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Fitness events happening in Houston: CASA Superhero Run and Fusion Belly Dance

Tai Chi

An internal Chinese martial art that focuses on slow, graceful movements and relaxed, meditative breathing. Open to all ages and levels. Participants must follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance on face coverings and maintain proper social distance at all times. 9 a.m. Sept. 24; Levy Park, 3801 Eastside; levyparkhouston.org. This program will also debut on Levy Park’s Facebook page and will be available for 24 hours.

Mommy & Me Fitness in the Plaza

Join Inspired Fitness with your children for a free 60 minutes of strength training and conditioning using medicine balls, weights, resistance tubes and bands in the Plaza. 9:30 a.m. Sept. 25; Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Drive, Sugar Land; sugarlandtownsquare.com.

Virtual CASA Superhero Run

Costumed crusaders will use their superpowers and feet in support of children in the foster care system in Montgomery County. This year’s race features an eight-week virtual event

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How Trump and Biden are trying to run virtual campaigns during coronavirus

President Donald Trump’s campaign has ridiculed rival Democrat Joe Biden for remaining cloistered during the pandemic, forced to give speeches, meet activists and raise money almost entirely from the seclusion of his basement in Wilmington, Delaware.

But as precautions and concerns about COVID-19 have grown, Trump has also halted his signature rallies at least temporarily and started his own virtual gatherings to keep in touch with voters.

“They’re making things up on the fly and seeing what works,” said Bob Oldendick, a political science professor at the University of South Carolina. “You use everything that’s available to you.”

Spikes in COVID-19 cases and social distance measures used to slow the spreading virus have forced the Trump and Biden teams to adjust their campaigns in ways never seen in history. Rallies, handshakes and traditional grassroots organizing are out. They’ve been replaced with a barrage of email, texts, candidate videos, Zoom meetings

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Halt ‘failing’ Serco’s new contract to run test-and-trace services, Labour says

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A new lucrative contract for private giant Serco to run test-and-trace services should be stopped, Labour says – arguing the stakes are too high to “tolerate failure”.

The government is urged not to shell out a further £300m in a decision due later this month, amid rising criticism of the company’s failure to find and isolate coronavirus cases.

Instead, the system should be led by local public health leaders, who have proved they are more successful in tracing the contacts of infected people, Labour said.

The call comes after it was revealed that just 56 per cent of close contacts handled online or by call centres run by Serco and Sitel, a second private firm used, are being reached.

In stark contrast, 90 per cent were contacted by Blackburn with Darwen Council, one of a growing number of exasperated town halls now setting up their own systems.

That

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