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Come Out St. Pete is city’s first major festival since pandemic began

Coming out has two different meanings for organizers getting ready for a week-long celebration that begins Sunday evening, on National Coming Out Day in the gay community. 
   
“We’ve all lived in our home for seven months now and I think people are wanting to get out,” Chris Jones, co-chair of Come Out St. Pete. 
 
This is the first major festival the city of St. Petersburg is allowing under their reopening plan.   
 
“There are ways to do things safely,” said Brian Longstreth, co-chair. 
 

This past week Mayor Rick Kriseman announced city buildings and recreation centers will open to the public. Also, large events can happen on city property and street, as long as the Centers for Disease Control rules are followed and each event has an action plan.   
 
“If they have a website then they need to post that

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  • October 11, 2020
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Leaf peepers across Massachusetts head to Franklin County for the long weekend

SHELBURNE FALLS, MASS. (WWLP) — The long weekend and nice weather were a perfect combination to bring people out to western Massachusetts to experience the famed fall foliage.

Franklin County and the Berkshires offering some of the best views out there. However, this year, most of the leaf peepers are like April Lima and Rick Pimentel of Acushnet, only a short road trip away.

“We just love the foliage. By the time it gets to where we live it’s colder, it’s later in the month,” said Rick Pimentel.

While some places might be closed because of the pandemic, leaf peepers told 22News they’re still finding fun things to do.

Chen Song and Jeff Tan woke up bright and early Sunday to make the hour and a half trip from Acton to Shelburne Falls.

“We’re going to Mount Greylock to see the colors,” Tan said.

There’s a reason leaf peepers pick

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  • October 11, 2020
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Chase Launches New Dining Hub Powered By Tock

Premium credit card companies like American Express and Chase are bringing a new fleet of perks and technologies to cardholders in a race to see which can provide the best, premium product on the market. The latest is a new online dining hub from Chase that allows cardholders to book local and unique experiences through Tock, a Chicago-based online reservation and technology company.

The new service, which was announced in February and which officially launched last week is available through dining.chase.com, allows Sapphire, Freedom and Ink cardholders to make reservations and order take-out directly through a portal powered by Tock. Members can choose to pay with Chase Ultimate Rewards Points, Chase credit cards

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  • October 11, 2020
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Inside the plot to kidnap Gov. Whitmer

By Julia Jones, CNN

(CNN) — The Vac Shack sits in the middle of a row of single-story shops in a commercial part of Grand Rapids, Michigan, between a beauty salon and a taco joint.

Adam Fox had moved into the basement of the vacuum repair shop after his girlfriend threw him out. The owner, Briant Titus, was a hometown friend who hoped the younger man he’d helped to get through high school would soon get back on his feet.

At the corner of the shop, across from vacuum filters, attachments and hoses, a white door opens into a storeroom. In it, two flights of stairs under a wooden cover lead down into a dark basement cluttered with spare vacuum parts, a dog crate, and camping gear. At the end of a long hallway, there seems to be another room where the lights are on.

It was in this basement

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  • October 11, 2020
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Elle Arvesen: Another September, another year of 4-H | Columns



2019 Elle Arvesen mug


Lisa Andre



That’s right, everyone, 4-H is back and better than ever in this strange time of COVID-19.

4-H Lucky Clover Club had its first meeting in September that was conducted from the comfort of our own homes instead of in person at the Grange Hall in Los Olivos.

At the beginning of every month, we will begin having our club meetings, which our hard-working student leadership team plans beforehand. We log onto Zoom all ready to get down to business.

So far, we have attended two virtual all-club meetings, and they have been more or less a success. Because, of course, with poor Wi-Fi connection, there will be awkward pauses. But the main thing is that everybody is once again back together.

Speaking of being back together, there have been some changes made to our leadership team, which takes place every year as the old officers ride off into

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  • October 11, 2020
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Engage With Native Speakers Online Through This Channel

Alas, non-essential travel to other countries has been limited or discouraged for months because of the pandemic. This is such a huge bummer since it limits your opportunities to practice and improve conversation skills with native speakers of the countries you desire to go to in the future.

Fortunately, online learning platforms like Fluent City will help you get past that hurdle. This platform combines real-time conversations with AI-aided vocabulary and grammar lessons to help teach aspiring multilinguists around the world. They offer flexible courses in 11 languages, including Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese and Japanese, among others. It ensures that you will learn how to speak with any native speaker online with little effort and without the need to be physically present.

Interested in learning foreign languages with native speakers around the world online? Read on.

Learn Language Converse with other eager language learners with Fluent City Photo: Julia M Cameron /

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  • October 11, 2020
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Let These Young Activists Inspire You on International Day of the Girl

Look up the definition of “thick skin” and you’ll find Greta, the activist who started with a one-person “School Strike for Climate” outside parliament in her native Sweden and within a year was leading a global youth movement. At 16 years old, she spent two weeks traveling by boat across the Atlantic Ocean to New York to raise awareness about climate change and in no uncertain terms demand that the so-called adults in charge start taking the issue seriously.

But her intrepidness and admirable sense of purpose didn’t just earn her a speaking slot at the United Nations, an appearance on The Daily Show, a meeting with Barack Obama, and ultimately the cover of TIME as the magazine’s 2019 Person of the Year. She also became a lightning rod for controversy and a target for online bullying by people who just didn’t want to hear about it—especially from

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  • October 11, 2020
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Will Meetings And Events Ever Be The Same? 41 Clever Things Hotels Are Doing To Keep Them Safe

The meeting and wedding planning industries have been rocked during the Covid-19 pandemic, and they may continue to feel the effects for years to come. While online alternatives like Zoom will put a dent into the events business, many hotels are staying laser-focused on recovery even if the path forward presents unusual challenges.

Over the past several months, hotels have proven they can conduct successful conferences and weddings while navigating local (and oft-changing) coronavirus safety guidelines.

David Sacco, director of event management for Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center near Denver, says there’s pent-up demand, and Gaylord properties have already hosted several events from two dozen to 2,000 attendees safely and effectively.

All major hospitality brands have detailed health and safety protocols for their hotels, many of them branded like Hyatt’s Global

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  • October 11, 2020
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50 years in the making: Author publishes novel that covers wars throughout three centuries | Food + Living

John M. Millar’s first novel, “The Wars Among the Paines,” took him 50 years to write.

When he started the project, he planned to write about a young man and his family’s experiences during the Vietnam War era. Over five decades, the concept expanded a bit.

“The Wars Among the Paines,” released in late September, chronicles the history of multiple generations of the Paine family and their experiences in American battles dating to the Revolutionary War.

Millar always wanted to write a book, but his career in commercial real estate, including his project developing the Park City Center mall, kept him from devoting the time necessary to fully develop the book he envisioned.

Millar, who grew up in Danville and graduated from Danville High School in 1962, attended Cornell University, where he majored in prelaw. But his passion, he says, was literature.

“My minor — which wasn’t so minor —

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  • October 11, 2020
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I’m sorry for drinking Detroit Lions Kool-Aid, but here’s why I’m not giving up hope on 2020

I have an apology to make. I made a mistake last week and I was wrong.

Yes, folks, I’m guilty. I drank the Detroit Lions Kool-Aid.

I not only drank it, I chugged it and asked for seconds.

I truly thought the Lions would beat the New Orleans Saints and I predicted a victory. Of course, it didn’t work out that way and the Lions lost, 35-29.

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FOR SUBSCRIBERS: Tracing the Detroit Lions’ mistakes that brought them to brink of another witching hour

I wrote a column last week predicting the victory based on several factors. But mostly I predicted a win because I stopped listening to my head and started listening to my gut after watching the Lions’ convincing victory at Arizona.

“Carlos, I can

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  • October 11, 2020