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West Coast fires heat up climate debate

Science | Experts disagree over who or what is responsible for a devastating wildfire season
by Julie Borg
Posted 9/24/20, 01:55 pm

Eighty-year-old Roland Pagan watched through binoculars while wildfires devoured his home in Juniper Hills, Calif. “The ferocity of this fire was shocking,” he told the Los Angeles Times. “It burned my house alive in just 20 minutes.”

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Another shot for college students

Health | Universities write student vaccinations into this year’s COVID-19 plans
by Esther Eaton
Posted 9/23/20, 11:32 pm

When students at Dordt University, a Christian liberal arts school in Iowa, read the school’s COVID-19 behavior agreement this year, they found standard precautions: mask-wearing, hand-washing, social distancing. But the four-page document, which students must sign before returning to campus, included an unusual paragraph. By signing below, it said, students agreed Dordt could require them to get an influenza vaccine—and a COVID-19 vaccine when one became available.

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Back to school blues in the Big Apple

Education | New York City pushes back the start of in-person classes again
by Laura Edghill
Posted 9/23/20, 06:36 pm

Families with children in New York City’s public schools are hopeful the third time’s the charm. Officials delayed a return to in-person instruction for the nation’s largest public school system twice this month because they could not come up with enough teachers and supplies to meet the safety standards outlined in a tenuous agreement with the district’s unions. Students attend virtually with some preschool and special education classes onsite for the first time this week.

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