iPad 10.2 and iPad Pro

Emilee Geist

All sorts of in-person activities have been postponed or canceled this year, and even online events have been affected. Prime Day, Amazon’s big summer blowout for Prime members, was delayed (although thankfully not canceled) and is now scheduled to occur on October 13 and 14 — not long before Black Friday, the big sale that inspired these Prime Day deals in the first place.

It’s only days away now, and anticipation is high. Prime Day is always a hot time for deals on all sorts of high-end tech like Apple gadgets, and we expect there to be plenty of deals on iPads this year, too. To help you find them, we’ve put together a list of all the best Prime Day iPad deals, along with a breakdown of some of our predictions for the sale.

Apple products work even better when they’re combined. So if you’re looking for a new

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How Can Retail Chains Survive the Pandemic?

Emilee Geist

(Bloomberg Opinion) — This is one of a series of interviews by Bloomberg Opinion columnists on how to solve today’s most pressing challenges. This conversation has been edited and condensed.Sarah Halzack: As the head of Williams-Sonoma Inc., you oversee a company that includes home-goods chains such as Pottery Barn and West Elm. Let’s rewind to mid-March, when the scope and the scale of the pandemic was becoming clear. What was the most urgent change you knew you needed to make? What area of the business needed to be addressed first?

Laura Alber, president and CEO, Williams-Sonoma Inc.: Like everyone, it really caught us off guard. And the most important thing for us is the safety of our people. So we wanted to be thoughtful about what to do, and we spent a lot of time on that. Then of course you go into scenario planning. I lived through the recession

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Prince George country 2020 school board candidates

Emilee Geist

Schools in Prince George’s remain in an all-virtual-learning mode through at least late January, with students getting their lessons online. State officials have been pushing for a return to school buildings, but the county — hit hard by the novel coronavirus — does not appear headed in that direction.

The Nov. 3 ballot will list five races but just three are contested. Incumbents David Murray and Raaheela Ahmed are running unopposed for seats on the 14-member board, which is a hybrid body of appointed and elected members.

Here are answers to questions posed by The Washington Post for candidates in the three contested races. They are edited for clarity and brevity:

Shayla Adams-Stafford, 33, founder and chief executive of AdaptiveX, an educational consulting and software company, says her passion is addressing educational inequities. She cites experience as a national board-certified teacher, business owner and teacher trainer.

Top issues: A

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6 Apple products we could see unveiled at the Oct. 13 event: iPhone 12, Homepod

Emilee Geist

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This story is part of Apple Event, our full coverage of the latest news from Apple headquarters.

Apple has announced its newest iPhone during a September media event every year since 2012’s iPhone 5. During the 2020 Apple event last month, we got new Apple Watch and iPad models, and a bundled subscription service, but no new iPhone. That didn’t come as a complete surprise, as a delay had been rumored for months. Now, Apple is hosting a second virtual launch event on Oct. 13, where the iPhone 12 is expected to make its delayed debut. Here’s how to watch Apple’s livestream.

The iPhone isn’t the only missing-in-action update or new launch we’ve been waiting for. These are some of the things we didn’t see in September, but that might (or might not) show up before the end of the year.

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The Big Fat Indian Wedding Gets A Leaner Look

Emilee Geist

In a normal year the India Couture Week, an extravaganza of high-end style and bridal wear from the country’s top designers, would have been held in July. That’s when the monsoon season brings cooler temperatures to New Delhi, and when the city’s beautiful and wealthy people return from their European sojourns.

July is also prime wedding-planning season, bringing brides-to-be out of the woodwork, each searching for her dream gown.

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An Indian wedding often has up to five or six events besides the main one. This non-traditional couture outfit made from industrial materials and polymers, from Delhi-based designer Amit Aggarwal’s Couture 2020 collection, would probably be worn by a bride for the cocktails or a “youngsters’ party” (away from the eyes of disapproving elders!)
Courtesy of Amit Aggarwal

More than 20% of Indian brides surveyed in 2018 said they would spend between $13,500 and $27,000 on their weddings. About the same

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Online shopping has been supercharged by the pandemic. There’s no going back

Emilee Geist

The winners: The pandemic forced Amazon (AMZN) to hire more workers and overhaul its supply chains. But Jeff Bezos’ juggernaut has emerged stronger than ever, repeatedly trouncing Wall Street’s sales expectations.
Other retailers that invested heavily in e-commerce before the pandemic are also thriving. Walmart (WMT) is one example, but there are other less obvious success stories. Ikea, which is best known for its cavernous big box stores, reported a 45% increase in online sales over the 12 months to August.

Going bust: The ranks of the less fortunate include companies that didn’t fully embrace online shopping, or that relied too heavily on sales in malls. J. Crew, Brooks Brothers, Sur La Table and Men’s Wearhouse owner Tailored Brands have all filed for bankruptcy in recent months. The company behind Pringle sweaters and Harris Tweed is also at risk of collapse.

US e-commerce sales will increase

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How to get your used Sacramento Bee newspaper rack free

Emilee Geist

For sentimental ink-stained wretches of a certain age, it’s a memento. To readers of The Sacramento Bee looking for cool home projects, it’s an opportunity.

Full disclosure: For this reporter and others connected to the 163-year-old institution, it’s a little bit of both.

For two days this month, The Bee’s Audience Department will make available roughly 200 newspaper “honor boxes” free to readers — as the newspaper culls its army of the once-ubiquitous blue and white racks seen across the capital region.

The events are not part of The Bee’s larger impending move from its longtime home at 21st and Q streets but a response to changes in how people buy the newspaper, which were accelerated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Craig Webber, operations coordinator for The Bee and its brethren in Modesto and Merced, said while newsstand readers are still buying the paper, most prefer to buy it at

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An inside look at how Biden’s campaign is winning the viral merch game

Emilee Geist

An inside look at how Biden's campaign is winning the viral merch game
An inside look at how Biden’s campaign is winning the viral merch game

Joe Biden’s campaign has mastered the art of making memorable merch.

As with any candidate’s site, the vice president’s online shop is full of apparel, accessories, and other unique ways for supporters to publicly show their Biden/Harris pride. But over the past two weeks — since the New York Times reported that Donald Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes the year he won the presidency and another $750 his first year in office — the Biden campaign has seriously stepped up its merch game.

After seeing people express outrage over Trump’s shockingly low income tax payments, Biden’s campaign released buttons, stickers, and shirts that said “I Paid More In Taxes Than Donald Trump.” Then following the first presidential debate on Sept. 29, the team created “Will you shut up, man?” shirts to commemorate Biden’s blunt

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Letters to the Editor – Readers defend the right to vote in Texas

Emilee Geist

Abbott thwarts voters

Gov. Greg Abbott decided to make the upcoming election interesting by allowing only one Texas ballot drop-off facility per county. He has made it very, very difficult for thousands of Texans to turn in their votes unless they have read the research that says the mail is still safe. Of course we can put a spin on all of this and say Abbott simply made a heroic attempt to help the oil and gas industry. Those with a different outlook might say that this is simply a desperate attempt at voter suppression by a man fearing the loss of his job.

Jerry Weiss, Dallas

I already mailed it

Every day it’s something else, and every day I write a letter to the editor but never send it. I am so angry. Now, Gov. Greg Abbott is suppressing our votes. We will have only one place to drop

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How the wedding industry is struggling under strict coronavirus restrictions

Emilee Geist

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By now, wedding season should be reaching a triumphant end, thousands of bouquets thrown and garters tossed, with vendors retreating with fatigue. This year, of course, it never really got started.

Like most in the industry, Marianna Vaki, founder of London-based cake makers Whisk and Drizzle, began 2020 with a diary full of bookings but due to ongoing restrictions, she has been able to fulfil just 10 per cent of those orders, many of which had to be downsized. The rest of her brides have moved their weddings to next year, with some considering postponing again to 2022. If they do, she faces a second year with little-to-no income and the prospect that her business might not survive. “If weddings don’t resume next year, a lot of us won’t be here in 2022,” she says, adding that she is having to look for another job to make up

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