Restaurants brace for long COVID-19 winter

Laveta Brigham

Restaurant groups are scrambling to secure funds to help an already hard-hit industry make the transition from summer to winter, when outdoor seating that helped many owners stay afloat during the pandemic will become much harder if not impossible to continue offering.

Many cities have become accommodating by making more sidewalk and street space available for bars and restaurants during the warmer months, but that may not be enough to attract customers as temperatures drop.

One in six restaurants have closed since the coronavirus took hold, and many fear that the next six months will be too much for small-business owners in colder climates.

Seventy-seven percent of full-service restaurant operators said they would likely take advantage of incentives, like a tax credit, to help them purchase tents and patio heaters, among other equipment, to extend the outdoor dining season, according to the National Restaurant Association.

“Congress is about to leave

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KUWKT is ending partly because the family grew tired of long hours, apparently

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Why Kim Kardashian West Isn’t Posting On Instagram Today

When your cause is in dire need of some publicity, you call the Kardashians. For the latter half of their show’s decade-long run, the Kardashian sisters have worked with clean beauty advocates, parents of cancer survivors, senators, and lawyers to help causes gain publicity and reach the people they need. Most public, of course, is Kim Kardashian West’s work on prison reform and her ongoing efforts to become a lawyer.Last night, Kardashian West shared on Twitter that she will be taking part in a Facebook boycott as part of StopHateForProfit’s campaign to demand major platforms take misinformation seriously. Her thread announcing the freeze reads, “these platforms continue allowing the spread of hate, propaganda, and misinformation” and that it’s not enough “only to take steps when people get killed.”All day today, Kardashian West will “freeze” all activity on her personal Instagram

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‘I would just make Ritz crackers and tuna stretch out as long as I could’

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Yahoo Life has partnered with Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning broadcaster Soledad O’Brien for the exclusive premiere of the documentary Hungry to Learn. O’Brien and her team followed the lives of four college students facing the hard choice of paying for college or paying for food and housing. She discovered that an astounding 45 percent of college students are struggling with hunger. This is part two of our partnership, exploring how colleges, universities and nonprofit organizations are helping students who are struggling with hunger during the coronavirus pandemic. Watch O’Brien’s “Hungry to Learn” documentary here.

College and university students are struggling with hunger across the U.S., and the coronavirus pandemic is making it worse. As a result, some schools and nonprofit organizations have ramped up operations to support vulnerable students.

Marissa Nachman, vice president of programs at Swipe Out Hunger, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending college student hunger

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After a long slumber, U.S. cinemas awaken on pivotal weekend

Laveta Brigham

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — With the previews about to start, a trickle of masked moviegoers made their way into one of the first U.S. screenings of “Tenet” at the Bow Tie Majestic 6 in downtown Stamford, Connecticut. They took their seats Tuesday night, eyeing the empty seats between each other and a little giddy at being back at the movies for the first time in many months.

Philip Scarante and Andy Flores, both 25, went every Tuesday religiously before theaters closed in March. “It’s just our thing,” Scarante said. Seeing Nolan’s latest mind-bending spectacle later on a smaller screen held no appeal. They sat down in center seats, up close.

“Everyone seems to have a mask on,” Scarante noted, looking around in the sparsely populated theater. “I didn’t expect that many people to show up.”

More Americans will make their way back to the movies this weekend than any since

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Business partner of Falwells says he had long affair with evangelical power couple

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By Aram Roston

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a claim likely to intensify the controversy surrounding one of the most influential figures in the American Christian conservative movement, a business partner of Jerry Falwell Jr has come forward to say he had a years-long sexual relationship involving Falwell’s wife and the evangelical leader.

Giancarlo Granda says he was 20 when he met Jerry and Becki Falwell while working as a pool attendant at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel in March 2012. Starting that month and continuing into 2018, Granda told Reuters that the relationship involved him having sex with Becki Falwell while Jerry Falwell looked on.

Granda showed Reuters emails, text messages and other evidence that he says demonstrate the sexual nature of his relationship with the couple, who have been married since 1987. “Becki and I developed an intimate relationship and Jerry enjoyed watching from the corner of the room,”

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Tech leaders have long predicted a ‘splinternet’ future where the web is divided between the US and China. Trump might make it a reality.

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President Donald Trump attends a bilateral meeting with China's President Xi Jinping during the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan, June 29, 2019.
President Donald Trump attends a bilateral meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping during the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan, June 29, 2019.

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  • The Trump administration announced a broad plan on Wednesday to block Chinese software from being used on US devices and keep US data off Chinese cloud services.

  • The plan mirrors China’s “great firewall” that prevents people in China from accessing most US websites and apps.

  • While the Trump administration’s announcement rocked the world of tech, Silicon Valley leaders have long braced for a “splinternet” that could replace the world wide web with locally contained networks.

  • Others, like former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, have previously predicted a bifurcated internet, split between China’s internet and the rest of the world.

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

We’re closer to a “splinternet” than ever before.

Tech leaders have long warned that the world wide web could come

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America Has Been Failing Mothers for a Long Time. The Pandemic Made It Clear What Needs to Happen

Laveta Brigham

In 1974, humorist Erma Bombeck published a syndicated newspaper column that looms over the lives of American mothers whether they’ve read it or not. In “When God Created Mothers,” Bombeck describes God making a mother with the help of an angel. “She has to be completely washable, but not plastic. Have 180 movable parts … all replaceable,” God tells the angel. “Run on black coffee and leftovers. Have a lap that disappears when she stands up. A kiss that can cure anything from a broken leg to a disappointed love affair. And six pairs of hands.”

My mother, who homeschooled eight children, saw that column as a mark of her valor. Not only did it hang on our wall at home, I grew up hearing it quoted in church sermons on Mother’s Day.

But once I became a mother, I came to hate that column. I think Erma Bombeck did

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how Wiley’s tweets draw on a long and ugly history

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The grime artist Wiley has been accused of anti-Semitism on social media - PA/Ian West
The grime artist Wiley has been accused of anti-Semitism on social media – PA/Ian West

Grime artist Wiley has been dropped by his management and banned from Twitter for an extraordinary tirade of anti-Semitic posts late last week. In the heavily criticised flurry of Tweets, Wiley, real name Richard Cowie, likened Jews to the Ku Klux Klan and told them that Israel is not their country. Twitter’s perceived lateness in removing Wiley’s broadside prompted further outrage, and has led to condemnation from the Home Secretary and the Prime Minister, as well as a 48-hour boycott of the social-media platform by thousands of disgusted users. 

The grime artist’s outburst is just the latest in an unfortunate line of anti-Semitic controversies emanating from certain members of the hip-hop community. Some rappers have an uncomfortable track record of anti-Jewish sentiment that goes back decades – leading to a 2011 Jewish Chronicle article calling

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Long Island Boxing Gym Develops Online Special Needs Class

Laveta Brigham

EAST NORTHPORT, NY — Since the coronavirus pandemic shuttered Long Island gyms in March, owners of independent and boutique gyms were left scrambling for ways to keep business going and stay busy. Edwin Rivera owns New York Fitness and Boxing (NYFB) in East Northport and he saw the forced closure as a chance to address a question his daughter Alexia, who has Down’s Syndrome, asked him two years ago: “Two years ago she wanted to know why there were no classes for people like her.”

The question stuck with Rivera and when COVID-19 hit he had time to come up with an answer. He developed a new online class held over Zoom for those with disabilities and special needs called The BoxFitness Experience.

NYFB opened in 2014 and trains clients with boxing-inspired workouts. The gym offers group classes, private training and self defense instruction. Like many small gyms across Long

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Smart Reads To Spend The Long, Weird Summer With

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Photo credit: A24
Photo credit: A24

From Esquire

What makes a book a summer read? A Vulture piece on the anatomy of a beach read from May 2019 suggested that “the overarching idea is that the book will complement the frame of mind you hope to be in”, meaning that we select light books in the hope that we find ourselves feeling similarly unencumbered when flopping onto a sandy towel at the edge of the sea.

This summer could not feel heavier, with the world trying to extricate itself from the Coronavirus pandemic, as well as facing a long overdue about reckoning about the systemic racism which has been pushed under the surface for so long.

The gulf between the frame of mine we hope to be in and the one we actually find ourselves in feels huge at the moment. Instead of warm days celebrating holidays, weddings or festivals, the sun feels

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