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Carnival and Mardi Gras usually mean $1 billion for the New Orleans economy. What about this year?

Feb 11, 2021
Quentin Messer Jr., head of the New Orleans Business Alliance, says the city's spirit is alive, but there's a sense of loss too.
Due to the cancellation of traditional Mardi Gras activities, New Orleanians are decorating their homes and businesses to resemble festive floats.
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Does the sale of fine art need physical spaces?

Jan 27, 2021
Masha Golovina of Masterworks.io talks about the two-tiered economy and says that when physical art fairs are coupled with online sales, "that's the ideal mix."
Two paintings by Fernand Léger that debuted at auction last year before the arrival of the pandemic, which disrupted gallery sales.
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The drivers of this economy: Long-haul trucking in the pandemic

Jan 25, 2021
Back in the spring, state transportation departments closed highway rest stops. And that put a strain on drivers.
Kearsey Rothlander, a long-haul truck driver, says there have been ups and downs for drivers as the pandemic changes what freight is in demand .
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Speech on the internet: The First Amendment and Section 230 are different

Jan 14, 2021
Private parties can decide whose speech they want to distribute. That's a First Amendment right, not a Section 230 right.
Twitter permanently suspended President Trump's account, citing the risk of further incitement of violence.
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Black farmers face a slew of systemic challenges

Jan 12, 2021
Unfair pricing and land loss are just a few reasons the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund formed decades ago.
"We've had co-ops in Mississippi that knew they got less for their collard greens then their neighbor did," Cornelius Blanding says. "So they had to form a cooperative so that they can ship their products to Chicago to get a better price. That's been a reality for Black farmers for centuries."
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2020, the year of the pandemic, and pandemic hobbies

Dec 30, 2020
To fill unexpected free time or to cope with stress, people have picked up hobbies: sculpting action figures and DJing socially distanced parties are just a few.
After getting furloughed from his job, Miles McAlpin has been creating custom action figures.
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Stitching opportunity into crisis can erase pain that needs to be felt

Dec 29, 2020
Opportunity and crisis often go hand in hand. Don't "erase the very human pain that's at the core," psychotherapist Megan Devine says.
Nurses and health care workers mourn their colleagues who died of COVID-19 during a demonstration outside Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan in April.
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Why hasn't Congress fixed unemployment insurance?

Dec 17, 2020
Congress was able to pass the CARES Act quickly, but its benefits expire Dec. 26. Will they be extended?
Congress has known what's wrong with unemployment insurance for decades.
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"We're definitely counting on a comeback"

Dec 16, 2020
That's what the president of Mississippi-based Golding Barge Line says he's hoping for in the new year.
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