The Daily Populous

Sunday April 12nd, 2020 evening edition

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That's according to data from the National Multifamily Housing Council , a trade association for the apartment industry.

During the same period in April 2019, 82% of households paid their rent on time, the report said.

It's additional evidence of how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting the US job market, and as a result, Americans' financial health.

While the data is concerning, it should be put into context, said Priscilla Almodovar, CEO of Enterprise Community Partners, a national non-profit developing affordable housing.

Almodovar said there were likely logistical challenges to people paying the rent on time in April.

He also relaxed the requirements for tenants who want to terminate a lease -- dropping a 30-day notification and two-month rent requirement to 15 days and one month's rent.

Clarification: This story was updated to clarify that the data from the National Multifamily Housing Council shows that 31 percent of some US renters didn't pay rent by April 5. »

25% of Wyoming Stay-At-Home Workers Boozing During Work Hours

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If you are tempted to have a drink or seven two while working at home during the coronavirus pandemic, you’re not alone.

According to a new study, a full 25% of Wyoming workers who are newly employed-from-home are slamming a few back during the work hours.

The survey polled 3,000 American workers and the drink of choice among work-from-home boozers is beer. »

Governor Northam Signs Virginia Values Act

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Virginia is first Southern state to provide sweeping anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people.

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced he has signed the Virginia Values Act, making Virginia the first state in the South to enact comprehensive protections for the LGBTQ community against discrimination in housing, employment, public spaces, and credit applications.

“This new law will bring protections that Virginians need to live, work, and access services free from discrimination and harassment. »

Bear convicted for theft of honey

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Temptation was too great for the bear.

Now it has a criminal record after a court found it guilty of theft and criminal damage.

The case was brought by the exasperated beekeeper after a year of trying vainly to protect his beehives. »

If the Postal Service Dies, So Does Democracy

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Each is crucially important in its own right, but combined, they presage a nearly apocalyptic threat to American democracy.

The flimsy outward justification is concern about voter fraud, but of course, there is no evidence of significant voter fraud surrounding mail ballots.

If the Postal Service didn’t already exist and you proposed it, it would be considered a ridiculous and wasteful socialist fantasy. »