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4/2/2020

Winston Churchill led Britain through World War II by making tough decisions, projecting a sense of confidence to the country and being personally affectionate even as he was often severe about the work, writes Steve McKee. "He could get very emotional, but after bitterly criticizing you he had a habit of touching you, of putting his hand on your hand -- like that -- as if to say that his real feelings for you were not changed," British wartime official Lord Beaverbrook said of Churchill.

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4/2/2020

Officials in Albuquerque, N.M., are hoping to get around $150 million in coronavirus relief support from the federal government, but say the funding will not fill the gap left by declining sales tax revenue during the pandemic. The city had previously approved a $1.1 billion budget for fiscal 2020, which does not include extra costs for coronavirus response efforts.

4/2/2020

City Council members in Waldport, Ore., have voted unanimously to hire Dann Cutter, the current mayor, for the post of city manager. "The council and I have been very pleased to work with Mayor Dann, and we were very impressed with his application for the job and his interview with us," says council member Susan Woodruff.

4/2/2020

Recreation and park agencies in Hendersonville, Tenn., and Effingham County, Ga., have had to suspend sports leagues and other organized activities until at least April 24 because of the coronavirus. "My hope is that we get at least part of the season in when everyone is safe," said Effingham County recreation director Clarence Morgan.

4/2/2020

Bakersfield, Calif., and Pittsylvania County, Va., have closed playgrounds, citing recommendations issued this week by the National Recreation and Park Association. Other parks in Bakersfield are still open, as are Pittsylvania County's trails.

4/2/2020

The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation has created the Parks@Home website featuring video tours of parks, meditation exercises and presentations by park rangers, among other offerings. "While our worlds have become smaller, we are committed to bringing our 30,000 acres of green space and our countless free programs to you in your homes," Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver said.

4/2/2020

The Los Altos Hills, Calif., Parks and Recreation Department is providing residents with ideas for virtual activities on the city's website. The list includes links to online tours of parks, advice for remote working and free virtual classes.

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4/2/2020

Sandy Springs, Ga., has acquired three lots covering almost 8 acres to use for parks. Two of the lots will be added to a current 3-acre park.

4/2/2020

A 54-acre property in Sonoma County, Calif., will be added to Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve, protect wildlife habitat from development and help safeguard Cooper Creek.

4/2/2020

The federal Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program has grant funding available for urbanized areas with a population of at least 50,000 to develop parks in underserved areas. The application deadline is July 10.