For college students, taking a gap year might be the best way to outwit coronavirus

Janak Bhakta, 17, from Tustin, had hoped to travel internationally for his gap year, but now he's joining a conservation program this year instead. <span class="copyright">(Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Janak Bhakta, 17, from Tustin, had hoped to travel internationally for his gap year, but now he’s joining a conservation program this year instead. (Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times)

Janak Bhakta, a soft-spoken 17-year-old from Tustin, had big plans for 2020. He wanted to spend time away from academics to learn, grow and mature by traveling the world. Then the coronavirus pandemic struck and turned those plans to dust.

“The ideal plan was to travel internationally, but obviously that’s not going to happen,” Bhakta says about his planned gap year. He filled out applications for Outward Bound Costa Rica and NOLS Baja, two leading outdoor and leadership organizations, but both programs were canceled due to travel restrictions and health concerns.

Bhakta was still able to find the perfect fit with the Colorado-based High Mountain Institute, which puts gap-year participants in national parks to assist in local conservation efforts.

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Got $1,000 in your checking? Make these moves ASAP

So, you’ve been working your behind off and finally managed to save up a little cash. Now what?

While it feels great to see $1,000 in your bank account, you shouldn’t just let it sit there.

If you’re confused about where to start, don’t sweat it. Here are six ways you can meet your financial goals and watch your cash grow.

1. Hire a wealth manager (even if you’re not wealthy)

Everyone always talks about “investing” their wealth, but visiting the financial planner at your bank feels a little old-fashioned. Plus, who wants to waste a Saturday doing that?

There are companies that will act as your personal financial manager, and the great part is you don’t even have to put on your mask and leave the house. Welcome to investing in your sweatpants.

An online financial planning service is perfect for people who want top-of-the-line financial advice without the

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My daughter isn’t going back to college. I am relieved and heartbroken

 <span class="copyright">(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)</span>
(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

My elder daughter recently decided she would not return to her college campus for the fall semester, and I am equal parts relieved and deeply sad.

Relieved because I think it is the wisest choice and deeply sad because, while certainly not a tragedy in the larger landscape of a pandemic, it is a blow nonetheless and one that my husband and I could do nothing to prevent.

Compared with the horrendous loss of life, employment, homes and physical and mental well-being experienced by so many this year, surrendering a semester of on-campus college life seems of little consequence. But for those involved, the cancellation or radical curtailment of life-marking events and transitions — graduation ceremonies, weddings, christenings, birthday parties and even funerals — matters a lot, as millions now know.

For parents, it is a brutal reality check. There are, as it turns

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Ex-CFL player and California woman sentenced

A Canadian parent who once played in the Canadian Football League was sentenced Wednesday to three months in prison after pleading guilty in a college admissions cheating scheme, federal prosecutors said.

David Sidoo, who played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders and BC Lions, paid about $200,000 to have someone else to take SAT tests for two of his sons in 2011 and 2012, prosecutors said.

“I make no excuses. I broke the law. I pled guilty to a crime and now I must pay for my actions,” Sidoo told a judge, according to The Associated Press.

Sidoo, 61, of Vancouver, pleaded guilty in March to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. In addition to the jail time, he was ordered to pay a $250,000 fine.

He was among more than 50 people charged in the scheme orchestrated by William “Rick” Singer in which parents paid tens or

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United Negro College Fund President on How to Support Black Students in the Pandemic and Beyond

Since 2004, Dr. Michael Lomax has made bettering the lives of Black college students his mission. As the CEO of the United Negro College Fund, Lomax, 72, works to raise funds for those eager to pursue a college education at an HBCU (historically black colleges and universities) — an option that is just a dream for many who don’t have the means. As a proud graduate of Morehouse College, Lomax stresses the importance of educating the Black community and supporting its schools, aiming to not only give back to institutions like his alma mater but to preserve and grow their legacies. This is his story, as told to PEOPLE.

I’ve been at home in Atlanta since mid-March. I’m in a Black middle-class neighborhood inside the city, and in one sense, it just feels like a wonderful place to be, but then when you go out and get in your car

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Barack and Michelle Obama Are Total Parents in Heartwarming “Dear Class of 2020” Speech

Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have inspired not only students, but everyone tuning into the “Dear Class of 2020” virtual graduation.

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, many high school and college students have had to adjust their graduation plans. But the former President and First Lady made YouTube’s live-streaming ceremony one to remember.

On Sunday, June 7, the Obamas gave people a sense of hope during their moving commencement speeches. The dynamic duo each shared individual messages, as well as one together, in order to encourage, empower and uplift those graduating this year.

“Hello everybody and congratulations to the class of 2020,” Barack began his joint speech with his wife in a pre-taped recording. 

“It’s a huge day for all of you,” Michelle said. “We couldn’t be more excited to be celebrating with you today… Now while you might not get the experience of sweating under your cap and

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Janet Hayes Named Crate & Barrel CEO, Kit Kemp Partners with Christie’s London, and More News This Week

From significant business changes to noteworthy product launches, there’s always something new happening in the world of design. In this weekly roundup, AD PRO has everything you need to know.


A Big Week for Big Retailers

It was a busy news week for major home furnishings retailers. After reporting last week that Neela Montgomery would step down as CEO, Crate and Barrel announced that Janet Hayes would assume the role on August 1. The president of Williams-Sonoma from 2013 to 2019, Hayes was also formerly the president of Pottery Barn Kids and Pottery Barn Teen.

Elsewhere, Sur La Table filed for bankruptcy. The Seattle-based purveyor of kitchen goods disclosed its plans to close 56 of its 112 stores; 20% of its corporate staff was also cut.

West Elm made waves when it announced that it would take the 15 Percent Pledge, which means that partnerships with Black designers and

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The Pandemic Closed Art Galleries’ Doors. But Who Said a Gallery Needs Four Walls and a Ceiling?

The traditional art gallery—the sterile, windowless viewing room aptly labeled the “white cube” by artist and critic Brian O’Doherty in 1976—has dominated the art world for decades as the primary way to display works. The white cube, which has been compared to an operating room as well as a burial vault, has been championed as a way to maintain neutrality while viewing artworks. “The outside world must not come in, so windows are usually sealed off. Walls are painted white. The ceiling becomes the source of light. The wooden floor is polished so that you click along clinically, or carpeted so that you pad soundlessly, resting the feet while the eyes have at the wall. The art is free, as the saying used to go, ‘to take on its own life,’” O’Doherty wrote in Artforum.

But its eerie, clinical neutrality comes at a price. The cube creates something artificial

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14 last-minute Father’s Day gifts that will arrive by Sunday

14 last-minute Father’s Day gifts that will arrive by Sunday
14 last-minute Father’s Day gifts that will arrive by Sunday

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Father’s Day is quickly approaching on Sunday, June 21—which means it’s time for all of the procrastinators among us (myself included) to start shopping for that special gift for Dad before it’s too late. Here at Reviewed, using our own testing knowledge and deal-hunting skills, we’ve rounded up the best Father’s Day gifts overall, the most popular cards to go with said gifts, and even the top 10 presents dads really want (according to real parents!). But with the clock ticking down, which of all those great gifts can you still order online to arrive in time for the big day?

To help you show Dad just how much he means to you this year, we’ve found 14 of the best

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‘we never shout at each other, or we’d get very down’

Philippa and Grayson Perry are the stars of Grayson's Art Club
Philippa and Grayson Perry are the stars of Grayson’s Art Club
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Appointment television is back – and it’s a bona fide masterpiece. In the midst of lockdown, a quirky Channel 4 series has brought the nation together and served up not just creativity but a slice of British life like no other.

Grayson’s Art Club was never intended as a ratings winner. But over the past five weeks it has evolved into a must-watch programme with the power not just to make us laugh – Chief Medical Officer, Chris Witty, as the nation’s unlikely muse, anyone? – but bring an unexpected tear to our collective eye.

At its heart is a couple who have unexpectedly lifted our spirits without even trying; Grayson and Philippa Perry, whose tender exchanges and shrewd observations have elevated it to the artistic equivalent

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