Swamped mental health and addiction services appeal for Covid bailout

Mental health and addiction treatment centers and counselors have been overwhelmed with work during the coronavirus pandemic and economic crash. But many are struggling to stay afloat amid confusion and delays over the federal bailout for the health care industry.

Some have waited months for the release of promised aid. Others held out and didn’t apply, believing they’d get a better deal in a future round of funding aimed at centers that see mostly low-income patients. As a result, nearly a third haven’t received any of the $175 billion HHS is doling out to hospitals and other health providers on the front lines of the coronavirus response. And now, they’re appealing to the government for help.

Centers caught in a financial squeeze are shedding staff or unable to buy protective gear while trying to serve a flood of new patients and transition some existing patients to online visits. Meanwhile the

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Bookshops on the battle with virus and Amazon

Bookbugs and Dragon Tales owner Leanne Fridd has been running online storytelling sessions
Bookbugs and Dragon Tales owner Leanne Fridd has been running online storytelling sessions

Before lockdown, the number of independent bookshops in the UK rose for three years in a row. But the pandemic drove customers online – and shops had to get creative to survive.

Running an independent bookshop can be a challenge at the best of times, trying to compete with the might of Amazon and the supermarkets. In recent years, things had been looking up, however, with 890 on our high streets in 2019, up from 867 three years earlier.

They took a major hit during lockdown, but most have reopened (except in Scotland) in time for Independent Bookshop Week, which runs until Saturday. Many found new ways to reach readers while their doors were shut, but their long-term futures are still in the balance.

“As yet we have no idea how many retail casualties may result from

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15 outfits from Animal Crossing you can wear in real life

15 outfits from Animal Crossing you can wear in real life
15 outfits from Animal Crossing you can wear in real life

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I cannot be the only person who’s been online shopping solely based on cute pieces I’ve seen in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Mabel and Sabel have really been churning out a lot of lewks throughout the game, but the question arose as I was playing: Would I be able to find the pieces I loved watching my character putter around her various flower beds in in real life? The answer was mostly yes, much to my personal satisfaction and my wallet’s dismay. Here are a few of the best clothing items and outfits in Animal Crossing and where to find them in real life.

1. The tulip (bucket) hat of your dreams

Even if your head isn't oversized this hat will be cute.
Even if your head isn’t oversized this hat
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Austin Testing Site Hours Changed Due To High Temps

AUSTIN, TX — Rising temperatures have forced a change in hours of operation of several testing sites for the coronavirus, health officials said Monday.

Central Health-affiliated CommUnityCare Health Centers announced the shifting of operating hours at all its COVID-19 testing sites to 6:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., officials said. The early-morning start will also help accommodate those who can only get tested outside of standard business hours, offiials added.

Hancock, Pflugerville and William Cannon locations will start the new testing schedule on Monday (June 22), while Colony Park, Hornsby Bend, Manor and Del Valle locations will shift to the new hours beginning Monday, June 29.

“By shifting testing hours, we can maintain current testing levels and keep staff safer as they work outside in the heat of summer in full protective gear for hours at a time,” CommUnityCare CEO Jaeson Fournier said in a prepared statement. “The situation is constantly

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6 Do’s and Don’ts When Saving Money During a Crisis

Probably the last thing you want to think about during a crisis is working on healthy financial habits like saving money. But if you’re able to save, you can make your eventual recovery easier.

“Every time you put some [money] away, you’re looking out for your future self,” says Saundra Davis, founder and executive director at Sage Financial Solutions, a San Francisco Bay Area-based nonprofit that offers financial coach training and services to people across the wealth spectrum.

Whether or not your financial situation has changed since the start of 2020, you may benefit from these saving strategies now or down the road.

Do: Reduce costs, including bills if needed

Common advice to save money is to cut unnecessary costs. During an ongoing crisis such as a pandemic, you might need to redefine what is “unnecessary.”

Start with the cost of bare essentials to operate your household — rent or

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Now Is the Time to Embrace Bold Messaging, Branding Experts Say

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After experiencing a drop in sales earlier this year, footwear companies are trying to capitalize on the new wave of shoppers returning to stores, both online and in store. To do so, businesses need to connect with consumers who are expecting different things from the brands they shop at – making brand communications a critical tool for retail success.

“First, you need to understand who your is brand talking to and what do they care about,” said Heather DeMonte, brand strategist + storyteller at brand creative agency Klique. “This seems so basic but many brands miss the mark and make themselves the hero of their own story instead of their customers. Truly understanding how your apparel satisfies an emotional need for customers is essential.”

Recent studies have shown that consumers are valuing authenticity and transparency right now, as well as favoring brands that

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Creating an online course ‘changed my life’

Like many others, interior stylist Lucy Gough saw her income disappear when the coronavirus hit and naturally felt anxious about her future prospects.

“Within one week the four shoots I’d been prepping for were all cancelled,” she recalls.

However, rather than do nothing, London-based Ms Gough decided to pivot her business and create an online interior styling course after teaching a similar course at London design school Central Saint Martins.

“Even though I’d wanted to create a course for the last year it wasn’t until lockdown was confirmed and all my income evaporated that I started creating it,” she says.

Covering six modules including shoot styling and home staging, Ms Gough launched the self-paced course in mid-May and within two weeks had already attracted 112 students from as far as Canada and Poland. She estimates that the course might make her £20,000 this year.

“It has changed my life in

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L.A. falls far short of COVID-19 promise to house 15,000 homeless people in hotels

Wendy Brown enters her room at the Cadillac Hotel in Venice on June 1 as part of Project Roomkey. <span class="copyright">(Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)</span>
Wendy Brown enters her room at the Cadillac Hotel in Venice on June 1 as part of Project Roomkey. (Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)

An ambitious Los Angeles County plan to lease hotel and motel rooms for 15,000 medically vulnerable homeless people is falling far short of its goal and may never provide rooms for more than a third of the intended population.

Project Roomkey has given safe haven to thousands of those it has housed. But as it enters its fourth month, negotiators have secured only 3,601 rooms. That’s only a fourth of the number needed to house all those who are eligible.

As a result, homeless officials are now changing course, saying they will continue working to find permanent housing for all those eligible, whether they first move into hotel rooms or remain on the street.

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority is scheduled to submit a plan to

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Phony COVID-19 ‘Vaccine’ Scammer Ordered To Repay Victims

SEATTLE, WA — A Redmond resident who sold a phony COVID-19 vaccine will be paying up for the scam, including a payment of up to $12,000 to refund his victims.

In April, Washington Attorney General sent a warning letter to Johnny Stine, owner of North Coast Biologics, after learning that his company was selling a fake coronavirus vaccine for $400. No such vaccine exists: while there are many in early stages in clinical tries, none have been approved for widespread use.

After Stine failed to heed the cease and desist, Ferguson filed a lawsuit last week, and as a result won a legally binding agreement that will repay Stine’s victims. Under the consent decree, Stine will pay $8,500 to the state for the cost of the case, and will have to refund all of the patients his company sold the fake vaccine. The Attorney General’s Office is now reaching out

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The Gathering’ has permanently banned cards it acknowledged were ‘racist or culturally offensive’

A player holds a hand of cards in "Magic the Gathering." The company announced in June that it would no longer feature cards that were "racist or culturally offensive."
A player holds a hand of cards in “Magic the Gathering.” The company announced in June that it would no longer feature cards that were “racist or culturally offensive.”

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  • Magic: The Gathering has scrapped several cards that the company acknowledged are “racist or culturally offensive.”

  • Seven cards, one of which features figures donning white hoods, have been banned from the game.

  • “Racism in any form is unacceptable and has no place in our games, nor anywhere else,” a statement from the company says.

  • In the wake of the card changes, some players spoke out online to criticize the company’s lack of inclusiveness and its white male-dominated leadership.

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The “Invoke Prejudice” card first appeared in the popular “Magic: The Gathering” game in 1994.

The card features figures in pointed hoods, which the card game company recently declared as

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