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Coronavirus took a bite out of the wedding industry — but is this force majeure or force of government? and in 3 steps, fold a T-shirt into a balaclava in 30 seconds (no elastic required)

Friday’s top personal finance stories

TGIF, MarketWatchers. Stay safe out there and don’t miss these top stories:

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IRS pays out $157.9 billion in 88 million stimulus checks

New IRS data show how many people have been paid up to $1,200 each, state by state.

‘I received an email from clients demanding their deposit back’: Coronavirus took a bite out of the wedding industry — but is this force majeure or force of government?

‘The coronavirus exposed a weakness almost universally across the wedding and event industry: legal concerns during a pandemic.’

Is canned beer better than bottled? After 100-plus years, Anchor Steam is available in 12-ounce cans for the first time

Anchor Steam’s canned version is ‘an enjoyable brew that’s mildly hoppy and has a pleasing caramel-like sweetness.’

In 3 steps, fold a T-shirt into a balaclava in 30 seconds (no elastic required)

Do you need a face mask in a hurry? This method is even easier and faster than the DIY mask video by U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams.

‘We will not have a vaccine by next winter.’ Like 1918 flu, CDC says second wave of coronavirus could be worse. So what next?

‘We will have coronavirus in the fall. I am convinced of that,’ Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Wednesday.

Trump floats idea of disinfectant for coronavirus ‘by injection inside or almost a cleaning’ — later says he was speaking ‘sarcastically’

‘Because you see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs. So it would be interesting to check that,’ the president told his daily press briefing.

Weekend reads: How states are planning to lift coronavirus restrictions

Also, the SEC takes on COVID-19 hucksters.

Need money because of the coronavirus pandemic? Here are the best and worst ways to get fast cash

Some traditional financial advice doesn’t apply in these unprecedented times.

‘These kids have been isolated socially and educationally’: Will kids across America have to cancel camp this summer?

‘If we don’t feel it’s safe, we have to commit to what we feel is right,’ said Joey and Lori Waldman, the owners and directors of Camp Blue Ridge.

‘We all come to work knowing what we signed up for’: How frontline workers manage their mental health during the coronavirus pandemic

An academic emergency physician tells MarketWatch what it’s like to work on the front lines of COVID-19.

Elsewhere on MarketWatch
Debt, wealth destruction and lower pay will be coronavirus’ legacy

Financial fallout from the health crisis will widen the gap dividing rich and poor, writes Satyajit Das.

This new evidence shows nicotine might prevent smokers from contracting the coronavirus

Nicotine could prevent smokers from catching coronavirus, according to new research in France, but the evidence also shows the disease is aggravated if patients happen to be smokers.

Russia is the world’s biggest loser from oil’s crash, and that’s reason to worry

Russia’s economy and power is highly dependent on oil and energy prices, writes George Friedman.

McConnell signals interest in protecting employers from coronavirus litigation

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell this week said he wanted to protect owners from litigation.

Who is Deborah Birx — the doctor whose reaction when Trump suggested people inject disinfectants has gone viral?

Five things to know about the ambassador-at-large and coronavirus response coordinator.

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