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McConnell sets Senate vote on coronavirus aid, Pelosi spurns White House bid

By Susan Cornwell

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday the Republican-led U.S. Senate would vote next week on a targeted, $500 billion coronavirus economic aid bill of the type Democrats already have rejected as they hold out for trillions in relief.

With negotiations on a broader package stalled and Election Day approaching, both Republicans and Democrats faced pressure to take action to help Americans weather a pandemic that has killed more than 214,000 people and damaged the U.S. economy.

Congress passed $3 trillion in coronavirus aid, including help for the unemployed, in the spring.

Both sides say more aid is needed now, but appear to remain far apart. With leaders of the Democratic-run House and Republican Senate still sparring, a bipartisan deal on coronavirus relief remains unlikely before Nov. 3 presidential and congressional elections.

President Donald Trump, a Republican who called off coronavirus relief talks last week only to restart them days later, pushed lawmakers again on Tuesday to “Go big or go home!!!”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took a swipe on Tuesday at Trump’s about-face. “Following his tweet, the stock market went down and so did he in the polls,” Pelosi said of Trump’s assertion last week that there would be no aid package before the election.

In recent days, Pelosi has refused a White House offer for a $1.8 trillion coronavirus aid package even though it moved closer to her $2.2 trillion proposal – and despite mounting pressure from some members of her own Democratic caucus who would like to see a compromise.

Pelosi angrily defended her stance Tuesday when a CNN interviewer asked her to respond to a progressive Democrat, Representative Ro Khanna, who had urged her to accept the White House proposal instead of waiting until February next year, when Democrats

Trump sets big events for WH, Florida, restarting campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — Looking to shove his campaign back on track, President Donald Trump and his team laid out an aggressive return to political activities on Friday, including a big Saturday White House event and a rally in Florida on Monday, a week after his hospitalization for the coronavirus that has killed more than 210,000 Americans.

As questions linger about his health — and Democratic opponent Joe Biden steps up his own campaigning — Trump is planning to leave Washington for the first time since he was hospitalized. He is also increasing his radio and TV appearances with conservative interviewers, hoping to make up for lost time with just over three weeks until Election Day and millions already voting.

The president has not been seen in public — other than in White House-produced videos — since his return days ago from the military hospital where he received experimental treatments for the virus.

Two weeks after his Rose Garden event that has been labeled a “super-spreader” for the virus, Trump is planning to convene another large crowd outside the White House on Saturday on a law-and-order theme. More than two dozen people linked to the White House have contracted COVID-19 since the president’s Sept. 26 event announcing Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to the Supreme Court.

Trump will address the group, expected to be at least several hundred supporters, from the White House balcony, according to an official. A person with knowledge of the planning said all attendees must bring masks or will be provided with one, and also will be given temperature checks and asked to fill out a brief questionnaire. Following CDC guidelines will be strongly encouraged, which include mask-wearing and social distancing.

Trump’s Monday rally in Sanford, Florida, was originally scheduled to be held on Oct.

Sitting Pretty home decor sets up shop in New Canaan


NEW CANAAN — Laura Mason, owner of the Sitting Pretty home decor store, had so many locals visiting her Westport shop that she recently decided to move it to New Canaan.

“I came here because I had a lot of great customers from New Canaan,” Mason said. “This town has a wonderful downtown with stores owned by individuals, so every store has their own style and charm — very personal.”


Sitting Pretty has a new second floor shop at 111 Elm St. in with colorful items from far corners of the world and right nearby.

Mason said she curates

Food Network Kitchen Sets the Table with New Series BREAKFAST WITH BESSER

Featuring chef Elena Besser.

Food Network Kitchen Sets the Table with New Series BREAKFAST WITH BESSER

Food Network Kitchen, the award-winning, first of its kind culinary app, today announced the premiere of new, original series, Breakfast with Besser, featuring chef Elena Besser chatting with celebrity guests including some of Hollywood’s hungriest stars as she guides them in cooking breakfast dishes specifically crafted for them. From insightful interviews and interactive games, to creative recipes and cooking tips, viewers will be treated to a first row seat at the breakfast table and get a chance to laugh and learn as comedians, actors, and Broadway stars navigate their way through the kitchen. Joining Besser across the 6 episodes will be Lea DeLaria, André De Shields, James Monroe Iglehart, Chris Redd, Dulcé Sloan and Bowen Yang cooking up dishes such as Cheddar Chicken and Waffles, Chicago-style Breakfast Biscuit Egg Sandwich, Devil’s Food Crepe Cake and more. THE TALK show style interaction combined with cooking show level teachable techniques, will give fans a unique experience as each episode unfolds with delicious new recipes and stories.

“Elena Besser brings her charm and culinary know-how to this new series that is sure to have everyone clamoring for a seat at the table,” said Deb Puchalla, SVP Digital Programming & Video for Food Network and Cooking Channel at Discovery Digital Studios. “From the fans to the celebrity guests, everyone will be ready to cook up some new favorite breakfast dishes in their own home kitchens.”

Elena Besser is a trained cook and TV host. After graduating with a theatre degree from Northwestern University, she got her culinary degree at International Culinary Center in SoHo and cooked at Lilia in NYC under Chef Missy Robbins. She has appeared on Food Network, Cooking Channel and Food Network Kitchen. Elena founded THE LINEUP in 2020 as a mission to provide support and exposure

DEP sets public hearing date for Liberty State Park ‘interior’ plan

The state Department of Environmental Protection has set 6 p.m. Oct. 20 as the time and date for the public hearing on its proposed plan for 234 acres of currently fenced-off land in Liberty State Park.

The hearing will be conducted virtually. Anyone wishing to attend must register by Oct. 15 by going to njdepcalendar.com/calendar/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=654.

Registrants will receive more details and a link to the virtual meeting.

Designers who have been working on a proposal for the land, known as the park’s “interior,” are at the 30 percent complete mark, triggering the need for the hearing. There, the DEP will present the preliminary design proposal, and attendees will be able to submit comments and ask questions. The DEP will also accept comments via an online survey.

In a news briefing last month, DEP officials gave a broad overview of its plan to remediate the contamination that exists in the interior and restore its wetlands with passive recreation and trails to improve access to the park.

The plan has already generated heated debate over the extent of contamination cleanup envisioned and the design.

Once the public comment period ends, the DEP will be tasked with deciding the next steps.

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