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With 700 bills to process before the end of August, both the Senate and Assembly have indefinitely delayed lawmakers’ return to the chambers — originally scheduled for July 13 — as COVID-19 cases mount in the Capitol. Six individuals have tested positive in the Assembly as of Tuesday.

Assemblyman Tom Lackey has been hospitalized since Sunday for COVID-19 complications, his chief of staff George Andrews said in a statement Wednesday. “He is receiving excellent treatment at Palmdale Regional Medical Center and anticipates a full recovery,” Andrews said.

The Assembly’s decision to close “until further notice” came on the heels of Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, D-Inglewood’s Monday announcement that she contracted COVID-19 via “mask to mask” exposure in the Capitol and remains in quarantine with her daughter. The Senate followed suit on Wednesday, closing its chambers through

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4 questions parents need to ask before sending kids back to school this fall

Though coronavirus cases show no signs of slowing and are actually spiking in states like Florida, Texas and California, President Trump has made it clear schools will reopen for the fall semester in the coming months.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently made a general recommendation that children physically return to school for the social and emotional benefits and for access to a better learning environment, especially for students with special needs. The AAP also noted that returning to school could help narrow the gap in racial and socioeconomic inequities between students’ households.

With cities and workplaces reopened, working parents worry they could be forced to choose between their jobs and their children if their young children cannot return to school.

But with states like Florida hitting record highs of new COVID-19 cases sometimes daily, both parents and teachers are wondering if sending children back to school in a

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University of California Faces Hardship, Eager Bond Buyers

(Bloomberg) — The University of California knows it faces significant repercussions from the coronavirus pandemic — though it can’t say how extensive. Yet it didn’t have any trouble borrowing money from Wall Street.

The system sold $2.3 billion in revenue bonds Thursday, its first sale since California, dealing with its own shortfalls triggered by the crisis, slashed the university’s funding by 12% in the fiscal year that started in July. The cuts could be reversed if additional federal dollars come through, a scenario that remains uncertain.

The offering of bonds with a final maturity of 2050 shows the dichotomy that’s emerging in the $3.9 trillion municipal market that finances states, cities, schools and other local institutions. While the virus has led to plummeting tax revenue and skyrocketing costs, some issuers are better equipped to manage the turbulence. And when it comes to colleges and universities, investors are weighing which are

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Universities scramble to protect students from deportation under new ICE policy requiring in-person classes

The Trump administration has thrown colleges and universities across the country into confusion this week with the unexpected announcement that international students will have to leave the U.S. if their school does not offer in-person classes during the upcoming semester. 

In a press release Monday afternoon, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that, under a forthcoming temporary rule, foreign students currently attending a school that plans to operate entirely online during the fall semester will either have to transfer to a different school offering in-person classes, leave the country voluntarily or face possible deportation.

In addition, ICE said the State Department “will not issue visas to students enrolled in schools and/or programs that are fully online for the fall semester nor will U.S. Customs and Border Protection permit these students to enter the United States.”

Under normal circumstances, the U.S. does not grant student visas to people enrolled in online-only

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‘we never shout at each other, or we’d get very down’

Philippa and Grayson Perry are the stars of Grayson's Art Club
Philippa and Grayson Perry are the stars of Grayson’s Art Club
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Appointment television is back – and it’s a bona fide masterpiece. In the midst of lockdown, a quirky Channel 4 series has brought the nation together and served up not just creativity but a slice of British life like no other.

Grayson’s Art Club was never intended as a ratings winner. But over the past five weeks it has evolved into a must-watch programme with the power not just to make us laugh – Chief Medical Officer, Chris Witty, as the nation’s unlikely muse, anyone? – but bring an unexpected tear to our collective eye.

At its heart is a couple who have unexpectedly lifted our spirits without even trying; Grayson and Philippa Perry, whose tender exchanges and shrewd observations have elevated it to the artistic equivalent

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2020 graduates face uncertain job market with hope

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – If everything had gone according to plan, Missy Wood thought she’d have a job helping at-risk youths by now. 

Wood, a recent graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, saw her internship with Court-Appointed Special Advocates end abruptly in March as the COVID-19 pandemic took root in Tennessee. She started applying for jobs with the Department of Children’s Services and similar organizations in April.

By the time she graduated in May, new job postings for her chosen career had all but disappeared.

Wood is one of the thousands of graduates across the nation who face a turbulent job market amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. More than 47 million Americans have filed jobless benefit claims since the middle of March, according to the Labor Department.  

Eli Kellum, 7, climbs on the back of babysitter Missy Wood in the Kellum family's backyard in Murfreesboro on June 18, 2020, as the two play on the trampoline. Wood has been looking for work since April but has not been able to find any child-focused social work positions since graduating from MTSU in May. After the pandemic hit, job postings for her planned career seemed to disappear.
Eli Kellum, 7, climbs on the back of babysitter Missy Wood in the Kellum family’s backyard in Murfreesboro on June 18, 2020, as the
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ICE says students taking ‘hybrid’ classes may be able to stay in the US, but it won’t tell colleges what that means

Many universities including NYU, which is home to over 17,000 international students, plan to operate under a hybrid model in the fall.
Many universities including NYU, which is home to over 17,000 international students, plan to operate under a hybrid model in the fall.


  • New guidelines from ICE prevent international students on certain visas from attending schools that are fully online, but may allow them to remain if they’re taking a mixture of online and in-person classes.

  • Many universities have announced they will use a “hybrid model,” combining both in-person and online courses for the upcoming academic year.

  • With “very little information” included in the announcement, however, the new policy lacks clarity in what may be required for a hybrid model, a Senior Legislative and Advocacy Counsel at ACLU told Business Insider.

  • A number of faculty have spoken out on social media that they will offer “1-unit in-person study with any student that faces removal from the country” due to the new policy. 

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Universities have

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Former education secretary on “balancing act” of school reopening

The CDC is expected to release “additional reference documents” about reopening schools safely after President Trump criticized the original guidance as “tough” and “expensive.” Despite the ongoing controversy, former Education Secretary Margaret Spellings said it will be the states and local communities making the ultimate decision. 

“They’re the people who are paying the bills,” Spellings said on “CBS This Morning” Thursday. “I think parents are looking to their local officials to understand the needs of that community and that balancing act, and be a party to those decisions.” 

Meanwhile, Mr. Trump has been pressuring state and local officials to open schools in the fall despite surging coronavirus cases, including threats to withhold funding from school systems that are not fully reopened. 

Spellings, who is also CEO of nonprofit Texas 2036, said there was “no way” for the president to withhold funding that Congress had already appropriated for schools,

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Merced protest turns tense after opposite groups face-off near gas station

A Wednesday night protest in central Merced at the intersection of West Olive Avenue and R Street took a tense turn after two groups exchanged words in the area of the Chevron gas station.

Police said no injuries were reported and no arrests were made during the face-off between the opposing groups.

The local protest was one of a handful that have been held in reaction to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. He died May 25 in police custody after an officer pinned Floyd to the ground with a knee to the back of his neck. The incident was captured on video. There have been protests and demonstrations nationwide and globally.

Efforts by the Sun-Star to reach the owners of the Chevron on Thursday were unsuccessful.

Police stood to separate groups

A flier for Wednesday’s protest had a collage in the shape of a fist, containing the faces

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Cancel the bar exam? California considers allowing law graduates to skip test due to COVID-19

It’s a ticket to a potentially lucrative career as a lawyer — and a grueling, dreaded rite of passage that can defeat even the most promising young legal mind.

Now, with the COVID-19 pandemic raging, there’s a chance thousands of recent law school graduates could become lawyers in California without having to take the bar exam.

Hundreds of recent graduates, along with the deans of some of California’s most prestigious law schools, are asking the California Supreme Court to cancel the upcoming exam. Instead of having to pass the exam, the graduates would automatically be licensed in California under a system used in other states and known as “diploma privilege.”

The issue is coming to a boil. The exam, initially set for late July, has been postponed to early September by the State Bar of California, which administers the tests. The State Bar’s backup plan is to hold the test

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