Day: October 17, 2020

Congressional race pits political vet Al Lawson and novice Gary Adler

Steve Patterson
| Florida Times-Union

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson is being challenged by a Republican novice in an election season when Lawson is being a visible cheerleader for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

The two-term congressman seems well-positioned to keep his Fifth Congressional District seat representing an area stretching from Jacksonville to west of Tallahassee where Democrats outnumber Republicans more than two to one.

But the first-time candidate standing in his way casts the contest as his chance to make a difference for people feeling overlooked by politicians.

“I was obviously very green,” said Gary Adler, an interior designer and Jacksonville business owner described as “pro life, pro gun, pro Trump” on his campaign’s Facebook page. “I thought hell, we can’t continue down the same road of insanity.”

Adler has been traveling the district’s eight counties – parts or all of Duval, Baker, Columbia, Hamilton, Madison, Jefferson, Leon and Gadsden

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Halloween is going to look very different during the pandemic

As families reconsider Halloween traditions, companies that usually rely on Halloween for sales have been shuffling to adapt.

Here’s what Halloween will look like this year.

The Covid-19 pandemic is putting a damper on traditional trick-or-treating this year, a disappointment for kids and candy lovers alike. For candy companies like Hershey’s, Halloween is the biggest season for sales, and the pandemic threw it a curveball.

To boost sales and keep customers interested, this season’s Halloween preparations include putting Halloween-specific packaging on fewer treats, focusing on family-sized packs and extending the shopping season.

Halloween celebrations are unpredictable this year, but candy companies should still be optimistic, David Steinberg, co-founder and CEO of Zeta Global, a data-driven marketing technology company, told CNN Business. He added that consumers will continue to shop for candy for reasons that don’t include trick-or-treating: For example, candy sales increased in April, at the start of the pandemic,

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Ravens’ Brandon Williams placed on COVID-19 list, will miss game against Eagles

A player on the team the Eagles will face Sunday will miss the game after being placed on the COVID-19 list.

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The Ravens announced starting nose tackle Brandon Williams was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday. Williams, an eight-year veteran, has 15 tackles so far this season.

The COVID-19 list is a designation placed on a player who has tested positive for the virus or has been in close contact with an infected person.

NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero reported WIlliams was in close contact with a person who has a virus, and Williams has not contracted the illness himself. Because Williams was in close contact of the positive person, he must self-isolate for five days.

Williams was not the only player in Sunday’s matchup to miss time after being placed on

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What to Look for When Buying a Treadmill

There’s no denying that a treadmill is an investment, so if you’re wondering how to buy a treadmill, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re using it to replace outdoor walks and runs or want it to simply complement your current routine, there are a lot of features that can make or break a treadmill. The most important ones to look for when you’re testing a treadmill depend on how you’re planning to use the machine.

When considering treadmills, first think about how you want to use it, says Amina Daniels, trainer and founder and CEO of Live Cycle Delight, an inclusive fitness studio offering indoor cycling, yoga, TRX, mat Pilates, barre, and virtual classes. “Think about what features and intel you want from it now and into the future, and make a list of what’s most important to you.”

Will you usually do a steady-paced run? Walk? Do

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What is the hot chocolate bomb, the TikTok food trend?

Move over coffee ice! TikTok has given the world another hot, new trend and this time, it’s the tastiest way to usher in cooler weather!

Social media enthusiasts are ditching cocoa powder mixes and taking hot cocoa to the next level this season with hot chocolate bombs.

But what exactly are they? Hot chocolate bombs are pretty simple. Each bomb is a hollow chocolate sphere that’s filled with mini marshmallows and cocoa mix. You put the chocolate orb into an empty mug and pour hot milk on top until the chocolate begins to melt. When the chocolate shell begins to melt into the milk, the marshmallows from the interior float to the surface. After a quick stir, you’ve got yourself the perfect sweet treat!

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Cathy Ortiz makes chocolate bombs like this one and sells
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N.J. student shot and killed in Ohio remembered as a kind soul. ‘He lit the room up,’ ex-coach says

Chase Meola, the former high school football player from Bergen County who was shot and killed in Ohio last weekend, was remembered Saturday as someone who bubbled with personality — kind, talented and giving.

“He lit the room up. A kind-hearted soul,” George Ervin, a former coach, told NJ Advance Media.

Meola, of Mahwah, was was found dead last Sunday. Police responding to reports of a shooting found the 23-year-old in a Columbus, Ohio, alleyway. He was a student at Ohio State University, studying at the Fisher School of Business.

Those who knew Meola were stunned by the shooting, telling reporters he was always fun, someone who wanted to make sure the people around him were happy.

Family members said they wish for him to be honored for what he had accomplished in his short life.

“We will remember him for his bravery, his desire to succeed, and to always

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Hip Home Counties: 20 chic places to stay for some Green Belt glamour

Kent, Hertfordshire, Sussex, Surrey, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Essex make up the Home Counties; the girdle that rings London, nipped in by the M25. Increasingly, there are some serious bits of Green Belt glamour tucked into the oft-stereotyped commuter-land, including the brand new Birch in Hertfordshire with its rescue chickens and gong baths. On the other side of London is Beaverbrook in Leatherhead. It’s lavishly, diametrically opposed to Birch in every stylistic way, but just as interesting and enjoyable, with its swimming pool tiled in a diamond pattern and 1920s decor with a touch of sashimi chic.

Even before Covid, London chefs were heading out to the coast to open smaller places with cheaper rents that allow them to experiment along with access to the freshest of ingredients; many, such as The Rose in Deal, also have hotel rooms. Margate has seen Pete Doherty and Carl Barat of The Libertines

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Joe Burrow, Philip Rivers lead things to watch


Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle DeForest Buckner discusses balancing the run defense and pass rush.

Indianapolis Star

INDIANAPOLIS — Friday’s false positive scare is over.

The Colts are back on schedule, hoping to bounce back at home in Lucas Oil Stadium in a 1 p.m. Sunday kickoff against the Cincinnati Bengals, a team trying to rally around its brilliant rookie quarterback.

Indianapolis (3-2) must keep pace with undefeated Tennessee in the AFC South, and the Bengals (1-3-1) have been a little bit tougher than advertised with Joe Burrow at the helm. With that in mind, here’s a look at what to watch on Sunday.

1. Philip Rivers has to take care of the football. The 38-year-old quarterback’s pair of two-interception games has cost the Colts two games they could have won, and the Bengals have five interceptions this season, tied for fifth in the NFL. When Rivers takes care of

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Uber, Lyft Are Spending Millions To Fight Labor Protections For Their Workers

About a year ago, Steve Smith stood outside a press conference at a hotel in Sacramento where Uber, Lyft and DoorDash announced plans to spend millions on a statewide ballot initiative that would exempt them from a state law requiring the gig economy companies to hire most of their independent contractors as employees. If the workers became employees, they would be entitled to benefits, paid leave, expense reimbursement, the right to collectively organize and other labor protections. Smith, who works for the California Labor Federation, wasn’t allowed in the room so he tried to listen through the door. 

The gig economy giants were claiming that the ballot initiative contained provisions that would be good for drivers, including a guarantee that drivers would earn at least 120% of the state’s minimum wage for “all engaged time” — meaning when a paying passenger is in the car, for example. A Sacramento-based Uber

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Cancel Thanksgiving? My mother can’t bear the thought.

“What are we going to do about Thanksgiving?” my mother asked weeks ago.

“Nothing!” I answered immediately, and my stepfather wholeheartedly agreed.

To my amazement, my mother has cooked and hosted a full Thanksgiving meal for more than a dozen people since she was 22 years old, an age at which I still survived chiefly on mac and cheese and Hot Pockets.

It’s one of her favorite holidays. And not hosting would be another loss, yet another time this year she would not be able to gather all her family together in one room, which is the very peak of her joy spectrum. It has been her biggest life-during-a-pandemic complaint. She feels like she’s losing precious time.

Since the beginning of the pandemic my stepfather has been her fierce protector bordering on warden. She has pre-existing conditions, and he knows how sick she gets when she just gets a cold.

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