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Cities With the Largest Millennial Renter Wage Gap

The country’s median rent has grown by an inflation-adjusted 25% since 2014, while the median hourly employee earnings increased by only 6%… Read more

Martinsville-area events Thursday, Sept. 29

A list of upcoming community events. Read more

Asian stocks follow Wall St higher after UK calms markets

Asian stock markets have followed Wall Street higher after Britain’s central bank moved forcefully to stop a budding financial crisis. Market benchmarks in Hong Kong, Seoul and Sydney added more than 1%. Shanghai and Tokyo also rose. Oil prices edged lower after jumping by more than $3 per barrel the previous day. Wall Street’s benchmark S&P 500 index surged 2% for its biggest gain in seven weeks after the Bank of England announced it would buy as many government bonds as needed to restore order to financial markets. Investors worried that planned British tax cuts would push up already high inflation. Read more

Australia flags tough new data protection laws this year

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus says Australia could have tough new data protection laws in place this year in an urgent response to a cyberattack on a telecommunications company that stole the personal data of 9.8 million customers. Dreyfus said on Thursday the government will make “urgent reforms” to the Privacy Act following the unprecedented hack last week on Optus, Australia’s second-largest wireless carrier. Dreyfus says "it’s possible” for the law to be changed in the four remaining weeks that Parliament is scheduled to sit this year. Dreyfus says penalties for failing to protect data have to be increased and companies should have to justify the “absolutely huge amounts” of customer data they hold. Read more

Amazon to raise average hourly pay by $1 to $19 in October

Amazon says it’s raising its average starting pay for frontline workers from $18 to $19 a hour. That could help it attract more employees in a tight labor market as the holiday season approaches. The company said that beginning in October, warehouse and transportation workers would earn between $16 and $26 an hour, depending on their position and location in the U.S. The minimum wage at the Seattle-based e-commerce company, which employed roughly 1.5 million workers as of the end of June, will remain $15 an hour. Amazon had raised its average hourly pay to $18 an hour last year. It says the new raise would cost it $1 billion in the next year. Read more

What's our moral responsibility to migrants? | The Ethical Life podcast

🎧 The hosts debate the causes of the crisis at the border and what can be done to help fix this long-term problem. Read more

California governor approves farmworker unionization law

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has approved one of the most contentious bills before him this year. It's a measure aiding efforts by farmworkers to unionize that was backed by President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. Their support pinned Newsom in a difficult political position after his office previously criticized the proposal. But Newsom negotiated upcoming changes before signing the bill. The law he signed Wednesday gives farmworkers new options to vote to unionize beyond at physical polling places. Proponents say that will help protect workers from union-busting and other intimidation. Farm owners say it lacks necessary safeguards to prevent fraud. Read more

5 common auto collision repairs and how much they cost

Owning a car can be expensive. Read more

Rohingya seek reparations from Facebook for role in massacre

For years, Facebook, now called Meta, has pushed the narrative that it was a neutral platform in Myanmar that was misused by malicious people and failed to moderate violent and hateful material adequately. But a new report by Amnesty International says Facebook was not merely a passive site with insufficient content moderation. Rather, Meta’s algorithms “proactively amplified" material that incited violent hatred against the Rohingya beginning as early as 2012. Amnesty found that despite years of warnings, the company not only failed to remove violent hate speech and disinformation against the Rohingya — it actively spread and amplified it until it culminated in the 2017 massacre. Read more

California governor signs laws to boost housing production

Two new laws in California will let developers bypass local governments to build housing on commercial land. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed laws Wednesday aimed at increasing housing production. Both laws would let developers bypass local laws to build housing on land set aside for businesses. One law requires a certain amount of the housing units to be affordable. The other law does not require affordable housing but says the project must go through an environmental review process. Local governments largely oppose the laws because of the land's potential for generating corporate tax revenue. Housing would generate lower revenue. Read more

Armchair Quarterbacks: Morning Sports Breakdown


Bitter: Hokies to follow during spring football

Virginia Tech opened spring football practice Saturday, and the media will get what will likely be their only chance to peek at the Hokies on Thursday afternoon. Read more


Reports: Auburn QB T.J. Finley out for LSU game

Reports: Auburn QB T.J. Finley out for LSU game Read more


Sam McDowell: How this late-game error, which we glossed over, was costly in KC Chiefs loss to Colts

In the southwest end zone at Lucas Oil Stadium, a football stuck in the hands of rookie tight end Jelani Woods, a touchdown that supplied the Indianapolis Colts a three-point lead. Some 50 yards away, as Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes glanced at the clock from the visiting sideline, the news grew worse. Twenty-four seconds. That’s it. All he had. It was hardly enough time to change the ... Read more


‘I pray for change’: Jalen Hurts and the Eagles offer sympathy for teenagers involved in Roxborough shooting

PHILADELPHIA — Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts was at “a loss of words” upon hearing about the shooting at Roxborough High School on Tuesday, which left four teenagers wounded and one 14-year-old boy dead. The shooting occurred at the conclusion of a football scrimmage involving three local high schools. Hurts became emotional while discussing his reaction to the shooting Wednesday afternoon ... Read more


Dolphins vs. Bengals: FrontPageBets breaks down this Thursday night NFL matchup, odds and prediction

Cincinnati is currently a 4-point favorite at home, but Miami, which has only been favored once this year, is 3-0 against the spread. Read more


Chargers DE Joey Bosa to have groin surgery

Chargers DE Joey Bosa to have groin surgery Read more

Upcoming Events


LIFE: End of Year Celebration

Celebrate LIFE in 2022 at NCI’s End of Year Celebration! Hors d’oeurvres will be provided. Read more


LIFE: Financial Planning for Seniors

Navigating your finances after 50 can bring a host of challenges and opportunities. Does your curre… Read more


LIFE: Blood Drive

New College Institute will partner with the American Red Cross to conduct a blood drive. The drive … Read more


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