Michigan lawmakers approve extension of unemployment benefits, new nursing home rules

LANSING — Michigan lawmakers worked until the wee hours Wednesday morning, waiting as legislative leaders and the administration of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer debated behind closed doors on how best to help millions of workers and small businesses struggling because of  the financial strain brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Leaders from the House and Senate met off and on for more than 16 hours on Tuesday and Wednesday with representatives from Whitmer’s administration to discuss the measures. After midnight early on Wednesday, lawmakers formalized agreements to extend unemployment benefits, outline new safety measures for nursing homes and create new legal protections for health care providers and other businesses.



a group of people sitting at a table: Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, as they talk to reporters Thursday, January 30, 2020 about Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's State of the State speech.


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Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, as they talk to reporters Thursday, January 30, 2020 about Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s

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Shure’s SRH1540 headphones can upgrade your home setup with quality sound and all-day comfort

We’re going checking out a range of different headphones on TC this week and next as part of our ‘Headphone Week’ series, and today I’m checking out the Shure SRH1540 ($499). These aren’t new – they’ve been a stand-by among audiophiles in their price range for years now. But there’s a great reason for that: They offer fantastic sound quality and value, as well as amazing comfort and wearability.

The basics

The SRH1540 from Shure are closed-back headphones that provide premium sound suitable either just for people who really like high-quality audio, or for those who actually have to work with audio on a regular basis, including sound engineers and podcast producers. They manage to produce a soundstage that’s very comparable to what you get out of open-back headphones, albeit with less noise leakage (great for shared work-from-home offices).

In the box, Shure includes not one but two cables, as

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Trash bags of mail found outside Pennsylvania postal worker’s home

Trash bags full of undelivered mall were discovered at the curb outside the home of a postal employee in Pennsylvania.

Special agents with the U.S. Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General responded to a report about undelivered mail on Sunday and discovered trash bags full of undelivered mail placed near the street for pickup outside the employee’s home in Baldwin, a small suburb of Pittsburgh, according to CNN.

The agency said in a statement that the employee works at the post office in the small town of Mount Oliver. Their name was not released, but the worker is currently on a nonduty and nonpay status.

“USPS OIG Special Agents recovered several different classes of mail, including business mail, flats, and small amount of first class mail,” Special Agent Scott Balfour told CNN in a statement. “We expect to perform a piece count of the mail today, and make arrangements to

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Good Cakes and Bakes set to reopen after remodel and kitchen expansion

More cinnamon rolls. New breakfast sandwiches. Warm chocolate chip cookies. 



a person posing for the camera: April Anderson is the co-owner of Good Cakes and Bakes on Livernois Avenue on the Avenue of Fashion in Detroit and is reopening Oct. 17th, after an interior remodel to increase kitchen and baking area for future cooking classes. The cafe area has also been remodeled and designed for social distancing.


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April Anderson is the co-owner of Good Cakes and Bakes on Livernois Avenue on the Avenue of Fashion in Detroit and is reopening Oct. 17th, after an interior remodel to increase kitchen and baking area for future cooking classes. The cafe area has also been remodeled and designed for social distancing.

Plans are for all that and much more at the Good Cakes and Bakes in Detroit which reopens at 11 a.m. Saturday. 

The bakery specializes in organic, vegan and homemade confections from cakes to cupcakes to cookies and more. It’s owned by April Anderson and her wife and business partner, Michelle, and has undergone a complete remodel.

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Johnstown contractor charged with home improvement fraud | News

A Johnstown man was arraigned on Tuesday, accused of accepting $31,400 from a Jackson Township couple in June 2018 for home improvement work that was never performed, authorities said.

Colin O’Donnell, 35, doing business as O’Donnell Contracting, LLC, was charged with violating the home improvement protection act, home improvement fraud and theft by deception.

According to a criminal complaint filed by Jackson Township police, O’Donnell contracted with the Moshannon Drive couple to build an addition with work to begin in August 2018.

O’Donnell cashed the check in June, but no work was started, the complaint said.

O’Donnell told the couple that delays were the result of scheduling issues with the engineer and designer, permit delays and inclement weather, the complaint said.

Police said they determined that no building materials were purchased and no permits were obtained through the township.

“An experienced contractor would know how to apply for a permit

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Demonic Creatures Fall in Love in Oneohtrix Point Never’s ‘Long Road Home’ Video

Oneohtrix Point Never, a.k.a. Daniel Lopatin, has released a fantastical new video for “Long Road Home.” The single appears on his upcoming album Magic Oneohtrix Point Never, out October 30th via Warp.

Co-directed by Charlie Fox and Emily Schubert, the clip features a courtship between two demonic creatures who become one in the end — an homage to Georges Schwizgebel‘s 1982 short Le Ravissement de Frank N. Stein. “I don’t know why I don’t wanna transform,” Lopatin sings, backed by Caroline Polachek. “Taking the long road home.”

“It’s a romantic fable about love and transformation, which grew out of a lot of wild philosophical conversations with Dan over the summer,” Fox and Schubert said in a statement. “We wanted to take these supposedly grotesque or demonic creatures and turn them into the weirdly adorable and heartbreaking protagonists of this courtship ritual. For a song that seems to be

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Renovation of Ton Duc Thang Museum begins in HCM City

The renovation of the Ton Duc Thang Museum began in HCM City on Monday.

The museum, located on 6,021sq.m, will include a modern exhibition building of 2,000sq.m with a basement and four storeys.  

Ton Duc Thang Museum attracted nearly 2 million visitors last year. Its rebuilding began in HCM City on October 12. The museum, located on an area of 6,021sq.m, will include five display areas that will feature images, documents and objects about the Communist Party of Vietnam, its establishment, role, leadership and developments. (Photo courtesy of the museum)

The building will have five display areas which will feature photos, documents and objects about the Communist Party of Vietnam and its establishment, role, leadership and development in different periods. 

The investment, VND275.7 billion (US$11million), came from the city’s budget.

According to the museum’s director Pham Thanh Nam, the museum’s artefacts and documents have been transferred for storage at the

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Better Buy: Costco vs. Lowe’s

It’s a tough matchup. Costco (NASDAQ:COST) is the king of the warehouse shopping world, edging out Walmart‘s (NYSE:WMT) membership-based venue Sam’s Club. Home-improvement name Lowe’s (NYSE:LOW) may not be as big as rival Home Depot (NYSE:HD), but CEO Marvin Ellison — a former Home Depot executive — is turning up the heat on the company’s competition. Both are perfectly fine holdings for most long-term investors.

If there’s only room for one in your portfolio, there are a couple reasons that Lowe’s is the better buy right now. Let me explain.

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Why not Costco?

Don’t misread the message. Costco doesn’t face an existential crisis. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, the retailer was riding high on several years of unfettered growth. The last time it struggled in a big way was during 2008’s fallout of the subprime mortgage meltdown, and even then, it fared

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Baileys’ Restaurants to debut new ghost kitchen concept this Thursday

‘Tis the season for ghosts…and ghost kitchens.

In simple terms, a ghost kitchen is a restaurant without seats, a narrow-focus pivot created to cater to the burgeoning food pickup and delivery business. Ghost kitchens tend to focus on a single, popular item. Recently, KC-style ribs, sandwiches, and other chicken wing riffs have launched out of kitchens in St. Louis, and a smashburger ghost kitchen is on the horizon.

Last month, Dave and Kara Bailey, owners of Baileys’ Restaurants, introduced Wing Ding Dong, a chicken-wing based ghost kitchen concept operating out of Baileys’ Range.

This Thursday, they plan to roll out a new concept: Playing Ketchup, which will feature all-beef “ripper” hot dogs and brats—specifically the Grant’s Farm brat from G&W Meat, prepared in Zwickel, onion, and seasoning. 

The name was a snap for the Baileys. “Double entendres are the name of the game in ghost kitchens, apparently,” says Dave, adding

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