To limit the spread of the virus indoors from aerosols, some epidemiologists, biologists and engineers say that stores should use a MERV 13 filter or above in their ventilation systems. MERV stands for "minimum efficiency reporting value," and it's how filters are rated in their ability to trap tiny particles. High-efficiency filters in the 13-to-16 MERV range are often used in hospitals, nursing homes, research labs and other places where filtration is important. … [Read more...] about Why stores need to pay more attention to the air we breathe
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7:02 a.m. Avalanche of overtime hits SF Sheriff’s Office: San Francisco Senior Deputy Sheriff Michael Borovina Jr. logged 3,133 hours of overtime last year, netting him nearly $318,000 on top of his almost $128,000 base salary, according to municipal salary data. He ended up the highest overtime earner among all city employees in 2019. In fact, nineteen of the top 20 overtime earners among San Francisco city employees in the last fiscal year came from the Sheriff’s Office. A personnel shortage is partly to blame and the dilemma is expected to deepen in coming years, as a budget shortfall brought on by the coronavirus pandemic will likely stall new hires. Read the full story by Dominic Fracassa. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: August 9-10
"For nearly a year, we have sought to engage with the US government in good faith to provide a constructive solution to the concerns that have been expressed," the company said in a statement. "What we encountered instead was that the Administration paid no attention to facts, dictated terms of an agreement without going through standard legal processes, and tried to insert itself into negotiations between private businesses." … [Read more...] about Yankees add TikTok as sponsor despite Trump’s ban threat
7:55 a.m. Free phone calls for SF inmates: Inmates in San Francisco’s jails now can make all phone calls free of charge, which is particularly important during the pandemic, Mayor London Breed said Monday. A special fixed-rate deal with a jail phone services provider will enable the calls, she said. “When people are in jail they need to be able to stay connected with their family without being concerned about how much it will cost,” she said. “Being able to stay in touch with family is always important, but it is even more critical during a health emergency like COVID-19.” … [Read more...] about Coronavirus live updates: UCSF creates molecules for nose spray to kill coronavirus
In 1992, filmmaker and Harvard intellectual Henry Louis Gates Jr. identified a new form of anti-Semitism taking hold among educated, younger Black Americans in a New York Times piece, “Black Demagogues and Pseudo-Scholars.” Gates scorned intellectuals affiliated with the Nation of Islam for exploiting their position within academe to propagate anti-Semitism, and he decried those peddling Cress’s ideas “as the bid of one black elite to supplant another.” He wrote that this “requires us, in short, to see anti-Semitism as a weapon in the raging battle of who will speak for Black America — those who have sought common cause with others or those who preach a barricaded withdrawal into racial authenticity.” … [Read more...] about Why are anti-racism forces silent on anti-Semitism?