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Line painting planned for next year as part of Oakmont’s pedestrian safety improvements

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An Oakmont pedestrian safety project, inspired by a traffic study and a borough Girl Scout, is planned for next year.

Borough officials earmarked $40,000 in the 2021 budget for line painting for crosswalks along Allegheny River Boulevard and Allegheny Avenue.

It is unclear how much painting could be done with that amount of money.

The decision to improve the crosswalks was done after reviewing a traffic study by Wooster and Associates of Pittsburgh and a report from resident Audrey Myers, a ninth-grader at Riverview High School.

“I think she inspired us to move forward on it, and she has given us a wonderful tool to work with,” Councilwoman Nancy Ride said. “We’re able to use it rather than doing our research with our own staff, and we

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Williams Sonoma Just Teamed Up with Ghetto Gastro and Crux for a Bold New Kitchen Line

This new bold kitchen collection won’t just stand out on your countertops, but will raise awareness about social injustice issues, too: Williams Sonoma just launched its new collection CRUXGG. Created in collaboration with Bronx-based cooking collective, Ghetto Gastro, and kitchen design and manufacturing company, CRUX, the collection features seven sleek simple-to-use appliances like the BRED, a two-pound bread maker, or the TRNR, a double-rotating waffle iron.



a group of people standing in front of a store: All proceed from Williams Sonoma's Ghetto Gastro x Crux kitchen collection will go to Colin Kaepernick's Know Your Rights Camp through October.


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All proceed from Williams Sonoma’s Ghetto Gastro x Crux kitchen collection will go to Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp through October.



a train cake sitting on top of a table: During a pre-launch of the collection, select customers were offered the opportunity to purchase The TRNR rotating waffle maker. It sold out within two days, but has since been restocked.


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During a pre-launch of the collection, select customers were offered the opportunity to purchase The TRNR rotating waffle maker. It sold out within two days, but has since been restocked.

But what makes this collection so unique and powerful is the work Ghetto Gastro does behind the scenes. The collective started as a group formed to showcase the

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Loan vs. Line of Credit: What’s the Difference?

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Loan Growth to Aid Bank OZK’s (OZK) Top Line Amid Low Rates

Bank OZK OZK remains well-poised for top-line growth, supported by steadily improving loans along with its strategic growth initiatives. Moreover, given a solid balance sheet position, the company will likely continue to enhance shareholder value through efficient capital deployment activities.

However, pressure on margins remains a major near-term concern for Bank OZK. Continuously increasing operating expenses and the company’s exposure toward risky loans are other major headwinds.

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current-year earnings has been unchanged over the past 30 days. As a result, the company currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Over the past six months, shares of Bank OZK have gained 12.7% compared with a rise of 3.1% of the industry it belongs to.

Looking at fundamentals, though the company’s revenues declined in 2019 and the first half of 2020, the same witnessed a CAGR of 22.8% over the last six years (2014-2019), mainly driven

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Can You Still Deduct Your Home Equity Line Of Credit?

If you have a home equity line of credit (HELOC), you may be wondering if you are entitled to a valuable tax deduction for the interest you pay on loan. The rules for the mortgage interest deduction changed, for the worse, under the Trump Tax Plan. Some homeowners who may have been able to deduct their mortgages or HELOCs in the past may no longer be able to capitalize on a deduction for their mortgage interest.

What You Need To Know About HELOC and Taxes

The question of whether or not your home equity line of credit was tax-deductible was confusing enough in the past, but the Trump Tax Plan adds more uncertainty to this popular way to access your home

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