COVID-19 testing site at Alliant Energy Center reopens, long lines reported

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MADISON, Wis. — The COVID-19 testing site at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison temporarily closed Tuesday afternoon.

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office tweeted about the closure around 1 p.m. citing a computer issue.

About an hour later, the agency sent another tweet saying the computer system was up and running again, but slowly.

Testing resumed with the computer system back up, but long lines were reported.

Dane County deputies are allowing people to park and wait if they choose, the post said.

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Virginia’s voter registration site goes offline on deadline date

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The outage was caused by a broken cable near the Commonwealth Enterprise Solutions Center.


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This story is part of Elections 2020, CNET’s coverage of the run-up to voting in November.

The last chance to register to vote in Virginia will have to be offline, after a severed cable took the state’s voter registration website down on Tuesday. It’s the last day to register to vote in the state, but the outage could potentially lock out thousands of voters. 

Election officials already anticipated a surge of voters for the 2020 presidential race, many of whom would be registering online because of the coronavirus pandemic. While its website is down, Virginia’s department of elections is encouraging people to register to vote by printing out a paper application. 

“Due to a network outage the Citizen Portal is temporarily unavailable,” a notice on the voter registration website said. “We are working with our network providers to restore service as quickly as possible.”

The outage was caused by a cut fiber cable near the Commonwealth Enterprise Solutions Center, the department of elections said. The cut cable affected several of Virginia’s websites, not just the voter registration site. 

It’s unclear when the sites will be back online, but the Virginia Information Technologies Agency said on Tuesday morning that technicians were working on-site to repair the cut


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Justin Fairfax, Virginia’s lieutenant governor, is pushing for an extension to the voter registration deadline because of the outage. 

“I am officially calling for Virginia’s Registration Deadline to be extended beyond today due to the service outages impacting voters’ ability to register

Fake ‘Meghan for President’ site suggests voters spoil ballots

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A fake website campaigning for Meghan Markle to become president of the United States appears to be encouraging people to spoil their ballots.

Meghanforpresident.com appeared in recent days and uses pictures of the Duchess of Sussex with mottos like “together, we will lead”.

The site has been called “obviously fake” by a source close to the couple but it may concern Meghan that it encourages voters to write her name on their ballot papers.

In a blog post about ‘write-in candidates’, it shares this advice from the US government website: “Besides the names on your ballot, you may be able to write in names of other candidates. Most states let you write in votes for president, U.S. senator, and U.S. representative. They may also allow write-in votes for governor and other state offices. 

“Check with your state election office to find out the rules for your state. If you check using your state’s election website, enter “write-in candidates” in the search bar.”

It would allow people to show support for Meghan as a candidate, but it would be unlikely that with no campaigning she would garner the votes needed to be elected.

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Meghan, Harry and Archie now live in California. (WireImage)

While the duchess has been vocal in encouraging people to vote, she has avoided naming any specific candidate she may be backing.

A source close to the couple said: “It’s obviously fake. I would encourage people not to give it more attention than it deserves – especially as it’s collecting people’s email addresses and encouraging people to spoil ballots.”

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Top Mod Site Bans All U.S. Political Mods For Rest Of The Year

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Mods come in all shapes and sizes. Some turn you into Shrek. Others turn your enemies into Shrek. A few add Donkey, but they’re (sadly) rarer. There are also political mods. Or at least, on top mod site Nexus Mods, there were. Now they’re banned until at least early next year.

The site announced its decision to ban specifically U.S.-focused political mods in a post earlier today.

“Considering the low quality of the mods being uploaded, the polarising views they express, and the fact that a small but vocal contingent of our users are seemingly not intelligent or grown up enough to be able to debate the issues without resorting to name calling and baseless accusations without proof (indicative of the wider issues plaguing our world at this time) we’ve decided to wipe our hands clean of this mess and invoke an outright ban on mods relating to sociopolitical issues in the United States,” wrote Nexus Mods owner Robin “Dark0ne” Scott. “We have neither the time, the care, or the wish to moderate such things. This ban will apply to all mods uploaded from the 28th of September onwards. We will review this restriction sometime after the next President of the United States has been inaugurated.”

A blanket ban on anything of this nature is, of course, an act of both-sides-ism and false equivalence between frequently unlike concepts (leftism vs outright fascism, etc). However, it also sounds like Nexus Mods users were trafficking in low-quality troll content that referenced Donald Trump, police, and other contentious topics, mostly for the sake of edginess or shock value. For example, a Reddit post from a month ago complains about “3 Trump/police related mods [on] the front page” of Nexus ModsSkyrim

Alicia Keys’ Keys Soulcare Beauty Lifestyle Site Launched: Details

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It’s here! Alicia Keys launched her Keys Soulcare site and it’s filled with all kinds of good-for-you tips, tricks and stories.

On Tuesday, September 29, the lifestyle website went live as part of the 39-year-old singer’s new lifestyle beauty brand. Though there aren’t any products dropping until later this year, for now we’re grateful to have the platform to tide Us over.

In one of the posts, the “Girl on Fire” performer shares her nighttime beauty routine. ″I actually love getting undone at night,” she says in the accompanying video. “It’s my time. I love taking the time to just bring it down.”

During the nearly 10-minute clip, she intersperses a skincare regimen with a self care ritual. This means lightning candles and sipping tea while she cleans her face and banishes pimples.

“My face is very prone to breakouts, so I am a fanatic about my face wash. I can’t just use everything,” she says as she displays Osmosis Deep Clean Detox Cleanser. When it comes to her spot treatment, she loves Advanced Anti-Blemish Lotion with Sulfur. ″Sulfur is the bomb!″

Once the bulk of her skincare is handled, she focuses on things that “make me feel good.” This includes applying essential oil to her “third eye,” her wrists and behind her ears. ″I am trying to be the most in-tune, in-touch individual, period!”

There are also other less-personal self care posts that cover topics like sleeping, meditation and creativity.

Back in August, it was announced that Keys was teaming up with e.l.f. Beauty to launch a new lifestyle beauty brand. “For me, you know, beauty is about the soul and the heart and the spirit and what comes through you and what comes out of you,” the Grammy Award-winner said in a