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A growing number of cities are replacing Columbus Day — celebrated Monday — with Indigenous Peoples Day. President Joe Biden on Friday issued the first-ever presidential proclamation of Indigenous Peoples Day, lending the most significant boost yet to efforts to refocus the federal holiday celebrating Christopher Columbus toward an appreciation of Native peoples. Monday is also Columbus Day, which commemorates the arrival of the Italian explorer to North America in 1492. Native American groups say the holiday embraces Western colonialism and pays tribute to a man who promoted the trans-Atlantic slave trade and is responsible for the genocide of indigenous people, while some Italian Americans see the move to scrap the holiday as an affront to their ethnic heritage.
Southwest Airlines canceled hundreds of flights over the weekend, citing air traffic control issues and weather. The airline's President Mike Van de Ven said he hoped operations Monday would be "more normal.'' Van de Ven's comment came after Southwest cancelled more than 1,100 flights Sunday, roughly 30% of its scheduled flights that day, stranding travelers and flight crews across the country. Travelers need to check their flight status before heading to the airport. As of 6:10 a.m. E.T. Monday, Southwest had canceled more than 1,400 flights, according to flight tracker FlightAware. Prior to Monday's cancellations, the airline apologized to employees. "I'm sorry for the struggles that you and our customers are experiencing, once again,'' Alan Kasher, the airline's executive vice president of daily operations said.
Three U.S-based economists won the 2021 Nobel prize for economics on Monday for work on drawing conclusions from unintended experiments, or so-called “natural experiments,” bringing the 2021 celebration of Nobel prizes to a close. David Card of the University of California at Berkeley was awarded one half of the prize, while the other half was shared by Joshua Angrist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Guido Imbens from Stanford University. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said the three have “completely reshaped empirical work in the economic sciences." Officially known as the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in memory of Alfred Nobel, the award wasn’t created by the prize founder, but is considered to be part of the Nobel stable of awards. Last year's economics prize went to Americans Paul R. Milgrom and Robert B. Wilson for “improvements to auction theory and inventions of new auction formats.”
On Friday, journalists Maria Ressa of the Philippines and Dmitry Muratov of Russia won the Nobel Peace Prize for their fight for freedom of expression in countries where reporters have faced persistent attacks, harassment and even murder.
Nobel Prize in chemistry honors 'greener' way to build molecules used for medicines to food flavoring
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