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The New York Times, Feb. 25, 2020
C.D.C. Officials Warn of Coronavirus Outbreaks in the U.S.
Many hospitals say they are also planning to treat as many patients outside their facilities, using telemedicine to care for people with mild symptoms at home. “We have surge plans to go broader and broader — and if it gets broader, tents,” said Dr. Susan Huang, medical director of infection prevention at the University of California, Irvine Health System. “The hope for containment is rapidly fading.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

The Wall Street Journal, Feb. 26, 2020
AI Comes to the Tax Code
“How do you think we found these people?” said IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig at a conference on artificial intelligence and taxes this week at the University of California, Irvine law school. “It wasn’t on filed returns. These are non-filers. There is a heat map that says where there are concentrations of these people. We have sufficient data on these people.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: WSJ.com/UCILibraries]

Yahoo Lifestyle, Feb. 25, 2020
Amie Harwick’s death prompts ‘Justice 4 Amie’ petition demanding domestic violence reform
Jane K. Stoever, a clinical professor of law at the University of California, Irvine, tells Yahoo Lifestyle …. “Judges may assume that danger ceases once the restraining order takes effect, but evidence of the recurrent nature of intimate partner violence demonstrates the importance of providing judicial protection over time.”

CNBC, Feb. 26, 2020
Debt among oldest Americans skyrockets 543% in two decades
Seniors have been “disproportionately harmed” by a deterioration in the country’s “modest social safety net,” forcing older Americans to take on debt to make ends meet, according to a 2018 academic study on bankruptcy among seniors. … Consequently, there’s been “exponential” growth in the number of older Americans filing for bankruptcy, according to the 2018 academic study, a collaboration by professors from the University of Idaho, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, University of Illinois College of Law and University of California-Irvine School of Law. One in 7 bankruptcy filers is over age 65 — a fivefold increase over the past 2½ decades, the researchers found.

Mashable, Feb. 25, 2020
Here’s everything that you need to know about CBD edibles
Daniele Piomelli, director of the Institute for the Study of Cannabis at the University of California, Irvine, is skeptical of low-dose CBD products. “You will need approximately 20 of them to do anything that is of use,” Piomelli vehemently explained when asked about low-dose CBD capsules. “And why would you do that? Besides, what else is in those pills?” … Consumers should be especially cautious with CBD-infused beer. Piomelli likens mixing alcohol and CBD to “sledding on a very, very dangerous path” because mixing any substances together risks effects that are “nastier than alcohol itself.”

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