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At least 3 Idaho homes with Biden signs had them stolen

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) — At least three residents in Coeur d’Alene reported that their signs supporting presidential candidate Joe Biden were stolen and someone placed Confederate flags and conservative manifestos in their yards, the Coeur d’Alene Press reported.

Security footage cameras at one residence caught a person in a hooded coat walk onto a porch, tear down the Biden sign and leave with it. Another security camera in the neighborhood caught a person placing a Confederate flag and letter in front of a house. Both cameras recorded the footage around 3:45 a.m. on Thursday.

The two-page manifestos that accompanied the Confederate flags referred to Democrats as hypocrites for their stances on systemic racism. The letter writer cites, for example, that Biden had eulogized Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd from West Virginia, who was a member and organizer for the Ku Klux Klan in the 1940s and ’50s.

Byrd later renounced his membership to the organization and apologized throughout his career for his affiliation. The NAACP released a statement upon Byrd’s death saying he “became a champion for civil rights and liberties” and “came to consistently support the NAACP civil rights agenda.” Biden delivered a eulogy for Byrd in 2010 after the longtime senator died at the age of 92.

Coeur d’Alene Police Detective Mario Rio said the department initially investigated the incidents as potential malicious harassment, but that the standards of the law did not apply because the Confederate flags and letters were politically motivated as opposed to racially motivated, the incidents do not rise to the level of malicious harassment.

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Gov. Newsom signs bill that gives one-year exemption for newspapers to keep carriers as contractors

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation into law that gives newspapers a one-year extension before they must comply with another law increasing labor protections for delivery workers.

The bill, AB 323, allows newspapers to continue classifying their paper carriers as independent contractors through Jan. 1, 2022. The governor signed the measure on Wednesday.

The law continues a temporary exemption put in place last year in response to enactment of AB 5. That 2018 landmark legislation gives so-called “gig workers” eligibility for benefits typically reserved for full-time employees such as overtime, sick leave and unemployment pay. But it has been under attack since passage.

Without the extension for newspapers, the distribution costs for The Press Democrat would have increased 60% and could have forced delivery cutbacks to rural parts of the North Coast, said Steve Falk, CEO of Sonoma Media Investments, which owns The Press Democrat and other regional publications.

On Sept. 4, Newsom had signed into law AB 2257, which provides greater carve-outs from AB 5 by removing workers such as freelance writers, editors, photographers and newspaper cartoonists from the landmark law.

The California News Publishers Association, which represents more than 400 daily and weekly newspapers, plan to work with lawmakers next year to reach a long-term solution regarding paper delivery personnel, said Chuck Champion, president and CEO. To treat news carriers as full-time workers rather than contractors would be quite costly for newspaper companies and could cause many more papers statewide to reduce news coverage or fold, publishers have said.

His group needs to do a better job of educating legislators on the importance of the exemption given that print editions are still significant revenue for local newspapers even with younger readers who consume news digitally, Champion said. “It’s critical. It continues to service a segment of our community, often

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Home Improvement: Signs your gutters are in need of repair – Salisbury Post

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Fall is a great time to tackle projects around the house. The weather each fall allows homeowners to make improvements to their homes’ exteriors without worrying about extreme heat or cold, while interior projects like painting are made easier because homeowners can open the windows to allow for proper ventilation. Fall also marks a great time to prepare for upcoming projects that can make winter work that much easier. For example, fall is a great time to take stock of your gutters so you can address any issues before leaves begin to fall or the first snowstorm touches down. Compromised gutters can contribute to water issues in basements and adversely affect a home’s foundation if not addressed immediately, so it behooves homeowners to learn the signs that gutters are in need of repair or replacement.

• Gutters hanging off the home: Gutters were once installed predominantly with spikes. However, many industry professionals now install gutters with hanger brackets. Why the change? Spikes loosen over time, leading to the gutters hanging off the home. That can contribute to serious issues if left untreated. Gutters hanging off the home need not necessarily be replaced, but rather secured to the home, ideally with hanger brackets instead of spikes. Brackets hook into the front of the gutter and are then screwed into the fascia of a home. A professional who specializes in gutter repair can perform this task relatively quickly, and it’s an inexpensive yet highly effective solution.

• Gutter separation: Gutters that are no longer fastened together can leak and contribute to issues that affect the home’s foundation, siding and appearance. Clogs and the accumulation of debris can cause gutters to separate because they are not designed to hold too much weight. Replacement of separated gutters may or may not be

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Newsom signs law requiring skilled nursing homes to report disease-related deaths within 1 day, after COVID-19 pandemic ravaged facilities

With skilled nursing homes hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday signed a law requiring those facilities in California to report disease-related deaths to health authorities within 24 hours during declared emergencies.

The law was written in response to concerns that health agencies were slow to respond to outbreaks in skilled nursing facilities because they did not receive timely information about them.

So far, more than 5,630 residents and staff at skilled nursing facilities in the state have died from COVID-19 — 36% of California’s fatalities from the coronavirus. The percentage “reveals the significant weaknesses in the reporting system currently required by these facilities,” said Assemblyman Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg), who introduced the legislation.

COVID-19 outbreaks have occurred at some 1,164 skilled nursing homes and 379 assisted-living facilities in California, according to the state Department of Public Health. The spread at such facilities is alarming to health officials, who note that the virus is especially deadly for the elderly and for those with underlying medical problems.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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Person leaves poop in mailboxes with Trump signs in Maine

Three homes along Constitution Ave. in Hampden reported to police that a person had left what is likely animal poop in their mailboxes.

HAMPDEN, Maine — Thursday, Hampden Deputy Police Chief Scott Webber confirmed the person behind these actions was a female minor.

Webber said two of the three houses were repeated offenses. On the first day, there was poop in their mailboxes. The next day, their Trump signs were vandalized.

A Facebook post on Hampden Public Safety’s page with a picture of the minor has now been deleted. 

ORIGINAL: Hampden residents had poop left in their mailboxes, police say, prompting a call for the public’s assistance to help find a woman who may have information about the incident.

Police say three homes along Constitution Ave. reported that poop, likely from an animal, had been left in their mailboxes. A common trait linking all three homes: Trump campaign signs in the yards.

Officer Monic Christian of the Hampden Police Department tells NEWS CENTER Maine police would like to talk to the person who was seen in the area of Constitution Ave on Sunday and Monday where the incident took place. It is believed she may have information about the incident, which is currently under investigation.

Officer Christian said the incident could result in charges of harassment and trespassing, in addition to possible federal charges for interfering with mail services.

Anyone with information can call police at 207-862-4000.

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