North Korea’s Kim pledges thousands of new homes in storm recovery effort

By Sangmi Cha

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un promised to help typhoon-hit areas recover and to build at least 25,000 houses over the next five years, state media said on Wednesday.

Visiting one of the worst-hit areas of North Korea, Kim expressed regret over the more than 50-year-old houses in which people have been living and urged the military to embark on a more ambitious construction plan, KCNA said.

The visit came after Kim appeared to shed tears at the weekend as he thanked citizens for their sacrifices, in the most striking demonstration yet of how he is relying on his “man-of- the-people” persona to tackle his country’s deepening crises.

The military has reached a construction level of 60% for at least 2,300 houses in the Komdok area in South Hamgyong province, northeast of the capital, Pyongyang, the state media said.

Kim said new houses were

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North Korea’s Kim pledges thousands of new homes in storm recovery effort: state media

By Sangmi Cha

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un promised to help typhoon-hit areas recover and to build at least 25,000 houses over the next five years, state media said on Wednesday.

Visiting one of the worst-hit areas of North Korea, Kim expressed regret over the more than 50-year-old houses in which people have been living and urged the military to embark on a more ambitious construction plan, KCNA said.

The visit came after Kim appeared to shed tears at the weekend as he thanked citizens for their sacrifices, in the most striking demonstration yet of how he is relying on his “man-of- the-people” persona to tackle his country’s deepening crises.

The military has reached a construction level of 60% for at least 2,300 houses in the Komdok area in South Hamgyong province, northeast of the capital, Pyongyang, the state media said.

Kim said new houses were

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North Texas home starts boom as builders struggle to meet buyer demand

North Texas builders scrambling to meet a flood of buyers have boosted home starts to the highest level in more than a decade.

Dallas-Fort Worth single-family home starts soared by more than 34% in the third quarter from a year earlier, rising in the face of the pandemic and recession. Builders started almost 13,000 local houses during the just-completed quarter, according to just-released data from Residential Strategies Inc.

“Back when the pandemic hit, we were bracing for a pretty tough summer with all the job loss,” said Ted Wilson, principal for the Dallas-based housing consultant. “But everything opened up in May with strong sales and it has continued onward.

“It’s pretty amazing considering the backdrop of COVID.”

Wilson said the third-quarter D-FW home starts were the strongest since mid-2006, before the Great Recession hit the housing markets.

Builders have started 43,246 North Texas homes in the year ending September —

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A PSA That The Holy Grail Of Chrysler Minivans Is For Sale In North Carolina For Only $2,500

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Part of my obligation as a Jalopnik writer is to help readers score the vehicles of their dreams. At least, that’s how I’ll justify writing this post about the perfect 1990 Chrysler minivan—a turbocharged manual Dodge Caravan with a red interior!

This Plymouth Voyager “needs a lot of love” according to its owner, who says on Facebook Marketplace that the 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-four makes low oil pressure and powers the pulley of a broken power steering pump. In all likelihood, this Voyager needs a motor rebuild (or maybe a new oil pump or new oil pressure sender—who knows?) and a power steering pump. Plus that missing piece at the base of the windshield, and whatever the seller is referring to when he says “Needs some other things.” It’s a tall-ish order, sure, but the project seems manageable for a few grand.

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September surge in North Texas home sales sets records

North Texas home sales surged in September – up 27% from a year ago.

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It was the largest such annual price gain in more than a decade.

Real estate agents sold 11,408 single-family homes, a record number of purchases for the month of September, when sales typically slow.

But not this year.

Record low mortgage rates have caused a run on home buying even in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last month’s huge home sales increase is the fourth month in a row of double-digit percentage sales gains from 2019 levels, according to data from the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University and the North Texas Real Estate Information Systems.

September’s year-over-year gain was the largest yet.

“It’s amazing that sales are up 27% over last years, but not surprising based on what I have been hearing,” said Paige Shipp, a housing analyst with CDCG Asset

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North Carolina City Ignores Its Own Rules To Keep Homeless Shelter Out Of Its New Home

For more than 30 years, the Catherine H. Barber Memorial Shelter has quietly served North Wilkesboro and broader Wilkes County in North Carolina. It’s a small, temporary shelter with 10 beds that helps those who have fallen on hard times get back on their feet; the maximum stay is generally two weeks. Most nights there are a few empty beds, but on occasion the shelter—the only one in 70,000 resident Wilkes County—must turn away the needy. After losing its lease on the home it has occupied for three decades, the shelter was offered a new building, free of charge. But it may never be able to move in.

A local dentist moved his practice and offered the shelter his now empty office building. And

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Takara Bio plans revamp of north San Jose campus

SAN JOSE — Takara Bio USA, on the heels of its purchase this year of two big office buildings in north San Jose, has crafted plans to create a campus on its newly bought property.

The company is eyeing the development of an enclosed courtyard that effectively will create a unified complex and a link between the office buildings the company bought in May in north San Jose, according to preliminary plans on file at the city Planning Department.

The development proposal also calls for the construction of two canopies. One canopy will be built at what will be the main entrance for the evolving mini-campus. The other will be at a staff entrance.

The efforts are a reminder that some tech and biotech companies don’t necessarily intend for their employees to work from remote locations on a permanent basis, despite the uncertainties ushered in by the coronavirus.

Takara Bio

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Del Webb at North Ranch offers single-story homes

Del Webb, the nation’s leader of age-qualified communities for those 55 and older, is showcasing its newest North Las Vegas community, Del Webb at North Ranch. The most affordable age-qualified community in Las Vegas with homes starting from the low $300,000s, Del Webb at North Ranch features spacious single-story homes, resort-style amenities and the signature active-adult lifestyle for which Del Webb communities are known.

Located on the northwest corner of Centennial Parkway and Losee Road in North Las Vegas, Del Webb at North Ranch offers modern flexible open-concept floor plans ranging from 1,285 square feet to 2,010-plus square feet with two to three bedrooms and two to 2½ baths.

Marked by luxurious finishes and touches at every turn, Del Webb homes feature designer flooring, countertops and cabinets. All floor plans come standard with two-car garages, covered patios that further enhance indoor/outdoor living, the latest in smart home technology and energy

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Raucous presidential debate has no lasting impact as North American markets end month

TORONTO – A raucous U.S. presidential debate had little lasting impact on stock markets Wednesday as they ended their worst month since March’s sizable correction.

The early futures in both Canada and the U.S. decreased significantly after Tuesday’s chaotic debate between U.S. President Donald Trump and former vice-president Joe Biden.

But with nothing new presented on policy, investors latched onto hopeful news from Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin about a possible fiscal stimulus deal.

“Once the market sort of digested that early in the morning, we saw a sharp reversal in particular in the U.S. and we saw the TSX go into positive territory as well,” said Giles Marshall, portfolio manager at Fiduciary Trust Canada.

“Mnuchin offered some optimism pretty much at the last minute in terms of being able to get a deal done before the election takes place.”

Markets lost some of the gains in afternoon trading.

While investors

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North Bay wildfires explode into 11,000-acre monster devouring homes


Find the latest evacuations for wildfires in the North Bay here.

Propelled by high winds, three separate wildfires in Napa and Sonoma counties are tearing through a parched landscape at an alarming rate and have burned through 11,000 acres, devoured dozens of homes and triggered thousands of evacuations in only a little over 24 hours, Cal Fire

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