Lou Holtz: Improvements in COVID testing made it possible for Big Ten to play in 2020

This is a rush transcript from “The Story with Martha MacCallum” September 16, 2020. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

MACCALLUM: All right, everybody, so tonight, we’re 48 days from the presidential election and now six months into the coronavirus. There’s a pitched battle over money for relief, vaccines and the divide over masks. The riots that have embroiled cities across this nation during racial strife and job loss due to the lockdown have now cost the country more than a billion dollars in those broken windows and buildings that we have seen burned over the course of the last few months, and that’s far from over. 

The country is fighting though to get back to normal as we await vaccines. 
The Big Ten announced today that they will reverse their earlier decision and they will play football after all at their colleges. Still, when asked if you would “roll things back if we had a spike”, the former Vice President Joe Biden answered “absolutely,” adding this today.


JOE BIDEN (D) PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE: I trust vaccines, I trust scientists, but I don’t trust Donald Trump.


MACCALLUM: So on all of this news tonight, we’re glad to bring in Vice President Mike Pence who joins us from Muskingum County Fairgrounds in Zanesville, Ohio. Welcome, vice president, good to have you with us tonight. Got an enthusiastic crowd behind you.

MIKE PENCE, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: We do. Great day here in Ohio, Martha. It’s good to be with you tonight. Thank you.

MACCALLUM: All right, hopefully we’ll be able to hear your answers. So if we could start with this, today the president came out and said this about a vaccine, and when it will be

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A modern family-home renovation that puts play first

The Toronto home of Greg Hall and Meghan Walker.

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Eight years ago, Greg Hall and Meghan Walker, two entrepreneurs, bought their Toronto home because it had four separate apartments. Their plan was to live on the ground level, with Mr. Hall’s mom, who was in the process of downsizing, upstairs in a separate suite. Two basement units were to be rented out to offset the cost of the house.

At the time, the couple had a young daughter, and their 1,750-square-foot Summerhill flat felt comfortable. Things started getting tighter after their second daughter was born, more so with the birth of their third little girl. Two years ago, to alleviate their cramped quarters, Mr. Hall and Ms. Walker decided to take back their basement, doubling their living space. (Expanding to the second level was never an option – who would ever dare to evict their own mother?)

The renovation involved reclaiming the basement rental suites and making them part of the primary residence.

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Though the ensuing renovation meant forgoing rental income, it doesn’t always make financial sense to move into a bigger pile. In addition to legal fees, real estate commissions and land-transfer taxes, the cost of single-family homes has risen from $600,000 in 2012, when the couple bought their duplex, to about $1.1-million in 2020, according to

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Plus, Mr. Hall and Ms. Walker had a very specific vision for their renovation – something they couldn’t just buy. “We wanted a home that embodied our values,” says Ms. Walker, a naturopath and podcast host. “Both of our backgrounds are in health. We wanted a healthy, environmentally friendly design. We also wanted something modern, yet something fun.”

“Play is an important part of life,” says Mr. Hall, a trained MD

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