A New Medical Van Wants To Connect People In Public Housing With Healthcare Providers : NPR

Laveta Brigham

United Medical Center’s mobile medical van parked outside the Greenleaf public housing complex in Southwest D.C.

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Carl Goggins feels like he can’t be careful enough when it comes to the coronavirus. Apart from the danger the virus poses to him as a 67-year-old, he worries what would happen if he fell ill.

“I live by myself,” said Goggins. “Ain’t nobody gonna come to the door.”

So when a mobile medical van offering coronavirus testing arrived in the parking lot of Greenleaf Gardens, the public housing complex where Goggins lives in Southeast D.C., he jumped at the opportunity to get a test, even though he’s had several this summer and he didn’t currently have any COVID-19 symptoms.

The van is part of a new project led by the D.C. Housing Authority in collaboration with area hospitals. It’s meant to make coronavirus testing more

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Best Buy closed down stores in the pandemic. People kept shopping

Barry could have kept stores open in some areas where Best Buy (BBY) was considered an essential business because it sold products that allowed people to work and go to school from home. But customers and employees were scared, she said in an interview, and the company had “very little real empirical data about how to keep people safe.”

It was unclear how long stores would remain shuttered, how much business the company stood to lose to competitors, or whether Best Buy would fully rebound.

“I knew that decision would be questioned for months and maybe years to come,” said Barry, 45, who has been Best Buy CEO for less than a year and a half. Among shareholders and vendors, there was a “real question about are you going to forgo business that you might otherwise be able to capitalize on?”
Best Buy developed a plan. In 48
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The people opening new shops

Laveta Brigham

Jessica Stewart, Anna Strzelecki and Sophia Sutton-Jones are hoping to make it on the High Street
Jessica Stewart, Anna Strzelecki and Sophia Sutton-Jones are hoping to make it on the High Street

It’s just before nine in the morning in the well-heeled north London suburb of Highgate. The area boasts A-list movie stars, Nobel laureates, some of the nicest views in London and in a few minutes’ time Jessica Stewart will officially open the neighbourhood’s new yoga studio.

Many businesses have rushed to move their services online as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, but Jessica is one of those taking advantage of newly empty premises to go into the High Street.

“It is a huge risk and absolutely terrifying,” she says, shortly before her first class begins at her new State studio.

But she also says that the service has never been more important.

“Everyone’s mental health and physical health has been hugely affected by the lockdown.”

Flexible business

During lockdown one of Jessica’s streams

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spotlight falls on secretive Catholic group People of Praise

Laveta Brigham

<span>Photograph: Karen Pulfer Focht/Reuters</span>
Photograph: Karen Pulfer Focht/Reuters

Donald Trump’s expected nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the supreme court, to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is drawing attention to a secretive Catholic “covenant community” called People of Praise that counts Barrett as a member and faces claims of adhering to a “highly authoritarian” structure.

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The 48-year-old appellate court judge has said she is a “faithful Catholic” but that her religious beliefs would not “bear in the discharge of my duties as a judge”.

At the same time, the Louisiana native and Notre Dame Law graduate, a favorite among Trump’s evangelical Christian base, has said legal careers ought not to be seen as means of gaining satisfaction, prestige or money, but rather “as a means to the end of serving God”.

Interviews with experts who have studied charismatic Christian groups such

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Mystery shopper, fake job offers target people stretched for cash during pandemic

Laveta Brigham

Tosha Waggoner, 33, would love to land a job. But she wasn’t sure that depositing a $6,000 check that arrived out of the blue was the right way to get one.

Admittedly, her job hunting prospects have been bleak after she gave birth to a daughter in April, when many businesses had closed their doors during the pandemic. Her fiancé isn’t working either, but he’s going to a union trade school for masonry. 

They could use the money, like most people during the economic downturn. 

“It was a straight up check,” Waggoner said.

The instructions, sent in August by a supervisor named Michael, indicated that she’d need to deposit the $6,000 check to buy gift cards, take photos of the numbers on the gift cards and send them to Michael.  And there was something involving a Bitcoin account, too. 

After all was said and done, Waggoner was told that she

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Costly Mistakes People Make While Grocery Shopping

Laveta Brigham

If you want to save money on your food expenses, you’re better off preparing meals at home rather than dining out. But even if you’re buying most of your food at the grocery store, there’s a good chance you’re still spending more than necessary. That’s because you’re probably making mistakes while shopping at the supermarket. Find out which errors you’re making if you want to save more money on groceries.

Last updated: Sept. 23, 2020

Shopping on the Wrong Day

Cut grocery costs by simply shopping on the right day of the week. “We all get into a routine and often hit up our stores around the same time weekly,” said Tracie Fobes of Penny Pinchin’ Mom. “Make sure that you are shopping at the time when you can be certain to get every deal the store offers.”

For example, Fobes said her local supermarket runs a weekly ad from

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In Arizona, voter outreach groups become lifelines for people hit by COVID-19

Laveta Brigham

Imelda Quiroz, a staff member of Mi Familia Vota, talks to a voter while door-knocking in Phoenix on Sept. 12. <span class="copyright">(Melissa Gomez / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Imelda Quiroz, a staff member of Mi Familia Vota, talks to a voter while door-knocking in Phoenix on Sept. 12. (Melissa Gomez / Los Angeles Times)

When Imelda Quiroz began knocking on doors this month in search of registered voters, one question would often lead to a glimpse of their daily struggles.

“How has the pandemic affected you?” she would prompt in English, sometimes in Spanish. She wanted to get a sense of how voters were doing and what issues were important to them ahead of the November election.

What Quiroz heard was an outpouring from people worried about paying next month’s rent, electric or water bills. Parents were struggling with their children shifting to online learning without laptops or internet, she said.

“Many had lost their jobs,” Quiroz recalled on a Saturday afternoon as she walked among houses in a predominantly Latino Phoenix neighborhood. While knocking on doors for

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Fear of Bankruptcy Holds Too Many People Back

Laveta Brigham

The mystery isn’t why so many people file for bankruptcy each year. It’s why more people don’t.

Each year, only a fraction of the Americans who could benefit financially from bankruptcy actually seek relief. Economists say some don’t file because collectors aren’t aggressively pursuing them, while others may strategically delay filing because bankruptcy could benefit them more down the road.

Many bankruptcy attorneys have a much simpler explanation: Fear, a lack of information and misplaced optimism keep people from getting a fresh start.


About 14% of U.S. households — or roughly 17 million — owe more than they own, according to Federal Reserve Bank of New York estimates. Many of these households could benefit from having their debts wiped out, but fewer than 1% of U.S. households actually file for bankruptcy each year. Last year, there were 752,160 personal bankruptcy filings. Researchers refer to this gap as

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‘People are disappointed when they meet me. I’m not funny and I don’t party’

Laveta Brigham

The first problem with interviewing Gillian Jacobs is her name: is it a hard or soft G? Looking up past interviews is no use because Jacobs, a perennial cool girl, seems hardly the type to kick up a fuss either way. And when the question does come up – there seems to be no way of getting around it – she brushes it off and laughs, “You are not alone in that dilemma.” It’s a hard G.

The second problem is her acting. Not like that; quite the opposite. Jacobs has given such indelible performances in her 20-plus-year career that it is hard to extricate the actor from the roles she plays. Three in particular always come to mind: Brita Perry in Community, Mickey Dobbs in Love, and a brief but still talked-about stint on HBO’s Girls as Adam Driver’s enviously self-assured girlfriend Mimi-Rose Howard.

It also doesn’t

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7 Myths About Black Lives Matter People Need To Stop Believing

Laveta Brigham

In the wake of police violence against George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Jacob Blake and countless other Black men and women, the Black Lives Matter movement once again has the national spotlight. But with so much confusion and disinformation plaguing the conversation, not everyone understands what BLM is or how it works.

At best, myths about Black Lives Matter prevent people from giving their support. At worst, these myths actively detract from the movement and the anti-racism work its members have been doing.

“What some people might call myths, I don’t see them as myths ― I see them as tools by other groups used to do harm, stop change and maintain the status quo,” said Richard M. Cooper, a clinical assistant professor at Widener University who specializes in race and social justice. 

In other words, myths don’t just fall down from the sky. They’re created. “They are a tool

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