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Florida voters have to fill dozens of judgeships. Here’s how people in the know make their picks.

Bailey, Logan and Odom sounds as if it might be the name of a prestigious law firm — or the kind that runs TV ads urging people to file lawsuits.

It’s neither one. Dennis Daniel Bailey, Abbe Sheila Rifkin Logan and George Odom Jr. are all candidates running for one circuit judgeship in Broward County.

Like the other 10 races for judge in Broward and Palm Beach counties, voting is open to everyone, regardless of party affiliation, in the Aug. 18 elections.

For the vast majority of voters it’s exceedingly difficult to make an informed decision.

“It’s very difficult,” said Steve Geller — who knows many of the judges and candidates after 38 years practicing law. He’s also a Broward County commissioner and former Florida Senate Democratic leader.

Fred Hadley, who interviews candidates and publishes endorsements in the Village Sentry, his 1,300-subscriber newsletter in the Century Village condominium community west

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What Is National Coming Out Day? Here’s What You Should Know

Photo credit: Mixmike - Getty Images
Photo credit: Mixmike – Getty Images

From Woman’s Day

Two years ago, on October 11, National Coming Out Day, I came out as nonbinary publicly on Facebook. It’s been a series of ups and downs since then, but it helped me feel empowered about who I am. Two months later, on Christmas Day, I came out to my dad. He said, “I don’t understand, but I want to,” and told me that he loved me and just wanted me to be happy. I couldn’t have asked for a much better response.

Oct. 11, 2020 will mark the 32nd National Coming Out Day, which is used by lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQ+ or LGBTQIA+) people to celebrate who they are and to raise awareness for their continued fight for equal rights and acceptance. LGBTQ+ people often host events and rallies on National Coming Out Day, but they

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Tax-free shopping coming to 10 states with sales tax holidays this weekend. Here’s where to save.

Shoppers in 10 states should file this away: This weekend, you can pick up clothes and school supplies tax-free.

Sales tax holidays kick off Friday in nine states – Florida, Iowa, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia – and Maryland’s tax holiday begins Sunday.

Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee already held their tax holidays. Maryland and Connecticut will offer tax breaks later in August. 

The back-to-school shopping season, the second-biggest period for retailers, behind the holidays, usually kicks off in mid-July and peaks in mid-August. This year, it’s off to a slow start amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Experts predict the shopping season will peak in late August and spill into most of September.

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Here’s How to Make That 2020 Mood Meme You’re Seeing All Over Your Feeds

Photo credit: O, The Oprah Magazine
Photo credit: O, The Oprah Magazine

From Oprah Magazine

  • Celebrities like Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and Kerry Washington have been posting 2020 memes that poke fun at how the year has been going so far.

  • The challenge involves posting a grid of 9 different photos of yourself that encapsulate your mood from January to September 2020.

  • Here’s how you can make your own—no Photoshop required.

How has 2020 been so far? If your answer is that the year started great but quickly got derailed due to the COVID-19 pandemic—you’re not alone. A new meme that perfectly encapsulates the wide range of emotions felt this year is going viral on social media, and celebrities—seemingly starting with Reese Witherspoon—have been sharing their own hilarious versions online. And you can get in on the fun too—using free photo editing websites that make it simple. (More on that below). But first, here are the

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I’m a journalist who lived through Kashmir’s traumatic internet blackout, which started one year ago. Here’s what it’s like to have your freedoms ripped away for 213 days.

kashmir internet shutdown
kashmir internet shutdown

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  • On August 5, 2019, India’s Hindu nationalist government revoked the autonomy of the Muslim-majority Jammu and Kashmir region by scrapping Article 370, a constitutional provision that grants special status and allows the Indian state to make its own laws. The day before, it had cut off phone signals, mobile data, and broadband internet.

  • Majid Maqbool is a freelance journalist from the region and the opinions expressed are his own. He says Kashmir’s internet blackout traumatised families, devastated businesses, and cut millions of people off from the outside world. 

  • A year on from when 213-day blackout started, he writes about what it was like to live through — and about how the media celebrated Kashmiris’ loss of freedom.

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

This week marks one year since I and seven million other Kashmiris were subjected to the longest-ever internet blackout in a

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Here’s How 5 Brides Pulled Off Mid-Pandemic Weddings

If 2020 was a normal year, we’d be taking advantage of the summer season to write a whole lot about weddings and wedding dresses. But, with a global pandemic canceling almost everything about life as we knew it, we’re not. Instead, our carts are filled with bike shorts, WFH-friendly office chairs, and face masks (of both the beauty and PPE varieties). We do know, however, that people are still getting married — and that means they’re still finding ways to browse, try on, and ultimately purchase nuptial-ready frocks. Which begs the question: how exactly are they accomplishing this? We started asking around and as we talked to different women across the country, we learned a lot more than how they wedding-dress shopped during such strange times. The women whose weddings were derailed by COVID-19 still managed to have them and, although different, their ceremonies were just as special as what

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Here’s How 4 Brides Pulled Off Mid-Pandemic Weddings

If 2020 was a normal year, we’d be taking advantage of the summer season to write a whole lot about weddings and wedding dresses. But, with a global pandemic canceling almost everything about life as we knew it, we’re not. Instead, our carts are filled with bike shorts, WFH-friendly office chairs, and face masks (of both the beauty and PPE varieties). We do know, however, that people are still getting married — and that means they’re still finding ways to browse, try on, and ultimately purchase nuptial-ready frocks. Which begs the question: how exactly are they accomplishing this? We started asking around and as we talked to different women across the country, we learned a lot more than how they wedding-dress shopped during such strange times. The women whose weddings were derailed by COVID-19 still managed to have them and, although different, their ceremonies were just as special as what

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Here’s how to get early access to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

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Get your wallets ready! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale officially starts on Aug. 19 and runs through Aug. 30. Every fashion lover knows that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is the retailer’s biggest annual event with massive discounts on new arrivals from top brands like Madewell, Vince, Nike and Ugg.

Although we are still several days away from the beginning of the sale, there is a way to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale before the public. Believe it or not, starting Aug. 4 until Aug. 13, Nordstrom credit and debit card holders get exclusive access to thousands of new items at reduced prices before the anniversary sale is officially

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We’ve been working from home for 5 months. Here’s what we learned.

We've been working from home for 5 months. Here's what we learned.
We’ve been working from home for 5 months. Here’s what we learned.

Like many, many others around the world, we’ve been working from home for close to six months here at Mashable due to the coronavirus pandemic. We miss our coworkers and our lunch spots, but we’ve managed to get by knowing we’re fortunate to be able to work from home at all.

Since we work on the internet, a big part of “getting by” has been learning the myriad ways tech can help and hinder us throughout the day. With that in mind, here are just a few of the basics that we and other remote workers have had to internalize and make part of our daily routines while our lives were turned upside down by the pandemic. We know you’d prefer to be back at the office or out with your friends, but take these tips to heart

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Here’s what to know in South Florida on August 1

We’re keeping track of the latest news regarding Hurricane Isaias in South Florida and around the state and Caribbean. Check back for updates throughout the day.

Hurricane Isaias more likely to scrape Florida coast instead of hitting it, NHC says

11:40 a.m.: Odds of a Florida landfall for Hurricane Isaias appear to be decreasing as the storm made landfall on Andros Island in the Bahamas Saturday morning.

Saturday morning updates from the National Hurricane Center showed the predictions for worst impacts have inched north and later, leaving Miami-Dade and Broward comfortably out of the cone. Despite that, Isaias’ windfield is large enough that tropical-storm-force winds could be felt as far as Homestead, although the chances of that keep getting lower with each update.

Read the story here.

One county’s test-run for managing a hurricane during a pandemic

11:30 a.m.: Isaias brought a test-run for Miami-Dade’s plans to manage a hurricane

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