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From child care stipends to flexible schedules, companies aim to help parents juggle remote learning and work again this fall

When the state issued its stay-at-home order in March, Gina LaMonica, 39, a partner with Chicago law firm Perkins Coie, had just returned from a work trip.

Overnight, the COVID-19 pandemic turned her Park Ridge home into an office and a school as she and her husband juggled their careers and the care of their two young daughters. Worlds collided, work shifted to all hours of the day and night, and somehow, they made it to the summer, exhausted and fully employed.

“It was very difficult,” LaMonica said. “Those were long days.”

For working parents like LaMonica, the pending start of the school year, which brings the anxiety of new teachers, schedules and courses under even the best of circumstances, is looming as a major source of stress.

A growing list of companies are pushing office reopenings to 2021 and many school districts, including Chicago Public Schools, are nixing even

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U.S. Cases Rise 1.1%; California Second-Worst Day: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) — California had its second-deadliest day in the pandemic and Florida’s case count topped 500,000. Texas’s test positivity rate reached a three-week high. New York City is setting up checkpoints at key entry areas to enforce state quarantine rules for travelers.

Joe Biden will accept the Democratic Party’s nomination from Delaware rather than risk traveling to Milwaukee. Chicago, the country’s third-largest school district, will have remote learning for public schools when classes resume next month.

Johnson & Johnson will supply 100 million doses of its experimental Covid-19 vaccine to the U.S. The U.K. agreed to invest $18 million in a Scottish vaccine-manufacturing plant, while Moderna Inc. said it has received $400 million of deposits for its potential Covid-19 shot.

Key Developments

Global Tracker: Global cases top 18.6 million; deaths pass 702,000Fauci says testing too slow while Trump says it’s ‘best ever’CDC warns against drinking sanitizer after reports of deathsJapan’s

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Why so many men are getting botched hair transplants

Demand for hair transplants has risen in the UK in recent years, fuelled by advancing technology and social media
Demand for hair transplants has risen in the UK in recent years, fuelled by advancing technology and social media

Guilherme dos Santos was 36 when he first noticed clumps of his brown hair falling out in the shower. His father had gone bald as a young man, and a panicky dos Santos became convinced he would meet the same fate. After some gentle encouragement from his wife, he began stocking up on hair-thickening shampoos and, when they failed, he took to Google and came across a clinic in Turkey advertising “miracle” hair transplants. They even offered to pick patients up from Istanbul airport, plus a night of recovery in a five-star hotel, all for £2,000 – significantly less than the £6,000 to £13,000 charged for similar procedures at UK clinics.

“It was so cheap, it stunned me,” remembers dos Santos, a taxi driver who lives in Bracknell, Berkshire, with his

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Thousands Still Without Power In Essex County After Storm

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Weather forecasters warned about the potential impact of Tropical Storm Isaias in New Jersey. And on Wednesday – a day after the storm’s heavy winds tore down trees and power lines across Essex County – many local residents are still reeling from its aftereffects.

Here are some of the ways the storm is still impacting the area.

POWER OUTAGES

The storm tore down power lines and knocked out electricity for tens of thousands of Essex County residents. More than 50,000 customers with PSE&G and JCP&L were still without power on Wednesday afternoon.

According to PSE&G’s online map, 46,638 out of 353,867 customers in Essex County were still affected by outages as of noon on Wednesday.

According to JCP&L’s outage map, 4,329 out of 11,705 customers in Essex County were still affected by outages as of noon on Wednesday.

Restoration times have been murky, town officials reported.

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Trump wants to deliver GOP nomination speech at White House. Is that legal?

President Trump is now mulling the White House as a locale for his Republican National Convention acceptance speech. He has already canceled plans to host festivities in Jacksonville, Florida and Charlotte, North Carolina.

“Well we are thinking about it. It would be easiest from the standpoint of security,” he told “Fox and Friends” Wednesday. “We are thinking about doing it from the White House because there’s no movement. It’s easy, and I think it’s a beautiful setting and we are thinking about that. It’s certainly one of the alternatives. It’s the easiest alternative.” The president later added that while some speeches will be virtual, others will be live at different locations in Washington, D.C. “I’m going to do mine on Thursday night and that will be live.”

But his suggestion has raised legal and ethical questions about hosting campaign activity on the federal government grounds.

The Hatch Act forbids the

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Posting selfies from The Bean? Make sure you’re not in violation of Chicago’s travel quarantine

Wondering how states and cities enforce traveler quarantines to help stop the spread of COVID-19?

Chicago health officials turn to social media for help.

The city issued an emergency travel order July 2 requiring visitors and residents who have traveled to destinations with problematic COVID-19 trends to quarantine for 14 days on arrival. Authorities check the online posts of suspected violators.

If someone is on officials’ radar through contact tracing or other measures, that person’s social media accounts are checked to gather evidence for a possible citation, Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Allison Arwady said at a news conference Tuesday.

Chicago officials check the social media accounts of visitors and residents suspected of violating the city's 14-day quarantine upon arrival from COVID-19 hot spots.
Chicago officials check the social media accounts of visitors and residents suspected of violating the city’s 14-day quarantine upon arrival from COVID-19 hot spots.

“Where we already have a concern, it’s one of the easiest ways to identify people who are not just breaking the travel order but flaunting

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Aeffe Takes Action to Contrast COVID-19 Effects in First Half

MILAN — Cost containment, more efficient working capital management, more focused collections in line with market changes and the development of its online business are part of Aeffe’s Action Plan to contrast the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, which dragged down earnings and revenues in the first half of the year.

The Italian fashion group reported a net loss of 10.9 million euros for the six months ended June 30, compared with a net profit of 5.1 million euros in the same period last year.

In the first half, revenues totaled 118.9 million euros, down 31.4 percent compared with 173.3 million euros last year, hurt by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic at its retail and wholesale channels.

Aeffe controls the Alberta Ferretti, Moschino, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini and Pollini brands.

Sales of the ready-to-wear division totaled 88.6 million euros, falling 33 percent, while the revenues of the footwear and

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California’s Second-Deadliest Day; NYC Checkpoints: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) — California had its second-worst day for virus fatalities and Florida’s case count topped 500,000. Houston hospitalizations fell to a five-week low. New York City is setting up checkpoints at key entry points to make sure travelers from 35 states or territories with high transmission rates fill out forms to enforce state quarantine rules.

Joe Biden will accept the Democratic Party’s nomination from Delaware rather than risk traveling to Milwaukee. Chicago public schools, the country’s third largest school district, will have remote learning when classes resume next month as cases spike.

Johnson & Johnson will supply 100 million doses of its experimental Covid-19 vaccine to the U.S. The U.K. agreed to invest $18 million in a Scottish vaccine-manufacturing plant, while Moderna Inc. said it has received $400 million of deposits for its potential Covid-19 shot. The global death toll from Covid-19 surpassed 700,000.

Key Developments

Global Tracker: Global cases

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Here’s How 5 Brides Pulled Off Mid-Pandemic Weddings

If 2020 was a normal year, we’d be taking advantage of the summer season to write a whole lot about weddings and wedding dresses. But, with a global pandemic canceling almost everything about life as we knew it, we’re not. Instead, our carts are filled with bike shorts, WFH-friendly office chairs, and face masks (of both the beauty and PPE varieties). We do know, however, that people are still getting married — and that means they’re still finding ways to browse, try on, and ultimately purchase nuptial-ready frocks. Which begs the question: how exactly are they accomplishing this? We started asking around and as we talked to different women across the country, we learned a lot more than how they wedding-dress shopped during such strange times. The women whose weddings were derailed by COVID-19 still managed to have them and, although different, their ceremonies were just as special as what

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‘We were stopped from boarding our Greece flight’

“After months in lockdown we’ve been so looking forward to a holiday,” says Michelle Last. It’s a longing shared by millions of Britons.

But when Michelle and her two young children turned up at the Gatwick Airport boarding gate last weekend for a flight to Greece she was not allowed on the flight.

“It’s such a shock. EasyJet didn’t tell us why at first. We were just asked to step aside,” Michelle said. “There was another couple who also couldn’t get on.”

And it seems they are not alone in being refused a flight to Greece at the last minute. On Wednesday, the BBC was told of families not being allowed aboard an early morning EasyJet flight to Kefalonia.

Britain’s biggest travel company, Tui, says there have been a “small number” of passengers not being allowed to travel to Greece after turning up at airports.

And Greece’s embassy in London

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