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Trumpeter brings music to a distant audience

COVID-19 has canceled many things, and for the music industry, which relies heavily on in-person gatherings, some have found creative ways to engage their audiences and use music as a way to connect.

For local musicians like trumpeter Pace Rubadeau, music has not been canceled – it’s just found a new venue.

For 53 days, Rubadeau stood in the mostly empty parking lot at the corner of C and Girard streets, serenading the neighborhood with tunes from his trumpet.

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Escaping the virus: trails of Whatcom County

Throughout the past couple of weeks, trails and other outdoor areas have begun to reopen. Like most of us, I have been looking for a way to safely get out and experience something other than the inside of my home. A great place to check out to get some safe exercise is the Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve.

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Art and dance courses adjust to a 2-D reality

Whatcom Community College’s Visual and Performing Arts courses have been functioning online this quarter for the first time due to the state’s stay-at-home order, according to Whatcom’s visual art discipline lead Rob Beishline.

Beishline has been working at Whatcom since 2001 running the 3D art classes. In his time at Whatcom, he said has never taught online.

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How has the pandemic affected local film festivals?

Normally, this time of year would have Bellingham’s Pickford Film Center busy with people lining up, ordering popcorn, and enjoying films entered in the CASCADIA International Women’s Film Festival. But the COVID-19 lockdown changed all that.

This year, the festival was forced to screen its official selections online. What makes CASCADIA unique, is that it’s one of only five film festivals in the U.S. to showcase films directed and co-directed by women.

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When freedom of the press is not what law enforcement wants to hear

In the past two weeks, the coronavirus toll in the U.S. surpassed 100,000 deaths, people around the world protested against the killing of George Floyd, and more than 400 journalists have had their First Amendment rights infringed upon.

The unjustified deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, sparked a series of protests beginning on May 26 all over the country and the world. Since that first day, journalists have had their voices and their rights stripped away as police officers everywhere threaten, arrest, and physically attack them for covering these protests.

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