News that a Native American professor died Friday of coronavirus after her university forced her to teach a seminar in April prompted dozens of angry reactions from academics and journalists. But according to the university and numerous people who followed the story, the professor and her supposed death appear to be completely made up.
The Twitter accounts of Dr. BethAnn McLaughlin and the Hopi Arizona State University (ASU) professor known as @Sciencing_Bi were suspended by Monday morning for violating Twitter’s “spam and platform manipulation policies,” a Twitter spokesperson told the Daily Caller News Foundation in an email. The suspension came after McLaughlin, who is a former faculty member at Vanderbilt University’s Center for Matrix Biology, posted a lengthy eulogy for @Sciencing_Bi on Friday.
SAN CLEMENTE ISLAND, Calif. — At least one Marine is dead, eight other people are presumed dead and two others are hurt following a “mishap” involving an amphibious assault vehicle off the Southern California coast, officials said early Friday.
Update 10:25 a.m. EDT Aug. 3: Officials have identified the Marine killed and the seven Marines and one sailor presumed dead after a “mishap” during a training exercise Thursday off the coast of California’s San Clemente Island.