How the famous family has transformed since starting out

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Thirteen years after Keeping Up with the Kardashians shrieked onto our screens (and made the family a surefire staple on all our social media), the first two seasons of the reality TV show are now available to watch on Netflix.

While we can keep up with Kourtney, Kim and Khloe’s goings-on via their Instagram accounts, the first two series of KUWTK shows the sisters in a simpler light long before they were all social media superstars.

The brainchild of momager Kris Jenner and Ryan Seacrest, who wanted to recreate the success of The Osbournes, Keeping Up With the Kardashians was initially panned by critics for lacking substance and peddling people who were famous for fame’s sake. However, the hijinks of the Hollywood Brady Bunch proved popular amongst audiences, with the show now on its 18th series.

Here’s a look at how the family has changed since they became international

R29 Staff On The Non-Luxury ‘Luxury’ Items Making Self-Isolation Much Nicer

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Self-isolation can feel strange and unsettling, which is why we’re all turning to comfort, from warming home cooking to spending hours on Zoom with our friends and family. Whether your safety net of choice is binge-watching a familiar TV show or eating triple-chocolate fudge ice cream, surrounding yourself with things that make you feel good is an easy way to cheer yourself up in these uncertain times.

If you’ve already made your way through every episode in the Buffy back catalogue, then we have another suggestion of how to make yourself feel more positive. Being stuck inside the same four walls all day can cause stress and anxiety, and taking the time to make your space feel like a sanctuary can be an instant morale-booster.

We aren’t talking about a full-scale 60 Minute Makeover, simply one or two things that can easily be added to

drones used to enforce lockdown pose a real threat to our civil liberties

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Drones are often seen as weapon against terrorist suspects, a state snooping device or a novelty tool for delivering things like pizza. But since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, drones have acquired a new role.

They now deliver medical supplies to vulnerable and often isolated individuals and communities in countries such as Rwanda, Ghana and Chile. In China and India, drones are used to disinfect public spaces.

They can even counter the boredom of social isolation by carrying cameras that give us a glimpse of our empty cities and beauty spots. In Cyprus, a man used his drone to take his dog for a walk during lockdown.

But the surveillance capabilities of this technology raise the spectre of a digital form of authoritarianism and a corresponding erosion of our human rights. A Paris court recently suspended the use of COVID-19 drone surveillance in the

She Documented the Ebola Crisis in West Africa. But Filming Inside a Hospital Battling Coronavirus in Her Native Italy Was a Tougher Challenge

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Patients lie motionless in a hospital ICU ward, as doctors hurry around their beds. The patients’ faces are concealed by ventilators; the doctors’ by masks. The death rate is rising so quickly that doctors can no longer keep count. “The beds don’t even have time to cool before they are taken up by other patients,” says ICU nurse Cristina Pilati. Yet over the sound of stretchers rolling and monitors beeping, Pilati starts singing the lyrics of ‘Angel’ as she cares for a teenage boy in the ICU. ‘Spend all your time waiting, for that second chance,’ she sings. ‘For a break that would make it okay.’

This scene is one of many intimate moments in Inside Italy’s COVID War, a PBS’ FRONTLINE documentary premiering Tuesday that takes us inside a hard-hit hospital in Cremona, a city in northern Italy. Directed by Emmy and BAFTA award-winning filmmaker Sasha Joelle Achilli,

What’s kept cases officially at zero in these 200 counties?

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In just four months, the deadly COVID-19 virus has infiltrated every state and major U.S. city. But a scattering of remote counties continue without a single reported case, according to a USA TODAY analysis.

As of May 15, a total of 231 of 3,143 counties had no reported cases.

The list is getting shorter by the day, though. In the first half of May alone, 40 counties went from zero recorded cases of the virus to at least one.

Georgia started the month with two zero-case counties. Now there is none. Tennessee also had two counties with no reported cases on May 1; two weeks later, only one remained. Iowa went from eight counties with no cases to only four by mid-May.

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Counties where there are no reported cases of COVID-19*

The long stretch without coronavirus cases in some counties likely reflects

How your hair salon or barbershop could be different after coronavirus

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No reception area. No walk-ins. Empty booths.

Those are some of the changes customers can expect to see as hair salons and barber shops begin to reopen across the USA.

Jalainna Ellis, owner of All That Jazz salon and spa in Cheyenne, Wyoming, said taking the temperature of arriving customers became part of the new protocol when she reopened her business May 1.

The magazines and lookbooks are gone, too. Customers head directly to their respective hairstylist rather than waiting in a reception area that no longer exists. Face masks are required, for customers and members of the 17-person staff, Ellis said.

“It’s nerve-wracking,” Ellis told USA TODAY. “We are not trained to wear masks and work. Your vision is skewed, so it takes more concentration.

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