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Saint Xavier Faculty Union Hopes Voice Won’t Be Silenced For Good

CHICAGO, IL – There are days when Michael O’Keeffe is hopeful that the union that has represented faculty at Saint Xavier University for 50 years will again be restored at some time in the near future. There are other days, however, when the idea of being an official part of the school’s community faces more of a grim reality.

Two months have passed since university president Laurie Joyner announced in an email that Chicago’s oldest Catholic university would no longer recognize the school’s faculty union as a collective bargaining unit. Now, with the start of the academic year a matter of weeks from happening, O’Keeffe – who co-chairs the Faculty Affairs Committee (FAC) at Saint Xavier – is hoping that a letter that has been circulated to local priests and the Sisters of Mercy will help to bring change and restore the union in the eyes of university administrators.

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Many Companies Won’t Survive the Pandemic. Amazon Will Emerge Stronger Than Ever

The pandemic has upended businesses across the world, but it has been very good for Amazon. Every lockdown “click to purchase” nudged the company a little further toward utter domination of online shopping as total e-commerce sales nearly doubled in May. But if bigger was better for everyone, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos would not be appearing before Congress on Wednesday for an antitrust hearing.

Charlene Anderson, and sellers like her, are one reason why he’ll be there. Anderson is among the many merchants who sell goods on Amazon — and who together account for more than half of sales on the site. But they pay, too: Amazon charges Anderson a $39.99 monthly fee to post her knitting and craft supplies on its site, and it takes a cut of about 30 percent on each item she sells. Anderson’s seller experience has worsened during the pandemic as Amazon exercised

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In The COVID-19 Era, Kids Sports Won’t Be The Same For A Very Long Time

Up to 45 million kids in the United States participate in some kind of organized sports, and for many of them, that participation is…everything. Sports are fun, they can be good for developing brains and bodies, and they can teach kids about hard work, resiliency and emotional control. 

Unfortunately, youth sports have so far been another casualty of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic — and many families are wondering what comes next. For the high school student who has practiced for decades but won’t get that final season, or the elementary schooler who counts on her teammates as an emotional lifeline, not being able to play is a very, very big deal.  

So HuffPost Parents spoke to several experts about what to expect in the upcoming year, as well as what parents who are weighing resuming their kids’ lessons or putting them back on teams (if that’s an option) should keep

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Why My Kids Won’t Be Returning To School Yet

It’s consuming every mother—every parent—I know. This decision we’ve never had to make before, and never expected we’d be forced to make. Most of us aren’t teachers. We don’t want to homeschool. We work full or part time or have a sea of babies and toddlers under our feet and have no idea how we’ll manage this continuation of e-learning/at-home learning. And yet we can’t fathom sending our kids into the unpredictable COVID-19 petri dish that schools will inevitably be.

So we turn to experts for advice. What do does the medical community recommend we do? What are they doing with their own children? Maybe if we do enough research or read enough articles or talk to enough experts, our path will become clear and we’ll know what the right choice is. Or maybe we’ll still continue to fumble through this fog, not knowing what’s right, praying we’re making the

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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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There was no half-time fight and I won’t be picking team

Watford captain Troy Deeney has rejected talk he will be involved in team selection for Tuesday’s game with Manchester City and refuted reports there was a fight during half-time of Friday’s 3-1 defeat at West Ham.

Hayden Mullins has been appointed interim boss at Vicarage Road after Nigel Pearson left the role of head coach on Sunday, with the club 17th in the Premier League and three points above the relegation zone.

While Mullins and head of goalkeeping Graham Stack will take charge of the Hornets against City, the captain will be focused purely on matters on the pitch.

“I just want to put it out there, there was no fight at half-time,” Deeney told beIN Sports. “It is 2020, you don’t do that any more and certainly with all the cameras you would see a lot more if that was the case.

“The gaffer didn’t put his hands on

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Like Hell I Won’t’ Docu To Kick Off ‘Syfy Fan Fest’, Releases First Trailer

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Syfy revealed that its first original documentary Todd McFarlane: Like Hell I Won’t will make its world premiere as the opening film for “Syfy Fan Fest”. The docu about the iconic creator of the cult comic book Spawn will be released on July 25 at 11 pm ET on Syfy’s YouTube page, Syfy.com and on-demand. On top of all that, McFarlane shared the first trailer for the docu.

Directed by David Oster, Todd McFarlane: Like Hell I Won’t follows the titular rebel who, at the beginning of his career, was turned away by numerous comic publications. He decided that since no one was recognizing his talent, he would take matters in his own hands. McFarlane eventually became the CEO of McFarlane Toys and President of Image Comics and Legendary Artist. The docu provides an in-depth view behind the mastermind that brought us Spawn

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Don’t shame people who don’t wear masks. It won’t work.

Don’t shame people who don’t wear masks. It won't work.
Don’t shame people who don’t wear masks. It won’t work.

Before the coronavirus pandemic, Americans were already an angry lot.

The past four years unleashed a nightmare in the United States: a tyrant president determined to set the country’s clock back to a time when inequality was common and accepted, and willing to do just about anything to realize his vision. Those who oppose President Trump’s agenda began marching in the streets while he effectively decried such opposition as un-American. Meanwhile, his devout supporters sometimes rally in public with guns at their sides.

Now, the anger has reached a newly horrific pitch. Trapped by a virus that could kill hundreds of thousands of people if left unchecked, people are sad and desperate. They want life to return to normal. They want to scream at those who make normalcy impossible by foregoing common sense or ignoring the rules. The people who

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Experts Say a COVID-19 Vaccine Likely Won’t Arrive Until Fall 2021

From Good Housekeeping

  • There are more than 150 COVID-19 vaccines currently in trials across the globe, per the World Health Organization.

  • Experts postulate that some human trials may conclude in late 2020, but a vaccine won’t arrive until spring 2021 at the earliest, and a majority won’t be available until that fall.

  • Trials will establish how effective a vaccine is, whether it’ll stop you from getting sick again, and how many shots you’ll need for best results.

After four months of quarantines, social distancing, and disrupted routines, it’s the one question that almost everyone has on their minds: When will a new coronavirus vaccine be ready? The answer, just like every other aspect of this new virus thus far, isn’t clear. But creating an effective vaccine is only half the battle, say leading health experts who work with international data and set policies here in the United States, and usually

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