Christel Deskins

Christian groups oppose ICE rule on international students

Leaders of 12 Christian organizations on Friday urged the Trump administration to rescind a policy requiring international students to leave the U.S. or transfer if their colleges hold classes entirely online this fall, saying it “falls short of American ideals.”

In a letter to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, shared with The Associated Press, the leaders wrote that the policy “robs our country of the significant contribution” international students make to their colleges on both a personal and economic level. It “lacks compassion” and “violates tenets of our faith,” the letter continued, citing specific Biblical passages.

“International students who have already arrived in the United States and who are enrolled in degree programs should be allowed to complete their courses of study in this country without further disruption,” the leaders said. “This is reasonable, compassionate, and consistent with our national interests.”

Among the signatories are National Association of

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US bets on untested company to deliver COVID-19 vaccine

When precious vats of COVID-19 vaccine are finally ready, jabbing the lifesaving solution into the arms of Americans will require hundreds of millions of injections.

As part of its strategy to administer the vaccine as quickly as possible, the Trump administration has agreed to invest more than half a billion in tax dollars in ApiJect Systems America, a young company. Its injector is not approved by federal health authorities and the company hasn’t yet set up a factory to manufacture the devices.

The commitment to ApiJect dwarfs the other needle orders the government has placed with a major manufacturer and two other small companies.

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EDITOR’S NOTE — This story is part of an ongoing investigation by The Associated Press, the PBS series FRONTLINE and the Global Reporting Centre that examines the deadly consequences of the fragmented worldwide medical supply chain.

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“The fact of this matter is, it would

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When will school open? Here’s a state-by-state list

When will schools open back up? How will schools open back up? Is there going to be school this year?

These are the questions on every parent’s mind these days. TODAY Parents has collected the latest information from every state and the largest school districts in every state. While some schools are planning to start the new school year with in-person instruction, many others are offering online options or a hybrid model. Please note: We’ll keep updating this story, but the situation is changing rapidly, so please check with your local school district for the latest.

Need help deciding what to do about school this year? See our story with expert advice on how to make the decision.

In the meantime, here’s what we know about schools re-opening this year:

Alabama

On June 26, State Superintendent Eric Mackey announced that all Alabama public schools should reopen on time. However, districts

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This $89 Design Service Completely Transformed My Tiny NYC Bedroom

Photo credit: Right: Lucy Schaeffer Photography
Photo credit: Right: Lucy Schaeffer Photography

From House Beautiful

Above: Before and after Modsy designers worked their magic on the previous tenant’s bedroom to create the perfect room for me.

When I decided to move back to New York City and into a three bedroom apartment with two roommates, I knew my new tiny room on the Upper East Side would take some getting used to, but I signed the lease faster than I could say “I love NY,” anyway (I mean…there was a dishwasher).

Photo credit: House Beautiful
Photo credit: House Beautiful

The previous tenant had her full bed pushed up against the shortest wall next to the window, a piano keyboard and bookshelves squeezed snuggly next to it, and just enough space for a tall dresser to stand at the foot of the bed before the door.

It certainly wasn’t anything special, but I believed in it. Because the truth of the

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How to watch and what to expect from July 11th’s wild video games showcase

Irreverent and innovative indie games label Devolver Digital presents its own take on mid-2020’s spate of online showcase events.

Devolver Digital is lining up to entertain its fans and skewer its games and tech industry chums with a “live pre-recorded event” set for 12 noon PT on July 11.

The show is to be broadcast via twitch.tv/twitchgaming, and its start time equates to 3pm ET, 7pm UTC, 8pm UK, 9pm Central Europe and South Africa, then half past midnight on July 12 in India, 3am in Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Beijing, China, 4am in South Korea and Japan, and 5am in Sydney, Australia.

Historically, Devolver Digital’s E3 shows have layered scathing industry satire and rapid-fire video game previews and

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Oolite Arts commissions microfilms to tell stories of COVID in Miami

The question: In this time of coronavirus, when creativity is under forced constraint because of social distancing and other restrictions, how can you take that concept and use it as an advantage, if you must, to make art?

The answer: Make films that reveal slices of life in Miami during quarantine.

Oolite Arts selected 12 Miami filmmakers and gave each $1,000 and two weeks to create works, up to three minutes long, using the limited resources of life amid COVID-19. The result was the Close Quarters Commissions, an online, micro-film festival that will be shown at 7 p.m. July 15.

“We wanted to use film to demonstrate what could be accomplished at this moment with the onset of COVID-19, to say nothing of the protests that followed,” says Jason Fitzroy Jeffers, Oolite’s cinematic arts manager. “We wanted to encourage filmmakers to keep working and help them to continue, even if

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These Body-Positive Influencers Make Us Feel So Good

In a world where Internet trolls like to spend their time tearing others down and where some of Hollywood’s top actresses and models use their fame to spread garbage advice about skinny teas and tonics, it can be a struggle to stay upbeat about our bodies. Fortunately, body-positive influencers all over the world are here to help. So much so that, if you search #bodypositive on Instagram, you’ll be met with over 13 million posts dedicated to spreading love and support for real bodies.

While finding as many body-positive influencers to follow will undoubtedly make your social media feeds a more positive place to spend your free time, actually scouring them out can be a bit of a process. To help fill your feed with relatable content creators and uplifting messages, ahead you’ll find 12 body-positive influencers to follow ASAP. And if you love what you see, be sure to

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‘I left Smile Bank today due to the ongoing outage’

Smile Bank customers have been unable to access their online banking accounts for five days in a row.

The online-only bank, owned by Co-Operative Bank, said it was working urgently to resolve the problem.

But the latest service outage proved to be the “last straw” for longtime customer Emma Hopkinson-Spark.

After 16 years, she left Smile Bank on Friday after she was unable to view a crucial re-mortgage payment.

“I’m really disappointed in Smile Bank,” Ms Hopkinson-Spark, chief of staff at a tech consultancy business in Weston-super-Mare, told the BBC. “The outages this week were the tipping point.”

Ms Hopkinson-Spark said she had not been able to access her online banking account for several days. Although she can still withdraw money from cash machines and pay for items using her debit card, she cannot send payments or view her payments.

“Yesterday my husband rang me in a flap saying he

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Parsippany Teenager’s Passion For Helping Others Aids Community

PARSIPPANY, NJ — Riya Dadheech was only 12 the first time she heard heartbreaking stories about people suffering from various illnesses and who didn’t have the means to properly seek the treatment they desperately needed. The more stories she heard, the more such stories resonated with a girl who considers herself fortunate to have everything she needs.

Determined to make a difference, Riya — who is now 14 and will begin high school this fall at Morris County School of Technology in Denville — launched her own organization, Purple Paint, to reach people in need. It began as a girls education initiative in 2018 to help raise money to build toilets for impoverished schools that don’t have proper bathroom facilities; it now includes efforts to help local families who struggle with food insecurity during the coronavirus pandemic.

Riya and a small band of middle and high school volunteers from the

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After an online offseason, Bears face a new batch of complications as they prepare for training camp

CHICAGO — When Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano packed up his office at Halas Hall in March, he had no idea he would spend the next four months figuring out how to run a defense from his computer at home.

Like most of the rest of the world, the coronavirus pandemic forced Bears coaches to adapt to an online environment, connecting with and teaching their players from afar. Pagano will return to team facilities in late July with a new set of digital capabilities.

“From a tech standpoint, I’m off the charts for a guy that’s going to be 60 in October,” Pagano said. “I feel like I’m way more tech savvy than I’ve ever been.”

Now, as Matt Nagy, Pagano and the rest of the Bears coaches prepare for a training camp unlike any they’ve held before, adaptability still will be key.

A whole new batch of complications

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