Baltimore artists look for light in the darkness of the pandemic

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 bored with

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How experts are assessing risk during the pandemic

At this stage in the coronavirus pandemic, people are slowly starting to adjust to a new normal. But many nagging questions still remain, regarding how to act most responsibly and get through everyday decisions that used to be no-brainers. It’s all become stressful and complicated. What better way to find supportive, nonjudgmental advice that from medical front-liners who have seen the coronavirus up close and are themselves adapting to the

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Here’s how the pandemic is changing summer wedding plans

Couples that were planning to marry in 2020 have had to contend with a unique type of wedding planning stress.

The coronavirus has derailed plans and forced couples to reimagine their big celebrations. But engaged couples and newlyweds have shown that COVID-19 is no match for love and they are finding creative ways to wed under the constraints of the pandemic.

Scaling down in-person events, bisecting wedding ceremonies from receptions,

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15 Recipes Meant to Be Cooked at Home, With Love, During the Pandemic

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Photo credit: Courtesy

From Esquire

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Photo credit: Courtesy

The COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on the restaurant and bar business is severe and will be long-lasting. First, back in March and April, a lifetime go, came the layoffs. Millions of them. Waitstaff, bar backs, hosts, dishwashers—no longer needed, no idea how long.

Around that time, Esquire started gathering recipes from laid-off bar and restaurant workers, and the stories behind them. They aren’t

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China becomes first economy to grow since virus pandemic

BEIJING (AP) — China became the first major economy to grow since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, recording an unexpectedly strong 3.2% expansion in the latest quarter after anti-virus lockdowns were lifted and factories and stores reopened.

Growth reported Thursday for the three months ending in June was a dramatic improvement over the previous quarter’s 6.8% contraction — China’s worst performance since at least the mid-1960s. But it still

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Will UConn play football this year? Public health experts unsure about fall sports during coronavirus pandemic

Currently, UConn football players are on campus in Storrs. They have been tested for COVID-19. They have passed through a modified quarantine period during which they remained in small groups. They have completed strength and conditioning workouts. They have begun on-field activities.

But no one knows for sure whether they’ll actually get to play.

Amid a raging pandemic, public health experts both nationally and in Connecticut have raised eyebrows about

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Has COVID-19 crushed your concentration? Here’s how to read more during the pandemic

If you’re like us here in Miami, at this point in the coronavirus pandemic you have had to come to grips with some harsh realities. Your vacation is canceled. College football games could be a distant memory (this is not a bad thing if you’re a Canes fan). And you won’t see the final season of “Better Call Saul” for a long, long time.

On the bright side, there are

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Can shopping malls survive the coronavirus pandemic and a new slate of permanent store closings?

Just when many shopping malls had finally figured out how to adapt to the era of digital retail, the coronavirus pandemic upended everything.

Having seen their recent move toward dining, entertainment, fitness and personal services come to a screeching halt – a pivot that was supposed to help them survive the Amazon age – malls throughout America are suddenly running out of time.

With J.C. Penney trying to avoid liquidation,

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Thousands of Baltimore teens to start summer jobs Monday in YouthWorks program upended by coronavirus pandemic

When Kalen Jones worked as a patient advocate last summer, his job was what you’d expect: visit with sick and injured people, ask about their experiences and witness the hustle and bustle of a hospital from behind the scenes.

The 16-year-old will report Monday for another summer’s duty, one of 4,500 teens in Baltimore’s YouthWorks program. But this year, he and the other young people will navigate the unpredictable terrain

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New York expands coronavirus travel quarantine as U.S. pandemic widens

By Maria Caspani

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Visitors from three more U.S. states who travel to New York will be required to quarantine for 14 days to control the spread of coronavirus, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday, as alarm grew over a surge in infections in large parts of the country.

New York state, which had been the early epicenter of the U.S. outbreak, unveiled the travel advisory last

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The COVID-19 pandemic affects the future of Gen Z travel

Clarissa Fisher, 23, is nowhere near ready to hop on a plane. She used to fly regularly to visit her boyfriend in the U.K.

“This past week, I have seen so many people return to their normal activities like nothing has happened,” says Fisher of  Frankfort, Kentucky. “This scares me and has made me reconsider my travel plans for the remainder of this year and possibly the next. I’m afraid

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The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the future of Gen Z travel

Clarissa Fisher, 23, is nowhere near ready to hop on a plane. She used to fly regularly to visit her boyfriend in the U.K.

“This past week I have seen so many people return to their normal activities like nothing has happened,” Fisher, of Frankfort, Kentucky, tells USA TODAY. “This scares me and has made me reconsider my travel plans for the remainder of this year and possibly the next.

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Schools buy miles of plexiglass ahead of potential reopenings amid coronavirus pandemic

As millions of students return to school — be it K-12 or university — they’ll return to familiar settings in their classroom with one obvious addition: layers of plexiglass.

It remains unclear if schools — universities in particular — can reopen campuses amid a surge of coronavirus cases and new restrictions such as the 14-day quarantines demanded from those who travel from various to the tri-state area of Connecticut, New

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Coronavirus puppy scams ‘seemed legit,’ ensnared dog lovers amid pandemic: Illegal Tender podcast

Everyone has had a different quarantine experience, and many people coping through the pandemic saw a golden opportunity to bring home a new puppy. 

But for the unsuspecting and unlucky, the quest for a dog ensnared them in a scam. Many only found out after a deal had been brokered with an alleged breeder and they had paid for a dog that wasn’t real. 

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Boat and RV dealers are busier than ever, as pandemic prompts new kinds of recreation

Boat and RV dealers have seen an unprecedented sales boom during the past few months, as people look for ways to cool off and have fun this summer while adhering to COVID-19 social distancing recommendations.

“It’s been record-breaking,” said Bob Bense, the owner of Superior Boat Repair and Sales. “I’ve been in the industry for almost four decades and I’ve never seen anything like it.”

According to the National Marine

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How to Plan and Save for Your Wedding During the Pandemic, According to Experts

PEOPLE’s Real Tips for Real Life presents practical answers to some of the most commonly asked questions around finance, employment and preparing for the future — even when that future can seem very uncertain.

Almost every big wedding this year has been rescheduled for 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic’s devastating impact on the world, celebrity wedding expert Colin Cowie tells PEOPLE.

“I’m telling couples to get engaged now —

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New ‘pandemic potential’ found in China; Arizona delays opening of schools; kids sports march on

A new pandemic threat could be simmering in China while at home more states are tightening restrictions aimed at tamping down an alarming boom in coronavirus cases.

Arizona delayed the start for in-class learning for the 2020-21 school year. Oregon and Kansas are the latest states that will begin to require face masks in public.

“Modeling from the Oregon Health Authority shows that if we don’t take further action to

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LVMH expects pandemic to dampen sales for some time yet

PARIS (Reuters) – The fallout from the coronavirus crisis will weigh on LVMH’s earnings for some time yet, though there were some signs of recovery this month, executives at the world’s biggest luxury goods group said on Tuesday.

Second quarter earnings at the owner of Louis Vuitton and other brands will be hit particularly in Europe and the United States, Chairman Bernard Arnault told a shareholder meeting, conducted online.

“We

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New ‘pandemic potential’ found in China; New Jersey bans smoking, drinking at casinos

As COVID-19 cases surge across the nation, more states are moving to combat the spread of the virus: Oregon and Kansas are the latest states that will begin to require face masks in public.

“Modeling from the Oregon Health Authority shows that if we don’t take further action to reduce the spread of the disease, our hospitals could be overwhelmed by new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations within weeks,” Oregon Gov.

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Travel flourished after the Spanish flu pandemic, and it will again after this

"Train travel hasn't lost its glamour" - getty
“Train travel hasn’t lost its glamour” – getty

The founder of the award-winning seat61.com rail website tells of the journeys that inspired him, his proposal on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, the way Covid-19 will impact on travel – and how the 2020s may yet be another golden age for the train.

How did you begin travelling

My first solo overseas trip was to the Isle of Wight aged 13. I’d saved

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