A Real Big Fish Story in Minnesota
Officials in Burnsville, Minnesota, are worried about giant fish that were once family pets. In a recent tweet by the city, residents were asked not to release their goldfish into the wild: “Please don’t release your pet goldfish into ponds and lakes. They grow bigger than you think and contribute to poor water quality by mucking up the bottom sediments and uprooting plants.”
How is it that a tiny goldfish can do so much damage to an entire ecosystem? Well, the Carver County website says the one-time pets “reproduce rapidly and are hardy… They can live to be 25 years old.” Once they are there, there is no easy way to remove the species. And the county knows this first-hand: Last fall, more than 50,000 goldfish were captured at Big Woods Lake, not far from Burnsville. Officials there are still trying to restore the waterway.
The Long-Awaited Olympics Under Covid-19 Emergency Status
The 2020 Olympics was postponed one year due to the pandemic. Now they are back, but with a lot of new rules. Japan is are trying to figure out how to keep the people safe and happy while still hosting the Games. This is a difficult task. Some Japanese people don’t want the Games to go ahead because of all the foreign visitors. The host city, Tokyo, saw more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases in four days.
Sportspeople have been told to stay put in the Athletes Village. Parents, family, media, and others have been told they must sign a pledge to obey the rules.
The Tokyo Olympics may go down in history as the safest – and least fun – Games in history.
Lawmakers in Texas Bolt Out of Town in Protest
Last week, 30 Texas lawmakers fled the state to stop the law being passed. Democrats claim that the bill restricts the right to vote in Texas, so they went to Washington, D.C., where one of them said: “We are determined to kill this bill.”
Reactions to the walk-out have been different.
But Texas Governor Greg Abbott had a different reaction. Abbott laid down the law: “Once they step back into the state, they will be arrested and brought back to the Capitol, and we will be conducting business.”