Water tests above action level for lead in Jackson-area homes

BLACKMAN TWP., MI — Several Blackman Township homes were over a trigger measurement for lead according to recent testing, officials said in a public notice.

Officials collected tap water samples at 21 homes, according to a public notice on Monday. Four of them were over the “action level” of 15 parts per billion of lead. The 90th percentile of the township’s water supply was 132 parts per billion. The township is a customer of the Jackson Water Treatment Plant, a city resource.

An action level is not a health standard. Instead, it triggers additional measures, including investigative sampling and educational outreach through the public notice. All follow-up testing through municipal and private labs were under the action level at the four homes, Blackman Township Supervisor Pete Jancek said Tuesday.

Blackman Charter Township water customers can get more information on their service line or information on having drinking water tested for

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South Fayette, Scott area real estate transactions for the week of Oct. 25


Daniel Mullen sold property at 1571 Critchfield Drive to Scott Andrew and Ashley Hamilton for $267,500.


Kyle McIvor sold property at 559 Boquet St. to Laura Young for $157,000.


Donna Kazan Weaver sold property at 2 Sixth St. to David Matthew Yurchak and Jennifer Wischmann for $161,000.

Cortez Lequon Allen sold property at 400 Jonquil Ln to Nickolas and Cheri Ionadi for $437,000.

Eugene Pocci sold property at 735 Marigold Ct to Gregory and Donna Zeis for $420,000.

Gene David Czambel sold property at Thoms Run Road to Marissa Stakeley for $1,500.

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Donna Perry sold property at 108 Parkedge Road to Brenden and Danielle Crespo for $184,500.

Estate of Cheryl A Isoda Chiaramonte sold property at 119 Reed Drive to Moni Kumar and Dhan Siwa for

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Texas ranch for sale boasts 75 acres, 2 brick homes

DIBOLL, Texas – Looking to move away from the hustle and bustle of life in the city, but still want to stay fairly close to one? On today’s fancy home tour, we’re taking you to a sprawling 75-acre ranch nestled outside Lufkin city limits.

This estate, located at 1846 FM 2108 in Diboll, has two brick homes and an asking price of $699,900.

The main home, built in 1971, sports three bedrooms, two full baths and 2,236 square feet of living space. Its floor plan includes a formal living area, a family room with a wood-burning fireplace and a built-in bookcase, a kitchen with lots of cabinets, counter space and an eat-in bar that’s open to the dining area, and a large utility room with storage space and a hand sink, according to the description provided by listing agent Melba Poskey on the Houston Association of Realtors website.

There’s no

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Oregon wildfires destroyed more than 4,000 homes. Here’s where.

Here’s the tally of homes and other buildings destroyed by Oregon’s devastating September wildfires that killed nine people and burned more than 1 million acres.

Shimon Peres et al. standing on a rug in front of a building: French President Nicolas Sarkozy welcomes Israeli President Shimon Peres at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on March 10, 2008. Shimon Peres arrived for a four-day state visit in France. Photo by Mousse/ABACAPRESS.COM

French President Nicolas Sarkozy welcomes Israeli President Shimon Peres at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on March 10, 2008. Shimon Peres arrived for a four-day state visit in France. Photo by Mousse/ABACAPRESS.COM

An Oregon Office of Emergency Management dashboard shows that at least 4,009 homes were destroyed in eight counties, from 2,364 in Jackson County to 11 in Klamath County.

a person in a suit standing in front of a building: French President Nicolas Sarkozy (L) welcomes his Israeli counterpart Shimon Peres at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on March 10, 2008, on the first day of Peres's four-day state visit to France. Photo by Mousse/ABACAUSA.COM

French President Nicolas Sarkozy (L) welcomes his Israeli counterpart Shimon Peres at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on March 10, 2008, on the first day of Peres’s four-day state visit to France. Photo by Mousse/ABACAUSA.COM

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the state have awarded millions of dollars in aid and other initiatives to help fire victims.

Most of

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7 held for suspected tanker hijack after UK commando raid

LONDON – Seven stowaways seized when British naval special forces stormed an oil tanker in the English Channel have been arrested on suspicion of hijacking, police said Monday.

Hampshire Police said the men, believed to be from Nigeria, were being held at several police stations on suspicion of “seizing or exercising control of a ship by use of threats or force.” They have not been charged.

Police said the 22 crew members of the Nave Andromeda were “safe and well” after the raid, which unfolded after darkness fell on Sunday. Special Boat Service commandos were lowered by rope from helicopters onto the tanker, whose crew had locked themselves in a secure part of the ship known as the citadel. Within minutes, the stowaways were in custody.

Maritime tracking websites showed the ship reached port in Southampton, on England’s south coast, early Monday.

Police said officers were speaking to crew members

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Century-Old Hoover Estate To Be Razed To Make Way For Subdivision

GLENCOE, IL — The developer who purchased the former Hoover Estate nearly two years ago received village approval to build a subdivision called Forest Edge on the 12.2-acre parcel, the village’s largest undeveloped piece of land.

Arthur Goldner & Associates purchased the property at 1801 Green Bay Road from the late widow of H. Earl Hoover, developer of many “suction sweeper” patents and longtime chairman of the vacuum company founded by his uncle.

The estate includes a 10,000-square-foot Tudor manor house, a coach house and a stable house with an attached greenhouse.

(Glencoe Historical Society)

Hoover bought the property in 1921 and four years later commissioned architect William Furst, whose firm also designed New Trier High School, Glencoe Village Hall, a trio of the village’s original public schools and Seabury Western Seminary at Northwestern University in Evanston, to build the estate.


Following the death of Miriam Hoover

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Two in the Same Row and Other Open Houses to See This Weekend, Starting at $2.395 Million

Our picks for open houses to see this weekend all have greenery-filled backyards with decks and a mix of historic details and modern updates. Two are single-families and two are three-families. They range in price from $2.395 million for a three-family brownstone in Park Slope to $4.395 million for a three-family brick house in Boerum Hill. While none offer parking, at least one has central air conditioning.

This 1850s brick townhouse on Dean Street in the Boerum Hill Historic District offers an attractive exterior with its turquoise front door, bright flowers in window boxes, historic ironwork and original cornice. Inside, Italianate era details include a curving staircase, ear moldings, plaster arches and marble mantels. A legal three-family, according to PropertyShark, it is set up as two floor-through apartments over an owner’s duplex, the photos show (although the floor plan describes a double duplex). The upper story — which boasts wide-plank

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Viewers are stunned by real estate listing’s 3D tour of VERY creepy Kentucky home

Social media users have been left stunned by strange rooms and bizarre items found on a 3D walkthrough tour of a large home listed for sale in Kentucky. 

The $375,000 property, which was built in 1970 and is located in Louisville, boasts two kitchens, three bedrooms and four bathrooms.

The home has previously been used as a ‘church, school, day care center and home business’, according to the real estate listing, and it features separate bathrooms with urinals. 

A giant shower room is also seen, which appears to be an old baptism font. The property once served as Bonaventure Boulevard Church of Christ, but the church moved out more than ten years ago. 

Many boxes of pornography, DVDs and old Christmas decorations are also strewn across the home.

It is unclear whether a company is currently operating out of the home, but it certainly seems the present owner is quite

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Southern California wildfires force Chargers players, including starting QB, to evacuate homes

Several players and staff of the Los Angeles Chargers have been forced to leave their homes because of the ongoing fires in Southern California.

a man with smoke and fire: Firefighter Raymond Vasquez battles the Silverado Fire in Irvine on October 26.

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Firefighter Raymond Vasquez battles the Silverado Fire in Irvine on October 26.

The order came due to mandatory evacuation mandates in the area due to the wildfires, team spokesperson Josh Rupprecht confirmed to CNN.

Justin Herbert, starting quarterback for the NFL team, was forced to evacuate his home. He told “The Dan Patrick Show” on Tuesday he was currently staying in a hotel due to the fires.

The team is assisting those affected throughout the process and says that “all are doing well.”

The Chargers are still operating under its normal schedule in preparation for its game on Sunday at the Denver Broncos.

More than 100,000 people are under mandatory evacuation orders from the wildfires in Southern California — where the

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How Could Biden’s Proposed 401(k) Tax Rules Impact Real Estate Investors?

We’re getting close to the presidential election, and both candidates have made all sorts of proposals on ways to change things from taxes to healthcare to the COVID-19 pandemic. Democratic candidate Joe Biden has proposed a change to the tax benefits for making 401(k) contributions, so here’s a rundown of what the change would be and how it might affect real estate investors.

Biden’s 401(k) proposal in a nutshell

My colleague at our sister website The Motley Fool, Catherine Brock, recently wrote an excellent and detailed discussion of Biden’s 401(k) proposal. So, if you really want to dig into the numbers and see how it could affect your tax bill, be sure to check it out. But here’s the quick version:

Under current tax law, 401(k) investing favors high-income households. Think about it this way — if you’re in the 12% tax bracket and set aside $5,000 in your 401(k)

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