Month: June 2020

How small towns are responding to the global pandemic

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Patrons eat outside at a small cafe in West Reading, Pennsylvania, as the community begins to reopen. Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images

Before the global pandemic hit, small towns across America were dealing with struggling economies, aging roads and bridges, and declining populations.

The coronavirus added new challenges, like additional demand for limited hospital beds for an aging population, many of whom have chronic health conditions.

Fortunately, as I’ve seen in my work at the Small Town Center at Mississippi State University, small towns have the advantage of being more nimble and responsive to crisis than cities, largely because they have fewer regulations and more opportunities to be creative about problem-solving.

The pandemic has increased local leaders’ attention to their residents’ health – not just in terms of doctors and hospitals but also identifying new ways to help people get fitter, spend more time outdoors,

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Kaskade Gets Nostalgic for Om Records Golden Days on ‘When I’m With You’ With Colette

Some songs are like time travel. You drop the needle on your favorite record, close your eyes and fall into a golden memory. Deep house producer and international DJ Kaskade took that formula one further.

His new single, “When I’m With You,” featuring warm vocals from longtime friend and collaborator Colette, transports us back to Kaskade’s early days working at Om Records in the early 2000s.

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“When I’m With You” is one of 26 songs on a new compilation that

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TikTok-gate is a bad sign for Trump

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Insider columnist Anthony Fisher joins us with thoughts today on Trump’s rally disaster. Please sign up here.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“She’s a very straight, serious person, and totally incorruptible and honest.” — a former colleague describing Audrey Strauss. She will be the acting US attorney in Manhattan after Attorney General Bill Barr botched his weekend attempt to force out Strauss’ predecessor Geoffrey Berman and replace him with an ally.

WHAT’S HAPPENING

A supporter alone in the top sections of seating before President Donald Trump arrived for his rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday.
A supporter alone in the top sections of seating before President Donald Trump arrived for his rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday.

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10 social distancing date ideas for couples to try this summer

Planning summertime dates might’ve been fun and easy in the past, but as we weather the coronavirus pandemic, coming up with ideas now poses some challenges. Whether you’re in a long-term relationship and live with your partner or you’re a newer couple just beginning to incorporate each other into your social circles, romantic summer activities are no longer as straightforward as a day at the beach or a trip to a new city. Depending on where you live and what phase of reopening your area is in, it may be time to get creative—while also prioritizing your safety and comfort.

“When going on a social distancing date, it’s truly important to talk to your date beforehand about what does and does not feel right for you,” Dr. Carla Manly, clinical psychologist and author of Joy From Fear: Create the Life of Your Dreams by Making Fear Your Friend,

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