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‘Bill & Ted’ Writer Really Wanted Eddie Van Halen in Sequel

Eddie Van Halen, the guitar legend who died Tuesday at 65, has received tributes from countless rockers and celebrities — including the fictional Wyld Stallyns from “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.”

“Bill & Ted” writer Ed Solomon said that he and co-writer Chris Matheson desperately wanted Van Halen to make a cameo of some kind in this year’s sequel “Bill & Ted Face the Music” and that his music greatly shaped the narrative direction of the film.

“Super sad to hear about the passing of Eddie Van Halen. He was a big influence on Chris and me as we were writing ‘Bill & Ted.’ In fact, when director Stephen Herek was reading the script he got three pages in, stopped, put on ‘1984’ and resumed. We wanted the movie to be a cinematic ‘Jump,’” Solomon wrote on Twitter. “We tried to get him to do something — anything —

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  • October 6, 2020

New Mexico added to CT’s travel advisory list | News

HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – The governors of Connecticut, New York and New Jersey adjusted the joint travel advisory on Tuesday, adding one state to the list.

New Mexico was added to the list of impacted locations this week, and no states were removed.

Implemented on June 24 at 11:59 p.m., people traveling into CT, NY and NJ from states with a high spread of COVID-19 must quarantine for 14 days.

As of Oct. 6, the following locations were listed in the state’s travel advisory:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Guam
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

A constantly updated list can be found on the state’s website here. 

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  • October 6, 2020

‘Travel with food’ through community-inspired meal kits made in Grass Lake coffee shop

GRASS LAKE, MI – A Grass Lake business focused on cultivating community has used the coronavirus pandemic to highlight locally grown foods in international-style meals.

Owner Britt Keene launched the Roaming Goat coffee shop in 2016 as space for coffee and community, something she said she yearned for when moving to Grass Lake from Ypsilanti.

“I didn’t really find a sense of community for myself,” Keene said. “I kept walking by this one little crummy building and one day I told my husband that I thought we should open a coffee shop.”

The coffee shop at 115 S. Lake St. celebrated its fourth anniversary during the first weekend in October.

The café closed when the COVID-19 pandemic forced statewide stay-at-home orders, partially because foot traffic was down but more to protect the health of employees, Keene said. Conversations between Keene and her “co-caffeinator” MaryJane Marshall soon turned to the next

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  • October 6, 2020

Wi-Fi security: FBI warns of risks of using wireless hotel networks

Wi-Fi networks in hotels typically favor guest convenience over strong security practices, says the FBI.

Security breach, smartphone screen, infected by internet virus, cyberattack hacking

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As the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown have forced a shift to remote work, many people are working not just from home but from public locations. The pitfall here is that a public location may not have the tight security measures required to protect sensitive data and other assets. That vulnerability holds true for libraries, coffee shops, and even hotels. In a new warning about hotel Wi-Fi, the FBI provides several tips on how to protect yourself when using such a public network.

SEE: Special report: A winning strategy for cybersecurity (free PDF) (TechRepublic) 

As the remote work trend continues, many US hotels, usually in major cities, have started offering daytime room reservations for guests who want a quiet environment in which to work. This may be a convenient option if you’re unable to

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  • October 6, 2020

Lansing Catholic High School tweaking online learning option

LANSING, Mich. (WILX) – Lansing Catholic High School is now requiring students who wish to continue online learning to explain why. Administrators say this is to make sure students aren’t taking advantage of the system.

“As long as you have some reason you need to be online, that option will be there for you,” said Dominic Iocco, Lansing Catholic High School President.

Starting this week, Lansing Catholic students wishing to learn from home need to explain why they’re not taking classes in-person.

Iocco said some students used it as an excuse to travel out of state.

“When you get a large number online, and they are using it just so they can spend time in Arizona for example and then complaining they have to be on a Zoom call at 8:30 in the morning that creates a lot of problems for our teachers,” he said.

Iocco said the school is

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  • October 6, 2020

Ischgl, Austria Preps for a More Subdued Ski Season in the Alps

The typical après-ski scene at the Paznauner Taja restaurant in Ischgl.

Source: TVB Paznaun-Ischgl

Every winter afternoon, the Austrian village of Ischgl resounds with the heavy clump of boots as its dozens of après-ski joints fill with sweaty visitors. Dedicated skiers from Germany, the Netherlands, the U.K., and farther afield come for reliable snow, pulse-pumping expert terrain, and 45 lifts serving 150 miles of slopes. But for many visitors, the appeal is more about partying than pistes.

Ischgl’s slogan, “Relax—if you can,” gives it a reputation as the Ibiza of the Alps. There’s the Insider “table dance” bar and Schatzi, where women in revealing dresses modeled on traditional Alpine attire shimmy and shake. The Kuhstall (Cowshed) calls itself the “Home of Wahnsinn,” German for “craziness.” Amply lubricated with ­beer, schnapps, and glühwein, the dancing stretches into the wee hours, when the hardiest of revelers stagger

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  • October 6, 2020

Being authentic on Facebook is better for your mental health, researchers say | Health

Exotic vacation pics. Shots of healthy meals. Flattering selfies.

Whether you’re on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or TikTok, many people make huge efforts to curate the best version of themselves online.

But it might be better for your mental health not to craft an idealized view of yourself when using social media, according to a new study published Tuesday in Nature Communications.

There are psychological benefits associated with being authentic when it comes to Facebook posts and likes, a team of US researchers at New York’s Columbia Business School and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in Chicago found.

“Being prompted to post in an authentic way was associated with more positive mood and affect, and less negative mood within participants,” the study said.

“Our findings suggest that all individuals regardless of personality traits could benefit from being authentic on social media.”

To reach this conclusion, the researchers did two things.

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  • October 6, 2020

Avondale residents asked to give input on planned Innovation Greenway

CINCINNATI — While plans and construction are moving forward in the research and tech-focused Uptown Innovation Corridor in Avondale, there are also plans to make sure there is space for gatherings, walks and biking.

“We knew that to truly distinguish this Innovation Corridor from those across the country, we really needed a unique place making feature and a place to gather,” said Beth Robinson, president and CEO of the Uptown Consortium.

Robinson said within the innovation corridor, there will be one large dedicated green space located in the northeast quadrant of planned Cincinnati research hub at Reading Road and Martin Luther King Drive. It’s called the Innovation Greenway and it would open up areas of the development for recreation. Robinson said they want the planning of the green space to be a collaborative effort, especially for Avondale residents.

On Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 2:00 p.m., a virtual open house will

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  • October 6, 2020

Hurricane Delta now Category 4, roars at Mexico’s Yucatan


This Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, satellite image released by NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) shows Tropical Storm Gamma, left, which soaked part of Mexico over the weekend and a strengthening Hurricane Delta, lower right, which is on a course to pass by the Cayman Islands early Tuesday. (NASA via AP)


Delta rapidly intensified into a Category 4 hurricane with 140 mph (225 kmh) winds Tuesday on a course to hammer southeastern Mexico and then continue on to the U.S. Gulf coast this week.

The worst of the immediate impact was expected along the resort-studded northeastern tip of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, where hurricane conditions were expected Tuesday night and landfall early Wednesday.

From Tulum to Cancun, tourism-dependent communities still soaked by the remnants of Tropical Storm Gamma could bear the brunt of the storm.

In Cancun Tuesday, long lines stretched at supermarkets, lumber

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  • October 6, 2020

The 3 Zodiac Signs That Make the Best Friends, Found

Have you ever noticed that all your friends seem to be born around the same time of year? Consider it the universe’s reminder that astrological compatibility isn’t just a matter of romantic attraction: The zodiac signs that make the best friends are basically cosmic soul mates, and there are a few ways you can use your astrological chart to find them.

The easiest method? Look for people who have the same astrological element as you. The signs are coupled into four groups of three called the triplicities, which refer to our temperament: the fire signs (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius), Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn), air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius), and water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces). And, as astrologer and psychic medium Rachel Lang points out, signs of similar polarity tend to relate well to each other, too.

“Air signs relate well to fire signs because they’re signs

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  • October 6, 2020