University of Utah proceeding as planned for vice presidential debate Wednesday

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The vice presidential debate Wednesday is still proceeding as planned for now after President Trump’s positive coronavirus diagnosis, according to the University of Utah.

The university is hosting the event in Salt Lake City on Oct. 7.

A university spokesman said Friday that anybody who requests access to the security perimeter and those in the debate hall must test negative for the coronavirus and wear a mask at all times.

Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala D. Harris both tested negative for the virus Friday.

There will be exceptions for the mask mandate during the debate for Mr. Pence, Ms. Harris, and moderator Susan Page.

According to reporters who were at Tuesday’s debate between Mr. Trump and Joseph R. Biden, many people on the president’s side of the room, including his four adult children, eschewed the Cleveland Clinic’s requirement that attendees wear masks once they were in their seats.

First lady Melania Trump, who also tested positive for the virus, was spotted wearing a mask as she walked to her seat but eventually took it off, according to Bloomberg’s Tyler Pager.

Mr. Trump himself lampooned Mr. Biden during the debate for his mask-wearing habits.

“Our policy is that everyone must wear a mask,” said Shawn Wood, the University of Utah spokesman, when asked about possible enforcement mechanisms for attendees at the vice presidential debate.

The Cleveland Clinic, the health advisor for the Commission on Presidential Debates, said in a statement Friday that everyone inside the debate hall on Tuesday had tested negative for COVID-19 prior to entry and that they believe there was a low risk of exposure for the guests.

“Individuals entering the debate hall were masked and in some cases removed their masks once seated,” the medical center also said. “A Cleveland Clinic physician


Towson University student stabbed in off-campus Wednesday night dispute, police say

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A Towson University student has been treated for injuries and discharged from the hospital after he was stabbed in his Towson apartment building on Wednesday night, according to police.

Four men had been let into the apartment at the student housing complex Altus Apartments on West Susquehanna Avenue at 7:30 p.m. by the victim’s roommate, Baltimore County police spokeswoman Jennifer Peach said.

The student, 19, was inside the apartment when at 7:51 p.m. he overheard an argument between one of his roommates and the men in the hallway outside their unit, Peach said.

The argument escalated into a physical altercation that moved inside the apartment, Peach said. The unidentified student was stabbed once in the upper body by an unknown object after he and a third roommate intervened in the fight, she said.

It’s not clear if any of the assailants were also students, Peach said.

The men left the building in the direction of York Road, according to a campus alert from Towson University police. Their direction after that is unknown, campus police said.

Peach said police are reviewing surveillance video of the assault caught on Altus Apartments cameras.

Police reports do not say what sparked the dispute. Witnesses did not say if anything was stolen, Peach said.

Anyone with information about the assault is asked to call Baltimore County police at 410-887-2361.


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