Housing market plunge looms thanks to coronavirus

The economic ripple effect of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is starting to spread. And the next victim looks to be the housing industry’s seller’s market.

March home sales fell 8.5%, according to the National Association of Realtors. And the months ahead will likely be notably worse, according to the group’s chief economist.

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Streaming Could Change the Video Game Business Forever

In the beginning, there were video game stores. There were bricks, and there was mortar, and hours before the stroke of midnight of a highly anticipated release, there were snaking lines of customers outside GameStop or Toys “R” Us or Best Buy, waiting with excitement for the sale to begin. This was the first age of video games, and it was good.

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Call ‘Em the Dirty Dozen: The 12 Most Popular Porn Stars of 2018

Fame in the adult entertainment industry is a fickle thing. Many performers leave the industry before anyone knows their name. Some experience a meteoric rise, only to fall in the course of a few months. Others prove eternal.

The adult entertainment industry’s annual exposition runs from Jan. 24 to 27 in Las Vegas. Ahead of the event, here is a list of this year’s most popular porn stars as judged by their standing among industry insiders and depth of fan interest, a critical factor to success in the industry.

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Hurricane Irma: Millionaire Foster 70 Kids in His $30 Million Home

Foster children don’t get a lot of breaks—especially in the midst of a natural disaster. But a Florida millionaire has not only given 70 of them some amazing memories, he’s restored our faith in humanity.

When the storm was barreling down on the Miami area, the 70 foster kids at the SOS Children’s Village Florida were moved into an emergency shelter. They spent five days there, but when the storm finally passed, they learned their home was without power—and the kids, who had nowhere to go to begin with, were in a bind.

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2017 Solar Eclipe: South Carolina Warns of ‘Lizardmen’

The upcoming solar eclipse has already brought some wonderful things to South Carolina, including a huge boost in tourist spending and the promise of a chocolate-glazed Krispy Kreme doughnut. But there are potential dangers lurking as well—like Lizardmen.

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division, in a Tweet, has issued a tongue-in-cheek advisory on possible paranormal activity during the Aug 21 event, noting that “SCEMD does not know if Lizardmen become more active during a solar eclipse, but we advise that residents of Lee and Sumter counties should remain ever vigilant.”

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Staying Ahead of Customer Problems in the Connected Device Era

It’s connectedcustomer3 a.m. one night during the holiday break, and a problem with a crucial piece of equipment escalates at an important customer’s warehouse.

Not long ago, this would have been a three-alarm crisis for the manufacturer, service provider and customer — that is, once somebody finally noticed the problem. But the rise of connected devices and the Internet of Things means service organizations are increasingly able to respond to issues proactively, before a major problem develops.

 

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Keeping the Lights on at a Famed Holiday Spectacular

Light christmas lightsspectaculars are as much a part of the holiday season as visits to see Santa at the mall. And while many cities have impressive displays, few can rival the sheer scope of the show put on at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga.

With 15 different scenes using somewhere between 8 million and 10 million bulbs over five miles, the “Fantasy in Lights” show has been recognized by National Geographic Traveler as one of the 10 best places in the world to see holiday lights.

But putting together an event of that caliber takes a lot of time — and even more work. Here’s a look at how the team of Santa’s Southern Helpers gets the show ready.

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