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Shedding Big Hats and Hoopla, Democrats Find Love Online
Publisher:  NPR
Saturday, 22 August 2020 07:00

From left, on stage, Joe Biden, Jill Biden, Kamala Harris,and Doug Emhoff , wave to supporters connected virtually after Biden spoke Thursday night.

Thanks to swift pacing and high production values, viewers got a compact and highly watchable two hours of political messaging each night. It was, in fact, remarkably slick.

(Image credit: Andrew Harnik/AP)

6 beautiful homes in Michigan, including a castle
Publisher:  The Week
Saturday, 22 August 2020 07:00

Iron Mountain. Set beside Lake Antoine on the Upper Peninsula, this four-bedroom home comes with 515 feet of waterfront access. Crafted of polished hardwoods, brick, and stone throughout, the interior features vaulted ceilings, a split-face-granite fireplace, custom ­cabinetry, and an Italian marble ­mosaic shower in the master suite.

The 3.4-acre wooded property has a pond, firepit, beach bath sauna at the lakefront, and four-car garage with in-law suite. $1,800,000. Barb Shepherd, Harbor ­Sotheby's International ­Realty, (231) 526-9889.

Grand Rapids. This six-bedroom Tudor in Plymouth Heights was built in 1930. An extensive restoration preserved the leaded windows, wainscoting, hand-carved woodwork, inlaid wood and marble floors, and ornate moldings, while adding a chef's kitchen; a Swarovski dining room chandelier; and a granite wet bar and wood-­burning fireplace in the basement.

On the freshly landscaped lot are lawns, trees, a bluestone patio, and a large brick circular front walkway. $1,125,000. Andrew Grashuis, Greenridge Realty, (616) 458-3655.

Ann Arbor. Perched on a hilltop lot in Ann Arbor Hills, this four-bedroom home offers a woodland setting minutes from downtown and the university. The updated 1951 house includes a two-story foyer with floor-to-ceiling windows, primary suite with balcony and spa bathroom, gourmet kitchen, three-season room, mudroom, and wine cellar.

Outside are a wraparound deck, lawn and gardens, and access to nature trails. $1,095,000. Megan Mazurek and Avery Evenson, Reinhart Realtors, (734) 971-6070.

Traverse City. The Wellington Inn, built in 1905 by a lumber baron, stands a few blocks from the beaches of Grand Traverse Bay. The fully restored neoclassical mansion, furnished throughout with period antiques, has nine bedrooms, a dining room, a library, and a ballroom and can serve as residence or inn.

In back is a separate carriage house with a pair of two-bedroom apartments and an event space. $3,100,000. Kellie Sergent, Century 21 Northland, (231) 499-1814.

Jackson. Violinist Max Helmer modeled his 1927 home on a 5th-century German castle he saw while on tour. More than 500 tons of rocks and 300 barrels of cement were used to construct it; a 1942 three-story addition included a great room and master suite.

The five-bedroom home also has a dungeon, a 60-foot tower with lookout, and a lighted basketball court. The landscaped grounds on the 20-acre wooded property feature three patios and multilevel gardens. $529,000. Carey and Ilze Chesney, Keller Williams Ann Arbor, (734) 478-3540.

Rochester. The local architect of this 1972 three-­bedroom home was influenced by Eichler and worked with Minoru Yamasaki. The updated house has a new roof and paint, tiger-wood floors, a 16-foot-high great room, a living room with bar, a master suite with spa bathroom, and a basement potting room with garden windows.

The lot includes a fenced backyard with lawn, garden beds, and deck. $520,000. ­Dianne Gouin, HomePointe Realty LLC, (248) 420-0604.

This article was first published in the latest issue of The Week magazine. If you want to read more like it, you can try six risk-free issues of the magazine here.

The 14 Best Weekend Deals: Earbuds, Robot Vacuums, and More
Publisher:  WIRED
Saturday, 22 August 2020 07:00

In news that’s surprisingly not bad, a lot of Nintendo Switch games are on sale.

A Standing Desk Changed My Life—It Can Save Yours Too
Publisher:  WIRED
Saturday, 22 August 2020 07:00

These motor-powered desks aren’t all hype. They actually do make you feel better—physically and mentally.

The Criterion Channel Presents the Legendary Director Peter Bogdanovich on the Lasting Influence of “Austin Powers in Goldmember�
Publisher:  The New Yorker
Saturday, 22 August 2020 07:00

Dave Schilling writes a humorous imagined essay by Peter Bogdanovich on the importance of the gross-out comedy “Austin Powers in Goldmember.�

Ashley Alexiss Displays Spectacular Curves In Twilight Bikini Shot At The Beach
Publisher:  inquisitr
Saturday, 22 August 2020 06:59

Ashley Alexiss walks the runway during the 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Runway Show During Miami Swim Week.

Ashley Alexiss heated up her Instagram feed with a sizzling new bikini shot on Friday, flaunting her spectacular curves on the beach at twilight. The blond bombshell looked every inch the siren as she posed right on the water’s edge, her soaked locks suggesting she had just emerged from the sea. She was standing on the wet sand with one leg in front of the other, teasing fans as she grasped the sides of her skimpy swimsuit and sneaked her fingers underneath the clingy fabric. The gesture called attention to the swell of her hips and her curvaceous thighs. The frothy water washed over her bare feet, adding to the sultry vibe of the shot.

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Defying gravity
Publisher:  Live Leak
Saturday, 22 August 2020 06:58


Nearly 700 protests planned for Saturday at Post Offices across country as DeJoy slammed for defense of mail sabotage
Publisher:  Raw Story
Saturday, 22 August 2020 06:55

As of Friday afternoon, more than 650 demonstrations were planned as part of “Save the Post Office Saturday,” a national day of action in which people across the U.S. will demand that President Donald Trump and Postmaster General Louis DeJoy end their assault on the U.S. Postal Service. Demonstrations will begin at 11:00 am local time. […]

Ex-Man Utd man O'Kane reveals autism battle after Twitter feud with Neville
Publisher: News - English - America
Saturday, 22 August 2020 06:54

The 45-year-old says Sir Alex Ferguson needed to hit him to get his attention while team-mates referred to him as 'The Spaceman'

Sat Aug 22 '20 Announcement from Prepd Skillet - The Ultimate Pan
Publisher:  Indiegogo: Announcements
Saturday, 22 August 2020 06:49

Hi Everyone,


Production is complete! All skillets have been cast, polished, hand-finished, and meticulously seasoned - ready for a lifetime of use. It has been a difficult few months navigating the challenges of the pandemic, but we are really excited to reach this important milestone and be one step closer to getting the skillets into your hands. We’ve just tested more of the production samples and they are fantastic!



What happens next?


This week we made the freight bookings to send the skillets to the international warehouses. Unfortunately due to COVID freight delays, the earliest ship date we were able to secure is on September 5.


From there, the skillets should arrive in each of the international distribution centers by September 30. As soon as the skillets arrive at the distribution centers, each order will be packed, labeled, and sent to you. At this time we will also share your tracking information and we expect that everyone will have their skillets in hand by mid-October.


Will I need to pay any customs charges?


Because we are using international warehouses we will be paying all import fees plus taxes and duties for all countries so there should be no additional costs or customs charges on your side.


BackerKit reminder


If you haven't yet completed your BackerKit survey you have until Wednesday, August 26th (11:59pm PST) to complete it to secure your place in the first shipping batch.


Anyone who has moved or will be moving, please ensure you have updated your address in BackerKit before August 26th also.


If you have already completed your survey and your address has not changed, you do not need to do anything further.


Note #1: If you backed less than 14 days ago - sit tight! We will be sending you your survey link as soon as 14 days have passed since you made your purchase.


Note #2: USA backers joining between now and the close of the InDemand campaign, your order will be shipped within one week of the first batch of shipments being sent out. We will share a deadline for completing your BackerKit survey soon.


Thank you so much for your support and patience throughout. We are really looking forward to getting your skillets to you and we promise it will be worth the wait.




Will and Chris

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