Small business is careening from quarantine to curfew and needs help


All Americans can agree that George Floyd’s death was ghastly and wrong. The racism that was a root cause of that horrific, dehumanizing act in Minneapolis must be rejected as immoral and un-American. That rejection is one of the things that unites the United States.

Another tenet of our republic is the need to protect life and property. Our democracy can’t survive without respect for law. Indeed, Floyd would be alive today if basic decency and the norms of civilization had been maintained.


These two beliefs – abhorrence of racism and respect for the law – aren’t contradictory. They are, in fact, what make us Americans in many ways. They are fundamental to what we understand to be justice in our country.

That’s why it has been so awful to see demonstrations meant to support the first of these

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Want to Be the Next Big Rock Producer? Buckle Up


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Carlos de la Garza can “count on one hand” the number of alternative rock records being green-lit by major labels right now.

De la Garza, a drummer-turned-producer who also mixes and engineers and has worked with everyone from Bad Religion to Best Coast, remembers a more lucrative time: 10 to 15 years ago, he says, record labels had much bigger budgets for rock and alternative acts. Those budgets have since shifted toward other genres — resulting in fewer album releases and fewer opportunities for rock-focused producers every year. “Everyone’s fighting for those same few records, so when you do get a record like that, the pressure is just so intense,” de la Garza tells Rolling Stone.Taking chances becomes much more of a high-risk game, and that can just lead to a spiraling effect on the ability to create something

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Job-hunting advice for 2020 graduates, from the Class of 2008


Graduates face even tougher competition for jobs this summer because of the coronavirus pandemic.

About 400,000 students finishing their degrees in 2020 have seen opportunities evaporate overnight.

Twelve years ago, graduates faced similar anxiety when the global financial crisis threw much of the world into recession. Banks collapsed, businesses went under, and millions of people lost their jobs.

But what can the Class of 2008 teach the Class of 2020? We asked three graduates from 2008 what advice they would give to their younger counterparts.

Lindsay Cash, 35: ‘Try new things and use it to your advantage’

Lindsay moved thousands of miles from Birmingham to Australia where she now works as an IT manager

I think I’m one of the lucky ones from 2008.

I studied law at Warwick University. I was finishing my legal practice course (LPC) when law firms started contacting people to defer their training contracts.

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