Couple start gourmet vinegar business | News

Laveta Brigham

On the edge describes how Greg and Becky Hunn have lived, taking on one challenge after another, so it seemed natural to include that life descriptor in the name of their new business.

After all, what could be more on the edge than retiring, then deciding to start a business, and doing it in the middle of a pandemic?

Greg Hunn waited excitedly for the state inspection of On The Edge Vinegar in Erie on Sept. 17, bringing to fruition an idea that came about four years ago as the couple pondered using their small vineyard of 1,200 vines to make their own products, rather than selling their grapes to Kansas wineries.

On The Edge grows Chambourcin, Golden Muscat, Sparta, Concord, Catawba, Melody, Chardonel, Traminette, Vignoles and St. Vincent, but the Hunns determined selling those grapes annually was proving difficult to coordinate for various reasons.

Four years ago, Becky Hunn’s

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Factbox: Casino Firm Caesars Bets on William Hill to Boost Growth | Investing News

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(Reuters) – U.S. casino operator Caesars Entertainment

agreed on Wednesday to buy British-based gambling group William Hill

for 2.9 billion pounds ($3.7 billion) to expand in the fast-growing U.S. sports-betting market.

Headquartered in London, William Hill was founded in 1934 as a postal and telephone betting service, and already has a U.S. partnership with the owner of Las Vegas’ Caesars Palace.

Following are some details on the latest addition to the Caesars brand:

** William Hill is Caesars’ exclusive sports book provider in the United States and Caesars has a 20% stake in the British company’s U.S. business

** After betting shops became legal in Britain in 1961, William Hill bought many businesses, driving major growth over the next decades, and currently operates 1,414 licensed betting offices in the country

** The UK accounts for roughly 61% of William Hill’s online revenues, while international markets make up 39%. While the

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New Belle Fourche bakery offers special-order treats | Local News

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BELLE FOURCHE — If you can dream it, Sheila Erhart can make it.

Erhart owns SME’s Treats, a new special-order bakery in Belle Fourche specializing in cookies, cupcakes, bars, breads and personalized cakes. The bakery is located at 1302 4th St. in Belle Fourche, near Green’s Alignment.

“If you see something online that you like, something that portrays the personality of the person you’re celebrating, we can make it. Being creative in the kitchen is lots of fun for me,” said Erhart.

Prior to officially opening SME’s Treats this spring, Erhart worked full-time in the city of Belle Fourche Finance Office. She baked treats during her time off, making custom birthday cakes for her close family and eventually wedding cakes and other special occasion baked goods.  

Erhart took food safety courses and opened a licensed and inspected commercial kitchen in her basement in 2019, where SME’s Treats is now located.

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Groundbreaking Salary Survey Reveals How Hard COVID-19 Has Hit Personal Trainers in 2020 | News

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TORONTO, Sept. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Everyone knew the pandemic would be devastating to personal trainers. But until now, no one just how bad it would get.

In short, it’s bad.

That’s according to the 1,169 fitness professionals who participated in the second annual salary survey conducted by the Personal Trainer Development Center.

The average pre-pandemic income for personal trainers was $46,000 a year; 75 percent of them expected to make more money in 2020.

But when COVID-19 hit and gyms closed, 58 percent of trainers lost some or all of their income, and 23 percent were furloughed or laid off. Six percent hadn’t yet found new jobs during the survey period from August 6 to 13, 2020.

The news wasn’t all bad, however. One in five trainers made more money during the pandemic, and about the same number said their income didn’t change.

How COVID-19 will change

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Bill Would Restrict Access to Judges’ Personal Information | Political News

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — In the wake of the fatal shooting of a federal judge’s son in New Jersey, bi-partisan legislation seeks to restrict online access to judges’ personal information.

Twenty-year-old Daniel Anderl, the son of U.S. District Judge Esther Salas, was shot and killed inside the family’s home on July 19 by a gunman posing as a delivery driver. Salas’ husband, Mark Anderl, was seriously wounded and is recovering. Salas was in another part of the house and wasn’t injured.

The assailant, Roy Den Hollander, was a disgruntled lawyer who had posted anti-feminist screeds and who had a document with information about a dozen female judges around the country. He was involved in a gender bias case before Salas, in which he challenged the U.S. military’s male-only draft registration requirement.

Den Hollander killed himself in upstate New York shortly after shooting Anderl.

Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, who

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Getting Wise to Fake News

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Lindsay Dina, who takes an online course that helps older people spot online misinformation, at home in Easton, Conn., Sept. 9, 2020. (Desiree Rios/The New York Times)
Lindsay Dina, who takes an online course that helps older people spot online misinformation, at home in Easton, Conn., Sept. 9, 2020. (Desiree Rios/The New York Times)

Lindsay Dina wasn’t fooled by a photo on Facebook that supposedly showed masses of dolphins frolicking in the canals of Venice.

Dina, 75, ventured onto the social media platform roughly a decade ago, and has developed some savvy. She mostly shares information from established news organizations. She has deleted posts making bizarre claims about Hillary Clinton. She knows how to use, the fact-checking site.

Still, she said, “I’ve seen things and thought, ‘Well, that’s not true.’ ” But I wasn’t sure how to verify that it wasn’t.”

To Dina, a retiree in Easton, Connecticut, the internet can still feel like a hazardous place. Twice, online scammers have relieved her of small sums of money. She sometimes clicks on an apparent news story,

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‘Fake news’ badge introduced by Scouts to reward youngsters who warn their friends about online dangers

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The revamped “Digital Citizen Badge” - Scout Association
The revamped “Digital Citizen Badge” – Scout Association

Scouts will be taught to spot fake news and watch out for sponsored celebrity-endorsed products on social media as the organisation looks to better reflect the challenges faced by young people in 21st century life.

The revamped “Digital Citizen Badge” has been designed to teach scouts how to manage cyber bullying, protect their personal data and boost their CVs as Chief Scout Bear Grylls urges them to “develop skills for life”.

Tasks include interrogating “bogus bulletins” where pictures or stories have been shared across the world, but are not actually true. One example given is a photoshopped image of a shark swimming down a motorway in Texas after a hurricane, which was seen by at least 14 million people.

More advanced scouts will be asked to create a digital version of the Scout Law and debate about contentious issues, where opinion is

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Wednesday morning news briefing: Universities demand extra cash

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Students take part in a protest in Leeds yesterday despite the A-levels U-turn - Danny Lawson /PA
Students take part in a protest in Leeds yesterday despite the A-levels U-turn – Danny Lawson /PA

Universities ‘will struggle to cope’ with student influx

After the A-levels climbdown, universities have told the Government they will need more money if they are to take more students this year. Vice-chancellors met officials for talks last night, as they attempted to thrash out a deal to secure thousands of school leavers their first-choice university. They asked for “significant” financial support so they could “scale up” places this year and next. It comes as the official in charge of Ofqual is under threat of the sack in the wake of the exam grades fiasco. Sally Collier, the quango’s chief regulator and chief executive, has not spoken publicly since the humiliating U-turn in which its algorithm was ditched in favour of teachers’ grades. In today’s cartoon, Blower imagines a particularly chaotic episode of University

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Here’s the biggest news you missed this weekend

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Trump signs executive orders for coronavirus relief

With stimulus talks at an impasse in Congress, President Donald Trump on Saturday signed a series of executive orders to provide temporary relief to Americans suffering from the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. “We’ve had it,” he said. “We’re going to save American jobs and provide relief to the American worker.”

The four executive orders will …

  • provide an additional $400 per week in unemployment benefits,

  • suspend payments on some student loans through the end of the year,

  • protect renters from being evicted from their homes, and

  • instruct employers to defer certain payroll taxes through the end of the year for Americans who earn less than $100,000 annually. 

But questions remain as to whether Trump has the legal authority to take these actions — or the money to pay for them.

A scramble for unemployment aid

It’s unclear whether Trump has the

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Boycotted. Criticized. But Fox News Leads the Pack in Prime Time.

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The Fox News newsroom in New York, April 17, 2019. (Ryan Jenq/The New York Times)
The Fox News newsroom in New York, April 17, 2019. (Ryan Jenq/The New York Times)

In one sense, this has been a difficult period for Fox News: a star anchor fired after being accused of sexual harassment, a lawsuit depicting a misogynist workplace, a top writer exposed as a racist internet troll, advertiser boycotts and outrage after Tucker Carlson called protesters “criminal mobs” and questioned the patriotism of a senator who lost her legs in Iraq.

In another sense, business has never been better.

In June and July, Fox News was the highest-rated television channel in the prime-time hours of 8 to 11 p.m. Not just on cable. Not just among news networks. All of television. The average live Fox News viewership in those hours outstripped cable rivals like CNN, MSNBC and ESPN as well as broadcast networks ABC, CBS and NBC, according to Nielsen.

That three-hour slot is a

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