Metanews is going to be on hiatus for a while.
One of our two link finders, therck, has been diagnosed with breast cancer and will have a lumpectomy on Friday. She will definitely have radiation treatment and may have to have chemo (they won't know that until after the surgery). It's not clear when she will be able to link find again. This week, she's too stressed and too busy (the surgeon's office told her on Monday that she'd have to wait three weeks for surgery then called Tuesday morning to say that her surgery would be Friday). She has appointments every day this week.
therck is in the US but has good insurance, both private insurance and Medicare. She is also less than ten minutes drive from an excellent cancer center that is providing all the necessary care. She will be fine, eventually.
therck normally handles Feedly which takes 10-20 hours a week, depending, and is the source of roughly 85% of our links. Our remaining link finder can't take on Feedly at this point. That left us with the choice between going on hiatus and publishing a much abbreviated newsletter for the foreseeable future.
Additionally, the surgery happened on Friday and I've heard from therck's husband that it went successfully.
We're not sure at this stage how long the hiatus will be for, but when we know more, we'll post and let you all know.