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Bernie Sanders' Call For Young Voters Isn't Working Out The Way He Planned

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders acknowledged this week that the young voters he'd been counting on to boost his candidacy had not shown up at the polls in the strong numbers that he had hoped for.

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Paid Family Leave Bill Faces An Uphill Fight In Colorado

Eight states and Washington, D.C., have paid family leave programs funded through payroll taxes. But a similar bill in blue-state Colorado is being watered down.

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Alabama Executes Man Convicted As Accomplice In Slaying Of Police Officers

The case of Nathaniel Woods garnered national attention, including from Martin Luther King III, the son of the late civil rights leader, who was among those who fought to block the execution.

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Gene sleuths are tracking the coronavirus outbreak as it happens

MIT Technology Review: “In the unprecedented outbreak of a new coronavirus sweeping the world, the germ’s genetic material may ultimately tell the story not just of where it came from, but of how it spread and how efforts to contain it failed.By tracking mutations to the virus as it spreads, scientists are creating a family tree in nearly real time, which they say can help pinpoint how the infection is hopping between countries. When scientists in Brazil confirmed that country’s first case of coronavirus late in February, they were quick to sequence the germ’s genetic code and compare it with over 150 sequences already posted online, many from China. The patient, a 61-year-old from São Paulo, had traveled in Italy’s northern Lombardy region that month, so Italy was likely where he acquired the infection. But the sequence of his virus suggested a more complex story, linking his illness back to a sick passenger from China and an outbreak in Germany. As a virus spreads, it mutates, developing random changes in single genetic letters in its genome. By tracking those changes, scientists can trace its evolution and learn which cases are most closely related. The latest maps already show dozens of branching events.

The data is being tracked on a website called Nextstrain, an open-source effort to “harness the scientific and public health potential of pathogen genome data.” Because scientists are posting data so quickly, this is the first outbreak in which a germ’s evolution and spread have been tracked in so much detail, and almost in real time.

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Book price comparison search engine “BooksPrice is a free-of-charge website that enables users to search for the best deals as related to prices of books, CDs, DVDs and other products offered by thousands of stores across the Web. BooksPrice specializes in conducting comparisons of multiple books, CDs and DVDs as part of one single search. BooksPrice is an independent website that is not owned or controlled to any extent by any other business entities. Therefore, all search results are completely objective…”

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JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon Recovering From Heart Surgery

Dimon, 63, who is the longest-serving head of a major U.S. bank, experienced "an acute aortic dissection" and underwent surgery to repair it Thursday morning, a JPMorgan memo said.

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Maryland Confirms 3 Coronavirus Cases, As COVID-19 Spreads In Other States

"We have been actively preparing for this situation over the last several weeks across all levels of government," Gov. Larry Hogan said on Thursday.

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Trump Says He Still Has To Shake Hands, Despite Coronavirus Concerns

At a town hall Thursday evening, he contradicted health officials' advice to avoid the traditional greeting.

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The EARN IT Act Is a Sneak Attack on Encryption

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 03/05/2020 - 20:22
The crypto wars are back in full swing. 
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After Woody Allen's Memoir Was Signed, Book Publisher's Employees Walk Out

Two days after Ronan Farrow announced he "can't work with" Hachette Book Group after its acquisition of Woody Allen's memoir, employees of the publishing house walked out in protest as well.

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Libraries and Accurate Information about The Coronavirus

Libraries 2020: “As designated essential disaster services, libraries are poised to serve a role in the national response to the Coronavirus and COVID-19. Some changes to libraries as a public gathering place may be temporarily required, but our mission of sharing information will likely continue unchanged. They will remain great resources to access credible medical information and connect to resources to help you and your community. Libraries: Open for Information – Your local library is a great place to turn for information about COVID-19, the disease caused by the Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). Not only are libraries a trusted source of vetting information, there is a long history of libraries as a destination for answers to health questions.

In the case of a public health situation like the COVID-19 outbreak, your local library is especially beneficial because it is local. In the United States, public health is addressed at a county level with statewide organizations. That means your local library is typically already connected to the local public health officials. Depending on local measures put into place, some changes to library programs may be required, but online services like medical databases, eBooks, digital audiobooks, will still be accessible with a library card allowing you to find credible information and even entertainment…”

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Why law librarians are so important in a data-driven world

Oxford University Press Blog – Femi Cadmus Archibald and Frances Rufty Research Professor of Law & Assoc Dean Info Svcs & Tech, Duke University School of Law: “For well over a century, law librarians have been a force in leading research initiatives, preservation, and access to legal information in academia, private firms, and government. While these traditional skills emerged in a predominantly print era, there has been a perceptible expansion and recent acceleration of technological expertise. The profession has progressively become infused with new digital tools, evidenced by librarians leading strategies in competitive intelligence, knowledge management, artificial intelligence, and legal analytics. It has become clear that skills in research, collections, data curation, retrieval, and accessibility have meshed well in an ever-increasing data-driven world…”

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EPA launches portal for Guidance Documents

EPA Guidance Documents – “On October 9, 2019, President Trump signed Executive Order 13891, “Promoting the Rule of Law Through Improved Agency Guidance Documents.”  Among other things, the Executive Order directs federal agencies to make active guidance documents available via an online guidance document portal.   On October 31, 2019, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued implementing guidance M-20-02 (PDF), which set deadlines and related information for establishing the searchable, indexed online database for all active guidance documents. This website provides links to all of EPA’s active guidance documents.  EPA’s guidance documents lack the force and effect of law, unless expressly authorized by statute or incorporated into a contract. The agency may not cite, use, or rely on any guidance that is not posted on this web area, except to establish historical facts…”

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When Coronavirus Struck Seattle, This Lab Was Ready To Start Testing

Scientists at the University of Washington's medical school began working on a test for coronavirus back in January. Now they're using it to fight an outbreak in their own backyard.

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How Russia Is Trying To Boost Bernie Sanders' Campaign

Sen. Sanders says he was briefed by the intelligence community about Russia's efforts to aid his campaign, which has gotten more positive support from Russian media than other Democratic candidates.

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The Mexican Mothers Who Make A Grim Yearly Search For Missing Loved Ones

"They have the right to be searched for, and we have the right to search for them," says the mother of a man who has been missing since 2013. Relatives say the government does little to help.

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How Coronavirus Spreads: A Cough In Your Face ... Or A Kiss On Your Cheek

After looking at the patterns of spread in China, researchers have come up with advice for effective strategies to reduce the risk of infection.

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TIME 100 Women of the Year

“For 72 years, TIME named a Man of the Year. With a few exceptions, it was almost always a man, usually a President or a Prime Minister or perhaps a titan of industry. Throughout history, these are the kinds of men who have wielded influence over the world. In 1999, Man of the Year gave way to Person of the Year. While the name rightly changed, too often the choice was the same. With this 100 Women of the Year project, we’re spotlighting influential women who were often overshadowed. This includes women who occupied positions from which the men were often chosen, like world leaders Golda Meir and Corazon Aquino, but far more who found their influence through activism or culture. As former TIME editor-in-chief Nancy Gibbs writes, this project is an exercise in looking at the ways in which women held power due to systemic inequality. “Women,” Gibbs writes, “were wielding soft power long before the concept was defined.” To recognize these women, we have created 89 new TIME covers, many of which were designed by prominent artists. We left intact the 11 covers for women who had been named Person of the Year. The 100 choices in this project are the result of a months-long process that began with more than 600 nominations submitted by TIME staff; experts in the field; our creative partner, filmmaker Alma Har’el; and a committee of notable women from various backgrounds.

This process prompted just as many questions as answers: “What does it mean to be a woman?” “How has society failed to acknowledge the contributions of women?” One answer came from feminist organizer Gloria Steinem, whom we picked for 1970, and whom we asked to revisit a piece she wrote that year in TIME called “What It Would Be Like If Women Win”—a rare opportunity to reflect on 50 years of change…”

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The Inevitable Collision of Gaming and Athleisure

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 03/05/2020 - 16:04
As streamers become mainstream celebrities, major fashion brands are itching to cash in.
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The Race for a Coronavirus Vaccine, Cloned Car Keys, and More

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 03/05/2020 - 16:00
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