Krispy Kreme to open NYC flagship location next month with world’s largest ‘Hot Light’ after COVID-19 delay

Christel Deskins

Krispy Kreme is getting ready to turn on the world’s largest “Hot Light” and glaze waterfall.

coronavirus pandemic, the 4,500-square-foot doughnut shop is scheduled to open Sept. 15.” data-reactid=”7″After pushing back the opening of its first flagship location in New York City’s Times Square for several months amid the coronavirus pandemic, the 4,500-square-foot doughnut shop is scheduled to open Sept. 15.

In an interview with USA TODAY, CEO Michael Tattersfield said the location at Broadway and 48th Street will serve more guests annually than any of its nearly 1,400 stores in the world, which includes nearly 400 U.S. shops.

“When we first thought about opening this up we would have anticipated three-mile lines,” Tattersfield said. With COVID-19, “we wouldn’t want to have that happen so we will have a very disciplined approach.”

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COVID-19 will hit colleges when students arrive for fall semester. So why open at all? Money is a factor.

Christel Deskins

Colleges that are reopening campuses this fall know they’re bringing a higher risk of coronavirus to their community.

The questions aren’t really about if or when, but about how bad outbreaks could be — and whether having an in-person experience for students is worth the cost. With so much at stake, some students, parents and faculty are asking: Why take the risk at all? 

In many cases, it comes back to money. 

For months, colleges and experts have warned another semester of remote courses could have disastrous effects on student enrollment and college budgets.

Colleges already lost billions of dollars when they pivoted to digital instruction in the spring, in the form of refunded room-and-board payments and expensive technology for online courses. Another semester — or year — of online courses could be even worse, especially for universities without large endowments. 

For any institution, online instruction also means no money

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Claims open for second self-employed support grant

Christel Deskins

Millions of self-employed people whose trade has been hit by coronavirus can now apply for a second support grant from the government.

More than three million people may be eligible for the payment of up to £6,570 each, which Chancellor Rishi Sunak said would be the final hand-out.

HMRC said it was pleased with the positive start the scheme made when it opened on Monday morning.

By early Monday 39,000 people had successfully made claims, HMRC said.

Angela MacDonald, deputy chief executive at the HMRC, told BBC Breakfast that those claims were made within the first hour-and-a-half after the scheme opened.

The claims window is initially open for a four-day period but anyone who thinks they may be eligible and hasn’t been contacted by HMRC has until October to make a claim, she said.

“We are trying very hard to contact all those people who are eligible in order to

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How to open schools the right way this fall

Christel Deskins

Of all the challenges COVID-19 has thrown at us, nothing is more daunting than figuring out how to open and operate schools this fall. The problems are complex, multifaceted and impact almost all of us. As an education official in Richmond, Virginia said:  “…planning for reopening school this fall is like playing a game of 3-D chess while standing on one leg in the middle of a hurricane.” 

That’s a simile as powerful as it is apt. (It also kind of sounds like Mr. Spock-meets-Jumpin’ Jack Flash.)

And this most fraught back-to-school of all time has begun of course. (Depending on where you live, kids return to school as early as the first week of August or as late as the second week of September. Every one of the nation’s 13,000 school districts has its own calendar. Ditto for colleges and universities.) But opening day is just the starting point.

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With face shields and sanitizer, this El Dorado County school gets ready to open its doors

Christel Deskins

Days before some El Dorado County schools are set to open, teachers at Rescue Elementary School are preparing their classrooms for students. Like every year, colorful borders line the walls, cubbies are labeled, and classroom rules are prominently displayed.

Some of those rules now include, “I can sit 6 feet away,” and “I can clean my tools.”

Plexiglass, used for personal protective equipment, is placed between desks in some classrooms.

That’s because most of the 500 students at Rescue Elementary will return to school on Monday, in person, visiting classrooms for the first time in five months.

Rescue Union School District, home to 3,700 students at its five elementary schools and two middle schools just outside of El Dorado Hills about 30 miles east of Sacramento, is able to open since the county has remained off of the state’s monitoring list and complied with the long list of requirements to

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This California school is open, ‘learning as we go.’ Is it a model or a mistake?

Christel Deskins

China Arkansas, 8, an incoming third-grader at Mount St. Mary's Academy in Grass Valley, Calif., takes an assessment test under the watch of teacher David Pistone. <span class="copyright">(Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)</span>
China Arkansas, 8, an incoming third-grader at Mount St. Mary’s Academy in Grass Valley, Calif., takes an assessment test under the watch of teacher David Pistone. (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

Inside Mount St. Mary’s Academy, a Catholic school in this Gold Rush town in the Sierra Nevada foothills, a life-size statue of the Virgin Mary stands sentinel over the check-in table at the front door. Students returning for the fall session stop under her watchful gaze for a modern ritual of pandemic life: temperature check, hand sanitizer, questions on their potential as virus vectors.

Thursday morning, Principal Edee Wood wore a red paisley-printed mask as she wielded a digital thermometer intended to protect the 160 students at her school, one of the few in California attempting in-person classes this fall. At Mount St. Mary’s, life is going back to normal with crisp uniforms, sharp pencils and classes five

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Jim James Would Love to Be At Your Open Mic Night When All This Is Over

Christel Deskins

Photo credit: Courtesy
Photo credit: Courtesy

From Esquire

“You can’t make a living now, as a musician, without touring,” says Jim James, bleakly. It’s a reality that’s almost killed the My Morning Jacket frontman on three separate occasions throughout the band’s 20 year (and live show-heavy) tenure. Most recently, James spent the majority of the sessions for his outfit’s excellent 2015 LP, The Waterfall, flat on his back, bedridden with a herniated disc.

“It’s been a real challenge for me,” he continues. “I didn’t know how to say no for too long. It put me in the hospital. You just feel this pressure. It was really illustrated profoundly in the Grateful Dead documentary, watching Jerry Garcia having to carry that whole production, turning to heroin to numb the pain. In hindsight, anybody would say, ‘Gee, I wish we would have talked to him more and gotten more of a balance.’ I try

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As representation debate rages, Latinx creators tell Hollywood: ‘Just open the door’

Christel Deskins

TV writers Diana Mendez, left, and Judalina Neira formed the Latina TV Writers Brunch Group and La Lista to represent the Latina community in Hollywood. <span class="copyright">(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)</span>
TV writers Diana Mendez, left, and Judalina Neira formed the Latina TV Writers Brunch Group and La Lista to represent the Latina community in Hollywood. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

The outrage was instant and loud. And warranted.

No Latinx creatives appeared in any of the major categories when nominations for the 72nd Emmy Awards were announced earlier this week. How is that even possible, people raged, especially given “One Day at a Time’s” tongue-in-cheek laughs, “Vida’s” queer joy and “Los Espookys'” oddball humor?

The erasure of Latinos is not exactly news, though. Over the last five years, 82% of nominees in 19 Primetime Emmy categories were white. A mere 1% were Latino.

As the subsequent backlash to this year’s nominations reignites debate about Hollywood’s failure to represent Latinx characters on-screen, a movement toward inclusion behind the camera is taking place behind the scenes.

One morning in 2015, about

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These Collingswood Businesses Are Open Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Christel Deskins

COLLINGSWOOD, NJ — Collingswood officials have released an updated list of businesses that have reopened amid the coronavirus pandemic. That list can be found below.

Aenigma (6 Powell Lane) “We are open by appointment through the summer. I can be contacted by email at . We will resume regular hours in September (TBD). Hoping everyone is safe and well!”

All Fired Up (602 Haddon Ave) “We are open for outdoor painting on Thursday from 10am-6pm, Friday and Sat from 10am-8pm, Sunday from 12pm-5pm, and Monday from 10am-6pm. Closed Wednesday and Thursday. We are also offering to-go painting & Virtual Workshops. All information can be found on our website.”

Arctic Freeze Creamery (734 Haddon Ave) “It’s National Ice Cream Month! Come celebrate with us all month long. We have pints available for pickup for those backyard parties or just a treat for yourself! Open Thursday-Sunday. Visit our website for more

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Jeff Bezos will be an open target when he’s questioned by Congress for the first time. These are the big flash points to watch for.

Christel Deskins

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

  • Amazon CEO will testify before a congressional antitrust committee for the first time on Wednesday, alongside Sundar Pichai, Tim Cook, and Mark Zuckerberg. 

  • While experts told Business Insider they expect the questioning to mostly pertain to matters of competition, Bezos will likely be grilled on everything from how Amazon treats third-party sellers to the company’s approach to acquisitions. 

  • The hearing may come at a challenging time for Bezos, who recently added $13 billion to his net worth in a single day as the coronavirus still surges in parts of the US, contributing to widespread job losses. 

  • Bezos will need to downplay Amazon’s size and power in favor of highlighting the benefit the company provides to small businesses and the communities it operates in. 

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

He’s appeared in a Star Trek movie, built a $42 million, 10,000-year clock in

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