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    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers sparked a national movement and demands for justice over the summer. In the wake of the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, a SoCal man noticed people were treating him differently. To combat division, he launched a campaign that urges people to “Just Say Hello.” (Credit: Just Say Hello) Kerman Maddox said Floyd’s death, and the subsequent movement for police accountability, also changed the way people were interacting with one another. RELATED: Crenshaw Family YMCA Opens Learning Hub Providing Wi-Fi, Laptops And Tutoring “I noticed there seemed to be a lot of tension here in Southern California right after the George Floyd Killing,” he said. Maddox, who has worked in politics and consulting, said he also noticed that people started behaving differently toward him. “Just in my daily activities, whether...
    By American Heart Association As more communities deal with outbreaks of COVID-19, those at risk are being advised to stay home and stock up to protect themselves. RELATED: Tips For Staying Fit And Healthy While At Home During COVID Pandemic But experts say the need to hunker down does not mean people shouldn’t reach out to help. “When there’s a time of anxiety, that is not a time to pull back from connectedness,” said Dr. Franklin Watkins, associate professor in geriatric medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. “That’s a time that we actually need to lean into social connectedness and lean into our family members and our friends and acquaintances.” The disease does call for precautions and for staying up to speed with the constantly evolving statistics and advice. That’s particularly important for those in higher-risk groups: older adults or people who have underlying conditions such...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The mayor of Buffalo is working to provide resources to people in the community to help deal with the tragedy of the fatal shooting at the town’s health clinic on Tuesday. Mayor Teri Lachermeier says she is proud of how the community has responded, helping those most impacted by the shooting. She recorded a message to let residents know they are “Buffalo strong,” and that they are not alone. RELATED: As Gov. Walz Signals Coming Guideline Changes, GOP Wants State To Give Up School Reopening Authority Buffalo is a community that “people who come here live here, stay here, raise their kids here, their kids come back here,” said Lachermeier. It’s a city with great strength, she said, which was challenged during six minutes of horror inside the Allina clinic. “This is our home, this is our family. This happened to people we love,” said Lachermeier. Her first...
    By MAE ANDERSON, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Super Bowl ads each year offer a snapshot of the American psyche. And this year, it's a doozy. After a year of pandemic fear and isolation, a tumultuous election capped by a riot at the Capitol, and periodic uncertainty as to whether there would even BE a Super Bowl, marketers have to tread carefully. The ideal: promote their brands to a weary audience looking for comfort and escapism without crossing any lines that might trigger viewers. So Will Ferrell is teaming with GM — and Awkwafina and Kenan Thompson — on a madcap cross country dash to promote electric vehicles. Amazon toys with sexual innuendo when a woman is distracted by her new Alexa assistant that looks like the actor Michael B. Jordan. And Anheuser-Busch offers a hopeful look toward a time when we can say “let's get a beer"...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Super Bowl ads each year offer a snapshot of the American psyche. And this year, it’s a doozy. After a year of pandemic fear and isolation, a tumultuous election capped by a riot at the Capitol, and periodic uncertainty as to whether there would even BE a Super Bowl, marketers have to tread carefully. The ideal: promote their brands to a weary audience looking for comfort and escapism without crossing any lines that might trigger viewers. So Will Ferrell is teaming with GM — and Awkwafina and Kenan Thompson — on a madcap cross country dash to promote electric vehicles. Amazon toys with sexual innuendo when a woman is distracted by her new Alexa assistant that looks like the actor Michael B. Jordan. And Anheuser-Busch offers a hopeful look toward a time when we can say “let’s get a beer” to friends and coworkers again. “Comfort...
    Loading the player... Sister Cities Project is a nonprofit organization founded by Shawn McClondon after last year’s killing of George Floyd, and the demonstrations and protests against police brutality that followed. Sister Cities Project was created to form partnerships between underserved minority communities and affluent communities, and between white and Black people in order to build new relationships and deepen cultural understanding between them. McClondon, 45, believes that forming these partnerships will be the catalyst to help end racial inequality, according to Encinitas Advocate. “As I was listening to the national conversation about how to address the racial inequality in America, I noticed that most conversations centered around policy changes to address systemic racism and ending racism in general,” McClondon said. “Although both things are very important, drawing on my experience with living in both predominantly Black areas and white areas, it dawned on me that...
    GEORGETOWN (CBS) – When Ellie Sinkewicz retired, she took up painting, developed a network of friends and remained physically active. But then the pandemic hit. “I was going to the gym. I was doing a lot of water aerobics,” she said. “I can’t do that anymore; it’s hard.” Feeling trapped in her Georgetown home, Ellie was looking for a way to get back into painting and connect with people. She found Your Teachable Moment, an adult education company that offers live, interactive classes via Zoom. She signed up for a watercolor painting class taught by Lisa Walker of Weymouth. Walker, who also teaches on Outschool, an online learning platform for kids, told us she was thrilled to have an opportunity to work with adults. Her class had about seven students logged in, following along with her techniques as she demonstrated them using two screens, one showing her face and the...
    Those who get a bill directly from their utility company are probably aware that there are payment plans available and an assistance program for those who qualify. But some who need the help may not be aware that it’s out there. Maryland State Del. Lorig Charkoudian, a Democrat who represents parts of Montgomery County, was concerned that there are many people who do not have any idea of the programs available to them because they never see a utility bill — it’s included in their housing bill. “For people who pay their utilities through their rent or a condo fee, or another third party, or mobile home — they’re eligible for heating assistance, but they probably don’t know it,” she said. That’s why Charkoudian is now working on ways to coordinate getting the information to people whose heating costs are bundled into their housing costs each month. As many people...
    To slow the spread of COVID-19, the United States, Canada and Mexico agreed in March to close their shared borders to nonessential travel. Nine months later, it’s Christmas. Families across the world are disconnected, but perhaps none more than those trapped on opposite sides of an international border. Some legally can’t cross, and others can’t afford to endure quarantines if they do. Yet, the holiday spirit survives. Along both borders, AP photographers found families connecting in smaller, more intimate ways, overcoming unusual obstacles for shared celebrations. At the U.S.-Mexico border, most years bring festive Las Posadas celebrations; the centuries-old tradition practiced in Mexico reenacts through song Mary and Joseph’s search for refuge in Bethlehem. Not this year. In addition to virus-related restrictions, people face another barrier: President Donald Trump’s border wall that stretches hundreds of miles and is still under construction. A little girl in Arizona recently stuck her arm...
    The Associated Press To slow the spread of COVID-19, the United States, Canada and Mexico agreed in March to close their shared borders to nonessential travel. Nine months later, it's Christmas. Families across the world are disconnected, but perhaps none more than those trapped on opposite sides of an international border. Some legally can’t cross, and others can’t afford to endure quarantines if they do. Yet, the holiday spirit survives. Along both borders, AP photographers found families connecting in smaller, more intimate ways, overcoming unusual obstacles for shared celebrations. At the U.S.-Mexico border, most years bring festive Las Posadas celebrations; the centuries-old tradition practiced in Mexico reenacts through song Mary and Joseph’s search for refuge in Bethlehem. Not this year. In addition to virus-related restrictions, people face another barrier: President Donald Trump’s border wall that stretches hundreds of miles and is still under construction. A little girl in Arizona recently...
    Stokkete/Shutterstock When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Podcasts offer a way to connect with similar stories and struggles and often bring humor to situations that feel heavy. The right podcast can also offer advice on how to find solace and calm within whatever you're grappling with. Whether it's the unique trials of being a black woman, dealing with grief, or just pin-pointing what will actually bring you happiness in life, these podcasts can help. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Between pandemic fears, political unrest, social conflict, economic instability, and, you know, the basic stresses of everyday life, we have no shortage of reasons to feel mentally and emotionally overloaded this year. Aside from the 51.5 million Americans living with diagnosed mental illness conditions, 78 percent of adults state they've felt stressed over the past year, 61...
    When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Plush Care Telemedicine services connect doctors with patients, no matter where you're located or insurance status, providing medical solutions for anyone unable to visit a doctor's office in person.  Offerings differ by company but range from around-the-clock consultations and diagnoses to mental health services to the ability to write prescriptions. We've rounded up the best telemedicine services available right now to help patients find medical care without leaving their homes, for every financial need.  This article was medically reviewed by Dr. Zlatin Ivanov, MD, and certified in psychiatry and addiction psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology at Psychiatrist NYC. Busy schedules, compromised immune systems, just plain ease of use — we have long had reasons to take our doctor's visits virtual. But in 2020, telemedicine has become...
    (Credit: BLK App) Fall is among us and while that means the leaves changing and dropping temperatures, for those of us that are single or non-monogamous, it can also mean the beginning of another type of season: cuffing season. Cuffing season is the act of finding a partner before it gets too frigid and we forego socializing and being outside on a regular basis. The pandemic has shifted the idea of cuffing season with many people opting to hop on dating apps during quarantine to socialize and for community. Read More: SZA clarifies Drake dating claims after song mention With the emphasis on justice for Black lives and our country dealing with the dangers that Black and Brown people face here in the United States, it’s no surprise when looking for love, Black people may want to do it in a place that is designated specifically for them....
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A community organization is expanding its role with violence prevention to include providing resources for the young men and women with whom they interact. We Push For Peace now has space in a building in Minneapolis’ Uptown district. It’s where they hope to truly change the lives of those who want a different path then what the streets have to offer. Trey Pollard spends nights and weekends on city streets trying to stop violence before it happens. “When the Lord got a plan for you, man, all you got to do is trust that plan,” Pollard said. He felt his organization needed to do more, so now his team will also focus on rebuilding lives. “Boots on the ground, I’m always encountering these young men and women. I get phone numbers and then I resource them to other programs that’s happening throughout the city,” Pollard said. “What’s...
    DETROIT (AP) — Low-income senior citizens in southeastern Michigan are receiving electronic tablets, digital training and tech-enabled health care services through a collaboration between the city of Detroit, businesses and nonprofits. The program, “Connecting Seniors,” is made possible through the Connect 313 Fund and a $3.9 million grant from the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities Rapid Response Initiative. In addition to Detroit, the Rocket Mortgage Classic golf event, Rocket Companies, Microsoft and the United Way of Southeastern Michigan are part of Connect 313 which aims to close the digital divide in the city. “The disparity in digital equity is a systemic, generational issue that was exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Joshua Edmonds, Detroit’s digital director and Connect 313 chief advocate. “We’ve already made great strides in connecting students to critical technology resources, but we must not lose focus on our seniors who are facing economic hardship and...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Over the summer, RV rentals took off. A new fall trend is emerging with parents deciding to take a rare opportunity to see the world firsthand while working and schooling remotely. (Credit: Road Bear RV) As one of the only ways to vacation safely while maintaining social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic, people were packing up and hitting the open road. And now, a new fall trend is emerging with parents deciding to take a rare opportunity to see the world firsthand while working and schooling remotely. “The pandemic affected us completely,” Amber Mamian, an Orange County mother of five, said. Mamian, a travel writer, said her family decided to rent an RV through Road Bear RV Rentals and Sales and test it out for the first time. “With five people in a house, and a lot of monotony and the same kind of routine going...
    Hollywood has long ignored the actual identities and stories of Indigenous people and instead pushed hurtful stereotypes, degrading Native communities from the Americas and beyond. To remedy that and give a platform to Indigenous filmmakers, the International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management, a law and policy organization, organized Denver's Indigenous Film and Arts Festival back in 2004. “The festival is a place where Indigenous people in Denver can celebrate their stories, where Indigenous youth can connect with role models and learn to appreciate the value of their stories and cultures," festival director and founder Jeanne M. Rubin explains. "Where mainstream audiences can learn about indigenous cultures from people representing themselves in film and art, telling their stories from their point of view.” Events run Wednesday, October 14, through January 13, with screenings, Q&As and discussions. Most years, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, the University of Denver’s anthropology department,...
    By ASHRAF KHALIL, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials with the Washington, D.C., Department of Health have been unsuccessful in trying to connect with the White House to assist with contact tracing and other protocols regarding the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak that has infected President Donald Trump and several senior staff members. “We have reached out to the White House on a couple of different levels, a political level and a public health level,” Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser said Monday. She added that a D.C. health department representative who reached out to the White House “had a very cursory conversation that we don’t consider a substantial contact from the public health side." The lack of communication represents an unwelcome obstacle for the D.C. government, which has worked to contain the spread of the virus through mandatory mask requirements and limits on the size of gatherings. Bowser acknowledged on Monday that White...
    Earlier this week, we introduced you to @yeetcorygardneragain, a hilarious Instagram page satirizing incumbent Colorado U.S. Senator Cory Gardner, which popped up after its predecessor, @yeetcorygardner, vanished without a clue. Now, the mystery has deepened, albeit in a way that should make fans of both online destinations' ultra-dry, Colorado-specific humor very happy. In the days after our post on the subject was published, the first page reappeared — but for now, @yeetcorygardneragain is being maintained, too, as a backup account ready in case the original site drops from view again. Meanwhile, we managed to connect with the creator of both pages, whom we're not identifying at her request. In all likelihood, @yeetcorygardner was temporarily removed by Instagram after being flagged by Gardner supporters who were the opposite of amused, but in the following email Q&A, she points no fingers. Instead, she reveals how the idea of injecting a little whimsy...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Ramsey County is working to connect people with nearly a quarter of a million dollars that’s owed to them. WCCO got in touch with Daniel Kahn, a father in St. Paul, to tell him he had more than $1,000 coming to him. “I thought it was some kind of scam,” Kahn said. But he pulled up Ramsey County’s unclaimed funds website and saw his name listed next to two uncashed checks – one for $719 from August 2018 and one for $321 from February 2019. Kahn doesn’t know what they’re for, and is positive he never got anything in the mail. Ramsey County’s sitting on about 350 unclaimed checks. Some are worth thousands. Others are for less than a dollar. In total, the county owes $244,000. It might be reimbursements or it might be overpayments, a refund of an overpayment to the county. There was one on...
    AUSTIN — A parcel of vacant lots on the West Side will be transformed into a community center with sports and recreation programs for young people. The $2 million sale of the city-owned vacant land for the development of the North Austin Community Center was unanimously approved at a Sept. 9 City Council meeting. The project has been in development since 2017 as a partnership between Grace and Peace Church and By the Hand Club for Kids. Their plans hit a snag last year during a dispute with the city over the land where the center will be built. But the city agreed to the proposal after an outpouring of support from residents in favor of the community center. “The community really embraced the project. It fit the needs of folks in the community,” said John Zayas, a leader of Grace and Peace Church. The community campus at...
    SHANKSVILLE, Pa. (KDKA) — The Great Allegheny Passage will soon be connected to the 9/11 trail. It’s part of a massive project that will span multiple states and connect Shanksville, Pennsylvania, to New York City, to the Pentagon in Washington, DC. For those behind the project, the path hasn’t been an easy one and it’s taken six years to finally break ground in Garrett, Somerset County. (Photo Credit: KDKA) Acquiring the location of the trail has been a challenge. “Landowners, townships, boroughs,” said Lindsay Pyle, the director of Parks and Trails in Somerset County. And so has the many land issues. “Wetland mitigation, a lot of engineering and design work done for this,” said Pyle. It’s been setback after setback to make this connection happen. But after talking about it for years, progress is finally being made on the first 1.4 miles of a trail that will eventually become 1,300...
    The North Dakota Department of Health said COVID-19 cases linked to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally earlier this month in South Dakota have been confirmed in eight states. The health department tweeted Monday that 17 additional people "who are connected" with the crowded rally have tested positive for coronavirus, NBC News reported. "Those who attended the rally should closely monitor for symptoms & get tested at a free ND testing site," the agency said. Reports emerged last week confirming several cases in connection with the 10-day motorcycle gathering — 103 in total so far. In addition to North and South Dakota, states seeing COVID-19 cases linked to the Sturgis event include Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Montana, Wyoming and Washington. Kris Ehresmann, the Minnesota Department of Health's infectious disease division director, said during a call with news outlets that the department expects more cases associated with Sturgis. "Thousands of people attended that event, and so...
    Political conventions have always been considered a four-day television commercial for political parties and their presidential candidates. The 2020 Democratic National Convention is taking that to a new level with its virtual convention. Forced by the coronavirus pandemic to rethink how to stage a convention, Democrats changed what was once a slickly produced live event with politicians speaking from a podium in an arena filled with people. Instead, it appears they are bringing the convention to the people, using short videos to create an atmosphere of watching a social media feed. Vanessa Beasley, communications professor at Vanderbilt University, said eliminating the crowded arena created an aura of intimacy for viewers. “I think [Democrats] made some really strategic decisions about what it meant to go virtual and television as a particular medium, but also thinking about the way the rest of the media would pick up particular clips and sound bites...
    (CNN)The first time they met, they talked about animals. Six-year-old Zul-Kifl Issah, in Tamale, Ghana, and 7-year-old Jonah McMillan, in Coldstream, British Columbia, Canada, listed the creatures who lived near them: hippos, lions and elephants for Zul-Kifl; and dogs, cats and a gecko for Jonah. "You give them a place to sleep in your house!" Zul-Kifl marveled about Jonah's pets, while Jonah gasped that the beautiful creatures that populated his books roamed free in parts of Ghana. Abdul Razak Issah (center) of Tamale, Ghana, and his family sit on the couch at home and get ready to connect with Brittany McMillan's family in Coldstream, British Columbia, Canada, through Empatico. His son Zul-Kifl (right), age 6, has bonded with Jonah McMillan, age 7. Their families — including their parents and siblings — were brought together via a nonprofit organization called Empatico. It's one of a number of organizations, including UNICEF's...
    While a lot of bombshell stories in the Trump era have been unpredictable, this one was not.  Tulsa City-County Health Department Director Bruce Dart said on Wednesday that the president’s recent rally in the city “likely contributed” to the surging outbreak of COVID-19, the Associated Press reported. “In the past few days, we’ve seen almost 500 new cases, and we had several large events just over two weeks ago, so I guess we just connect the dots,” he said. The president’s campaign had hyped that more than 1 million people had expressed interest in attending the event; in the end, only about 6,000 people reportedly attended the indoor arena that could seat nearly 20,000. Despite the lackluster showing, the crowd was more than large enough to spread the virus and result in many new infections. Dart explained that the department’s policy prevents it from identifying areas where the virus has been...
    Jacqueline Diep is living proof that your early circumstances don’t have to define your adult life. The former foster child benefited from mentors growing up and now the USC alum is paying it forward. Diep founded The Big Homie Project last year to connect rising high school juniors and seniors in East Palo Alto with professionals in career fields like medicine, tech, education, sports, and entertainment. This is her way of giving back to a community that has shaped her life. READ MORE: Black male student group raises more than 50K for Black Lives Matter (Credit: Jacqueline Diep) Diep is Vietnamese and was once homeless as a child. She was ultimately raised by a Black man who became her father figure. “I think people are getting tired of allies, in general, asking them what they can do,” she says to theGrio in an interview. She graduated last year with an...
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