Toronto Raptors Begin Their Strange NBA Odyssey At ‘Home’ Court In Tampa

Toronto Raptors General Manager Bobby Webster had his first media session with reporters on Tuesday in Tampa, and it was strange.

Many questions were directed at how odd the experience is going to be playing their “home” games in South Florida.

With the Canadian-U.S. border closed to all but essential travel due to Covid-19, the Raptors were denied a chance to play their home games out of Scotiabank Arena by the Canadian government.

Intead, they will begin the season playing out of

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City advises elderly to remain at home as COVID cases grow

New York City officials are advising senior citizens to avoid as much nonessential travel outside of their households as the number of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations jump.



A man wears a face mask while walking in Times Square in New York, Nov. 18, 2020.


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A man wears a face mask while walking in Times Square in New York, Nov. 18, 2020.

The city’s Health Department issued an advisory Tuesday that elderly and New Yorkers with underlying health conditions should “limit activities outside the home, except leaving home to travel to work or school, or for essential purposes including medical care, grocery shopping or pharmacy necessities.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Health Commissioner Dave Chokshi said the coronavirus situation is getting worse and cases are expected to increase in the coming weeks. Chokshi said the city’s hospitals have more than 1,100 COVID-19 patients.

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“That’s twice as many as were

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Living with lung cancer and COVID-19

Like millions of Americans, Sherry Haines has had COVID-19. But Haines has an underlying health condition that made the virus especially risky for her—she has stage 4 lung cancer.



a young girl in a blue shirt: In June, Sherry Haines developed COVID-19 symptoms... in addition to having stage 4 lung cancer. (Photo: Nathalie Cruz for Yahoo Life)


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In June, Sherry Haines developed COVID-19 symptoms… in addition to having stage 4 lung cancer. (Photo: Nathalie Cruz for Yahoo Life)

Haines, 50, tells Yahoo Life that she knew something was off in late June when she developed “extreme fatigue,” along with several other symptoms.  “My throat was sore, and I had headaches and muscle aches, I was horribly nauseous and was starting to get chills,” she says. “I just knew that I probably had the virus.”

The Florida resident says she was “a little scared” but notes that her she was otherwise healthy. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2018 and says, while it will never go away, the medication she takes has cleared

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Yellen Urges Closing Wealth Gap, Boosting U.S. Standing Abroad

(Bloomberg) — Janet Yellen called for closing the U.S. wealth gap and restoring American standing abroad as the former Federal Reserve chair was introduced as President-elect Joe Biden’s choice to be the next Treasury secretary.



Janet Yellen holding a sign posing for the camera: Janet Yellen speaks during an event to name President-elect Joe Biden’s economic team on Dec. 1.


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Janet Yellen speaks during an event to name President-elect Joe Biden’s economic team on Dec. 1.

In brief remarks Tuesday as Biden unveiled members of his incoming administration’s economic team, Yellen vowed to “build our economy back better than before” — echoing his campaign theme. She urged a renewed focus on addressing economic inequities that she called an “American tragedy” that must be tackled.

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“It’s essential that we move with urgency — inaction will produce a self-reinforcing downturn causing yet more devastation,” she said.

She also welcomed Biden’s choice to serve as deputy Treasury secretary, Adewale Adeyemo, known as Wally, to the team.

“To the great public servants

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LGBTQ Rights in North Carolina After the ‘Bathroom Bill’

Passing new local protections in North Carolina could be the key to wider changes across the South, Scott and her allies argue. For queer-rights advocates, local legislation has become more crucial than ever, because Donald Trump and his Republican allies have rolled back federal and state protections over the past four years. But major obstacles to this plan lie ahead.

Among the most significant is that the Republican-run state legislature could try to renew the state’s ban on local protections—or even resurrect H.B. 2 itself. H.B. 2 first arose in response to the city of Charlotte’s passage of a local LGBTQ-rights ordinance. In 2016, the state GOP “decided that culture-war issues ought to take precedence over traditional conservative preference for local control,” The Atlantic’s David A. Graham wrote at the time. Sure, H.B. 2 went on to cause massive economic and reputational problems for the state, and arguably contributed

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Canada plans to clamp new tax on foreign home buyers

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada is readying a new tax on foreign home buyers to help tamp down on speculative purchases from overseas, cited as a factor behind sharp rises in housing prices in some markets that have left many Canadians unable to afford homes.

The new tax was mentioned in a fiscal document published on Monday, though few details were given. The timing and scope of the measures would likely be outlined in the spring budget, expected in March or April, a senior government source said.

“Speculative demand from foreign, non-resident investors contributes to unaffordable housing prices for many Canadians,” the government said in its Fall Economic Statement.

“The government is committed to ensuring that foreign, non-resident owners, who simply use Canada as a place to passively store their wealth in housing, pay their fair share.”

Foreign speculators were blamed for driving up home prices in Vancouver and Toronto earlier

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What’s Mattress Mack giving away now?

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What a guy, huh?

What a guy, huh?

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Mattress Mack is at it again.

Gallery Furniture’s Jim McIngvale will give 30 families a house’s worth of furniture, just in time for the holidays. The economic hardships stemming from the prolonged pandemic mean more people are going without this holiday season.

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“Gallery Furniture is proud to continue the tradition of providing them a little comfort,” McIngvale said of the giveaway.

You can nominate someone in need by visiting the Gallery Furniture website. All you need is the person’s name, email, phone number and ZIP code.


This 2020 giveaway is the latest in of McIngvale’s long history of philanthropic events for Houstonians during Christmastime. It started in 1983 when he delivered furniture to his north Houston

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Christmas Activities for Families – Holiday Season Ideas

A Full Plate is a column about family life and the home by contributing writer Laura Fenton, who explores the intersection of sustainable living and home design through a mother’s eyes.


I have a confession: In years past, my family’s holiday celebrations often started with Christmas Eve and ended with Christmas Day. In the rush of juggling work, parenting, and housekeeping, I never had the time to make the holiday spirit last all week, leave alone all month (even present-wrapping was left for the eleventh hour, after everyone had gone to bed). There was a lot more room for joy on my holiday agenda.

This year, with so much time at home, I’ve decided to stretch the season out and sneak a little bit of magic into every single day. This feels especially important because we missed Thanksgiving with family this year. So, I’ve got my joy-making scheme turned towards

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Design-Build Firm Murray Lampert Strategically Grows During COVID-19

“We implemented safety protocols for our office and in the field, well before shelter in place went into effect,” said Gregg Cantor, President of Murray Lampert.

Making sure the office and jobsites are safe was the company’s number one priority. At the same time, with new software, Murray Lampert enabled staff to work remotely to maintain productivity and improve the client experience.

“I personally called our trade partners to inform them that we were following all protocols and being recognized as an essential business, so we could all continue to work,” says Cantor. “I then contacted all of our clients to make sure that they were comfortable with us working on their projects.  All of Murray Lampert’s approved and were pleased.

Several media outlets featured Murray Lampert and Gregg Cantor as a business that was continuing under COVID-19 restrictions. https://www.10news.com/news/team-10/local-building-industry-adapting-to-covid-19-restrictions

As a member of the City of San Diego

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Argentine prosecutors raid home of Maradona’s psychiatrist in probe

By Ramiro Scandolo



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Copa Diego Maradona – Boca Juniors v Newell’s Old Boys

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentine investigators raided the home of Diego Maradona’s psychiatrist on Tuesday, the latest twist in a probe into the soccer legend’s death last week, which has already seen files seized from his personal doctor.

Prosecutors, with a judicial order, carried out searches in the house and the private office of Agustina Cosachov in Buenos Aires, as they had done on Sunday with the properties of Maradona’s personal doctor Leopoldo Luque.

“These are routine measures when investigating the causes of death of a patient,” Cosachov’s lawyer, Vadim Mischanchuk, told local television. “What is being sought is a medical history on telephones and computers.”

Maradona, who fought long battles with addiction, died of a heart attack at the age of 60 last week after undergoing brain surgery earlier in November for

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