The Wider World

Closed schools for many pupils

BACK TO SCHOOL? Much or most instruction this fall may be online (Shutterstock photo).

The battle against the coronavirus pandemic is heading to the classroom, and in many places leading students from out of the classroom.

On Friday, several states – including California and Texas – indicated that “online” or virtual instruction would be the focus of public school instruction in the fall, at least until the current increases in cases and deaths abates.

According to the Associated Press, the Chicago school system will likely have a hybrid system, under which pupils will have classroom teaching two days a week and online-only instruction the other three days.

Public school systems are following in some ways what’s already being done at the college and university level. Most community colleges in California are going to an online model for classes in the fall, as well as most campuses of the California State Universities, the largest higher education system in the United States.

The seven-day average of new cases compiled by the AP is up 43 percent from two weeks ago, and the death count is up 34 percent.

John Hopkins University placed the worldwide total of cases to date at 14,067,292 and deaths at 60,297. The United States leads in both categories.

Also in the news: Ginsburg fighting cancer again

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is being treated for a flare-up of liver cancer, but is capable of fulfilling her role on the high court, she said Friday. • The federal government must accept new applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a federal judge ruled on Friday. “Dreamers,” as they as known, came to America as children, brought into the country illegally by their parents. • High temperatures are scorching areas of nation, sending thermometers into the 100-plus mark in much of the Northeast. • John Lewis, a pioneer of the civil rights movement and a long-serving Congressman, has died at the age of 80.

It was a mixed-up Friday in the markets

Wall Street finished the week with a mixed performance, with the major stock indexes and minerals going every which way. The Dow Jones Average on Friday dropped 62.76 points to 26,671.95, a decline of 0.23 percent. On the other hand, the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq each saw improvements of 0.28 percent. The former rose by 9.16 points to 3,224.73 and the latter by 29.36 to 10,503.19. Gold was up 0.65 percent and oil declined by 0.44 percent.

A toasty Saturday on the way to OC

A warm weekend day will emerge Saturday after some of our usually cloudy mornings. According to the National Weather Service, highs in the West Orange County area will hit 87, accompanied by winds that could gust to 25 miles an hour. Sunday will be a bit cooler, with highs around 82. Breezy but only to 20 miles an hour. Monday will continue to see a cooling trend with partly cloudy conditions in the morning, turning to sunny in the afternoon with a high near 80. Overnight highs all week long will be in the 62 to 64-degree range.

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