Maine university system sees virus spike days before students leave campus

Maine’s public universities are seeing a spike in students test positive for the coronavirus just days before they’re supposed to return home to finish the semester remotely. As a result, several students — those who have tested positive and their close contacts — will have to quarantine on campus through the Thanksgiving holiday.

The University of Maine System saw two dozen students test positive for COVID-19 over the weekend. As of Monday morning, there are 84 active cases of the virus across the seven public universities, according to the university system’s daily coronavirus updates.

That’s the highest number of active cases the universities have recorded since the start of the fall semester, when the University of Maine System started regularly testing students and employees.

Sixty-six of the cases are at the flagship campus in Orono, where 13 new cases among students were reported on Sunday, according to system spokesperson Dan

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Ferris State University proffesor on leave after claiming COVID is ‘leftist stunt’ to destroy civil liberties

A science professor has been put on administrative leave after claiming that coronavirus measures such as mask wearing and limiting gatherings are nothing more than a “leftist stunt to destroy civil liberties.”

Thomas Brennan, an assistant physical science professor in the College of Arts, Sciences and Education at Ferris State University in Michigan, also posted racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic slurs on Twitter, the university president David Eisler said in a statement Monday.

a group of people walking in front of a building: Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich.

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Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich.

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“Individually and collectively we were shocked and outraged by these tweets,” Eisler said. “They are extremely offensive and run counter to the values of our University and our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Our students, faculty, staff and members of the community are upset and offended by these comments, and they should be.”

In August he had

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Ferris State University professor placed on leave after racist remarks

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. – A science professor at a Michigan university has been placed on administrative leave and is being investigated after denying the severity of the coronavirus and using racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic slurs on Twitter.

David Eisler, president of Ferris State University, said Monday in a statement that Thomas Brennan was placed on leave Thursday for his “offensive” remarks.

“Individually and collectively we were shocked and outraged by these tweets,” Eisler said. “They are extremely offensive and run counter to the values of our University and our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.”

The Torch, the university’s student-run newspaper, first reported last week about the professor’s tweets. According to the newspaper’s screenshots, Brennan tweeted anti-Semitic language and racist and homophobic slurs. One of Brennan’s tweets said: “Covid19 is another jewish revolution,” The Torch reported.

Breenan’s Twitter account is no longer public, and his tweets are only available to

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Ferris State professor on leave after COVID-19 comments

A professor at a Michigan university who referred to COVID-19 as a “stunt” to create a “leftist new world order” has been placed on administrative leave, the university announced Monday.

Thomas Brennan, a physical sciences assistant professor at Ferris State University, later doubled down on his COVID-19 comments and tweets, which also included racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic slurs.

“My statements were to the effect that I believe the COVID-19 pandemic is a stunt designed to enslave humanity and strip us of all of our rights and freedoms,” he wrote Monday.

Brennan’s comments were first reported last week by The Torch, Ferris State’s student newspaper. It reported that Brennan said in a Zoom meeting with staff members that he is a COVID-19 denier.

Tweets screenshotted by the school newspaper reveal Brennan referred to the virus as a “hoax,” “fake” and “another Jewish revolution.” He also mentioned various coronavirus conspiracies, which have

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Aminu Mohammed Likely to Leave for College in Early January

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Five-star guard Aminu Mohammed is expected to start his high school season at Greenwood Laboratory School before departing for college in early January, his guardian told the Springfield News-Leader on Tuesday.

This means Mohammed’s college decision should be coming within the next few weeks.

His guardian, Shawn Harmon, said Mohammed’s commitment will likely be announced through a national media outlet. 

Indiana first offered Mohammed in July 2019, so the Hoosiers have been recruiting him for over a year now. Mohammed attended Indiana’s home game against Maryland this past season, and he has been talking to Archie Miller and his staff over Zoom since quarantine started.

Indiana’s main competition for Mohammed right now is Maryland, Georgetown, Kansas State, Georgia and Oklahoma State.

Mohammed was dominant in his junior season, averaging 34.8 points, 15.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.5 blocks per game as his team went 26-4.

A few

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Ferris State University professor on leave following controversial COVID-19 comments

Screenshots taken by The Torch show Brennan referring to COVID-19 as a “stunt” to create “a leftist new world order”.

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. — Ferris State professor Thomas Brennan is on administrative leave because of remarks made about COVID-19 on his Twitter account.

“I just have to speak out, to try to speak my conscience,” says Brennan. ‘I can’t be silent and watch this happen.”

Screenshots taken by The Torch show Brennan referring to COVID-19 as a “stunt” to create “a leftist new world order”.

“I did say some hyperbolic things to draw attention to what it is I wanted to say,” explains Brennan.

This includes using the n-word, which Brennan calls “an atomic word”, he used to make people listen.

“I didn’t use it lightly,” says Brennan. “But we’re heading towards such a crescendo of madness where we’re about to all be enslaved because of this COVID crisis.”

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Michigan auto worker in ‘The Voice’ Battle Round hopes to one day leave Chrysler for a music career

He loves his day job, but says he would give it up in a heartbeat for his dream career in music. Detroit auto assembly line worker, Rio Souma, is one step closer to making his dreams a reality as he’s about to give the biggest performance of his life as he sings a Motown duet with his opponent. UPDATE: Watch Souma’s Motown duet with Casme and see who advanced.

Souma will perform against New Orleans native Casme as “The Voice” Battle Round concludes tonight at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. You can also watch via livestream at fuboTV. Both are on Team John Legend. The coach will determine which singer will continue their journey and which will go home.

We first met the 28-year old Chrysler worker during the hit reality singing competition’s Blind Audition a couple weeks ago when he got John Legend off of his feet performing

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Explainer: How and when will Trump leave office?

(Reuters) – The United States has a long history of peaceful transfers of power that is likely to continue despite President Donald Trump’s attacks on the legitimacy of the election result, national security experts said.

FILE PHOTO: The presidential seal is seen in front of the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue before the Inauguration Day parade for U.S. President-elect Donald Trump in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Here is what to expect in the weeks and months to come.


Yes. The U.S. presidential election is not formally over. Electors – party loyalists who typically pledge to support the candidate who gets the most votes in their state – will convene on Dec. 14 to formally cast their votes. The newly seated Congress accepts the results from the Electoral College on Jan. 6. If Biden wins the Electoral College vote, as

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Ovi will finish his career in KHL, so where does that leave the Capitals?

Although he’s certainly not showing it when it comes to his freakish ability to fill the net with pucks, Alex Ovechkin is beginning to look at the day when he will no longer be a Washington Capital. On the back nine of a career in which he has established himself as arguably the greatest goalscorer of all-time, Ovechkin is intent on finishing his career in the homeland he clearly loves.

In an interview with Russian Television International, Ovechkin made it clear that he wants to finish his career by playing for Moscow Dynamo in the KHL, the team for which he starred before he became an NHLer in 2005-06. Ovechkin also played for Dynamo during the 2012 lockout, scoring 19 goals and 40 points to lead the team in scoring, despite playing only 31 games. (Dynamo, for its part, could use Ovechkin as soon as he’d like to come. The

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