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In Michigan, an Election Day unlike any other

DETROIT – Tuesday’s primary was a Michigan election like no other.

The casting of close to 1.6 million absentee ballots crushed absentee records for any previous primary and easily topped the 1.27 million absentee ballots cast in the November 2018 general election, formerly a record.

Though the overall turnout appeared strong for a primary, the precincts themselves were mostly quiet throughout the day and as the 8 p.m. time for polls to close approached.

Instead, any frenzy took place in nearby rooms where crews of poll workers hustled to count record numbers of absentee votes.

Many of those who did show up at the polls – amid a coronavirus pandemic and after Michigan’s 2018 approval of no-reason absentee voting – said it was because they felt most certain their vote would be counted if they stuck the ballot into the box themselves.

“I think it’s more secure,” said Marla Laurain,

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State Gives Cotati-Rohnert Park Guidance To Start School Classes

ROHNERT PARK-COTATI, CA — If the Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District wants to hold classes in schools instead of online this fall, state epidemiologist Dr. Erica Pan on Tuesday outlined the state’s waiver process for K-6 schools.

Sonoma County is currently on California’s COVID-19 coronavirus “Watch List.”

Pan, the former health officer for Alameda County, said K-6 schools can apply for a waiver to begin in-person instruction if they are located in a county that meets several criteria in spite of being on the state’s Watch List.

Individual schools must submit a site-specific plan to keep students and staff safe, taking into account input from interest groups like labor unions and parent organizations. Those schools must then publicly post their plan and submit it to their local health officer to apply for a waiver.

California Department of Public Health officials will then review each application on a case-by-case basis, taking

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State Gives San Leandro Guidance To Start Classroom Teaching

SAN LEANDRO, CA — If the San Leandro Unified School District wants to hold classes in schools instead of online this fall, State epidemiologist Dr. Erica Pan on Tuesday outlined the state’s waiver process for K-6 schools.

Alameda County is currently on California’s COVID-19 coronavirus “Watch List.”

Pan, the former health officer for Alameda County, said K-6 schools can apply for a waiver to begin in-person instruction if they are located in a county that meets several criteria in spite of being on the state’s Watch List.

Individual schools must submit a site-specific plan to keep students and staff safe, taking into account input from interest groups like labor unions and parent organizations. Those schools must then publicly post their plan and submit it to their local health officer to apply for a waiver.

California Department of Public Health officials will then review each application on a case-by-case basis, taking

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FTSE caught in tug-of-war as companies offer mixed results

Well, that’s all from us for today. Louis Ashworth will be back bright and early.

Here’s a quick recap of today…

Interim results: Ferrexpo, Hastings, Hill & Smith, IP Group, Legal & General, Metro Bank, Morgan Sindall, PageGroup, Segro, William Hill

Economics: New car registrations (UK); services PMI final (UK, China, eurozone, US, Japan, Germany, France, Italy, Spain); ADP employment, trade balance (US)

The FTSE 100 found itself in a tug-of-war today as share-price shifts for some of London’s biggest companies left the blue-chip bourse in a state of equilibrium.

At the end of the trading session, Europe’s major equity benchmarks showed modest  gains while the Dax underperformed.

London’s benchmark index ended 0.05pc higher to 6,036 while the FTSE 250 jumped 0.73pc to 17,283.25.

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Home Office to drop ‘racist’ algorithm used in visa approval system

Secretary of State Priti Patel will suspend the use of the algorithm from

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Charli & Dixie D’Amelio Celebrate Their Unique Styles With A New Nail Launch

When salons first closed amid the pandemic earlier this year, many of us quickly became our own nail artists, picking up the file and mastering our manicure skills out of necessity. Sisters and TikTok stars Charli and Dixie D’Amelio took time to focus on their nails during quarantine, too — by collaborating with nail-care brand Orosa Beauty to create a collection with two polish sets unique to their distinctive styles.

The Coastal Craze by Charli + Dixie D’Amelio collection, which launches today, is a meaningful passion project for the pair, who were involved in every aspect of creating these polishes. “Orosa really gave us free rein to make this launch 100% us,” Charli tells Refinery29 in a phone interview. “We were able to take creative control and pick colors that we love.” Dixie adds, “Every part of the line, from the colors to the names, is important to us.”

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Small Businesses Got Emergency Loans, but Not What They Expected

A dress on a mannequin at the office of Caroline Keefer, a clothing designer, in Los Angeles on July 18, 2020. (Nolwen Cifuentes/The New York Times)
A dress on a mannequin at the office of Caroline Keefer, a clothing designer, in Los Angeles on July 18, 2020. (Nolwen Cifuentes/The New York Times)

For nearly 70 years, the Small Business Administration’s disaster relief program has helped companies recover from catastrophes including wildfires, hurricanes and earthquakes. But it has never faced anything like the coronavirus crisis.

Besieged by more than 8 million applicants — and operating in the shadow of the hastily assembled Paycheck Protection Program — the disaster relief effort has given out more money in the past few months than it had in its entire history.

But the demand has created a problem that is hobbling hundreds of thousands of applicants: The agency, afraid of running out of cash, capped its coronavirus loans at a fraction of what companies can normally borrow — even though the program has handed out less than half the $360 billion

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The Black in Fashion Council Officially Launches With 38 Participants

These brands will work with the organization and the Human Rights Campaign to put policies into practice to demonstrate their commitment to Black employees at all levels.

Looks from the Prabal Gurung Spring 2020 collection.
Looks from the Prabal Gurung Spring 2020 collection.

Back in late June, Teen Vogue editor-in-chief Lindsay Peoples Wagner and public relations specialist Sandrine Charles announced the launch of the Black in Fashion Council, a collective that calls for better, long-term representation and advancement opportunities for Black professionals in the fashion and beauty industries. Now, a little over a month later, the group has officially launched.

Thus far, 32 brands have committed to work with the Black in Fashion Council over the next three years and to collaborate with the Human Rights Campaign on putting policies that demonstrate their commitment to Black employees at all levels to practice. Participating companies include the popular resale marketplace The Real Real and the peer-to-peer social shopping app

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10 online resources that help you prep for the hardest interview questions

If you’ve been interviewing far and wide, but not having much luck, take a deep breath. Everyone struggles with some part of the application process, and yours might be nailing the hardest interview questions. In addition to practicing, being vulnerable about your weakness and working to approve them, countless online resources could help you. Best of all, the vast majority won’t cost a penny—a mega perk when the current unemployment rate is sky-high. Here, we analyzed the top TK that will improve your skills, supercharge your confidence, and lead you closer to the offer letter:

1. Gainlo

Your best friend, partner or parent will gladly step-in to conduct a mock interview with you. But, let’s be honest: they won’t be as critical as a stranger who can give candid feedback based on your performance. Through this service, you fill out a brief questionnaire about your dream companies, experience and availability,

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Rowan College To Offer In-Person, Remote Learning This Fall

BURLINGTON COUNTY, NJ — Rowan College at Burlington County will offer a limited number of on-campus courses this fall as the college prepares to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.

At the same time, the college said it will offer new types of online courses to increase engagement in the course while reducing the number of people on campus. For those who are on campus, measures will be in place to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus, according to the college’s website.

The college submitted a plan to the state on July 7 so that it could reopen its labs for summer courses. Officials said many of the details for the fall reopening plan were included in the submission, but those plans could change as they hear from the community and the pandemic evolves.

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Get the Best Car-Loan Rate Despite Low Credit Score

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If you’ve ever financed the purchase of a car or a refrigerator, you know your credit score is important to getting a good deal.

A good credit score can get you a lower interest rate, while a poor credit score—or having no credit—pushes you into the subprime category. This indicates a higher risk to the lender, so you have to pay more, adding significant finance costs on top of the purchase price. 

Anywhere from a fifth to a quarter of all auto loans fall in the subprime category, according to analysts at TrueCar, a major online automotive marketplace that is partnered with Consumer Reports. That’s more than 5 million car loans per year.

But your credit rating may not be the only factor driving up the rate on your car loan. If you finance through the car dealer, using

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