Day: September 7, 2020

New Jersey and California Allow Indoor Dining to Resume, With Limits | Top News

By Peter Szekely and Barbara Goldberg

(Reuters) – New Jersey and California on Monday took a big step toward letting businesses resume their pre-pandemic lives, by allowing restaurants to begin limited indoor dining, as coronavirus cases abated nationwide even as some new hotspots emerged.

Most states have already lifted restrictions on indoor, according to the National Governors Association.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said restaurants and movie theaters could open for indoor service on Friday for the first time since the coronavirus shutdown began in March. But they must limit indoor patrons to 25% of their capacity, and space seating between groups in accordance with social-distancing rules, Murphy said at a news conference.

“Masks are required to be worn at all times in the theater unless you’re pulling it down to put away a handful of popcorn,” Murphy said.

In California, where overly optimistic reopening plans were rolled back as

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Grace Crickette named UW-Eau Claire vice chancellor for finance and administration

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (RELEASE) -Grace Crickette, who has financial experience in both the Wisconsin and California higher education systems, has been named vice chancellor for finance and administration at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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Crickette has been vice chancellor for administrative affairs, chief business officer and ethics officer at UW-Whitewater since 2017. She will begin work at UW-Eau Claire on Sept. 21.


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“We are fortunate to add a leader like Grace to our team,” Chancellor James Schmidt says. “Not only does she have extensive experience in finance in higher education, she understands our mission and shares our commitment to always put UW-Eau Claire students first.”

Crickette will replace John Haven, who left UW-Eau Claire in August to become vice-president/chief budget officer for business and finance at the University of West Georgia.

Crickette says she is honored to be the new

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‘Call It Love Insurance’: Life Insurance Awareness Month 2020 Begins

A screenshot from part of a Life Insurance Awareness Month 2020 chat that took place on Twitter Wednesday. (Credit: Life Happens)

Too many people think of buying life insurance as something boring that they ought to do, a top financial advisor said Wednesday.

The first step toward persuading the uninsured to get covered is “the overcoming of the so-called ‘grudge purchase’ syndrome that public has around life insurance,” Kobus Kleyn tweeted, during a Twitter chat organized by Life Happens. “The public must perceive life insurance as an ‘investment’ into their families.”



Life Happens has been organizing Life Insurance Awareness Month campaigns every September since 2004. This year’s campaign started Tuesday.

Brooke Shields, an actor known for appearing in films like “Blue Lagoon,” and TV shows like “Suddenly Susan,” is returning as the campaign spokesperson, and working to deliver the message, “The time for life insurance is now.”

COVID-19 is

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Beto O’Rourke calls Cornyn ’single greatest enabler of Donald Trump’ in the Senate as he pitches MJ Hegar

Updated at 6:45 p.m. after Zoom event

WASHINGTON — Joining forces with MJ Hegar, Beto O’Rourke blasted Sen. John Cornyn Thursday night as “the single greatest enabler of Donald Trump in the U.S. Senate”— urging Texans to oust the three-term Republican to save the nation from a lawless and dangerous president.

“If you want to end not only Donald Trump but Trumpism in America, it is essential that we defeat John Cornyn,” O’Rourke, a former El Paso congressman who came within a whisker of ousting the state’s junior senator, Ted Cruz, two years ago, said on a Zoom fundraiser event with Hegar.

Citing Cornyn’s acquittal votes in Trump’s impeachment trial, he added, “He’s just so craven and so complicit in the destruction of our democracy and potentially the end of this republic.”

Hegar joined the pile-on, calling Cornyn a “spineless bootlicker” whose refusal to stand up to Trump offends Texans

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The best debt consolidation loans

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Lender Rates Amount available Editor’s note
Wells Fargo Personal Loan 5.99% to 24.49% APR $3,000 to $100,000 for unsecured loans, $3,000 to $250,000 for secured loans Best overall 
Lightstream Debt Consolidation Loan 5.95% to 19.99%* APR with AutoPay (Rates as of 8/19/2020) $5,000 to $100,000 (for excellent credit) Best for excellent credit
SoFi Personal Loan 5.99% to 18.83% APR (with AutoPay) $5,000 to $100,000 Best for large balances
Payoff loan 5.99% to 24.99% APR

$5,000 to $40,000

Best for fair credit 
Avant personal loans From 9.95% – 35.99% APR

$2,000 to $35,000 for unsecured loans; $5,000 to $25,000 for  secured loans

Best for bad credit

Generally, you’ll need a personal

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