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“A lot of people just perceive pimping in regards to pimps and sex workers,” he says, in an interview from his Calgary home. “In urban-slang terms, it also means making something out of nothing. That was my whole story about me coming here to Canada: to make something out of nothing.”

Lyrique was born in the City of Baguio, the so-called “summer capital” of the Philippines, located in a mountainous area north of Manila. Initially, it was a privileged life. But by the time he turned 13, things drastically changed when his paternal grandmother had a devastating stroke. Due to the country’s less-than-stellar health care system, her needs drained both the family’s wealth and his father’s energy to run his once-lucrative business.

“I was able to experience poverty when I was 13,” says Lyrique, who will perform Friday, Oct. 9 at Cafe Koi. “It was a situation I didn’t understand. But looking back in hindsight, it was an eyeopener. I was really doing well in school in my younger years. Then when that situation came about, I was doing terrible in school. I was doing terrible socially.”

In 2014, Lyrique migrated to Canada in search of a better life. He was 22 and arrived as a temporary foreign worker under the live-in nanny program. It was not an easy time for him. Male live-in nannies were uncommon and therefore not exactly in demand. Within two weeks of arriving, his living arrangements with a relative came to an abrupt end.

“It was tough times, a lot of drama,” Lyrique says. “I lived in Fort McMurray for two or three months trying to look for an opportunity as a live-in nanny. But it was really hard because I was a guy. There were a lot of bad situations. I

For six months, May Vanegas hunted her prey.

She scoured grocery stores. She arrived at Target and Walmart early in the morning, hoping to catch a delivery. She followed social media accounts, searching for clues on where her quarry was last sighted in her area.

And then, finally, one day in mid-September when the 41-year-old mother of two teenagers stopped at her local Target in San Antonio, she stumbled across what she had long been stalking: Clorox disinfecting wipes.

“My daughter and I started screaming in the store, ‘Oh, my god! Oh, my god!’” Ms. Vanegas said. “I had given up looking for them in the last month. I had lost all hope.”

Informed that the store was allowing shoppers to buy only a single canister, Ms. Vanegas and her daughter each grabbed one. The two canisters of Clorox wipes are now displayed on the kitchen counter at Ms. Vanegas’s home, trophies from this strange time when American life has been completely upended by the coronavirus.

Most shoppers these days are able to routinely buy common household items like toilet paper, paper towels, pasta and beans that had been in short supply in the early weeks of the pandemic, when consumers were loading up their pantries. But Clorox wipes remain stubbornly elusive.

“We know our products are not everywhere everyone wants them to be,” said Andy Mowery, who, as Clorox’s chief supply officer, is in charge of figuring out how to make more wipes. “It’s a point of personal frustration for me.”

With cleanliness on the minds of many guarding against the virus, the wipes have become the pandemic version of the must-have toy of the holiday season. Across social media, shoppers share where and when to find wipes made by Clorox, or Lysol — which is owned by Reckitt

Actor Tom Arnold posted the personal cellphone number of White House adviser Hope Hicks on Twitter after it was revealed she tested positive for the coronavirus.

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“Silent thoughts & prayers aren’t enough for national treasure Hope Hicks,” Arnold wrote in a now-deleted tweet. “She needs to hear them.”

Arnold has been a longtime critic of President Trump and his administration, especially on social media, including an instance in 2018 where the Secret Service visited his home and questioned him following a tweet suggesting he wanted to “bodyslam” the president.

Hicks reportedly tested positive for the virus on Thursday and is also said to be experiencing symptoms.

“Hope Hicks, who has been working so hard without even taking a small break, has just tested positive for Covid 19,” President Trump tweeted Thursday night. “Terrible! The First Lady and I are waiting for our test results. In the meantime, we will begin our quarantine process!”

Later that night, the president tweeted that he had also tested positive for the virus along with First Lady Melania Trump.

“Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19,” he tweeted. “We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!”

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Wall Street is rallying Wednesday on rising hopes that Washington may pierce through its paralyzing partisanship to offer more aid for the economy

NEW YORK — Wall Street is rallying Wednesday on optimism for the economy and rising hope that Washington may pierce through its paralyzing partisanship to offer more aid for it.

The S&P 500 was up 1% in early trading, on pace to more than reverse the prior day’s losses. After setting a record high early this month, the benchmark index has been mostly tumbling on a wide range of worries, and it’s still on pace for a 3.7% drop in September, which would be its first monthly loss since March.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 374 points, or 1.4%, at 27,826, as of 10:05 a.m. Eastern time, and the Nasdaq composite was 0.9% higher.

Stocks and Treasury yields rose following a stronger-than-expected report on hiring by private employers. They then accelerated amid revived hopes that the U.S. government could soon deliver more support for the economy. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said at a conference presented by CNBC and Institutional Investor that he will talk with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi again this afternoon, “and I hope we can get something done.”

Investors have been frustrated waiting for Congress to deliver more stimulus after weekly unemployment benefits and other aid it had earlier approved for the economy expired. They have long called such programs crucial for an economy that’s still struggling under the weight of the coronavirus pandemic.

The number of layoffs sweeping the country has remained stubbornly high, and other areas of the economy have seen growth slow since the Congressional aid

By Tracy Rucinski and David Shepardson

CHICAGO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A $2.2 trillion draft bill for coronavirus aid unveiled by Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives late Monday gave airlines some hope for a second bailout before tens of thousands of layoffs occur on Thursday, though tough hurdles remained.

“We remain hopeful that Congress will act swiftly before the current Payroll Support Program expires on September 30 to preserve the jobs of these flight attendants, pilots, mechanics, gate agents and others…,” CEO Nicholas Calio of trade group Airlines for America said in a statement.

Washington insiders said passage by Thursday, when an initial $25 billion that protected airline jobs through September expires, was unlikely, and the airline group did not detail the congressional action it hoped to see.

An option would be a quick standalone bill for the airlines, though senior Democratic congressional aides said that is also difficult given that many industries are seeking help.

International President of Flight Attendants-CWA Sara Nelson called the proposal, which includes $25 billion for airlines to keep workers on payroll for another six months, “a significant and serious move in negotiations.”

“It makes agreement on a full relief bill very possible in time to save our jobs,” she said.

Between United Airlines

and American Airlines

alone, more than 30,000 employees will be furloughed on Thursday, and tens of thousands more at those airlines and others have agreed to voluntary leave as the sector battles a deep downturn in demand.

The House bill would provide $28.3 billion for the aviation sector, including $25 billion for passenger airlines and $3 billion for cargo carriers, under the same terms as the first package in March.

The measure would provide $13.5 billion to airports as well as aid for other sectors, including $120 billion to restaurants.