Yes, hand sanitizer and toilet paper are COVID-19 quarantine essentials. So, apparently, are jigsaw puzzles, bread machines and paint.
Kari DeHaven has been baking since she was a kid, learning from her grandma.But she’d never tried sourdough until a new work-from-home routine and inspiration from social media convinced her to give it a shot. Since Friday, she’s made two loaves and some sourdough waffles.“One great thing with baking is it gives you a little bit of a sense of control. In the chaotic world we’re living in, it’s soothing to be working with my hands in the kitchen,” said DeHaven, 26, who’s staying with family in Sycamore, Ill. “Touching, tasting, utilizing all my senses helps ground me.”She’s not alone. So many p...
Sound Advice: ZVOX AV50 AccuVoice noise-canceling headphones still available at reduced price
Q. I was looking for reasonably priced noise-canceling headphones when I read your column about the ZVOX AV50 AccuVoice noise-canceling headphones for $69.99, reduced from $149.99. I went to the ZVOX website and they are showing sold out already. Bummer!— K.S., San Jose, Calif.A. I received many emails like yours over the weekend. You will be pleased to know they are not sold out, and you can still get the headphones for $69.99 instead of $149.99.I contacted ZVOX and they explained that their home state closed all nonessential businesses due to the coronavirus, so it was illegal for them to ke...
Tribune News Service
Haiti is making face masks, medical garments to fight the coronavirus and save jobs
In a bid to try to keep its textile industry afloat amid the coronavirus economic shutdown, the Haitian government has authorized the reopening of seven factories that will be making protective medical gear.Three of the factories already make washable hospital scrubs for the U.S. market, and Haiti is seeking a percentage of the garments for the country’s own use. The other four factories will switch from sewing cotton T-shirts for the U.S. export market to making face masks for Haitians.Made from cotton and reusable, the masks are not the medical-grade, snug-fitting N-95 disposable face masks ...
With relaxed rules, truckers find themselves kings of the road as coronavirus erases traffic
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In this upside-down coronavirus world, commercial truck drivers suddenly find themselves kings of the road.The federal government has given haulers of key goods a green light by dropping some long-standing restrictions on work hours. And truckers report their job, in a bizarre way, is easier than ever: Congestion on California’s notorious freeways has disappeared because so many commuters are at home under state and local orders to shelter in place.The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says truckers of essential goods such as healthcare supplies and food supplies...
The Sacramento Bee
Cities, legislatures learn to govern by conference call
SEATTLE — Elected officials are figuring out Zoom just like the rest of us.Some of the most important legislation states and cities enact to fight the coronavirus pandemic will be passed on grainy video chats or glitchy conference calls, using processes that have never been tested.Policymakers around the country are quickly learning how — or whether — they can cast votes remotely, a method that could prove crucial to responding to the pandemic while maintaining social distancing guidelines.The Seattle City Council has held meetings remotely since March 9, as Washington state suffered the earli...
Does the coronavirus have you worried about toilet paper? Using paper towels or napkins can lead to plumbing problems
The photos from supermarkets of aisles emptied of paper products get no less jarring as the coronavirus continues to have an impact. People reportedly are asking other shoppers before they park at a store if toilet paper is available.But carts full of toilet paper lead one to ponder just how much damage we can do to our toilets during self-quarantine. (Bidets are becoming popular.) According to Patrick Sullivan, a 24-year plumbing veteran with Wheeling, Ill.-based Taylor Plumbing Inc., it’s a lot of damage if common sense isn’t used.Baby wipes? Those don’t go in the toilet.As for Kleenex? That...
Tech Q&A: Sending iPhone pics to a voice-run Echo Show
Q: My sister, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and doesn’t have a phone, recently got an Amazon Echo Show that plays music and shows photos in response to voice commands. Is there a way that I can download pictures from my iPhone or computer to my sister’s Echo Show?—Cynthia Petroff, Broadview Heights, OhioA: Get the free Amazon Photos app (formerly called the Prime Photos app) for your iPhone.Once you have the app, you can use it to upload photos from your iPhone to the online Amazon Photos account that’s being used by the Echo Show (such an account is free for storing up to 5 gigabytes o...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Chicago housewares trade show, expected to draw 60,000 to McCormick Place, canceled over coronavirus concerns
CHICAGO — A March trade show expected to bring 60,000 people to Chicago’s McCormick Place — as well as the city’s hotels and restaurants — has been canceled amid the coronavirus outbreak.The International Housewares Association on Monday announced the decision to cancel the annual trade-only event, The Inspired Home Show, which was scheduled for March 14-17 and was expected to attract 2,200 exhibitors from 45 countries. The show was expected to bring $77 million in spending to Chicago, including on hotels, restaurants, transportation and entertainment, said association spokesman Leana Salamah....
Bathroom sensors alert school officials to vaping students
SAN DIEGO — If a student vapes in the bathrooms at Patrick Henry High School in San Diego, school administrators will know within seconds.They’ll also know if students are smoking tobacco, fighting or vandalizing property in the bathrooms, school officials said, thanks to newly-installed sensors.Recently, the school became one of the first in San Diego to install devices called HALO sensors in student bathrooms, sensors that can detect vaping but do not have any camera or recording device.The sensors, which look like smoke detectors, can tell school administrators whether students are using to...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Florida sign-spinner who makes $25 a day finds envelope stuffed with $20,000
ORLANDO, Fla. — A 21-year-old Florida man who works as a street-corner sign spinner turned in an envelope he found that was stuffed with $20,000 in $100 bills, deputies said.Benjamin Feliciano of Port St. Lucie earns about $25 a day twirling the ad promoting a local furniture company along U.S. Highway 1 in Jensen Beach.When he found the envelope, filled with muddy cash, he put it in a clean plastic bag and flagged down a passing deputy to turn it in, the Martin County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.Soon after Feliciano's find, the man who lost the cash filed a report describing the amount and ...