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‘Let’s Not Live a Lie’

Usha Reddi snapped photos of Kansas State University students hanging out at a bar in tightly packed groups with hardly a mask in sight. Reddi, the mayor of Manhattan, home to Kansas State, posted those photos on Facebook, which prompted hundreds of comments — including some unpleasant ones directed at her. But she doesn’t regret the post. “Let’s not live a lie that students are going to come and socially distance and wear a face mask and be fine with it,” Reddi says. “That’s not what’s going to be happening.”Mayors of college towns find themselves in an awkward spot as
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