Summer: Easy, delicious picnic ideas, from Cobb wraps to Caprese cups

It feels great to be outside these days. It feels even better to eat outside, preferably on a blanket in the soft grass with a picnic basket containing your favorite summer-centric salads and sandwiches. This summer’s picnics won’t be the large gatherings we typically associate with outdoor eating, where friends of friends huddle around your […]

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Chicago brewers serving up a cold one for ‘Black is Beautiful’ initiative

“Black is Beautiful” beer is available from 27 local brewers/tap rooms, including Revolution Brewing’s brewpub on Milwaukee Avenue. | Revolution Brewing The initiative aims to “bridge the gap that’s been around for ages and provide a platform to show that the brewing community is an inclusive place for everyone of any color,” according to a […]

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A Bay Area white kid’s experience from the back of the bus and what he learned along the route

By Geoffrey McLennan, Special to CalMatters Many years ago I rode an express bus 35 miles from downtown Oakland to high school in Hayward – a long way to go for school. I was raised in a Catholic family and my parents insisted we attend a Catholic high school. I chose Moreau High School in […]

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From fleeing Cambodia to helping build Mars rover, NASA’s JPL engineer embodies ‘perseverance’

The bird-chirp alarm in Ny Sou Okon’s Pasadena home went off at 4 a.m. Thursday morning, July 30, signaling to her 8-year-old and 4-year-old sons that it was time to wake up. The day had come. The boys climbed out of bed and met their parents in the living room. Okon’s older son still squinted […]

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We spoke to 40 insiders about how Silver Lake’s Egon Durban amassed power at the media-shy private equity firm

Egon Durban, the co-CEO of private equity firm Silver Lake Partners, is a newly-minted billionaire who has been drawing comparisons to Warren Buffett, with membership in some of golf’s most exclusive clubs and an inside track to the Oscars. A Texas native who made his name acquiring and then selling Skype, he has rapidly become […]

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California juvenile court reform debate delays Maddy Middleton homicide case

SANTA CRUZ — After more than five years, legal resolution in a case of a child’s murder that rocked the Santa Cruz community has made little forward progress. On July 26, 2015, Adrian “A.J” Gonzalez, at the time 15 years old, was arrested and charged with the gruesome murder of his 8-year-old neighbor, Madyson “Maddy” […]

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Mark Zuckerberg and Jeff Bezos got $14 billion richer in a single day as Facebook and Amazon shrugged off the coronavirus recession (AMZN, FB)

Amazon, Apple, and Facebook all reported blowout earnings on Thursday. The companies’ stock prices all soared following the reports, helping executives continue their winning streak. But as a whole, the US economy is reeling from record job losses and shrinking GDP figures. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. You’d never know there’s a recession […]

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The maker of this 3D-printed smart tiny home claims it’s ‘zombie-proof’ and able to eliminate 99.9% of bacteria and viruses — see inside

Haus makes self-sustaining, 3D printed smart homes. The house can go on any flat piece of land, with no utility hookups necessary. Haus says its homes are “zombie proof,” and anti-viral and anti-bacterial. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Haus is selling homes that seem to do it all – self-sufficient smart homes that […]

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Is James Corden the leading contender to replace Ellen DeGeneres?

Do you think that Ellen DeGeneres’ show will go on for much longer? I don’t. After reading those Buzzfeed pieces about The Ellen Show’s toxic work environment, the racism, racial microaggressions, sexual harassment, grooming, and sexual abuse, I feel like there are lawsuits coming. I’m not saying that Ellen will be fired outright, but that […]

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TikTok is at the heart of a wild geopolitical dogfight which means Microsoft might buy it. Here’s what’s going on.

News broke on Friday that ByteDance-owner TikTok is being pressured by the Trump administration to divest its US business, and Microsoft was in the running to buy it up. Trump then said on Friday he was banning the app, possibly as soon as Saturday. The ban has yet to materialize. Trump’s comments reportedly halted Microsoft’s […]

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Dear Abby: My friend sounds horrible when she scorns overweight people

Now that her peers are older and putting on weight, the snide remarks seem even crueler. DEAR ABBY: One of my dearest friends has a nasty habit of making snide comments about people who are overweight. We’ve been friends for more than 40 years, and she has always been this way. Now that I’m older, […]

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Iran has been covering up its coronavirus death toll, according to BBC investigation which says the true figure is almost 3 times higher

The number of people who have died with COVID-19 in Iran is far higher than the government has publicly admitted, according to figures leaked to BBC Persian.   These figures say 42,000 people had died with the virus as of July 20. The official figure the same day was 14,405. The official number of cumulative infections was […]

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Pianist Larry Novak, ‘a giant’ of Chicago jazz, dies

Jazz pianist Larry Novak. | Eric Hochberg The musician was known for his 1960s club tenures at the London House and Mr. Kelly’s, Chicago jazz pianist Larry Novak, a fixture of Chicago’s 1960s club scene, died Sunday. “We lost a giant today,” bassist Eric Hochberg, who recorded with Novak, wrote on Facebook. Novak led a […]

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A senior Merkel ally says China is an ‘ever more powerful snake’ that Germany will take the fight to

Germany will take the fight to China as an EU leader, a senior ally of Angela Merkel has said. Germany took on the European Council’s rotating presidency last month. Michael Roth, a senior foreign minister in Merkel’s government, said Berlin would prioritise standing up to Beijing, writing: ‘One thing is clear: We urgently need more […]

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Boris Johnson could ban domestic travel, tell millions to stay at home, and quarantine all holiday-makers as UK coronavirus cases continue to rise

Boris Johnson could ask millions of ‘at-risk’ people in England to stay at home as coronavirus cases surge. The prime minister is reportedly considering a ban people from travelling across the country, and ask holiday-makers returning to the UK to quarantine for 14 days. The government is trying to identify options to avoid a second […]

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Ask Amy: He shows up every night to drink on my porch, and I feel trapped

Dear Amy: Prior to the pandemic, I met up with an old friend of nearly 20 years three or four nights a week at a local watering hole. We would also watch football together on Sundays at my house. Columnist Amy Dickinson (Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune)  When the pandemic hit, we all self-quarantined, me with my […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Ubisoft exec Tommy Francois has left the video game giant after being accused of sexual harassment

Tommy Francois, vice-president of editorial and creative services at video game giant Ubisoft, has left the company after facing allegations of sexual harassment. Ubisoft had previously placed Francois on administrative leave, pending an investigation. Ubisoft’s CEO Yves Guillemot told staff of Francois’ departure in an email sent July 31, seen by Business Insider. Ubisoft on […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Ubisoft exec Tommy François has left the video game giant after being accused of sexual harassment

Tommy François, vice-president of editorial and creative services at video game giant Ubisoft, has left the company after facing allegations of sexual harassment. Ubisoft had previously placed François on administrative leave, pending an investigation. Ubisoft’s CEO Yves Guillemot told staff of François’ departure in an email sent July 31, seen by Business Insider. Ubisoft on […]

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