Month: August 2020

Tennessee parents send kids back to school amid new COVID-19 cases

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Monday was back to school for students in Sumner County, Tennessee. 

But unlike in past years, parents are grappling with difficult decisions as to how to send their children back safely as the novel coronavirus pandemic continues, and what those decisions will mean for their families.

Even as the vast majority of school districts around the country prepare to reopen in some form over the next month, new cases of COVID-19 were reported at schools that resumed in-person instruction last week in Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and elsewhere in Tennessee. 

Sumner has remained among the counties reporting the highest case counts in Tennessee during the pandemic. There were 3,178 confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases in the county as of Monday, the latest data available from the Tennessee Department of Health. Of those, 1,348 cases are active. There have been 1,760 recoveries and 70 deaths.

Levels of comfort range

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100-Year-Old Antitrust Laws Are No Match for Big Tech

(Bloomberg Opinion) — When U.S. antitrust laws were first written more than a hundred years ago, the word “data” had a slightly different meaning, referring mainly to facts and manually-compiled information. You didn’t hear it much in everyday language, and it certainly wasn’t associated with trust-busting. In the digital world of today, it’s come to mean the measurable tidbits and inputs that add up to make every program and app — and thus much of the world’s economy — function. And the fact that it isn’t anywhere to be found in antitrust rules is a big problem.

To have data is to have power, and collecting it is the lifeblood of four of the most valuable companies in America: Facebook Inc., Google, Amazon.com Inc. and Apple Inc. Together, they are worth more than $5 trillion by market cap. That’s like adding up the market values of Walmart Inc., Johnson &

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Elk Grove mayor did nothing to stop campaign aide’s sexist, racist remarks, local official says

The last time Mayor Steve Ly ran for re-election two years ago, he formed a coalition with five other candidates who shared his progressive views, and together they called themselves “Team Elk Grove.”

While four out of the six candidates won their political races, the bitterness created during the months-long grind still casts a long shadow over their victories.

This week, Jaclyn Moreno, who successfully ran for a position on the Cosumnes Community Services District board, said in an interview that she was subjected to a steady stream of harassment that was often sexist from one of Ly’s campaign employees.

Even after appealing to the mayor more than once asking him to intervene, Moreno said her concerns were acknowledged but the employee continued working on Ly’s 2018 campaign. So, Moreno said, she attended fewer campaign events with “Team Elk Grove,” avoiding those in which the aide was present. She even

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Five Democratic candidates battle for two House District seats in northern Miami-Dade County

An open Aug. 18 primary with no Republican candidates running will decide which Democrats will represent House District 107 and House District 108 in northern Miami-Dade County.

Two Democrats are seeking to replace term-limited incumbent Barbara Watson in House District 107, which runs from North Miami to Miami Gardens.

And in House District 108, which covers parts of Miami-Dade County that include Biscayne Park, Miami Shores and part of downtown Miami, incumbent Dotie Joseph is looking to fend off two challengers — including the former state representative she defeated in the 2018 primary.

The novel coronavirus has forced the candidates to find non-traditional ways to reach voters in the predominantly Black districts, both of which lean heavily Democratic. Some candidates are using technology to host virtual events. Others are placing door hangers and fliers outside of voters’ houses — but staying socially distant — and one candidate is using a

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‘I Totally Transformed My Body Once I Started Weightlifting And Eating More Whole Foods And Healthy Fats’

Photo credit: Mari Llewellyn
Photo credit: Mari Llewellyn

From Women’s Health

My name is Mari Llewellyn (@marillewellyn), and I am 26 years old. I live in New York City, and I am an entrepreneur. I’ve lost 90 pounds over two years through finding my love for weightlifting and learning more about nutrition that works for me.

Weight was never a struggle for me when I was growing up. I didn’t think about what I ate, and I was always on the smaller side in terms of body size. However, all of that changed when I got to college. On the outside it looked like I was having a great time in school—I was going out a lot and I had a ton of friends. But in reality, I experienced a lot of inner pain.

It was a very dark period of time for me. I began to have issues with depression

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Where to Buy Clear Face Masks Online

The face mask has become an everyday staple. Wearing a face covering can help slow the spread of the coronavirus. It can also make it harder to hear and impossible to read lips, which makes day-to-day life in the age of social distancing especially difficult for the deaf and hard of hearing community.

But there’s an alternative! Clear face masks are a great option to increase visibility of the face. These masks feature transparent, see-through panels that allow others to read lips and see facial expressions, while still protecting the wearer from excessive exposure.

Available in various patterns and colors, several brands and stores are now offering clear face masks. Now you can protect yourself and others and see their lovely smile.

Many retailers have started offering personal protective equipment (PPE), including face masks for adults, face masks for kids, face masks with matching outfits and face masks for exercising.

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1 billion students impacted by school closures; Census to end 2020 counting operations early; Hawaii cases surge

President Donald Trump is considering executive action as congressional leaders and White House officials struggle to reach a deal on the next coronavirus relief package.

As more schools across the country welcome students back to class this week, some are already temporarily reclosing because of COVID-19 concerns. In Indiana, one school is shutting down two days after an employee tested positive for the virus. In another Indiana school, a student tested positive after the first day back to school.

The United Nations estimates more than one billion students worldwide have been affected by school closures. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the pandemic has created the largest disruption to education in history.

Here are some significant developments:

  • The Census Bureau will halt all counting efforts by Sept. 30, a month earlier than planned.

  • The NFL and the NFL Players Association set Thursday as deadline for players planning to opt out of the

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75 years on, Japan bomb survivors make final pleas for abolition

As Japan marks 75 years since the devastating attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the last generation of nuclear bomb survivors are working to ensure their message lives on after them.

The “hibakusha” — literally “person affected by the bomb” — have for decades been a powerful voice calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons.

There are an estimated 136,700 left, many of whom were infants or unborn children at the time of the attacks.

The average age of a survivor now is a little over 83, according to Japan’s health ministry, lending an urgency as they share their testimonies and call for a ban on nuclear weapons.

“What we hibakusha are saying is we can’t repeat (a nuclear attack),” 88-year-old Terumi Tanaka, who survived the Nagasaki bombing, told AFP ahead of the anniversaries.

“To this end, we have to let people know what we experienced, for them to hear the

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15 Cheap Foods to Buy When You’re Broke

When money is tight, you’re obviously going to cut back on what you’re spending at the grocery store. But while spending less at the grocery store is a seemingly simple way to stretch your dollars, buying cheap foods for budget meals can wind up costing you — if you aren’t strategic. For instance, if you live on cheap snack foods that pack on the pounds and produce high cholesterol, eventually you could spend plenty on health care costs.

[See: 9 Secrets to Save Money on a Shoestring Budget.]

So try to fill your cart with inexpensive but also nutritious food items. If you’re looking for something tasty, healthy and cheap, consider these recommended items.

— Beans.

— Oats.

— Frozen vegetables.

— Bananas.

— Spinach.

— Brown rice.

— Eggs.

— Canned tuna or salmon.

— Chuck roast.

— Potatoes.

— Ramen noodles.

— Tomatoes.

— Pasta.

— Flour.

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How pandemic pods and zutors are changing home-schooling

When the number of coronavirus cases began to rise in the San Francisco area in early July, mother of one Lian Chikako Chang started a Facebook group to support local families and teachers who were suddenly facing the prospect of schools not opening in person as planned in mid-August.

The “Pandemic Pods” group, which aims to help with childcare and schooling needs, grew to more than 30,000 members within three weeks, as areas across the US were hit by Covid-19 spikes and more schools decided to stay shut.

“Families were left scrabbling for solutions,” says Ms Chang. “Most parents have to work, and most jobs are not compatible with home-schooling”.

And it’s not just Facebook parents are turning to. Matchmaking apps and websites have sprung up offering to help parents connect with other families to form “safe” learning pods, or match them with teachers who can give online lessons, dubbed

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