Day: August 5, 2020

Georgia class quarantined after first day of school as images of crowded school circulate online

Twitter via Associated Press
Twitter via Associated Press

Images of students standing shoulder to shoulder and without masks have sparked renewed coronavirus fears as a classroom is placed in quarantine after the first day of school.

Pictures and video showing dozens of students walking the halls and posing for first-day-of-school photos appeared online soon after in-person classes began on Monday in Georgia.

Paulding County superintendent Brian Ottot confirmed in an email that photos from hallways at North Paulding High School in Dallas were authentic, according to the Associated Press.

“There is no question that the photo does not look good,” Mr Ottot said in the email.

It comes as a classroom at Sixes Elementary School in Georgia’s Cherokee County was shut down after a second-grade student tested positive for Covid-19 on the first day.

The student’s teacher and 20 classmates would quarantine with online classes for the next two weeks, school district spokesperson Barbara

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20 state attorneys general are demanding that Facebook improve its policing of online hate speech and disinformation

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

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  • State attorneys general are calling on Facebook to do more to fight hate speech and disinformation.

  • 20 AGs signed an open letter addressing the social network on Wednesday.

  • The coalition asks Facebook to more closely police itself, and improve tools for users who are trying to report harassment and abuse.

  • Facebook said in a statement it “share[s] the Attorneys General’s goal of ensuring people feel safe on the internet.”

Twenty state attorneys general from across the US are demanding Facebook do more to combat hate speech and disinformation on the social network.

In an open letter published Wednesday, the top legal officers of California, New York, the District of Columbia, and more than a dozen other states called on Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg to better police its platform. (The New York Times earlier reported on the letter.)

Facebook has been

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From child care stipends to flexible schedules, companies aim to help parents juggle remote learning and work again this fall

When the state issued its stay-at-home order in March, Gina LaMonica, 39, a partner with Chicago law firm Perkins Coie, had just returned from a work trip.

Overnight, the COVID-19 pandemic turned her Park Ridge home into an office and a school as she and her husband juggled their careers and the care of their two young daughters. Worlds collided, work shifted to all hours of the day and night, and somehow, they made it to the summer, exhausted and fully employed.

“It was very difficult,” LaMonica said. “Those were long days.”

For working parents like LaMonica, the pending start of the school year, which brings the anxiety of new teachers, schedules and courses under even the best of circumstances, is looming as a major source of stress.

A growing list of companies are pushing office reopenings to 2021 and many school districts, including Chicago Public Schools, are nixing even

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The Spin: Lightfoot says threat of teachers strike didn’t force CPS remote learning plan | Is Duckworth still in veep race?

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the Chicago Teachers Union didn’t force her or her Chicago Public Schools’ team into starting the school year online amid the pandemic. But in the ongoing battle of wills, the Chicago Teachers Union is saying the opposite.

This morning, Lightfoot and CPS CEO Janice Jackson stood before the cameras and confirmed what my Tribune colleagues and other news outlets reported late yesterday afternoon: The first semester of CPS classes this academic year will be conducted online. The CTU was starting to take the first steps toward a possible strike.

Meanwhile, the mayor’s comments about the killing of a Chicago rapper in Chicago’s tony Oak Street shopping district is raising some eyebrows.

And, an association representing Illinois marijuana companies penned a letter to Gov. J.B. Pritzker urging the state to use marijuana tax revenue to aid social equity applicants who’ve been hurt by delays in the licensing

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Our Favorite Online Haunts For Scoring Affordable Art

It’s the year 2003: you’ve just settled in for an evening spent chatting on AIM while listening to a newly-burnt CD and the space surrounding you is drenched in pop-culture paraphernalia. Back in our teenage heyday, bedrooms were a private sanctuary where no wall was left uncovered by Titanic-era Leonardo DiCaprio posters and artwork from Destiny’s Child Survivor album. And while we’ve undergone more than a few changes since then, our walls are still prime real estate for personal expression — only now we’re filling them with a little less hormonally-charged angst and a lot more artistic vision.

House plants breathe life into your home and nifty storage sets can keep it looking streamlined, but investing in wall art is what will really make a place feel like your own. Whether you’re renting a first apartment with roomies or you’re solo settled in more permanent digs, giving your living

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Suze Orman says Americans get this wrong about financial advisers

Suze Orman says most Americans have the “wrong, wrong, wrong” idea when they choose a financial adviser.

In her latest blog post, the personal finance guru cites a 2017 survey that found 53% of Americans believe financial advisers are required by law to put their clients’ best interests ahead of everything else when they give retirement advice.

But that’s not the case.

“Only advisers who operate as fiduciaries are promising to always put the client’s interest first,” Orman explains.

Retirement planning is complicated, and getting help is a smart decision. But you want help you can trust. So when you pick a financial adviser, you’d better find a fiduciary, she says, meaning an adviser who’s looking out for you.

Why finding a fiduciary is key

A rule proposed in Washington a few years ago would have required all advisers to meet the fiduciary standard and avoid conflicts of interest, like

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Meet Zhang Yiming, the secretive Chinese billionaire behind TikTok who made over $12 billion in 2018 and called Trump’s demands to sell the app ‘unreasonable’

ByteDance CEO Zhang Yiming makes his own TikToks — and requires his senior employees to as well.
ByteDance CEO Zhang Yiming makes his own TikToks — and requires his senior employees to as well.

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  • Zhang Yiming built a $16.2 billion fortune after founding ByteDance, the Chinese software developer behind TikTok.

  • Despite being one of the wealthiest people in China, Zhang is extremely private and little is known about his personal life.

  • TikTok is currently in negotiations to sell its US operations to Microsoft amid a threat of a ban from President Trump, sparking fierce criticism of Yiming on Chinese social media.

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The widespread popularity of TikTok has not just created a new generation of social media stars, it’s also created a social media billionaire.

Zhang Yiming, the 36-year-old software engineer who founded the app’s parent company, now has a net worth of $16.2 billion, Forbes estimates. Despite being one of the

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COVID-19 Is Worse for Immigrants

Photo credit: John Moore - Getty Images
Photo credit: John Moore – Getty Images

From Marie Claire

For the past three-and-a-half years, the Trump administration has attempted to make life impossible for immigrants living in the United States, while simultaneously making it harder for people to seek refuge here. It has implemented truly extreme anti-immigrant policies including the Muslim Ban, the detention of children in cages, an increase in funding for immigration enforcement and ICE raids, the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) programs, and an enforcement of the Public Charge Rule.

On June 18, 2020, the Supreme Court ruled against President Trump’s racist decision to end DACA. After massive backlash, the White House was also forced to halt its efforts to deport foreigners with student visas if their university was offering only online classes. Despite Trump’s attacks on DACA since the Supreme Court ruling, immigrant youth

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Home brewing equipment is flying off the shelves in the summer of coronavirus

MILWAUKEE – Jason Rohloff is an avid home brewer, but only COVID-19 can explain his recent output.

Rohloff, a 40-year-old manufacturing manager from Cudahy, has brewed 100 gallons of beer since the pandemic started. That’s more than what he would typically make in eight or nine months.

“I have beer now that I don’t what to do with, I brewed so much,” Rohloff said. “I can’t imagine the circumstance is unique to a lot of people.” 

The Brewers Association, which includes the American Homebrewers Association, counts 1.2 million home brewers in the country, but hasn’t tracked new brewers since the pandemic began.

However, those who sell home-brewing equipment in Milwaukee say there is definitely a surge.

“There’s nothing to do but drink beer and brew beer,” said Ben Caya, owner of Milwaukee-based Spike Brewing.

He’s kidding, but Spike, which makes premium equipment for brewing at home, saw its best two

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This New Jersey Sneaker Retailer Is Still Helping His Community, Though Sales Are Down

Suraj Kaufman has made charity a staple at Sneaker Room. And while the coronavirus crisis has impacted many aspects of business, the storeowner remains committed to his philanthropic mission.

The Jersey City, N.J., retailer is known for his Breast Cancer Awareness-themed collaborations with Nike — among other things — but as COVID-19 quickly consumed the U.S., Kaufman shifted Sneaker Room’s focus to support frontline workers.

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At the end of March, the store revealed its “One Day at a Time” charitable T-shirts and hoodies, which Kaufman said raised roughly $6,000 after costs.

With the money, the retailer worked with nearby Heights Pharmacy to purchase personal protective equipment, including latex gloves, N95 masks and other essentials for the Jersey City Medical Center.

“Sneaker Room is a valued Nike partner, as they stand for something much bigger than just selling shoes,” said Kevin Dodson, Nike’s VP of basketball footwear.

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