This teacher uses the didgeridoo to help kids get through online classes, one breath at a time
SEATTLE — Beth Anderson, a mother of two, suddenly found herself back in middle school music class this fall.When school started, her sixth grade daughter Catelyn sat by her side while they learned and worked at the kitchen table. For the most part, Beth, an administrator at Seattle Colleges, tuned middle school out.But she couldn’t tune out Cuauhtemoc Escobedo, a 30-year Seattle Public Schools (SPS) veteran who teaches music and band at Eckstein Middle School. Through his virtual classroom, the tone of his voice, one that Beth said makes you sit down and listen, caught her ear. And “now I’m p...
The Seattle Times
ESPN built a small city to broadcast games inside NBA bubble
ORLANDO, Fla. — There is a place where coronavirus does not exist, where former president Barack Obama sits courtside and where two people can fist bump without a care. It’s not quite the happiest place on earth, but it’s right down the road.It’s the NBA bubble at ESPN Wide World of Sports.Making all that magic wasn’t easy. Behind the scenes, more than 200 people helped ESPN broadcast an unprecedented NBA season during a global pandemic. Together they constructed a massive 205,480 square foot broadcast compound from the ground up and produced 79 games after Friday night’s Game 5 of the NBA Fin...
The Miami school district says all schools are ready to reopen this week. Some disagree
MIAMI — On June 10, Superintendent Alberto Carvalho told School Board members that Miami-Dade County Public Schools will “absolutely have schools open Aug. 24” while exercising all guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.“Expect that,” he said.Carvalho moved up the school reopening timeline to Sept. 30, but hundreds of teachers and parents protested and the board voted on a later mid-October timeline. Deputy superintendent Valtena Brown told medical experts that schools would be “100% ready” by Sept. 25.The Friday before schools open Monday to welcome 22,000 students in pre-kindergarten, ...
Florida judge on Trump short list helped give GOP key legal win. Should she have recused?
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Barbara Lagoa, the daughter of Cuban exiles in Miami who has rocketed onto the president’s short list for the U.S. Supreme Court, has earned a reputation as a conservative jurist with solid credentials who tends to side with business and government in her rulings and believes courts should stick to the plain meaning of the law.But perhaps the most divisive decision in her 15 years as a judge was voting as a new member of the federal appeals court in Atlanta, which recently handed the Republicans and President Donald Trump a political gift: Lagoa joined the majority in a 6-4...
GM and Ford end critical care ventilator production
General Motors and Ford Motor Co. are exiting the ventilator business, turning their focus back to the car business.Both automakers have fulfilled the terms of the contracts they had with the federal government to make the life-saving machines.But GM is still making face masks. The company said it will donate 2 million face masks to Michigan public schools as part of the State of Michigan’s MI Mask Aid partnership. GM’s contribution includes 750,000 child-size masks for elementary students. Those will be ready for delivery by Sept. 14, GM said. Also, 1.25 million adult-size masks for high scho...
Detroit Free Press
Tech Q&A: How to make Facebook 'let go' of an e-mail address
Q: When I first signed up for Facebook, I gave my work e-mail. Later, I got a personal Gmail address and signed up for a second Facebook account that would be mine alone. But over the years, 99% of my Facebook activity has been on my “company” account. So, when I retire, I’d like to take the company Facebook account with me by switching it from my work e-mail address to my Gmail.To do that, I deactivated my second Facebook account, thinking that would allow me to shift my Gmail address to my company account. But Facebook won’t let me make the switch. I get an error message that says my Gmail i...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
No shortfall in US supply of ventilators as GM, Ventec end contract
Five months ago, as the coronavirus pandemic surged across the nation, the urgency to build more critical care ventilators swelled to meet a shortage of the life saving machines.So General Motors and Ventec Life Systems teamed up to produce ventilators. In just two weeks, the companies will deliver the full 30,000 ventilators they owe the U.S. government, helping to bring the U.S. stockpile closer to an inventory level that positions the nation to withstand any near-term pandemic spikes.“While there is not currently a shortfall of ventilators in the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), the new ...
Detroit Free Press
Bail denied for UC Davis Chinese researcher as judge finds defendant a flight risk
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal magistrate judge denied a request Friday to release on bail a former Chinese researcher at the University of California, Davis who has been accused of lying about her ties to China’s military and Communist Party to gain access to the United States.“I just don’t see sufficient conditions to overcome flight risk,” U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah Barnes said in ordering continued detention of Juan Tang. “She would have every reason to leave.”Tang, 37, has been held without bail at the Sacramento County Main Jail since July 23, after she was arrested by FBI agents when...
The Sacramento Bee