*When Sherrie Segall orders a “walnut” platform storage bed from Groupon, she assumes it’s made of wood. It’s actually made of particleboard. Can she get her money back?
Q: I purchased a “walnut” brown wood platform storage bed with drawers from Groupon recently. It was not made of wood, but 1/16th inch particleboard. I asked to return the furniture since it was not what I thought I had ordered.
The platform storage bed was nonrefundable “unless defective.” I believe the bed was falsely advertised as a walnut wood bed frame, and that I should be able to return it under Groupon’s policy. I have escalated my request to Groupon’s support team specialists, to no avail.
*OAKLAND, Calif. — Dictionary.com today announced it has named pandemic the 2020 Word of the Year. The choice encapsulates an unprecedented year in which the COVID-19 pandemic profoundly impacted every sector of society and defined the context for all the many other consequential events of the year, including racial injustice, an economic downturn, climate disaster, political division, and rampant disinformation. And just as the pandemic upended life in 2020, it also reshaped language, requiring a new vocabulary for a new reality. The event drove not only record searches for new or unfamiliar terms, but a record in the number of related additions made to Dictionary.com.
*In Colorado Springs, Colorado, two people were arrested as protesters crowded the entrance of the Colorado Springs Police Department headquarters Monday demanding justice over a recent officer-involved shooting.
Both of the men – who appeared to be bad boy bikers – interrupted what had been a heated but peaceful protest.
“They pulled up and they started talking about how all lives matter and this is about everyone,” said witness Brandon Poe. “… Everyone immediately rushed them and were like, ‘Hey, get out of here, this isn’t the place for that. We’re, like, mourning and protesting our thing.
“… Soon as the people started going towards them, they pulled out their guns and started aiming at people’s faces.”
At that point, protesters start chanting/yelling at police officers to “shoot them motherf**kers!”
The counterprotesters’ arrival came two hours into the demonstration, which started at City Hall at 11 a.m. and made its way to the POC about a mile away.
The focus of the protest centered largely around De’Von Bailey, who family and friends say was wrongly shot by police Saturday night. Family members of a second man recently shot by police, Josh Vigil, were also in attendance.
*(Via The Conversation) – Increased funding, targeted prevention efforts and better treatment have helped to slow down the HIV epidemic in the United States. The number of new HIV-positive cases has decreased significantly, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with the number of new HIV diagnoses declining by 19 percent from 2005 to 2014.
This is not the case in many parts of the country, however. As AIDS and public health researchers, we are among those who are alarmed by areas in the southern United States where the numbers of cases have not declined and even more by the areas in which increases have occurred.