"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...
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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)]
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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...
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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.
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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...
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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...
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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]
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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

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

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...
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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

Why not Embrace Green Building?

Originally posted 2011-04-22 09:00:47. For this week’s Guest Post Friday here at Construction Law Musings, we welcome Michael Matson (@thegreenbuilder ).  Michael  is the owner of Alternative Building Services, a general contracting firm in Northern California that specilizes in green building design, renovation, and new construction. He has been involved in the construction industry for fifteen years. Thanks to Michael for letting me guest post at his blog. One of the things I’ve been repe...
Tags: Law, California, Time, Guest Post, Green Building, Michael, Northern California, US Green Building Council, Guest Post Friday, Construction and Maintenance, Construction Law Musings Richmond VA, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Professional certification, Michael Matson, Alternative Building Services

If You Think Only Lawyers Preach a Good Contract

Originally posted 2013-07-30 09:00:41. Contracts (Photo credit: NobMouse) Here at Construction Law Musings, we always preach that a good contract is the best way to start a project off right.  No only do the Virginia courts enforce these contracts to a “T,” a well drafted contract can and does set the expectations for both sides so that those wonderful grey areas that we construction attorneys love to play in do not exist. A good construction contract sets expectations, educates those that...
Tags: Business, Law, Virginia, Contract, Construction, Lawyer, Contracts, Michael Stone, Richmond VA, Stone, Construction Law, Business of Construction, Construction Law Musings, Courts of Virginia, Constructionlaw, Va Construction Attorney

Does Stricter Decertification Mean More “Leedigation?”

Originally posted 2015-07-13 09:00:13. Recently, my friend and fellow construction attorney/consultant, Chris Cheatham (@chrischeatham) posted the news that USGBC will be more stringent on the de-certification front. This statement relates to the continued energy performance of LEED certified buildings and increases the likelihood that energy performance (as opposed to mere reporting) could lead to de-certification. I have discussed on several occasions the potential legal risks relating to gre...
Tags: Energy, Law, New Orleans, Green Building, Cheatham, USGBC, US Green Building Council, Tim Hughes, Construction Law Musings Richmond VA, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Scott Wolfe, GBCI, Chris Cheatham, Mandatory Energy Benchmarking

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