Tuesday News: De-densification?

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WITH 130 CASES AND GROWING, UNC-CH TRIES TO DISPERSE STUDENTS: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will shift all undergraduate classes online, starting Wednesday, as the number of coronavirus cases on campus continues to grow, Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz told students and faculty Monday. Four clusters – five or more cases – of the virus have been reported at two UNC-Chapel Hill residence halls, an off-campus apartment complex that caters to students and a fraternity since Friday. According to UNC-Chapel Hill data, 130 students and five employees tested positive for the virus between Aug. 10 and Sunday, and the 13.6 percent positive rate was the highest in weeks. UNC-Chapel Hill officials will "strongly encourage" students to return to their homes and not linger around Chapel Hill, Guskiewicz said, to limit the number of people on campus. "[W]e expect the majority of our current undergraduate residential students to change their residential plans for the fall," he said in a statement. "We are working to identify additional effective ways to further achieve de-densification of our residential halls and our campus facilities."
https://www.wral.com/coronavirus/unc-chapel-hill-halting-in-person-classes-as-campus-coronavirus-cri...

AG JOSH STEIN DISCUSSES POTENTIAL LAWSUIT TO PROTECT POST OFFICE: Stein, a Democrat, and other attorneys general across the country have said they are considering a lawsuit to block the Trump administration from reducing mail services ahead of the election. “A substantial number of attorneys general are very concerned about the undermining of the Postal Service going into the elections,” Stein said. “We want to make sure that the Postal Service has the ability to effectively respond to the substantial uptick (of mail-in ballots).” The Washington Post reported Sunday that at least six states are considering legal action. But Stein said there are more. “Many more than that are concerned and huddling,” though it’s too early to speak about the specifics of the considered legal action, he said. Stein has accused the president of “trying to starve the Postal Service of money” and said Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, who Trump recently tapped to lead the agency, was trying to undermine mail delivery.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/election/article245008105.html

AMY GALEY HAS WOMAN REMOVED BY DEPUTY AT COMMISSIONER'S MEETING OVER STATUE COMMENTS: The Alamance County Commissioners’ meeting became heated Monday night as a woman spoke out against the Graham Confederate statue during the UPS incentives portion of the meeting. The woman representing a group against the Graham Confederate statue spoke during the public comment period. She wanted UPS to ask Alamance County to remove the Graham Confederate statue as part of the UPS incentives deal. Alamance County Chair Amy Galey said the woman wasn’t allowed to directly address the UPS representatives. Galey asked the woman to return to her seat, but she refused. Moments later, a deputy removed her from the meeting. Protesters could be heard outside the doors chanting, "no justice, no peace.” (Amy Galey is running against JD Wooten for Rick Gunn's NC Senate seat, and we have been barraged with mailers paid for by a PAC managed by a video sweepstakes operator, but the funds have likely been funneled to him by Phil Berger et al)
https://www.wfmynews2.com/article/news/local/deputy-removes-woman-from-alamance-county-meeting/83-14...

MCCONNELL MOVES TO WHITEWASH DEJOY'S POSTAL SHENANIGANS WITH IMPROMPTU SENATE HEARING: Postmaster General Louis DeJoy will testify at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on Friday about the U.S. Postal Service’s vote-by-mail financial requirements, according to two people familiar with the decision. It will be DeJoy’s first opportunity to publicly answer lawmakers’ questions about the nation’s embattled mail service, which is experiencing delays as a result of policies DeJoy implemented cutting overtime and eliminating extra trips to ensure on-time mail delivery. DeJoy and USPS board of governors Chairman Robert M. Duncan are also set to testify before the House Oversight Committee on Monday. Clamors from Democrats in both chambers for hearings with DeJoy grew over recent days after Trump said he wanted to withhold funding from the Postal Service to attempt to hobble its ability to process election mail. The Postal Service is in the process of removing 671 high-speed mail-sorting machines nationwide this month, a process that will eliminate 21.4 million items per hour’s worth of processing capability from the agency’s inventory. On Thursday and Friday, it began removing public collection boxes in parts of California, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon and Montana. The agency said Friday that it would stop mailbox removals, which it said were routine, until after the election.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/senate-will-hold-postal-service-hearing-with-dejoy-on-friday...

MICHELLE OBAMA TAKES DONALD TRUMP TO THE WOODSHED IN HER DNC MESSAGE: Capping the evening was an urgent plea from Michelle Obama, the former first lady, for voters to mobilize in overpowering force to turn Mr. Trump out of office and elect the Democratic nominee, Joseph R. Biden Jr. Breaking through the stilted online format, Mrs. Obama provided the emotional high point of the night as she confronted the president directly. “Donald Trump is the wrong president for our country,” she said. “He has had more than enough time to prove that he can do the job, but he is clearly in over his head. He cannot meet this moment.” Mrs. Obama portrayed the Trump era as a gallery of social and political degradation: a government defined by “chaos, division and a total and utter lack of empathy” and guided by the ethos that “greed is good and winning is everything.” She warned that children had seen the country’s leaders “emboldening torch-bearing white supremacists,” and she faulted unnamed people for recoiling from the phrase “Black lives matter” — a description that plainly applies to the president. Mr. Kasich, appearing outdoors in what appeared to be a prerecorded segment, spoke the longest of any of the Republicans and sought to assuage his fellow party members’ concerns about voting for a Democrat. “In normal times something like this probably would never happen, but these are not normal times,” he said before directly addressing the fears of some conservative voters. “They fear Joe may turn sharp left and leave them behind. I don’t believe that; no one pushes Joe around.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/17/us/politics/democratic-national-convention-recap.html?action=clic...

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