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Building trust among parents and teachers is key to reopening schools

(THE CONVERSATION) A New York City mother said she kept her son in remote schooling during the pandemic because she believes city education officials "lie a lot."
"These buildings are old and don't have proper ventilation," she explained to journalist Melinda Anderson. "They don't have the supplies they ... (full story)


To teach AI how to handle new situations, change the rules of the game

(THE CONVERSATION) My colleagues and I changed a digital version of Monopoly so that instead of getting US$200 each time a player passes Go, the player is charged a wealth tax. We didn't do this to gain an advantage or trick anyone. The purpose is to throw a curveball at artificial intelligence agents that play the game.
Our aim ... (full story)


Man who started fire after stabbing women won’t be resentenced

The 11th District Court of Appeals recently affirmed the sentence of a man convicted of fleeing with his three young children after binding two women up with duct tape, stabbing them and lighting their apartment on fire.
Allen A. Crawford challenged the duration of the indefinite term of 33 to 38 and one-half years sentence impo ... (full story)


Surprising ending to all 2020 election conflicts over absentee ballot deadlines

(THE CONVERSATION) One of the most heavily contested voting-policy issues in the 2020 election, in both the courts and the political arena, was the deadline for returning absentee ballots.
Going into the election, the policy in a majority of states was that ballots had to be received by election night to be valid. Lawsuits seeki ... (full story)


For autocrats like Vladimir Putin, ruthless repression often way to stay in power

(THE CONVERSATION) Russian dissident Alexei Navalny, sick with a cough and fever, has been moved to the hospital ward of the remote penal colony where he is imprisoned.
Navalny landed in prison after legal troubles that began in 2019, when he was arrested for "leading an unauthorized protest." In 2020, while on parole ... (full story)