Life online: Subscribe to everything, own nothing

One of the reasons Fernish and Feather consider themselves “subscription” services rather than simple rentals is that they claim the level of service is significantly higher. The furniture is shipped directly to your door complete with white glove delivery; they either come pre-assembled or they’ll set it up themselves. When you have to move, they’ll even move the furniture for you. Returning and swapping out furniture is also generally allowed if you’re willing to pay for it. So if you like, you could swap out the yellow couch for a blue one if you so choose. 

And if you don’t want to give it up after renting it for a year, you can either extend the lease or buy it outright, minus the amount you already paid for it. Both Fernish and Feather say you never have to pay more than the furniture’s retail cost. 

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What to Know About the Unprecedented, Virtual 2020 Democratic National Convention

ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images Former Vice President Joe Biden

The Democratic National Convention is playing it safe this time around.

Amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the gathering took shape unlike any in the past: It is now centered around virtual programming each night from, 9-11 ET, rather than in-person events. The convention will be airing on TV and online.

The DNC shifted its plans out of health concerns as the pandemic continues, though less publicly than opponent President Donald Trump has done for the Republican National Convention. (Trump now says he plans to deliver his RNC remarks from the White House, after months of pushing for an in-person convention in both North Carolina and Florida.)

The DNC will not see any party delegates or speakers traveling to Milwaukee, in a reversal of what was planned as recently as earlier this month.

The upheaval reflects the unprecedented ways the

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How an L.A. museum is celebrating the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage

Buttons in the Natural History Museum's 19th Amendment centennial exhibition, clockwise from top left: "ERA YES" from the 1960s or '70s; Shirley Chisholm's campaign button; a 1970s button supporting activist Angela Davis; and a 1960s button combining the Venus symbol with the Aztec Eagle logo of the United Farm Workers, co-founded by Dolores Huerta. <span class="copyright">(Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County)</span>
Buttons in the Natural History Museum’s 19th Amendment centennial exhibition, clockwise from top left: “ERA YES” from the 1960s or ’70s; Shirley Chisholm’s campaign button; a 1970s button supporting activist Angela Davis; and a 1960s button combining the Venus symbol with the Aztec Eagle logo of the United Farm Workers, co-founded by Dolores Huerta. (Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County)

One of the vintage buttons simply says in all capital letters: “ERA YES.” Another says “Viva la mujer,” a yellow female pictogram set against a strong red background. Still another button reads “Chisholm for president,” a reference to the first Black woman elected to Congress and one of the subjects in HBO’s recent series “Mrs. America.”

Sarah Palin, Hillary Clinton and Patsy Mink, the first woman of color elected to Congress, are here too — on buttons displayed in the National History Museum of Los Angeles County’s upcoming digital

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The Power of Stuttering Out Loud in the Workplace

Man giving a presentation at work.
Man giving a presentation at work.

Imagine a world where your first and last name start with two letters with sounds that can be difficult for you to vocalize clearly in front of others.

Saying my name can be challenging in unfamiliar group settings. Where folks usually keep their introduction to two words, I often add some version of “Hi, my name is…” to create the sounds and speech flow needed to properly say my name. Other times, I put “the” in front of a noun or verb when speaking. It is what my brain chooses to say to ensure I can form words to say my complete thought out loud. My brain engages in these verbal acrobatics countless times a day, like a reflex, to manage my stutter.

In elementary school, a speech therapist helped me find mechanisms to ride the rollercoaster of blocks or disruptions in my speech

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Most real estate developers have hit pause. Why Terra’s David Martin is forging ahead

Most college students use coffee to power through all-night cram sessions.

As a University of Florida undergrad, David Martin used coffee in a different way — to launch his business career.

Starbucks had started sprouting up around the country in 1995, but none had yet reached Gainesville. So Martin signed onto his AOL account and went online to find out why so many were buzzing about the company.

“I had always been very entrepreneurial as a kid, so I took out a $50,000 line of credit from SunTrust Bank and opened a coffee and bakery shop on campus called Java Lounge,” he said. “It was open from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. and it grew so fast I ended up with 25 employees. I learned a lot about operating a business and having a responsibility to your customers. It also taught me how to deal with city government and getting

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The DNC and RNC may further complicate coronavirus stimulus talks

WASHINGTON – Bitter negotiations for a new coronavirus stimulus deal dissolved into an ugly blame game by the time lawmakers left Washington late last week with no deal, no progress to report and no plans to return until September.

By the end, the two sides refused to even meet.

The disaster of those failed discussions hangs over both parties as they shift their attention to two weeks of national political conventions, which likely push a deal until sometime well after Labor Day. 

That means that, while political leaders party, unemployed Americans will have to do without the bolstered benefits that have allowed them to make ends meet; cash-strapped state and local governments will be left in the lurch; and uncertainty will continue to linger over a series of executive orders made by President Donald Trump that aimed to offer some relief.

The optics are a big concern for endangered lawmakers

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Voter registration deadlines for each state

Election Day is quickly approaching and more than 235 million Americans will be eligible to vote, according to an estimate by Shonel Sen of the University of Virginia’s Demographics Research Group.

Combine that with a historic voter turnout in the 2018 midterms and a global pandemic, the 2020 presidential election is shaping up to be one like never before.

But it’s not as easy as walking into the polls on Nov. 3. Each state has its own deadline for registering to vote, from 30 days before to the day of Election Day. Here’s a state-by-state guide to make sure you’re registered to vote by your state’s deadline.

PHOTO: 2020 Election: Latest Voter Registration Deadline (ABC News)

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Voter Registration Deadline: Oct. 19, 2020

  • Register online here.
  • Print this registration form and mail it here.
  • Request voter registration form be sent to your address here.
  • Click here for more information
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Democrats embark on virtual convention for Biden without crowds

Democrats plunge Monday into the uncharted waters for the first of two weeks of virtual conventions to nominate their presidential candidates and grapple with ways to energize their supporters without the traditional crowds or pageantry.

Former Vice President Joe Biden will receive the Democratic mantle this week and Republicans will formally back President Donald Trump next week.

But for the first time ever, Democratic speeches will be delivered remotely, from across 50 states and seven territories, rather than in an arena filled with thousands of cheering supporters. A preview of the sound of silence arrived Wednesday, at Biden’s first joint appearance with Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate in a high school gym in Wilmington, Delaware. The eerie quiet risks dampening the excitement for everyone from the party’s rising stars to the nominees as they introduce themselves to a national audience.

The bigger threat is viewers tuning out. To

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Parents must be allowed to pick their poison this school year

The usual debates in education circles aren’t helping right now.

These conversations — about school choice and vouchers and equity, public vs. private vs. charter vs. home, standardized testing and screen time and district residency rules and teachers’ unions — can’t be suspended as COVID-19 spikes around the country ahead of the start of the fall semester. But in their status quo version, such debates are distorting the more pressing matter of getting through this hell year. It won’t work to shoehorn discussion of this semester into our normal policy frameworks.

Perhaps instead of sticking to those ordinary patterns, we could start with two presuppositions: Just about every option will be worse for disadvantaged students. And families should be given as many choices as possible to navigate this fall.

Parents must be allowed to pick their poison.

Consider how re-openings will affect disadvantaged students. If public schools open their doors,

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Markey throws shade at Kennedy family in Senate primary brawl

BOSTON — Sen. Ed Markey is going where few Massachusetts Democrats have dared to go before. He’s not only attacking his challenger, Rep. Joe Kennedy III, he’s throwing shade at the Kennedy family, the state’s equivalent of political royalty.

In an ever more contentious battle between a septuagenarian senator and the scion of one of the nation’s best-known dynasties, Markey is calling out specific Kennedy family members by name, needling the wealth and privilege that attaches to the family name, and even drawing from the Kennedy myth in his bid to fend off his youthful challenger.

At one time, that approach might have been a career-killer in Massachusetts Democratic politics. Yet Markey has employed it successfully to help narrow a double-digit polling gap with the primary just over two weeks away.

“It’s unconventional. That’s the only way to put it,” said Democratic strategist Wilnelia Rivera, who advised Rep. Ayanna Pressley

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