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Historic preservation awards salute a wine-filled grain elevator, updated factories and other cool restorations (before, after photos)

People who revitalize historic buildings are being honored by the preservation organization Restore Oregon for the impact their improvements have made on their communities.

Recipients of the coveted 2020 DeMuro Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation demonstrated how restoring and updating architectural and cultural sites can create housing that is affordable, incubate new businesses and combat climate change through re-use, explains Peggy Moretti, Restore Oregon’s executive director.

Each of the 11 teams of architects, engineers, designers, contractors, developers, property owners and community leaders selected for the award are being spotlighted in a video released on restoreoregon.org and @restoreoregon.

A virtual event, the DeMuro Awards @Home, will take place on Oct. 22.

Since the program started in 2013, award-winning teams were celebrated at the Restoration Celebration Gala. The fundraising event will be online this year to due to coronavirus pandemic.

Registration is free with a suggested donation of $35. Supporters

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Amazon’s new hardware gives its smart home devices a digital leg up with a flying camera and more

The Echo line of devices has got a major revamp, making the largely cylindrical design move towards a spherical one



Amazon has kept its annual date of launching new gizmos and it did in plenty, though only a handful would be available in India. Two of the most interesting developments involve a cloud-based gaming service subscription called Luna and the other is a home camera drone while the vertical Echo smart speakers will now sport a spherical shape and its innards have been given a digital boost.

“Our homes have become our offices, our classrooms, movie theatres and more. We believe that our homes are made better by technology—technology that you don’t have to learn and works well for everybody, whenever and wherever you are,” said David Limp, Amazon’s head of devices and services, during a virtual event.

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The truth about the Junk Drawer on Home Improvement

Beyond what Richardson deemed the “stupid stuff that most people didn’t notice,” the drawer that held literally everything was only one of the many details she shared about the funny hijinks of the show’s earlier years. 

“It was always funny and crazy. And when I think of the funny and crazy things I think of the early years,” Richardson recounted. “Pasquin would have the kids on roller skates, skating through the set. We had this idea of Tim walking into the fridge, we had a snake on the set, and the snake crawled out of the wall and through Tim’s shirt. We were all hysterical.”

With so much that Richardson enjoyed about working on the show, the prospect of stepping in front of the camera with her former castmates once again seems like something she’d be up for. Yet, the actress told fans there was nothing like that in the

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Google Chromecast hits Home Depot shelves ahead of official launch, report says

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We’re just two days away from the new Chromecast, but some have been able to buy it already. 


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Two days before Google’s Pixel 5 event, Google’s rumored new Chromecast has been spotted for sale at Home Depot for $50. People on social media as well as tech site The Verge said they were able to purchase the still unannounced streaming device at the home improvement retailer. The receipt listed the new Chromecast as “Sabrina-Abbey Rock Candy,” the hardware’s codename, according to The Verge. 

Read more: Best streaming device of 2020: Roku, Apple TV, Fire Stick, Nvidia Shield and more compared

CNET reached out to Google for comment and we’ll update when we hear back.

The new device apparently isn’t available at all Home Depot locations, so you might not

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Powell to cast recovery as improving, yet highly uncertain, in testimony before lawmakers

Still, with about half of the 22 million payroll jobs lost in March and April still off the books, Powell’s statement suggests the rise in joblessness has been especially severe for low-wage workers, women and people of color.

“A full recovery is likely to come only when people are confident that it is safe to reengage in a broad range of activities,” according to Powell’s written statement. “The path forward will depend on keeping the virus under control, and on policy actions taken at all levels of government.”

Powell is scheduled to testify at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday alongside Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Both will also appear on Thursday before the Senate Banking Committee to give updates on the Cares Act, the federal coronavirus aid bill passed in March.

Powell is likely to get questions from lawmakers on the Fed’s Main Street lending program, which has become the focus of an

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Mike Zimmer, The Fixer, now faces his biggest home improvement project yet

He billed himself as a “Fixer” when he was hired. Mike Zimmer came with that reputation, a football coach skilled at fixing problem areas, especially on defense.

The Fixer has tackled big projects at different times in his seven seasons in Minnesota, some of his own doing, some not. Teddy Bridgewater’s knee injury, a revolving door at quarterback, offensive coordinators coming and going. He’s managed to keep the Vikings relevant as a playoff contender through turbulence.

This project feels different. He has a whopper of a mess on his hands — and once again some of it is his own doing, some of it not. His to-do list is extensive:

Repair the offensive line after years of neglect by the front office.

Shore up the depleted defensive line.

Help Kirk Cousins regroup and find his way after a poor start.

Develop a cast of inexperienced cornerbacks.

Establish more options at

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Burial plot included in Malton council home sale

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image captionMalton Lodge sits on the edge of New Malton Cemetery

A council in North Yorkshire is selling a property adjoining a graveyard – with a burial plot included.

The three-bedroom detached home next to New Malton Cemetery in Malton is being sold by the town’s council to help fund graveyard improvement work.

Its “unusual” offering is an optional extra “should the owner wish to have this included”, according to the estate agents dealing with the sale.

The property, called Malton Lodge, has a guide price of £250,000.

The “characterful” home has “plenty of scope to update”, according to the sellers, with room to extend the property onto land at the rear.

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image captionThe sale will help to fund improvement work to the graveyard’s two chapels of rest, located a short distance
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6 Common Decorating Mistakes And How To Avoid Them, According to Top Interior Designers

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Many of us have been spending our spring and summer revamping our gardens, finally building out our dream home offices, and tackling other renovation projects we may have put off if we hadn’t been spending every moment inside these past months. Warren Shoulberg, a retail journalist and columnist for Business Of Home, says he is expecting the home furnishings industry to see a boost in the coming months as companies like Lowe’s and Home Depot did earlier this year.

Shoulberg explained during his panel at BOH‘s Future of Home virtual conference that when the housing market does well, ultimately the home furnishings business follows, and while home improvement stores feel this first, furnishings and decor companies are sure to follow suit in the next six to nine months. And if you spent even a few minutes at your local Home Depot this spring, you know there’s

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Oshkosh, Omro schools to hold referendum informational sessions

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When voters from Oshkosh and Omro school districts cast their Nov. 3 ballots, they’ll also decide whether to let officials increase property taxes beyond their levy limits.

To educate voters, both districts are holding informational sessions to address any concerns about the referendum questions on the ballot.

Oshkosh is holding sessions at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Carl Traeger Elementary School and Thursday at Webster Stanley Middle School and a virtual session on Oct. 6 via Zoom. Omro’s session will be 6 p.m. Oct. 20 at Omro High School Performing Arts Center.

Attendees in both Omro and Oshkosh will be required to social distance and wear masks.

Oshkosh referendum seeks to build two new schools 

Oshkosh Area School District voters will decide whether to approve two referendum questions, worth a combined $115 million, on the Nov. 3 ballot.

The referendum questions ask voters to renew $7.95 million in operating funds

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Improvement, not praise on Newton’s mind with Raiders next

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – The past few days have gone exactly as Cam Newton expected them to inside the Patriots’ team facility after his first loss as New England’s starting quarterback.

“It wasn’t a lot of smiling going on. Still not a lot of smiling going on,” Newton said Thursday.

Though he insisted there was no subliminal message in him wearing a “happily miserable” T-shirt during his video conference with reporters, it’s clear Newton is quickly embracing a culture in which only winning is worthy of praise for a franchise with six Lombardi Trophies.

“We’re in Week 2. This is the NFL. We’re 1-1. I wouldn’t be overly jolly about our record or where we stand right now. That’s just honest,” he said.

Still, while there were a lot of questions surrounding the Patriots’ prospects this season following the departure of Tom Brady, Newton’s play over the first two games

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