University of North Carolina shuts down athletic programs through Thursday afternoon after COVID-19 spike

Just 48 hours after saying a COVID-19 outbreak on campus wouldn’t affect plans to play football this fall, the University of North Carolina has suspended all athletic activities through at least Thursday afternoon.

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In addition, all recreational facilities on the Chapel Hill campus will be closed to students, coaches and staff.

“After consulting with our health experts and University leadership, we are taking this action to protect our students, coaches and staff,” UNC athletics director Bubba Cunningham said. “We want to make sure we continue to do everything we can to ensure that that our teams, campus and community remain healthy.”

a close up of a helmet on top of a grass covered field: A North Carolina helmet is shown on the field prior to an NCAA college football game against Georgia Tech in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014.

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A North Carolina helmet is shown on the field prior to an NCAA college football game against Georgia Tech in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014.

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Everything major that happened at SDCC @ Home on Thursday


Comic-Con 2020 has begun – and what a start to the online event! To kick off the major panels, we had the cast of CBS bring their Star Trek Universe to the virtual showroom floor, with the casts of Star Trek Discovery and Picard both on hand to deliver some future season teases. Later on at SDCC, we had The Boys season 3 announcement and a first look at the opening scene of The New Mutants.

Of course, there’s even more exciting stuff on the way. Below, we go into everything that you should look out for at Comic-Con 2020, including a run-down of Friday and Saturday’s major panels, and a closer look at everything you missed on Thursday. And remember, you don’t need a badge, ticket, or an impressive cosplay to head to SDCC this year – so make the most of having all that juicy SDCC 2020

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Comic-Con 2020 ‘At Home’ Thursday Schedule

To use the words of prophet and frequent convention attendee Hunter S. Thompson, when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. This year, the professional weirdness of Comic-Con has taken a twist, as the four-day event will take place exclusively online.

To their credit, organizers are trying to replicate the commercialized fan-friendly confines of the San Diego Convention Center as much as possible: there is the traditional souvenir book featuring a pretty sweet drawing of Ray Bradbury on a T. Rex on the cover that is available for free .pdf download (and featuring click-through advertisements!), and you can print your own badge (sponsored by Amazon Prime Video!) to wear as you sit in front of your screen at home. The Comic-Con homepage also will take you to an online Exhibit Hall, where there will be interactive exhibits and events offered by vendors.

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Here’s what’s happening Thursday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area

As COVID-19 cases rise in neighboring states, Illinois has expanded testing across the state and on Wednesday announced the highest number of new cases in the month of July with 1,598. There were 23 deaths reported.

“Let me start with the unfortunate truth, COVID-19 has not gone away and it remains a serious threat,” said Gov. J.B. Pritzker at a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

The total number of known cases in the state are 165,301 and the statewide death toll to 7,347 since the start of the pandemic.

Here’s what’s happening Thursday regarding COVID-19 in the Chicago area and Illinois:

7:30 a.m.: Group of unionized university faculty to call for online classes

A group of higher education unions was scheduled to hold an online news conference Thursday morning to call on Illinois colleges and universities to hold online classes this fall because of the dangers of the spread of the

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The 17 major developments that happened on Thursday

Here’s what you need to know on 16 July. This article was updated at 5.30pm.

Deaths: The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said 45,119 people had died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK as of 5pm on Wednesday – up by 66 from 45,053 the previous day. Read more here.

Wales: Shielding will be paused in Wales from 16 August, if the nation continues to see a decline in coronavirus. It means the weekly food box programme will end, but prescription services will continue. Read more here.

Crime: More than 100 people were wrongly prosecuted under coronavirus laws, a review has found. All 89 charges brought under the Coronavirus Act 2020 have been overturned, and another 26 charges under the separate Health Protection Regulations were found to be unlawful. Read more here.

Testing: Boris Johnson has missed the

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