Sacramento school stops Halloween event due to COVID, religion

California Middle School’s annual Cal-O-Ween event brings families together to celebrate the spooky season. But it was suddenly canceled this year, and then briefly scheduled again, sparking frustration among some parents and students who were preparing for the event.

School leaders now say there isn’t enough time to put on a quality event at the Land Park school.

The event, which was scheduled for Oct. 30 — after classes ended — was planned with social distancing in mind to comply with Sacramento County coronavirus restrictions. In past years, families were invited to play carnival games, win prizes and walk through a “haunted hallway.” Some students have even spent the night supervised by adults.

Due to COVID-19, organizers shifted to a drive-thru parade this year, where cars could drive by McClatchy High School and Cal Middle — both of which were planning to participate in the celebration.

But in a sudden

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Obama says Trump couldn’t ‘protect himself’ from COVID, has failed to protect the nation

Former President Barack Obama gave a fiery speech Wednesday in Philadelphia that attacked President Donald Trump as incompetent and surrounded by “hacks”, while promoting his former vice president, Joe Biden, as someone who would better deal with the pandemic and heal the economy.

Obama, in his first in-person campaign event two weeks before the end of 2020 voting, noted 220,000 Americans died from COVID-19, millions of jobs were lost and said the country’s reputation is in tatters around the world under Trump.

“He hasn’t shown any interest in doing the work or helping anybody but himself and his friends, or treating the presidency like a reality show that he can use to get attention,” Obama said. “This is not a reality show – this is reality. The rest of us have had to live with the consequences of him proving himself incapable of taking the job seriously.”

But Obama said

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How To Hand Out Halloween Candy During COVID So Little Ghouls & Goblins Stay Safe

Spooky season is here, but you may be wondering if it’ll be quite as fun as usual this year. While every city and county will differ on their safety guidelines for Halloween 2020, those who want to give out candy should think ahead about how to hand out candy safely during COVID. Once your city announces its trick-or-treating rules — and you assess your personal risk level — you can decide the best way to hand out candy this year.

Hershey partnered with the Harvard Global Health Institute to create a resource for parents of trick-of-treaters and those who want to give out candy. Their website includes an interactive map where you can click on your county and learn which “zone” of COVID risk you’re in based on the average number of cases emerging each day. Then, you’ll find recommended Halloween activities for your zone.

However you decide to dole

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Covid means Zoom, social media and streaming dominate our lives. The mute button is sanity.

Where I currently live, the TV goes on before 7 a.m. each day and stays on until 10 p.m. every night. The awkward staccatos of morning news cascade into an endless cacophony of cable —the dour melodies of WWII documentaries, the tinny early-Western gunfights, the crunch and wail of cop dramas audible in every room. This aural overload persists into the evening whether or not someone is watching, as if the TV were a scented candle or a clock rather than the roaring content waterfall that it is. Wherever I go, I hear it all, I receive everything, and I enjoy almost nothing.

Months of Zoom conferences punctuated by flushes and farts have shown that knowing how and when to press mute — on yourself, on others — has become a necessary social skill.

This isn’t my house, and shutting down the all-day noise buffet is not an option. Due

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How to Make an Ad During Covid: Bribe Your Family Members to Appear

When director Giovanni Messner set out to make a commercial earlier this year for Pillsbury’s new edible cookie dough, he couldn’t bring in actors for a shoot as usual due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

So Mr. Messner cast his own family. His two children, ages 5 and 7, got the job of excitedly eating the dough.

At first, Mr. Messner and his wife had to bribe the kids with their pick of a new toy to participate. Then the number of takes piled up, and the couple worried the dough consumption was getting excessive. They spread out the filming over three days.

“I didn’t want my kids to eat 45 cookies in a row,” Mr. Messner said. “It was like trying to hold them back from devouring it.”

The pandemic has made producing ads tough. With lockdowns and social-distancing requirements limiting in-person shoots, advertisers have used drones to gather footage,

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6 easy ways to make your home cosy chic for a Covid hibernation

Hannah Risbridger, a former fashion buyer, co-founded From the Post House last autumn – a subscription service that sends out curated boxes filled with homewares and styling advice to help create a seasonal look in the home: its new ‘Autumn Hygge’ box includes a cushion, candle, match holder and mug.

In the absence of fresh blooms, she advises filling bowls with seasonal fruit and vegetables, or trying dried or preserved flowers instead. “They’re a stunning and sustainable way to accessorise the home,” she says. “Fill a ceramic or amber glass vase with some structural stems – Shida Preserved Flowers do some beautiful bouquets that will last all season.”

4. Layer up

“Winter is about layering,” says interior designer Martin Waller. “Just as we put on coats, scarves and gloves, your home needs extra rugs, throws and pattern.” More is more with this approach: a mix of textures from blankets piled

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Oxford University unveils Covid test that can detect virus in less than five minutes

Oxford University has unveiled a new Covid-19 test that is capable of detecting the virus in less than five minutes through artificial intelligence analysis of throat swabs.

Its creators said the technology could be used to provide rapid tests at public venues such as airports.

They said the test is able to distinguish between Sars-CoV-2, the virus responsible for Covid-19, from negative clinical samples. It is also able to tell it apart from other viruses such as flu and seasonal human coronaviruses, according to a study.

The design team hope to begin manufacture of the test at the start of 2021 and make it widely available by the summer.

Working directly on throat swabs from Covid-19 patients without the need for genome extraction, purification or amplification of the viruses, the method starts with the rapid labelling of virus particles in the sample with short fluorescent DNA strands.

A microscope is

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What Homeless Students Have to Deal With to Go to School During COVID

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Most nights, people fight and scream outside the small room where Elizabeth Maldonado and her four children sleep—or try to, at least—at a homeless shelter in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. Maldonado’s 15-year-old daughter, in particular, fears that if she closes her eyes, someone will burst through the door.

It’s no wonder, then, that her kids—ages 17, 15, 12, and 9—often don’t log on to their virtual classes come morning, Maldonado said. They’re exhausted.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Maldonado’s children are stuck in the room they share at the shelter, without the escape of going to school. They sometimes attend online classes from their beds, where they’re reluctant to turn on audio or video to talk to teachers and peers, as it would betray their cramped, noisy surroundings. And if they leave to find a quieter space, there’s

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The Riskiest Places for Catching COVID

As soon as lockdown lifted and states started reopening, the question on most people’s minds was the same: What are the riskiest places when it comes to potential COVID-19 infection? Nonprofit journalism outlet CivicMeter conducted a survey of 27 epidemiologists, asking them to rate the risk of contracting COVID-19 at each venue in the United States on a scale of 1-10. Whether you prefer the hair salon, church, your local watering hole, or your local Target store, you might be surprised how your go-to locales rank—click through to find out. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus.

Senior woman and daughter having coffee at safety distance in the garden.
Senior woman and daughter having coffee at safety distance in the garden.

Risk on Scale of 1 to 10: 3.73

The least risky activity on the list is outside gathering where social distancing is maintained. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the

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Vegas entertainers Murray Sawchuck, Dani Elizabeth digging new COVID options

Note: Today’s column is the latest in the series “Surviving Shutdown,” examining the effect of COVID-19 on the Las Vegas entertainment industry.

He’s the Magic Man who can make your weeds disappear. She can work topless or work the topsoil.

Murray Sawchuck of Laugh Factory at the Tropicana and Dani Elizabeth of “Crazy Girls” at Planet Hollywood Resort have shown how to levitate (financially and spiritually) during COVID. They’ve performed Cirque-style acrobatics to remain fulfilled and solvent since their respective shows went dark in March on the Strip.

The couple’s most recent professional venture is Dirt 2 Dreams Landscaping. Sawchuck has applied the skills he’s developed sprucing up the yard in the couple’s Las Vegas home to a money-making operation.

Their most recent personal venture was to become engaged on Sept. 28. Sawchuck utilized a box of Cracker Jack to pull off the surprise prize. At the risk of

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