Day: October 16, 2020

NARAL calls on Dianne Feinstein to step down from Judiciary

NARAL Pro-Choice America called for Democratic California Sen. Dianne Feinstein to step down as ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee following Feinstein’s comments at the conclusion of a hearing over Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

NARAL President Ilyse Hogue said in a statement that the nomination process is “a sham” and that Americans want the next president to be the one to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

“Amy Barrett and this power grab pose a grave threat to every freedom and right we hold dear and tears the very fabric of our democracy. Americans–whose lives hang in the balance–deserve leadership that underscores how unprecedented, shameful and wrong this process is,” Hogue said in a statement. “The ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, failed to make this clear and in fact offered

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5 at 5: Your Daily Digest for Real Estate Investing, 10/16/2020

New house sales surge, cold storage is also hot, a tale of NYC apartment buying, Seritage REIT ruminations, and some vacation rental owner advice.

In Today’s News

New House Sales Outpacing New House Starts by Historic Margin

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) says housing demand has increased so rapidly in recent months that there’s now an unprecedented gap between the number of new single-family home sales and the pace of construction starts.

Why it matters: The NAHB says this kind of demand — created by low interest rates, low supply, and demand from people seeking more space — could go on for a while. That’s of investor interest for spec houses and good deals if you can find them.

Growing Demand for Cold Storage Spurs Spec Projects

This piece from National Real Estate Investor lays out how with rising online grocery deliveries, developers and investors see an opportunity

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How to Become an Interior Designer: A U.S. News Guide

Becoming an interior designer can lead to a fulfilling career that blends creativity and utility to serve others. Interior designers create spaces that are both aesthetically pleasing and practical, providing the solutions and functions that clients need.

Interior designers can work in a variety of settings, from architecture firms to furniture stores, and in the U.S., about a third of them are self-employed. The average salary in the interior design industry was about $61,000 as of May 2019, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. With home construction and improvements on the rise, interior designers will not be short on projects.

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Interior design is space planning. It is the layout and arrangement of rooms in homes, hotels, office buildings, restaurants and other businesses. Because of the broad scope of their occupation, interior designers can have a wide range of clients, including large real estate

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What I Learned on My First Trip to the Gym Since Covid-19 Lockdown

5 Plank Variations for a Full-Body Workout

Working out at home during coronavirus

At the height of the coronavirus pandemic, things like going to a restaurant or air travel were pretty much impossible. And they might still be depending on the cases in your area, your personal risk tolerance, and whether or not you have underlying conditions. Also impossible? Going to the gym.

In fact, March 15th was the last time I was at the gym, my happy place. Call me crazy, but I’ve always found peace and solace in working out. In high school, it was running on the treadmill and kickboxing classes.

In college and beyond, it’s been the weight room. I feel confident with a barbell in my once-calloused hands with my impossibly long and shockingly varied gym playlist pulsing through my ears.

So when I finally accepted that home workouts would be the

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How to make your own silkscreen design for Halloween

This year has been scary enough on its own, but now people are gearing up for the year’s spookiest season.

Roam through many Tampa Bay neighborhoods and see how many folks have creatively decorated their homes for Halloween with skeletons, giant spiders and cackling animatronic ghouls. People are already wearing festive clothes, too.

But the pandemic has many people too spooked to decorate outside for fear of inviting trick-or-treaters to the door. Others don’t want to chance shopping at the big box stores for decorations or novelty clothing. So we asked local artist Demeree Barth to show us a simple Halloween-themed project that people can make at home.

Barth teaches art at Seminole Elementary and, as an artist, makes wearable art, elaborate headdresses and printmaking pieces under the moniker Demi God Studio.

Barth came up with an easy silkscreen project using the popular sugar skull motif associated with Dia de

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31 Things From Walmart That’ll Help Get Your Home In The Spooky Spirit

All the festive decor and treats to make your home a spooky oasis.

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An eerie yet festive wreath you can place on your front door. It features classic orange and black colors with additional skeleton details that are majorly spooky.


An inflatable Mickey Mouse who looks like he just carved the most perfect pumpkin and wants to show it off to people driving by.


Promising review: “Great value for this cute 5-ft tall Mickey! I can’t wait to set this up!” —SuperToy

Price: $60


A light up pumpkin trio of perfectly carved jack-o’-lanterns so

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‘Helstrom’ on Hulu: Meet new Marvel TV star Sydney Lemmon

Sydney Lemmon really, really, really wants you to vote.

The 30-year-old actress has been volunteering regularly with Knock for Democracy, calling voters in states like North Carolina and Georgia, where Democrats are in competitive House and Senate races.

Trying to talk politics with strangers sounds intimidating at a time when Americans are as polarized as ever on nearly every issue, and Lemmon admits it’s hard not be discouraged by the harsh rejections, which can feel personal. But the positive interactions make it worthwhile.

“In our own little echo chambers and bubbles, we’re all so driven and obsessed with this [political] moment,” Lemmon, who passes quite a bit of time engrossed in the news cycle, says during a video call from Connecticut. “But there are people whose votes count just as much who don’t feel the urgency the same way. I just can’t say enough about how meaningful it’s been to

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Champions For Learning awards grants for teachers’ projects amid pandemic


Vineyards Elementary first-grade students from the classrooms of Joanna Campanile and Janell Matos hold up their teachers’ grants on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. (Photo: Courtesy of Collier County Public Schools)

Escape rooms that make learning an adventure, a student store encouraging creativity, and a new way to engage students about civics are just three Collier teacher projects that received funding Friday through Champions For Learning.

Champions For Learning awarded 141 grants totaling about $79,700 to educators at 41 schools. 

The Collier-based education foundation that hand-delivers teachers’ grants annually skipped those in-person visits to schools this year due to COVID-19.

But teachers throughout Collier County were still surprised Friday by their school principals and staff, Lisa Church, chief community impact officer for Champions For Learning, said.

Community members interested in researching and funding grants for teacher projects, can do so through an online grant portal where teachers also submit their

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Cannabis influencers: Doctor of Reform

This story is part of a series of profiles, The CannaInfluencers: The people shaping the cannabis industry in the Garden State. Written by NJ Cannabis Insider reporters, the profiles will publish in the weeks leading up to the Nov. 3 election, when New Jersey voters will decide whether to legalize recreational, adult-use cannabis.

Dr. David Nathan has become a leading voice in the medical community’s conversations around drug policy reform after forming Doctors for Cannabis Regulation. And he’ll admit, he grew up and even went to college without questioning laws that banned drugs.

“I had grown up as a drug warrior, just like everybody else,” Nathan, 52, said. “It was one of the few true epiphanies in my life that I realized the Drug War made no sense.”

That came early on during his enrollment in medical school at the University of Pennsylvania during the early 1990s. While

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How Much Is Tesla’s Electric Mid-Size SUV & Should You Buy?

Here’s a closer look at Tesla’s newest electric vehicle, the Model Y, and how much buyers can expect to pay, with and without customizations.

Those who follow the Tesla brand are likely aware of its newest electric vehicle, the Model Y. However, those who are cognizant of Tesla but don’t follow the automaker’s every move, might not know that much about the company’s first electric crossover SUV. Here is a breakdown of the features and potential costs of owning a Model Y in 2020.

Initially unveiled in March of 2019, the Model Y is a smaller and more affordable version of Tesla’s mid-sized SUV, the Model X. As Tesla’s newest electric vehicle to roll off the assembly line, the Model Y is just beginning to find its place in the crossover market. Production on the vehicle only began this past January and the first customer vehicles started arriving in March.

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