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Cicadas Influenced by Fungus Show Zombie-Like Behavior

August 14, 2020

A fungus in West Virginia is affecting cicadas, eating away at their bodies, affecting their minds, and causing the demise of other cicadas, CNN reported. The psychedelic fungus contains chemicals that are found in hallucinogenic mushrooms. Common fungal infections seldom cause such strange outcomes. […]

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After 18-Month Investigation, NY Attorney General Moves to Dissolve NRA

August 12, 2020

New York officials moved to dissolve the NRA after finding evidence of millions gained through fraud, NPR reported. Allegations against the gun rights group include misusing funds for personal gain and unfairly awarding contracts to friends and family members. In the second half of the 20th century, the NRA began political lobbying against the control of firearms. […]

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Separation of Powers Stands between President and Delaying Election

August 3, 2020

President Trump repeatedly suggested delaying the election last week, Politico reported Thursday. He cited concerns over mail-in voting fraud as a reason to postpone the election until voting can be done in a more secure fashion. Separation of powers requires Congressional support for such an action. […]

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Group of Novice Witches on TikTok Place Hex on Moon

July 31, 2020

Several novice witches have hexed the Moon, CNET reported. The TikTok witch community—colloquially known as WitchTok—have condemned the act, reassuring the public that the Moon is fine. Historically, non-practitioners’ belief in witchcraft stemmed from delusions, ending in deaths. […]

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Planning for College in the Time of COVID Proves Risky, Uncertain

July 30, 2020

A surge in COVID-19 is upending college plans for students and schools alike, NPR reported. Many universities that had planned some kind of in-person education this fall are backpedaling in the wake of the continued first wave of coronavirus in the United States. Investing in higher learning comes with many risks. […]

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Jody Daniels Becomes First Woman to Lead Army Reserve

July 28, 2020

The Army Reserve will be commanded by a woman for the first time in history, “USA Today” reported Wednesday. Jody Daniels, a career intelligence officer, breaks a 112-year record of men leading the Army Reserve. The women’s movement of the 1960s brought great change. […]

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Government Grants Loan to Libertarian-Based Ayn Rand Institute

July 24, 2020

The “laissez-faire”-based Ayn Rand Institute received a $1 million government loan, Reuters reported. The Russian-American author decried government dependence and championed self-reliance and entrepreneurship. Rand’s philosophy also eschewed charity and selflessness. […]

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New Jersey Woman Swept Away in Storm Drain for a Mile Survives

July 22, 2020

A New Jersey woman caught in a flood survived a trip through its storm system, “North Jersey” reported. The 24-year-old DoorDash driver abandoned her car in heavy water only to be swept away under the city of Passaic and ejected into the Passaic River. Storm runoff is vital to city planning. […]

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Half of Oklahoma Still Native American Land, SCOTUS Rules

July 21, 2020

Nearly half of Oklahoma is Native American land, which will affect past and future civil and criminal law cases, NPR reported. The Supreme Court voted 5-4 that Creek reservation treaties should still be honored after Oklahoma became a state. The Trail of Tears ended in the same area. […]

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