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More people decorating homes for Christmas in pandemic

MIAMISBURG, Ohio (WDTN) — Toilet paper turned out to be a hot commodity throughout the coronavirus pandemic, but now that the holiday season has rolled around, it seems Christmas decorations are in high demand as well. 

Amanda Pappert, a manager at Handyman Ace Hardware in Miamisburg,  said she’s seen an influx of Christmas shoppers in her store.

“We’ve really had a lot of customers coming in looking for lights and extension cords and things like

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Things to do in Dayton Ohio when the weather and pandemic are not cooperating

Explore the Dayton Art Institute from your living room

In response to the pandemic, the Dayton Art Institute has made digital resources available to the public so they can “explore #DaytonArtAtHome.”

Available to DAI members and non-members alike, theses digital resources offer multiple ways to take in the DAI like never before. For example, the PNC Tiny Thursdays at Home digital resource currently features art videos for kids, narrated by some of DAI’s very

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Teaching in the Pandemic: ‘This Is Not Sustainable’

Caitlyn Clayton, an eighth grade English teacher, with her students in Farmington, Ill., on Nov. 12, 2020. (Lauren Justice/The New York Times)
Caitlyn Clayton, an eighth grade English teacher, with her students in Farmington, Ill., on Nov. 12, 2020. (Lauren Justice/The New York Times)

At Farmington Central Junior High in rural Illinois, classes still start at 8 a.m. But that’s about the only part of the school day that has not changed for Caitlyn Clayton, an eighth-grade English teacher tirelessly toggling between in-person and remote students.

At the start of the school day, Clayton stands in front

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Fires and frauds: What to watch out for this pandemic holiday

As if there weren’t other things to worry about.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Each year, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission publishes a list of unsafe toys, along with warnings about cooking and holiday decorations.

This year, because of COVID-19, the safety commission is asking people to be extra careful. Fakes, fires and fraud are all big concerns — enhanced even more by the pandemic.

“It’s true,” said CPSC Spokesperson Nikki Fleming, “Again, we are

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Pandemic office holiday party ideas.

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Photo illustration by Slate. Photos by Getty Images Plus.

Few people are as knee-deep in our work-related anxieties and sticky office politics as Alison Green, who has been fielding workplace questions for a decade now on her website

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Teaching in the Pandemic: ‘This Is Not Sustainable’

At Farmington Central Junior High in rural Illinois, classes still start at 8 a.m. But that’s about the only part of the school day that has not changed for Caitlyn Clayton, an eighth-grade English teacher tirelessly toggling between in-person and remote students.

At the start of the school day, Ms. Clayton stands in front of the classroom, reminding her students to properly pull their masks over their noses. Then she delves into a writing lesson,

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Locals just want ‘that piece of Christmas’ amidst the coronavirus pandemic

Every year for Christmas, Margaret Lewis would go next door to her sister-in-law’s house and celebrate the holiday cheer with about 20 other people. But this year, because of COVID-19, that won’t be happening.

Lewis and dozens of other Hudson County residents did some Christmas tree and decoration shopping on Sunday. As customers wore their masks, socially distanced and browsed through various trees and wreaths, they said getting ready for the holidays helps them feel

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Real Christmas trees provide holiday comfort for many amid 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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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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Robots on the rise as Americans experience record job losses amid pandemic

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Photograph: Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

They can check you in and deliver orange juice to your hotel room, answer your questions about a missing package, whip up sushi and pack up thousands of subscription boxes. And, perhaps most importantly, they are completely immune to Covid-19. While people have had a hard time in the coronavirus pandemic, robots are having a moment.

The Covid-19 pandemic has left millions of Americans unemployed – disproportionately those in the service industries

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Aspen, Colorado remains travel destination despite COVID-19 pandemic

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Published 9:45 a.m. ET Nov. 25, 2020

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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.

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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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How to Get Through the Pandemic Winter Without Leaning on Drugs and Alcohol

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“Happy” “Holidays” 2020 is a series about feeling connected and vaguely festive during the coronavirus pandemic.

There’s no real way around it: This year has been terrifying and exhausting and generally horrible, to the extent that there’s almost no solace in the fact that it’s ending. To top it all off, we’re about to enter a holiday season where the things we typically associate with this time of the year—office parties,

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How To Close Up Your Pandemic Bubble Without Losing Friends

As coronavirus case numbers surge across the country, it’s not just the obvious places you should avoid: political rallies, large weddings, crowded bars, restaurants and night clubs.

More and more, health experts warn that COVID-19 is being transmitted at the intimate get-togethers many of us believed were relatively safe: Dinner parties with close, trusted friends. Game nights with family members who live in different households. Sleepovers and learning pods with just a handful of kids

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School districts saw unprecedented drop in enrollment during pandemic

Going back to school this year has been a lesson in patience. Since the surge of COVID cases this fall, many cities, including New York, Detroit and Philadelphia, have suspended or postponed their plans to hold in-person classes.

The delays and ever changing schedules have been frustrating to parents and students but also worrisome to educators who told us at the start of the school year, hundreds of thousands of students did not enroll. They’re

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‘Covidpreneurs’ forge ahead with new business ventures despite, or because of, pandemic

A week before the coronavirus pandemic hit Maine hard in March, the corporation that employed Jennifer DeChant decided to eliminate her position in government relations.

Actually, she was given a choice: She could keep her job on the condition that she relocate to upstate New York. She declined.

DeChant took stock of her situation and her options. All around her, restaurants and shops were closing. People were being furloughed or laid off. One of her

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Abilene contractors see more home remodeling work during pandemic

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Quarantined Abilenians have realized that home could be sweeter with some updates.

Jason Ramirez, owner of The Honey do Service of Abilene Inc., has hired more staff in recent months to meet the demand.

“We’ve added more craftsmen. We’ve added another salesman,” Ramirez said. “We now have booked a month and a half out worth of work for my craftsmen.”

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How One Airline’s Pandemic Hurt Becomes Everyone’s Pain

Swissport’s British operation was able to keep its staff employed through the country’s furlough program, which helped pay up to 80 percent of wages at companies hit by the pandemic. But that government subsidy was set to expire on Oct. 31, prompting Swissport to offer layoff packages. About 950 workers accepted them, including Tracey Moore. (In November, the government extended the furlough through March.)

“The problem is, we all know that the business will take

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How the Houston foster care system has been affected by the pandemic

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted everything in some way, including the Houston foster care system.

“And so when COVID hit, our routine and normal changed slightly,” Jennifer Moffett, a foster parent with Depelchin Children’s Center said.

Moffett is a wife and mom of two, and in 2019, her family grew with the addition of a then-6-day-old baby boy.

Their now-19-month-old foster child has been with them ever since.

“A lot of

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The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC – Pence, Biden wage tug of war over pandemic plans

 

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