Day: September 9, 2020

Department of Education sends mixed messages on transgender student protections

The Trump administration said it plans to investigate alleged discrimination against LGBTQ students following this summer’s landmark Supreme Court rulings that said sexual orientation and gender identity are protected traits under existing civil rights law — but only in certain circumstances, according to documents released by the Education Department’s Office of Civil Rights.

In updated guidance posted via a letter to various Connecticut schools, the Education Department said transgender students still can’t play on school sports teams that correspond with their gender identity and instead should be assigned to teams that correspond with their biological gender at birth.

At the same time, in a separate case, the department said it agreed to investigate claims of discrimination based on sexual orientation where a student alleged “homophobic bigot[ry]” at her school.

Sunu Chandy, the legal director at the National Women’s Law Center, said the two moves by the department are “totally at

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University Suspends Partying Freshmen For Semester, No Tuition Refund After Social Distancing Violations

The college experience looks different under COVID-19 restrictions, and Northeastern University made it clear that they won’t tolerate partying, no matter the size of the gathering. Eleven freshmen students have been dismissed after they were discovered violating pandemic rules.

The Boston school announced Friday that the students were caught on Wednesday night in their temporary dorm, the Westin Hotel, without masks and not social distancing. On-call staff members discovered the gathering on their rounds.

The students found have been dismissed for the fall semester, but the suspension will end with the start of the spring semester. They will not receive a refund for their tuition, which is estimated to cost more than $36,500, the Boston Globe reports.

The students were all part of the N.U.in Program, which typically allows first-year students to study abroad. This year, due to the pandemic, the students were put into the temporary dorm at the

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Full ‘Corn Moon’ rises in September for 1st time in 3 years

Sept. 1 (UPI) — September’s lone full moon rose so early this year that it shined as the Corn Moon on Tuesday night and promised that October skies will be graced by a Blue Moon on Halloween.

For the first time in three years, the Corn Moon — the final full moon of the summer — rose in September and peaked about 1:22 a.m. EDT Wednesday on the opposite side of the sun, according to NASA.

Usually, September’s full moon rises closer to the Autumn Equinox, which ushers in the fall season on Sept. 22, and is named the Harvest Moon in relation to when Native Americans traditionally harvested their crops, according to the Farmers’ Almanac.

However, the nearest moon to the equinox is to rise on Oct. 1 this year, meaning September’s full moon is the Corn Moon as it appears around the traditional corn harvest, the annual calendar

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Jordan Thompson Secures Career First After Dominant Performance At US Open

Jordan Thompson has advanced to the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time in his career after blitzing Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin in straight sets.

Thompson secured the 7-5 6-4 6-1 victory off the back of an impressive serving performance, hitting 11 aces and just 2 double faults as he landed 65% of his first serves.

The 26-year-old got off to a slow start, with the Kukushkin showing no sign of fatigue after his five-set thriller in round two as he broke the Australian in the fifth game.

However, Thomspon would maintain his composure, getting the break back before securing the first set 7-5 in 52 minutes.

The second set was a tight affair as both players traded breaks in the opening two games of the second game.

Eventually, Thompson would regain the ascendency, capitalising on a poor service game by the world number 90 to rake the

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Saturdays Start with College Football on FOX

Saturdays Start with College Football on FOX: BIG NOON KICKOFF Expands to Two Hours

Red River Showdown Highlights FOX College Football 2020 Fall Schedule

NEW YORK – Coming off its most watched regular season ever, FOX Sports announces its 2020 fall college football schedule highlighted by the expansion of its widely acclaimed BIG NOON KICKOFF pregame show. Led by the sport’s most accomplished personalities – Urban Meyer, Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart, Brady Quinn and host Rob Stone – BIG NOON KICKOFF sponsored by Wendy’s extends to two hours each week, covering the latest news and biggest games in all of college football. The show kicks off Saturday, Sept. 12, at 10:00 AM ET on FOX ahead of BIG NOON SATURDAY sponsored by AT&T Business at 12:00 PM ET.

“Heading into a season that’s sure to be unlike anything we’ve encountered before, we look forward to the

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