Warriors pick up 3rd-year options for Jacob Evans, Omari Spellman

first_imgThe Warriors have exercised the third-year options of guard Jacob Evans and forward Omari Spellman.Evans, who will be sidelined at least three weeks with an adductor strain, was selected by the Warriors with the 28th pick in the 2018 draft. After an underwhelming rookie season, he earned a role in the rotation before suffering his injury Monday in New Orleans. Evans, 22, is averaging 14.3 minutes and six points per game.Spellman, 22, was acquired in a trade with the Atlanta Hawks in July for …last_img read more

‘Why would you not want to match up against one of the best’: Del Norte prepares for undefeated El Monte, state championship game

first_img“The ironic part is, today’s football is all about passing and playing on turf,” Del Norte head coach Nick White said. “This game, though, will come down to two of the most physical small-school teams in the state running the ball and battling it out on grass.”Del Norte will host El Monte in Saturday’s Division 5-AA state championship game at 6 p.m. at on the green grass at Mike Whalen Field in Crescent City.There will be no spread offenses, nor any shotgun snaps. The big plays will not come …last_img read more

Greening Bank-Owned Homes

first_imgBefore a bank puts a foreclosed property back on the market, typically the bank does some bare-bones repairs on the property. What if, instead of doing the bare minimum, the bank decided to look at the foreclosed property as a challenge and opportunity?While I completely understand the economies of scale in which banks operate — and that most appraisers don’t recognize green improvements as a true value added in the appraisal value of a home — I think this is the most opportune time for banks to re-examine their process. I mean, honestly, it’s not like properties are selling quickly in this market — and what if the properties started selling faster because of the newly, bank-added green elements in the homes? So, if I were a bank and couldn’t do a full green rehab, here is what I would do…The Quick and EasyI would focus on the easiest and quickest things to change that would have the greatest impact. I would examine my typical process and then find a green alternative to each of the steps along the way. For example:Typical Steps in Prep Process1) New Carpet2) Paint3) Professional CleaningNew Green Process1) Laminate hardwood floors installed using low-VOC adhesives/sealants. If carpet is a “must have,” use carpet, padding and adhesives that are Carpet and Rug Institute’s Green Label certified. Do not install carpet in basements, bathrooms and laundry rooms — places where moisture problems are more likely to occur. Use resilient flooring.2) Paint with no-VOC paints, using lead-safe standards.3) Hire a cleaning crew who uses green cleaning supplies and techniques.What if the former owner, or a home invader, busted all the toilets and stole all of the appliances? Look at this situation as an opportunity: replace the toilets with low-flow or dual-flush toilets and install Energy Star appliances.Also instead of putting an unhealthy house back on the market for the next homeowner to have to deal with those issues, implement lead, mold and radon mitigation techniques prior to listing,Your turnThese are my thoughts… What are some thoughts you have on the subject? What else could banks do to cost effectively green their foreclosure stock?last_img read more

Virginia: Man beheads self in police presence over domestic dispute

first_imgA Chicago man who quickly accelerated in a sport utility vehicle with a cable around his neck decapitated himself after a domestic dispute in Yorktown, authorities said on Tuesday.Sheriff Danny Diggs said a deputy responding to a call of a domestic disturbance on Tuesday was taking a statement from the man’s ex-wife when another deputy driving by noticed an SUV pulling a utility trailer that was on fire. Authorities say the man started the fire.A firefighter noticed a cable around the man’s neck that was attached to a tree. When deputies tried to get the man to exit the SUV, he accelerated and was pulled from the vehicle and decapitated, they say.Diggs said he arrived at a grisly scene, adding the cable was of the type that could be used to hoist an automobile engine.”Nobody has ever heard of anything like this,” Diggs said. “It’s a really bizarre incident.”Diggs said the man and his ex-wife had quarreled over the man’s living arrangements.”He was looking to relocate from Chicago to this area, and he wanted her to do more than she was willing to do,” Diggs said.The sheriff said he was unsure how long the couple had been divorced. He said they have two school-age children who were not at home at the time.Diggs said officials aren’t releasing the man’s name because they don’t publicly identify suicide victims. However, officials said the man was 46 and from Chicago.last_img read more