(Reuters) – Sylvia Padilla spent last Thursday checking food pantries in Lubbock, Texas for groceries to feed herself, her daughter and three-year-old grandson.

Sylvia Padilla poses for a photo outside St. John’s United Methodist Church in Lubbock, Texas, U.S. on October 8, 2020. REUTERS/Brad Brooks

Some places were closed, others had nothing available. Outside the shuttered St. John’s United Methodist Church, Padilla, 50, recounted her struggle to survive during the economic disaster that the novel coronavirus pandemic had dumped upon her, choking words out through tears of fear and frustration.

“This is like a nightmare I can’t wake up from,” Padilla said, resting her face in her hands. “It really feels like a nightmare, but it’s our reality.”

Like many Americans, Padilla is barely getting by and says she desperately needs government help. She received a $1,200 check in April from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act passed

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An Auckland business owner says she has no choice but to sell the family restaurant for $1 on Trade Me because of Covid-19.

Bianca Xiang said her restaurant, Chilli House BBQ, located at mixed use development Apollo Square Apartments at 40 Rosedale Rd on the North Shore, was badly affected by the pandemic.

“We’ve lost all our money. There’s nothing wrong with the restaurant, it’s a beautiful restaurant, we spent $300,000 renovating it, but we haven’t been able to operate it because of Covid-19,” Xiang said.

After two failed attempts at selling the business through real estate agents and on Trade Me, Xiang said she felt like she had no choice but to sell it for $1.

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  • Polling shows that young voters are energized about the 2020 elections and overwhelmingly support Biden.
  • But with many college campuses locked down due to COVID-19, and the Postal Service warning of delays in delivering mail-in ballots, getting them to vote is harder than ever.
  • Students have become a moving target for the presidential campaigns as they race for the digital tools to lure this young but often unreliable demographic in an unusual election year.
  • A student’s cellphone number is the most valuable piece of data in this fight for votes. NextGen America, a youth voting PAC, has developed texting protocols that walk people through registration and remind them to vote.
  • Biden’s youth vote director said the campaign is trying to figure out the ‘digital spaces’ students are congregating in and find a way to saturate them like it would physical gathering places.
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Mindi Priskey trains hockey players and figure skaters, working with them for hours as they prepare for their next competition. But since March, the ice arena where she works in Mt. Clemens has remained closed because of the coronavirus and corresponding executive orders from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. 

She was one of several small business owners and employees who told Michigan lawmakers during a legislative committee meeting Wednesday about the impact of the pandemic shutdown on their lives. 

The nearly three-hour legislative hearing focused little on infection rates, opinions from health experts or outbreak clusters popping up as schools and colleges reopen in Michigan. Instead, the business owners described their own desperate efforts to make a living while trying to keep customers safe. 

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WASHINGTON — As Nina Red stood under a tree in the New Orleans rain, waiting for two buses that never came, she recalled a feeling of helplessness.

Ms. Red, 69, a resident of the city’s Algiers neighborhood, does not have a car. The bus, which she has ridden for 43 years, is the cheapest way to get around. But since the coronavirus pandemic hit, she has noticed service take a deep dive.

A six-mile trip to the grocery store, which used to take an hour, sometimes takes close to three. Routine doctor’s appointments at 8 a.m. require her to wake up by 5. Many days, buses have skipped her stop without warning. When they do arrive, they are packed, making her worry she is going to be exposed to the coronavirus.

“We’re desperate,” Ms. Red said. “We have no other transportation. If we had an alternative, we would take it.”

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