Southwest Airlines Threatens To Furlough Employees For The First Time Ever

Frustrated with efforts to secure wage cuts from pilots, flight attendants, and other employees, Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV) on Thursday put wheels in motion to furlough up to 6,828 employees early next year.

Southwest and other airlines have been hit hard by the pandemic, with industry revenue expected to be down 65% or more year over year in the current quarter. The industry has been busy cutting costs, but Southwest to date has been able to avoid layoffs thanks to voluntary retirements and workers agreeing to take extended leaves of absence.

Southwest CEO Gary Kelly in October called unions back to the table, saying workers would need to “sacrifice more” if furloughs were to be avoided. But those talks have gone nowhere, and the airline, according to a report in the Dallas Morning News, has issued furlough warnings to flight crews.

While layoffs and furloughs have been common during downturns throughout aviation history, Southwest stands out because it has never furloughed an employee in its 50-year history. But the company — in issuing Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notices (WARN) to 1,221 pilots, 1,500 flight attendants, and about 4,100 other employees — said furloughs are on the horizon absent a deal on cuts.

The furloughs would come as early as March 15 or April 1, according to the report.

Even though the WARN notices have been issued, furloughs are not a foregone conclusion. Southwest has said if it can get union workers to agree to 10% pay cuts or come up with other ways to save money, the furloughs can be avoided.

If air traffic doesn't triple, Southwest Airlines warned it may lay off staff If air traffic doesn’t triple, Southwest Airlines warned it may lay off staff Photo: AFP / Frederic J. BROWN

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Lou Whiteman has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Southwest Airlines. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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#2 Baylor vs. #5 Illinois live stream, NCAA college basketball, TV channel, start time, odds, predictions

The No. 2 ranked Baylor Bears will face the No. 5 ranked Illinois Fighting Illini on Wednesday from the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indy.



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Baylor is coming off a 86-52 win over Washington on Sunday to improve to 2-0 on the season. Baylor is averaging 99 points over their last two games and will look to continue that against the Fighting Illini tonight in a showcase matchup. Illinois is averaging 98.7 points per game and will look to improve to 4-0 on the season with a win tonight.

This will be a fun one, it has the signs of a high scoring affair that you will not want to miss. Here is everything you need to know to tune in to tonight’s college basketball action:

#2 Baylor vs. #5 Illinois

When: Wednesday, December 2 Time: 10:00 p.m. ET TV Channel: ESPN Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free) 

Prediction: Both of these teams have no problem scoring and would expect a high scoring game. I think Baylor is the better team but expect to see a lot of three-point scoring at the end of the game with Illinois fighting to come back. Stay safe and take the over.

Bet: Over 142.5

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Baylor (-4.5) vs. Illinois

O/U: 142.5

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Advocates hope for Ohio education funding overhaul by year’s end, but state senators say there may not be enough time

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio House is expected to vote Thursday on a bill that would bring sweeping changes to how education is funded, since the current scheme was found unconstitutional 23 years ago.

But once in the Senate, House Bill 305 may not get far enough through the legislative process to advance to a floor vote, two senators said, explaining that there were numerous spending figures to review before year’s end, when the two-year General Assembly session expires. All bills that haven’t passed by then will die.

HB 305 is the result of years of work and negotiations in the public education community, since it would change how much money the state’s 610 school districts receive from the state and raise locally for education. Proponents argue that the current funding scheme isn’t a formula and what they’ve created in HB 305 is one that is logical and can be defended.

Sen. Matt Dolan, the Chagrin Falls Republican who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, said the components of HB 305 need to be in the next state budget bill, which will be passed next year.

“I remain hesitant to pass this,” he said. “There are still studies that need to be done. I think it’s going to be difficult to pass this out, out of the context of a state budget.”

Dolan said that the years of work that people have devoted to improving upon the bill can’t be vetted by the Senate in a matter of weeks.

Rep. John Patterson, an Ashtabula County Democrat, has been working on a new education funding formula since 2013. He began working on the issue with now Ohio House Speaker Bob Cupp, a Lima Republican, five years ago, and brought in members of the public education community to hammer out specifics of the bill three years ago.

He notes the bill has broad bipartisan support. It passed Thursday 32-0 in the House Finance Committee.

“We wanted to get it as right as we could for all, and I would be the first to tell you the bill is not perfect,” Patterson said. “No bill as complex as this one is perfect. But we labored to seek as much perfection as we could. That journey towards perfection cost us valuable time. I would be the first to admit that too. But the fruits of our labors were evidenced today in Finance with a vote of unanimity amongst my colleagues.”

Patterson is leaving the House at the end of the year, due to term limits.

Currently, the state’s education funding scheme attempts to equalize learning for all Ohio children, regardless of how rich or poor their community is, by bifurcating districts into two categories: those that are guaranteed state funding because their local property taxes can’t generate enough to educate students – which is 336 districts, or most of them – and the remaining ones with higher property values, which caps off the level of state funding they receive.

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#20 Kentucky vs. #7 Kansas live stream, NCAA college basketball, TV channel, start time, odds, predictions

The Kansas Jayhawks will host the Kentucky Wildcats in the State Farm Champions Classic from Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.



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Kentucky comes into this one at 1-1 on the young season, beating Morehead State in their opener and falling to a solid Richmond team on Sunday. This will be one of the biggest games on their schedule this year and they will need to be ready when they take on Kansas this evening. As for Kansas, they come into this at 1-1 on the season, losing to Gonzaga but picking up a nice win over Saint Joseph’s on Friday.

This will be one you won’t want to miss, here is everything you need to know to tune in to tonight’s college basketball action:

#20 Kentucky vs. #7 Kansas

When: Tuesday, December 1 Time: 9:30 p.m. ET TV Channel: ESPN Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free) 

Prediction: I really like Kansas in this spot and think they are the better team this year. Take the Jayhawks to win by at least 5 as this will be a fun one to watch.

Bet: Kansas Jayhawks or -4.5

How to watch NCAA Basketball this season

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Kentucky vs. Kansas -4.5

O/U: 143.5

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China lands spacecraft on the moon for the third time, another sign of its ambitions in space

China landed a spacecraft on the moon Tuesday whose mission is to mine rocks and soil and return them to Earth, another in a series of lunar missions that demonstrates the country’s emergence as a force in space exploration.



a train on a track with smoke coming out of it: A Long March-5 rocket carrying the Chang'e 5 lunar mission lifts off at the Wenchang Space Launch Center in Wenchang in southern China's Hainan Province, Nov. 24, 2020.


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A Long March-5 rocket carrying the Chang’e 5 lunar mission lifts off at the Wenchang Space Launch Center in Wenchang in southern China’s Hainan Province, Nov. 24, 2020.

The landing without a crew on board was China’s third on the lunar surface since 2013 and came almost two years after China pulled off a historic first — landing a spacecraft on the far side of the moon. And it comes as NASA is gearing up to send a series of scientific missions, and astronauts, to the lunar surface.

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If China’s Chang’e-5 mission succeeds, it would mark the first time a nation has retrieved samples from the moon since the U.S. and Soviet Union did it several decades ago. The mission, which includes a lander, an ascent vehicle, a service capsule and a return capsule, was launched Nov. 23 on China’s powerful Long March 5 rocket.

Chinese state media reported Tuesday that the probe “successfully landed” at its landing site, an area called Oceanus Procellarum. China didn’t immediately announce any other details about the landing.

On the lunar surface, the probe is expected to dig some seven feet deep, collecting as much as 4.5 pounds of rocks and lunar soil into the ascent vehicle, which would then meet up with the service capsule in lunar orbit and return to Earth.

Once the material is back on Earth, scientists would be able to calculate its age and examine it to determine its composition.

On Twitter, Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA’s associate administrator for the science mission directorate congratulated China. “This is no easy task,” he wrote. “When the samples collected on the Moon are returned to Earth, we hope everyone will benefit from being able to study this precious cargo that could advance the international science community.”

As part of its lunar exploration mission, NASA has been working to get countries around the world to adopt what it calls the “Artemis Accords,” a legal framework that would govern behavior in space and on celestial bodies like the moon. The accords are named for NASA’s current lunar program, Artemis.

The rules would allow private companies to extract lunar resources, create safety zones to prevent conflict and to ensure that countries act transparently about their plans in space, while sharing their scientific discoveries.

So far, several countries have signed on to the bilateral agreements, which NASA says builds on the 1967 Outer Space Treaty. But NASA is essentially prohibited from partnering with China in space activities and China is not among the signatories.

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College Football Playoff rankings release time, channel to watch second 2020 CFP selection show

Decisions aren’t getting easier anytime soon for the College Football Playoff selection committee.

As its second set of 2020 rankings are unveiled Tuesday night, the landscape of Playoff contenders remains complicated by COVID-19 cancelations and vastly different strengths of schedule. Ohio State, one of the teams named in the initial top four last week, couldn’t suit up against Illinois because of a coronavirus outbreak. USC, the last remaining Pac 12 squad with any hope of a Playoff appearance, might struggle to complete six games this year as the West Coast buckles down for a surge of hospitalizations and subsequent shutdowns.

Cincinnati and BYU, meanwhile, might not get a crack at the Playoff even if they go unbeaten through nine-plus contests.

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For now, the expected pecking order includes Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Clemson in some order. But if one of those teams loses before the end of the season, the field would plunge into complete chaos.

That’s why the weekly CFP rankings are interesting beyond the top four. With each update, the committee lays out a roadmap for what it intends to do if one of the best teams falters. It telegraphs which programs it will likely believe in come the Dec. 20 final selections and which ones it might snub.

With that in mind, here’s what to know about the second CFP rankings release of 2020:

What time are the College Football Playoff rankings released?

  • Date: Tuesday, Dec. 1
  • Start time: 7 p.m. ET

The College Football Playoff will unveil its second set of rankings at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Dec. 1. According to the official Playoff site, that will be the case for each of the ensuing rankings until Dec. 20, when the rankings will be released at noon.

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CFP rankings schedule 2020

The CFP rankings will be released on four consecutive Tuesdays from Nov. 24 to Dec. 15. The final rankings will be unveiled Dec. 20, the weekend all Power 5 conference championship games are played.

Here’s a look at the remaining schedule:

Date Time (ET)
Tuesday, Dec. 1 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 8 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 15 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 20 (Selection Sunday) Noon

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How to watch CFP selection show

Each of the Playoff rankings will take place on ESPN and can be live streamed on WatchESPN. All rankings leading into the College Football Playoff selection show on Sunday, Dec. 20, will be broadcast at 7 p.m. ET. The final show will take place at noon.

Each set of rankings can also be streamed on ESPN via fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial.

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1. Alabama (8-0)

2. Notre Dame (9-0)

3. Ohio

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Kickoff Time and Opening Line Set

Kickoff Time Set

Boston College have their opening kickoff time set for the season finale. The Eagles (5-4) and Cavaliers (4-4) will battle at 3:30 on Saturday, the game will be found on the RSN family of channels (NESN, YES, etc.).

The remainder of the ACC schedule is as follows

Saturday, Dec. 5
Western Carolina at North Carolina, noon, ACCN
Syracuse at Notre Dame, 2:30 p.m., NBC (previously announced)
Georgia Tech at NC State, 4 p.m., ACC Network
Clemson at Virginia Tech, 7:30 p.m., ABC
Miami at Duke, 8 p.m., ACC Network

Opening Line

The opening line has also been set for this game. According to the gambling website betonline.ag, the line has been set at UVA (-4). While both teams may look similar in records, there are probably a few factors why the Cavaliers are favored in this game. One, this a road game, and book makers usually associate that with a point to two in the direction of the home team. On top of that, they also take in account injuries, and with Phil Jurkovec’s status unknown that would mean more favorable odds for UVA. 

Other ACC odds include:

Syracuse at Notre Dame (-33)

Clemson (-21½) at Virginia Tech

Western Carolina at North Carolina (-49)

Florida State at Duke (-2½)

Georgia Tech at NC State (-7½)

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#14 North Carolina vs. UNLV live stream, NCAA college basketball, TV channel, start time, odds, predictions

The No. 14 ranked North Carolina Tar Heels will face the UNLV Rebels from Harrah’s Cherokee Center in Asheville, NC.



a close up of a man throwing a ball: No. 15: PG, Cole Anthony, North Carolina  Is Anthony the player some thought a year ago could be the No. 1 overall pick in this draft? Is he the massive disappointment who underachieved at North Carolina? Somewhere in the middle? It's worth taking him here to find out. Great value.


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No. 15: PG, Cole Anthony, North Carolina Is Anthony the player some thought a year ago could be the No. 1 overall pick in this draft? Is he the massive disappointment who underachieved at North Carolina? Somewhere in the middle? It’s worth taking him here to find out. Great value.

North Carolina is coming off a 79-60 win over the College of Charleston last time out, they were able to make a 14-0 first-half run and applied their defensive scheme to control the majority of the game. Meanwhile, UNLV is looking to rebound from a 91-78 loss to Montana State in the opener. They’ll have to play better on both sides of the ball if they plan to upset the Tar Heels tonight.

This will be one you won’t want to miss, here is everything you need to know to tune in to tonight’s college basketball action:

#14 North Carolina vs. UNLV

When: Monday, November 30 Time: 7:00 p.m. ET TV Channel: ESPN2 Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free) 

Prediction: As much as I’d love to take the point with UNLV in this game it is way too early to take the Rebels against a #14 ranked Tar Heel team. As the season goes on there will be plenty of time to bet on UNLV but this is a statement game for UNC.

Bet: UNC -13

NCAA Basketball Odds and Betting Lines

NCAA Basketball odds courtesy of BetMGM Sportsbook. Odds updated Monday at 2:40 p.m. ET.

North Carolina (-13) vs. UNLV

O/U: 153.5

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It’s time to focus on students (Opinion)

The outside of the northwest Baltimore elementary school where I have been principal for seven years is covered in a brightly colored, student-designed mural featuring portraits of our children and their families reading together. Our community can, quite literally, see themselves reflected in this artwork. The mural was part of a schoolwide project about brain science, literacy and art, all hallmarks of our school’s curriculum.



a graffiti covered wall: Mural at Callaway Elementary School


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Mural at Callaway Elementary School

Most of my students — nearly all of whom come from low-income families severely impacted by this pandemic — haven’t been inside our school since March. The uncertainty and emotional toil of this crisis, on top of the trauma my students have already experienced from living in one of the most violent neighborhoods in the city, is heartbreaking. Our school is an anchor for our students, a place where they know they belong, no matter what is going on at home or on their block.

Put simply: I am worried about losing an entire generation of students to this pandemic. That’s why I hope the next US Secretary of Education truly sees public education as the great equalizer for students like mine — children beating the odds, growing up in a neighborhood with limited access to fresh produce, on the edge of the Callaway-Garrison neighborhood that was redlined in the 1930s, nearly four miles from where Freddie Gray, a Black man whose death while in police custody sparked protests, lived. I want the next education secretary to understand and acknowledge the myriad impacts of long-standing systemic racism.

Moreover, I want the next education secretary to have an aggressive plan to address those injustices and dismantle racist systems for all students in real, tangible ways.

Like our mural, the next education secretary and his or her team must reflect the diversity of public schools. Even as the demographics of public school students have shifted to be majority children of color, the nation’s top education leaders have been mostly White. My students need federal leaders who understand the barriers — some seen and some not — that Black and Latinx students face every day in this country. They need to see themselves represented in the diversity of leadership at every level: teachers, principals, state and national education departments.

The education secretary must know that the odds stacked against my students were put there on purpose by generations of White supremacy, and that my school is the place that will give them wings to soar in life.

I live for the day when an education secretary visits my school and engages in a deep discussion with us about good instruction and what yields the best results for our students. When I tell the next education secretary that my school saw the biggest gains in English in our district in 2018, I want him or her to know what a big deal that is for my student population and to talk in depth with us about how we

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Guerin-teed it was quite a week: College football coaches can’t descend into child’s play at a time like this | OU Sports Extra

I understand the pandemic has stressed out everyone, college football coaches included. Now that we’ve reached December and it appears we’re headed for a postseason, the coaches aren’t just trying to keep their team together, they’re jockeying for playoff/bowl/conference championship position. So that’s another layer of tension.

And yet this does not justify adults acting like children.

Remember August, when we decided to proceed with the season? We entrusted the coaches to live up to their role-model responsibilities, to take extra care of their players by being extra mature in the face of difficulties we all knew were coming.

The coaches have gotten a lot of those responsibilities right since then. That helps explain why so much of the season has been played.

There are no free passes, however, when silly gamesmanship causes bad behavior. Coaches can’t lose their way just because it’s late in the season and championships and postseason appearances are at stake.

They are still at stake for Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Tulsa, but Lincoln Riley, Mike Gundy and Philip Montgomery can’t lose their way. There’s too much riding on them, and no I’m not talking about contract bonuses or bowl game payouts.

They have to be adults, every second of every day, so their kids can meet the challenges of this season unlike any other, and everyone can make it through.

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