Search Continues For Man Who Assaulted Minnesota State Trooper; St. John’s University On Lockdown

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — St. John’s University has been on lockdown for several hours as authorities search for a man they say attacked a Minnesota State Patrol trooper Thursday morning near St. Joseph.

The state patrol says the suspect was stopped for drunk driving, but fled after punching a trooper. The suspect then led police on a chase along Intestate 94, which ended after officers used stop sticks to blow out the suspect’s tires. The suspect got out of the car and ran off.

One of the officers in the pursuit reported that during the chase the suspect reached out of his vehicle and appeared to have something black in his hand, possibly a gun.

Authorities say the suspect also robbed a victim of their clothes, cellphone and keys. The victim’s car is accounted for, however, and is not stolen.

The suspect is described as a Black man in his

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When can university students go home for Christmas? How England’s travel window will work when lockdown ends

Students will be allowed to return home for Christmas, the Government has confirmed, with an evacuation-style operation planned for early December.

There are also plans to offer as many rapid coronavirus tests to students as possible, so they can travel more safely.

An estimated 40,000 students have contracted Covid-19 while at university this term, with thousands more forced to self-isolate.

Back in September Health Secretary Matt Hancock suggested students may have to remain in their university cities over Christmas and miss out on seeing their families.

When can students go home for Christmas?

The Government has set the “student travel window” to take place the week after lockdown ends in England, from Thursday 3 until Wednesday 9 December.

Students will be offered rapid Covid tests, which can provide results in as little as 15 minutes, in late

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University students to go home for Christmas as soon as lockdown ends

University students in England are being told to go home to spend Christmas with their families as soon as the lockdown ends next month.

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Face-to-face learning should end by 9 December, new guidance says, allowing young people to travel at a time when the risk of Covid-19 transmission is lowest – after the four weeks of restrictions.

A week-long “student travel window” from 3 December will see universities set staggered departure dates, to ease the pressure on public transport.

The guidance follows the furore over suggestions that students might be trapped in their halls of residence over the festive period, to prevent them spreading the virus across the country.

Gavin Williamson, the education secretary – facing rising criticism over the “disgusting” conditions students faced, as they were ordered to stay in their rooms – stepped back from such a move.

Now the guidance also seeks

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Students to be sent straight home from university after lockdown

Students are to be sent straight home from university after lockdown so they can spend Christmas with their families, official guidance will say. 

The long-awaited advice, which will be published on Wednesday by the  Department for Education will say that all lectures and classes should move online by December 9 at the latest so students can continue attending from their homes.

As soon as the national lockdown ends on December 2, the “student travel window” will begin with universities told to organise staggered departure dates over the following seven days. 

Students who are returning to their home in England from elsewhere in the UK will be told to complete two weeks of self-isolation either before or after traveling, since they will not have just come out of a month of lockdown. 

Michelle Donelan, the universities minister, said: “We know this Christmas will feel different, and following this incredibly difficult year 

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Alarm as university urges staff to ‘reinvigorate’ campus by returning to offices on first day of lockdown

Newcastle University staff were left alarmed after being urged to return to their offices and “reinvigorate the vibrancy” of the campus on the day that England went back into lockdown.

As businesses closed across the nation last Thursday and Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged people to stay at home, hundreds of staff at the university received an email from management encouraging them to return to work.

One union said the request was “poorly timed” and that the vitality of the city centre campus “should not come at the cost of the safety of students, colleagues, and the wider community”.

The letter was sent to hundreds of professional services staff, which includes departments such as admin, finance, human resources, and marketing.

Kris Whitehead, of the university’s Unison branch, said the email “caused anxiety” among some staff who have been able to work from home for the past six months.

He added:

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Irate Manchester students tear down fences put up by university to stop them mixing in lockdown

Manchester students pull down security fences around halls of residence



This was the staggering scene in Manchester last night as irate students tore down fences at the University of Manchester.

Students were livid in Fallowfield, a university-heavy suburb of the North West city, as fences were erected on campus.

Students tore them down in protest, after the uni erected them as a “security measure” to “help avoid the mixing of households”.

The measure came as the country headed into a second lockdown with non-essential retailers shut, as well as pubs.

Households are also banned from mixing under the new rules – and Joe Hindley, a 19-year-old first-year maths student, told the PA news agency: “We’ve just been really frustrated. It feels like a kick in the balls.

“There’s no benefit we can see to them being up.

“They’ve said something about it increasing our safety

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Students at University of Manchester Topple ‘Lockdown’ Fence Around Residence Halls [Video]

Students rallied to tear down a ‘lockdown’ fence erected around residence halls at the University of Manchester on November 5, with the fence reportedly put up as a security measure.

Footage posted by the Socialist Worker Student Society shows a crowd knocking down a metal fence as onlookers cheer.

Local news reported the fence was erected as part of the University’s new security protocols due to England’s four-week-long COVID-19 lockdown. According to the Manchester Evening News, students claimed to have received no prior warning of the new measures.

The University’s President and Vice-Chancellor issued an apology following the protests on November 5. “The fencing was intended as a response to a number of concerns received over recent weeks from staff and students on this site about safety and security; particularly about access by people who are not residents,” wrote President and Vice-Chancellor Dame Nancy Rothwell.

“There was never any

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Pubs welcome government U-turn on takeaway alcohol during second lockdown

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Alcohol will be able to be ordered and collected from pubs during the second national lockdown. (Getty)

The government has U-turned on guidance for the second lockdown which previously suggested a ban on restaurants and pubs serving takeaway alcohol.

Official guidelines published over the week had indicated that alcoholic drinks would not be able to be sold to customers to take home during the national lockdown in England that starts on Thursday.

However, the new rules now state customers can pre-order their drink online, or by phone or post, which can then be collected – as long as they do not enter a premises.

The proposed regulations, that were published on Tuesday evening, say that a restricted business can only sell alcohol for off-premises consumption by “making deliveries in response to orders received” through a website or other on-line communication, by telephone, including text message, or by post.

The regulations

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Worcester’s Assumption University to enter week lockdown amid coronavirus spike

Assumption University will be locked down for a week amid an increase of coronavirus cases on campus.

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With more than 20% of residential students in isolation or quarantine, the university and the city of Worcester decided that the campus will enter a “shelter-in-place” on Friday.

“Due to the increase of positive COVID-19 cases and number of students in quarantine and isolation, the Worcester Department of Public Health contacted the University to assess the public health situation on campus,” Assumption President Francesco Cesareo wrote to the campus community. “The city and University mutually agreed that a lock-down of campus effective 8 a.m. tomorrow, Friday, October 30 until Friday, November 6, with students sheltering in place, is necessary to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on and off campus.

“The shelter-in-place status will significantly decrease interactions amongst members of the community and the potential spread of

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Netanyahu: Lockdown to be exited gradually, but reimposed if cases rise

Coronavirus commissioner Prof. Ronni Gamzu will present the finding that there has been a 400% rise in morbidity in children since the opening of schools in September. He is set to propose a recommendation to the committee that first-graders on up would have to be in capsules and that all pupils would be required to wear masks. They would also have to continue the capsule separation in transportation and after-school programs. 

Education Minister Yoav Gallant said that capsules can only be possible if there is a large-scale staff increase in schools. Extra transportation would also have to be ordered, and this plan would take five weeks to implement and cost over NIS 7 billion. 

Haim Bibas, the mayor of Modi’in and chairman of the Federation of Local Authorities in Israel, said in a letter to the prime minister on Wednesday: “It is expected that health experts will present clear data

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