USC reverses robust fall reopening plans, asks students to stay home for online classes

USC students are being asked to stay home and continue their education online in the fall amid the coronavirus crisis. <span class="copyright">(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)</span>
USC students are being asked to stay home and continue their education online in the fall amid the coronavirus crisis. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Amid the alarming surge in coronavirus spread, USC announced it will no longer bring all undergraduates back to campus for the fall semester and will move to mainly online classes, reversing an earlier decision to welcome students back for a hybrid model.

The decision, announced by Provost Charles Zukoski late Wednesday, came the same day Gov. Gavin Newsom announced tougher restrictions on indoor activities. Zukoski recommended that students not return to campus for the semester and instead continue their education online.

“The once-in-a-century COVID-19 pandemic has altered every aspect of our lives — the way we interact, work, and socialize — and with each new permutation of the pandemic, we must find ways to thrive,” Zukoski wrote.

“Given the continuing safety restrictions and limited

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Why You Don’t Need More Than 5 Products in Your Skincare Routine, According to Dr. Barbara Sturm

Blood may have made Dr. Barbara Sturm the most sought-after skin therapist in Hollywood, but it’s her science-based results-driven formulas that have made her skincare line is so popular among celebrities like Hailey Bieber, Angela Bassett, and Roise Huntington-Whiteley, as well as beauty editors, and makeup artists alike.

Dr. Sturm first gained notoriety in the skincare world when she created the MC1 Cream, a bespoke cream made with each patient’s blood, and pioneering the vampire facial. (Yes, the one where Kim Kardashian had her own blood smeared all over her face.) Now, she’s known for the “Sturm Glow,” a healthy, glowing complexion that’s achieved by keeping your skin hydrated and free from inflammation that can be caused by harsh ingredients.

Here, Dr. Sturm chats with us about why she doesn’t believe in skincare trends, how to deal with quarantine-related dryness and breakouts, plus why you only need a maximum of

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Vanilla Ice Cancels Fourth of July Concert Following Backlash and Coronavirus Concerns

Vanilla Ice is listening to the concerns of his fans. The 52-year-old performer took to Twitter on Thursday ahead of his scheduled Fourth of July performance in Austin, Texas, to reveal that he had decided to cancel following backlash.

Writing that he was moving the show to “a better date,” the “Ice, Ice, Baby” rapper told fans in a video message, “Basically, I’m not going. I listen to my fans, I hear all you people out there. I didn’t know the numbers were so crazy in Austin, but we were hoping it would be a lot better by Fourth of July because we booked this concert a long time ago.”

Vanilla Ice added that he came to the decision due to his desire to keep fans safe.

“Basically, just want to stay safe, we do take it serious. We want to make sure that everybody’s safe,” he said. “We were

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20 Things To Know About the New Tax Deadline

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Internal Revenue Service has extended the deadline to file and pay any taxes owed from the original date of April 15 to July 15.

If you’re planning on taking advantage of the new deadline, here’s everything you need to know.

Last updated: July 2, 2020

It Could Be Especially Helpful for Those Who Have Experienced Job Loss

The extension to pay any taxes owed could especially benefit those who lost their jobs or have seen a reduction in pay due to the coronavirus pandemic. As of June 29, over 47% of Americans were without jobs, CNBC reported. Although that number includes those who have stopped looking for work, overall, the employment outlook remains bleak. “About a quarter of the workforce is still either unemployed, had their hours reduced, or had their pay cut,” Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s, said in a note

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US Senate panel OKs online child protection bill amid privacy fears

Washington (AFP) – A US Senate panel Thursday approved legislation aimed at combatting online child exploitation as civil liberties activists warned the measure could lead to an array of constitutional and privacy problems.

The Judiciary Committee voted to approve a revised version of the Earn It Act which would eliminate “blanket liability protection” for online platforms which fail to protect against child sexual abuse material.

The bill, which needs approval by the full Senate and House of Representatives, is among the first to chip away at the liability shield for internet services — under a law known as Section 230 — which has come under renewed scrutiny in recent months.

Backers of the bill say it would provide incentives to crack down on online child abuse and exploitation, but critics say it could shut down constitutionally protected free speech and open up online firms to endless litigation.

“To all the

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How does your ‘cyber hygiene’ stack up?

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Here's how to empower yourself to protect your personal information online. (Photo: Getty)
Here’s how to empower yourself to protect your personal information online. (Photo: Getty)

We’re all extra vulnerable these days, and I’m not just talking about COVID-19 itself. Online data breaches have escalated during pandemic-related lockdowns, according to Tech Republic, and everything from your financial information to your identity could be at risk.

“We’re now in totally uncharted waters, especially when it comes to hacking and identity theft,” Adam Levin, cyber security expert and founder of Cyberscout, tells Yahoo Life. “Breaches have become the third certainty in life behind death and taxes.” He says that identity thieves “prey on vulnerability and distraction,” like working from home while running a household and other major upheavals in routine.

Meanwhile,

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Myspace-famous musician Dahvie Vanity was accused of child sex abuse for years. Now the FBI is involved.

Damien Leonhardt, left, and Dahvie Vanity, right.
Damien Leonhardt, left, and Dahvie Vanity, right.

Courtesy of Damien Leonhardt; Joey Foley/Getty Images; Samantha Lee/Insider

  • At age 11, Damien Leonhardt became a meme to a generation of internet users who remember when the “You done goofed” YouTube video went viral in July 2010.

  • Leonhardt, better known by the online persona Jessi Slaughter, was a Myspace-era preteen rumored at the time to be faking a sexual relationship with Dahvie Vanity, the lead singer of the band Blood on the Dance Floor.

  • In 2019, HuffPost reported that Dahvie Vanity, whose real name is Jesus David Torres, had been accused of sexual assault by more than 21 women, many of whom said they were minors at the time.

  • Leonhardt, 21, who now identifies as nonbinary and uses the pronouns they and them, is coming forward with more allegations, telling Insider that Torres began molesting them in April 2009, when Leonhardt was 10

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How online shoppers have lost millions to fraud during the pandemic: ‘You have enormous vulnerability’

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Make online shopping a safe experience for the whole family. (Photo: Getty Images)
Make online shopping a safe experience for the whole family. (Photo: Getty Images)

It’s another Saturday afternoon during the global pandemic, and you’re back on Amazon, filling your cart with household items and groceries. You haven’t been able to make your typical Target and Walmart runs lately, so you’re stocking up virtually instead.

Online shopping: everyone does it so it’s pretty harmless, right? Well, not always. Fraud is a possibility any time you shop online, according to Experian. And during a worldwide pandemic or even the holiday season, you’re especially vulnerable to hackers, phishers, and identity thieves. Covid-related fraud has already robbed a cumulative $13.4 million from unsuspecting Americans, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

That’s

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Coronavirus puppy scams ‘seemed legit,’ ensnared dog lovers amid pandemic: Illegal Tender podcast

Everyone has had a different quarantine experience, and many people coping through the pandemic saw a golden opportunity to bring home a new puppy. 

But for the unsuspecting and unlucky, the quest for a dog ensnared them in a scam. Many only found out after a deal had been brokered with an alleged breeder and they had paid for a dog that wasn’t real. 

Season six of Illegal Tender explores the underground world of online puppy scams through conversations with two victims of such scams and one industry watchdog who points out the potential red flags associated with buying a dog online, sight unseen. 

Episode two is a conversation with Elanore, who is a twenty-something student in the U.K. studying biomedical research. 

Her search for a chocolate Labrador retriever started in June. Elanore’s a dog lover, but it’s been over two decades since her family has owned a dog. Her … Read More

No One Has Ever Been Able to Crack Rey Rivera’s Mysterious Note

Photo credit: Courtesy of Netflix
Photo credit: Courtesy of Netflix

From Marie Claire

Rey Rivera, the author who vanished after taking a mysterious call and was found dead in a prominent Baltimore hotel, is the subject of the first episode of Netflix’s Unsolved Mysteries. One of the most compelling, strange, and baffling aspects of the case is a long, rambling note that was taped behind the computer, discovered by his wife Allison Rivera behind his desk. Ruled by the FBI not to be a suicide note, it ostensibly reads as random phrases—or a code—that may have been a “red herring,” according to Rivera’s brother, or may have deeper meaning behind what happened to him. It includes references to the Freemasons, among other things.

What does Rey Rivera’s letter say?

His wife Allison says she knows he wrote the note the day he disappeared, because there were “scraps in the trash can.” The font was

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