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Okay, sports fans… time for you to vote again

With the big announcement from NASCAR, you say…

Government leaders: WE’RE OPEN AGAIN! Health officials: oh, God.

The New York Times reports that coronavirus cases are skyrocketing, but that’s not stopped government leaders from near and far from reopening. And health officials are fearful of what might come next.

While infection rates in the hardest-hit cities in United States and Europe may have slowed, the virus remains deeply woven into the fabric of the world. Indeed, the global peak of infection may still be months away.

In the absence of a vaccine or even effective treatments, the only proven strategy against the coronavirus to date has been limiting human contact. Cities around the world have done just that, reaping the benefits as new infections dwindled and then gingerly lifting movement restrictions.

But it is not that simple. In the longer term, as outbreaks wax and wane, public health officials say, there might need to be a period of repeated closings and openings. And that could prove a much harder sell.

University of Pittsburgh to operate under “compressed” schedule this fall

The university’s plan resembles many other universities; and as we know, all of this is predicated on health conditions allowing for students on campus.

TribLive outlines Pitt’s plans.

The University of Pittsburgh will reopen this fall under an adjusted calendar and classroom capacity restrictions. Students will not return to campus after Thanksgiving break, making their last day on campus Nov. 20. …

Administrators introduced a new program, Flex@Pitt, a teaching model that will allow students to be educated in-person, remotely, and in real-time. Cudd said that classrooms will be upgraded with technology to “optimize course delivery.”

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette fires back: Journalists screwed up, not us

The executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is Keith Burris. He’s posted a scathing response to the recent allegations that management at the newspaper refused to allow some of their reporters, one of whom is Black, from covering the recent protests in the city.

What our editors did do was remind colleagues of a longstanding canon of journalism ethics: When you announce an opinion about a person or story you are reporting on you compromise your reporting. And your editor may take you off the story. This is a long-held tradition at this newspaper and at every good newspaper.

You can disagree with that ethic, or dismiss it as passe. But you cannot, fairly, call it racism.