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Texas surpasses staggering 10K deaths; Florida tourism drops by 60.5%; grieving daughter blasts Trump at DNC

A woman whose father died from the coronavirus blamed President Donald Trump and his administration in a fiery speech during the first night of the four-day Democratic National Convention. 

And, clusters of COVID-19 have led the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill to suddenly pivot to online classes a week after welcoming students back on campus. The university’s football team, however, still plans to play this fall.

And Texas surpassed 10,000 confirmed coronavirus deaths Monday, a new report shows that U.S. nursing homes are seeing a surge in infections and a steep rise in deaths.

Some significant developments:

  • A group of researchers from the University of Southern California tracked the common order of how COVID-19 symptoms progress in a new study. It usually starts with fever, followed by a cough.

  • Cotton mask or neck fleece? Check out how effective these 15 different kinds of masks are.

  • Nursing homes see an all-time

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My Daughter And I Just Became ‘Unhoused’ During The COVID-19 Crisis

"My fear, and I know it is shared by many, is that the chasm between socioeconomic classes will irreparably grow through this economic downturn." (Photo: Morsa Images via Getty Images)
“My fear, and I know it is shared by many, is that the chasm between socioeconomic classes will irreparably grow through this economic downturn.” (Photo: Morsa Images via Getty Images)

The new phrase is unhoused. Homeless is out. I didn’t have to look it up. Having volunteered at a day shelter for the last nine years, I already knew the answer.

I did so anyway, because my sweet friends keep trying to convince me that we are not, in fact, either homeless or unhoused. They resist the label because they love me, and because being homeless, or unhoused, is an unpleasant, socially awkward situation; it is vulnerable and unstable and none of the things you want for a friend.

Except that we are. Unhoused. Our belongings are packed in a garage in central Virginia, and I no longer have employment. The question of where my daughter and I will lay

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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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