真有加藥延命「殭屍蝦」?活蝦到底能不能吃?

中秋烤肉少不了魚蝦貝類海鮮,而一般民眾總覺得蝦子是「活跳跳」的最好,但近來卻傳出有不肖業者在水中添加俗稱「固體雙氧水」的過氧碳酸鈉,讓只剩兩根鬍鬚會動、瀕死的蝦子瞬間充滿活力,被稱為「殭屍蝦」,這是真的嗎?活蝦真的不能吃嗎?

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W-Team布建整線設備 開啟臺灣木工機械新紀元

2017-12-13 20:29經濟日報 陳華焜

在經濟部工業局指導、臺灣木工機械工業同業公會推動、財團法人精密機械研究發展中心輔導下,凝聚產、官、研三方力量成立的木工機械W-Team聯盟,自101年至今,已創造銷售產值達新台幣7.8億元,成果豐碩。

經濟部工業局副局長楊志清(左五)、金屬機電組副組長盧文燦(右二)、精機中心總經理...
經濟部工業局副局長楊志清(左五)、金屬機電組副組長盧文燦(右二)、精機中心總經理賴永祥(右一)、木工機械公會理事長張聰捷(左四)及業界代表聯袂出席12月13日在經濟部舉辦的「W-Team開啟臺灣木工機械新紀元」成果發表會。 陳華焜/攝影

W-Team聯盟在「政府耐心促成、廠商有心投入、團隊用心執行」的共識下,逐漸展現團隊作戰的高經濟效益,目前已成功建置10條W-Team木工機械整線設備開發,協助木工機械業者建置由單機銷售轉型為整線銷售的創新營運模式,銷售79條產線,產值與銷售總值紛創新高。

工業局表示,這10條木工機械整線設備開發,包括自動化實木地板線、自動化指接備料線、智慧型板式家具線、自動化實木拼板裁切線、櫥櫃家具多功能量產線、單板木皮加工產線、自動化蜂巢結構膠合板備料線、木屋木材結構加工生產線、木衣架自動化生產線、防火門自動貼合生產線。銷售地區涵蓋越南、中國大陸、澳洲、加拿大等國家,其中,W-Team 6(單板木皮加工產線)、W-Team 10(防火門自動貼合生產線)已成功銷售至國內終端使用客戶,產品可應用於家具、裝潢建材及木質防火門等。

工業局指出,臺灣木工機械80%以上為外銷,廠商約300家,多屬中小型企業,超過8成的廠商集中在臺灣的中部地區,以豐原、神岡等地區為主,從業人數約5,000人,因上、下游供應鏈群聚,廠商可在短時間內取得所需的零件相互支援供應,是臺灣木工機械發展的最大優勢。依據聯合國資料顯示,2016年全球木工機械出口以德國位居第1位,其次是中國大陸及義大利,我國木工機械在全球的出口排名第4位,出口值約為5.21億美元,占全球出口比例的7.6%。

工業局表示,W-Team廠商已具備整線整合技術能量及設備整合經驗,未來將藉由整線技術開發、運用ICT強化智慧製造服務、創新營運模式等作法,提升產線效率及延伸整線應用與服務,促進木工機械產業升級轉型。面對國際市場,也以建立木工機械W-Team共同品牌行銷,借力使力、發揮團隊戰力,由龍頭大廠帶領,負責產線整合及整線銷售,結合中小型廠商以共同開發、聯合行銷方式相輔相成,朝全球第3大木工機出口國的目標邁進。

The Takeaway, 5-25-17: Greg ‘The Hammer’ Gianforte vs. Rob ‘The Singing Cowboy’ Quist

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Daily Data Point: Greg ‘The Hammer’ Gianforte vs. Rob ‘The Singing Cowboy’ Quist 
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Here at The Takeaway, we’re dedicated to bringing you the latest polling news, in a brief, accessible format that doesn’t require you to weed through a lot of text.  Every now and again, however, non-polling stories will simply be too good for us to pass up.  Today is one of those days. 

The at-large congressional race in Montana to replace now-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was looking a bit too close for comfort; public polling showed a lead for Republican nominee Greg Gianforte of about 10 points over Democratic nominee Rob Quist.  Both candidates had issues; Gianforte is a businessman who had just lost a gubernatorial contest, while Quist is a cowboy musician who had regularly performed at nudist camps and had problems paying both his taxes and his contractors.  Private polling had a closer race, but most people thought the GOP candidate would win. 

Then last night news broke that Gianforte allegedly picked up Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs and threw him to the ground.  The initial reaction is that this should be the end of the road for Gianforte, who was later charged with misdemeanor assault. 

But we’d caution against that reaction.  It isn’t necessarily wrong — we think it could easily prove correct — but there are a few countervailing considerations to be mindful of. First, this is Montana, and it isn’t clear how an assault on a reporter for a British publication will play there. It may be that people will think, to paraphrase “Sling Blade’s" Karl Childers, “some folks just need body slammin’."  (This would certainly be the reaction from some in my home state of Oklahoma.) Second, and perhaps more importantly, Montana opened the early voting window approximately a month ago.  It’s estimated that two-thirds of the votes have already been cast.  That still leaves a substantial pool of persuadable voters, but they will have to make up for any early voters who might have changed their mind when presented with this information.

Regardless, this race was already likely to be closer than the GOP would like.  It almost certainly just became at least somewhat closer.
 

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Resonant-Frequency Collapse Theory Busted

Ethan Siegel, SWaB!

The collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge on the morning of November 7, 1940, is the most iconic example of a spectacular bridge failure in modern times. As the third largest suspension bridge in the world, behind only the George Washington and Golden Gate bridges, it connected Tacoma to the entire Kitsap Peninsula in Puget Sound, and opened to the public on July 1st, 1940. Just four months later, under the right wind conditions, the bridge was driven at its resonant frequency, causing it to oscillate and twist uncontrollably. After undulating for over an hour, the middle section collapsed,…

Pyramid Conceals Traces of Early South Americans

Lizzie Wade, Sci Mag

About 600 kilometers north of Peru, an imposing earthen mound looms over the sea. People began building the ceremonial structure, called Huaca Prieta, about 7800 years ago. But according to a new study, the true surprise lies buried deep beneath the 30-meter-tall mound: stone tools, animal bones, and plant remains left behind by some of the earliest known Americans nearly 15,000 years ago. That makes Huaca Prieta one of the oldest archaeological sites in the Americas and suggests that the region’s first migrants may have moved surprisingly slowly down the coast.

Verdict in: Schiaparelli Ill-Prepared for Landing

Paul Rincon, BBC News

The crashed European spacecraft Schiaparelli was ill-prepared for its attempt at landing on the surface of Mars.That’s the conclusion of an inquiry into the failure on 16 October 2016.The report outlines failings during the development process and makes several recommendations ahead of an attempt to land a rover on Mars in 2020.That mission will require more testing, improvements to software and more outside oversight of design choices.

Ethiopian Cave Served Ancient Artists for 4,500 Years

Annalee Newitz, AT

45,000 years ago, in an area that is now part of Ethiopia, humans found a roomy cave at the base of a limestone cliff and turned it into a special kind of workshop. Inside, they built up a cache of over 40 kilograms of reddish stones high in iron oxide. Using a variety of tools, they ground the stones into different colored powders: deep reds, glowing yellows, rose grays. Then they treated the powder by heating it or mixing it with other ingredients to create the world’s first paint. For at least 4,500 years, people returned to this cave, known today as Porc-Epic, covering its walls in…

World’s Most Sensitive Dark Matter Detector Online

Ian O’Neill, Space.com

After three years of construction, the world’s most sensitive dark matter experiment is online, and scientists report that the detector is operating as designed. The XENON1T detector hasn’t found any dark matter particles yet, but it has carried out a 30-day science run, and project scientists are optimistic about the future.

Zika Outbreak Flew Under the Radar

Laura Beil, Science News

The Zika virus probably arrived in the Western Hemisphere from somewhere in the Pacific more than a year before it was detected, a new genetic analysis of the epidemic shows. Researchers also found that as Zika fanned outward from Brazil, it entered neighboring countries and South Florida multiple times without being noticed.Although Zika quietly took root in northeastern Brazil in late 2013 or early 2014, many months passed before Brazilian health authorities received reports of unexplained fever and skin rashes. Zika was finally confirmed as the culprit in April 2015.

Alternative Medicine Not Answer to Opioid Crisis

Ross Pomeroy, RCScience

America’s opioid epidemic is not manufactured hype; it’s real. Prescription painkillers are now more widely used than tobacco. Opioids were to blame for 31,000 overdose deaths in 2015, a 300 percent increase from 1999. Of the top ten drugs involved in overdose deaths, half are prescription opioids.

Tracking Bacterial Travel Through Hospitals

Tracy Staedter, Live Science

In the first study of its kind, researchers have conducted a yearlong survey of the bacteria in a newly constructed hospital, starting two months before the facility opened and continuing over the next 10 months.Initial results of the Hospital Microbiome Project, published today (May 24) in the journal Science Translational Medicine, provide an unprecedented map of the microbial communities that inhabit a hospital on the patients, the staff and the surfaces. The study also gives researchers foundational information that could improve the understanding of hospital-acquired infections, the…

Sound Meets Flexible Electronics

Kendra Redmond, Physics Central

Voice-securing your ATM card. Talking to your newspaper over coffee. Projecting your voice to a room full of people using only a thin, lightweight loudspeaker that fits in your pocket. With new research published last week in the journal Nature Communications, a team of scientists from Michigan State University and Georgia Institute of Technology has opened the door to these possibilities.Last week, the team introduced the first ultrathin, flexible, scalable device that can convert mechanical energy to electrical energy and vice versaacting like both a microphone and a loudspeaker. To…

Tissue-Independent Cancer Drug Passes FDA Hurdle

Heidi Ledford, NN

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued its first approval of a cancer drug that targets tumours with specific mutations, regardless of where in the body the tumour first took root.This deviates from the agency’s previous approach: although a drug’s use may have been linked to the presence of a particular molecular marker, the FDA still required individual approvals for that drug based on the tumour’s location.The new approval, announced on 23 May, expands the use of a drug called pembrolizumab, manufactured by pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. of Kenilworth, New Jersey.

A Whale of a Tale: How Did They Get so Big?

Madeline Sofia, NPR

Whales are the largest animals on the planet, but they haven’t always been giants. Fossil records show that ancient whales were much smaller than the currently living behemoths.So when did whales get so big, and how?A new study suggests it might be due to changes in climate that affected the food that some whales eat: krill and small fish. Instead of being spread throughout the ocean, lots of krill started being packed into a small area. Bigger whales were simply more efficient at eating the dense pockets of krill, and they beat out their smaller cousins.

Narwhals Stun Prey With Their Tusks

Kacey Deamer, Live Sci

Narwhals are sometimes known as the “unicorns" of the ocean because of the long “tusks" that protrude from the animals’ heads, but scientists have long been stumped about the function of this mysterious appendage until now.Drone footage of wild narwhals has revealed that the whales use their tusks to hunt fish. The tusk is actually a tooth that spirals out of the upper jaw on male narwhals, and can extend to about 10 feet (3 meters) long, according to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Canada. While scientists think the tusk’s primary function relates to selecting a mate, these new…

Second Black Hole Spotted in Cygnus A Galaxy

Alison Klesman, Astronomy

Cygnus A is an elliptical galaxy nearly 800 million light-years from Earth. In its center is a supermassive black hole at least a billion times the mass of our Sun, which appears to have recently gained a companion. New observations of this galaxy with the National Science Foundation’s Very Large Array (VLA) have unveiled a second bright object located near its central supermassive black hole an object that radio astronomers think is a second supermassive black hole, destined to merge with the first.Based on radio observations taken with the VLA in 2015 and 2016, astronomers have spotted…

Physicist and Literature Professor Talk Time Travel

Bower & James, Conv

Literature professor Simon John James and physicist Richard Bower were both involved in the curating the exhibition, Time Machines the past, the future, and how stories take us there. Their conversations quickly revealed to them the many, wildly various, meanings of time travel. Here, they discuss how time travelling in literary and scientific terms might, one day, coincide.

Ocean-Fertilization Experiment Incites Controversy

Jeff Tollefson, Nature

Marine scientists are raising the alarm about a proposal to drop tonnes of iron into the Pacific Ocean to stimulate the growth of phytoplankton, the base of the food web. The non-profit group behind the plan says that it wants to revive Chilean fisheries. It also has ties to a controversial 2012 project in Canada that was accused of violating an international moratorium on commercial ocean fertilization.The Oceaneos Marine Research Foundation of Vancouver, Canada, says that it is seeking permits from the Chilean government to release up to 10 tonnes of iron particles 130 kilometres off the…

Link Between Air Pollution and Insomnia Debunked

Science 2.0

Tablet and phone marketing executives can sleep well tonight. While those devices are commonly blamed for recent sleep problems, beams of pure digital energy shot straight into the eyeballs will do that, a new paper seeks to shore up the failing claim that tiny particulate matter, PM 2.5 (2.5 microns per cubic meter of air), is impacting human health and should be the source of new regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency.The authors claim such particulate matter, 1/40th the width of even a human hair, can damage sleep. Larger particles are of course a problem. PM 10 is what is…

WHO Elects First African Director

Cumming-Bruce & McNeil, Jr., NYT

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia was voted director general of the World Health Organization on Tuesday, the first African ever to head the agency.The election was the first conducted by the W.H.O. under more open and democratic rules. After nearly two years of public campaigning, originally by six candidates, the voting took place in a closed-door session in which the health ministers of 186 countries cast their ballots in secret.

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Show Real Toughness, Brady, Admit You Did Wrong

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No Reason for Notre Dame Football to Join ACC

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Complicated, But Chris Paul Could End Up on the Spurs

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Return of ASG Will Help Restore Our Bad Reputation

Scott Fowler, Charlotte Observer

Yoga Helping Cubs’ Heyward Find Hitting Stroke

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Shortening NFL Overtime Is a Band-Aid Solution

Rodger Sherman, The Ringer

Do You Like Ties? The NFL Has Good News for You

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Let’s Dance! NFL Is Allowing More Fun

John Smallwood, Philadelphia Daily News

New QB Hoyer Is the 49ers’ Anti-Kaepernick

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Odell Beckham Jr. Still Hasn’t Grown Up

Steve Serby, New York Post

For Browns’ Osweiler the Tape Doesn’t Lie

Doug Lesmerises, Cleveland.com

What One Young Tennis Player Could Teach Us All

Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star

Why It’s Time to Rethink What NBA Coaches Wear

Brandon Sneed, Bleacher Report

Why Does Everyone Want ESPN to Fail?

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Building a Contender: Who Will Challenge the Pats?

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RCP Morning Note, 05/25/2017: RNC Concerns; Trump’s Blue Streak; CBO Health Care Numbers; Superdad

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By Carl M. Cannon on May 25, 2017 08:33 am
Good morning, it’s Thursday, May 25, 2017. Sixty-six years ago today, a writer named Whitney Ellsworth took his wife, Jane, and their 19-year-old daughter, Patricia, on a road trip. Leaving from their home in Greenwich, Connecticut, the family’s destination was Los Angeles, where Ellsworth had business. They planned to do some sightseeing along the way: The highlight was going to be the Grand Canyon. To be precise, Whit Ellsworth himself wasn’t looking forward to that part. He wasn’t too keen on heights for one thing, which is why he was driving to California instead of flying in the first place — and Ellsworth had extrapolated his phobia of heights to a fear of depths as well. Not that this really mattered. While his wife and daughter were taking in the splendors of the great national park, Ellsworth would be writing away in their room at The Grand Canyon Lodge. And as they began their journey on May 25, 1951, Ellsworth told his wife and daughter about a project he had in mind. While driving across the country, he explained, he was going to “noodle" on an idea for a Superman movie, and he planned to bat out the script while they toured the Grand Canyon. Ellsworth was as good as his word, as I’ll explain more fully in a moment. First, I’ll point you to RealClearPolitics’ front page, which presents our poll averages, videos, breaking news stories, and aggregated opinion pieces spanning the political spectrum. We also offer a rich complement of original material from our own reporters and contributors, including the following: * * * RNC’s McDaniel Urges Party Focus Amid WH ‘Distractions.’ The new Republican National Committee chairwoman finds herself in the eye of the storm with the 2018 midterms on the horizon, Rebecca Berg reports. Rhapsody in Blue: Trump’s Tribute to Fallen Officers. Anneke E. Green lauds the president’s support for police, which marks a contrast to his predecessor’s relationship with law enforcement. Schiff: Intelligence Committee Will Subpoena Flynn. James Arkin has the details. CBO and America’s AHCA Headache. In RealClearHealth, Billy Wynne breaks down yesterday’s scoring numbers for the House-passed legislation. Alternative Medicine Is Not the Answer to the Opioid Epidemic. RealClearScience editor Ross Pomeroy argues that bad science is triggering a bad solution to the problem of drug abuse. Trump Budget Gets One Thing Right: Crop Reinsurance. In RealClearPolicy, Vincent H. Smith praises the administration’s proposal for taking on farm subsidies. Democrats Grill DeVos on School Choice and Budget Cuts. In RealClearEducation, Ford Carson and Christopher Beach report on the key moments from Cabinet secretary’s appearance before Congress on Wednesday. Eliminate Dodd-Frank’s Overrated Escape Hatch. In RealClearMarkets, Hester Peirce writes that the FDIC’s power to unwind troubled banks is creating great uncertainty within banks. Do Budget Deficits Matter? Also in RCM, editor John Tamny reviews Richard Salsman’s new book. “The Political Economy of Public Debt." Closing the Civilian Awareness Gap. In RealClearDefense, Kathy Roth-Douquet spotlights the need for heightened consideration of the pressures military families face. Congress Should Embrace BRAC. Also in RCD, Dan Caldwell urges lawmakers to support a new round of base realignment and closures in 2021 to trim waste and inefficiency. Gathering Intelligence or Hunting Terrorists? In RealClearBooks, Wes Culp has this Q&A with Thomas Henriksen, author of “Eyes, Ears and Daggers." ‘War Machine’ Takes Satirical Shot at War in Afghanistan, McChrystal’s Fall. In RealClearLife, the director of Netflix’s new movie discusses the controversial project. Meet the Air Force Officer Behind the Hot New Game of the Summer. Also in RCL, the developer of “Rollors" gives intel on how he runs his thriving games business while on combat tours. * * * The post-World War II years have been called the “golden age of comic books" and Whitney Ellsworth was in the middle of it all. The Brooklyn-born writer had signed on to DC Comics in the mid-1930s and risen through the ranks to the point where he was one of the principal creative forces for the pulp powerhouse. By the 1940s, he had creative control over the Superman comics, wrote the Batman newspaper comic strip himself, and was DC Comics’ liaison to Hollywood on various Superman serials and movie projects. Superman himself was born, so to speak, in Cleveland. The Man of Steel was the brainchild of two Glenville High School students, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. They eventually lost legal control to the superhero — it was hard for teenagers to get decent legal representation in those days — although Siegel kept his creative association with Superman and Clark Kent all his life and is in the Comic Book Hall of Fame. But back to our story about the Ellsworth family’s cross-country journey: The road trip took them through America’s oil patch, and by the time they emerged in the high desert of New Mexico, Whit Ellsworth had a plot in mind, which he shared with his wife and daughter. It seems that an oil well is being sunk near the edge of an unnamed southwestern town. For reasons that Ellsworth hadn’t yet worked out, it’s to be much deeper than any previous well, which attracts national attention. (This means, of course, that the Daily Planet is interested, so Clark Kent is dispatched from Metropolis to cover the story.) “When the well is sunk, nothing unusual happens for a few hours," Ellsworth told his spellbound wife and daughter. “Then, by night, three or four little creatures from the center of the earth are seen to clamber out from under the well cover, blink their eyes, and tentatively start out to explore the town. These little creatures … are completely innocent, meaning no harm whatever to mankind. The only thing is" — and Ellsworth paused for dramatic effect — “they’re radioactive!" He continued: “Eventually the little creatures encounter a little girl who wants to play ball with them. She even tosses them her ball, and they toss it back. But by touching her ball, they’ve made it radioactive, which we know because of how it glows! Some of the townspeople see the shiny ball and soon find out that there are creatures around from another realm. Well, as you can imagine, at this point all heck breaks loose." “Do those townspeople try to harm the creatures?" asked Ellsworth’s wife. “You bet they do," he replied. “They try to kill them." “But Superman comes to their rescue!" Patricia chirped happily. “Because luckily, Clark Kent is covering the story for the Daily Planet," added a relieved Jane. “Goodness, you two ought to write these things," Whit Ellsworth replied with a chuckle. He sounds like a good dad, doesn’t he? Well, that’s right, he was. And the movie that came from this trip, “Superman and the Mole Men," became a cult classic, with the writing title going to Richard Fielding, a pseudonym used when Ellsworth collaborated with movie producer Robert Maxwell. If it seems ironic that a man who was afraid to fly was dreaming up such bold adventures, it’s really not. You see, daughters, even those much younger than 19, don’t really expect their fathers to be superheroes. They expect them to come through when they’re needed, however, which is exactly what Whit Ellsworth did. Patricia Ellsworth Wilson, whose written account provided the details and dialogue I’ve cited above, suffered from myasthenia gravis, a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disease that causes weakness in the skeletal muscles. The following year, 1952, her father used some of the money he made bringing the Superman movie to life to form the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation, which still exists to this day. Carl M. Cannon
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RealClearEd Today: Democrats Grill DeVos on School Choice and Proposed Budget Cuts; Top Ed. Dept. Official Resigns After Clash With DeVos

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Good morning, it’s May 25, 2017. This morning at RealClearEducation we have news, commentary, analysis and reports from the top of the education world.

Secretary DeVos appeared before a House Appropriations subcommittee yesterday and was grilled by Democrats over the administration’s proposed budget cuts and federal expansion of school choice. In perhaps the most important exchange of the hearing, Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., asked DeVos whether she would prevent private schools that receive public dollars from discriminating against students. Citing an example of a private Christian school in Indiana that denies access to gay students, Clark pressed DeVos on how she would treat that school if it applied for federal voucher funds. DeVos countered that it would be up to the states to decide. However, when Clark posed a hypothetical about black students, DeVos said that the Office for Civil Rights would step in.  

The exchange highlights a problem that supporters of school choice have debated for years – can public dollars flow to private schools without subjecting those schools to federal laws and regulations? This question is the reason that many conservatives have argued against a federal expansion of school choice. Yesterday’s exchange between Clark and DeVos will no doubt highlight their concerns even more. 

The hearing also contained an important exchange between DeVos and Rep. Martha Roby about Common Core and federal intrusion into standards and curriculum. DeVos agreed with Roby that ESSA prevents the federal government from dictating or influencing state standards and she said the department would follow the letter of the law. 

As Politico reports, the head of the Education Department’s student financial aid office resigned late Tuesday night. In a memo explaining his decision, James Runcie, chief operating officer of the Office of Federal Student Aid, stated that he was “encumbered from exercising [his] authorities to properly lead this great organization." He had also been ordered by DeVos to testify before the House Oversight Committee and refused, which also factored into his resignation. 

More than 60 Middlebury College students have finally been disciplined for their roles in the protest of Charles Murray and injury of a Middlebury professor. However, none of the students were suspended or expelled. Instead, the college said the punishments range “from probation to official college discipline, which places a permanent record in the student’s file."

Below are more highlights of the content already on our site this morning. To see everything we have, visit RealClearEducation.com.

NEWSMAKERS: Dozens of Middlebury College students are finally disciplined for their roles in the protest of Charles Murray and injury of a Middlebury professor. 
IN THE STATES: Following protests and a drop in enrollment, the University of Missouri names a new chancellor. 
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