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    Fall Lawn Care Prep, including Lawn Food and Mulching Leaves - October 16, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    The difference between a so-so stretch of grassand a truly beautiful lawn both now and next spring is two fall feedings. Fertilizing in early fall helps your lawn begin rebuilding grassroots that were damaged during the hot, dry summer. Since fall is also a great time to kill several types of lawn weeds, including clover and dandelion, you can do two jobs at once (boom!) by applying a weed and feed likeScotts Turf Builder WinterGuard Fall Weed & Feed3. If you live in the South and have a St. Augustine, zoysia, or centipedegrass lawn, use Scotts Turf Builder Southern Triple Action instead. It not only kills weeds and nourishes the lawn, but also kills and prevents fire ants. (Because, as the name implies, fire ants are never a good thing.)

    Follow-up with a second fall feeding 6-8 weeks after your first fall fertilization. Scotts Turf Builder WinterGuard Fall Lawn Food gives your fall grass the nutrients it needs to store up energy for a healthy spring push, plus helps to break down mulched-up leaves.

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    Sturgill Simpson’s 20-song bluegrass album is coming this Friday – Tennessean - October 16, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder


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    Get out the lawn chair, because it's time to enjoysome fresh cut 'grass.

    Enigmatic songsmith Sturgill Simpson releases a 20-song collection of bluegrass recordings this Friday, according to a post on the singer's Instagram page.

    Called "Cuttin' Grass Vol. 1: The Butcher Shoppe Sessions," Simpson tracked the album with an ace bluegrass band after the ongoing global health crisis derailed his arena tour with fellow Kentucky songwriter Tyler Childers.

    "Welp," Simpson wrote on Instagram, "was hoping to surprise everybody on Thursday but somebody somewhere (Germany) got all excited and just couldnt hold their horses."

    The collection features 20 Simpson songsin a reimagined bluegrass flavor. Staple Simpson songs such as "Turtles All The Way Down," "Life of Sin" and "Long White White" get the 'grass cuttin' treatment.

    Sturgill Simpson performs for his fans at Bonnaroo on June 13, 2015, in Manchester, Tenn.(Photo: John Partipilo / The Tennessean)

    Simpson enlisted a handful of primetime Nashville players for his studio band. The lineup, per his Instagram, includedMark Howard onbanjo, Scott Vestal onbanjo, Mike Bub onbass, Sierra Hull onvocals mandolin, Tim OBrien on vocals and guitar,Miles Miller onvocals and snare and Stuart Duncan onfiddle.

    David Ferguson produced the album, which Simpson and company recorded at the Butcher Shoppe in Nashville.

    The project follows Simpson's promise to record an album if fans raised money forNashville tornado relief, the Special Forces Foundation, the Equity Alliance and MusiCares' COVID-19 fund.

    During a livestream bluegrass concert at the Ryman Auditorium earlier this year, Simpson confirmed his listeners rallied for nearly $250,000 in a week. Fans raised an additional $150,00 during the livestream event, Simpson said at the time.

    In return, Simpson said he'drelease two bluegrass collections.

    "These are how these songs were originally written and Idecided after climbing the ropes ofcountry music stardom and completely destroyingthat career to make a rock 'n' roll record I have great ambitions of a life ofgravel lots and Porta Potties. I'mgonna be a bluegrass musician," he said during the Ryman livestream in early June.

    He continued, "That's the music in my heart and soul. That's the music I was raised on."

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    Fall cleanups that keep the rivers clean as well – - October 16, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Fall is a time when we spend a lot of time cleaning up our yards, raking up leaves, washing the car, and getting ready for winter. As you do these things, there are lots of ways you can help keep the Cannon River cleaner as well.

    When I think of fall, one of the first things I think about are leaves. The maple trees turn brilliant shades of red, orange, and yellow in my neighborhood. But after the leaves turn color, they also fall into the yard. Since leaves are natural and biodegradable, some folks dont worry if a lot of them go into the street and down the storm drain.

    What many people dont realize is that one definition of pollution is the right stuff in the wrong place. While our rives and lakes contain bacteria and insects that can consume some leaves, if too many leaves wash into rivers and lakes, those leaves decompose into the fertilizer phosphorus that feeds lake algae and can turn our rives and lakes green and stinky.

    So how many leaves is too many? While youre not in charge of what your neighbors do, you can be in charge of what happens on your property. Rake up leaves as soon as possible and either compost them on your property or take them to a local leaf collection or compost site. Visit your citys website for information about local compost sites.

    You may also want to wash your car this fall. But when you do, keep in mind that our storm drains dump directly into local rivers and lakes. So, anything that does down that drain ends up in the rivers where we swim, fish, and canoe. The best car washing solution for clean rivers is to go to a commercial car wash. The soapy wash and rinse water from those businesses goes down wastewater pipes and gets cleaned up at the citys wastewater treatment plant.

    That isnt what happens when you wash your car in the driveway. If you wash your car with soap and water on your driveway or street, that soapy water drains to your storm drain and then right into the Cannon River, the Straight River or into a nearby lake. So, what can you do?

    You can park your car or truck on the lawn and wash it. Grass lawns filter the soap and keep it out of our waterways.

    You can just use plain water to wash your car. That way soapy water doesnt run into our rivers and lakes.

    Of course you can go to a commercial car wash.

    If we each do a little, we can accomplish a lot. Have a good fall!

    Kevin Strauss is the community engagement director for the Cannon River Watershed Partnership.

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    Future of psilocybin therapy will be decided by Oregon voters – OregonLive - October 16, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Oregon voters will decide this fall whether to approve and regulate psilocybin therapy for certain patients, putting the state at the head of a potentially groundbreaking movement.

    The ballot initiative, Measure 109, aims to make Oregon the first state in the country to legalize psilocybin the chemical compound found in magic mushrooms for supervised therapeutic use.

    Unlike the 2014 ballot measure that legalized cannabis, Measure 109 would not allow recreational use of psilocybin and would not allow it be sold to the general public. A separate ballot measure this year, Measure 110, would decriminalize possession of small amounts of street drugs, including psilocybin.

    Recent studies at prominent universities like Johns Hopkins, Imperial College in London and the University of California, Los Angeles, have shown promising results with psilocybin therapy, revealing it to be an effective treatment against depression, PTSD and addiction.

    Tom and Sheri Eckert, the husband and wife chief petitioners behind the measure who both practice therapy in Beaverton, insist that the drugs use must be rooted in science and regulated with the guidance of scientists and health care professionals.

    Federally classified as a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, psilocybin has only recently been re-legalized for research studies, along with MDMA, also known as ecstasy or molly. In the 1950s and 60s, researchers published thousands of articles on the therapeutic use of another psychedelic drug, LSD, which was used successfully to treat alcoholism and other mental health issues.

    Chris Stauffer, a researcher and psychiatry professor who studies psychedelic treatments at Oregon Health and Science University, said psychedelic drugs like psilocybin and MDMA had recently shown overwhelmingly positive results reducing depression and PTSD.

    Patients in Stauffers studies which included combat veterans, long-term AIDS survivors and methamphetamine users were also often more able to confront grief and felt a sense of connectedness to themselves, friends and families that had been lost to years of unresolved trauma, Stauffer said.

    I dont think its just about making people love rainbows and want to hug trees, Stauffer told The Oregonian/OregonLive in September. "It does things to the mind that are powerful.

    But if our motivation changes from wanting to heal to something else, that could be problematic, he said.

    The Oregon Psychiatric Physicians Association, which says it represents more than 38,000 physicians, opposes the measure. It calls the proposal unsafe and accuses it of making misleading promises to those Oregonians who are struggling with mental illness.

    The association, contends that despite the number of promising studies, science does not yet indicate that psilocybin is a safe medical treatment for mental health conditions.

    Michael Pollan, a journalist and professor who wrote a 2018 book on psychedelics and their benefits, How to Change Your Mind, has also expressed concerns.

    As much as the supporters of legal psilocybin hope to follow the political playbook that has rapidly changed the status of cannabis in recent years, Pollan wrote in the New York Times, they need to bear in mind that psilocybin is a very different drug, and it is not for everyone.

    Those potential dangers are why the Eckerts are proposing a regulatory system that aims to take care when choosing who to administer psilocybin to and how to do it in a way that ensures a healing experience, rather than a bad trip, they say.

    The hope for transformative healing has earned Measure 109 support from several veterans' groups as well as some local healthcare workers and therapists. This years voters' pamphlet publishes dozens of arguments in favor of the measure and only one in opposition.

    Proponents of the ballot measure have raised more than $2.1 million, as of Friday, according to the Oregon Secretary of State.

    The biggest donation by far was $1.48 million from New Approach PAC, a political action committee based in Washington, D.C that has primarily supported recreational and medical marijuana initiatives around the country.

    In 2020, New Approach got the vast majority of its money $4.86 million out of nearly $7 million raised through August from Dr. Bronners soap company, which also gave $1 million directly to the Oregon measures backers this spring to help them gather signatures.

    The national PAC also received money from individuals and organizations around the country with ties to the cannabis industry. Among them: California-based venture capital firm Ghost Management Group known for Weedmaps ($250,000), Seattle entrepreneur Brendan Kennedy who until 2018 was the CEO of Leafly ($500,000), and late New York philanthropist Henry van Ameringen ($1 million). The PAC also received $375,000 from The Scotts Company, a multinational lawn and garden corporation that makes Miracle-Gro and Roundup.

    Major individual contributors to Measure 109 include three big out-of-state donors: $25,000 from Austin Hearst, grandson of famed newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst; $10,000 from Chicago investor William Sterling; and $10,000 from Adam Wiggins, a tech entrepreneur who founded a nonprofit research and educational organization dedicated to psychedelics and marijuana.

    Oregon already has some of the highest rates of depression, anxiety and addiction in the country, Sheri Eckert pointed out in a news release over the summer, arguing that the current options for treatment just arent enough.

    We need better mental health treatment options now more than ever, Eckert said, and this initiative has the right supervision and safeguards in place.

    Bryce Dole contributed to this story.

    -- Jamie Hale;; 503-294-4077; @HaleJamesB

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    Conflict with lawn worker led to 9-hour standoff in Superior Twp. – The Detroit News - September 20, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Superior Township Authorities are investigating after agunman shota sheriff's deputy, barricade himself in a condo and was found dead after a nine-hour standoff with police Wednesday.

    The incident began at 2:11 p.m when deputies from Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office responded to investigate a felonious assault complaint in the 8000 block of Lakeview Court in the Oakbrook neighborhood.


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    Michigan State Police's preliminary investigation indicated thatNathan Kurt Hardenburg, 50, who lives in the condominium complex, got into a verbal argument with a lawn maintenance worker. During some point in the argument, the manfired shots at the worker.

    Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the scene and when they arrived, Hardenburg allegedly fired multiple shots at the deputies, striking one of them, state police said.

    The deputy has been released from the hospital after treatment for the gunshot injury.

    Multiplelaw enforcement agencies responded to the scene as Hardenburg continued to shoot from his residence, police said.

    Hardenburg barricaded himself for hours. Police said after they were unable to make contact, law enforcement forced entry into the condo and found Hardenburg dead.

    The cause of death remains under investigation, MSP said. Thenames of involved law enforcement officers are not being released at this time.

    "We dont know how he was deceased, but its a loss of a human life, and that for us is distressing," Sheriff Jerry Clayton said.

    The Detroit News spoke with a lawn maintenance worker who was an eyewitness to the incident. The worker said Hardenburg was staring outside the bedroom window of his condo at the workers as they were cutting the grass. When a worker approached him to see if everything was alright, Hardenburg grabbed his gun.

    Federal, state, county and local law enforcement officers investigate an active shooter scene where a Washtenaw Co. deputy was shot and is in stable condition on Lakeview Ct. in Superior Twp., northwest of Willow Run Airport, Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 16, 2020. According to an eye witness, who wants to remain anonymous, the shooter fired at least 30 rounds at police and at a clubhouse in the area of condominiums.(Photo: Todd McInturf, The Detroit News)

    When police arrived, the eyewitness said the deputy exited his car, was walking towards them when he was struck twice by the gunman. They took cover while another deputy dragged the officer behind the vehicle. The workers did not want to be named but were seen with police at the time of the incident.

    For residents, it was a day that had no parallel in their neighborhood.

    Ive lived here for 30 years and nothing like this has ever happened, said Jennifer Roquemore, who lives in a condo on Lakeview Court near the alleged gunman and couldnt get home Wednesday because the street was blocked off.

    The neighborhood, which featured Movies in the Park on a giant screen at nearby Oakbrook Park on Berkshire in August, is nestled among homes and other condos, where residents go walking or bikingfor exercise.

    Its a beautiful place. We live across a large field with deer and its very calm. I have no idea what could have happened, Roquemore said.

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    Californias Desert Fauna Will Never Recover – The Nation - September 20, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    A Joshua tree is engulfed in flames near Yucca Valley, Calif. (Nick Ut / AP Photo)

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    In Greener Than You Thinka 1947 novel by left-wing science fiction writer Ward Moorea mad woman scientist in Los Angeles, one Josephine Francis, recruits a down-and-out salesman named Albert Weemer, described as having all the instincts of a roach, to help promote her discovery: a compound called Metamorphizer that enhances the growth of grasses and allows them to thrive on barren and rocky soils. She dreams of permanently ending world hunger through a massive expansion of the range of wheat and other grains. Weemer, a scientific ignoramus, thinks only of making a quick buck peddling the stuff door to door as a lawn treatment. Desperately needing cash to continue her research, Francis reluctantly agrees, and Weemer heads out to the yellowed lawns of tired bungalow neighborhoods.Ad Policy

    To his surprise the treatment, which alters grass genes, worksonly too well. In the yard of the Dinkman family, crabgrass is converted into a nightmare Devil Grass, resistant to mowing and weedkillers, that begins to spread across the city. It writhed and twisted in nightmarish uneaseinexorably enveloping everything in its path. A crack in the roadway disappeared under it, a shrub was swallowed up, a patch of wall vanished. It continues to eat pavements and houses and finally consumes the city: a monstrous new nature creeping toward Bethlehem.

    Greener Than You Think is both hilarious and slightly unnerving. But its absurd premises are being turned into current events by climate change: In reality, Devil Grass is actually Bromus, a tribe of invasive and almost ineradicable grasses bearing appropriately unsavory names such as ripgut brome, cheat grass, and false brome. Originating in the Mediterranean and the Middle East, some species have been around California since the Gold Rush, when overgrazing allowed the bromes and European oat grass to aggressively replace native species. But now fire and exurban sprawl have become their metamorphizers as they colonize and degrade ecosystems throughout the state.

    The Eastern Mojave Desert is a grim example. En route from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, 20 minutes away from the state line, theres an exit from I-15 to a two-lane blacktop called Cima Road. Its the unassuming portal to one of North Americas most magical forests: countless miles of old-growth Joshua trees mantling a field of small Pleistocene volcanoes known as Cima Dome. The monarchs of this forest are 45 feet high and hundreds of years old. In mid-August an estimated 1.3 million of these astonishing giant yuccas perished in the lightning-ignited Dome Fire.

    This is not the first time that the Eastern Mojave has burned. A megafire in 2005 scorched a million acres of desert, but it spared the Dome, the heart of the forest. Over the last generation, an invasion of red brome has created a flammable understory to the Joshuas and transformed the Mojave into a fire ecology. (Invasive cheatgrass has played this role in the Great Basin for decades.)

    Desert plants, unlike California oaks and chaparral, are not fire-adapted, so their recovery may be impossible. Debra Hughson, the chief scientist at the Mojave National Preserve, described the fire as an extinction event. The Joshua trees are very flammable. Theyll die, and they wont come back.

    Our burning deserts are regional expressions of a global trend. Mediterranean vegetation has coevolved with fire; indeed, oaks and most chaparral plants require episodic fire to reproduce. But routine extreme fire in Greece, Spain, Australia, and California is now overriding Holocene adaptations and producing irreversible changes in the biota.Current Issue

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    Although Australia is a close contender, it is California that best illustrates the vicious circle in which extreme heat leads to frequent extreme fires that prevent natural regenerationand with the help of tree diseases accelerate the conversion of iconic landscapes into sparse grasslands and treeless mountain slopes. And with the native plants, of course, go the native fauna.

    At the beginning of this century, water planners and fire authorities here were primarily focused on the threat of multiyear droughts caused by intensified La Nia episodes and stubbornly persistent high-pressure domesboth of which could be attributed to anthropogenic warming. Their worst fears were realized in the great drought of the last decade, perhaps the biggest in 500 years, leading to the death of an estimated 150 million bark-beetle-infested treeswhich subsequently provided fuel mass for the firestorms of 2017 and 2018.

    The great die-off of pines and conifers has been accompanied by an exponentially expanding fungal pandemic known as sudden oak death that has killed millions of live oaks and tanoaks in the California and Oregon Coast Ranges. Since the tanoaks, especially, grow in mixed forests with Douglas firs, redwoods, and ponderosa pines, their dead hulks should probably be accounted as million-barrel fuel-oil equivalents in the current firestorms raging in coastal mountains and Sierra foothills.

    In addition to ordinary drought, scientists now talk about a new phenomenon, the hot drought. Even in years with average 20th century rainfall, extreme summer heat, our new normal, is producing massive water deficits through evaporation in reservoirs, streams, and rivers. In the case of Southern Californias lifeline, the lower Colorado River, a staggering 20 percent decrease in the current flow has been predicted within a few decades, independent of whether precipitation declines.

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    But the most devastating impact of Death Valleylike temperatures (it was 121 degrees in the San Fernando Valley a few weeks ago) is the loss of plant and soil moisture. A wet winter and early spring may mesmerize us with extravagant displays of flowering plantsbut they also produce bumper crops of grasses and herblike plants (forbs) that are then baked in our furnace summers to become fire starter when the devil winds return.

    Bromes and other annual exotic grasses are the chief byproducts and facilitators of this new fire regime. Years of research at experimental plots, where the scientists burn different types of vegetation and study their fire behavior, has confirmed their Darwinian edge. They burn at twice the temperature of herbaceous ground cover, vaporizing soil nutrients and thus inhibiting the return of native species. Bromes also thrive on air pollution and are more efficient than most plants in utilizing higher levels of carbon dioxidebig evolutionary advantages in the current struggle between ecosystems. MORE FROM Mike Davis

    A research group at Oregon States College of Forestry that is studying grass invasions in West Coast forests, a hitherto neglected subject, warned earlier this year that once the feedback loop with fire is firmly established, it becomes a perfect storm. Like Weemers Devil Grass, the invaders defy human will. Management actions such as thinning and prescribed fire, often designed to alleviate threats to wildfires, may also exacerbate grass invasion and increase fine fuels, with potential landscape scale consequences that are largely under-recognized. Only a constant sustained effort to remove grass biomasssomething that would require a large army of full-time forest workers and the full cooperation of landownerscould theoretically postpone the weed apocalypse.

    It would also require a moratorium on new construction, as well as post-fire rebuilding in endangered woodlands. A majority of new housing in California over the last 20 years has been built, profitably but insanely, in high-fire-risk areas. Exurbanization, much of it white flight from Californias human diversity, everywhere promotes the botanical counter-revolution. But residents usually dont see the grass for the forest.

    How should we think about what is happening? In the late 1940s the ruins of Berlin became a laboratory where natural scientists studied plant succession in the wake of three years of firebombing. Their expectation was that the original vegetation of the regionoak woodlands and their shrubswould soon reestablish itself. To their horror this was not the case. Instead escaped exotics, some of them rare garden plants, established themselves as the new dominants.

    The botanists continued their studies until the last bomb sites were cleared in the 1980s. The persistence of this dead-zone vegetation and the failure of the plants of the Pomeranian woodlands to reestablish themselves prompted a debate about Nature II. The contention was that the extreme heat of incendiaries and the pulverization of brick structures had created a new soil type that invited colonization by rugged plants such as tree of heaven (Ailanthus) that had evolved on the moraines of Pleistocene ice sheets. An all-out nuclear war, they warned, might reproduce these conditions on a vast scale. (For more about this, see my book Dead Cities.)

    Fire in the Anthropocene has become the physical equivalent of nuclear war. In the aftermath of Victorias Black Saturday fires in early 2009, Australian scientists calculated that their released energy equaled the explosion of 1,500 Hiroshima-sized bombs. Even greater energy has produced the pyrocumulus plumes that for weeks have towered over Northern California. The toxic orange fog that has shrouded the Bay Area for weeks is our regional version of nuclear winter.

    A new, profoundly sinister nature is rapidly emerging from our fire rubble at the expense of landscapes we once considered sacred. Our imaginations can barely encompass the speed or scale of the catastrophe.

    A previous version of this article stated that the Joshua trees lost in the Dome Fire in California are 1,000 years old. That may be the case, but researchers say that hundreds of years would be more accurate.

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    Daily Kickoff: Big day & crowd on the South Lawn + How the satirist Andy Borowitz is prepping for November – Jewish Insider - September 20, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Home Run:Hedge fund manager Steven Cohenclincheda $2.5 billion deal to buy the New York Mets, pending a vote of Major League Baseball owners.

    Buyout:French billionaire Patrick Drahihas offered2.5 billion to take full control of the Altice Europe telecoms company.

    Counter Offer:Disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) isnow the CEOof Brooklyn-based countertop company IceStone.

    Speaking Out:Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, the retired National Security Council aide fired for testifying in the House impeachment hearings,discussedhis views on the current state of U.S.-Russia relations in an interview withThe Atlantics Jeffrey Goldberg.

    Jewish Vote:Anew online pollshows Trump gaining support among Jewish voters over his 2016 showing, receiving a slight boost from the Israel-UAE accord. The Republican Jewish Coalitiontook outa full-page ad in todaysNew York Timespraising Trump as a peacemaker.

    Viral Hate:A number of WhatsApp groups targeting Latino voters in Floridaare spreadingantisemitic statements about Biden and promoting QAnon conpiracy theories.

    Media Watch:The Miami Heraldcut tieswith a Spanish-language weekly ad supplement, LIBRE, after discovering multiple instances of antisemitic and racist commentary.

    Early Departure:U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstadannouncedhe is stepping down from his post after three years and will return to Iowa.

    Friendly Reminder:Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez ObradorwarnedIsrael not to protect former Mexican official Tomas Zeron, who is suspected of hiding out there to avoid arrest on charges of torture.

    Justice Served:An Israeli courtsentencedAmiram Ben-Uliel to three life sentences for firebombing the Dawabsheh family home in the West Bank in 2015, killing three.

    No Entry:Hundreds of Hasidic Jewsblockedtraffic and a border crossing between Belarus and Ukraine last night after being denied entry to Ukraine to visit Uman for Rosh Hashanah.

    Sent Home:The JCC of Greater Rochester islaying off296 of its staffers due to New Yorks coronavirus-imposed restrictions on its fitness center.

    Across the Pond:The Liberal DemocratssuspendedLondon mayoral candidate Geeta Sidhu-Robb after a 1997 clip of her antisemitic comments reemerged.

    VIP Club:Prince Charleshas been nameda patron of Jewish youth group the Jewish Lads and Girls Brigade (JLGB) as it celebrates its 125th anniversary.

    Under Threat:Polands former presidential candidatecomparedhis countrys treatment of the LGBTQ community to the way Jews were dehumanized before the Holocaust.

    Record Deal:A 12-year-old viral rapper from Gazalandedan offer from record label EMPIRE.

    Sneak Peek:Israels Yes Studiosunveileda preview yesterday of the third season of Shtisel.

    Silver Screen:An upcoming animated documentary, The Klarsfelds,tellsthe story of real-life Nazi hunters Beate and Serge Klarsfeld.

    Remembering:Italian physician Amos Luzzatto, who also served as a leader of the Jewish community in Italy,diedat 92. Oscar-winning songwriter Al Kashadiedat 85. Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph Gantsdiedat age 66.

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    Shooter at Poulsbo crash: ‘It was not something that I wanted to do at all’ – Kitsap Sun - September 20, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    A suspected drunken driver shot and killed last month after causing a crash on Viking Way then trying to force his way into a nearby house had been warned minutes before in a separate confrontation that his aggressive behavior was going to get him shot.

    Witnesses said Eric William Rose, 28, climbed out of the window of his totaled 2008 Jeep Patriot on Aug.2 and ran away from the multi-vehicle crash he had just caused near the 18100 block of the roadway. He apparently wanted to hide in ahouse, wherea woman and a nearly 2-year-old girl were hiding from him, according to statements gathered by Kitsap County Sheriffs Office detectives.

    While in the yard, Rose charged toward the womans husband, Joshua Ray Johnson, 27, after Johnson repeatedly warned Rose, according to Johnson and another witness at the scene.

    Eric Rose(Photo: contributed)

    Johnson shot Rose three times with a .45-caliber pistol from a distance of 3 or 4feet, according to Johnson.

    I pretty much on repeat just kept saying, I dont want to shoot you, over and over and over and over, Johnson told detectives in a voluntary recorded statement. I dont know how many times I said it. I felt like I said it about a million times just over and over to him.

    Johnson added: It was not something that I wanted to do at all.

    In a statement issued Thursday through his attorney, Johnson said he could not express his sadness from the shooting and could not imagine the pain felt by Roses loved ones.

    Details of the crash and shooting and the 45 minutes or so that led up to the final confrontation were pieced together from the investigation by the sheriff's office obtained by the Kitsap Sun through the state Public Records Act.

    Roses parents believe their son had relapsed after about three months of sobriety. Following the high-speed crash no serious injuries were reported they believe he panicked knowing he would be sent to jail, something he feared.

    They told the Kitsap Sun they had never seen Rose highly intoxicated or act aggressively.

    Rose was part Native American and his parents needed special permission to adopt him as a newborn. They described him as a loving son and brother, a talented musician and chef who had struggled with alcoholism and feelings of alienation. Plus, he had trouble finding work after the coronavirus pandemic shuttered restaurants.

    During the confrontation, Johnson described Roses behavior as bizarre and frightening, with him laughing at one moment, cursing at Johnson the next and then growing increasingly aggressive once he learned Johnson had a pistol.

    A witness, who happened upon the shooting scene after the wreck and did not know Johnson, said he heard Johnson say I dont want to shoot you three times before Rose charged him.

    The witness said Rose wasnt running at Johnson, But he was coming at him fast, flailing his arms, in a threatening manner with his chest puffed up, according to reports.

    No arrests have been made. Kitsap County Prosecutor Chad Enright is reviewing the case for possible charges.

    "It may take me several weeks to review the case in its entirety," Enright said.

    Rose had been living with his parents since being arrested in April near Issaquah for drunken driving when he drove into a ditch. Court documents say he had a blood-alcohol content of .23, nearly three times the legal limit, and a deputy called to the scene described Roses demeanor as extremely belligerent.

    Following the arrest, Rose entered treatment and was fitted with an alcohol-monitoring bracelet to ensure he did not drink. A King County District Court judge agreed to remove the bracelet on July 29, four days before his death on Aug.2.

    On Aug.1, Roses parents left him alone at their house to attend a family camping trip to the Olympic Peninsula. The family had been staying together during the COVID-19 quarantine and said Rose had shown improvement with his treatment and was in good spirits when they left.

    An estimated 30 to 45 minutes before the shooting, a witness driving by reported seeing Roses Jeep speed out of a driveway near the 16300 block of Scandia Way his parents house seemingly without looking for other cars. Rose lived about a mile-and-a-half from the Johnsons.

    The Jeep then drove away so recklessly the witness wondered if the driver had just burglarized the house.

    Rose ended up at the Red Apple grocery store on Viking Way in Poulsbo, and while trying to buy a bottle of liquor, got into an argument with clerks when they refused to sell to him, generating a 911 call.

    While at the store, a man there said Rose put his hands on the shoulders of a woman in line she was standing with a child and whispered something in her ear. The man said it appeared this frightened the woman so he told Rose to keep his hands to himself.

    The two men then got into a heated argument in the parking lot, which the man said Rose initiated.

    The man said Rose kept coming at him like he had no fear whatsoever. The man described himself as 6 feet tall, 225 pounds and has never had anyone come up on him like that.

    As Rose approached, the man told Rose to stay back four to five times before the two bumped bellies, according to documents.

    He told (Rose) he was going to get shot, noting he was carrying a concealed pistol, a detective wrote. Rose just stood there and the man went back inside the Red Apple he said an employee asked him to stick around until Rose was gone.

    Based on 911 call logs, about 24 minutes after the confrontation in the Red Apple parking lot where he was warned he was going to get shot because of his aggressive behavior Rose was shot dead by Johnson.

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    Before driving south on Viking Way toward his parents house, Roses Jeep was seen by an off-duty Bainbridge police officer speeding into a nearby cul-de-sac where the officer lived and doing donuts. The driver appeared to be trying to grab a flag from a child at play figure on the street, meant to warn drivers that children could be in the roadway.

    The officer memorized the license plate and went to his patrol car to find out the owners name. While running the plate number through the computer system he heard the rest of the event play out over the radio, ending with a shots fired call.

    The officer, Corporal Bill Shields, wrote that he then ran into his house to get his duty belt and vest and hurried to the scene, hoping to render aid, but arrived after deputies.

    After leaving the cul-de-sac and speeding back onto Viking Way, Rose then drove to the nearby McDonalds where he was seen hitting a fence and driving over a sidewalk before speeding away, generating another 911 call.

    Moments later, while driving south at extreme speeds on Viking Way, Rose struck one vehicle from behind, swerved into the oncoming lane and struck another vehicle almost head-on, according to a statement from the sheriffs office.

    A preliminary analysis of computer data recovered from Roses Jeep showed he was traveling at 103 mph five seconds before the airbags deployed. He was traveling at 65 mph when the airbags deployed. The speed limit on the road is 40 mph.

    A witness who called 911 was astonished at the speed the Jeep was traveling. Incredible speed, he told a dispatcher.

    After the wreck reported at 4:33 p.m. witnesses said Rose climbed out of the window of the Jeep and ran away.

    Inside the Jeep which had a Dont tread on me sticker on the back investigators would find empty alcohol containers, a crossbow and ammunition to two different types of handguns, but no guns were found. No witnesses reported seeing Rose with a firearm.

    Johnson, a former Marine sergeant, told detectives he always carries a gun and just before the shooting had been intending to take a trip to the hardware store. Johnson kept the gun concealed in a holster in his waistband.

    After realizing there had been a crash on the road in front of his house he said he went outside to help while his wife called 911 to report the crash. He then encountered Rose in his yard and asked if he was OK.

    It appeared Rose was trying to hide behind a tree he told Johnson to be quiet and said Shhhhh.

    Johnson heard people from the crash yelling that Rose was involved and to not let him get away. Rose then asked Johnson to let him inside his house, even offering to pay him up to $1,000.

    He was uncomfortable cause he knew people were telling me not to let him get away, Johnson said, according to a transcript of the interview. He started asking me if he could get inside my house and ... I said no, you cant.

    Johnson said Rose ran past him through the yard but he didnt chase after him.

    I didnt want to pursue him, it wasnt like I was trying to be a hero, said Johnson, who said he hoped Rose would continue running, but instead Rose started trying to get inside his house.

    At this point, Johnson said he went back inside and told his wife to lock the doors. He then went back outside. He said he never pursued Rose, but as Rosetried to enter his house and then his garage, Johnson told him to stop, to calm down and that Johnsons wife and child were inside.

    Rose moved through the yard and threw a pallet and then, finding a long wooden stick used to measure heating oil, threw it at Johnson like a spear but missed.

    It appeared to Johnson that Rose was becoming increasingly agitated, and again, Rose turned his attention back toward breaking into the house.

    I feel like enough is enough, I might as well escalate to the next level here cause I dont know what hes gonna do, Johnson said. He removed his pistol to chamber a round preparing it to fire but reholstered it.

    Johnson said Rose did not see him prepare the gun to fire. Further, Johnson said he had not indicated to Rose that he was armed.

    However, as Rose seemed to become more agitated and focused on Johnson, and then the house, Johnson said he put his hand on the pistol and told Rose to stop and stay where he was.

    It appeared to Johnson that once Rose realized he had a gunRose became more agitated.

    When he noticed that I had something on me, he immediately got aggressive, Johnson told detectives. Rose began cursing at him and telling me I wouldnt shoot him and then he started walking towards me.

    Johnson said he assumed Rose was scared that he may have killed somebody in the wreck.

    He was scared and that scared transformed into anger and then he got he was just frustrated and angry and aggressive, Johnson told detectives.

    Johnson said Rose who was physically larger than Johnson frightened him. Rose was 5-feet-11-inches tall and 160 pounds, according to court documents; Johnson was described by his wife as 5-feet-9-inches tall.

    I was really scared, Johnson said, fearful that Rose would overpower him and enter his house. I didnt know what the next step was there and what he would do if he got in ... with my daughter and my wife so I wasnt gonna let him do it.

    Johnson said despite repeated warnings Rose kept advancing. Johnson pulled out the pistol and shot Rose three times. He told detectives he did not draw the gun until he fired.

    I never drew it until it was I actually was firing, Johnson said.

    He then unloaded the gun and kneeled on the lawn to wait for police.

    Another bystander with medic training tried to administer first aid. Rose was declared dead at the scene.

    Investigators established a timeline of the crash and shooting from a neighboring business's security camera, which showed Rose was in Johnsons yard for about five minutes before Johnson shot him.

    One-and-a-half minutes after the shooting, a sheriff's deputy sergeant arrived.

    Johnson released to the Kitsap Sun the following statement through his attorney, Tim Kelly:

    There are no words to express my sadness following the events of August 2, 2020. Loss of life, however it occurs, is always tragic. While my life has changed forever, I cannot imagine the pain felt by Mr. Roses family and friends. This is a heartbreaking situation for everyone involved.

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    Plowz and Mowz offering free lawn services to health care workers – Irrigation & Green Industry magazine - May 24, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    The Syracuse-based Plowz and Mowz lawn mowing company is offering a discount code as a thank you to health care professionals and front line workers for their hard work during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an article by WICZ News.

    CEO and co-founder of the company, Wills Mahoney, says this campaign means a lot to him, as his own twin sister is a first responder.

    Plowz and Mowz is an on-demand lawn mowing company, servicing 55 markets nationwide. Since the beginning of their campaign, the company has already more than 5,000 lawns for health care workers.

    Our missions always been to help people, and you know we were seeing nurses and healthcare workers working around the clock, 12-plus hours, and we said the last thing they probably want to do is mow their lawn when they get home. So we set out to offer free lawn mows, Mahoney says in the article.

    For the frontline workers in need of an extra hand in their outdoor chores, all they need to do is visit the companys website and use the discount code HERO to save up to $60 on their services.

    The discount campaign will continue for at least another week, but customers can schedule their lawn care services for a later date if needed.

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    How to cut the grass: 7 top tips for lawn care – and when you should mow it – The Scotsman - May 24, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    LifestyleHomes and GardensCutting the grass may sound like a simple task.

    Monday, 18th May 2020, 9:49 am

    With the lawn looking a little unkempt, simply give it the once over with the lawnmower. Sorted.

    Thats one way of doing it, but there are so many more things you could be bearing in mind.

    There are ways of doing things that will keep your grass in better nick in the long run, and as everybodys got a little more time on their hands these days, now is the perfect opportunity to try them out.

    Here are seven top tips for a happier lawn:

    Service your lawn mower regularly

    The first step to having a healthy lawn, is to have a healthy lawnmower.

    Keeping its innards clean and free from the build up of any clippings is an easy way to keep your machine ticking over nicely.

    But once a year, its worth getting your mower serviced regularly, looking for chips on the blades, and checking whether theyre still sharp.

    Blunt blades can actually damage your grass, bruising it instead of giving it a nice, clean cut.

    Adjust the regularity of cuts during the year

    Grass grows at different rates throughout the year, so it stands to reason that the regularity of your trims should vary too.

    Grass needs cutting less frequently in early spring, but you may need to mow twice weekly when growth rates peak in late spring.

    Cut your grass to the right height

    Unlike an efficient haircut, you dont actually want to get your moneys worth (or mowney's worth) and take your grass as short as possible with each cut.

    The ideal height for lawn grass is are 2.5cm 4cm tall, though if you have the patience, different lengths should be utilised in different areas of your garden.

    Patches that get more wear and tear should be left longer at around 4cm 5cm, while shaded section should be longer still, at 7cm 8cm.

    Set your blades to the right height

    To get that perfect grass blade height, youll want to adjust the cutting height of your mower.

    People can often neglect to do this, but if you want to be proud of your lawns luscious leaves, its a must!

    Who hasnt exuberantly taken on a lawn cut, only to find their mower quickly clogging up with damp cuttings.

    Your first mistake? Giving the lawn a trim while its not dry.

    Not only could the mower jam, but it will also smear and rut the soil, with wet grass clippings clumping and smothering the lawn.

    Aim to only mow when both the grass and soil are dry.

    Put the clippings to good use

    You can compost your grass clippings of course (though youll want to mix them with carbon-rich brown material to avoid slimy compost, but in the summer, you should leave the clippings on the lawn to retain moisture.

    Mowing the lawn neednt be the arduous chore youve treated it as all these years.

    Experiment while youre out there with heights, stripes and all sorts of finishes.

    You could even leave areas to grow free if you want to encourage wildlife into a secluded corner! Have fun with it.

    How to cut the grass: 7 top tips for lawn care - and when you should mow it - The Scotsman

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