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This $100 billion dollar industry shut down by coronavirus is about to reopen
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This $100 billion dollar industry shut down by coronavirus is about to reopen

An Orange County Convention Center employee replaces a sanitizer station ahead of the center's reopening in July 2020.Source: Orange County Convention CenterToday it might be hard to imagine a mass, indoor gathering with thousands of attendees. Yet that is the bread and butter of the convention and events industry, which was brought a screeching halt due following the coronavirus outbreak earlier this year. As states such as Florida and Texas take further steps to reopen, the industry is trying to bounce back, with some centers preparing to host events as soon as next month using safety measures that are becoming commonplace: temperature checks, social distancing, reduced capacity and contactless registration."I'm very excited to be getting groups back," said Mark Tester, executive direc...
What developers will miss most
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What developers will miss most

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California on Monday, June 4, 2018.Josh Edelson | AFP | Getty ImagesWhen Apple's annual World Wide Developers Conference kicks off later this month, it will look markedly different than its previous 30 iterations. Instead of a in-person conference held in San Jose, California with parties, sushi dinners, and hands-on workshops, WWDC will be held online this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. For the public, the draw is Apple's so-called "keynote" on the first day of the conference where CEO Tim Cook and other executives reveal the latest version of iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac software, which will come out in the fall. Like in earlier years, the keynote presenta...
These entrepreneurs are almost out of PPP funding. Here’s what’s next
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These entrepreneurs are almost out of PPP funding. Here’s what’s next

Lisa Hess and her daughter Lucy enjoy a cup of coffee in San Luis Obispo, California.Shannon McMillen PhotographyLisa Hess, owner of Lucy's Coffee, has started the long climb to restoring her business in a post-coronavirus world. But her well of emergency funding is about to run dry.The crisis came at quite possibly the worst time for the San Luis Obispo, California, shop."We're a college town, and February through June are our busiest months," said Hess, who's operated her café for three years. "The timing was terrible: We literally started breaking even three weeks before the shelter-in-place order."She borrowed close to $23,000 from the Paycheck Protection Program in the beginning of May. The federal forgivable loan program, which first opened on April 3, was originally intended to co...
Stacey Abrams’ underdog push for VP
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Stacey Abrams’ underdog push for VP

In this May 22, 2018 file photo Democratic candidate for Georgia Gov. Stacey Abrams waves in Atlanta.John Bazemore | APIn some ways, Stacey Abrams is an outlier among the names being floated as potential vice presidential running mates for presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden. For instance, she moonlights as a romance-suspense novelist. And when it comes to politics her experience level is limited compared to other potential picks. Abrams served in the Georgia House of Representatives, but has not led a state, like Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, or served in Congress, like Sen. Kamala Harris. Abrams tried to move up the political ladder in 2018 when she ran for governor of Georgia, but lost to then-Secretary of State Brian Kemp, a Republican, in a high-profile race that vaulted her ...
San Francisco doctors recount experience fighting coronavirus in NYC
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San Francisco doctors recount experience fighting coronavirus in NYC

Dr. Ethan Weiss making his way to New York in late April to treat Covid-19 patients.Source: Dr. Ethan WeissWhen Dr. Ethan Weiss arrived in New York in late April, he started his first shift almost immediately.Weiss is a cardiologist based in San Francisco, which has had relatively few hospitalizations related to Covid-19. He decided to help out with New York's massive Covid-19 outbreak because he felt helpless sitting at home.Weiss was just one of the doctors and nurses from University of California San Francisco's hospital system who risked their lives by flying out to Manhattan. New York City has now reported more than 20,000 deaths. Another group headed to the Navajo Nation, another hotspot, which has reported more than 6,000 cases of coronavirus.In total, about 40 doctors and nurses ...
How one NJ Main Street reopens as coronavirus rules ease
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How one NJ Main Street reopens as coronavirus rules ease

Somerville's Division St., a usually bustling pedestrian street, pictured from Main Street. In the front of the image is a sign for Somerville's weekly cruise nights, which are "on hiatus due to Covid-19." June 9, 2020.Will FeuerSomerville, New Jersey has enjoyed a rising tide in recent years.Main Street is usually bustling, drawing crowds of thousands through the spring and summer with events like the annual Central Jersey Jazz Festival and weekly cruise nights, when classic cars line the street.Within the borders of the town's 2-square miles, about 12,000 people live, enjoying a boom in both commercial and residential development that has attracted younger residents and new businesses to the active commuter town. There's a communal atmosphere to the Somerset County town, Mayor Dennis S...
Expiring $600 unemployment benefits are essential for some workers
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Expiring $600 unemployment benefits are essential for some workers

Matt Marfoglia, a waiter at the Tasting Kitchen in Los Angeles, was furloughed in March. Enhanced unemployment benefits are helping him make ends meet financially, but they may end after July.Matt MarfogliaMatt Marfoglia was living paycheck to paycheck before the coronavirus pandemic. Now, while unemployed, he's barely scraping by. The 51-year-old was furloughed from his job as a waiter at The Tasting Kitchen, a high-end Italian eatery in Los Angeles, in March.The one thing that's kept him afloat: an extra $600 a week in unemployment benefits provided as part of a recent federal relief measure.Even with the extra benefits, Marfoglia has been pocketing about $1,600 less per month.But that aid will lapse after July, absent government action — potentially sending his income, and that of mil...
What Gretchen Whitmer could bring as VP
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What Gretchen Whitmer could bring as VP

Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, speaks during a campaign event with former Vice President Joe Biden, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, not pictured, in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., on Monday, March 9, 2020.Erin Kirkland | Bloomberg | Getty imagesJoe Biden is seeking a woman to be his 2020 running mate, and Michigan's Gretchen Whitmer is on the shortlist.  The first-term governor is a rising star in the Democratic Party whose convincing 2018 congressional victories brought the rust-belt swing state back into the blue column for the first time in eight years.Democrats believe Michigan is a must win for presumptive nominee Biden and having Whitmer on the ticket could deliver the state.Beyond delivering Michigan, Whitmer, a 48-year-old mother of two, would add youth to the 77-year ...
Trump addresses West Point graduates in socially distanced ceremony
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Trump addresses West Point graduates in socially distanced ceremony

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to West Point graduating cadets during commencement ceremonies at Plain Parade Field at the United States Military Academy on June 13, 2020 in West Point, New York.PoolWEST POINT, N.Y. — In his first graduation address to the cadets of the United States Military Academy, President Donald Trump touted the colossal defense budget and the creation of the U.S. Space Force while avoiding the recent debate over the administration's politicization of troops. "You came to West Point because you know the truth: America is the greatest country in human history. And the United States military is the greatest force for peace and justice the world has ever known," Trump told the more than 1,100 seated cadets at the academy's historic parade field."As commander-in-ch...