MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio — Nearly 900 residents participated in a survey or focus group answering questions about what is most important to them when it comes to city recreation.

The questioning, which took part over the course of four months, comes in the wake of the springtime passage of Issue 9, the city’s .5-percent income tax increase. The city has earmarked 40 percent of the approximately $5 million the tax increase will generate by 2023, or about $2 million per year, to recreation.

“I’m very, very thrilled,” said Krista Rodriguez, of The Impact Group, which performed the survey, in speaking about the 852 residents who completed a survey on paper or online. “That’s a high number for getting a response rate for a city of your size, and that was very good to see.”

Rodriguez gave results of the survey to City Council during a Committee-of-the-Whole meeting held Monday, Oct. 12.

First discussed were a number of questions pertaining to the city’s stated goal of building a new swimming pool to replace the more than 60-year-old Dragga Pool at City Park. It was found that 77 percent of respondents were aware of the city’s plan for a new pool, as well as its plans to use tax money to upgrade roads, sidewalks and parks. Sixty-two percent said that they do not use the pool at all during the summer, but some stated that their lack of use was attached to the condition of the pool which, among other things, needs regular repairs to cracks at its bottom.

In other responses, 56 percent thought it was very or somewhat important that the new pool has a splash pad; 89 percent favored umbrellas or shaded areas; 69 percent, a water slide; 68 percent, a children’s playground in the water; 63 percent, zero-depth

Shares of Sleep Number SNBR have soared 110% in the last six months to more than double the Home Furnishing-Appliance Market, as people upgrade their living spaces during the pandemic. More importantly, home buying is surging amid the record-low mortgage rates and a desire for more space during the coronavirus.

Sleep Number is set to release its Q3 FY20 results on Wednesday, October 14. So should investors consider buying the high-end bed firm’s stock as a longer-term bet on the housing market?

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U.S. home sales surged 10.5% on an annual basis in August, which came after July’s huge growth that represented the strongest monthly gain ever recorded, dating back to 1968. And now the housing market is finally being driven by millennials, which has industry analysts projecting a multi-year boom for the market, as the largest portion of the generation start to get married and have kids.

For instance, the Construction sector is one of only two of the 16 Zacks sectors that is projected to post earnings growth in the third quarter, with it expected to climb 11%—compared to the Medical sector’s 0.7% and the overall S&P 500’s projected -22.3% decline (also read: Q3 Bank Earnings in the Spotlight Next Week).

Sleep Number itself is not an exact proxy for the broader home market, but it does stand to benefit. The company, which makes high-end adjustable beds, memory foam mattresses, kids beds, bedding, pillows and more is a solid way to play the overall housing market expansion. On top of that, more people are paying attention to their health and self care during the coronavirus, and sleeping plays a vital role.

Sleep Number topped our estimates last quarter, even though its revenue slipped due to pandemic-related store closures. The company noted in its mid-July report that

British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced the 2020 participants of its Newcomers Program. The program expanded to New York for the first time in its history and accepted a record number of first-year female participants.

The initiative to support emerging industry professionals boasts international talent from 20 countries – the U.K., Australia, China, France, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain and Turkey.

With 41 new members joining the four-year program, there will be 98 participants, including actors, directors, producers, screenwriters, composers, cinematographers, executives, art directors, production designers, animators, editors and publicists.

“For over 10 years, the BAFTA Newcomers Program has supported hundreds of industry talents making the move to Los Angeles, connecting them to a network of peers and with a program of career support,” said BAFTA Los Angeles chair Kathryn Busby and New York chair Maria Ishak. “We are delighted that this year’s expansion of the program to New York also reflects our strongest year yet for female representation, comprising 78% of our new participants. As our industry continues to adapt to the extraordinary impact of the pandemic, it is as vital as ever to support those who have recently transitioned their careers to the U.S. by welcoming them into BAFTA’s community.”

Every participant will receive access to BAFTA membership programs and new talent events for career development and transition to living and working in the U.S. The program also includes networking opportunities, peer matching and educational programming including the BAFTA briefing sessions and insights series.

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Actor Tom Arnold posted the personal cellphone number of White House adviser Hope Hicks on Twitter after it was revealed she tested positive for the coronavirus.



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“Silent thoughts & prayers aren’t enough for national treasure Hope Hicks,” Arnold wrote in a now-deleted tweet. “She needs to hear them.”

Arnold has been a longtime critic of President Trump and his administration, especially on social media, including an instance in 2018 where the Secret Service visited his home and questioned him following a tweet suggesting he wanted to “bodyslam” the president.

Hicks reportedly tested positive for the virus on Thursday and is also said to be experiencing symptoms.

“Hope Hicks, who has been working so hard without even taking a small break, has just tested positive for Covid 19,” President Trump tweeted Thursday night. “Terrible! The First Lady and I are waiting for our test results. In the meantime, we will begin our quarantine process!”

Later that night, the president tweeted that he had also tested positive for the virus along with First Lady Melania Trump.

“Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19,” he tweeted. “We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!”

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  • As of Tuesday, roughly 3.6 million homeowners remain in pandemic-related forbearance plans. That’s 6.8% of all active mortgages, representing $751 billion in unpaid principal.
  •  The government and private sector forbearance programs, initiated at the start of the pandemic, allow borrowers to delay their monthly payments for at least three months and for up to a year.



a car parked in front of a house: Homes in the North Park neighborhood of San Diego, California, U.S., on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. U.S. sales of previously owned homes surged by the most on record in July as lower mortgage rates continued to power a residential real estate market that's proving a key source of strength for the economic recovery.


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Homes in the North Park neighborhood of San Diego, California, U.S., on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. U.S. sales of previously owned homes surged by the most on record in July as lower mortgage rates continued to power a residential real estate market that’s proving a key source of strength for the economic recovery.

The number of mortgages in active pandemic-related bailout plans rose by 21,000 in the past week after declining for six straight weeks, according to Black Knight, a mortgage technology and analytics firm. 

The increase was not across all mortgage types but among bank-held and private-labeled security loans (28,000), and, to a lesser extent, among FHA/VA loans (2,000). Those increases were offset by a decline of 9,000 Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans in forbearance.

The government and private sector forbearance programs, initiated at the start of the pandemic, allow borrowers to delay their monthly payments for at least three months and for up to a year. Forbearance is granted in three-month terms, and so far more than 75% of borrowers in bailouts are on extensions since March.

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“As of the 29th [of September], nearly 800,000 forbearance plans were still set to expire in September, down from 2 million at the start of