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Food Trucks Flock To The Suburbs Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

LYNNWOOD, Wash. (AP) — On a warm summer night, two food trucks pulled onto a tree-lined street in a hilltop neighborhood outside Seattle. The smell of grilled meat filled the air, and neighbors slurped on boba tea drinks. Toddlers, teens, their parents and dogs sat in the grass, chatting behind masks, laughing and mimicking imaginary hugs to stay socially distant while they waited for their food orders.

Long seen as an urban treasure, food trucks are now being saved by the suburbs during the coronavirus pandemic. No longer able to depend on bustling city centers, these small businesses on wheels are venturing out to where people are working and spending most of their time — home.

As food trucks hunt for customers that used to flock to them, they’re finding a captive audience thrilled to skip cooking dinner, sample new kinds of cuisines and mingle with neighbors on what feels

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  • August 23, 2020
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ScriptHop Wants to Change the Way Screenplays Travel in Hollywood

Online software platform ScriptHop has introduced an online tool for Hollywood to allow writers to share their screenplays more securely and retain more influence over the overall process of submitting a script. The Packet aims to move away from artificial intelligence and instead get actual people at agencies and studios to read scripts. Rather than relying on an in-house reader to provide coverage on a script, the writer, via The Packet, is encouraged to market the screenplay themselves, and directly to executives. And the tool also wants to make reader’s jobs a little easier.

“The Packet makes a writer’s vision resonate beyond any bland distillation, adding dimension to a process that’s tended to make both writers and decision makers suffer,” ScriptHop co-founder Scott Foster, a former UTA story department head, said in a statement shared with press. “It’s also a transposable source industry readers can transfer into their coverage, while

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  • August 23, 2020
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John Lewis to pull ‘Never knowingly undersold’ pledge

John Lewis is planning to replace its famous promise to match rivals’ prices as its new boss plans radical changes to the business.

“Never knowingly undersold” has become harder to defend as competition from online retailers has become ever tougher.

told the Sunday Times she expected the price pledge to go.” data-reactid=”21″The new chief executive Sharon White told the Sunday Times she expected the price pledge to go.

The slogan has been in place since 1925.

“The proposition is important because it signifies being fair to society. We’re reviewing it to improve it,” Ms White told the Sunday Times.

The department store chain has already announced the closure of eight stores including its flagship Birmingham site which only opened five years ago as it struggles to adapt to the challenges arising from the pandemic. This year between 60% and 70% of John Lewis’s sales are expected to be online,

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  • August 23, 2020
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More countries at risk of joining quarantine list as cases rise across Europe

Switzerland is on the brink of breaching the UK's quarantine threshold - Getty
Switzerland is on the brink of breaching the UK’s quarantine threshold – Getty

A handful of European countries could be removed from the UK’s shrinking quarantine-free list as new cases rise across the continent.

The Czech Republic reported 506 positive tests on Friday, its highest daily rise since the start of the pandemic, while Switzerland has seen new cases climb above 300 a day twice this week, a four-month record. Both countries, along with Iceland, are edging perilously close to the UK’s quarantine threshold of 20 per 100,000 residents over a one-week period (17.8, 19.8 and 16.5, respectively). 

Three other countries, the Faroe Islands (88 per 100,000), Gibraltar (71.2) and Liechtenstein (21) have already crossed the threshold, so could also find themselves entering the quarantine conversation next week. The Government reviews the list every Thursday. 

Italy, meanwhile, saw daily infections exceed 1,000 for the first time in three months yesterday,

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  • August 23, 2020
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Those who can afford to stay in place and those who must move

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A passenger wears a mask on a Metro bus during the coronavirus outbreak in downtown Los Angeles. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Ivan Mirabelli cruised through Westwood Hills, past manicured lawn, big houses and scattered laborers keeping his well-off neighborhood’s appearance up, even in a pandemic.

Besides short walks and a few outdoor meetups, Mirabelli said he’s holed up at home. His job in finance — typically travel heavy, but now fully online — gives him that flexibility.

“I don’t want to get sick,” said Mirabelli, 34, who called the adaptability of his gig a privilege. “I don’t have to make the tradeoff between my job and my safety.”

But not all jobs changed with the coronavirus. Along the district’s rolling streets, people delivered packages, painted walls and pruned trees. “It’s like any other day. … It seems pretty normal,”

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  • August 23, 2020
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Frustrated with your travel shoe options? This list will help.

Frustrated with your travel shoe options? This list will help.
Frustrated with your travel shoe options? This list will help.

If you’re prone to overpacking — like, you regularly find yourself sitting on your suitcase to get it to close — then you know how frustrating it can be once you get to the one item you need no matter where you’re headed: Shoes. Yes, destination aside, you always need a pair of kicks to cover up your feet.

But getting your shoes to fit and stay in your bag is a huge hassle. Especially when you find yourself needing to bring more than one pair due to varying climates or special occasions. (A simple rule for packing: try to keep yourself to two pairs of shoes maximum — one to wear while you travel, and the other for your suitcase. Anything more, and you’ll find yourself struggling.)

SEE ALSO: Our top 5 eco-friendly luggage picks

If you’re in a

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  • August 23, 2020
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Piers Morgan demands Meghan Markle be stripped of royal title

Piers Morgan at the 2019 British Academy Britannia (BAFTA) awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills on October 25, 2019. (Photo by VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)
Piers Morgan at the 2019 British Academy Britannia (BAFTA) awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills on October 25, 2019. (Photo by VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)

Piers Morgan has called for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to have their titles taken off them after Meghan Markle commented on the 2020 US election.

Markle encouraged people to ensure they were registered to vote during an appearance at the online When All Women Vote event.

While the Duchess did not endorse a specific candidate, she claimed those who did not vote would be “complicit”, warning “we all know what’s at stake this year”.

Read more: Meghan Markle says ‘I know what it’s like to feel voiceless’ as she encourages women to vote in presidential election

Addressing viewers, the 39-year-old said: “We vote to honour those who came before us and to protect those that come after us. That’s

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  • August 23, 2020
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Splash! Virus spawns portable pool fad in Spain

SEVILLE, Spain (AP) — As pretty much everywhere else, the coronavirus pandemic has meant more time at home for Spaniards. For many of those furloughed or out of business it has also meant less income and no way to afford a vacation to escape the sweltering temperatures of the Spanish summer.

Searching for a solution to keep cool, portable pools have become the newest fad, taking over backyards, terraces, communal patios and even the streets of Seville in the country’s south.

Sales of all portable pools, including the cheapest inflatable models, started this year as early as May, when Spain was still in the middle of a strict lockdown and few feared that their summer would mean they would be confined at home. By June, most models had sold out from shopping malls and online websites.

Javier Salcedo, a 44-year-old construction manager in Seville, decided to purchase a sturdy model,

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  • August 23, 2020
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Justice for the Golden State Killer

Produced by Susan Mallie, Lourdes Aguiar, Lauren Clark and Gayane Keshishyan Mendez

“48 Hours”‘ investigation of The Golden State Killer previously aired on April 28, 2018. It was updated on August 22, 2020.

KRIS PEDRETTI | SURVIVOR [in court]: My safety was shattered as a masked man, DeAngelo, yielding a knife, told me he would kill me if I didn’t do what he demanded

The Golden State Killer was the most prolific serial predator in the nation. He attacked across the state from Sacramento down to Orange County across 15 jurisdictions,” Investigator Paul Holes told CBS News correspondent Tracy Smith.

His trail of violence terrorized Californians for decades.

“He was the boogeyman,” said Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert. “He was the man in the bushes that we didn’t know who he was, and we didn’t know when he was going to strike again.”

JANE CARSON-SANDLER | SURVIVOR

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  • August 23, 2020