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COVID-19

Restaurant workers out of work again as virus surges anew

Waiters and bartenders are being thrown out of work — again — as governors and local officials shut down indoor dining and drinking establishments to combat the nationwide surge in coronavirus infections that is overwhelming hospitals and dashing hopes for a quick economic recovery. And the timing, just before the holidays, couldn’t be worse. Restaurant

COVID-19

Amid COVID, many businesses in precarious spot as 2020 ends

The final three months of the year, usually a boom time for many small businesses thanks to holiday shopping and celebrations, looks precarious as the coronavirus maintains its grip on the economy. Owners contending with government restrictions or crumbling demand are trying to hold on, with some creating new products and services or desperately searching

Opinion

Opinion: America, It’s Time for a Drink

After last week’s presidential debate, Americans could be forgiven for desiring a stiff drink. In fact, the entire political landscape in America right now is depressing enough to make anyone want to head straight for the bottle. And surprisingly, your fiercest political enemies might actually agree with you in this case. As the nation rolls

COVID-19

State passes COVID-19 milestone, as final county meets reopening mark

Arizona officials hailed a COVID-19 milestone Thursday, when the final county in the state crossed a coronavirus transmission threshold that lets some shuttered businesses begin the process of reopening. The Arizona Department of Health Services said Graham County moved from the “substantial” to “moderate” transmission category, in which businesses such as restaurants, waterparks and movie

State

Arizona governor gets good, bad marks for virus response

In early August, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey beamed in the White House as he basked in praise from President Donald Trump for his handling of the COVID-19 outbreak. Arizona’s response to the virus, Trump said, was a model for other states. Just a few weeks earlier, Ducey was being vilified as Arizona hospital beds filled

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