Biden leads Trump in Pennsylvania in election’s home stretch, new Morning Call/Muhlenberg College poll shows

In the final weeks of the election, Democrat Joe Biden holds a 7-point lead over Republican President Donald Trump in the battleground state of Pennsylvania, according to the latest Morning Call/Muhlenberg College poll, released Friday.

Biden drew support from 51% of likely state voters, while 44% support Trump. That’s by no means a decisive lead — the poll’s margin of error is plus or minus 5.5%, which means as low as 45.5% could support Biden and as high as 49.5% could support Trump in a survey of all the state’s registered voters.

A slight majority (51%) of voters said the president does not deserve reelection and has handled the coronavirus pandemic poorly. However, Trump’s Pennsylvania supporters remain firmly in his corner. About 4 in 5 said they are very enthusiastic about voting for the president, whereas about half of Biden’s likely voters said they are very enthusiastic about their

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Amid Wisconsin coronavirus outbreak, researchers explore link between college cases, nursing home deaths

For most of 2020, La Crosse’s nursing homes had lost no one to covid-19. In recent weeks, the county has recorded 19 deaths, most of them in long-term care facilities. Everyone who died was over 60. Fifteen of the victims were 80 or older. The spike offers a vivid illustration of the perils of pushing a herd-immunity strategy, as infections among younger people can fuel broader community outbreaks that ultimately kill some of the most vulnerable residents.

“It was the very thing we worried about, and it has happened,” Kabat said.

Local efforts to contain the outbreak have been hamstrung by a statewide campaign to block public health measures, including mask requirements and limits on taverns, he added. “Your first responsibility as a local government is really to protect the health and safety and welfare of your residents,” he said. “When you feel like that’s not happening and you have

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For A Summit Mother And Daughter, Voter Education Starts At Home

SUMMIT, NJ — Like many parents, Tracy Keegan is always mindful of the kind of world her three daughters grow up in and how vital election results can be in determining what that world looks like. But as someone who has been active in spreading the word about the importance of voting, Keegan also wanted to make sure her daughters are involved in spreading such a vital message.

For Keegan, the co-founder of the locally-based activist group, Summit Marches On, the grassroots effort started at home. Last week, the not-for-profit organization sent out nearly 18,500 letters and 3,000 postcards to voters in battleground states reminding residents in those states to cast their ballots. For Keegan’s daughter, Katie – a freshman at the University of Delaware – the excitement of voting in her first election in November was part of the motivation to get in on the action of helping with

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Texas college student flies home from California to cast his ballot as voter turnout surges

When Texas Sen. John Cornyn saw the latest Texas early voting numbers on Monday, he asked his Twitter followers a simple question: “Who says voting in Texas is hard?”

Bradley Bain, a 23-year-old senior from Dallas at Pomona College in California, is one Texan taking exception because they’re finding it very difficult to vote.

“I’m literally spending >$400 to fly to Dallas and vote in person because you ‘accidentally’ flagged me as committing voter fraud in 2018, took me off the voter rolls, and made me ineligible to vote by mail in 2020,” Bain responded to the Republican in a tweet that has more than 176,000 likes as of Tuesday evening.

Bain hadn’t received a response for weeks after sending his absentee ballot application to the Dallas County Elections Department, so he booked a last-minute flight on Monday home to Dallas so he could vote in person.

“It’s been such

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Discovering beetles abroad to protect trees at home

Discovering beetles abroad to protect trees at home
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Not every child gets a bark beetle named after them. Then again, not every kid has Michigan State University entomologists Sarah Smith and Anthony Cognato as parents.

The duo discovered two new beetle species in Southeast Asia, which they named and announced in the September issue of The Coleopterists Bulletin. (A coleopterist is someone who studies beetles). The diminutive beetle species—they’re roughly as long as a nickel is thick—are both reddish brown and dotted with little spines.

“That’s why we named one after our son, Lorenzo,” Smith said.

“He can be a little prickly,” Cognato explained.

The beetles both belong to the Acanthotomicus genus, with Lorenzo being the namesake for the newly christened Acanthotomicus enzoi. The researchers named the other new species A. diaboliculus, derived from the Latin for “little devil,” just in time for Halloween.

Behind these playful names, however, is a serious motivation for

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NASA to skim the surface of an asteroid and bring a sample home

The spacecraft is set to kiss the surface of astroid Bennu at 6:12 p.m. ET.

NASA is set to touch an asteroid, break off a sample, and bring it back to Earth for the first time during a history-making mission that culminates on Tuesday.

The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft — an acronym for Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification and Security-Regolith Explorer — is set to attempt a touch-and-go sample collection on the asteroid Bennu starting Tuesday afternoon.

“It feels like something really amazing is about to happen,” Thomas Zurbuchen, the associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, said at a news conference Monday.

“This is a historic first mission for NASA, returning an asteroid sample, and it is hard. It is hard even without COVID, but COVID made it even harder,” he added, lauding the team effort that went into Tuesday’s big event.

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Coalition to hold stand-out in support of families outside Holyoke Soldiers’ Home hearing at Holyoke Community College

HOLYOKE — A grassroots coalition will hold a stand-out at Holyoke Community College in support of families appearing for the first Legislative Oversight Committee hearing probing the deadly COVID-19 outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home.

The hearing will take place at the college starting at 11 a.m. The stand-out is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. outside the entrance of the campus. The rally has been one of many the coalition has staged across the state to bring awareness to the issue and promote reforms at the long-term care facility for veterans.

The pandemic took the lives of at least 76 veterans and sickened dozens more — prompting criminal charges against two former top administrators, a federal class action lawsuit and the formation of the oversight committee. The Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Coalition, a network of former administrators, families, veterans and supporters also formed in the wake of the tragedy.

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University of Texas creates new stuttering center with $20 million grant from Home Depot co-founder

a group of people posing for the camera: Kids at Camp Dream Speak Live from the Lang institute practice speaking into a microphone. The camp helps kids who stutter communicate more effectively. The Arthur M. Blank Center for Stuttering Education and Research will be able to have more camps, eventually in 10 countries. [University of Texas Moody College of Communication]

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Kids at Camp Dream Speak Live from the Lang institute practice speaking into a microphone. The camp helps kids who stutter communicate more effectively. The Arthur M. Blank Center for Stuttering Education and Research will be able to have more camps, eventually in 10 countries. [University of Texas Moody College of Communication]

Austin and the University of Texas will soon have the largest center for research and education on stuttering.

On Monday, UT announced a $20 million legacy grant given to the Moody College of Communication to establish the Arthur M. Blank Center for Stuttering Education and Research.

The grant will be paid over 10 years and is from the family foundation of Atlanta Falcons owner and Home Depot co-founder Arthur Blank, a fellow stutterer.


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The center will house the university’s current clinics and research centers: the Michael and Tami Lang Stuttering Institute, the Dr. Jennifer

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How Home Depot Is Enhancing The Ecommerce Experience With AI

The retail experience is certainly changing in the face of the global pandemic. A Rip Van Winkle who might have fallen asleep in January 2020 and woken up in September 2020 would find their retail experience to be a surreal experience with shoppers wearing masks, markings on the floor separating folks from one another by six feet, and plexiglass screens by registers in checkout aisles. 

The online shopping experience has changed in many ways as well, with some items that had previously been taken for granted such as toilet paper, inflatable pools, and other commodities now being scarce commodities. Online retail is changing in other profound ways as consumers change their buying patterns and behaviors, with the shift to work-from-home and school-at-home changing the way people live, work, and socialize. Retail establishments that had previously counted on big Fourth of July and Labor Day celebrations, back-to-school specials, large social gatherings,

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Will university students have to stay home after Christmas?

Sean Coughlan
Education correspondent

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Getting university students home for the Christmas holidays has become a political priority – and the plans to make it possible are getting more complicated by the day.

There are proposals for a mass testing programme for students and for stopping any in-person teaching for the last two weeks of term.

And there are arguments over whether students could be made to stay isolated inside their term-time accommodation during this two-week buffer zone, without any seasonal socialising allowed to avoid re-infection.

But the bigger issue – the next iceberg – is whether students should come back in January or whether they will have to stay home and study online.

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image captionUniversities want mass testing as a way of tackling outbreaks that have now affected most universities

If there are elaborate safety

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