Happy first day of fall, such as it is

Laveta Brigham

Autumnal Equinox marks the first day of fall, wonderful holidays
Autumnal Equinox marks the first day of fall, wonderful holidays

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Happy leaf peeping and sweater weather. Today is the autumnal equinox, also known as the first day of fall. We’re officially through lockdown spring and cautiously reopened summer. The fall will likely be defined by how school reopening goes – in person and online – and how we as a country handle the upcoming holidays. 

Back in March, I thought all of this would be over by now, as many of you probably did. My niece or nephew is due in a few weeks, and I anticipated getting on a plane to go see the bundle of joy. I

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Temperature checks. Spread out desks. How the first day went in a reopened Sacramento school

Laveta Brigham

There were temperature checks for students and desks spread out. Hallways marked so students would only walk in one direction, cutting down on congestion. Everyone was in masks.

This was the school experience on Monday at St. John Vianney in Rancho Cordova, one of 19 campuses in Sacramento County that received a waiver last week to reopen classroom instruction with coronavirus safeguards in place. Of those campuses, 16 were part of the Sacramento Diocese, whose officials worked closely with county health officials to reopen campuses for students in grades TK through sixth grade.

Students at St. John Vianney returned to campus early in the morning, ready for a full day of instruction. Teachers handed students their bags of supplies: books, crayons, and other school materials. There will be no sharing supplies this school year. Students tucked their materials under their desks, near or in pouches behind their chairs.

Classrooms were

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The premiere of ‘The Third Day’ on HBO

Laveta Brigham

Naomie Harris in the premiere of "The Third Day" on HBO. <span class="copyright">(Oliver Upton/HBO)</span>
Naomie Harris in the premiere of “The Third Day” on HBO. (Oliver Upton/HBO)

During the coronavirus crisis, the Los Angeles Times is making some temporary changes to our print sections. The prime-time TV grid is on hiatus in print but an expanded version is available in your daily Times eNewspaper. You can find a printable PDF online at: latimes.com/whats-on-tv.

SERIES

Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune The venerable game shows return for new seasons. (N) 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. ABC

American Ninja Warrior (N) 8 p.m. NBC

Dancing With the Stars The unscripted competition returns for a new season with new host Tyra Banks and celebrities Carole Baskin (“Tiger King”); Justina Machado (“One Day at a Time”); Anne Heche; figure skater Johnny Weir; NFL player Vernon Davis, rapper Nelly and AJ McLean of Backstreet Boys. 8 p.m. ABC

Hoarders (N) 8 p.m. A&E

Love Island (N) 9 p.m. CBS

Halloween

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U.S. Has Its Deadliest Day in More Than Two Weeks: Virus Update

Laveta Brigham

The U.S. had its deadliest day since Aug. 26 while the global fatality count edged closer to the million mark. The University of Oxford said it was resuming trials of the coronavirus vaccine it has been developing with AstraZeneca Plc.

France reported the most cases since lockdown ended four months ago. Florida’s cases rose slightly, while deaths slowed. Canada reported no Covid-related deaths for the first time in six months.

Trump administration aides asked for the right to read and suggest changes to weekly Covid-19 reports from the Centers for Disease Control, Politico reported.

Global Tracker: Cases rise above 28.5 million; deaths exceed 917,100Trump’s stimulus end run fizzles as firms spurn payroll tax haltIn smoky San Francisco, Covid-hit businesses suffer double blowThe University of Illinois shows there’s no foolproof reopening planHow hotels are helping their neighbors fight the pandemicWhy telemedicine may stay even after Covid fades away: QuickTake

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Trump’s reelection bid blew through $830 million before Labor Day

Laveta Brigham

In early August, the Trump campaign announced the president, Republican National Committee and joint fundraising entities had raised $1.1 billion raised this cycle to date. Those entities have also spent over $1 billion since the start of 2017 — or more than $830 million, excluding RNC midterm spending in 2017 and 2018, according to Federal Election Commission filings.

President Trump has been defending the massive spending by his campaign since he launched his re-election bid, which comes as Mr. Trump’s cash advantage over Joe Biden has evaporated, leaving him with a potential spending crunch in the final months of the election.

And while neither Mr. Trump’s nor Biden’s campaigns have revealed how much cash on hand they had at the end of August, Biden’s campaign had nearly closed the gap. In early August, Trump’s campaign announced it had just over $300 million cash on hand while Biden’s campaign had more

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These 10 Mashable reader favorites are all on sale for Labor Day

Laveta Brigham

These 10 Mashable reader favorites are all on sale for Labor Day
These 10 Mashable reader favorites are all on sale for Labor Day

It’s no secret that Labor Day has some of the best deals of the year, and 2020 is no different. Instead of overwhelming you with all the different sales out there, we’re taking a look back at some recent favorite deals that are marked down this weekend and this weekend only.

All you need to do is use the promo code GOFORIT15 at checkout to snag the 15% off reflected in these prices — happy shopping!

Mobile Pixels DUEX Pro Portable Dual Monitor

We’ve been singing the praises of the Mobile Pixels DUEX Pro Portable Dual Monitor for almost a year now, and it’s only become more essential if you’ve been working from home. This device raised over $1 million in funding on IndieGoGo for its genius ability to easily turn any laptop into a dual-screen monitor. Originally

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15 innovative cleaning gadgets on sale for Labor Day

Laveta Brigham

15 innovative cleaning gadgets on sale for Labor Day
15 innovative cleaning gadgets on sale for Labor Day

If you’re like most people, your extended time at home has made your humble abode a hot mess. Given how we do pretty much everything inside these days — from online workouts to working to cooking experiments — it’s understandable that our homes have become disasters.

Luckily, there are some cleaning tools and accessories that can help you out. Take advantage of these Labor Day sales to bring home some next-level cleaning devices on the cheap. Don’t forget to enter the code GOFORIT15 to enjoy your 15% off on all items. (Prices here reflect the promo code.)

Sonic Dot: Ultrasonic Cleaner

Ideal for making your personal belongings sparkle, the Sonic Dot is an ultrasonic cleaner that produces cavitation bubbles to clean at the microscopic level. Whether you’re washing clothes, personal hygiene tools, toys, watches, or even fruits and vegetables, it can

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27-year-old shares how she makes $1,100 a day online: ‘Be patient’

Laveta Brigham

When people picture the freelancing life, they often imagine instability, chaos and living paycheck to paycheck. Yes, building a reputation in the freelancing world does take time, but once you’ve established yourself, you can slowly but surely take on more clients, raise your rates and create a six-figure empire like Alex Fasulo.

Fasulo has been freelancing full-time for more than five years. At 22 years old, she quit her full-time job in NYC, and today, she makes $400,000 a year selling her services on Fiverr alone.

As a success story herself, Fasulo firmly believes that anyone can capitalize on their talents to make money online. In fact, on TikTok, she constantly shares some of her tips for attracting clients, creating an attractive Fiverr profile and managing your time as a full-time freelancer. For people who are really serious about getting started, she also offers a course on Author’s Unite that

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27-year-old shares how she makes $1,100 a day freelancing online: ‘Be patient’

Laveta Brigham

When people picture the freelancing life, they often imagine instability, chaos and living paycheck to paycheck. Yes, building a reputation in the freelancing world does take time, but once you’ve established yourself, you can slowly but surely take on more clients, raise your rates and create a six-figure empire like Alex Fasulo.

Fasulo has been freelancing full-time for more than five years. At 22 years old, she quit her full-time job in NYC, and today, she makes $400,000 a year selling her services on Fiverr alone.

As a success story herself, Fasulo firmly believes that anyone can capitalize on their talents to make money online. In fact, on TikTok, she constantly shares some of her tips for attracting clients, creating an attractive Fiverr profile and managing your time as a full-time freelancer. For people who are really serious about getting started, she also offers a course on Author’s Unite that

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27-year-old entrepreneur shares how she makes $1,100 a day freelancing online: ‘Be patient’

Laveta Brigham

When people picture the freelancing life, they often imagine instability, chaos and living paycheck to paycheck. Yes, building a reputation in the freelancing world does take time, but once you’ve established yourself, you can slowly but surely take on more clients, raise your rates and create a six-figure empire like Alex Fasulo.

Fasulo has been freelancing full-time for more than five years. At 22 years old, she quit her full-time job in NYC, and today, she makes $400,000 a year selling her services on Fiverr alone.

As a success story herself, Fasulo firmly believes that anyone can capitalize on their talents to make money online. In fact, on TikTok, she constantly shares some of her tips for attracting clients, creating an attractive Fiverr profile and managing your time as a full-time freelancer. For people who are really serious about getting started, she also offers a course on Author’s Unite that

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