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Drive for union at North Carolina hospital could inspire others

This article is published through the N.C. News Collaborative, a partnership of BH Media, Gannett and McClatchy newspapers in North Carolina that aims to better inform readers throughout the state.

On a clear morning in early March, nurses stood shoulder-to-shoulder in Asheville’s Pack Square Park and demanded a union.

The crowd of a hundred chanted and cheered, hoisting signs and displaying red “Vote Yes” buttons. Some wore the same scrubs from their shifts at Mission Hospital, the largest health care center in Western North Carolina.

On March 6, 1,600 registered nurses petitioned the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to form a union, a massive organizing push in the country’s second-least unionized state. Whether the crowd gathering two days later at Pack Square Park knew it or not, they were kickstarting one of the largest union campaigns in the country today.

While an election date remains unset, labor advocates and experts

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July 15 tax return deadline is right around the corner: What to know

July 15 is the new April 15 for those who still have not filed a tax return. The traditional April income tax deadline was extended this year  for 2019 tax returns, due to the upheaval created by COVID-19.

The one-time extension applied for Michigan returns too, as well as the City of Detroit returns. 

Think everybody who waited owes big money? Think again. Oddly enough, experts say millions of procrastinators are likely owed a federal income tax refund for 2019.

H&R Block estimates that more than half of its clients who still need to file would receive a refund after they file. And the tax giant is running TV ads this summer highlighting the prospects of a tax refund. 

As many as 11.3 million people still had not received federal income tax refunds for 2019 taxes — down 10.8% from a year ago, based on data through June 19 from

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8th state surpasses 100K cases

A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 535,000 people worldwide.

Over 11.4 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.

Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 2.8 million diagnosed cases and at least 130,007 deaths.

Latest:

Arizona surpasses 100,000 cases US reports over 49,000 new cases in a single day All Harvard classes to be online for 2020-2021 year

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4 Reasons Why You Should Add Rite Aid to Your Portfolio

Rite Aid Corporation RAD is an appropriate investment option at the moment given the robust services provided by this drug-store retailer. The company has been benefiting from its efforts to reach out to customers and making available medicine refills for the prescribed customers. Moreover, the company’s EnvisionRxOptions strategy and focus on PBM bode well.

Driven by these positives, the company’s shares have outperformed the industry and the overall Retail-Wholesale sector in the past three months. This Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) stock has rallied approximately 44.8% compared with the industry’s and sector’s growth of 14.4% and 20.6%, respectively.

That said, let’s delve into the factors that make Rite Aid a promising bet.

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Rite Aid is benefiting from the expansion of services to its customers amid the COVID-19 crisis. Notably, the company is providing free home delivery service to customers with an eligible prescription. Further, it is offering

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Ted Templeman Is the Most Interesting Producer in Rock

The ubiquitous advertising campaign featuring “the most interesting man in the world” got it wrong. The most interesting man is indeed a debonair gray-haired gentleman, but he’s real: Ted Templeman, record producer of classics from Van Halen, Van Morrison, stellar non-Van’s including Captain Beefheart, The Doobie Brothers, Bette Midler, and many more. The 77-year-old Santa Cruz, California, native was a revered record executive and is a multi-instrumentalist, avid history buff and sublime teller of tales.

There’s the one about, how, in 1969, after a gig with his band Harper’s Bizarre [they had a hit with a cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)”] their TWA flight to San Francisco was hijacked. Understandably, Templeman still dislikes flying. There are a million and a half great stories about his dear friend Eddie Van Halen. Fewer, and less glowing ones about David Lee Roth. Scores about likable Van

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Old Navy, Nordstrom, Anthropologie, and more

55 retailers selling cloth face masks online
55 retailers selling cloth face masks online

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Now that we’ve adjusted to the “new normal” in the age of coronavirus (COVID-19)—and now that many states are slowly starting to open back up—staying safe as we venture out to stores, work, and doctor’s appointments is more important than ever. That’s why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people wear a cloth face covering to slow the spread of the virus when you’re out in public. While not as effective as a medical-grade mask or an N95 mask, these coverings provide an extra layer of protection by blocking respiratory droplets, which is the primary way that COVID-19 is transmitted.

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The demand for these cloth face coverings is

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7 Stay-at-Home Stocks to Buy Amid Second Wave Fears

Apprehensions regarding a second wave of coronavirus with no vaccine yet in sight are likely to compel people across the world to stay at home until and unless it is absolutely necessary to do otherwise. People are expected to follow social distancing norms, wear masks and limit travel for the foreseeable future.

Notably, over the July fourth weekend, the United States registered a whopping 156,000 new coronavirus cases. New coronavirus cases are up 42% in Florida, followed by 40% in Montana, 37% in Virgin Islands, 33% in Idaho, 32% in Arizona, 30% in South Carolina, 29% in Texas and 21% in California during the same period, per the Washington Post. The paper added that the seven-day average of new coronavirus cases was 48,361, up from 11,740 a week ago.
 
Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that the early reopening of many states, failure

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All the workout gear you need

From fitness trackers to resistance bands, these are the must-have gym essentials: iStock/The Independent
From fitness trackers to resistance bands, these are the must-have gym essentials: iStock/The Independent

Saturday 4 July marked the biggest easing of lockdown measures so far, with pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, museums, art galleries, cinemas, campsites and hotels opening their doors for the first time since 23 March.

The 2m social distancing rule has also been relaxed from the same date and instead, a “1m-plus” distance is recommended along with people sitting side by side rather than face to face and wearing face coverings.

Businesses are also encouraged to avoid face to face seating, reduce the number of people in enclosed spaces, provide hand sanitiser, change shift patterns and implement the use of face coverings.

For gyms, customers and business owners alike have had a long wait to find out when doors will reopen and indoor workouts can resume. Since they have closed, there has been little information on when they

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Can I go on holiday this summer and will I have to quarantine?

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For many, it felt like summer was cancelled as soon as Matt Hancock said as much on ITV’s This Morning back in early May.

“I think that’s likely to be the case,” the health secretary answered when asked if sunny season would be off the agenda for the first time since the Second World War.

But there are now glimmers of hope that something could be salvaged as Britain’s lockdown restrictions continue to ease. Here are your questions answered…

Will I be able to go on holiday this summer?

This is contingent on several factors: the current Foreign Office blanket ban on all international travel being lifted; the host country being willing to accept tourists from the UK; no quarantine being imposed upon arrival or return to the UK; the ability to get to the airport; and the ability to fly or otherwise travel to your chosen destination.

The

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JK Rowling sparks fresh criticism with ‘conversion therapy’ tweets

Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP
Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP

JK Rowling has sparked fresh controversy online with a string of tweets in which she compared “hormones and surgery” prescribed to trans people to “a new kind of conversation therapy.”

The author, 54, posted a thread of tweets on Sunday, in response to recent criticism she has received over other comments on the transgender community.

Rowling shared a screenshot of a tweet which accused her of being “beyond offensive” for liking a post which read: “Hormone prescriptions are the new antidepressants. Yes they are sometimes necessary and lifesaving, but they should be a last resort – not the first option.

“Pure laziness for those who would rather medicate than put in the time and effort to heal people’s minds.”

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