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A Kimchi Disaster Is Brewing After Cabbage Fields Crippled

Customers check cabbages at a Hanaro Mart supermarket in Seoul on May 14.

Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

A series of typhoons in South Korea this summer has left the country blindsided by a kimchi catastrophe.

Fields of cabbages — which are usually seasoned with spices this time of year and left to ferment for months to make South Korea’s favorite pungent dish — were wiped out across the country due to the extreme weather, causing prices to surge more than 60%.

“Cabbage prices are going nuts,” said Jung Mi-ae, a mother of two who usually loads up on the vegetable in fall to make her own kimchi. “I had to rub my eyes to see the price tag again because it didn’t make any sense.”

In a normal year, South Korean households buy cabbages and other vegetables in bulk to make kimchi for the next year, a season

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Who’s hosting? What’s going to win? Will this be a disaster? All your burning questions about this year’s socially-distant Emmys answered

Executive producers Ian Stewart and Reginald Hudlin are overseeing the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards. (Photo: ABC/Todd Wawrychuk)
Executive producers Ian Stewart and Reginald Hudlin are overseeing the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards. (Photo: ABC/Todd Wawrychuk)

Between coronavirus-caused production delays and a glut of new streaming platforms, the future of television is rife with uncertainty right now. But here’s one thing we do know for sure: The (awards) show will go on. The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards are scheduled to be handed out on Sept. 20, honoring pre-pandemic series like The Crown, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Schitt’s Creek, Succession and Watchmen.

But don’t expect to see the stars of all those shows in the same room. This year’s ceremony will be entirely remote, with the eventual winners accepting their statues from their homes. An all-virtual Emmys is a first for television, and you can bet that other awards shows — including the Golden Globes, the Grammys and the Oscars — will be watching closely should

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Senators Introduce Last-Minute, Bipartisan Bill To Prevent A Census Disaster

Alaska Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan are co-sponsoring a bill to give the Census Bureau badly needed time to finish the 2020 count. (Photo: Tom Williams via Getty Images)
Alaska Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan are co-sponsoring a bill to give the Census Bureau badly needed time to finish the 2020 count. (Photo: Tom Williams via Getty Images)

WASHINGTON ― Senators unveiled bipartisan legislation on Tuesday to give the Census Bureau more time to finish the 2020 census ― an eleventh-hour effort to prevent a potentially severe undercount of the U.S. population, particularly in Native, minority and rural communities.

The census count, which is conducted every 10 years, was delayed for months because of COVID-19. Now the Trump administration is insisting on ending the count early, on Sept. 30, to meet end-of-year deadlines. The crunched schedule all but ensures that hard-to-reach areas, which are typically poor and minority communities, will be even harder to reach, if they are reached at all. The effects of an even lower count in these regions would be devastating: The areas would

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25 Ways To Save Yourself From Your Debt Disaster

A 2019 GOBankingRates survey found that debt would be the No. 1 roadblock that would stop most Americans from reaching their 2020 goals. And those who are already struggling with existing debt have likely found their situation exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, which has left millions of Americans without jobs. Fortunately, just because you have debt now doesn’t mean you are doomed to be paying it off forever.

I spoke to financial experts and business pros about the best ways to save yourself from debt disaster — here’s how you can turn your financial situation around.

Last updated: Sept. 7, 2020

Stop Taking On More Debt

“The first step to getting out of debt is to stop taking on more debt,” said financial expert Chris Hogan. “Folks need to understand that debt is a threat — it’s not their friend. You have to decide that debt isn’t an option. Remember

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Tax Relief for Hurricane, Wildfire, Flood and Other Natural Disaster Victims

When a natural disaster hits, staying safe and finding food, water, shelter and other necessities are the top priorities for people directly affected by Mother Nature’s outburst. Eventually, however, natural disaster victims will also have to worry about insurance claims, lost wages and other financial issues.

Fortunately, when it comes to taxes, there’s some relief available for those left with property damage and lost records in the wake of a hurricane, wildfire, tornado, earthquake, flood or similar natural catastrophe.

Deduction for Damaged or Lost Property

An important tax break for natural disaster victims is the casualty loss deduction for damage to your home, car or personal belongings. Generally, the deduction is equal to either the property’s adjusted basis or decreased value, whichever amount is smaller, less insurance proceeds. Unfortunately, however, there are some limitations and offsets that hurricane victims need to know about before trying to claim the deduction. But

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‘I see a disaster in the making.’ Professors slam reopening plans at Illinois colleges amid COVID-19 crisis, prompting some schools to reverse course.

Illinois State University’s first attempt to articulate its vision for reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic this fall didn’t sit well with everyone.

The plan, dubbed “Redbirds Return” after the central Illinois college’s mascot, drew swift criticism from faculty after it was shared in early June, prompting instructors to draft their own proposals and call for greater precautions when scores of students are expected to descend on campus next month. The faculty’s letter objecting to plan has been signed by more than 500 employees, students, parents and other community members.

“Since releasing the plan, we’ve received a great deal of feedback,” ISU President Larry Dietz said earlier this month. “Many faculty and staff members have also made it clear they would like a greater voice formulating plans.”

At the same time, Dietz announced modifications the faculty had been seeking: increased flexibility to work from home, through at least December, and to

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