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    Preparation for the construction of the wall along the southern border has actually made it easier in some places to cross into the U.S., Business Insider is reporting. The Insider attributed its information to sources based along the border in Arizona. Contractors have blasted new ravines through mountains to make way for still unbuilt portions of the wall. In addition, they have built access roads for heavy machinery. The sources said the work has created easy paths, where there once was none.  Laiken Jordahl, described as an environmental campaigner, said: "The pure idiocy of this administration will likely end up facilitating new cross-border smuggling routes in places that were once so rugged nobody crossed." And John Darwin Kurc, an anti-wall activist, said he now sees border agents intercept crossings "all the time" in places that once were quiet. He singled out the mountainous Guadalupe Canyon area some 30 miles west...
    Sarah Rivas was barely making rent since she’d moved to Sunnyvale. So when, three months into the pandemic, she woke up to an email from her school announcing a nearly 7% cut in teachers’ pay, she gave up a three-year battle. “I moved into my parents’ house,” said Rivas, who’s been teaching her class of twelfth-graders from Sacramento, three hours from their high school. “Not what every 26-year-old wants to do.” Rivas makes just below the median household income in the U.S. and hasn’t lost her job due to pandemic closures. Yet her inability to financially survive the pandemic is the manifestation of a foundational economic fracture between California’s haves and have-nots. And for many middle-income workers, the pandemic marked the end of “barely making it.” Home to 166 billionaires who made over $235 billion since the beginning of the pandemic, the Golden State also has the nation’s highest poverty...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- A group of New York City food vendors set aside their carts Thursday in protest, asking the City to make it easier for them to work."This is what I know. This is what I do," vendorAchilles Fabiatos said.Fabiatos is a second-generation street vendor and has a license to sell, but can't get a permit."I'm just selling plain water on the street right now because I have no permit so I've received three tickets," Fabiatos said.The permits are hard to come by, New York City gives out about 5,100 a year.A number that's stayed roughly the same for nearly 40 years."Not a lot of people understand that vendors don't have permits, not because they don't want to, but because they can't," State Senator Jessica Ramos said.With so few permits available some vendors just sell illegally while others partner with a permit holder and share profits and...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A new law in California lets more people than almost anywhere else in the country take up to three months off from work to care for a family member thanks in part to a nursing mother who brought her baby to work with her on the final day of the state legislative session to vote for it.Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the law on Thursday about two weeks after it squeaked through the state Legislature just minutes before a midnight deadline. It passed in part because Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks, a Democrat from Oakland, returned to the Legislature from her maternity leave to vote for it after her request to vote by proxy was denied by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon. He later apologized to Wicks.Wicks' cast her vote with her baby by her side. A video of her bringing her baby onto the Assembly floor was alter widely shared...
    All electric Ford F-150 pickup truckSource: Ford DETROIT – Ford Motor plans to differentiate its upcoming all-electric F-150 from expected pickups by Tesla and General Motors by building it for heavy duty hauling and towing rather than recreation. "While all other electric pickups are competing for lifestyle customers, the all-electric F-150 is designed and engineered for hard working customers that need a truck to do a job," Kumar Galhortra, Ford President of the Americas and International Markets, said Wednesday during a media briefing. Galhortra said it was important to Ford to retain the F-150's reputation as a work truck when it rolls out its electric version in about two years. The F-150 and its larger siblings, collectively known as Ford's F-Series, have been America's best-selling pickups for 43 years and the nation's top-selling vehicle for 38 years. "We have a very substantial amount of brand equity in the 'Built Ford Tough' F-150 both in...
    A greater percentage of Hispanics in Utah fell ill with the novel coronavirus in comparison to their share of the workforce, new report finds. Only about one-quarter of the state's workforce is Hispanic, but three-quarters of all workplace-related cases were among Hispanic employees, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed on Monday. Additionally, more than half of all workplace COVID-19 outbreaks occurred in three sectors: manufacturing, construction and wholesale trade.  Hispanics make up 24% of Utah's workforce, but also made up 73% of all COVID-19 cases linked to the workplace. Pictured: Utah Food Bank volunteers bring food to cars waiting in line at the food bank's mobile food pantry in Salt Lake City, August 12 More than half of the cases were among three industry sectors: manufacturing, wholesale trade and transportation (above) For the report, the team looked at 11,448 coronavirus cases throughout Utah between March 6 and June...
    A MUM has praised her 12-year-old son after he made some garden furniture out of pallets - and it didn’t cost a penny.  Netti Slawson was chuffed to bits when her son, Keegan, whipped up two pieces of patio furniture, which can cost triple figures from a store.  7Netti Slawson praised her 12-year-old son for making some garden furnitureCredit: Netti Slawson Keegan made a bench and lounge chair out of an old cable reel and some wood, which was supplied by VOW land Plasmadoc, which are a local playscheme who go ‘above and beyond for children in the local area’, Netti said.  The finished result is some brand new additions for the garden on the cheap, just in time for summer.  Netti shared Keegan’s work on Facebook group Gardening On A Budget Official, where the post has racked up more than 11,000 likes.  She said: “My 12 year old son...
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    Before the state-ordered lockdown, I left New York to be with my family in Florida. My family lives in an RV camper while my father is temporarily working in the area. Living in a camper comes with its disadvantages, such as less space to yourself, but we're making it work by turning the living space into a bedroom and staying as organized as possible. Visit Insider's home page for more stories.  A few months ago, before the state-ordered lockdown, I left New York to be with my family in the South. My family usually lives in a two-story house in Alabama, but they have been staying in an RV camper while my dad works in Jacksonville, Florida. He builds apartments across the Southeast for a construction company. My family is close-knit and we wanted to stay together, especially through these tough times. There are seven of us, including...
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