July 30, 2020

International

Very different, symbolic hajj in Saudi Arabia amid virus

Muslim pilgrims, donning face masks and moving in small groups after days in isolation, began arriving at Islam’s holiest site in Mecca on Wednesday for the start of a historically unique and scaled-down hajj experience reshaped by the coronavirus pandemic. The hajj is one of Islam’s most important requirements, performed once in a lifetime. It

State

Arizonans doing 1/3 less exercise than before the pandemic began, reveals survey

Couch Potatoes? The average Arizonan is doing 29% less exercise than before the pandemic began, reveals survey. Arizonans have watched an average of 394 hours of TV during lockdown. 1 in 3 left unemployed have spent their time binge watching TV. 57% say they have enjoyed being lazy during lockdown. Half of those working from home admit watching TV during work

National

Barr defends aggressive federal response to protests

Attorney General William Barr defended the aggressive federal law enforcement response to civil unrest in America as he testified for the first time before the House Judiciary Committee, pushing back against angry, skeptical Democrats who said President Donald Trump’s administration is unconstitutionally suppressing dissent. The hearing, held Tuesday as the late civil rights icon John

Education

WebLive classes are the next best thing to being there in person

More than 100 YC classes offered in video-conferencing format this fall The coronavirus stole what students and faculty agree is the best part of in-person classes: human interaction. Technology has given the education arena a way to bring that face-to-face interaction back, albeit virtually. At Yavapai College, that technology is called WebLive – a live

National

DHS halts DACA applications, shortens renewals as program is ‘reconsidered’

The Trump administration said Tuesday it will stop accepting new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals applications and will limit DACA renewals to one year while it undertakes a “full reconsideration” of the Obama-era policy. The Department of Homeland Security announcement comes one month after the Supreme Court rejected the administration’s previous efforts to end the

Opinion

Opinion: On Race Exhibit, Smithsonian Museum Richly Deserves Ridicule

When Pew Research Center asked black and white Americans last year, majorities of each group agreed that race relations in the United States are generally bad. When Pew asked whether the legacy of slavery significantly affects the position of black people in American society, majorities of blacks and whites agreed that it did. The two groups differed

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