The COVID recession is setting back mothers

The coronavirus has killed 107,472 men in America, and just (just!) 91,332 women (as of Oct. 3).

But the virus’ economic impacts here are being disproportionately borne by women, who made up 46% of the U.S. workforce pre-pandemic, but account for 54% of jobs lost since the recession began. In September alone, married women lost 1.2 million jobs, while single men gained 1 million jobs.

Why? It’s simple and it’s complicated. Industries and sectors with the greatest job losses tended to be low-wage and service jobs, disproportionately held by women. Meanwhile, hamstrung by closed schools and cut off from accessing outside child care, adult women with children are dropping out of the workforce or scaling back hours at drastically higher rates than working fathers, to help shoulder family responsibilities. The COVID-19 pandemic may have erased a generation’s worth of hard-won progress in closing persistent gender disparities in pay.

So it’s

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Fresno’s Patrick James blames COVID for bankruptcy, closures

The coronavirus pandemic has caused Patrick James, the Fresno-based men’s clothing retailer, to file for bankruptcy with plans to close stores.

The company has sold upscale men’s clothing – like Tommy Bahama and its own line of shirts and jackets – since 1962.

It has 11 stores in California, Nevada and Arizona, plus a temporary pop-up store in River Park near Ruth’s Chris Steak House through the end of the month.

The company announced last week that it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. It’s a reorganization, not a liquidation.

Patrick James has more than $7 million in debt, and its bankruptcy was filed under a special designation for small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.

The business was doing “extremely well” before COVID-19 hit, according to Patrick James’ bankruptcy attorney, Hagop Bedoyan of McCormick, Barstow, Sheppard, Wayte & Carruth.

“With the pandemic and closing of doors as mandated by the state

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Marshfield elementary school closing for at least two weeks after COVID leaves not enough staff to continue hybrid model

An elementary school in Marshfield is returning to remote learning for at least two weeks after multiple positive COVID cases.

Daniel Webster Elementary School has six positive COVID-19 cases, the Patriot Ledger reported, leaving a number of staff having to quarantine due to close contact with the people with positive case.

“With six positive cases of COVID-19 at the DWS within the past five days, and the subsequent quarantine requirements of close contacts, we do not have the necessary staffing to safely keep the building open and adequately educate our students in the hybrid model,” Superintendent Jeff Granatino said, according to the newspaper.

The district administration will revisit the decision before the two week period is up to decide if it is safe to re-open the school, the newspaper said.

This is not the first time a Massachusetts school has moved to remote learning due to a lack of staff

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Sunday Best: A tribute to iconic fashion designer Kenzo Takada, who died last weekend at age 81 from COVID complications

To the list of those souls lost to COVID-19, add the name of the pioneering fashion designer Kenzo Takada, who died this month at a Paris hospital at the age of 81. Takada — whose fashion company was known by his first name, Kenzo — helped bring Japanese fashion to the world, paving the way for many later Japanese designers. Takada, who was one of the first men to attend Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo, arrived in Paris in 1964. Initially planning a short stay, he ended up spending the rest of his life there, opening his first store in 1970 and presenting playful, exuberant fashion shows until the 1990s; later, he designed for opera and presented a homewares collection. Here, he’s seen as a young man with Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida in 1977 (she had just awarded him the title of one of the

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Moms make COVID isolation gift bags for quarantined ASU students

“Water, Gatorade, just some fun snack foods… there’s a jump rope, a deck of cards,” said one of the moms.

ARIZONA, USA — A group of ASU moms are coming together this weekend to make 300 COVID isolation gift bags for Sun Devils quarantined on campus.  

It’s a collaboration of hundreds of ASU moms in a Facebook group online and others from out of state.  

“An army of ASU moms that are preparing care packages for ASU students that have tested positive and are in quarantine,” said Sue Rigler, who knows the struggle they’re going through. Her daughter contracted COVID-19.  

“She tested positive quite some time ago,” she said. “She’s very healthy now, but she was in quarantine for 10 days.”  

During that time, Sue sent her daughter a care package.  

“It didn’t have a smiley emoji stress ball in it, but it had mashed potatoes and bananas,” said Rigler.  

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Man says woman bleached his clothing in fear of Covid: Richmond Heights Police Blotter

RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Ohio

Family trouble: Richmond Park Drive West

A man reported Sept. 4 that the mother of his child was pouring bleach onto his clothing because of the pandemic. He was not concerned with the clothing but wanted her to leave his apartment. The woman left without further incident and the locks to the apartment were changed since he believed she had a key.

Psychiatric situation: Ruth Ellen Drive

A boy, 14, agreed to go to the hospital Sept. 4 for a mental health evaluation. His guardian said he became angry after she told him not to listen to rap music with vulgar language.

Welfare check: Richmond Road

Officers responded to Five Points Grille Oct. 5 for a report of a woman passed out on the floor in the lady’s restroom. The woman, 24, had vomited and urinated on herself and could not stand on her own. She was

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Dr. Deborah Birx warns about COVID spread in small gatherings; praises aggressive college testing as model

The frequent, recurrent testing on college campuses should serve as a model for communities at large, she said, so they can detect cases as quickly as the schools.

“It gives me really great hope to see how the college students have modified their behavior because they know what it takes to be safe,” she said. “And they have been able to mostly keep themselves safe with very low test positivity rates.”

Birx commended the Broad Institute for its key role in testing in the Northeast. Soon after the crisis began in March, the lab converted its laboratory into a high-throughput COVID-19 test processing center.

This spring, the institute signed contracts with 108 public and private colleges in the region to provide testing for students, faculty, and staff. Among the 1.7 million tests conducted for the colleges and universities so far, the positivity rate is 0.1 percent, or approximately 1 in

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Mark Meadows said to flout COVID rules at daughter’s wedding

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows hosted a large wedding for his daughter that appeared to violate a Georgia order and city of Atlanta guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19, a newspaper reported Thursday.

Photos of the event show many of the guests crowding together, dancing and hugging during the May 31 nuptials at the Biltmore Ballrooms Atlanta, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

About 70 guests, including Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), wore tuxedos and ball gowns but no masks at the indoor wedding, and photographs show groups of people clustered closely together in the same room throughout the evening, the newspaper said.

Gov. Brian Kemp’s orders at the time banned gatherings of more than 10 people. The governor later loosened some coronavirus restrictions.

Novare Events, which plans events at the Biltmore Ballrooms, verified ahead of time that it would be acting within the law and in compliance with details

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Shopping centre owners still struggling to collect rent in Covid crisis

Struggling retailers increased the amount of rent paid to their landlords in September compared with three months earlier but still left property owners waiting to receive more than half of rental payments.



a large building: Photograph: Richard Saker/The Observer


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Photograph: Richard Saker/The Observer

Landsec, the property group behind the Trinity Leeds shopping centre and Bluewater in Kent, said that it had collected only a third of rents from its retail tenants, five working days after they were due, compared with 82% of rental payments from office tenants.

The Covid-19 crisis has taken a toll, with the company saying that a year earlier it had collected 89% of retail rents and almost all (98%) office rents during the same timeframe.

Overall, it received just under two-thirds (62%) of rent due in September from all of its commercial tenants, down from 95% a year earlier.

It was a similar picture at the rival property

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White House Chief of Staff Flouted Covid Rules for Atlanta Wedding

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows does a television interview at the White House on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

ATLANTA (CN) — White House chief of staff Mark Meadows reportedly hosted a large wedding for his daughter in May in Atlanta that appeared to violate city and state coronavirus restrictions prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people.

Approximately 70 guests, including Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan, attended the May 31 indoor wedding at Biltmore Ballrooms in Atlanta, according to a report published by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday.

Photos reviewed by the newspaper reportedly show that attendees hugged and danced to a live band before sitting down for a three-course dinner. Guests did not wear masks even though the wedding took place at the height of the pandemic.

The White House did not respond to an emailed request for comment Thursday afternoon.

At the time of the wedding, Georgia was

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