Students among first to return offer lessons for reopening schools

Laveta Brigham

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Abigail Alexander shuffled through a stack of papers, trying to find instructions for logging in to her school-issued laptop. 

The 10-year-old chatted with her best friend, a fellow fifth grader, about who is in their classes this year at Head Middle Magnet Prep and what period they have a specific teacher.

Their conversation Tuesday sounded like a typical one between excited, anxious students on the first day at a new school – except this year is like no other.

Abigail was seated in the dining room of her North Nashville home while her two younger foster siblings played around the table. Her friend was on FaceTime, the phone propped up against the side of Abigail’s laptop.

The girls are among more than 86,000 Nashville students who started the school year virtually while their schools remained closed during the the coronavirus outbreak.

Two states away in Indiana, where 

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Amy Seimetz and Kris Rey on friendship and filmmaking

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Amy Seimetz with fellow filmmaker Kris Rey (on phone) who is a close friend. Their new movies, Seimetz's "She Dies Tomorrow" and Rey's "I Used To Go Here," are being released on digital platforms on the same day. <span class="copyright">(Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times)</span>
Amy Seimetz with fellow filmmaker Kris Rey (on phone) who is a close friend. Their new movies, Seimetz’s “She Dies Tomorrow” and Rey’s “I Used To Go Here,” are being released on digital platforms on the same day. (Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times)

It’s always nice when friends go through things at the same time. So it seemed when Amy Seimetz’s “She Dies Tomorrow” and Kris Rey’s “I Used To Go Here” were each scheduled to premiere at the South By Southwest Film Festival in March. Then the event was cancelled and both filmmakers found themselves in post-COVID limbo. Now, their films are, coincidentally, getting a VOD release on Aug 7 from separate distributors.

The two women are longtime figures in the independent film scene and festival circuit. Already established as an actress and producer, Seimetz directed her first feature “Sun Don’t Shine” in 2012 and went on to write,

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Nick Cordero’s Wife Opens Up About How Her New Hobby of Tennis Is Helping Through the Mourning Process

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Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic Nick Cordero and Amanda Kloots

Amanda Kloots is finding solace in a new hobby one month after her husband, Broadway star Nick Cordero, died from coronavirus complications at the age of 41.

On her Instagram Stories on Thursday, the fitness instructor, 38, opened up about how she’s been experiencing a “hard time” in recent weeks and shared with followers how learning tennis has helped her in the wake of Cordero’s death.

“I just got home from my tennis lesson and I have to tell you, I am just loving it so much,” she said. “I love that I get to leave the house, move my body, sweat, focus and think about something completely new and different. It’s really, really helping me.”

“I had a really hard time lately — the last two weeks especially,” Kloots explained. “These little things do seem to be helping here and there, and

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From Face Masks to No-Touch Keys, Kenneth Cole Is Selling Protective Wear For a Good Cause

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Kenneth Cole launched face masks in May — now the brand is offering a wider selection of personal protective equipment as the coronavirus continues to rise across the U.S.

Featuring new neck covers, which also rise over the mouth and nose, is available online for pre-sale in black, heather gray, leopard and camo. The dust-proof safety covering is resusable, washable and breathable.

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Kenneth Cole, face covering

To Buy: Kenneth Cole Camo Neck Cover, $24.

In addition, Kenneth Cole launched no-touch keys in gold or black for $15. The accessory is designed to open doors, and press buttons and keypads, allowing consumers to avoid touching shared surfaces.

Kenneth Cole, no touch key
Kenneth Cole, no touch key

To Buy: Kenneth Cole No-Touch Key, $15.

The company has also expanded its mask collection. Now, consumers have the option to choose from novelty mask as a 3-pack for $39 in animal print, assorted camouflage

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‘We have the best plan, bar none, over any province,’ Ford boasts of Ontario back-to-school plan

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As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread around the world, Canadians seem to be increasingly concerned about their health and safety

Currently, there are more than 117,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in Canada and nearly 8,947 deaths.

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August 6

3:45 p.m.: Ontario’s top doctor wants to see less than 50 daily COVID-19 cases next week

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‘We can’t really continue to depend on those things,’ personal finance expert says

Laveta Brigham

Even if you’re planning on getting another stimulus check, you should still be working towards building your savings and staying on top of your spending, according to one personal finance expert.

“Those stimulus checks definitely helped us through a hard time,” Kia Young, communications manager at America Saves, a non-profit campaign, said on Yahoo Finance’s On the Move (video above). “Now it’s time for you to really think about what comes next. We can’t really continue to depend on those things.”

The stimulus checks helped boost personal income amid the coronavirus pandemic, despite millions of Americans losing their jobs and wages. They also helped low-income Americans, in particular, to return close to their pre-pandemic levels of spending.

Personal income grew by 7.3% in the second quarter compared with the first one. Graphic: David Foster/Yahoo Finance
Personal income grew by 7.3% in the second quarter compared with the first one. Graphic: David Foster/Yahoo Finance

Read more: Coronavirus stimulus checks: What it means for your taxes

While the pandemic

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Teens Found Nonprofit To Make Coronavirus Care Packages

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CALIFORNIA — When Sky Yang founded nonprofit Break the Outbreak in March, he had a website and a vision of outfitting essential workers with protective gear.

“Our operations were small at the time, and we had to finance them on our own,” said Yang, a rising senior at Dublin High School in the Bay Area, in an email interview. “Initially, we faced rejections from many restaurants. But we persevered.”

Months later, Break the Outbreak is in the process of expanding to 28 chapters across 14 states, with more than 200 members in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles and elsewhere, organizers said. Members have created and donated more than 2,000 masks to food industry workers stocking shelves and serving up meals.

Break the Outbreak has a strong Bay Area presence, but has expanded in California and across the country, in cities such as New York City and Salt Lake City. The nonprofit’s

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COVID-19 testing is helping CVS Health win new customers. But can it keep them?

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Even as the COVID-19 outbreak has chilled consumer spending in the U.S., it’s proving to be a boon for CVS Health, with coronavirus testing helping to buoy the drugstore chain’s soft retail business.

CVS Health said on Wednesday, when it raised its profit forecast for the current fiscal year, that it had administered approximately 2 million COVID-19 tests as of the end of July. And some 40% of people being tested at a CVS pharmacy were new customers. What’s more, most tests were scheduled via the CVS app and websites, likely spurring adoption of such tech tools, which are typically “sticky” and help turn users into loyal customers.

The company has also set up some 1,800 drive-thru testing sites and launched a new business-to-business testing program for corporations

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L.A. Mayor Warns Water & Power Will Be Shut Off in Properties Hosting Large Parties amid Coronavirus

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In an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has authorized the city to shut off water and power services to any households hosting large parties.

“Starting on Friday night, if LAPD responds and verifies that a large gathering is occurring at a property, and we see these properties re-offending time and time again, they will provide notice and initiate the process to request that [the Department of Water and Power] shut off service within the next 48 hours,” he said at a Wednesday press conference.

He added that the order is aimed at “people determined to break the rules, posing significant public dangers and a threat to all of us.”

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75 Years After Hiroshima, the World Is Still Reckoning With Nuclear

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From Popular Mechanics

Seventy-five years ago today, on August 6, 1945, President Harry S. Truman issued the order to drop an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan.

The number of Japanese people who were immediately killed is estimated to be between 70,000 and 140,000, with longer-term estimates of deaths, including radiation illnesses and cancer, extending up to 220,000.

Photo credit: U.S. Army/Library of Congress/Public Domain
Photo credit: U.S. Army/Library of Congress/Public Domain

“How easily we learn to justify violence in the name of some higher cause,” President Barack Obama said when he visited Hiroshima in 2016. “Technological progress without an equivalent progress in human institutions can doom us. The scientific revolution that led to the splitting of an atom requires a moral revolution, as well.”

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Obama’s use of the present tense is telling: It’s not at all clear that our grasp of nuclear technology fits a moral framework,

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