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Illinois launches online system to track rape kits in new cases. But not every hospital is on board.

Sexual assault survivors in Illinois now have the ability to track evidence in new cases.



a woman looking at the camera: A lab worker holds up a sexual assault evidence collection kit Sept. 22, 2009, at the Forensic Science Center run by the Illinois State Police in Chicago.


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A lab worker holds up a sexual assault evidence collection kit Sept. 22, 2009, at the Forensic Science Center run by the Illinois State Police in Chicago.

The Illinois State Police, which runs state laboratories that analyze DNA evidence, launched a long-awaited tracking system for rape kits in August. Survivors will receive a case number in a hospital emergency room that allows them to access location information.

Many survivors had been anticipating tracking their kits, but the system is not retroactive; tracking numbers are assigned only for new cases, according to ISP.

Beth Hundsdorfer, a spokesperson for Illinois State Police, said survivors with cases before Aug. 14 should check with the investigating agency for more information. She noted that lab work on all previous sexual assault cases should be

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Online fitness training platform Zwift raises $450 million in funding round led by KKR

Trading information for KKR & Co is displayed on a screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., August 23, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

(Reuters) – Popular online fitness training platform Zwift raised $450 million in a new investment round led by U.S. private equity firm KKR & Co Inc KKR.N, the company said on Wednesday.

The latest investment values the California-based company at more than $1 billion, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters, who declined to be identified as the information was not public.

Zwift, which is geared to running and cycling enthusiasts, said it will not be disclosing details on its valuation.

The firm has over 2.5 million accounts registered in 190 countries and uses immersive 3D technology to help runners and cyclists train virtually through its app. The app has garnered more than 500,000 downloads on Alphabet Inc’s

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Top Online Fitness Classes And Courses To Help You Lose Weight In 2020

Staying healthy is important, and is something we should all be thinking about even more so with this pandemic looming all over us. However, the pandemic can also make it tricky for us to lose weight and stay healthy, seeing as we’re all currently stuck inside our homes. 

As such, here are some of the best online resources that can help you achieve your fitness goals this 2020: 

1. FYT Personal Training

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Let’s be honest. Working out isn’t easy, especially now that most of us are still stuck inside our homes. Thankfully, FYT Personal Training is here to take your home workouts to the next level by providing you with actual health and fitness personal trainers who know what your goals are, and will help you achieve them.

Signing up is easy, and only requires you to take the FYT quiz, match with a personal trainer that

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How to watch Champions League fixture online and on TV tonight

Bayern Munich are now the clear favourites for the Champions League but Lyon have revelled in their role as underdogs so far this season.” data-reactid=”26″Bayern Munich are now the clear favourites for the Champions League but Lyon have revelled in their role as underdogs so far this season.

The Germans must beware of falling the same way Juventus and Manchester City did though ahead of the second semi-final.

Hansi Flick’s side is now settled, too, with the Bundesliga champions hoping to return to the final for the first time since 2013.

Robert Lewandowski will hope to make it nine consecutive Champions League games with a goal – a feat only matched by Ruud Van Nistelrooy in 2003 (nine) and Cristiano Ronaldo in 2018 (11).

Here is how you can watch the game on television and on a live stream.

Robert Lewandowski celebrates scoring Bayern’s sixth goal (Getty)

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How to Succeed in Hybrid, Online Medical School Classes

Beginning your first year of medical school is daunting. Beginning your first year of med school in a pandemic, faced with varying degrees of remote learning, is even more daunting.

By and large, medical schools have made significant adjustments to their first-year curriculums to accommodate the specific challenges of social distancing in the classroom. Some schools have opted to go entirely online for first-year students. Others are employing a hybrid model with both online and in-person sessions.

Whether you are coming to med school right out of your undergraduate years with a semester of distance learning under your belt or returning to the classroom after time away, figuring out how to adapt to the demands of med school in an upside-down learning environment is crucial for success this fall. Here are some tips for first-year med students when adjusting to distance learning.

[Read: What a First-Year Medical School Student

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How to Navigate Online College Classes as a Student With Disabilities

As the fall semester begins and students head back to class, many are doing so virtually. Colleges are taking coronavirus prevention precautions, with hundreds opting for fully or partially online classes.

But what does the shift to online classes mean for students with disabilities?

To get a sense of what lies ahead, it may be useful to look back at the spring semester, when campuses closed and classes were suddenly shifted online, forcing students with disabilities to make quick adjustments.

Lessons Learned From the Spring Semester Online

One advantage that college officials have to plan for the fall is the ability to look back on the spring of COVID-19.

“Accommodations that had been approved for (face-to-face) communication were revisited, depending on the disabled students’ needs,” Mary Lee Vance, director of services for students with disabilities at California State University–Sacramento, wrote in an email.

While “not all students experienced a need

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UNC-Chapel Hill fall semester going online amid COVID-19 outbreaks, one week into classes

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Monday became the first major college to pivot to online classes after reopening in person. The reversal took one week.

Since the university started courses in person Aug. 10, it has reported at least four clusters of outbreaks of COVID-19 in student living spaces. Undergraduate courses will go remote Wednesday, and the university said it will reduce the density in its dorms.

UNC was one of the first and largest universities to bring students back to campus for in-person classes. It was under close scrutiny as a potential harbinger for other institutions planning on resuming face-to-face instruction this month or next.

“As much as we believe we have worked diligently to help create a healthy and safe campus living and learning environment, we believe the current data presents an untenable situation,” wrote the university’s chancellor, Kevin Guskiewicz, and its provost, Robert

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Helen of Troy Looks Poised on Online Strength & High Demand

Helen of Troy Limited HELE appears to be in a good spot amid all the pandemic-led frenzy. This consumer products provider has seen its shares rally as much as 16.5% so far this year against the industry’s decline of 25.1%. Notably, Helen of Troy has been benefiting from the strength of its Leadership Brands as well as strong digital efforts. In fact, the company’s online sales have been rising amid the coronavirus-induced social distancing. Also, its Health & Home segment saw solid demand trends amid the pandemic during the first quarter of fiscal 2021.

On that note, let’s delve deeper into the Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) company’s growth drivers.  You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Factors Sketching Helen of Troy’s Growth Story

Helen of Troy has been focused on making solid investments in its “Leadership Brands,” which have been delivering robust

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A-level students take legal action against Ofqual as 200,000 sign online petition

A protest outside the Department for Education earlier this week. (Getty)
A protest outside the Department for Education earlier this week. (Getty)

A-level students have launched legal action against England’s exam regulator Ofqual over what they describe as a “ridiculous and insane” marking system.

Thousands of teenagers were left angered after almost 40% of predicted grades were downgraded by the regulator’s “moderation” algorithm, leaving many missing out on their first choice universities.

Ofqual issued guidance on Saturday setting out the criteria for students to make appeals on the basis of their mock exam results, only for it to be taken down hours later.

In a brief statement, Ofqual said the policy was “being reviewed” by its board and that further information would be released “in due course”.

A student receives his A Level results on Thursday. (Getty)
A student receives his A Level results on Thursday. (Getty)

The Good Law Project is now supporting six students over a judicial review of Ofqual’s “failings”.

Data from Ofqual shows independent schools saw an

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After Big Ten postponement, Ohio State QB Justin Fields creates online petition to advocate for a fall season

Justin Fields has resorted to creating an internet petition to advocate to play football this fall.

The Ohio State quarterback created a petition on MoveOn.org directed to Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren and school presidents and athletic directors in the conference under the #WeWantToPlay hashtag. The Big Ten was the first Power Five conference to postpone football to the spring of 2021 when it made the abrupt decision on Tuesday.

“We, the football players of the Big Ten, together with the fans and supporters of college football, request that the Big Ten Conference immediately reinstate the 2020 football season,” Fields’ petition states. “Allow Big Ten players/teams to make their own choice as to whether they wish to play or opt out this fall season. Allow Big Ten players/teams who choose to opt out of playing a fall season to do so without penalty or repercussion.

“Why is this important?

“We

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