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Consumers may be ready to release their pent-up demand

Feb 25, 2021
As the pandemic retreats, Americans who can afford to spend on things they've been deprived of may start spending.
After months of shopping online, many Americans look forward to visiting brick-and-mortar stores.
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How are those pandemic learning pods doing?

Feb 25, 2021
The school year is more than half over, and what began as a widespread educational experiment may have legs.
Students follow along remotely at a learning pod in Culver City, California.
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London’s East End struggles inside the “COVID Triangle"

Feb 22, 2021
The East End's suffering in the pandemic is analogous to its experience during World War II's Blitz, stirring solidarity.
Communities in the East End have come together with a solidarity comparable to the Blitz spirit of World War II.
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For many scientists, the pandemic changed research

Feb 19, 2021
While those researching COVID-19 remained hard at work, others left their labs behind or improvised new methods.
While coronavirus research has boomed, many other kinds of projects have been hindered.
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The pandemic as seen by a high-school senior and his older brother

Feb 17, 2021
“It's very easy to just stay in your room all day and not let anybody know what's happening to you,” says student AJ Williams.
CPA Michael Durant, right, and his younger brother, AJ Williams. The brothers lost their mother to COVID, and Williams is missing his freedom because of the quarantine.
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Unemployed workers go back to school to get back to work

Feb 11, 2021
One in three unemployed workers has pursued more education or job training while out of work, the Pew Research Center says.
A woman covers her face, pausing while filling out a job application in San Francisco.
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After the pandemic, will people stay in the habit of cooking at home?

Feb 11, 2021
While some are craving the restaurant experience, others have discovered they enjoy cooking for themselves.
More people are getting their food from grocery stores during the pandemic and saving money in the process.
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Despite pandemic-driven uncertainty, Americans are buying new cars

Feb 10, 2021
The price difference between a new car and a used car isn't as wide as it was before the pandemic.
To some consumers, buying a new car is a way of reclaiming control and increasing safety during the pandemic.
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Work expenses look a lot different when you're not going into the office

Feb 4, 2021
How should companies compensate their employees' work-from-home costs?
Could people working from home get compensation for a more ergonomic chair?
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10,000 stores likely to close in 2021, study says, but store openings continue

Jan 28, 2021
New data gives a peek at what the post-pandemic economy might look like.
Businesses small and large are trying to game out which pandemic changes will be permanent.
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