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Looking for Escapist TV? Try Home Design Shows

A few minutes into an episode of “Dream Home Makeover,” a home improvement series premiering on Netflix on Oct. 16, an anxious homeowner frets about a minor flaw in the family-room fireplace, an asymmetry that the wife describes as “pretty dramatic.”

If you’ve watched enough home improvement television, you know this scene is meant to cue the eye rolls. But Shea McGee, the show’s perky co-star and the creative force behind the Salt Lake City design firm Studio McGee, cheerfully downplays the issue, promising the couple that the half-inch error will fade into the background once their grand 7,900-square-foot home is complete.

Her down-to-earth approach soothes her clients’ nerves, but also threads a needle for Netflix, which has decided that the salve homebound Americans need right now is an escapist lineup of shows about how to make the homes we can’t escape look prettier. In recent months, the network has

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No. 17 LSU Football Shows Major Improvements on Both Sides of the Ball in Week Two Win

The Tigers found their groove on defense and offense against the Commodores. The game proved that both sides of the football are steadily improving.

After a disappointing opening game, No. 17 LSU (1-1) really played well against Vanderbilt. Better effort, more energy, and definitely a higher level of focus showed for both the offense and defense. The Tigers were led by one of their best players.

Derek Stingley, Secondary, Lead the Way

Anytime you hold an opponent’s quarterback to 11 for 25 passing and 113 yards, the secondary did its job. More importantly, it’s how and when the LSU secondary did it’s job.

With Stingley not giving up a single reception, it allowed the other Tigers to concentrate on just their job. Vanderbilt did challenge Stingley, as the preseason All-American broke up a pass in the end zone and was stuck to his man like glue for most of the

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NHL 21 Shows Off Improvements Made To Be A Pro Mode

EA Sports released new info and a trailer today showing off improvements made to the Be A Pro mode in NHL 21. Previously the mode had you go through what felt like the typical rise to stardom for a player in the game’s version of the NHL. This time around there’s a few changes to the experience that should make for a richer story. First and foremost, you’ll be thrown into a race for the Calder Cup, the main trophy for the AHL, which comes with an updated progression system and an array of salary perks. On top of that, you’ll be able to choose from 15 different player archetypes including forward, defenseman, and goalie. So rather than be cast into a very specific type of player, you can force your own destiny and career with a unique look, skating style, play style, and more.

What path will your career take in NHL 21? Courtesy of EA Sports.
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Home price growth accelerated in July as buyers competed for listings, Case-Shiller index shows

The numbers: Home-price appreciation maintained a fast pace in July as buyers flooded the market only to find few homes for sale, according to a major price barometer released Tuesday.

The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city price index posted a 3.9% year-over-year gain in July, up from 3.5% the previous month. On a monthly basis, the index increased 0.6% between June and July.

What happened: The separate national index released with the report noted a 4.8% increase in home prices across the U.S. over the past year.

Phoenix once again lead all other markets nationwide with a 9.2% annual price gain in July, followed by Seattle with a 7% increase and Charlotte, N.C., with 6% growth.

“Prices were particularly strong in the Southeast and West regions, and comparatively weak in the Midwest and Northeast,” Craig Lazzara, managing director and global head of index investment strategy at S&P Dow Jones Indices, wrote

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Cyberpunk 2077 Maelstrom Scene Side-by-Side Shows Massive Visual Improvements

A user on Reddit put together a video comparing Cyberpunk’s TGS gameplay with the same scene from 2018, and the improvements are impressive

Cyberpunk 2077 has had some major graphical work done, according to a side-by-side comparison of two of the game’s demo scenes.

We first got a look at protagonist V’s interaction with the Maelstrom gang, one of the many groups of criminals roaming Night City, back in 2018, and it was impressive. Fast forward two years to 2020 though, and that gameplay demo admittedly looks a bit aged, especially when it’s played right next to footage of the same scene from this year’s Tokyo Game Show.

Side by side comparison to the New Japanese footage and the 2018 demo from r/cyberpunkgame

Put together by Reddit user u/rustyspear11, there’s clearly a lot that’s changed about this scene, visually and gameplay-wise. From the first

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Stacey Solomon shows how to give homes a budget Autumn makeover with cheap wreaths, DIY garlands and a clever sock hack

AUTUMN is well and truly here so it’s time to swap out your bright and bold colourful decor for some moody orange and brown hues instead.

Stacey Solomon has been leading the way with cheap DIY autumnal decorations which she’s been making using budget bits – and it’s just the vibe we’re after.

Stacey Solomon, 30, has been embracing autumn and giving her home a seasonal makeover

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Stacey Solomon, 30, has been embracing autumn and giving her home a seasonal makeoverCredit: Instagram

Whether you’re going full blown Halloween, or want to incorporate a subtle seasonal makeover, chances are you can do it yourself for cheap with a few of Stacey’s handy hacks.

From cheap hand-made wreaths to a fun solution to odd socks, Stacey’s ideas are endless – and even her pal Mrs Hinch is in on it too, making handy decorative garlands.

DIY wreath

The 30-year-old mum-of-three recently showed her 3.7 million Instagram followers how to whip up a seasonal wreath

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New Palestinian curriculum shows no improvements, antisemitism remains

The Palestinian Authority’s newly released educational curriculum shows no substantive changes for the better, despite assurances earlier this year that egregious examples of antisemitism and hate education would be eliminated. An analysis by the new curriculum by IMPACT-se, a research and policy institute that analyzes schoolbooks and curricula through UNESCO-derived standards on peace and tolerance, has found that educational textbooks for use in Palestinian schools throughout the West Bank remain openly antisemitic, encourage violence, and promote jihad and martyrdom. Some 82% of the books remain unchanged from last year, while 152 modifications were found within the remaining 40 books, according to IMPACT-se’s analysis. However, 88% of those adjustments either keep the problematic material intact or amplify it. In one such modification, a reading comprehension exercise on Dalal Mughrabi, a terrorist who led the Coastal Road Massacre killing 38 Israelis, was replaced by text on Khalil al Sakakini, a notorious antisemite
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Brett Favre shows up to Tom Brady’s home opener just days after defending QB against coach’s criticism

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn’t allow any fans to attend their home opener on Sunday, but they did let Brett Favre enter the building. For some reason, the Hall of Fame quarterback decided to head to Tampa for Tom Brady’s first home game as a member of the Buccaneers. 

The fact that Favre decided to attend this game is kind of interesting and that’s because he made some interesting comments about the Buccaneers this week after they lost their season opener to the Saints. During an interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio, not only did Favre defend Brady, but he also made sure to point out that Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians should NOT have been publicly criticizing his star quarterback after the 34-23 loss in New Orleans. 

“I think the last person you want to call out after the first game of the year is Tom Brady,” Favre

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NHL 21 Shows Off Its New Gameplay Improvements

EA Sports has posted an in-depth gameplay video for NHL 21 that covers a number of the key features and improvements coming to this year’s professional ice hockey game.

Starting with offensive gameplay, EA says the game is inspired by some of the NHL’s flashiest players including cover star Alex Ovechkin, Nikita Kucherov, and Connor McDavid. To that end, a number of new skill moves have been added, including “The Michigan,” the “no move” deke, the behind-the-net bank, and a between-the-legs one-timer. There are also new slip and chip dekes that players can use to get around defenders.

In particular, The Michigan move was performed for NHL 21 by stick-handling specialist Pavel Barber, as you can see in his own post on social media.

In the neutral zone, NHL 21 has introduced improved AI so your team moves like a unit instead of multiple players operating independently. AI overall should

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Reopening ceremony shows off improvements at Naperville’s Knoch Park

New athletic fields, walking paths and other amenities have been completed at Naperville’s Knoch Park, culminating a roughly two-year partnership between the park district and Naperville Unit District 203.

Park board President Mike Reilly said during a grand reopening ceremony Thursday for Knoch Park that “we had the need to expand pickleball to four courts because it is one of the fastest growing sports in the Naperville Park District, which I never ever heard of three or four years ago.”

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

In addition, Reilly said, “District 203 had the need for the girls softball field and the Naperville Park District had the need for the synthetic field for the residents.”

The upgrades were designed to address an increased need for athletic fields in the area, as well as to expand the park’s use by school athletes, park district participants and community members, officials said. The new features were shown off during

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