No internet? The unusual ways some Kansas City area students access online classes

Christel Deskins

Knowing that several of his kids’ friends are relying on cellphone data or spotty internet to stream hours-long Zoom classes each day, Brian Connell decided to turn his Olathe basement into a classroom.

His family enjoys gigabit speed from Google Fiber. But he said many of his daughter’s classmates at Olathe North High School are hanging on by a thread, relying on sluggish internet to get through the school day. So he’s opened his doors, offering access to his Wi-Fi and extra computers.

“There’s a huge discrepancy,” he said. “We’re really worried about them. It’s not equal.”

But it’s not just a problem for some Olathe students: With most urban and suburban schools in the Kansas City area relying on virtual education or hybrid models of teaching during the pandemic, many local school systems and families have been scrambling to find ways to keep their kids connected — a

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Online Travel Market 2020 – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2023

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Sep 08, 2020 (AmericaNewsHour) —
Online Travel Market Report: By Platform Type (Mobile/Tablets Based, Desktop Based) Mode of Booking (Online Travel Agencies, Direct Travel Facilitators) Service Type (Transportation, Accommodation, Vacation Packages), Region — Global Forecast till 2023

The global online travel market is expected to grow from USD 570.25 billion in 2017 to USD 1,134.55 billion by 2023, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.16% during the forecast period. The online travel industry has undergone several changes over the last decade, owing to technology advances. Use of technology in the travel industry has come a long way since the global distribution system (GDS) due to the use of mobile applications and rising penetration of the Internet. This has helped in changing the process of travel bookings, making it easy and swift. The service model of

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15 Fashion-Forward Places To Buy A Wedding Dress Online

Christel Deskins

The last few years have seen a significant spike in the number of retailers offering wedding dresses online. While brick-and-mortar stores are still very popular for their appointment-only model, allowing brides-to-be to bring their family and friends with them, there is an increasing number of brides who’re interested in a more modern experience. One where they are not at the hands of the bridal stylist — who often brings gowns to them from the back of the shop based on what they think is their style — and where they can peruse an unlimited selection of brands that are both bridal and not.

In the past, quality issues and limited return policies may have prevented brides from buying their wedding dress online, but we’re now living in the golden age of the online bridal shop. With the arrival of wedding shops from the likes of e-commerce retailers like MatchesFashion, the

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Another Online Taste Of The Race Coming Soon

Christel Deskins

here and use coupon code UNICEF for a 10-percent savings.” data-reactid=”14″Update: Another virtual wine tasting with Adobe Road Winery to explore The Racing Series is scheduled for August 26th at 5pm PDT (8pm EST). This will again be hosted by Mark Greene of Cars Yeah! and feature many of the same special guests, including one of our favorites, Lyn St James. The article below was written based on our experience in the first virtual wine tasting. … Read More

For online grocery delivery, add fees to the list

Christel Deskins

I haven’t set foot in a grocery store in nearly four months.

With a 10-month-old baby to think about, my husband and I have kept trips to the store to a minimum out of an abundance of caution during the pandemic. We’re fortunate to have just about every grocery delivery service at our disposal — and we’ve taken advantage.

In between orders from Costco, Whole Foods, Imperfect Foods and more, I’ve noticed our virtual shopping habit is changing how we budget. We’re accounting for new grocery-related expenses. We’re also more deliberate about what we buy.

Here’s why online grocery shopping could affect how much you spend — and ways to keep your budget intact.

Markups

You could pay more online than in the store for the exact same item. That’s because some delivery services, or the retailers they partner with, inflate grocery prices to cover fulfillment costs.

On Costco’s website,

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A fitness expert explains how to tell if a free online workout is worth your time, whether you’re an athlete or new to fitness

Christel Deskins

The number of online workout options available can be overwhelming. 

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The number of online workout options available can be overwhelming.
  • With gyms in many areas closed for the foreseeable future, both exercise enthusiasts and newbies have turned to online workout videos for inspiration. 

  • Although Youtube, Instagram, and beyond have plenty of free, convenient videos, not all of them are led by qualified professionals and some won’t be as effective long-term. 

  • A quality workout will help you build muscle and strength over time, and doesn’t make unrealistic promises, according to fitness expert Alex Koch. 

  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

If, like many of us, you’ve taken to the internet to find a way to work out during the pandemic, the number of options and programs available can be overwhelming. And without a prior background in fitness, it can seem impossible to know which one to choose, or tell if a workout

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‘Living in my car’? Fall semester online means college students are scrambling for housing, Wi-Fi

Christel Deskins

When California State University announced May 12 the school would be online for the fall semester, Graciela Moran thought she might end up homeless.

The San Bernardino student is immunocompromised and had been living in her dorm as a residential assistant. But along with the Cal State announcement, her contract ended and her stipend was taken away. Her father, a carpet installer, had to keep working during the city’s increase in coronavirus infections, so she couldn’t move home without putting herself at risk.

“I was really thinking about living in my car,” she said. Her mind raced as she weighed finding a full-time job that would allow her to afford an apartment.

But the college stepped in. A COVID-19 relief fund from the Basic Needs Department provided the fifth-year senior, who is also the school’s student body president, with the payment she needed to stay in her dorm room. When

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Porn Disrupts Dana Point Elementary Student Online Class

Christel Deskins

DANA POINT, CA —Parents of Capistrano Unified School District students were nervous enough to get kids logged in for online learning this week, but to be confronted by an outside hijacker set many on edge.

A Palisades Elementary School class, in Capistrano Beach, was interrupted by a graphic display of porn during a joint fifth and 6th-grade learning session on Tuesday, the district reported.

Along with schools across the Southland, Orange County schools have been forced to return to the classroom through online learning for the first part of the 2020-21 school year. With in-person gatherings halted due to the coronavirus pandemic, Google Meet and Zoom sessions have become the new classrooms where students meet their teachers, see their friends, and do their classwork, remotely. Such sessions, with open links, can fall victim to online hijacking or Zoom Bombing, a spokesperson for the FBI says.

On Tuesday afternoon, about 15

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Loudoun Residents Can Apply Online For Rent Assistance

Christel Deskins

LOUDOUN COUNTY, VA — Loudoun County residents economically affected by the coronavirus crisis can now apply online for rent assistance, the county said Thursday. The online application system allows applicants to use a computer, tablet, or mobile phone to complete their application, including uploading all eligibility documentation.

Residents are eligible for assistance if their household earns up to 80 percent of the area median income, or $79,600 for a family of four. The county will make direct payments to landlords or property management companies on behalf of residents who qualify for the program.

Depending on funding availability, the program will provide rent assistance for up to six months. Residents should be current in their rent payments as of March 31.

Residents should complete the applications and include eligibility documentation, such as a current lease and paperwork that shows a job loss, reduced income or hardship due to the coronavirus. This

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Taco Bell Is Working On A Restaurant Concept That Will Be Super Efficient And Allow Online Ordering

Christel Deskins

Photo credit: Taco Bell
Photo credit: Taco Bell

From Delish

During the COVID-19 pandemic, drive-thrus have become more crucial than ever and some chains are finding new ways to make their processes more efficient, whether it be by pairing down menus or offering curbside pick-up. Taco Bell is one of those places finding new ways to provide for their fans during this challenging time, and the company now has a new restaurant concept in the works that reimagines how we do drive-thrus.

The new set-up is called “Go Mobile” and it includes a number of features that will make ordering from Taco Bell faster and safer. It will include two drive-thru lanes and smart kitchen technology, but the space itself will be much smaller than a traditional Taco Bell restaurant. In fact, it will be about half the size of a Taco Bell that has a dining room because the point is for these

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