Recreation

Seeing Tie Dye Everywhere? There’s a Scientific Explanation for That

Photo credit: Hearst Owned
Photo credit: Hearst Owned

From Oprah Magazine

My childhood playground was my father’s T-shirt factory in Yonkers. Instead of asphalt, cigarette butts and snapped rubber bands were underfoot, and in lieu of monkey bars, I could choose from four silk screen machines to climb on. (But of course I didn’t. That would be imprudent.) In the center of the warehouse was an assembly line of folks scrunching fabric into intricate folds, then dosing them with industrial sized squirt bottles of color that would later turn into the tie dyed garments my dad would wholesale—and attempt to outfit me in.

It was the 90s, and tie dye was as ubiquitous as Tamogatchis. If you weren’t cloaked in dancing Grateful Dead bears or a rainbow splattered Absolute Camp shirt, you weren’t part of the zeitgeist. And…I hated it. I thought the fashions my dad foisted on me were tacky, in so much

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Some outdoor events in Howard County make it, while others don’t during coronavirus pandemic

Despite pouring rain at 8 p.m. Friday, a steady line of cars entered the Howard County Fairgrounds for a showing of the movie “Guardians of the Galaxy” on the big screen. Sponsored by the Ellicott City Rotary Club, the movie was the last in a short, improvised series featuring a movie every Friday night in July and once in June.

“We wanted to do something to give back to the community,” said Carey Kyler, a Rotary member. “People needed to get out.”

In six weeks, members put together a plan to offer movies at a “drive-in” by renting an inflatable screen, securing use of the fairgrounds, obtaining film rights and rounding up volunteers. Rules were created, including: no lawn chairs or sitting outside of vehicles, though sitting inside truck beds was OK; masks were to be worn when walking outside of vehicles; and a limited number of 300 cars would

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PGA Tour 2K21 to feature 15 real-world courses, including Riviera and East Lake

The new PGA Tour 2K21 video game will feature 15 real-world golf courses, including eight new additions that are annual stops on the Tour’s schedule.

The eight new arrivals include the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook, East Lake, Quail Hollow, Riviera, TPC Louisiana, TPC River Highlands, TPC San Antonio and TPC Twin Cities.

They join a list of courses — Atlantic Beach Country Club, TPC Boston, TPC Deere Run, TPC Sawgrass, TPC Scottsdale, TPC Southwind and TPC Summerlin — previously featured in The Golf Club 2019.

The game’s social media accounts have been teasing each individual course over the past few weeks.

“Our goal is to make the PGA TOUR 2K21 in-game, licensed, real-life course recreations as detailed as possible, so it feels like you’re actually playing the course alongside top PGA Tour pros,” HB Studios senior producer Shaun West said. “To see professionals play these courses on TV, and

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Where you can buy skateboards and scooters online right now

Where to buy skateboards and scooters
Where to buy skateboards and scooters

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After months of being cooped up inside during the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are opting outside this summer, whether it’s at the beach, the park, or even just our own backyards. As a result, outdoor gear and exercise equipment has become more and more popular and is selling out at many retailers both in-store and online. 

Our experts have spent hours scouring the internet for where to find the most sought-after products from kayaks and paddle boards to roller skates and bikes. And now adding to the growing outdoor recreation trend, people have begun buying scooters and skateboards as well, thanks in part to viral TikTok videos.  

Below are some of the top places to buy scooters and skateboards online right now, whether you’re

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Baltimore pools require preregistration, temperature checks and masks

Roosevelt Park Pool was nearly empty, just as Josie Bethea and Trenelle Cornish had hoped, when they tried to bring a group of kids to swim in the middle of a sweltering heat wave on July 19.

But despite only a few people in the water, the women said, they were told the pool was full for the day. The 50 free reservations available online or by phone for each 90-minute swim session had been snapped up.

“It was booked up, but there was just no one in the pool,” said Bethea, a 28-year-old Baltimore teacher. “If you’re not registered, basically, you can’t come in. Even though 50 people registered, 48 of them didn’t show up.”

Because of the coronavirus, Baltimore didn’t open its pools until mid-July. Now, swimmers are greeted by temperature checks, a health waiver and questionnaire, masked lifeguards, pool cleanings every hour, and spray-painted markers to encourage

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Pakistan hits daily low, cautious before holiday

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan hit another low in COVID-19 deaths with 20 in the last 24 hours, the lowest daily increase since mid-June.

“This is 87% reduction in COVID-19 related deaths,” Dr. Zafar Mirza, special assistant to Prime Minister Imran Khan, tweeted Monday.

Pakistan’s daily infections also continued to drop with just 1,176 new cases reported in the past 24 hours. Since records began in March, Pakistan has recorded 274,288 infections with 241,026 people having recovered from COVID-19.

Still with the Muslim holy day of Eid-ul Adha later this week, Mirza said despite the encouraging and consistent drop in infections there is “no place for complacency.” Pakistan saw its last spike in cases following the earlier holiday of Eid-al Fitr.

Khan and his coronavirus team credit their success against the virus to so-called smart lockdowns, quickly quarantining infection hot spots. At one point, more than 800 hot spots, including markets and

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Pandemic turns Europe’s retail sector on its head as shoppers stay close to home

By Victoria Waldersee

LISBON (Reuters) – City centre shops and malls may have lost their lustre during the COVID-19 pandemic, but as lockdowns ease across Europe many stores in and around residential areas stand to benefit as consumers remain reluctant to venture far from home.

While retail sales appear to be rebounding – surging 17.8% in the euro zone in May and approaching pre-lockdown levels in Britain in June – shoppers are increasingly staying local, leaving Europe’s most renowned shopping districts from London’s West End to Berlin’s Kurfürstendamm struggling in the absence of office workers and tourists.

On Germany’s main shopping streets in Hamburg, Cologne and Berlin, footfall in June was as much as 50% lower than a year earlier, according to the German Retail Federation, while in London’s West End it was down 75%, according to the New West End Company, an association of retailers and landlords in the

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S. Korea reports 25 new coronavirus cases

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported 25 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing its national caseload to 14,175 infections and 299 deaths.

South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday said 16 of the new cases were tied to people arriving from abroad. The country in past days have reported dozens of cases among crew members of a Russia-flagged cargo ship docked in the southern port of Busan and hundreds of South Korean construction workers airlifted from virus-ravaged Iraq.

Among the nine local transmissions, eight were from the Seoul metropolitan area, which has been at the center of a virus resurgence since late May. Health authorities have scrambled to stem transmissions linked to various places and groups, including churches, welfare centers, restaurants and door-to-door salespeople.

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Westport Again Issues Warning About Possible Beach Closures

WESTPORT, CT — As with last weekend, Westport officials said on Friday that the town’s beaches might be closed at certain times this weekend if there is overcrowding and social distancing cannot be maintained.

The potential closures are the result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and residents who want to spend the day at Compo or Burying Hill beaches this weekend “are advised to arrive before 10 a.m.,” officials said.

Masks are required on the Compo Beach boardwalk, sidewalks, at the restrooms and when social distancing cannot be maintained.

The town’s announcement is below:

Residents are reminded once again that weekend traffic and possible overcrowding at town beaches may result in early closure. In an abundance of caution and to insure public health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, when the beach reaches a capacity where it is deemed impossible to maintain social distancing, it will be closed to additional

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Trash, Illegal Parking, More Plague Wissahickon As Visitors Surge

PHILADELPHIA — Wissahickon Valley Park has been seeing more visitors since March as people stay in the Philadelphia area amid the coronavirus pandemic.

But with increased visitors comes increased trash and debris, swimming in prohibited areas, illegal parking, and a lack of social distancing.

With that in mind, the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation will dispatch social distance ambassadors to Wissahickon Valley Park this weekend to welcome visitors and educate them on safe and responsible park usage.

The ambassadors will maintain a presence at popular entrances to the park and trailheads.

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation’s Park Rangers are on duty at the Wissahickon and other watershed parks to remind residents that swimming in Philadelphia’s rivers, streams, and waterways is prohibited and extremely dangerous—even for the most experienced swimmers. Jumping into these bodies of water from any height can cause serious injury or death.

Additionally, gatherings of 50 people or more are

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