InventHelp Inventor Develops Kitchen Gadget to Safely Handle Hot Oven Racks (OCC-1524)

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — “I needed a better way to remove hot oven racks without burning myself,” said an inventor, from La Palma, Calif., “so I invented the EASY OUT.”

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The invention provides an effective way to adjust, push and pull a hot rack from the oven. In doing so, it eliminates the need to struggle with pot holders. As a result, it helps to prevent burns on the hands and arms and it enhances safety and convenience. The invention features a practical, user-friendly design that is easy to use so it is ideal for households and commercial kitchens. Additionally, it is producible in design variations.

The inventor described the invention design. “My design enables hot oven racks to be safely handled without pot holders.”

The original design was submitted to the Orange County sales office of InventHelp. It is currently available for licensing or sale to manufacturers or marketers. For more information, write Dept. 19-OCC-1524, InventHelp, 217 Ninth Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, or call (412) 288-1300 ext. 1368. Learn more about InventHelp’s Invention Submission Services at

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White House, a coronavirus hot spot, is cold on contact tracing despite Donald Trump’s Covid-19 diagnosis

a man holding a sign: Wearing protective suits, masks and gloves, demonstrators call attention to the outbreak of coronavirus in the White House. Photo: AP

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Wearing protective suits, masks and gloves, demonstrators call attention to the outbreak of coronavirus in the White House. Photo: AP

The Trump administration’s resistance to contact tracing since the president tested positive for Covid-19 reflects a calculation that there’s little political upside in highlighting this close to the election the number of people at the pinnacle of US power potentially exposed to the virus by him, say health experts and political analysts.

Masks and contact tracing – used effectively in China, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore and elsewhere – are proven tools in breaking the chain of infection in lieu of a vaccine, medical experts say. But their success can depend on many other factors.

Public health experts have traditionally focused on the profile of the virus and therapies to combat it.

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“But it turns out the most important thing in fighting it seems to be effective political leadership, and in the US we don’t have that,” said Ronald Waldman, a global health professor at George Washington University and former investigator at the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “If your primary priority is getting elected, that’s great for the virus.”

Analysts say President Donald Trump and aides appears to have concluded that robust tracing of hundreds, even thousands, placed at risk by his inner circle would only spotlight the virulence of a disease he has repeatedly downplayed, claimed would disappear or decried as a hoax.

It also could highlight his controversial policies and behaviour, and the particular vulnerability of top Republicans central to his legacy and re-election effort, they add, hardly a good look for a president losing support in the polls.

“From the White House point of view, it probably doesn’t make sense to pursue contact tracing,” said Charles Franklin, director of the Marquette Law School Poll. “A stricter testing regime risks showing second- and third-order infections. That’s not something you want to expose.”

Who in Trump’s orbit tested positive for coronavirus

But the president’s doctors’ and spin doctors’ apparent disregard for the basics of crisis management – disclose bad news fast and fully – has have been badly undercut by a drumbeat of daily headlines detailing new infections and quarantines hitting the White House, Congress, the Pentagon, presidential press corps and Secret Service.

Among the latest, the US Marine Corps’ No 2 general, Gary Thomas, said on Thursday that he had tested positive after huddling with top military leaders a week earlier.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: Recent news is ensuring that public attention remains focused on President Donald Trump's management of the pandemic until the November 3 election. Photo: Abaca Press/TNS

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Recent news is ensuring that public attention remains focused on President Donald Trump’s management of the pandemic until the November 3 election. Photo: Abaca Press/TNS

This drip drip of news not only ensures that public attention remains intently focused on Trump’s management of the disease until the November 3 election. It also hampers the ability of top advisers to carry out policy or craft damage control as

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Concern rises for White House residence staff as their workplace emerges as a virus hot spot

His uncle, John Johnson, was also a butler, and the flouting of safety protocols that has made the White House a coronavirus hot spot has also put the career civil servants who work where President Trump and first lady Melania Trump live at risk of exposure. It has Allen puzzled and incensed.

“I would be begging my dad and uncle, ‘You need to get the hell up out of there,’ ” he says. “It’s like, ‘Get out! Get out!’ ”

The White House residence staff members are largely Black and Latino, and often elderly, according to Kate Anderson Brower, who compiled a trove of interviews with former staffers for her book, “The Residence.” Numbering 90-some full-time ushers, butlers, housekeepers, valets, florists, engineers and cooks charged with maintaining the historical house and creating a comfortable home free from prying eyes, they work more closely with the first family than perhaps anyone else in that building. These employees often keep their positions for decades and work for administration after administration, viewing their job as holding up the integrity of the White House regardless of who is in office.

“They’re supporting an institution, not a singular presidency,” says Anita McBride, who was Laura Bush’s chief of staff and is a White House historian for American University.

Discretion, too, is a key component of a residence staffer’s job. Speaking out about anything, including working conditions, can be a cause for dismissal. The New York Times reported Monday that two members of the housekeeping department who tested positive were told to use “discretion” when discussing their diagnosis.

As the residence staff has been caring for the first family, a chorus of concern has started to rise among former White House and residence staff members about whether the first family and this administration are taking care of those civil servants in return. For months, this administration has treated the White House as a bubble immune to the coronavirus, ignoring guidance from their own Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by refusing to wear masks, failing to maintain social distance and relying on rapid coronavirus tests that have been shown to miss infections. With the president, the first lady, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, top aide Hope Hicks, former counselor Kellyanne Conway and an ever-growing number of administration officials testing positive for the coronavirus, that bubble has burst. Now others are trying to give voice to those working behind the scenes in that building who cannot speak on their own behalf.

“I know that people in there are scared,” says Sam Kass, head chef for the Obamas for six years. “I know that they are concerned about their own lives and their families, and feel very torn about balancing their responsibilities to their country, as they see it, and putting themselves in harm’s way.”

On Sunday, the chorus rose on behalf of the Secret Service, a growing number of whom have been voicing, in unprecedented fashion, outrage over the president’s seeming indifference to the health risks faced by

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$789K Lemont Home With Gourmet Kitchen, Hot Tub Room

LEMONT, IL — This Lemont home in Mayfair Estates was built in 2008. The home offers 4,400 square feet with five bedrooms, four full and one half bath. Some other features of the home include: two-story foyer, gourmet kitchen, wet bar, first-floor office and a hot tub room.

  • Address: 12880 Mayfair Dr, Lemont, Illinois
  • Price: $789,900
  • Square Feet: 4445
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 4 Full and 1 Half Baths
  • Built: 2008
  • Features: Spectacular, CUSTOM residence located in highly sought after Mayfair Estates. Impressive architectural design accented with stone/brick construction and lush, mature landscaping. Welcoming two story foyer with a grand staircase and elegant chandelier. Formal living room with a beautiful bay window and decorative tray ceilings. Formal dining room offers the perfect space to entertain on a grand scale with gleaming hardwood flooring. Stunning two story great room with soaring ceilings and awe inspiring floor to ceiling fireplace with custom mill work. Massive gourmet kitchen features custom cabinetry, large island/breakfast bar seating, granite counter tops stainless steel appliances, range hood and an amazing wet bar with additional cabinetry for any home essentials. Quaint eating area with access to expansive deck perfect for entertaining. First floor office with french doors, coffered ceilings and wall to wall custom built ins. Lovely master suite with vaulted ceilings, hardwood flooring and expansive walk in closet space. Luxurious master bath with whirlpool tub, separate shower and custom dual vanities. Three additional bedrooms on the second level, two bedrooms share a jack and jill bathroom and the third has it’s own full private bathroom with huge walk in shower. PLUS a MASSIVE BONUS ROOM on the second level with vaulted ceilings and a WOW factor. FULL finished lower level boasts recreation area, 5th bedroom, family area with CUSTOM STONE wall to wall fireplace, workout area, FULL bathroom, hot tub room, which is the ultimate space for relaxation and exterior access. Lemont High School is a National Blue Ribbon School Conveniently located near parks/playgrounds, shopping, expressways, dining and more. Call for your private showing today. Unbelievable finished square footage for the price. Schedule your appointment for a private showing today.

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Gran, 57, found dead in garden hot tub after moving to Wales to start dream life closer to her family

A GRAN was found dead in her hot tub after moving to Wales to start her dream life closer to her family.

Shopkeeper Mandy Pugh, 57, had enjoyed spending time in the garden tub with her husband Lee.

Mandy Pugh, pictured second from left, shut up her grocery shop to move 200 miles away with husband Lee before she was found dead in the couple's hot tub


Mandy Pugh, pictured second from left, shut up her grocery shop to move 200 miles away with husband Lee before she was found dead in the couple’s hot tubCredit: MEDIA WALES
Lee described his wife as "the life and soul of the party" as an inquest into her death opened


Lee described his wife as “the life and soul of the party” as an inquest into her death openedCredit: Wales News Service
The couple had moved to idyllic Porthcawl in Wales to be closer to family


The couple had moved to idyllic Porthcawl in Wales to be closer to familyCredit: Getty Images – Getty

But on the night of September 11, he went inside to watch TV.

He returned to discover his wife face-down in the water, an inquest heard today.

A coroner heard hardworking Mandy had recently moved to the seaside town of Porthcawl, South Wales, to be closer to family.

The couple had shut up the grocery shop they ran together in Penmaenmawr, North Wales, to make the 200-mile move.

Mandy was pronounced dead at the scene after the tragedy.

Husband Lee said: “At the start of the year we moved. We closed our shop we had kept as we wanted to be closed to family.

“She was the life and soul of the party.

“She knew loads of people and everyone that knew her loved her. She was always happy.

“Her granddaughter was the apple of her eye.”

No provisional cause of death was given in the post-mortem carried out by pathologist Jason Shannon.

Assistant coroner David Regan adjourned the inquest in Pontypridd, South Wales, until October next year.

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Testing Amazon Kitchen: Here’s our hot take on the tech giant’s first hot food bar at Amazon Go Grocery

Amazon does deliveries, cloud computing, voice technology, and e-readers pretty damn well.

The company’s hot food game, though, could use a little work.

That’s my verdict after taste testing a 3-cheese melt, a fajita burrito, chicken fingers, and Italian Wedding Soup from Amazon’s newest grocery store.

If you’re looking for a quick 7-Eleven-style bite — affordable, convenient, but not exactly gourmet — then Amazon Go Grocery fits the bill. But I probably won’t be seeking out “Amazon Kitchen” for my next meal.

The new Amazon Go Grocery in Redmond, Wash.

Amazon just opened its second Amazon Go Grocery location in Redmond, Wash., a stone’s throw away from Microsoft’s sprawling campus just east of downtown Seattle. The first store opened earlier this year in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood location.

Like Amazon’s other Go stores, customers scan a QR code from the Amazon Go app to enter, as overhead cameras track humans and items as part of a cashierless shopping experience.

The 7,350-square-foot store in Redmond is larger and offers something new: a hot food section. I dropped by a little after lunchtime this week and there were several options: burritos, sandwiches, chicken tenders, chicken wings, soup, rotisserie chicken, pizza, racks of ribs. Amazon offers breakfast items such as wraps and oatmeal in the morning.

I grabbed some items and just walked out. I’m still not used to the surveillance-style shopping, with Amazon’s cameras tracking my every move. It’s such a weird feeling not paying for items at a register, then seeing a receipt on my phone with exactly everything I bought. The technology is impressive.

But Amazon’s hot food prep? Not so much.

I started with the $4.99 soup, which was slightly warmer than lukewarm — not quite hot enough for me. The broth was flavorful and mild, without too much salt. The “Italian-style meatballs” were small, but added to the heartiness, along with onions, spinach, and pasta. This wasn’t much better than a canned soup, but I didn’t mind it. My rating: 3 out of 5. 

The soup doesn’t look appetizing, but it tastes decent.

Next up was the $6.99 fajita veggie and cojita burrito. It wasn’t wrapped tight enough, or perhaps could have used more filling, so the burrito was a little flimsy. But the tortilla was solid — not too soft, but not too soggy — and the beans-to-cheese-to-veggies ratio was proper. I could taste the seasoning on the rice. This was better than a microwavable burrito, but probably on the same level of Taco Bell, and not quite as bulky or satisfying as Chipotle. My rating: 3.5 out of 5. 

The burrito could have used more filling, but I liked the beans-to-cheese-to-veggies-to-rice ratio.

Third on the menu was the $4.99 3-cheese melt. It looked promising but the bread was way too chewy and hard to eat. The cheese also didn’t melt well. The sourdough bread did taste good, though. This one is tough to perfect as a hot food item — you need to eat immediately after

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Hot Topic Halloween Home Decor | 2020

Halloween is undoubtedly one of the most fun holidays of the year (read excessive candy eating and dressing up in costumes), and decking out your home is one of the best and easiest ways to get in the spirit. Whether you want to keep things low-key and just hang a few decorations or you want to go all out with a giant inflatable, these chilling decor options from Hot Topic will up your home’s creep level. Not to mention, if you’re a Disney fan, you’ll find a treasure trove of decorations that feature some of your favorite characters and movies. From The Nightmare Before Christmas to Hocus Pocus, everything from your front lawn to your coffee-cup collection will be decked in magic. Take a look at Hot Topic’s new selection of Halloween home decor for 2020, and deck the halls in horror!

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