Social justice begins with open schools and school choice


We are all concerned about social and racial inequity. A better solution than defunding police and painting “Black Lives Matter” on streets is improving educational outcomes for students. Closing schools due to COVID-19 and opposing other options works against this objective.

According to Education Week, only Florida, Iowa, Texas, and Arkansas have ordered schools to reopen. Other states either let local officials decide or have ordered partial closures. Meanwhile, the nation’s three largest public school systems — New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago — remain largely remote.

Penalizing low-income children by systematically keeping schools closed is unjustified when the risk of spread is so minute. In a wide-ranging study conducted by faculty at Brown University, researchers found very low transmission rates inside the classroom, with infections occurring at significantly lower rates than previously thought to be the case in classroom settings. Internationally, Australia, France, Ireland, the Netherlands and Germany

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3 Stocks to Supplement Your Social Security Income


Boring is good when you’re looking for stocks to supplement your Social Security income. You don’t want high-risk, high-reward growth stocks. You want companies with long and profitable histories that have increased their dividends even in tough times. If you’re looking for dividend stocks to generate income in retirement, Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG), Realty Income (NYSE:O), and Costco Wholesale (NASDAQ:COST) are fabulous options.



3 Stocks to Supplement Your Social Security Income


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3 Stocks to Supplement Your Social Security Income

1. Procter & Gamble

Procter & Gamble may seem like the kind of stodgy company your grandparents would have invested in. The consumer staples behemoth isn’t exactly known as cutting-edge, though you probably have its products somewhere in your home. Its 65 brands include Pampers diapers, Tide laundry products, Charmin toilet paper, Bounty paper towels, Gillette razors and shaving gel, and Herbal Essences hair care. Even in recessions, people need the products that

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Social media influencer shares weight loss story


Jennifer Matus has more than 40,000 people following her journey. She said she started sharing her experiences because she needed accountability

ST. LOUIS — There are people throughout the St Louis area who are considered “influencers.” Jennifer Matus is one of them.

She has thousands of followers on social media, and she’s using her platforms to inspire people to make change in their lives by showing them the change she’s trying to make in her own life. Matus is putting herself out there and holding nothing back.

“Being real and honest,” she said.

Matus is making her real struggle to lose weight public.

“God, I wish I could just lose this jiggle,” she said in one of her social media posts.

She once weighed more than 350 pounds and knew she had to do something.

“It was just a cycle that kept going, going and going,” she told 5 On

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States expand mask mandates and social restrictions as Covid-19 hospitalizations reach new high


States are issuing a new wave of mask mandates and social restrictions as record numbers of Covid-19 hospitalizations and soaring daily cases strain US medical systems.



a close up of a sign: LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 16: Signage reminds travelers of precautions in Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX on Monday November 16, 2020 as weekly coronavirus cases have doubled in just the last month around the state, and Los Angeles County had the grim distinction of recording more than 6,800 cases this weekend alone, an alarming spike that has officials talking about more restrictions. California officials are urging those who do head out of state to self-quarantine for 14 days when they return. LAX Los Angeles Airport on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020 in Los Angeles, CA. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times


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LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 16: Signage reminds travelers of precautions in Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX on Monday November 16, 2020 as weekly coronavirus cases have doubled in just the last month around the state, and Los Angeles County had the grim distinction of recording more than 6,800 cases this weekend alone, an alarming spike that has officials talking about more restrictions. California officials are urging those who do head out of state to self-quarantine for 14 days when they return. LAX Los Angeles Airport on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020 in Los Angeles, CA. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

More than a dozen states have announced a variety of new rules in recent days —

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Sports, Halloween, social gatherings led to spike in Alabama COVID cases, officials say


An increase in social gatherings, including holiday and sporting events, apparently led to the current spike in the state’s coronavirus cases, Alabama health officials said.

Coronavirus cases in Alabama have risen substantially in recent weeks with an average of 1,700 new cases per day for the last seven days. Last Friday, the state recorded 2,980 COVID-19 cases, one of the highest single-day increases since tracking began in March. The Alabama Department of Public Health said a “preliminary analysis” indicated that “a large number of the cases are from social gatherings of more than 10 people.”

Among the events cited by ADPH as possible causes were fall or Halloween parties, sporting events, work-related meetings and church-sponsored activities.

“Other contributors to these numbers are cases in the preschool, school, and college-age population, as well as some cases in healthcare workers, congregate settings, long-term care, and travel,” ADPH said.

Alabama is under a

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‘Chinese Virus’ Sign Outside New Jersey Doctor’s Office Sparks Outcry On Social Media


KEY POINTS

  • Several social media users slammed the doctor after a picture of the sign was posted online
  • The person who shared the picture had taken her daughter to the doctor’s clinic for an initial visit
  • WHO advocates against associating geographical locations while naming illnesses 

A New Jersey chiropractor is being slammed online for being racist after referring to the coronavirus as “Chinese Virus” in a social distancing advisory hung at his office.

The sign came to light when Annesia Paraison, a New Jersey mom, took the photo of the advisory and posted it on her Facebook profile. According to the post, Paraison took her daughter for her first visit to the clinic of Dr. Kevin Julian, where her daughter pointed to the advisory on the front desk window. Warning the patients to practice social distancing at the waiting room, the advisory read, “During this time period of the Chinese

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Exercise classes can reduce loneliness, social isolation in seniors — ScienceDaily


Older adults who joined group exercise classes experienced decreased loneliness and social isolation, according to a new Cedars-Sinai study conducted before the COVID-19 pandemic. The classes have continued virtually since March, and early results suggest the online versions are also effective.

Seniors face increased risk for developing serious health issues or even death if they lack social connections or feel alone. Loneliness is connected to higher rates of depression, anxiety and suicide. Experts say social isolation can have the same impact on an older person’s health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

Both loneliness and social isolation are widespread issues in the U.S., where more than a third of adults 45 and older feel lonely and nearly a quarter of those 65 and older are socially isolated, according to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. But few studies have examined the most effective ways to improve social connectedness

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Study: exercise classes reduce loneliness, social isolation in seniors


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IMAGE: A new study from Cedars-Sinai showed that evidence-based group exercise classes reduce loneliness and social isolation in older adults.
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LOS ANGELES (Nov. 12, 2020) — Older adults who joined group exercise classes experienced decreased loneliness and social isolation, according to a new Cedars-Sinai study conducted before the COVID-19 pandemic. The classes have continued virtually since March, and early results suggest the online versions are also effective.

Seniors face increased risk for developing serious health issues or even death if they lack social connections or feel alone. Loneliness is connected to higher rates of depression, anxiety and suicide. Experts say social isolation can have the same impact on an older person’s health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

Both loneliness and social isolation are widespread issues in the U.S., where more than a third of adults 45 and older feel lonely and nearly a

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Social gatherings are fueling the coronavirus surge


The White House coronavirus task force has been urging states that are virus hot spots to curtail maskless get-togethers of family and friends, saying in reports that asymptomatic attendees “cause ongoing transmission, frequently infecting multiple people in a single gathering.”

As new daily cases in the United States surpassed 145,000 on Wednesday, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) announced a 10-person limit on gatherings in private homes, calling them a “great spreader.” Similar restrictions have been imposed in states including Ohio; Utah; Connecticut; Colorado, where one recent cluster involved seven people infected while playing the dice game bunco; and Rhode Island, whose governor has pledged to fine violators. Oregon last week announced a “pause” in hard-hit counties on most groups larger than six people.

“Earlier in the outbreak, much of the growth in new daily cases was being driven by focal outbreaks — long-term care facilities, things of that

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