Category Archives: News and Views

Watch: Escaped cow causes chaos on Virginia highway | UPI.com

A busy stretch of highway in Virginia was brought to a stand-still when a cow jumped out of a livestock trailer and went running down the roadway. Virginia Department of Transportation traffic cameras were recording Tuesday afternoon as Virginia State Police troopers and other personnel chased after the loose bovine on Interstate 64 in Chesapeake

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Watch: Italian priest accidentally live streams mass with Facebook filters active | UPI.com

An Italian priest’s live streamed mass on Facebook went viral after the religious leader accidentally left the platform’s AR filters active, causing him to appear in various cartoon disguises.

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JOANN Stores are Handing Out Free Fabric Supplies at Curbside to Anyone Sewing Face Masks at Home | Good News Network

In a national emergency, some people’s initial thoughts are to fight over toilet paper. Others, like Good News Network reader Trina Branella, immediately want to leap to the aid of those in the front lines of the crisis.

Trina began constructing and sewing cloth masks for a project in Indiana to help teenage cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Then, wanted to donate more masks to workers at four local chemo centers in New Jersey, spurred on by a friend of hers whose mother has cancer “and right now she’s using a bandana.”

While running low on fabric and unable to purchase more, she asked around to see if there was anyone willing to donate to a good cause but had no luck.

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Baby born in toilet paper aisle at Missouri Walmart | UPI.com

March 20 (UPI) — Something far more unusual than shortages happened in the toilet paper aisle of a Missouri Walmart store — a customer gave birth.

Jessica Hinkle, store manager at the Walmart store on Sunshine Street in Spingfield, said the woman’s water broke in the toilet paper aisle of the store Wednesday and the expectant mother warned employees her last child had been born after only 30 minutes of labor.

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Restaurant giving out toilet paper with take-out orders over $25 – UPI.com

March 19 (UPI) — A Minnesota restaurant is offering an unusual promotion for customers amid the coronavirus pandemic – a free roll of toilet paper with take-out orders over $25.

The Cambridge Bar and Grill in Cambridge announced all orders totaling over $25 now come with a free roll of toilet paper, a product some consumers are having difficulty finding due to shortages from customers stocking up for quarantine.

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Tax deadline extension announced in response to coronavirus scare | Small Business Trends

The IRS announces a tax deadline extension of 90 days to July 15 interest and penalty-free to help individuals and businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

As Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Tuesday in the briefing about the coronavirus, individual taxpayers and small businesses can delay paying their income taxes on as much as $1 million for up to 90 days. The sum goes up to $10 million for corporations.

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The PlayStation 5 Repeats The PS3’s Mistakes, Except For One | Digital Trends

Mark Cerny’s PlayStation 5 presentation detailed many key elements of Sony’s new console. It was also, frankly, a snoozefest for most of the people watching it. That’s not a huge surprise. Cerny is the project’s lead, not a personality or presenter, and the talk was originally scheduled for the now-postponed Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2020. It was a deep dive, not a flashy marketing presentation (though Sony could’ve done more to make that clear).

Still, the presentation’s focus was a surprise. You might have expected it to linger on the CPU and GPU, two key components most gamers associate with performance. Instead, Cerny went deepest on the console’s custom storage solution and audio engine, which only Sony’s PlayStation 5 will have.

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Xbox Series X specs revealed by Microsoft | CNN

Microsoft revealed the technical specifications of its next generation video game console, the Xbox Series X, in a Monday blog post. Although pricing is still unknown, Microsoft said the Series X is coming this holiday season and has several new features that would give it a leg up over older consoles.

The Series X will be capable of running 4K graphics at 60 to 120 frames per second, meaning that game graphics should display clear details and games will appear smooth even during action-packed scenes.

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Want to link two screens as a single display? New Apple patent may allow it | Digital Trends

A new Apple patent envisions bringing together two or more devices to act as one large, seamless display through sensor technology.

The patent, first reported by Patently Apple, is titled System With Multiple Electronic Devices and was initially submitted in June 2017 and published on March 10. The patent describes seamlessly dividing one image into two separate displays between separate devices, which the patent calls “joint operating mode.”

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Remember That Company With the $70K Minimum Wage? Here’s How It’s Doing Now | Inc.com

Remember how five years ago, Dan Price, the CEO of Seattle-based payment processing company Gravity Payments, raised all of his 120 employees’ salary to at least $70,000 a year, taking a huge pay cut to make it happen?

A media firestorm resulted, including here in Inc.com, much of it focused on negative blowback from the decision, including executive resignations, sniping from local startups, and a lawsuit from Price’s co-founder (also his brother). Rush Limbaugh called Price “a communist.” All in all, the coverage painted a messier picture than a simple feel-good story of a generous CEO doing good by his employees.

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