Pandemic Takes Mental Health Toll On US Youngsters

Susan S. Johnson

Anxiety, depression, self-harm and even suicide: a growing number of children in the United States are struggling with their mental health during the coronavirus pandemic, doctors, teachers, parents and the government are all warning.

Millions of students have been attending school virtually since March last year, spending hours in front of computers, without playing games or chatting with friends in person and missing out on sports and face-to-face art or music classes.

“There’s a lot of loneliness for me and other teens,” said Sarah Frank, an 18-year-old from Florida, who has not left home since March because she lives with

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Pandemic may force Canadian men to play home World Cup qualifiers at neutral sites

Susan S. Johnson

CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani says Canada will likely have to play its first home World Cup qualifying matches at a neutral site due to pandemic-related restrictions.



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Border issues and the need for quarantine complicate a qualifying schedule that has already been pushed back several times due to COVID-19. The Canadian men are slated to pay their first home qualifying match in late March.

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“Listen, it’s not going to be as easy as it was before, when you just got on a plane and you play or you play at home,” Montagliani told

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Marcus Samuelsson’s Advice For Cooking During The Pandemic

Susan S. Johnson

At the end of the day, while being forced to cook more may breed some resentment in the kitchen, the truth is that we might never have this much time at home again. So why not make the most of it, at least when it comes to your meals? Chef Marcus Samuelsson suggests we take this opportunity to “go outside your comfort zone,” explaining, “this is the time to do it because you probably have more time to dive into a recipe that you would want to do normally, right? This is a chance to learn a food or a

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Youth Fair adapts to coronavirus pandemic | Coronavirus

Susan S. Johnson

BELTON — After making some changes, the shows will go on at the annual Bell County Youth Fair this weekend.

The eight-day event will once again be held this year at the Bell County Expo Center, 301 W. Loop 121 in Belton, with tweaks being made to maintain safety.

Cheri O’Braden, youth fair coordinator, said the fair this year is expected to see about 1,000 participants over the eight days. She said this number is a bit lower than previous years, but attributes that more to a normal variation in interest in the event.

Similar to many events this year,

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