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Government Shutdown, Jerusalem, Super Bowl: Your Evening Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview _____ Photo Credit Kyle Johnson for The New York Times 10. Finally, there are no cashiers or registers at Amazon Go, a new mini-market in Seattle that feels like a store of the future. Instead, shoppers — who must have the store’s smartphone app installed — get automatically charged for what they take home, never once needing to pull out a wallet. […]

The Seven Sustainable Wonders of the World

Humans should be proud of these inventions, for they enable us to live gently and efficiently on Earth. […]

Building Celebration House – Annette Drake

Building Celebration HouseAnnette Drake Genre: Fiction & Literature Publish Date: March 1, 2017 Publisher: Annette Drake Seller: Smashwords Carrie Hansen spent her life caring for cardiac patients. Little did she know she would become a patient herself. After recovering from her own heart surgery, she learns she has a special talent: the ability to see and talk with the dead. Now, with her new heart failing her, she leaves the bustle of Seattle behind and returns to Lexington, Missouri, the small town where she spent her childhood. Here, she sets out to restore an abandoned antebellum mansion and open it as a venue for celebrations. Carrie’s work is cut out for her. The 150-year-old Greek revival house is in need of serious repair. Her sister, Melanie, tries to bully Carrie into returning to Seattle, predicting “her little project” is doomed to fail. Finally, Carrie’s health gives out on her, requiring emergency surgery. But she will not give up. Carrie’s unique gift allows her to build relationships with the mansion’s ghostly occupants, especially Maj. Tom Gentry, the handsome Civil War soldier who died 100 years before Carrie was born. Will Carrie finish restoring the celebration house or will it finish her? And how can she plan a future with a man who has only a past? […]

Incredible artisanal cakes are decorated like mini-terrariums

Love succulents? Well, you can also find the edible, frosted kind as decorations on these one-of-a-kind cakes. […]

Michael Green goes way beyond tall wood

The way we build and the materials we use are changing, and we ain’t seen nothin’ yet. […]

The Way You Look Tonight – Bella Andre

The Way You Look Tonight Seattle Sullivans #1 Bella Andre Genre: Contemporary Publish Date: June 19, 2013 Publisher: Oak Press, LLC Seller: Oak Press "Not since Nora Roberts has anyone been able to write a big family romance series with every book as good as the last. Bella Andre never disappoints." Revolving Bookcase Reviews Millions of readers around the world have fallen in love with Bella Andre’s New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romances about the Sullivans! BOOK DESCRIPTION: As a very successful private investigator who has caught most of the cheaters in Seattle with their pants down, Rafe Sullivan believes true, lasting love only happens once in a blue moon. Needing to get away from the city to clear his head, he finds the lake house where he spent the best summers of his life is now a wreck…but the sweet girl next door is all grown up and prettier than anything he's ever seen.  While Brooke Jansen is happy making and selling chocolate truffles in her small Pacific Northwest lake town, she secretly longs to experience something wild. So when her favorite "Wild Sullivan" moves in again next door after more than a decade away, and sparks fly between them, she can't stop wondering if being bad is really as good as it always seemed…and just how long it will be before she can find out.  But when their summer fling quickly spirals into deeper emotions than either of them were expecting, can they survive the heat between them? Or will Rafe make the biggest mistake of his life and end up losing the best thing that's ever happened to him?  THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT is part of Bella Andre's #1 bestselling series about The Sullivans. While it can easily be read as a stand-alone story, you'll likely enjoy reading the other books, too. SAN FRANCISCO SULLIVANS:  The Look of Love  From This Moment On  Can't Help Falling In Love  I Only Have Eyes For You  If You Were Mine  Let Me Be The One  Come A Little Bit Closer  Always On My Mind  Kissing Under The Mistletoe  SEATTLE SULLIVANS One Perfect Night The Way You Look Tonight It Must Be Your Love Just To Be With You  I Love How You Love Me  All I Ever Need Is You NEW YORK SULLIVANS Now That I've Found You  Since I Fell For You    THE MAVERICK BILLIONAIRES Breathless In Love Reckless In Love Fearless In Love THE MORRISONS Kiss Me Like This Tempt Me Like This Love Me Like This    REVIEWS “Each book is so remarkable and you really come to love the characters. This series is incredible. It's one of my favorites. If you haven't started them yet, you are missing out!" ~ Guilty Pleasures Reviews  "I am in love with the Sullivans. If you are looking for something sweet and sexy then this series is absolutely perfect for you. They are all amazing!" ~ Reading, Eating & Dreaming Reviews  "Addictions come in all shapes and sizes, but nothing feels as indulgent and irresistible to me as a new Bella Andre book." ~ Natasha Is A Book Junkie Reviews "Bella Andre writes warm, sexy contemporary romance that always gives me a much needed pick me up. Reading one of her books is truly a pleasure." Maya Banks, NYT Bestselling Author  "The perfect combination of sexy heat and tender heart." Barbara Freethy, #1 NYT Bestselling Author  ABOUT THE AUTHOR  Bella Andre's New York Times and USA Today bestselling novels have been #1 bestsellers around the world and she has sold more than 5 million books so far! Known for "sensual, empowered stories enveloped in heady romance" (Publishers Weekly), her books have been Cosmopolitan Magazine "Red Hot Reads" twice and have been translated into ten languages. She also writes "sweet" contemporary romances as Lucy Kevin. There are more than 50,000 5 star reviews for Bella Andre's books on Goodreads! […]

What’s the most overlooked but important issue of the year?

The crisis of affordable housing (after climate change, natch).

It’s not for lack of local media coverage. Follow the news from New York City to Seattle, and you can’t avoid stories about skyrocketing home prices and rent along with record rates of homelessness. The bestseller Evicted followed low-income residents in Milwaukee who were tossed out of their homes for missing a rent payment.

Add up each local crisis, city by city, and it’s clear that the country has a national crisis that requires a national response. Yet affordable housing passed without much notice in the 2016 election. Interviewers and debate moderators never asked about housing. Republican presidential candidates, including President-elect Donald Trump, a high-end real estate developer, ignored it altogether.

To be sure, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders issued modest proposals on housing policy. But they gave housing little attention on the campaign trail.

So will 2017 be the year that our political system wakes up to the housing crisis? The signs aren’t promising. Trump and congressional Republicans want to cut housing aid, which has already been squeezed by cuts from the Budget Control Act of 2011.

But maybe it’s the year that progressives in Congress propose a national strategy to provide high-quality, affordable housing to all Americans. It’s a political cause in dire need of a champion.