Mothers are 3 times more likely than fathers to have lost jobs in pandemic
Mothers of small children have lost work at three times the rate of fathers in the pandemic, a situation that threatens not only progress toward gender equity but middle-class income gains that have become increasingly dependent on working women.Mothers of children 12 years old and younger lost nearly 2.2 million jobs between February and August, a 12% drop, a Stateline analysis found. Fathers of small children saw a 4% drop of about 870,000 jobs.The loss was even worse for single mothers of young children, who lost 16% of jobs they held in February, compared with a 6% drop for single fathers,...
Some parents are sending kids with COVID-19 to class. What can schools do about it?
School officials across the country are sharing in frustration, disbelief, and worry over a problem many didn’t anticipate when reopening America’s classrooms — parents deliberately sending their COVID-19-infected kids to class.It’s a dangerous disruption of best-laid plans, a hazard to students and educators, their families and communities. But what can schools do about it?“Never in a million years did we imagine or think to account for parents deliberately sending their sick or symptomatic child to school,” Kirsten Johnson, public health director of Washington-Ozaukee counties in Wisconsin, ...
The Kansas City Star
They promised Cubans entry into US; instead, they allegedly tortured and extorted them
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Two men promised to smuggle Cuban migrants into the United States via Mexico, but instead they tortured and extorted their victims, prosecutors say.Reynaldo Marquez Crespo, 41, and Jancer Sergio Ramos Valdes, 33, both Cuban, face charges of alien smuggling and kidnapping in a South Florida federal court.Crespo and Valdez promised their victims safe passage across the Yucatan Straits, the body of water that separates Cuba from Mexico, on go-fast boats and then over land across Mexico to the United States border sometime during January 2019, according to court documents.B...
Casimero locked and loaded
Casimero locked and loadedJoaquin Henson(The Philippine Star) – September 25, 2020 – 12:00amMANILA, Philippines — WBO bantamweight champion JohnRiel Casimero is in Connecticut where he’ll take on unbeaten New York-based Ghanaian challenger Duke Micah in a scheduled 12-round bout on Sunday morning (Manila time) and according to MP Promotions head Sean Gibbons, there’s no way the Ormoc slugger is coming back home to the Philippines next month without the belt strapped on his waist.Casimero has been in the US since February, training for a unification showdown with super WBA/IBF bantamweight rule...
Motormouth: Power window problem
Q: I have a 2002 Buick Century Limited in excellent condition. I literally bought it two years ago from a little old lady who had only driven it 11,000 miles. It, however, has a vexing problem. The power windows only work occasionally. The rear ones will not go down, the passenger side window usually does, and the driver’s window only seems to work when the temperature is 65 degrees or cooler outside. I replaced the arm rest switch panel and checked the fuses, but the same problem has persisted. Any ideas?L.L., Beecher, Ill.A: The problem may not be in the electrical system, at least not in th...
Tribune News Service
Cybercriminals strike schools amid pandemic
WASHINGTON — Just days before the Aug. 3 scheduled start of school, officials at the Athens Independent School District in East Texas received a shock.Cybercriminals had attacked the district’s entire computer network, encrypting all the data and demanding $50,000 in ransom for its release. Access to everything from teacher communications to student assignments was blocked.“It was terribly disruptive, to put it mildly,” said Toni Clay, the district’s spokesperson. “We no longer had access to any student information, such as schedules, email addresses, anything that would be stored. Internally,...
In Salem County, farming links Black and Jewish families — and history
The 37 varieties of soil in Pittsgrove Township are excellent for the vegetable farming that has long defined the landscape of Salem County, New Jersey.Also growing nicely there is a business and personal partnership between a Jewish family and a Black family, each with deep local roots. The organic farming operation the partners envision is an echo of the past, when Quakers and other Gentile neighbors helped urban Jewish refugees from Russia learn how to make a living from the land in South Jersey.“We’ve been drawn back here,” said William Levin, a Vineland native and animation instructor. In...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Wanted: Poll workers able to brave the pandemic
WASHINGTON — Dave and Diane Schell, a retired social studies teacher and a retired human resources professional from South Windsor, Connecticut, left their careers in 2015, and have worked the polls at their local precinct every election since. But not this November.The Schells — he’s a Republican, she’s a Democrat — are 68 and 65, respectively, and worried about contracting the coronavirus. They did work the polls during the Connecticut primary in March, at the beginning of the pandemic, but this fall “we decided to follow the (health) recommendations and stay home,” Diane Schell said in a ph...
More people with felony convictions can vote, but roadblocks remain
WASHINGTON — More than ever, Eric Harris is mindful of the elected officials around him: The school board members deciding whether his children will go back to the classroom, the sheriff influencing how officers interact with people like him, and the U.S. president steering the country’s coronavirus response.This year has given Harris lots of reasons to vote. And this year, he can.With three felonies on his record, the 41-year-old had been barred from voting in Iowa — the last state that had permanently banned people convicted of felonies from voting without the governor’s approval — until an ...
Trump blames 'matchstick' trees and dead leaves for California wildfires
MCCLELLAN PARK, Calif. — President Donald Trump, touching down under smoky skies at McClellan Park for a briefing on the California wildfires, blamed uncleared dead trees and leaves for flames that have burned more than 3 million acres and killed 24 in the state.The Republican president met with California Gov. Gavin Newsom at the business park, which is also the home to hangars for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s aircraft.“When trees fall down, after a short period of time. about 18 months, they become really dry. They become really like a matchstick … .and they ju...
The Sacramento Bee