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    A WHOPPING £6.8billion is being wasted each year by shrinking and damaging clothes – simply because we can’t understand laundry care symbols. The average annual bill comes to £128.99 of ruined outfits. 11A whopping £6.8billion is being wasted each year by shrinking and damaging clothesCredit: Getty Cleaning service Oxwash claims the worst-hit items are jeans. 53million pairs are shrunk every 12 months. But do you know your tumble dry symbol from your steaming instructions? Try our fun quiz to see if you are a washing whizz, or will keep ending up in hot water. Read more quizzesLIFTING THE LID Viral 'What Is Wrong With You' quiz reveals your personalityCAN YOU SPOT IT? You could be the record holder if you can spot the hidden butterfly 11 a) Do not wring b) Remove sweets from pockets c) Do not wash alongside your bow tie Most read in LifestyleCUP-LIFTING I'm a size 32DDD - I can never find corsets but I got 2 in Victoria’s SecretEYE DO I'm a wedding guest - people think my 6-step prep the night before is wildDECOR...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Long Islanders went to the polls this week to vote on their school district budgets for the 2022-2023 school year.The vast majority of budgets approved will increase tax levies next year, which most likely will translate to higher property taxes in those districts.School districts across Long Island received record state aid for the next school year, but only a few school districts managed to put together a budget with a zero tax levy.Five districts managed to lower their tax levies and 17 kept it the same.Eyewitness News found that many school districts are using the record state aid to hire additional social workers to help the high number of young people suffering from anxiety and depression since the onset of the pandemic. New York Governor Kathy Hochul had said that the aid should be used for that reason.Sixty-three school districts saw a reduction in the number of students enrolling.The planned median spending per pupil is $34,976.What to see how your district compares? Check out Channel 7's interactive database here: https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/aB8xh/6/ALSO READ | New York high court...
    A HEARTBROKEN mom has spoken out to warn other parents after her 10-year-old daughter died while taking part in the TikTok "Blackout" challenge. Tawainna Anderson rushed daughter Nyla to a Pennsylvania hospital after finding her unconscious in her bedroom on December 12 but the young girl passed away. 5Nyla Anderson died on December 12 5Her heartbroken family has warned against the TikTok Blackout Challenge 5Tawainna Anderson urged parents to monitor their kids' phones The family, including her twin brother Nakye and two other brothers, has said it is in shock after Nyla died while they were also in the home. "I'm so hurt," Tawainna told ABC13. "This is a pain that won't go away. It's at the top of my throat. I am so hurt." She has now issued a warning to other parents to monitor young children's phones and to be aware of what kids are watching on social media. "She was a butterfly," Tawainna said of Nyla, who spoke three languages and was described as bright and fun.  "She was everything. She was a...
    President Joe Biden at a rally with former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● Election Night: If I Were a Richmond: The big night is just about here, and we have a lot of exciting races in store on Tuesday from coast to coast. We’ll be liveblogging Tuesday’s election results at Daily Kos Elections starting at 7 PM ET, and tweeting as well. We’ve put together our hour-by-hour guide to the major contests as well as our key race tracker we’ll be updating throughout the night. The main action will of course be in Virginia, where Democrats are looking to defend the governorship. Contributing editor David Jarman has compiled a set of county benchmarks that will help you make sense of returns as they come in to see if Democrat Terry McAuliffe is hitting his targets, or whether Republican Glenn Youngkin...
    Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley did not mince words when he responded to Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Tenn.) asking why he did not resign following the U.S. military's withdrawal from Afghanistan. During a Tuesday Senate hearing on the Afghanistan withdrawal, Cotton insisted that he understands Milley is considered the principal military advisor and decisions are ultimately left up to President Joe Biden. However, he proceeded to ask anyway why Milley did not resign when his suggestions were dismissed by the president. Milley had a firm response. "As a senior military officer, resigning is a really serious thing and it's a political act if I'm resigning in protest. My job is to provide legal advice or best military advice to the president," Milley explained. Milley said it would be unacceptable to resign simply because of a difference in opinion. He continued, "The president doesn't have to agree with that advice. He doesn't have to make those decisions just because we're generals and it would be an incredible act of political defiance for a commissioned officer...
    Dr. Thomas Gleason, the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s director of cardiac surgery research, is earning an approximate annual salary of $1 million — a record sum for the eight years we’ve been analyzing state salary data in Maryland, Virginia and the District. The top earners on Maryland’s state payroll have typically come from the University of Maryland Medical Center and the University of Maryland School of Medicine. And top salaries have often been the high six-figures, but this is the first time a state salary in our region has touched the million-dollar mark. Gleason joined UMd.’s medical school in June 2021 from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, where he was chief of the division of cardiac surgery and co-executive director of the hospital’s heart and vascular center. The salary figures, provided by Maryland’s Central Payroll Bureau, are rounded to the nearest thousand to protect state employees from identity theft and tax fraud, according to the state… Read the full story from the Washington Business Journal.
    University of the District of Columbia President Ronald Mason is once again the highest-paid person on the D.C. payroll, according to data from the city’s Department of Human Resources. Mason’s 2021 salary of $322,354 is tops, and the same amount he earned the previous year. He’s the only person on the payroll earning more than $300,000. The No. 2 and No. 3 spots on this year’s list are occupied by women working for the city’s Department of Behavior Health: Nancy Black, the director of the mental health services division ($288,528), and Morgan Medlock, chief medical officer and director of crisis and emergency services ($280,123). Lewis Ferebee, chancellor of D.C. Public Schools ($280,000), and Philip Candilis, director of medical affairs at Saint Elizabeths Hospital ($271,842.75), round out the top five. Kevin Donahue, who was appointed city administrator in January, is No. 8 on the list with a salary of $270,000 — significantly less than his predecessor, Rashad Young, who… Read the full story from the Washington Business Journal.
    IT’S something we’ve all experienced, be it at work or in relationships. But stress contributes to more deaths than any other condition and is linked to 60 per cent of diseases. With the year we’ve all had, it’s only getting worse. 13As the next epidemic is looming, we ask: can YOU pass the stress test?Credit: Getty Almost 80 per cent of us say they’ve experienced stress at work in the last year, compared to 59 per cent in 2018. Meanwhile, almost two thirds of people have felt more stressed since the start of the first lockdown.  And in the last 12 months, 74 per cent of adults admit to feeling so stressed that at some point they’ve felt unable to cope. So, as we start to see promising signs the pandemic is easing here, there are worrying signs we are on the brink of the next major health crisis — a stress epidemic. When our ancestors roamed Earth, living in caves and wearing loincloths, stress was a life-saving reaction. It triggers instant seismic changes in our brains and bodies....
    California's 45th Congressional District Rep. Katie Porter (D) was the top fundraiser in the first quarter of 2021 among House incumbents in competitive districts. The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● 1Q Fundraising: Daily Kos Elections is pleased to unveil our new charts rounding up first-quarter fundraising for the House and Senate. Our data includes the numbers for every incumbent (excluding those who've said they're not seeking re-election) and notable announced or potential candidates. Early fundraising reports give us our first glimpse at which candidates have the ability to raise the serious sums needed to run for Congress. However, what matters isn't necessarily who's outraising whom but rather which contenders will have the resources to get their message out and which ones won't. It's not uncommon for candidates to win primaries or general elections despite being dramatically outspent. But what is uncommon is for them to win...
    The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● Pres-by-CD: Daily Kos Elections contributing editor David Jarman is out with a new analysis showing the shifts in presidential margins in each congressional district from 2008-2020. We often discuss which party's presidential candidate won which district, but what about districts where there's been significant movement one way or the other but not quite enough to change the winner in 2020? In many of these instances, the trajectory points to a different result looming ahead in one or two more cycles. Two cases in point are Texas's 3rd District in Dallas's suburbs, which started the decade as a red stronghold but was a 1-point near miss for Joe Biden in 2020 … and conversely, Ohio's 13th around Youngstown, which was once solidly blue but in 2020 only gave Biden a 3-point win. The trends are most starkly in Democrats' favor across...
    With spring right on our doorstep, it’s time we start to think about sprucing up our lawns, patios, and backyards. However, with the outdoor tool, decor, and furniture market being so expansive, it can seem difficult to decide which products are worthy of your purchase. That’s why we’ve selected some of our reader’s favorite outdoor items. Be sure to check them out below: Flowtron BK-40D Electronic Insect Killer (Photo Via Amazon) Mosquitoes and other bugs can be pesky during summer nights. The Flowtron will not contaminate any insects. They will simply fall to the ground and be reabsorbed back into nature. This lantern uses UV lights so the bugs will be instantly attracted to it. Plus, it even offers security lighting on dark nights! This maintenance-free product is one you must have for your backyard this year. Did I mention it’s manufactured in the USA? Get it here for just $45.09! Sun Joe SPX3000 2030 Max PSI 1.76 GPM 14.5-Amp Electric High-Pressure Washer (Photo Via Amazon) This pressure washer is a #1 best seller on Amazon. It can clean almost...
    THIS year more than most, it’s not just our homes that need a spring clean. As we emerge from a winter like no other in lockdown, our bodies could do with a once-over too. 11As we emerge from a winter lockdown it's time to give your body and mind a spruceCredit: Getty So just as you’d wield that duster from room to room, why not make your health shine too? “It’s always a shock to see how much dust has gathered behind the sofa,” explains GP Dr Philippa Kaye. “Spring cleaning is a check on our homes but we need one for our bodies as well. Look after your health and get any worrying symptoms checked out by your GP. Earlier diagnosis often means things are easier to treat. “After this winter, especially, when we have spent more time than usual indoors, it’s really important to give yourself an MoT. Spring cleaning your health could boost your mind and body as lockdown lifts in the UK.” Here, some of the UK’s top medical experts share their top tips for...
    New York City, NY mayoral candidate Maya Wiley (D) The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● 2021 Elections: 2021 may be an off year, but there are numerous important elections taking place nationwide, ranging from gubernatorial elections to mayoral races in some of the country's largest cities. Daily Kos Elections has compiled a 2021 election calendar with all the key dates for this year's major local contests, and we have a lot to watch. At the top are the gubernatorial and legislative elections in New Jersey and Virginia, and, in Virginia's case, elections for other statewide offices as well. Democrats will look to maintain the majorities they won in both chambers of the Virginia legislature in 2019, while Team Blue is also angling to preserve their majorities in the Garden State. There's also quite a bit of action happening at the local level. Numerous cities are holding...
    Most of us operate at 50 per cent of our mental capacity. It's like having a high-performance Ferrari and just using it to nip to the shops once in a while. Having spent the past 25 years practising as a neurosurgeon, there is not much I don't know about the workings of the brain, and I am convinced the exquisitely designed organ can crank out a lot more power. If you don't hit the open road occasionally and open the throttle, it could be all too easy to forget what your brain is really capable of achieving. All this week, the Daily Mail has been serialising my new book, Keep Sharp, which sets out a blueprint for optimising mental capacity and protecting yourself against dementia. Today, my focus is on sleep and relaxation because I believe it is possible to harness both to help switch the brain into hyperdrive status, and I'm going to show you how. Today, my focus is on sleep and relaxation because I believe it is possible to harness both to help switch the brain...
    Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters. As we close the books on 2020, we asked our editorial staff to reflect on newly published reads that they loved. We also wondered what books, from any year, they turned to for help processing everything that’s happened, from a pandemic to the climate crisis to electoral politics to a renewed push for racial justice—a decade’s worth of content in just 52 weeks, as one Mother Jones engagement editor put it. The resulting list, “The Books That Got Us Through 2020,” is wide-ranging and surprising, with everything from highly publicized picks like Isabel Wilkerson’s Caste and Elena Ferrante’s The Lying Life of Adults to an unconventional “speculative narrative about wayward Black women at the beginning of the 20th century,” Saidiya Hartman’s Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Riotous Black Girls, Troublesome Women, and Queer Radicals. As the coronavirus continues to exert its deadly toll and winter lockdowns descend, our reading list offers an escape hatch.
    Burgess Owens, the newly elected congressman for Utah’s 4th congressional district, joined the Daily Caller’s Adesola Fasoro to discuss his victory over Democratic incumbent Rep. Ben McAdams, the GOP’s Freedom Force, the Georgia runoff election and more. Owens defeated McAdams in November in a tight congressional race. “I have so much belief in the American people, I truly believe that within our DNA no matter what side of the aisle we are on, we just kind of drift towards a certain direction, towards hopefulness and optimism,” he said. The congressman also highlighted the implications of a Democratic-controlled Senate. (RELATED: Karl Rove Says The Georgia Senate Runoff Election Is ‘The Last Line Of Defense For Conservative Values’). “If they have control of the senate,” Owens said, “you are going to see what socialism looks like, you’re going to see whats it’s like to grow up in a country where nothing is predictable anymore.” Watch the full video to find out what Owens had to say about the Freedom Force and COVID-19 lockdowns. WATCH: Check out TheDC’s fantastic videos and subscribe...
    Scams likely to heat up after COVID-19 vaccine rollout Lamar Alexander: Trump needs to put the country first and accept election results Holiday shopping? Check out our 12 Latino gift suggestions Our editors independently selected these items because we think you will enjoy them and might like them at these prices. If you purchase something through our links, we may earn a commission. Pricing and availability are accurate as of publish time. Learn more about Shop TODAY. The holiday season is coming up and we know buying gifts can be quite stressful, especially in an already chaotic year. Why not avoid the lines and help support these wonderful Latino-owned businesses. From one-of-a-kind bags to beautifully embroidered face masks, you’ll rest easy this year knowing your memorable gifts will support Hispanic entrepreneurship and craftsmanship.1. Midas Cosmetics Flower Bomb Eyeshadow Palette Go bold with this palette great for the makeup enthusiasts in your life. Made up of 21 highly pigmented shades in bold colors, this vegan and cruelty-free gift supports Midas Cosmetics, an Afro-Latino owned company. Dominican American Rocio Nuñez founded...
    The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● Election Night: At long last, Election Day is upon us! Daily Kos Elections will be liveblogging the results of all of the key downballot races starting at 6 PM ET, while our Daily Kos colleagues will be covering the presidential returns in a parallel liveblog. You can also follow us on Twitter for blow-by-blow coverage. To help you navigate what will be an action-packed night, we've assembled a number of guides you'll want to bookmark and keep handy in tabs: Our famous poll closing times map is back! You can find it at the top of this post and also at this link, where we have versions keyed to every U.S. time zone (as well as a version to aid colorblind folks). This is the map used by Nancy Pelosi and the Obama campaign, so print yours out and...
    Former NFL player and Utah Republican congressional candidate Burgess Owens joined the Daily Caller’s Adesola Fasoro to discuss Diddy, aka Sean Combs, launching a new party and endorsing Democratic nominee Joe Biden. In the interview he also discussed what he thinks are the problems with the black community and why he thinks “Make America Great Again” applies to black Americans. “For those people who are living the American dream making millions of dollars, to continue to the support a party that has done so much damage the black race says really want our problem has been for a long long time, our problem has not been not white supremacists, it’s has been black elitists,” Owens told the Daily Caller. (RELATED: Burgess Owens Says ‘BLM Inc. Is Nothing But A Marxist Organization’) Owens recently won a GOP House primary in Utah against Kim Coleman by a margin of nearly 20%. He has criticized the Democratic Party over the course of his campaign, saying, “Every place the Democratic party has laid their presence you see misery, you see abject poverty, you see anger.”...
    Opinion: The size of the Supreme Court is only part of the problem Panera Bread becomes first national chain to label entrees as climate friendly Prime Day ends tonight! Check out our live blog for today’s deals Our editors independently selected these items because we think you will enjoy them and might like them at these prices. If you purchase something through our links, we may earn a commission. Pricing and availability are accurate as of publish time. Learn more about Shop TODAY. © Provided by TODAY Prime Day was created by Amazon which has an affiliate relationship with TODAY. Whenever you buy an Amazon product through our site, Amazon pays TODAY a small commission on that sale. Load Error Day two of Amazon Prime Day 2020 is officially here and we have all the best deals right here in one place. Day one was packed with deals on everything from beauty, style, laptops and toys — and even more deals are underway for day two! TODAY.com's live blog is your one-stop destination for the can't-miss sales...
    University System of Maryland Chancellor Jay Perman is the highest-paid person on the state payroll — but, in a sign of the times, he just took a pay cut. Perman said in September he would take a temporary 10% salary cut to help close a projected $500 million budget gap for the system in fiscal year 2021. According to the data from the Comptroller of Maryland, Perman was earning an approximate salary of $970,400 as of Aug. 1 — a month before the cut was announced. Scroll down to see our searchable salary database of thousands of Maryland employees. In June, the USM Board of Regents voted to authorize Perman and the presidents of each of the 12 member institutions — typically home to the largest state salaries — to make cuts aimed at closing their deficits, including the use of temporary salary reductions and employee furloughs, if necessary. “I acknowledge that the size of our deficit means that, to some degree, employees will likely have to share in the pain of budget… Read the full story from...
    University of the District of Columbia President Ronald Mason is once again the highest-paid person on the District payroll. Mason’s 2020 salary of $322,354 is tops, and the same amount he earned last year. No. 2 on the list is former D.C. City Administrator Rashad Young, who recently left the administration of Mayor Muriel Bowser for a job at Howard University. He was earning $307,000 in annual salary from the District before stepping down on Aug. 14. Scroll down to see our searchable salary database of thousands of D.C. employees. His move was cause for consternation after he was D.C.’s lead negotiator in a deal to provide public financing for a new Howard hospital. A D.C. ethics board found he committed an inadvertent technical violation of city ethics laws and fined him $2,500, but otherwise cleared him of wrongdoing. He begins his new role with Howard as senior vice president and chief strategy officer on Oct. 12. Chief Medical Officer Roger Mitchell is No. 3 on the list… Read the full story from the Washington Business Journal.
    The largest salaries on Virginia’s payroll in 2020 are being earned at the commonwealth’s public universities, according to data provided by Virginia’s Department of Human Resource Management and compiled by the Washington Business Journal. Charles Phlegar, who became Virginia Tech’s first-ever vice president for advancement in 2015 and works as the university’s chief fundraiser, moved back to No. 1 on the list after being eclipsed last year by University of Virginia President James Ryan. For 2020, Phlegar is earning $696,324 to Ryan’s salary of $695,250. Scroll down to see our searchable salary database of thousands of Virginia employees. Lance Collins, the executive director and vice president of Virginia Tech’s new computer science-focused Alexandria campus, and new George Mason University President Gregory Washington are tied with Old Dominion University football coach Ricky Rahne for No. 3 on the list. All three earn $650,000 in annual base salary. Football and… Read the full story from the Washington Business Journal.
    A great activity for a quarantined summer is spending time in nature. Hiking is one of the best social-distancing activities, so now is the time to invest in some mountain gear. Check out our favorite gear for your social-distancing mountain activities. Everyone needs a sturdy pair of hiking shoes, these hiking boots are incredibly durable and will allow you to take your adventures almost anywhere! Both for women and men, these boots will keep you comfortable during all of your outdoor activities. (Photo by Amazon) Columbia Hiking Shoes are waterproof and excel in offering you a pleasurable hiking experience!  This Yeti waterbottle is perfect to bring along for all of your adventures. Made up of stainless steel, it will surely be durable throughout all of your hikes and activities. It will also keep you hydrated as it keeps your liquids cold and fresh. (Photo by Amazon) It is important to carry a sporty backpack or fanny pack to carry your sunscreen, water bottle, and other necessities. These affordable hiking backpacks and fanny packs fit comfortably and are...
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