Day: August 17, 2020

Universities scramble to deal with virus outbreaks

North Carolina’s flagship university canceled in-person classes for undergraduates just a week into the fall semester Monday as college campuses around the U.S. scramble to deal with coronavirus clusters linked in some cases to student housing, off-campus parties and packed bars.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill said it will switch to remote learning on Wednesday and make arrangements for students who want to leave campus housing.

“We have emphasized that if we were faced with the need to change plans — take an off-ramp — we would not hesitate to do so, but we have not taken this decision lightly,” it said in a statement after reporting 130 confirmed infections among students and five among employees over the past week.

UNC said the clusters were discovered in dorms, a fraternity house and other student housing.

Before the decision came down, the student newspaper, The Daily Tar Heel,

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9 tips to make the most of store closing and liquidation sales

Many major national retail chains were already suffering before the coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S. So when the country had to shut down, their financial struggles were sent into overdrive. That’s one reason why it might feel like so many stores near you are holding liquidation or going-out-of-business sales.

These types of events can be a way to finally buy that item you’ve been wanting for months but thought was too expensive. What’s more, many of these sales are now online, even though they’ve traditionally been brick-and-mortar only, according to Sara Skirboll, shopping and trends expert at RetailMeNot.

For example, Pier 1, which announced in May that it was closing all 540 of its stores, held part of its sale online. And Macy’s, which has seen a 35% decrease in sales compared to last year, has a dedicated clearance and closeout section on its site.

But shopping at these extreme

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Democrats claim ‘big tent’ for first convention in pandemic

NEW YORK (AP) — Ohio’s former Gov. John Kasich, a Republican presidential contender four years ago, joined Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, on Monday in calling for voters across the political spectrum to unite against President Donald Trump. Their urgent warning demonstrated the breadth of Joe Biden’s coalition on the opening night of the Democratic Party’s 2020 National Convention.

The message, outlined in excerpts of their prerecorded speeches, came hours before the official start of the first presidential nominating convention of the coronavirus era. The all-virtual affair is the first without a central meeting place or cheering throngs. Republicans face the same challenge next week.

“My friends, I say to you, and to everyone who supported other candidates in this primary and to those who may have voted for Donald Trump in the last election: The future of our democracy is at stake. The future of our

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8 Non-Monogamous People Advise on Their Fave Dating Apps and Why

Photo credit: Sanchi Oberoi
Photo credit: Sanchi Oberoi

From Cosmopolitan

Thanks to decreasing stigma, the number of people practicing ethical non-monogamy (ENM) today in the United States is huge—even comparable to the population of LGBTQ+ folks. And because many singles are opting to meet their partners online anyway, it’s time to take a look at the best dating apps for those who identify as non-monogamous.

For starters, there are so! many! ways! to identify under the umbrella term of non-monogamy. But the one thing everyone has in common if they do: no expectation of exclusivity. Whether physical or emotional, exclusivity is not present in these relationships.

Now as an ethically non-monogamous person, I’ve always used dating apps—from my first open relationship at 19 to my solo-polyamory today. Through Tinder, I’ve found two of my long-term partners. Via Hinge, I had my first relationship with another woman. And while on Feeld, I’ve met all sorts

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How Republicans plan to counter Democrats’ big week

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and his allies are hoping to use the Democratic National Convention to advance their monthslong efforts to frame Joe Biden as a captive of the party’s far-left wing — a message that has so far this year failed to gain traction.

As the president travels to at least four battleground states over the course of the convention, the campaign will have a war room of rapid response staffers ready to seize on comments by convention speakers around defunding police departments, eliminating private insurance and ending the fossil fuel industry, issues they say could turn off independent voters, particularly suburban women, in November.

With Trump trailing in every major public poll over the last month, including in key swing states, the campaign has been struggling to land a punch against Biden that can cut into his lead. Perhaps its most enduring messaging push has been an

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6 things first-time homeowners need to know right now

People are spending a lot of time at home these days, so it’s no wonder many are taking a long and hard look at their living situations.

For some people, that means obsessively browsing Zillow for hours on end. For others, it means actually buying their first piece of property.

Ready to become a homeowner? Here’s what you need to know first.

Interest rates on mortgage loans are lower than ever

Low mortgage interest rates are a huge plus for buyers who plan to finance. In July, the average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage dropped below 3% for the first time ever.

“That means for any given purchase price, your monthly payments are going to be lower than they would have been had you bought that same house a year or two ago,” said Jeff Tucker, an economist for Zillow. “Or, say you have a monthly budget of $1,500.

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Wage theft plagues L.A. garment workers. Why aren’t fashion retailers held responsible?

The prices are hard to believe: $24.99 for an on-trend dress, delivered to your door; $9.99 for a silky camisole hanging from the rack at a discount chain.

But someone has to pay the real cost of those cheap clothes even if it’s not the American consumer, say labor advocates — who point to the thousands of immigrant workers who can sometimes toil for far less than the minimum wage in small Los Angeles apparel factories.

Now, those advocates are proposing the industry’s biggest reforms in a generation, legislation that would turn the traditional pay structure on its head while holding online shops such as Fashion Nova and other retailers including Nordstrom responsible for any wage theft that occurs in the making of their apparel.

“If your clothes are being produced in an unlawful condition, you are going to share responsibility, period,” said Dana Hadl, a directing attorney at Bet … Read More

Big-Box Chains to Make Big Gains, Off-Price Could Fall Victim to COVID-19

It’s a big earnings week for retail.

Four of the country’s largest nationwide chains — big-boxes Walmart and Target, department store Kohl’s and off-pricer TJX — are set to report second-quarter financial results over the course of the next few days. (Alibaba and Foot Locker also report earnings on Thursday and Friday, respectively.)

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The numbers come at a precarious time for the retail sector, whose challenges amid shifting consumer habits and the rise of e-commerce have been compounded by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Government-imposed lockdowns and COVID-19 fears have already significantly impacted both top and bottom lines in the first quarter, albeit in different ways: For Walmart and Target, panicked shoppers drove a surge in sales of essential goods, while physical-first companies like Kohl’s, TJ Maxx and Marshalls took a huge hit as store traffic dwindled and, in most cases, completely halted for weeks.

As we

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Democrats claim ‘big tent’ in first convention in pandemic

NEW YORK (AP) — Joe Biden and the Democrats are highlighting the party’s inclusive “big tent” Monday night as their 2020 National Convention gets underway with a lineup that features as many former Republican governors as “democratic socialists” — along with former first lady Michelle Obama.

Beyond diversity, the first national political convention of the coronavirus era will be unique for its logistical challenges. The all-virtual affair will be the first without a central meeting place or cheering throngs. Republicans face the same challenge next week.

Democrats abandoned their plans for an in-person gathering in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, because of the pandemic. And as the four-day convention begins, it’s unclear whether the program, which consists of both live speeches and prerecorded videos, can generate the same level of excitement and momentum as past gatherings.

The unprecedented gathering will also test the bonds of the diverse Biden-Harris coalition, disparate factions who have

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Is It Time To Ditch Your Bank? Here Are Some Reasons To Switch

Chances are, you’ve never switched banks. A recent study by Bankrate found that Americans enter long-term relationships with their banks, using the same primary checking account for over 14 years on average. But why do so many of us stay loyal to one financial institution? After all, we shop around for everything else — why wouldn’t we consider the best way to keep our money in order? With credit unions and online-only banks continuing to rise in popularity, traditional banks with brick-and-mortar branches are far from the only options we have. If you’re not in love with your bank — and who really is? — it might be time to make a switch. Ahead are some signs that you deserve better from your bank.

Your bank keeps taking your money

Remember the days of free checking accounts? Well, they’re probably not coming back. Nowadays, most big, traditional (as in not

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