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Why restaurants are open and schools are closed

Why restaurants are open and schools are closed

Money..Public health experts have been repeating this same refrain since the summer, when many states and cities reopened businesses like bars, restaurants, and gyms — all areas where the coronavirus is thought to spread readily — without a clear plan to reopen school buildings. And the call has only gotten louder in recent weeks as cases skyrocket in a third viral wave and officials close schools while keeping indoor dining open.For example, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on November 18 that in the city in response to rising cases — but gyms and reduced-capacity indoor dining...

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Joe Biden breaks record for most votes ever in a presidential election

Joe Biden breaks record for most votes ever in a presidential election

Biden has broken the votes record set by Obama in 2008.to become the next president of the United States. And he’s also reached another milestone: He’s gotten the most votes of anyone ever to run for the US presidency.With , Biden has broken the record , who received about 69.5 million votes to win in 2008. The 73 million number gave Biden 50 percent of the popular vote as of Friday morning, with President Trump taking 48 percent.The 2020 election is on pace for a record turnout, with at least 159.8 million Americans voting, . That’s the highest turnout rate among eligible voters since...

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What this Oregon county’s "preschool for all" victory means for child care in America

What this Oregon county’s "preschool for all" victory means for child care in America

This Oregon ballot measure is part of a bigger movement.Advocates of universal preschool just scored a key local victory, with Multnomah County, Oregon — which includes the city of Portland — approving a ballot measure supporters called , according to and .The initiative, also known as Measure 26-214, will provide tuition-free preschool to all 3- and 4-year-olds whose parents want it, while also raising the pay of preschool teachers. The county will pay for the program with a tax on high-income residents.The measure is especially important since a lack of affordable child care remains an...

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Daniel Cameron, the Trump-supporting attorney general in the Breonna Taylor case, explained

Daniel Cameron, the Trump-supporting attorney general in the Breonna Taylor case, explained

Trump once called Cameron a “star.” Now many question the Kentucky attorney general’s handling of the Taylor case.Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron began his announcement of the grand jury decision in the Breonna Taylor case on Wednesday by offering condolences to Taylor’s family.“Every day, this family wakes up to the realization that someone they loved is no longer with them,” he said. “There’s nothing I can offer today to take away the grief and heartache this family is experiencing as a result of losing a child, a niece, a sister, and a friend.”But, Cameron went on, “the criminal...

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When Black Lives Matter protests come to "Copland"

When Black Lives Matter protests come to "Copland"

Simi Valley is one of the most conservative parts of Southern California.The city of 125,000, about 40 miles from Los Angeles, is home to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Donald Trump carried the area in 2016, just like Mitt Romney did in 2012 and John McCain in 2008. And it was here, in 1992, that charged with beating Rodney King.But on June 6, several thousand people gathered in Simi Valley to protest the police killings of George Floyd and other Black Americans. The protests were diverse, with people of “every race, every ethnicity, every age group,” including white people,...

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Essential workers are losing their hazard pay even though the hazard isn’t over

Essential workers are losing their hazard pay even though the hazard isn’t over

Kroger and other companies provided “hero pay” to employees as the pandemic ratcheted up the risk to their safety. For many, it will end this month.At Megan McHonie’s job, social distancing is all but impossible.A floral clerk at a King Soopers grocery store in Colorado Springs, Colorado, she comes into close contact with shoppers every day. “When I’m outside watering the plants, the customers don’t keep within six feet of me at all,” she told Vox. “They’re actually within touching distance.”McHonie has been anxious about coming to work during the , but one thing she appreciated was the...

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How the pandemic turned Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer into an unlikely firebrand

How the pandemic turned Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer into an unlikely firebrand

Gretchen Whitmer has been called a lot of things in the last few weeks.The Michigan governor is a “rising star for Democrats,” , and a potential vice-presidential pick for presumptive nominee Joe Biden. According to President Donald Trump, though, she’s “” or “.” And if you ask right-wing protesters, she’s trampling on Michiganders’ rights during the .The thing is, though, Whitmer has never been a political firebrand. The Lansing native on a platform of and cleaning up its water, and while she’s taken progressive stances on some issues, she’s typically portrayed as a centrist by and...

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