A look at gun safety after stray bullet hits 8-year-old in Garden Valley

“Every year we have a couple of people that are hit by accidental discharges,” said Boise County Sheriff’s Cpl. David Gomez.

GARDEN VALLEY, Idaho — The man charged with accidentally discharging his gun, after an 8-year-old boy in Boise County was struck by a stray bullet, is now expected in court later this month. 

The boy, named LJ, was lying in his bed Friday night, according to his dad, when a bullet from a neighbor’s gun shot through the window, a wall, and a pillow before striking the boy in his hand, face and neck. LJ is now back home and recovering. 

Prosecutors charged 41-year-old Brandon L. Nelson with injuring another by careless handling and discharge of firearms.

The incident prompted the question, how common are accidental discharges like this? 

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“I think every year we have a couple of accidental discharges and every year we have a couple of people that are hit by accidental discharges,” said Boise County Sheriff’s Cpl. David Gomez. “So, you want to put in as many safety mechanisms as you can. Number one, always pretend like [the gun is] loaded. Number two, keep it pointed in a safe direction always. And number three, keep it secured so that you know who’s controlling that gun.”

He added that, just like driving, it’s not good to be under the influence when operating a car and it’s not good to be under the influence and handling a gun as well because it greatly affects decision-making.

In this particular case, the parents of the 8-year-old told KTVB, Nelson was drunk when he discharged the gun Friday night. Nelson is neighbors with LJ’s dad. However, investigators have not yet released if the 41-year-old was under the influence at the time. 

KTVB has also learned the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives or ATF are aware of what happened in Garden Valley. 

Nelson is scheduled to be in court on Oct. 19.

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Willy Chirino’s former house hits Miami market for $12M

Willy Chirino once called this single-family house ‘home.’ Above: The 2-story house at 4400 Island Road.

Willy Chirino once called this single-family house ‘home.’ Above: The 2-story house at 4400 Island Road.

Willy Chirino’s former home is on the market for $11.999 million. It’s in a millionaires’ retreat on the Upper East Side.

Luis Arguello, Jr., the chairperson and CEO of the medical production company DemeTech, and his wife Sylvia Chamorro listed their 2-story, single-family home on a canal in September. The 10,416-square-foot house has six bedrooms and nine bathrooms. The house has an indoor garden and koi pond, gym, spa with a sauna and steam room, wine cellar, and 94 feet of water frontage with access to an open bay.

The house, located at 4400 Island Road, is situated in the gated community Bay Point. The Cuban-born Chirino lived at 4400 Island Road for 22 years. Chirino sold the house for $4.171 million in 2014. Other celebrities and public figures have called Bay Point ‘home,’ including Dr. Ferdie Pacheco as well as Enrique Iglesias with his partner and Russian tennis player Anna Kournikova. Some celebrities continue to reside at Bay Point, including Miami Heat player Goran Dragić and his wife Maja Dragić.

Dina Goldentayer and Sylvia Chamorro, both with Douglas Elliman, are representing the listing.

“With a prospective buyer needing more space for zoom lessons, a live-in staff person, a home gym, these boxes can be checked as this home as over 10,000 square feet of interior space,” Goldentayer said by email.

Arguello, Jr. and Chamorro gutted and renovated the house in 2015, Goldentayer said by email, hence the 65% price hike from when they bought the house.

The house priced at $1,152 per square foot is 24% higher than the most comparable listing. The 10,841-square-foot house at 4511 Lake Road is priced at $876 per square foot, or $9.5 million.

The house will attract potential buyers from South Florida and the northeast, Goldentayer said by email. She said, “The ideal buyer may be a local Miami family who admires Bay Point’s appeal as a private gated community. Its proximity to the Design District may appeal to a New Yorker looking to have a metropolitan setting nearby.”

Single-family home sales continue to outpace condo transactions in South Florida since the pandemic. The number of transactions increased by 16.6% for houses and decreased by 3.3% for condos in Miami-Dade County in August, according to the Miami Association of Realtors August sales report.

Rebecca San Juan writes about the real estate industry, covering news about industrial, commercial, office projects, construction contracts and the intersection of real estate and law for industry professionals. She studied at Mount Holyoke College and is proud to be reporting on her hometown.
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‘Crayola’ house on Lake Michigan hits the market at $1.175M

You just might be drawn to this listing.

A Wisconsin home that’s been nicknamed the “Crayola House” by architects for its crayon-colored facade, which is accented with bright yellow, red and green, is on the market for a cool $1.175 million.

The "Crayola" house is for sale for $1.175 million 

The “Crayola” house is for sale for $1.175 million 
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The five-bedroom, 4,400-square-foot home, which sits on Lake Michigan and is located just an hour from Milwaukee, was designed by architect Margaret McCurry in 2005. Its nickname was derived from its sunny exterior and colorful windows, though it has no affiliation with crayon company Crayola.

The five-bedroom, 4,400 square-foot-home was designed by Margaret McCurry in 2005. 

The five-bedroom, 4,400 square-foot-home was designed by Margaret McCurry in 2005. 
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The home, listed by Mahler Sotheby’s International Realty, boasts lake-front views from every angle, as well as floor-to-ceiling windows, vaulted ceilings and concrete floors on the main level. There’s also a dedicated sunroom, a chef’s kitchen and two family rooms.

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The upstairs features a master suite and master bath with dual balconies and four additional bedrooms.

Inside, the chef's kitchen features floor-to-ceiling windows.

Inside, the chef’s kitchen features floor-to-ceiling windows.
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“The house isn’t afraid to be itself – it allows you to have fun and be playful,” Paul Handle, managing director at Mahler Sotheby’s International Realty, told Fox News on Tuesday.

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“People call it the Lego house or the clown house. It’s really postmodern. It’s what we saw in the late ’80s and early ’90s with bright colors and atypical shapes,” Handle added.

The property boasts lake-front views of Lake Michigan. 

The property boasts lake-front views of Lake Michigan. 
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The previous homeowners, Judith Bentley and her husband Paul Bentley, purchased the three-acre plot of land in Lake Michigan in 1999 and paid $1.2 million to build the home with some help from McCurry, Bloomberg reported.

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Google Chromecast hits Home Depot shelves ahead of official launch, report says

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We’re just two days away from the new Chromecast, but some people have been able to buy it already. 


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Two days before Google’s Pixel 5 event, the company’s rumored new Chromecast has been spotted for sale at Home Depot for $50. People on social media as well as tech site The Verge said they were able to purchase the still unannounced streaming device at the home improvement retailer. The receipt listed the new Chromecast as “Sabrina-Abbey Rock Candy,” the hardware’s codename, according to The Verge. 

Read more: Best streaming device of 2020: Roku, Apple TV, Fire Stick, Nvidia Shield and more compared

CNET has reached out to Google for comment, and we’ll update when we hear back.

The new device apparently isn’t available at all Home Depot locations, so you might not have any luck if you try to score one early yourself. One Reddit user came across one on Sunday and posted a photo: 

After a leak earlier this year, Google’s Chromecast Ultra successor has been spotted at a host of retailers, including Walmart, for between $50 and $60. Earlier this month, Google’s yet-to-be-released Nest Audio device was also spotted at a Walmart. 

We should learn more about the new Chromecast with Google TV at the tech giant’s “Launch Night In” event on Wednesday. Stay tuned!


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House hits pause on spending vote as Hill leaders resume talks

Congressional leaders are back at the negotiating table over the three-month stopgap — which is intended to punt any fiscal drama past Sept. 30 and until the lame-duck session — after talks broke down on Friday. While both parties appear to be coalescing around a Dec. 11 end date, Democrats and Republicans have squabbled for weeks over which funding and policy exceptions should be included in the continuing resolution, which would buy more time for negotiations on a broader spending deal.

A deal appeared to be coming together on Friday, including tens of billions of dollars in payments to farmers that Republicans sought in exchange for $2 billion in pandemic-related nutritional assistance that Democrats wanted.

But last-minute objections to the trade relief — including Democratic concerns that the president is leveraging the money to boost his reelection chances — tanked the talks. House Democrats ultimately released stopgap legislation on Monday that lacked both provisions, drawing the ire of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky,), who tweeted that it “shamefully leaves out key relief and support that American farmers need.”

Without a spending agreement, top Democrats and Republicans would find themselves exactly where they don’t want to be just weeks before the election — perilously close to the Sept. 30 deadline with no agreement to keep the government open.

Pelosi and McConnell have been adamant about avoiding another government shutdown under President Donald Trump and have supported a bill to extend funding through mid-December.

Senate Republicans on Monday said a lack of relief for farmers in the stopgap spending bill is problematic. But most stressed that it’s not worth shutting down the government in protest and said their side of the Capitol could still attempt to amend the bill.

“We could offer an amendment to try to put it back,” Senate Appropriations Chair Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said of the trade aid on Monday. “Or we could vote against the CR. But I’m for running the government. I’d prefer to keep the government running.”

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, slammed the lack of assistance for farmers. But when asked whether Republicans would shut down the government without it, he replied, “No.”

As of Friday, Democrats had dropped a request that would extend the Census Bureau’s Dec. 31 deadline to turn over apportionment data used to divvy up House seats to the president — potentially punting the final handling of census data to Democratic nominee Joe Biden if he’s elected this November.

Democrats had also failed to secure $3.6 billion in election security grants.

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Three Things You Can Do Now to Ensure You’re Able to Afford the House of Your Dreams Once It Hits the Market

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Buying your dream home may seem like just that—a dream—when you look at your bank account, but affording your own house isn’t an impossible task. With a few smart moves, like prioritizing your wish list, reconsidering your down payment, and following the market, you could end up in the space you’ve always wanted.

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Start preparing your finances.

Whether you’re setting aside money every month for a down payment or trying to work a purchase into your current budget, saving every little bit helps. “It’s never too early to start saving,” says Leslie MacKinnon, a licensed real estate professional with Compass in Boston. “My 12-year-old started saving for her first property at age 10.” Work with your realtor to determine how much liquid cash you’ll need and any expenses beyond the price of the home—like closing costs or professional mortgage insurance (PMI)—that might add up. “A down payment of 20 percent or more is always preferable, especially to avoid PMI and to be attractive in a competitive bidding environment,” says MacKinnon. “But it’s not always necessary—many first-time home buyers are successful when equipped with five percent to 15 percent down.”

Many cities and states also offer incentive programs that trim costs or provide tax credits for first-time homebuyers. And though you might be tempted to start investing in big-ticket items for your future home while you’re looking at properties, MacKinnon warns against any major shopping trips: “Big purchases can cause dings on your credit report and delays in your mortgage application process,” she says.

Make a wish list.

Most home buyers go into their search with an idea of what their dream home would (and wouldn’t) include—you might be looking for a house with a newer roof and boiler, without a septic tank or well water, or have your heart set on a walk-in closet, a finished basement, or a specific neighborhood. But if your budget doesn’t allow you to check every box, decide which features are truly essential and which you can put off to save money now. “Be flexible on your wish list and think about perhaps trading up in a few years,” say MacKinnon. “Look in more affordable regions than you originally considered, and prioritize needs over wants.”

For some buyers, a fixer upper in a dream location might seem like a win-win, but unless you have plenty of cash to fund your renovation—or you’re willing to do it slowly over a long period of time—a house that needs a major gut isn’t necessarily cheaper. “Some buyers launch into the process thinking a fixer upper is the way they want to go, but after adding up the amount of money needed to turn the home into their vision, they realize that a newer, more move-in ready home makes more sense,” says MacKinnon. “That said, if the buyer is looking in a particular highly coveted neighborhood with low inventory, they may consider a fixer upper

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Matt Tebbutt hits out as Saturday Kitchen guests ‘takeover’ show ‘What am I doing here?’ | TV & Radio | Showbiz & TV

Matt, 46, was on hand to host another instalment of Saturday Kitchen and was joined in the studio by television presenter Cat Deeley, 43, and chef Shivi Ramoutar. From the moment the BBC cookery show went on air, it was clear the former Saturday Morning TV star was very excited to be a guest as she explained she was a big fan of the show. However, as the broadcaster tried to inform viewers about what was coming up on the programme, he couldn’t get a word in edgeways as his co-stars were having their own conversation.

To begin the show, the presenter allowed Shivi to explain what she was going to be preparing, which she did with enthusiasm.

“It’s quite theatrical the show today,” Matt told those watching at home, with the guest chef explaining she was excited to be sharing the stage with Cat.

“I can’t contain myself,” she continued as the Let’s Dance star was seen sitting in the corner, bubbling with excitement.

With the women complimenting one another, it was at this point the host believed proceedings were no longer in his hands.

“I don’t know what I’m doing here, to be honest,” he hit out before Shivi asked if she could continue talking about the dishes she was going to create.

READ MORE: James Martin speaks out on Saturday Kitchen after show exit

The host told the chef to “carry on” so he could carry on with the rest of the programme before time ran out.

Even when it came to preparing his own dish, the presenter couldn’t talk through the process as in detail as he would have liked because Cat continued to go off on a tangent.

“I’m sorry,” the guest said several times as she shared stories from her career, to which Matt joked she was taking over his role.

“Give me a shout when you’re finished – I just want to recap some food,” he quipped with Cat becoming red-faced as she realised he was getting little air time.

“I feel like a personal chef come, waiter, today,” he continued to joke, telling viewers the recipes were all online in case they’d “struggled” to follow along.

Taking to Twitter, those watching at home reacted to the scenes, with one writing: “Glad Matt asked if Cat’s microphone could be turned down on @SaturdayKitchen #SaturdayKitchen.”

“Blooming heck I thought I could talk but @catdeeley on #SaturdayKitchen beats me hands down. Think she forgot she’s on the telly,” a second added.

Whilst a third commented: “Thoroughly enjoying @SaturdayKitchen with @catdeeley as a guest. Don’t think we have had one as good since lockdown started. Genuine human repartee between the guest, host and chef. #SaturdayKitchen.”

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Woman driver is shot and two children were injured when SUV hits house, KC police say

Kansas City police are investigating a woman who was shot and then slammed the SUV she was driving into a house, injuring two child passengers.

The shooting was reported just after 5:30 p.m. in the 5800 block of Askew Avenue. It stemmed from an incident that happened moments earlier at a liquor store at 57th Street and Swope Parkway, police spokesman, Sgt. Jacob Becchina said in an email.

Several shots were fired as the woman drove away. The vehicle struck a house on Askew Avenue and caused minor damage to the residence. The woman and the two children were injured and taken to nearby hospitals.

It was initially unclear if the woman’s injuries were the result of being shot or caused when the SUV struck the house. Medical crews determined the woman had been shot. She is listed in stable condition, Becchina said.

The two children had minor injuries.

Michelle Butler said she was driving near 57th Street and Bales Avenue when she heard several gunshots.

“I had just missed that vehicle running over the curve and then it wound up hitting this house,” Butler said. “And it’s sad. I don’t know who got hurt. If it was over a fender-bender, then it shouldn’t gotten that deep.”

On Friday, details of what prompted the shooting remained under investigation. Police did not say if any arrests had been made.

Anyone with information should call the Tips Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).

Gun violence will be the subject of a new, statewide journalism project The Star is undertaking in Missouri this year in partnership with the national service program Report for America.

As part of this project, The Star will seek the community’s help. To contribute, visit Report for America online at reportforamerica.org.

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This year’s garden review: Some hits and a few misses | Goochland Gazette

Squash: Year after year, all my squash plants succumb to something. This year I had vine borers in the heirloom Table Queen acorn squash as well as squash beetles later on. I grew Burpee “Pic-N-Pic” hybrid, a yellow crook neck summer squash, beside a row of basil plants. Squash beetles and vine borers moved in despite the basil’s aroma. The summer squash plants were poor producers…. Yet my basil did great.

Tomatoes: I had over 20 plants. Only a few were pretty enough to give away. Yet I canned more of these ugly beasts than before record keeping even began. Well, at least for me. Unfortunately, thanks to August’s rainy weather, my heirloom tomatoes succumbed to blight by Labor Day. The North Carolina bred Mountain series of hybrids such as Mountain Magic, however, still continued to pump out fruits. Why? This tasty hybrid is resistant to both early blight and late blight as well as other diseases.

We can grow things here we can’t in other regions. Yet at the same time the climate in Central Virginia is challenging for many cultivars. Even if you were born and raised in this area, new plant diseases, insect varieties and blights have emerged that weren’t common 20 or 30 years ago.

When the seed catalogs begin arriving in December and January, don’t forget what worked and what didn’t in your vegetable garden. For example I won’t be growing the heirloom tomato, Cherokee Purple again. I will leave that up to better growers, more patient than myself.

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Trump, Biden Trade Blows As White House Race Hits Final Stretch

Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden traded tough blows Monday as the White House race entered its final stretch, with the Republican leader branding his opponent “stupid” — and the Democrat firing back that the president lacked the “guts” to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.

As Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris took their campaign message to must-win swing states Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, the president convened a surprise news conference at the White House.

In a freewheeling and grievance-laden performance, Trump once more teased the possibility of a Covid-19 inoculation by Election Day — something experts say remains unlikely — and accused his opponents of playing politics with a vaccine after Harris said she would not take his word alone on its safety.

US President Donald Trump speaks after stepping off Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on September 3, 2020 US President Donald Trump speaks after stepping off Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on September 3, 2020 Photo: AFP / MANDEL NGAN

Touting an upswing in job creation — after tens of millions lost jobs — and claiming the US is turning the corner on the pandemic, he called Biden “stupid,” saying he “wants to surrender our country to the virus, he wants to surrender our families to the violent left-wing mob, and he wants to surrender our jobs to China.”

Labor Day traditionally kicks off the final sprint of the campaign, with less than two months until the November 3 election — but the rival campaigns have been knocked off stride by multiple layers of turmoil, from the pandemic to the struggling US economy to deep racial unrest.

Candidates who normally would be skipping daily from state to state to speak before big crowds are limiting their movements and doing much more virtually.

And the sometimes violent anti-racism protests and counter-protests — the latest a pro-Trump motorcade rumbling Monday on the outskirts of Portland — lend an explosive element to the campaign.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden headed to Pennsylvania as Labor Day kicks off the final stretch of the White House race Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden headed to Pennsylvania as Labor Day kicks off the final stretch of the White House race Photo: AFP / JIM WATSON

Biden headed Monday to the swing state of Pennsylvania, where he held a socially-distant meeting with union leaders before taking questions from members of the huge AFL-CIO union at its headquarters.

Addressing the event, he hit back at Trump, charging that “he didn’t have the guts to take on Covid.”

“We know he’s been great for his rich friends, but he hasn’t been so great for the rest of us,” charged Biden, who went on to assail Trump over a report in The Atlantic magazine that he has disparaged the military and its veterans.

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“He’s downright un-American,” Biden fumed.

Though Trump has dismissed the report as a “hoax,” it appears to have hit a nerve following a poll showing his support below that for Biden among active duty personnel.

“I’m not saying the military (leadership) is in love with me

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