Raising the Bar for Loan Forgiveness ; Monkey Shatters Zoo Glass ; and More Picks 9/3

‘It’s Going to Be a Crisis’: Turning Out the Lights at the Undermanned FEC (Chris)

The author writes, “The nation’s chief elections watchdog agency … will no longer have enough members to legally meet and conduct business, prompting concern about whether the Federal Election Commission will be able to oversee how money is spent in elections and determine if campaigns are following the law.”

Study: Fault Below LA and Long Beach Ports Is Active, Not Dormant (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “For years, researchers have believed the Wilmington blind-thrust fault has been dormant for millions of years. However, researchers found that the fault line, which was the subject of the study published in August by the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, is indeed active and may on its own generate quakes as large as magnitude 6.4. And if the Wilmington interacts with other nearby faults in Torrance, Compton and Huntington Beach, the researchers warn that the effect could be an even larger, more disastrous 7.4 magnitude quake.”

Raising the Bar for Loan Forgiveness (Judy)

From Inside Higher Ed: “The Trump administration’s final borrower-defense regulations — a key part of a new approach to college accountability — cut billions in potential loan relief for students who allege they were defrauded.”

Film ‘Official Secrets’ Is Tip of Mammoth Iceberg (Gerry)

The author writes, “Official Secrets refers not only to the Official Secrets Act, but also to the actions of so many who revere officialdom, and abide by the decorum of not acknowledging clear truths that would show the brutal face of the authorities.”

Monkey Shatters Zoo Glass With Sharpened Stone (Mili)

The author writes, “The animal’s apparent escape attempt was still fruitless, however, as the pane of glass remained intact as a result of its reinforcement.”