The Daily Populous

Saturday August 15th, 2020 evening edition

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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - As schools across Texas open their doors, the state is currently not tracking COVID-19 data provided by districts.

Leaders from both College Station and Bryan school districts say they have a plan in case someone in their schools contracts COVID-19.

“No plan can cover everything,” said Dr. Seth Sullivan, Brazos County Alternate Health Authority.

“We’re ensuring that we are getting good information quickly, accurate information quickly, to be decisive and act upon it,” said Dr. Sullivan.

Even though the Brazos County Health District is getting that data from the schools, the state of Texas is currently not planning to track it.

In the meantime, a Bryan mom thinks seeing the coronavirus case numbers in schools is a reasonable request.

“I think it is a reasonable thing to want a similar layer of transparency with our schools as we get with our community.”. »

Greece has secretly sent away more than 1,000 migrants, taking them to the edge of the country's territorial waters and then abandoning them at sea

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More than 1,000 refugees were abandoned at the edge of Greece's water territory by Greek officials in the past few months, The New York Times reported.

The EU border agency said that Erdogan's threats prompted additional defense along Greece's land and sea borders, the Guardian reported.

However, The Times reports that the move to abandon migrants at sea is illegal under international law. »

Pro-China Propaganda Act Used Fake Followers Made With AI-Generated Images

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A pro-China propaganda campaign that’s been bashing the US on social media has been creating fake followers with the help of AI-generated images.

Nevertheless, the technology has sparked fears about bad actors exploiting AI-created media to help them pump out disinformation over social media.

Graphika says it isn’t the first time the company has encountered a propaganda campaign incorporating AI-generated photos into their schemes. »

Study: Men Scoring Higher on ‘Man Box’ Scale are Prone to Violence, Mental Illness

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Researchers at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and Promundo-US found that men who harbor more harmful attitudes about masculinity—including beliefs about aggression and homophobia—also tend toward bullying, sexual harassment, depression and suicidal thoughts.

The 15-item scale encompasses themes such as self-sufficiency, acting tough, physical attractiveness, rigid masculine gender roles, hypersexuality, and control.

Men with higher scores were also about twice as likely to experience depression or suicidal ideation. »

'Canary in the coal mine': Greenland ice has shrunk beyond return, study finds

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(Reuters) - Greenland’s ice sheet may have shrunk past the point of return, with the ice likely to melt away no matter how quickly the world reduces climate-warming emissions, new research suggests.

That melting is already causing global seas to rise about a millimeter on average per year.

“We’re talking about how quickly rapid sea-level rise comes to our communities, our infrastructure, our homes, our military bases. »