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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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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Safely access your home or office networks from anywhere with IzzBie

The ingenious IzzBie is a game-changer. This simple but effective device allows you to access your home or office networks, without restriction and in complete security, anytime you’re on the road. And now is the perfect time to get it as you can save 73 percent off the regular price of $299 for the equipment as well as a three-year subscription.

The IzzBie works kind of like a VPN, only better. Instead of sending your data through a third party server to its intended location, it lets you use your own protected networks, which is obviously way more secure. In addition to being much safer than other services, it also offers the added advantage of being impervious to VPN blocks. That means you’ll never get locked out of any online content, which is something that no third-party VPN service can boast.

At the end of the day, you want to

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South Florida Fair organizes first home improvement show

From impact windows to home fitness equipment, the South Florida Fair’s Home Improvement & More Show is set to offer a one-stop shopping experience for residents looking to make at-home enhancements.

With over 60 vendors in attendance, the free event is set for Friday, Oct. 23 through Sunday, Oct. 25 at the Expo Center at the South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd., in West Palm Beach. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Representing an array of home improvement areas, the vendors include kitchen, bath, water filtration, patios, doors, landscape, security, remolding, hot tubs, roofing, gazebos, household items, art, jewelry, window treatment, decks, patios, screening, tree services, flooring and automotive.

After experiencing a couple of bumps in the road due to COVID-19, South Florida Fair and Palm Beach County Expositions President and CEO Vicki Chouris and corporate sales

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HomePod mini and HomePod Can’t Be Stereo Paired, But HomePod Home Theater Support Coming Soon for Apple TV 4K

Following the HomePod mini announcement at Tuesday’s Apple event, The Loop‘s Jim Dalrymple has answered a key question many people have been asking: Can you pair a ‌HomePod mini‌ with an original HomePod to make a stereo pair?

“The short answer is no,” explains Dalrymple. “You can’t make a stereo pair of a ‌HomePod‌ and a ‌HomePod mini‌. You can make a stereo pair of two HomePods or two ‌HomePod‌ minis, but you can’t mix and match the two products.”

That’s not to say the two devices can’t be used together at all, however. Dalrymple goes on to explain that if you have a ‌HomePod‌ and ‌HomePod mini‌ in the home, they can be used to play your music in different rooms. Apple’s new Intercom feature will also work on both devices.

Dalrymple says an update is on the way for the original ‌HomePod‌ that will add many features

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HomeAdvisor Expands HomeAdvisor Pay After Surpassing Millions of Dollars Worth of Home Projects

DENVER, Oct. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — HomeAdvisor, a leading digital marketplace and operating business of ANGI Homeservices (NASDAQ: ANGI), has expanded its digital payment tool HomeAdvisor Pay to allow HomeAdvisor’s service pros to reach all homeowner customers nationwide. Service pros can now request and receive payments from any customer including HomeAdvisor customers and customers not from HomeAdvisor. According to HomeAdvisor’s  2019 State of Home Spending Report, 60 percent of consumers still pay for their home service projects via traditional high-contact methods like cash or check. HomeAdvisor Pay is making an easy, economical way for more home service pros to accept credit card payments and make it easier for customers to pay for home services.

“We love HomeAdvisor Pay,” said Seth Rambo, owner of Ascape Landscaping in Scranton, PA. “It’s a seamless way for our customers to pay for their invoices, that is not only user friendly for our

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