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The Wall Street Journal, July 17, 2020
Coronavirus pandemic creates bar exam chaos
As some states prepare to hold in-person exams this month, and others plan for delayed or online tests, a groundswell of support is building to abolish this year’s test altogether. “Any other option is truly unworkable,” said L. Song Richardson, the dean at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. She said she has heard from recent graduates about “the pain, the suffering, the anxiety, the housing insecurity…and the inability to make a living,” caused by the pandemic and testing uncertainty. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: WSJ.com/UCILibraries]

Los Angeles Times, July 17, 2020
Coronavirus now spreading faster in suburbs like Orange County than in L.A. County
“What it does do is send you a psychological message to the community: ‘Hey, maybe things are getting better. Maybe I don’t have to worry anymore, or … I don’t have to be as judicious with my activity and social distancing and masking and hygiene,’” said Dr. Shruti Gohil, associate medical director of epidemiology and infection prevention at UC Irvine and a professor of infectious diseases. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Hill, July 15, 2020 (Opinion)
Opinion: Amid rush for COVID-19 vaccine, preventable childhood disease risks grow
“As scientists and medical professionals work relentlessly to identify effective treatments for those suffering from COVID-19 and rush to create a vaccine to suppress the pandemic, another alarming public health storm is gathering. One of the most worrisome health consequences of COVID-19 is a dramatic drop in the rate of childhood vaccinations. Without successful immunization programs, we face the resurgence of devastating diseases once thought to be left in the past.” [says] Steven A.N. Goldstein, M.D., Ph.D., UCI vice-chancellor, Health Affairs.

MarketWatch, July 17, 2020
Companies and executives that allegedly bilked student-loan borrowers out of $15.6 million will pay $103,000 in penaltiesThough the CFPB settlements mean that these companies and people can no longer participate in the debt-relief business, Dalié Jiménez, a professor at the University of California, Irvine’s School of Law, said this approach to enforcement does little to discourage other bad actors. “It’s just sending a message of ‘you can do this, it’s going to cost you a couple thousand bucks,’” said Jiménez, who was on the founding staff of the CFPB. “It just seems like opening the can of worms for the people who are doing these kinds of scams to get bolder.”

Conde Nast Traveler, July 10, 2020
Is it safe to book a vacation rental or Airbnb this summer?
“I’m more worried about getting to paradise than I am about the Airbnb itself, in terms of the flight and the airport, or even the drive and the rest area, just because it potentially introduces you to so many other people,” says Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist and associate professor of public health at University of California, Irvine.

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