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February 11, 2021
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'AAAMC Speaks' documentary series showcases legacies of influential figures in Black music

This story has been covered by: The Bloomington Herald-Times.

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You asked: What is IU's plan to combat COVID variants?

Several COVID-19 variants are becoming more prominent by the day in the United States. But as Indiana University begins its first week of in-person classes, officials remain cautiously optimistic. Graham McKeen, assistant university director of public and environmental health, said IU is in a good spot from a public health standpoint with a zero-point-3 percent positivity rate last week in mitigation testing and a zero-point-two percent positivity rate in on-arrival testing for students living on-campus. "So that really is a good spot to be in at the start of the semester," McKeen said. "And we anticipate, you know, with people getting back together, not necessarily in classrooms but just traveling and getting together, we're going to see a smaller, a spike of sorts." IU has geared up to test up to 50,000 people a week this semester with mitigation testing. On-campus students will be tested twice a week and off-campus students will be tested once a week. Staff and faculty will be chosen more often for mitigation testing than they were last semester.

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The Conversation

Ghana's media need to up their game in covering the presidential election court case

Written by Esi Thompson, assistant professor, Indiana University. Ghana, touted for its democracy and peaceful transfer of power since 1992, faced its first presidential election dispute in 2012. This was the sixth election of the country's fourth republic. Six months prior to the elections, the sitting president, John Evans Atta Mills, passed away and the vice-president, John Mahama, was sworn in as president. When the Electoral Commission declared the incumbent the winner of the presidential poll, the outcome was disputed by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, presidential candidate of the leading opposition party, the New Patriotic Party. He petitioned the Supreme Court to annul some 3,000,000 votes. The Election Petition Case, as it was called, was heard publicly. In August 2013, the Supreme Court ruled that the president had been validly elected and dismissed the petition.

Fox 59

Should Indiana eliminate gun carry permits?

"There are 16 states that have already adopted constitutional carry," said Guy A. Relford, the CEO and co-founder of the 2A Project and an Indiana second amendment lawyer. "There is no data from any of those states that says that their violent crime rate went up, that says that their officer shootings went up in terms of officers being shot, that their handgun crimes generally went up." However, Jody L. Madeira, Ph.D. professor of law at the Indiana University Mauer School of Law, said she has seen research that raises red flags in those states. "Just as a social science researcher well versed in peer reviewed studies that suggest that homicide with firearm and suicide with firearm increase dramatically in states that either get rid of permits to purchase or permits to carry," said Madeira.

The Lens

New proposal would increase death tax rate

The current death tax rate ranges from 14-20 percent for taxable estates of $1 million or more. Under HB 1456, the top rate would increase to 40 percent and create new rate brackets that include estates worth $1 billion. Professor David Gamage is a scholar of tax law and policy at Indiana University's Maurer School of Law and served as special counsel to the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Tax Policy. He told the committee that Washington's death tax compensates for the lack of a state income tax. "This bill would further move Washington state in a positive direction away from being the most unfair, inequitable, upside-down of all tax systems."

Fox 59

IU relationship researchers call this Valentine's Day crucial to celebrate during pandemic

Relationship experts believe this Valentine's Day is crucial for people to get out and tell someone they care about them. Studies over the past year are showing it too. "We found that in relationships, overall, the majority of people are weathering the storm," explained Justin Garcia, executive director at Indiana University's Kinsley Institute where they study relationships. "The majority are turning toward their partner as a source of support." While their research shows the pandemic may be bringing couples closer together, their studies also have shown a decrease in intimacy over the past year.Garcia sees Valentine's day as a time to connect with other people, despite COVID times being marked by loneliness and solitude. Even if you are single, the institute urges you to reach out to family or friends. "Humans want to be a part of something," detailed Garcia. "This year in the pandemic year, it's a time for singles to do something fun with their friends. Host a Zoom cocktail hour."

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