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Summer is here. Is camp safe?

Jun 29, 2020
Many day camps are opening, many sleepaway camps are not. Parents are trying to decide if it’s safe, and worth it.
Many day camps are opening this summer, but a lot of parents are worried about COVID-19.
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Stimulus checks and unemployment keeping millions out of poverty, for now

Jun 23, 2020
But that extra $600 a week in federal unemployment benefits, which has been critical for millions, is set to run out at the end of July.
The poverty rate has fallen during the pandemic, according to a study out this week, but only because of the CARES Act.
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Will liability waivers protect businesses from COVID-19 lawsuits?

Jun 19, 2020
Liability waivers may not be enforceable in all states, but many businesses are looking for some kind of protection from lawsuits.
As businesses reopen, many are worried about the prospect of coronavirus-related lawsuits.
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Black-owned businesses seeing an increase in sales during protests

Jun 16, 2020
Social media activism is translating into increased sales for many restaurants and businesses. But will it last?
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Consumer sentiment is up - a little. Why does it matter?

Jun 12, 2020
Consumer sentiment rose in June, as states started to reopen, but most people are still feeling uncertain and pessimistic about the future.
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What it can cost to get arrested at a protest

Jun 10, 2020
For many protesters arrested in at demonstrations against racism, police brutality and the killing of George Floyd, there can be long-term financial effects.
More than 10,000 people have been arrested in recent days at protests over racism and police brutality, according to the AP.
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How did everyone get the unemployment rate wrong?

Jun 8, 2020
The Bureau of Labor Statistics says some furloughed employees were misclassified as “employed, but absent from work."
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Mutual aid grows in popularity during protests and pandemic

Jun 4, 2020
Communities of color and activists have been practicing mutual aid for a long time. But it has become much more widespread recently.
Volunteers with the Bronx Mutual Aid Network buy and delivery groceries and run errands for people in the community.
Courtesy Thahitun Mariam/Bronx Mutual Aid Network

U.S. looking at “a tsunami of evictions” as moratoriums expire

May 29, 2020
By the beginning of June, more than half of states will have no protections in place for renters.
As state moratoriums expire, lawyers anticipate a spike in evictions.
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"Record levels" of food insecurity in the U.S. because of COVID-19

May 22, 2020
States that rely heavily on tourism, including Nevada and Hawaii, are seeing some of the biggest increases.
A drive-thru food pantry in Las Vegas. Nevada is projected to have one of the highest increases in food insecurity this year.
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