Does an apartment or rental house best fit your lifestyle?
Because renting is a common lifestyle choice for many, it’s important to consider what’s most critical for you — whether a sense of community, more green space, larger living areas or easy access to shopping and restaurants — and factor these items in before signing the lease.washingtonpost.com
Facebook will let users control more of what they see rather than forcing them to rely on algorithms
Facebook is introducing a feature that will make it easier for users to choose what content shows up in their News Feed. The feature will roll out to Android users on Wednesday, and it will become available to iOS users "in the coming weeks," Facebook said. The new feature was announced in a 5,000-word essay published by Nick Clegg, Facebook vice president of global affairs and communications. Facebook also plans to introduce more ways for users to understand why content is showing up in their feed. In 2020, Facebook introduced hubs to provide users with accurate information regarding Covid-19, the 2020 U.S. election and climate change.cnbc.com
Local dance company makes more dreams come true this year for little ballerinas
Even though live holiday performances aren’t happening this year, one local dance company is more than proving, the show must go on. That’s why her dance company has embraced the change, and used it as an opportunity to give every little girl her Christmas dream of becoming the leading lady. “We thought in a year where we got nothing we wanted and the kids didn’t get anything that they wanted, we would give them the one thing we know they wanted,” Leeper said. There is still time to have the Clara experience. The cost of the Clara experience is $300, which is $150 out of pocket when you use Blacksburg bucks.
Love these Christmas lights? Nominate someone in need to win the same holiday light makeover!
Now, after all the positive attention the Bonsack Chick-Fil-A has gotten, Christmas Décor Roanoke, the local businesses that hung the lights wants to keep those smiles coming. Christmas Décor Roanoke is known for their over the top holiday displays. Offering a contest for a free home holiday makeover, Christmas Décor Roanoke is asking the public to nominate deserving people who may be struggling and could some extra love and light. Christmas Décor Roanoke will decorate the homes of the winners for free, and even take the lights down. They hope to do several of these free holiday makeovers and have yet to cap the number of winners.
PayPal gets into crypto with new features for trading and shopping
By early 2021, the company also plans to let customers use crypto to shop with its network of 26 million retailers. Shares of PayPal climbed over 3% in early New York trading. Central banks around the world have been exploring the idea of issuing their own digital currencies. Seven of the world's top central banks — including the Federal Reserve and European Central Bank — recently set out a framework for how such a system could work. Meanwhile, the People's Bank of China has been forging ahead with trials for its own proposed digital currency.cnbc.com
Hospital bills mounting: Community servants now need the community’s help
SALEM – More than $40,000 from more than 400 people has been raised to help C.J. Before Samantha was transferred, she began receiving renal dialysis to filter toxins from her blood due to her renal disease. In Charlottesville, renal specialist continued with a battery of tests and the continuation of renal dialysis to help stabilize and potentially restart Samantha’s kidneys. could be home with baby Anderson and care for him like any new parent should. They remain steadfast in their faith and take happiness in their time together with baby Anderson.
Here’s how the top tax preparation softwares stack up against each other
The clock’s winding down on the extended tax season, and for those who might have procrastinated, we’re here to fill you in on your options, so you can decide for yourself which tax preparation service is best for you. With the help of Consumers Advocate, we’ve provided a comprehensive list for you. Click on the following company names to learn more about how the services they provide stack up: Jackson Hewitt | TaxPoint | Taxbrain | OnePriceTaxes.
See the kitten that spent 10 hours hidden in a car engine, traveling to SWVA from Kentucky
Curiosity definitely got the best of a tiny kitten that may have just used up one of its nine lives. Angel, at 5 weeks old, finished up a several hundred-mile adventure hidden inside a car engine. Angels were watching over her on that 10-hour ride, said Missy Viars, co-director of Pulaski Animal Care and Control. Kitten takes 10-hour-ride in car engine (WSLS)They worked to get the kitten out of the engine, and the owner said its not my kitty and left, and left him standing there with the baby, Viars said. Another kitten named Piper was also found in a car engine by a local mechanic.
Good day for an adventure: May 24th is National Scavenger Hunt Day
Published: May 24, 2020, 11:00 amROANOKE, Va. – May 24th is National Scavenger Hunt Day. The game is a fun way to get outdoors and spend time with family and friends. American columnist, Elsa Maxwell, is credited with coming up with the game during the 1930s to entertain her guests. A scavenger hunt is played by challenging teams to find a list of random items. Some games add an extra challenge by including riddles.
Would you know what to do during a tornado? We have tips
As mid-May arrives, tornado season begins to reach its peak, proving to be a big threat, and nearly every state in the United States can experience a tornado. Having said that, do you know the safest things you can do for you and your family should a tornado strike near your home? Because of that, it’s smart to consider what room may be safest for you, in the event of a tornado. Mobile homes are simply not designed to withstand a tornado or strong winds in severe storms. [WATCH: When you see a tornado while driving, here’s what to do]The time to find shelter is when you are under a tornado warning, so while all of this is helpful information, the best thing you can do is know the signs before a tornado hits.
Love is in the air; Local pilot writes Mother’s Day message in the sky
ROANOKE, Va. – A local pilot flying out of ROA sent all moms out there a Mother’s Day greeting from the skies! Rick Gillmore set a flight course Sunday morning that, on radar, spelled out the word “Mom” in the middle of a heart. “We wanted to do something for mothers," Gillmore said. "At first, I was going to write, ‘Hi, Mom,’ but that’s kind of cheesy. “I thought no one was going to see it, you can’t really look up in the sky and see me,” Gillmore said.
Cute video shows Giles Co. boy catching his first fish - “It’s a big one!”
Giles County – A major milestone in a child’s life was caught on video, and is sure to bring a smile to your face. Witten Atkins of Giles County caught his first fish last week in Glen Alton. Throwing his own cast, he pulled a citation brook trout and reeled it in by himself. He and his sister were fishing with his parents Zach and Morgan Atkins. As shown in the video, he was a little scared at first at what he pulled out of the water, but that quickly turned to excitement as he clapped and yelled, “I caught a big one like daddy.”
Feeling restless? This workout was made for anyone who’s got some energy (or stress) to burn
Finding the time to get a workout right now is either much easier or much harder. 20 burpees -- From a standing position, place your hands on the floor between your feet, jump your feet back to a full plank, do a pushup, hop back up on your feet and jump up. Jump rope or high knees -- Instead of counting reps here, you can set a timer. Try one complete minute of jumping rope or high knees for each set. Check these out for a quick demonstration: Hip thrusts | burpees | sumo squats | high knees | skater lunges | dips.
Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs deliver teddy bears to kids in the hospital
The Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs delivered teddy bears Monday to kids at Carilion from their teddy bear toss from earlier this season. The team took to Facebook to post a picture, saying “the kids faces lit up when they saw who their special guests were for the afternoon. These bears are the gift that keeps on giving!”The teddy bear toss happens once a season where fans are allowed to throw teddy bears on the ice after the Dawgs score their first goal.
Increase in alcohol-related deaths over past 2 decades in U.S. is jarring
To look at the numbers of alcohol-related deaths in the United States over the past 18 years, it can be quite jarring -- and that number is increasing at an alarming rate, experts say. Of the deaths associated with alcohol between 1999 and 2017, there was an increase in the rate of death of women by 85%, as compared to men at 35%. Experts will diagnose someone with AUD once a drinking problem becomes severe. MedicationsThere are now currently three medications in the United States that have been approved and can help people stop or reduce their drinking and prevent relapse. Click here to learn more about alcohol’s effect on the United States.
In an especially active hurricane season, could we run out of names?
After all the years of recorded named storms, one has to wonder: What happens when we run out of names? “The World Meteorological Organization came up with a six-year rotating list of names for hurricanes,” Gross said. Now we arrive at our initial question: What happens when we run out of names? So, let’s say we have a storm named Walter. The first and last instance in which the Greek alphabet was needed was in 2005, during the busiest hurricane season on record, when there were 28 named storms.