Pioneer Valley Project organizes protest for police reform outside the Springfield mayor and police commissioner’s homes

Outside the residences of Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood, a usually quiet Saturday was punctured by the sound of car horns protesting the lack of reforms resulting from a scathing U.S. Department of Justice report.

Just after 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, 48 cars set off from the parking lot of the South Congregational Church in Springfield. Their destination was the homes of Sarno in Springfield and Clapprood in Wilbraham to protest the “vague statements and few specifics regarding [police] department reforms” since the Department of Justice report was published on July 8.

The 28-page report presented a withering picture of Springfield’s Narcotics Unit, highlighting instances of falsified reports, lax oversight and alleged beat-downs of arrestees with a particular focus on punches to the head and neck.

“It’s true that today’s caravan could be considered a disruption to our mayor and police commissioner on their Saturday

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Wrong milky way… Belagavi artist gets ‘not for sale’ packets- The New Indian Express

Express News Service

BELAGAVI: When noted artist Shirish Deshpande opened a box containing toned milk packets recently, he was surprised to see ‘a not for sale’ label on them. The milk packets were meant to be distributed free of cost to Anganwadis by the Andhra Pradesh government under the YSR Sampoorna Poshana Scheme. He wondered how this ‘milky way’ happened.

 Deshpande purchases a box comprising 20 toned milk packets of Nandini Trupti (having a shelf life of six months) brand once in a week from a milk distributing agent. Each milk packet is 500 ml. But on October 28, he received the box of milk packets, which had a different brand name ‘Vijaya Vajra’. The box was sealed with the brand name Nandini of KMF.

The label on the packet states ‘Not for sale’  

Speaking to The New Sunday Express, Deshpande said he had approached the milk distributing agent who

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Couple close to retirement considers refinance

Ilyce Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin
 |  Tribune Content Agency

Q: We borrowed $355,900 in 2007 for a 30-year fixed mortgage at 6.25% and still owe $230,000. My wife is retired, and I plan on retiring in May 2023. Normally, we wouldn’t even bother with refinancing this close to selling the house; but the rates now are so low that we’re thinking refinancing might make sense. Any thoughts on whether it would be OK to refinance, or just leave it alone this close to retirement and selling the house?

A: We’re having trouble imagining why you’ve kept this loan, when interest rates have been below that level for at least a decade. Even if you had credit issues that prevented you from benefiting from historically low interest rates 13 years ago, it’s hard to imagine you haven’t been able to raise your credit scores enough to qualify for the post-Great

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Florida man still wants Trump presidential library in trailer park

A Florida man says he is ready to turn a trailer park into the location of the Trump presidential library.

James Arena, who suggested last year that Briny Breezes, Fla., become Trump Town USA — and then received death threats — said he still thinks the 46-acre waterfront tract would be the perfect setting for the library and a hotel that could host international summits.

Briny Breezes is made up entirely of a trailer park and sits between the Atlantic Ocean and Intercoastal Waterway just north of Delray Beach and in what is now President Trump’s home county of Palm Beach.

“This is the most prestigious piece of real estate available in the United States of America,” said Arena, 38, who was raised in Briny Breezes. “You will never ever, ever find a better piece of property.”

Arena, who is a real estate broker, stressed that he is not officially

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Banks offer to deliver cash to homes of vulnerable

By Toby Walne, Financial Mail on Sunday

21:54 21 Nov 2020, updated 21:54 21 Nov 2020

A number of banks are offering to deliver cash to the homes of vulnerable customers who are unable to go outside because of lockdown. 

Research by The Mail on Sunday shows that customers of both Barclays and Tesco Bank can get £500 sent to their homes via Royal Mail special delivery – at no cost. 

NatWest also offers a cash-to-home service if it believes that a customer is deemed to be ‘vulnerable’ – for example, disabled, elderly or struck down with Covid-19. Lloyds Bank does not offer a home delivery service but it will allow a trusted person to pick up £100 on a customer’s behalf. 

The trusted person must first come in for an interview along with ID such as a driving licence or passport. The bank will call the customer to confirm

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Visiting two of Northern Virginia’s oldest houses

In recent weeks, Answer Man has been exploring old houses in the Washington of today. But what about old houses in yesterday’s Washington? You will remember that when the capital was created in 1800, it included the existing city of Alexandria and the adjacent land known today as Arlington County.

What are the oldest surviving houses in those places?

Well, let us go first to 5620 Third St. South in Arlington. There we find the Ball-Sellers House, named for its first private owner and its last. It was acquired by the Arlington Historical Society in 1975, which just happened to be roughly 200 years after farmer John Ball built it. The vernacular style of the house — wooden logs chinked with plaster and covered in clapboard — allows historians to date its construction to the 1750s.

Ball farmed the area around his house with his five daughters and also ran

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Creating Art at Juniper Village at Forest Hills
Juniper Village at Forest Hills has a new “artist in residence”. Resident Alice M., recently moved into Juniper Village at Forest Hills and was pleased to donate one of her paintings entitled “A Fruit Bowl”, which is now proudly displayed in the dining room of the community.
Alice says she started painting when she was a teenager and took art classes here and there, but that it was always more of a lifelong pastime. She always loved art, but as a young girl growing up in the 1950’s; art was not a profession, it was a hobby.
When Alice’s own children were in school, she continued to paint in her spare time while at home. She tried different styles of painting but mainly worked in oil paintings and airbrushing. Alice said she tried doing portraits, but found that she did not paint

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Problem drinking ‘rife’ in middle-class homes as a result of coronavirus lockdown

Middle-class problem drinkers who have turned to alcohol in lockdown are missing out on help because health services “are not designed for them,” says the president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

In an exclusive article for The Telegraph, Dr Adrian James said alcohol dependence – traditionally characterised as a homeless person “supping cheap cider” on the streets – was “rife in our warm and comfortable houses.”

Figures from Public Health England (PHE) showed that more than a fifth of those in the highest socio-economic group (ABC1s – 20.7 per cent) admitted drinking excessively in April, up from 13.2 per cent in February, while drinkers among those with the lowest socio-economic backgrounds (C2s and DEs) rose from 7.9 per cent to 17.9 per cent.

“It’s seen at the dinner table when that second bottle of wine is uncorked or when another large gin and tonic is poured, all done under

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U.S. Home Prices Kick Off the 4th Quarter with Slightly Slower Gains, Radian Home Price Index Reports


After a very strong third quarter, home prices across the United States continued to climb in October albeit at a slower rate than in September, rising 7.5 percent in the twelve months since November 2019, according to Radian Home Price Index (HPI) data released today by Red Bell Real Estate, LLC, a Radian Group Inc. company (NYSE: RDN). The Radian HPI is the most comprehensive and timely measure of U.S. housing market prices and conditions.

Since the start of the year, the estimated median home price has increased by an absolute, not annualized, rate of 6.7 percent, which was higher than the increase recorded in the same period of 2019. The monthly annualized increase recorded in October, while slower than September, was still the second-best appreciation month in 2020. The Radian HPI is calculated based on the estimated values of more than 70 million unique addresses

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Colorado eyes foreclosure against troubled Pueblo water company | Colorado Springs News

An Arkansas Valley water and land company has left Colorado on the hook for nearly $1.4 million in delinquent loan payments and emergency dam repair bills, and may face a rare foreclosure proceeding by the Colorado Water Conservation Board.

At issue are two state deals, including a loan from the CWCB that has a remaining balance of $622,000 and an unpaid bill involving the Division of Water Resources and the CWCB’s emergency dam repair fund that has a remaining balance of nearly $750,000, according to the state.

Two Rivers Water & Farming Company, which has a history of chronic late payments, this year failed to make any payments on the $622,000 loan and has missed several payments on the emergency dam repair bill, according to the CWCB.

Greg Harrington, Two Rivers’ chief executive officer, did not respond to requests for comment.

In a letter to shareholders late last summer Harrington

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