‘Zoom Bombing’ Is A Pandemic Thing; It’s Also A Bullying Thing

ACROSS AMERICA — The timing of the “Zoom bombing” in a high-profile federal court hearing Friday in Georgia made it especially hurtful, but it’s emblematic of the intrusions that courts, schools, businesses and government councils are confronting as they gather online during the coronavirus pandemic.

Zoom bombing — to be clear, it happens on Google Meet and other videoconferencing platforms, too — is a relatively new form of cyberbullying that’s exposing everyone from kindergartners to senior court judges and a lot of people in between to behaviors that range from benign hijinks to racist screeds to criminal conduct.

And, some kids are still bullying other kids, finding new ways in virtual classrooms to torment their classmates.

Friday was the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, and an intruder going by the username “Osama” took control of an online hearing and flashed videos and still images of the terror attacks,

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Medical Algorithms Have a Race Problem

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When Vanessa Grubbs first met Eli about a decade ago, he was a muscular man in his 50s. Grubbs, a doctor at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, was treating him for membranous nephropathy, a kidney condition that can lead to organ damage and failure. To take his vitals, she’d get out an extra-large blood pressure cuff.

Eli is not his real name. Grubbs refers to her patient as “Book of Eli” because when they first met, he looked like Denzel Washington’s brawny character in the 2010 action movie by that name. But over the next five years, as his condition progressed, Eli slowly lost some of his bulk. Grubbs switched to a regular-sized cuff to take his blood pressure.

Eventually, the condition left Eli’s kidneys so damaged that it was time to consider an organ transplant. But kidneys are

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‘Belzebubs,’a ‘Modern Family’ Meets ‘The Addams Family’ in 2D

Tuesday morning’s online pitches at Cartoon Forum may have come without their usual helping of Toulouse croissants, but they did offer a taste of the scripted series currently seeking co-production partnerships.

Standout projects included “Belzebubs” – one of the eleven teen/ adult pitches at Cartoon Forum this year –  a thirteen-part family sitcom with a satanic twist and a black metal soundtrack.

Comprising 22-minute episodes, the black-and-white, 2D series frames itself as a documentary that explores “your average devil-worshipping family next door.”

Characters include dad Sloth, who hasn’t given up his dream of death metal stardom; his breadwinning photographer wife Lucyfer and their two teen children, Lilith and Leviathan.

Based on an existing web comic property by graphic novel artist J.P Ahonen, “Belzebubs” is being made through Finnish animation studio Pyjama Films and already has backing from Finland’s national broadcaster YLE.

Over the course of the first season,

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Cranford Confirms A Coronavirus Fatality; Town Facilities Reopen

CRANFORD, NJ — The town of Cranford said on Wednesday afternoon that since last week’s report on coronavirus fatalities, there has one new resident death confirmed, a person who lived in a long-term care facility (usually a nursing home or rehab). The town has had a total of 539 confirmed cases, with 3 new in the last week, and 97 fatalities (including the latest).

Right now, there are 159 long term care facilities with active outbreaks, the state Department of Health said on Wednesday. The state also announced that deaths at the facilities had more than doubled since May 1. The state announced it will make some long-term changes for the facilities.

For more on long-term care facilities in the state, see the list of coronavirus updates below.

In related coronavirus news in Union County, Westfield High School closed for two weeks as of Thursday after six students tested positive

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How to Make a Sock It to Me Cake

I know pound cake on its own is delicious, but this Sock It to Me Cake makes it even better. It has brown sugar, cinnamon and pecans swirled through, and a creamy maple-vanilla glaze drizzled on top. Many home bakers “doctor up” boxed cake mixes for this cake, but I promise that this simple pound cake recipe is worth the extra effort!

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Why Is It Called “Sock It to Me Cake”?

“Sock it to me” was a popular phrase in the late 1960s-early 1970s. The phrase is in the outro of Aretha Franklin’s 1967 hit, “Respect.” It means something like “lay it on me.”

It’s like when a baker asked someone if they

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How Wonho & His Fans Saved Each Other

It’s a bright September afternoon in Seoul, and singer-songwriter Wonho is talking to me about his abs. He’s wearing a gray muscle shirt and laughing as he pats his stomach, joking that highlighting his chiseled abdomen was the main reason he chose the album art for his debut solo EP Love Synonym (#1): Right for Me. I can’t help but laugh along with him — he has an infectious, ebullient giggle that takes over his entire body. And he’s not lying — a version of the album cover is basically an artsy collage of the singer with an open shirt. For a celebrity, Wonho is refreshingly self-aware.

It’s safe to assume that any conversation about Wonho, née Lee Hoseok, will eventually include a mention of the singer’s impressive physique. It’s been a major calling card of his ever since he auditioned for the singing competition show No Mercy in

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A Week In Prince George’s County, MD, On A $121,000 Salary

Pandemic micro-weddings are all the rage for couples who were planning to get married in 2020. If you recently had a micro-wedding or are having one in the near future, we want to know how much you spent on it and how it affected your budget for a future big wedding celebration. Tell us all about it here.

Welcome to Money Diaries where we are tackling the ever-present taboo that is money. We’re asking real people how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period — and we’re tracking every last dollar.

This week a project manager who makes $121,000 per year and spends some of her money this week on blue crabs.

Occupation: Project Manager
Industry: US Government
Age: 43
Location: Prince George’s County, MD
Salary: $121,000 (my husband is a full-time parent — so just my income)
Net Worth: $98,800 (Savings + money market account +

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How to Make Homemade Peanut Butter Cups with Your Kids

If you have a muffin tin, cupcake liners and a few basic pantry staples, then you and your kids are steps away from a fun-filled afternoon making homemade peanut butter cups. Your kids will love making this copycat version of their favorite candy at home—and customizing them with an array of colorful sprinkles and toppings.

Keep reading to learn how to get started on this no-bake recipe. We’ll even share things for kids to do at every step in the recipe!

How to Make Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

peanut butter cup filling ingredients
peanut butter cup filling ingredients

These peanut butter cups are a treat, but they only require pantry staples. How great is that!

  • 1-1/2 cups creamy peanut butter, divided

  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar

  • 4-1/2 teaspoons unsalted butter, softened

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips

  • Assorted sprinkles, mini M&M’S or chopped nuts, optional

Step 1:

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How New York’s Worst Campus Outbreak Unfolded

It was the middle of the night when a man in a hazmat suit led a first-year student from her dormitory at State University of New York at Oneonta to a van as she cried quietly, a scary experience later shared on social media. She had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Later that week, a photo appeared on social media of a dozen infected students partying in an isolation dorm and posing for a selfie, drawing the ire of students, parents and officials.

Those incidents seemed to highlight how SUNY Oneonta in upstate New York had seriously mishandled the pandemic, resulting in the worst outbreak of any college in New York state, with more than 670 cases, totaling about 10% of the campus student population.

In terms of the percentage of students infected, it is one of the most notable outbreaks on a campus anywhere in the country.

As a

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College Runner Is Still Struggling Months After a COVID-19 Diagnosis

Photo credit: Courtesy of Natalie Hakala
Photo credit: Courtesy of Natalie Hakala

From Men’s Health

COVID-19’s affect on your health is a rapidly developing situation. For the most up-to-date information, check in with your local health officials and resources like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regularly.

One sign that runner Natalie Hakala is making progress in her recovery from COVID-19: She can finish her sentences now. Just a few weeks ago, she would have to stop after a few words to catch her breath.

The struggle to hold a conversation is just one of the problems Hakala, 22, has experienced in the two months since she was diagnosed with COVID-19. She’s what’s known as a COVID-19 “long-hauler,” someone whose symptoms persist for weeks or months. Hakala described having a rapid heart rate, brain fog, and consistent headaches unlike any headache she’s had before.

“It’s directly behind my eyes,” she told Runner’s World.

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