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Volunteer sleuths track down Hawaii’s quarantine scofflaws

HONOLULU — Former longtime television reporter Angela Keen knows how to track people down. During the coronavirus pandemic, she’s putting her skills to use finding tourists who defy Hawaii’s mandatory two-week quarantine on arriving travelers. When members of her Facebook ...

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Re-entry programs face extra challenges from COVID-19

More than 600,000 people are released from prison each year and it is estimated that two-thirds will recidivate within three years of their release, usually for a low-level offense. But with the proper supports in place, experts say, some of ...

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IP Frontiers: US Patent and Trademark Office aims to provide relief, spur innovation amid COVID-19

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has made provisions and extended deadlines for responding to certain matters in light of the hardships created by the COVID-19 outbreak and has also created programs intended to spur innovation in the ...

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Tenants behind on rent in pandemic face harassment, eviction

BALTIMORE — Jeremy Rooks works the evening shift at a Georgia fast-food restaurant these days to avoid being on the street past dusk. He needs somewhere to go at night: He and his wife are homeless after the extended-stay motel ...

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City of Rochester reopens some offices

The city of Rochester has reopened several departments for in-person services, including the city clerk, Traffic Violations Agency and Bureau of Parking. The city clerk’s licensing office (Room 100A in City Hall) will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 ...

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Man accused of falsely claiming air purifier kills COVID-19

ATLANTA — A Georgia man is accused of falsely claiming that an air purifier he was selling would kill the coronavirus, federal prosecutors said Thursday. Stephen Matthew “Matt” Shumaker, of Marietta, had postcards sent to thousands of Georgia residents claiming ...

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Criminals stealing unemployment benefits as claims surge

Criminals are seizing on a surge in job losses to steal unemployment benefits from Americans nationwide. This complicates an already tough situation for millions of financially strapped Americans and overwhelmed state unemployment offices. While there’s no exact measure of how ...

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Real Estate Law: COVID-19 brings commercial lease enforcement issues

In response to the COVID-19 emergency, the governor of New York issued executive orders significantly restricting the business activities that commercial tenants could conduct from leased locations in New York state. Many tenants impacted by these orders have refused to ...

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Commentary: Do not expect relief of most contractual obligations due to COVID-19

For most business law practitioners, we have had little-to-no need to revisit the concepts of force majeure, frustration of purpose, impossibility, and impracticality since completing our final examination in contracts. This orthodoxy was challenged in March, when large sectors of ...

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