Day: October 1, 2020

OVERNIGHT ENERGY: EPA finalizes rule allowing some major polluters to follow weaker emissions standards | Trump executive order seeks to use Defense Production Act to bolster mining | Asbestos ban stalls in Congress amid partisan fight

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ONE DAY YOU’RE IN, AND THE NEXT DAY YOU’RE OUT: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Thursday finalized a rule that could reclassify many “major” sources of pollution as minor ones, allowing facilities to abide by less-stringent emissions standards for dangerous substances such as mercury, lead and arsenic.

The reclassification changes a 1995 rule that for decades has held major emitters to tighter standards even if their operators have taken actions to reduce their pollution — a policy known as “once in, always in.”

The agency estimated that the changes will result in up to 1,258 tons per year of additional

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Inside the church at the heart of the Louisville protests

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From more ‘Schitt’s Creek’ to plenty of horror

There may be plenty of aspects of Halloween that are canceled this year, but horror is not one of them.

At least that appears to be the case based on Netflix’s list of new October shows and movies, which includes the “Haunting of Hill House” successor “The Haunting of Bly Manor,” Lily James and Armie Hammer’s gothic tale “Rebecca” and Norwegian psychological horror film “Cadaver.”

But there’s plenty of room for new comedy, too: Adam Sandler’s “Hubie Halloween,” Sarah Cooper’s special “Everything’s Fine” and fresh episodes of the Emmy-sweeping “Schitt’s Creek” are being added to the streaming service.

See below for all of the titles arriving and leaving Netflix next month (and go here to find out what was added in September).

Netflix’s list of October titles include Season 6 of “Schitt’s Creek,” “Hubie Halloween,” “Sarah Cooper: Everything’s Fine,” “The Trial of the Chicago 7” and “BLACKPINK: Light Up the

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Telfar Clemens Wins National Design Award for Fashion Design From Cooper Hewitt

ON WITH THE SHOW: The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum planned a virtual gala for Thursday night’s 21st National Design Awards.

Instead of welcoming hundreds to the Upper East Side museum for its annual awards gala, the Cooper Hewitt took a more remote approach for the event, which doubled as a kickoff for National Design Month. To promote an all-are-welcome theme, footage of the gala and ancillary educational programs are available online at no charge for anyone to discover the importance of design.

The Fashion Design award went to Telfar, but the company’s founder Telfar Clemens was not doing any interviews at this time, according to a Cooper Hewitt spokeswoman. An interview request sent to his company was not acknowledged.

In a self-description included in the Cooper Hewitt’s press material, Clemens wrote, “Become a queer, Black 18-year-old, travel back to 2004 and establish a 100 percent nongendered fashion line out

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Missouri lawmakers ask state education leaders to ‘step up’ when it comes to making sure students have internet access

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KY3) – There are thousands of Missouri students attending class this fall online, either because it’s their only option, or it’s the choice their family made because of the pandemic.

Lawmakers grilled state school leaders Thursday about what they’re doing to help make sure those students have access to the internet.

“We can’t operate in a silo anymore,” said Representative Ingrid Burnett, D-Kansas City. “We can’t afford to sit here and say ‘our school leaders are doing the best they can.’ They’re not getting the kind of help and leadership that they need to do that.”

The state education department says school districts are working to address those needs.

“I know many have purchased hot spots over the last six months to try and reach more students,” said Dr. Kari Monsees, deputy commissioner of the Division of Financial and Administrative Services of DESE.

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Playboy CEO Sells $25.8 Million Brentwood Mansion to Bitcoin Investor Josh Jones

Around the time he became CEO of Playboy Enterprises, L.A.-based financier Ben Kohn began the construction of a lavish new estate in L.A.’s Brentwood neighborhood, within one of the area’s only guard-gated communities. Before the house was completed earlier this year, Kohn changed his mind about moving into the mansion — or maybe he intended to flip it all along — because the place was shopped around off-market and toured by Justin Bieber and Haley Baldwin, who allegedly took a shine to the house and initiated escrow on it, though that deal was ultimately called off. (The high-profile couple eventually paid $25.8 million for a different home, this one high in the mountains above Beverly Hills.)

In June, the Kohn compound popped up on the open market with a $30 million pricetag, and the property quickly sold for $25.8 million — the biggest deal recorded in Brentwood so far this

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De Pere cafe Java Cream offers coffee and espresso drinks, gelato


DE PERE –  It’s no surprise that the coronavirus has been hard on small businesses, and De Pere’s new cafe, Java Cream, is no exception. Since opening, said shop owner Mohammad Abughaush, the business hasn’t been making a profit. 

Java Cream opened its doors in late August despite Abughaush’s reservations. The original plan for the cafe was to open in April, but Abughaush decided not to move forward with Java Cream as he began to understand the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic on small businesses. Unfortunately, he was unable to get out of the five-year lease he signed in January. 

With no out available, he had to move forward and Java Cream opened in De Pere, next to Edible Arrangements on Swan Road. The location was chosen because of the proximity to schools and clinics. Abughaush was hoping he could rely on foot traffic to bring people into his

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16 Ways Online Retailers Are Tricking You During Quarantine

When COVID-19 lockdowns started in March and brick-and-mortar stores became mostly off-limits, consumers flocked to shop online, driving a monumental growth spurt in online spending.  According to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, e-commerce sales grew more than 30% between the first and second quarters of 2020; in the second quarter of 2020, Americans spent $211.5 billion online. Though panic buying and other consumer trends — like spending more time on social media — were largely responsible for the surge in online spending, e-retailers were quick to pull out tricks — or dark patterns — to lure shoppers into spending more.

“A dark pattern is a design practice that is intentionally created to mislead a user or have them do something that they wouldn’t normally do,” said Tyler Andersen, senior product designer at ConsumerTrack.

While many of these dark patterns — like cross-selling and targeted ads — are not

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Oconto school district going virtual due to COVID-19 | WFRV Local 5

OCONTO, Wis. (WFRV) – The Oconto Unified School District joins the many other Northeast Wisconsin school districts transitioning to virtual learning as the state continues to see an increase in positive COVID-19 cases.

In a letter shared with families, Superintendent Emily Miller says she has met with Oconto County health leaders, local superintendents, and the Board of Education to review current health data for the school district and county.

She says the district has heard concerns from teachers, staff, parents, and the community about the surge in cases in the community and school district as well as the lack of substitute teachers.

“Based on these discussions and our monitoring of local and national trends in COVID-19 cases, we will be moving to a full virtual learning model for all students starting on Friday, October 2. We will continue to monitor health data in our area,

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J.Lo’s first handbag collaboration with Coach has arrived, and we have a feeling it’s going to sell fast

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Jennifer Lopez has launched her first handbag collaboration with the iconic American luxury brand, Coach. The Hutton bag reimagines the house’s modern-day staple with Lopez’s singular approach to style.

“Designing my first bag with Coach was a great experience,” said J.Lo in the brand’s press release. “I really wanted the Coach x Jennifer Lopez Hutton to feel like me. The color block leather and polished hardware details are really my style. It’s a bag that makes me look pulled together and ready for anything, and I can’t wait to share it with everyone.”

Photo courtesy of Coach

Coach’s creative director Stuart Vevers explained “It was really fun to

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