Inside a virtual classroom: What a school day is like for these third graders
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Katherine Hendrix sits alone in her third grade classroom at J.A. Rogers Elementary School, speaking to a TV filled with her students’ faces.“Good morning; you’re up early today,” she tells one boy as more boxes outlining students’ faces appear on the 65-inch-screen. She asks if he’s tired. A girl a few squares over eats yogurt.Hendrix, 34, asks if one student found his iPad yet. He said no. He’s borrowing his brother’s Chromebook, but he can’t figure out how to access his homework. He gets his 9-year-old brother, who tells Hendrix he knows how to use the laptop, but then im...
The Kansas City Star
College senior creates a 'prevention pantry' to keep students safe in the pandemic
PHILADELPHIA — When rising senior Jasmine Mays got to thinking about returning to Villanova University this semester, the coronavirus weighed on her mind.“I was concerned about our safety and our actual security on campus,” said the psychology major and biology minor.But Mays being Mays, she did more than just think about it. She came up with a plan, and then she sprang into action, enlisting the help of Villanova friends and administrators. She raised money, she networked, she amassed donations.What came out of that effort is Villanova’s COVID-19 Prevention Pantry, a free resource of cleaning...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
After 71 years, their marriage — and that wedding gift of a toaster — endure
SEATTLE — It was after 3 p.m. and the breakfast dishes had long been put away, but Gloria Witt was happy to make toast. She almost had to.She and her husband, Frank, had spent the last hour talking about their toaster, a 1949 Sunbeam T-20 model; a two-slicer so shiny you can see yourself in it.That’s all it was, really — a reliable appliance — until their daughter, Margaret, took a photo of the couple on their 71st wedding anniversary last month, and had them hold the toaster between them. It had been a wedding gift.But unlike so many that had been spent, lost or broken, this one had been with...
The Seattle Times
Suffering from COVID-19 science overload? This university team wades through the deluge so you don't have to
SEATTLE — Remember early spring, when it felt like we were all plunged into a crash course in epidemiology, heads spinning with terms like “R-naught,” “flatten the curve” and “herd immunity?” Every new nugget of data and scientific insight about the novel coronavirus was headline news, ricocheting from Twitter to technical journals to talking heads.The wall-to-wall coverage has eased since then, but the pace of discovery hasn’t. Every day, hundreds of new research papers are published or posted about the virus and pandemic, ranging from case studies of single patients to randomized, controlled...
The Seattle Times
College's random COVID-19 testing gets mixed reactions from students, parents
ORLANDO, Fla. — Students and parents have voiced mixed reactions to the University of Central Florida’s plans to randomly select students for COVID-19 testing, with some questioning the legality of mandatory testing and the penalties students who refuse will face.Since the policy, which also applies to faculty and staff, was announced Sept. 15, a debate has raged on social media. Some think the testing is a valuable safeguard against outbreaks of infection, while others argue it will be intrusive and ineffective.In Facebook group “UCF Parents,” one of the group’s roughly 11,700 members comment...
Editorial: Our case for Joe Biden over Donald Trump
In our March primary endorsement of Joe Biden, we cited his moderation as a value Americans could embrace. In a field of diverse, left-leaning candidates promising free public college, student loan forgiveness, “Medicare for All,” universal child care, free rural broadband access — at times the Democratic primary resembled an Oprah Winfrey show giveaway — Democrats across the country settled on Biden.Why? Because he is viewed as a commonsense man of decency who could beat President Donald Trump. Those are, essentially, his top selling points. And they are enough for us, too, to offer a Biden e...
Mothers are 3 times more likely than fathers to have lost jobs in pandemic
Mothers of small children have lost work at three times the rate of fathers in the pandemic, a situation that threatens not only progress toward gender equity but middle-class income gains that have become increasingly dependent on working women.Mothers of children 12 years old and younger lost nearly 2.2 million jobs between February and August, a 12% drop, a Stateline analysis found. Fathers of small children saw a 4% drop of about 870,000 jobs.The loss was even worse for single mothers of young children, who lost 16% of jobs they held in February, compared with a 6% drop for single fathers,...
Editorial: Gov. DeSantis still thinks we have a right to give each other COVID in Florida. This time, it's students
Managing Florida’s state university system is a herculean task in the best of times.Managing in the midst of the coronavirus crisis might be an impossible task, even for three wise men and 50 Nobel laureates.Still, the State University System’s Board of Governors is obliged to give it the old college try.Instead, the folks responsible for roughly 350,000 students at Florida’s 12 state universities have thrown up their hands and thrown in the towel.Recently, Miami Herald reporters Ana Ceballos and Karina Ellwood checked in on Florida’s university campuses, where the kids are learning way too mu...
Cops break up huge party of over 1,000 people at off-campus housing at FSU
MIAMI — Now that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis moved Florida into Phase 3 reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic, it’s all systems go for party animals, apparently.A large gathering, with more than 1,000 people, was shut down by cops late Saturday night near Florida State University in Tallahassee. The party was at an off campus apartment complex called Tenn Street Apartments that saw at least 700 cars parked in the area, blocking travel lanes, cops said.The Tallahassee Police Department said that this bash was just one of a dozen large social events they broke up over the weekend, read a Faceboo...
Appeals court rules against Minnesota school district in 'landmark' bias case
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday ruled that a transgender student at Coon Rapids High School had a right to use the boys’ locker room.Instead, the Anoka-Hennepin School District had directed the student, N.H., to use an “enhanced privacy” bathroom separate from the boys’ locker room in violation of the state’s human rights act, the court said in a decision filed Monday.The state Department of Human Rights called it a landmark ruling.“This decision means that schools are now safer and more welcoming for transgender and gender nonconforming students across Minnesota,” Human...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)