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"Many schools have been held back by CDC standards saying that they only permit in-person classrooms if students sit no closer than six feet apart."

"This requirement makes full-time schooling impossible, because schools simply don’t have enough room to teach every student while spacing them so far apart. But that requirement, chosen hastily last year, turns out to be useless. The most important scientific advance is the recent conclusion that the guideline that students must maintain six feet of distance in schools has no value. David Zweig reported for New York last week that 'the CDC’s six-foot guidance and tethering school openings to c...
Tags: New York, Education, Law, Washington Post, Cdc, Wizard Of Oz, Jonathan Chait, Strauss, WaPo, Ann Althouse, Valerie Strauss, David Zweig, Coronavirus, Jonathan Chait NY Magazine Chait, Rachael Gabriel


At the Muskrat Café...

... share the love. With comments.And please think of supporting this blog by doing your shopping through the Althouse portal to Amazon, which is always right there in the sidebar. Thanks! [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Amazon, Photography, Law, Rats, Ann Althouse, Althouse


Older people more likely to catch Covid a second time

Study finds under-65s have about 80% protection from virus for at least six months but over-65s only 47% Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOlder people who have recovered from Covid cannot assume they are immune from a second attack, according to a new study that shows the under-65s are much less susceptible to reinfection.The study carried out in Denmark found that the under-65s had about 80% protection for at least six months from catching Covid a second time. But the...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, World news, Denmark, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, COVID


The FBI May Have Phoned In The Whole Kavanaugh Thing — See Also

We've Secretly Replaced Their Normal FBI Investigation With Folger's Crystals: Senator Whitehouse thinks the Kavanaugh investigation that the FBI delivered was fake. Useful Idiots: That's the standard term for a dullard that can easily and willingly be twisted to aid a propaganda operation because they're frankly too stupid to understand what's happening. Enter Rudy Giuliani and OAN. Zooming Is Hard: A rundown of common mishaps in online lawyering. Regulators Mount Up: Attorney licensing is a...
Tags: Law, Fbi, Rudy Giuliani, Whitehouse, Kavanaugh, Folger, See Also


Spotlighting ugly reasons and realities surrounding federal gun sentences

Tana Ganeva has this effective Reason piece giving attention to federal gun sentences.  The full headline highlights its themes:  "743 Years and 3 Months. 117 Years. 51 Years. Why Are These Men's Sentences So Long?  For possessing a gun while committing a crime — even when no one is killed — too many defendants are slammed with sentences decades or even centuries longer than justice demands."  Here are excerpts: The federal statute 924(c) imposes mandatory minimum sentences in offenses involvin...
Tags: Law, Indiana, Democratic, Scott, Douglas A Berman, Kevin Ring, Families Against Mandatory Minimums FAMM, Tana Ganeva, Charles -RSB- Scott, Federal Sentencing Commission Criminal


Some Lawyers Are Unfairly Taking Advantage Of The Pandemic

Certain legal matters have become a little like the Wild West because of the pandemic.
Tags: Law, Courts, Biglaw, Small Law Firms, Jordan Rothman, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Are The Elite Supreme Court Advocates Better — Or Just Better Known?

Does the demand for their services reflect better advocacy?
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Courts, Solicitor General, Juris Lab, Elite Supreme Court Advocates Better


Are We Still Citing Judge Kozinski As An Expert?

The former federal judge resigned in disgrace... but he's still a media darling.
Tags: Law, Law Schools, Alex Kozinski, Kozinski, Thinking Like A Lawyer Podcast, Georgetown Law Journal, Featured Podcasts


Labour calls for full Covid public inquiry starting in June

Exclusive: Shadow minister Rachel Reeves says government should work with the bereaved on setting inquiry upCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageLabour has thrown its weight behind calls for a full-blown public inquiry to learn the lessons of the Covid pandemic, with Rachel Reeves arguing it should kick off when the prime minister’s roadmap comes to an end in June.Reeves, who shadows the Cabinet Office minister, Michael Gove, told the Guardian the government should start p...
Tags: Health, Politics, Society, UK News, Labour, Michael Gove, Health policy, Rachel Reeves, Cabinet Office, Coronavirus


How we chose the Supreme 16, and other bracketology FAQs

To celebrate March Madness (and to have some fun during an unusually slow March argument calendar), SCOTUSblog is hosting the first-ever SCOTUS bracketology: a crowd-sourced tournament in search of the greatest Supreme Court justice of all time. You can find the opening round here. As... The post How we chose the Supreme 16, and other bracketology FAQs appeared first on SCOTUSblog.
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, SCOTUS bracketology, Supreme 16


It May Be Time For Stephen Breyer To Retire — But Stop Telling Him It’s A ‘Must’ For Biden

Don't make this into a partisan issue, or he'll never be able to step down.
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Courts, Biden, Quote Of The Day, Don, Noah Feldman, Stephen Breyer, Supreme Court Retirement Watch


Intel Agencies Call Out Superlawyer Rudy Giuliani For Laundering Russian Propaganda

How does this guy still have a license to practice law?
Tags: Law, Government, Intel, Fbi, Cia, Department Of Justice, Rudy Giuliani, Election Law


Why Was The SolarWinds Campaign So Difficult to Detect?

Only after months of investigation by nearly 100 highly skilled digital forensics experts did FireEye discover the malicious 'implant' in the most unlikely place. We break it all down in plain language.
Tags: Technology, Law


15 Best General-Interest Nonfiction Books Read During The Worst Year Of Everyone’s Life

With everyone’s mental health shot, we could all use something a bit more positive right now.
Tags: Books, Law, Health and Wellness, Reading, NonFiction, Health / Wellness, Jonathan Wolf


Policing bill is a grave threat to our right to protest | Letters

Guardian readers on the police, crime, sentencing and courts bill and the threat it poses to civil libertiesYour leader (The Guardian view on policing dissent: Johnson plays politics with protest, 15 March) rightly notes: “Whatever pieties the government cloaks its proposals in, a partisan systematic reduction in civil liberties is a very dangerous thing for democracies.” Indeed, the words used by the home secretary and government spokesperson in defence of the police, crime, sentencing and cour...
Tags: Hong Kong, Politics, Human Rights, Law, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Police, UK News, Johnson, UK civil liberties, Priti Patel, Hungary Hong Kong Myanmar, Frank LandTotnes Devon, Rachel MeredithLong Marston


EU court bans French hunters from gluing birds to trees

Chasse à la glu is an old French hunting method in which the hunters coat branches in sticky lime to trap live birds. Above, a 16th engraving titled Chasse de la grive à la glu ("glue thrush hunting"). Even if the "unwanted" birds are cleaned and released, the lime unsurprisingly causes lasting damage to their feathers. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Animals, Eu, Birds, Hunting, Chasse


How the online safety bill could endanger free speech and the sex industry

The online safety bill that’s currently before the Senate has alarmed free speech advocates, tech companies and Australia’s sex industry, with many concerned it gives too much power to one bureaucrat over what you can post online.Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to porn performer Charlie Forde and reporter Josh Taylor about how the bill could endanger free speech and the future of the sex industryYou can also read: Continue reading...
Tags: Technology, Bullying, Internet, Australia, Senate, Society, Australia news, Culture, Australian politics, Pornography, Online Abuse, Josh Taylor, Laura Murphy Oates, Charlie Forde


"Some days it’s a journey through hell in my home too. I have things I do to pass the time. Some days I’ll be down and..."

"... moan to myself, Oh, I can’t go on tour. That’s a real positive thing to do, clearly. So I decided that I wasn’t going to do that anymore and get up and do stuff. I decided I wanted to make an EP. Not an album, just an EP with a few songs. I have a huge EP collection of my own. I love it because you can really get into a small amount of tracks, and that’s what the kids love now. They love EPs! And not only that, they love cassettes."Said Ringo Starr, interviewed at Vulture.I've thrown out ev...
Tags: UK, Technology, Law, Friends, Npr, Ringo Starr, Nme, Ann Althouse, These Kids Today, Lou Ottens


Four Decided In Ohio

Dan Trevas covers an important day in Ohio Bar character and fitness admission. The Ohio Supreme Court today considered four requests for permission to practice law in Ohio. In unanimous per curiam opinions, the Supreme Court: Allowed a Strongsville man... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Ohio, Ohio Supreme Court, Strongsville, Legal Profession Prof, Dan Trevas


Limited Coverage For Computer Fraud Claim

    While the Arizona Appellate Court found limited coverage for a computer fraud attack against the insured, it also determined there were multiple occurrences. AIMS Ins. Program Managers, Inc. v. Nat'l Fire Ins. Co ., 2921 Ariz. App. Unpub. LEXIS 123 (Ariz. Ct. App. Feb. 4, 2021).     Thieves secretly accessed from an employee of AIMS Insurance Program Manager, Inc. (AIMS) an email account to fraudulently intercept payments from AIMS to the vendor, AmWINS Brokerage of Arizona. The thieves cre...
Tags: Insurance, Arizona, Computer Fraud, Tred Eyerly, Occurrence, Cyber Risk, Limited Coverage For Computer Fraud Claim, Arizona Appellate Court, Ins Program Managers Inc, Nat l Fire Ins Co, AIMS Insurance Program Manager Inc, National Fire


Insured's Claims Under Communicable Diseases Coverage Survive Motion to Dismiss

    While the court determined the virus or bacteria exclusion precluded coverage under business income, extra expense, or civil authority for the insured's COVID-19-related shutdown, the insurer's motion to dismiss was denied based upon the communicable diseases coverage. Salon XI Color & Design Group v. W. Bend Mut. Ins. Co. ,, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 21298 (E.D. Mich. Feb. 4, 2021).      The Governor's order on COVID-19 forced the insured to close its salon. The insured tendered to West Bend f...
Tags: Insurance, West Bend, Tred Eyerly, Business Interruption, First Party Insurance, COVID-19, COVID, Salon XI Color Design Group, W Bend Mut Ins


Sub-Limit Restricts Insured's Flood Damage Recovery

    The insured's recovery for flood damage was controlled by the policy's sub-limit. David S. Brown Enters. v. Affiliated FM Ins. Co ., 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 239208 (D. Md. Dec. 18, 2020).      Roughly 6.6 inches of rain fell in Ellicott City, Maryland, causing extensive flooding. During the storm, a water main broke on Main Street, in relatively close proximity to the insured's two properties on Main Street. The foundations of the two properties washed away.     The insured, David S. Brown En...
Tags: Insurance, Dsb, Main Street, Ellicott City Maryland, Tred Eyerly, First Party Insurance, Occurrence, Flood Coverage, David S Brown, David S Brown Enterprises DSB


No Coverage for Home Damaged by Falling Boulders

    The policy's earth movement exclusion barred coverage for the home damaged by large boulders rolling down from the hillside above. Sullivan v. Nationwide Affinity Ins. Co. of Am. , 2021 U.S. App. LEZXIS 628 (10th Cir Jan. 11, 2021).      Plaintiffs' home sustained extensive damage when two or three large builders rolled down a steep hillside and struck the home. The insurer, Nationwide, hired an engineering firm that determined the boulders were not influenced by meteorological conditions s...
Tags: Colorado, Insurance, Nationwide, Sullivan, Colorado Supreme Court, Plaintiffs, Tred Eyerly, First Party Insurance, Earth Movement, Nationwide Affinity Ins Co


Breach of Contract Claim Is Not An Occurrence under Kentucky Law

    The court determined that failure to comply with a contract was not an occurrence and not a covered claim. Selective Ins. Co. v. Miami Valley Paper Tube Co. , 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 4741 (E.D. Ky. Jan. 11, 2021).     Crown Services, Inc. was a staffing agency and entered into a labor contract with Miami Valley Paper Tube Company. The contract required Crown to provide employees to Miami Valley and obtain workers' compensation insurance. Miami Valley was required to provide a safe workplace. ...
Tags: Kentucky, Insurance, Zurich, Miami Valley, Kentucky Supreme Court, Comprehensive General Liability, Tred Eyerly, Occurrence, Selective Ins Co, Kentucky Law, Miami Valley Paper Tube Co, Crown Services Inc, Miami Valley Paper Tube Company, Miami Valley Selective Insurance Company


New York Court Finds Insurers Cannot Recover Defense Costs Where No Duty to Indemnify

    In a case of first impression, the Supreme Court of New York, Appellate Division, found the insurer had no right to reimbursement of defense costs paid to defend the insured. Am. W. Home Ins. Co. v. Gjoaj Realty & Mgt. Co ., 2020 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 8286 (N.Y. App. Div. Dec. 30, 2020).     Gjonaj Realty was sued by Viktor Gecaj when he fell from a ladder at the premises managed by Gjonaj Realty. The matter was not tendered to American Western Home Insurance Company until four years after t...
Tags: New York, Supreme Court, Insurance, Hawaii, New York Court, Nautilus, Lexington, Appellate Division, Comprehensive General Liability, Duty to Defend, Tred Eyerly, Duty to Indemnify, Supreme Court of New York Appellate Division, Am W Home Ins Co, Gjoaj Realty Mgt Co, Gjonaj Realty


Coronavirus Update 3-17-2021: CDC allows large employers to establish vaccination sites

Yesterday, the CDC released guidance permitting large employers to establish temporary sites to vaccinate employees. The CDC says that employers should consider opting for an on-site vaccination program if they have a large number of employees with predictable schedules and enough space to set up a pop-up clinic while still allowing for COVID-appropriate social distancing.  Employers should consider pushing employees to off-site vaccination clinics if they have a smaller number of employees, e...
Tags: Jon Hyman


Even Where Fraud and Contract Mix, Be Careful With Timing

I have often discussed the limited circumstances under which a construction contract claim and a fraud claim can coexist.  A recent case from the Western District of Virginia federal court demonstrates that care is necessary even in those limited circumstances. In ., the Court examined the question of a fraud statute of limitations under Virginia law.  The basic facts found in the Complaint are these: In 2011, the United States Army awarded BAE Systems Ordinance Systems Inc. a basic ordering ag...
Tags: Law, Virginia, Court, BAE, Army, Construction, Don, United States Army, Western District of Virginia, Fluor, Construction Law, Virginia Construction Lawyer, Construction Law Musings, Construction Law Musings Richmond VA, Construction Attorney, Construction Arbitration


Construction Delay Damages Can Be Tough to Show

Originally posted 2012-06-11 09:58:43. The Supreme Court of Virginia Building Richmond, Virginia (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Recently, there have been a few cases in construction that have grabbed the headlines (or at least those at this and some other blogs).  The biggest stir seems to be from the Jacobs Engineering case discussed so ably by Matt Bouchard in last Friday’s Guest Post.  However, while the “headlines” were grabbed by the U. S. Supreme Court’s decision not to review that case, th...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Wikipedia, Virginia, Time, Court, Contracts, Amec, U S Supreme Court, VDOT, Virginia Supreme Court, Virginia Department of Transportation, Trial Court, Jacobs Engineering, Construction Law, Business of Construction



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