Alex Norcia

retail

They Call Me a Hero Because I Work at Kroger, So Why Do I Feel Disposable?

A Kroger employee in Ohio says his "hero pay" didn't mask the fact that he was risking his life for a few bucks an hour. And now, even that's going away.
Anonymous
5.15.20
Business

Reckless Business Owners Are Citing a Constitutional 'Freedom to Work'

Barbers, gym owners, and restaurant owners say illegally reopening is their constitutional right. Legal scholars say they're wrong.
Alex Norcia
5.13.20
vaping

FDA Admits There's Actually No Evidence Vaping Makes COVID-19 Worse

The federal agency had previously stated that vapers were at an elevated risk of developing complications tied to COVID-19.
Alex Norcia
4.16.20
COVID-19

I Was Quarantined in China, Then in the US. Here's How Things Differed

After watching coronavirus unfold in China and then the U.S. right afterward, I'm struggling with the right way to monitor this disease.
Charles Harris
4.15.20
Money

We Called Unemployment Offices in All 50 States. Only 2 Picked Up

Just like everyone else, we found reaching a human being to be next to impossible right now.
Clio Chang
Alex Norcia
Maxwell Strachan
4.13.20
Work

Coronavirus Is Forcing Some to Choose Between Loved Ones' Safety and Work

Essential workers worry they might bring the disease home to their immunocompromised family members. Some are quitting out of fear.
Alex Norcia
4.9.20
Food

Uber and Lyft Drivers Are Already Going Hungry

Nearly half of drivers in the Tri-state area have requested help getting food since the coronavirus outbreak. "I have three days' worth of food left," one said.
Alex Norcia
4.7.20
mental health

A Bronx Hospital Is Demanding Psychiatrists Come In to Skype Patients

Other "nonessential" workers also have to keep coming to work. "People are so frightened and really angry," said one employee.
Alex Norcia
4.2.20
transportation

Rich Manhattanites Are Paying Limo Drivers to Chauffeur Mail to the Hamptons

A high-end car service company has adjusted to the coronavirus outbreak by delivering the rich's Manhattan bills, letters, and magazines.
Alex Norcia
3.30.20
vaping

Coronavirus Has Closed Vape Shops, but Left Cigarettes Readily Available

Owners of vape shops argue that their stores are just as "essential" as the businesses that sell cigarettes.
Alex Norcia
3.26.20
Music

First Their Side Hustle Disappeared. Then Their Main Jobs Did Too

When the restaurants closed and tours were cancelled after the coronavirus outbreak, some Philadelphians lost two jobs on the same day.
Alex Norcia
3.23.20
retail

‘Heyday’ Facial Shop Creates GoFundMe for Workers After Mass Layoffs

"This heartbreaking decision was a last resort in extraordinary times," the founders said in an email.
Alex Norcia
3.20.20
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