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The explosion of online child predators amid COVID-19’s virtual world

On a February afternoon just outside of San Diego, California,  police officers raided an apartment to rescue an 11-year-old girl from her alleged abductor. 20-year-old Jose Melena, her captor, barricaded himself in a bathroom as officers surrounded him and retrieved the girl (Link). Melena was cornered, and unsuccessfully attempted to take his own life as […]

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A Jab… or a Job? Tension Over Vaccine Requirements at Work

By Erin Jones          More than two thirds of Americans (69%) intend to get vaccinated against COVID-19, or already have, according to a March survey from Pew Research. Federal and state governments can’t require citizens to get the vaccine. Private employers can’t require it, either.          But they can fire you if you don’t.          […]

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Empty Performance Spaces During a Global Pandemic

           Before COVID 19, there was not a time of the year that the Scottish Rite Theater was not occupied in some way by theater, or art, or individuals.            Austin Scottish Rite Theater’s mission has always been to share and preserve the historic Masonic facility, serving the greater community through high-quality performing arts, educational programs, and […]