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Photo: Selene San Felice/Axios

If you've ever walked under I-275 in St. Pete's Grand Central neighborhood, you've probably noticed a painted piano — but if you've walked there recently, you probably noticed the piano was smashed to bits.

What's happening: Acting on her own a-chord, artist Kayla Cox decided to replace and repaint a new piano in the same spot.

  • As she's been giving it rainbow stripes over the last couple days, Cox said many people have stopped by to chat and share their favorite stories of the underpass piano.
  • One of them claimed to have put the original piano there years ago. He told Cox he replaced it once already after the original was also mysteriously obliterated.
  • "I don't know what kind of person is out there smashing community pianos, but they must be really angry. I feel bad for them," Cox told Axios.

The bottom line: Hopefully, they won't be Bach.

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Jun 4, 2021 - Science

Utah governor asks residents to pray for rain amid brutal drought

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Utah Gov. Spencer Cox (R) issued a declaration on Thursday that urges residents to pray for rain as the state experiences record drought.

Why it matters: At least 90% of the state is currently experiencing "extreme" to "exceptional" drought, the two worst categories, according to data from the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Drought pushes 2 major U.S. lakes to historic lows

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Two significant U.S. lakes, one of which is a major reservoir, are experiencing historic lows amid a drought that scientists have linked to climate change.

What's happening: Lake Powell, the second largest reservoir in the U.S., has fallen 3,554 feet in elevation, leaving the crucial reservoir on the Colorado River, at 33% capacity — the lowest since it was filled over half a century ago, new U.S. Bureau of Reclamation data shows.

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North and South Korea restart hotline and pledge to improve ties

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North and South Korea's leaders have pledged to improve relations and resume previously suspended communication channels between the two countries.

Why it matters: The resumption of the hotline on Tuesday comes despite stalled negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang on the denuclearization of North Korea, which broke down after a second summit between then-President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ended without a deal in 2019.