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Matt Helps Rachael After She’s Hurt, Serena P. Leaves


Sorting out their feelings. Matt James reconsidered how serious he was about the remaining four women during hometown dates on the Monday, February 22, episode of The Bachelor.

Michelle landed the first date, taking him bike riding and introducing him to her students via video chat. She told Matt her parents were hesitant for her to join the show because she had to put her life on hold, but they agreed to support her no matter what. Michelle revealed she would say yes if Matt proposed and she thought he was The One, while he said he would move to Minnesota for her.

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Rachael, for her part, organized a skydiving date because trust is a big factor for her in relationships. However, things took a turn when she slammed into the ground upon landing. Matt ran over to check on her and confessed that he didn’t realize how strongly he felt for her until watching her get hurt. She cried over his admission and was appreciative of his concern for her. She later told her mom that makeup was covering the injuries to her face.

Rachael’s family — specifically her dad — was skeptical about the fast process, but she hoped Matt would ask for her father’s blessing. She admitted she was in love with him and noted she would accept a proposal. Ultimately, she was let down when Matt opted not to ask for permission to pop the question. He didn’t want to do it with all four families, but he promised to call Rachael’s dad closer to time if the opportunity arose.

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Matt James and Serena P. ABC/Craig Sjodin

Bri and Matt went off-roading in a Jeep during their date. He wanted to move past their level of comfort with each other, but she was scared to tell him she was falling in love with him. Matt believed he and Bri had a special connection, and although she wanted to put up a wall, she told him about her feelings.

Serena P., meanwhile, introduced Matt to her Canadian culture. He then met her family, who expressed their doubts that she was ready to get engaged. Serena’s anxieties deepened about making a mistake with Matt since she had hoped her hometown date would help her become more confident about taking the next step.

Matt felt something was off with Serena, so he confronted her before the rose ceremony. He told her he intentionally spent more time with her than the other women to build their connection. She thought she was afraid of her feelings for him, but she realized he was not her person. Matt was shocked and disappointed, but he wanted Serena to be happy. She chose to leave, which made Matt worry that the remaining women might do the same.

At the rose ceremony, Matt encouraged Bri, Rachael and Michelle to be sure they were ready for an engagement before accepting a rose. They all decided to stay and received roses.

The Bachelor airs on ABC Mondays at 8 p.m. ET.

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Programs Helps COVID Long Haulers Recover


Arianna Varas, 35, COVID-19 survivor and long hauler, Manhattan, NY.

Webinar, Infectious Diseases Society of America, Feb. 12, 2021.

Thomas Gut, DO, director of ambulatory care medicine, Staten Island University Hospital; assistant professor of medicine, Hofstra/Northwell School of Medicine.

Rachel Zabner, MD, infectious disease specialist and co-director, COVID-19 Recovery Program, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles.

David Putrino, PhD, director of rehabilitation innovation, Mount Sinai Health System, with its center for post-COVID care.

Kathleen Bell, MD, professor and chair of physical medicine and rehabilitation, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas.

Allison Navis, MD, assistant professor of neuro-infectious diseases, Icahn School of Medicine; Neurology Clinic director, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.


Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy: “Recovery after COVID-19: The potential role of pulmonary rehabilitation.”

CDC, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: “Symptom Duration and Risk Factors for Delayed Return to Usual Health Among Outpatients with COVID-19 in a Multistate Health Care systems Network — United States, March-June 2020.”





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NJ Rep. Andy Kim helps clean up wreckage left by Capitol rioters



Water bottles, clothing, Trump flags, even a U.S. flag littered the ground inside the U.S. Capitol after a mob backing President Donald Trump ransacked the building.

New Jersey Rep. Andy Kim walked amid the mess shortly after voting to certify Joe Biden’s victory over Trump — and felt the weight of the day wearing on him — when something motivated him to clean up the debris.

“I was just really affected emotionally. I felt this kind of heightened, kind of supercharged kind of patriotism that I just felt take over,” he said in an interview.

It was then he noticed police officers putting pizza boxes in trash bags, so he asked for one, too, and began cleaning up.

“When you see something you love that’s broken you want to fix it. I love the Capitol. I‘m honored to be there,” he said. “This building is extraordinary and the rotunda in particular is just awe-inspiring. How many countless generations have been inspired in that room?

“It really broke my heart and I just felt compelled to do something. … What else could I do?”

The image of Kim crouched down clearing away litter bookended a violent, historic day that saw an angry mob smash through police lines, break windows and wrench open doors as they sieged the building, not long after Trump said at a rally they should show “strength” and fight against Congress’ certification of Biden’s win.

Kim, a second-term Democrat from a district Trump won twice, wasn’t looking for publicity, according to one colleague who came upon him and didn’t recognize him at first.

“I think it was 1 in the morning,” said fellow New Jersey Democratic Rep. Tom Malinowski. “There were a couple National Guardsman and I noticed somebody on his hands and knees leaning under a bench to pick something up and it was Andy all by himself, just quietly removing debris and putting it in a plastic bag. He was clearly not doing it for an audience.

“It was for me the most poignant moment of the long night.”

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Kim “represents the very best of New Jersey and our nation.”

Tom MacArthur, the former GOP representative from New Jersey that Kim beat in a close race in 2018, was heartened by his successor’s action. It was MacArthur who had helped shepherd the GOP effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act through the House and who stood alongside Trump and others at the White House to celebrate, though the effort failed. Kim ran in part on the popularity of Barack Obama’s signature health care law.

Kim represents the 3rd District, which stretches from the Philadelphia suburbs along the Delaware River in the west, across New Jersey’s pine barrens to seaside Ocean County.

He launched his campaign in 2017, returning to live in the southern New Jersey town he grew up in after a career in Washington and abroad.

A University of Chicago graduate and Rhodes Scholar, Kim served from 2013 until 2015 as the Iraq director for the Obama administration’s National Security Council.

Before that, he was the Iraq director at the Pentagon within the defense secretary’s office. He also previously served as a civilian adviser to generals David Petraeus and John Allen in Afghanistan.

The son of Korean immigrant parents, he became the first Asian American to represent New Jersey in Congress after he was elected in 2018.

On Thursday, he reflected on how he, a person of color, was cleaning up after people who waved white supremacist symbols like the Confederate flag during the melee. He said he hadn’t considered race at the time.

But he thought for a moment and added: “It’s so hard because we don’t look at each other and see each other as Americans first, whether it’s race or ethnicity or religion or political party that’s getting in the way of us being able to have that shared identity that forged our country and is necessary for us to be able to continue.”



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How the $900 Billion Stimulus Helps — And Fails — Restaurants and Workers


Following months of political impasse and multiple legislative recesses, during which restaurant hiring tapered off, long-term unemployment more than tripled, nearly 8 million Americans fell into poverty, and deaths from the pandemic surpassed 317,000, Congress appears poised to pass a COVID-19 relief bill that any rational observer would call wholly insufficient to meet the needs of furloughed hospitality workers, distressed renters, and devastated restaurateurs, all of whom pay the salaries of the elected representatives who wantonly shortchanged them.

Unemployed cooks, servers, or other low-wage workers would receive just $1,200 per month in jobless aid per month under the new aid package. That’s just half the amount they were entitled to under the $2.2 trillion CARES Act, the groundbreaking law that kept the economy afloat last spring. In fact, an individual taxpayer could receive nearly $7,000 less in aid under the new stimulus.

What’s equally aggravating is that the battered hospitality industry, having shed millions of jobs over the past year, doesn’t receive any type of substantial targeted aid. Yet airlines, which have lost fewer than 140,000 workers — still an economic tragedy by any measure — will get a hefty $16 billion in assistance. Movie theaters and concert venues will also benefit from $15 billion in grant money.

So why did Congress seem to forget about restaurants and their struggling workers? Democrats, to be fair, spent the better portion of this past year making the case for more generous assistance, including a revenue replacement program for the hospitality industry called the RESTAURANTS act. But Republican opposition to multi-trillion dollar relief deals forced a slimmer compromise bill. As a result, the U.S. has resorted to cutting back on help precisely when life has become harder for so many Americans.


Here’s an overview of the bill: The $900 billion stimulus ensures that taxpayers will be able to continue collecting unemployment assistance through the early spring, averting a deadline that would have ended these programs for up to 12 million people the day after Christmas. It’s highly likely, however, that many folks will still go without aid for weeks as states work to implement the new policy. The federal government will also offer supplemental jobless aid at $300 per week for 11 weeks. That sounds nice until you realize it’s only half of the old benefit of $600 per week, which lasted four months. Stimulus checks to help the working poor or middle class have been cut in half as well, to $600.

Hard-hit tenants will be able to qualify for $25 billion worth of rental assistance, though it’s unclear how that aid will be disbursed, and an increase in funding for SNAP benefits should help poor families buy food, but only by a small margin. Businesses will receive tax credits for paid COVID-19 leave, but it appears a law requiring companies to give that time off in the first place will expire — a troubling development as the daily death count now exceeds 2,600 people.

There also appears to be little in the bill that would significantly help the undocumented workers who make up a vital part of the country’s restaurants and food supply chain. And there will be no hazard pay for grocery store employees or other frontline workers.

The Paycheck Protection Program, a framework that initially pitted struggling restaurants against fast food giants for scraps of aid, will start offering more preferential loan terms to the hospitality industry. That’s good news, but the very nature of the program, particularly its emphasis on payrolls, remains deeply flawed. It’s worth noting that the $120 billion RESTAURANTS plan, which is more tuned to the needs of the hospitality industry, could be reconsidered when President-elect Joe Biden introduces his own stimulus plan next year, but that time frame, alas, won’t work for the thousands of establishments that could close between now and then.

Ironically, the bill seems to target the well-heeled folks who regularly eat at fancy restaurants for more accessible, strings-free help than the actual restaurants. Negotiators managed to insert a three-martini lunch provision of sorts, allowing corporate America to deduct the full value of business meals, representing a backward, Reaganomics-era, trickle-down vision of charity.

What follows is a more comprehensive look at the new stimulus, a Scrooge McDuck bill that demonstrates such a callous underestimation of what Americans need to survive that it achieves a rare paradox: It’s a bipartisan piece of legislation whose ethos is unabashedly Trumpian in its cruel, counterfactual stinginess.

Will Americans receive stimulus checks?

The bill will authorize payments of $600 to taxpayers earning under $75,000, or $1,200 for couples earning up to $150,000. That’s precisely half the size of the CARES Act checks from last spring. Additional payments for children have risen from $500 to $600, but a family of two with two children would now only receive $2,400, down from $3,400 under the last stimulus bill. The new legislation, however, makes it easier for immigrant families to receive checks, per the Washington Post.

A recent University of Chicago-Notre Dame study suggested that a decline in poverty earlier this year could be attributed to the $1,200 stimulus checks and an expansion of jobless benefits, which beneficiaries largely used on vital purchases like food or rent. After many of these benefits started to expire in late July, 7.8 million Americans — a disproportionate number of them Black people — joined the ranks of the poor, per that same report.

It’s unlikely these halved stimulus checks will suffice for Americans who are months behind on their rent or credit card payments. That’s a particularly particularly pressing issue for many hospitality industry staffers and the the larger group of 6.7 million Americans who now work part time because their hours have been cut or because they can’t find full-time jobs.

Will folks who are about to run out of unemployment benefits get an extension on aid?

Yes. Nearly 4 million Americans have remained unemployed for over six months, but state unemployment benefits, which pay out a percentage of a worker’s previous wages, typically run out after 26 weeks. Last spring, Congress passed Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) to extended the length of those state programs, but the policy was set to expire the day after Christmas, as was another program called Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), which offers aid to delivery workers, freelancers, and other so-called gig workers who aren’t traditionally eligible for jobless assistance.

The current bill renews both of those aid programs for 11 weeks, but getting states to update their aid systems could result in weeks of missed checks, according to labor advocates interviewed by Politico. That means a large number of Americans could go without any source of income whatsoever for the better part of January.

Regardless of the federal stimulus, many workers in New York should continue to receive uninterrupted unemployment anyway thanks to a separate Extended Benefits program linked to high jobless rates.

Will there be any extra jobless aid, like those weekly $600 checks from the spring?

Yes, but that unemployment bonus isn’t as generous this time around. An extension of Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, whose $600 payments ended in late July, will now offer most out-of-work restaurant staffers just $300 per week. The benefit will last for eleven weeks, five fewer weeks than with the CARES Act. Translation: a former cook that received $9,600 in supplemental jobless payments last spring and summer would only take in $3,300 over the new benefits period. That amount won’t even come close to bringing scores of Americans, especially those with children, back from the brink of financial disaster.

Consider this: That same cook who earned, say, $35,030 per year during the Before Times, would collect $336 per week on regular state unemployment. That would then rise to $636 with the supplemental bonus, working out to $15.90 per hour. Those hourly figures are important because even though they’re higher than the local minimum wage of $15, they still fall short of the living wage of $17.99 for Manhattan, which is what a childless single person needs to afford food, medical costs, housing, and transportation.

A single parent would need even more to get by, precisely, $32.91 per hour, according to MIT’s living wage matrix. The old $600 benefit, which Democrats wanted to extend, would have brought residents with children much closer to that number — and indeed well above what they’d have earned on the job, a fact that should focus more of society’s attention on the problem of low food service wages. For now, austerity will remain a reality for throngs of jobless Americans.

What type of rental assistance and eviction protections will taxpayers have access to?

The new stimulus extends the Centers for Disease Control eviction moratorium, which was set to expire at the end of December, until January 31. That’s not much of a reprieve, and it doesn’t give much time to President-elect Biden to introduce his own plan after he takes office later next month. Negotiators also agreed to provide $25 billion worth of assistance to distressed renters, to be distributed via the states, prioritizing unemployed and low-income renters. That aid surely won’t suffice for many.

It’s not clear how each state will allocate the rental assistance funds. But hypothetically, if one assumes equal distribution and at least 17.3 million applicants — given the country’s 10.7 million unemployed people and 6.6 million part-time workers who can’t find full-time jobs — each recipient would only get about $1,445. That’s barely enough to cover a month’s worth of rent in large swaths of New York City.

What happens to mandatory paid sick leave, which is supposed to expire?

This one’s a bit tricky. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act required employers to pay up to two-weeks of time off for COVID-19 illness or exposure, but that benefit is set to lapse at the end of December. The expiring benefit applied to small businesses with fewer than 500 employees and was essential in giving paid time off to restaurant industry workers. A study by Health Affairs found that the federal paid sick-leave policy reduced the number of new cases by roughly 400 per day, per state.

Not all is lost, however. Even though it appears that employers won’t be legally obligated to offer paid leave anymore, the new stimulus bill helps out businesses that want to keep paying their employees to stay home while sick. This voluntary sick leave extension would be funded by an employer tax credit and would expire on March 31, which is still a heck of a tight deadline given that most Americans won’t be vaccinated by then.

Keep in mind that most New York City or New York State residents, including undocumented workers, are still eligible for mandatory paid sick leave thanks to strong local regulations.

What are the details of the new Paycheck Protection Program?

During the first round of Paycheck Protection funding last spring, big businesses with ample cash reserves often crowded out beleaguered restaurants and other, smaller institutions. By the time the program ended in August, about 34 percent of loans went to venues borrowing between $1 million and $10 million. The new $284 billion PPP is designed to prevent that situation from repeating itself.

To apply for this new round of paycheck loans, businesses will now have to show they have fewer than 300 employees (down from 500) and that revenues have declined 25 percent over the previous year. Loans will again be capped at 2.5 times monthly payroll costs — or 3.5 times payroll for bars and restaurants — but with a new limit of $2 million. And to avoid a scenario where Taco Bell or McDonald’s franchises snap up all the money, publicly traded companies won’t be eligible, according to Republicans on the House Small Business Committee, CNBC reports.

To qualify for full forgiveness, meaning that the loan effectively becomes a grant, restaurants and other businesses will have to meet strict qualifications, showing that they used at least 60 percent of the proceeds on payroll — while maintaining staffing levels. The rest of the funds can be spent on rent, utilities, protective equipment, outdoor dining build-outs, or interest on mortgage payments.

Will restaurants actually be able to benefit from these loans?

It depends. By the time the paycheck program expired in August, over $133 million was still available to borrow, while the lodging and food-service industries, which took disproportionate hits to their businesses during the pandemic, only claimed about 8 percent of the funding. That reality drives home a larger truth, which is that the very nature of the program is poorly suited for restaurant relief. If you don’t use this program correctly, what would’ve been a grant becomes an expensive loan, with interest. That’s the last thing a small, cash-strapped restaurant needs to deal with.

There’s also something distinctly contradictory about a program that aims to get folks back on the job — not really a priority for restaurants operating on takeout-only — while unemployment aid and local shutdown mandates are supposed to let staffers safely shelter at home without going broke.

The good news is that if you can’t hire back folks because they don’t want to work, or if you can prove that you had to reduce staffing because of government-ordered closures, your loans will still convert into grants. So if you play your cards right, this program should help your business stay afloat for an extra month or two, something that has benefited scores of small bars and restaurants. Then again, you’ll still need to find a way to spend 60 percent of any funds on your (now smaller) staff.

What about the RESTAURANTS Act?

It is not a part of this bill. The $120 billion plan, which was incorporated into the HEROES Act — a bill that the Democrat-majority House of Representatives passed but that the Senate effectively ignored — would have constituted a viable means of saving thousands of restaurants. The program would have allocated grants to restaurants not based on payrolls, like the PPP, but based on the difference between their 2019 and 2020 revenues.

Will individuals be able to access more funds for food aid soon?

Theoretically. Democrats were able to secure $13 billion in food aid, including for Meals on Wheels, for school programs, and for a 15 percent increase in SNAP benefits, according to Vox. Until that recalibration goes into effect, single-member households on SNAP are limited to a paltry $204 in monthly food assistance, while couples can receive up to $374.

Will workers be able to sue if they get COVID-19 on the job?

Yes, but that could change. Lawsuit liability shields could prevent people from suing their employers for COVID-19 exposure, injury, or death, with likely exceptions to be made for gross negligence or willful misconduct. If President-elect Biden introduces a stimulus plan of his own, it’s expected that current Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would seek to institute these so-called business protections.

Liability protections could be a big issue in the larger food world. Over 43,750 meatpacking and food processing workers in 530 facilities have tested positive for coronavirus, and at least 184 have died after infection, Civil Eats and Eater reported in August. A wrongful death lawsuit against Tyson alleges that a plant in Waterloo, Iowa, ignored safety concerns, forced sick employees to continue working, and established a betting pool on how many workers would fall ill.



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Exercise and Migraines: What Helps and Hurts


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Nada Hindiyeh, MD, clinical assistant professor of neurology specializing in headache medicine, Stanford University.

Urvish K. Patel, MD, research associate, Department of Neurology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City.

Cedric X. Bryant, PhD, president and chief science officer, American Council on Exercise, San Diego, CA.

Mayo Clinic: “Aerobic exercise: Top 10 reasons to get physical,” “Exercise and stress: Get moving to manage stress,” “Migraine,” “Dehydration,” “Exercise headaches.”

SleepFoundation.org: “How Exercise Impacts Sleep Quality.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Migraine Headaches,” “Carbohydrates.”

CDC: “Benefits of Physical Activity.”

American Migraine Foundation: “Top 10 Migraine Triggers and How to Deal with Them.”

Kaiser Permanente: “10 warning signs of dehydration. And staying hydrated while wearing a mask.”

American Diabetes Association: “Blood Sugar and Exercise.”

The Migraine Trust: “Hypoglycaemia.”

National Health Service (U.K.): “Causes — Migraine.”

Eat Right: “Timing Your Pre- and Post-Workout Nutrition,” “Exercise Safely in Hot Weather.”

Migraine Canada: “Can travelling to a higher altitude trigger migraine attacks?”


The Journal of Headache Pain: “The association between migraine and physical exercise.”





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Terry Bradshaw Helps Daughter Rachel Perform After Her Husband’s Death


Terry Bradshaw pulled off two victories on tonight’s all-new episode of The Bradshaw Bunch.

One, he was able to squeeze into his favorite pair of jeans—although doing so took a lot of work, especially since he’d spent most of quarantine eatings things like barbecue and donuts—just in time to give the famous NASCAR command, “Drivers, start your engines!” at a Texas Motor Speedway race. 

It was at that same event where Terry scored his second win: his daughter Rachel, who was previously adamant that she would not perform “God Bless America,” took the NASCAR stage and belted out the patriotic tune.

This was a big deal for the 33-year-old, mostly due to the fact she hadn’t performed in more than three years. 

“When Rachel lost her husband, she lost her passion for singing,” Terry explained in a confessional, referring to the tragic death of Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas that left Rachel widowed just months into their marriage.  



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Shaquille O’Neal Helps Motorist Stranded By Highway Crash



As long as Shaquille O’Neal didn’t have to shoot free throws, these motorists were in good hands.

Dashcam video from the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office showed the NBA legend waiting on the side of Interstate 75 in Florida for first responders after he spotted a wreck on Monday and pulled over. 

An arriving deputy gets a fist-bump from the 15-time All-Star and tells him: “Appreciate you stopping to help.”

O’Neal, who lives in the Orlando area, was traveling on the highway near Gainesville when he saw the crash and stopped, according to the sheriff’s office. A motorist said her tire blew out and her car spun into the median. No injuries were reported, the Orlando Sentinel noted.

A bunch of thank-you’s for O’Neal can be heard around the car later.

“The deputies had no idea he was going to be there but they both recognized him as soon as they got there,” a sheriff’s spokesman told the Gainesville Sun. “He happened to come upon the accident … so he stopped to see if any aid was needed. Once law enforcement arrived he got in his vehicle and left. He didn’t stand around for any accolades. He was just a good citizen.”

O’Neal serves as a reserve officer for many police departments in the state, the Gainesville paper noted.





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HEROES Of NWA Helps First Responders With Everyday Struggles | Fort Smith/Fayetteville News


BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) – Thursday, Jan. 9 is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day and that’s why one local non-profit is wanting to shed light on the services they provide to those men and women who keep us safe every day.

“Law enforcement has had a very hard year and Northwest Arkansas has had a very difficult month,” Mary Schulz said.

Schulz is the president of HEROES of NWA and a licensed therapist. She says while it’s nice to have a day dedicated to law enforcement, we need to appreciate them every day.

HEROES stands for: Helping Emergency Responders Overcome Everyday Struggles.

“We raise money to help first responders and their families in paying for co-pays and deductibles,” Schulz said. “We want to ensure there isn’t a financial barrier in continuing to see mental health treatment. The second big thing we do is provide support for the families.”

Most cities provide first responders with around six visits to a therapist, so HEROES pays for the sessions after that.

Bentonville Police Sergeant Gene Page says the national average for a law enforcement officer’s career is about three years, so they have to find a way to make that a lot longer.

“We’re seeing a lot of stress they are seeing early on and that’s only going to increase, even here in Northwest Arkansas,” Page said. “It’s not that we have a crime problem, we have a population issue, where so many people are moving in and that’s a great thing, but when the population is growing also is the calls.”

Schulz says first responders are out there serving us on our worst day.

“We need to be there for them as well, helping them access what they need to be able to not only continue to do the job their hearts are set in, but then also to be able to manage themselves at home,” she said.



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Gourmet pecans helps Meals on Wheels feed those in need | News


ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) — Ninety pounds of the finest South Georgia pecans are turning into a sustainable profit center for a beloved Atlanta charity.

Meals on Wheels delivered half a million nutritious meals to low-income seniors and shut-ins in Atlanta last year. Today, a waiting list of 500 more seniors is giving Meals on Wheels the urgency to find a new source of sustainable money.

Now with and idea nurtured by the epiphany project of First Presbyterian Church, the charity uses the kitchen down time as a resource for cooking and selling high-end, gourmet pecans.

Pecans are stirred with cinnamon and star anise, another hotter flavor is cooked with red chili peppers and cloves. Plump and shiny, the sugary glaze makes them irresistible. Judges at First Presbyterian’s contest to find social entrepreneurs chose Purposeful Pecans to fund with  a $50,000 investment. Other winners can be found here

The church is looking to incubate more entrepreneurs with fresh ideas for solving social problems. This year’s shark tank-like contest is open now, and already drawing half a dozen competitors.

“As much good as Purposeful Pecans is doing with the monty they received from FPC last year, and volunteer help from business executives like Gary Shell, we are looking for the next great social ventures to partner with for this year,” said a spokesperson for First Presbyterian Church.

Applications will be accepted until Feb. 2. Apply by clicking here.



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Chris Evans Helps Scarlett Johansson With Dress


Chris Evans Helped Pal Scarlett Johansson With Her Dress in Sweet Unseen Golden Globes Moment
Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson at the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles on January 5, 2020. Paul Drinkwater/NBC

Lending a helping hand! Chris Evans offered his assistance to his longtime pal and frequent costar, Scarlett Johansson, with her dress during an off-camera moment at the 77th Golden Globes on Sunday, January 5.

Evans, 38, and Johansson, 35, took the stage at The Beverly Hilton to present the Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical. The coveted prize went to Taron Egerton for playing Elton John in Rocketman, beating Leonardo DiCaprio (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), Daniel Craig (Knives Out), Eddie Murphy (Dolemite Is My Name) and Roman Griffin Davis (Jojo Rabbit).

The attention was on Egerton, 30, as the Welsh actor went on to give his acceptance speech. He thanked the 72-year-old “Tiny Dancer” crooner for his “music” and “for living a life less ordinary,” all while referring to John as a “friend.” However, viewers who weren’t in attendance for Sunday’s ceremony likely missed a sweet moment between the Avengers: Endgame costars as Egerton took the stage.

Evans noticed that the Marriage Story actress was struggling to maneuver to the side of the stage because of her strapless, red Vera Wang gown. He, therefore, stepped in to help lift the dress’ train. In response to his efforts, Johansson gave the Knives Out star a quick hug to thank him.

Before taking the stage with Evans, an onlooker told Us Weekly that Johansson’s fiancé Colin Jost also helped her with her designer dress when they first entered the ballroom. Jost, 37, came to the rescue as the gown got stuck on a carry cart.

Evans and Johansson have been friends for years, and the actors have worked on various films including 2004’s The Perfect Score and 2007’s The Nanny Diaries. In addressing their close bond, the Lucy actress opened up about the pair’s ability to work alongside each other in a April 2014 interview..

“It’s nice for Chris and I to get to do dramatic work together. We work well together, I think, and admire one another as actors, and we’re used to being able to throw the ball back and forth because we’ve done that in the past in other films that we’ve done,” she told the Times Union. “We’re also older actors now and more comfortable taking our time. You can wait for the emotion to come and let the moment happen.”

Evans equally expressed his “love” for Johansson to Playboy in 2012. “She’s like my sister. I’ve known her for 10 years,” he said at the time. “She’s just one of the smartest people I know.”





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