Feds charge 13 in drug trafficking ring that sold to UT students in Austin, San Antonio
AUSTIN, Texas — Federal authorities on Friday display drugs and money that was confiscated during recent searches and arrests in connection with a local drug trafficking operation in Austin and San Antonio. At least 13 people, including former and current University of Texas students, have been charged in connection with a drug trafficking operation that authorities say sold counterfeit prescription drugs laced with fentanyl and methamphetamine to college students in Central Texas. Gregg Sofer, a U.S. attorney for the Justice Department, said the group sold what University of Texas students in...
With new program, health system helps doctors and nurses cut their massive student loan burdens
PHILADELPHIA — So many employees were stressed out about student loans that Temple University Health System this fall offered a new benefit — a concierge service to help them qualify for a much-touted federal program that can massively cut their debt. Trouble is, help from the program, known as the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) venture, has been notoriously difficult to get. Meant to assist new doctors, nurses, teachers, soldiers, firefighters and others in public-service jobs, the program has so far been largely a flop. Critics, including several attorneys general who have launched l...
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Researchers unveil data dashboard that aims to spot COVID-19 surges faster
CHICAGO — A Northwestern University-based research team has unveiled an online COVID-19 data dashboard that aims to show more quickly where infections are surging in states and across the world. The dashboard joins scores of others related to the pandemic that are hosted by governments, news media, nonprofits and universities. This one crunches the data in a new way that its creators say can flag surges faster and more precisely, before they become overwhelming. “Basically the whole idea for this is like an early warning system. What we would hope to do with this is to … be able to see when th...
How do the Miami Hurricanes look at quarterback in the future beyond D'Eriq King?
Redshirt senior quarterback D’Eriq King will have a decision to make at season’s end on whether to stay with the Miami Hurricanes for a sixth college season or declare for the NFL draft.Under normal circumstances, there wouldn’t even be a decision to make, but since the NCAA is not counting the 2020 college football season amid the coronavirus pandemic against player eligibility, King has the option to return for a second year at UM after playing his first four at Houston.Should King opt to move on, what can the Hurricanes look forward to beyond him?The Hurricanes have three other scholarship ...
Chris Jones: College football this fall is a cruel joke and a staggering failure on the part of America's universities
When the news broke Monday morning that the University of Michigan football team planned to pause all of its “in-person activity” due to “presumptive” positive tests for coronavirus, the joke went around Twitter that denying Ohio State a sixth game was the best way for the Wolverines to deny the Buckeyes their shot at the national championship. Far better likelihood of success for Michigan to surrender to the virus than actually, you know, playing its mortal enemy.Funny. Except we’re talking here about young student-athletes and a virus with potential long-term effects about which we know very...
Coronavirus cases are rising among the most vulnerable again. Now what?
Tamara Konetzka, a health economics and aging services expert at the University of Chicago, had reason to hope that a new surge of coronavirus would be kinder to nursing home residents than the first was.After all, testing, a key tool for curtailing transmission of the highly contagious disease, is much more available now. And long-term care providers know more about how to prevent spread, from what kind of protective gear staff should wear to how to group residents who do and don’t have the disease.But when Konetzka crunched the numbers recently for six Midwestern and Western states with espe...
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Runoff Tuesday determines who will fill final month of Rep. John Lewis' term
ATLANTA — The two men competing to fill the remainder of John Lewis’ congressional term already faced the prospect of a low-turnout runoff where the winner will serve for just one month.But it’s gotten even harder for Kwanza Hall, a former Atlanta city councilman, and Robert Franklin, president emeritus of Morehouse College, to get through to voters ahead of Tuesday’s election.The Jan. 5 U.S. Senate runoffs that will determine the balance of power in Washington have siphoned resources and attention. Social media companies are enforcing a moratorium on political ads, taking away an inexpensive ...
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A Miami Hurricanes team that has excelled despite the virus forges on toward Duke
Who knows what will happen Saturday at Duke, or if the Miami Hurricanes will even ever get to Duke with the way this bizarre season has transpired.All University of Miami football coach Manny Diaz knew for sure Monday was that his team would practice at night for the first time in more than two weeks — the initial step in hopefully boarding the plane on Friday that will fly them to Durham, North Carolina, for the 8 p.m. Saturday game that replaced coronavirus-plagued Wake Forest.“Happy to be back here in game week and be able to talk about a football game,” Diaz, whose Canes are No. 10 in the ...
Penn student who aged out of foster care wins prestigious Rhodes Scholarship
PHILADELPHIA — Mackenzie Fierceton grew up poor, cycling through the rocky child welfare system. She bounced from one foster home to the next. One home, during her junior year of high school, was so “toxic” and crammed with other foster kids that she left for weeks at a time, sleeping each night on a carousel of couches at the homes of various friends, she said.“It was a very challenging and isolating experience,” Fierceton said. “At my school, everyone kind of knew me as like the foster kid who all these bad things had happened to.”She poured herself into her studies.“School was always an out...
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Review: 'Farm Girl: A Wisconsin Memoir,' by Beuna Coburn Carlson
“Farm Girl: A Wisconsin Memoir” by Beuna Coburn Carlson; University of Wisconsin Press (232 pages, $21.95)———The author bio for Beuna Coburn Carlson is tantalizingly terse, saying only that she is “a writer based in Grand Rapids, Michigan.” What has the nonagenarian written? Well, this. No record of other books, articles or even letters to the editor by Carlson seems to exist, which adds to the homespun appeal of “Farm Girl,” where Carlson comes off like a Depression-era Laura Ingalls Wilder.The book consists of loving two- and three-page essays that describe life on a farm near Plum City, Wis...
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