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Feb 15 2024
Dartmouth College announced this week that it’ll be reinstating its SAT requirement, starting with students applying for fall 2025 admission. That makes it the first Ivy League institution to do so after all eight dropped their requirements in response to the pandemic and concerns about equity. Those institutions were in good company, with most of the nation’s selective colleges either waivingForbes
Feb 12 2024
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on Monday said a new public safety outpost in Chinatown will bring together police, drug abuse counselors and homeless services in hopes of suppressing the crime and disorder that have plagued the downtown neighborhood. Ms. Bowser said the new Safe Commercial Corridor Hub at 675 H Street Northwest is part of a “whole of government” approach to addressing the hostileWashington Times
Feb 13 2024
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is considering loosening its recommendations regarding how long people should isolate after testing positive for the coronavirus, another reflection of changing attitudes and norms as the pandemic recedes.
Under the proposed guidelines, Americans would no longer be advised to isolate for five days before returning to work or school. InsteadNew York Times (News)
Jul 10 2023
Illinois, which bills itself as the “Middle of Everything” in an ongoing TV ad campaign, may also be in the middle of a post-pandemic tourism recovery. While some metrics still lag, Illinois hotel revenue hit a record $308 million in fiscal year 2023, which ended June 30, surpassing the previous high of $296 million in fiscal year 2019, the state’s Office of Tourism announced Monday. TheChicago Tribune
Nov 01 2022
In April 2020, with nothing else to do, my family took an enormous number of hikes. We all wore cloth masks that I had made myself. We had a family hand signal, which the person in the front would use if someone was approaching on the trail and we needed to put on our masks. Once, when another child got too close to my then-4-year-old son on a bridge, he yelled at her “SOCIAL DISTANCING!”Emily Oster
Feb 06 2024
A federal appeals court in New Jersey ruled Monday that residents’ refusal to wear face masks at a school board meeting during the COVID-19 pandemic is not protected as a free speech right. The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling in two similar cases that stemmed from lawsuits against officials in Freehold and Cranford, New Jersey. The plaintiffs refused to wear masks during publicThe Hill
Sep 07 2023
The Justice Department condemned New Jersey's handling of veterans at state-operated homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, claiming the state was not prepared to handle the health crisis in a new 43-page report published Thursday. The department said two veteran homes in particular had problems with communication and a lack of competency in the staff, which resulted in the virus running "Washington Examiner
Sep 21 2023
Redmond says its scores are at, above state average in many areas (Salem, OR) – The Oregon Department of Education released Thursday results from the Oregon Statewide Assessment System’s spring 2023 summative tests. These results, when compared to results prior to the pandemic, show the impact of the pandemic and demonstrate the need for continued investment in accelerating learning in summerKTVZ 21
Feb 13 2024
For some decades, Hawaii has been a favourite playground for Japanese tourists, consistently in the top three most visited overseas destinations and the go-to spot for golf-tours, group getaways, marriage proposals and honeymoons.
But this is less so now, and the dollar-yen exchange rate bears much of the blame. Hawaiian trips by Japanese have resumed since the pandemic, but as a shadowFinancial Times
Jan 18 2021
When the threat of COVID-19 became apparent, some political commentators began arguing that Americans must accept much greater governmental intervention in their lives if the United States were to respond effectively to the disease. This idea was soon distilled into a pithy slogan: “There are no libertarians in a pandemic.”
In fact, government can respond effectively to the historicCato Institute