'It's a one-time shot.' Is it now or never for affirmative action in California?
When California Democrats first started working last year on a proposal to reinstate affirmative action — an effort that requires approval by ballot measure on Nov. 3 — it was months before a spring of coronavirus lockdowns and summer of racial reckoning in America.Before 2020, those supporting what would become Proposition 16 thought they had almost no chance of convincing voters they should repeal the 25-year-old law banning the consideration of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin in university admissions, public employment and contracting.For years, polls have shown that the majo...
The Sacramento Bee
How many Floridians really have died from COVID-19?
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Are Floridians getting an accurate picture of who is dying from COVID-19 and when?Not likely.Florida in August changed its rules for determining whether someone died of COVID-19, moving that responsibility from public medical examiners to the doctors who treated the patients. The change was meant to relieve medical examiners who were swamped with COVID deaths, but it also created inconsistencies in how COVID deaths are documented and raised new questions about the accuracy and timeliness of the state’s COVID-19 death counts.Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees this wee...
Bears will take earlier flight to L.A. for game against Rams, bracing for time change and increased COVID-19 obstacles
CHICAGO — The Chicago Bears are headed back on the road for the fourth time this season, destined for California this weekend and readying for Monday night’s clash against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium.But in contrast to the team’s “leave as late as possible” approach to previous trips to Detroit, Atlanta and Charlotte, N.C., the Bears will fly to Los Angeles on Saturday night and spend two nights in a hotel before the game.Coach Matt Nagy explained Friday afternoon that the goal in leaving earlier is to get players adjusted to the time difference — an understandable objective. Still, i...
Raiders-Buccaneers game still a go for Sunday, Jon Gruden says
As far as he knows, Raiders coach Jon Gruden said Friday his team’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will still be played Sunday at 1 p.m. PTD.“We’re gonna play Sunday at 1 o’clock, they tell me, and we’ll be ready to go,” Gruden said.There had been concern that multiple Raiders players had been exposed to the coronavirus after right tackle Trent Brown tested positive for the disease. However, the Associated Press and other outlets reported Friday that the Raiders’ most recent tests for COVID-19 had all come back negative.Testing will continue over the next two days, including Sunday morn...
The Mercury News
Nation and world news briefs
AstraZeneca cleared by US regulators to resume vaccine trialAstraZeneca Plc, the U.K. drugmaker developing a coronavirus vaccine with the University of Oxford, has been cleared by U.S. regulators to restart a trial halted in the country for more than a month on concerns about a volunteer who became ill, according to a person familiar with the decision.The person asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public.A decision to allow the study to resume would remove a significant impediment for AstraZeneca and Oxford as they try to get their coronavirus shot across the line. They ar...
Tribune News Service
Michigan athletic department reports new single-week high of COVID-19 cases
Michigan’s athletic department reported a new single-week high for COVID-19 cases, with 26 positive test results between Oct. 17-23, the university announced Friday.Of the positive results, 25 were from student-athletes and one was from a staff member.1,576 total tests were administered between student-athletes and staff members this week.In total, since the department began testing, there have been 13,734 total tests administered — 10,975 to student-athletes, 2,759 to staff members — with 131 positive tests (118 student-athletes, 13 staff members).The increase in cases comes during the same w...
Detroit Free Press
No tricking: Airbnb bans one-night rentals for Halloween
Airbnb is banning one-night rentals the weekend of Halloween, which lands on a Saturday.It’s the latest move by the short-term rental company to both stop large parties and prevent the spread of the coronavirus.“The great majority of guests are respectful of our hosts’ homes and neighbors, and we understand that this initiative will disrupt many one-night reservations that might not have led to parties,” Airbnb posted on its website. “This action is designed to help protect our hosts and the communities they live in. We will also be introducing additional measures to complement the two-night m...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
More than 77,000 new COVID cases reported in US on Thursday, breaking record
ATLANTA — The U.S. reported more than 77,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, breaking the previous record set in July.Nationwide, 77,640 cases were reported Thursday, exceeding the July 29 number of 75,723, according to NBC News.According to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine, the U.S. continues to have the world’s highest number of confirmed cases — 8.4 million — and deaths, more than 223,000.Globally, almost 42 million coronavirus cases have been reported, with a worldwide death toll of more than 1.1 million.Seven-day rolling averages for daily new U.S. coronavirus cases have reached ne...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Grocery prices are down from their COVID-19 summer peaks. But here's why your food bills are still stubbornly high.
Eva Rosol was stunned during the summer when a rotisserie chicken that she could normally find on sale for $6 suddenly set her back $15.Rosol, a resident of the Chicago suburb Westmont, Ill., who lost her job as a substitute teacher when COVID-19 shut schools in March, could afford it thanks to the extra $600 per week in unemployment benefits the federal government offered during the first four months of the pandemic. But those extra benefits expired in late July.Now Rosol, 54, who has a business degree and is seeking a job in sales, receives $108 weekly in unemployment aid. Meanwhile, her hus...
Penn State study says mouthwash can kill coronavirus — in lab dishes. Human trials are next
Simple solutions to complicated problems have huge appeal, so it’s no wonder that squelching the coronavirus with mouthwash is being studied.Penn State College of Medicine is the latest to show that mouthwashes, nasal rinses, and even very diluted baby shampoo can kill coronaviruses by rupturing the microbes’ fatty shells.But the experiments were in lab dishes, not people. And the Penn State scientists used cousins of the pandemic coronavirus, because the real thing can only be studied in labs with extra biosecurity.“A German group recently corroborated our results” with their own lab experime...
The Philadelphia Inquirer