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As Baltimore County schools prep for a virtual return, parents of special education students wonder if they’ll be left further behind

Emily Mullinix, a mother of two, worried that her 11-year-old daughter would have a tough time at Arbutus Middle School.

Having a student who relies on in-person communication with a speech language pathologist, Mullinix is worried how her daughter’s relationship with the specialist will translate online.

For most students the start of middle school brings about a variety of new experiences — new classes, new peers, new teachers. For Mullinix’s daughter, it also brings the possibility of a new Individualized Education Program (IEP), a customized instructional plan with specialized services for students who have a disability.

Mullinix’s daughter and 9-year-old son are two of roughly 16,000 students, or 14% of Baltimore County Public Schools’ population, who rely on IEPs to succeed..

Parents of students with IEPs say the sudden shift to remote learning in March amid state orders to curb the spread of the coronavirus disrupted more than just their

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JDT’s Mauricio on excitement for MSL return, unprecedented break and who profited the most

When Mauricio dos Santos Nascimento by Johor Darul Ta’zim before the start of the 2019 Malaysia Super League (MSL) season, he had a gigantic task of replacing the incredible Marcos Antonio at the heart of the then five-time MSL champions.

For five seasons, Antonio was a rock for JDT as they crushed all before them to elevate themselves to the top of the MSL perch as well as helping the team to an incredible AFC Cup success back in 2015. Mauricio had a lot to live up to but the adaptation had been seamless.

In his first season, Mauricio played a big part in JDT retaining the league title on top of being part of the team becoming Malaysia’s first ever participant in the AFC Champions League group (ACL) stage. Going into his second season in 2020, the former Lazio man looked like he has found his momentum.

He scored

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Maryland colleges are planning for students to return to campus. But that could all change.

The incoming freshmen had barely taken their first tentative steps onto the campus of McDaniel College in Westminster when it became clear this would be no ordinary orientation.

Among the swag they received: face masks in McDaniel’s signature green. The setting: the Gill Center, normally home to the school’s Green Terror basketball team, where blue painter’s tape marked safe distances on the bleachers and hallways. The message: Welcome, and please stay 6 feet apart.

This wasn’t quite what Shakia McKinnon expected college would be like when as a student at Green Street Academy in Baltimore she plotted her next educational step.

But with the coronavirus looming overhead, students will find campus life upended: Much of class time will transfer from in-person to online. Many students will reside in single dormitory rooms rather than with roommates. And sports, concerts and other events have been canceled.

McKinnon is not deterred but rather

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An entertaining but inconsistent return for the beloved troupe

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It was inevitable that Disney+ would try something with The Muppets. Few entertainment franchises are more beloved than Jim Henson’s troupe of felt eccentrics. Sixty-five years have passed since their creation, and over the decades, they have acquired fans of all ages, from all over the world. Who doesn’t love a Muppet?

The question is what, precisely, to do with them. The Muppets’ alchemy is a fine balance of wit, chaos, darkness and innocence, and their reputation rests on a surprisingly thin output. After their early appearances on Sesame Street came the variety series in the late Seventies, which brought them to wide notice. Then there were some excellent films: The Muppets Take Manhattan, Muppet Christmas Carol, Muppet Treasure Island. Other iterations have been less successful, especially in recent years. In 2015, four years after the decent Jason Segal reboot film, ABC commissioned a mockumentary which

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Mike Tyson to make boxing return in exhibition against Roy Jones Jr.

For the first time in over a decade, former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson will return to boxing.

According to Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole, Tyson, 54, will fight another former great Roy Jones Jr. in an eight-round exibition match on Sept. 12. The competition will take place at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Ca., and feature undercards with boxers competing against mixed martial artists.

Tyson’s last official boxing match was on June 11, 2005. The loss to Kevin McBride was his third loss in four fights and marked the disappointing end to an otherwise illustrious career at 50-6-0 with 44 knockouts. Tyson has since found success in other avenues but rumors of his return began picking up once videos of recent sparring sessions started surfacing online.

Jones, 51, has traditionally competed in lighter weight classes than Tyson, but did win a title in his short time as a heavyweight. He’s

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Fauci makes pitch for baseball’s return; ‘Cuomo Chips a hit in New York; jobless claims rise for first time since March

Major League Baseball’s opening day finally arrived Thursday, the virus-shortened season kicking off almost four months late and minus fans in the stands. 

The Washington Nationals, last year’s World Series champs, were hosting the venerable New York Yankees – with the equally venerable Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, tossing out the ceremonial first pitch.

In New York state, officials had to tighten guidelines for the mandate that bars serve food with their drinks. A handful of “Cuomo Chips” apparently does not meet the requirement. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, having fought off a deadly COVID-19 charge in the spring, is adamant that the state won’t go there again.

Nationally, the daily death toll surpassed 1,000 for the second straight day and hospitalizations were again peaking. The paralyzing coronavirus pandemic, beaten back by New York and a few other states, showed little sign of easing nationwid.

The Johns Hopkins

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Watsonville Students Likely Won’t Return To School This Fall

WATSONVILLE, CA — The Santa Cruz County Office of Education confirmed Monday that it does not anticipate students will return to in-person classes in the fall.

That’s because Santa Cruz County met the criteria for the state monitoring list, which indicates state public health officials are keeping an eye on concerning COVID-19 statistics, wrote Pajaro Valley Unified School District Superintendent Michelle Rodriguez and other county schools officials in an open letter Monday. Of particular concern was the fact that the COVID-19 case count has been higher than 100 cases per 100,000 people for more than three consecutive days, school officials said.

While Santa Cruz County had not been added the state’s list as of Tuesday evening, county Health Officer Gail Newel previously said that she expected Santa Cruz County to join its neighboring counties on the monitoring list.

In order for a school district to open for in-class instruction, it

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Santa Cruz Students Likely Won’t Return To School This Fall

SANTA CRUZ, CA — The Santa Cruz County Office of Education confirmed Monday that it does not anticipate students will return to in-person classes in the fall.

That’s because Santa Cruz County met the criteria for the state monitoring list, which indicates state public health officials are keeping an eye on concerning COVID-19 statistics, wrote Santa Cruz City Schools Superintendent Kris Munro and other county schools officials in an open letter Monday. Of particular concern was the fact that the COVID-19 case count has been higher than 100 cases per 100,000 people for more than three consecutive days.

While Santa Cruz County had not been added the state’s list as of Tuesday evening, county Health Officer Gail Newel previously said that she expected Santa Cruz County to join its neighboring counties on the monitoring list.

In order for a school district to open for in-class instruction, it must be in

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Some schools will require COVID-19 waivers before students can return to class, sports

Some school districts are requiring parents to sign COVID-19 waivers before their children can attend in-person classes or participate in sports this fall.

School systems in Florida, Missouri and South Carolina have already introduced the documents, multiple news outlets reported.

In the St. Louis and Tampa areas, some schools are requiring waivers for students who choose to participate in athletics or other activities after school, KSDK and WTSP reported.

And outside of Charleston, South Carolina, the Berkeley County School District requires parents to sign a waiver if they want their children to attend classes on campus, according to WCSC.

Why do schools have waivers?

Across the country, schools closed their campuses last semester to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Several districts are now weighing whether to have in-person or online learning.

Some school leaders have said their districts added waivers to inform parents of the risks of returning

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Trump holds news conference after vowing return of virus briefings

President Trump is expected to hold a press conference Tuesday as dozens of states and the District of Columbia experience a rise in coronavirus infections.

The briefing is expected to be about the worsening crisis and comes the day after the president announced he would revive White House coronavirus task force briefings, which were a near-daily staple throughout much of March and into April before tapering off as White House events focused on resurrecting the ailing economy.

The president told reporters in the Oval Office on Monday that the briefings were likely to resume Tuesday around 5 p.m., which he said is a “good slot” that drew lots of viewers. His press conference Tuesday is scheduled to be held at that time. 

How to watch President Trump’s press conference today

What: President Trump holds a press conference at the White House 

Date: Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Time: 5 p.m. ET

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