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Virtual career fair starts Wednesday | Local News

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Lee Enterprises, parent company of the Wisconsin State Journal and owner of 76 daily news organizations across the country, will be hosting a nationwide virtual career fair starting Wednesday and running through Oct. 25.

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More than 330 companies from at least 20 states will be participating in the Anywhere Career Fair. There are more than 30 businesses from Wisconsin taking part in the event, including Kwik Trip, American Girl, UBS, FedEx, Journey Mental Health Center and the Wisconsin Job Corp.

“As our region emerges from the grips of a pandemic, it’s essential that we empower our area’s employers with the ability to reach the highly capable workforce of South Central Wisconsin,” State Journal Publisher Chris White said. “With in-person events restricted, our Anywhere Career Fair creates a unique opportunity to interact with our region’s top employers while keeping you and your family safe.”

If you’re seeking new employment opportunities and would like to participate in the career fair, registration information can be found at

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Amy Coney Barrett says she’s not a ‘pawn,’ NBC News to host town hall with Trump and a closer look at gifted education

Good morning, NBC News readers.

Judge Amy Coney Barrett is set to face another round of tough questions on Day 3 of her confirmation hearings for the U.S. Supreme Court. President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden spar over the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the campaign trail. And it’s the end of an era for the Soyuz rocket.

Here’s what we’re watching this Wednesday morning.

Trump’s words haunt Amy Coney Barrett as she vows not to be a ‘pawn’ on Supreme Court

Judge Amy Coney Barrett faced a barrage of questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee over more than 11 hours on Tuesday, the second day of her confirmation hearing for the U.S. Supreme Court.

Barrett was sharply questioned by Democratic lawmakers over her personal and judicial philosophies. She repeatedly insisted to senators that she has no “agenda” on issues like the Affordable Care Act, the future of abortion rights or same-sex marriage and that she would be nobody’s “pawn” if confirmed to the Supreme Court.

She has a particularly tough row to hoe given that the person who nominated her to the high court, President Donald Trump, has repeatedly told Americans that his judicial picks will faithfully advance his agenda.

For instance, she declined to commit to recusing herself from a potential lawsuit contesting the result of the 2020 election, even though Trump has clearly stated his desire to fill the Supreme Court vacancy in the event of such a scenario. But she said she would consider the questions surrounding recusal seriously.

“I certainly hope that all members of the committee have more confidence in my integrity than to think I would allow myself to be used as a pawn to decide this election for the American people,” she told Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del.

News analysis: During Day 2 of her hearing, Barrett revealed a road map for reversing landmark abortion and desegregation rulings, NBC News Jonathan Allen writes.

The hearing will resume this morning at 9 a.m. ET. Watch coverage on NBC News, MSNBC and follow our live blog for updates and analysis.

Trump tells coronavirus victims: ‘I feel your pain’

A pumped-up President Trump told supporters Tuesday that he “felt like Superman” after he got his experimental drug treatment for Covid-19.

“To everyone fighting to recover from the virus, I feel your pain because I’ve felt your pain,” Trump told a largely maskless crowd of thousands packed onto an airport tarmac in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

Trump, once again, insisted at the rally that the country is “rounding the corner” on the virus, which has infected over 7.8 million people in the U.S. and killed over 216,000.

In contrast, Democratic nominee Joe Biden delivered a scathing review of how Trump’s presidency has hurt senior citizens, taking particular aim at the president’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Biden, speaking to a socially distanced crowd at a senior citizen community center in southern Florida, hit Trump over his statements on possibly cutting Social Security and his record

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a group of people posing for a picture: Montgomery Public Schools board Vice President Claudia Mitchell and board President Clare Weil speak during a protest at the MPS central office in Montgomery, Ala., on Tuesday, which was the first day of in-person classes after nine weeks of virtual learning because of the coronavirus.

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Montgomery Public Schools board Vice President Claudia Mitchell and board President Clare Weil speak during a protest at the MPS central office in Montgomery, Ala., on Tuesday, which was the first day of in-person classes after nine weeks of virtual learning because of the coronavirus.

Montgomery: Thousands of students across the state who’ve spent the coronavirus pandemic in virtual classrooms are returning to traditional instruction despite safety concerns and continuing school shutdowns linked to COVID-19. Schools in Jefferson County began allowing elementary students to return to class full time Monday, and additional systems that have offered online classes will reopen buildings on a full-time basis through next week. Walter Gonsoulin, the Jefferson County superintendent, said the system planned to stay open unless there is a state or national mandate requiring a shutdown. As public schools reopened Tuesday in Montgomery, a group of teachers and school workers who contend the system lacks an adequate safety plan held a small protest outside the central office. In Tuscaloosa, where classes resume Monday, social distancing won’t always be possible, spokeswoman Lesley Bruinton told WBMA-TV.


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Juneau: The state Supreme Court on Monday affirmed a lower court ruling eliminating witness requirements for absentee ballots for the general election. Last week, Superior Court Judge Dani Crosby ruled enforcement of the witness requirements during the coronavirus pandemic “impermissibly burdens the right to vote.” She waited to put the order into effect, to allow the high court to weigh in. Laura Fox, an attorney for the state, had asked the Alaska Supreme Court to keep in place the witness requirements, arguing that a change in rules, when voting is already underway, “will cause confusion and distrust.” “This is telling the voters, yeah, we know you have all of these printed materials saying that you have to do it one way but … just ignore that,” she said. Justice Susan Carney responded: “Isn’t that the message, ‘Ignore it?’ How hard is that?”


Phoenix: Recent updates showed a decline in new coronavirus cases at Arizona State University, the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University as of Monday. Meanwhile, Grand Canyon University continued to see cases rise since resuming in-person classes last month. ASU reported 63 new cases among students and two new cases among employees within the past week. Data reflects a 2.4% positivity rate since Aug. 1. A positivity rate of 5% is considered a good benchmark that the spread is under control. GCU reports a total of 70 COVID-19 cases within the past two weeks, with 66 students and four employees. Northern Arizona University reported 79 active cases among its on- and off-campus students as of Friday, a decrease of 48 cases from last week. Data shows a steady decrease in positive COVID-19 tests at the University of Arizona and a 0.5% positivity rate.


Little Rock: The number of coronavirus patients in the state’s

One American, Two Russians Blast off to International Space Station | Top News

By Joey Roulette and Olzhas Auyezov

WASHINGTON/ALMATY (Reuters) – A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying a U.S. astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts blasted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday and successfully reached orbit, live footage broadcast by Russia’s space agency Roscosmos showed.

The crew members travelling to the International Space Station (ISS) are Kate Rubins, a NASA microbiologist who in 2016 became the first person to sequence DNA in space, and Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov.

The mission is the last scheduled Russian flight carrying a U.S. crew member.

Since the space shuttle program ended in 2011, NASA has relied on Russia to ferry its astronauts to the space station, an orbiting laboratory 250 miles above Earth that has housed international crews of astronauts continuously for nearly 20 years.

The U.S. space agency in 2014 contracted Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Boeing Co

to build competing space capsules in an effort to reclaim NASA’s launch independence.

The $8 billion program enabled SpaceX’s first manned trip to the space station in May, marking the first from home soil in nearly a decade.

NASA has purchased additional crew seats from Russia as its public-private crew program faced delays, with Rubins’ mission being the most recent.

The U.S. is scheduled to begin operational missions on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule. 

“We have an incredible partnership,” Rubins said in an interview from Russia’s Star City before her flight. “We’ll continue to train crews over here and we’re going to have cosmonauts come to the Johnson Space Center and train.”

NASA and Roscosmos have committed to continue the flight-sharing partnership and are in talks to fly Russian astronauts on U.S. vehicles and to fly U.S. astronauts on Russian rockets when needed, a spokesperson for Roscosmos told Reuters. 

“Of course, mutual flights are of interest for ISS reliability and continuous operations,” the spokesperson said. “This approach (mixed crew flights) will ensure delivery of the crew to the station, should a problem with the partner spacecraft occur.”

(Additional reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber in Moscow; Editing by Dan Whitcomb, Leslie Adler and Andrew Osborn)

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Monmouth University Goes Online After Superspreader Event | National News

Monmouth University has canceled in-person classes after an off-campus superspreader event was determined to be responsible for infecting hundreds of students at the New Jersey school.

“It appears that this increase in cases among students was tied to an off-campus event hosted two weeks ago,” Dr. Patrick Leahy, Monmouth University president, said in an open letter to the campus Friday. “An overwhelming majority of the recent cases we have seen can be traced back to this isolated super-spreader event.”

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The event triggered more than 100 positive tests among students. Another 200 students are considered “high-risk” and are in quarantine as a precaution. Since the end of August, the university has recorded nearly 300 positive tests among students, almost 5 percent of enrollment.

“Moving forward, we will need 100% cooperation from our campus community in order to resume our fall semester as planned,” Leahy said. “I cannot emphasize enough the critical importance of compliance.”

The latest campus closure comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that coronavirus cases among young adults are on the rise and says there is an “urgent need” to address the trend.

In a study released last week, the CDC examined 767 hotspot counties identified during June and July and found that increases in the percentage of positive tests among people 24 and younger were followed by several weeks of increasing positivity rates in those aged 25 and older. The trend was particularly true in the South and West.

The CDC also recently reported that coronavirus infections among young adults jumped from August to September, with the agency concluding that some of the increase was likely due to colleges and universities resuming in-person classes.

In addition, Dr. Deborah Birx, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, said last week she feared private gatherings, like off-campus parties, are now leading to a renewed spread of the virus.

School officials will consider later this week whether they can reopen some classes. The majority of classes at the 5,300-student university were already online.

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Asteroid Bennu Could Shed Light on How Ingredients for Life Reached Earth | Smart News

A series of studies published last week in the journals Science and Science Advances offer a new, detailed look at the makeup of a small asteroid called Bennu. The studies come just before NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft plans to pick up a sample from the asteroid’s surface on October 20 and return with it to Earth in 2023.

Before the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft reached the asteroid in 2018, astronomers could only study it with telescopes that couldn’t make out details smaller than cities or states, Michael Greshko reports for National Geographic. OSIRIS-REx allows astronomers to map details the size of basketball courts, sheets of paper and postage stamps, depending on the imaging tool they used.

“The reason there’s so much interest in asteroids is a lot of them are very primitive, from when the Solar System formed, and they didn’t change with wind and water, or weather like on Earth,” planetary scientist Amy Simon of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center tells Passant Rabie at Inverse. “They’re still more pristine than anything you could find in the universe.”

Researchers chose Bennu for close study and a sample-return mission because it is a relatively rare type of asteroid that’s rich in carbon-containing molecules, or organics, and because it formed early in the history of our solar system, Neel Patel reports for the MIT Technology Review. It’s also relatively close to Earth.

Bennu is about a third of a mile wide, made of a pile of rubble that is loosely held together by its own gravity, per National Geographic. The rubble resulted from a collision with a 60-mile-wide object in the asteroid belt that destroyed Bennu’s parent body, a larger asteroid. Bennu probably formed between 700 million and two billion years ago somewhere between Mars and Jupiter, and has drifted closer to Earth since then.

Measurements of the way that infrared light reflects off of Bennu’s surface revealed that about 98 percent the asteroid’s surface is coated in carbon-containing, organic molecules. And bright veins, narrow but about three feet long, suggest that water flowed on Bennu’s parent body, per the Technology Review. However, the surface of an asteroid has a poor chance of hosting early life.

“You’re in the vacuum of space, there’s no atmosphere, you’re looking at a lot of irradiation, it’s cold – you wouldn’t want to sit on the surface,” says Goddard Space Flight Center planetary scientist Hannah Kaplan to Leah Crane at New Scientist. “It’s not a favorable environment per se, but it does have a lot of the factors that make a place technically habitable.”

The OSIRIS-REx mission is investigating whether fragments of an object like Bennu’s parent body may have carried organic molecules, the basic ingredients for life, to Earth. A meteorite carrying organic molecules could have ferried them through Earth’s atmosphere to the chemical soup where life eventually evolved.

“Every day we have stuff raining down that we don’t see,” Simon tells Inverse. “But early on in the Solar System, there would’ve been

Find a job at 23 Tulsa-area companies and 300 nationwide at virtual career event | Local News


At the website, job seekers can virtually visit the online “booths” of the companies locally and nationally much like the in-person career fairs that the Tulsa World has hosted for years.

Starting Wednesday, local job seekers can connect with 23 Tulsa-area companies and more than 300 employers in 21-states during a Virtual Career Event.

Lee Enterprises, a provider of local news and advertising in 77 markets across the country including the Tulsa World, is hosting the free event that continues until Oct. 25.

At the website, job seekers can virtually visit the online “booths” of the companies locally and nationally much like the in-person career fairs that the Tulsa World has hosted for years. If job seekers select a booth, they can learn about the company, see all of the open positions and apply to them online. If the employer is signed up to chat online or by video, one can be scheduled.

In addition to browsing the companies involved during the event, job seekers can inquire about any open positions by completing an online form. Interested employers can then ask for resumes.

“The Tulsa World has always been proud of the success we’ve had with our traditional in-person career fairs,” said Kathryn Bezler, Tulsa World Media Company classified manager. “It’s because of this success and experience that we are confident in our ability to deliver the same quality results through our new virtual career fair. We are very excited to be a part of this nationwide event with Lee Enterprises, and believe it will provide even more options for job seekers, as well as candidates for local employers.”

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Climate Change Could Make Yellowstone’s Famous Geyser Less Faithful | Smart News

Yellowstone National Park’s famous Old Faithful geyser is famously reliable, firing a jet of scalding water and steam high into the air some 17 times a day at 60 to 110-minute intervals.

But new research suggests that 800 years ago a severe drought caused this geyser, which was once somewhat hyperbolically known as “Eternity’s Timepiece,” to stop erupting altogether for many decades, reports Colin Barras for Science. When taken with climate model predictions of increasingly severe droughts, the findings could mean that America’s most dependable geyser will erupt less often or stop completely in the future.

Researchers arrived at the new findings, published last week in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, by studying 13 chunks of petrified wood found on Old Faithful’s mound. Trees can’t survive the geyser’s blasts of super-heated, alkaline water, so finding trees growing on Old Faithful’s mound is a sign that its regularly scheduled eruptions were at one point on hiatus. When researchers tested the tree remnants, they dated back to around 1230-1360 A.D., reports Catherine Meyers for Inside Science.

“When I submitted the samples for radiocarbon dating I didn’t know whether they would be hundreds or thousands of years old,” Shaul Hurwitz, a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey and first author of the new paper, tells Science. “It was an ‘aha!’ moment when they all clustered within a hundred-year period in the 13th and 14th centuries.”

One specimen was large enough to allow Hurwitz and his team to estimate it grew for some 80 years, suggesting Old Faithful stopped erupting for nearly 100 years sometime between the 13th and 14th centuries.

That historical period coincided with what’s known as the Medieval Climate Anomaly, according to Inside Science, which was a period of prolonged warm, dry weather for many parts of the world.

“It’s the time when we have things like grapes growing in Northern England and a loss of sea ice that allowed people to discover Greenland,” Cathy Whitlock, a paleoclimatologist at Montana State University who wasn’t involved in the research, tells Inside Science. “We know in Yellowstone it was both warmer and drier. The upper tree line was higher up the slopes and there is evidence of more fires during that period.” The drier climate lowered stream flows and caused extreme drought conditions to persist for decades, she adds.

Jamie Farrel, a geologist at the University of Utah who wasn’t involved in the study, tells Science he also finds this explanation plausible. “If you have prolonged drought and there isn’t enough water to feed these systems, then features like Old Faithful might sometimes stop erupting,” he tells Science.

Today, human-caused climate change is exacerbating droughts in the Yellowstone region, per Inside Science. Hurwitz and other researchers published a paper in 2008 showing decreased precipitation in recent decades may have added a minute or two to the time between Old Faithful’s eruptions. If the climate continues to dry out, as climate models predict it will, the

On-campus medical clinic earns Adrian College high marks in U.S. News rankings, president says

ADRIAN, MI — Adrian College has been named a “most innovative school” by U.S. News & World Report in its latest “Best Colleges” rankings.

Adrian College is No. 2, behind College of the Ozarks in Missouri, as a most innovative school in the ranking’s Regional Colleges Midwest category. Adrian College was ranked No. 17 overall in Midwest regional colleges.

Adrian College has been ranked in the top two most innovative schools for the Midwest for two years, and President Jeffery Docking said he attributes that to the college’s on-campus medical clinic.

“We are very fortunate to have partnered with ProMedica (Health Care System) and received financial support from Adrian Steel to build that Medical Clinic right here on campus,” Docking said in a statement. “Not only does it provide health and wellness services, it is also an educational facility for our students.”

The $2.2 million, 10,000-square-foot facility was built in 2017 as a collaboration between Adrian College and ProMedica. It houses the health and counseling centers, which offer services like medical exams, physicals, laboratory services, short-term prescriptions, influenza vaccinations and wellness education.

New medical clinic coming to Adrian College campus through agreement with ProMedica

Adrian College recently implemented a new major and minor in public health, and students in the program will have the opportunity to work in the medical clinic.

The clinic has also helped monitor COVID-19 cases on Adrian College’s campus this fall and used CDC recommended strategies of entry screening and regular serial testing on campus, according to a news release.

At one point, there were more than 160 positive COVID-19 cases on campus, but Docking said last month the college was beginning to flatten the curve. Emily Kist, director of Adrian College’s Student Health Center, said the college was able to prevent a major outbreak by “sticking to its preparedness plan.”

Adrian College coronavirus cases decreasing. President says it’s ‘flattening the curve’

As of 4:30 p.m. Oct. 8, Adrian College had 254 total positive cases in students and staff, and just three net active cases. One of those cases was in on-campus isolation, while the other two were in off-campus isolation, the update states.

Adrian College is still conducting surveillance testing for its high-risk sports teams participating in competitions, and ProMedica is assisting students whoa re symptomatic, whether they are athletes or not, as well as people who were exposed to or had close contact with a positive COVID-19 case, the release states.

College presidents, provosts and admissions deans were asked by U.S. News and World Report to nominate up to 15 colleges or universities in their Best Colleges ranking category that are making the most innovating improvements in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities, according to the ranking methodology.

The most innovate schools rankings are based solely on the top academics’ responses to the question regarding innovation, which is a separate section of the annual peer assessment survey, according to the methodology.


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Man Jailed for Rally Riots, Torch March Attends University | California News

By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press

Cole Evan White joined torch-carrying white supremacists on a march through the University of Virginia’s campus and attacked anti-racism protesters the next day. Within a matter of days, he enrolled at a university in California.

White, 26, continued his studies at San Francisco State University after he pleaded guilty to conspiring to riot on the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia. He was jailed for more than seven months between his October 2018 arrest and his release on $10,000 bond in May 2019.

Now he’s facing a possible prison term. A federal judge is scheduled to sentence White on Friday for his role in the violence that reverberated far from the Virginia college town.

San Francisco State University spokesman Kent Bravo said the admissions process for it and other schools in the California State University system does not ask applicants about their criminal background. The university learned of White’s arrest and guilty plea when an Associated Press reporter inquired about his status this week, according to Bravo.

Bravo said White is currently a part-time student who first enrolled in the fall 2017 semester, which started less than a month after White joined members of a now-defunct white supremacist group called the Rise Above Movement in attacking counterprotesters at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville.

“San Francisco State University unequivocally condemns white supremacy,” Bravo said in a statement Monday. “We send our compassion and concern to those affected by the events of that tragic weekend, specifically the victims and families of those who were targeted by individuals motivated by hate.”

White is one of four Rise Above Movement members or associates who pleaded guilty to charges that they punched, kicked, choked and head-butted counterprotesters at the August 2017 rally. White’s three co-defendants already have been sentenced to between two and three years in prison.

The violence in Charlottesville culminated with an avowed neo-Nazi, James Fields, deliberately plowing his car into a crowd, killing counterprotester Heather Heyer.

White acknowledged that he also joined members of the now-defunct Rise Above Movement at an April 2017 political rally on the streets of downtown Berkeley, California, where he punched protesters in the head.

White pleaded guilty in November 2018 to a riot conspiracy charge punishable by a maximum of five years in prison. He has asked U.S. District Judge Norman Moon to spare him from any more time behind bars.

San Francisco State had an enrollment of 28,880 students for the fall 2019 semester. White, a California native, has a 3.3 grade point average at San Francisco State and made the school’s Dean’s List for the fall 2019 and spring 2020 semesters, according to defense attorney Michael Hemenway.

White also has worked for his father’s sprinkler repair company in Clayton, California, since his release from custody. White’s attorney said the San Francisco area resident has fully complied with terms of his release, including home electronic monitoring, while waiting to be sentenced.

White’s lawyer cited the risk of COVID-19 infection in prisons