Top House Republicans light into DC elections board for ‘failure to take responsibility’ for voter rolls

Top House Republicans on Thursday are sending a letter to the Washington, D.C., Board of Elections (DCBOE) expressing concern over reports that many ballots are being sent to people who have moved or died and lighting into the board for “its failure to take responsibility” for its voter rolls.

The letter comes after D.C. began mailing ballots to residents late last month in an effort to allow people to avoid polling places on Election Day and prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. But soon after there were widespread complaints from voters that they were getting ballots that were addressed to people who had in some cases not lived at a particular residence for years. Some voters reported that they still were sent ballots for voters who no longer lived in their residence even after they had returned DCBOE postcards confirming that certain voters no longer lived at their address.

“Notwithstanding its failure to take responsibility for creating this avoidable situation, the Board places a large onus squarely on individual citizens to clean up a mess solely of the Board’s making,” said the Republicans, led by Oversight Committee Ranking Member James Comer of Kentucky. “This appears to be the only ‘safeguard’ in place, with no other procedures to avoid, detect, and/or divert misaddressed ballots.”

RETURN TO SENDER: DC VOTERS ARE BEING SENT MAIL-IN BALLOTS FOR EX-RESIDENTS

Outdated voter rolls are a common problem in many jurisdictions around the country. But the issue has been brought to the forefront ahead of the 2020 presidential election as many states and jurisdictions like D.C. are quickly moving to universal mail-in voting systems — where all voters are sent mail ballots without needing to request them — amid the pandemic.

The elections board asked the voters repeatedly on social media to mark any such ballots “return to sender” and mail them back so the DCBOE could update its voter rolls. A  spokesperson for the DCBOE told Fox News last week that it is asking voters to “do your part” and “don’t take advantage” of ballots that were sent to them in error. When voters return such ballots to sender, the DCBOE will update its records, the spokesperson said.

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“In fact, it is unclear whether the DC Board of Elections took any steps to prevent misaddressed ballots from being sent out in the first place,” the House Republicans continued in their letter. “It is unclear when the Board last updated its voter rolls or whether it is currently taking any steps to rectify the current situation. It is also unclear what safeguards the DC Board of Elections has in place to detect fraudulent ballots or preventing an individual from casting multiple ballots.”

The DCBOE told Fox News last week that it verifies signatures of all mail-in ballots so that any ballots sent fraudulently will be detected. When asked last week whether it was taking any proactive steps to prevent more misaddressed ballots from

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White House Rolls Out Tons More COVID Tests to Juice Reopening

President Donald Trump announced Monday that his administration would hand out 100 million coronavirus tests to states across the country, free of charge, for community distribution but stressed state leaders should use the additional resources to reopen schools.

The administration plans to ship the Abbott BinaxNOW point of care tests in batches and will distribute them on a per capita basis, according to officials working with the White House coronavirus task force. It’s unclear which states will receive the tests first

In a private call on Monday morning, Vice President Mike Pence pleaded with governors directly, saying that while they are free to use the tests as they see fit, the administration is distributing the tests with the “hope” that state leaders use them to reopening of schools.

The testing rollout comes as scientists, including those working with Trump’s own coronavirus task force, warn that Americans could face a significant risk in the upcoming months if governors continue to allow their residents to socialize in crowded indoor settings, including bars and restaurants, and if they do not adequately control the spread of the virus on college campuses. Even Pence, the leader of the task force, said Americans should expect the situation to worsen in the coming weeks. “Cases will rise in the days ahead,” he told reporters Monday in the Rose Garden.

Despite those warnings, Trump and his advisers in the White House continue to downplay fears of another COVID19 wave by overpromising the reach of the new infusion of testing supplies. Trump has repeatedly told the American people that a vaccine is just around a corner even as top officials say the public will not have access to the remedy until well into next year. On Monday, Trump deployed a similar tactic, saying his administration would send 100 million new COVID19 tests to help governors safely keep students in the classroom, a move he hailed as a significant accomplishment. But officials working on that effort said states would receive only 6.5 million tests in the first round and gave no indication of when the other 94.5 million tests would be distributed.

Trump has consistently praised his administration’s coronavirus response even as the nation’s death toll has climbed past 200,000 and his handling of the pandemic has been heavily scrutinized by officials. The president has also proudly flouted state’s coronavirus restrictions as he returned to full-fledged rallies in recent weeks.

That disregard for state restrictions has been further coupled with him continuing to lash out at Democratic led states, demanding that they reopen even though the virus continues to spread and kill.

The president continued that approach Monday when it came to “lockdowns,” saying such a move “can be very harmful.”

“And we have too many states that are locked down right now, the governors are, nobody knows what the governors are doing actually,” Trump said during his speech.

Trump’s message was echoed, as usual, by Pence. After touting the improving coronavirus situations in the sun belt states that

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Smart Ways to Hang or Hide Paper Towel Rolls in Your Kitchen

Most of us reach for a roll of paper towels on the regular. Maybe you want to grease a baking pan, or perhaps you need to mop up a small spill—those are just a couple of the hundred or so reasons we might need a sheet or two. But paper towels are not something we want rolling around on the counter, but hiding them under the sink isn’t practical: No one wants to stoop down and dig through the cabinets every time there’s a spill. So, what are some of the best ways to store a roll of paper towels so that the kitchen essentials are on hand but not in the way? We’ve divided possible options into four main types—countertop holders, under-counter hangers, wall-mounted holders, and over-the-cabinet-door holders—so you can find the solution that will work best for your kitchen.



a plate of food on a table: Courtesy of Food52/Rocky Luten


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a plate of food on a table: Wrangle your roll so it's easy to grab but not in the way.


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Wrangle your roll so it’s easy to grab but not in the way.

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Countertop

When you use a countertop holder, you’re committing to keeping your roll of paper towels in view. Choose a style that echoes the look of your kitchen, whether that means a simple maple wood holder ($48, food52.com), going with a classy gold option ($59, williams-sonoma.com), or bringing home a sleek metal version ($24.99, amazon.com) to suit your more contemporary space. (This style of countertop holder has a tension arm to help you pull just one sheet at a time.). Another option: Repurposing an antique washer plunger or other vintage item to hold your roll.



a close up of a towel hanging on the wall: Courtesy of Schoolhouse


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Wall Mounted

If you don’t have the counter space or don’t want to add another item to your counters, a wall-mounted paper towel holder is the obvious solution. Look for a holder that will last and is easy to change the roll on, plus easy to use. There are lots of utilitarian options that blend in ($14.99, bedbathandbeyond.com), but there are also sturdy ones that make a statement ($119, schoolhouse.com) all on their own. Some require drilling into the wall to install, but if you’re living in a rental or not ready to commit, you’ll find magnetic paper towel holders ($19.99, containerstore.com) work well, but are generally not as sturdy. You’ll need to be gentle with this iteration. Most wall mounted holders are horizontal but there are some vertical models if that fits your space or style better. For a statement-making wall-mounted paper towel holder, a vintage ice pick setup can’t be beat ($83, etsy.com).



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Under Cabinet

A paper towel is always on hand when you have an under-cabinet holder. Styles range from clip on ($32, macys.com) to those that require some installation, often with screws through the base of the shelf or upper cabinet ($13.42, amazon.com). Consider the profile of the holder when you have a

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At Kabba’s Kitchen, Senegalese specials include some of Portland’s tastiest fried spring rolls

Would you be surprised to learn that some of Portland’s tastiest fried springs rolls come from a new Senegalese food cart?

Then you don’t know nems.

A legacy of French colonialism, spring rolls were brought to West Africa by the Vietnamese brides of Senegalese soldiers returning from the Indochina War. The crunchy snacks are now among the most popular street foods in Dakar. At Kabba’s Kitchen, one of just a tiny handful of West African restaurants in Portland, chef-owner Kabba Saidikhan carries on this tradition, wrapping ground beef and chicken with glass noodles in egg roll wrappers (the see-through rice paper used in Senegal is a bit too sticky for the cart, she says), then deep fries each roll to a golden crunch.

Saidikhan moved from Senegal to Vancouver, Wash. in 1996, back when Portland’s most famous West African restaurant was the North Park Blocks’ Baobab, which closed in the early 2000s. Urged on by friends, relatives and other fans of her cooking, Saidikhan decided to test out the food cart waters last year. Kabba’s Kitchen opened on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in May. As it happens, the former cheesesteak cart Saidikhan bought sits on the same block as Akadi, Ivory Coast-born chef Fatou Ouattara’s three-year-old restaurant. (Black Star Grill, a Ghanaian food cart formerly parked near Portland State University, is currently on hiatus as owner Enoch Aggrey looks for a new home).

“I had heard of the name Akadi, but i never really went there,” Saidikhan says. “But once we bought the cart, and signed all the papers, I was introducing myself to one of the ladies that runs a cart here, Kee (Kee’s Loaded Kitchen owner Kiauna Nelson), and she says, ‘Do you know there’s a West African restaurant right there?” And so we drove around the corner, and my husband goes, ‘Look, there’s the restaurant right there!’”

Kabba's Kitchen food cart

Fataya and nems from Kabba’s Kitchen.The Oregonian

There’s some menu overlap between the two businesses, including a whole fish preparation (a signature at Akadi) and the Senegalese favorite mafé, a creamy peanut sauce tossed with beef (Kabba’s is nice). But as Saidikhan points out, there are plenty of differences as well.

“We both serve West African. They serve Ivory Coast/Ghanaian. We serve Senegambian,” Saidikhan says, combining Senegal and Gambia, her family’s interlocking home countries. “Africa is so big, you know, there’s a variety of food.”

As for those fried spring rolls, Saidikhan hopes customers focus instead on another appetizer. She points to her fataya, a fried meat pie with ground meat, potatoes, onion, herbs and spices, which has deeper Senegalese roots.

11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday-Saturday; 3625 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.; 503-438-6770; https://kabbas-kitchen.business.site. This story is part of our annual guide to Portland’s best new food carts. Know of a cart that opened in the past year that you think we should know about? Drop me a line at [email protected] and let me know why you love it.

Michael Russell,

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LG ‘Rolls’ Out Craft Ice On More Refrigerator Models, Adds New Features For Today’s Next-Level Kitchen

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., Sept. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — With more consumers experimenting in the kitchen as they spend more time at home, LG Electronics USA is expanding its industry-first, slow-melting LG Craft Ice™ technology to 19 refrigerator models while adding convenient new features designed to inspire consumers to take their everyday kitchens to the next level.

Experience the interactive Multichannel News Release here: https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8772151-lg-electronics-craft-ice-refrigerators/

The entire lineup of smart, Wi-Fi-connected LG refrigerators with Craft Ice can produce double the amount of Craft Ice in the same amount of time for bespoke beverages at home.1  Plus, consumers can choose from new featured-packed models with a versatile Full-Convert™ drawer that switches among five custom fridge to freezer temperatures,2 LG InstaView® “knock on” glass technology, and the largest capacity French Door refrigerators on the market.3   

“Today’s consumer is looking for a reliable refrigerator with more storage and organization, while also seeking new ways to get creative in their own kitchens as they stay close to home,” said Peggy Ang, head of marketing at LG Electronics USA. “Only

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New Feilding interior design store rolls out the red carpet for first customers

Managing director of Blackshire Interiors John Middleton in his new Feilding interior design store that combines a Carpet Court and a CurtainStudio store with an interior design studio.

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Managing director of Blackshire Interiors John Middleton in his new Feilding interior design store that combines a Carpet Court and a CurtainStudio store with an interior design studio.

A new Feilding interior design store has rolled out the red carpet to welcome customers.

Blackshire Interiors opened a joint Carpet Court and CurtainStudio showroom on Manchester St, in the old Farmlands building on Thursday.

It’s the first time the building has had a long-term commercial tenant since Farmlands moved to South St and had mostly stood empty for more than five years.

Blackshire owner John Middleton said it was good time to open a new store in his industry despite the current economic uncertainty created by coronavirus.

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“People have been spending more time in their own homes recently, so many are taking the discretionary spending they might have spent on travel and putting into the spaces around them,” Middleton said.

Middleton has been in the carpet and flooring industry for two decades.

He founded Feilding’s Carpet Pro Cleaning and Repairs 20 years ago and sold it to his top technician, who still owns it, when he went to work for Carpet Court’s national merchandise team five-and-a-half years ago.

There was some of the highest demand for housing, and therefore carpet and interior design, in Manawatū that he’d ever seen.

“The housing and flooring industry is going gangbusters, so it’s a really exciting time [for us].”

The latest Central Economic Development Agency figures showed Manawatū had a 79 per cent increase in new house consents when comparing the June financial quarters from 2019 to 2020.

A range of other economic benchmarks showed Manwatū has been largely insulated from the worst of Covid-19’s economic disruption.

Palmerston North had 2347 residents on the Jobseeker benefit in July, a 36 per cent increase from July 2019.

Agency chief executive Linda Stewart said Manawatū took a hit, but was outperforming the national economy because of its diverse economy, with strong agricultural, education, public administration, logistics and construction sectors.

The new showroom employs three staff, and Middleton was confident he would be in a position to hire another staff member around the new year.

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