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(CNN)A Native American woman will no longer adorn the packages of Land O’Lakes butter.

The change was made in February and received little notice until this week. It comes as many businesses, universities and sports teams have begun to drop Native American images and symbols from logos.
The new packaging was launched ahead of the company’s 100th anniversary next year. And the company says it’s shifting the focus of the packaging to farmers which is borne out by the words “Farmer Owned” in large text on one side.
    Land O’ Lakes, Inc. is a farmer-owned cooperative founded by a group of Minnesota dairy farmers in 1921. According to a company press release, the change was made to highlight the company’s roots as a farmer-owned business ahead of its 100th anniversary in 2021.
    In announcing the change, the company made no mention of the removal of the Native American woman.
    Some products, including stick butter, will include photos of Land O’Lakes farmers and co-op members and copy that reads “Since 1921” and “Proud to be Farmer-Owned: As a farmer-owned co-op, we stand together to bring you the very best in dairy,” the company said.
    Land O’ Lakes CEO Beth Ford said in a statement that the company is trying to have packaging that reflects the foundation and heart of the company’s culture. “And nothing does that better than our farmer-owners whose milk is used to produce Land O’Lakes’ dairy products,” Ford said.
    “As a farmer-owned co-op, we strongly feel the need to better connect the men and women who grow our food with those who consume it. Our farmer-to-fork structure gives us a unique ability to bridge this divide,” she added.
    Minnesota Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan welcomed the change. She tweeted: “Thank you to Land O’Lakes for making this important and needed change. Native people are not mascots or logos. We are very much still here.”
    The company says they have been making an effort to better tell its farmer-owned story in recent years. This includes remaking the classic song “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” with country music star Maggie Rose and featuring Land O’Lakes member farms in the music video.
    Heather Anfang, senior vice president of Land O’Lakes US Dairy Foods, says consumers care about the fact that the company is farmer owned.
      “Extending that farmer-owned story to our packaging is arguably our most direct vehicle to communicate with consumers,” she said.
      The company says the new farmer-owned packaging has already started to appear on several products is expected to be fully rolled out across all its products by the end of 2020.

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      (CNN)There will be no graduation for the Class of 2020 — at least not one that would’ve forced seniors to wake up early and file into an auditorium with their peers, dressed in flimsy gowns and caps they’ve been told they can’t throw.

      Classes have been conducted virtually for weeks, and teachers feel pressured to inflate their course loads. Students wake up to take exams from bed.
      In the time of coronavirus, traditional hallmarks of the high school experience have all but disappeared. And as everyone settles into new routines inside, at home, teens are feeling angry, anxious and reticent. Their identities are fracturing in isolation, and the people who love them, teach them and study them fear they’ll wear the effects of the pandemic for years to come.
      “Honestly, I feel as though I have been robbed,” Shanice Dawkins, an 18-year-old from Broward County, Florida, told CNN. “I’ve been looking forward to my senior year since I was a freshman, and now I have nothing to remember for it.”

      Adolescents have a heightened reactivity to stress

      It’s hard enough being a teenager on a good day. But the conditions that accompany social distancing may exacerbate the painful parts of adolescence to the point of crisis. Adolescents typically have a heightened reactivity to stress, thought to be the result of hormonal fluctuations and changes in brain development.
        Now, throw a pandemic in the mix.
        “I think this is a recipe for difficult, big emotions for them,” Camelia Hostinar, a developmental psychologist and assistant professor of psychology at the University of California – Davis, told CNN.
        Hostinar described this period of isolation amid coronavirus as “social reorientation” for teens.
        Teens normally spend a sizable chunk of their days at school, tuned into their peers on whom they rely to form their own feelings and opinions. Now they’re tuning in (or out) to the adults with whom they live.

        The people they rely on aren’t there in person

        Research shows when they were younger, their parents were buffers for their stress who could absorb the hard stuff for them. Now, the people teens rely on for that job — each other– aren’t there, not in person at least.
        Although teens are considered digital natives — and therefore are likely better at navigating virtual friendships — they’re still missing the vital, in-person benefits of relationships, Hostinar said.

        The lockdown is limiting their identity

        Adolescence is the time when young people start to piece together who they are, or at least who they’ll be right now, she said. Many of the pieces that once defined them are lost to the virus.
        “In a way, it’s limiting their identity,” Hostinar said.
          All this change is overwhelming — and the autonomy and independence that teens crave is next to impossible to achieve when most places, besides their own homes, are off limits.
          “There’s more anxiety about the future,” she said. “And the spillover effects from family members who are themselves anxious, and they’re smart enough to understand what’s going on.”

          They feel robbed of memories

          Many teens shared Dawkins’ sentiment of feeling “robbed” of memories they were supposed to make in these formative high school years.
          Some lamented not being able to go to prom, considered a quintessential event of senior year, and graduation, which is culminates the end of an era.
          “(Prom and graduation) were part of what made all of the work pay off and now that’s been taken away,” Sara Fuchsgruber, an 18-year-old from Aurora, Colorado, said.
          Dovie Moreland, a 18-year-old from Sequatchie, Tennessee, agreed.
          “We have grown up watching our older siblings and family members go to their senior prom and walk the field and get their diploma, and that has been stripped from us in one short month.” Moreland said.

          Being cooped up has led to increased anxiety

          Being at home, for some, has also resulted in increased anxiety.
            “I’ve felt discombobulated to say the least,” Kailani Pino, a 16-year-old from Miami, said.
            She has been cooped up for over three weeks now. Her siblings don’t live at home anymore and her parents are constantly working. Being home during the day makes her feel like she’s “living in a ghost town.”
            “I have no one to really express myself to besides myself, which tends to lead into a pool of overthinking, which segues into anxiety or panic attacks,” she said. “Which isn’t ideal, but it’s reality.”

            They worry over an uncertain future

            Others expressed anxiety over what the future holds. Coronavirus has led to a thousands of people losing their jobs, and families across the US are feeling the financial strain. The virus hit just as some were preparing to dish out thousands of dollars for college tuition.
            Julian Perez’s mom lost her job at a local college. His dad, a coffee distributor, expects to be furloughed soon. They told him they can no longer afford to send him to his “dream school,” the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
            “I feel like all I have worked so hard at for 12 years has been for nothing,” the18-year-old, who is from Miami, said.
            He said he plans on attending a community college close to home and then reapply to the University of the Arts next year.

            Distractions, they say, don’t come easy

            All of the high schoolers expressed different ways of mourning the lost period of time. Distractions they listed include listening to music, working out and learning a new language.
              “I guess you could say I feel a bit more ’empty’ without outside interactions, but I’m more than willing to make some sacrifices for the greater good,” Zahin Hoque, a 15-year-old from Alpharetta, Georgia, said.
              But sometimes, distracting from reality isn’t easy.
              “There are days I just want to sleep and not do anything,” Perez said.

              Traumatic events have a very specific effect on teens

              Traumatic national events, while rare, can move teens in subtle ways — and gradually erase their sense of self.
              A study of 1,000 high schoolers, published by the Journal of Business Ethics in October of 2006, found that the teens’ values changed fairly drastically before and after the September 11th attacks in New York. The group surveyed valued survival and safety more highly after the attacks, while values like self esteem, a sense of accomplishment and “inner harmony” fell in importance.
              Most teens today weren’t born at the time of the 9/11 attack. But they’ve already lived through personal traumas and collective ones, notably gun violence in schools. The emotional turbulence of teen life makes them more susceptible to depression and anxiety. The National Alliance on Mental Illness says 50% of mental illnesses develop by age 14.
              Hostinar expects to see diagnoses spike now, too — though it’s far too early to measure the impact of the pandemic on teens in terms of their mental health and academic achievement.

              These effects could last a long time

              Steve Schneider, a high school counselor in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, said the trauma is already setting in amongst students, whether people can see it or not.
              “The ramifications of this in the world of education are going to trickle for years,” Schneider said. “This will follow any kid that’s in high school right now. This will follow them through graduation. It’s not short term.”
              Because Schneider can’t meet with his students, he’s left to guess at how they’re faring via emails or phone calls — though many don’t respond.
              Some of his students are angry. Those tend to be the teens who enjoyed school or the seniors who looked forward to pre-graduation events. He can manage those students because they’re responsive.
              But then there are the teens he compares to turtles — the ones who are so overwhelmed by the shakeup in daily life that they recede into their shells, close their eyes and ignore it all. That’s the response that troubles Schneider most.
              “We just have a lot of kids who’ve simply said, ‘I’m just not going to do it,'” he said.

              There are some things they can do to cope

              Still, it’s difficult to generalize what life will be like for an entire cohort. Many teenagers could emerge from this time more resilient than they knew they could be.
              But, it’s important to allow teenagers to lean into however they are feeling during this time.
              “Even if everybody at home gets along, it’s really important for their emotional development to have their own downtime,” said Dr. Katherine Williamson, a California pediatrician and media representative for the American Academy of Pediatrics.
              Her other recommendations include staying on a schedule to maintain a sense of normalcy, eating healthy and exercising regularly.
              Above all else, however, Williamson said it’s important to “be gentle with yourself.”

              Still, they’re getting through it, little by little

              When Schneider isn’t counseling other students, he’s checking on his 18-year-old daughter, a senior. He stopped outside her bedroom door one night when she looked glum.
              Without saying anything, he hugged her. She sunk into his arms and cried.
              This is so hard,” she told him.
              But she’s coping, he said, as best she can. Schneider sometimes hears her up in her room, singing and strumming her ukulele. He knows she stays up until 1 a.m. talking to friends, who she may not see for months.
              That wouldn’t fly before the pandemic. Now, he lets her talk all night.

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              (CNN)Here is a look at the life of Paul Allen, philanthropist and co-founder of Microsoft.

              Birth date: January 21, 1953
              Death date: October 15, 2018
                Birth place: Seattle, Washington
                Birth name: Paul Gardner Allen
                Father: Kenneth Allen, librarian
                Mother: Edna Faye (Gardner) Allen, teacher
                Education: AttendedWashington State University, 1972-1974

                Other Facts:

                Owned a 414-foot yacht named Octopus that cost $200 million to build and is equipped with amenities such as a recording studio, helipads and two submarines.
                Also owned a 303-foot yacht named Tatoosh.
                Allen was a musician, having received his first guitar at 16.
                Had a minority stake in the Seattle Sounders FC soccer team.
                Owner of two professional sports teams, NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers.


                1968 – Allen meets fellow student Bill Gates in the computer lab at the private Lakeside School in Seattle.
                1974 – Drops out of Washington State to take a job at Honeywell in Boston.
                1975 – Allen and Gates found Microsoft (then called Micro-Soft) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Allen is the company’s chief technologist.
                1977 – Gates and Allen sign a formal partnership agreement, giving Gates 64% of Microsoft and Allen 36%.
                1980 – Microsoft hires Steve Ballmer as its business manager.
                1982 – Diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease.
                1983 – Allen leaves Microsoft. Gates offers Allen $5 a share for his stake in the company. Allen counters with a demand for $10 a share. Gates rejects that offer and Allen leaves the company with all of his stock. He remains on the board of directors.
                1986 – Starts Vulcan Inc. to manage his business and philanthropic interests.
                1988 – Buys the Portland Trail Blazers basketball team.
                1988 – Establishes the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.
                1997 – Allen purchases the Seattle Seahawks football team.
                2000 – The EMP (Experience Music Project) opens in Seattle. The museum, funded by Allen, costs $100 million.
                2000 – Steps down from Microsoft’s board of directors. By the end of 2000, Allen divests himself of $8.5 billion worth of Microsoft stock.
                2002 – Allen gives $14 million to the University of Washington to build the Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science and Engineering.
                2003 – Creates the Allen Institute for Brain Science “to accelerate understanding of the human brain in health and disease,” after his mother is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Allen has given the institute more than $500 million since its inception.
                2004 – Funds SpaceShipOne, whose mission is to become the world’s first commercial space vehicle.
                2004 – The Flying Heritage Collection opens north of Seattle, housing Allen’s restored collection of World War II-era planes.
                July 15, 2010 – Signs the Giving Pledge, and commits to donate the majority of his wealth to charity.
                December 2010 – Gives Washington State University $26 million to build the Paul G. Allen School of Global Animal Health.
                April 19, 2011 – Allen’s memoir, “Idea Man,” is published. In the book, he claims Gates and Ballmer conspired to dilute Allen’s shares in Microsoft and force him out of the company while he was recovering from cancer in 1982.
                August 2013 – Allen and his band, the Underthinkers, release an album called “Everywhere at Once.”
                October 2014 – Pledges $100 million to fight Ebola through his Tackle Ebola initiative.
                December 9, 2014 – Allen donates $100 million to start an institute to focus on the workings of human cells as a way to battle disease. It will be called the Allen Institute for Cell Science.
                January 2016 – An anchor chain on the Tatoosh allegedly damages an estimated 11,000 square feet of coral reef on Seven Mile Beach Park in the Cayman Islands. Allen is not on board at the time. He reaches a settlement with the government of the Cayman Islands before the end of the year.
                March 23, 2016 – Founds The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group to support emerging bioscience research.
                August 18, 2017 – A team of civilian researchers led by Allen discovers the wreckage of the USS Indianapolis on the floor of the Pacific Ocean, 18,000 feet below the surface. The discovery brings a measure of closure to one of the most tragic maritime disasters in US naval history.
                  October 1, 2018 – In a statement, Allen says that his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma has returned, and that he plans “on fighting this aggressively” while continuing to work on his various projects and his sports teams.

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                  (CNN)Milly Quezada, also known as the “Queen of Merengue,” is making an emotional plea to her millions of fans as she reveals she is reeling from the sudden loss of a close family member and former bandmate to the coronavirus pandemic.

                  One of those people is her brother-in-law, Pastor Fausto Arias, who passed away in a New Jersey hospital last Sunday after testing positive for the virus. Arias is married to Quezada’s sister, Jocelyn Arias.
                  The couple, the heartbroken singer says, met and fell in love in the late 1970s when together they were all part of what would become the history-making group, “Milly, Jocelyn y Los Vecinos.”
                    At the time, merengue, a lively and rhythmic type of music born in the Dominican Republic, was a male-dominated genre. This was the first such band fronted by women to gain critical acclaim, even becoming the first Latin musical act to play at a US presidential inauguration, George H.W. Bush’s in 1990. While the sisters sang, Arias played the trombone.

                    He was a pastor and ‘joyful musician’

                    “For 20 years, he traveled the world with us, to Japan, South America, all over the United States playing his trombone,” Quezada recalls. “And he not only played it, but he would jump up and down with joy. He was a joyful musician that gave us so much of himself in the music.”
                    That joy was unexpectedly taken from the family over the weekend when 65-year-old Arias, now the lead pastor of an evangelical church in North Bergen, New Jersey, had to be rushed to the hospital.
                    “He didn’t even have any symptoms, he just collapsed after his last virtual sermon” on March 22, Quezada says.
                    After taking him to three different hospitals, Arias was finally admitted into Englewood Hospital where they discovered that he was suffering from pneumonia while being infected with the coronavirus, which began attacking his lungs and kidneys. After being intubated for several days, Arias died on Sunday night moments after his wife Jocelyn and daughter, Isabel Arias, were allowed into the ICU to say their final goodbyes.
                    In a post on Facebook, Jocelyn Arias said, “With great sadness, we said goodbye to my beloved – the first and only boyfriend I have ever had and the father of my children – and now he is resting in the arms of his Lord!”

                    Pandemic keeps family apart

                    Worst of all, Quezada says, her sister and niece are now also sick with the virus, which has prevented them from getting together as a family to grieve.
                    “Not being able to give her the support that she gave me 25 years ago when I myself became a widow, the pain is indescribable, I do not wish it on my worst enemy,” Quezada says. “We are so saddened not only by his loss but by the fact that this pandemic tragedy is keeping us apart. We need like air to breathe to hold each other, and we can’t do that. I live across the street from my sister, I cannot walk out there and go inside that house because they are going through this. It is devastating on so many levels.”
                    This new reality is why Quezada is now begging everyone to take the crisis seriously.
                    “If anything has been important in your life, think of your siblings, think of your parents, your grandparents, the people that are right next to you are going to be immediately impacted if you go out there and become ill,” Quezada warns. “You know what the tragedy is, and we are all guilty of this, is thinking that this too shall pass right away, that we don’t need to make a big deal out of it, that it’s not going to happen to us, that it’s going to happen to the next door neighbor, but be aware that this can cost you or your loved ones, their lives. So please I beg you, stay home.”
                      Besides his wife, Arias is survived by his two adult children and three granddaughters. Quezada says that she will forever remember her brother-in-law for the joyful music they made together and for his fearlessness.
                      “He didn’t fear anything or anyone in the world. He lived his life to the fullest. He enjoyed life to the fullest and enjoyed music to the fullest.”

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                      (CNN)With the cascading glissandos of the harp and the rich sounds of the cello, classical music is known to relieve stress or even lull you to sleep. And amid the coronavirus pandemic, when anxiety has reached an all-time high, a good night’s sleep is much needed.

                      Every night at 9 p.m., members of the orchestra post videos of themselves performing on Facebook, all from the comfort of their homes in Little Rock, Arkansas.
                      Song choices range from Domenico Scarlatti’s “Sonata in B minor K.27 (performed by ASO’s principal harpist Alisa Coffey) to Aretha Franklin’s “I Say a Little Prayer for You” (performed by ASO’s conductor and violinist Geoffrey Robson).
                        The short performances are a way for the orchestra members to stay connected with the community while their concerts are canceled, members said.
                        “Music is alive, but it becomes more alive when you’ve got the audience’s energy coming back at you,” said Drew Irvin, ASO’s co-concertmaster, who came up with the idea. “So for now, we’re going to make that through Facebook.”
                        The orchestra’s normal concerts usually draw in about 1,000 audience members, Irvin said. The “Bedtime with Bach” series is even more popular, garnering thousands of views. Principal cellist David Gerstein’s performance of “Romance” alone racked up 10,000 views.
                        In his video, Gerstein performs the Georg Goltermann piece with a couple of his cellist “friends.” His dog, Phyllis, also wanders in frame, seeming to enjoy the music.
                        “(The audience) never sees our animals or anything and they just see us on stage,” Gerstein said. “So it’s just another little window into who we all are.”
                        While each video lasts just a few minutes — or even one minute, like with principal trumpet Dick Jorgenson’s performance — the musicians behind them have practiced for hours to ensure they’re delivering their best, according to Gerstein.
                        Many celebrity musicians such as John Legend, Coldplay and Swae Lee have performed their own home concerts.
                        But “Bedtime with Bach” viewers have said the series “stand(s) out.”
                        “In a suddenly crowded field of quarantine content, these ASO segments stand out,” one viewer commented. “You all have made me so happy.”
                        “These ‘mini-concerts’ are really helping (me) feel somewhat engaged with my community,” another wrote. “Thank you all so much for giving me something to look forward to each evening.”
                          Irvin said he hopes to keep the series going as long as people are stuck at home.
                          “I hope it gives the community music, a moment of comfort and something to count on,” Irvin said. “Right now, in today’s world when things are changing so fast, it’s hard for us to know what to count on, but I hope you can expect a beautiful ‘Bedtime with Bach’ serenade every night.”

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                          (CNN)Wrestlemania 36, which underwent changes due to the coronavirus pandemic, comes to an end Sunday night.

                          Tens of thousands of passionate wrestling fans were expected to fill the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Now, the event is held with only essential personnel present, and viewers tuning in virtually.
                          “Each WrestleMania has its own personality and has been different then the rest,” Stephanie McMahon, chief brand officer of WWE, said Saturday, to kick off the event. “Tonight and tomorrow’s WrestleMania will be the most different of all.”
                            “Nonetheless, it is our commitment to you to somehow, someway provide you with a diversion during these hard times,” McMahon said. “Deliver a sense of hope, determination and perseverance and most of all to entertain you and your family.”

                            Results from night one

                            On night one, several championship belts were up from grabs as well as the long awaited Undertaker vs AJ Styles match.
                            In the women’s division, the tag team titles were on line. The current holders, The Kabuki Warriors, comprised of Asuka and Kairi Sane, took on Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross. Bliss and Cross walked away the new women’s tag team champions.
                            The longest-reigning Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch was challenged by Shayna Baszler. Lynch won the match to retain the title and continue her historic reign as champion.
                            In the men’s division, the current Intercontinental Champion, Sami Zayn, defeated Daniel Bryan to retain the championship.
                            In other action, Elias defeated King Corbin, and Kevin Owens defeated Seth Rollins when their match was restarted as a “no disqualification” match.
                            Mojo Rawley defeated R-Truth to become the new champion of the 24/7 Title. Rawley had a little help from three-time Super Bowl Champion Rob Gronkowski, who is hosting the event.
                            Goldberg, the Universal Champion, was slated to face Roman Reigns for a title match.
                            However, Reigns announced last week he would not be attending WrestleMania this year. WWE made it voluntary for all involved to participate this year due to the coronavirus outbreak. Goldberg instead clashed with Braun Strowman, resulting in Strowman becoming the new Universal Champion.
                            In men’s tag team action, the SmackDown Tag Team Championship match was a three-way ladder match between John Morrison vs Kofi Kingston vs Jimmy Uso. Morrison, whose tag team partner is Mike “The Miz” Mizanin, retained the championship belts.
                            The last match of night transported fans away from the wrestling ring and into a graveyard as the Undertaker took on AJ Styles for a “boneyard match.”
                            The match, equipped with special effects and dramatic music, looked like it could have been a scene in a horror movie. The Undertaker won after slamming Styles into a dug out grave and covering him with dirt. Undertaker then jumped on a motorcycle and drove away signaling the end of the first night of WrestleMania 36.

                            What’s to come

                            For part two, fans can expect another night of title matches, and the highly anticipated return of WWE Hall of Famer Edge, who is set to for action against Randy Orton.
                            The WWE Championship is on the line, with Brock Lesnar, the current champ, being challenged by Drew McIntyre.
                            John Cena will be in action against Bray “The Fiend” Wyatt for what is being called a “firefly fun house match.”
                            For the first time ever, the NXT Women’s championship belt is up for grabs at WrestleMania. Rhea Ripley, the title holder, will battle Charlotte Flair, one of WWE’s top stars. NXT is the third brand of WWE that features up and coming stars. Flair won the Royal Rumble earlier this year, allowing her to chose any title match — and she picked Ripley.
                            The women’s Smackdown Championship title match is a fatal five-way elimination match featuring the current title holder, Bayley, vs. Sasha Banks, as well as Lacey Evans, Naomi and Tamina.
                            In the men’s division, the Raw Tag Team title is on the line as Angel Garza & Austin Theory face off against the current champions, The Street Profits, comprised of Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins.
                            In other action, fans will see Otis vs. Dolph Ziggler and Aleister Black vs. Bobby Lashley.
                              People across the world can watch WrestleMania 36 from their homes on the WWE Network, which is the organization’s streaming service, at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday.
                              Viewers can also now pay to live stream the event on FOX Sports and FOX NOW Apps.

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                              A lot of people have this idea that you need to be accomplishing something to make the most of your free time, even if it’s time you only have because you literally can’t go anywhere or do anything else. Suddenly, the files you’ve been meaning to organize, the photos you’ve been meaning to digitize, the hosta plants you’ve been meaning to separate, and the reading lists you’ve been meaning to get to seem a little more pressing. But don’t let the lure of constant productivity keep you from enjoying the things you do. There are unseen stresses for everyone during times like these, and if all you want is to lie in a hammock and count your blessings, then by all means, do so. Free time can stay just that: Free.

                              Our favorites this week

                                Get going with some of our most popular good news stories of the week
                                That’s a funny-lookin’ bunny
                                The Cadbury company, the chocolate makers behind those sinful cream-filled eggs, held a nationwide tryout to find the next Cadbury Bunny. What they found wasn’t a bunny at all, but Lieutenant Dan! The two-legged hound from Richmond, Ohio, edged out several other worthy contenders for the title, including Ginger the Hamster, Conswala the cake-baking llama and Dilly Bar Dabbler the duck. What really made Lt. Dan really Cadbury Bunny-worthy was his heartwarming story. The rescue pup was born with a deformity in his hind paws and tail that led to their eventual amputation. That didn’t stop him from growing up to be a happy boy — and a hoppy one. Because of his leg situation, Lt. Dan sometimes hops around just like a bunny does. “Lieutenant Dan is the epitome of inspiration, passion and energy, showcasing that no matter what challenges you, you can overcome it,” Cadbury said. Now, about the ears …
                                Relax, close your eyes…
                                There are so many beautiful stories of communities coming together to make music recently, even while they are kept apart. The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra is hosting a lovely “Bedtime with Bach” series where every night at 9 p.m., one or a few of their musicians performs a soothing piece from their home, streamed on the ASO’s Facebook page. Viewers have said it’s a great way to feel connected to their community, and enjoy the transformative joy and comfort of beautiful music. (Speaking of, this version of Ode to Joy, performed by isolated members of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, will bring you to tears. Not weeping. I mean big, fat, ugly, painful sobbing tears.) PSA: If there were a time to get involved with your local arts community, it’s now! Go like, follow, watch and support your local symphony or music groups. They’re all doing something to help keep beauty in your lives! And right now they need you, just as much as you need them.
                                Teachers on parade
                                Schools are shuttered in many parts of the world, but that didn’t keep teachers from North Elementary School in Noblesville, Indiana, from showing some love. Dozens of teachers paraded in a line of 50 cars to visit their students from a safe distance last week, honking and waving and displaying signs of encouragement as they passed families and children gathered in driveways and on sidewalks. A third-grade teacher pitched the idea to her fellow teachers after she saw a parent in Texas post the idea on Facebook. Now, other school districts like the idea so much, they’re holding their own versions to keep in touch. One sign from an art teacher in the North Elementary parade read, simply: “I miss you and love you. Keep Creating.”

                                Raise a glass to…

                                Judi Sheppard Missett, the founder of the Jazzercise movement. Yes, the biggest fitness craze of the 1970s and 1980s is still thriving, with more than 8,500 Jazzercise studios around the world. And, at 75, Missett is still choreographing and leading classes! What’s the secret to the longevity of her beloved movement? Positivity. Missett says her mission of making fitness fun and accessible is as relevant today as it was when she started the program in 1969. “Anticipation and excitement keep you motivated, keep you moving forward,” she says. “When you truly love what you do, I don’t think you’re ever done.” Consider this your inspiration to hold a living room dance party this weekend. After all, we’ve all got to keep moving.

                                A bright idea

                                Get ready to smile, or at least learn a lot about smiling. Yale University’s massively popular “happiness” course, technically called “The Science of Well Being”, is available to audit for free online! The course offers insights from psychology and neuroscience about what drives happiness, and then challenges students to experiment with behavior change exercises to help rewire the brain. It was a campus sensation and became available online about two years ago. Here’s a quick lesson from course creator Laurie Santos: Happiness doesn’t come from complex desires. “We miswant things. We think we need to change our life circumstances to become happier,” she says. But “what plays a much bigger role are our simple practices, simple acts like making a social connection, or taking time for gratitude, or taking time to be in the present moment.”

                                You gotta see this

                                With so many zoos and aquariums closed, staff members are taking the opportunity to show animals around the deserted locations and meet some of their exotic neighbors. Or, in the case of the Georgia Aquarium, crash the party with some special guests. A pair of rescue puppies from the Atlanta Humane Society paid a visit and explored the aquarium’s massive underwater tunnel and Ocean Voyager gallery, which display the aquarium’s four behemoth whale sharks. For your further viewing pleasure, we suggest the intrepid penguins at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, or the Cincinnati Zoo’s red river hog Sir Francis bacon, who got to meet his local mob of (extremely curious, possibly traumatized) meerkats.

                                Heroes among us

                                In 2015, Dr. Jim Withers was recognized by CNN Heroes for his work in pioneering “street medicine” among Pittsburgh communities. Now, he is bringing care to unhoused people who are left especially vulnerable to the spread of coronavirus. Withers’ team has been designated by the city’s mayor to lead virus management for the city’s homeless population. They’re giving out soap and jugs of water and educating people about how they can protect themselves. They have masks, tents and sleeping bags available for those who need to isolate but don’t want to go to the hospital. Read more stories from past CNN Heroes who are battling the coronavirus crisis from the front lines, and don’t forget to thank a nurse, doctor, hospital worker, grocery store clerk, delivery person, utility worker or other member of the essential workforce who is keeping the world on track. (And if you are that person, we thank YOU.)

                                Hear, hear!

                                Shared pain is lessened; shared joy, increased.
                                Spider Robinson, award-winning science fiction author, in his 1996 book “The Callahan Chronicals.”

                                Tell us something good

                                Chicago, Illinois
                                Last weekend, Michael Oxman and Doug Winkelstein were married in front of their rabbi and hundreds of loved ones, just as they had been planning for months. There was only one little change: The officiant and more than 200 “guests” witnessed the blessed event on a video call. Like countless other couples, the coronavirus outbreak forced Oxman and Winkelstein to cancel their original wedding plans, but they decided to go forward with the one thing that really mattered: Becoming husband and husband. Because there are no space restraints online, the couple opened their wedding to a larger circle of friends and even jokingly suggested people could dress up if they wanted. Sure enough, many took the time shed the sweatpants for some snappy wedding attire. “It certainly wasn’t how we pictured our wedding to look like,” Oxman said, “but a lot of people were telling us how it was a bright moment amid a dark time.” And while there is so much sadness in the world right now, the couple were thankful their friends — and a very tech-savvy rabbi — were able to come together and celebrate with them. “During this crazy time, any amount of happiness is nice to see,” Winkelstein said.
                                Thank you to Jake Carpenter for suggesting this story.

                                Impact your world

                                Here’s a truly fresh idea: UK conservation charity the National Trust is calling on people to take a moment to appreciate the arrival of spring by sharing photos of buds and blossoms online using the hashtag #BlossomWatch. The charity says it wants to lift people’s spirits and share gratitude for this fleeting seasonal moment of color and fragrance, especially since there are less opportunities to appreciate it in public. Oh, and you definitely don’t need to be in the UK to contribute. Do my burgeoning little strawberry plants count?

                                Shameless animal video

                                  There’s always time for cute animal videos. That time is now.
                                  Truth be told? I did not realize seals were this smart. I knew they were adorable and often a little weird, but I did not know they would slap bellies with their trainers if asked. You learn something new every day! (Click here to view)

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                                  (CNN)Children are out of school. Patrons are forgoing restaurants and flooding grocery stores. Millions have been ordered to shelter in place. The United States is facing an unprecedented crisis.

                                  Despite so much uncertainty and with lives indefinitely upended, people and communities are still coming together to support one another. Here are some of the ways people are lending a hand through individual acts and large-scale efforts.

                                  Feeding children who depend on school to eat

                                    For millions of students, school closures mean no reliable access tomeals.
                                    Some districts have implemented plans to continue making food available to students who need it. But restaurants — some dealing with business loss because of the outbreak have also risen to help meet the need.
                                    Restaurant owners in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, met to discuss what they were going to do to keep their businesses going as the pandemic restricted how they could serve customers, said Café Gelato owner Doug Lammers. Then, he said, the conversation turned to how they could help.
                                    So, until further notice, his shop is offering meals to children in need.
                                    And other establishments are reaching out to their communities in their time of need as well.
                                    In Albany, New York, families can pick up a free cheese pizza every Tuesday through Friday at Nové Italian Restaurant, according to CNN affiliate WRGB. In Asheville, North Carolina, White Duck Taco Shop is giving any school-aged child a free taco Monday through Friday.
                                    “Our family welcomes your family in this time of need,” said a post on Instagram signed by Laura and the White Duck Taco Shop family. “We can all get through this together.”
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                                    To our dear friends in the Asheville community, In light of the school closings, we at the White Duck Taco Shop are offering one free taco for school-age children per day. This offer will be available Monday through Friday for lunch or dinner. We hope this will help alleviate some of the monetary struggles that we are all suffering right now during this coronavirus outbreak. Our family welcomes your family in this time of need. We can all get through this together. With Love, Laura and The White Duck Taco Shop Family The most important thing to us is the health and safety of our guests, employees, and our community. We drive to maintain the highest standards of cleaning out our restaurants, and we are taking even further by increasing the frequency of cleaning and sanitizing our buildings. Please follow all CDC guidelines in terms of social distancing and healthy habits.

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                                    Contributing to hourly workers’ wages

                                    Hourly workers, who don’t have sick days and whose jobs are threatened because of orders to shut down or limit the hours of restaurants, bars and stores, are already experiencing financial strain.
                                    Customers have been digging into their pockets to help their servers weather the times.
                                    Hours before Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Sunday that all restaurants and bars would be closed to dine-in patrons, a customer at Coaches Bar & Grill left a $2,500 tip, according to CNN affiliate WSYX.
                                    The check specified that the tip on the $29.75 bill was to be split equally between five staff members, each specified by name.
                                    And in Houston on Monday, a couple came in to dine at Irma’s Southwest restaurant and walked out having left $1,900 in cash on the table and another $7,500 tip on a credit card, restaurant owner Louis Galvan told CNN. The $9,400 tip was on a bill for$90.12.
                                    The receipt said to “hold tip to pay your guys over the next few weeks.”
                                    Split over 30 employees, that came out to about $300 each, Galvan said.
                                    “They were amazed that a client would care enough about them to leave that amount to help them get through this tough time,” Galvan said.

                                    Providing resources to those most affected

                                    Jayde Powell is a “shopping angel.”
                                    She and an army of volunteers are braving crowded, depleted supermarkets so those most vulnerable to coronavirus don’t have to.
                                    “As a pre-med student, I know that people who are older or people who have heart, lung or immune conditions are especially at risk for contracting the virus,” Powell, a University of Nevada, Reno student, told CNN. “We’re doing this to try and reach out to people who might feel that they are just completely alone in this situation.”
                                    The assistance goes beyond delivery. Powell has created a GoFundMe for older adults who can’t afford to get the things they need.
                                    In Minnesota, healthcare workers whoare pressed to serve more and more patients as the virus spreads have gotten help at home from University of Minnesota Medical School students.
                                    Whether it is childcare, pet care, or grocery stores runs, MN CovidSitters pairs students with health care workers, including doctors, nurses, kitchen staff, janitors and hospital administrators, across the entire state to make sure they are taken care of.
                                    What started with two second-year medical students became an operation with more than 280 students in three days.
                                    “I’ve never met a lot of the people on this team and am convinced they are superheroes in disguise,” said Sara Lederman, one of the founding students. “Everyone’s superpowers are coming out. We are realizing so many of our classmates have incredible skills and talents that we didn’t know about until now.”

                                    Restoring faith in humanity

                                    Some people are using music to bridge the distance the outbreak has imposed on their communities.
                                    When a neighbor in Columbus, Ohio, began self-isolating to protect herself from coronavirus, Taran Tien, 9, and his sister, Calliope, 6, sat on 78-year-old Helena Schlam’s porch — in a suit and a dress — and played a classical concert on their cellos.
                                    “It was one of those moments where you feel like you’re a part of something incredible,” Rebecca Tien, the children’s mother, told CNN. “It was also a good way to remember the value of connection, especially at a time like this when everyone feels disconnected. Just to know we were a part of something so sweet, even just for a minute, meant a lot.”
                                    For Emmanuel Maira Mallen and his wife, mariachi was the way to give back.
                                    He woke up Saturday morning to a slew of frightening posts about coronavirus on his Facebook feed, he said. Hoping to brighten someone else’s day, the couple decided to hire a mariachi to play in a San Antonio area H-E-B grocery store.
                                    The energy was tense when he (and the band) walked in, he said. The store didn’t know they were coming, and employees struggled to meet customers’ needs through an air of panic. No one was talking, he said. No one smiled.
                                      But when the music began, he saw laughter and people began to dance. The whole atmosphere changed, he said. A video of the performance has been shared around Facebook, expanding the impact of his act beyond what he ever imagined.
                                      “We wanted to do something small for our community and bring some laughter and now that it has reached millions of views, I’m pretty sure we put a lot of smiles on a lot of faces,” Mallen said.

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                                      (CNN)Meet the Mother Monster of the insect world.

                                      Kaikaia gaga is a newly identified species of treehopper, an ostentatious but little-known insect group that populates most forests on Earth. A paper detailing her discovery was recently published in the journal Zootaxa, a peer-reviewed scientific journal on animal taxonomy.
                                      But treehoppers have never gotten their due, according to Brendan Morris, an entomology graduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who studied and named the new insect.
                                        K. gaga is poised to change that.

                                        A one-of-a-kind find

                                        Morris knew the discovery mattered: The ruddy insect, with her pointy horns and unique body structure, more closely resembles “Old World” species endemic to Asia, Africa and Europe. But she’s native to the Pacific coast of Nicaragua.
                                        So to shine a glittery spotlight on the new species, Morris named it after one of music’s great iconoclasts.
                                        “If there is going to be a Lady Gaga bug, it’s going to be a treehopper, because they’ve got these crazy horns, they have this wacky fashion sense about them,” Morris said in a university news release. “They’re unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.”
                                        They’re certainly among the most theatrical of all insects: Treehoppers are splashed with color, and no two species look alike. There are over 3,500 species of them worldwide, and they’re harbingers of the health of forests, Morris told CNN.
                                        “It blows my kind that a group that is roughly 40 million years old has so much diversity of form — diversity, I would argue, that we don’t see in any other family of insects,” Morris said in the news release.
                                        CNN reached out to Morris for comment and will add their responses when they’re available.

                                        She’s still an enigma

                                        There’s still a lot left to learn about K. gaga — “basically everything,” Morris told CNN. Entomologists still don’t know what the K. gaga males and nymphs look like, how she interacts with other animals and what her “song” sounds like.
                                        But attempts to extract DNA from her specimen haven’t been successful. She was collected in the early 1990s and sat in a museum before Morris and paper co-author, Illinois Natural History Survey entomologist Christopher Dietrich, decided to take a closer look.
                                        Soon, Morris will head to the insect’s native Nicaragua to learn more about her native range and how ongoing environmental degradation will affect the species — and hopefully find more of her.
                                          “New treehopper species are found all the time, and the only limit to our knowledge is funding and manpower,” they told CNN. “So much of our natural world remains unknown, and we can’t know how to save species without knowing their names.”
                                          Lady Gaga has yet to comment on the discovery of the eponymous insect, but K. gaga’s debut was certainly well-timed: The human Gaga premiered a new single and music video at the end of February.

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                                          I don’t know about you, but I’ve been reading, walking and embroidering more this week than I have in my entire life. It seems strange to focus on hobbies and self-care when there are people around the world struggling from the coronavirus outbreak, but the powers that be have been clear: Staying inside and staying healthy are the very best things we can do right now. So, embroidering it is. Or puzzles, photography, painting rocks, hosting virtual happy hours, sending cards, reading, cleaning, donating, writing, teaching, keeping gratitude journals, sharing jokes online or any of the many, many positive, fulfilling activities you told us you’re pursuing during this stressful time. Let’s add two more activities to the list: Keeping those who have been affected by the outbreak in our hearts and actions and showing gratitude to those who are putting themselves at risk to keep this world turning.
                                          This week’s letter focuses on the people making a difference in the coronavirus fight. And be sure to scroll down to the “Tell Me Something Good” section for some encouragement and suggestions from Good Stuff readers like you.

                                            Our favorites this week

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                                            The music goes on …
                                            I talked to someone this week who pointed out social distancing is a bit of a misnomer. What’s happening now is physical distancing — we’re still as social as ever. Take Taran Tien, 9, and his sister, Calliope, 6. When they heard their 78-year-old neighbor Helena Schlam, a big classical music fan, was self-isolating, they put on some nice clothes, took their cellos to her front porch and gave an impromptu concert. For 30 minutes, they played music ranging from a Bach minuet to “Go Tell Aunt Rhody” for Schlam, who hadn’t left her home in five days. Schlam said it was delightful.
                                            …and on.
                                            On a rainy day in Boston this week, Ed Oliver Bohld stood outside the window of his longtime girlfriend’s room at her assisted living home. He couldn’t visit her because of the coronavirus pandemic, so instead, he sang. Under an umbrella, with a guitar in hand, Bohld sang “You Are My Sunshine” as his beloved Mary Lou watched from inside. When he was done, she beamed and clapped. “I will see you soon,” he told her. “All of this will be over eventually. I love you very much. I miss you.”
                                            Regular people become heroes
                                            Medical workers, first responders, shipping workers, delivery drivers, grocery store employees and every other person who’s clocking in while the world is hunkering down: We salute you. And there are even more people among us who are just doing what needs to be done to ensure life goes on. Last week, a community in Vermont rallied around its school system’s janitorial staff after the workers spent two days cleaning and sanitizing school buildings that may have been exposed to the coronavirus. Parents in a private Facebook group were blown away at the effort the janitorial staff made to keep everyone safe, so they decided to start a fundraiser as a gesture of thanks. In a matter of days, their $200 goal ballooned into $7,000. Not only were parents able to show their thanks, but their gesture of gratitude inspired at least two other communities to raise money to support their janitorial staffs.
                                            And much more…
                                            Here are some other heartwarming stories of people sowing kindness and change during the coronavirus outbreak:
                                            • A family wanted to wish their grandmother a happy birthday, but knew she couldn’t leave the house. Instead, they stood out on the lawn, handmade signs and balloons in tow.
                                            • From choir members to rappers, African musicians are creating catchy songs to spread coronavirus awareness and battle misinformation about the disease.
                                            • A teen has donated 150 sanitation kits to homeless residents in California to help arm them against the coronavirus threat.

                                            Raise a glass to…

                                            Ignaz Semmelweis, a 19th century Hungarian obstetrician credited with championing the invaluable practice of … hand washing! Semmelweis worked in one of the Vienna General Hospital’s maternity wards in the 1840s. He was trying to figure out why some new mothers were dying of a mysterious illness when one of his friends died of an infection after being cut with a scalpel during an autopsy. Semmelweis put two and two together, and realized doctors weren’t doing anything to clean their hands when they went between patients — like, say, a corpse and a woman in labor. Semmelweis made doctors to wash their hands between autopsies and other examinations and, wouldn’t you know it, the death rate went down. His colleagues at the time didn’t believe his theories, but we are eternally grateful for them today.

                                            A bright idea

                                            Jayde Powell is a pre-med honors student the University of Nevada, Reno. She’s also a shopping angel, and she and her growing army of volunteers are providing free grocery delivery to the sick and elderly. Powell knows older people are more susceptible to the coronavirus, so she asked about 20 members of her medical fraternity to join her in reaching out to elderly neighbors to see what they may need. With the magic of social media, requests for their services — and offers from volunteers — grew and grew. Powell now connects volunteers to older adults around the country and has launched a GoFundMe page to help low-income shoppers get all the food and toilet paper they need.

                                            You gotta see this

                                            As Brazil’s iconic Christ the Redeemer Statue stood ever watchful over the city of Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday, it was illuminated with the flags of countries affected by the coronavirus. The moving display of solidarity also featured a message in multiple languages: Rezemos juntos. Prions ensemble. We pray together.

                                            Who knew?

                                            So, you’re stuck at home. You’re stressed. Now is as good a time as ever to pick up a meditation practice. Scientific findings from an 18-year analysis on a Buddhist monk found that daily intensive meditation may significantly slow brain aging. There is a slew of other health benefits to the mindfulness and quiet peace that often accompanies meditation. And if you feel weird about getting zen with so much happening in the world, remember that even the World Health Organization warned people this week to take care of their mental health as well as their physical health.

                                            Tell us something good

                                            Last week, we asked what you were doing to stay positive amid the coronavirus pandemic. We were blown away by all the thoughtful, heartwarming, sometimes humorous answers, and we loved every one. Here are some ideas to return to when you’re feeling a little down. We get it. It’s hard. But we’re all in this together. (Responses have been edited for content and clarity.)
                                            Stay connected
                                            One of my brothers and I have decided to journal a page each day (including humor) and to call at the end of the day to read and discuss. This will help with our social contacts, help us with our perspective, and to not worry overmuch about each other. — Kay Blair
                                            We hosted a virtual happy hour on Saturday while we were social distancing, then posted it on Facebook/Instagram. — Jeannie Wilcox
                                            I contact others who I know are having a hard time, to talk and laugh together. Even if we can’t be face to face, we can lift each other up in conversation.
                                            Donna Powers
                                            Get creative
                                            Today we baked a Lemon Spice Visiting Cake to remind us that we will visit with others again. Also, we’re sending creativity kits to our young nieces and nephews who are out of school and likely to be a little bit bored. It’s fun pulling the pieces together and clears out stored paper, pens, etc. that are not needed.
                                            Patricia Cassidy
                                            Read. Write something. Correspond with friends. Paint. (I stink but I love to slap acrylic paint on canvas. It calms and engages me.) Do home chores. Get all the stuff done at home that you’ve been putting off. Plan a special dinner menu – for tonight – using whatever you’ve got in the freezer. As often as you please. You’ll all feel less lonely. — Richard A. Nulman
                                            Snail mail, too! I belong to a group that sends regular cards and notes of encouragement each week, to one another. I love to get a card and then put on the tea pot. Sip the tea, and read the card. — Esther Mannhardt
                                            Stay active
                                            I go on my daily walk! I still have the opportunity to smile and say hello to people (and their dogs)! It helps me feel connected to my community and not isolated. — Janet Wheeler
                                            Pull up lots of exercises on YouTube you can do at home. Got to keep moving.
                                            Janet Reilly
                                            Get fresh air
                                            I’ve been planting up a storm in my yard! Building above ground gardens for veggies, planting fruit trees, and adding small but full bee and butterfly gardens. I feel the renewal right down to my soul. — Patricia E. Hubbard
                                            Put a smile on someone’s face
                                            A neighbor we don’t even know offered to deliver groceries or even get her kids to dance outside our windows! Who can’t feel better after an offer like that?!
                                            Jerol Gardner

                                            Support each other

                                            It’s sort of funny how at times the neighbors, including myself, get into petty squabbles about irrelevant topics. They certainly seem irrelevant now. But we so easily and smoothly become comrades! People are essentially GOOD! Just give them a chance to prove it! — Wendy Harrington
                                            We have formed the Helpful Neighbor hotline so our older neighbors may call/email their shopping requests. Often times delivery fees are just too costly.
                                            Lyn Allred
                                            Play together
                                            We decided to dig out board games – Yatzhee; Chinese Checkers, etc. What a fun way to spend time together. –– Judy Rengel
                                            Stay grounded
                                            I am an RN. When my patients come in anxious about the current coronavirus, I talk them through the logic of the recommendations. I tell them if everyone is washing their hands and taking the same precautions, we are all decreasing our risk for everyone, and it is a good thing that everyone is thinking of others.
                                            Jody Madion
                                            Remember what’s important
                                            I’m sharing special photos of family memories with fun captions. Sharing tales with old friends. No Drama Allowed. — Mary Myers
                                            I’m thinking about others who are even MORE vulnerable and what I can do to reach out to THEM! — Amy Motto
                                            I’m making sure I start my day with a gratitude list of at least 3 things that I’m grateful for. Always feel more positive and optimistic after doing this. — Ingrid C.

                                            Shameless animal video

                                              There’s always time for cute animal videos. That time is now.
                                              Stay safe. Stay positive. Stay as gentle and circumspect as this slow loris is while eating a rice ball. (Click here to view)

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