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  • President Biden announced that there is a “framework” agreement for his $1.85 trillion bill focusing on climate change, child care, and other social safety net programs, although it sounds like that was news to many skeptical Democrats.
  • After recent sightings of a bobcat, a mink, a coyote, a bunch of bald eagles, a baby seal, tiny seahorses, beavers, and some exotic bugs, it's official: New York City has become a wildlife mecca.
  • Fresno, California is experimenting with an anti-gun-violence program that involves paying gang members $1,000 a month to participate in mentoring and job-training programs.
  • China is barring cities with less than 3 million people from building 150-foot skyscrapers on the grounds that they're "gimmicky" architectural vanity projects.
  • Cigarette sales rose last year for the first time in 20 years, largely because people who stocked up on toilet paper and bucatini decided to go ahead and "pantry load" with cartons of Marlboros.
  • Anxiety and "ecoanger" related to global warming is coming up more and more in therapy sessions, which is complicated, because while climate change can be depressing, it's also not ... about you.
  • The 16-year-old Texas boy who ran over a group of cyclists with his massive pick-up truck last month brought wider attention to the decade-old trend of "rolling coal," whereby men in diesel trucks rev their modified engines to make black smoke shoot out of their exhaust pipes as a prank.
  • NY Magazine's "Look Book" this week is a slideshow of people who showed up to a mobbed open house for a $1.7 million South Slope duplex.
  • And finally, a spooky spider-dog: