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Grocery prices have skyrocketed since the pandemic began, forcing struggling Americans to make tough choices

Grocery prices have skyrocketed since the pandemic began, forcing struggling Americans to make tough choices

The chaos that coronavirus brought to food supply chains is being felt by Americans’ wallets, as the complications of the pandemic have pushed grocery prices higher and forced many to go without the food they need. by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, almost all kinds of food have seen an increase in its price since February. Beef and veal prices are up a staggering 20.2% since before the pandemic, while other staples like eggs (10.4%), poultry (8.6%) and pork (8.5%) have also seen significant increases. Advertisement As , these prices soared because the pandemic infected large amounts of...

August 6, 2020
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Hilton cancels ICE reservations after learning they were for detained kids

Hilton cancels ICE reservations after learning they were for detained kids

Just a few days after that several Hampton Inns near the U.S.-Mexico border were being used by Immigration and Customs Enforcement to detain immigrant children for days and sometimes weeks before deporting them back to their home countries, the chain’s parent company, Hilton, has distanced itself from the situation. Hilton addressed the use of the hotels in a , saying it was taking steps to end the practice immediately. Advertisement “Hilton has confirmed reports that the independently owned and managed Hampton Inn & Suites in McAllen, TX had accepted reservations from a private contractor...

July 27, 2020
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St. Louis couple charged for pointing guns at protesters, but governor says they will likely be pardoned

St. Louis couple charged for pointing guns at protesters, but governor says they will likely be pardoned

Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the from images of them pointing guns at Black Lives Matter protesters outside their mansion, were both charged on Monday with felony unlawful use of a weapon, . However, if Missouri Gov. Mike Parson stays true to his word, the charges may be a mere symbolic gesture. Advertisement Gardner said that the McCloskeys, both attorneys in their 60s, risked inciting violence during a non-violent protest on June 28. Video from the incident showed Mark with a long-barrelled gun and Patricia with a small handgun. No shots were fired, but Gardner believes that the...

July 20, 2020
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Miami beaches will close for 4th of July due to coronavirus

Miami beaches will close for 4th of July due to coronavirus

The state of Florida has been on the forefront of the country’s reopening effort in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, but due to a recent spike in cases, many of its popular beaches will remain closed to residents and tourists during Fourth of July weekend. Miami will keep its beaches and parks from Friday, July 3, through Tuesday, July 7, while Fort Lauderdale announced a closure from July 3-5. These restrictions have been put in place due to fears from officials that, during the holiday, people won’t follow the rules put in place to limit the spread of the virus. Advertisement “As we...

June 29, 2020
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Sword in stone at Disneyland pulled out by ‘pretty buff dude’

Sword in stone at Disneyland pulled out by ‘pretty buff dude’

“Whoso pulleth out this sword of this stone and anvil is rightwise ruler born of England,” on the “Sword in the Stone” sign in front of the King Arthur Carrousel at Disneyland. And because theme park signs constitute legal binding contracts recognized by international law, England has a new king. His name is Sam, he’s “a pretty buff dude.” The missing sword was first reported by a Disney on Jan. 12, but at the time the identity of the divinely appointed king was unknown. There was merely duct tape covering the opening where the sword once stood, and speculation that this was a planned...

March 10, 2020
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Barack Obama tweets support for canceling public events to slow coronavirus spread

Barack Obama tweets support for canceling public events to slow coronavirus spread

When the NCAA that its annual basketball tournaments would be canceled due to the spread of coronavirus, few people in the U.S. were likely as disappointed as former President Barack Obama, who became known as during his time in the oval office. But through his Twitter account on Thursday evening, Obama made public his support for social distancing measures as a precaution for slowing the infection rate of coronavirus. If you’re wondering whether it’s an overreaction to cancel large gatherings and public events (and I love basketball), here’s a useful primer as to why these measures can...

March 13, 2020
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Florida declares WWE an ‘essential business’ during coronavirus pandemic

Florida declares WWE an ‘essential business’ during coronavirus pandemic

As most of the country remains locked down in an attempt to slow the spread of coronavirus, only those businesses deemed “essential” are able to continue operating. That includes stores that sell food, or businesses that provide medical supplies, or companies that put on scripted fights where beefy men throw other beefy men off ladders and through tables. Yes, WWE is essential, at least according to Florida, which made public the classification on Monday. The largest wrestling promotion in the world has continued to film shows for TV and PPV, including Wrestlemania, on a closed set in...

April 13, 2020
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GOP congressman says coronavirus deaths would be ‘lesser of two evils’ compared to economic troubles

GOP congressman says coronavirus deaths would be ‘lesser of two evils’ compared to economic troubles

During the economic difficulties caused by widespread lockdowns amid the coronavirus pandemic, some in power have framed the current dilemma as a between economic prosperity and saving lives. On Tuesday, Congressman Trey Hollingsworth became one of those people, and he knew which one he would choose. The Republican representative from Indiana and argued that increased freedom of movement and a reopening of business was more important than keeping Americans from dying. Advertisement "It is always the American government’s position to say, in the choice between the loss of our way of life as...

April 15, 2020
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Banks can take your coronavirus check to pay off debts, Treasury says

Banks can take your coronavirus check to pay off debts, Treasury says

The from the government’s stimulus package are starting to come through. But Americans who owe money to their bank might see only part or even none of what’s due to them. , the relief checks — which could be up to $1,200 for qualifying Americans — are not exempt from private debt collection. And because, if the IRS has their bank account on file, the money goes directly into the recipient’s account, it could easily be taken by banks to offset fees or unpaid loans. Advertisement The Prospect , in a meeting last week between Ronda Kent, chief disbursing officer with Treasury’s Bureau of the...

April 16, 2020
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Idaho state Rep. compares coronavirus shutdown to the Holocaust

Idaho state Rep. compares coronavirus shutdown to the Holocaust

It might seem tough to draw a comparison between current social distancing measures put in place to save lives from coronavirus and the horrific evil of the Nazis, but Idaho State. Rep Heather Scott tried her best in at least two interviews conducted this month. The Republican representative, who has held her seat since winning it in 2014, with Defending Utah Radio, a group that says it wants to “expose those conspiring to take away your freedom and educate citizens on the principles of liberty.” During the interview, she seemed to take issue with the terms essential and nonessential...

April 20, 2020
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