Heidi Stevens: Dolly Parton is the closest thing we have to a universally beloved icon. And that was before she helped fund Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine.
Through wars and social movements and a wild ride of presidential administrations, Dolly Parton has remained one of the closest things we have to a universally beloved national figure.And that was before she helped fund a coronavirus vaccine.The Moderna vaccine, which the company said Monday“My longtime friend Dr. Naji Abumrad, who’s been involved in research at Vanderbilt for many years, informed me that they were making some exciting advancements towards research of the coronavirus for a cure,” Parton tweetedOn Tuesday, Vanderbilt professor of pathology, microbiology and immunology Mark Deni...
Should college students get a COVID-19 test before heading home for the holidays? Some schools urge or even require it, but 'it doesn't give you a free pass'
From requiring students to take COVID-19 tests before departing campus to restricting dorm access, colleges are tightening protocols ahead of Thanksgiving and winter breaks, when thousands of students are expected to journey home for the holidays amid a national coronavirus surge.Public health experts say traveling, especially in airports or by public transit, is inherently risky when COVID-19 infections are high, and colleges are discouraging students from shuttling back and forth in the coming weeks.But concern remains that young adults crisscrossing the country might seed new infections in ...
University of Miami law professor tries to make a case for Trump on Twitter. Some of his colleagues object
MIAMI — Like many supporters of Donald Trump in the aftermath of the Nov. 3 presidential election, a University of Miami law school lecturer jumped on social media to criticize the ballot counting in a half-dozen battleground states that would decide the next occupant of the White House.Daniel Ravicher, without identifying himself as a UM instructor, turned to Twitter to declare that Trump’s challenger, Joe Biden, “lost” in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia and other swing states — yet their goal is “to deny @realDonaldTrump (the) ability to win tonight, to falsely claim (the) election was close...
Will Bunch: A less-racist brand of Trump populism could bring a GOP dynasty unless Democrats do something
When the first election returns started coming in from Texas’ Zapata County — a hot, dusty corner of the Rio Grande Valley with oil rigs and a large Latine population — some online voting fraud sleuths thought there’d been a voting machine glitch, or worse. How could a county that had voted nearly 2-1 for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton show President Donald Trump narrowly ahead?The reality is that baffled, faraway Twitter posters and their assumptions about Texas’ Hispanic vote hadn’t encountered actual voters like 72-year-old retired social worker and teacher Maria Elia Ramos of Rio Grande ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Dahleen Glanton: Voter fraud is fake. Voter suppression is real
America is long overdue for a serious conversation about disenfranchised voters.But let’s be clear. There is a big difference between voter fraud and voter suppression. Voter fraud is fake. Voter suppression is real.The people who poured into the streets of Washington, D.C., Saturday to protest the election they say was stolen from Donald Trump are reacting to a fantasy based on lies. Voter fraud is a myth created by Republicans who refuse to accept defeat.The reason no one can come up with legitimate cases of widespread voter fraud is because they do not exist. Such theories have been debunke...
Scott Fowler: Don't hire Hugh Freeze, South Carolina: New Gamecocks coach should be 1 of these 2 men
The next South Carolina football coach will be both blessed and cursed with one of the most rabid fan bases in American sports.A non-COVID home game for the Gamecocks in Williams-Brice Stadium is a state fair every Saturday — a beautiful mess of traffic, tailgating and great expectations.For the new coach — and I think South Carolina should hire either Louisiana’s Billy Napier or Coastal Carolina’s Jamey Chadwell for the job — those great expectations will be the tough part.“To think you’re going to be Clemson — or beat Clemson — in the next five years would be crazy,” said Ryan McGee, a senio...
The Charlotte Observer
National fund started for families of health care workers who died of COVID
MINNEAPOLIS — A new national fund announced Monday aims to raise millions of dollars for families of the nearly 1,400 U.S. health care workers who have died from COVID-19.The St. Paul & Minnesota Foundation and Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, teamed up to create the Frontline Families Fund to help pay funeral costs and other expenses or college scholarships for children of the health care workers.“These people put their lives on the line, day after day after day, into harm’s way. They are the real heroes of th...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
New 3-week COVID-19 restrictions to shut down Michigan colleges, high schools, casinos
DETROIT — In-person classes at high schools and colleges statewide will be suspended for three weeks along with eat-in dining at restaurants and bars under sweeping new restrictions aimed at reining in the exponential growth of coronavirus cases in Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Sunday.The new restrictions are to take effect Wednesday, and include the cancellation of organized sports and group exercise classes, though gyms may remain open for individual exercise with strict safety measures, and professional and college athletics may continue.Casinos and movie theaters also will have...
Detroit Free Press
Michigan's worst week: COVID-19 cases, deaths soar as shutdowns loom and holidays approach
DETROIT — Michigan marked its worst week yet in the coronavirus pandemic as 44,019 people were newly diagnosed and 416 died.The unprecedented surge sparked a cascade of school and college campus closures, along with shuttered city halls in Warren and Grosse Pointe and a warning from some hospital systems that they’re nearing capacity as sick patients flood emergency rooms.“We are potentially looking at some of the deadliest, most grim days of this entire pandemic ahead of us,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the state’s chief medical executive, pleading with Michiganders once again to wear masks and...
Detroit Free Press
George Floyd Foundation, Texas A&M University announce internship program for Black male students
The George Floyd Memorial Foundation is joining forces with Texas A&M University-Commerce to launch an internship program for Black male students.Set to launch in January, the Be His Legacy Internship Program is designed to promote social justice, combat police brutality and protect the civil rights of people of color.The program will be available to members of the African American Male Mentorship Program at the university, which “encourages Black male students to actively engage in the university experience, develop leadership skills, and successfully graduate and become future industry leade...
New York Daily News