Brett is the health reporter and a producer at WXXI News. He has a master’s degree from the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism and before landing at WXXI, he was an intern at WNYC and with Ian Urbina of the New York Times. He also produced freelance reporting work focused on health and science in New York City. Brett grew up in Bremerton, Washington, and holds a bachelor’s degree from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.
As cities weather the first blasts of excessive summer heat, officials weigh the benefits of opening cooling centers and spray parks against the risks of letting people gather in public spaces.
To avoid giving offense or creating stigma, the WHO guidelines recommend against naming new pathogens — the emerging coronavirus, for instance — after people, places, ethnic groups, animals or foods.
A large part of the country has been hit with a punishing heat wave. A visit to a suburban parking lot shows more vegetation would help metropolitan areas stay cooler.
Intersection art makes streets more inviting and can remind motorists to respect crosswalks and bike lanes. But the federal government says the designs can also be distracting.