Headlines edition

Wednesday headlines: Joint mask force

Gov. Greg Abbott says it's time to "open Texas 100%" and end the statewide mask order. / Austin American-Statesman

Companies like General Motors, Toyota, Target, and Macy’s say their Texas employees will keep their masks on, thank you very much. / Reuters

Meanwhile: Houston is the first city in the United States to record every major variant of the novel coronavirus. / The Houston Chronicle

James Hamblin: “Ending precautions now is like entering the last miles of a marathon and taking off your shoes and eating several hot dogs.” / Twitter

And in case you missed it, Ed Yong’s piece on immunology (“Immunology Is Where Intuition Goes to Die”) is worth the revisit. / The Atlantic

Your weekly soothe: Artist Tadao Cern suspends a field of grass from the ceiling. / Colossal

People in Jackson, Miss., remain without water more than two weeks after the storm that froze Texas. / CBS News

President Biden says the US expects to take delivery of enough coronavirus vaccine for all adults by the end of May. / The Associated Press

Canada Post is sending every household a free postcard to mail to a loved one while the pandemic continues. / CBC

Starting at 13, women now can be screened for anxiety as part of a routine checkup—a "breakthrough" for mental health care. / The Lily

Ann Patchett: “I wanted to get rid of my possessions, because possessions stood between me and death.” / The New Yorker

A study finds that only two percent of conversations end at the time both parties desire. / Scientific American

Unrelated: Reese's peanut butter cups without chocolate will arrive in April. / USA Today

Right-wing platform Gab gets hacked—"another gold mine of research for people looking at militias, neo-Nazis, the far right." / WIRED

The Boy Scouts of America will sell nearly 60 of pieces of art by Norman Rockwell to help them afford more than 82,000 sex-abuse claims. / The New York Times

Remote, Ore., a placeholder on job boards when a listing is a remote-work position, has become a job capital in the US. / BNet

Remembering the Harvard Computers: the 80 women who developed a classification system that identified nearly 400,000 stars. / Open Culture

See also: Five African American inventors who improved the world. / The Kid Should See This

In case you also discovered classical music on Saturday mornings: an extensive detailing of pieces featured in cartoons. / Twitter