Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro: Preorders, price and more


The $199 Galaxy Buds Pro have long been one of our best wireless earbuds picks, thanks to their great sound, dependable noise cancellation and uniquely robust set of features. But it’s been nearly two years since they first launched, and in that time, a lot of worthy alternatives have popped up — including the ultra-adaptive Sony LinkBuds S and the super-secure Beats Fit Pro.

That makes now a great time for a refresh, and Samsung is delivering exactly that with the Buds 2 Pro: a $229 pair of wireless earbuds that are built to feel — and sound — even better than their popular predecessors. But can these slick buds justify their higher price tag? Here’s everything we know about them after some quick eyes-on impressions.

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The Galaxy Buds 2 Pro are available for preorder today for $229 and will start shipping on Aug. 26. Those who order through Samsung now will get a free wireless charger, $30 in Samsung credit and up to $75 off with an eligible trade-in.

You’ll have three color options to choose from: White, Graphite and Bora Purple — the latter of which you’ll find on nearly all of Samsung’s new products for this summer, for those looking to coordinate.

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While they may look similar to their predecessor from a distance, the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro actually have a few noticeable changes over last year’s model. The most striking difference is that the buds now have a smooth matte finish, which is more pleasing to the eye — and should hopefully be less prone to smudges — than the glossy coating on the original Buds Pro.

Samsung says the new buds are 15% smaller than the previous edition, and that seems legit from what we’ve seen. These earbuds are much sleeker and more uniformly rounded than their bulkier predecessors, and look a fair amount like the standard Galaxy Buds 2 — or a pair of AirPods Pro with their stems cut off. According to Samsung, the new design will reduce pressure and keep the buds from rotating around too much in your ear. We already found the original Buds Pro to be pretty comfortable, so we’re eager to see how different they feel this time around.

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When I picked up the Buds 2 Pro during my brief hands-on time, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the case now has a soft-touch finish rather than a glossy plastic exterior. Not only does this feel great and make the case easier to grip, but it should also be less prone to scratches and smears when you put it in your pocket. And while the Buds 2 Pro come in virtually the same colors as before, they all look nicer up close, thanks to that new coating.

We’ve yet to go ears-on to test the Buds 2 Pro’s audio quality, but considering how great the original sounded, we have high expectations. Samsung is promising support for high-fidelity 24-bit audio this time around as well as Dolby Atmos for immersive 360-degree sound. That’s a compelling upgrade for audiophiles, though only select music streaming services — such as Tidal and Qobuz — offer support for that level of quality. These new additions join an already robust set of Galaxy Buds Pro features, such as active noise cancellation, an ambient sound mode, custom equalizer settings and SmartThings Find support for tracking down your buds in the event you lose them.

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The Galaxy Buds 2 Pro look to improve on one of the best pairs of wireless earbuds with an even more attractive design and high-fidelity audio support. There’s just one big sticking point: the $229 price tag.

That’s a $30 bump from the original retail price of the Galaxy Buds Pro, which themselves are currently available for close to $100 these days. At a time when the AirPods Pro frequently dip as low as $160 — and with so many great $199 competitors like the Sony LinkBuds S and Beats Fit Pro — the Buds 2 Pro’s $229 asking price seems especially steep. We’ll find out if the upgrades are worth the extra expense when we get our hands on the Buds 2 Pro for a full review later this month.



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Omaha man charged with theft after stolen vehicles recovered from Benson property


JULIE: BACK IN DOUGLAS COUNTY COURT, PROSECUTORS SAY THIS IS THE MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR A RENTAL LOT FILLED WITH STOLEN PROPERTY IN BENSON. INVESTIGATORS SAY QUIM HEREDIA-SANCHEZ STOLE AT LEAST 11 VEHICLES, WORTH $106,000. POLICE RECOVERED THOSE VEHICLES LAST MONTH FROM A PROPERTY NEAR 61ST AND BINNEY STREETS. A JUDGE SET BOND AT $250,000. HEREDIA-SANCHEZ GOES BACK TO COURT SEPTEMBER 13

Omaha man charged in theft of at least 11 vehicles worth more than $106,000

A 37-year-old Omaha man is charged with six counts of theft by receiving in relation to stolen property recovered in Benson.Quim Heredia-Sanchez is accused of stealing at least 11 vehicles, worth an estimated $106,026, according to law enforcement.According to court documents, the vehicles were recovered on July 24 from a property in Benson, located near 61st and Binney streets. Among the vehicles recovered were a Sea-Doo boat and boat trailer, a 1997 Chevrolet C15 pickup, a 2003 Kawasaki CYL VST motorcycle, a 2017 Kawasaki BR125J motorcycle, a 2008 Honda CBR600 motorcycle, a 2006 GMC Yukon Denali, a 2015 Dodge Challenger, a 2007 KTM motorcycle frame, a Pentora 125 four-wheeler and a Texas Pride roll-off dump trailer, according to court documents.Heredia-Sanchez, who is held on a $250,000 bond, is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 13.

A 37-year-old Omaha man is charged with six counts of theft by receiving in relation to stolen property recovered in Benson.

Quim Heredia-Sanchez is accused of stealing at least 11 vehicles, worth an estimated $106,026, according to law enforcement.

According to court documents, the vehicles were recovered on July 24 from a property in Benson, located near 61st and Binney streets.

Among the vehicles recovered were a Sea-Doo boat and boat trailer, a 1997 Chevrolet C15 pickup, a 2003 Kawasaki CYL VST motorcycle, a 2017 Kawasaki BR125J motorcycle, a 2008 Honda CBR600 motorcycle, a 2006 GMC Yukon Denali, a 2015 Dodge Challenger, a 2007 KTM motorcycle frame, a Pentora 125 four-wheeler and a Texas Pride roll-off dump trailer, according to court documents.

Heredia-Sanchez, who is held on a $250,000 bond, is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 13.



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Best Apple back-to-school sales 2022: Save on Macbooks, iPads, AirPods and more


A new school year means that many new and returning students will be buying some pricey tech to get geared up for classes — including plenty of Apple products. We all know those don’t come cheap, so we’ve scoured a few different sites to find discounts and sales to help ease the burden on wallets. Be sure to check out our recommendations for must-haves like iPads, AirPods, MacBooks, iPhones and other Apple accessories if you’re not sure what you need.

We sifted through a bunch of retailers to find you the best deals. Target is hosting a massive sale with savings on every Apple device imaginable. Amazon and eBay are great for refurbished models if you want to save even more money and don’t care about not having a new model (and for many students, a new model isn’t super-necessary). Apple itself is also having its yearly educational sale through September 26 for students (or those with a .edu email address), with up to $150 off laptops and $100 of iPads.

Read on for some of the best deals on Apple gear below.

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Amazon has a ton of deals on iPads, like $80 off the 202110.2-inch version with WiFi and 256GB.

Students can take education discounts from $50 off iPad Airs (hello, all-day battery life) and Pros (which are super-fast) — and pick up a $100 gift card, too. Plus, AppleCare is 20% off right now too. All of this comes courtesy of a .edu email address, so sign up for one ASAP if you don’t have one already.

Best Buy has a ton of great deals going on on iPads right now: Namely, fourth-generation models with Wi-Fi and 64GB for $150 off and $200 off the 256GB versions.

eBay is a great outlet for second-hand iPads that are certified to be in good working order, so if you just need a tablet to get things done with, we suggest checking the retailer’s selection out stat. (Used is also great for younger kids!) You can get good-condition seventh-generation iPads with 32GB and Wifi starting at $219.95, with more recent models like the Apple iPad Pro from 2018 with 4G speed and very good edition for $718.24.

Walmart’s marked down a lot of Apple gear, including several iPad models both new and refurbished. For example, you can find a new 2021 iPad Mini (sixth generation) for $409, $50 off its usual price.

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You can currently snag a pair of AirPods Pro for $75 off over at Amazon with free two-shipping if you’re a Prime member. Amazon’s also currently offering $100 off the AirPods Max over-ear headphones (the full discounted price applies in-cart).

Apple AirPods Pro are at Target right now for $70 (a cool almost-30%) off — or grab the second-gen AirPods for $30 off.

Apple AirPods Pros, complete with MagSafe charging case, are $40 off right now.

Head to the mobile retailer for a pair of Apple AirPods Pro with MagSafe Case for $199.99 instead of $249.99 — that’s 20% off.

Grab a pair of AirPods Pros at Walmart for $179.99, down from an original $214.

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Apple Watches are buy one, gift one at AT&T right now, including the Series 7 and Nike SE.

Several models of the Apple Watch are on sale at Best Buy, including the SE with a 40mm strap and gold case for $60 off, the Nike SE for $60 off or the 44mm with a sport band for $60 off as well.

You can find both new and refurbished Apple Watches (from a few generations) on sale at Walmart. Refurbished models are promised to work and look like new, which is great if you don’t care about or don’t want to spend the money on having the very latest one. For example, a restored Apple Watch series 4 with a 44-millimeter band is currently $109.49, or the 5th-gen version in silver aluminium is $179 — you can also skip ahead to pick up a restored Series 7 for $333.97.

Woot! is a great place to pick up used wearables, including scratch-and-dent Series 4 watches starting at $109.99, a Series 3 starting at $84.99 and Series 5 starting at $149.99.

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The new Series 7 can be found for 30% off on Amazon right now sporting a 41-millimeter band, while the GPS version with a 45-millimeter band is 16% off. If you’re not too bothered about having the absolute latest model, Amazon’s currently offering Apple Watch Series 5s in 44-millimeter widths for $209 off retail, bringing them down to $219.99 — they’re refurbished but totally functional and described as in excellent condition.

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Pick out a 64GB iPhone 12 for $10.14 per month on an installment plan instead of $20.20 (plus an activation fee and taxes) plus up to $365 in bill credits. There’s lots of details in the T&Cs so read them carefully — but if you’re looking for a new plan anyway, it’s a great way to get an iPhone you can pay off a little bit each month.

If you’re moving away for class and switching phone carriers anyway, head to Best Buy — the company is offering up to $150 back in savings with a qualified activation with a carrier like T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint and AT&T. You’ll also get perks like free Apple Music and News+ for up to six months and free Apple+ TV for three months (new or returning subscribers only).

Trust us: Your phone might find itself in some strange situations in college, so having a used phone is not a bad idea. eBay’s refurbished iPhone selection is extensive, with options like a B+- or very good-condition iPhone 11 64GB for $319.95 instead of its original list of $699. You can also get an Apple iPhone X 64GB Factory Unlocked phone for almost 81% off its list price, or just $214.95.

A ton of iPhones are on sale right now when you attach them to a carrier. Boost Mobile’s prepaid smartphone offers, for example, include a 2nd-gen 64GB Apple iPhone SE for $199.

Woot offers a range of refurbished iPhones almost continually on sale, with the latest deals including an Apple iPhone 8 for $139.99, 11s starting at $329.99, XRs starting at $224.99 and Xs (not XS) for $214.99.

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A ton of accessories are extremely on sale, including a clear iPhone 12 Mini case from Speck that’s $5, a Tylt 20W Fast Charging Wall Charger for $9.99 instead of $19.99, $33.99 Belkin MagSafe Car Vent Mounts (down from $39.99) and an antimicrobial glass screen protector for iPhone 13 Pro Max that’s half price now at $30. Try the code B2S20 at checkout to see if you can save even more.

Sharp-looking caramel leather cases for the iPhone 13 Mini are $29.99 on Verizon’s website right now versus a normal $59.98.

Outfit your device to your needs and preferences with Apple accessories on sale at Walmart, including with keyboard folios and covers for iPads. Deals include a smart keyboard folio for a 12.9-inch iPad on sale for $79.95 from $119.93 and a smart keyboard folio for the iPad Pro 11-inch (third generation) and iPad Air (fifth generation) for $160.06 instead of $240.09. You can also pick up a cover for the iPad Mini fourth and fifth generations for $19.95 instead of $39.

Over on the iPad side, you can pick up a Magic Keyboard that turns your iPad Pro setup into something resembling a mini desktop computer — it’s now $299.99 instead of $349 — or a second-generation Apple Pencil for $99, or $30 off.

You can usually find some essential accessories on sale at Woot!, with a ton of older-model ones that come in handy when they get harder to find pretty much everywhere else. Right now, those include $13.99 magnetic cases for the iPhone 13 Pro Max and a $9.99 10W Qi wireless charging pad (it’s relatively slow, but it’s also relatively cheap).



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Pearland Little League pitcher Kaiden Shelton comforted on mound by Tulsa batter whom he hit in head


PEARLAND, Texas (KTRK) — With a whole town tuning in Tuesday, Pearland Little League fulfilled its journey back to the Little League World Series with a 9-4 victory over Tulsa, Oklahoma in the Southwest Regional Final.

Pearland ran the table en route to its fourth World Series berth in 12 years, going 13-0 from district, state, and regional levels.

The moment that may be most talked about from Tuesday’s game involved Pearland pitcher Kaiden Shelton who threw an errant pitch that hit Tulsa batter Isiah Jarvis in the head.

Jarvis was on the ground for several minutes as coaches and trainers checked on him.

Meanwhile, Shelton was distraught over what happened. After Jarvis walked to first base under his own power, he called for time, went to the mound, and embraced and comforted Kaiden.

A whole town watches its boys of summer

Residents have been catching every game of the regional tournament so far. An official watch party took place at Hometown Sports Bar and Grill.

“I was watching with my family, and so there was a lot of excitement!” said Danae Lee, a fan.

This version of the team is undefeated in the regional tournament and is picking up support with every run scored.

“It’s everywhere. You see signs all over Pearland!” said Nancy Small, another fan.

Dr. Mercedes Giles and Janell Bernal are former baseball players, and they are ready for the team to make it big time.

“We’re pumped. We are so excited to hear that the team has made it so far in the competition. I love when they come through the neighborhood, and we cheer for them all the time,” said Dr. Giles, the team’s former left fielder.

James Reyes plays for Pearland High School and told us that the older guys are 100% behind the Little Leaguers.

“Me and my friends had a watch party a couple of days ago, and even around the Pearland High School area, you can just tell everybody is excited. All the coaches are hyping it up,” said Reyes.

Town residents will have to wait a little before they know who the team faces in the historic tourney.

Pearland advanced to the Little League World Series in 2010, 2015 and 2016. The 2010 team reached the U.S. Championship game.

The World Series is scheduled to run Aug. 17-28.

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The best pillows for side sleepers in 2022, tried and tested


If you sleep on your side, you need a pillow that keeps your shoulder, neck and head in a neutral, comfortable position. For many side sleepers that means a different type of pillow from those meant for back or stomach sleeping.

Hundreds of pillows are sold specifically for side sleepers, so we set out to find the best ones, sleeping on 23 pillows ranging from those specifically sold for side sleepers to those that are intended to cover all sleep positions, many of which we examined in our search for the best pillows overall. We also spoke with doctors, sleep specialists and academic researchers that study sleep positions to find answers on the best shapes and fill for side sleepers. In the end, we came up with three great choices that should suit those who sleep on their sides.

Best pillow for side sleepers overall

The supportive Eli & Elm Side Sleeper pillow has a U-shaped cutout that makes room for your shoulder when sleeping on your side. It also cradled our necks well when we slept on our backs, so it’s great for anyone who shifts positions.

Best memory foam pillow for side sleepers

The squishy yet supportive Casper Hybrid pillow offers a better balance between softness and support than other memory foam pillows we tested, and it is well ventilated so you won’t overheat.

Best pillow for side sleepers on a budget

The affordable Beckham Hotel Collection pillow is just right — not too soft or too firm. The dense fill kept our heads and necks supported through the night. It’s also one of the least expensive pillows we tested.

$124.99 From $99.99 at Eli & Elm

The Eli & Elm Side Sleeper pillow

The supportive Eli & Elm Side Sleeper pillow has a curved cutout that creates room for your shoulder when sleeping on your side, setting this pillow apart from the rest. We found the extra room quite comfortable and also appreciated how it let us hold onto the edges of the pillow while sleeping on our side, keeping our arms and hands more comfortable too. As a bonus, we loved that we felt like we were cradled when we slept on our backs too, so it’s a great choice if you shift positions often.

The pillow is filled with a blend of latex and polyester that is adjustable and removable. Similar to other adjustable pillows, you can take out as much fill as you want to achieve the exact height and firmness level that’s most comfortable. We found the pillow came with plenty of fill for those that like a firm pillow, though we had to remove some to soften it up. If you like an extra-firm pillow, Eli & Elm offers an option to buy extra fill. It took a few nights of trial and error before we figured out the optimal amount of fill, but once we did we found the pillow very comfortable.

The Side Sleeper has two slight drawbacks. First, we found that the pillow sleeps slightly hot — not so much so it disturbed our sleep but if you are sensitive you may want to keep that in mind or plan to accessorize with some of our recommendations for hot sleepers.

Also, the odd shape doesn’t fit well in standard pillow cases. However, the cover is removable and washable so you can use it without a pillowcase (which is what we did in testing). If you absolutely need a pillowcase, Eli & Elm also sell a custom pillowcase that you can buy separately. We also appreciate the company’s 45-day return policy in case the pillow doesn’t work out.

From $99 at Casper and Amazon

The Casper Hybrid Pillow

Casper describes this pillow as “feeling like a marshmallow” and we couldn’t agree more; that’s exactly what this pillow feels like. The squishy yet supportive Casper Hybrid pillow has a synthetic fill core surrounded by an outer layer of memory foam, which offers the perfect balance between excellent support and comfortable plushness, unlike some other foam pillows which we found too firm or too soft in our testing. The ventilation holes in the foam layer also give the Casper Hybrid an advantage over other memory foam pillows — it never left us feeling overheated while sleeping, so it’s a great choice if you are a hot sleeper.

While the Hybrid Pillow is sold for general use, we liked it for sleeping on our side because of its rectangular shape and substantial side gusset, which helped keep our head elevated in a comfortable position but didn’t dig into our shoulder or neck. It also kept its shape throughout the night.

The Hybrid Pillow comes in two heights, regular with a 2-inch gusset and low loft with a 1.25-inch gusset. You can take a quiz on Casper’s website to help determine which loft height is right for you. Casper recommended a low loft pillow for our tester’s needs and we found it was the perfect size for our petite tester, so if you have a larger frame you may want to consider the regular loft size.

The Casper Hybrid Pillow comes with a removable and machine-washable cover and Casper offers a 30-night return policy on most pillows, although at time of testing the low loft version is on final sale.

The Beckham Hotel Collection Pillow

The Beckham Hotel Collection pillow has a denser fill compared to most down alternative pillows, giving it a firmer feel but enough give that it cradled our heads comfortably as we slept on our sides. The Beckham pillow’s support didn’t fade over the course of the night, as the firm fill doesn’t fall flat, unlike some other pillows we tested.

We appreciated that it could be machine-washed, however, the instructions state it should be dried flat which is less than ideal and takes at least half a day depending on the temperature inside your living space. We did machine-dry it, however, to see how it fared and it held up without any noticeable changes, but we suspect over time machine-drying could potentially cause the pillow to degrade faster.

This was one of the most budget-friendly pillows that we tested and it’s far more comfortable than you might expect given the low cost, so if you don’t want to splurge on a more expensive pillow this is a great pick.

While many brands design and market pillows tailored specifically to back, stomach or side sleepers, all of the experts we spoke to told us that pillow comfort is very personal, and just because a pillow is marketed for side sleepers doesn’t mean it will work for you. According to Dr. Andrew Varga, neuroscientist and physician at The Mount Sinai Integrative Sleep Center, “There is limited, if any, scientific evidence regarding pillow types.”

After testing dozens of pillows, we have found that the way pillows are labeled can give at least some indication of how the pillow will feel, and that makes a good starting point when shopping for side sleeper pillows (or for other sleeping positions). In general, pillows meant for side sleepers — like those for back sleepers — are often firmer and loftier than pillows for stomach sleepers, which helps keep your head elevated properly when laying on your side. And some contoured or cutout designs may provide better comfort for some side sleepers.

According to Josh Tal of Josh Tal & Associates Sleep and Health Psychotherapists, people who sleep on their sides need to look for a pillow that provides support for the shoulder, neck and head, and allows for a neutral, supportive position. Because of this, Tal says, “side sleepers usually prefer a pillow with more loft to cradle the head, paired with an indentation to comfort the shoulder and a potentially an elevated bump in the bottom of the pillow to support the neck.”

Also, keep in mind that everyone’s neck is different, so the type of contour or density of fill that achieves this will vary from individual to individual. If you’re smaller-framed, you may need a lower loft pillow; if you’re bigger, you may need a higher loft pillow to keep the neck aligned with the spine.

We found that pillows for side sleepers come in more unique shapes than other types of pillows and can offer certain benefits such as allowing more room for your shoulder or more neck support.

  • Cutout: Some pillows for side sleepers have a semi-circular cutout at the bottom. This allows more room for your shoulder when you’re laying on your side without the pillow getting in the way. We found that this design let us lay our head more comfortably on the pillow when sleeping on our side.
  • Gusset: Gussets are extra rectangular side panels sewn into the edges of the pillow; these create a more structured feel than the flat sewn edges of traditional pillows. These gussets help the pillow maintain its shape and offer extra elevation to keep the head supported, which can be more comfortable when sleeping on your side.
  • Contour: Some pillows are designed with an upper face meant to match the contour of your head, neck and shoulder. These curves and indentations they are meant to support your neck and cradle your head. Most of these pillow types are made with firm foam so they keep their shape and don’t shift.

Fill and firmness

For side sleepers, Tal recommends a medium to soft fill that allows the head, neck and shoulder to fall gracefully into the pillow, with enough balance to keep the head and spine neutral. Good fill materials to achieve this include memory foam, down and down alternatives. If you’ll be adding or removing fill, make sure to balance the amount of fill throughout the pillow to achieve the correct alignment — you don’t want a lumpy pillow.

Susan J. Gordon research professor at the Flinders University College of Nursing and Health Sciences in Adelaide, Australia, who has studied the effect of pillow types in relation to sleep quality and their effect on waking back and neck pain, recommends laying on a pillow for at least 15 minutes to try it out. That’s the time it takes for the body to fully settle so you’ll know whether or not the pillow is right for you.

Since one pillow will not work for everyone, make sure to check the brand’s return policy. Many brands offer a trial period or returns, but some brands do not allow you to return the pillow. You’ll want to choose a pillow with a good return policy in case the pillow does not work for you, unless you’re willing to take the risk of not being able to return it.

After narrowing down our list to the most popular pillows and brands, we slept on each for a minimum of two nights, noting factors like construction quality and comfort. We evaluated each using the following criteria.

  • Comfort: After sleeping on each pillow for a few nights, we judged how comfortable each pillow was to sleep on, noting if we had to make adjustments throughout the night, the pillow fell flat or retained a lot of heat.
  • Durability: In order to assess the durability of each pillow, we washed and dried each pillow twice, if applicable, according to the manufacturer’s care instructions. If the pillow indicated it was not machine-washable, we washed the cover where possible. We evaluated each pillow for how much it flattened or changed shape after washing and sleeping on it. We also looked at the overall appearance of the pillow after wash and use and noted if anything broke in the process.
  • Ease of cleaning: For each pillow, we scored it on how easily and if it could be cleaned, taking into account if it’s machine-washable, dry clean, spot clean or not washable at all.
  • Firmness options: We looked at how many firmness options are available for each pillow or if it can be adjusted to anyone’s fill preference, which makes it more likely you’ll be able to find the right fit for you.
  • Trial and return policy: Since pillows are highly personal, we also scored each pillow brand on its trial policy, whether or not you could test it out and how many days you had to return it.

We loved the Garnet Hill Heirloom European White Goose Down Pillow, so it’s no surprise we also liked their down-alternative pillow as well. It’s more plush and supportive than most other synthetic fill pillows we tested and keeps its shape throughout the night. It’s washable and comes in three firmness levels. Garnet Hill also has a 90-day return policy.

Down pillows can fall flat throughout the night, but the Parachute down side sleeper pillow has a side gusset, and when we tested this pillow it kept its shape fairly well. It contains some feathers as opposed to 100% down, which is not ideal, but we found the feathers didn’t poke through the material or make too much noise. It also comes in a down alternative version for those that are allergic to down or prefer synthetic fill.

The Saatva latex pillow has two components: an inner core filled with shredded latex that’s removable and a surrounding outer layer that’s filled with down alternative. This allows for some adjustability in how high and firm you want the pillow and makes it easier to adjust than other pillows, where you’re taking out bits and pieces of fill, but it’s limited to two options. All of our testers found the pillow most comfortable without the inner core.

Like many other adjustable pillows, the Layla Kapok pillow can be adjusted by adding or removing fill to achieve a personalized height and firmness level. It’s filled with a combination of shredded memory foam and kapok fibers that come from a kapok tree and feel similar to a mix between cotton and wool. The honeycomb-patterned cover adds an extra layer of plushness and it can be removed and washed. One of our testers noticed a slight musty smell, though it seemed to get better over time as the pillow aired out. Another tester didn’t notice a smell at all on their pillow, so keep in mind this pillow may need to air out for a while if it has a smell.

The Brooklinen Marlow pillow immediately caught our attention with its side zippers that allow you to adjust the firmness by opening or closing the zippers. We were intrigued by this unique system, however, we found only a slight difference in firmness when the zippers were closed versus open. We found it too firm for side sleeping; it may be better-suited for a larger-framed side sleeper, as our petite sider sleeper found it too high. It only comes in one firmness level but does come in standard and king sizes.

Tempur-Pedic recommends this pillow for back and side sleepers, saying its molded contoured design follows the curve of your body, supporting your head and neck. It comes in small, medium and large sizes and has a guide on its website to help you choose the correct size based on your body measurements. While we found the contour pillow supported our neck and allowed our head to lay in the dip, it was also extremely firm, much more so than most Tempur-Pedic beds and pillows we’ve tried, with little to no give. This is great for someone who wants an extra-firm pillow that won’t change shape at all, but it’s likely too firm for most.



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Milwaukee 5-year-old shot by uncle, is fighting for her life


INJURIES PEOPLE THAT DON’T NEED TO BE HURT IS GETTING HURT ACCORDING TO A FIVE-YEAR-OLD CHIARI READING WAS WHEN A BULLET WENT FLYING FROM THE STREET THROUGH THE LIVING ROOM STRIKING HER IN THE CHEST THE MAN ACCUSED OF FIRING THE SHOT HER OWN UNCLE JOHN JACKSON. IT’S AN EXTREMELY SERIOUS CASE. INVOLVING A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT VICTIMS AND INDISCRIMINATE GUNFIRE PLACING A NUMBER OF OTHER FOLKS AT RISK THE 29 YEAR OLD NOW FACES FIRST DEGREE RECKLESS INJURY AND FIRST DEGREE, GIVEN THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES I THINK A HIGH AMOUNT OF CASH BAIL IS APPROPRIATE. I’M GONNA SET FAMILY AMOUNT OF 150,000. DOLLARS CASH THE COMPLAINT ALLEGES JACKSON TOLD INVESTIGATORS. HE WAS QUOTE FED UP WITH THE GIRL’S FATHER. SO HE SHOT UP THE FAMILY’S HOME. THE COMPLAINT SAID HE BLINDLY FIRED AT LEAST 12 SHOTS AT THE HOUSE ONE OF THEM STRIKING HIS OWN NIECE. ACCORDING TO THE COMPLAINT HIS NIECES NOW AT CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL FIGHTING FOR HER LIFE. IT SAYS SHE COULD BE PERMANENTLY PARALYZED FROM THE BULLET AND IT HARD TO SEE LIKE A FIVE-YEAR-OLD GET IN HURT FOR THE REST OF HER LIFE. NEIGHBORS DIDN’T WANT TO BE IDENTIFIED BUT WERE DISHEARTENED TO HEAR THE NEWS IN MILWAUKEE COURTNEY SISK WISN 12 NEWS. AND JACKSON IS D

Milwaukee 5-year-old shot by uncle, is fighting for her life

Ke’yari Redding is hospitalized and on a ventilator

Ke’yari Redding, 5, was shot by her uncle John Jackson on July 24. Police said she was asleep on the couch when a bullet came through the house and struck her in the chest and spine.Ke’yari is on a ventilator, and it’s uncertain if she will be able to walk again. A GoFundMe page was set up to help Ke’yari on the long and expensive road to recovery.John Jackson, the 29-year-old Milwaukee man accused of shooting his 5-year-old niece, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 9.

Ke’yari Redding, 5, was shot by her uncle John Jackson on July 24.

Police said she was asleep on the couch when a bullet came through the house and struck her in the chest and spine.

Ke’yari is on a ventilator, and it’s uncertain if she will be able to walk again.

A GoFundMe page was set up to help Ke’yari on the long and expensive road to recovery.

John Jackson, the 29-year-old Milwaukee man accused of shooting his 5-year-old niece, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 9.



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Best at-home hair color 2022: Top box hair dyes


If there’s anything I’ve learned after years of consistently dyeing my hair since the age of 18, it’s that coloring your hair is no simple process. While going into the salon is generally a good idea for getting exactly what you want as far as hair style and color, appointments can get pricey, and we all have busy schedules. Fortunately, there are at-home hair coloring products that can help you obtain and maintain the look you want. Ahead, we consult multiple experts on the best at-home hair coloring products, how to use them and when you might be better off making a salon appointment.

“First things first, be specific about your desired goal,” shares celebrity colorist David Richards. “If you have a definite, realistic goal before you start coloring your hair it makes it easier to find the right color brand and technique to give you that desired result.” Jennifer Korab, a New Jersey-based hairstylist, colorist and educator with Pureology recommends opting for a shade that’s close to your natural hair color, which is a safer bet for avoiding any unwanted results. “At-home hair color is best for quick root touch-ups, or going to a darker shade,” shares Jamie Mazzei, creative director for NuBest Salon & Spa in Manhasset, New York.

“When looking at box hair color, ignore the model on the box,” Mazzei explains. “The best representation of what the color will look like is the little hair swatch at the store.” Another tip for when you’re selecting a product? “Depending on your hair length and thickness, you should make sure you have enough hair dye,” explains Erinn Courtney, an LA-based hairstylist with StyleSeat. “If your hair is longer or thicker, I would recommend buying two boxes.”

Once you’ve chosen a product, it’s on to preparation. “Budget about two hours to color your hair,” explains Shvonne Perkins, master colorist at Madison Reed. While it’s more time that you’ll probably end up needing, you never want to rush the process of coloring your hair at home. Perkins’ tips for ensuring the entire process isn’t stressful? Set aside time to set up your tools in a neat and organized way, section your hair off properly and apply the hair dye in thin, neat sections — which is ideal for color saturation. And of course, “reading the instructions, the warnings and the application methods before you start coloring is a must-do,” adds Richards.

Before you start coloring, be sure to do a patch test. As Courtney explains, you should always do a test prior to dyeing your hair to ensure your skin doesn’t react negatively to the chemicals. “If the patch test works successfully,” she explains, “then do a strand test on a small piece of hair to see how long it takes for the color to lift.” Another word of advice? “Don’t wash your hair before applying color,” Courtney says. “The natural oils in your scalp will help alleviate any irritation from the hair dye.”

“Ultimately, coloring your hair at home should be just like any other beauty routine,” explains Perkins, “so I also suggest making it fun.” Have a fun playlist on in the background, and have an activity prepared for when your hair is processing, whether it’s a sheet mask or an at-home pedi.

While at-home hair coloring can be a great way to save money and extend the life of your color between salon visits, there are cases in which seeing a professional is the safest and most cost-effective choice in the long run. “There are really great at-home options for glosses, toners and permanent colors,” shares Perkins, “but almost all foil highlighting and certainly all color corrections, such as lightening previously color-treated hair, should absolutely be left in the hands of professionals.” Several of the experts we spoke to emphasized this, particularly for those looking to make a drastic change — like going from brunette to blonde. And while this advice is important when it comes to getting your hair color to look the way you’d like, it’s also about more than just aesthetics.

“Lightening agents can burn or irritate the scalp if used too long,” says Mazzei, who explains that those types of products are best left to a “professional hair colorist who has an arsenal of tools and products at their disposal to ensure the final product is what you are looking for.” Felicia Dosso, a colorist at Nunzio Saviano Salon, echoes this, explaining that in addition to being extremely strong, lightening products can severely damage your hair when used improperly. In short, if you’re looking to substantially lighten your hair or go blond (and you’re not a natural blond), it’s worth going into the salon. At-home coloring should be used to “maintain rather than achieve blond hair at home,” explains Lorena M. Valdes, a Chicago-based colorist at Maxine Salon, which will help you “avoid breakage, dulling out or over-toning.”

If you’ve decided that at-home hair coloring is right for you, you’ll want to be equipped with the right tools. “Preparation is key for the best results,” shares Valdes. Of course, you’ll need gloves — but there are some other tools that the pros suggest. “Bowls, brushes and applicators are great to have on hand when coloring your hair at home,” shares Courtney. For a detangling brush that works on both wet and dry hair, Valdes recommends the Trademark Beauty Tame Your Mane Smoothing Hair Brush. You’ll also want to have a timer on hand, so you leave any color in your hair for the recommended amount of time and no longer.

One easy way to make sure you have what you need? Opting for a pre-made kit. “Purchasing supplies from a product company will ensure you get the best quality tools to use at home,” explains Richards, “as well as making sure that you have enough of everything you need.” He opts for Colortrak products, which he uses while coloring clients in the salon. Perkins recommends the Madison Reed Professional Color Tool Kit. “You can certainly apply the color with the bottle itself, but the bowl and brush can help keep sections neater,” she explains. “Plus it’s just fun to paint the color onto your roots with the brush.” Courtney suggests the Luxy Hair Application Kit for its helpful accessories, while Korab calls the Madison Reed Radiant Hair Color Kit the “best bundle for at-home hair coloring.”

“Hair color can be messy and you want to avoid staining yourself and your clothing as much as possible,” shares Dosso. Mazzie agrees, suggesting that you set up your at-home salon seat with “two large towels that you don’t mind staining — one for your work surface and one to clean your hands and anything else that might stain.” And be sure to either wear dark clothing you won’t mind staining, or opting for a hairdresser’s cape for guaranteed protection. “It’s also a good idea to have Vaseline on hand to rub onto your hairline to avoid getting the dye on your skin,” adds Mazzie. “Q-tips and cotton balls are also ideal to have so you can wipe away any errant dye,” he shares, noting that you can also purchase a hair color stain remover.

L'Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying + Shine Permanent Hair Color

Courtney calls this product “not just stand-out in its category but also super budget-friendly,” adding that “it has a shine serum and a color conditioner that leaves your hair nourished and multidimensional.” Also recommended by Korab and Mazzei, they both note that it’s a conditioning at-home hair color option that will leave your hair soft and full of shine.

Madison Reed Radiant Hair Color Kit

“The ingredient profile of this hair color sets it apart from the competition,” shares Perkins. “Clients are always shocked at the lack of smell, especially when compared to other at-home products they’ve used in the past.” The formulation also includes keratin and argan oil, which provide hair with shine and strength, something that Korab also enjoys. “It leaves your hair soft and shiny, like you just stepped out of the salon,” she shares.

Agebeautiful Permanent Liqui-Creme Hair Color

Valdes loves this option for those looking for permanent hair color and gray coverage, which requires a permanent hair dye product. She loves the large range of colors, accessibility of the product and the shine it leaves on hair.

Wella Color Charm Permanent Gel Hair Color

“Wella is used in professional salons,” shares Dosso, who explains that it’s a safer product to use when compared to other similarly priced options. The brand’s gel hair color is a popular option available in a ton of colors; they also have a permanent liquid hair dye product, as well as semi-permanent options.

eSalon Personal Colorist Kit

“I love this option because the product is professional-quality as well as easy and customer-friendly,” shares Richards. “This is a great option for first-timers, cautious clients or someone with difficult hair to color.”

Lime Crime Unicorn Hair Full Coverage

“Semi-permanent color lasts between four to six weeks and is designed to fade gradually,” explains Richards. “These are a great option to use if you have existing highlights or previously lightened hair for a bright and fun look.” Plus, this formulation is vegan, cruelty-free and conditioning.

DPHue Gloss+ Semi-Permanent Hair Color & Conditioner

dpHUE Gloss+ Semi-Permanent Hair Color & Conditioner

Valdes calls this gloss “amazing for bringing ends back to life.” She’s a fan of the color-depositing components in addition to the conditioning benefits and overall shine it gives hair.

Good Dye Young Semi-Permanent Hair Dye

“This is a salon-quality product,” shares Brian O’Connor, celebrity hairstylist and the co-founder of Good Dye Young. “We’ve spent years perfecting our semi-permanent formula,” he explains, “which lasts for around 24 washes, so the color retention is really incredible.” The formulation also includes sunflower extract, which “helps to protect hair from fading against heat sources (like blow dryers and curling irons) as well as UV rays from the sun,” he explains.

Clairol Professional Beautiful Collection

Dosso recommends this hair color, which is a great semi-permanent option for those looking for gray coverage. The formulation includes tons of enriching ingredients like jojoba oil and vitamin E.

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Madison Reed Color Reviving Gloss

These couldn’t be easier to use,” shares Perkins. “They go directly onto the hair with no mixing and are as easy to use as conditioner.” There are several different tones, some of which add vibrancy, other of which neutralize brassiness. “The best part is they fade out gradually over six to eight shampoos without ever leaving a line of demarcation,” she adds.

Kristin Ess Signature Hair Gloss

“This is the perfect semi-permanent color to add to your routine in between salon visits,” shares Courtney. “It’s intended to instantly boost color and shine while also neutralizing warmth on any color-treated hair.”

No Fade Fresh Color Depositing Shampoo & Conditioner

No Fade Fresh Color Depositing Shampoo and Conditioner

Mazzei recommends this color-depositing shampoo and conditioner duo because he finds it incredibly easy to use. “Simply wash and condition your hair in the shower daily with the desired color,” he explains, “and the semi-permanent hair color in both the shampoo and conditioner refreshes your hair color, while thoroughly cleaning and nourishing hair.”

Hally Color Cloud

Hally’s ammonia-free semi-permanent hair color lasts four to six weeks and deposits in an easy-to-use foaming developer. The top-rated treatment is gentle on the hair and comes in six shades, including Rose Gold and Purple Avalanche.

Manic Panic Hair Dye

“Manic Panic is phenomenal on its own or mixed with conditioner for a diluted version,” shares Valdes. “Color deposit will depend on the starting color,” she explains, noting that the color will be brightest on light blond hair.

L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Cover Up

A favorite of both Korab and Valdes, root coverage sprays like this option from L’Oréal are a great at-home option for a quick touch-up. It gives needed coverage, is easy to spray on and is accessible for any emergencies at a great price, Valdes raves. The matte finish helps manage oily roots, and the product tends to stick to the scalp, which Valdes describes as “beneficial to any thinning spot that needs a diffused look.” Just be sure to double-check on which shade is right for you, she cautions, since the product can easily look too dark.

Color Wow Root Cover Up

When it comes to a root cover-up without a matte finish, Valdes opts for this user-friendly product — which is also one of celebrity hairstylist Chris Appleton’s favorites. The application is super-easy, she explains, “kind of like applying eye shadow.” The coverage is more of a soft blend as opposed to instantly full-coverage, but as Valdes describes, “looks more natural and feels nice on the hair.” Overall, it’s “a well-balanced color formula with a great selection of shades.” The best part? Its compact size makes it easy to carry with you wherever you go.

Madison Reed The Great Cover Up Root Touch Up Powder

“This is my go-to,” shares Perkins. A mirrored compact that comes with both a root touch-up brush and an eyebrow brush (since the product doubles for both your brows and roots), it’s “great for filling in sparse hairlines for people with thinning hair or to fill in the gaps that can sometimes appear when pulling hair back into a bun or ponytail,” the colorist explains. Plus, “it never gets sticky or heavy on the hair,” she adds.

Nice’n Easy Clairol Root Touch-Up Permanent Hair Color Kit

Mazzei describes this touch-up color kit as really easy to use, due in part to the little brush that the product comes with that makes application a breeze. “The shade variety is wider so you can usually find something that works for your hair.”

Christophe Robin Temporary Color Gel

Courtney explains that this gel “uses a unique technology to cover roots and gray hairs by blending them into the base hair color.”

DPHue Root Touch-Up Kit

“Typical maintenance for gray coverage application is every four to six weeks,” explains Richards, “so make sure to only apply to the new growth of your hair.” This kit is a great option to have on hand for when you’re in a pinch; it offers salon-quality results and is formulated without sulfates and parabens, Richards shares. In addition to being available in a variety of different shades, “there are two applications in each box in addition to all the supplies you’ll need,” he explains.

L’Oréal Paris Feria Multi-Faceted Shimmering Permanent Hair Color

“Add some shimmer and shine to your grays with this permanent hair dye,” shares Courtney. “It seals and smooths hair without causing drying damage.”

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Oribe Airbrush Root Touch Up Spray

When you have an important event coming up and can’t make it to the salon, Dosso suggests using a root spray. These aerosol sprays come in a variety of colors that “you can spray along your part and your hairline to disguise your regrowth,” she explains.

Madison Reed Root Touch Up Kit

Recommended by both Korab and Perkins, this touch-up kit addresses gray hairs at the hairline and hair partings, where roots are the most noticeable. “It’s the most incredible fast-acting gray coverage product I’ve ever used,” raves Perkins. “The gray coverage is unbelievable, with neutral tones to blend right into your existing color,” she explains. Plus, “the application amounts are small enough to be TSA-friendly, so these are indispensable for people who have to keep their color maintenance up while on the go.”

Schwarzkopf Keratin Color Cream

“Coloring gray hair at home is best if you only have a few grays,” explains Mazzei. If you’re working with a full head of gray hair, he suggests heading to the salon. But for when you need a touch-up, he suggests this color cream.

Good Dye Young Hair Lightening Kit

“This lightening kit contains a 25 volume developer, which is unique for an at-home kit,” explains O’Connor. It’s completely vegan, opting for soy protein in the place of keratin (which is derived from animal products) and uses coconut oil, “which helps to add moisture back into the hair,” he explains.

IGK Color Permanent Color Kit

“Blond is typically the most difficult shade to achieve when coloring hair at home,” explains Richards, “so my recommendation here is to use a product designed by colorists.” These color kits are available in tons of different shades, but Richards shares that the brand’s blond shades are exceptionally good. “They have thorough application instructions, several online resources to help you select your shade and the color itself delivers shinier, softer strands with reduced breakage.”

Clairol Natural Instincts Demi-Permanent Hair Dye

“This hair dye is natural and gentle,” explains Courtney, “so it won’t strip blondes of their already fragile color.”

Madison Reed Color Therapy Color-Depositing Hair Mask

“All blondes know that tone is everything,” explains Perkins, “so I highly recommend that blondes invest in color-depositing products in the temporary color category.” One way to achieve this is through hair masks. Perkins recommends the shade Perla for cool-toned blondes and Dorato for deeper-beige blondes.

No Fade Fresh Icy Silver Platinum Duo

This goes “beyond a traditional purple shampoo to remove unwanted yellow tones from the hair,” explains Mazzei, “leaving hair shiny and full of life.” Unlike most traditional toning shampoos, many of which can leave you hair feeling dry, shares Mazzei, these products boast a built-in bond rebuilder. “This is great for a platinum blond who wants to keep hair looking super-fresh and never faded,” he explains.

Madison Reed Lightworks Balayage Highlighting Kit

What makes this product so accessible is that it’s formulated with a clay-based lightener that is really thick and stays exactly where you put it on the hair,” explains Perkins. What this means is that it’s not messy, and way more manageable to use for those of us coloring hair at home. “The results are soft, sun-kissed and lived-in highlights that are modern-looking and low maintenance.”

dpHUE Blonding Brush

“This heat-activated blonding brush helps you lighten your tips and your roots, or brighten your highlights all over,” explains Courtney. “It’s super easy to use and a great lightening product.”

Clairol Nice’n Easy Permanent Hair Color

“This offers three tones in each product,” explains Mazzei, “so you can get some dimension in your hair at home.

L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Glam Lights Highlights

Korab calls this the best at-home hair color for highlights. The hair dye comes with a unique brush that, when brushed from the root to the tips of your hair, distributes the color in a pattern that creates highlights.





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Offer to buy timeshare for over $1 million turns out to be elaborate scam using phony business address


CHICAGO (CBS) — An offer sounded too good to be true – in what should have been a victim’s first clue that something wasn’t right.

The offer came from a company claiming to be from Chicago, and presented prospects for a heavy profit for his timeshare.

CBS 2 Political Investigator Dana Kozlov dug into it and found an elaborate scam, a local road to nowhere, and a man who lost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Timeshares can quickly go from heaven to headache. So when someone with a purported Chicago-based company called Intercontinental Realty called the owner of a Cancún, Mexico timeshare – saying they could sell if for $1,081,218 – he was interested.

But he was also skeptical.

“At the time, it sounds like a scam. It sounds like there’s something fishy,” the owner said. “You need to know upfront – I’m suspicious.”

But that employee started providing the owner – who does not want to be identified – with documents and guarantees that finally convinced him to go ahead with the deal.

“Next thing you know, we got a phone call that, ‘In order to process this thing, you need to pay a fee,'” the owner said.

The owner says the business sent him elaborate emails and documentation, but the requests for money went on and on – until the owner found himself out more than $300,000.

“Foolishly – I mean, I have to tell you, Dana – greed drove this thing. I kept – the little voice in the back of my head kept saying, ‘There’s something not right here,'” the owner said. “But that million dollars kept waving at me.”

Since the company’s website says it is located at 7 W. Madison St. in the Loop, the owner hired Chicago private investigator Joe McGreal to do some digging.

“Immediately within the first hour, I knew it was a scam,” McGreal said.

McGreal began talking with Intercontinental Realty’s supposed employees.

“I offered to meet with them. We set up three different meetings,” McGreal said. “They never showed.”

So McGreal went to 7 W. Madison St. – the address listed on Intercontinental Realty’s website.

“There are no real estate agents there,” McGreal said. “There’s no office there.”

CBS 2’s Kozlov checked out that address too. She found 7 W. Madison St. is a dorm for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Kozlov confirmed with an SAIC spokesperson that no tenant or business called Intercontinental Reality is located there.

So she tried calling the number on the website for the business. There was a voicemail claiming to be for Intercontinental Reality, but no one returned our calls.

But it doesn’t end there. The documents in the owner’s case repeatedly reference funds being wired to or being handled in Mexico.

“Everything comes back to Mexico,” McGreal said.

So McGreal took the documents given to the owner to the Mexican Consulate. He says a consulate official confirmed they were forged.

“It looks legitimate, and it’s difficult for victims to determine that it’s fake,” McGreal said.

“It was a very, very elaborate scam,” the owner added.

And he is not the only victim. Seven other complaints have been filed with the Illinois Attorney General about Intercontinental Realty, and some of those victims are out thousands and thousands of dollars too.

“We’d like to make everyone aware of the scam,” McGreal said.

Both McGreal and the scammed owner believe there are many other victims out there. McGreal hopes they will come forward to help catch the scam artists.

He says Mexican Consulate officials are also investigating, but no one from the consulate replied to Kozlov’s emails or calls.



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Becca Balint will win Democratic nomination for Vermont’s at-large House seat 


Poll workers and voters participate during Wisconsin's state primary day on August 9, at the Village Hall of Waukesha in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
Poll workers and voters participate during Wisconsin’s state primary day on August 9, at the Village Hall of Waukesha in Waukesha, Wisconsin. (Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images)

Former President Donald Trump’s clout with Republican voters in a key swing state will be tested again on Tuesday as the fallout from the FBI search of his Florida resort mushrooms across the political landscape.

Wisconsin, where Republicans are selecting their nominee to take on Democratic Gov. Tony Evers in a crucial November election, is providing the headline contests, but three other states — MinnesotaVermont and Connecticut — are also going to the polls, with races up and down the ballot poised to provide a clearer picture of an increasingly high-stakes midterm election season.

Wisconsin is the third state in which Trump and former Vice President Mike Pence have backed opposing GOP candidates for governor. Pence has backed former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, who, at the outset, appeared to be the party favorite in the primary. But Kleefisch, who served two terms as former Gov. Scott Walker’s second-in-command, is locked in a tight race with Tim Michels, a construction company owner who was endorsed by Trump and has gone further in embracing his 2020 election lies — mostly by indulging efforts to decertify President Joe Biden’s victory in the state. Kleefisch has been more circumspect, triggering attacks from Trump.

Trump and Pence each have mixed records: Trump’s choice in Arizona, Kari Lake, a conservative commentator and election denier, narrowly won the nomination, while Pence’s pick in Georgia, incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp, defeated Trump-backed primary challenger David Perdue, a former senator, in a landslide.

The rubber match between the former running mates will settle the Republican Party’s slate of nominees for governor in the states that flipped from Trump in 2016 to Biden four years later — Wisconsin, Arizona, Michigan, Georgia and Pennsylvania. All five are expected to be fiercely contested again in 2024, and GOP victories in those political battlegrounds this fall could help ease Trump’s path back to the White House if he runs again.

Wisconsin is also home to a critical GOP primary in the state legislature, where longtime Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, an arch conservative who has mostly gone along with Trump’s 2020 election claims, is being challenged by Adam Steen, who picked up a Trump endorsement because Vos, in the former President’s estimation, has been insufficiently bullish about right-wing efforts to have the state decertify his defeat.

Democrats, meanwhile, are very much enjoying the anticlimactic finish to what many expected to be a closely-contested Senate primary. After polls showed Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes pulling away from the field, his top rivals all dropped out in a span of a few days, effectively handing him the nomination and a November showdown with Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, one of Trump’s leading defenders in Washington and a top target for Democrats hoping to preserve or potentially expand their Senate majority.

Also in the Upper Midwest on Tuesday, Republicans in Minnesota will pick their candidate to face Democratic Gov. Tim Walz, who is seeking a second term.

Scott Jensen, a doctor and former state lawmaker, all but clinched the nomination after winning the support of the state party. He faces Joyce Lynne Lacey and Bob “Again” Carney Jr., both heavy underdogs, in the primary. Jensen is a longtime critic of Walz, mostly railing against statewide lockdowns during the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic. But he also suggested hospitals inflated their counts of the sick and questioned the safety and efficacy of the vaccines, which Jensen has said he did not receive.

The race between Walz and Jensen could also help determine the fate of abortion rights in Minnesota. Jensen told Minnesota Public Radio in March that he would “try to ban abortion” if elected, a remark Walz and other Democrats have already seized on. Jensen, late last month, backed off his more aggressive language in remarks, saying he supports exceptions to allow abortion in cases of rape, incest or when the life of the mother is at risk.

But Democrats, emboldened by Kansas’ vote last week to preserve abortion rights in a statewide referendum, are expected to make the issue a central piece of their fall campaign.

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Local farmers feel impact of drought on business


NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The last time Fisher Farm & Ranch saw measurable rainfall was about a month ago. Owner David Fisher said it’s taking a toll on his farm. 

“[There’s] burned-out cauliflower,” he said. “[There’s] burned-out cabbage. On the other side of it is burned-out broccoli. We planted that back in early April actually and it would have done good. It would have been fine, but the heat hit too quick.” 

They weren’t able to recover, resulting in a significant financial loss. 

On top of selling wholesale and at farmers markets, Fisher runs a home delivery service and has had to suspend this month’s deliveries. 

“That’s what’s frustrating,” he said. 

The good news is farmers like himself are highly skilled to work in these conditions and have the tools they need to adjust and start over. 

“Irrigation, irrigation, irrigation.. that’s the only thing that keeps farming alive in east Texas in this kind of weather,” Fisher said. 

Fisher says his watermelons will not disappoint.  

“This year has been especially difficult,” Frisco Rotary Farmers Market Manager Cindy Johnson said. “With the drought and the heat, our vendors are struggling.” 

Unfortunately, the extreme conditions have kept some people from visiting and purchasing what can be sold. It’s hurting the vendors.

“They employ a lot of local people,” Johnson said. “They contribute to the local economy and if you can get out there and enjoy the fruits of the local economy and support the local economy, it will benefit everyone.”  



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