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With new vaccine, mask requirements, businesses scramble to respond to delta variant, shifting health guidance

In this July 30, 2020, file photo, shoppers wear face masks as they leave a Walmart store in Vernon Hills, Ill.  Walmart is reversing its mask policy, Friday, July 30, 2021, and will require vaccinated workers in its distribution centers and stores in areas to wear masks in areas with high infection rates of the virus. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Stunned business executives are struggling to adjust to the rapidly shifting environment caused by COVID-19′s delta variant, rocked by a cascade of evolving mask and vaccine recommendations from federal, state, and local officials. In many...

No crabs, no scallops: Seafood is vanishing from menus in U.S.

Workers prepare to offload Dungeness crab from a boat on Pier 45 in the Fisherman's Wharf district in San Francisco, California, on Jan. 13, 2021. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg)

There are any number of factors causing the shortages and price spikes: The ports are congested; there aren't enough fishermen; there aren't enough truck drivers; and demand for seafood at restaurants is soaring.

Many Black women felt relieved to work from home, free from microaggressions. Now they're told to come back.

Mary Smith, pictured near her home in Irving, Texas, quit her job to avoid going back to the office after the pandemic. (Nitashia Johnson for the Washington Post)

After the coronavirus sent millions of employees home, many Black women experienced a workday free of the micro and macro aggressions that followed them at their predominantly White workplaces.

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EMPLOYMENT Nancy Cowser has joined Mitchell College as Chief Advancement and Alumni Affairs Officer. Prior to joining Mitchell, Cowser was the Executive Director since 2017 of the Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region...

Mystic woman opens shipyard coffee shop in converted horse trailer

Lynn DeLima, owner of Bumblebee Brewing Co, serves customers Don and Sue Phillips out of her converted horse trailer Friday, July 30, 2021, at Mystic Shipyard. The shop is open Friday through Monday at the marina from 8 a.m. to noon.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Lynn DeLima is operating Bumblebee Coffee Co at Mystic Shipyard.

How are private employers handling recreational marijuana legalization?

With built-in protections for employers, not much is changing for many companies in southeastern Connecticut.

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