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October 1, 2020
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Miami Herald

Swipe left to 'save lives': New app wants you to report people not wearing masks

Instead of swiping right for your next date, you can now swipe left to let local researchers and public health professionals know when someone near you is not wearing a face mask. MaskCount is a new, web-based app that allows users to "easily and anonymously" document the number of people wearing or not wearing face coverings. Its purpose? To help understand local outbreaks and inform policy decisions based on real-time data. But don't worry, there's no way to identify people by name or with a photo, the developers say. While research has proven face masks aid in preventing the spread of viruses, little is known about how people actually use them in real life. Researchers at the Regenstrief Institute, an international medical research nonprofit associated with Indiana University, said they want people to "swipe and save lives" and "fight COVID-19 with data."


Members of IU debate team weigh in on first presidential debate

If Tuesday's presidential debate left your head spinning, you're in good company. Members of Indiana University's debate team watched virtually with their debate coach. Cam Dehmlow-Dunne called the sparring "sort of (a) Twitter fight ... neither candidate was able to complete an argument ... I wanted more substantive digging into what the points were." Mehul Gupta agreed. "There were a lot of personal jabs at one another but not much substance," Gupta said. IU Director of Debate Brian DeLong said Tuesday night was "nowhere near a debate, especially if you compare it to what college students do every weekend throughout the year." DeLong also coaches middle school and high school students at debate camps. "Our students are able to take turns and follow time limits, where they speak, listen and respond to one another," DeLong said. "This was more of a horrible fight that happens at Thanksgiving dinner when all the family arrives. It's not the norm we teach the college, high school or middle school debaters."

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Fmr. state senator, gaming exec face federal charges for campaign finance violations

Federal charges have been filed against a former Indiana state senator and a gaming executive accused of funneling campaign cash through straw donors leading up to the 2016 primary election. Brent Waltz, a Republican who served in the state Senate from 2005-17, was arrested by the FBI on Monday. ... Also charged is 71-year-old John Keeler, vice president and general counsel for Spectacle Entertainment. Paul Helmke, a former three-term mayor of Fort Wayne and a current professor at Indiana University School of Law explains how straw donations work: "One of the reasons that they do this is, No. 1, they don't want corporate money coming into campaigns illegally and oftentimes straw donors are used as a way to illegally funnel corporate money into campaigns." Helmke added, "Every cycle you still see campaigns that violate the law where they will basically try to get more individuals. They want it to look like there are more individuals supporting the candidates campaign so oftentimes companies will say why don't you all donate and then there will be a healthy bonus for you."

The Times of India

If Biden beats Trump, New Delhi can look forward to rejuvenated and more cordial ties

Written by Sumit Ganguly, the Tagore Chair in Indian Cultures and Civilizations at Indiana University, Bloomington. Some within India's chattering classes seem convinced that a Biden presidency bodes ill for India. Their misgivings, it appears, stem from some adverse comments that both former vice-president Joseph Biden and his running mate, Senator Kamala Harris, have made about the state of human rights in Jammu & Kashmir. They also stem from his criticism of NRC and CAA. Obviously, these criticisms may well pique segments of India's attentive public. That said, it would be a critical error to assume that a handful of statements made on the campaign trail are somehow indicative of the overall orientation of Biden's likely foreign policy towards India. Instead, it is worth examining his prior record as well as his general foreign policy stance to glean some meaningful clues about his possible India policy. More to the point, it is vital to contrast his foreign policy outlook with incumbent President Donald Trump's record.

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