Little: Manage the risk | Letters

I work as a sports official (freelance vendor) for a variety of local schools and associations, including RUSD and the Metro Classic Conference, in which both St. Catherine’s and Lutheran High compete. While some of my brethren have elected to sit out the fall/winter sports seasons, I have chosen to participate in high-risk volleyball this fall.

The Journal Times editorial of Sept. 30 makes salient points on the COVID-19 dangers of busing and travel issues. Obviously, in these troubled times, eliminating all risk is not possible. So it becomes an issue of managing the risk — lowering it to a level of acceptable. And perhaps as a further indicator of these fractious times, everyone seems to have a different take on acceptable risk. A lot of it is location-based — urban vs. rural. (And too much is political-based, sadly.)

While your editorial pointed out many of the minuses our local

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‘Last-ditch’ effort to extend eviction, foreclosure moratorium before it expires dies in Legislature

Theatrics outside a courthouse, calls from the federal delegation and a last-ditch legislative Hail Mary weren’t enough to bring lawmakers back to the State House to act on a bill to extend an eviction and foreclosure ban set to expire on Saturday.

“This was a last-ditch effort … but it’s disappointing,” state Rep. Mike Connolly said after lawmakers — by their inaction — decided to allow the clock on the moratorium to run out.

The Cambridge Democrat was able to get a bill to extend the temporary ban on evictions and foreclosures passed in the House, but it didn’t vote until the Senate had already adjourned for the weekend. Connolly’s bill sought to circumvent the typical process and trigger an immediate floor vote — something that required approval by both houses.

State Sen. Pat Jehlen, who is sponsoring twin legislation in the Senate, said housing advocates’ last hope now lies

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The best real-estate markets in America, based on economic strength

  • If you’re interested in home buying, you should understand the housing market first. 
  • Home prices have been rising on average throughout the pandemic, even though supply and demand vary significantly nationwide based on location. 
  • Personal finance website WalletHub studied and ranked the best markets to buy a home in the US, where Boise topped the list, followed by Seattle.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Whether you’re looking to invest or to find a new home, understanding the housing market is important before you purchase a property. 

And this year has been the right time to buy for many Americans, as interest rates have have hit record lows in recent months as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite opportunity for some, home prices have been rising throughout the pandemic on average, even though supply and demand varies significantly nationwide based on location. 

To determine the best real-estate markets

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Bed Bath & Beyond extends its 462% rally after sale of Christmas Tree Shops for $250 million


  • The turnaround at Bed Bath & Beyond continued on Tuesday after the company announced the sale of Christmas Tree Shops for approximately $250 million.
  • The 462% rally in its shares this year extended on Wednesday, with the stock surging as much as 9% on the non-core asset divestiture.
  • Bed Bath & Beyond has been in turnaround mode since it brought in a new management team led by former Target executive Mark Tritton in 2019. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Bed Bath & Beyond extended its eye-popping rally on Wednesday after it announced on Tuesday it would sell non-core assets for approximately $250 million.

Those non-core assets include Christmas Tree Shops, Linen Holdings, and a Florence, New Jersey, distribution center.

The news sent shares up as much as 9% in Wednesday trades, helping extend a 462% rally from their COVID-19 pandemic low reached in

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Lenovo’s new $50 Google Assistant-powered smart clock is now for sale

Lenovo has made its $49 Smart Clock Essential available for purchase today. If you’re like the idea of a smart speaker with a visual information element, but you’re not yet ready to go full smart display, Lenovo’s new Smart Clock Essential may be the right choice for you. 



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The Smart Clock Essential is a pared-down version of the Lenovo Smart Clock that launched last year. Where the 2019 edition had a full-color smart display built in to show your calendar and the feed from a smart camera, the 2020 version is basically just a black-and-white alarm clock display wrapped around a Google Assistant smart speaker. It will show you the time, the day of the week and the current temperature, but that’s about it. It’s a closer competitor to the Amazon Echo Dot with Clock than the Amazon Echo Show 5 smart

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Is The Risk Of Sea Level Rise Affecting Florida Home Prices? A New Study Says Yes : NPR

A new study has found that home sale prices and volume appear to be declining in Florida coastal areas at vulnerable to rising sea levels compared to coastal areas with less risk. Here, the balcony view from a luxury condo in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., in 2017.

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A new study has found that home sale prices and volume appear to be declining in Florida coastal areas at vulnerable to rising sea levels compared to coastal areas with less risk. Here, the balcony view from a luxury condo in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., in 2017.

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How much should you pay for a home that is likely to be inundated by rising seas in the decades ahead?

It’s a tough question — and an increasingly common one for homebuyers along the Florida coast.

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Elder-care facilities devastated by the coronavirus pandemic have little hope of a winter reprieve, new research suggests

There are few easy lessons. In many countries, the trend is hard to escape: The larger the coronavirus outbreak in an area, the more deaths elder-care facilities there can expect to see, according to the results of an ongoing transnational research project, which published new data this week.

Across 26 countries, elder-care home residents have accounted for an average of 47 percent of recorded coronavirus deaths, according to data collected by the International Long-Term Care Policy Network, a global collaboration between academics and policymakers.

In some nations, including the United States, the data suggests that roughly 1 in 20 elder-care residents have already died of covid-19 during the pandemic.

“The idea that you could somehow protect the people living in care homes from whatever is going on outside hasn’t worked,” said Adelina Comas-Herrera, a researcher at the London School of Economics and coordinator for the network.

Covid-19 cases are once

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Homes That Sold for Around $750,000

Each week, our survey of recent residential sales in New York City and the surrounding region focuses on homes that sold around a certain price point, allowing you to compare single-family homes, condos and co-ops in different locales.

The “list price” is the asking price when the property came on the market with the most recent broker. The time on the market is measured from the most recent listing to the closing date of the sale.

Long Island | 4 bedrooms, 2½ baths

This 27-year-old, 3,018-square-foot, vinyl-sided house has tile floors, a kitchen with a breakfast bar, a family room with a gas fireplace, a front porch and a deck, on a 40-by-100-foot lot.

7 weeks on the market

$779,000 list price

Less than 1% above list price

Costs $13,915 a year in taxes

Listing broker Coldwell Banker Realty


Brooklyn | 1 bedroom,

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Military contractor charged with fraud on Africa contracts

A U.S. military contractor has been indicted in California for allegedly faking quality control on construction projects in Africa that were so badly done some buildings collapsed, including an aircraft hangar

SAN DIEGO — A U.S. military contractor has been indicted in California for allegedly faking quality control on construction projects in Africa that were so badly done some buildings collapsed, including an aircraft hangar, authorities said Tuesday.

Micheline Pollock was named in a 98-count indictment by a federal grand jury in San Diego, the U.S. attorney’s office for Southern California said in a statement.

Pollock was chief executive officer of Dover Vantage, which between 2011 and 2018 won contracts from the Army Corps of Engineers and Navy Facilities Engineering Command for military and humanitarian projects in Africa.

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Embattled video gambling owner was in line for $2.5 million, taxpayer-funded windfall by flipping land. Now it’s off the table.

Tinley Park has not fared well in its dealings with video gambling operator Rick Heidner over the last year.



a large green field with trees in the background: Land at the northeast corner of Harlem Avenue and Vollmer Road in unincorporated Rich Township is seen on Sept. 30, 2020.


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Land at the northeast corner of Harlem Avenue and Vollmer Road in unincorporated Rich Township is seen on Sept. 30, 2020.

First, the southwest suburb signed onto Heidner’s plan to build a horse racing track and casino on state-owned land, only to have Gov. J.B. Pritzker derail the project after a Tribune investigation revealed Heidner’s long-standing business ties to people connected to organized crime.

Now, the Tribune has learned that Tinley Park officials have been secretly negotiating a real estate deal that would provide Heidner a $2.5 million windfall on land he purchased less than a year ago as a possible alternate casino site.

Under the proposal, Tinley Park was prepared to pay $7.5 million for 114 acres — about $2 million more

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