St. John’s University taps ex-Providence head as new president

St. John’s University tapped the Rev. Brian Shanley — the former long-time head of Providence College — to lead the New York Catholic institution amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“I have long admired St. John’s commitment to the founding mission set forth by the Vincentian community to provide a Catholic education for first-generation students in a diverse and inclusive environment. I look forward to leading our community to remain committed to that mission amidst the unique challenges of the current times,” Shanley said.

Shanley, 62, a member of the Dominican order, will take over Feb. 1 for the beginning of the spring semester.

Shanley replaces Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw, SJU’s first lay president in its 144-year-history, who announced his retirement in June after six years at the helm.

Like other colleges, St. John’s — the nation’s second largest Catholic University with 20,000 students and its main campus located in Queens — is

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Minnesota-Northwestern game canceled and Michigan taking pause

The Big Ten is facing more challenges with COVID-19 after a weekend when two football games were canceled due to health concerns.

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Minnesota announced Monday its game scheduled for Saturday against No. 17 Northwestern has been canceled and will be considered a no contest. The Gophers had last week’s game against Wisconsin shut down. It will be the first time since 1906 the border rivals will not play.

Minnesota said team activities remained paused after being halted Tuesday. The team’s next scheduled game is Dec. 12 at Nebraska.

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“The health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches and staff continues to be our main priority,” Minnesota athletic director Mark Coyle said in a statement. “The last couple of days have

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Ex-Lehigh University student admits to poisoning roommate | Nation

EASTON, Pa. (AP) — A former Lehigh University student on Monday admitted poisoning his roommate’s food and drink with a heavy metal substance.

Yukai Yang, 24, pleaded guilty to attempted murder. Under the terms of a plea agreement, the Northampton County District Attorney’s Office will withdraw other charges in two separate cases against Yang.

Yang, a chemistry major, acknowledged he purchased thallium in March 2018 and began giving it to his roommate, Juwan Royal. Royal testified in an earlier court hearing that he suffered weight loss, headaches and nausea.

Royal was diagnosed with heavy metal poisoning in April 2018. Thallium is odorless and tasteless, and can be fatal in humans. The soft metal is used internationally in electronics manufacturing and for other purposes. It once was used in rat poison in the U.S, but has been banned for that use since the 1970s.

The motive is not known. Months before

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College basketball rankings: Losing to Richmond at home knocks Kentucky down in Top 25 And 1

John Calipari’s three best teams at Kentucky — the 2010 team, the 2012 team, and the 2015 team — were all built similarly. They were each led by a future No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft and supported by non-freshmen who spent multiple years in the program.

This year’s UK team isn’t built that way.

It is, instead, built with almost entirely new guys, none of whom project as a future No. 1 overall pick. And what history tells us about Calipari-coached teams built with almost entirely new guys, none of whom project as a future No. 1 overall pick, is that they usually, eventually, get really good or great but often experience ups and downs along the way. So what happened Sunday was an upset, sure. But there was nothing too surprising about these young Wildcats losing 76-64 inside Rupp Arena to an experienced Richmond team that

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Barack Obama’s old rent controlled UWS apartment on sale for $1.45m

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Barack Obama’s old apartment in the Upper West Side of New York City is for sale, though it won’t be cheap for the next owner.

The apartment, now part of a co-op at 622 West 114th Street, is for sale at $1.45million. It is located just blocks away from Columbia University, and Obama lived there after graduating from the Ivy League school. 

The listing is held by Brown Harris Stevens.

Obama would likely find the apartment unrecognizable, as it has been newly renovated and is listed as being in ‘mint-condition.’

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Listed in Stanford University World’s Top 2% Scientists

The US-based Stanford University has recently released a list that represents the top 2 percent of the most-cited scientists in various disciplines. A publicly available database of 100,000 top-scientists across multiple fields that provides standardized information on citations, h-index, co-authorship adjusted hm-index, citations to papers in different authorship positions, and a composite indicator was used. The exhaustive list has 1,59,683 persons included in my name with a ranking of 66823 worldwide. Separate data are shown for career-long and single year impact. Metrics with and without self-citations and ratio of citations to citing papers are given. Scientists are classified into 22 scientific fields and 176 sub-fields, my name was associated with three main subfields: Building & Construction, Energy, Built Environment and Design. Field- and subfield-specific percentiles are also provided for all scientists who have published at least 5 papers. Career-long data are updated to end-of-2019.

The dataset and code

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Chargers’ Rayshawn Jenkins: Career-high 11 stops

Chargers’ Rayshawn Jenkins: Career-high 11 stops –

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Jenkins made 11 tackles (eight solo) in Sunday’s 27-17 loss to the Bills.

Jenkins set a new career high in tackles during this performance. The fourth-year safety has started every game for the Chargers this season because Derwin James (knee) is on IR, and he’s cashed in on the opportunity with 70 stops through 11 outings. He’ll hit triple digits at this rate.

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Barack Obama’s rent-controlled Upper West Side apartment is on the market for $1.45m

Barack Obama’s old rent-controlled Upper West Side apartment from his post-Columbia University days is on the market for $1.45m

  • Obama’s old apartment is for sale at 622 West 114th Street in New York City
  • Obama lived in the apartment prior to moving to Chicago in 1985
  • The apartment is now part of a co-op at Revere Hall and comes furnished with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a washer and dryer in the unit
  • Legendary filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille also lived at Revere Hall at one point

Barack Obama’s old apartment in the Upper West Side of New York City is for sale, though it won’t be cheap for the next owner.

The apartment, now part of a co-op at 622 West 114th Street, is for sale at $1.45million. It is located just

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U.K. Asks Regulator to Assess AstraZeneca-Oxford Vaccine

LONDON — The British government said Friday it has formally asked the country’s medicines regulator to assess whether a coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University should be authorized for use.

The step comes amid questions about preliminary results from trials of the jab, after the company and the university acknowledged that the most encouraging part of their findings stemmed from a dosing error.

U.K. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he had asked the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency to determine whether the vaccine “meets rigorous safety standards.”

It’s the second vaccine candidate to reach the formal assessment stage in Britain, following a shot developed by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech. A third vaccine from U.S. firm Moderna is not far behind.

The British government has ordered 100 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, and plans to start distributing it in December if it gains approval.


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Why Big 12 football title contenders need to keep making their points

Berry Tramel, The Oklahoman
Published 2:24 p.m. ET Nov. 30, 2020 | Updated 2:24 p.m. ET Nov. 30, 2020


USA TODAY Sports’ Paul Myerberg breaks down the latest Amway Coaches Poll.


OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma State has had some heartbreaking Bedlam losses recently: 48-47 in 2018, 62-52 in 2017, overtime in 2012.

OSU also has had some let’s-get-this-over-with Bedlam losses: 41-13 a week ago, 58-23 in 2015, 27-0 in 2009.

Doesn’t really matter how you lose, they all count the same. Until they don’t.

And they might not all count the same in 2020. In this crazy season, it might come down not just to whether you won or lost, but how many you lost by.

The Big 12 football race hits the homestretch, with just two Saturdays left before the championship game. Consider this scenario:

Oklahoma wins out to finish 7-2. The Sooners will be a

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