What is Juneteenth? Holiday marking Emancipation Proclamation takes on extra importance in 2020

Laveta Brigham

Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated Juneteenth’s relation to slavery. It celebrates the Emancipation Proclamation, but the Emancipation Proclamation didn’t apply to all states in the USA. The 13th Amendment brought an end to slavery. On June 19, Americans around the country will celebrate Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the Emancipation Proclamation in the […]

Early research shows fabric could neutralize coronaviruses

Laveta Brigham

Corrections & clarifications: This story has been updated to clarify the development of this type of fabric dates back to 2005, when it was patented by Jeffry Skiba and Lawrence Schneider. Claim: Researchers found a ‘fabric that kills coronaviruses’ There’s reason to be skeptical of any internet post claiming something […]

When Are 2020 Estimated Tax Payments Due?

Laveta Brigham

Our routines have been turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic. That includes the regular process of making estimated tax payments for people who are self-employed or don’t have taxes withheld from other sources of taxable income (such as interest, dividends or capital gains). In a normal year, the first […]

A Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire timeline

Laveta Brigham

It made sense that Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa’s lives would never be the same after toppling Major League Baseball’s famous single-season home-run record in 1998. But instead of becoming icons, they became two of the polarizing faces of baseball’s steroid era. They were on top of the world for […]

Consumers ‘should shop with confidence’, says PM

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“People should shop, and shop with confidence” when non-essential stores reopen in England on Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said. Mr Johnson said retail staff were “excited” and had done “a huge amount of work” to allow for safer shopping. But he said people must continue to respect social […]

Fox News is Lying About Seattle’s ‘Autonomous Zone’

Laveta Brigham

SEATTLE — On Fox News, host Tucker Carlson called it “chaos and craziness.” Laura Ingraham said it was “a Marxist cultural revolution” intended to “destroy everything that came before it.” In a tweet, President Donald Trump said it was being run by “Domestic Terrorists.” These people are not describing a foreign […]

‘It’s More Important Than Ever to Show Up’

Laveta Brigham

Click here to read the full article. Pride Month is here, and with it comes the annual onslaught of brands hoping to capitalize on the purchasing power of the LGBTQ community. While some brands have been long-time allies, with products and causes aligned with the movement for equal rights and […]

‘It’s very exciting to be returning to work’

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“It’s very exciting, we can’t wait to have our customers back,” says Annie Martin, who manages the Waterstones Piccadilly bookshop, in London. Non-essential retailers, such as fashion, toy and book shops, will be allowed to reopen in England on 15 June – as long as they have coronavirus-related safety measures […]

Who am I buying from when I shop online?

Laveta Brigham

In April 2019, fans of the makeup influencer Jaclyn Hill noticed her new eyeshadow palette, normally $38, on Walmart.com for the unbelievably low price of $16.39. Many rushed to buy; others were skeptical: Hill had announced that the palette would be available only through certain retailers, and Walmart wasn’t one […]