The New York Times, March 30, 2021
Democrats Splinter Over Strategy for Pushing Through Voting Rights Bill
“Democrats have a narrow opportunity. There is a window here that could close anytime,” said Richard L. Hasen, [Chancellor’s Professor], an election law expert at the University of California, Irvine. “I worry the kind of fights necessary to keep even the Democratic coalition together could blow up the whole thing and lose the chance to get anything done.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]
KNBC (City News Service), March 29, 2021
Orange County on the Verge of Move to Orange Tier, Less Restrictions
Dr. Jose Mayorga, executive director of the UC Irvine Health Family Health Centers, said his organization has been helping to push vaccines out to hard-to-reach residents. “The roll out has been challenging for those who have computer or internet illiteracy,” Mayorga said. “We are educating people on how to navigate the website to register them.” It helps that clinics such as the one he oversees are now receiving vaccines directly from the federal government. “That is a huge win because now we can expand,” Mayorga said. “Starting next Monday… I’ll be able to start vaccinating Mondays through Fridays.”
BuzzFeed News, March 31, 2021
The CDC Is Pushing Back Against Critics Who Say COVID-19 Death Numbers Have Been Overcounted
Numbers of U.S. uncategorized deaths last year weren’t so high as to make the CDC’s death certificate estimate of COVID-19 mortality a gross undercount, said … Andrew Noymer, [associate professor of public health], of the University of California, Irvine. There just aren’t that many “excess” deaths for the year in medical records to leave much room for COVID-19 mortality numbers to be much higher, at least in the US. “This is a ‘floor’, but the ceiling isn’t a lot higher,” said Noymer.
Forbes, March 31, 2021 (Contributor)
From Royal Fairytale To Banishment: Policing The Racial Boundaries Of The Royal Family
Douglas Haynes, UCI vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion writes, ”In yet another paradox, the very person who challenged the palace and royal family to confront itself remains banished. The individuals who created a toxic environment for Meghan remain in their roles, or have been promoted. More than likely they will engage in performative diversity; that is professing support for diversity without ever paying the price for their own racial injustice. In a perverse way, Meghan rescued the British monarchy from itself. It remains as white as ever while publicly committing itself to diversity.”
Hollywood Life, March 31, 2021
Kiran + Nivi Bring ‘New’ Sound To Pop ByBlending Indian & Western Music In ‘Y’allGot It Wrong’
Kiran and Nivi Saishankar have earned more than one million followers on TikTok for far more reasons beyond the fact that they’re twins who can sing. Like, really sing. The 21-year-old Indian-American fraternal twin sisters from Southern California … are bringing something “new” to the music industry. … With a new song out (and another one in the making) and growing popularity among fans and celebrities, Kiran and Nivi are on an exciting trajectory. They plan to turn professional in music after graduating from the UC Irvine this spring of 2021; Nivi is double majoring in music and business and economics, while Kiran is double majoring in music and psychology.
Previously “In the News”