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The Latest: Michigan makes homeless people vaccine-eligible

The Latest: Michigan makes homeless people vaccine-eligible

Health
DETROIT — People who are homeless will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccines in Michigan starting Monday.Health officials say it’s a critical step in curbing infections and making sure vulnerable populations have access.“Our vulnerable populations are high priority for us right now,” Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail said, according to the Lansing State Journal. “This opens the door to make sure that population is also vaccinated and we don’t continue to have outbreaks in shelters.”The news comes as infection rates are dropping and vaccine campaigns are ramping up.Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently announced the further loosening of the state’s coronavirus restrictions, easing capacity limits in restaurants and other businesses while also allowing for larger indoor and outdoor gatherings.———...
Mars rover Perseverance makes first drive on Red Planet

Mars rover Perseverance makes first drive on Red Planet

Science
ORLANDO, Fla., March 5 (UPI) -- NASA's new Mars rover Perseverance made its first short drive on the Red Planet and took images of its own wheel marks in the Martian dust, agency engineers said Friday. The rover drove about 21 feet Thursday and used its steering function, performing better than it did on Earth said Anais Zarifian, a Perseverance mobility engineer for NASA, said in a news briefing. Advertisement "Our first drive went incredibly well," Zarifian said. "You can see the wheel tracks that we left on Mars. I don't think I've ever been happier to see wheel tracks that I've seen a lot." A quick test of my steering, and things are looking good as I get ready to roll. My team and I are keen to get moving. One step at a time. pic.twitter.com/XSYfT158AQ— NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover...
Ex-WNBA player Renee Montgomery makes history as new Atlanta Dream co-owner

Ex-WNBA player Renee Montgomery makes history as new Atlanta Dream co-owner

Sports
Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Former WNBA star Renee Montgomery made history Friday as the first former player to become an owner and executive of a WNBA team when the league approved the sale of the Atlanta Dream to a group led by investor Larry Gottesdiener. Suzanne Abair, the president of Gottesdiener's Northland Investment Corp., a real estate firm, also is part of the three-member investor group that purchased the team from former Sen. Kelly Loeffler and fellow former Dream owner Kelly Brock. Advertisement "My Dream has come true," Montgomery said in a news release. "Breaking barriers for minorities and women by being the first former WNBA player to have both a stake in ownership and a leadership role with the team is an opportunity that I take very seriously. "I invite you to join me as the Drea...
Elon Musk’s Starship prototype makes a big impact

Elon Musk’s Starship prototype makes a big impact

Science
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SoftBank makes its first e-scooter bet, leading a $250 million investment in Germany’s Tier

Finance
A woman holds her smartphone with the app of the electric scooter sharing provider Tier Mobility next to an e-scooter to use it. Hauke-Christian Dittrich/dpa (Photo by Hauke-Christian Dittrich/picture alliance via Getty Images)Hauke-Christian Dittrich | picture alliance via Getty ImagesLONDON — German electric scooter rental firm Tier announced Tuesday that it's raised $ 250 million in a funding round led by SoftBank's second Vision Fund.It's the first time the Japanese tech investor has made a bet on the nascent scooter-sharing space and comes as a number of countries in Europe re-enter lockdowns to slow a resurgence in coronavirus cases. E-scooter companies were heavily hit by the first round of lockdowns, with a number of providers slashing jobs to survive.For its part, Tier says it ha...