Russia, New York City immigrants, marijuana, abortion, NFL: The Daily Briefing

At least nine people were killed and 24 others injured in Kyiv after Russia attacked several Ukrainian cities Monday morning. New York City is struggling to provide resources for the thousands of immigrants from southern border states. Keep reading for a recap of the past week in college football and the NFL seasons.

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Explosions shook many Ukrainian cities, including Kyiv

Russia launched a deadly series of strikes against several Ukrainian cities on Monday, smashing civilian targets including downtown Kyiv where at least nine people were killed. The intense attack, which lasted for hours, was a sudden military escalation by Moscow. This came a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin described Saturday’s bombing of the huge bridge linking Russia to the territory of the annexed Crimea as a “terrorist act” orchestrated by the Ukrainian special services. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Russian forces have fired dozens of Iranian missiles and drones against Ukraine. The General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said 75 missiles were fired at Ukrainian targets, 41 of which were neutralized by air defenses. Read more

  • US officials are negotiating For the release of Americans Britney Greiner and Paul Whelan from Russian captivity, CNN told CNN on Sunday that a deal on their freedom could be reached by the end of the year.
People receive medical treatment at the site of a Russian bombing in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Monday October 10, 2022. Two explosions rocked Kyiv early Monday after months of relative calm in the Ukrainian capital.

A humanitarian crisis in New York City

New York City Mayor Eric Adams declared a state of emergency Friday over sending thousands of immigrants from southern border states since the spring, saying the city’s demand for housing and other aid was “unsustainable.” Adams said the city expects by the end of its fiscal year to spend $1 billion to help newcomers, many of whom rely heavily on government aid because federal law prohibits them from working in the United States, Adams, a Democrat, said newcomers said. Welcome to the city. But, he said, “Although our compassion is limitless, our resources are not.” Read more

New York City officials, including Mayor Eric Adams (at the signal center), said they are struggling to accommodate the surge of immigrants as Texas begins moving them into the city.

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Many Americans arrested for marijuana will find no relief under Biden’s amnesty plan

President Joe Biden’s announcement last week that he will pardon federal convictions for mere marijuana possession could help more than 6,500 people obtain work or other opportunities, but it won’t do much for most people incarcerated for marijuana. Across the country, about 500,000 people were arrested for cannabis-related offenses in 2019. The FBI said most of those charges involved government crimes. Read more

A protester waves a flag holding marijuana leaves during a demonstration calling for the legalization of marijuana, outside the White House on April 2, 2016, in Washington.

In states where abortion is now banned, students are stepping up their activism

College students across the country are frantically advocating for changes in policy and laws to make abortion legal again, while also trying to help those who may need an abortion in the meantime. Working on both goals at the same time can be daunting. Colleges in states where abortion is now illegal have found themselves in a complicated situation, in part because many of them rely on state legislatures for funding. Read more

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