Mom, Daughters Hit Road In RV During Pandemic To Make Memories

Laveta Brigham

CUTCHOGUE, NY — For many, the coronavirus pandemic has been a time rife with anxiety and uncertainty as families struggle to adjust to the new normal. But for Tanya McDowell of Cutchogue, the last months have been a pivotal turning point — and have meant a life shift that sent her packing up an RV and hitting the road with her two daughters on the adventure of a lifetime.

McDowell left this week with her two girls to explore the United States. In the past few days, she’s posted photos on social media of meals cooked outdoors at campsites, of wide open vistas and of her daughters, grinning happily with their mom in a series of joyful selfies.

For McDowell, the coronavirus crisis meant a new beginning. “I’ve been a bartender and restaurant manager for years on the North Fork,” she said. “I also have been a hair stylist for

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Alyssa Milano Gets Candid About COVID-19 Recovery and Political Activism (Exclusive)

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Alyssa Milano is opening up about her difficult recovery from the coronavirus. ET’s Kevin Frazier spoke with the actress on Thursday, and she talked about the toll its taken on her health and the symptoms she’s still currently experiencing.

Last month, Milano revealed that she tested positive for antibodies after taking three other tests that indicated she was negative for the coronavirus. Milano tells ET that she was extremely sick in March and April for six weeks, and called it the most difficult illness she’s ever had.

“It comes in stages and it affects different parts of the body at different times,” she explains. “Like, first it was my stomach and then I started to feel better a little bit. And then it was my chest. And then I started to feel better a little bit. And you know, just the roller coaster, and now I’m six months out and,

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The woman taking on trolls on their own turf

Laveta Brigham

Gina was alarmed at the online abuse she saw in the Philippines
Gina was alarmed at the online abuse she saw in the Philippines

The Philippines is playing a key role in the wave of disinformation sweeping the world. So-called troll farms are being used to create multiple fake social media accounts that post political propaganda and attack critics. But a group of people calling themselves the Troll Patrol are trying to use their own tactics against them, as the BBC’s Howard Johnson reports.

In 2016, Gina – not her real name – and others, watched with alarm as a group of Catholic schoolgirls in the Philippines came under attack from online trolls.

The girls had been filmed and photographed standing on a street in the capital Manila in their uniforms, chanting: “Marcos is no hero! Marcos is no hero!”

They were angry that former Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos had just been buried in a nearby hero’s cemetery with military honours.

In

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Rising from pandemic, the business success stories of tomorrow?

Laveta Brigham

On Feb. 16, Marissa and Adam Goldstein launched Rafi Nova, a company selling backpacks for adventure travelers. Sustainably sourced, using textiles woven by Hmong women in Vietnam paid at a fair-trade rate, the backpacks might have been a thing. But the pandemic hit and domestic and international travel ground to a halt.

“Nobody was even leaving their house, let alone buying a $230 travel pack,” says Ms. Goldstein, whose business is in Needham, Massachusetts. “We probably launched a travel fashion company at the worst time in history.” 

With few sales and no money left, the couple decided they at least could put their Vietnamese factory partners to work making face masks, which they could donate to front-line workers in the United States. “It wasn’t a business opportunity,” Ms. Goldstein says. “It was out of a sense of service.”

Then family and friends started asking if they could buy some of

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This Is the Best Way to Save Money at Target, Experts Say

Laveta Brigham

There are few big box stores that have earned the customer loyalty Target has, and with good reason. Not only does the store offer many products you just can’t get anywhere else, but there are countless Target savings tips you can take advantage of to score amazing deals on the stuff you buy every day.

However, there’s one cash-saving hack that beats the rest: signing up for a Target RedCard.

Stacy Caprio at DealsScoop.com says that Target’s RedCard can save the store’s devotees a bundle every time they shop. “You’ll get five percent back on all Target purchases,” Caprio says, “which makes it worth it and is akin to having a permanent five percent off Target coupon.” Julie Ramhold a consumer analyst with DealNews.com, adds, “Target has both credit and debit card options, so if you don’t want the credit card, you can still reap the benefits of having a

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Doc Rivers, NBA Offer Help After Troubling Photo of Former NBA Player Delonte West Surfaces Online

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Delonte West #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the NBA game against of the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on December 21, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Delonte West #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the NBA game against of the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on December 21, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona.

The Delonte West story is defined by both triumph and tragedy.

Prior to becoming an NBA player, the Washington, D.C. native had to overcome a tumultuous childhood that included self-harm, drug abuse, financial instability and even being admitted to children’s hospitals. It was basketball that helped him to persevere, and he eventually spent eight seasons in the NBA as a valued contributor to five different teams.

However, try as he may to outrun his demons, his self-destructive behavior and continued legal issues led to his eventual exile from the one thing that brought him both purpose and salvation: basketball. So with his playing career in the rear-view, the now 37-year-old who once made headlines for knocking down baseline three-pointers and showcasing exemplary defense,

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Apple Gives In, Allows Facebook Pay for Paid Online Events

Laveta Brigham

Facebook has hardly been discreet about its frustration with Apple over the latter’s 30 percent cut for in-app transactions — a policy that muddied the social media company’s messaging that its new paid online events offering would be free for a year.

Now it seems that the pressure campaign worked: Facebook said Friday that the iPhone-maker has relented, allowing businesses to charge for online events on the social network without incurring the fee.

To be more specific, Apple has granted an exception to its rule that developers must use Apple Pay, which triggers the 30 percent cut, Facebook said. Now it can use its own Facebook Pay system, which bypasses the issue and allows most merchants — apart from game developers — to keep the entirety of the revenue until the end of the year.

The relationship between Apple and Facebook may be best described as “frenemies,” as two tech

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Security, Biz, Buzz, Streamer Quotas, What Was Missing

Laveta Brigham

Early September’s Venice Festival celebrated the restart of cinema theater attendance. Opening six days after Venice ended, as second-wave COVID-19 forced parts of Madrid back into semi-lockdown, 2020’s on-site San Sebastian Festival, normally a convivial, festive event, was a more sober affair as Europe’s industry calibrated the cost of the pandemic.

More bullishly, industry leaders talked up the fundamentals of Spanish-language production, TV and film, which remain strong. Following, six takeaways from San Sebastian, which wraps with a prize gala tomorrow Saturday night.

San Sebastian: A ‘Miracle’ It Happened At All

By Sept. 10, COVID-19 cases ran at 260 infections per 100,000 of population, twice the level in France, the next worst ravaged territory in Europe. It was a “miracle” that San Sebastian happened at all, screening all its festival sections in cinema theaters, Maialen Beloki, San Sebastian Festival director, told Variety. Sanitary protocols were enforced with firm politeness,

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How Giuseppe Zanotti’s Spring ’21 Collection Reflects a Personal Metamorphosis

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“We don’t have the calendar like before. We spent the last six months at home. I was in garden, on my boat. For me, this [collection] is more real.” Giuseppe Zanotti said today at his Milan Fashion Week (by-appointment-only) presentation.

The veteran designer admitted that the beginning of the pandemic presented great personal challenges. “March and April, that was a bad time for me. I was very frustrated and negative,” Zanotti admitted.

By May and into June, the music-obsessed designer was energized again and worked with a video producer and technical engineer to make a special film showcasing his new collection. (The video will be revealed in stores when the new styles are released.)

Zanotti presented a smaller collection of men’s and women’s styles that ranged from sandals with oversized gold chain accents to western-inspired boots with a star embellishment to silk-adorned sneakers.

“When I used to do shoes for

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Google’s Search Business Targeted in U.S. Antitrust Case

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(Bloomberg) — Google’s search engine, one of the most-profitable businesses in history, is about to face its biggest challenge as the U.S. government readies an antitrust lawsuit accusing the company of crushing competition to protect and extend its monopoly.

After a 14-month investigation, the Justice Department is homing in on whether Google skews search results to favor its own products and whether it uses an iron fist over access to users to shut out rivals, according to people familiar with the matter.

Google, which controls about 90% of the online search market in the U.S., has long been a target of rivals that complain it’s used that power to snuff out competition across the internet. What started out as a college research project in the late 1990s now generates about $100 billion in highly-profitable revenue each year. The search engine decides the fates of thousands of businesses online and has

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