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COVID-19 cases rise again — ORANGE COUNTY TRIBUNE

The number of new confirmed coronavirus cases in Orange County bounced up to 865 on Tuesday from weekend lows of about half that. According to the county health care agency, the new cumulative total of cases is now at 26,120. Of that number, 11,088 are considered to be recovered. Nine deaths were reported on Tuesday; […]

COVID-19 cases rise again — ORANGE COUNTY TRIBUNE

Covid: India records 30,000+ cases in a day

The Covid-19 pandemic worsened in the country as fresh cases on Tuesday zoomed past the 30,000 mark for the first time, even as total deaths from the virus crossed 24,000, with the second-highest single-day addition of 582 fatalities to the toll. The Covid-19 pandemic worsened in the country as fresh cases on Tuesday zoomed past the 30,000 mark for the first time, even as total deaths from the virus crossed 24,000, with the second-highest single-day addition of 582 fatalities to the toll.

Opinion | The Administration Retreated on Student Visas, but the Battle Isn’t Over – The New York Times

What gives our country this advantage? Their explanation surprised me. Because the U.S. is heterogeneous, these leaders told me, it draws the best and brightest from all over the world to work and create together. This, they said, was much more difficult for China.

This astute observation perfectly captures why forcing foreign students to abandon their studies here would be disastrously self-defeating for America: Precisely at a time of sharp economic rivalries, we are systematically undermining the very strength our competitors envy most.

Why is foreign talent so important to the United States? For the same reason the Boston Red Sox don’t limit themselves to players born in Boston: The larger the pool you draw from, the larger the supply of exceptional talent. Moreover, America gains immense creative advantage by educating top domestic students alongside top international students. By challenging, inspiring and stretching one another, they make one another better, just as star players raise a whole team’s level of play.

Texas will extend time that schools can stay online-only during pandemic | The Texas Tribune

Texas will give school districts more flexibility to keep their school buildings closed to in-person instruction this fall as coronavirus cases continue to rise, Gov. Greg Abbott told a Houston television station Tuesday.

Public health guidance released last week indicated that school districts had to stay virtual for up to three weeks after their start dates, so they could get their safety protocols ironed out before bringing more students to campus. If they stayed closed longer than that, they would lose state funding.

 

Source: Texas will extend time that schools can stay online-only during pandemic | The Texas Tribune

Revealed: Phoenix officer brutalized woman during minor traffic stop, then took her to jail

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Body-cam footage shows an officer with a history of misconduct claims slammed 23-year-old Mariah Valenzuela to the ground within seconds of traffic stop

One week after police in Phoenix, Arizona, were caught on camera surrounding a parked car and killing a man inside, a young woman is coming forward with footage of a brutal assault by another officer in the department.

Mariah Valenzuela, 23, was pulled over one night in January for a minor traffic violation. Body-camera footage obtained by the Guardian shows that the officer involved, Michael McGillis, would not tell the unarmed woman why he stopped her, and that seconds after she said she didn’t have ID on her, he tackled and slammed her on to the ground, injuring her head, face, hands and legs.

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POLITICIZING COVID-19 REPORTING – CUTTING CDC OUT OF THE REPORTING LOOP

The Trump administration has ordered hospitals to bypass the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and, beginning on Wednesday, send all coronavirus patient information to a central database in Washington — a move that has alarmed public health experts who fear the data will be distorted for political gain.


As of July 15,, 2020, hospitals should no longer report the Covid-19 information in this document to the National Healthcare Safety Network site.

NEW YORK TIMES

The administration orders hospitals to bypass the C.D.C. with key virus data, alarming health experts.

Trump administration rescinds ICE rule on international students studying online – Los Angeles Times

The decision was announced at the start of a hearing in a federal lawsuit in Boston brought by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. U.S. District Judge Allison Burroughs said federal immigration authorities agreed to pull the July 6 directive and “return to the status quo.”

A lawyer representing the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said only that the judge’s characterization was correct.

 

Source: Trump administration rescinds ICE rule on international students studying online – Los Angeles Times

Even when I Can’t See #truth — penned in moon dust

golden rays open nature’s aperture out with the tide Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand,And marked off the heavens by the span,And calculated the dust of the earth by the measure,And weighed the mountains in a balanceAnd the hills in a pair of scales? ~Isaiah 40:12 Source:

Even when I Can’t See #truth — penned in moon dust