With No Power, Louisiana Residents Return Home to Assess Hurricane Delta Damage | Top News

LAKE CHARLES, La. (Reuters) – Louisianans continued storm cleanup on Sunday after Hurricane Delta rolled through the region on Friday, as more returned to survey damage to their homes, having waited out the storm elsewhere.

Delta made landfall near the town of Creole in Cameron Parish early Friday evening as a Category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, packing sustained winds of 100 miles per hour (160 km per hour).

By Sunday the storm had weakened to a post-tropical cyclone, but continued to be a heavy rainfall threat, the National Hurricane Center said.

The storm knocked out power for more than half a million customers and compounded damage from the more powerful Hurricane Laura, which devastated the region in August.

Though Sam Jones, 77, waited out the storm in his Lake Charles home, he was leaving on Sunday to stay with his son in Fort Worth, Texas, because his electricity

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Home remodels are booming in Santa Fe | Local News

The perfect storm of home renovations is upon us.

So many people are spending so much time at home these days that a dwelling’s imperfections become that much more apparent.

Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and a home sales boom in which buyers are willing to invest in long-term changes once they get the keys, Santa Fe remodeling companies are booked solid with orders.

“It’s in hyperdrive right now,” said Steve Pompei, owner of Pompei’s Home Remodeling in Santa Fe. “I am stacking jobs into next summer. My lead time is usually two to three months.”

Remodeling in Santa Fe boomed during the last recession a dozen years ago, an outgrowth of what then was a home-sales bust. Many of those builders-turned-remodelers remain in the game and say they find themselves with plenty of work in the COVID age.

“The only thing that has happened in COVID is

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French Hostage Freed in Mali Arrives Home in France | World News

By BABA AHMED and ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press

PARIS (AP) — A 75-year-old French aid worker held hostage for four years by Islamic extremists in Mali was reunited Friday with her grandchildren in France, as relatives also welcomed home two Italians and a Malian politician freed with her this week.

They were released earlier this week, days after the Malian government freed nearly 200 Islamic militants in an apparent prisoner exchange.

But later Friday the Swiss government said a Swiss national held captive by the same extremist group had been killed. The foreign ministry didn’t name the woman, It said it had received the information from French authorities, who were notified by “the recently released French hostage.”

Earlier Friday, 75-year-old French aid worker Sophie Petronin descended from a plane at the Villacoublay military airport southwest of Paris, where she was greeted by French President Emmanuel Macron.

Wearing a white veil

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Inmates cook up a storm in Changi catering kitchen as part of training, rehab programme, Courts & Crime News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – When father-of-two Faruk was sentenced to seven years and 10 months’ jail in 2017 for drug-related offences, he did not expect to find a passion for decorating cakes or learning how to fold pastries while behind bars.

The 38-year-old, who declined to give his full name, spends six days a week in a kitchen as part of his work programme during his incarceration in the Changi Prison Complex.

While his family has yet to try his creations, the former mechanic hopes to make his sons, aged 12 and 13, their favourite strawberry cheesecake, when he is released.

“My family was surprised that I could bake cakes. I could see from their faces that they are happy I’m learning because I have never done this kind of thing before,” said Faruk in a phone interview on Wednesday (Oct 7). “(In the kitchen,) I learnt how to be patient, relax,

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Smoking From Home: Imperial Brands Sees Revenue Lift From Pandemic | Top News

LONDON (Reuters) – Demand for cigarettes has picked up in the COVID-19 pandemic, helped by a rise in home working that has given smokers more opportunities to light up, Imperial Brands said on Thursday.

The maker of Gauloises and West cigarettes nudged up its full-year revenue forecast.

A spokesman for the British firm said consumers appeared to be spending more on tobacco as they saved money in other areas, such as travel and holidays, while working from home meant many of them were not restricted by when they could smoke.

The news came as Ladbrokes and bwin owner GVC Holdings raised its annual earnings outlook, helped by a surge in online gaming, in another sign consumers are looking to escape the stresses of the pandemic.

Imperial said it expected full-year net revenue to be broadly flat, with a 1% increase in its tobacco business offsetting a 30% drop in its

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Orleans Parish property transfers, Sept. 7-11, 2020: See a list of home and other sales | Real Estate News

Below is a compilation of properties sold in Orleans Parish from Sept. 7-11. Data is compiled from public records.

New Orleans

District 1

Banks St. 4517: $355,000, Gayle Farrington and Larry Farrington to Amanda Elise Johns.

Baronne St. 339; Baronne St. 341: $1,775,000, Jon Vaccari Fleming and Stephen Fleming to Anvil South LLC.

Baudin St. 3916-18: $495,500, Pasadena Development Co. Inc. to John P. Moreci and Rebecca A. Moreci.

Baudin St. 4620: $575,000, Haley Goshert Sulser and Michael B. Sulser to David B. Akers and Rita Scheck Akers.

Coliseum St. 1765: $259,000, Louisiana Coastal VIII LLC to Joseph W. Lewis IV and Monica Stewart Lewis.

Coliseum St. 1765: $319,000, Louisiana Coastal Viii LLC to Debra M. Hensley and Phyllis M. Guedry.

Constance St. 1339 – 1341: $727,000, Lauren Ashley Owens Libby, Robert S. Libby and Russell P. Libby to Austin Durant Mozee Carr and Erica Grubbs Carr.

Magazine St. 1552-54:

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Local organizations help a veteran in need with home repairs | News

LOGANVILLE, Ga. (CBS46) — CBS46 is always fighting for our vets and getting results, this time we are helping a veteran dealing with a cancer diagnosis, a family death and battling his homeowners association.

“It’s been a little tough this year,” said 71-year-old Vietnam Veteran Charles Myers. 2020 has been extremely difficult for Myers. First he lost his son to pneumonia and then he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.  

“At first it was just a suspicion, so I went to my urologist and she spotted something that looked like it was cancer. So, I had to be diagnosed and when anyone find out they have cancer they’re going to be scared you know,” added Myers.

In the midst of all of that, Myers’ home has deteriorated to the point that his HOA is now forcing him to make repairs.

“The house needs a lot of work, if you notice on

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Boston’s Vandalized Columbus Statue to Get a New Home | Massachusetts News

BOSTON (AP) — Boston’s Christopher Columbus statue that was taken down after its head was knocked off in June won’t be returned to its original location in a waterfront park in the city’s largely Italian North End neighborhood, the city has announced.

The repaired statue will instead be placed at the North End chapter of the Knights of Columbus where it will be publicly displayed, the North End/Waterfront Council and Mayor Marty Walsh announced at a virtual meeting Monday.

Meanwhile, the Boston Arts Commission will create a new statue honoring Italian immigrants that will be placed at the spot where the Columbus statue stood.

“The new statue will highlight the contributions of the North End Italian immigrant community,” Walsh said. “That was the original intent of the statue when it was put up over 40 years ago.”

The white marble Columbus statue that is 6-feet tall and on a 5-foot

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CineMasterpieces – Rare 1930’s Movie Posters Discovered in Walls of Home During Renovation | News

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Oct. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — CineMasterpieces – Hidden for over eighty years! A newly discovered stash of incredibly rare and valuable vintage movie posters from the Golden Age of Hollywood has been unearthed in British Columbia, Canada. A client of CineMasterpieces found them in an old home undergoing renovation.

While workers were tearing down walls and pulling up floorboards, they came across over one hundred different highly collectible posters from the mid-1930s. All of them are insert size 14″ x 36″ and were printed in the USA for use in theaters back when the films were originally released. Untouched for over eighty years they were used as insulation. Some are one of a kind only known surviving specimens and for a few titles there are just a handful of examples known to exist. Some of the premium ones include: The Bride of Frankenstein, Werewolf of London

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