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Ex-USC admissions official to plead guilty to running scam to admit unqualified Chinese studentsLOS ANGELES — In exchange for money, a former admissions official at the University of Southern California helped graduate students from China gain acceptance to the school by submitting doctored transcripts, fraudulent letters of recommendation and bogus personal statements in their applications, according to a plea agreement filed in federal court.Hiu Kit David Chong, an assistant director in USC’s Office of Graduate Admissions from 2008 to 2016, agreed to plead guilty to one count of wire fraud i...
Tribune News Service
Editorial: Holland America owes passengers, crew and public
Based on comments at Tuesday’s meeting, most Broward County, Fla., commissioners want to help passengers on the cruise ships Zaandam and Rotterdam reach dry ground after being denied safe harbor in about a dozen countries.So why is the ships’ owner, Holland America Lines, making things so hard?Sometime early Thursday, the two ships should be approaching Port Everglades. On board are roughly 1,200 passengers and 1,130 crew, a small number of whom are infected with COVID-19.We believe most people in our community want to see these people get off these ships as soon as possible. But first, we wan...
Editorial: Fighting COVID-19, Bay Area leads where Trump has not
We are going to be at this for at least another month. Likely longer.It turns out that the past two weeks were just a warmup, which should come as no surprise to those who were paying attention to how the coronavirus has attacked other countries around the world.Unfortunately, until this week, that awareness didn’t seem to extend to President Donald Trump, who started this crisis by dismissing it, later finally called for people to stay home and then whipsawed back with scientifically ridiculous claims that life would be back to normal by Easter.It was a combination of the frightening data fro...
The Mercury News
Editorial: Your stay-at-home order for Florida comes too late, Gov. DeSantis, but still …
We’ve wanted so much to say, “Good job, Gov. DeSantis! You’ve been on top of Florida’s coronavirus pandemic since the very start!”We can’t say that, at least not with a straight face. So the only thing we’ll venture to say, now that DeSantis has issued a 30-day statewide stay-at-home order for all but those seeking essential services, is: “Finally.”Now it’s up to the governor to speak with force and clarity as to what’s next. That means, first and foremost, ensuring that medical personnel, indeed, anyone in the vicinity of sick or potentially contagious people, throughout the state has the pro...
Michael Rand: Will the Vikings pick a QB in first three rounds of NFL Draft?
It’s now April 1, and this is no joke: After a horrendous month of March, we can at least start to try to think about warmer weather, better times ahead and actual things on the sports calendar.Chief among them: The NFL Draft, which is going on as scheduled April 23-25 — albeit in a different form, with prospects and their families not in attendance and everything being handled virtually. (You can still boo Roger Goodell from a safe distance, however).On the most recent Access Vikings podcast, we talked about the Vikings’ draft strategy — and whether they might pick a quarterback with a meanin...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Melinda Henneberger: Missouri's Mike Parson in contention for governor who's done the least to contain COVID-19
Our editorial board has been pretty hard on Missouri’s accidental governor recently, unfavorably comparing Mike Parson’s meek response to the global coronavirus pandemic to the far more aggressive actions Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has taken.But as it turns out, Parson’s performance doesn’t only suffer in comparison to Kelly’s — or to J.B. Pritzker’s in Illinois or to Andrew Cuomo’s in New York.Only three other governors in the country have been as laissez faire as Parson has in dealing with a crisis the likes of which no one alive today has ever seen — and one that will define the legacy of most...
The Kansas City Star
Ann McFeatters: There is still time to save the census
You’re still reeling from how botched the federal government’s response to COVID-19 has been. You won’t believe how messed up the census is.The census, required by the Constitution every 10 years, is really, really important. It is used to figure out where federal funds go and where social services are needed. It affects your hometown and your neighborhood in vital ways such as how many schools, hospitals and fire departments are near you.Census data is used to apportion the seats of the House of Representatives, redraw congressional districts and help businesses set marketing strategies and g...
Tribune News Service
Commentary: My Peace Corps evacuation from Ukraine: I had 5 hours to pack and say goodbye
“EVACUATION MESSAGE”After a few days of coronavirus-centered speculation, the email subject line — with its caps lock-induced sense of urgency — made it official. Peace Corps would be leaving Ukraine. I had five hours to pack, and then I would be leaving Ukraine.It took a while for the feelings to hit — the denial, anger, despair, fear and a strange and unwelcome heart-wrenching sensation.I first landed in Ukraine in August. After a yearlong application process — which included everything from background checks to a thorough medical clearance — I was approved to spend 27 months volunteering in...
Commentary: We need enforceable, national self-isolation rules
I’m a physician at Massachusetts General Hospital. My wife is the head of human resources for an infrastructure firm in Canada. She has been working from home since last June, when we moved from Toronto into a condo just a five-minute walk from MGH. As the coronavirus crisis unfolded, nonurgent medical care was postponed in preparation. So I was at home with my wife practicing social distancing by staying at our condo.Every now and then, we collected packages from our lobby, surprised to sometimes see people who appeared symptomatic. It was probably just allergies, we hoped. Then, over several...
New York Daily News
Commentary: Preparing for the worst
We need to prepare for the possibility, perhaps even the likelihood, that our health care system is on the threshold of becoming overwhelmed, to the point of collapse. What is needed is a rapid response with sweeping measures.As a former nurse who has been pondering the coronavirus response, I have a few suggestions for action on the local, state and federal levels:Test all workers whose jobs are now considered essential, including health care workers, bus drivers and food workers, for COVID-19 as soon as possible, using the most accurate methods available.Recruit citizens to work as backup em...
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