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Home price growth accelerated in July as buyers competed for listings, Case-Shiller index shows

The numbers: Home-price appreciation maintained a fast pace in July as buyers flooded the market only to find few homes for sale, according to a major price barometer released Tuesday.

The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city price index posted a 3.9% year-over-year gain in July, up from 3.5% the previous month. On a monthly basis, the index increased 0.6% between June and July.

What happened: The separate national index released with the report noted a 4.8% increase in home prices across the U.S. over the past year.

Phoenix once again lead all other markets nationwide with a 9.2% annual price gain in July, followed by Seattle with a 7% increase and Charlotte, N.C., with 6% growth.

“Prices were particularly strong in the Southeast and West regions, and comparatively weak in the Midwest and Northeast,” Craig Lazzara, managing director and global head of index investment strategy at S&P Dow Jones Indices, wrote

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Cyberpunk 2077 Maelstrom Scene Side-by-Side Shows Massive Visual Improvements

A user on Reddit put together a video comparing Cyberpunk’s TGS gameplay with the same scene from 2018, and the improvements are impressive

Cyberpunk 2077 has had some major graphical work done, according to a side-by-side comparison of two of the game’s demo scenes.

We first got a look at protagonist V’s interaction with the Maelstrom gang, one of the many groups of criminals roaming Night City, back in 2018, and it was impressive. Fast forward two years to 2020 though, and that gameplay demo admittedly looks a bit aged, especially when it’s played right next to footage of the same scene from this year’s Tokyo Game Show.

Side by side comparison to the New Japanese footage and the 2018 demo from r/cyberpunkgame

Put together by Reddit user u/rustyspear11, there’s clearly a lot that’s changed about this scene, visually and gameplay-wise. From the first

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Stacey Solomon shows how to give homes a budget Autumn makeover with cheap wreaths, DIY garlands and a clever sock hack

AUTUMN is well and truly here so it’s time to swap out your bright and bold colourful decor for some moody orange and brown hues instead.

Stacey Solomon has been leading the way with cheap DIY autumnal decorations which she’s been making using budget bits – and it’s just the vibe we’re after.

Stacey Solomon, 30, has been embracing autumn and giving her home a seasonal makeover

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Stacey Solomon, 30, has been embracing autumn and giving her home a seasonal makeoverCredit: Instagram

Whether you’re going full blown Halloween, or want to incorporate a subtle seasonal makeover, chances are you can do it yourself for cheap with a few of Stacey’s handy hacks.

From cheap hand-made wreaths to a fun solution to odd socks, Stacey’s ideas are endless – and even her pal Mrs Hinch is in on it too, making handy decorative garlands.

DIY wreath

The 30-year-old mum-of-three recently showed her 3.7 million Instagram followers how to whip up a seasonal wreath

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New Palestinian curriculum shows no improvements, antisemitism remains

The Palestinian Authority’s newly released educational curriculum shows no substantive changes for the better, despite assurances earlier this year that egregious examples of antisemitism and hate education would be eliminated. An analysis by the new curriculum by IMPACT-se, a research and policy institute that analyzes schoolbooks and curricula through UNESCO-derived standards on peace and tolerance, has found that educational textbooks for use in Palestinian schools throughout the West Bank remain openly antisemitic, encourage violence, and promote jihad and martyrdom. Some 82% of the books remain unchanged from last year, while 152 modifications were found within the remaining 40 books, according to IMPACT-se’s analysis. However, 88% of those adjustments either keep the problematic material intact or amplify it. In one such modification, a reading comprehension exercise on Dalal Mughrabi, a terrorist who led the Coastal Road Massacre killing 38 Israelis, was replaced by text on Khalil al Sakakini, a notorious antisemite
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Californians not sold on treating Uber, Lyft drivers as independent contractors, new poll shows

Despite amassing the largest campaign war chest in California history, Uber, Lyft and other app-based companies are in danger of coming up short with voters on a ballot measure that wouldallow them to again classify their workers as independent contractors, a new statewide poll shows.



a car parked in a parking lot: An Uber-Lyft driver queues up alongside taxicab drivers at LAX. California voters are mixed on Proposition 22, a ballot measure that would allow app-based ride-hailing and delivery companies to treat their workers as independent contractors. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)


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An Uber-Lyft driver queues up alongside taxicab drivers at LAX. California voters are mixed on Proposition 22, a ballot measure that would allow app-based ride-hailing and delivery companies to treat their workers as independent contractors. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

The UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll shows that 39% of the 5,900 likely voters surveyed from Sept. 9-15 would side with the companies and vote yes on Proposition 22, compared with 36% who said they would vote no and 25% still undecided. The poll’s margin of error is plus or minus two points.

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How Remodeling TV Shows Give Us Unrealistic Expectations

Home remodeling TV shows are like fairy tales: homeowner finds perfect contractor who is handsome and rich with an entourage composed of producers, workers, sponsors with free stuff, designers and a makeup artist; the remodeling job takes a week and costs $30,000, and homeowner lives happily ever after in a dream castle.

But like fairy tales, remodeling shows have writers in the background who create make-believe stories.

The truth goes something more like homeowner has very little clue as to what he or she wants and changes the design a few times, driving the time and cost of the project higher; materials and labor actually cost money; and because we are living in the real world the remodeling job takes time.

No doubt that home improvement shows can stimulate the creative process, give us good ideas, and help us keep up with the latest trends, but they also paint a … Read More