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This 11-Mile Run Commemorates the Infamous Four Seasons Press Conference

At roughly 11:30 a.m. Eastern time on Saturday morning, a weary Wolf Blitzer stared directly into a camera at CNN’s Washington, D.C., studio and announced that the network was finally ready to call the 2020 Presidential race. “After four long, tense days, we’ve reached a historic moment in this election,” he said. “CNN projects that Joseph R. Biden, Jr. is elected the 46th President of the United States, winning the White House and denying President Trump a second term.” 

At about the same time, Rudy Giuliani was 150 miles away, standing behind a hastily assembled podium in the back parking lot of a now-infamous north Philadelphia landscaping company known as Four Seasons Total Landscaping. “They don’t decide the election,” he said, after hearing that the race was over. “The call for Joe Biden isn’t…isn’t—who was it called by? All of them?” 

Although Trump has yet to concede—or even to acknowledge

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  • November 13, 2020
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Trump’s Refusal To Concede Complicates Mike Pence’s Political Future

WASHINGTON (AP) — For Mike Pence, a second term for President Donald Trump would have been a 2024 ticket to Republican frontrunner status.

But with Trump’s loss — after Pence spent the last four years as his most loyal soldier and the past year doggedly campaigning on his behalf — the vice president is contending with a far less certain future. The situation is made even more complicated by Trump’s refusal to accept defeat and private flirtations with running again himself four years from now.

It’s a balancing act for Pence. He cannot risk alienating supporters of the president who want to see Trump —- and by extension the vice president ― keep on fighting. But Pence also risks damaging his own brand if he aligns himself too closely with baseless claims of voter fraud.

“Pence is trying to navigate between the land mines of a president who insists on

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  • November 13, 2020
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UC Davis expands rapid COVID-19 tests for students, staff

More University of California, Davis students and employees who don’t have coronavirus symptoms can now get tested after a rapid saliva-based COVID-19 test developed by UC Davis was officially validated, campus officials said.

About 6,000 more students, faculty and staff members have been invited by email to schedule their first weekly testing appointment, UC Davis announced in a news release earlier this week. The rapid asymptomatic testing started as a pilot project earlier this year, when students moved into the residence halls.

Those invited to join the testing process include students not previously eligible for the program and employees in custodial services and those working with in-person instruction, the campus library, the School of Veterinary Medicine, select research projects, information and educational technology, the offices of the chancellor and the provost and finance, operations and administration.

The UC Davis asymptomatic testing began in mid-September. More than 17,000 tests have been

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  • November 13, 2020
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The COVID-19 pandemic: How US universities responded

Newswise — As the COVID-19 pandemic began in the United States, universities were forced to make difficult operational decisions to help slow the spread of the disease and protect their students, faculty, staff, and community members. Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, the World Health Organization (WHO), and other agencies informed these decisions about non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPI)–the only interventions available at the early stages of the pandemic.

A new George Mason University College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) study found that most university announcements coincided with the WHO pandemic declaration on March 11, 2020. The study, published in PLOS ONE, was led by Master of Public Health student Kevin Cevasco, with collaboration from fellow Mason students *, CHHS global and community health faculty Drs. Michael von Fricken and Amira Roess, and Mason’s Executive Director for Safety and Emergency Management David Farris.

“When the pandemic

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  • November 13, 2020
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Washington souvenir shops are stocking up on Biden-Harris inauguration gifts

After presidential elections every four or eight years, Washington’s gift shops and souvenir stands undergo an overnight transformation. Barack Obama action figures made way for “Make America Great Again” gear in 2016, and now Biden-Harris face masks and T-shirts are pushing MAGA hats to the clearance racks.

“Whenever you have a change in administration, no matter who it is, there are new customers and all new energy,” said Alesia Jones, vice president of the longtime Washington store. “It’s like you flip a switch and have a completely new store.”

Sales are typically steady regardless of who’s in the White House, thanks to a dependable stream of political supporters and tourists who want keepsakes from the nation’s capital. But this year is different.

At White House Gifts, revenue has fallen 80 percent since the coronavirus pandemic took hold in March, and tourism — especially lucrative international travel — ground to a

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  • November 13, 2020
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Upstream cofounder Alex Taub moved his family to Miami during the pandemic and wants others to do the same

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Upstream CEO Alex Taub and his family in their new Miami home. Alex Taub
  • Alex Taub, 33, is cofounder and CEO of Upstream, a new professional social networking app and platform.

  • After he and his wife and daughters contracted COVID-19, they decided to swap their two-bedroom apartment in NYC for the extra space, yard, pool, and sunny weather that Miami offered.

  • With his new lack of commute and added space, Taub is more productive in his work than ever; the hardest part is being away from family.

  • Regardless of the status of a COVID-19 vaccine, Taub thinks the remote work trend will continue to grow over the next few years and that less-populated cities may become new hubs for tech and business.

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I grew up in NYC on the Upper West Side; my parents still live there. Other than nine months spent overseas

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  • November 13, 2020
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Even After COVID, WWE’s House Show Touring May Not Return

For many years, WWE’s hectic travel schedule was one of the aspects that made the job of WWE Superstar, for better or worse, unique. On the one hand, working so many house shows in addition to televised events, combined with the travel, could put WWE superstars on the road for more than 300 days a year, leaving little time for practically anything else. On the other hand, working all of those events means making more money under WWE Superstars’ status as independent contractors.

The official logo of the WWE.
The official logo of the WWE.

WWE contracts usually have a “downside guarantee,” meaning a minimum amount of money wrestlers are guaranteed to make even if they don’t wrestle any events. Per-event payments count against and can exceed that minimum, and in addition, wrestlers may have deals in their contracts for things like cuts of merchandise. The coronavirus pandemic threw a giant monkey wrench into that whole

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  • November 13, 2020
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Tree festival pushed to 2021 due to COVID

Organizers of the 2nd Annual Midcoast Tree Festival have announced that the event is being postponed until 2021 due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. The event had been scheduled to open on Nov. 20 with nearly three dozen decorated trees and wreaths for patrons to be raffled off.

The event is a joint fundraiser for All Saints Parish (St. John’s School), Spectrum Generations’ Meals on Wheels program and the Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber. The groups raised over $24,000 in the first year, from 50 cent raffle tickets and sponsorships.

“It’s a shame to have to make this decision, but when we weighed the work we had put in, and the need for something good in our community right now, against the relentless surge of Covid-19 cases and the potential of making this a super spreader event, we made the call to postpone,” said Southern Midcoast Maine Executive Director

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  • November 13, 2020
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Navy Training Could Harm Endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales

<p>The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently <a href=”https://www.ipcc.ch/srocc/” target=”_blank”>reported</a> that over the next 30 years flooding in Venice will increase. With the Adriatic Sea rising a few millimeters each year, severe flooding that once happened every 100 years is predicted to happen every six years by 2050, and every five months by 2100.</p><p><a href=”http://www.veniceinperil.org/pdf/The-Science-of-Saving-Venice.pdf” target=”_blank”>Venice</a> is just one example of the challenges of preserving iconic landmarks that are threatened by the effects of climate change, such as rising seas and recurrent, intensifying droughts, storms and wildfires. In my research as a <a href=”https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=foTLj_oAAAAJ&amp;hl=en” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>social scientist</a>, I help heritage managers make tough decisions prioritizing which sites to save when funds, time or both are limited.</p><p>That includes planning for threatened <a href=”https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>World Heritage sites</a> designated as cultural or natural treasures by the <a href=”https://en.unesco.org/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization</a>. Many

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  • November 13, 2020
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Weekend reads: Stocks for the Biden presidency

President-elect Joe Biden.


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Now that it is clear that Joe Biden will become president on Jan. 20, investors are thinking ahead — with enthusiasm. The S&P 500 index
SPX,
+1.36%

was up 5% from the close on Election Day through Nov. 12.

Michael Brush listed 23 stocks and ETFs he expects to benefit from important trends during Biden’s time as president.

What rate of return do I need to keep saving for retirement if I switch to a lower-paid job?

Continuing her retirement planning series, Alessandra Malito  helps a 31-year-old engineer who expects to eventually switch to a job with a lower salary but wants to make sure he will still have enough money for retirement under various economic scenarios.

ESG and your retirement account

Many investors are interested in doing good while making money, focusing on environmental, social and governance criteria. But many 401(k), 403(b) and other

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  • November 13, 2020