The Illinois Department of Natural Resources came out with its pandemic procedures, so Illinois waterfowlers will continue the long tradition of hunting from public site blinds; and it will make for a season to remember in more than a few ways.

The pandemic procedures are out for hunting from blinds at Illinois’ public sites.

And it is a something. The 2020-2021 waterfowl seasons at Illinois’s public sites should be a season to remember forever.

I had to laugh because one of the truest paragraphs to ever come in an Illinois Department of Natural Resources announcement came in this one:

That my friends is God’s truth.

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City of Fontana continues to provide many activities despite pandemic | Entertainment

The coronavirus pandemic has created many challenges for the City of Fontana Community Services Department, including the closure of several facilities.

However, leaders of the department said they are remaining committed to ensuring that resilient community members have services and resources to maintain healthy lives, grow meaningful relationships and continue to have extraordinary experiences.

The Community Services Department looks forward to returning to regular programming and activities as soon as

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Amid Pandemic, Sharply Increased U.S. Detention Times Put Migrants At Risk

Oct 9 (Reuters) – The 31-year-old Cuban rancher arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border after crossing through nearly a dozen countries to seek political asylum in the United States.

More than a year later, Yudanys Perez remains locked up. As he presses his legal case, he’s been shuttled among six immigration detention centers and denied parole seven times.

In May, medical records show, he tested positive for the coronavirus. For more

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D.C. urban gardens flourish in the pandemic as people dig in to ‘fill the isolated life’

Mbazang is part of a swelling group of Washingtonians who grow produce in the city’s 68 community gardens, which offer free plots of fertile land. Many gardens have years-long waitlists and have become even more in-demand during the pandemic, as people are stuck at home, and many are looking for new, healthy hobbies.

Jeff McQueen, 63, hadn’t gardened in many years but started growing squash and cabbage in May near

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Idaho ski resorts prepare for winter operations during the pandemic

BOISE, Idaho — Skiing and snowboarding will be slightly different this winter as resorts prepare their plans to keep guests safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The National Ski Areas Association has put out guidelines to help the ski industry prepare for their winter operation.

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Creative ways to exercise during the pandemic

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With the coronavirus causing some gym-goers and regulars at the local recreation center to reconsider their workout spot, staying physically active means getting creative with an exercise routine closer to home. There are lots of safe ways to work out while maintaining physical distance.

Early fall is a prime time to go outdoors to walk, run or bicycle, said Russell Pate, a professor in the University

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Pennsylvanians must address mental health challenges as the pandemic persists | Opinion

Hard data shows how devastating coronavirus pandemic has been to our commonwealth and nation. In Pennsylvania more than 158,000 of our fellow citizens have been infected with COVID-19 and we have suffered 8,142 deaths. More than 10% of Pennsylvanians are unemployed.

Taken one at a time, each of these “numbers” is jarring. It can be overpowering to step back and realize that every death, hospitalization, and lost job or closed

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How Has the Pandemic Changed Your Spending Habits?

(Bloomberg Opinion) — One of the few bright spots in a very challenging year has been the monthly emails from my budgeting app showing huge declines in my spending. I can’t take much credit for the drops, given all the Covid-19 restrictions and risks that have prevented my family from spending at usual capacity. But still, it’s nice to see something moving in the right direction.

The app says we’ve

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What will going to university be like during a pandemic?


With results for A-level students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland published today, thousands of teenagers will find out if they’ve received a spot at a university.

But with the continuing coronavirus pandemic, university is likely to be a bit different this year.

There are many challenges facing UK universities – student and staff health and welfare, living arrangements, and how to do a socially distanced Freshers week.


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Is It Safe To Go Boating During The Coronavirus Pandemic?

Recreational boating has become a popular activity amid the pandemic. (Photo: Cliff Hawkins via Getty Images)
Recreational boating has become a popular activity amid the pandemic. (Photo: Cliff Hawkins via Getty Images)

With traditional summer activities and travel plans largely on hold, people are seeking safe ways to enjoy the season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. One popular approach is recreational boating. 

It’s not just your Instagram feed suggesting that boat trips are all the rage this summer. The data backs it up.

“We’ve seen a huge

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A Canadian man set out on a solo sail around the world in October. He returned 9 months later in the middle of a pandemic.

a man in a boat on a body of water: Sailing ships sit at anchor as dawn breaks outside the harbor in Victoria, British Columbia, on June 23, 2005. REUTERS/Andy Clark AC/CN

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Sailing ships sit at anchor as dawn breaks outside the harbor in Victoria, British Columbia, on June 23, 2005. REUTERS/Andy Clark AC/CN

A Canadian man who set out on a solo sail 267 days ago returned to land earlier this month to a much different world than he left.

Bert terHart, a public speaker and IT entrepreneur, set sail from Victoria, British Columbia, in October, making

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Travel bucket lists are changing during the covid-19 pandemic

We didn’t get a heads-up that the coronavirus would shut the world down. There was no opportunity to steal away one last time before locking down indefinitely. We had to be grateful for the travel we already had enjoyed, and maybe start planning escapes for the distant future.

“The appetite for travel has not gone down; it’s in our DNA to travel,” said Stephen McGillivray, chief marketing officer for Travel

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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

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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 –

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‘This pandemic has completely stripped away my freedom as a deaf person’

This feature is part of the ADA 30th Anniversary series, which marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, civil rights legislation which prohibits discrimination based on disability, provides accommodations for employees with disabilities, and requires public spaces to be accessible.

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted lives around the globe. But for people with disabilities, making adjustments like wearing a face mask, avoiding public transportation or ride-sharing

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Miranda Lambert Calls ‘Surviving a Pandemic’ with Brendan McLoughlin a ‘Good Test’ of Marriage

Miranda Lambert is relishing her quality time with husband Brendan McLoughlin.

Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the country star, 36, has been self-quarantining with McLoughlin, whom she wed in secret in January 2019.

Speaking with New York’s Country 94.7, Lambert said, “If newlyweds can survive a pandemic then I think we’re good, you know? It’s a good test.”

Before the lockdown, the couple celebrated their first wedding anniversary.

“The first

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Is it safe to stay in a hotel amid the coronavirus pandemic?

As travelers slowly begin to get back on the road and in the air amid the coronavirus pandemic, they may be wondering if it’s safe to stay in a hotel. 

Hotels have rolled out a slew of cleaning and safety programs, and last week the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), the hotel industry’s major trade group, released a checklist for guests who plan to stay in hotels.

“Utilizing these

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These artists look for light in the darkness of the pandemic

BALTIMORE — The view from 19 stories above St. Paul Street in midtown Baltimore affords the 85-year-old artist Raoul Middleman plenty of subject matter for his daily paintings in watercolor and gouache: The harbor and Francis Scott Key Bridge, Canton and Clinton Street, cargo cranes and railroad tracks, the Belvedere Hotel, Green Mount Cemetery, City Hall and the old city jail.

Six months into the pandemic, and he’s never become

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Big data may help BOJ guide economy through pandemic pain

By Leika Kihara

TOKYO (Reuters) – Big data is providing some surprising results for the Bank of Japan and helping ease concerns about pressure on the economy during the coronavirus pandemic, which could influence the way the BOJ manages the world’s most radical monetary stimulus.

By tapping data provided by Google showing people’s movement via mobile phones, the BOJ found that households’ discretionary spending rebounded faster and more vividly in

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Expert on world’s 14th century pandemic attracts a cult following

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, professor Dorsey Armstrong (at Stonehenge in England) has gained acclaim for her expertise as the lecturer on a video series called "The Black Death: The World's Most Devastating Plague." <span class="copyright">(Ryan Schneider/Special to The Times)</span>
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, professor Dorsey Armstrong (at Stonehenge in England) has gained acclaim for her expertise as the lecturer on a video series called “The Black Death: The World’s Most Devastating Plague.” (Ryan Schneider/Special to The Times)

Before COVID-19, Purdue University English professor Dorsey Armstrong was well known in a way that only other enthusiasts of medieval literature and culture might appreciate.

That is to say,

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