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A psychologist explains why people shouldn’t feel guilty taking time off from work during the pandemic

While the boundaries between work and life are blurrier than ever, many are realizing that their busiest days are still disguised as “leisure time” because they’re working from the comfort of their homes. This new work-life balance, or lack thereof, is causing some employees to be hesitant to cash in on their hard-earned vacation days.

Yahoo Life Mental Health Contributor Jen Hartstein shares ways why taking time off is more vital than ever.

“We’re at this very weird time where work and life are blending all the time. And for many we feel like it’s not the right time to take time off,” she explains. “Maybe we aren’t going anywhere, we’re not traveling, so we kind of figure, ‘Why bother?’” 

However, it’s important for us to take time off because “the more space we create, the better and more rejuvenated we come back to the office and to work,” she

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How to use a VPN with your PlayStation 4

Although gaming doesn’t jump to mind when talking about a virtual private network (VPN), there are myriad uses for one on your PlayStation 4. With a VPN, you can connect to servers around the world, allowing you to shop the PlayStation Store in other regions and pair up with players on the other side of the globe. Plus, a VPN encrypts your internet connection, protecting your personal data from anyone spying on your connection, and it can get past internet service provider speed throttling.

Unfortunately, Sony doesn’t make setting up a VPN on your PS4 easy, but there are some workarounds. Here are the two best methods for how to use a VPN with your PlayStation 4.

Method 1: Use your router

The easiest way to use a VPN with your PlayStation 4 is through your router. By setting up a VPN on your router, you can automatically encrypt all

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University of Maryland students struggle to cancel housing leases

When South Campus Commons at the University of Maryland, College Park, canceled its apartment leases in March, Julia Kane called it “the right thing to do” during the pandemic.

By June, the university also gave students the option to cancel their fall housing agreements without penalty. But then South Campus Commons and The Courtyards, the public-private apartments owned by the Maryland Economic Development Corporation, told students they were legally bound to their leases.

Capstone On-Campus Management, the entity hired to manage the apartments, told 3,000 students with leases their only options were to re-lease to another student, to pay and live on-campus, or to pay and live at home, Kane said. Kane, a senior studying marketing and operations management and business analytics, managed to cancel her lease cost-free, but it only happened after days of pressure from her father, who is an attorney.

“When I signed this lease back in

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Rowan College To Offer In-Person, Remote Learning This Fall

BURLINGTON COUNTY, NJ — Rowan College at Burlington County will offer a limited number of on-campus courses this fall as the college prepares to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.

At the same time, the college said it will offer new types of online courses to increase engagement in the course while reducing the number of people on campus. For those who are on campus, measures will be in place to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus, according to the college’s website.

The college submitted a plan to the state on July 7 so that it could reopen its labs for summer courses. Officials said many of the details for the fall reopening plan were included in the submission, but those plans could change as they hear from the community and the pandemic evolves.

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Who else might President Trump ban?

US v China app
US v China app

TikTok’s time in the US may be running out, with President Trump and other senior officials talking of an imminent ban.

But other Chinese-owned apps and software-based services could also be targeted.

On Sunday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo alleged that some of the Asian nation’s technology companies were “feeding data directly to the Chinese Communist Party”.

So who else is at risk?

The most obvious target is Tencent’s WeChat, which was the only product that Mr Pompeo called out by name in addition to TikTok.

WeChat is sometimes described as being a social network, but it’s really so much more – offering ways to make payments, run additional mini-programs, find dates and get the news, in addition to messaging and other social activities.

It’s perhaps best thought of as being a kind of secondary operating system that sits on top of iOS or Android.

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Check Out Fall Plans For NoVA School Districts

VIRGINIA — With about a month to go before school resumes in the fall, many school districts across the United States continue to grapple with how best to offer instruction amid the coronavirus pandemic. In Northern Virginia, the debate has ended, with all school districts in the region choosing to start the 2020-2021 school year with virtual instruction.

Many school districts considered a hybrid approach, where students could choose to spend two or three days a week at school and two days with remote instruction. A majority of parents in the Fairfax County Public Schools system, or 60 percent, picked the hybrid option for their children (this percentage includes parents who did not make a selection), while a majority of parents in Loudoun County selected the all-virtual option for their children.

As the coronavirus grew worse in southeastern Virginia and other parts of the country, school districts in Northern Virginia

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California unemployment agency workers say internal problems are stalling claims process

As California grapples with a deluge of requests for unemployment benefits amid the COVID-19 pandemic, some state workers processing claims say they are buckling under pressure, hampered by outdated technology, bureaucratic red tape and a shortage of trained, experienced staff.

The state Employment Development Department is so overwhelmed that Gov. Gavin Newsom acknowledged last week that nearly 1 million unpaid claims may be eligible for payment but require more information, with estimates that the backlog won’t be eliminated until the end of September.

Inside the EDD, full-time employees and temporary hires say they are working long hours, including weekends, but often feel helpless to resolve problems for desperate Californians who have been out of work for months and often call crying or angry.

In interviews with The Times and testimony during a legislative hearing last week, current and former EDD workers say they have been hindered in assisting those who

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25 Things To Sell When You’re Ready To Retire

Many people downsize in retirement as a way to cut back on expenses and make their lives simpler. For some, this means relocating to a smaller home or a retirement community. For others, this can just mean getting rid of stuff they no longer use anymore. If your retirement planning includes downsizing, there are numerous things you can sell to clear out clutter and add some extra funds to your retirement nest egg.

Last updated: Aug. 3, 2020

Your Home

One of the key things you need to figure out when planning for retirement is where you want to live. This might entail selling your current home, which for most people is their most valuable asset. You can use the funds to buy a smaller place or put the money toward rent and deposit any leftover money into savings. Downsizing your home can not only save you money, but it

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Are These Pricey School Alternatives Worth It?

Several large school districts — including those in Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, Phoenix and suburban Washington — have announced that they will start the school year with entirely remote classes, The New York Times reported. Some parents are not too keen on the idea of online-only learning, while others don’t feel safe sending kids to schools that are opened. This has led many families to seek alternative options like homeschooling or communal education “pods.” Here is what some of these options entail — plus, the price tag that comes along with them.

Option 1: Form an Education ‘Pod’ and Hire a Private Teacher

One option that some parents are exploring is to form groups of children in the same grade, or “pods,” and collectively hire a teacher to provide homeschooling. This gives children the opportunity to socialize with peers in a much smaller setting. And when a private teacher takes

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Residents Make Dean’s List At Illinois Wesleyan

NORTHBROOK, IL — We’re keeping track of all the major higher education accomplishments of area students. Send your submissions to eric.degrechie@patch.com.

Local students named to Illinois Wesleyan University’s Spring 2020 Dean’s List

Illinois Wesleyan University’s Dean’s List for the spring semester of the 2019-20 academic year consisted of 831 students from 29 states and 16 countries. The following local students made the list:

  • Ellen Gilbert, of Northbrook, a sophomore majoring in Psychology.

  • Leah Matlin, of Northbrook, a first-year majoring in Undecided.

To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must earn a GPA of 3.50 or better during the semester, based on 4.0 for straight As.

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Area residents make dean’s list at Lawrence University

Lawrence University students were named to the 2020 Dean’s List, an annual honor roll of students demonstrating exemplary academic performance. The Dean’s List is compiled at the end of the academic

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