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Lip service on inequality isn’t enough. Corporations must stop perpetuating poverty.

Lip service on inequality isn’t enough. Corporations must stop perpetuating poverty.

Lip service on inequality falls short

While the empathetic messages from many business leaders, such as senior execs from Target, Amazon and Walmart, on the issues of racial injustice are a good first step, the outcome must be more than press releases.

These companies often perpetuate cycles of poverty and inequality with low-wage, dead-end hourly jobs that disproportionately hold minorities back. If these companies had programs to promote minority hourly workers to management roles and paid for child care and higher education expenses for these workers, they would be putting their words into action.

Otherwise, their messages are just lip service that doesn’t change anything. Shareholders too need to give companies the latitude to invest in programs like these. The dividends paid back to society would be far larger than a dividend to a shareholder.

Sucharita Kodali, Charlotte

Sucharita Kodali
Sucharita Kodali

This time Sharpton’s message hit home

I have never been

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When police fear going to prison, black people will stop dying

When police fear going to prison, black people will stop dying

A protester at a demonstration against the killing of George Floyd at Pan Pacific Park in Los Angeles on May 30. <span class="copyright">(Los Angeles Times)</span>
A protester at a demonstration against the killing of George Floyd at Pan Pacific Park in Los Angeles on May 30. (Los Angeles Times)

To the editor: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar writes the truth about our institutional racism. I agree with him and others who speak of “conversations” we should have and making sure everyone is treated fairly.

But I also believe we’re talking this to death, literally, while policemen go on killing black people with almost no consequences.

Only one thing, I believe, is going to make them stop: They must know for certain that if they continue, they can be arrested, charged, tried, convicted and put in prison for years, just as every convicted killer is. If the justice system had acted this way for the past decades, so many families (black families predominantly) would not be grieving their many losses.

Fran Steketee, Westminster, Md.

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To the editor: Los

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Quitter jitters? 8 natural ways to stop smoking

Quitter jitters? 8 natural ways to stop smoking

If quitting smoking were a breeze, then 1.3 billion of us wouldn’t still be using tobacco. The truth is that stopping is tough. But with the additional threat of the coronavirus, there are more reasons than ever to try to quit — and stick with it. Some early data suggested smokers were less likely to get COVID-19, but recent data points to smoking and COVID-19 elevating risk factors for severe illness and mortality. Smokers who get COVID-19 and have to be hospitalized are at risk for increased severity of disease and death, according to a recent scientific review and meta-analysis by the World Health Organization.

And while there are lots of tools in the medical arsenal — from popping pills to snapping your way through packs of nicotine gum to help ease cravings and withdrawal symptoms — there are also natural approaches that may help. “Quitting is a challenge —

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Could summer stop coronavirus from spreading?

Could summer stop coronavirus from spreading?

At a press briefing on April 23, President Trump surmised that warmer weather could slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, echoing a possibility he’d raised earlier. “There’s a theory that, in April, when it gets warm — historically, that has been able to kill the virus,” he’d said back in February. Now, that’s a big and dangerous claim to make and we all know that Trump has hit us with some zingers of coronavirus cure claims in the past. But could summer curb transmission of COVID-19?

As it turns out, Trump’s ramblings may actually contain a kernel of truth. Emerging evidence suggests that warm temperatures, humidity, and more sunlight could lower the novel coronavirus’s rate of infection. But as many outlets point out, using them to predict how the pandemic will unfold in the real world is tricky. Even if the summer does help slow transmission, it probably won’t

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How to get along with your partner when your kids are home 24/7. (Photo: Getty Images)

How parents can stop arguing during lockdown

Dana, a mother-of-one in Los Angeles, loves being a yoga teacher — the part-time work indulges her fitness passion and gives her time with her 14 month-old son. But since the coronavirus swept through her state, forcing her husband, an essential employee, back to work, childcare is Dana’s responsibility, which makes her sapped and resentful.

“I’ve had no break from parenting, seven days a week,” Dana, who asked to use her first name only for privacy concerns, tells Yahoo Life. “I felt like my husband wasn’t helping out and he felt unappreciated.” With expanded parental roles and the question of how long stay-at-home orders would last, the couple of three years argued, sometimes in front of their son, and Dana wondered if their marriage would survive.

However, after crafting an equitable childcare schedule and committing to “suck it up” under quarantine, Dana says, “I feel like a human and a

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‘Act NOW... for all our sakes.’ Did Mecklenburg act soon enough to stop COVID-19 crisis?

‘Act NOW… for all our sakes.’ Did Mecklenburg act soon enough to stop COVID-19 crisis?

On March 8, three days before the first confirmed coronavirus case in Mecklenburg County, a nurse sent local government officials an urgent plea.

“Communities that ramp up testing and shut down now (before it’s obvious that they need to shut down) will have the lowest COVID-19 infection rates,” she wrote in a message that was forwarded to Mecklenburg County manager Dena Diorio and Public Health Director Gibbie Harris. “I am asking you to please act NOW, TODAY, for all of our sakes.”

Emails sent to Diorio and Harris in March show that citizens implored local leaders to enact strict social-distancing measures used in other parts of the country and across the globe rather than allowing life to go on as usual.

In the emails, obtained by the Observer through an open records request, some residents begged officials to halt large public gatherings, including St. Patrick’s Day events expected to draw

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With laboratories shut, coronavirus forces scientists to 'stop cold'

With laboratories shut, coronavirus forces scientists to ‘stop cold’

Dr. Nader Pouratian, a neurosurgeon and researcher at UCLA, has had his work on an system to help blind people put on hold by the coronavirus outbreak — maybe forever. <span class="copyright">(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Dr. Nader Pouratian, a neurosurgeon and researcher at UCLA, has had his work on an system to help blind people put on hold by the coronavirus outbreak — maybe forever. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Dr. Nader Pouratian implanted matchbook-sized devices into the brains of four blind volunteers more than two years ago.

Since then, the participants in the neurosurgeon’s pioneering study have visited his UCLA lab each week to let him hone a system that could give them a rudimentary form of vision. Pouratian hoped to expand his experiment next year to include dozens of people around the country, and eventually make the treatment available to blind people everywhere.

Then the coronavirus came along.

Now seven years of work have ground to a sudden halt. Regular life will resume someday, but Pouratian’s project may not.

“Our first concern obviously has to be the well-being of the people we

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How Novak Djokovic's anti-vaxxer views could stop his return to tennis

How Novak Djokovic’s anti-vaxxer views could stop his return to tennis

In an unexpected admission on Sunday night, world No 1 Novak Djokovic said that he does not believe in vaccines, and would be reluctant to take one for Covid-19.

This stance could potentially delay Djokovic’s return to professional tennis, if a vaccine emerges in the later stages of this year and tournaments insist that participating players must all have been treated.

“Personally I am opposed to vaccination and I wouldn’t want to be forced by someone to take a vaccine in order to be able to travel,” said Djokovic, during a Facebook Live conversation with a group of fellow Serbian athletes. “But if it becomes compulsory, what will happen? I will have to make a decision.

“I have my own thoughts about the matter,” he added, “and whether those thoughts will change at some point, I don’t know.

“Hypothetically, if the season was to resume in July, August or September,

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Michigan is forcing Walmart, Costco, Target and others to shut down parts of their stores and stop selling 'nonessential' items

Michigan is forcing Walmart, Costco, Target and others to shut down parts of their stores and stop selling ‘nonessential’ items

Shoppers wear masks at Walmart.
Shoppers wear masks at Walmart.

AP

  • Michigan is forcing large stores such as Walmart, Costco, and Target to close areas dedicated to carpeting, flooring, furniture, garden centers, plant nurseries, and paint. 

  • These stores must also stop the advertising or promotion of “nonessential” goods by April 13.

  • A number of local governments have taken similar measures, prompting stores to rope off aisles and bar certain purchases. 

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued a new stay-at-home order on Thursday that bars large stores like Walmart, Costco, and Target from selling “nonessential” items such as plants, furniture, paint, and more.

“If you’re not buying food or medicine or other essential items, you should not be going to the store,” Whitmer said Thursday of the new order.

With the order, Michigan joins Vermont and a number of local governments that have taken similar measures, prompting stores to rope

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Costco, Walmart, Target to stop selling nonessential items in Michigan

Costco, Walmart, Target to stop selling nonessential items in Michigan

  • Michigan is forcing large stores such as Walmart, Costco, and Target to close areas dedicated to carpeting, flooring, furniture, garden centers, plant nurseries, and paint. 
  • These stores must also stop the advertising or promotion of “nonessential” goods by April 13.
  • A number of local governments have taken similar measures, prompting stores to rope off aisles and bar certain purchases. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued a new stay-at-home order on Thursday that bars large stores like Walmart, Costco, and Target from selling “nonessential” items such as plants, furniture, paint, and more.

“If you’re not buying food or medicine or other essential items, you should not be going to the store,” Whitmer said Thursday of the new order.

With the order, Michigan joins Vermont and a number of local governments that have taken similar measures, prompting stores to rope off aisles and bar certain purchases. 

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