Category: Economy

How does an Atlanta strip club navigate social distancing?

It was just a few minutes after 6 p.m. at the Magic City strip club — early for a place that does not get going until long after dark — and already the DJ was pumping out hip-hop and dancers not inclined to social distancing were slipping out of lacy bralettes, sheer thongs and neon […]

Funeral of John Lewis: Obama, more deliver masterful speeches

Befitting the man it memorialized, Thursday’s funeral of John Lewis in Atlanta was an oratorical symphony, a rhetorical masterwork of pride, praise and calls to continue the great man’s work. Three former presidents spoke, all with emotional admiration for the 80-year-old civil rights leader and longtime Democratic congressman from Georgia’s 5th District, who died on […]

Ex-Census heads: Extra time is vital for accurate 2020 count

Completing an accurate count in the 2020 census is in doubt as the government grapples with the coronavirus pandemic and attempts by President Trump to exclude residents who are in the country illegally, four former Census Bureau directors told Congress on Wednesday. “The chances of having a census accurate enough to use is unclear — […]

Coptic church mobilizes against sexual abuse after accusations

The Coptic Orthodox Church in the U.S., shaken in recent weeks by accusations of sexual abuse, has vowed to eradicate inappropriate behavior in its cloistered communities following the defrocking of a priest accused of pedophilia for decades. The 2,000-year-old church, which was started in Egypt by the Apostle Mark and grew in the U.S. following […]

South Korea desperate for migrant farmworkers amid COVID-19

It wasn’t yet 9 a.m., but Promdeth Phonsrikaew stood sweat-soaked in the field. He was in his third hour of picking tobacco, beginning shortly after dawn at the foot of a mountain in a sleepy South Korean town. Weaving between rows lining the gentle slope, he stooped to snap off the ripe, yellow-tinged leaves from […]

U.S.-China engagement is over. Is military conflict next?

Fears are rising on both sides of the Pacific that the U.S. and China could be headed for a total breakdown of relations and even outright conflict within the next few months. As the two powers ordered the closure of each other’s consulates in Houston and Chengdu last week amid allegations of espionage, Secretary of […]

These ‘scamdemic’ skeptics still want to sell you a mask

Don Caple won’t wear a mask. He doesn’t think they actually stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, and he’s pretty sure mask mandates are a “communistic move” by the government to see how much people are willing to give up their freedom. But if you’re in the market for a mask, does he have […]

Crisis nurses redeployed to coronavirus front lines in Texas

Crisis nurse Catrina Rugar was in full protective gear, checking a ventilated patient at a new COVID-19 unit in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, when a doctor stopped to ask how old the man was: 40. “They keep getting younger,” Rugar said. Doctor and nurse bemoaned how people in Florida and Texas were ignoring pandemic restrictions. […]

Op-Ed: America’s coronavirus crisis needs a 9/11 Commission

COVID-19 has altered the course of our nation’s history in so many ways. Even as we fight to bring the virus under control and save lives, we are also aware that our country will be feeling the effects of the pandemic for years and possibly decades to come. It isn’t enough to beat the virus, […]