How ‘The Great British Baking Show’ Overcame COVID-19, But Revealed the Franchise’s Unsavory Side

The temperature in the tent reached fever pitch this season, and it wasn’t just chocolate mirror glazes that melted in the heat.

Every season of “Great British Baking Show” (or “The Great British Bake Off” to folks across the pond) has included controversial eliminations, baking disasters and emotional highs, but season 11 was a tiered cake of controversy with cultural insensitivity and severe online trolling as its top two layers, and the pandemic as its

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Primary care offices struggling to survive during Covid-19

Cormay Caine misses a full day of work and drives more than 130 miles round trip to take five of her children to their pediatrician. The Sartell, Minnesota, clinic where their doctor used to work closed in August.

Caine is one of several parents who followed Dr. Heather Decker to her new location on the outskirts of Minneapolis, an hour and a half away. Many couldn’t get appointments with swamped nearby doctors for months.


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Bawdy online game is helping friends connect during COVID-19

Forget about resurrecting a sourdough starter, filming TikTok videos or binge-watching “The Crown.”

In the quest for virus-safe fun during the pandemic, my friends and I have been meeting regularly on Zoom to play a raunchy online game that features jokes about sexual practices, Miley Cyrus, vegans and “Star Wars” characters.

Sure, it’s juvenile. But, hey, watching sourdough rise can get really dull real quick.

I’m not alone. The worst pandemic in more than a

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Black Friday is the latest victim of Covid-19

The pandemic came for our vacations, our sports and our restaurants. And now, after weeks of speculation and guessing, analysts say it’s clear: Covid-19 has also claimed retail bellwether Black Friday.

“It’s not Black Friday. It’s not people waiting in line the way we’re used to,” said Marshal Cohen, chief retail analyst at The NPD Group. Cohen said in hours of driving around retail centers, he saw lines only outside Macy’s flagship New York City

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Real Christmas trees provide holiday comfort for many amid COVID-19 pandemic

Christmas tree farm (John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Ani Sirois, a respiratory nurse, has spent months caring for coronavirus patients at a Portland, Oregon, hospital, and she’s only getting busier as infections — and hospitalizations — surge before the holidays.

But on a recent sunny day, COVID-19 seemed far away as she, her husband and their 2-year-old daughter roamed a Christmas tree farm in search of the perfect evergreen for a

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Columbia small businesses count on holiday sales amid COVID-19 | Business

COLUMBIA — Shuttered for weeks by public health mandates earlier this year and still struggling with reduced sales, locally owned retailers say this holiday shopping season is critical to small businesses’ ability make it through to the new year.

“My lease is up at the end of the year. If things don’t improve dramatically — if I don’t have a good Christmas season — I probably won’t be here after January,” said Lainie Lewis, owner

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Seniors Are At Higher Risk From COVID-19 But Are Less Lonely Than Younger Adults : Shots

“You do what you have to do to survive,” says Diane Evans, who is fighting pandemic loneliness with technology. Evans lives in San Francisco and has Zoom calls regularly with her daughter in Chicago.

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“You do what you have to do to survive,” says Diane Evans, who is fighting pandemic loneliness with technology. Evans lives in San Francisco and has Zoom calls regularly with her daughter in

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Ford to reinvest PPE government contract profits for COVID-19 on masks


Ford Motor Co. releases return to work video amid coronavirus pandemic

Detroit Free Press

Bill Ford Jr. released a statement on Thanksgiving Eve that spotlighted Ford Motor Co.’s rapid response to the coronavirus pandemic over the past eight months with a promise to do more — donate 100 million face masks throughout the country to help people protect themselves.

“People often ask me whether we would make a profit from the PPE production,” he

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Aspen, Colorado remains travel destination despite COVID-19 pandemic

John Marshall, Associated Press
Published 9:45 a.m. ET Nov. 25, 2020


Ski season is ramping up and AccuWeather’s long-range forecasters have been looking at the conditions you could see on the slopes this winter.


ASPEN, Colo. — March is Aspen’s moneymaking season as spring breakers and families head to the mountains to ski.

When the coronavirus pandemic hit, all four Aspen/Snowmass ski mountains shut down, along with nearly everything else in the alpine

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Man leaves $3K tip for single beer at restaurant closing due to COVID-19

Wait staff at a Cleveland restaurant that voluntarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic received an unlikely tip from a big-hearted customer. 

Nighttown owner Brendan Ring, who recently decided to temporarily close his restaurant, said a man ordered a $7 beer on Sunday and asked for the check. 

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Xavier University students head home for finals, winter break, trying to prevent spread of COVID-19

For the first two weeks of Anna Baker’s first year of college, she had to self-isolate because she was near someone who tested positive for COVID-19.”I was stuck in my dorm room for two weeks,” Baker said.Now that the fall semester is nearing an end, Baker wants to make sure she doesn’t help the virus spread when she’s home with her family in Mason.”I’ve been trying to limit my contacts to just those around me,” … Read More

8,322 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19, 47 additional deaths as worry over holiday weekend mounts (LIVE UPDATES)


Lowest COVID-19 positivity rate in weeks, but Pritzker and Ezike worry about holiday ‘super-spreader events’

Pat Nabong/Sun-Times

State public health officials reported 8,322 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 Monday as well as 47 additional deaths.

As of Sunday night, 6,171 people with the virus were reported to be in the hospital, 1,206 patients were in intensive care units, and 635 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The 8,322-daily caseload, while still higher

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Europe, Covid-19, Trump: Your Monday Briefing

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Good morning.

We’re covering Europe’s fight against the coronavirus, restriction breaches in Britain and President Trump’s lavish treatment of Israel.

The rate of new cases reported across the continent quintupled between September and November to about 300,000 a day, before declining a bit. Deaths have shot up from about 700 a day to almost 5,000, and a clear pattern of receding has yet to emerge.

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It’s going to be up to us to help stem the COVID-19 surge, and that starts with celebrating Thanksgiving differently [editorial] | Editorials


The United States passed a terrible milestone last week: More than a quarter of a million Americans have died because of COVID-19. In Lancaster County, COVID-19 cases increased alarmingly. And, as the week ended, Pennsylvania neared the 300,000 mark in cases, and Lancaster County’s total case count exceeded 13,500. More than 460 COVID-19 cases have been reported at Lancaster County schools.

You may be tired of the pandemic. We are tired of the

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Local residents find ways to stay active, connected as COVID-19 winter approaches | Tri-state News

GALENA, Ill. — After switching on the music, Emily Painter checked her computer to make sure all the dancers attending the class virtually could hear the song and see her as she started to move.

Every song had different moves and a new tempo, but each was designed to ensure the dancers — either participating remotely or in person — could follow along during the morning workout.

“It’s been frustrating at times,” said Painter.

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Amid COVID-19, FastAF app emerges as L.A. Amazon competitor

After the presidential election this month, the most frequently ordered items on FastAF, a new two-hour product delivery service, were CBD drinks — specifically the peach ginger CBD sparkling water by Recess and the ginger lemonade Mind + Body Function CBD drink by Vybes.

Lee Hnetinka, the founder and chief executive of FastAF, couldn’t say for sure whether the demand for these chill-out beverages had anything to do with the stress induced by the contentious

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Keep Thanksgiving dinner tables to ‘single digits’ to slow COVID-19 surge, Murphy says

With a week to go before Thanksgiving, Gov. Phil Murphy urged New Jersey residents to stay with their immediate family during the holiday and keep the number of people at dinner to “single digits” as the coronavirus continues to surge in the state.

The governor continued to sound the alarm as the state on Wednesday reported 4,063 new cases — the fourth time in five days with more than 4,000 new positive tests — and

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Inclusiveness seen as key to Taiwan’s success in containing of COVID-19

Digital Minister Audrey Tang explains the importance of diversity and inclusion for public policy and innovation 

By Angela Chen, Microsoft Taiwan

When the Covid-19 pandemic struck early this year, Taiwan quickly rolled out a nationwide facemask distribution system with a “mask map” that showed where they were available.

But it wasn’t a smooth launch. Complaints poured in from people who had to wait in long lines and were often disappointed when vendors ran out of

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Malaysian artist Poesy Liang starts Pink Yakuza fashion line with Covid-19 accessories (VIDEO)

South China Morning Post

Three Hong Kong universities slide down global league table ranking graduates’ employability

Three Hong Kong universities have dropped down a global league table ranking the employability of graduates, leaving the city without a representative in this year’s top 20.Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) fell from 10th to 26th in the 2020 study published in the Britain-based Times Higher Education magazine, and the University of Hong Kong (HKU) slid

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Containing COVID-19 not their problem

Florida lawmakers convened for the first time in eight months Tuesday as Republican leaders gave only brief mention to the issue on the minds of all Floridians — the coronavirus and its impact — while acknowledging a $5.4 billion budget hole created by the pandemic.

Lawmakers swore in 10 freshman senators and 41 freshman House members, and named Wilton Simpson, 54, a Trilby egg farmer, as Senate president and Chris Sprowls, 36, a Palm Harbor

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