This photographer found a fortune in an abandoned house



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According to Dave, the home’s story starts at the turn of the 20th century, when a Polish family moved to Ontario and set up home in the property. They reportedly made their living selling fruit from the orchard at a roadside stand, which was well known amongst locals. However, they abruptly upped sticks and left in 1985, leaving the home frozen in time.



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From the piles of belongings and family photos scattered around the property, it’s clear that the family left in a rush, leaving behind precious mementos like this one. But why did the previous residents leave in such a hurry?



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As told to Freaktography’s Dave by relatives of the family, the story goes that the couple had three children, but their eldest son is said to have developed a drinking problem as he grew older. One day in 1979, he purportedly hit a pregnant woman and her two-year-old child while driving drunk, sadly killing them both. As punishment, he was put behind bars for three years, which devastated the family.



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White House abandoned plan to deliver 650 million face masks across U.S., report says

A USPS mail worker wearing a mask poses in his truck while it rains as the state of New Jersey continues Stage 2 of re-opening following restrictions imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus on August 13, 2020 in Ventnor City, New Jersey.

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The U.S. Postal Service had drafted a press release announcing plans to send 650 million masks out across the U.S. early in the coronavirus crisis, but the White House ultimately abandoned the plan, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

The plan would have sent a pack of five reusable masks to every residential address in the country, the Post reported, citing one of thousands of internal post office documents obtained by watchdog group American Oversight.

“Our organization is uniquely suited to undertake this historic mission of delivering face coverings to every American household in the fight against the COVID-19 virus,” then-Postmaster General and CEO Megan J. Brennan said in the scrapped news release, which was dated to be released in April.

Brennan was succeeded in the summer by Louis DeJoy, whose drastic cost-cutting measures at the government agency have sparked controversy in advance of the 2020 election.

The idea to have USPS ship out personal protective equipment came from the Department of Health and Human Services, the Post reported. The reported plan was to start distributing masks in April, with Covid-19 hot spots getting first priority.

The newly uncovered documents suggest the government had initially intended to utilize the Postal Service in early pandemic response plans. The distribution program would have come at a time when President Donald Trump largely resisted wearing a mask.

The White House ultimately canceled the program, senior administration officials told the Post.

“There was concern from some in the White House Domestic Policy Council and the office of the vice president that households receiving masks might create concern or panic,” one administration official told the newspaper. Trump had told journalist Bob Woodward in March that he sought to downplay the virus because he didn’t want to create a panic, according to recently released recordings.

HHS later launched Project: America Strong, a $675 million program to distribute face masks across the country. An HHS spokesperson told the Post around 600 million masks have been distributed out of the 650 million set aside.

The USPS declined to comment on the reports. HHS did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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