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Comment on After Years of Underfunding, Now Public School Teachers Are Supposed to Save the Nation’s Economy? by tongorad

Yves here. This piece on the problem and danger of reopening public colleges\ covers a great deal of ground, but a number of further points. First is that other nations who got their illnesses down and China have reopened their schools, plus they have processes to protect teachers and students\. Obviously specifics vary but they include sanitizing shoe bottoms and sometimes backpacks and clothes (using a disinfectant spray), fever tests, issuance of masks or face guards, plastic barriers at each desk and seat at the lunch area, required hand washing or sanitizer use when altering classrooms, cleanup of the table and doorknobs between classes (often by some pupils supervised by a student monitor). It’s simple to see American parents to getting clothes and backpacks coated with disinfectant.

A second difficulty in the US is that a big rationale for school reopening is free parents from daytime child-minding in order that they can return to work. However, what happens when a student fails a fever screening and should be shipped? Or a child was in close contact with someone at college that tests positive for Covid-19? ) My understanding of the standard practice in nations that do contract tracing well is that they require the exposed person to quarantine before a Covid-19 evaluation comes back. It is not hard to envision when schools refuse to allow children who have been exposed some parents rebelling and have gotten evaluation results to come to class.

A dirty secret of the older normal is children would frequently go to college when somewhat sick as their parents would have trouble at work when they skipped outside to tend for an ill child, and a few parents do not believe a mild ailment justifies missing a school day. Therefore the US hostility to sensible policies such as paid leave ends in pressure on educators to instruct children even when it could be better from a public health perspective to send them home. And that will produce yet more contagion risk.

By Jeff Bryant, a writing fellow and chief correspondent for Our Schools, a project of the Independent Media Institute. He is advocacy journalist, freelance writer, a communications consultant, and director of the Education Opportunity Network, a messaging and strategy center for progressive education policy. His award-winning commentary and reporting appear in news outlets that are online that are notable, and he speaks frequently at events about education policy. Follow him on Twitter @jeffbcdm. Manufactured by Our Colleges , a project of the Independent Media Institute

“Following 9/11, New York City police and firefighters were hailed as heroes,” said Mary Parr-Sanchez, president of the New Mexico affiliate of the National Education Association, once I spoke with her about how educators have reacted into the pandemic in her state. “After this, I hope teachers will probably be seen as the community pillars they really are,” she explained.

Parr-Sanchez may get what she wished for.

In the early months of this coronavirus outbreak, the nation relied upon health care and grocery store workers for survival, but that labour force could not possibly turn into a crashing economy. Subsequently, conservative governors throughout the country, especially in the South and West, believed bringing back the leisure and hospitality workforce could revive business and trade. That didn’t turn out so well. So now a broad range of policy makers and actors are turning to get the economy.

In May, since the pandemic was only going to explode from hotspots from the Northeast into a nationally contagion, Forbes contributor Nick Morrison argued,”Until children go back to school, parents will have to stay at home looking after them, and it will not be possible to fully restart the market.”

New York Times op-ed writer Spencer Bokat-Lindell, marveling at how European countries could reopen schools, composed ,”Restarting courses is essential not just to parents’ mental health and children’s development, but also to reviving the market.”

“We can’t have a functioning market, or some expectation of decreasing economic inequalities, without a working educational program,” wrote Paul Starr for the American Prospect in June.

“A consensus is emerging among leading economists and business leaders,” reported Heather Long for the Washington Post in July,”that getting kids back into day cares and universities is essential to getting the economy back to normal.” She also quoted chief executive of JPMorgan Chase Jamie Dimon saying,”If colleges don’t open, a great deal of people can’t return to work” Those pronouncements on the need in order to conserve the market to reopen schools have become a drumbeat from the halls of government.

In a June hearing on Capitol Hill, senators and federal health officials known for“colleges to resume some kind of regular operations in the upcoming academic year, thanks in part to concerns about a weakened economy and the long-term welfare of children and families,” according to Education Week.

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway announced ,”[W]e understand that opening our schools and getting our children back to their regular routines and their structural support is actually the key… I believe it’s the essential nervous system to this nation, and then people are going to be able to go back to work,” the Washington Post reported.

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have filed the Reopen Our Schools Act that would prohibit Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos from providing financing to public colleges and universities unless they return to in-person instruction, Fox News reported. “Reopening our schools is the lynchpin to reopening our economy,” said Indiana Representative Jim Banks, among the writers of this invoice, at a press release introducing the proposition.

A first cousin of these forecasts to reopen schools for the sake of the market is the genre of comment demanding faculty buildings be open full-time for the sake of parents who want to go to work following the market entirely reopens (if that ever happens).

In an article for the New York Times, Deb Perelman, a food writer, responded in exasperation to the information that her kids will physically attend school only one out of every 3 months by writing,”[M]y family, as a social and economic component, cannot operate forever in the frame government envision for the autumn.”

Also from the Times, columnist Michelle Goldberg wrote in an op-ed,”Even for parents that can work from home, home schooling is often a crushing burden that is destroying professions, mental health and family relations. And online school has had dismal results, particularly for poor, Hispanic and Black students.”

What is sadly ironic about all this newfound appreciation for teachers as crucial to the market is that government leaders and policy makers, from both significant political parties, have spent years attacking the financial well-being of public colleges and educators.

School districts have never recovered from budget cuts states imposed during the fantastic Recession that started at the conclusion of 2007. In a post for the Progressive, Nicholas Johnson from the middle on Budget and Policy Priorities noted,”School districts have never recovered from the Advances… [states] enforced back then. When COVID-19 struck, K-12 colleges were employing 77,000 fewer educators and other employees –even though they were teaching two million more children, and overall funding in many nations was still below pre-2008 levels.”

Teachers now make 4.5 percent generally less than they did greater than 10 years back, based into the National Education Association, and public school educators earn 17 percent less than that which equal employees make, based into the Economic Policy Institute.

International comparisons reveal classroom instructors in the U.S. work more hours with less monetary return than in practically all other countries in the industrial world.

While teachers work more hours for less pay, they do so in schools that are frequently falling apart. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), which issues a report card every 3 years to evaluate the nation’s infrastructure, graded the nation’s education system D at 2017, ASCE’s most recent national assessment.

Throughout the Obama decades, teachers became subjected to brand new evaluation systems that put a heavy emphasis on pupil test scores that were fed into a computer-driven algorithm supposed to compute just how much a teacher has contributed to student-achievement growth. The theory was never predicated on evidence, but those systems needed a huge negative impact on teacher morale as teachers missed pay raises and even lost their jobs because of these incorrect evaluations.

While teachers suffered these work-related hardships, politicians frequently lambasted educators to be”part-time employees” who undergo”full-time pay” and undermined teachers’ job security by hard their collective bargaining rights, taking away seniority rights, and functioning to end due process rights when teachers have been threatened with being fired.

In the past two years, teachers throughout the nation possess walked off the job to protest their dreadful work conditions and inadequate pay. Their labour activities have won educators some concessions, however there’s consistently a backlash, as government leaders continue to discount teacher requirements for higher salaries, reduced class sizes, and also increases in school support staff such as more nurses, psychologists, librarians, and application experts.

So now educators are expected to save the nation’s bacon?

Many of those pleas to reopen schools held aloft advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) that requires students to return to schools for in-person learning when possible.

The AAP rightly acknowledged that teachers and schools”are essential to child and adolescent development and well-being and provide our children and teens with academic schooling, social and emotional skills, safety, reliable nutrition, physical/speech and mental health therapy, and opportunities for physical activity, amongst other benefits.” They concluded that the risk is outweighed by the harm to children from not needing in-person education.

The AAP guidelines are based on a “preponderance of evidence” that shows young children and teens have much lower incidences of becoming infected by the coronavirus.

Really, there is research to support this–for instance, scientists at Iceland have discovered that children below 10 are far less likely to acquire the disease and transmit it into adults. But there’s conflicting evidence about how reopening schools, even for young children, affects the spread of COVID-19 in practice. For instance, reopening schools has led to new increases in infections in the UK and Israel. And one of the worst hotspots for the virus in Texas is child care centres .

It would be something if needs to bring back educators and students into college buildings were accompanied by suggestions to come up with the money to cover the steep cost of postsecondary schools safely. However they aren’t.

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) has estimated the financing needed to reopen public colleges safely is at least $116.5 billion.

In a conversation with MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace, AFT President Randi Weingarten said she agreed with the pediatricians that getting kids back to school is an important goal, but she cautioned that reopening had to become”spiritual regarding the precautions which are needed to safeguard from the transmission of a virus in college.”

The precautions she summarized included a”hybrid situation” in which students rotate in and from in-person and internet learning, physical distancing, protective equipment for students and teachers, heavy cleaning of facilities, and added venting. She called herself a”big believer” in reopening schools under these states and maintained three from four AFT members are also.

However she derided Republicans from the Senate, particularly Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, to get a “dereliction of duty” rather than providing the financing colleges need to reopen under these conditions. “Everybody says that we want to open schools… and yet they’re still not providing us the funds to do that.”

While Republicans in Congress shortchange the needs of public schools, the Trump government is doing all it could to divert federal support for public education to private schools.

In June, Secretary DeVos rewired advice on how states can spend federal emergency aid for colleges to ensure local education officials would face a Hobson’s choice of limiting the capital to only those schools designated as high demands (Title I) or, should they opt to use the money to help all colleges, deflecting a share of the capital to private schools according to their total student enrollments. Critics of the guidance said that this would”hamstring” local education officials, and they predicted the two options”not a true alternative,” according to the Washington Post.

Then in July, the White House declared it might require Congress set aside 10 percent of any further stimulus support for grants to private and religious schools and approve $5 billion in federal tax credits to get state-administered school voucher plans that are funded by donations from private individuals and companies.

Only 18 states have these tax-credit programs, based to school voucher urge EdChoice, but the Trump government’s proposal would require some countries that haven’t distributed their grant funds by March 30, 2021, to have their funding reallocated to states that participate in a tax-credit program. Voucher programs fatten with financing; it incentivizes new voucher plans to be created by states.

State lawmakers are also complicit in harming schools in some time when they want government support most. Even before the costs of reopening schools were being considered, state governors from both parties–including Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Republican Ohio Governor Mike DeWine–announced deep cuts to school budgets.

Some teachers see the impossible place they are going to be thrust into.

Teachers in Fairfax County, Virginia, among the country’s largest school districts, have denied to stick to the district’s”return to school” program that includes an alternative for in-person learning due to arbitrary deadlines and insufficient details in the program, according to a statement from the Fairfax County Federation of Teachers.

When Texas state lawmakers made available a draft program to reopen schools for peer learning without strict safety precautions, the president of the Texas branch of the American Federation of Teachers advised Reform Austin the union would think about a strike if the state goes forward with any strategy that lacks adequate safety precautions.

It’s understandable that business owners and employees want to return to work, and it’s more than acceptable for parents to ask schools to reopen in order that they could return to a semblance of normalcy. And Senate Democrats have introduced a bill calling for $430 billion in new federal spending for colleges and child care.

But during all the years of schools and teachers have been offended by underfunding and”school choice” approaches, where were these folks? And will they step up and need the government finance our public schools?


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After Trudeau snub, what Trump really wants from Obrador summit

Samantha Vinograd is a CNN national security analyst. She is a senior adviser at the University of Delaware’s Biden Institute, which is not affiliated with the Biden campaign. Vinograd served on President Barack Obama’s National Security Council from 2009 to 2013 and at the Treasury Department under President George W. Bush. Follow her @sam_vinograd. The views expressed in this commentary are her own. View more opinion articles on CNN.

(CNN)After world leaders bailed on visiting the US this summer, one world leader drew the short straw and doesn’t seem to mind it.

Donald Trump is finally going to spend quality time with a peer. His Wednesday summit with Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) has been touted as a celebration of the United States-Mexico-Canada agreement (aka NAFTA 2), which a White House statement describes as “the largest, fairest, and most balanced trade agreement ever negotiated.”

    Canada’s Justin Trudeau, the third party in the trilateral agreement, won’t be there. Amid concerns about new US tariffs on Canadian aluminum exports and surging coronavirus infections, Prime Minister Trudeau’s office announced Monday that he wouldn’t be traveling to Washington after all.

    Obrador, the leader of a country Trump has maligned for years, is still showing up. He even flew on commercial planes to make the summit. But don’t be fooled by smiles and waves – Donald Trump has done enormous damage to the US relationship with Mexico. AMLO may be making a desperate and naive attempt to appease Trump and get some positive headlines, but he’s betting on the wrong horse here in so many ways.

    With the Mexican president in tow, it’s clear that Trump’s trying to distract from the fact that he’s cloaked in horrifying news — whether it’s the pandemic, the economy, or the racism that now pervades his almost every move. For Trump, everything’s a campaign opportunity, especially when cameras are rolling. That’s why we can expect him to use this meeting to do what he does best: lie about the reality of his actions and misrepresent the positive impact of the deals he signs. The truth is, beating up on Mexico has been one of his greatest hits. While he may momentarily hit pause on his xenophobic diatribes and may, briefly, stop using immigrants from Mexico as bogeyman to satiate his base — no one, including AMLO, should think it will last. Trump’s game with this summit is so obvious it hurts: cast the implementation of the USMCA as an economic tailwind amid a brutal economic downturn and use AMLO as a sign that he isn’t actually xenophobic or anti-Hispanic.

    Well, Mr. President, we Americans aren’t that easy. We see you, and your record. Your actions speak louder than any words you may utter from the Oval Office at your summit.

    It’s exactly because of Trump’s inaccurate, insulting, and frankly abhorrent comments about Mexicans — not to mention his actions toward Mexico and immigrants and asylum seekers there — that AMLO has been under pressure from his critics to cancel his Washington visit, his first foreign trip since he took office in 2018. But he’s still willing to take the political risk of making the trip likely out of a determination that he needs to propagate some good trade news and safeguard the $600 billion commercial relationship. He clearly isn’t a student of recent history. Trump is already threatening more tariffs on Canada, despite the fact that Canada signed the same trade agreement, for example.

    What’s more, Trump is not a popular figure in Mexico. His approval rating in the country was about 8% in January, which doesn’t come as a shock based on his longstanding, inaccurate comments linking Mexican immigrants to crime, his demand that Mexico pay for his border wall and his threats to close the border well before Covid-19-related restrictions. Trump has used Mexico as a scapegoat for a lot of bees in his bonnet, from the economy to immigration and more.

    AMLO’s insistence on coming to the White House feels desperate. Traveling on a commercial flight in the midst of a pandemic to visit with the man who consistently bullies your country and insults your people doesn’t scream self-confidence.

    But this may be a case of birds of a feather flocking together.

    Like Trump, AMLO is not a fan of face masks and initially downplayed the threat of Covid-19, is opposed to government bailouts and relies more on his own “data” than informed expert opinions when it comes to the economy. Like the United States, Mexico is reeling from Covid-19 and facing a severe economic downturn — the country was in recession even before the pandemic. AMLO’s approval rating has dropped to its lowest level since he took office, over concerns about the economy, coronavirus and public safety concerns.

    So while AMLO and Trump are polar opposites in a lot of ways — AMLO is a populist leftist who decries luxury (he stopped using the Presidential plane because it was too opulent) — they both have a need to declare a win, namely the USMCA, and to spin (tall) tales about the economic recovery.

    But while they try to direct attention toward the trade deal, smiles and signing ceremonies won’t hide some bitter realities — particularly when it comes to bilateral issues like immigration.

    Trump typically uses any moment in the spotlight to insult immigrants. He might dial back his xenophobia and racism with AMLO by his side, but that won’t rewrite history. Meanwhile, AMLO’s presence in DC will undoubtedly be seen by many — both in Mexico and in the US — as open support for Trump’s reelection bid. AMLO is putting all of his eggs in a very anti-Mexican basket.

    AMLO criticized Trump before being elected President but has kept quiet since being sworn in — a potentially politically costly move back home. Unless AMLO speaks up, he will appear to have acquiesced to Trump’s reign as King of the North and positioned himself as a key foreign policy surrogate for Trump’s 2020 campaign.

    But AMLO seems willing to take that risk, likely because he’s banking on a Trump win and perceived benefits if he’s seen as a member of the Trump team. That’s a risky bet. Trump’s track record suggests that he would use a second term to double down on policies that hurt Mexico, not help it.

    Trump has used the pandemic as an excuse to inflict more harm on immigrants at our southern border — including effectively shutting down the US asylum system at the border and implementing an expulsion order that sends migrants — regardless of their age — back to Mexico in an average of 96 minutes. Homeland Security officials have bypassed court-ordered due process protections for minors, asylum seekers and others as they return border-crossers to Mexico as quickly as possible. These measures have been extended indefinitely and feel like a blueprint for what Trump has wanted to do all along, regardless of the humanitarian impact. AMLO will look on board with these measures — not to mention with Trump’s overall assault on human rights and immigration — if he stands silent next to Trump amid these developments.

      We know what Trump wants from this visit: a public showing next to a supportive Hispanic face and probably some additional concessions on immigration. (Last year, after tariff threats from Trump, AMLO agreed to deploy the Mexican national guard to the border with Guatemala to help stem the flow of illegal immigrants.)

      But no show of friendliness can disguise the reality. While AMLO is undoubtedly focused on getting some kind of short-term bump from a supposed economic victory, the longer-term costs that Trump has inflicted on the US-Mexico relationship will linger even if Trump loses in November.

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      The Morning After: NASA’s Curiosity rover plots a ‘road trip’ on Mars

      Surprise, surprise — the $2. 65 billion Uber–Postmates deal we mentioned yesterday is occurring . While those two try to figure out how to turn a profit from meals delivery, NASA has establish a route for your Curiosity rover’s”summer road trip.”


      The Martian robot destination is Mount Sharp’s”sulfate-bearing unit,” using its automated driving capabilities to find the ideal path. Consider it something to keep an eye if your vacation plans are canceled.

      — Richard

      Engadget’s 2020 Back to School Guide: The top laptops for students

      XPS 13, Flex 5 Chromebook, MacBook Air and much more.


      A fantastic laptop will not merely make it simpler for you to finish homework and tune in to live-streamed classes, but it will also help you stay in contact with friends and family, teachers and study groups. Because you’ll want your notebook to keep running daily once we come back to some semblance of ordinary life, and while long battery life might not appear as important at this time, it’s still a massive priority.

      With all that in mind, we picked our new preferred laptops for pupils. They all are easy to carry around, have great keyboards, continue all day and good performance.
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      Microsoft’s first-party Xbox Games Showcase flows July 23rd

      It’s Microsoft’s turn to bring the big games.


      Ready to hear about a few important Xbox collection X games, following last May’s middling showcase? Microsoft will hold an Xbox Games Showcase as part of Summer Sport Fest on July 23rd at 12PM ET. You can watch it on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook or the Xbox site. And, after Microsoft killed off its streaming stage you can catch the display Twitch, on its nemesis , also. Hopefully, there could be a closer look in first-party matches this time around, such as at what is perhaps the console’s biggest launch title, Halo Infinite.
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      8BitDo is updating one of its Bluetooth gamepads for Job xCloud

      The controller goes on sale on September 21st for $45.


      8BitDo is publishing a new Bluetooth gamepad designed for use with Microsoft’s Job xCloud game streaming support. The 45 SN30 Pro for Xbox adapts the same underlying design as the organization’s SN30 Pro+, symmetrical analog rods and all, but will not be out of place in your Xbox control set. The significant update could be the company clip that comes with the control, together with two hinges. It looks wider compared to the usual phone holder, with a few metallic touches, and may stretch as wide as 86mm, sufficient for even the biggest contemporary phones. There is also another $15 clip that works with existing Xbox controllers, too.
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      Following ESO telescope places massive star’disappear’, scientists cautioned as to exactly what caused it

      FP TrendingJul 03, 2020 11: 13: 52 IST

      Scientists lately observed a star that seems to have disappeared.  Together with the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), researchers have found an unstable, massive star in a dwarf galaxy 75 million light-years off has vanished without a trace.

      Various group of astronomers between 2001 and 2011 analyzed the mysterious massive star, situated in the Kinman Dwarf galaxy. They noticed that the star was at the late stages of its life span.

      They wanted to discover how very massive stars end their lives, and the thing in the Kinman Dwarf looked like the ideal goal. But, things took an interesting turn when they pointed out ESO’s VLT into the distant galaxy in 2019. To their surprise, the astronomers discovered that the star had vanished.

      The analysis of the star was led by PhD student Andrew Allan of Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, and it was published Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

      An example of a luminous blue variable star such as from the Kinman Dwarf galaxy. Credit: ESO/L. Calçada

      According to the researchers, the star might have vanished after becoming less bright and being partly obscured by dust. They said it might have collapsed to a black hole without creating a supernova.

      “If accurate, this could be the first direct detection of such a monster celebrity ending its life in this manner,” said Allan.

      The Kinman Dwarf galaxy is located some 75 million light-years away in the constellation of Aquarius, making it too far means for astronomers to view its unique stars, but they can detect the signatures of a number of them, reported Science Daily.

      During their observations of this galaxy involving 2001 to 2011, scientists observed that the light coming from the galaxy that revealed signs that it hosted a’luminous blue variable’ superstar some 2.5 million times brighter than the Sun.

      The study reports that stars of the sort are shaky, revealing occasional striking changes in their spectra and brightness. Luminous blue variables leave traces scientists can identify. However, these traces were absent in the data they collected in 2019.

      “It would be highly unusual for such a massive star to disappear without creating a bright supernova explosion,” says Allan.

      The investigators will find a closer look at the star’s destiny once the ESO’s Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) comes into operation in 2025. The ELT can capture pictures at high resolution, such as very distant stars such as those at Kinman Dwarf, found over 75 million light-years away.

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      After he shot and killed an unarmed teen driver, a Kansas police officer was paid a $70,000 severance

      About six months after an Overland Park, Kan., police officer fired 13 shots into a minivan driven by an unarmed 17-year old in 2018, murdering him, the town paid the officer 70,000 in a severance agreement, the teen’s mother lately found.

      The killing of John Albers by Clayton Jenison, at the drive of Albers’s family home in a suburb of Kansas City, was captured by two police dash cameras and a Ring home safety camera throughout the street. Jenison claimed that he believed Albers, whose friends called police because they believed that he had been suicidal, was going to run him over, although the videos revealed Jenison was never in the van’s path. It was not clear, until the shooting started, that Albers ever knew Jenison was out the family’s house in the prosperous suburb of Johnson County, Kan.

      As is frequently the case at officer-involved shootings, Jenison’s name was not released initially — although it eventually became public via a wrongful-death lawsuit from the Albers family — and officials withheld all investigative reports about the killing. He was placed on administrative leave as a criminal investigation was launched\.

      In February 2018, the Johnson County district attorney declared that the officer wouldn’t be billed and the slaying was justifiable. At the exact same time, District Attorney Steve Howe declared prior to any administrative action could be obtained that the officer had resigned.

      Overland Park officials didn’t disclose the following month that they paid a severance package in March 2018 to Jenison totaling greater than $81,000, though documents reveal his salary was approximately $46,000. City spokesman Sean Reilly said Thursday that”in the best interest of this community,” the city negotiated an agreement with Jenison”which resulted in his voluntary resignation,” to add $8,000 in pay, $3,040 in fresh vacation and comp time, and a $70,000 severance payment.

      No Overland Park city official would explain why they believed a 70,000 severance payment was”in the best interest of their community.” Mayor Carl Gerlach, Police Chief Frank Donchez, City Council President Fred Spears and city attorney Eric Blevins did not respond to requests for comment Thursday\.

      Overland Park City Councilman Paul Lyons, who currently chairs the council’s Public Safety Committee, advised the Kansas City Star that since the Johnson County prosecutor dominated the killing justifiable, Jenison couldn’t be fired. But police departments might proceed to fire officers whose acts are ruled legal but are in violation of department policy. Officers do not receive severance packages.

      Jenison, 31, couldn’t be located for comment, and his attorney, Michael Seck, also did not respond to a request for comment. Jenison is an Army veteran who had been an Overland Park officer for two decades and served in Afghanistan. Since he was not fired or otherwise disciplined by Overland Park, he’s totally free to join another police department.

      Back in July 2018, four months after Jenison’s passing, buddies of the Albers family requested documents on the conditions of Jenison’s resignation. Overland Park refused to provide the documents, according to the victim’s mother, Sheila Albers.

      However Sheila Albers, who has since resigned from her job as a middle school principal and launched a company devoted to enhancing police training in Kansas, didn’t stop digging. On Sunday, she found citizenship documents for the Overland Park authorities in a government database, and she noticed that Jenison was compensated $81,040 in 2018, a substantial increase over his salary from the previous two decades.

      Overland Park officials subsequently verified to reporters in Kansas City that they’d issued the $70,000 severance payment.

      Following the payment was revealed, two Overland Park City Council members called for an executive session to determine the details of this settlement with Jenison. Council member Scott Hamblin stated Friday he and member Faris Farassati asked for the session since”the public demands and warrants transparency, and as leaders we need to be ready and willing to provide it. As of today no executive session along with other fact-finding measures are taken.”

      Sheila Albers and her husband, Steve, registered a wrongful-death suit against Overland Park and Jenison in federal court, in part because the police and prosecutor would not publish reports regarding the situation. After a judge ruled the”Officer Jenison wasn’t standing in the path of this minivan” which”a reasonable jury could resolve that deadly force was unreasonable because [Albers] simply introduced injury to himself,” the city settled the lawsuit with the Albers family in January 2019 for $2.3 million.

      Sheila Albers noted that the prosecutor, Howe, as well as the police chief, Donchez, announced Jenison’s resignation on Feb. 20, 2018, although the town apparently was still negotiating the officer’s severance package, that Reilly stated was finished in March 2018.

      “I’ve always questioned the ethics of this analysis,” Albers said. “You can’t conduct an impartial, thorough investigation of police misconduct while negotiating a financial buyout.”

      Officers were delivered to the Albers home because John Albers had left comments to friends online he was considering killing himself. Two officers arrived within minutes, but approached the front door or attempted to make contact\. The garage door opened and the family minivan backed together with Jenison.

      Howe explained that Jenison had been”standing right behind” the van, though a judge later ruled the officer was not at the van’s path. Howe explained the officer shouted”Stop the car,” three times. On the movie he is heard shouting”Stop” three occasions.

      The van unexpectedly accelerated in reverse and did a 180-level”J” turn, putting it quite near Jenison. He did not fire. Since the van reversed toward the doorway, Jenison fired 11 times from the side, the movie shows. The van stopped, then rolled forward out of the driveway. Albers was lifeless.

      “Chief Donchez and District Attorney Steve Howe deceived the public on Officer Jenison’s aggressive activities,” Sheila Albers stated,”obstructed justice and failed to hold anybody liable for the death of my son.” She said that the money paid to Jenison”could have financed Crisis Intervention Team training to prevent unnecessary violence later on. Overland Park is a microcosm of the broader problem we’ve got across the country: lack of transparency, neglected systems of accountability, and leadership that neglects its duty to protect and serve the public.”


      After months

      After Months Of Being Silenced, CDC Is Easing Back Into Public View

      WASHINGTON — On June 12, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did something it hadn’t done for months: It held that a media briefing

      Widely touted as the finest public health agency in the world, that the CDC was dormant since March 9, when one of its top officials held a teleconference with journalists.  On this day, Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the agency’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, advised the American public into”fight the urge to buy a mask” to shield against the coronavirus. 

      Then came a protracted and, for most, problematic silence. CDC officials hope that is coming to a conclusion, but a pressing question remains: Can the bureau recover its voice while avoiding political blowback? Could it find a way to communicate invaluable scientific information after three muted months during which some purposeful communications in the CDC came only in the form of leaks to the media

      As the amount of coronavirus cases in the United States spiked in late March and early April, the White House coronavirus task force convened nearly daily before a thinned-out, socially distanced presidential press corps. The briefings became a kind of ritual. Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health became a national celebrity; the scarves of Dr. Deborah Birx, a top HIV/AIDS specialist at the State Department, were the subject of a”Saturday Night Live” skit.

      CDC director Robert Redfield was about the job force, but he rarely stood on the podium of the Brady Briefing Room alongside Fauci and Birx. Redfield’s most notable look at a task force briefing was on April 22, following an interview he gave to the Washington Post where he stated that in case the coronavirus and flu viruses attacked in concert next fall, the effect could be catastrophic. 

      At the April 22 briefing, an obviously annoyed President Trump stated that would not be the case, then jumped to possess Redfield — a ponderous speaker that appears uncomfortable in front of a mic — deliver a tortured explanation of what he’d meant. But if a reporter asked him when the Washington Post had misrepresented his wordsas Trump claimed the paper needed, Redfield defended the article.

      “I’m correctly quoted from the Washington Post,” he replied as Trump glowered. Then, there might not be even Redfield in the White House\. Reopening plans spanned twice, every time contravening a more lax White House approach and indicating that science was made subservient to politics.

      That abandoned lots of current staffers dispirited and several former ones mystified. One of the latter category is Dr. Thomas Frieden, who led the CDC during the Obama administration. “The CDC isn’t being allowed to speak,” Frieden told Yahoo News in May. “It is just inconceivable for two or more months, the finest public health service in the world has been banned from talking to Americans.”

      But as much as the White House is concerned, the CDC was overly concerned with its stature. “The CDC feels like they ought to be in charge of the” said an official who works with the White House coronavirus job force. “The response effort is more than only one agency.” The task force official went on to say there was a frustration with those in the CDC who watched the Trump administration as making”political conclusions — when they’re not.”

      At the same time, it is hard to see Trump’s drive to reopen churches, among other motions, as anything but political. As he’s needed to reopen the market and restart effort agendas, the CDC has uneasily stood by offering mild caution saying nothing. 

      A spokesperson for the CDC appeared to confirm that the White House’s feeling, saying that a few inside the agency were undermining its position in Washington. The spokesperson — that could only speak frankly about the situation if granted anonymity — said they had been”frustrated” by leaks by the CDC, referencing releases of information to news outlets that appeared to undermine, frustrate or complicate the official position of the government.

      “I hear in which the White House is coming from,” that the CDC spokesperson stated, using with Yahoo News precisely the exact same defense of anonymity that alleged CDC leakers have presumably used with different sockets.

      Just days after the spokesperson talked to Yahoo News, Politico reported the White House was planning to attribute the CDC to the administration’s shortfalls in handling the pandemic, which has killed near 130,000 Americans.  

      By mid-May, the CDC was already a favorite target of some on the coronavirus task force. “There is not anything from the CDC I can expect,” Birx allegedly said at a single meeting of the task force in early May. Just several days later, Peter Navarro, a White House economic advisor, stated on national television the CDC”really allow the nation down” in the first phases of the pandemic.

      Plenty about the CDC’s response has been met with criticism, including its inability to implement a testing regime in February and March (a failure which, in all fairness, may also be credited to the Food and Drug Administration, and to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, not to mention that the president ). 

      The confusing advice concerning face coverings has been a specific source of embarrassment for an agency that has long prided itself on clarity and ethics. Redfield told a congressional committee in late February that Americans did not have to wear masks. Within a matter of months, the CDC would reverse itself in face mask guidance, leading some to wonder whether the initial advice contrary to mask wearing had been supposed to disguise a shortfall in the nationwide supply of protective gear. 

      Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., charges which the CDC wasn’t”agile” or”entrepreneurial” in its response, while one close aide to Trump echoed that criticism, saying that the agency’s”bureaucratic mentality” deprived it of”the fierce urgency of now,” a reference to Barack Obama’s famous slogan in the 2008 presidential campaign.

      Trump hasn’t voiced concerns, at least publicly, with the CDC over those failures. For his role, he refused to put on a mask, even following the CDC in April issued guidance that confront coverings can stop the spread of the coronavirus. 

      What has bothered him, paradoxically, is exactly what the CDC got correct, as when Messonnier cautioned on Feb. 25 that”disruption to regular life might be severe,” or when the CDC’s Dr. Anne Schuchat cautioned, on the exact same day, that the digital outbreak was bound to become a pandemic, contradicting the president and his top advisers.

      When the coronavirus task force held a meeting four days afterwards, neither of those CDC officials had been present in the Situation Room — though economic advisor Larry Kudlow and HUD Secretary Ben Carson were. In reality, none of the CDC deputies was invited into the meeting. 

      Messonnier and Schuchat went silent for virtually the whole spring, as Redfield also receded from view.

      The CDC spokesperson acknowledged their agency”slowly but surely took a backseat” into the coronavirus task force. Not only were CDC officials but Redfield and many others could not even hold briefings.

      “We continued to ask for approval” in the White House to hold briefings, the CDC spokesperson told Yahoo News. “We were not given approval. Ultimately, we just stopped asking.” 

      However, that spokesperson defends the agency’s response, even if a lot of that response has been from public view. “We have had a chair at the table top to public health response to the,” the spokesperson maintained.

      Others are unconvinced, seeing the CDC’s silence because of possible fatal mistake that deprives Americans of critical information. James Curran, a former top CDC official who is currently dean of the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, that will be adjacent to the CDC’s campus in Atlanta, says it was incumbent on the agency to explain the importance of analyzing and contract tracing, something he says it never did. 

      “It seems evident when you hear people discuss testing, there’s no goal,” Curran says. “They’ve been talking about testing for months, as if it’s just a commodity to send out to states.” Confused and sometimes talk of testing persists six months because the pandemic arrived in the United States\.

      Curran also sees a problem with Fauci since the government’s de facto spokesman on the pandemic. Curran calls Fauci a”terrific guy” and also an accomplished scientist, however, notes Fauci is an immunologist, not a public health officer. 

      And Fauci’s capacity to speak publicly has been curtailed, since he has a propensity to undercut the always sunny perspective of Trump. That leaves no individual, or bureau that is single, to communicate directly and forthrightly with the public\. The agency is based in Atlanta, not Washington, D.C., only exacerbates the circumstance, especially in a government where having direct closeness to the president was so crucial.

      The CDC still hopes to recover its voice. The agency spokesperson told Yahoo News that if the CDC can”stick to the science,” it should have the ability to hold”regular and frequent” briefings. The spokesperson did make clear that Shuchat and Messonnier will certainly not be a part of those briefings, which will be run by Redfield and incident managers knowledgeable about specific facets of the pandemic.

      (Shuchat did give an interview to the Journal of the American Medical Association where she warned of”way too much virus across the nation.” That same afternoon, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany described the epidemic as having been mostly contained, with just a few”embers” to contain.)

      After the months-long hiatus, the CDC returned with another June briefing, on the 26th. Redfield upgraded the agency’s advice on populations, which included new data\. 

      Here is the kind of uncontroversial information the White House can live with, but the potential for politics to intrude is obviously there. 

      During the June 26 briefing, by way of example, one reporter accused Redfield of”playing down” that the degree of recent coronavirus spikes, which he described as confined to just 3 percent of American counties. “We’re not talking about a second wave at this time.  We’re still in the very first tide,” Redfield said. This was an accurate statement, and the kind displeased with any assertion that the battle against the coronavirus has not yet been won. 

      “Public health is obviously political,” says Curran, the former CDC official now at Emory University. “But people health should not be partisan in an epidemic.”


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      The Morning After: Vizio Sets a price on its Original OLED 4K TVs

      As we prepare to begin a brand new console age this fall, the most recent TVs will need to match their abilities. Vizio just announced specs and costs for its latest versions , together with HDMI 2.1 features like varying refresh rate on models available for as little as $400.


      Obviously, even at Vizio’s typically lower prices, choosing a 120Hz panel or OLED technologies will still cost more than $1,200, but there ought to be a lot of options offered for players very soon.

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      Samsung might have leaked the Note 20 Ultra on its website

      Satisfy the next Note.


      Samsung’s next flagship device might have already emerged. Whether you think it was accidental or intentional, the organization’s sites in Russia, Ukraine and China flashed a picture of this apparatus, which is seemingly the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

      NASA’s’smell of space’ is available as a perfume

      Eau de Space smells smokey and sour, and so can you.

      Eau de Space

      Over a decade ago, NASA chemists developed a scent that mimics the”smell of space” to give astronauts a whiff of the cosmos before they left Earth’s atmosphere. Now, the company Eau de Space has gotten its hands on this scent, and you can order a jar (or ten) through its Kickstarter.

      In a video shared with Eau de Space, NASA astronaut Tony Antonelli says space smells”powerful and distinctive,” unlike anything he has ever smelled on Earth. Others have described the smell as”seared steak, raspberries and rum,” smokey and bitter.

      Google discontinues its cheap Pixel 3a and 3a XL phones

      Today it is while supplies last.


      Mat mentioned just yesterday that a boom in cheap smartphones is occurring. Google’s Pixel 3a series was offering the best features — such as battery life and a really good camera of the Pixel 3 — on a budget.

      Regrettably, Google is retiring the device. And while it’s been teased for a long time, we are still waiting on the Pixel 4a to break cover.

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      After posting that he regretted attending a party, he died of coronavirus the next day

      (CNN)A Southern California man who tested positive for coronavirus after attending a party expressed his fear and regret a day before he died.

      Thomas Macias, 51, went to a barbecue last month near his community in Lake Elsinore, about 70 miles from Los Angeles.

      Shortly after the party, he started feeling sick. On June 20, he posted a poignant message on Facebook to warn his loved ones about the risks of the virus, his family said.

        “I went out a couple of weeks ago … because of my stupidity I put my mom and sisters and my family’s health in jeopardy,” he wrote. “This has been a very painful experience. This is no joke. If you have to go out, wear a mask, and practice social distancing. … Hopefully with God’s help, I’ll be able to survive this.”

        He never made it. He died a day after that post.

        A friend attended the party while sick

        Macias worked as a truck driver and suffered from diabetes, making him especially vulnerable to the virus. Doctors have said people with underlying conditions such as diabetes, chronic lung disease and asthma are at a higher risk.

        Before the barbecue, he had barely gone out, his brother-in-law Gustavo Lopez told CNN. But he was incredibly social and was feeling isolated, and decided to visit his friends when the state lifted some restrictions, he added.

        “Everywhere he went he made friends instantly,” Lopez said. “He was missing his friends and missing his family. So as soon as they lifted some of the restrictions he felt free and he unfortunately went to this get-together to be with his friends and then this was the result.”

        A friend who was at the party reached out to Macias to say he had coronavirus, and he was aware of the diagnosis when he attended the gathering but didn’t think he could infect anyone because he had no symptoms, Lopez said.

        “Our understanding is that a gentleman had called him and said ‘hey I was at the party, I knew I was positive. I didn’t tell anybody,'” Lopez said. “I think the gentleman was regretting not telling everybody, and he was calling people who were at the party to recommend they get tested.”

        Macias was upset but blamed himself for the error in judgment, even using his Facebook post to warn friends about the dangers of the virus. About a dozen people who attended the party tested positive, Lopez said.

          Macias got tested on June 15, got his positive result June 18 and died June 21. The Riverside County Office of Vital Records confirmed that he died of coronavirus.

          Riverside County has over 18,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and about 460 deaths. It has the second-highest number of cases in the state after Los Angeles County.

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          After ESO telescope spots massive star’disappear’, scientists cautioned as to what make it

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          Scientists lately discovered a star that has seemingly disappeared.  Using the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), scientists have found that an unstable, enormous celebrity in a dwarf galaxy 75 million light-years off has disappeared without a trace.

          Different team of astronomers involving 2001 and 2011 analyzed the mysterious massive star, situated in the Kinman Dwarf galaxy. They noticed that the star was at the late stages of its lifespan.

          They wanted to find out how very massive stars end their own lives, and the object in the Kinman Dwarf looked like the ideal target. However, things took an interesting turn when they pointed ESO’s VLT to the distant galaxy in 2019. To their surprise, that the astronomers discovered that the star had vanished.

          The analysis of the celebrity has been led by PhD student Andrew Allan of Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, and it was printed Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

          An illustration of a luminous blue variable star like in the Kinman Dwarf galaxy. Credit: ESO/L. Calçada

          According to the investigators, the star may have disappeared after becoming less bright and being partly obscured by dust. They said that it may have dropped to a black hole.

          “If accurate, this could be the first direct detection of such a monster celebrity ending its life in this manner,” said Allan.

          The Kinman Dwarf galaxy is situated some 75 million light-years away from the constellation of Aquarius, making it too far way for astronomers to view its unique stars, but they are able to discover the signatures of some of them, reported Science Daily.

          During their observations of the galaxy between 2001 to 2011, scientists observed that the light coming from the galaxy which showed signs that it hosted a’luminous blue variable’ star some 2.5 million times brighter than the Sun.

          The study reports that celebrities of the type are unstable, revealing occasional striking shifts in their spectra and brightness. Luminous blue variables leave traces scientists can identify. But, such traces were absent from the data they gathered in 2019.

          “It would be highly unusual for such a huge star to disappear without creating a bright supernova explosion,” says Allan.

          The researchers will get a close look at the star’s destiny after the ESO’s Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) comes into operation in 2025. The ELT can capture pictures at high resolution, including quite distant stars like those at Kinman Dwarf, located more than 75 million light-years away.

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          What Happens After’Grey’s Anatomy’ Showrunner Got Personal About White Privilege on Twitter

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          Only after 9 a.m. on June 15, at the start of a new week, Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19 showrunner Krista Vernoff published an 11-tweet thread detailing past experiences, or lack thereof, together with authorities.

          The experiences comprised getting booked at 15 for stealing”thousands of dollars” of merchandise but never handcuffed; pulled over for drunk driving 18 but getting out of it by faking asthma to avoid a breathalyzer; being lightly reprimanded and sent by police after punching a man in the face”standing two feet by a cop”; and between the ages of 11-22 being chased or admonished by police for drinking and doing drugs on personal property or in public.

          The revelations served to illuminate the ways white people are treated by law enforcement in the wake of yet another killing of a Black man by authorities: Rayshard Brooks, in Atlanta, on June 12. “I’m requesting the white people reading this to think about the crimes you have committed,” Vernoff posed. “You don’t call them crimes. You and your parents call them errors. Think of all of the mistakes you have made that you were permitted to survive.”

          The thread went viral, with over 128,000 retweets, among them filmmaker Ava DuVernay who answered”That is a white woman speaking honestly about her experiences and it is among the best threads on the criminalization of Black folks whom I’ve read lately.”

          As for Vernoff, she tells THR:”The thread heading viral necessitated some discussions with my three teenagers. Those were tales from my life I had not shared together. The simple fact that there haven’t been any career ramifications and just support from my peers in Hollywood is another manifestation of my white privilege.” 

          When I was 15, I had been chased through a mall by police who were crying”Stop thief!” I had thousands of dollars of merchandise onto me. I was captured, reserved, sentenced to 6 months of probation, required to see that a parole officer. I was never even handcuffed.


          — Krista Vernoff (@KristaVernoff) June 15, 2020

          The officer laughed then asked my friends to blow and if one of them came up sober enough to drive, he allowed me move to the passenger seat of my car and go home with only a verbal warning.

          — Krista Vernoff (@KristaVernoff) June 15, 2020

          Once I was twentyfive, with all of my strength, I punched a guy in the face — while we’re both standing two feet out of a cop. The man went into the ground and came up bloody and screaming that he wanted me that he pressed charges.

          — Krista Vernoff (@KristaVernoff) June 15, 2020

          Between the ages of 11 and 22, my buddies and I had been chased or admonished by police on many occasions for drinking or doing illegal drugs onto private land or in public. I don’t have any criminal record.

          — Krista Vernoff (@KristaVernoff) June 15, 2020

          I am requesting the white folks reading this to think about the crimes you’ve committed. (Note: You don’t call these crimes. You and your parents call them mistakes.) Think of the mistakes you have made that you were permitted to survive.

          — Krista Vernoff (@KristaVernoff) June 15, 2020

          A version of the story first appeared in the July 1 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Click here to subscribe.

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