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Back-to-school month in a typical school year can be a stressful time for caregivers. This year, with the addition of a pandemic, various changes to districts’ schedules and a potential work-at-home situation, it may be downright overwhelming. In my experience with educational technology and online learning as an educator and as a director of innovation …

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Technology is helpful but can be a burden when it fails, rendering that laptop or internet connection useless when it does. It is a feeling most students and their parents most likely do not want to experience as the school year goes virtual for the first time. To avoid issues, school …

This school year, your child could be spending hours a day, isolated, looking at a computer screen. A mental health expert says there are ways you can make this experience a little better for them.  “I think it’s difficult for them as far as not being able to socialize with others,” said Shareza Wilkerson, life coach …

By Bruce Dammeier, Pierce County Executive. I was really looking forward to my Tuesday morning.  I have been office-bound by COVID, so the prospect of getting out with our Roads Crew doing chip sealing got me rev’d up! First, I was reminded just how big our county is.  It took me nearly 45 minutes to …

Stan Popovich, Special to The News-Press Published 8:00 a.m. ET Aug. 9, 2020 CLOSE Many people are resolving to focus on mental health in 2019. (Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto) Do you know a friend or loved one who suffers from fear, anxiety, and depression and do not know what to do? If so, here are six ways …

ROANOKE, Va. – Botetourt County is holding several drive-by events so you can meet the new superintendent. Dr. Jonathan Russ joins the county from Fredericksburg, where he has spent the last 19 years. Today’s event will take place at James River High School from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Martinsville’s UPtown Partnership will hold a …

When Amber Lynn Gilles expressed her indignation over a Starbucks worker’s suggestion that she follow the company and county’s public health mandate by wearing a face mask, she likely had no idea how profitable it would prove — for the barista she blasted.  Gilles is the latest social media participant to be dubbed a “Karen,” …

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If there’s anyone on earth who’s a pro on isolation, it’s astronauts.  In light of the coronavirus pandemic, space explorers, many of whom have spent months living in otherworldly isolation, are sharing their guidance on how to get by while living in confinement ― something many people around the world are adapting to in a …

With record numbers of travelers expected this March, it’s best to go in prepared. MINNEAPOLIS — Traveling over spring break this year? Sure, your trip will be nice and relaxing. But the airport part can be stressful, especially at one of the busiest times of the year. Last year, the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport saw …