The Owners of the Only House Next to Augusta National Aren’t Interested in the Golf Club’s Millions

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Augusta National has spent the past two decades buying up the property around its borders, purchasing more than 100 properties across 270 acres by offering owners prices that were too good to refuse.

According to NJ.com, the golf club spent more than $40 million to bulldoze the neighborhood once sat across from Gate 6-A at the Masters—save for one unassuming brick house that no amount of money can buy.

Herman and Elizabeth Thacker built the three-bedroom home at 1112 Stanley Road in 1959. The first time Augusta National approached them about buying the house where they raised their two children, the Thackers flatly refused. Not even seven figures could sway the couple.

“Money ain’t everything,” Herman told NJ.com in 2016.

It’s a principle that the storied golf club, which turns its back on millions of dollars each year to preserve the authenticity of the Masters Tournament, can

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Convicted San Antonio contractor accused of writing bad checks to outraged customers

SAN ANTONIOEditor’s note: Hear from alleged victims on Tuesday night’s Nightbeat on KSAT 12 at 10 p.m.

Multiple customers of convicted San Antonio thief Carlos Elizondo said he issued reimbursement checks in recent weeks that his bank then refused to cash, adding an extra layer of problems for Elizondo as law enforcement agencies in multiple jurisdictions examine new theft allegations against him.

Elizondo, who was referred to by a judge in late 2017 as a “wolf who preys on the sheep of society,” is now accused of carrying out a similar fencing, deck and lawn care scheme that initially landed him in jail after his release last year.

Rachel Rosas is one of 12 people who provided the KSAT 12 Defenders records in recent months showing they hired Elizondo without knowing his criminal history and paid him for fencing, deck or lawn care work that was either never

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Oakland’s Moms 4 Housing mark movement’s anniversary with march to foreclosure auction

A year after a group of homeless Oakland moms grabbed hearts and headlines by seizing a vacant West Oakland house, Moms 4 Housing and some supporters marked the anniversary by marching on the René C. Davidson Courthouse Tuesday to disrupt a foreclosure auction in the rain.

No one showed up for the twice-weekly auction on the courthouse steps, so the housing activists counted it as a victory — one of many the group has tallied since it took over the house.

“This is typical — they see us coming, they start a-running,” said Alia Phelpa, a member of the Moms group.

Since last Nov. 17, when four homeless moms moved into a rundown home in the process of being fixed up and sold for a profit by the owner, Wedgewood Properties — the Moms have experienced many victories, including attracting national attention and support for their cause of housing homeless

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Facebook contractor to pay $595K over racial discrimination

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A contractor that provides security at Facebook’s Prineville data center will pay $595,000 to settle allegations of racial discrimination by five employees.

The complaints allege that supervisors at G4S Secure Solutions reduced the hours of Hispanic workers, gave them unfavorable shifts and used racist terms to describe them, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.

Complaints also said human resources personnel did not respond to employees’ complaints. The workers will receive between $80,000 and $175,000 each.

The settlement did not include an admission of wrongdoing by G4S, which pledged to continue employee training on nondiscrimination policies as part of the settlement. G4S said it denies liability and maintains that it “promptly addressed” employees’ concerns, but seemed to acknowledge that discrimination did happen in Prinevile.

“The actions of the former supervisors are not representative of the hard-working men and women of G4S,” the company said in a written statement.

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Real Estate Rumors: Miami Beach, Deustche, Ryan

Law360 (November 17, 2020, 5:33 PM EST) — The City of Miami Beach, Florida, is looking to form a public-private partnership with a developer for an office project north of Lincoln Road, the South Florida Business Journal reported. The city is hoping to partner with a firm to develop three sites near Lincoln Road, and the partnership could build as much as 383,439 square feet of office space there, according to the report.

Deutsche Pfandbriefbank has loaned $66 million to JP Morgan Asset Management for a portfolio of industrial properties in New Jersey, Commercial Observer reported on Tuesday. The loan is for the Greater Meadowlands Industrial Portfolio, which has…

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Trump Plan to Sell Arctic Oil Leases Will Face Challenges

Even if in its waning days the Trump administration succeeds in selling oil and gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, the leases may never be issued, legal and other experts said Tuesday.

The leases would face strong and likely insurmountable headwinds from two directions: the incoming Biden administration and the courts, they said.

Under new leadership, several federal agencies could reject the leases, which even if purchased at an auction a few days before Inauguration Day would be subject to review, a process that usually takes several months.

Mr. Biden vowed during the campaign to oppose oil and gas development in the refuge, a vast expanse of virtually untouched land in northeast Alaska that is home to polar bears, caribou and other wildlife.

“President-elect Biden has made it clear that protecting the Arctic refuge from drilling is important to him,” said Brook Brisson, a senior staff

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NYC-area nuclear plant sale for decommissioning is approved

BUCHANAN, N.Y. — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s staff have approved the sale of the Indian Point nuclear power plant north of New York City to a New Jersey company for dismantling, despite petitions from state and local officials to hold public hearings before taking action.

The five-member NRC said Monday that it expects to issue an order next Monday allowing the plant’s owner, Entergy Corp., to transfer its license to Holtec Decommissioning International, which plans to demolish the plant by the end of 2033 at a projected cost of $2.3 billion.

The staff also approved Holtec’s request to use part of a $2.1 billion trust fund set aside for decommissioning to manage spent nuclear fuel stored in dozens of steel-and-concrete canisters that will remain on the site. New York Attorney General Letitia James has called the Holtec deal “very risky,” questioning Holtec’s financing and experience.

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New Legislation Would Crack Down on More Nursing Homes



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A greater number of long-term care facilities that have a history of safety problems and other resident care issues would be closely scrutinized and required to correct deficiencies, under a bill introduced Tuesday by Pennsylvania Sens. Bob Casey, a Democrat, and Pat Toomey, a Republican.

The measure would expand the national Special Focus Facility (SFF) program, which identifies nursing homes in every state that have consistently failed to meet federal safety and care requirements. These nursing homes are typically inspected every six months and, if the deficiencies are not corrected, the facilities are subject to enforcement that may include financial penalties and could potentially be ejected from the Medicare and/or Medicaid programs. Medicaid covers about 60 percent of nursing home residents, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Even though 446 facilities across the nation have been identified as eligible for the closer oversight of nursing homes through

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Merger Is A Good Deal For HD Supply, Not Bad For Home Depot (NASDAQ:HDS)

Reunited After 13 Years

Home Depot (HD) announced that it is acquiring its former subsidiary, HD Supply Holdings (HDS) for $56 per share, a 25% premium to where it closed prior to the announcement. That represents a market cap of about $9.1 billion or an enterprise value between $8 and $9 billion when you subtract net cash. Home Depot sold HD Supply to private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier and Rice for $8.3 billion in 2007. Despite the similar pricing, HD Supply is a different company now than it was 13 years ago.

For that matter, Home Depot was a different company 13 years ago. Despite the tailwinds of the early-2000’s housing boom, the company struggled to find direction under CEO Bob Nardelli. Nardelli left in January 2007, but not before a buying spree that dramatically grew Home Depot’s MRO (Maintenance, Repair, and Operations) distribution segment, HD Supply. For example, note

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HUD Secretary Ben Carson tests positive for COVID-19

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was supposed to be a scene of celebration.

Instead, the Trump campaign’s election night watch party in the White House East Room — with few masks and no social distancing — is being eyed as a potential coronavirus super-spreading event and yet another symbol of President Donald Trump’s cavalier attitude toward a virus that is ripping across the nation and infecting more than 100,000 people a day.

Ben Carson, the Secretary for Housing and Urban Development, is the latest attendee to test positive, a department spokesman confirmed. The event has been under scrutiny since another attendee, the president’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, contracted the virus, which has now killed more than 237,000 people in the U.S. alone.

Carson’s deputy chief of staff Coalter Baker said the secretary “is in good spirits” and “feels fortunate to have access to effective therapeutics which aid and markedly speed

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