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‘Big Mess’ Looms if Schools Don’t Get Billions to Reopen Safely

An empty classroom at Marietta High School in Marietta, Ga., where the district plans to spend $200,000 on desk partitions, July 7, 2020. (Audra Melton/The New York Times)
An empty classroom at Marietta High School in Marietta, Ga., where the district plans to spend $200,000 on desk partitions, July 7, 2020. (Audra Melton/The New York Times)

Bus monitors to screen students for symptoms in Marietta, Georgia: $640,000. Protective gear and classroom cleaning equipment for a small district in rural Michigan: $100,000. Disinfecting school buildings and hiring extra nurses and educators in San Diego: $90 million.

As the White House, the nation’s pediatricians and many worn-down, economically strapped parents push for school doors to swing open this fall, local education officials say they are being crushed by the costs of getting students and teachers back in classrooms safely.

President Donald Trump threatened this week to cut off federal funding to districts that do not reopen, though he controls only a sliver of money for schools. But administrators say they are already struggling to cover the head-spinning logistical and financial

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Good Housekeeping launch Big Summer Book Day virtual festival

Photo credit: Good Housekeeping
Photo credit: Good Housekeeping

From Country Living

Good Housekeeping are excited to reveal the Good Housekeeping’s Big Summer Book Day, an online festival taking place on 26th July. Join novelists, crime writers and cookbook authors for a day of totally free events to entertain, educate and inspire you.

Fern Britton will be speaking from her home in her beloved Cornwall about how the landscape around her inspires her writing, crime writer Karin Slaughter will be answering your questions and author and activist Kit de Waal will be talking about the books that have shaped her.

The day will also feature a Q&A with Lionel Shriver, author of We Need To Talk About Kevin. You’ll be able to watch food writer Skye McAlpine cook a summer recipe from her latest cookbook, A Table For Friends and have a special guided tour through the stylish wardrobe of TV presenter and author

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These big brands actually make costco’s Kirkland products

When Costco customers see the red and black Kirkland Signature label, they know they’re going to get a good product at a great price. But they don’t always know who’s making it.

Store brand products like Kirkland are typically manufactured by third parties, not the store itself. Many of these behind-the-scenes companies are actually famous retail titans, so you can save big on your grocery bill without losing quality.

While plenty of the names behind Kirkland Signature products are public knowledge — some printed right on the box — others remain a closely guarded secret. More than a few rumors have popped up from people claiming to be in the know.

Here are the names we can confirm and the myths we can debunk, assuming no recent supplier swaps:

Confirmed.

Websites including Dog Food Insider claim that Kirkland Signature Dog Food is actually manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods, also known … Read More

Big tech CEOs agree to testify for House antitrust probe

The CEOs of tech giants Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook have agreed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee as part of its investigation into possible anti-competitive conduct in the online marketplace, a panel spokesperson confirmed to POLITICO on Wednesday.

The news sets up a must-watch hearing that will give lawmakers the chance to grill four of the technology industry’s wealthiest, most powerful moguls on allegations that their companies have stifled competition, to the detriment of their users and American society.

It’s a historic hearing: It will be the first time the chiefs of all four companies have testified alongside one another before Congress, and marks the climax of a yearlong probe into whether the companies have unfairly harmed consumers and competitors alike. The probe, led by the House antitrust subcommittee, has increasingly zeroed in the conduct of Facebook, Apple, Amazon and Google.

The blockbuster session, set to take

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California’s Big Privacy Law Gets Teeth

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  • Enforcement of the California Consumer Privacy Act began July 1, after a six-month grace period on enforcement.

  • The CCPA gives California residents more control over data held by private companies, and many companies have extended the same controls to all U.S. residents.

  • Consumer Reports research shows that people trying to use the mandated controls often run into confusing red tape, and some ultimately give up on the process.

At the beginning of this year, a new law gave consumers in California unprecedented rights to control how companies use and sell their data—and many firms extended those rights to all Americans. But until today, California’s attorney general could not bring the hammer down on companies that didn’t comply.

The landmark California Consumer Privacy Act provided companies with a six-month grace period before enforcement started, and thousands of companies have scrambled

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As Brazil Coronavirus Cases Surge, How Alexandre Birman, Havaianas + More Big Brands Are Faring

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More than 10 million coronavirus cases have now been reported across the world, and behind the U.S., Brazil has the second highest outbreak and death totals. With 24,052 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 1.37 million — and 58,000 deaths — the recent surge has brought on major concerns from the World Health Organization and health experts.

The crisis has taken a major toll on Brazil’s economy, with the unemployment rate rising to its highest in two years at 12.9%. The footwear industry, which is the third largest market behind the U.S. and China., has also seen significant impact.

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For Alexandre Birman, the CEO of Brazilian footwear powerhouse Arezzo & Co., adapting to recent challenges has been key. “Right now the most important thing is that our team members feel safe and supported

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Here are all the big Pride events happening online this weekend

Welcome to TNW Pride 2020! All throughout June we’ll highlight articles that focus on representation for LGBTQPIA+ people in the STEM communities. Click here to check out all of our Pride 2020 coverage.

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Pride month isn’t over yet. Sunday, 28 June, will mark the reason for the season as we celebrate the 51st anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. And that means the biggest events are happening this weekend. Both NYC and Global Pride kick into gear this weekend as well as many other celebrations and performances. Oh, and did I mention these are all online?

The majority of traditional Pride events – marches and gatherings – have been canceled or postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re not going to dwell on that here, but instead we’re going to do what we always do: persevere and be fabulous. The festivities are happening online and all

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