On a recent sticky Sonoma County summer day, I slipped through the back door of a new Santa Rosa restaurant called Sushi Rosa, where the air inside was cool compared with the swelter outdoors. I was throwing on a sweatshirt when I was spotted, almost immediately, by an attentive server. He was wearing all black and had an iPad slung over his shoulder like a purse. Smiling beneath his mask, he asked, “How many?” (“Just me.”) and where I’d like to sit. That’s when I awkwardly sputtered, “I want to see the robot.” 

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Lamar Cornett has worked in restaurants for more than 20 years. During the pandemic, he began thinking about leaving that career behind.

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Lamar Cornett has worked in restaurants for more than 20 years. During the pandemic, he began thinking about leaving that career behind.

Courtesy of Lamar Cornett

A wooden spoon gliding over cast iron. Barely tall enough to see over the stove, Lamar Cornett watched his mother, a cook, make his favorite dish of scrambled eggs.

That first cooking lesson launched a lifelong journey in food. Cornett

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Like many servers and bartenders around the country,

Ashley Roshitsh,

32 years old, used to love her job—until the pandemic.

She had worked in hospitality since she was 14, eventually bartending at a craft cocktail bar in Birmingham, Ala. But after being furloughed in March 2020, she took stock of the toll that the long hours and late nights had taken on her. “Why do I have arthritis? Years and years of bartending will do that to you,” she says.

In August, she took a customer-service job with Birmingham-based grocery-delivery service Shipt Inc. and says she doesn’t plan on returning

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At the height of his success, Ray Charles sat down with Ben Fong-Torres, a journalist with Rolling Stone magazine, in 1973 and got remarkably candid. The singer was comfortable enough to call out white artists like Joe Cocker and Elvis for imitating Black culture and being rewarded for it, as well as to talk about his addiction to heroin and the struggle to kick it. It was a first for Charles.

That interview went on to win the Deems Taylor Award for magazine writing, but it was just one of many by Fong-Torres that reflected his empathy and honesty, allowing

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National Nurses Week officially kicks off tomorrow (that’s May 6!), and while thanking nurses and healthcare workers for all of their hard work is a sweet gesture, loading them up with free food is an even better one. Though there’s a long list of places offering up free (or discounted) options for nurses during their special week, Dunkin’ is kicking off the week with a warm gesture of their own—free coffee!

On May 6 (which also doubles as National Nurses Day!), nurses and healthcare workers can stop by their nearest Dunkin’ location to pick up a free medium

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – Tier 2 opened up Monday for more essential workers to get the vaccine, meaning most of the population can receive it.

Dejwan Oldham has been work with First Watch for five years. He says when the pandemic first hit, the staff was nervous.

“In the beginning, it was tough because everywhere we turned we were nervous about catching it,” Oldham says.

A year later, they’ve got it down. From cleaning to sanitizing, and masking.

And one more level of protection: they can get vaccinated too.

Others are eligible including construction workers, retails store workers, hotel employees,

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