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Ankeny seeks to bring artwork to its part of High Trestle Trail

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With its spectacular 130-foot-tall bridge over the Des Moines River, the High Trestle Trail draws more than 250,000 annual visitors from Iowa and beyond. Now Ankeny, at the other end of the 25-mile biking and pedestrian trail, wants to make its section just as memorable. 

A proposal submitted to the Ankeny City Council calls for a host of improvements to the already popular byway, which runs 4.1 miles from its eastern trailhead through one of Iowa’s fastest-growing cities.

The plan includes temporary and permanent art installations at points along the trail. Included are 6- to 8-foot-tall sculptures of Iowa prairie animals, pocket parks, colorfully decorated under- and overpasses and a 15-foot-high trestle bridge sculpture under which the trail would pass. 

The elaborate proposal document also envisions new signage that would make it easier for trail users to find their way.

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Best oil sprayers and misters for home chefs

Over- or under-oiling your dishes is the surest way to ruin you food. If you’ve ever accidentally dumped way too much olive oil on your roasted fish, or sprayed your whole kitchen with a sticky store-bought aerosol oil can when trying to make pancakes, you know this to be true. It may be time to invest in an oil mister/sprayer.



a hand holding a bowl of food on a table: Spray it on thick.


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Spray it on thick.

With more control over your oil use, sprayers are not just a decadent tool—they can help you stick to a healthier diet, and make your food taste better. We found some great options for the dedicated home chef, to perfect their cooking, baking and grilling.



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Fan pattern coats food.

This sprayer has a bold, sleek ergonomic design and boasts a fan pattern sprayer which helps propel and coat foods evenly. With 1.35ml of oil per spray,

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Castilleja School wins key vote in contentious expansion proposal | News

Castilleja School received a long-awaited boost Wednesday in its bid to rebuild its campus and expand student enrollment when the Palo Alto Planning and Transportation Commission endorsed the environmental analysis for the contentious project.

In doing so, however, commissioners also indicated that Castilleja still has plenty of work to do to regain the trust of skeptical neighbors and earn the final approval for its phased remodeling plan, which calls for demolishing and replacing most of the campus buildings, shifting its swimming pool to an underground level, building an underground garage and gradually increasing enrollment from 426 to 540 students.

For Castilleja, which has been pursuing the campus renovation for the past four years, the commission’s 4-1 vote, with Commissioner Doria Summa dissenting and Vice Chair Giselle Roohparvar and Commissioner William Riggs absent, represents a small victory in the school’s long and highly controversial approval process. A vocal group of residents

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The best new design, from posters that clean the air to the youngest artist in the Tate collection

Designed for life – festival highlights

London Design Festival was one of the first design events post-lockdown to commit to running on its scheduled September dates. The festival programme reflects the events of 2020. This year there’s a new Virtual Design Destination by Adorno hosting work by European designers unable to travel to the UK. The exhibition theme is The New Reality and all the work has been inspired by, or created in response to, the pandemic.

One LDF landmark project is the Hothouse, a greenhouse created by architects Studio Weave and planted by gardener Tom Massey. The exotic jungle within features tropical plants that will be able to be grow in the UK climate by 2050 if global warming and the climate crisis continues. There will also be a series of talks and seminars in association with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to start a long-term project looking at the

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Devastating Wildfires Send Consumers Flocking to Home Depot, Says Jim Cramer

Jim Cramer is asked about the economic impact of the wildfires that are burning the West coast and how this could hurt a U.S. economy that’s already hurting because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Currently, there are fires burning in California, Oregon, and Washington. Over 500,000 people have been told to evacuate in Oregon. 

Cramer noted that Home Depot has been “a rocket” lately. Here’s what he had to say about Home Depot a couple of days ago in his Real Money column.

“The rails were insane Wednesday. Could it be the note we got from a research firm that Federal Express (FDX) could beat the estimates? Is it that China’s very strong and there’s a lot of intermodal traffic? Again, no particular reason,” Cramer wrote in his Real Money column on Wednesday night. “Or how about Home Depot (HD) , Lowe’s (LOW) , Walmart (WMT) , Costco (COST) , Target

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Tesla Model Y owners’ photos of ‘cobbled together’ cooling system

Owners of the new Tesla Model Y share photos of cooling system ‘cobbled together with home improvement store-grade faux wood’

  • Tesla’s Model Y shipped in March, but many buyers are not happy with the car
  • An owner shared an image of the cooling system patched with faux wood
  • Others shared similar images, with some having plain plastic fittings
  • However, early Model Y cooling systems show clear plastic patches

Tesla’s new Model Y vehicle costs more than $52,000, but it seems the firm ‘made a run to Home Depot’ for some the vehicle’s parts.

Images of the car’s cooling system surfaced online showing the structure is patched by faux wood trim.

The discovery was made by one owner who disassembled the Model Y to fix an issue, but spotted the DIY molding when

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Kids infected at day care spread coronavirus at home

NEW YORK (AP) — Children who caught the coronavirus at day cares and a day camp spread it to their relatives, according to a new report that underscores that kids can bring the germ home and infect others.



FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020 file photo, children play "pin the mask on Gov. Gary Herbert" during a "Trash Your Mask Protest" rally hosted by the Utah Business Revival at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City. The event was held to protest Herbert's order requiring all K-12 schools in Utah to require face coverings to stop the spread of the coronavirus. According to a study by health officials in Utah and at the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionn released on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, children in the state who caught coronavirus at day care programs or day camps spread it to about 25% of the people they encountered later, highlighting the role children can play a role in spreading the virus from child care settings to household contacts. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)


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FILE – In this Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020 file photo, children play “pin the mask on Gov. Gary Herbert” during a “Trash Your Mask Protest” rally hosted by the Utah Business Revival at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City. The event was held to protest Herbert’s order requiring all K-12 schools in Utah to require face coverings to stop the spread of the coronavirus. According to a study by health officials in Utah and at the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionn released on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, children in the state who caught coronavirus at day care programs or day camps spread it to

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Why the Xbox Series S will run games designed for Xbox One in their ‘Xbox One S mode,’ rather than ‘One X mode’

The Xbox Series S is the affordable alternative to the next-gen Xbox Series X, designed to replace the current Xbox One consoles. The Xbox Series S is, over all, a superior system to that of the Xbox One X, but with some drawbacks in terms of RAM and raw GPU power. While games running on the next-gen GameCore OS environment should perform better than they would’ve done on the Xbox One X, games being built first for Xbox One will remain in their “Xbox One S” version on the Xbox Series X, and not take advantage of the 4K resolutions offered by Xbox One X titles.

Gamespew obtained the following statement from Microsoft, clarifying the matter.

“Xbox Series S was designed to be the most affordable next generation console and play next generation games at 1440P at 60fps. To deliver the highest quality backwards compatible experience consistent with the developer’s

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Denver’s newly-built townhomes offer turnkey design and trendy finishes

With more and more people choosing to call Denver Metro home, residential development has been a major player in the real estate market here in the Mile High City. In fact, earlier this year, Builder magazine named Denver as one of the top six markets for new residential construction in 2020. Although the demand for homes has remained high, the pandemic has put a damper on the continual growth of the new construction market. However, existing new development projects have still seen success, specifically in the attached-home sector of the market.

Attached single-family homes offer a “best-of-both-worlds” scenario for consumers who are looking for less upkeep than would typically be required for a detached single-family home but more privacy than a condominium can offer. LIV Sotheby’s International Realty brokers, Liz Richards and Deviree Vallejo, of Denver Urban Properties, have seen townhomes and rowhomes retain their strength in the marketplace despite

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Great stay-at-home date night ideas

Great stay-at-home date night ideas
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Date nights are a great way to reconnect with your partner, but going out on a regular basis can be hard on the budget. If you have kids at home, it might also not be practical to schedule a babysitter at the last minute. The good news is that stay-at-home date night ideas abound. And with a little imagination, you can have just as much fun at home while saving money at the same time. 

1. Make it a Netflix night

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