How to Safely Work on Your Car at Home

Jene J. Long

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If you’re stuck at home on a coronavirus lockdown, or you’re just looking to get in some DIY car maintenance, it might be time to get some of your car issues sorted out.

Of course, there are some things you will want to consider before you get your hands dirty, chief among them your ability to perform general maintenance tasks without endangering your own or others’ safety or damaging your vehicle’s reliability.

If opening the hood and turning a wrench or two without making things worse isn’t in your skill set, you’re better off employing the services of a qualified repair shop—most of which have been deemed “essential” by state and municipal authorities, meaning they’ll be open for business for the foreseeable future.

“As far as experience goes, it’s best to stay in your lane,” says John Ibbotson,

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Without End-of-Year School Fashion Shows, How Are Design Graduates Showcasing Their Work?

Jene J. Long

Finishing thesis collections and showcasing them from quarantine has created both challenges and opportunities for fashion school grads.

Michelle Hill, a B.F.A. Accessory Design graduate at SCAD, presents her final collection digitally.
Michelle Hill, a B.F.A. Accessory Design graduate at SCAD, presents her final collection digitally.

While marquee-name designers are still trying figure out if and how they’ll approach Spring 2021 fashion shows come September, a different group of designers has already been forced to navigate this challenge, and without much time to prepare.

Typically, May is when prominent design schools hold runway events — sometimes doubling as fundraisers — where at least a selection of graduating students get to showcase their work. They might also get their garments judged in-person by faculty and/or a jury of industry professionals. Potential employers can be among the audience members. 

For many graduating students, these runway shows represent everything they’ve been working toward throughout their undergraduate and graduate careers. They enter fashion school as freshmen or first-year

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Best Bike Stands 2020 | Work Stands for Bikes

Jene J. Long

Even though bike shops have been deemed an essential business during the pandemic, that doesn’t necessarily mean your local shop is open or that you even feel comfortable walking into one. Besides the bonus of staying safe at home, repairing your own bike has other advantages. You save time (no trips back and forth to the local shop), keep money in your pocket (unless, of course, you can’t resist getting your hands on one of these best bikes of 2020), and get to learn the inner workings of your personal bicycle (priceless). Of course, for the most efficient home-repair experience, a good work stand is a must. It secures your bike at the right height and angle, leaving your hands free to tinker with its parts.

Read quick write-ups below of five top performers, then scroll for more in-depth reviews of these and other great options, plus helpful buying

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Stay-home order still in place; some return to work

Jene J. Long

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday that Michigan’s stay-at-home order remains in effect through May 15 despite Republicans’ refusal to extend her underlying coronavirus emergency declaration, as she amended it to allow construction, real estate and more outdoor work to resume in person next week.

The Democratic governor, who may be sued by the GOP-led Legislature, addressed reporters the same day that President Donald Trump tweeted she should “make a deal” with conservatives who protested her restrictions at the Capitol a day earlier. She denounced the protest as ”disturbing,” noting there were swastikas, Confederate flags, nooses and some people with assault weapons who “do not represent who we are as Michiganders.”

“We’re not in a political crisis where we should just negotiate and find some common ground here. We’re in a public health crisis,” Whitmer said. ”We’re in the midst of a global pandemic that has already

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