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People march along Las Americas Highway to demand the expulsion of power company Luma amid a continued lack of electricity across Puerto Rico on Oct. 15. Photo: Ricardo Arduengo/AFP via Getty Images

Thousands of Puerto Ricans on Friday marched to protest against ongoing power outages across the island, AP reports.

Driving the news: Many of the approximately 4,000 protesters called for the ouster of Luma, a private company that took over the island’s transmission and distribution of power on June 1, per AP.

  • Protesters, who blocked traffic in the capital of San Juan, are also frustrated with Puerto Rico’s Electric Power Authority, which operates generation units that have been failing recently due to a lack of upkeep.
  • "We’re tired of coming home and discovering that we have no lights," one protester, Mayra Rivera, 55, said, per AP.

The big picture: Power outages are increasingly common on the island and are lasting longer.

  • Some residents say that the outages make it difficult to administer crucial health needs, such as respiratory therapies, and others complain that they can't work due to unstable internet connections.
  • Puerto Rico's power grid has been increasingly precarious ever since Hurricane Maria hit the island in September 2017 as a Category 4 storm.
  • The government announced on Thursday the first plan to direct federal funds to the Electric Power Authority in an effort to strengthen the grid, with $7.1 million set to be used for reconstruction work, per AP.

Go deeper: Power outages in Puerto Rico fuel anger, fear

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Southern Company to shut 80% of coal capacity by 2028

Plant Bowen in Euharlee, Georgia, about 40 miles northwest of Atlanta. Photo: Karen Bleier/AFP via Getty Images

Last week Southern Co., the parent company of Georgia Power, publicly announced that it plans to close more than half of its coal fleet (about 80% of its coal-generating capacity) by 2028.

State of play: The company was required by the federal government to either update pollution controls on existing plants or close them by 2028.

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True crime documentaries, podcasts and social media campaigns are bringing new attention to real-world legal proceedings — and are often affecting the outcome.

Why it matters: New media platforms can instantly put a national spotlight on cases that have long been forgotten or buried under red tape.

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The next big bottleneck in the global vaccination effort

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The world still needs more coronavirus vaccines, but an additional bottleneck has emerged in many low-income countries: They need help getting shots in arms.

Why it matters: Increasing vaccination rates across the world is both a humanitarian necessity and the best way to prevent dangerous new variants from emerging, but it increasingly requires complex problem-solving.