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virus testing strategies, opinions vary widely in us schools

Children are having their noses swabbed or saliva sampled at school to test for the coronavirus in cities such as Baltimore, New York and Chicago. In other parts of the U.S., school districts are reluctant to check even students showing signs of illness for COVID-19. Education and health officials around the country have taken different approaches to testing students and staff members — and widely varying positions or whether to test them at all as more children give up virtual classrooms for in-person learning. Some states have rejected their share of the billions of dollars the Biden administration made available for conducting virus tests in schools. Officials in districts that have embraced testing describe it as an important tool for making sure schools reopen safely and infections remain under control. They note…

zack snyder makes a bitingly good zombie-heist flick

It won’t take you long to warm to Zack Snyder’s “Army of the Dead.” All it took for me was the sight of a zombie Elvis impersonator. Equal parts hysterical and deadly, the bloody-mouthed, jumpsuit-wearing King in the opening credits is the perfect touch to a joyously violent film that takes a vanilla heist flick and sets it inside a Las Vegas that has suffered a zombie apocalypse. The song playing over those credits is, of course, “Viva Las Vegas.” Snyder is in many ways returning to his undead roots — before “Justice League” and “300” he remade “Dawn of the Dead” — but this time he’s added to zombie lore while adding some social commentary along with his trademark gleefully over-the-top violence. The plot stitches old and new ideas yet somehow feels…


The Off-Season J. Cole According to the legendary rapper and basketball enthusiast J. Cole, the title of his new studio album – his sixth – “symbolizes the work that it takes to get to the highest height.” It’s certainly a faithful reflection of J. Cole’s staying power in the hip-hop game. FIVE FACTS: 1. J. Cole was born as Jermaine Lamarr Cole. 2. Cole recently agreed to sign as a player for Rwanda-based basketball team, Patriots BBC. 3. Cole justified the album’s moniker by pointing out to SLAM magazine that “the offseason is where the magic really happens” and “where the pain happens, the pushing yourself to uncomfortable limits”. 4. The new album’s cover adheres to a basketball theme, like the covers of his mixtapes The Warm Up (2009) and Friday Night Lights (2010) and his…

stellantis, foxconn team up to make cars more connected

Carmaker Stellantis and Taiwan’s Foxconn announced plans to develop a jointly operated automotive supplier focusing on technology to make vehicles more connected, including artificial intelligence-based applications and 5-G communications. Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares said the services that will be developed through the tie-up “will mark the next great evolution of our industry,” alongside fully electrified and hybrid powertrains. The deal brings together Stellantis, the world’s 4th-largest automaker formed this year by the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Peugeot, and Foxconn, a major supplier of iPhones. The companies said the venture would focus on such services as infotainment, the integration of telecommunications and computer systems, artificial intelligence-based applications, 5G communications, e-commerce channels and smart cockpit integration. The companies announced a non-binding memorandum of understanding to form a 50-50 joint venture called Mobile Drive,…

eu takes big step toward relaxing travel for vaccinated

The European Union took a step toward relaxing travel rules for tourists from outside the 27-nation bloc this week when EU ambassadors agreed on measures to allow in fully vaccinated visitors. The ambassadors also agreed to ease the criteria needed for nations to be considered COVID-19 safe and from which all tourists can travel, depending on their coronavirus and vaccination status. Under the existing criteria, the list includes only seven nations. The EU imposed restrictions on nonessential travel last year to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The bloc’s ambassadors say many of those restrictions should be eased, including to permit vacation travel by non-EU residents. The European Council made up of EU nations, “will now recommend that member states ease some of the current restrictions” for those who have been vaccinated, European…

russia won’t block twitter, but partial slowdown to continue

Russian authorities backed away from threats to block Twitter, saying that the social media platform deleted most of the banned content identified by Moscow and expressed “readiness and interest in building a constructive dialogue.” Russia’s state communications watchdog Roskomnadzor said it decided not to block Twitter in light of these developments, an announcement that seemingly ends the most recent standoff between the Russian government and the platform that has played a role in amplifying dissent in Russia. Two months ago, Roskomnadzor accused Twitter of failing to remove content encouraging suicide among children, as well as information about drugs and child pornography. The agency announced on March 10 it was slowing down the speed of uploading photos and videos to the platform, both on desktops and mobile devices, and less then a week…