Coronavirus rules lead Northeastern University to dismiss 11 students over a gathering

Northeastern University said it has dismissed 11 first-year students who gathered in a hotel room “in violation of university and public health protocols that prohibit crowded gatherings.”

The students are among about 800 in a study-abroad program who are currently staying in two-person rooms at a Westin Hotel in Boston, according to a university statement Friday.

After the gathering of the 11 in a hotel room was discovered by university staff members making rounds Wednesday night, the students were informed that they are no longer enrolled for the fall semester. They have the right to contest their dismissal at a hearing, the statement said.

“Those people who do not follow the guidelines — including wearing masks, avoiding parties and other gatherings, practicing healthy distancing, washing your hands, and getting tested — are putting everyone else

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Staffing Shortages Lead Wissahickon HS To Move Fully Online

AMBLER, PA — In a turnaround from their original plan, Wissahickon middle schools and high schools will have no in-person instruction in schools to begin the fall, they confirmed on Friday morning. Elementary students in kindergarten through fifth grade will reopen as planned under the model offering families a choice of either virtual or in-person schooling.

The decision was made not strictly because of coronavirus concerns but due to staffing shortages for teachers certified in specific education areas, Superintendent James Crisfield said in a letter to the school community.

“Secondary teachers must be certificated in specific subject areas in order to be legally allowed to teach classes, and with more surrounding districts moving to 100% virtual, we are unable at this time to staff the secondary schools to open as planned,” Crisfield wrote.

The decision to move fully online for secondary students will be re-evaluated at the end of the

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Tesla has a huge lead over other automakers. See how the electric-car company’s brand became so mighty.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has built Tesla into one the most powerful brands in the world.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has built Tesla into one the most powerful brands in the world.

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In the car business, it’s often said that brands are grand, but products pay the bills. In other words, you can capture or retain customers with what your company stands for, but long-term, if you don’t have great vehicles, you’re going to have a problem.

For almost its entire history, more than 15 years, Tesla has inverted that wisdom. A few years ago, the carmaker was barely selling any vehicles relative to its global competitors. Last year, Tesla delivered only about 250,000 vehicles, while General Motors sold almost 8 million.

Investors have decided that this means Tesla should be worth $300 billion in market capitalization, more valuable than GM, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles combined — and topping Volkswagen and Toyota, the two biggest automakers on Earth.

Vehicle sales obviously

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Why experts say pandemic dating may ‘lead to more stable relationships’

Quarantining and social distancing may not seem romantic, but some data indicates that some people are thinking about dating more than before.

Tinder recorded its highest single day of swiping this year, while Bumble hit a milestone of 100 million users. Some apps, like Hinge, are integrating new features, like in-app video chatting, to help people connect online.

Dr. Helen Fisher, a biological anthropologist and the chief science advisor at Match.com, has studied love and relationships for 40 years and she told TODAY’s Jenna Bush Hager that the pandemic has led to a major change on dating apps.

“This pandemic has led to more conversations, on all of the dating sites actually, more meaningful conversations, more self-disclosure, more intimacy (and) less anxiety about sex and money,” she said Monday on TODAY with Hoda and Jenna, adding that she thinks the pandemic may have actually improved the modern dating world for

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Biden holds daunting lead over Trump as US election enters final stretch

<span>Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images</span>
Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

One hundred days before the presidential election, Joe Biden has built a commanding and enduring lead over Donald Trump, whose path to victory has narrowed considerably in the months since the coronavirus pandemic began.

Related: ‘Nobody’s ever seen anything like this’: how coronavirus turned the US election upside down

The president’s fortunes appear increasingly tied to the trajectory of a public health crisis he has failed to contain, with the death toll past 145,000 and the economy in turmoil.

A Washington Post-ABC News poll this month showed Biden far ahead of Trump, 55% to 40% among registered voters. That contrasted with March, when Biden and Trump were locked in a near tie as the virus was just beginning to spread.

The same poll found Trump’s approval ratings had crumbled to 39%, roughly the same share of the electorate that approved of his response to the outbreak

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California Governor Gavin Newsom Orders Majority Of State’s Schools To Close Campuses, Move To Virtual Instruction Only; Los Angeles County Will Follow Newsom’s Lead

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At his Friday news conference, California Governor Gavin Newsom ordered counties on the state’s coronavirus watch list to shut down school campuses this fall, at least to begin the school year. The 32 counties on the list — which include Los Angeles and most of Southern California — must switch to virtual instruction only. The state’s two largest districts, Los Angeles Unified and San Diego Unified, had already announced plans to begin the new academic year with online-only courses.

The mandate applies to private as well as public schools, according to Newsom.

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In order to physically reopen schools, counties will have to meet the state’s attestation requirements. Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Diego and Riverside counties are on the watch list.

Shortly after Newsom’s accouncement, the L.A. County Department of Public Health announced it would follow the governor’s order,


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Covid-19 could lead to longer exhibitions in British museums

Social distancing will be in place and masks will be strong recommended when the museums reopen
Social distancing will be in place and masks will be strong recommended when the museums reopen

The Victoria and Albert, Science, and Natural History museums could offer longer exhibitions to boost revenues with dwindling numbers of returning visitors.

Bosses of the three South Kensington institutions have announced doors will reopen to those craving culture in August, but capacity will be reduced by around 80%.

In light of visitors numbers and revenues being slashed due to coronavirus, V&A director Tristram Hunt has suggested future shows could last longer and give the public more time to attend.

It is hoped extended exhibitions could buy museums time to make returns on their displays, while also giving visitors the chance to peruse in peace without the usual crowds of tourists or school trips.

“The exhibitions are going to stay on show longer, in order to make the return on them,” said Mr Hunt.  “And

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