Puerto Rico Officials Unveil Tentative Plan To Open Some Classrooms & More in Today’s News

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Las Notis is a daily news column that gets you up to speed on the political, media + other going ons in Latin America and the diaspora—all in one quick digest.

    Here’s your glimpse at what’s going on today:
  • Prosecutors in Donald Trump’s impeachment trial called the former president the “inciter-in-chief” and said he had “committed a massive crime against our Constitution” on the second day of arguments. Lead impeachment manager and Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin told senators that Trump reveled in the chaos that occurred after he incited supporters to storm the Capitol. [NPR]
  • A new study from the CDC indicates that wearing double masks can reduce exposure to infectious aerosols by 95%. The CDC found that putting a cloth mask over a medical procedure mask offers better protection and keeps air from leaking around the edges of face coverings. [Politico]
  • The death of a 26-year-old student in police custody has sparked protests in Honduras. Keyla Martínez was arrested for being drunk and breaching curfew set on the pandemic and was later found “close to death” suspended from a cell door by her shirt. She was taken to a hospital but was dead upon arriving. [BBC]
  • Puerto Rico officials announced Monday (Feb. 8) that several grades—including kindergarten, special education, first, second, third, and 12 grades—of schoolchildren will return to in-person classes next month. The tentative schedule is to get kids back in classrooms at some schools starting March 3, according to Puerto Rico’s education secretary-designate Elba Aponte. [AP]
  • A federal judge in Texas could complicate the Biden administration’s plan for securing a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants. A ruling is expected within weeks, or even days, on a court case that will determine the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Many think it will be ruled unconstitutional. [Politico]
  • Cardi B shut down critics who have made comments about how she looks make-up free by posting a video on Instagram and saying, “I feel good.” The video showed her completely scrubbed on make-up “no filter, hair not brushed, lip [chapped], all that.” She wrote in the caption, “I never been afraid to show my real self.” [Refinery29]
  • Servando Cano Rodríguez, the founder of the Mexican music company Serca Artistic Representatives, died of a heart attack this week. He was 78 years old. Serca is home to artists such as Los Herederos de Nuevo León, Regia Sonora and Grupo Torrente. [Billboard]