‘We ran out of space.’ Amid Covid-19 surge, an Illinois funeral home director says it’s been hard keeping up with demand

In November, the home’s numbers nearly doubled.

Founder and funeral director Tim Honquest told CNN affiliate WREX the home received about 54 calls — 26 of which involved Covid-19 cases.
“This month of November was something I’ve never seen before,” he told the affiliate. “It was just crazy.”

With a refrigeration capacity of about 12 deceased, Honquest said the home, which is northeast of Chicago, had to turn a preparation room into a second refrigeration area to keep up.

Tim Honquest

“We ran out of space,” he told the news station. “We literally ran out of space.”

On November 18, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Covid-19 was the third leading cause of death in the state, behind heart disease and cancer. Between March and October, the governor had said, the virus took more lives than “the next two highest causes, strokes and accidents, combined.” And the fall surge was quickly proving significantly

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This week’s home entertainment: from Euphoria to Mank


With filming on season two of HBO’s controversial, critically lauded teen drama delayed due to Covid, here is the first of two specials aimed at making the wait slightly easier. Picking up where season one left off, with Rue (Zendaya) struggling to deal with her relapse, we also meet Colman Domingo’s Ali, a mentor from Rue’s rehab group.

Monday 7 December, 9pm, Sky Atlantic

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Dawn French returns as Geraldine Grainger in this Zoom-themed series of shorts reviving the beloved sitcom. We follow the vicar’s lockdown through her online sermons, giving tips on everything from at-home haircuts to social distancing.

Monday 7 December, 8.50pm, BBC One

Filmed over five years, this doc follows Lily Jones and her gender transition. It is a journey that started when Lily was 15 and living with her family in Aberystwyth, and

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Luxury hotel designer spent 15 years crafting the interior of one historic home in Waterford

Bleach House, Villierstown, Cappoquin, Co Waterford.

Asking price: €850,000

Agent: Sherry FitzGerald Country Homes (01) 237 6433

So you’ve just bought an empty period home almost eight times the size of a standard semi-d. How are you even going to start furnishing and decorating? Importantly, how can you do it right? Because this is an important historic home.

When the owners of Bleach House at Villierstown, Co Waterford, first bought their enormous, elegant, but rundown Regency-era mansion on the outskirts of the town in 1999, their good fortune determined that the very first person they befriended in the area was designer Stephanie Hennessy.

The Los Angeles-born interior designer had moved to Ireland for the new millennium after 30 years travelling the globe and designing the interiors of the world’s most luxurious hotels.

And 15 years after she first engaged the project, she’s still working on Bleach House. “Right now, I’m

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Medical Officials Serving Navajo Make Urgent Plea: Stay Home | Arizona News

By FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Medical professionals serving the Navajo Nation made an urgent plea to residents Thursday to stay home as coronavirus cases rise, testing the limits of health care on the vast reservation.

“If we don’t stop COVID, we will run out of beds, we will run out of nurses, we will run out of supplies,” said Dr. Loretta Christensen, chief medical officer for the Navajo-area Indian Health Service.

The Navajo Nation has been seeing more cases daily than it did in the spring when it was a national hotspot. The difference now is that cases are rising in all the states that border the reservation — New Mexico, Utah and Arizona — and nationally, and the tribe no longer can draw on the resources it once did.

That has left medical professionals scrambling to find hospitals off the reservation to take in critically

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Chobani employees share the best gifts for home cooks 2020

Most of us have been cooking at home a whole lot more during the pandemic—so chances are there’s someone on your list who would enjoy a food-related gift. To drum up some inspired ideas, we turned to the foodies at Chobani (the beloved Greek yogurt company that has expanded into oat milk, coffee creamers, and even cafes) for some curated suggestions. These are the best food gifts they’ve given, received, or put on their wishlists. Bon appétit!

[Photo: courtesy The Whole Fish]

The Whole Fish Cookbook, by Josh Niland, $37
I really enjoy this collection of technique-driven recipes, named the James Beard cookbook of 2019, and think it is a must-have for anyone who wants to learn how to cook really great fish. It’s a great read, with beautiful images that help teach the fundamentals, all while capturing the importance of fresh and local ingredients. —Jake Briere, corporate

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After six years and 6bn km, Japan’s Hayabusa2 prepares to bring home cargo of asteroid dust

The last time Hayabusa2 was seen with the naked eye, Barack Obama was president of the United States and Brexit was a distant Europhobe fantasy.

Photograph: AP

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Six years and three days after its groundbreaking mission began, the Japanese spacecraft will drop a capsule onto the Australian outback carrying pristine asteroid fragments that scientists believe could shed light on the formation of the solar system and the origins of life.

By the time it reaches the skies high over Woomera, South Australia, in the early hours of Sunday, the probe will have completed a round-trip of around 6bn km (3.7bn miles) that included two brief stops on the surface of a moving asteroid.

Related: Rock of ages: how asteroid dust may reveal secrets of life on Earth

The unmanned craft will release the capsule from a height of about 220,000km (136,700 miles), the Japan Aerospace

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49ers head to new home in Arizona to host Bills

Published 6:43 p.m. ET Dec. 3, 2020

The San Francisco 49ers will need to get used to their temporary new home, while the Buffalo Bills will try to put aside the bad memories from their most recent trip to Arizona.

The Niners have relocated to Arizona for three weeks after strict new COVID-19 protocols in their home county prohibited contact sports and practices.

So San Francisco (5-6) packed up its entire operation and headed to the desert where it’s practicing and playing the next two “home” games at the Arizona Cardinals stadium in Glendale, starting with Monday night’s matchup against the AFC East-leading Buffalo Bills (8-3).

“This entire year has been kind of odd, kind of strange,” 49ers linebacker Fred Warner said. “There’s been a lot of change, a lot of different things from a regular NFL season. So this kind of just fits right in.”

The Bills are

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Koala wanders into family’s home, climbs Christmas tree

It seems that everyone is trying to get into the Christmas spirit this year — even koalas. An Australian family was in for a big surprise this week when they discovered a koala had wandered into their home and climbed into their Christmas tree. 

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“Well that’s something you don’t see every day,” wrote Amanda McCormick in a Facebook post Wednesday. “We just came home to a real life koala up our Xmas tree in our lounge room!”

McCormick posted photos on Facebook of the curious creature nestled among the tree’s ornaments and looking quite content with its new perch in the Coromandel Valley, South Australia, home. 

She explained in the comments of the post that the family had left the back door open so their dog could get in and out in the morning. “Little lady must have just wandered in and made herself

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On ‘The Office,’ Steve Carell and the Dunder Mifflin Gang Call a Panorama City Studio Home

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Ain’t no party like a Scranton party, ‘cause a Scranton party don’t stop! The cast and crew of “The Office” wouldn’t have direct knowledge of that fact, though, being that the hit NBC series was shot in Los Angeles, a good 2,700 miles outside of Electric City, where it was set. The beloved mockumentary-style sitcom, which is seeing a major resurgence in popularity as of late thanks to its availability on Netflix, the uptick in binging resulting from 2020’s ongoing shelter-at-home regulations, and stars Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey’s recap podcast “Office Ladies,”  is unique in that almost all filming took place on a set. The production rarely ventured offsite for on-location shoots, not even for establishing shots of Scranton Business Park, the complex that housed Dunder Mifflin Paper Company, Vance Refrigeration and, for a time, the Michael Scott Paper Company.

Two Los

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Don’t Let Christmas Go Up in Flames! 7 Home Fire Safety Tips

Christmas trees popped up in homes in record time across the country this year, far ahead of the holiday season. People are turning to festive decorations to counter the doom and gloom of 2020, and spread some measure of cheer to others. But some elements of seasonal decor are potentially hazardous.

The combination of evergreen trees, wreaths, or branches with candles or lighting raises the risk of a home fire—and burning down your home is not the way you want to close out 2020.

“To make sure the holidays are the happiest time of the year, especially in these extraordinarily challenging times, you have to take fire safety precautions very seriously,” says Jami Warner, executive director of the American Christmas Tree Association. “You can deck the halls with beautiful Christmas trees and holiday decorations while keeping the safety of your loved ones top of mind.”

And Christmas tree safety

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