Elkhorn woman looks for answers after unlicensed contractor doesn’t finish job

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – After cleanup for a broken water pipe an Elkhorn senior citizen is left high and dry by a remodeling contractor.

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She remembers popular words from the 1960′s but 79-year-old Sharon French doesn’t like that her new basement walls are groovy.

She paid $4,700 or three fourths down for walls and flooring, but contractor James Blann left much of the project unfinished.

“It isn’t easy for a 79-year-old lady to go chasing up and down the steps to go to the bathroom when there’s a bathroom down here and it’s not usable because he took off the damn foundation,” said French.

But no permit has been pulled and the city says James Blann is not a licensed contractor.

Sharon says it has been a month since the contractor promised to come back and smooth out the drywall and paint.

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Winter Rains In Beirut Finish Off Blast-ravaged Homes

Norma Mnassakh was leaving her apartment in the Lebanese capital when a cloud of dust suddenly billowed from the Ottoman-era building next door.

The abandoned home with its popular ground-floor ice cream shop had been severely damaged in the colossal August 4 explosion at the nearby Beirut port.

Now, heavy rainfall has just about finished off the job.

“I was born and raised here. This neighbourhood is home. I know every single piece of it,” the woman in her fifties told AFP, only hours after the building partially caved in.

The blast severely affected the working-class Karantina district adjacent to the port The blast severely affected the working-class Karantina district adjacent to the port Photo: AFP / JOSEPH EID

“But I’m losing all the sights that I grew up with,” she added, as chunks of rubble lay strewn on the sidewalk.

Rmeil 24, in Beirut’s Ashrafieh district, is among a handful of structures damaged in the blast that collapsed this week with

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Palm Beach lot sells for $6.6 million; buyer will finish 2 townhouses

Buyer of 220 Brazilian Ave. plans to complete two luxury townhomes already planned for the property.

Darrell Hofheinz
| Palm Beach Daily News

A Midtown lot where a luxury townhouse duplex is in the initial phase of construction has sold for a recorded $6.6 million. And the new owner plans to complete the townhomes, according to those involved with the transaction at 220 Braziilian Ave.

The lot measures about four-tenths of an acre and is the second property west of South County Road.

Palm Beacher Richard J. Kurtz controls the limited liability company that bought the property, according to the deed recorded Monday and state business records.

The property was sold by a limited partnership associated in property records with the Palm Beach developer and real estate agent Christopher Deitz and the Pantalone real estate family of Canada.

Property records link the seller to National Homes, a homebuilder headed by

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