This week, Labor Day parties stop in-person classes, young teachers die of COVID-19

College parties and a rise in COVID-19 infections have led to the cancellation of in-person classes this week. (Getty Images)
College parties and a rise in COVID-19 infections have led to the cancellation of in-person classes this week. (Getty Images)

Students are headed back to class amid the coronavirus pandemic, and to keep you posted on what’s unfolding throughout U.S. schools — K-12 as well as colleges — Yahoo Life is running a weekly wrap-up featuring news bites, interviews and updates on the ever-unfolding situation.

2 young teachers die from COVID-19 complications

A third-grade teacher at Windsor Elementary School in Columbia, S.C., died on Monday, days after her COVID-19 diagnosis. Music lover Demetria Bannister, 28, was known as “Windsor’s Songbird,” principal Denise Quickel said in a press release sent to Yahoo Life. Bannister last visited campus on Aug. 28 and began teaching remotely on Aug. 31. On Friday, Richland School District Two, of which Windsor Elementary School is a part, learned of her test results and began contact tracing and

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Stocks Can’t Muster Second Day of Gains


Billionaire David Shaw Pours Money Into 3 “Strong Buy” Stocks

Are the tides turning on Wall Street? Stocks fell in the past three trading sessions, as investors abandoned the tech heavyweights that have been at the forefront of the market’s remarkable charge forward. What’s behind the sell-off? Sky-high valuations reminiscent of the dot-com era have sparked fears of a tech bubble. To this end, investors are wondering if this pullback is just a correction, or if it is the start of a larger drawdown.In times like these, the legends can offer some guidance. We are referring to the people that transformed the way we play the investing game, namely David Shaw.A former Columbia University computer-science professor, Shaw founded the D. E. Shaw group at a small bookstore in New York City in 1988. Starting out with six employees and $28 million in capital, he pioneered a new investing approach,

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These 10 Mashable reader favorites are all on sale for Labor Day

These 10 Mashable reader favorites are all on sale for Labor Day
These 10 Mashable reader favorites are all on sale for Labor Day

It’s no secret that Labor Day has some of the best deals of the year, and 2020 is no different. Instead of overwhelming you with all the different sales out there, we’re taking a look back at some recent favorite deals that are marked down this weekend and this weekend only.

All you need to do is use the promo code GOFORIT15 at checkout to snag the 15% off reflected in these prices — happy shopping!

Mobile Pixels DUEX Pro Portable Dual Monitor

We’ve been singing the praises of the Mobile Pixels DUEX Pro Portable Dual Monitor for almost a year now, and it’s only become more essential if you’ve been working from home. This device raised over $1 million in funding on IndieGoGo for its genius ability to easily turn any laptop into a dual-screen monitor. Originally

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Austin Officials Offer Labor Day Safety Tips Amid COVID-19

AUSTIN, TX — With Labor Day weekend upon us, Austin Public Health is reminding everyone to avoid large crowds and continue to wear face coverings, practice social distancing and proper hygiene to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Within a few weeks following the Memorial Day holiday, Austin-Travis County saw a surge in new cases and hospitalizations due to social gatherings and re-opened businesses, officials wrote in an advisory. It then took the community nearly two months to see a substantial decline in the 7-day moving average of new cases and hospital admissions.

“As of Sept. 3, the current 7-day moving average of new cases in Austin-Travis County is 72, a daily case count as low as we have seen since early June,” health district officials wrote. And yet while the community stepped up to the challenge and made huge strides to reduce the spread of COVID-19 over the past

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What can you do this Labor Day in Sacramento? Eat at DoCo, catch a show and more

Don’t let the pandemic stop you from enjoying your long weekend. Labor Day weekend events are still happening in the Sacramento area, even if barbecues, travel and large gatherings have mostly gone out the window. We’ve compiled a list of socially-distanced options.

Attend a socially-distanced concert

Three nights of live drive-in concerts will allow rock fans to enjoy music from the safety of their cars during Roll-In and Rock Out. Tribute bands will pay homage to Fleetwood Mac, Heart and Journey, among other throwback acts. The Elk Grove event will also feature a variety of food trucks. Tickets start at $60 on EventBrite, with a portion of the proceeds going to support Autism Speaks.

Another musical option: The 14th annual Tejano Conjunto festival is still on. The concert will take place in Cesar Chavez Plaza on Sunday, September 6, from 1 to 7 p.m. Tickets cost $30.

Go to a

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Best Labor Day 2020 Fashion Sales

Make some room in your closet, because these long weekend fashion deals can’t be missed!

DSW you can take an extra 20% off clearance boots! Over at Good American, they’re offering an additional 50% off sale items! And at ModCloth, you can take 30% off regular priced items, and an additional 40% off all sale items!” data-reactid=”25″For example, at DSW you can take an extra 20% off clearance boots! Over at Good American,

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Fauci issues warning ahead of Labor Day; DeSantis vows not to lock down Florida again; NYC delays school openings

California’s latest reopening plan drew scrutiny, Florida’s governor vowed no more lockdowns and New York City delayed in-school learning Tuesday, one day after the nation reached 6 million confirmed cases of coronavirus.

A new month could bring new hope to Californians who suffered through their deadliest COVID-19 month in August. The state reported 3,707 deaths connected to COVID-19 in August, up 18% over July. But infection and hospitalization rates have been in decline in recent weeks, and average daily deaths also began dropping in recent weeks, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis.

In Iowa, the nation’s latest hot spot, Iowa State University is planning to have around 25,000 fans at its home opener Sept. 12. White House coronavirus experts have warned Iowa leaders that the state has the country’s steepest outbreak and suggested the state should close bars in 61 counties and test all returning college students.

Nationally, Dr.

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Russian opposition leader Navalny ‘risks his life every day’

MOSCOW (AP) — As Russia’s most determined and durable opposition figure, Alexei Navalny has employed an astute understanding of social media and an accountant’s ability to wade through financial data, a knack for sardonic humor and fierce resolve in the face of repeated threats.

Navalny, a lawyer by training, earned a reputation as a Kremlin enemy writing about official corruption. His activism expanded to organizing anti-government protests and seeking political office, and over the years he’d experienced frequent jailings, a chemical attack and an unexplained illness.

Now, his family, friends and supporters have a new reason to worry. The 44-year-old opposition remained in grave condition in a Siberian hospital Friday more than a day after he became ill on a flight back to Moscow and fell into a coma. His allies suspect he drank poisoned tea before boarding the plane.

His wife wants him moved to a clinic in Germany

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‘It’s a frustrating period.’ Yet LAUSD teachers muster smiles on the first day of school

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Gladys Alvarez, a fifth grade teacher at Manchester Avenue Elementary School in South Los Angeles, talks to her students via Zoom during a meet-and-greet on Wednesday. (Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times)

It wasn’t problem free and frustrations flared through the day, but as formal instruction began Thursday in Los Angeles public schools, students, parents and teachers attempted to project a positive face on the difficult work of distance-learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Also on Thursday, L.A. schools Supt. Austin Beutner provided new details on how the district’s nascent COVID-19 testing and contract tracing would work. These plans became slightly more pressing when a county health official suggested that positive health trends could soon permit the potential reopening of elementary schools.

In thousands of classrooms, hundreds of thousands of tiny faces appeared on screen for online classes, provoking worry among some teachers about how they

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Like spring, Broward’s first day of school held online marred by some technical glitches

The virtual school door had problems opening Wednesday morning in Broward County.

Students were met with log-in errors, slow connectivity and crashing dashboards during the first day of the new school year, held virtually at public schools across Broward County.

The issues frustrated parents who were hoping their children would have a smoother experience than the abrupt online transition in the spring at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

At a press conference at the school district’s Fort Lauderdale headquarters, Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie said an estimated 197,000 students attended online school Wednesday out of the 261,000 students enrolled in the district. There were 212,000 people on the online system simultaneously, including teachers and administrators.

He called reports of glitches on Canvas, the district’s online learning platform, “exaggerated.” He said the district does not expect the same issues to happen Thursday.

“There was a period between 8:35 and 8:50,

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