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James Peterson elected to roadbuilders hall of fame – Daily Reporter

James Peterson

A national roadbuilders group has unanimously elected Medfords James Petersoninto its Transportation Development Hall of Fame.

The American Road and Transportation Builders Association selected Peterson,who is vice president of roadbuilder James Peterson Sons, to join the organizations hall of fame, an honor that recognizes his contribution to, and leadership in, the industry.

Jim has contributed his time and efforts to the Wisconsin and national transportation constructionindustries for many years and he is very deserving of this prestigious honor, said Pat Goss, executive director of the Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association.

A fifth generation company, James Peterson Sons began in the 1930s with a homemade scaper pulled by a team of horses. The company now designs and builds transportation systems, in addition to performing commercial and residential projects, excavation, stormwater management and railroad grading.

Peterson previously served as president of the Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association in 1986 and 2006, served as president of ARTBAs contractors division and was chairman of a national committee for the trade group. He also previously served as chairman of TRIP, a transportation research group.

I was proud to support Jim Petersons selection for the 2020 Class of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association Hall of Fame, said U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, in a statement. Jim has carried on a family tradition of providing good, family-supporting jobs to Wisconsinites and works collaboratively with his employees to maintain a positive and strong company culture. Jim has been an incredible resource in my advocacy of federal support for the improvement of roads and bridges throughout Wisconsin.

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Peterson: Iowa football allegations show the societal impact empowered college athletes can have here and nationally – Des Moines Register

The Iowa football coach speaks on June 3 about his role in speaking out on racism and police violence, as well as what he's trying to learn. Hawk Central

The allegations of racial bias within the Iowa football program should empower college athletes to know that they can use their voice and their platform for change.

Within our state of Iowa borders.

Nationally.

Everywhere.

People who havent been listening and some perhaps ignoring you are being forced to hear you now.

And it's not just a conversation happening now within this state.

By now, if youre reading this, youve heard: Black former Iowa football players spoke up on social media last week, alleging mistreatment within the program, mostly by the nations highest-paid strength coach.

And it was not just a few athletes, either. There were many of them, spanning different stretches of strength coach Chris Doyles 21-year career at Iowa.

Some said that Doyle made racially insensitive remarks. Another former Iowa player said Doyle stepped on players'fingers before lifts.

The mother of another player said Iowa offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz, head coach Kirk Ferentzs eldest son, had made insensitive remarks as well.

The calls for an overhaul in the culture of Iowa football are impossible to ignore.

Their concerns were heard, far and wide.

Expect this conversation to only grow within the coming weeks and months.

In recent days, we've heard college football players call out coaches at top programs like Florida State, Clemson and Utah highlighting anything from a head coach exaggerating his communication with his athletesafter George Floyd's death late last month at the hands of Minneapolis police to assistant coaches using racist language.

What happened at Iowa is a major part of an emerging movement of athletes using their powerful voices to call for accountability and culture change within college athletics.

NFL defensive lineman Mike Daniels, a former Iowa Hawkeyes star, is being tasked with leading a diverse committee with the aim of improving the culture for black athletes within the football program.(Photo: Kirthmon F. Dozier, Detroit Free Press)

Doyle, 51, who is on paid administrative leave, denied the accusations in a social media post Sunday.

At no time have I ever crossed the line of unethical behavior or bias based upon race," he wrote. "I do not make (racist) comments and I don't tolerate people who do."

Brian Ferentz has not been placed on leave and Kirk Ferentz did not believe his sons alleged behavior was as troubling as the actions alleged to have come from Doyle.

I dont know what an investigationKirk Ferentz said would happen will uncover. But with so many black former players speaking out about troubling experiences at one school, it needs to be a vigorous good-faithinvestigation.

College football coaches and the star players they coach have a unique power. Fans live on their every word. Opposing fans twist them. Reporters use their comments to shape columns and stories.

Now, if Iowa is true to bettering its culture as a result of this weekend's testimonials, college athletes will see their voices have the ability to effect real change.

Already a long-standing social media ban on Iowa football players was lifted. It's unclear if Iowa planned that before this weekend's onslaught of racial bias allegations, but it was a policy that was outdated, especially as we near name, image and likeness passage. That social media platform is an opportunity for athletes to earn money in their college careers.

But more importantly, it's a platform through which they can make their voice heard by their large followings.

Leistikow: A chance for Iowa football to truly leave its jersey in a better place

What also needs to change in all of this? Openness and transparency within many programs in the nation. We see examples of how highly secretive college football operations, in reality, produce a chilling effect on people who want to speak up.

Protecting athletes and their well-beingis more important than protecting the program.

Whats happened emphasizes the need for more access to whats going on within the locked gates of the practice field.

College football programs, most at least, controlmuch of the information that gets out. But athletic departments everywhere need to ask themselves an important question.

Who is that really helping?

Wouldnt the Iowa program, or any other college sports program for that matter, be better off if the sort of the alleged behavior we read about this weekend been reported on and corrected years ago?

Iowa strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle works with players before a NCAA Big Ten Conference football game, Saturday, Nov., 16, 2019, at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa.(Photo: Joseph Cress/Iowa City Press-Citizen)

Perhaps having a pool reporter at practices would cause a coach to think more about the words they use when talking with an athlete.

This happens too often in college athletics, where an issue is allowed to fester until it becomes a deep wound for the program, the school, its fans and the community.

These allegations against Doyle and Brian Ferentz have shown us, again, that college sports has operated in secrecy far too long.

Make no mistake: This isn't just on the athletes. Coaches, administrators, professors, fans, the media, all of us, need to speak up for these athletes too.

To athletes all over: Keep using your voice.

People are hearing you.

And people, I hope, are changing for the better because of you.

Randy Peterson has been writingfor the Des Moines Register for parts of sixdecades. Reach him at rpeterson@dmreg.com, 515-284-8132, and on Twitter at @RandyPete.

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McKinnon to test knee in workouts with AP – NFL.com

When John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan took over the 49ers, one of their biggest offseason goals was to bring in a multi-talented running back fit for today's game.

They did so in signing Jerick McKinnon to a four-year deal in 2018. There's one problem, though: McKinnon has yet to play a regular-season down for San Francisco. An ACL injury and struggles with regaining comfort on the injured knee have kept the running back out of action for the last two seasons.

The former understudy to Adrian Peterson in Minnesota is turning to his old friend for a true test of where McKinnon stands at this point on his road to returning to football. He's heading to Houston to put himself through Peterson's legendary, marathon-like workouts.

"I feel like it's my last test to really see how it feels," McKinnon said, via The Athletic's Matt Barrows. "There's a lot of hard work going on down there. That's really where I'm going to amp it up as hard as I can and see where it goes."

Peterson's workouts are a significant source of his power, speed and longevity, with the latter prevailing most in recent years. It also set a standard for McKinnon, one he feels he must revisit now in order to fully grasp how prepared he is to return to football action.

"There were a lot of things back then that were tough," he said of his struggles with rehabilitation and a failed attempt to return to action in 2019. "I feel now that I'm getting back to where I was effortlessly."

McKinnon's absence has opened the door for other backs to shine. Matt Breida, Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson Jr. have all seen significant playing time in the last two seasons because the 49ers have had to find a way to replace what they lost with McKinnon's injury. Tevin Coleman would be the ideal complement to McKinnon (or vice versa) in a 2020 San Francisco backfield, which has been fine without McKinnon but could be even better with him.

The reason: McKinnon's lateral quickness and ability to change direction make him a very difficult target to cover in open space. Add that to an offense that's already masterful at times with Shanahan at the helm, and the reigning NFC champs only get stronger.

First, McKinnon will have to figure out how strong he is -- and he's going to get quite a test with the strong man nicknamed "All Day."

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Behind the scenes with retail reporter Hayley Peterson – Business Insider – Business Insider

Business Insider chief correspondent Hayley Peterson has been covering retail for the last seven years, after a prior stint reporting on the White House.

Hayley is known for her hart-hitting investigations that expose labor issues at big retailers and grocers like Walmart and Amazon.

In one of her most recent stories, she brought to light how Whole Foods uses a heat map tool to track potential unionization among its employees. The reporting provided a rare look into corporate labor-tracking activities, a common practice among large companies but one rarely discussed publicly.

Here's her conversation with deputy executive editor Olivia Oran.

Olivia Oran: You have long covered labor issues at retailers like Amazon and Walmart. How did you get interested in this particular story involving Whole Foods?

Hayley Peterson: Companies have tracked union activity for years, but this was the first time I had ever heard of a process involving a heat map that ranks stores by "risk" scores using data such as racial diversity and employee loyalty.Oran: Tell me about your reporting process. How did you get sources to trust you about such a sensitive topic?

Peterson: I think the most important part of any source relationship is honesty and transparency.

At the start of most of my interviews, I explain in detail how my reporting process works, what sources can expect from me, and how I might use the information I learn during our conversation. I often share my past work, as well, to help familiarize them with the types of stories I write.

Then I answer any questions they might have about my process and let them know that they can back out of an interview at any time or decline to answer any particular question.

If they are comfortable talking to me after that, then I start asking questions.

Oran: What was the hardest part about reporting out this piece?

Peterson: I think the hardest part of reporting any story can often be the process of thoroughly vetting and fact-checking information. This process often involves finding additional sources and supporting documents, among other resources.

Oran: What fascinates you about covering retail?

Peterson: I'm almost always thinking about the retail business. I enjoy talking to friends, family, and strangers about where and how they shop and what they buy. I love digging into data on changing consumption habits and watching how retailers adapt to shoppers' evolving preferences through programs like curbside pickup and automated fulfillment.

I also love being able to go out and interact with the companies I cover by visiting their stores,ordering from their websites,and talking to their employees and delivery drivers. It helps me view the industry through many different lenses.

Beyond that, I think retail is incredibly important and relevant to everyone who breathes and eats.The retail and restaurant industries employ more than one in 10 US workers and feedand clothe all of us as consumers.

Oran: What story are you most proud of throughout your reporting career?

Peterson: I'm really proud of a story I wrote two years ago about what it's like to work as an Amazon driver. I interviewed more than 30 drivers, some of whom described alleged abuses, including lack of overtime pay, missing wages, intimidation, and favoritism. Many drivers said they felt pressured to drive at dangerously high speeds, blow stop signs, and urinate in bottles on their trucks. Amazon has made changes to its delivery system since then, including changing how its drivers are paidto ensure they earn what they are owed.

Oran: Thinking about retailers broadly, what are the big themes that you're going to be watching this year, particularly as coronavirus slams the industry?

Peterson: I'm going to be watching closely how consumption habits change as shelter-from-home orders are lifted. Will the habits that shoppers formed while trapped at home become permanent? Or will people increasingly feel comfortable returning to grocery stores, shopping malls, and movie theaters?

I'm also curious about whether retailers will consider permanently adopting higher pay and more lenient sick policies once coronavirus restrictions are lifted. Workers have fought for changes like these for years, and only recently achieved them in the midst of a global pandemic. It will be hard to take these benefits away and make the argument that they are no longer needed or deserved.

Oran: You talk to so many frontline retail workers, from cashiers, to sales clerks. What do these workers most want people to know?

Peterson: It has been really eye-opening listening to the perspectives of frontline retail workers during the pandemic. In the beginning around late February to early March I heard from many frustrated and fearful workers who were begging for access to masks and more cleaning supplies as they reported to work each day and interacted with dozens and in some cases hundreds of people. As the weeks wore on, retailers started providing personal protective equipment, offering bonuses, and relaxing sick-leave policies. Now, workers are fighting to retain those benefits.

I think retail employees, particularly at "essential" stores, would want people to recognize how hard they are working to keep shelves stocked and would ask customers to practice patience and respect during their outings. While some workers have told me heartwarming stories about customers giving them home-made masks or other gifts, others have said that shoppers have grown increasingly impatient and angry in stores and have screamed at them for inconveniences like long lines.

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YouTuber Coyote Peterson willingly got stung by a Murder Hornet and it seemed awful – The Cincinnati Enquirer

Andrew Joseph, FORTHEWiN.com Published 8:33 a.m. ET May 5, 2020

A small number of Asian giant hornet sightings in the Pacific Northwest has raised alarm. Wochit

In case 2020 couldnt have gotten any worse as a year,giant Murder Hornets thought it was a good timeto arrive on U.S. soil.

According to aSaturday report from The New York Times, the Asian giant hornet delightfullydubbed Murder Hornets have been spotted in parts of Washington and British Columbia, Canada for the first time. The hornets, which are indeedgiant, have a stinger thats capable of penetrating a regular beekeeper suit. The hornets also can kill a human if that person is stung multiple times.

Though the primary concern about these hornets arriving to North America concerns the bee population these hornets kill entire hives of honeybees just to feast on larva the prospect of running into a three-inch hornet is terrifying.

And, well, a video of YouTuber Coyote Peterson letting a Murder Hornet sting him will do nothing to quell those fears.(Note: Sting happens around the 11-minute mark).

In an effort to measure up the worlds most painful stings, Peterson tracked down the giant hornet in Japan and intentionally took a sting from the insect.

To Petersons misfortune, the Murder Hornets stinger actually got caught and dislodged into his arm, which caused way more venom than he anticipated to get released. His arm swelled up at a stunning rate and he was in a near-incapacitating amount of pain.

So, uh, yeah, if you see one of these hornets in person, run away and call a local department of agriculture.

More: We've got bigger problems than 'murder hornets'

Look into the eyes of this "murder hornet." The invasive species slaughters honeybees, can be deadly to humans and unfortunately has been spotted in the USA.(Photo: Washington state Dept. of Agriculture)

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Student of the Week: Caley Peterson – Shelby County Reporter – Shelby County Reporter

Name: Caley PetersonSchool: Pelham Park Middle SchoolGrade: EighthWhats your favorite subject in school? My favorite subject in school is math.What school groups are you involved in? I am involved in Future Business Leaders of America and the National Junior Honor Society.What community groups are you involved in? I am part of the Serve Team at the Church of the Highlands.Who is your favorite teacher? My favorite teacher is Mr. Collins.What are your hobbies? I enjoy playing basketball, volleyball and running. I also enjoy making crafts.If you could donate $100 to a charity, which one would you choose? I would choose to donate the money to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to be a chemical engineer when I grow up.

The Shelby County Reporters Student of the Week is open to students of all ages who attend public, private or home schools in the county. To nominate someone, contact Scott Mims at 250-669-3131 or scott.mims@shelbycountyreporter.com.

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SOUND OFF: Is there too much ‘fuss’ over first responders? – The Bakersfield Californian

Reader: Why all the fuss? If you don't want to run into a burning building, don't become a fireman. If you don't like high-speed chases, don't train to be a police officer. If you don't want to be exposed to possible contagious germs, don't become a health care professional.

My point is if you train and are compensated well financially and with ample benefits, then that should be enough. I tire of the constant barrage of accolades, free food, free gas, free car washes, etc., etc., etc., for so-called first responders!

Am I thankful for these above-mentioned people? Absolutely, but enough is enough. Once we start praising and rewarding with "goodies" certain professions, we leave out so many other well-deserving individuals and groups.

So again I ask, "Why all the fuss?"

Peterson: You could ask 1,000 people this question, and collect 1,000 different answers. I saw a similar sentiment in comments on our Facebook post asking people to honor heroes first responders and other front-line workers. That reader wrote that these individuals are not heroes, just people doing their jobs.

But I'll share how I see it, Robert, with thanks for taking my call Friday (We had a nice brief chat about how many handwritten letters we still receive at the newspaper; on average, about two a day come in by mail).

One, kindness. I think and see from the news and feature story ideas that come our way and our reporters dig up, that people simply want to show kindness to others during this pandemic.

Two, I think people want to help, and what form can that take during stay-at-home orders that many people have lived under for nearly two months? They may not have the proper training and authority to run into a burning building, and they may not have the education and licensing to save the life of a mother dying from the coronavirus, but they can sure help how they are able. And that may be in the form of offering free food or a service they are able to provide.

Does that mean other well-deserving individuals and groups may be left out, as Robert asks? Well sure. Maybe those kindnesses come in smaller but more direct ways, like the hefty tips I've given to the Shipt shoppers who've delivered my Target groceries (finding great substitutes when necessary, but yep, no toilet paper!), and the hearty verbal thank-yous I've given to two veterinarians and their staffs who have helped me in the last month.

A little kindness to some still seems like worthy kindness to me.

At a boardinghouse, all diners sit down at the same time at long table(s) and eat what is being served at that meal. You don't order off a menu, you share the food served in platters/bowls with the diners closest to you whether they are in your party or not. Your party is not separated from another party by any space.

The Nevada Basque restaurants mentioned in Mr. Lang's submission do not serve boardinghouse style. I am very familiar with these restaurants as well as all the Basque restaurants along the I-80 corridor between Reno and Elko, Nev. I've been eating at them for 30 years. I've made the trip along that corridor at least 18 times in the last 20 years and have eaten at each of the mentioned restaurants within the last year.

I've co-authored two articles for Nevada Magazine (August 1998 and November 2017) on those very restaurants. None of them serve boardinghouse style, they serve "family" style. Does "family" style sound familiar?

It should; it's how meals are served at the remaining excellent traditional Basque restaurants in Bakersfield such as Wool Growers and Benji's. The last semblances of Basque boardinghouse service that I know of are the "boarder's table" at Santa Fe Basque Restaurant in Fresno, and the one at Centro Basco Restaurant in Chino, both of which also have regular service.

In short, if you want to take a journey to Nevada and sample some Basque restaurants, it's a nice trip and some pretty good restaurants. But if you're going in search of a boardinghouse-style Basque restaurant, forget about it. The last one in North America, and probably the world, that served strictly boardinghouse style just closed.

Larry Errea, former director and president, Kern County Basque Club

Peterson: Thank you, Larry, for taking the time to write and share your expertise on boardinghouse and family dining, and Basque traditions. What rich history!

Reader: The word trump there are quite a few that mean the same for that sentence. Not needed for your byline.

Oh, well Kern County will be fooled twice come fall so shame on you. Until people start calling out Trump to his face (all on camera) every name in the book he wont stop his (expletive) show.

You want four more years of him?

Notice that headline has a lowercase "trump," and it is used as a verb.

Webster's New World College Dictionary, the one we use along with the Associated Press Stylebook, defines it in this case as to surpass or outdo. Regardless of your politics, trump, lowercase, was a perfectly fine word to use in this context.

Peterson: A reader wrote to point out and I think complain that my Sound Off columns aren't as long as my predecessor's and unless I am working more than 100 hours a week, I need to do better.

Sorry to disappoint, Mr. Reader who did not want his name used. I guess I'm failing in his eyes. The length of Sound Off largely depends on what I receive. Send some good comments and questions and I'll try to answer them here. Full first and last names are preferred.

Executive Editor Christine L. Peterson answers your questions and takes your complaints about our news coverage in this weekly feedback forum. Questions may be edited for space and clarity. To offer your input by phone, call 661-395-7649 and leave your comments in a voicemail message or email us at soundoff@bakersfield.com. Include your name and phone number; your contact information wont be published.

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Restaurants begin opening to dine-in guests once again – Daily Journal Online

Throughout the pandemic crisis, restaurants have had to adapt to the circumstances.

Catfish Kettle in Farmington installed a drive-thru window, and Restaurant Manager Helen Dickey said business has remained fairly good.

Fortunately for us, we put that drive-thru in pretty quick, said Dickey So, we have continued to do well thanks to our community that has really supported us.

The restaurant opened its dining area Monday. Dickey said they are doing everything they can to ensure they are in compliance with the guidelines set forth by the CDC and by the state and local government.

She said that they had spaced all the tables at least six feet apart, and they are not seating parties of 10 or more people. Staff members are protecting their patrons and themselves by wearing face masks and using a lot of hand sanitizers.

The restaurant also made the most of their dining room being closed for more than a month.

We painted and did a little updating while we were closed, she said. We cleaned everything really well.

We got new chairs, table cloths, and painted and it looks wonderful in there, said Dickey. Were excited to be back open and cant wait to see all of our guests six feet apart, of course.

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Sebring quarterback headed to powerhouse program: Theyre going to get my 100% – WKBN.com

Zane Peterson finished his senior season with over 2,000 total yards and 15 total touchdowns

by: Ryan Allison

SEBRING, Ohio (WKBN) Zane Peterson is about to join one of the winningest Division III football programs in the country. The Sebring quarterback has committed to Washington & Jefferson College.

Coming from Sebring, its hard because everyone thinks there isnt going to be a college player to come out of Sebring, Zane Peterson said. So I just like that Im able to prove that.

Peterson has been the starting quarterback at Sebring for three years and finished his senior season with 1,328 yards passing, 743 yards rushing and 15 total touchdowns. On defense, Peterson recorded 58 tackles, 11 for loss, three sacks and three interceptions.

He will now join a college football program with a strong tradition of winning. Washington & Jefferson just completed its 36th consecutive winning season. The Presidents finished 8-3 last year, including a win over Ithaca in the Asa S. Buchnell Bowl.

Washington & Jefferson has qualified for the playoffs 26 times over the last 34 seasons and its 752 program wins rank third all-time in Division III history.

Peterson said he will major in PreMed/Physical Therapy.

I took interest in that because all of my injuries throughout the years. That way, I can help younger athletes like me come back from these injuries fast, like my physical therapist did.

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Dickinson surprises teacher, staff of the year with parade – The Dickinson Press

"Mary Pat Bruels! Mary Pat Bruels, are you in there?"

As she emerged from her house, husband at her side, Superintendent Shon Hocker announced, "Congratulations! You are the district teacher of the year!"

Lining the street in front of her house was a Dickinson Midgets bus with police escort, and on her lawn, a gathering of her administrators.

"I just couldnt believe what I was seeing. I think I just burst into tears immediately, and when I saw my principal, I figured it must have something to do with me. It was a very humbling experience, a very nice honor, and very unexpected," Bruels said. "My husband just told me I need to come home a little earlier than usual for a meeting I wasnt told anything else. I had no idea it was going to happen. I was totally surprised and overcome with emotion."

The principal where she teaches at Lincoln Elementary, Tammy Peterson, held a banner with Bruels' name on it, along with her new title. Peterson gave the teacher flowers and a hug; Hocker presented her with a plaque and certificate bearing the accomplishment; and Brent Seaks, school board president, handed her a box of donuts.

After they had piled on the bus to visit the next house, a parade of about 30 vehicles carrying Lincoln Elementary staff drove by with the school's mascot, Lincoln lion, a suit which Bruels herself often wears.

Bruels is retiring at the end of the school year after spending her whole 42-year career in the district. Her principal, who helped organize the parade, has known her for most of those years.

Bruels was at Lincoln in 1990 when Peterson's career was just beginning. Now Peterson will be there as Bruels' is ending.

"I was a student teacher at Lincoln Elementary back in 1990 and Mary Pat was there during that time Thats where we really got to know each other. Coming back to Lincoln and being able to be an administrator at Lincoln and work with her again was pretty special," Peterson said. "When I think of the legacy that Mary Pat leaves behind, its her kind heart, her caring aurora that surrounds her, and her compassion for education She truly is the classiest person that I know Other educators would say the same thing; for as long as theyve known her, she always has the classiest outfits, matching shoes, matching earrings her fashion is top-notch."

While Peterson says that Bruels has been the "heart of Lincoln" during the pandemic, Bruels offers praise to her as well.

"I would just like to give a shout out during this online learning and this whole pandemic to the Dickinson Public Schools administrators and specifically to my principal Tammy Peterson for their leadership," she said.

Soon after, across town, Heart River Elementary's administrative assistant, Jeanette Wyckoff, was watching television with her daughter when she heard police sirens in her neighborhood. She went to the window to look out and saw a large bus.

"It was such a surprise, so that was really cool, and then just to have the whole parade was really cool," Wyckoff said. "When everyone left the first time, I said to my daughter, Aw, thats kind of disappointing; I didnt get to share that with Heart River, and then of course 10 minutes later they came through."

She, too, was presented with a banner, plaque, certificate, flowers and donuts awarding her for her recognition as the district's classified staff member of the year.

Wyckoff has also worked for the district her entire career - 24 years - first as a supervisor on the playground, then as a library paraprofessional and currently as administrative assistant.

She does a lot more than answer phones.

"Mrs. Wyckoff also imparts the importance of education on our students," principal Susan Cook wrote of her. "She often works with students who need a break assisting them in understanding a difficult concept or just encouraging them and helping them to reset and refocus their day. Her no-nonsense approach to the importance of learning and the benefits of 'turning it around' goes a long way in our students."

She continued, "She is professional, knowledgeable, honest and one of the hardest workers at HR. She does everything with a smile, song or dance and almost knows the question before the teacher, staff member, student or parent asks it. She has a wonderful personality and takes care of her co-workers needs. Mrs. Wyckoff is willing to put on any hat and will always have a smile with it. She is more than a secretary; shes a superhero!"

Those organizing the parade compared it to the district's usual way of presenting these awards, a dinner and ceremony.

"I did tease Dr. Hocker with saying I really think we should do this from now on and doing away with the formal sit-down meal and presentation, because this was quite outstanding. I think this was a game changer," said Peterson. "You feel pretty special when you have the grand midget bus pull up and lights going from the officers and all the staff coming to you to celebrate and your family is there. I just dont think it can get any better than that."

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Apart.y Helps You Connect With Loved Ones From Afar – 5280 | The Denver Magazine

Jolene Peterson and Ashling Loh-Doyle Nunnelly, co-founders of apart-y. Courtesy of apart-y.

From sweets and flowers to live DJ sessions, this platform can help you find a one-of-a-kind, locally made gift that will lift the spirits of your mom, grandma, graduate, or anyone who needs it.

As the extent of the coronavirus and its impact started to hit in Colorado, Jolene Peterson had no choice but to watch as her busy season was swept away. As owner of the Boulder-based event company Laurel & Rose, Petersons business primarily plans weddings, which are likely be radically reinvented this summer as large gatherings continue to be discouraged. The local small business partnerslike florists, caterers, and entertainersPeterson and her clientele regularly work with also experienced immediate and devastating slowdowns. While an immunodeficiency prevented Peterson from volunteering in person, she wanted to find another way to help. Her answer was Aparty.

This was my small way of helping while I can, from home, she says.

On this nonprofit platform, makers and small business owners from Colorado and across the country can offer their services to keep the (socially distant) party going, even during a pandemic, while simultaneously connecting isolated Americans with their loved ones. The platform lists participating vendors by areamultiple cities in Colorado and California, as well New York City, Atlanta, Houston, and Phoenix are already includedand by brands that can ship nationally. The only catch? To be considered, Aparty requires that businesses offer a way for patrons to sponsor a good deed, such as sending cupcakes to a hospital or giving discounts to frontline workers.

Locally, you can find floral arrangements from businesses like the Perfect Petal and Blush and Bay; food and beverage offerings from the likes of Cocktail Caravan and the Treatery; gifts from JL Essencials and Hygge Life; and paper goods from Hazel Eye Designs and Jolie & Co. You can even gift experiences, like sessions from a variety of local photographers or a live (but virtual, of course) DJ set from the Get Down.

Peterson teamed up with designer pal Ashling Loh-Doyle Nunnelly, owner of Lotus & Ashan LA-based paperie that caters to special eventson the project. Right away, they knew they had to move fast, as businesses were losing clients and being forced to lay off workers almost immediately. We really wanted this to be available as soon as possible, Peterson says. My partner is a designer and Im a very controlling event planner with a very specific eye for design, so we had to let go of a bit of that perfectionism and precision just to get this up and running.

The launch happened just in time for Mothers Day and graduation season, which was no coincidence. From sweets and flowers to live DJ sessions, the platform can help you find a one-of-a-kind gift that will lift the spirits of your mom, grandma, or graduatesomething we can all use a little more of these days.

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Some Children Diagnosed With Coronavirus Also Stricken By Inflammatory Syndrome – News On 6

Friday, May 8th 2020, 4:13 pm

By: Kelsey Kernstine

Some children infected with COVID-19 are showing much different symptoms than adults, and news reports call it a mysterious inflammatory syndrome.

Dr. Nicholas Peterson said more than 50 children in the New York have come down with rare and deadly symptoms.

"Redness of the eyes, swelling in the neck area, full body rash, sometimes you get dry cracked lips, sometimes your tongue gets kind of swollen and looks like a strawberry, Peterson said.

The majority of these children either tested positive for COVID-19 or had antibodies of the virus.

However, Peterson said these particular symptoms mirror that of a rare, deadly disease called Kawasaki.

"It's inflammation in the blood vessels throughout the body," he said.

Some researchers believe it's some children's immune systems' response to the virus, presenting a toxic shock syndrome.

Peterson said what is alarming is that the illness can lead to lifelong complications.

"It can lead to issues with the heart blood vessels, the coronary arteries;they can be inflamed and dilate and cause heart issues," he said.

Other symptoms to watch out for include abdominal pain, diarrhea and a fever for more than five days.

Peterson said much is still not known about Kawasaki.

We don't know if it's infectious or not," he said.

Doctors are still working to find out whether COVID-19 is in fact linked to Kawasaki disease.

But there are precautions parents should take. If your child has a fever for more than five days in a row, Peterson recommends that's when you should at least be calling your doctor.

Peterson said if your child shows a fever, dehydration and extreme exhaustion, it's best to take them to the emergency room.

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The Book-Length Critique of Jordan Peterson Isn’t Perfect, Either – Merion West

The authors have done well in providing the substance for a critique of Jordan Peterson, but they need someone to spice up their style, which is precisely what Jordan Peterson, himself, did in his own career.

After Jim Posers Savage Messiah: How Jordan Peterson is Saving Western Civilization (a ridiculously laudatory portrayal of Jordan Peterson), some critical engagement with Petersons ideas is urgently needed. (See my review of Prosers book here.) Authors Ben Burgis, Conrad Hamilton, Matthew McManus, and Marion Trejo provide just that with Myth and Mayhem: A Leftist Critique of Jordan Peterson.

They acknowledge Peterson has some interesting things to say, but they are quick to raise objections. Unfortunately, the book amounts to a long collection of disagreements with Peterson, sometimes in dry academic style. That is simply no match for Posers engaging prose, who knows very well how to hook readers to the lives of saints, just as Medieval hagiographists did. The authors of Myth and Mayhem are preaching to the converted; it is unlikely that they will be able to persuade the disgruntled young men, who are so fascinated by Peterson to think more critically about their gurus claims. This is simply because halfway through the book, these readers will likely become bored.

The authors have done well in providing the substance for a critique of Jordan Peterson, but they need someone to spice up their style, which is precisely what Jordan Peterson, himself, did in his own career. Peterson had written academic books, and few people took notice; he then changed his style to resemble more the self-help gurus and, bang!, the professor morphed into a rock star. Like it or not, if the authors of Myth and Mayhem want their message to be heard, they have to play this game.

Be that as it may, the authors do sensibly point out some of the problems with Petersons claims. However, in doing so, sometimes they have problems of their own. Consider McManus criticism of Petersons views on lobsters. As most readers will know by now, Peterson is very enthusiastic about these creatures social hierarchies. McManus makes the obvious point that lobsters are not exactly close to humans in terms of evolutionary history, so why are they relevant to understand human nature? If anything, I might add, comparisons should be made with bonobos or chimpanzees (species that, as it turns out, are far more egalitarian than crustaceans).

But, in his critique of Peterson on this point, McManus goes out of his way to claim that the Left is not as radically egalitarian as Peterson thinks. In McManus words, despite Petersons denunciation of figures who blame all dominance hierarchies on culture and politicsno one I am familiar with has ever blamed all dominance hierarchies on culture and politics. This includes even the most egalitarian thinkers on the Left. Well, Rousseau certainly comes to mind. Yes, he acknowledged there were natural inequalities, but he believed they were inconsequential because they were not truly based on dominance. For Rousseau, all dominance hierarchies could indeed be blamed on culture and politics, as in his famous quotation, the first person who, having enclosed a plot of land, took it into his head to say this is mine and found people simple enough to believe him, was the true founder of civil society. We should come to terms with the fact that, after the Soviet collapse, Rousseau and his navet are becoming more influential than Marxs more rational approach. So, while Peterson may be off in many of his critiques of the Left, he is onto something when he worries about Antifa and similar agitators. After all, these radicals owe more to Rousseau and utopian socialists, than to Marxs more down-to-Earth views.

The authors are concerned that Peterson makes a big strawman out of the Left. So, throughout much of this book, there is a great effort to deradicalize Marx and other leftist authors. The authors of Myth and Mayhem are effective enough in setting the record straight and correcting some of Petersons distortions regarding Marx. As such, Conrad Hamilton is quick to remind readers that Marx did not think that all hierarchical structures are due to capitalism; he did acknowledge the existence of nature; he did not see History as a simplistic class struggle; he did not assume all good was on the side of the proletariat and all evil is on the side of capitalists.

These are good clarifications, but the arguments do come across as sugarcoating Marx. It seems as if the authors are embarrassed by Marxs more radical sayings, so they go to great lengths in order to make Marx appear less extreme. For example, McManus writes:

Marx mostly mentions equality only to make the point that it is an exclusively political notion, and, as a political value, that it is a distinctively bourgeois value. Far from being a value that can be used to thwart class oppression, Marx thinks the idea of equality is actually a vehicle for bourgeois class oppression, and something quite distinct from the communist goal of the abolition of classes. Marx even makes the standard argument that equal right can consist only in the application of an equal standard; but unequal individuals (and they would not be different individuals if they were not unequal) are measurable only by an equal standard insofar as they are brought under an equal point of view, are taken from one definite side only.

McManus does not tell us where that quotation comes from. However, I looked it up, and it comes from Marxs 1875 Critique of the Gotha Program. Yet, MacManus leaves out a far more relevant passage in that particular text, further discussing equality:

In a higher phase of communist society, after the enslaving subordination of the individual to the division of labor, and therewith also the antithesis between mental and physical labor, has vanished; after labor has become not only a means of life but lifes prime want; after the productive forces have also increased with the all-around development of the individual, and all the springs of co-operative wealth flow more abundantlyonly then can the narrow horizon of bourgeois right be crossed in its entirety and society inscribe on its banners: From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs!

This is undiluted Marxism, and it is radical in the extreme. It goes beyond equality of outcome (equal pay for everyone). It advances wealth distributionnot on the basis of effort or contributionbut on the basis of need. As the Soviet Union and every single communist country (including my own, Venezuela) has learned the hard way, this is a recipe for disaster, inasmuch as it takes away any incentive to work: If you get paid according to your need (and not according to your own efforts or qualifications), there is no point in going the extra mile. Everyone sits at home waiting for the paycheck to come to satisfy their needs, until there are no more paychecks to be delivered.

So, McManus quotes Marx from this 1875 text, as if to prove that Marx is not the radical egalitarian that Peterson makes him to be. However, in fact, Marxs views are so extreme that they even go beyond equality of outcome and embrace the removal of any distinction between mental and physical labor. It goes to the point of arguing that if the factory worker has more children than the manager, the former should earn more than the latter, simply because wealth should be allocated on the basis of need, not merit.

Despite these shortcomings, Myth and Mayhem is a valuable book, and the authors are to be commended for deeply engaging with Petersons work. Yet, I am afraid that, ultimately, this book will be a further confirmation of the well-known maxim, There is no such thing as bad publicity. Perhaps because the authors have chosen not to write in a more engaging style, this book will only serve the purpose of giving Peterson even more publicity. I worry that it will not reach those who need to read it most: youngsters who have been satisfied with Petersons self-help sound bites but who are not aware that Petersons views have problems of their own.

Dr. Gabriel Andrade is a university professor. His twitter is @gandrade80

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What Hating Jordan Peterson Tells You (about yourself) – The Times of Israel

Say Jordan Petersons comments about identity politics make your blood boil. Or you are offended by his opposition to Canadas law mandating the use of specific pronouns for the transgendered. If, for whatever reason, Jordan Peterson gets your goat, you are not alone.

I discovered this first-hand. Last year, I navely emailed my peers in social work notice of a newly discounted price for Petersons Self-Authoring Suite. His journaling software has been shown to render positive effects when used by first year university students. Those students go on to report, on average, higher marks and lower drop-out rates, compared to those in a control group.

Oops.

My email triggered a hailstorm. One social worker referred to Peterson as a modern day Jim Jones, referring to a cult leader from yesteryear who orchestrated the mass murder-suicide of his followers. Another called him a spreader of hate speech. One person suggested that my email and all the responses be omitted from our group archives. It was a flurry of emails, a tidal wave of negativity.

Heres the problem. Infants move through a developmental stage that Melanie Klein referred to as Good Mother, Bad Mother. At this stage, the childs reactions are polarized. If mother satisfies all needs in a timely manner, mother is deemed good. If mothers performance is compromised; say, she is delayed in the shower. The infant is crying. Mother is bad!

We hope, in time, the child will outgrow a tendency for black-and-white thinking. After all, mother and everyone else is good . . . and bad. Helpful . . . and flawed. She comes through. She disappoints. The ability to host this paradox is one of the building blocks of maturity.

In fact, this idea sits at the heart of Judaisms central prayer, Shma Yisrael. That benediction is consistently mistranslated in English. We read, Hear, O Israel, the L-rd is Our G-d, the L-rd is One.

Wrong.

Within the benediction, we find two Hebrew names for Divinity. One of them refers to the loving G-d, our Father in Heaven. The other refers to G-d, the King, who wields laws, issues retribution. The nurturing parent, the stringent parent. That prayer requires us to to straddle the paradox, to find the unity within the dichotomy. The two disparate countenances of Divinity are, in essence, one. We are being asked to work ourselves into a state characterized by acceptance, wisdom, temperance, modulation. In short, maturity.

So Jordan Petersons politics irritate you. But can you also host the generosity of a clinician who has provided millions with free access to hundreds of hours of lectures on YouTube, lectures that thousands upon thousands are using to make personal changes, sans expensive psychotherapy?

Read the comments under the videos. People are getting help from his materials. In Canada, where we have socialized medicine, each person who voluntarily and independently takes responsibility, resolves a substance abuse problem, cleans his room, all this without accessing, say, support from a psychiatrist, saves taxpayers dollars.

On that note, think about it. How many people do you know who fail to take responsibility, resolve a substance abuse problem, or clean their rooms, even with the support of a therapist? Peterson is, at the very least, helping some people sort themselves out.

For two years, Jordan Peterson travelled around the world, teaching how to turn chaos into habitable order. Then his life fell into chaos. Then our lives fell into chaos. And now his materials remain available, a legacy and gift for those facing turmoil. Given the times we now live in, many people cannot afford professional help. How many of these will turn to his resources and garner inspiration and direction?

I know. You still hate Jordan Peterson. Ironically, you may need his insights more than others. The problem: his free lectures are way too expensive for you. In order to give a listen, youd have to surrender something youre clinging to. I would refer you to the work of one Jerusalem Kabbalist, Sarah Schneider. Her book should matter to you. The title: You Are What You Hate.

Annette Poizner is a Columbia-trained clinical social worker who graduated with a Doctorate of Education in Counseling Psychology. As an Israeli-trained graphologist, she specializes in projective personality assessment, as well as strategic psychotherapy. Her work has been featured extensively in the media and in academic venues. She founded Lobster University Press, an imprint which explores the work of Jordan Peterson. Her books, the most recent being, "From Chaos to Order: A Guide to Jordan Peterson's Worldview," summarize Peterson's ideas and explore the intersection between his insights and Jewish wisdom. She also produces animations which relay some of Peterson's insights in short soundbites.

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Bee Peterson: We want to work. We will do it safely. Let us help figure things out so we can reopen – TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press

I write as a 17-year veteran in the cosmetology industry. As with many industries, the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is devastating for us. Soon, many of my fellow industry members and I will be pushed past the breaking point.

We understand the need for drastic public response, and we take the threat of the virus seriously.

We also need to work and want to work when the time is right and we can do it safely.

My business partners and I opened a salon eight years ago in the Cathedral Hill neighborhood in St. Paul. After working as employees for a chain salon for nine years, we decided to open up our own salon. Achieve the American dream.

The business structure is set up as a rental salon. That is, the four of us lease a commercial space, maintain that space and set up all of the elements needed to successfully run a professional salon environment. We lease individual chairs out to stylists. They are independent contractors. They run their own individual businesses. They are not W2 employees. They are separate from our business. However, we as salon owners carry a huge financial responsibility when it comes to our lease agreement, bills and inventory. Over the years, our small business has been successful because we work long hours and run a good business. Our renters like working at Urban Village and our clients love to patronize our salon.

Even in this mandatory shutdown, we have continued to do the right thing. We pay our rent and pay our bills. We have discounted our rent to our stylists and offered multiple free weeks. We were lucky to have several months in reserves as per best-practice, but, as this has now gone on for many weeks, our reserves are nearly gone. As will likely be our business which we have worked so hard to build.

I am deeply concerned about our rights in our industry right now, especially as independent contractors. Because of this business structure we have not qualified for much of the government relief that has been available to employers/employees. We have been out of work for six weeks and have not been eligible for unemployment relief. We have not been granted rent relief. We have not heard back about the small-business relief packages, many of which we are not likely eligible for. We hear that Shake Shack received millions of dollars, arent they still open for takeout? We are small, and we may not make anyone rich, but we are still important.

I have been continuously employed for the last 25 years, since I turned 16. I have paid my taxes and done everything I was supposed to do. I was forced to close my business over a month ago. I filed for unemployment and was first told I was ineligible, and now am told I have been approved for $0 a week, which is exactly the income I have received since I have been not allowed to work. I have done everything right and asked of me yet I have not received a dime since the state shut down my business. I have two young children at home to provide for and, at this time, am unsure if and when I might have any type of income, either from work or unemployment. I have sat on the phone on hold for hours with the unemployment office only to be told they are no longer taking calls today and hung up on. The response and support I have received is, to put it nicely, terrible. This experience is not unique to me my fellow hair stylist are all in the same position. The system has utterly failed us.

To take our business situation a step further toward the grave, our governing board the Minnesota Board of Cosmetology let us know that the Department of Employment and Economic Development has not included curbside salon sales as part of the Critical Sector Descriptions list, although they did say we could do mail-order sales of retail products and gift cards. Mailing heavy and bulky product cuts so far into our profit that it frankly doesnt make sense. All the while we see that restaurants and bars are able to sell their food and liquor curbside and gift shops can sell their knickknacks curbside. We cant help but feel as if we, a predominantly women-run industry, are being discriminated against. Selling products curbside could make it possible to keep the lights on as we wait to reopen someday.

Please know that I (along with my three business partners and many of our colleagues) understand the severity of this pandemic. We realize that our work is face to face, and at this moment of trying to prevent the spread of COVID-19 we cant work. We cant provide the services that make the bulk of our income, but we should be able to sell our products to our clients. To ensure that this is done in a safe way we have an online system set up for them to order and pay, all we would have to do it deliver it curbside with masks and gloves on. I think that what we are asking for is fair.

I am also asking our political leaders and regulators to engage our industry as they look to re-open the economy.

Its interesting that not only are restaurants and bars listed as a top priority but so are places like gyms. All of these places require face-to-face interaction in which someone is either making someone else food or sweating next to someone else.These businesses have received more attention than ours, and Im glad everyone is working to find a safe way to let them get back to work.

But theres no reason they should matter more than our businesses.

We are able to operate our salon in a safe manner using CDC-recommended protocols, and we should be considered in the same essential category as other service industry groups.

Taking care of our clients is our No. 1 priority, and here, for example, are some of the protocols we will implement and enforce once we are allowed to reopen.

1. We will ask people to wait in their cars until we are ready for their appointment. We will text or call when we are ready for them. We will ask that clients come alone (no kids, partners, friends).

2. We will ask clients and stylists to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer upon arrival.

3. We will have masks for both clients and service providers if they dont have their own.

4. We will thoroughly sanitize stations, surfaces and tools in between every single client.

5. We will not offer beverages or magazines for now.

6. We will ask both clients and service providers to stay home if they dont feel well.

We can and will operate safely. We need the powers that be to hear us.

Again, as a primarily woman-owned industry with small overall assets, it is hard to not feel discriminated against. It feels like we are being ignored. We have received no updates on when we might be able to sell products curbside (as other business are already allowed to do) or when we might return to work. To date, we have received no communication regarding this.

We have continued to fulfill our obligations by paying our rent and utilities and taxes yet have received no indication if all of this is futile because we may be closed for months or years. The lack of communication and respect for our work and industry is disappointing and saddening.

I have written letters to the Minnesota Board of Cosmetology, the Salon and Spa professional association, my local representatives, and Gov. Walz. I ask that our concerns be taken seriously so we can find a way to make it through this devastating time.

Bee Peterson of St. Paul is co-owner of Urban Village Salonspa in St. Paul.

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Redskins Adrian Peterson reacts to Trent Williams trade with disappointment – ClutchPoints

The saga surrounding former Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams finally came to an end after he was traded to the San Francisco 49ers. Running back Adrian Peterson has since offered up his thoughts on the return.

Washington traded Williams for fifth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and a third-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Although he is happy to see a deal finally get done, Adrian Peterson admits he was hoping for a bigger haul, via Zachary Neel of the Redskins Wire:

It worked out, Adrian Peterson said on the Redskins post-draft live stream. You know, obviously, the things between Trent and the organization werent where it needed to be. But, you know, I wish we could have got more for him.

Adrian Peterson added that he will miss his former teammate and knows he landed in an ideal situation in San Francisco.

Hell be happy in San Francisco, Peterson said. But I know Ill miss him down there.

Petersons comments are certainly understandable considering Williams had played an integral role in helping him enjoy a resurgence in 2018. He had made it to seven consecutive Pro Bowls until his fallout with the team resulted in a lost 2019 campaign. Given the caliber of player he is at such an important position, Adrian Peterson was likely expecting to get more in return.

Unfortunately, it appears that was about as good as it was going to get for the front office. Adrian Peterson cant do anything about it. It is safe to say that Williams is happy with how it all turned out after being traded to a bonafide contender in the 49ers. Expectations remains as high as ever going into the 2020 NFL season coming off a loss in the Super Bowl.

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The one player Michael Jordan was scared of in college? Buzz Peterson details it – The Athletic

All the previously unreleased video clips featured in The Last Dance show Michael Jordan in a light many have never seen before, displaying his ultra-competitive reputation and fiery nature in a different capacity.

Its also led to something else: Buzz Peterson questioning his own wardrobe selection and his fashion sense during his teenage days four decades ago.

Yeah, Im sure people have been holding on to this film for years, the Hornets assistant GM told The Athletic. The part where Michael and I had on green shorts God almighty. I never knew I owned a pair of green shorts like that. I had no idea. So thats embarrassing. But Im sure there is a lot of footage out there that Im eager to see. Im eager to see how he played for the Bulls and everything. I know this: If you start running your mouth back to him, you are only stroking that fire, putting more fuel on that fire, and boy it can...

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Adrian Peterson can play with both Thaddeus and Randy Moss in career – Redskins Wire

If the Washington Redskins newest UDFA tight end Thaddeus Moss can make the roster this fall, he will put one member of the Redskins in a unique position.

Veteran running back Adrian Peterson will be able to say hes then played in games with both Randy Moss and his son Thaddeus, during his historic career.

Randy and Adrian played on the same team in Minnesota with the Vikings back in 2010, when the Hall of Fame WR was in the middle of his second stint with the team. Moss only played four games with the Vikings that year, but he and AP were lined up in the same offense during that time.

Now, if Thad can prove to be a dynamic blocker and pass-catcher at the next level like he was in college at LSU, he will have a chance to play with one of his dads old teammates, completing a nice loop in the circle of time.

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Nursing homes sounded the alarm weeks ago, knowing COVID-19 could be devastating – WTSP.com

TAMPA, Fla. At least 55 long term care facilities in Tampa Bay have reported positive coronavirus cases and the numbers keep growing.

"The speed in which this has grown into a monstrous problem is head-spinning," Lindsay Peterson said.

Peterson is an assistant professor at the University of South Florida's School of Aging Studies. She says it's not hard to figure out how the spike in cases at senior facilities happened.

Today St. Mark Village in Palm Harbor started removing residents from their facility. Their CEO Doug Fresh confirmed there were at least 13 cases in the Skilled Nursing Care Center. Many of the residents were taken to AdventHealth North Pinellas in Tarpon Springs.

"This is something completely different than we've ever seen. Very early on nursing homes were sounding the alarm saying, 'This is going to devastate us,'" Peterson said.

Florida Health reported 335 facilities across the state have been impacted by the coronavirus. Over 2,600 residents and staff have tested positive, and nearly 300 people have died. Peterson says those numbers will continue to climb.

"Our case numbers could be different in the long-term care population than the general population. We may see a leveling off in the general population, but not so much in the long term care," Peterson said.

The concern is a lack of testing. While the National Guard deploys strike teams to speed things up, tests can't be done quickly enough.

"The real problem with this is the long period of time that someone can be asymptomatic. If this is a healthcare worker in a nursing home or assisted living community where they're required to be very close to the people they care for, we're going to see what we're seeing right now," Peterson said.

Peterson says staff at nursing homes need better personal protection equipment and accurate testing to keep COVID-19 contained.

"Testing is the most important thing to do right now to be able to treat those who have the infection away from those who don't," Peterson said.

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KC DoorDash driver starts petition for hazard pay; what other companies are doing – KSHB

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Every time Chase Peterson goes to pick up an order, he wonders if hes putting himself at risk of catching COVID-19.

Peterson is a delivery driver for DoorDash in Kansas City, Missouri.

Delivery drivers are considered essential workers who are still on the job while stay-at-home orders mean thousands of other people arent working or are working remotely.

Peterson believes he deserves extra pay for the risk hes taking. Its a concept called hazard pay. Peterson even created a petition online asking DoorDash to raise the base pay per delivery.

Every day, every order you just don't really know. And then I have to come home to my wife, so it's very concerning just daily," Peterson said.

Dashers get paid a base for each delivery plus tips. The base varies depending on several factors.

Peterson said that sliding scale is too inconsistent. He would like to see DoorDash increase the minimum base to $5 per delivery during the pandemic and afterward.

Its not much, but it's something, Peterson explained. It would feel good daily knowing I could come home with something.

A DoorDash spokesperson didnt directly address Petersons petition, but listed several steps the company is taking to protect Dashers during the pandemic.

The company ordered 5 million face masks and is distributing them with gloves, wipes and hand sanitizer to Dashers. Those Dashers have to pay $5 for shipping.

DoorDash also created a financial assistance program to give Dashers paid sick leave. To make it easier for Dashers to access a doctor should they think theyre getting sick, the company partnered with a telehealth organization to offer discounted virtual doctors visits.

DoorDash established contactless delivery as a default during the pandemic so Dashers dont have to come in contact with customers.

In addition, we are in constant contact with our Dasher community, reminding them of local and national mandates, as well as general CDC guidance, as the situation evolves, a spokesperson said in a statement.

The spokesperson said Dashers now get occupational accident insurance at no cost and are making about $5 more per active hour now than at this time last year. Peterson argues you have to be in the right time at the right place to reach that higher pay.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, no federal law requires private employers to offer hazard pay. Many unions, including SEIU in Missouri, have called on hospitals to pay nurses and other healthcare workers hazard pay.

In Overland Park, Kansas, city leaders have debated whether to give first responders hazard pay during the pandemic. So far, they have not approved the idea.

Grocery stores in the area are paying employees extra. Employees at Whole Foods are earning an extra $2 per hour. Hy-Vee is giving all employees a monthly bonus of 10 percent. And Price Chopper is doing a combination of pay increases and bonuses.

Our teammates are doing amazing work to keep the stores stocked and operating and were incredibly grateful for all they do, Casie Broker, Price Choppers chief marketing officer said in a statement.

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