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Tuesday September 29th, 2020 day edition

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, on Monday called Florida's full reopening of bars and restaurants "very concerning," fearing it will spark more coronavirus outbreaks.

The warning from Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, comes three days after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that his state was going into Phase 3 of reopening, lifting all restrictions on restaurants and bars.

Now’s the time actually to double down a bit, and I don’t mean close.".

Florida residents are now testing positive at a rate of more than 10 percent, according to a rolling seven-day count by Johns Hopkins University.

But Florida Department of Health data shows that, as of Saturday, state residents are testing positive at a two-week rolling rate of just 4 percent.

The World Health Organization has set a benchmark of 5 percent before local governments consider reopening of businesses.

Fauci insisted he's not calling for universal shut downs, but just a dose of "common sense.". »

YouTube celebrates Deaf Awareness Week by killing crowd-sourced captions

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Today's the day YouTube is killing its "Community Contributions" feature for videos, which let content creators crowdsource captions and subtitles for their videos.

In one of Google's all-time, poor-timing decisions, YouTube is killing the feature just two days after the International Week of the Deaf, which is the last full week in September. »

Texas sheriff who starred on 'Live PD' charged with evidence tampering in Black man's death

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A Texas sheriff who starred on the controversial reality show “Live PD” was arrested Monday on evidence tampering charges in the case of a Black man who died in police custody.

Former Williamson County general counsel Jason Nassour is also accused of destroying the recordings “with intent to impair their ability as evidence” in the investigation of Ambler’s death.

Chody and Nassour were indicted on a felony evidence tampering charge and released on a $10,000 bond, officials said. »

Multiple 'water bodies' found under surface of Mars

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The researchers call for future work to better examine Mars, its chemistry – and whether there might be any traces of what they call “astrobiological activity”, or alien life.

The discovery was made using MARSIS, or the Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding, which is onboard the Mars Express spacecraft sent by the European Space Agency to orbit around Mars.

The instrument sends radar pulses that can penetrate the surface and ice caps of Mars. »