Residents of Carson, a city in South LA, have spent the past several weeks enduring a smell they’ve compared to rotting eggs, vomit, and farts. The smell is coming from the Dominguez Channel, which is full of dead plants and rotting marine animals that are releasing hydrogen sulfide gas. Residents say they’re getting headaches and nausea, and now the city has declared a state of emergency.
“This to me is deferred maintenance and human error. … [This channel] needs to be completely remediated and … that's going to take a long process. That's why this proclamation was issued, so we could hopefully bypass some of these bureaucracies,” says Carson Mayor Lula Davis-Holmes.
Memes can make people calmer, more content, and more confident in dealing with the pandemic, according to researchers Penn State and UC Santa Barbara. Meanwhile, financial incentives aren’t very effective in swaying skeptics to get vaccinated, says the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Spanx is now worth $1.2 billion, and the investment firm Blackstone is buying a majority stake in it. Founder Sara Blakely celebrated by giving each of her staff members $10,000 and a pair of first-class plane tickets to anywhere in the world.