Workshop/APD and April Bovet Interior Design Team Up on a Cobble Hill, Brooklyn Gem

In the dining room, Eoos chairs ring a custom concrete table beneath a Rich Brilliant Willing pendant fixture. Photography by Donna Dotan.

Each of the five boroughs contains a constellation of neighborhoods with their own cultural quirks and pervading personalities. In Cobble Hill, ethnically diverse mom-and-pop shops and traditional brownstones entwine with a boho art scene, yielding an old-school yet forward-thinking Brooklyn vibe. It’s here that Workshop/APD founding principal Andrew Kotchen was given the opportunity to nestle a unique piece of architecture between two 1900s town houses, at once putting into relief the district’s dual natures.

GamFratesi stools pull up to the kitchen’s granite-topped island. Photography by Donna Dotan.

“It’s rare to get the chance to run an intelligent design process that isn’t based in historical preservation,” Kotchen says of the ground-up plan he conceived for his client, a married couple with two teenage children. After performing initial zoning studies, he and the WAPD team demolished the existing residence and inserted a modernist glass-and-steel town house, encompassing 7,000 square feet and four bedrooms across six floors. “We didn’t set out to take up every inch of buildable square footage,” Kotchen continues. “The focus was on creating comfortable, livable rooms.” Leveraging ideas from past projects with this client, he has devised, in its “calming simplicity,” an exemplar of the contemporary urban home.

White-oak built-ins backdrop an Antonio Citterio sofa and ottoman in the living room. Photography by Donna Dotan.

The streamlined program begins with a triple-height entry atrium that references elements from the facade. A screen of ebonized-oak slats rises the full 31 feet and then crosses the ceiling, the orientations nodding to the exterior’s vertical windows and horizontal Belgian bricks, which extend into the entry. Furthermore, the slat color links to the blackened steel framing those windows. It all functions as a sort of decompression chamber, providing a “gradual transition to and reveal of the
interiors,” Kotchen notes.

Slabs of honed Pietra Cardosa surround the main bathroom. Photography by Donna Dotan.

Beyond is the main living level, where the architect constructed volumes that flow and intersect seamlessly for maximum functionality. The kitchen is central, specially designed to support the client’s love of cooking and entertaining. Flanking it are the dining and living rooms, and directly behind its generous island is a clear path to stairs leading down to an expansive terrace and lawn for casual outdoor gatherings. Surfaces are clad in brushed stainless steel or black granite for textural nuance and durability. Extensive white-oak built-ins provide storage in the living room and conceal it in the dining room and kitchen. “We
approached the structure as a compositional explor­ation, using restraint to avoid over-embellishing,” Kotchen explains.

Carrie Crawford artwork and a bone-china pendant decorate the main bedroom. Photography by Donna Dotan.

It also provided a neutral envelope to backdrop the cadences of daily family life. April Bovet Interior Design was brought on to infuse the home with a
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Colts’ Interior O-Line Makes Strong Impression on PFF ‘Team of the Week’

INDIANAPOLIS — Let’s just say that Sunday didn’t go as planned for the Indianapolis Colts.

They arrived in Northern Ohio to play the Cleveland Browns and rarely had control of the game outside of the first quarter. Ultimately, the Colts lost 32-23, yielding a season-high 385 yards defensively and giving up two interceptions and a safety on offense.

However, this piece isn’t to dwell on the outcome of Sunday’s matchup. We’ve done that already.

This is to point out some of the Colts’ bright spots in the game, such as left guard Quenton Nelson and center Ryan Kelly, who made the Pro Football Focus “NFL Week 5 Team of the Week.”

There were some splash plays in all three phases of the game, so there was some recognition given by PFF in spots throughout the roster. Here are the Colts players who ranked in the top 10 of their position in Week 5.

Ryan Kelly, Quenton Nelson, Mark Glowinski

Center No. 1 (91.1), 56 snaps (100%) | Guard No. 4 (80.5), 56 snaps (100%) |

Guard No. 6 (78.4), 56 snaps (100%)

The Colts offensive tackles had a long day at the office while squaring off with Browns edge defenders Myles Garrett and Olivier Vernon, but the interior of the line held firm for the most part.

While Nelson and Kelly made the “Team of the Week,” right guard Mark Glowinski had a big day himself, raking in the No. 6 guard grade.

When the Colts ran between left guard to right guard, they totaled nine carries for 43 yards (4.8 avg.), two first downs, and one run of 10-plus yards. Kelly was especially productive with a run-blocking grade of 95.2, which was the best of any player in Week 5.

Between the three, PFF docked them for just three pressures allowed on quarterback Philip Rivers. Nelson had none. Nelson was flagged for a questionable holding call.

Isaiah Rodgers

Kick returner No. 1 (86.5), 13 ST snaps (46%)

5 kickoff returns, 42.4 avg., 1 TD

What a way for Rodgers to introduce himself to the NFL. In just the rookie’s fifth game, the reigning 2019 NCAA kickoff return leader returned his first kickoff for a touchdown.

With the Colts trailing by 17 points early in the third quarter, Rodgers took the kick 101 yards to the house on his way to 212 total yards, third-most in a single game in franchise history. Rodgers is also just the second player in the NFL to return a kickoff for a touchdown this season.

Grover Stewart

Defensive lineman No. 6 (85.6), 48 snaps (66%)

6 tackles

The Colts did a solid job of slowing the Browns’ No. 1-ranked rushing offense as Kareem Hunt totaled just 72 yards on 20 carries (3.6 avg.).

One of the biggest performances they got up front was from their nose tackle, Stewart. Along with six tackles, he was also credited with one pressure on the quarterback and four “stops,” which PFF considers to be a forced failure

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Penguin Random House, PEN America team up to Book the Vote

NEW YORK (AP) — Neil Gaiman, Anita Hill and Ann Patchett will be among the contributors to Book the Vote, an online initiative to provide information on the electoral system, voting registration and civic topics.



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The web site will include videos from Gaiman, Hill, Patchett and other authors and public figures, including Jennifer Egan, Jeffrey Tobin, Susan Orlean and Alan Cumming. One feature is called “How America Works” and covers four topics: the right to vote, voting for the president, the Supreme Court and the electoral college.

“Truth, facts, press freedom, and the future of open discourse are all on the ballot this November,” PEN America CEO Suzanne Nossel said in a statement.

Noseel and Penguin Random House U.S. CEO Madeline McIntosh said they were pleased to be working together to provide credible and authoritative information about the U.S. election and voting rights.

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Candace Owens team paid for attendees to travel to White House event

Mask wearing was not requirement for entrance to the event

Black conservative activist Candace Owens led a group of visitors to a Trump event at the White House. ABC News is now reporting that Owens’s group “BLEXIT” paid for the travel and lodging of some visitors.

Activist Candace Owens speaks to guests during the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum at the 148th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits on April 26, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Activist Candace Owens speaks to guests during the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum at the 148th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits on April 26, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

BLEXIT, a moniker of Black Exit refers to Black people leaving the Democratic Party to become Republicans.

Saturday’s White House event featured President Donald Trump who was recently diagnosed with COVID-19, and did not enforce social distancing.

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“EVERYONE MUST BRING A MASK TO BE ALLOWED ENTRY ONTO THE WHITE HOUSE GROUNDS,” Owen’s campaign’s statement in a private email obtained by ABC News. “Absolutely no exceptions.”

Mask wearing was not requirement for entrance, though. The attendees had to submit to a COVID-19 screening the morning of the event, which consisted of a temperature check and a brief questionnaire, according to ABC News.

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses a rally in support of law and order on the South Lawn of the White House on October 10, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump addresses a rally in support of law and order on the South Lawn of the White House on October 10, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

Supporters attended a prescheduled BLEXIT event called the “BLEXIT Back the Blue” to support police officers. After that event, the group headed to Trump’s “HUGE outdoor rally.”

The BLEXIT campaign reportedly used its funds to pay for guests to show up to the event. Some on social media speculate that Owens and her supporters are used as puppets to help Trump’s image with Black people.

“We are not interested in participating in your obvious media angle here to slander/attack the President regarding Covid-19,” Owens said in response to ABC News’ request for comment. “[The BLEXIT Back the Blue event] is about supporting law enforcement in minority communities.

It is unknown how much money was used.

Read More: Trump vows not to participate in virtual debate with Biden

White House spokesman Judd Deere told ABC News the administration had no involvement in accommodating anyone.

Trump is currently struggling with support among Black voters as Joe Biden led him 88% to 9% among Black registered voters, according to a Sept. 26 ABC/Washington Post poll.

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Yoshinoya Japanese kitchen rewards team members and guests

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CALIFORNIA, USA – Yoshinoya Japanese Kitchen, known for its artisanal Japanese-inspired rice bowls, announced it is empowering team members, and rewarding guests, who make their voice heard this election year.

Specifically, the company is encouraging all employees to vote, by providing voter registration resources and an extra hour of pay for team members, which they encourage be used to educate themselves on the voting process, candidates and issues.

Along with team member support and incentives, the brand is also offering guests:

  • A free order of Donut Dippers with purchase of any bowl on Election Day, November 3, for any guest who shows their “I Voted” sticker in restaurant, or uses code “IVOTED” on the Yoshinoya App or YoshinoyaAmerica.com*
  • Free Delivery on the Yoshinoya App and YoshinoyaAmerica.com all November long

“We believe in the importance of individual expression and providing freedom of choice, whether it be in customizing your favorite bowl, or selecting the future leaders of this country,” said Dar Vasseghi, chief executive officer. “Now more than ever, it’s vital that everyone has the time and resources needed to make informed decisions and cast their vote.”

*One free order of Donut Dippers per person, while supplies last.

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New upscale Stone Oak Mexican restaurant Cuishe Cocina Mexicana opening Tuesday in San Antonio from Toro Kitchen + Bar team

At special events and festivals around San Antonio the last few years, co-owner Gerardo De Anda of the popular Spanish restaurant Toro Kitchen + Bar has made no secret that the food of Mexico would be his next quest.

Tuesday, Oct. 6, that quest becomes a reality with the opening of Cuishe Cocina Mexicana in Stone Oak, just a few doors down from where he opened the first Toro in 2017. A second location of Cuishe is coming Nov. 3 in St. Paul Square near downtown, close to the second location of Toro, according to Cuishe’s Facebook page.

Named for an agave plant used to make mezcal, Cuishe (pronounced KWEE-sheh) will feature more than 150 bottles of spirits distilled from agave, including tequila, mezcal, sotol, raicilla and bacanora, served straight up or mixed in a wide variety of cocktails served not just in glasses, but also in clay cups, gourds and even hollowed-out jalapeños.

The kitchen, overseen by Toro executive chef Juan Carlos Bazan, will showcase food from Central Mexico, with familiar dishes like Wagyu steak arrachera, enchiladas, sopes, street tacos made from an al pastor trompo and wood-fired snapper and less-familiar specialties like huitlacoche quesadillas, ant-larvae “caviar” called escamoles, flame-roasted octopus and “bichos,” an assortment of toasted scorpions, grasshoppers and worms served with guacamole.

The elegant space is divided into rooms with rustic accents, such as Mexican vaquero gear and the farm implements used to harvest agave.


Cuishe Cocina Mexicana, in Stone Oak at 115 N Loop 1604 E Suite 1118, cuishemx.com. In St. Paul Square at 119 Heiman St. Stone Oak hours: noon-11 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, noon-2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday. A brunch and lunch combination menu will be served each day, with dinner beginning at 3 p.m. Hours are not yet available for the downtown location.

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Yoshinoya Japanese Kitchen Rewards Team Members and Guests for Making Their Voice Heard During the 2020 Election

Yoshinoya Japanese Kitchen Rewards Team Members and Guests for Making Their Voice Heard During the 2020 Election

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TORRANCE, Calif., Oct. 5, 2020

Company will Offer FREE Donut Dippers on Election Day for Voters

TORRANCE, Calif., Oct. 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Yoshinoya Japanese Kitchen, known for its artisanal Japanese-inspired rice bowls, today announced it is empowering team members, and rewarding guests, who make their voice heard this election year. Specifically, the company is encouraging all employees to vote, by providing voter registration resources and an extra hour of pay for team members, which they encourage be used to educate themselves on the voting process, candidates and issues.

Along with team member support and incentives, the brand is also offering guests:

  • A free order of Donut Dippers with purchase of any bowl on Election Day, November 3rd, for any guest who shows their “I Voted” sticker in restaurant, or uses code “IVOTED” on the Yoshinoya App or YoshinoyaAmerica.com*

  • Free Delivery on the Yoshinoya App and YoshinoyaAmerica.com all November long

“We believe in the importance of individual expression and providing freedom of choice, whether it be in customizing your favorite bowl, or selecting the future leaders of this country,” said Dar Vasseghi, CEO. “Now more than ever, it’s vital that everyone has the time and resources needed to make informed decisions and cast their vote.”

*One free order of Donut Dippers per person, while supplies last.

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Fresh, wholesome Japanese-style cuisine is the essence of the Yoshinoya Japanese Kitchen menu. Dating back to 1899 with the opening of its first restaurant in Tokyo, Japan, Yoshinoya is among the oldest quick-service restaurant chains in operation. Throughout its century of experience, Yoshinoya continues to grow aggressively while operating or franchising more than 2,000 restaurants in Japan, Mainland China, Shanghai, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Philippines and the United States, including over 100 locations in California. The menu is based on fresh ingredients served in a variety of rice bowls, including the original Beef Bowl® that started it all in 1899. For more information, visit the company’s website.

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Interior IG Team Used Evil Twins and $200 Tech to Hack Department Wi-Fi Networks

Hackers gained unauthorized access to the Interior Department’s internal systems by breaching agency Wi-Fi networks using $200 homemade hacking kits. Luckily, the attackers were white hat hackers from the Interior Office of the Inspector General.

Earlier this year, the Interior IG’s IT audit team conducted several penetration tests at bureau offices, using easily accessible hacking tools to demonstrate the fragility of the agency’s wireless networks.

“We found that the department did not deploy and operate a secure wireless network infrastructure,” the team wrote in an audit report released Wednesday. “Specifically, the department’s wireless network policy did not ensure bureaus kept inventories of their wireless networks, enforce strong user authentication measures, require periodic tests of network security, or require network monitoring to detect and repel well-known attacks.”

To expose just how vulnerable the agency’s networks are, the pentesting work was done entirely by the IG’s in-house IT audit team, which constructed portable test units that fit inside backpacks and purses and could be operated using a smartphone. Auditors then set up in public areas near Interior offices—such as park benches—or got limited access to buildings and set to work infiltrating the agency’s networks.

Each kit cost less than $200 and used widely available open source software.

“These attacks—which went undetected by security guards and IT security staff as we explored department facilities—were highly successful,” the team wrote, noting they were able to intercept and decrypt network traffic at multiple offices.

The intrusion tests showed Interior’s poor Wi-Fi security, as well as other deeper problems with resilience.

At two locations, the team was able to go “far beyond the wireless network at issue” and again access to the department’s internal networks. The IG hackers were even able to steal the login credentials of an IT employee, gaining access to the internal help desk system and visibility into all of that employee’s open tickets.

“We also found that several bureaus and offices did not implement measures to limit the potential adverse effect of breaching a wireless network,” the report reads. “Because the bureaus did not have such protective measures in place, such as network segmentation, we were able to identify assets containing sensitive data or supporting mission-critical operations.”

The report outlines two types of attacks testers used to gain access to Interior networks: one in which the attackers deciphered the pre-shared key—like the single ID and password used to log on to a home network—and another in which they stole unique credentials using “evil twins” to access a more secure network.

In the former scenario, the team used the homemade hacking kits to eavesdrop on wireless network traffic, waiting for someone to log on or otherwise transmit encoded credentials. Depending on the quality of the password, the attacker might be able to break the encryption there on the spot. If it’s too complex, the “credentials can be transmitted to higher performance remote systems where additional efforts could be dedicated to breaking the encoding,” the report states.

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US Futures Rise As President Trump’s Medical Team Suggests Monday Return To White House

U.S. futures spiked on Sunday night as of President Donald Trump’s healthcare providers expressed optimism over his timely return to the White House.

What Happened: Dr. Brian Garibaldi, a member of Trump’s medical team, said the President could be discharged from the Walter Reed Medical Center, where he is undergoing treatment for COVID-19, as early as Monday, and be back in the White House, CNN reported.

Garibaldi’s comments came amid uncertainty over Trump’s health, with contradicting reports. The president’s physicians had revealed earlier in the day that he was being treated with dexamethasone, a powerful steroid reserved for extreme COVID-19 cases, CNBC reported.

Dr. Vin Gupta, a faculty member at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, told CNBC that the disclosure indicates the president may be suffering from pneumonia.

Trump’s physician Dr. Sean Conley said that Trump had suffered two episodes of transient drops in his oxygen saturation, according to CNN.

“It was a determination of the team based on the timeline from the initial diagnosis that we initiate dexamethasone,” said Conley.

The president left the hospital briefly on Sunday — to be driven around in an SUV in order to greet his supporters, CBS News reported.

Why It Matters: Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, an infectious disease specialist at the Boston University School of Medicine, told CNBC that she would not discharge someone who was just put on steroids.

Conflicting accounts of the president’s treatment have emerged since Saturday as his doctors remain evasive on key health parameters including on whether he required supplemental oxygen.

Meanwhile, several members of the president’s inner circle at the Republican party have tested positive for COVID-19, including three senators.

Price Action: S&P 500 futures rose 0.77% to 3,365, while Dow Jones Industrial Average Futures gained 0.78% to 22,779. Nasdaq futures traded 1.06% higher at 11,352.50 at press time.

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Medical Team: Trump Could Return to White House as Early as Monday | National News

President Donald Trump’s medical team on Sunday gave a positive outlook on his health following his coronavirus diagnosis, saying he could be released from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to return to the White House as early as Monday.

The doctors described two incidents of drops in Trump’s oxygen saturation – the latest on Saturday morning, which prompted the doctors to put the president on dexamethasone, a widely available steroid that has been shown to reduce death in severe COVID-19 cases. Trump’s physician, Dr. Sean Conley, did not know if Trump was given supplemental oxygen at that time, and he did not say how low the president’s oxygen levels dropped.

The doctor disclosed that Trump was put on supplemental oxygen on Friday following a high fever and his first drop in oxygen levels, despite Trump being “fairly adamant” that he did not need it, according to the doctors. He remained on oxygen for about an hour, Conley said.

Conley did not say if the president’s CT scans or X-rays have shown any damage to his lungs.

“There’s some expected findings, but nothing of any major clinical concern,” he said.

When asked why he didn’t reveal that Trump was previously on supplemental oxygen during a press conference on Saturday, Conely said: “I was trying to reflect the upbeat attitude that the team, the president, over his course of illness has had. I didn’t want to give any information that might steer the course of illness in another direction, and in doing so, came off that we were trying to hide something, which wasn’t necessarily true.”

Conely also tried to explain the differing statements between him and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, who reportedly told pool reporters on Saturday that the president’s condition had been “very concerning.”

“The chief and I work side by side, and I think his statement was misconstrued,” Conely said, adding that Friday’s episode was “limited.”

The president also completed his second dose of remdesivir Saturday evening. His doctors plan to continue him on a five-day course on the drug.

“Today he feels well. He’s been up and around. Our plan for today is to have him to eat and drink, be up out of bed as much as possible, to be mobile,” Dr. Brian Garibaldi said. “And if he continues to look and feel as well as he does today, our hope is that we can plan for a discharge as early as tomorrow to the White House where he can continue his treatment course.”

Trump was transported to the medical center early Friday evening.

The president is expected to receive a national security briefing later Sunday from national security adviser Robert O’Brien, Gen. Mark Milley and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

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