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U.S. Postal Service Benches Its Police Officers Before Election

WSJ.comTop USPS brass ends agency patrols that protected mail, letter carriers [possibly behind paywall] – “An order by the U.S. Postal Service to pull its uniformed police officers off city streets has sparked a legal battle pitting it against a police union, when the agency is already under scrutiny for delivery delays in a presidential election that could hang on mail-in ballots. The agency’s unilateral order ended daily patrols meant to prevent robberies of blue collection boxes and mail vehicles, and has left letter carriers without escorts on unsafe routes in some of the nation’s biggest cities, according to interviews with police officers and union representatives opposed to the change and a copy of the directive, titled “Postal Police Utilization,” reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. Mail thieves, in the past, often targeted mail for credit cards and checks. Now, the postal police officers said the fear is that thieves also will get ballots, which could be ditched. The union representing the officers filed a lawsuit last month in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeking an emergency reversal of the management order, noting the need to “ensure the integrity of the mail.” The court hasn’t ruled on the request, and the Justice Department has asked the federal judge to dismiss the lawsuit, arguing, among other things, that the court lacks jurisdiction…”

Your guide to following the election on social media

Washington Post – From misinformation to fast-changing maps, here’s how to understand election results and navigate social media. “The experts agree: The best way to accurately track election results, and avoid falling for misinformation between now and Election Day, is to avoid too much social media. Stick with a handful of reputable news sources and… Continue Reading

Civil Liberties in Times of Crisis

Civil Liberties in Times of Crisis – Marcella Alsan, Luca Braghieri, Sarah Eichmeyer, Minjeong Joyce Kim, Stefanie Stantcheva, David Y. Yang  NBER Working Paper No. 27972 Issued in October 2020. NBER Program(s): Health Economics, Public Economics, Political Economy “The respect for and protection of civil liberties are one of the fundamental roles of the state,… Continue Reading

Test 5 results and literature review findings published – how long the virus may survive on materials common to archives, libraries, and museums

OCLC: “As part of the REALM project’s research, Battelle has conducted five natural attenuation studies on how long the infectious virus may survive on materials common to archives, libraries, and museums. Spread via contact with contaminated objects (also called fomites) is not currently believed to be the primary cause of COVID-19 infection, but additional research… Continue Reading

2020 Election – Counting Votes and What to Expect on Election Day

Senate Democrats Report – 2020 Election – Counting Votes and What to Expect on Election Day:  “Although Election Day is on November 3 this year, the general election is already well underway. In every state voters are already casting their ballots and millions of votes have already been cast. Turnout is unprecedented and as states… Continue Reading

Bakers To Predict Client Demand With Holy Grail AI Project

Artificial Lawyer – “Global law firm Baker McKenzie is to try and predict client demand through a partnership with AI company SparkBeyond. The Big Data-crunching and predictive analysis company also works with several governments around the world. Knowing what your clients will want from you before perhaps they or the rest of the market does… Continue Reading

What the Constitution Means to Me

Via Mary Whisner – “Writer and actor Heidi Schreck, a Wenatchee native who worked in the Seattle theater community, revisits her teenage years and her relationship with the nation’s founding document in a filmed version of her original play “What the Constitution Means to Me” (2020, not rated). The play, which premiered on Broadway, was… Continue Reading

What A Summer Of COVID-19 Taught Scientists About Indoor vs. Outdoor Transmission

FiveThirtyEight: “Here we are, almost eight months into this pandemic, and it’s like you can’t even invite more than 150 people to sit next to each other unmasked in your rose garden without it turning into a major superspreader event. The White House outbreak is now linked to at least 40 cases, including some that… Continue Reading

Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education – classic apprenticeship program

“The Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (FAME) is a classic apprenticeship program that combines classroom learning with paid on-the-job experience, teaching skills in demand across an industry. A new report by Opportunity America president Tamar Jacoby and Brookings Institution senior fellow emeritus Ron Haskins draws on focus groups, an online survey and data from the… Continue Reading

New online research database set to boost battle against COVID-19

University of Birmingham: “Researchers around the world can tap into a new inter-disciplinary online database of COVID-19 research allowing them to search for new partners, resources and funding to boost the global battle against the virus. Launched today, the international open-access database for ongoing research activity COVID CORPUS aims to encourage collaboration and reduce duplication between… Continue Reading