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Fairfax County Public Schools reports more students failing

Experts have warned since the beginning of the pandemic, and the unexpected national experiment in online learning, that remote schooling would take a serious academic toll on children.

Educators have struggled with the question of how to grade students in a virtual environment since the spring. Many districts opted for a pass/fail system to close out the final quarter of the 2019-2020 school year because students and teachers had been thrust into an online-only world with almost no time to adjust or prepare.

But the tactic led to significant dips in engagement and attendance, as families forced to navigate the vagaries of the pandemic prioritized other concerns. So, after school districts built remote learning curriculums from scratch over the summer, many advised teachers they should grade as close as possible to what they normally would come fall. School officials hoped to send a message: Students must take virtual school seriously.

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Texas National Guard to Help El Paso Morgues, as Hard-Hit County Reports 22 New COVID Deaths

Since a surge in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations began devastating much of the U.S. in September, El Paso remains one of the hardest-hit counties in Texas. The state’s Army National Guard is now sending a 36-person team on Saturday to assist in moving bodies and mortuary services at El Paso morgues.



a close up of a truck: Low-level inmates from El Paso County detention facility work loading bodies wrapped in plastic into a refrigerated temporary morgue trailer in a parking lot of the El Paso County Medical Examiner's office on November 16, 2020 in El Paso, Texas. The inmates, who are also known as trustees, are volunteering for the work and earn $2 per hour amid a surge of COVID-19 cases in El Paso. Texas surpassed 20,000 confirmed coronavirus deaths today, the second-highest in the U.S., with active cases in El Paso now well over 30,000.


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Low-level inmates from El Paso County detention facility work loading bodies wrapped in plastic into a refrigerated temporary morgue trailer in a parking lot of the El Paso County Medical Examiner’s office on November 16, 2020 in El Paso, Texas. The inmates, who are also known as trustees, are volunteering for the work and earn $2 per hour amid a surge of COVID-19 cases in El Paso. Texas surpassed 20,000 confirmed coronavirus deaths today, the second-highest in the U.S., with active cases in El Paso now well over 30,000.

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Trump called Monica Palmer, Wayne County official who asked to ‘rescind’ vote certifying election results

Trump lost Michigan by a wide margin: At present, he trails President-Elect Joe Biden in the state by 157,000 votes. Earlier this week, the state’s Republican Senate majority leader said an effort to have legislators throw out election results was “not going to happen.”

But the president now appears to be using the full weight of his office to challenge the election results, as he and his allies reach out personally to state and local officials in an intensifying effort to halt the certification of the vote in key battleground states.

In an incendiary news conference in Washington, Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former New York mayor who is now serving as Trump’s lead attorney, made baseless claims that Biden had orchestrated a national conspiracy to rig the vote.

Trump’s team appear to be increasingly focused on Michigan as a place where Republican officials — on the state’s Board of Canvassers

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Black leaders, civil rights advocates outraged over initial Wayne County Canvassers vote

Black and civil rights leaders were outraged by an initial 2-2 vote Tuesday by the Wayne County Board of Canvassers that had denied certification of election results. The vote was later reversed. 

Head of Detroit NAACP slams GOP members of Wayne County Board of Canvassers

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The 4-member board, two Republican and two Democrats, were split along party and racial lines when they first voted on whether to certify the election results in Wayne County, where more than 878,000 people cast ballots in the Nov. 3 election.



a man and a woman sitting at a table: Monica Palmer, a Republican member on the Wayne County Board of Canvassers and founder of the Taxpayers for Grosse Pointe Schools PAC, speaks at the law office of her lawyer, Michael Schwartz, right, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020.


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Monica Palmer, a Republican member on the Wayne County Board of Canvassers and founder of the Taxpayers for Grosse Pointe Schools PAC, speaks at the law office of her lawyer, Michael Schwartz, right, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020.

Later during the meeting — after a couple of hours of angry complaints from Democrats and civil

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Stearns County passes 10,000 total confirmed COVID-19 cases

Stearns County’s total reported COVID-19 cases have passed the five-digit mark, reaching 10,318 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic, according to Tuesday’s report from the Minnesota Department of Health.

The county ranks No. 6 in the state for the most cases since the start of the pandemic, behind Washington, Dakota, Anoka, Ramsey and Hennepin counties.

Stearns County reported 307 new confirmed cases Tuesday, Sherburne County reported 137 and Benton County reported 84, according to the report. None of the three counties reported new deaths to the disease Tuesday.

Stearns County has reported 74 deaths to the disease since the start of the pandemic, according to MDH. Sherburne County has reported 4,081 cases and 31 deaths, and Benton County has reported 2,139 cases and 32 deaths. 

Statewide, 5,770 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported Tuesday and 26 more people have died, according to MDH.

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Montgomery County officer shot during attempted arrest of homicide suspect

Montgomery County Police Chief Marcus Jones said his officers located the man, conducted surveillance and attempted to arrest him in the Laurel area of Prince George’s County.

“When officers went to effect the arrest, the individual began to shoot at my detectives,” Jones said. “Our officers returned fire, at which point in time a [foot] chase ensued with a gun battle.”

The man was shot and killed, the chief said. A Montgomery officer was shot in the “upper body” and was taken to a hospital, Jones said outside the scene near Muirkirk Road.

“I will tell you, I’m on edge because I want to make sure that he is okay,” Jones said. “Once I leave here, I will be heading to a hospital to check on his condition.”

The arresting officers were part of a U.S. Marshals Service task force and had legal authority to cross into Prince George’s County

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L.A. County sheriff’s deputies fatally shoot a man they say was waving a gun near Inglewood

Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies shot and killed a man who they said was brandishing a handgun in the unincorporated area east of Inglewood early Sunday.



map: L.A. County sheriff's deputies early Sunday killed a man who was pointing a revolver at a passing vehicle and then pointed the weapon at the deputies when they ordered him to drop it, the Sheriff's Department said. (Los Angeles Times)


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L.A. County sheriff’s deputies early Sunday killed a man who was pointing a revolver at a passing vehicle and then pointed the weapon at the deputies when they ordered him to drop it, the Sheriff’s Department said. (Los Angeles Times)

Responding to a call at about 1:50 a.m., the deputies encountered a man at Van Ness Avenue and Van Wick Street who they reported was pointing a revolver at a passing vehicle, a Sheriff’s Department statement said.

According to the statement, two deputies left their vehicle and ordered the man to drop the weapon. He then turned and pointed it in the deputies’ direction.

The statement said, “a deputy-involved shooting occurred,” but did not say whether both officers fired their

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County sees major spike, free testing continues

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The city reported 1,919 new coronavirus cases and five deaths Sunday.

Health officials said 38,858 individuals have recovered. There are 26,290 active cases, a rise of 1,728 patients since Saturday.

There have been 63,161 positive cases. Data show 1,056 people are hospitalized, including 303 in intensive care and 168 on ventilators; 49% of hospitalizations in El Paso County are COVID-19 related. 

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A Texas district court judge ruled on Friday that County Judge Ricardo Samaniego’s week-old COVID-19-tied El Paso shutdown order of nonessential businesses can remain in place.

A group of 10 El Paso restaurant operators filed a lawsuit to temporarily stop Samaniego’s order and ultimately have it declared illegal. The Texas Attorney General’s Office joined the lawsuit and also filed its own injunction request.

Samaniego has said his order was necessary to combat the unprecedented surge

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Pregnant woman missing in Jefferson County for 6 days found safe

UPDATE: Lashaundra Denise Crumb has been found safe.

EARLIER: Authorities are searching for a missing Birmingham woman who is eight months pregnant.

Lashaundra Denise Crumb was last seen Oct. 30 when she left a home on Belgium Avenue. Family and friends have been searching since then and are concerned for her well-being.

Crumb left home about 7:30 p.m. Friday in a silver , 2010 four-door Toyota Camry with tag number OR6A6. She was wearing black clothing.

Her grandmother, Nellie Crumb, said her grandaughter and her grandaughter’s boyfriend had been at a relative’s house. She dropped her boyfriend off at another relative’s house and she said she was going. Her boyfriend said when he returned home, she wasn’t there.

Lashuandra Crumb works in the officer at Rooms To Go in Hoover and, at this point in her pregnancy, should be going to weekly doctor visits. She does not have a cell

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Chip Simmons elected Escambia County sheriff, defeats David Alexander

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One of the biggest local races on the 2020 ballot — the competition between two former Pensacola police chiefs vying to become the next Escambia County sheriff — was won Tuesday by the Republican candidate.

Chip Simmons was elected sheriff and will succeed three-term Sheriff David Morgan when he retires at the end of the year.

“I’m humbled that citizens of Escambia County have chosen me. It is a terrific honor,” Simmons told the News Journal. “It is a culmination of my law enforcement career.”

Simmons, who has worked in law enforcement for 35 years, is currently chief deputy under Morgan and administers the agency’s operational side.

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Simmons defeated Democrat David Alexander, securing 63.48% of the vote.

Both former PPD police chiefs, Simmons garnered 105,838 votes to Alexander’s 60,881 votes.

“We built a

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