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Don’t travel for Thanksgiving, experts say. But if you do, follow these tips.

Thanksgiving travel week is upon us, but coronavirus cases have surged across the country and sapped much of that annual excitement.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued advice last week that couldn’t have come at a worse time for those hoping for holiday comfort from loved ones: Postpone travel and stay home to best protect yourself and others from getting or spreading the virus.

While some folks will defy that advice for their own reasons, others are compelled to travel because of colleges closing for winter break or as part of their job as essential workers. So here are a few tips to help you stay safe on that journey this week.

Travel by car if that’s an option. Make as few stops as possible, and when you do, wear your masks and use hand sanitizer. Avoid crowded indoor spaces such as convenience stores and restaurants. Instead,

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  • November 21, 2020
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How the lessons of 2020 ultimately might make travel better

The conventional wisdom is that 2020 has nearly destroyed travel. And though it’s true that COVID-19 ruined vacations and took a wrecking ball to a large part of the industry, the conventional wisdom is wrong.

“Actually, the pandemic is making travel better in many ways,” says Clayton Reid, CEO of MMGY Global, a marketing company known for its research on consumer trends and travel.

“It’s forced travel companies to introduce innovative contactless service. They have new booking procedures and a commitment to cleanliness and safety. I believe these are long-term shifts.”

He’s right. Many of the positive changes appear to be here to stay. Among them:

Contactless service: The travel industry has made a massive push toward automation, introducing cleaning robots and apps that double as hotel room keys. In the future, you may not have to interact with staff when you travel unless you want to.

New booking policies:

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  • November 21, 2020
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Ask Amy: Vacation plans have expanded too far

Dear Amy: My sweetheart wants to plan a family trip. At first it just involved our household and one other household. Now it has expanded to include plans involving many other households.

I am uncomfortable with this, and have said as much.

The families involved have made suggestions to make me more comfortable, such as the idea that we can check temperatures, etc., but I think it is a dangerous idea to gather in this way.

How would you navigate this?

— Anxious Annie

Dear Anxious: Here’s how I am navigating this sort of dilemma: I’m doing it by saying “no.” This can be surprisingly hard to do, especially when considering the competing agendas that surface during the holiday season.

I don’t consider myself in a particularly high-risk group, but I interact with others who are. I consider a “no” now to be an investment in a future “yes.”

If

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  • November 21, 2020
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How Sagittarius Season 2020 Will Affect Your Zodiac Sign

If the deep and emotional waters of Scorpio season 2020 have been a lot for you, then get ready for an astrological vibe check — because Sagittarius season 2020 begins on Saturday, November 21. This fiery energy brings a joyful sense of optimism, even amidst the darker days and longer nights. You’ll want to know how Sagittarius season 2020 will affect your zodiac sign so you can make the most of its celebratory vibes.

Sagittarius is the mutable fire sign of the zodiac, and it’s represented by the symbol of the archer — which inspires us to channel our own inner archer and shoot arrows up straight toward our highest aspirations. Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, which is the planet of good luck, so now’s a time for all zodiac signs to start thinking big and saying yes to new experiences.

Because Sagittarius is the sign associated with higher education

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  • November 21, 2020
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How to register for the Amex Gold dining credit





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Editor’s note: This post has been updated with the latest information.

The American Express® Gold Card was seemingly made for people who live to eat. And in the current pandemic environment, many cardholders are prioritizing groceries and takeout.


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Not only does the Amex Gold earn 4x Membership Rewards points on worldwide dining and U.S. supermarkets (up to $25,000 in purchases per calendar year, then 1x), but it also comes with an up to $120 annual dining statement credit. Starting in early 2021, cardholders will receive up to $120 annually ($10 per month) in Uber Cash to use for Uber Eats orders or Uber rides in the

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  • November 21, 2020
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How culture and leadership helped ventilator maker Ventec meet huge demand in COVID-19 response

Chris Kiple, CEO of Ventec Life Systems, alongside one of the company’s ventilators. (Stuart Isett Photo)

To rapidly increase a company’s production 8-fold is daunting. To ramp up 80-fold is almost unimaginable.

It’s also what Chris Kiple had to do last spring as CEO of one of the nation’s few ventilator manufacturers. As COVID-19 was taking hold of America, the head of Ventec Life Systems quickly began increasing production at the company’s facilities in Bothell, Wash.

Ventec and GM, 2 months later: How a startup took on the ventilator shortage, and where it stands now

But he knew it wouldn’t be enough. He reached out to General Motors in mid-March to see how the two might partner to meet escalating demand. Health officials feared shortages would force them to make difficult decisions about which patients would have access to the potentially life-saving devices and which would not.

At the time,

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  • November 21, 2020
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It looked different this year, but National Adoption Day in N.J. was as loving as always

Julisa, 8, hugged her grandparents after a judge finalized her adoption Friday over Zoom in their Newark home to make the couple her legal guardians.

Her grandparents, Reynaldo and Secundina Peña, began to cry a little, but there was no time for tears. A surprise was in store for them almost immediately after.

“Somebody said ‘Oh look the parade is starting,’” Julisa recounted, and then the family put on their shoes and walked out the door.

Greeting them was a caravan of superheroes and more than a dozen vehicles, including police and fire trucks. Four other families who finalized adoptions Friday were along the motorcade’s route, too.

“(I) felt rejoice in my heart,” said Secundina Peña in Spanish through a translator, of the adoption proceeding over Zoom. “It was times two when the parade came.”

National Adoption Day falls on Saturday this year, and employees at the Superior Court of

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  • November 21, 2020
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Nevada facing double-bind of rising cases, limping economy

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People dressed as showgirls stand along the Las Vegas Strip, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, in Las Vegas. As the coronavirus surges to record levels in Nevada, the governor has implored residents to stay home. But Democrat Steve Sisolak has also encouraged out-of-state visitors, the lifeblood of Nevada’s limping economy, to come to his state and spend money in Las Vegas.

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As the coronavirus surges to record levels in Nevada, the governor has implored residents to stay home. But Democrat Steve Sisolak has also encouraged out-of-state visitors, the lifeblood of Nevada’s limping economy, to come to his state and spend money in Las Vegas.

The pandemic has put officials in this tourism-dependent place in a double-bind: trying to protect the economy while keeping people safe.

With the state seeing a record number of new cases, Sisolak said he’s on the brink of imposing new restrictions, but

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  • November 21, 2020
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10 of the Best Gentle Eye Makeup Removers That Don’t Leave a Stitch of Mascara Behind

I have officially entered the part of 2020 wherein I put eye makeup on for no other reason than so that my iPhone facial recognition feature will actually know who I am. Now that I’m braving a little eyeliner and some mascara on the regular (okay, once a week, maybe), I’m also now having to remove those inky stains and liners. Some formulas are like taking acid to the face, so to make things easier on myself, I sought out the best gentle eye makeup removers around.

When looking for eye makeup removers there are a few things you’re going to want to keep in mind. Harsh surfactants, those that are found in traditional soaps have a tendency to be more aggressive around the eyes. Instead, you’ll want to opt for either something that’s a cleansing oil or an oil suspended in water (which is often called micellar water).

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  • November 21, 2020
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WSU, EWU, Gonzaga ask students to stay home after Thanksgiving

Universities in eastern Washington are telling students not to come back if they head home for the holidays.

SPOKANE, Wash. — As the COVID-19 pandemic raged throughout the year, university leaders across the Inland Northwest spent their late Spring and Summer months forming a plan to safely teach college students during the Fall 2020 semester.

Now, with holiday season on the horizon, the plans from Eastern Washington’s biggest colleges all include the same message: “If you go home for the holidays, stay home.”

That was a key factor in Washington State University’s earliest plan, says Phil Weiler, Vice President for Marketing and Communications for the university. Weiler said WSU built their semester over the summer to be as close to all-online as possible, with just a handful of classes requiring in-person learning for specialized technology or equipment.

But for the final few weeks, Weiler said, every class will make the

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  • November 21, 2020