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MarketWatch, June 19, 2020
One day after Juneteenth, Trump to visit Tulsa, where a massacre destroyed ‘Black Wall Street’ nearly 100 years ago
The destruction of Tulsa’s black business community left other black businesspeople fearful of becoming too prosperous, said Mehrsa Baradaran, a professor at the University of California, Irvine’s law school. As Baradaran describes in her book, “The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap,” black businessmen in Durham, North Carolina, took steps to make sure their achievements never outshined their white neighbors’ — like keeping their buildings lower in height than those of their white counterparts. “They just made sure that they were never going to be a threat to the other businesses,” Baradaran said. “Imagine if your business, if it got too successful it would be destroyed.”

The New York Times, June 18, 2020 (Opinion)
Opinion: How Moderates Failed Black America
This profound alienation is not unusual, especially within the upper echelons of American society. … read “Afropessimism,” by Frank B. Wilderson III, of UC Irvine, who argues that anti-black violence is intrinsic to world history: “Blacks are not going to be genocided like Native Americans. We are being genocided, but genocided and regenerated because the spectacle of Black death is essential to the mental health of the world.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

Los Angeles Times, June 18, 2020
Californians must wear face masks in public under coronavirus order issued by Newsom
Dr. Shruti Gohil, associate medical director of epidemiology and infection prevention at UC Irvine, said face coverings, in addition to frequent hand washing, are helpful in reducing the spread of infection as communities reopen and physical distancing becomes less possible. … “I do think it’s hard for the public to digest what the right steps are and I think in a time of pandemic it is nice to have authorities steer the ship as stably as possible. I do think that perhaps the governor’s move allows for that at some level.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

ABC7, June 19, 2020 (Video)
DACA decision: OC ‘Dreamers’ relieved by Supreme Court ruling, but want broader protections
Two Orange County recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals program, better known as DACA, say they are able to somewhat breathe a sigh of relief after U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling Thursday against the cancellation of the program. … Oscar Hernandez was settling into his general surgery residency at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio when he heard the news. … Hernandez is the first undocumented immigrant to graduate from the University of California Irvine School of Medicine.

Parade, June 19, 2020
Want to Live to 100? These Centenarians Are Sharing Their Secrets to Long Life
Social engagement while drinking may be why long-lifers tend to have one to two drinks per day, says University of California, Irvine’s Claudia Kawas, M.D., whose 90+ Study found this sweet spot. … We asked our four longevity experts how studying the oldest of the old had changed their lives. Here are eight changes they’ve made—that you can make too. … Claudia Kawas, M.D., of UC Irvine. Cut back a little on coffee. “I’m a big coffee drinker, and our study showed that 200 to 400 mg of caffeine [two to four cups] a day is the sweet spot.” Tries to take the stairs and park in far spots. “We don’t need more research to prove exercise is good for us, we need research to tell us how to get people like me to do it.”

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