Day: September 1, 2020

More than 1,200 students test positive for COVID-19 at major university

As of Saturday, more than 1,200 students and 166 employees and staff have tested positive for COVID-19 at the University of Alabama.



a store front at night: Rounders Bar, on The Strip, the University of Alabama's bar scene, sees limited patronage as bars were restricted to half capacity and early closing hours, Aug. 15, 2020, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.


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Rounders Bar, on The Strip, the University of Alabama’s bar scene, sees limited patronage as bars were restricted to half capacity and early closing hours, Aug. 15, 2020, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Positive tests among students have more than doubled since the university unveiled its COVID-19 tracking dashboard early this week. The dashboard, which includes case counts, positivity rates, isolation and space occupancy, is similar to what many state health departments use to report coronavirus data to the public.

“The rise we’ve seen in recent days is unacceptable, and if unchecked, threatens our ability to complete the rest of the semester on campus,” University of Alabama president Stuart Bell said at a press conference this week. “Now is the time for action.”



a group of people standing on the side of a road: Baylor Garland, left, arrives to move in for his freshman year, assisted by his father Alan, right and mother, Teena, after they traveled from Eaton, Ga., at the University of Alabama campus on Aug. 15, 2020, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.


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End of career not on Giants’ Evan Longoria’s mind after 301st homer

When Evan Longoria joined the 300-homer club in the Giants’ win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 21, broadcasters Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow believed the Giants third baseman would someday reach 400 career homers.

That’s a tall task for the 34-year-old who turns 35 in October. But on Friday, Longoria took a small step towards the 400-homer mark with No. 301 in the Giants’ 7-4 loss to those same D-Backs.

 

 

Longoria had 30-plus homer power earlier in his career, but he hasn’t reached that threshold since he hit 36 with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2016. His highest total since then is 20 in 2017 and 2019.

Longoria has two more guaranteed years left on his contract with the Giants, plus a $13 million team option that carries a $5 million buyout for the 2023 season. If the Giants don’t bring him back before the 2023 season, he would

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