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Wall Street finishes up as stimulus talks continue

(Reuters) – U.S. stocks rose on Friday and the S&P 500 and Nasdaq registered their biggest weekly percentage gains since July as optimism over more federal fiscal aid grew.

FILE PHOTO: Traders wear masks as they work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange as the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., May 28, 2020. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Talks were expected to continue on a COVID-19 stimulus package, even though U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin failed on Friday to reach agreement.

Mnuchin floated a new proposal Friday afternoon, but an aide for Pelosi said it lacked a broad plan to contain the pandemic.

Recent trading on Wall Street has been dictated by headlines on fiscal aid, with the three main indexes tumbling on Tuesday after U.S. President Donald Trump called off negotiations. He has since

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Microsoft cloud services outages continue into week two


Microsoft Azure status page on Oct. 7 around 3:30 p.m. ET

Last week, a major Azure Active Directory authentication issue affected users worldwide. A follow-up Exchange/Outlook issue later in the week affected European and Indian Office 365/Microsoft 365 customers. This week, Microsoft’s cloud services issues are continuing, affecting a number of Exchange, Outlook, Teams and SharePoint users.

Microsoft was still warning some Office 365/Microsoft 365 customers as this week kicked off of some possible residual Exchange/Outlook issues, including problems accessing the admin center and syncing issues between Outlook mobile and desktop. I asked Microsoft if these issues were related to last week’s Azure Active Directory authentication problems, but was told the company had no comment. (I am hearing the issues were likely not interrelated, for what it’s worth.)

On October 7, users, primarily in the U.S., began reporting in the afternoon ET they were having issues accessing their admin center

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Holyoke City Council, Redevelopment Authority continue talks on amending Urban Renewal Plan

HOLYOKE – In a joint-virtual session, the City Council’s Development and Government Relations Committee and Holyoke Redevelopment Authority examined amending the city’s urban renewal plan while a property owner feared his building would be taken if added to the amended list.

Monday’s session was a continuance of the Sept. 3 public hearing on the matter. John “Jay” Whelihan reopened the hearing on behalf of the Redevelopment Authority.

Ward 3 Councilor David Bartley, who chairs the Development and Government Relations Committee, said the Redevelopment Authority is granted permission to make “minor, non-substantial changes to the urban renewal plan amendments” if the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development deems necessary.

The changes sought by both boards expand the list of properties in the Urban Renewal Plan, many ripe for development, historic designation or other uses. Many of the neighborhoods in the plan have transformed its passage.

Lyman Terrace apartments’ renovations are

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Weekly High Frequency Indicators: Almost All Data Has Improved Greatly From Worst Pandemic Levels, But Will It Continue?


I look at the high frequency weekly indicators because while they can be very noisy, they provide a good nowcast of the economy and will telegraph the maintenance or change in the economy well before monthly or quarterly data is available. They are also an excellent way to “mark your beliefs to market.” In general, I go in order of long-leading indicators, then short-leading indicators, then coincident indicators.

A Note on Methodology

Data is presented in a “just the facts, ma’am” format with a minimum of commentary so that bias is minimized.

Where relevant, I include 12-month highs and lows in the data in parentheses to the right. All data taken from St. Louis FRED unless otherwise linked.

A few items (e.g., Financial Conditions indexes, regional Fed indexes, stock prices, the yield curve) have their own metrics based on long-term studies of their behavior.

Where data is seasonally adjusted,

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PSEG Submits Application for Zero Emission Certificates to Continue to Preserve New Jersey’s Largest Source of Carbon-Free Electricity | News

NEWARK, N.J., Oct. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — PSEG today filed applications to extend Zero Emission Certificates (ZECs) for the Salem and Hope Creek nuclear power plants in Salem County in order to preserve New Jersey’s largest carbon-free source of electricity and help New Jersey achieve its clean energy goals.

Thanks to PSEG’s nuclear plants, nearly 40% of New Jersey’s energy supply is already carbon-free. Nuclear energy delivers more than 90% of all of the state’s carbon-free energy and is essential to New Jersey’s ability to successfully achieve its goal of a 100% carbon-free energy supply by 2050, as outlined in the state’s Energy Master Plan and documented by numerous independent studies.

“Nuclear energy already is New Jersey’s largest source of carbon-free electricity. No other energy source currently comes close,” said Rick Thigpen, PSEG’s senior vice president for Corporate Citizenship. “We want to continue to partner with Gov. Phil

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In economic relief talks, White House and Democrats continue trading proposals, insults

At the White House, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany confirmed that the administration had offered Pelosi an approximately $1.6 trillion package, much higher than many congressional Republicans would be able to support.

“It’s a good offer but it’s one Nancy Pelosi is not interested in,” McEnany said.

“Nancy Pelosi is not being serious. If she becomes serious then we can have a discussion,” McEnany said.

For her part, Pelosi (D-Calif.) criticized the GOP’s proposals as too stingy, contending that the administration is focused on protecting tax breaks for the wealthy instead of help for families and children in need. House Democrats had initially sought a $3.4 trillion spending package before bring the package down to around $2.2 trillion.

“This isn’t half a loaf, this is the heel of the loaf,” Pelosi said on Bloomberg TV of the White House proposal.

Nevertheless, Pelosi and Mnuchin were set to have another conversation Thursday

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Coronavirus in NY: Clusters with high positive rates continue, but Central NY’s below 1%

Albany, N.Y. — The state continues to confront coronavirus clusters in Downstate New York, even as the positive test rate for the virus was below 1% in Central New York and some other Upstate regions.

Central New York’s positive rate was 0.4% on Tuesday, down sharply from 1.7% Monday and 0.8% Tuesday. The Capital Region, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, North Country and Mohawk Valley also had positive rates below 1% yesterday.

Overall, the statewide positive rate on Tuesday was 1.02%. Without the 20 zip codes with the highest rates, the statewide average was 0.82%, according to to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.

Cuomo has been talking for several days about clusters of the virus located mainly in Rockland and Orange counties and Brooklyn. Positive test rates in those zip codes ranged from 3% to 17% on Tuesday. The average in those areas was 5.5%.

“It’s those hotspot zip codes that we

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UC Berkeley to continue online classes through Spring 2021

BERKELEY, Calif. (KRON) – UC Berkeley on Tuesday announced it will begin the spring 2021 semester with distance learning amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement, school officials said Cal would begin the semester with online instruction “for at least two weeks.”

“This will allow any students returning to campus to self-sequester for 7-10 days. After that, the considerable majority of classes will continue to be delivered remotely, including all large courses,” officials added.

In-person instruction will be limited, and those classes would be limited to 25 students, according to officials.

Students will not be required to take in-person classes or be present on campus for the spring semester, the statement read.

“Almost all academic offerings, including those with in-person instructional activities, will also be delivered remotely.”

For more on the school’s criteria being used for in-person instruction and more on the guidelines, click here.

The school will continue

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The Richard Lawson Studios Master Classes Continue With Artist Lily Mariye

Classes take place every Saturday morning at 10 AM PST via Zoom Webinar.

The Richard Lawson Studios Master Classes Continue With Artist Lily Mariye

The Richard Lawson Studios Self Tape Master Class Series continues in October with director/writer/actor Lily Mariye. Classes take place every Saturday morning at 10 AM PST via Zoom Webinar.

Richard Lawson Studios (RLS) was founded in Los Angeles, California in 2005 by veteran actor, Richard Lawson. RLS uses a complete approach that includes traditional scene study, exercises, audition classes, and combines them with on-camera instruction, filmmaking, and business administration to form a whole, comprehensive course of study. The approach is based upon moment-to-moment spontaneous work, inspired by imagination, passion, and purpose.

On October 3rd, Master Teacher Richard Lawson will be joined by director/writer/actor Lily Mariye. Ten actors will be given the opportunity to have their self-tape auditions be assessed and redirected by Mr. Lawson and Ms. Mariye.

Lily Mariye is a Directors Guild of America Award nominee

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Central Indiana home sales continue to climb – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather

INDIANAPOLIS (Inside INdiana Business) – Monthly real estate statistics showed a dramatic decrease in housing inventory throughout central Indiana last month. Despite the drop, F.C. Tucker Co. says pended home sales increased 13% in August, compared to the same month last year. The year-to-date average home price increased 9% to $246,726.

Inventory decreased an unprecedented 49% last month, with only 3,326 homes listed in August 2020. That represents 3,253 fewer homes available for sale than in August 2019.

The company says 4,334 homes were purchased in the 16-county region last month, up from 3,830 sold in August 2019. Of the counties tracked by F.C. Tucker, the average August home sale price was $259,932, an increase of 11%.

“We’ve never experienced such interesting trends in residential real estate as we have during the summer of 2020,” said Jim Litten, chief executive officer of F.C. Tucker Co. “Once again in August, the

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