Hundreds of Anchorage students didn’t participate in online learning last spring. Will they log on this fall?

first_imgCoronavirus | Education | SouthcentralHundreds of Anchorage students didn’t participate in online learning last spring. Will they log on this fall?August 15, 2020 by Mayowa Aina, Alaska Public Media Share:Bailey Fuller (left), 15, and Willow Fuller (right), 12, of Palmer work on online assignments in their family’s living room on March 31, 2020. (Courtesy of Andrea Fuller)Like a lot of teachers, when Derek Reed learned that classes would be taught entirely online back in March, he worried.“My first thought went to ‘Oh my goodness, what’s going to happen for students who don’t have access to technology and don’t have access to support’,” Reed said.Reed said he, like many teachers in the district, spent weeks trying to contact students and families. But, as time went on, getting in touch with unresponsive students became more and more difficult. He says he had little to no contact with about 25 students.“My guess is you could talk to any teacher in Anchorage and across Alaska, and they would tell you there were some students they never got a hold of,” Reed said.Reed said he worked with other teachers and school counselors. Principals even made house calls in-person to check on students. Eventually, Reed realized he needed to focus on the students that were showing up and working.“Because once you’ve exhausted all your options, there’s not a lot you can do,” Reed said.The Anchorage School District can’t pinpoint the exact number of students who didn’t participate in online learning last spring.One data point the district used to track student participation were logins to online platforms. Engagement was at its lowest during the third week of online learning, with an average of about 39% percent of high school students logging on. It was an issue for districts across the country.ASD’s engagement numbers rebounded to about 83% percent by the end of the semester. But it’s unclear whether a login meant sustained engagement or if it was simply one time.Reed worried about students who were not able to fully engage online because of their home environment — like one student, who finally got in touch with him just a few weeks before school ended to get a Chromebook.Reed said he knows there was a language barrier at her home, and she was taking care of younger siblings as well as an elderly relative.“It was really challenging to get a hold of her and when we did, those would be the things,” Reed said. “I do remember she contacted me on her iPhone because she had been able to go to the library or go somewhere where there was WiFi, so she had a phone that only worked when connected to WiFi,” Reed saidThis was a common story for many of his students.According to the district, the most frequent requests from families were around basic needs like access to food and mental health support more so than access to technology.Heading into the new school year, each of the district’s schools with a high percentage of students who qualify for free and reduced lunch will have an additional behavioral support staff person to assist with those needs.Teachers working with students in programs for English language learners, as well as migrant and Native families, will use a case-by-case management approach to encourage student engagement. ASD Deputy Superintendent Mark Stock said the teachers will make personal contact with each family in those programs.“And if students are not engaged or they’re not participating or logging on, they will get into the root causes, hopefully, and they will try to find out why and and take care of that,” said Stock.The district continues to deploy Chromebooks, devices, and wifi hotspots as well.Stock also said the district is working to allow for more flexible work schedules so teachers can be available in the evening when students were more likely to do homework and fewer parents would be working. Also, during the closure, many teachers were using their personal cell phones to call and get in touch with families. This made some teachers, including Reed, uneasy. So the district is purchasing a phone app that allows teachers to contact families via text without anyone exchanging personal cell phone numbers.“Teachers got most of their engagement by working with students through text,” Stock said. “So we now have an app that allows that protection of privacy but allows teachers to be able to text them.”The district and teachers are hopeful that grading student work and having more structured schedules will lead to more participation by students and families.Reed said he’s anxious about the year ahead, but excited too.“I can tell I have some of that positive anticipation, too, because I went to look for school supplies on my weekly shopping trip, and I was excited to do that,” Reed said.This school year will be like nothing he’s ever seen, Reed said, but he’s looking forward to doing what he loves — which is teaching, regardless of the method.Share this story:last_img read more

Sirius soars on go ahead from York planners

first_img Tags: NULL Sirius soars on go ahead from York planners Show Comments ▼ whatsapp SHARES in mining firm Sirius Minerals shot up yesterday after the company revealed that it is one step closer to going ahead with its plans for a potash project in the North York Moors.The company’s shares were up by over 60 per cent by lunchtime yesterday, and closed up by 43.33 per cent, at 21.5p.Members of the North York Moors National Park Authority resolved on Tuesday to grant permission for the firm’s mine and mineral transport system planning application. This decision means Sirius will be able to move ahead with plans for its York Potash Project. The group aims to mine for potash, commonly used as a fertiliser, in the form of polyhalite.Analysts yesterday lauded the news, with Accendo Markets’ Augustin Eden pointing out that “the plans have, perhaps surprisingly, garnered widespread support with local residents and officials hopeful of 1,000 new jobs in the area”. The project could also bring about a “re-ignition of northern England’s mining heritage”.Sirius boss Chris Fraser said the decision was “just the beginning for the company” “We have made a major step forward and now have a pathway to reaching production and unlocking ever more value for our shareholders,” he said.“The case for the project has always been compelling because it will not only generate so many jobs and economic benefits, but also because it is accompanied by such extensive mitigations, safeguards and environmentally sensitive design.”WHAT IS POTASH?Potash is the common term for fertiliser forms of the element potassium. The name derives from the collection of wood ash in metal pots when its fertilising properties were first recognised many centuries ago. Most of the world’s potash is used in agriculture.SIRIUS AIMS TO▀ CREATE OVER 1,000 JOBS, WITH A COMMITMENT TO SEEK TO RECRUIT LOCALLY FIRST▀ MAKE AN ANNUAL CONTRIBUTION TO UK GDP OF OVER £1BN▀ RAISE $1BN (£647M) IN FUNDING FOR THE PROJECT, DEPENDENT ON THE OUTCOME OF A DEFINITIVE FEASIBILITY PROJECT WHICH IS DUE IN THE COMING WEEKS whatsapp Express KCS by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment GuruMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorEliteSinglesThe Dating Site for Highly-Educated Singles in ScottsdaleEliteSingles Share Wednesday 1 July 2015 8:13 pmlast_img read more

Call for applications for 2019 Town and Village Renewal Scheme

first_img Pinterest Call for applications for 2019 Town and Village Renewal Scheme Twitter WhatsApp Funding of up to €200,000 is available for rural towns and villages across Laois through the 2019 .This is according to Laois/Offaly TD and Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan.The scheme is specifically targeted at rural towns and villages with populations of less than 10,000.The minimum grant which is available is €20,000 and the maximum is €100,000.A higher maximum of €200,000 will be considered for a limited number of projects where a strong case can be made demonstrating exceptionally strong benefit to a town and/or its outlying areas.In order to avail of funding through the scheme, Laois County Council will be required to advertise for expressions of interest from towns and villages and will select proposals for development into detailed applications to be submitted to the Department by the end of June.Two categories of Town/Villages are eligible for support under the scheme.Category one is for towns/villages with a population of less than 5,000 people. At least of 60 of the funding available will be awarded to category one towns and villages.Category two is for towns with a population of 5,000-10,000 people.Successful proposals will demonstrate close collaboration between communities and business interests in the design and delivery of proposed projects, and must have the support of the Local Authority.Minister Flanagan said: “To ensure the vitality of our rural areas, a significant proportion of national population and economic growth will be targeted at building up the fabric of smaller towns, villages and rural areas.“Since the Town and Village Renewal Scheme was introduced in 2016, almost €53 million has been approved for over 670 projects across the country.“I strongly encourage towns and villages in County Laois to work with Laois County Council in preparing innovative and well thought-out projects under the scheme and I look forward to the announcement of the successful recipients of funding in the coming months.”Full details of the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund, along with the Application Form, are available on the Department of Rural and Community Development website here.SEE ALSO – Laois Hurlers Golf Society getting into the swing of things with first outing of the year this weekend Home News Call for applications for 2019 Town and Village Renewal Scheme NewsPolitics Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin GAA WhatsApp Facebook GAA Twitter Facebook Pinterest GAA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleCarlow soccer league glory for Killeshin FC U-14sNext articleSadness in Portarlington as the legendary Bill Bolton passes away Siun Lennonún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. By Siun Lennon – 16th April 2019 Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results TAGSCharlie FlanaganTown and Village Renewal Scheme last_img read more

In Pictures: Serious style at the Mountrath CS Debs

first_img Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results WhatsApp By Julie Anne Miller – 22nd August 2019 GAA Facebook GAA Twitter Pinterest Previous articleOur guide to what’s on during one of the busiest weekends of the summerNext articleLIVE BLOG: Mountmellick and Errill face off in Junior ‘B’ county final Julie Anne MillerLaoisToday’s main photographer Julie Anne Miller is a graduate from GMIT. Despite her young age, Julie Anne has years of experience in the food industry. She has worked in Tynan’s at the Storeyard in Portlaoise, Ballymaloe House in Cork and Beach Point Country Club in New York. She has also contributed a food column to the Irish Country Living section of the Irish Farmers Journal. She’s willing to talk about anything – except football! Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook WhatsApp Home Lifestyle In Pictures: Serious style at the Mountrath CS Debs LifestyleOut and About In Pictures: Serious style at the Mountrath CS Debs GAA Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory TAGSDebsMountrath CS Twitter Debs season is almost over but we have some more brilliant pictures for you from Mountrath CS.So far this week, Ardscoil na Trionoide, Athy, have already held their Debs – while Mountrath CS and Clonaslee College attended theirs last, and neither let down in the style stakes.As the flocks of sixth years and their dates and guests poured into school, there was a great atmosphere.Timeless classics are pulling through with royal blue, blushing pink and red dresses appearing on many the former sixth year student this year.A sincere clap on the back is also needed for any makeup artist or hairdresser in Laois working to full capacity this week in the height of the Debs season.You can see all the glitz and glamour from the event below.As always, our intrepid photographer Julie Anne Miller was on hand to capture the best of the action.Check them out below: 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

Toyota recalls 79,000 Tundra pickups from 2016, 2017 model years

first_imgCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 2016 Toyota Tundra 4×4 TRD Pro Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS  DETROIT — Toyota says it’s recalling about 79,000 Tundra pickup trucks in the U.S., Canada and Central America because steps in the rear bumpers could break. The recall, which covers trucks from the 2016 and 2017 model years, impacts 6,157 vehicles in Canada.All have steps and reinforcement brackets in the bumpers that are made of resin. Trending Videos See More Videos Trending in Canada Toyota says if the truck is backed into something, that could damage the step and it could break if a person steps on it, increasing the risk of injury. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever advertisement PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | RELATED TAGSToyotaTundraPickup TruckSafety and MaintenanceMaintenanceNew VehiclesCanadaCars and Car DesignCentral AmericaCulture and LifestyleDetroitInjuries and TraumasPickup TrucksToyota Canada Inc.Toyota Motor CorporationToyota TundraUnited States Dealers will replace the resin reinforcement brackets with new ones that are made of steel. Owners will be notified by letter at the end of February, Toyota Canada said. ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

CU-Boulder Sources On Virginia Tech Shooting

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: April 15, 2007 Following are faculty and staff sources at the University of Colorado at Boulder who can comment on today’s shooting at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. o William “Bill” Woodward, a faculty member at the CU-Boulder Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, can comment on school shootings in general, including prior shootings, risk factors and general causes. Woodward was director of the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice from 1984 to 1999 and has been active with the center, which specializes in school safety, since 2001. The center is part of the CU-Boulder Institute of Behavioral Science. More information is posted on its Web site at http://www.Colorado.EDU/cspv/. Woodward can be reached at (303) 735-0538.o CU Police Commander Brad Wiesley can talk about campus security at CU-Boulder. According to Wiesley, CU-Boulder police are well trained to respond to incidents such as the shooting that happened today on the Virginia Tech campus but said it is nearly impossible to prevent such incidents. Campus safety is a primary concern for police on the Boulder campus, Wiesley said. To learn more about safety on campus and crime prevention and awareness go to the CU-Boulder Police Department Web site at Wiesley can be reached at (303) 492-2316. For assistance, please contact the Office of News Services at (303) 492-6431, Dirk Martin at (303) 492-3140, Peter Caughey at (303) 492-4007 or Jeannine Malmsbury at (303) 492-3115.last_img read more

Americans overestimate political polarization, according to new CU-Boulder research

first_imgMany Americans overestimate the degree of polarization between Democrats and Republicans, and this misconception is associated with citizens’ voting behavior and their involvement in political activities, according to new findings from the University of Colorado Boulder.“It is clear that Americans see themselves as very sharply polarized,” said Professor Leaf Van Boven, who led the research efforts. “And that the extent of perceived polarization dramatically overstates the actual degree of polarization.”Van Boven of CU-Boulder’s psychology and neuroscience department and Professor John Chambers of the University of Florida presented findings of two studies on political polarization last month at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology in San Diego.In one study, which included a nationally representative sample of 1,000 voting age respondents during the 2008 presidential campaign, Van Boven and his colleagues found that individuals with more extreme partisan attitudes perceived greater polarization than those with less extreme partisan attitudes. For example, in the 2008 presidential election, people who strongly supported either Obama or McCain perceived Americans as more divided than did those whose support of either candidate was more moderate.In another study, which included an analysis using a subset of 26,000 respondents from three decades of surveys of Americans, the researchers determined that the average gap between Republicans and Democrats on five-point scales regarding different issues such as the death penalty and abortion was approximately three-quarters of a point. However, people believed there was a scale difference of two points or more between the two parties.“The more strongly people feel about an issue, the more divided they see other Americans,” Van Boven said.The data also suggest that the people who perceive the most division among Americans are also the most likely to vote in elections.“It seems that the people who see the most polarization are also more likely to engage in various kinds of political activities, including joining campaigns, persuading other people and contributing to PACs,” Van Boven said. He expects that both major political parties may try to benefit from the perceived polarization of voters during the current presidential election year.“If I were a strategist and I saw that maybe I could get a 5 percent increase in turnout on my side by increasing people’s perceptions of polarization, I know exactly what I would do,” he said. “I would push toward increased perceptions of polarization.“There certainly is a sound scientific basis for the strategy of making the other side seem very strong, very extreme and very active,” he said. “If I think the other side is really fired up and they are going to turn out the vote, that becomes a threat to me. So that might motivate me to vote.”CU-Boulder Professor Charles Judd of the psychology and neuroscience department and Professor David Sherman of the University of California, Santa Barbara, were co-authors with Van Boven on the paper titled “False polarization of the American electorate.” Van Boven, CU-Boulder doctoral candidate Jacob Westfall and Professor John Chambers of the University of Florida co-authored the other paper titled “Political polarization projection.”Contact: Leaf Van Boven, [email protected] Greg Swenson, CU media relations, 303-492-3113 Published: Feb. 6, 2012 “The more strongly people feel about an issue, the more divided they see other Americans,” said Leaf Van Boven of CU-Boulder’s psychology and neuroscience department. Categories:AcademicsScience & TechnologyCampus CommunityNews Headlinescenter_img Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail http:// read more

Foundations of Excellence: Evaluating the first-year experience

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Sept. 13, 2017 In coordination with the Unified Student Experience project launched in spring 2017, the Office of Undergraduate Education is partnering with the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management to embark on the Foundations of Excellence (FoE) initiative, a campuswide effort to evaluate the first-year undergraduate experience.If you goTuesday, Sept. 19, 11 a.m. to noon Center for Community (C4C), Abrams LoungeWednesday, Sept. 20, 4 to 5 p.m. University Memorial Center (UMC), room 235FoE is a process, provided and guided by the Gardner Institute, for engaging universities in a voluntary, inclusive self-study; improvement planning; and change-implementation process focused on the entirety of the first-year college experience. The self-study is expected to provide a stimulating, institution-wide experience that brings together multiple staff, faculty and student viewpoints and leads to substantive institutional change and improved student outcomes. The self-study portion of the process will be completed over the current academic year by nine committees with faculty, staff and students from across campus.Fall semester will focus on gathering information from institutional research and from two surveys, one of which will be administered to campus faculty and staff in late September. The second will be administered to new first-year students toward the end of the semester.Spring semester will focus on producing individual committee reports and then integrating those into a single document with a set of recommendations.The entire campus community is invited to attend an open forum describing the Foundations of Excellence initiative, how to become involved and to answer any questions. Sessions are scheduled Sept. 19 and 20.Categories:Foundations of ExcellenceStrategic InitiativesCampus Communitylast_img read more

Jupiter Hospital launches Jupiter Charitable Institute

first_imgJupiter Hospital launches Jupiter Charitable Institute Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Read Article Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Related Postscenter_img Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” This facility will cater to anyone who cannot afford full cost quality healthcare and have to sign a self-declaration form that states that they are seeking subsidised treatment in the JCI wardThe launch of Jupiter Charitable Institute (JCI) was announced by Jupiter Hospital in a bid to provide quality subsidised healthcare for all. The inauguration was conducted by Eknath Shinde, Guardian Minister, Thane, and Sanjeev Jaiswal, Municipal Commissioner, Thane. This is a 51 bed facility with dedicated medical and surgical floors.A new JCI OPD was also announced. Every Saturday, starting 3 p.m, doctors across all specialties will be available at the Out Patient Department (OPD) of Jupiter Hospital and will only charge a fee of Rs 100/- for any type of consultation. Any investigation advised will be subsidised by 35 per cent and any procedure/ surgery advised by the doctor will be subsidised by 40 per cent.This facility will cater to any persons who cannot afford full cost quality healthcare. For this purpose, patients have to sign a self-declaration form that states that they are seeking subsidised treatment in the JCI ward as they cannot afford the treatment costs otherwise. Anyone who signs this form is eligible for benefit under this initiative. No further documentation with this regard is required.Dr Ankit Thakker, Executive Director at Jupiter Hospital said, “We do not want our patients to undergo the humiliation to prove their poverty by showing colored cards or recommendation letters. Any patient who signs a form stating his inability to afford full cost healthcare will be eligible for subsidy in JCI.”Applauding the noble initiative by Jupiter Hospital, Jaiswal said, “I congratulate Dr Ajay Thakker and the entire team at Jupiter Hospital for conceptualising this noble initiative, and I hope more corporate hospitals follow suit. I, and the corporation, would be happy to extend support in any way to ensure that world class healthcare is made available and accessible to all.”On the occasion of inaugurating the institute, Shinde said, “Access to quality healthcare cannot be achieved by just reducing costs. We need to ensure that the patient gets end-to-end treatment and complete care. The Jupiter Charitable Institute is a unique programme and a noble initiative that requires a big heart. And I congratulate Jupiter in taking up this work of great honor and showing this commitment. Most importantly, on behalf of the citizens who would be benefitting out of this programme, I would want to thank the doctors and the experts who have come forth to be part of the Jupiter Charitable Institute.” News Share By EH News Bureau on April 16, 2018 Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025last_img read more

Downtown lounge to offer Sunday jazz concerts

first_imgHomeBusinessDowntown lounge to offer Sunday jazz concerts Dec. 07, 2019 at 6:00 amBusinessFeaturedNewsDowntown lounge to offer Sunday jazz concertsMadeleine Pauker2 years agoCanarynightlifewen yehwest end12 Starting this weekend, Downtown Santa Monica’s newest nightlife destination will host live jazz concerts every Sunday night.Canary opened last month in the building that West End occupied at the corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue. Wen Yeh, one of Canary’s founders, told The Daily Press in June that the tropical lounge aims to offer a sophisticated but lively night out and attract a crowd that skews older than The Bungalow and younger than Bar Chloe.In addition to a rainbow of cocktails from bartender Devin Espinosa, Canary invites musicians and DJs to perform on a stage in the lounge, Yeh said. Its weekly jazz nights kick off Sunday and will feature Grammy-award winning musician Dave Yaden, his band and guest vocalists each week.“It’ll be a very elevated, upscale experience that nowhere else in town is offering,” Yeh said. “Other places may have beautiful decor and views, but we’re going bring a live experience to Santa Monica.”Yeh, who grew up in Santa Monica, said he wants Canary to be a chill space where people can hang out and listen to live music.“There used to be this place called Bob Burns 15 to 20 years ago on 2nd and Wilshire. It was a nice little rat pack lounge that had live jazz and old school diner booths,” he said. “It was just a fantastic place to spend time, and that’s what I was going after for this venue.”General manager Bart Clemmer said Yaden will bring in different vocalists to perform each week, such as R&B singer Jacob Lutrell.“David does a great job of blending all the different styles his vocalists bring out and keeping the quality of the music high,” Clemmer said.Clemmer added that burlesque dancers from Donna Hood’s “Tease if you please” company will make surprise appearances on Sunday jazz nights.Canary is open Wednesday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 p.m. to 2 [email protected] :Canarynightlifewen yehwest endshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentSongs of the Season with the Lyric Chorus of Santa Monica College Emeritus CollegeArtisan Bench Dedication in Memory of Michael CastagnolaYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall7 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson18 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter18 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor18 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press18 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press18 hours agolast_img read more