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Alabama woman dressing dogs for Halloween to help find forever homes

Cute doggies? Check. Cute costumes? Check.

Adorable way to let people know about rescue dogs? Check, times a gabillion.

Huntsville resident Sara Alavi has been fostering rescue dogs until they can be adopted. And to help find those forever homes, Alavi created the Instagram page @dearpups. “I created the page to share some fun images of my own rescue dogs and some of my fosters in hopes that they might get adopted,” she said, although she says has been lax in keeping it updated in the past.

Now she’s found an awwww-inspiring way to keep her page current: During October, she is posting photos each day of her dog, Nelly aka Jellybean, and some of her fosters wearing Halloween costumes. She is calling the challenge Nellyween and so far it includes costumes like Ruff Bader Ginsburg, Eve, Carol Baskin, and even the famed dress from Carol Burnett’s parody of “Gone with the Wind.” She said she looks forward to suggestions from followers of creative costumes.

“I have always sewn and created Halloween costumes for my dogs throughout the years. The costumes are usually something current to do with pop culture and I look for inspiration all year,” Alavi said. “Three years ago, my best friend challenged me to do a costume for each day of the month of October. I figured if there is ever a year to do it, this would be the year. I figured people could use a smile (or laugh). And, thankfully, I have an incredibly tolerant dog who humors me. Being cold-natured, she can usually be found wearing clothing anyways and, in fact, gets upset when she has to change for laundry day.”

Alavi says Nelly’s breed is a “pomchillon,” her own name for “a mix between a pomeranian, chihuahua and papillon.”

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Woman discovers genius hand wash sink cleaning hack by accident

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An Essex woman has revealed how she mistakenly cleaned her sink with hand soap and the results are pretty stunning.

Emma Ramsey said it works better than anything she tried before, sharing pictures of the shiny results on Facebook group Family Lockdown Tips & Ideas.

She wrote: ‘So, I stumbled upon this completely by accident the other day when washing my hands with anti bacterial hand-wash in the bathroom basin.

‘I quickly washed the basin out smothering it in anti bac hand-wash and noticed how sparkly the taps were and still are!

‘So I put it to test in the kitchen sink and not only does it come out sparkly clean, it also removes rust and limescale!’

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Emma went on to explain how she tried different methods to get the taps to gleam again, but nothing comes close to this hand wash hack.

She wrote: ‘I’ve tried brillo pads in the past but got sick of removing metal splinters from my hands and I’ve tried stainless steel cleaner but nothing has worked as well as this! 

‘You can buy it for around £1 so it’s cheap and it leaves your hands smelling nice and not half as damaged as actual cleaning products.’

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Other people in the group have been impressed by the results, with one saying: ‘Ooh, have to try this, thanks for sharing.’

Another commenter wrote: ‘I discovered this too recently when getting stains out of clothes! I’m now using it to clean everything.’

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Woman Said Contractor Never Completed Job Of Building Her Nail Salon, And It Turns Out The Contractor Isn’t Properly Registered Either

CHICAGO (CBS) — A South Side woman said she gave a man $30,000 to build her nail salon – and yet a year later, the job is not even close to complete.

CBS 2’s Tim McNicholas discovered the contractor is not even properly registered with the state.

“What you should be seeing by now is the floors done, the plumbing done,” said Cherry Washington.

Washington is a woman with a dream.

“All the manicure tables would have been on this side,” she said as she showed McNicholas the space.

There were contractors working on building Washington a small nail salon at 54th Street and Harlem Avenue when she talked to McNicholas. But those contractors were not the team she originally hired – they were replacements.

They came in after the original contractor fell short of his promises.

“When I tell you it’s been many a days that I cried, I did,” Washington said. “Many a days that I prayed for him, I did.”

In October 2019, Washington hired Derek Covington and Renewable Energy Concepts, who said the whole job would cost $34,000. They asked for $12,000 up front.

Covington’s team cleared out the old storefront and then convicted Washington to make more payments. But since then, she has seen little work and plenty of excuses.

“I was taking pictures. I was coming over at nighttime to figure out what’s going on. And I’m like, ‘Everything looks the same,’” Washington said, “and he was like: ‘Well, it’s the plumber. It’s the heating. It’s this. It’s that. It’s COVID.”

We’ve reported similar stories in the past about people losing thousands to other contractors who didn’t finish the job. So we wondered, what can a person do to avoid trouble with a contractor?

Experts say you should always check that they’re properly licensed.

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Local union contractors help woman with home repair gone wrong

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – In June of this year 81-year-old Dodi Sawyer hired a home improvement company to do some repairs. She says the contractor expanded the project, dismantled portions of the house, and made it unlivable. During the process she and her insurance company spent $11,000 for an unfinished job.



a dirty old room: Local contractors help woman who dealt with a home repair disaster.


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Local contractors help woman who dealt with a home repair disaster.

A group of local contractors from the Associated General Contractors of Northwest Ohio got word of Sawyer’s situation and decided to help.

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“I was having the plumbing re-done and the electric re-done and that turned into three months of destruction of the inside, throwing away my kitchen appliances, and taking down my shower and leaving me with nothing but empty rooms,” Sawyer said.

Mike Gibson, a local carpenter with Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters said, “I was taught at a young age – what’s right is right. What’s wrong is wrong and I had to try to find a way to make this right.”

He called upon his colleagues – a crew of union contractors in plumbing, carpentry, electrical, and painting who are going to finish the job for free.

“I couldn’t begin to tell you how grateful I am. I had no where to turn except my own pocket book,” Sawyer said.

Dash Construction, OCP Contractors, Lakeside Construction, Tri state Industrial, Great Lakes Electrical, Merritt Plumbing, and Local 1090 Millwright have all contributed to the effort.

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55-year-old handyman convicted of brutally killing Burton woman



a man smiling for the camera: David Serges


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BURTON, Mich. (WJRT) – A 55-year-old handyman has been convicted of brutally killing a woman in Burton three years ago while he was in her neighborhood looking for odd jobs.

A Genesee County jury found David Serges guilty of first-degree murder Friday for the November 2017 death of 70-year-old Gail Anderson in her home near the intersection of Clayward and Weston drives on Burton’s north side. He faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison with no chance of parole.

Investigators say Anderson’s neighbors knew Serges well for doing odd jobs to make a little money in the neighborhood. Some neighbors were concerned about him, but others believed he was harmless and helpful.

Several of Anderson’s neighbors said Serges came around the neighborhood asking to see if he could do lawn work for a few bucks. He often used Anderson as a reference for the quality of his work.

A 96-year-old neighbor found Anderson dead on Nov. 27, 2017, inside her home. Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said she suffered 11 blunt force injuries to her head and face.

Leyton believes Serges’ attack started outside in Anderson’s yard, when she was struck in the head by a hammer. Serges used his fists and a can of bug spray to continue the assault as Anderson apparently tried to get up several times.

“This was a gruesome crime scene that the victim’s neighbor came upon,” Leyton said. “I cannot imagine the horror the victim suffered in her last moments and I am grateful the jury reached the verdict it did.”

Serges is scheduled to receive his life sentence in court on Oct. 26.

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