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Welcome Mat monarchs in Mexico virtual trips

Monarchs at a Mexican butterfly sanctuary. (Photo: Brenda Dziedzic)

Love monarchs? Consider a virtual butterfly experience with monarchs in Mexico

Every fall, millions of monarch butterflies make a journey most of us could never imagine. They travel thousands of miles south through North America to spend the winter in Mexico. Since 2009, local butterfly gardening expert Brenda Dziedzic has traveled to Macheros, Mexico, to see the butterfly sanctuaries, often leading groups of friends to see them as well. They get to see the magical monarchs and their trips support the local economy. But with international travel on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic, one nonprofit that works to preserve the Sanctuary Cerro Pelón is taking a different approach. Butterfies & Their People are hosting virtual butterfly experiences instead. The “Adopt a Colony” features bimonthly newsletters that will allow donors to follow the span of the entire season from November through March.

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  • October 9, 2020
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Zoom service: Madison hotels offer up rooms as a work-from-home getaway | Neighborhoods

“When you start working at home a lot, it takes away that boundary between work and home — or work and not-work — lives,” Meuris said. 

“It’s very easy for work to start creeping in,” he said, noting that a worker who would usually have clocked out at 5 p.m. may feel compelled to respond to a 5:05 p.m. email when working from home. “That can kind of create this downward spiral where you just feel like you’re working a lot more.

“So, in a sense, renting a hotel room and going there is a way to kind of maintain that boundary.” 

Those looking to regularly work remotely away from home might turn to any of Madison’s several co-working spaces, which have reduced capacity and implemented safety precaution in accordance with local public health guidelines.

100state, for example, has implemented an online registration system where members can see how many

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  • October 9, 2020
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Lake Elsinore leaders reflect on tumultuous year, plan for future at State of the City

Lake Elsinore Mayor Brian Tisdale (right) and City Manager Grant Yates have a conversation in the city’s pre-recorded State of the City Address Oct. 8.

Lake Elsinore Mayor Brian Tisdale struck an optimistic tone while reflecting on the difficulties of the past year at the 2020 Lake Elsinore State of the City, Oct. 8.

“2020 has been an unusual year,” Tisdale said, perhaps echoing the thoughts of many watching the virtual address, which was led by the mayor but also included the other four members of the City Council as well as City Manager Grant Yates.

In a conversation between the two at the start of the prerecorded event, both Tisdale and Yates said they are proud of Lake Elsinore, not only for its response to the coronavirus pandemic, but for other rough situations the city has gone through over the last few years.

I’ve been in local government management

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  • October 9, 2020
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The Haunting of Bly Manor Cast on Reuniting For Season 2 – E! Online

Without spoiling too much, Bly Manor is a love story with fun jump-off-the-couch scares. And one of its best parts is getting to watch cast members from Hill House take up entirely new roles. In addition to Pedretti, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Henry Thomas, Katie Siegel and Catherine Parker return alongside three actors who are entirely new to the anthology: Tahirah Sharif, T’Nia Miller and Amelia Eve. 

Speaking to E! News,  Pedretti, Jackson-Cohen and Thomas opened up about getting the chance to be on set together again. After some jokes (“I don’t like these people,” Pedretti said), they each shared their favorite moments.

“It was great. I’d never experienced it before. You rarely ever work with the same actors again and again, and again and again,” Jackson-Cohen said. (He plays an associate to the orphans’ uncle.) Thomas, who plays said uncle, added, “It’s a pleasure. It’s great to feel like

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  • October 9, 2020
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Jamie Dimon doesn’t see a return to normal until middle of next year

Michelle F. Davis, Bloomberg
Published 3:20 p.m. ET Oct. 9, 2020 | Updated 3:58 p.m. ET Oct. 9, 2020

Jamie Dimon sees a need to begin returning to what work looked like at the start of 2020, but he concedes the path to normal is still a long one.

JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s chief executive officer said his firm, which has been among the boldest on Wall Street in bringing employees back to the office, is still aiming for just 15% to 25% of capacity. Local regulations, a lack of a vaccine and workers’ personal circumstances will likely make fully staffing the bank’s offices impossible until the middle of next year at the earliest, he said.

“I don’t expect normality until summer 2021,” Dimon said Friday at a conference hosted by asset-management industry group Nicsa. “We’re going to have to live with this.”

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  • October 9, 2020
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He’s Sorry for His Bad Reviews. He May Now Avoid Prison.

BANGKOK — He’s very, very sorry. But the hotel in Thailand that threatened an American guest with prison for his bad reviews may end up with bigger regrets.

Wesley Barnes, the American guest, publicly apologized Friday for his blunt online reviews of the Sea View Koh Chang resort in Thailand. In exchange, the hotel promised it would drop the complaint that led authorities in Thailand to file criminal defamation charges against him.

More than wounded pride was on the line. In Thailand, criminal defamation charges can result in a prison term of up to two years. Barnes had already spent two days in jail after his arrest on those charges last month before posting bail.

The question now for the Sea View resort — and for Thailand’s tourism industry, which is struggling under the coronavirus travel freeze — is whether it can recover from the considerable damage its reputation has

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  • October 9, 2020
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The best credit cards for Facebook ad spending



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If you’re a small-business owner, chances are you spend a decent amount on promoting your business online through platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. After all, social media advertising is one of the most effective ways to segment your target audience.

Online advertising doesn’t come cheap, so as with other recurring expenses, you’re going to want to use the card that earns the most points on your spending. Just as you can maximize spending on dining out, travel, office supply purchases and more by choosing the right credit card, you can also get the most out of your spending on internet advertising if you know where to look. In fact, online advertising has been the

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  • October 9, 2020
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Michigan governor: `Domestic terrorists’ targeted her

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday that governors from both major political parties have reached out to share stories of extremism in their states since authorities revealed that a group of men had been plotting for months to kidnap her.

“I know this isn’t unique to Michigan, but this is uniquely American in this moment and it’s on all of us, people of good will on both sides of the aisle, to take it on,” Whitmer, a Democrat, told The Associated Press.

Authorities announced Thursday that they had foiled an incredible plot to kidnap Whitmer in a scheme that even included rehearsals to snatch her from her vacation home before the Nov. 3 election. Her first term as governor runs through 2022.


Six men were charged in federal court with conspiring to kidnap the governor in retaliation for what they viewed as her “uncontrolled power” and

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  • October 9, 2020
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Bird Rock Elementary to welcome small number of students for in-person learning Oct. 13; enrollment down 7.5%

As Bird Rock Elementary School prepares to welcome a “very small” number of students to in-person learning Oct. 13 as part of the San Diego Unified School District’s first phase for reopening its campuses from coronavirus-related closures, it faces a “heartbreaking” reduction of more than 7 percent in its student population.

The optional in-person sessions will be available only to students in transitional kindergarten through fifth grade and will be held on campus in groups of no more than six students for transitional kindergarten to third grade and eight students for fourth and fifth grades.

To determine which students to return to in-person learning in this phase, school staff is evaluating whether students are meeting proficiency goals and is reaching out to those receiving special-education services.

“A lot of our parents still want to [have their students] stay home because they have concerns, which is perfectly acceptable. But some parents

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  • October 9, 2020
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Ready Player Two Synopsis Finds Wade Watts Hunting for a New Halliday Easter Egg

The synopsis for Ready Player Two has been revealed. Author Ernest Cline took part in a New York Comic-Con panel earlier today with actor Wil Wheaton, where he spoke about the upcoming book. Ready Player One was adapted for the big screen by Steven Spielberg, which was almost too perfect of a pairing in the eyes of most Cline fans who had read the book more than once. However, like most movies based on popular books, there were some changes.

Ernest Cline’s Ready Player 2 hits the shelves on November 24th and it will not be based on anything from the Ready Player One movie. Instead, this is a direct sequel to the first book, that takes place only days after the first installment. While Cline could not go into details about the story, he did unveil the official synopsis, which you can read in part below.

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  • October 9, 2020