Day: October 14, 2020

Best Buy, Walmart and more places running early sales

Black Friday 2020: Best Buy, Walmart and more places running early sales (Photo: Coach / Walmart / Reviewed)

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Move aside, Amazon Prime Day 2020! While the mega-retailer’s two-day long savings bonanza ends tonight, Wednesday, October 14, it’s not the only game in town. If you’re steering clear of the virtual shopping event this year, there are several other trusted, customer-loved stores that are running early Black Friday 2020 sales that are every bit as good as Amazon’s. 

If you’re worried about finding other incredible sales around the web, never fear. We’ve scoped out the best of the best, ranging from web-famous bedding sites, such as Brooklinen, to tried-and-true faves, like Bed Bath & Beyond and Macy’s. Check ’em out (and many more!) below. 

Laptops, TVs, headphones and more are on

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Absentee ballots, few spoiled, processed in Georgia counties

DeKalb election workers opening each exterior envelope, checking signatures on absentee ballots.

DECATUR, Ga. — In an airy room in a DeKalb County government building, two dozen workers spent Wednesday surrounded by boxes full of absentee ballots, with new bundles of them coming in every few hours.

Their job was to open each exterior envelope, check the voter information — and then pass along the interior envelope containing the voter’s secret ballot. 

Absentee balloting set records in Georgia during the June primary because of the pandemic according to the Secretary of State’s office, and the data so far indicates a similar level of popularity for the upcoming November general election.  

The process at the DeKalb County office isn’t rocket science, but it is arguably more important — at least to some of the absentee voters who dropped off ballots in drop boxes just a few feet away from that room.

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The 12-foot-tall tall skeleton Home Depot is selling for Halloween, explained by its creator.

The giant skeleton towering over a house, with several clones and shrubbery on a front lawn, and standing in front of a different house.
Photos by Mac Cole, Diego Narvaez, and Alexander Johnson

There’s one guy out there who’s having a great 2020. Naturally, he is a giant skeleton. Home Depot’s 12-foot-tall giant skeleton, to be more specific, has become the most coveted Halloween decoration of the season as well as a metaphorically irresistible object of viral delight. To find out how a retailer best known for selling nails and lumber ended up hawking $300 sets of supersize bones, Slate spoke to Lance Allen, a merchant based at the company’s corporate headquarters in Atlanta. Our conversation has been condensed and edited.

Heather Schwedel: First of all, are there any giant skeletons left? Is there still time to get one?

Lance Allen: We are completely sold out for the year.

How many did you sell?

I can’t share that one with you, but I can tell you I wish I would have brought

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What Homeless Students Have to Deal With to Go to School During COVID

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Most nights, people fight and scream outside the small room where Elizabeth Maldonado and her four children sleep—or try to, at least—at a homeless shelter in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. Maldonado’s 15-year-old daughter, in particular, fears that if she closes her eyes, someone will burst through the door.

It’s no wonder, then, that her kids—ages 17, 15, 12, and 9—often don’t log on to their virtual classes come morning, Maldonado said. They’re exhausted.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Maldonado’s children are stuck in the room they share at the shelter, without the escape of going to school. They sometimes attend online classes from their beds, where they’re reluctant to turn on audio or video to talk to teachers and peers, as it would betray their cramped, noisy surroundings. And if they leave to find a quieter space, there’s

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Grant Shapps signals seven-day quarantine for travellers after single ‘negative’ test

Grant Shapps has ruled out airport testing as he indicated quarantine could be cut to just a week for arrivals to the UK.

The Transport Secretary revealed the taskforce set up to design a testing regime for Britain would study two options, one of which would see arrivals self-isolating before being tested after a week which could halve the 14-day quarantine.

He also suggested the taskforce would explore pre-departure testing which is normally done up to 72 hours before flying, then again after arriving in the UK which could shorten quarantine even further.

However, solely testing on arrival has been ruled out by Mr Shapps because of concerns it might only pick up as few as seven per cent of Covid cases because of the incubation period for the disease when people are asymptomatic.

The taskforce, which is headed by Mr Shapps and the Health Secretary Matt Hancok, is consulting

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Denver Happy Hour of the Week: Ace Eat Serve

I haven’t been down the East 17th Avenue restaurant strip in quite awhile. This is partly partly because of the pandemic, and partly because I’m still devastated that the Denver Bike Cafe and Tandem Bar are gone. But this past week my brother and I were on the hunt for an all-night happy hour and Ace East Serve popped up on our radar. In ordinary times, if you were searching for activity-paired drinking a little different from the usual beer-and-pool pub, Ace had you covered with ping pong and Asian-inspired snacks.

The table tennis was on hold until recently because of COVID-related restrictions, but Ace recently reopened its game room, with new rules to ensure safety. Even if you’re not into the pong (or the ping), the restaurant’s roomy patio offers myriad little nooks that are walled off from the sidewalk by hefty blooming planters and includes a shaded section

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SoFi wants to show you the top stock picks of your friends and family

Retail investing has boomed since the market bottom in March, and online stock trading and investing apps have been a main beneficiary as younger Americans from the millennial and Gen Z generations pour money into stocks that reflect their world and view of the future.

Anthony Noto, CEO of SoFi, says his firm is among those that have quickly grown investment accounts as the stay-at-home environment caused by the coronavirus resulted in a broader migration to digital financial services. Within investing specifically, SoFi has seen a 250% increase in new accounts since the beginning of the year.

As a result of all that market action and interest on mobile, SoFi is launching new social following features within its SoFi Invest service so its members can follow stock portfolios of family, friends and peers, and see what their personal network is buying and selling. The new tools will also include a

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The Best Prime Day Deals Under $100

Amazon Prime Day is here and the online retailer says to expect more than one million deals on the site this year over the 48-hour period between October 13 and 14. Some of the best deals to be had include discounts on the Echo Dot, PhoneSoap 3 UV Smartphone Sanitizer, the Timex Weekender watch, and our favorite Razer Kraken Ultimate Headset, which are all priced under $100.

Remember: the best Prime Day deals are reserved exclusively for Amazon Prime members. If you’re not an Amazon Prime member, you can get a 30-day free trial right now which will get you access in time for Prime Day.

We’ve rounded up the best Prime Day deals under $100 below. Make sure to bookmark this page as we refresh the list with the latest offers and discounts as they come in.

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Luxurious Lucid Air Electric Sedan Boasts 500-Mile Range

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Silicon Valley-based Lucid Motors unveiled its first planned production model—called the Lucid Air—last month during an online presentation. It has since announced a lower-priced, $77,400 version with 480 horsepower. 

Years in the making, Lucid has started prototype production of the electric Air at its Arizona factory, with the first models projected to reach customers in spring 2021. 

Priced in the ultra-luxury segment that is home to the BMW 7 Series, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and Tesla Model S, the Lucid Air electric sedan will compete based on power, range, and opulence.

The new automaker announced plans that follow what has become a trend for start-up electric car companies: Launch with a premium, high-dollar sedan, follow with an SUV, and then roll out more affordable models. For now, the elite Air takes aim at the $100,000 club, where established players are competing

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Family of man killed by Asbury Park police to sue city

The family of a 39-year-old who was killed by Asbury Park police during a standoff in August is planning to file a civil lawsuit alleging his death was a “wrongful killing,” NJ Advance Media has learned.

Attorney Sanford Rubenstein said Hasani Best’s family plans to file a civil lawsuit against the city of Asbury Park and Sgt. Sean DeShader, who fired the fatal shots after a more than 45-minute standoff in which Best was armed with a knife.

“Clearly, the video demonstrates that the officer who fired the shots was not in any immediate danger and this is a wrongful killing,” Rubenstein said in a phone interview Wednesday.

He said the family is in the process of appointing an administrator to Best’s estate and then a lawsuit will be filed. Rubenstein said at it is unclear if it will be filed in state or federal court.

In the meantime, Rubenstein

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