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Should N.J. casinos close as coronavirus cases spike? We asked 3 experts.

Since they were allowed to open July 2, Atlantic City’s casinos have been working hard to try to make up some of the millions in revenue they lost during the coronavirus shutdown. Another shutdown would put them even further behind and put thousands out of work again.

So far, Gov. Phil Murphy hasn’t given any sign he’s considering closing casinos again as the second wave of the coronavirus wallops New Jersey. The state reported 3,998 new coronavirus cases and 15 additional deaths Sunday, while hospitalizations rose for the 23rd consecutive day.

Asked last week about Philadelphia’s decision to close casinos, Murphy said Atlantic City casinos have been responsibly managing their gaming floors to mitigate the risk, though any indoor activity is not risk-free.

“There is not any evidence that there is either bad management of the floor or that there is a big outbreak coming from participating on the floor,”

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  • November 23, 2020

Here are answers to NorCal’s frequently asked election questions

Potential voters in Northern California were searching online for answers to questions about the 2020 general election Tuesday, and KCRA 3 has some answers.Here are some of the questions people in the Sacramento, Stockton and Modesto areas have been Googling below:Can I drop off my ballot on Election Day?On Election Day, voters can still drop off their ballots at drop boxes, polling places and vote centers.In fact, California voters can still send in their ballots by mail — as long as it’s postmarked by Election Day.The California Secretary of State’s Office said ballots have an estimated delivery window of two to five days to a county election office.USPS also does daily sweeps of processing areas and requires staff to make sure no unprocessed ballot mail remains, according to the Secretary of State’s office.Votes will continue to be counted in California up to 17 days after the election on Nov. 20. … Read More

  • November 4, 2020

We asked how the pandemic changed your money habits. Here’s what you said

CNN Business asked readers how the pandemic has changed their spending and saving habits. Here’s what some of them had to say.

Paul Grim described himself and his wife, Michelle, as “more savers than spenders” before the pandemic struck.

Then Grim was laid off from his IT job. His wife, who is still working, has reduced her 401(k) contributions to free up some cash.

“We have been dipping into our emergency savings to cover our bills where unemployment falls short,” he said.

Paul Grim, who was laid off this summer, said he and his wife feel lucky that she still has a job. They plan to build an even larger emergency fund for future setbacks.

The couple, who live in upstate New York with their dog, Barley, are eating at home, minimizing impulse purchases and postponing pricey things like dental work.

“Once I am working again we intend to increase the amount of our emergency fund to ensure we are even more well-prepared for any potential future financial emergency, no matter how severe,” Grim said.

Jim Stearns of Alaska runs big events for

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  • October 28, 2020

Online Lansing Catholic High School students concerned about being asked to come back in-person

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS)– Some students learning online at Lansing Catholic High School are concerned about coming back in person to class after the school has asked students to come back in person if they can.

Lansing Catholic students anonymously wrote a letter expressing that the school is not being transparent, forcing students to go back and has “continuously tried to downplay the seriousness of the virus.”

6 News spoke with one of those students who said, “I want to go back to school but I don’t think it’s smart to go back right now,” after mentioning the high rate of daily COVID-19 cases.

President of Lansing Catholic, Dominic Iocco, says some students have been abusing being able to stay home to learn.

“We said you have to have a reason to be online because quiet frankly we had one case where we had a student in Arizona complaining that he

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  • October 15, 2020

Supreme Court asked to extend Wisconsin absentee voting

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democrats and their allies asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to allow for absentee ballots in battleground Wisconsin that are received up to six days after the election to be counted — a move being fought by Republicans who have opposed other attempts across the country to expand voting.

Democrats argue that the flood of absentee ballots and other challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic make it necessary to extend the period in which ballots can be counted. Wisconsin is one of the nation’s hot spots for COVID-19, with hospitalizations treating a record high number of patients with the disease.

Republicans oppose the extension, saying voters have plenty of opportunities to cast their ballot by the close of polls on Election Day and that the rules should not be changed so close to the election.

A federal judge in September sided with Democrats and said

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  • October 13, 2020

When I Thought I Had a Year to Live, I Asked for Soup

My third cookbook was a dream project, quite literally. It made manifest the dream I’d had as a budding food editor just out of culinary school, to travel and eat while writing a book. In Austin, Texas, I rode a bike to a restaurant every day for two weeks to meet with my co-author and chef. As I took notes from his line cooks during prep hours and hid in the office during service, I knew I was part of something exciting. I chased this project doggedly for two years, even as I had my second son and moved two weeks later when my husband took a job in Seattle. I left my nursing baby with a hundred bottles of milk so I could go to Spain to follow the chef from Austin to his hometown in the Catalan countryside in the name of research, then right into a book

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  • October 13, 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

We asked 3 CEOs what tech trends will dominate post-COVID

In a globalized world, we’ve become accustomed to doing business, buying products, and traveling across the globe at lightning speed.

But the introduction of social distancing measures this year suddenly placed major barriers on movement. This caused a rapid acceleration in the transition to digital and the adoption of emerging tech, as society quickly adapted to this new reality.

Although more and more cities and businesses are opening up again, this period of rapid transformation has left its mark. Now that everyone from family-owned businesses to employees of major organizations has gotten a taste of what the digitized and optimized way of living and working could bring, there’s no going back.

Movement of people, data, and goods will be reshaped in the post-COVID world by these new tech trends. But what does this actually mean?

Representing the best of the best in homegrown Dutch tech, I spoke with three startup

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  • September 1, 2020

Can you safely go on vacation amid coronavirus? And other burning travel questions we asked an expert

With COVID-19 cases rising in popular vacation spots, should people be going on vacation?

They can, but with the same precautions you would be taking if you were home, said Dr. Keith Armitage, medical director of the University Hospitals Roe Green Center for Travel Medicine & Global Health in Cleveland. Before COVID-19, the travel center mainly assisted people traveling internationally to ensure they were prepared (such as vaccines) for travel.

The Akron Beacon Journal, which is part of the USA TODAY Network, asked Armitage his advice about summer travel plans, amid rising COVID-19 cases nationwide.

We asked an expert: How much coronavirus risk is there in common travel activities?

Dr. Keith Armitage, medical director of the University Hospitals Roe Green Center for Travel Medicine & Global Health in Cleveland, says you can still take that summer vacation -- with precautions.
Dr. Keith Armitage, medical director of the University Hospitals Roe Green Center for Travel Medicine & Global Health in Cleveland, says you can still take that summer vacation — with precautions.

Q: As cases are spiking, should people be taking their

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We Asked 15 Laid-Off Restaurant Workers for Their Go-To Homestyle Recipes

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From Esquire

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The COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on the restaurant and bar business is severe and will be long-lasting. First, back in March and April, a lifetime go, came the layoffs. Millions of them. Waitstaff, bar backs, hosts, dishwashers—no longer needed, no idea how long.

Around that time, Esquire started gathering recipes from laid-off bar and restaurant workers, and the stories behind them. They aren’t chefs—well, one is—but everybody’s gotta eat. The person who served your meal or mixed you a drink a few months ago is most likely dining at home tonight, as you most likely are.

We look forward to the day when we can go to restaurants without caution or fear. In the meantime, here are fifteen recipes and stories from people who lost their jobs in the hospitality industry after their places of business were shut down or hampered by COVID-19.

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