US seniors turn to Zoom to connect with friends and family

<span>Photograph: Nacho Doce/Reuters</span>
Photograph: Nacho Doce/Reuters

In his 72 years, Brad Veloz has risked his job and overcome health issues to fight for LGBTQ+ and Latino rights. The coronavirus wasn’t going to stop his activism.

A year ago, the self-described “in-your-face” activist had never even used Zoom online video conferencing, but it is now a constant presence in his life in lockdown to connect with fellow activists instead of taking to the streets.

Veloz’s newfound digital lifestyle reflects the demand on seniors to move their lives online because of the threat of Covid-19. The adults with the least exposure to the internet, people 65 and older, are also at higher risk to the illness from Covid-19, which has still not been controlled in the US.

Veloz’s virtual routine also includes online bill pay, grocery orders and restaurant deliveries. He is especially excited about being able to use shared Google documents to collaborate on

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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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Nick Cordero’s Family and Friends Honor Late Star During Musical-Filled Virtual Memorial

Nick Cordero’s Wife Amanda Kloots Tells PEOPLE: ‘Words Can’t Describe How Much I Will Miss Him’

Nick Cordero died on Sunday at 41 after spending 95 days in the hospital fighting coronavirus complications

Nick Cordero was honored by his family, friends and colleagues during a virtual memorial on Sunday, two months after he died from coronavirus complications at the age of 41.

The two-hour memorial, which streamed for free on Broadway On Demand, included a collage of photos and videos from Cordero’s life with appearances from his wife Amanda Kloots, his mom Lesley, and many of his former castmates from his theater and acting jobs.

At the start of the memorial, Kloots, 38, reminded viewers to make donations in Cordero’s honor to the Save the Music Foundation.

“Nick would want this memorial to be a celebration — something that makes people smile, that makes people sing, that makes people remember

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Messi, his outspoken cousin and the football agents who sell their own family members

Unlike Josh de Caires, Michael Atherton’s cricketing son who uses his mother’s surname so as not to trade on the ready association with his father, the Argentinian footballer Maxi Biancucchi does not shirk from familial relationship. He likes to be known by the nickname: “El Primo de Messi”, or Messi’s Cousin. 

And over the weekend Messi’s Cousin cheerfully weighed in to the controversy over his relative’s putative move away from Barcelona (oddly Lionel Messi does not go by the reciprocal nickname of Biancucchi’s Cousin).

the gargantuan buy-out clause in the player’s contract represented a restraint of trade. ” data-reactid=”19″“If he were happy at Barcelona he would have stayed there,” Messi’s Cousin told an Argentinian radio station, arguing that the gargantuan buy-out clause in the player’s contract represented a restraint of trade. 

He did not say so by chance. The organisation that surrounds the world’s most renowned sportsman does not allow

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Markey throws shade at Kennedy family in Senate primary brawl

BOSTON — Sen. Ed Markey is going where few Massachusetts Democrats have dared to go before. He’s not only attacking his challenger, Rep. Joe Kennedy III, he’s throwing shade at the Kennedy family, the state’s equivalent of political royalty.

In an ever more contentious battle between a septuagenarian senator and the scion of one of the nation’s best-known dynasties, Markey is calling out specific Kennedy family members by name, needling the wealth and privilege that attaches to the family name, and even drawing from the Kennedy myth in his bid to fend off his youthful challenger.

At one time, that approach might have been a career-killer in Massachusetts Democratic politics. Yet Markey has employed it successfully to help narrow a double-digit polling gap with the primary just over two weeks away.

“It’s unconventional. That’s the only way to put it,” said Democratic strategist Wilnelia Rivera, who advised Rep. Ayanna Pressley

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The Best Online Baking Classes for You & Your Family to Try

Baking seems to be everyone’s favorite hobby these days and if you’re wondering how all of your friends turned into superstar bakers overnight, the answer probably lies in one of the internet’s best online baking classes. We’re all spending a lot more time at home these days and looking for fun hobbies to get into and as a result, online classes have skyrocketed in popularity. You can take everything from online cooking classes to online interior design classes and we love them because they’re easy, convenient, super affordable, a great family activity and you don’t even need to get dressed up to attend them.

Baking is one of those hobbies that can seem overwhelming until you dive in and actually start doing it. Yes, you will make mistakes, but that’s half the fun and you’ll learn a lot from those mistakes along the way. Luckily, tons of chefs and bakers’

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Phadke Family’ on PBS; Shark Week

Filmmaker Archana Atul Phadke in "POV: Phadke Family" on PBS. <span class="copyright">(Archana Atul Phadke / PBS)</span>
Filmmaker Archana Atul Phadke in “POV: Phadke Family” on PBS. (Archana Atul Phadke / PBS)

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The Titan Games (N) 8 p.m. NBC

The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons This new episode takes a look back at the Jason Mesnick season. 8 p.m. ABC

All-Star Best Thing I Ever Ate Martha Stewart tries flame-grilled Wagyu; Guy Fieri shows where he gets his favorite meaty burrito; Bobby Flay teaches how to make the perfect rib-eye steak. Alex Guarnaschelli and Anne Burrell also are featured in this new episode. 9 p.m. Food Network

I May Destroy You (N) 9 p.m. HBO

Surviving Jeffrey Epstein The documentary miniseries

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Online teaching will be a family affair for the Burrills in the Santa Clarita Valley

West Ranch baseball coach Casey Burrill, who teaches AP Computer Science, and his wife, Kristin, who teaches seventh-grade P.E., are going to be instructing students from home starting Tuesday. <span class="copyright">(Corey Burrill)</span>
West Ranch baseball coach Casey Burrill, who teaches AP Computer Science, and his wife, Kristin, who teaches seventh-grade P.E., are going to be instructing students from home starting Tuesday. (Corey Burrill)

When the new school year begins Tuesday in the Santa Clarita Valley, classes will be taught online, but Brady and Jennifer Burrill will not be working from home.

Burrill, who serves as an assistant baseball coach at Valencia West Ranch High, plans to teach Advanced Placement calculus from his classroom. His wife will teach Advanced Placement statistics from her classroom at Valencia High. Both said staying home is not an option with children ages 5 and 9.

“Functionally for us, there’s no way,” Brady said. “Our 5-year-old is starting kindergarten. She will want her mom and dad to help with everything all the time. My wife and I are passionate about teaching and pretty loud when we talk. All

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Rave Family Block Fest Debacle: What Went Wrong?

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From the moment it was announced, Rave Family Block Fest felt almost too good to be true: With more than 950 artists — including big names like A-Trak, Zhu, MJ, Maya Jane Coles, Khruangbin and even Paris Hilton — and 85 stages entirely within the game Minecraft, it was positioned as the biggest-ever virtual festival. What’s more, Rave Family and its CEO Jackie McGuire aimed to pay every artist for their participation, a rarity amidst virtual events limited by the restraints of COVID-19.

However, those lofty goals quickly came crashing down. After a rocky first day on July 9 that had some referring to it as the “Fyre Festival of Minecraft,” the Rave Family Block Fest was postponed indefinitely.

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How the Pandemic Is Changing the Way Retailers Pick Product for Kids & the Whole Family

Heading into a spring season unlike any other, how top retailers are buying — and what they’re betting on.

Will Cooper, SVP & GMM of women’s shoes, Saks Fifth Avenue, New York

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Buying Logistics: “We are currently conducting all market appointments digitally. Vendors have enhanced photography of their collections, with many adding video content to actually see the shoe on a model. We have adapted to this new way of working through leveraging technology, but anticipate returning to the showroom when it is safe to do so.”

Trend Talk: “Through the pandemic, we have seen our customers focused on casual shoes, particularly sneakers and flat sandals, and we expect this to continue into spring ’21. We are excited to see designers elevating casual shoes with embellishments to make women feel ‘dressed up’ while still wearing a casual and more comfortable look. We will continue to offer

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