10 Ways to Celebrate Your Original Wedding Date if You’ve Postponed

Laveta Brigham

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For thousands of brides-to-be, the start of 2020 marked a whirlwind time of poring over catering menus, trying on dresses, planning special touches and gifts for guests, and generally just getting excited about marrying their best friend. And then the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic struck, causing an estimated 652,000 weddings to be postponed in the U.S. between April and June alone, according to a study from London-based wedding planning app, Bridebook. Now people are trying to figure out how to celebrate the original wedding date when plans had to be been postponed.

But while you might be tempted to let your would-be-wedding day pass by to avoid stirring up all the feels, this emotional investment is exactly the reason it should be recognized. “It’s important that a couple who have had their wedding canceled or postponed due to these surreal circumstances still mark the occasion, because it matters to

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Trump, Biden charge into volatile final stretch of campaign

Laveta Brigham

WAYZATA, Minn. (AP) — For such a volatile year, the White House race between President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden has been remarkably consistent.

With Election Day just eight weeks away, Biden is maintaining the same comfortable lead in most national polls that he enjoyed through the summer. He also has an advantage, though narrower, in many of the battleground states that will decide the election. Trump remains in striking distance, banking on the intensity of his most loyal supporters and the hope that disillusioned Republicans ultimately swing his way.

Still, both parties are braced for the prospect of sudden changes ahead, particularly as Trump makes an aggressive pitch to white suburban voters focused on safety and fear of violent unrest. It’s unclear how well his rhetoric will resonate, but Democrats insist it can’t be ignored, especially in the upper Midwest.

That’s especially true in Minnesota, a state

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Testing time for business passengers?

Laveta Brigham

Time saver? Heathrow airport says it is ready to test passengers (© LHR Airports Ltd)
Time saver? Heathrow airport says it is ready to test passengers (© LHR Airports Ltd)

“We’re proposing business travel as a priority,” says Drew Crawley.

If I tell you he is chief commercial officer for American Express Global Business Travel, you may well be thinking: well, he would say that, would he? But hear him out.

“What we want to do is to get confidence back into flying, and confidence back into the government so they know that, if there are issues, they can follow up and we’ve got the data to do that.

“We’re past the holiday season now. September is normally the kickstart for business travel.”

What Mr Crawley is proposing is to use business travellers as upmarket guinea pigs on the route between London and New York – the biggest and most profitable intercontinental air route in the world.

“It’s phenomenal the amount of trade between the

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Here’s one possible reason why Tesla wasn’t added to the S&P 500

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Goldman Sachs: These 3 Stocks Are Poised to Surge by at Least 40%

Is the market’s recent run of record high levels another bubble? And is the recent retreat the beginning of a burst, or just a correction? Will investors take heart from the strong August jobs report? And what about the election – how will the nation’s unstable political scene impact the financial markets? These are just a few of the questions that investors must answer as September heats up.Two strategists from investment giant Goldman Sachs have weighed in on market prospects in recent days, and have published diverging opinions. For the bulls, Jan Hatzius sees the employment numbers as the key data point, saying that even if growth has slowed from its breakneck pace in the immediate aftermath of the economic reopenings, it should remain strong in the coming months.Equity strategist Christian Mueller-Glissman, however, sees the current

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We’re At Risk If NJ Cuts Mental Health Funds

Laveta Brigham

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — New Jersey’s budget can’t be balanced on the backs of children. But if planned cuts to a beloved state program aren’t rolled back, Essex County youth who are struggling with mental health issues will be among those who pay the price, advocates say.

Recently, officials announced that the 2021 budget would eliminate all 90 School-Based Youth Services Programs (SBYSP) in New Jersey. The program funds mental health counseling, employment counseling, substance abuse prevention, suicide prevention, pregnancy prevention and sexual assault prevention in school communities across the state.

The program, which has been operating as a grant-funded initiative in schools across the state since 1987, is set to be eliminated starting Oct. 1.

Family Connections NJ says it’s one of the organizations that will suffer if funds are cut. The East Orange-based group manages SBYSPs at Maplewood Middle School, Columbia High School, Orange High School and Bloomfield

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7 Ways the Pandemic Has Changed How We Shop for Food

Laveta Brigham

Jennifer Flanigan loads up a cart at a Kroger store in West Chester, Ohio on Sept. 7, 2020. (Andrew Spear/The New York Times)
Jennifer Flanigan loads up a cart at a Kroger store in West Chester, Ohio on Sept. 7, 2020. (Andrew Spear/The New York Times)

When the coronavirus hit, even the most enthusiastic cooks had to adjust to a new, more complicated relationship with their kitchens.

For the first time in a generation, Americans began spending more money at the supermarket than at places where someone else made the food. Grocers saw eight years of projected sales growth packed into one month. Shopping trends that were in their infancy were turbocharged.

The six-month shift has been a behavioral scientist’s dream. Shoppers began by building bomb-shelter pantries. Then came a nostalgia phase, with bowls of Lucky Charms and boxes of Little Debbies offering throwback comfort. Soon, days were defined by elaborate culinary stunts, sourdough starter and kombucha clubs.

Although kitchen fatigue is setting in for many, a new set of kitchen habits have

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Wisconsin Rural Students Face Digital Divide As Students Return

Laveta Brigham

This is the third in a series of stories examining how school districts around the country are coping with the coronavirus pandemic. You can read the whole series here.

By Peter Cameron/The Badger Project

The 40-acre farmette where the Hellenbrand family lives in south-central Wisconsin is an eclectic mix of people and animals.

Amy Jo Hellenbrand and her husband raise corn, soybeans, wheat, heifers, chickens, goats and bunnies on their land just outside the village of Dane, about 20 miles north of Madison.

“We do have a little petting zoo,” she said with a chuckle.

They also raise four children — ages 11, 9, 8 and 5 — and up to five more children attend her home day care at least for part of the day.

That made this spring particularly challenging, when the pandemic forced schools across the state to close. Mirroring the rest of Wisconsin, education for the

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Morrisons and Iceland hire thousands

Laveta Brigham

Supermarket chain Morrisons is to make thousands of temporary staff permanent as a surge in demand for online deliveries fuelled by the coronavirus pandemic continues.

Iceland also says that it has taken on thousands of staff.

Rivals such as Tesco are hiring more staff to support internet shopping after the lockdown accelerated the shift from visiting stores to online.

Morrisons’ decision coincides with a rise in coronavirus cases in the UK.

The UK’s fourth-biggest supermarket chain is expected to announce the move on Thursday.

Morrisons had about 97,000 workers before the pandemic and took on 45,000 extra temporary staff during the coronavirus crisis.

About 25,000 of those staff are still working for the supermarket, and more than 6,000 have already been given permanent jobs.

Morrisons is expected to announce on Thursday – when it publishes its interim results – that it plans to make thousands more temporary positions permanent in

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Republicans are knocking on voters’ doors. Democrats aren’t. Will it affect the 2020 outcome?

Laveta Brigham

Democrats think it’s dangerous and unnecessary. Republicans consider it safe and essential.

And both agree that, when it comes to in-person voter communication, neither side has ever experienced a dynamic like the one in this election.

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has created a stark divide in the way the ideological left and right have chosen to campaign this year, with liberals all but abandoning the traditional political tactic of sending staffers and volunteers door-to-door to talk with voters at home — commonly known as canvassing — while conservatives continue to do so with only relatively minor interruptions.

The split is emblematic of a wider divide between the two parties during the pandemic that has affected how they regard everything from mask mandates to travel restrictions. And in the view of veteran political operatives, it has also created a unique set of circumstances for the final eight-week stretch of the 2020

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4 Factors That Make Helen of Troy (HELE) a Promising Stock

Laveta Brigham

Helen of Troy Limited HELE is one of the several consumer staples companies, which appears to be poised amid an otherwise jeopardized economic landscape. The company, focusing on Leadership Brands and digital efforts, is gaining on solid demand in its Health and Home unit amid the pandemic.

Markedly, the Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) stock has rallied 37.5% in the past six months compared with the industry’s growth of 16.6%. Also, the company has comfortably outdone the Zacks Consumer Staples sector and the S&P 500’s respective gains of 10.6% and 26.1%. Let’s delve deeper into the factors, which are likely to continue aiding this consumer products provider. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Health & Home Unit Gains on Solid Demand

Helen of Troy’s first-quarter fiscal 2021 results benefited from strength in the Health and Home unit, thanks to higher demand amid

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