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Helen, Israel & Glass Ceilings

"It is a sad finale for someone who helped break down barriers for women journalists at the center of American power," so says the L.A. Times of Helen Thomas.

"It is a sad finale for someone who helped break down barriers for women journalists at the center of American power," so says an L.A. Times editorial of Helen Thomas. Her "terrible answer" to a question about Israel might overshadow a long and distinguished career, in which she broke many glass ceilings, it states. "UPI assigned Thomas to John F. Kennedy's presidential campaign — to cover his beautiful wife. When Kennedy won, Thomas went to the White House and reportedly dared her bosses to remove her from the job. They didn't." "Blunt, irascible, argumentative. Those words have long been used to describe Helen Thomas, the grande dame of the White House press corps, particularly in recent years as her questions became less and less coherent."

Here's an environmentally friendly way to get your caffeine fix

Sample Melbourne's best coffee without leaving an ecological footprint.

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Neom, Saudi Arabia's $500 billion megacity, reaches its next phase

Construction of the $500 billion dollar tech city-state of the future is moving ahead.

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  • The city will be fully automated, leading in health, education and quality of life.
  • It will feature an artificial moon, cloud seeding, robotic gladiators and flying taxis.
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These 7 items make working remotely more efficient and effective

Workers are adjusting to their new employment reality on couches and kitchen tables across the nation.

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  • Spotify, Twitter, and Square all announced employees will work from home until at least 2021, perhaps indefinitely.
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    A new study suggests that an old tuberculosis vaccine may reduce the severity of coronavirus cases.

    Closeup of a BCG vaccination.

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    • A new study finds a country's tuberculosis BCG vaccination is linked to its COVID-19 mortality rate.
    • More BCG vaccinations is connected to fewer severe coronavirus cases in a country.
    • The study is preliminary and more research is needed to support the findings.
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