To hear more audio stories from publications like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android . Suzy Niffenegger slept outside in Las Vegas for the first time in late August 2019. She put what belongings she still had — including her collection of what she refers to as her “ ’80s big-hair wigs” — into storage and filled a backpack with dog treats, toys and blankets for her 22-pound terrier, Brownie. She barely slept, bunking on top of picnic tables, where she folded up her blankets into a cocoon. Brownie would lie next to her, but the dog didn’t sleep much either. “If I dozed off, and someone walked within say 15 feet of me, she alerted me,” Niffenegger told me recently. “That dog was a trooper. I mean, she saved my life so many times.” The setbacks that led to Niffenegger’s life outside — a word she prefers to “homeless,” which she can’t bring herself to say — started in early 2019, when she lost her job at a call center. She tried to forestall financial … [Read more...] about When No Landlord Will Rent to You, Where Do You Go?
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Her Symptoms Suggested Long Covid. But Was That Too Obvious?
The 61-year-old woman lifted the laundry basket, then grimly eyed the steps up from the basement. The climb seemed to get tougher every day. Before she was even halfway up, she could feel her racing heart and hear her ragged, rapid breathing. She gripped the wooden handrail in case she started to feel lightheaded again. Once she made it up to the main floor of her home, she dropped her burden and practically fell into the soft embrace of her living-room sofa. The woman first noticed that she often felt out of breath a few months earlier. She wondered if it was her weight. She liked the way she looked, but suspected that her usual care provider, a much-trusted nurse practitioner with a medical group at Yale School of Medicine, would be happy if she lost a few pounds. Her daughter worried that her shortness of breath could be a result of the Covid infection she had a couple of years earlier. She finally called her P.C.P.’s office when her right leg started to hurt. The combination of … [Read more...] about Her Symptoms Suggested Long Covid. But Was That Too Obvious?
USPS Operation Santa: How To Mail A Letter In Manassas
0 Kids & Family Many kids could go without gifts this Christmas. The Postal Service's Operation Santa program wants your help keeping Santa's magic alive. Gillian Smith , Patch Staff Posted Reply MANASSAS, VA – The coronavirus pandemic could make the holidays particularly bleak for many U.S. kids and families. As parents struggle with unexpected medical bills, job loss and food shortages, their children could also wake up on Christmas morning to discover Santa missed their homes. It’s a devastating scenario for any parent or child; however, the U.S. Postal Service is hoping to help make the holidays a little more merry and bright for kids whose families have been affected by the pandemic or other hardships this year. For the first time, the Postal Service is taking its Operation Santa program nationwide. The program, which dates back to 1912, encourages kids from across the country to write letters to “Santa.” … [Read more...] about USPS Operation Santa: How To Mail A Letter In Manassas
As Puppy Scams Peak, Adopt A Pet Instead In Manassas
0 Kids & Family A spike in pet scams continues amid the COVID-19 pandemic and as the holidays approach in Manassas. Gillian Smith , Patch Staff Posted Reply MANASSAS, VA — Online scammers have been busy as the holiday season has collided with the COVID-19 pandemic in Manassas. One type of scam that is particularly alarming, and gaining strength, involves puppies and other pets such as kittens, iguanas and lizards. A spike in the number of reported pet scams has been noticeable since the pandemic started and is likely to grow as the winter holidays approach, according to the Better Business Bureau. “COVID-19 has made for a long and uncertain year, and a ‘quarantine puppy’ or other pet has proven to be a comfort for many people. But it also has created fertile ground for fraudsters,” said Marjorie Stephens, BBB serving Northern Indiana president and CEO, said in a statement. “People currently shopping for pets online are … [Read more...] about As Puppy Scams Peak, Adopt A Pet Instead In Manassas
Route 1 Restaurant Inspections: Dead Roaches Found
0 Business The latest restaurant inspections included numerous restaurants with no violations and some with violations, including dead roaches. Emily Leayman , Patch Staff Posted Reply HYBLA VALLEY, VA — With Fairfax County Health Department's restaurant inspection reports back online, we continue to look at reports in the Route 1 corridor. The health department's environmental health staff inspect over 5,200 restaurants and other retail food service establishments in Fairfax County and cities of Falls Church and Fairfax to ensure safe food handling practices are followed. This includes proper sanitation, food storage and preparation, and adequate kitchen facilities. Aside from restaurants, staff inspect child care centers, hospitals, school cafeterias, and temporary food service vendors at festivals. online database . The health department cautions residents that a single inspection should not be used to evaluate a … [Read more...] about Route 1 Restaurant Inspections: Dead Roaches Found
In Reprieve for PGA Tour, Rory McIlroy Backs Saudi Deal
The PGA Tour, facing a crush of internal dissent for its choice this week to accept the kind of Saudi money it spent the last year denouncing as tainted, appeared Wednesday to have the support of one of its most powerful players: Rory McIlroy, who had been one of the foremost critics of the Saudi-backed LIV Golf circuit, which had convulsed the sport. Peering a decade into the future, McIlroy predicted Wednesday that the agreement to bring the tour and LIV’s business dealings into a single company controlled by the PGA Tour would be “good for the game of professional golf.” “There’s a lot of ambiguity,” McIlroy said Wednesday in Toronto, where a tour event is scheduled to begin Thursday. “There’s a lot of things still to be sort of thrashed out. But at least it means that the litigation goes away, which has been a massive burden for everyone that’s involved with the tour and that’s playing the tour, and we can start to work toward some sort of way of unifying the game at the elite … [Read more...] about In Reprieve for PGA Tour, Rory McIlroy Backs Saudi Deal