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Columbus Day Weekend sales: Prices slashed on home, outdoor and fashion items

Columbus Day, a federal holiday, and Indigenous Peoples Day are Monday, Oct. 12, and retailers once again see this long holiday weekend as a time for sales.

Online home retailer Wayfair is slashing up to 70% off on select items during a clearance event. Bedroom furniture starts at $99, bedding sets at $39.99 and storage solutions at $19.99.

Kitchen and dining furniture and ceiling and wall lights are up to 50% off, living room seating and wall art are up to 60% off and area rugs are up to 70% off.

Save up to 50% on outdoor furniture and up to 55% on TV stands, living room tables and bathroom upgrades.

See more sales on kids furniture, entryway furniture, table and floor lamps, kitchen essentials as well as small electronics and appliances.

If you’re already shopping, here are highlights:

  • Coach Outlet is offering up to 70% off sitewide At Coach,
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Boy, 5, finds dead mum at home after she was ‘broken by lockdown’

Katie Simms, 32, with her son Archie (Picture: GoFundMe)
Katie Simms, 32, with her son Archie (Picture: GoFundMe)

A five-year-old boy discovered his dead mum at home after the coronavirus lockdown had “broken” her.

Archie found his mum Katie Simms, 32, unresponsive in their living room in Kettering on 28 September.

Katie had “shut herself away” after her older brother Barry Gunn killed himself in 2015, according to her sibling David.

Police have confirmed they’re not treating her death as suspicious and are currently preparing a report for the coroner.

Katie’s death is not being treated as suspicious (Picture: GoFundMe)
Katie’s death is not being treated as suspicious (Picture: GoFundMe)

David, 40, told Northants Live: “And I think Covid broke her to be honest.

“She couldn’t get to visit my mum, because she’s got breathing difficulties so couldn’t leave the house to visit.

“My dad was diagnosed with bowel cancer, he’s now got a tumour so can’t travel, so lockdown has basically broke us all.”

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Three Pasifika churches in Horowhenua get renovation funding

The Samoan Methodist church has been granted $500,000 of funding from the Provincial Growth Fund for renovations.

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The Samoan Methodist church has been granted $500,000 of funding from the Provincial Growth Fund for renovations.

Three Pasifika churches will be warmer and better equipped to support the Horowhenua community, thanks to some government funding.

The Free Church of Tonga, Samoan Methodist Church, and the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa received a total of $1.46 million from the Provincial Growth Fund as part of the Fale Lotu Connections Project.

The funding aims to improve facilities for communities around the country and create jobs as part of the Government’s Covid-19 response and recovery plan.

Mayor Bernie Wanden said enhancing the visibility of the churches would bring greater community pride for the district’s growing Pacific population.

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* $500,000 funding for Timaru’s Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga
* Invercargill’s oldest operating church set for an upgrade through the Provincial Growth Fund
* Coronavirus: Auckland churches rally together as

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CT gets $400K grant to study improvements to Metro-North lines

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Early Prime Day Deal: Save $100 on Bose Home Speaker 500 with Alexa

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Amazon has let slip another huge sale in advance of Prime Day, which is running October 13 and October 14 this year after being postponed this summer. If you’re looking for wall-to-wall sound with Alexa functionality built right in, this $100-off deal on the Bose Home Speaker 500 is one of the best Prime Day deals out there.

At the sale price of $299, down from $399, the Bose Home Speaker 500 goes beyond any smart speaker out there. It offers built-in Alexa and Google Assistant functionality and lets you control devices just like a regular smart assistant would. Thanks to the array of eight noise-rejecting microphones lined around the exterior of the speaker, it can pick up your voice even when you’re jamming out to the Hamilton soundtrack at maximum volume — again.

You can play Spotify, Audible, and other services directly through the speaker. Thanks to the unique

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Columbus Day Sales 2020: 13 Tech, Furniture, and Kitchenware Deals To Shop This Weekend

Columbus Day sales, unlike Labor Day sales or even Fourth of July sales, aren’t really a thing. If you consider it for a second—and remind yourself that Christopher Columbus was a monster who didn’t discover anything—you realize Columbus Day shouldn’t really even be a holiday. This year’s “holiday,” which we will now only refer to as Indigenous Peoples Day, is even stranger, thanks to its proximity to a delayed Amazon Prime Day. The mega-retailer will flex its muscle with an onslaught of discounts literally the day after the occasion. Based on our initial scans, it seems like most of the other tech and home goods retailers are holding their sale cards close to the chest, waiting to unleash their best deals until Prime Day begins in earnest. But for now, there’s still some decent price drops available on a range of gear, especially home tech and furniture upgrades. Here’s some

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iOS 14’s biggest changes to the iPhone home screen: What’s changing and how it all works

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Big changes are coming to your iPhone home screen in iOS 14.


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This story is part of Apple Event, our full coverage of the latest news from Apple headquarters.

Your iPhone ($699 at Amazon) home screen has looked and worked pretty much the same way for the last 13 years, but all that’s set to change now that Apple has released iOS 14. After you install iOS 14 or iPadOS 14 on a compatible iPhone or iPad, you’ll have more options and features to personalize your home screen than you’ve ever had with iOS before.

Taking cues from core features Android has had for years, Apple has focused much of the iOS 14 update on making the home screen simpler to organize, with more customization options, smarter suggestions and leaner, faster app experiences. The end result is a mobile operating system that does more to

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Home improvements in the time of Coronavirus

Laurie Nichols 

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The shift to remote work during the coronavirus pandemic has had an effect on the home renovation market. Spending more time in the home has spurred a do-it-yourself (DIY) renovation renaissance and home improvement projects have become popular with the advent of social media platforms such as Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube which offer ideas and inspiration.

Since the onset of the coronavirus, national home-improvement retailers like Lowes and Home Depot have reported record sales. Many homeowners are looking to improve the design and functionality of their homes by either making aesthetic changes or by upgrading and renovating to improve utility and efficiency. Smaller DIY projects ranging from landscaping to upgrading appliances and painting the exterior of the home are popular, but homeowners are also tackling larger scale DIY renovation projects such as kitchens and bathrooms. 

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Your next home insurance rate increase is going to be a whopper

South Florida homeowners are about to get hit with insurance rate increases unlike any other we’ve ever experienced.

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We’re talking as much as 30% to 40% over what you are paying now and price hikes of $1,000 or more for your next year of coverage.

Insurers have been warning for years that these increases would hit us hard. And now they’re here, thanks to years of rising claims abuses, court-clogging litigation, spiraling costs from hurricanes Irma and Michael, and one of the most active seasons in memory for severe and destructive weather.

When Weston resident Ruth Bettini opened her insurance renewal notice in September, “I almost died of shock,” she said. The annual premium to insure her $550,000 house with Orlando-based St. Johns Insurance Co. had increased by 28% — from $4,647 last year to $5,946 for the term beginning Oct. 1. That’s $108.25 more per month.

She

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Artisan home on Lake Independence has French accent

As the owners of Alma Homes, Kirsten Erickson and Ethan Kindseth have designed and built a lot of houses. But their current home on Lake Independence is the first one they’ve built for themselves.

“We’ve remodeled but never built before,” said Erickson, who studied architecture and specializes in design.

Building a house from scratch wasn’t on their radar, in part because they wanted to stay in Independence and the Orono school district. Erickson said she would only move if they could find a place on the lake. Then a 5-acre lakeshore lot “fell into our lap,” she said.

The couple built a modern French country lake home, which will be open to the public during the Parade of Homes Artisan Home Tour, which showcases 22 distinctive homes, both new and remodeled, throughout the Twin Cities.

“It’s very inspired by our travels, especially in Europe,” said Erickson of the home, which

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