking to options outside the traditional grid.

On April 3, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority reported that it had restored power to 95.8 percent of its customers. But 1,200 FEMA generators still provide power for critical facilities like hospitals, and the plan to privatize PREPA has deepened disagreements over the island’s future power system.

Installers and policymakers are now working to “empower the consumer,” as energy commission chairman José Román Morales said, “to control their own energy future.” And the number of microgrids on the island continues to grow.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), which is one of the agencies responsible for power restoration, installed nine temporary microgrids as part of its emergency response. The first were in areas particularly impacted by the storm: the southeast region of the island and the island of Culebra.

According to USACE, one factor under consideration in the placement of microgrids was the estimated time until main grid restoration. Caguas, the region currently that currently has the lowest percentage of customers with power, is in the southeast. Seven of the temporary microgrids remain in place, but USACE said it has no plans to commission more.

Others are viewing microgrids and off-grid systems as a long-term fix.

In March, Sunnova announced that all of its new residential solar systems in Puerto Rico would include battery storage to prepare for future storms. The company said it would also offer customers with existing solar arrays a battery upgrade.

Resilient Power Puerto Rico, a group formed after Hurricane Maria by New Yorkers with ties to the island, recently announced it raised $625,000 of a $2.5 million goal to fund the installation of 100 community microgrids. The initial round will go toward 25 solar-plus-storage microgrids. The group has already installed 15 throughout the island. Just six are grid-tied, although the group said that may change with future projects.

“As we scale up, it’s inevitable that we will have to work more closely with regulators and authorities,” said co-founder Cristina Roig Morris. “Once you start powering up a municipality, they’re going to want those systems to be connected.”

Draft microgrid regulations released by the island’s energy commission in early January did not require systems to connect to PREPA infrastructure.

Román Morales said the rules reflect emergency conditions, allowing customers to strike out on their own without dependence on the utility. He placed an emphasis on consumer empowerment, hinting at the tensions currently clawing at Puerto Rico’s recovery process. He acknowledged that formal regulations for off-grid systems could impact PREPA’s business, but only time will tell.

“The microgrid rules will affect the status quo, will empower people, and will disrupt the energy industry right now,” he said. “We will still have to wait and see if the people choose to reconnect.”

Since the release of the draft rules, Román Morales said the commission has been synthesizing many public comments. Above all, he said the commission aimed to make the rules understandable and accessible for consumers and developers, although he declined to share specific details.

The final regulations should be released in the next two weeks.

Blue Planet Energy, a two-year-old storage company that specializes in off-grid systems, echoed Román Morales’s message of empowerment. So far the company has installed just three systems on the island, with equipment currently on the island to construct about a dozen more, but it said it wants to ensure customers have options.

“We’re really trying to promote the idea of grid independence and using the grid for backup as opposed to saying, ‘My batteries are backup,’” said COO Chris Johnson.

The company’s model aims to offer consumers more agency in the utility-customer relationship.

“We’re here to empower people and make sure they don’t feel like they’re victim to this utility game we’ve all been playing for a long time,” said Kyle Bolger, Blue Planet Energy’s vice president of engineering. “I don’t think the whole world should be little off-grid systems, but we do want to pump our chest a little bit and exercise our strength and get the utility to say, ‘Oh man, if we don’t play nice, we’re going to lose customers.’ Which they’ve never had to seriously face before.”

Recently, PREPA has lost a lot of customers. The island’s government estimates that about 200,000 people will have left Puerto Rico for the mainland by the end of this year, adding to the half million who left in the last 10 years.

The rise of microgrids only adds to the existential crisis currently facing the utility. It’s also facing privatization and a lawsuit from the energy commission arguing that the board has overstepped its authority in trying to manage the utility.

Román Morales said he’s working to defend the public interest of Puerto Ricans, a mandate he feels is tied to the microgrid regulations.

While there’s currently a lot of interest in microgrids, he does wonder if they’ll remain under consideration as a widespread solution once more people get power and return to “some level of normalcy.”

But private players, who are still building up their installation pipelines, are confident that it’s a lasting concept.

“We’re now closer to the next hurricane season than we are to when Maria [happened],” said Johnson. “We know that the work is going to continue.”

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Sonnen announced the installation of its 10th donated microgrid in Puerto Rico on Thursday. Located at a health clinic in Utuado in the island’s mountainous central region, the clinic will run entirely off-grid using a 10-kilowattsolarsystem from Puerto Rico-based installer Pura Energía and a 16-kilowatt-hour sonnen battery.

More than six months after Hurricane Maria, and with yet another hurricane season approaching, more Puerto Ricans are looking to options outside the traditional grid.

On April 3, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority reported that it had restored power to 95.8 percent of its customers. But 1,200 FEMA generators still provide power for critical facilities like hospitals, and the plan to privatize PREPA has deepened disagreements over the island’s future power system.

Installers and policymakers are now working to “empower the consumer,” as energy commission chairman José Román Morales said, “to control their own energy future.” And the number of microgrids on the island continues to grow.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), which is one of the agencies responsible for power restoration, installed nine temporary microgrids as part of its emergency response. The first were in areas particularly impacted by the storm: the southeast region of the island and the island of Culebra.

According to USACE, one factor under consideration in the placement of microgrids was the estimated time until main grid restoration. Caguas, the region currently that currently has the lowest percentage of customers with power, is in the southeast. Seven of the temporary microgrids remain in place, but USACE said it has no plans to commission more.

Others are viewing microgrids and off-grid systems as a long-term fix.

In March, Sunnova announced that all of its new residential solar systems in Puerto Rico would include battery storage to prepare for future storms. The company said it would also offer customers with existing solar arrays a battery upgrade.

Resilient Power Puerto Rico, a group formed after Hurricane Maria by New Yorkers with ties to the island, recently announced it raised $625,000 of a $2.5 million goal to fund the installation of 100 community microgrids. The initial round will go toward 25 solar-plus-storage microgrids. The group has already installed 15 throughout the island. Just six are grid-tied, although the group said that may change with future projects.

“As we scale up, it’s inevitable that we will have to work more closely with regulators and authorities,” said co-founder Cristina Roig Morris. “Once you start powering up a municipality, they’re going to want those systems to be connected.”

Draft microgrid regulations released by the island’s energy commission in early January did not require systems to connect to PREPA infrastructure.

Román Morales said the rules reflect emergency conditions, allowing customers to strike out on their own without dependence on the utility. He placed an emphasis on consumer empowerment, hinting at the tensions currently clawing at Puerto Rico’s recovery process. He acknowledged that formal regulations for off-grid systems could impact PREPA’s business, but only time will tell.

“The microgrid rules will affect the status quo, will empower people, and will disrupt the energy industry right now,” he said. “We will still have to wait and see if the people choose to reconnect.”

Since the release of the draft rules, Román Morales said the commission has been synthesizing many public comments. Above all, he said the commission aimed to make the rules understandable and accessible for consumers and developers, although he declined to share specific details.

The final regulations should be released in the next two weeks.

Blue Planet Energy, a two-year-old storage company that specializes in off-grid systems, echoed Román Morales’s message of empowerment. So far the company has installed just three systems on the island, with equipment currently on the island to construct about a dozen more, but it said it wants to ensure customers have options.

“We’re really trying to promote the idea of grid independence and using the grid for backup as opposed to saying, ‘My batteries are backup,’” said COO Chris Johnson.

The company’s model aims to offer consumers more agency in the utility-customer relationship.

“We’re here to empower people and make sure they don’t feel like they’re victim to this utility game we’ve all been playing for a long time,” said Kyle Bolger, Blue Planet Energy’s vice president of engineering. “I don’t think the whole world should be little off-grid systems, but we do want to pump our chest a little bit and exercise our strength and get the utility to say, ‘Oh man, if we don’t play nice, we’re going to lose customers.’ Which they’ve never had to seriously face before.”

Recently, PREPA has lost a lot of customers. The island’s government estimates that about 200,000 people will have left Puerto Rico for the mainland by the end of this year, adding to the half million who left in the last 10 years.

The rise of microgrids only adds to the existential crisis currently facing the utility. It’s also facing privatization and a lawsuit from the energy commission arguing that the board has overstepped its authority in trying to manage the utility.

Román Morales said he’s working to defend the public interest of Puerto Ricans, a mandate he feels is tied to the microgrid regulations.

While there’s currently a lot of interest in microgrids, he does wonder if they’ll remain under consideration as a widespread solution once more people get power and return to “some level of normalcy.”

But private players, who are still building up their installation pipelines, are confident that it’s a lasting concept.

“We’re now closer to the next hurricane season than we are to when Maria [happened],” said Johnson. “We know that the work is going to continue.”

 


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The Board of Directors of GFR Media announced yesterday the appointment of Juan Mario Alvarez as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the largest media group in the country.

Álvarez has been linked to the company for the past 18 years, and has extensive administrative experience, having held the position of First Time General Manager, and subsequently led the Group’s financial strategy; and more recently, I have spearheaded efforts to transform the Commercial Department of GFR Media.

” Today it fills me with enormous pride to announce That Juan Mario Alvarez will take the reins of GFR Media as CEO. Juan Mario is a leader in extensive management, finance, operations, labor and commercial areas Among many others,” Said Maria Eugenia Ferre Rangel, president of the Board of Directors.

“I am sure that his experience, institutional knowledge, professional quality and, most importantly, his personal quality, will strengthen our company”, I added. “We thank you for your dedication and for accepting the challenge of making the day to day of our efforts viable and successfully leading our company.”

Resaltó que con esta designación se reafirma el compromiso del Grupo con el país. “Estamos aquí reiterando nuestro compromiso personal con nuestras empresas, con nuestros empleados, con nuestra comunidad y con Puerto Rico”, agregó.

“Es un día de gran orgullo para mí y también de gran humildad”, expresó el nuevo CEO.

Reconoció que existen grandes desafíos ante la situación que vive el país y la industria de comunicaciones, pero reiteró que su confianza de que trabajando como equipo se podrán superar.

“Lo que tenemos que hacer requiere compromiso y es una responsabilidad de todos”, afirmó .

“Llevo 18 años laborando con este grupo empresarial, y hoy, a pesar de todos los retos me siento optimista, y lleno de energía para trabajar junto con ustedes un futuro exitoso para esta empresa. Con claridad y propósito, nos encaminaremos hacia un nuevo futuro basado en nuestros cuatro pilares: contenido, producción, distribución, y la utilización de data e inteligencia de audiencias”, dijo.

En los planes del nuevo directivo está el fortalecer todas las iniciativas de negocios que desarrolla la empresa y explorar nuevas opciones a tono con las cambiantes exigencias de la audiencia.

“En el momento en que vivimos vamos a estar experimentando más cambios en todos los aspectos porque el negocio va a seguir evolucionando. Lo que siempre va a ser constante va a ser el contenido y por eso el énfasis y la importancia de la creación de contenido”, señaló.

Álvarez announced the appointment of Francisco Brigantty as Director of Finance and Business Management of GFR Media. He described him as “a professional who knows this operation in detail” and with full capacity to manage financial and other operational matters.

He also highlighted his total confidence in his entire work group. “We have a serious team, a group of very capable young people, very knowledgeable about this business. There is a lot of appetite, a lot of will in that group to keep evolving, “he said. “This will be strengthened both with the experience and with people who can join later,” he said.

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1 TACEA LA NOTTE PLACIDA from Il trovatore (Verdi) 00:00
2 CASTA DIVA from Norma (Bellini) 06:02
3 CARO NOME from Rigoletto (Verdi) 11:17
4 SON VERGINE VEZZOSA from I Puritani (Bellini) 18:02
5 VISSI DARTE from Tosca (Puccini) 21:43
6 GIASON! DEI TUOI FIGLI LA MADRE from Medea (Cherubini) 24:58
7 AH, FORSE È LUI. SEMPRE LIBERA from La Traviata (Verdi) 32:24
8 UN BEL DÌ VEDREMO from Madama Butterfly (Puccini) 40:43
9 SICILIANA from I Vespri Siciliani (Verdi) 45:13
10 SÌ, MI CHIAMANO MIMÌ from La Bohème (Puccini) 49:11
11 OH MIO BABBINO CARO from Gianni Schicchi (Puccini) 53:59
12 UNA VOCE POCO FA from Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini) 56:32
13 ADDIO DEL PASSATO from La Traviata (Verdi) 1:03:22
14 SUICIDIO! from La Gioconda (Ponchielli) 1:06:49
15 SPARGI D’AMARO PIANTO from Lucia di Lammermoor 1:11:24
16 IN QUELLE TRINE MORBIDE from Manon Lescaut (Puccini) 1:15:34

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17 NESSUN DORMA from Turandot (Puccini) 1:18:21
18 E LUCEVAN LE STELLE from Tosca (Puccini) 1:20:59
19 VESTI LA GIUBBA from Pagliacci (Leoncavallo) 1:23:36
20 QUANDO LE SERE AL PLACIDO from Luisa Miller (Verdi) 1:26:13
21 FANTAISIE PASTORALE HONGROISE, OP. 26 1:31:33
22 O PARADIS SORTI DE LONDE from LAfricaine (Meyerbeer) 1:39:40
23 LA MIA LETIZIA INFONDERE from I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata (Verdi) 1:42:35
24 POURQUOI ME RÉVEILLER from Werther (Massenet) 1:44:45
25 RECONDITA ARMONIA from Tosca (Puccini) 1:47:17
26 MATTINATA (Leoncavallo) 1:49:48
27 LA GIROMETTA (Sibella) 1:51:40
28 NON TI SCORDAR DI ME! (De Curtis) 1:53:41
29 TRA VOI, BELLE, BRUNE E BIONDE from Manon Lescaut (Puccini) 1:56:52
30 DONNA NON VIDI MAI from Manon Lescaut (Puccini) 1:58:24
31 OUVERTURE from Guglielmo Tell (Rossini) 2:00:44
32 O SOLE MIO (Di Capua) 2:11:55
33 FANTAISIE BRILLANTE sur Carmen (Bizet) 2:14:35

34 OH CASA MIA, MIA PATRIA from Medea (Cherubini) Joseph Karpeta 2:21:01
35 EI VIENE from Maruzza (Floridia) Natalia Margarit 2:22:23
36 LA PACE DI MERCURIO from La Pace di Mercurio (Traetta) Patrizia Chiti 2:25:39
37 CONDOTTA ELLERA IN CEPPI from Il Trovatore (Verdi) Patrizia Chiti 2:34:32
38 O DON FATAL from Don Carlos (Verdi) Patrizia Chiti 2:40:07
39 O MIO FERNANDO from La Favorita (Donizetti) Patrizia Chiti 2:45:50
40 SALGO GIÀ DAL TRONO AURATO from Nabucco (Verdi) Natalia Margarit 2:56:23
41 MA DALLARIDO STELO DIVULSA from Un Ballo in Maschera (Verdi) Natalia Margarit 2:58:08
42 O CIELI AZZURRI O DOLCI AURE NATIVE from Aida (Verdi) Natalia Margarit 3:02:43
43 PACE, PACE, MIO DIO! from La Forza del Destino (Verdi) Natalia Margarit 3:09:05
44 TU, TU, PICCOLO IDDIO from Madama Butterfly (Puccini) Natalia Margarit 3:15:18
45 SIGNORE, ASCOLTA from Turandot (Puccini) Maria Callas 3:17:42
46 IVI IL SOSPIR PER BALZE from I Lituani (Ponchielli) Natalia Margarit 3:20:10
47 6 ROMANZE: NO. 6, BRINDISI (Verdi) Gianfranco Pappalardo Fiumara, Luisa Pappalardo 3:24:42
48 15 COMPOSIZIONI DA CAMERA: NO. 9, VAGA LUNA CHE INARGENTI (Bellini) Gianfranco Pappalardo Fiumara, Luisa Pappalardo 3:26:35
49 IN QUESTA REGGIA from Turandot (Puccini) Natalia Margarit 3:29:08
17 DEH, PER PIETÀ O SANTA VERGINE from I Promessi Sposi (Ponchielli) Natalia Margarit 3:34:52

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WASHINGTON — Outgoing White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster has called for stronger measures against Russian “threats” and “provocations,” arguing that Russian President Vladimir Putin is mistaken in thinking the West will not push back against the Kremlin’s “hybrid warfare.”

The comments were some of the strongest to date on Russia by McMaster, whose last day at the White House will be next week.

“For too long, some nations have looked the other way in the face of these threats. Russia brazenly, and implausibly, denies its actions, and we have failed to impose sufficient costs,” McMaster said in an April 3 speech at the Atlantic Council in Washington.

McMaster cited what he called Russia’s use of “hybrid warfare” — using economics, politics, and cybertools to undermine adversaries — and insisted that Moscow would not prevail over the West.

He also cited the poisoning of ex-Russian double agent Sergei Skripal, who remains hospitalized after being exposed in Salisbury, England, to a military-grade nerve agent in March — an attack the British government has accused Russia of carrying out.

“Mr. Putin may believe that he is winning in this new form of warfare. He may believe that his aggressive actions in Salisbury, in cyberspace, in the air, and on the high seas can undermine our confidence, our institutions, and our values,” McMaster said. “Perhaps he believes that our free nations are weak and will not respond to his provocations. He is wrong.”

McMaster’s hawkish approach to Russia contrasted with President Donald Trump’s often conciliatory rhetoric toward Moscow. His successor, former UN Ambassador John Bolton, shares similarly tough views on Russia.

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Medusa was beheaded by the hero Perseus, who thereafter used her head, which retained its ability to turn onlookers to stone, as a weapon until he gave it to the goddess Athena to place on her shield. In classical antiquity the image of the head of Medusa appeared in the evil-averting device known as the Gorgoneion.

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MedusaMedusa was a monster, one of the Gorgon sisters and daughter of Phorkys and Keto, the children of Gaea (Earth) and Oceanus (Ocean). She had the face of an ugly woman with snakes instead of hair; anyone who looked into her eyes was immediately turned to stone.

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Facebook’s Sandberg Reassures Advertisers After Pause by a ‘Few’
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Facebook Inc. Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg outlined the ways she’s responding to a data-privacy crisis, saying for the first time that some advertisers have curtailed spending and acknowledging her team has a long way to go to reassure wary and more »

Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg On Data Privacy Fail: ‘We Were Way Too Idealistic’ – NPR
 


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Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg On Data Privacy Fail: ‘We Were Way Too Idealistic’
NPR
After weeks of remaining conspicuously out of sight, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg told NPR’s Steve Inskeep that she doesn’t know if companies other than Cambridge Analytica exploited users’ private data without their consent. Full 
Without data-targeted ads, Facebook would look like a pay service, Sandberg saysNBCNews.com
Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg: I Take Responsibility For ThisBuzzFeed News
Facebook Scans the Photos and Links You Send on MessengerBloombergall 780 news articles »

Notorious Menendez Brothers Reunited Inside Otay Mesa Prison – Times of San Diego
 


Times of San Diego
Notorious Menendez Brothers Reunited Inside Otay Mesa Prison
Times of San Diego
Lyle (left) and Erik Menendez. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation photos are dated Feb. 2018 and Oct. 2016, respectively. Erik and Lyle Menendez, whose 1989 shotgun murders of their wealthy parents in Beverly Hills made them and more »

Ex-S. Korean leader Park gets 24-year prison term – Washington Post
 


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Ex-S. Korean leader Park gets 24-year prison term
Washington Post
SEOUL, South Korea Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye was formally convicted and sentenced to 24 years in prison on Friday, a year after she was driven from office and arrested over a corruption scandal that saw months of massive street 
Park Geun-hye, South Korea’s Ousted President, Gets 24 Years in PrisonNew York Times
Former South Korean President Park sentenced to 24 years in prisonCNN
South Korea’s Former President Park Geun-hye Is Jailed for 24 YearsWall Street Journal
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Sheryl Sandberg: Facebook knew about Cambridge Analytica two-and-a-half years ago but we didn’t check – Business Insider
 


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Sheryl Sandberg: Facebook knew about Cambridge Analytica two-and-a-half years ago but we didn’t check
Business Insider
Sheryl Sandberg Today NBC Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg got an uncomfortable grilling from the Today show’s Savannah Guthrie. NBC. FB Facebook-A. 159.34 4.24 (+2.70 %). Disclaimer Get real-time FB charts here ». Facebook knew Cambridge Analytica was 
Facebook retracted Zuckerberg’s messages from recipients’ inboxesTechCrunch
Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg On Data Privacy Fail: ‘We Were Way Too Idealistic’NPR
Facebook retracted some of Mark Zuckerberg’s messages from recipients’s inboxes: reportMarketWatch
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Goats stuck on edge of Pennsylvania bridge beam rescued – Access Atlanta
 


Access Atlanta
Goats stuck on edge of Pennsylvania bridge beam rescued
Access Atlanta
Two goats that wandered from a Pennsylvania farm and onto the edge of a bridge beam had to be rescued. >> Read more trending news. According to a post on the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s Facebook page, crews from the Pennsylvania State Police and the 
PICTURES: Goats rescued from 200ft bridge beam in the USNewstalk 106-108 fmall 13 news articles »

Facebook finally steps up on privacy. Now it’s Congress’s turn – Los Angeles Times
 


Los Angeles Times
Facebook finally steps up on privacy. Now it’s Congress’s turn
Los Angeles Times
As bad as things looked for Facebook two weeks ago when the Cambridge Analytica scandal surfaced, things actually got worse this week. First, the company upped to 87 million the estimated number of people whose personal information was siphoned off and more »

Trump asked CIA official why drone strike didn’t also kill target’s family: report – The Hill
 


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Trump asked CIA official why drone strike didn’t also kill target’s family: report
The Hill
President Trump · Donald John TrumpPruitt directed staff to approve raises for top aides: report Trump’s trade rep: Threat of new tariffs ‘appropriate response’ to China GOP senator on tariff threat: Hopefully Trump is blowing off steam because ‘this and more »

Reality check on Trump’s border war – CNN
 


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Reality check on Trump’s border war
CNN
Washington (CNN) The way President Donald Trump describes it, he’s sending in troops to meet hordes of immigrants amassing at the southern border. In reality, the National Guard’s will likely include more construction than policing — and many of the 
Why I’m suing for my right to flip off the presidentWashington Post
Trump: Women crossing border ‘raped at levels nobody has ever seen before’The Hill
President Trump says female migrants ‘are raped at levels that nobody has ever seen before’ABC News
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Sergei Skripal Is “Improving Rapidly” And No Longer In A Critical Condition, Doctors Say – BuzzFeed News
 


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Sergei Skripal Is “Improving Rapidly” And No Longer In A Critical Condition, Doctors Say
BuzzFeed News
The former Russian spy and his daughter were found poisoned by a nerve agent in Salisbury last month. Posted on April 6, 2018, at 5:53 a.m.. Emily Ashton. BuzzFeed News Reporter. Share On facebook Share · Share On vk Share · Share On pinterest Share On and more »

US Added 103000 Jobs in March; Here’s What It Means – New York Times
 


New York Times
US Added 103000 Jobs in March; Here’s What It Means
New York Times
The Labor Department released its official hiring and unemployment figures for March on Friday morning, providing the latest snapshot of the American economy. The Numbers. 2013. 2014. 2015. 2016. 2017. 2018. thousand. +300. 200. 100. 0. Monthly change 
US job gains smallest in six months, wage growth picks upReuters
Economy added disappointing 103000 jobs in MarchUSA TODAY
US adds 103000 jobs in March in smallest gain in six monthsMarketWatch
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Facebook’s Sandberg: We expect to find more improperly shared user data – Politico
 


Politico
Facebook’s Sandberg: We expect to find more improperly shared user data
Politico
Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said she expects her company to find more instances of user data improperly shared with outside entities, a concession that comes as the social media giant is under fire for its handling of the trove of and more »

Federal judge upholds Mass. assault weapons ban – The Boston Globe
 


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Federal judge upholds Mass. assault weapons ban
The Boston Globe
Maura Healey spoke at a 2016 press conference announcing the enforcement of a ban on the sale of copycat assault weapons. By Maria Cramer Globe Staff April 06, 2018. A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit on Friday that challenged Massachusetts’ ban on 
Federal judge upholds Massachusetts ban on assault weaponsUPI.com
Boulder City Council moving forward with ‘assault’ weapon banWGNOall 146 news articles »

Notorious Menendez brothers, who brutally killed parents in Beverly Hills, reunited in prison – USA TODAY
 


USA TODAY
Notorious Menendez brothers, who brutally killed parents in Beverly Hills, reunited in prison
USA TODAY
The Menendez brothers, who were convicted in the brutal killings of their parents in a Beverly Hills mansion, have been reunited in federal prison after decades apart. Erik Menendez, 47, moved into the same housing unit as Lyle Menendez, 50  
Menendez brothers burst into tears during emotional prison reunion after decades apartABC News

The Menendez brothers have been reunited in prisonCNN
Menendez brothers, who killed parents in 1989, reunited behind bars in CaliforniaNew York Daily News 
Parent-killing Menendez brothers reunited in California prison after ‘cruel and heartless’ separationFox News
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Cap for H-1B visa program reached in just one week, Trump admin says – Washington Times
 


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Cap for H-1B visa program reached in just one week, Trump admin says
Washington Times
The White House is seen at dusk in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) ** FILE ** more >. Share. Tweet. Share. Pin. Share. Mail. Share. Print. By Stephen Dinan – The Washington Times – Friday, April 6, 2018. It took less and more »

ICE raids meatpacking plant in rural Tennessee; 97 immigrants arrested – Washington Post
 


Washington Post
ICE raids meatpacking plant in rural Tennessee; 97 immigrants arrested
Washington Post
Federal officials arrested 97 immigrants at a meat-processing plant in rural Tennessee on Thursday in what civil rights organizations said was the largest single workplace raid in a decade and a sign that the Trump administration is carrying out its
Nearly 100 Immigrants Were Detained in Single Workplace RaidDaily Beastall 29 news articles »

Facebook demands ID verification for big Pages, ‘issue’ ad buyers – TechCrunch
 


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Facebook demands ID verification for big Pages, ‘issue’ ad buyers
TechCrunch
Facebook is looking to self-police by implementing parts of the proposed Honest Ads Act before the government tries to regulate it. To fight fake news and election interference, Facebook will require the admins of popular Facebook Pages and advertisers 
Facebook tightens issue ads, political ads to prevent election interferenceUSA TODAY
Facebook to Check Groups Behind ‘Issue Ads’Wall Street Journal
Facebook broadens ad disclosures ahead of Zuckerberg testimonyPolitico
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Facebook to Require Verified Identities for Future Political Ads – New York Times
 


New York Times
Facebook to Require Verified Identities for Future Political Ads
New York Times
SAN FRANCISCO For months, Facebook’s critics ranging from Silicon Valley executives to Washington politicians have been urging the company to do a better job of identifying who is buying political ads and creating pages about hot-button topics 
Facebook to Check Groups Behind ‘Issue Ads’Wall Street Journal
Facebook tightens issue ads, political ads to prevent election interferenceUSA TODAY
Facebook demands ID verification for big Pages, ‘issue’ ad buyersTechCrunch
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Facebook backs political ad bill, sets limits on ‘issue ads’ – Reuters
 


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Facebook backs political ad bill, sets limits on ‘issue ads’
Reuters
SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Facebook Inc backed for the first time on Friday proposed legislation requiring social media sites to disclose the identities of buyers of online political campaign ads and introduced a new verification process for and more »

Trump to Skip Correspondents’ Dinner, but Talk Radio? He’s In – New York Times
 


New York Times
Trump to Skip Correspondents’ Dinner, but Talk Radio? He’s In
New York Times
Donny from D.C., you’re on the air. President Trump buffeted by rumbling trade tensions with China, delicate negotiations with North Korea and fallout from the Russia investigation took a few minutes this week to reach for the media equivalent of 
White House says it will move on with border plan — with or without CaliforniaLos Angeles Times
Trump to Skip Annual White House Correspondents’ DinnerU.S. News & World Report
Trump: I ‘probably’ won’t attend White House correspondents’ dinnerThe Hill
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