‘He better pick a Black woman’: Biden faces Whitmer backlash

Anticipation has been growing for weeks that Joe Biden will make history by choosing the first Black woman as a running mate on a major party’s presidential ticket.

But after news broke over the weekend that Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a white woman, had flown to meet with Biden to discuss the vice presidency, frustration and disappointment boiled over among Black female Democrats — including some in her own state.

“He better pick a black woman. If he picks Gretchen, he’ll lose Michigan,” said Virgie Rollins, chair of the Democratic National Committee Black Caucus, who hosted Biden at her home before his Michigan primary win this spring.

“There are a lot of Black people mad at her [Whitmer] in this state,” Rollins told POLITICO, citing her record on Flint’s lead water crisis and education policy, particularly in Detroit.

As Biden prepares to announce his choice this week, Black women activists

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Black male leaders say Biden will lose election if he doesn’t choose Black woman as VP

WASHINGTON – More than 100 Black male leaders, including activists, preachers, rappers and celebrities, in an open letter Monday called on Joe Biden to pick a Black woman as his running mate, saying that if he does not, he will lose the election.

“As someone who has said throughout the campaign that VP Joe Biden needs to choose a Black woman VP, the urgency for that pick has gone from something that SHOULD happen to something that HAS to happen,” the open letter said, which was published the week that Biden is expected to announce his running mate.

The letter was created in solidarity with an April letter signed by more than 700 black women leaders – including pastors, doctors, lawyers and celebrities – calling on Biden to “recognize and seize this moment” by picking a black woman as his running mate.

Rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs, radio host Lenard “Charlamagne

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Health directors told to keep quiet as Florida leaders pressed to reopen classrooms

PALM BEACH, Fla. – As Gov. Ron DeSantis pushed this summer for schools to reopen, state leaders told school boards they would need Health Department approval if they wanted to keep classrooms closed.

Then they instructed health directors not to give it.

Following a directive from DeSantis’ administration, county health directors across Florida refused to give school boards advice about one of the most wrenching public health decisions in modern history: whether to reopen schools in a worsening pandemic, a USA TODAY Network review found.

In county after county, the health directors’ refrain to school leaders was the same: Their role was to provide information, not recommendations.

They could not tell school boards whether they believed the risks of opening campuses were too great, they said. They could only provide suggestions on how to reopen safely.

“I don’t think any of us are in a position to balk the governor,”

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Here’s what you need to know about unemployment benefits eligibility

Some of the requirements for unemployment insurance have changed and the more than 30 million Americans receiving benefits will have to check more boxes to stay eligible.

When applying for unemployment benefits you have to file a claim with your state’s unemployment insurance program as soon as possible after losing your job or getting hours cut.

Many Americans who are ineligible for unemployment insurance (UI) may qualify for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) that covers self-employed individuals, contractors, and others and is available until the end of January 2021.

Employment insurance claims in Canada during the Coronavirus pandemic
Employment insurance claims in Canada during the Coronavirus pandemic

What are the requirements for UI?

The first requirement is that you should have lost your job through no fault of your own and you lost your job because of a lack of available work.

The second requirement is to meet the criteria for wages earned or time worked. In most states,

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The disturbing underbelly of the ‘step’ porn trend

The disturbing underbelly of the 'step' porn trend
The disturbing underbelly of the ‘step’ porn trend

August 8 is International Female Orgasm Day, and we’re celebrating with an entire week dedicated to exploring the business and pleasure of porn.

Pop onto Pornhub’s homepage and you’re likely see at least one title akin to Gorgeous Step Daughter Sneaks In and Seduces with Creampie.

Or My stepson pays me a visit.

Or Beautiful Step Sister Loves Porn & Wants to Fuck.

These are all real titles I can see on Pornhub’s main page as I write this. If I refreshed, I’d be inundated with new regurgitations of the same idea.

If you’ve visited any of the many tube porn sites in the past several years, you’ve likely noticed there are more and more titles like this — even if the video itself is fake incest (“fauxcest”).

This isn’t just in our imaginations, either. In a look at

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Virtual community, entertainment events

While everyone is staying close to home, here is a list of reader-submitted opportunities to learn, take classes, contribute, stroll through galleries, or have front-row seats to hear and see some great musicians — from the convenience and comfort of your own home. All programs are subject to change.

‘Symphonic Dances’ at The Kravis Center @ Home: Available for viewing until Aug. 10 — on Facebook or YouTube. It’s still intermission IRL – but the show goes on at the digital stage that features a lineup of curated concerts, talks, performances and arts education events to entertain and inspire. Next up, join the Aug. 19 watch party at 7 p.m. on Facebook Live with Eduardo Vilaro and Batucada Fantástica or catch the moves of Ballet Hispanico today at #BUnidos. Enjoy all this and more at kravis.org/athome.

Current Events at ILIR on Zoom: 10-11:15 a.m. Aug. 10. Institute For Learning In

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Scotch Plains-Fanwood Parents Must Decide On Fall Schooling Plans

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ — Scotch Plains and Fanwood parents have until Thursday at noon to decide whether they will be opt-out of in-person instruction and elect to have their child remain at home for virtual learning.

The district released its reopening plan last week which includes two options: fully virtual or a hybrid model.

The hybrid model splits students into groups and divides the week into a mix of in-person learning and virtual learning days. (See the full plan below)

To help parents understand the plan the district is hosting virtual district discussions on the Restart Plan on Tuesday at 7 p.m. for the Elementary level and Wednesday at 7 p.m. for the Middle School and High School levels.

These meetings will be open to parents and will provide an opportunity to discuss any questions parents may have regarding the Restart Plan.

Additionally, parents are also asked to fill out

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Failing test and trace system to be scaled back

Boris Johnson takes aim on a visit to a school in Upminster, Essex - Lucy Young/Evening Standard/PA
Boris Johnson takes aim on a visit to a school in Upminster, Essex – Lucy Young/Evening Standard/PA

Troubled test and trace system to be scaled back

The failing test and trace system will be scaled back nationally under new plans to put more “boots on the ground” to stop the spread of coronavirus. Council workers will be told to knock on the doors of people who fail to respond to calls warning them that they have been in contact with positive virus cases. The major overhaul follows warnings that the safe reopening of schools depends on improvements in efforts to test and track the virus. Health Editor Laura Donnelly has the details, which come amid mounting fears of a fresh Covid-19 surge. The UK has recorded its largest rise in new cases since the end of June, with a total of 1,062 people testing positive for Covid-19 in a single

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Strategic Plan For A Sustainable Business School

Future uncertainties are becoming everybody’s business. I believe it’s our role as a business school to address this challenge, which is the thrust of our new 20-25 Strategic Plan, ‘Impact Future Generations.’ It’s our roadmap as EDHEC embarks on a project of deep transformation, backed by an ambitious investment plan of nearly €230m.

This is a decisive step for EDHEC whose Global MBA is already ranked by The Economist at #1 in France, #2 in Europe, and #7 worldwide for opening new career opportunities. Our undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education participants will be the first to benefit, whether on our campus in Nice, Lille, Paris, London or Singapore.

We are committed to reinventing the kind of leaders we produce. The big shift will be in their ability to deal with global and complex issues. It’s about knowing how to learn, how to think and how to act, so they can

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Young people struggle with finding mental health support amid COVID-19 pandemic

Kathryn Boit feels “guilty for struggling so much” these past few months. 

As president of the Harvard Student Mental Health Liaisons, she has “college friends, acquaintances and strangers reach out to me for resources and advice,” she said. “I don’t know the answers anymore.”

It’s no wonder Boit, a Harvard sophomore, feels overwhelmed. Prevalence of depression among college students increased since the pandemic closed campuses this spring compared with fall 2019, according to a survey of 18,000 college students published by the Healthy Minds Network on July 9. And of the nearly 42% of students who sought mental health care during the pandemic, 60% said it was either much more or somewhat more difficult to access care.

Mental health among young people has been worsening for years. A 2019 analysis of teens reported 13% of U.S. teens ages 12 to 17 (or 3.2 million) said in 2017 that they had

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