2 Minneapolis cops on leave after Christmas tree decor

Image result for 2 Minneapolis cops on leave after Christmas tree decorTwo Minneapolis police officers were placed on paid leave Friday after their apparent involvement in Christmas tree decorations that the city’s mayor called “despicable.”

The Christmas tree at a precinct station on the city’s North Side was decorated with items such as Newport cigarettes, police crime tape, a can of malt liquor, a Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen cup, and other things that Mayor Jacob Frey said amounted to a “racist display.” A picture of the tree circulated online before the items were removed.

Frey initially called for the officer involved to be fired by day’s end, but later recognized that a process has to be followed. Instead, two officers were placed on paid leave while the department investigates.

“This behavior is racist, despicable, and is well beneath the standards of any person who serves the city of Minneapolis,” Frey said in a statement early Friday. “Shifting the culture of the police department requires swift and decisive action. Termination is necessary — both to discipline the officer and to send a clear message: Chief (Medaria) Arradondo and I will not tolerate conduct that departs from our values.”

Arradondo called the display “racially insensitive” and said it was removed. He said he has started a full investigation into the incident.

“I am ashamed and appalled by the behavior of those who would feel comfortable to act in such a manner that goes against our core department values of trust, accountability and professional service,” Arradondo said in a statement.

The head of the police officer’s union did not immediately return a message from The Associated Press seeking comment.

The tree is in the police station on the city’s North Side, which has a fractured relationship with police. The precinct was the site of more than two weeks of protests after the 2015 fatal police shooting of Jamar Clark, a black man. While Arradondo said the police department has made positive changes, “this recent incident shows we still have much work ahead.”

Longtime civil rights activist Ron Edwards told the Star Tribune , that the items on the tree were a “wink wink” to racial stereotypes against black people.

“It’s a modern day version of a dog whistle, tainted with racism, specifically against the African-American community,” he said.

The Twin Cities Coalition 4 Justice 4 Jamar, a group formed after Clark’s shooting, sent out a statement saying they were “outraged and disgusted” by the display. The group also called for the immediate termination of those involved.

Also Friday, the Minneapolis City Council voted to reduce the mayor’s proposed police budget for 2019 by more than $1 million.

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Patna University students attack JDU vice president Prashant Kishor

Prashant Kishore

A massive political controversy has erupted after JDU vice president and close aide of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Prashant Kishor, was attacked by students of the Patna University after his meeting with the university vice-chancellor Rasbihari Singh at his residence on Monday night.

The JDU leader was attacked by students who had gathered outside Singh’s residence. The vehicle in which Kishor had come to meet the Vice-Chancellor was also damaged by the students.

Patna Police had a tough time ensuring that the JDU leader escaped unhurt from the university campus.

The meeting with Patna University Vice-Chancellor came just two days ahead of the crucial students union elections on December 5. Interestingly, professor Ram Shankar Arya, advisor to the chief election officer, was also present in this meeting which went on for almost 3 hours.

The Patna University Students Union election this time is witnessing an interesting battle between candidates of ABVP against the JDU, who are making their electoral debut in the university elections.

Allegedly, Prashant Kishor is garnering the support of youth from across the state ever since he has become the vice president of the party. Over the last few days, he has been meeting youths from Bihar at 7, Circular Road, the residence of Nitish Kumar from where he operates.

BJP has been alleging that Prashant was trying to influence the students’ union elections in favour of JDU.

Irked by his repeated interference in the upcoming students union election, four BJP legislators had issued a press statement slamming Kishor.

A BJP delegation led by MLA Nitin Navin met governor Lalji Tandon on Monday night soon after Prashant Kishor met the Vice Chancellor at his residence followed by him being attacked by students. The BJP delegation demanded the Governor to conduct the Patna University Students Union elections in the free and fair manner.

It may be mentioned that campaigning for the December 5 elections ended at 5 pm on December 3 and the model code of conduct was in place.

According to rules, no leader of any political party could enter the college premises after the end of campaigning and therefore Prashant Kishor’s meeting with PU VC raised eyebrows. Reportedly, he met VC with the intention to pressurise him to ensure the victory of JDU in the elections.

A massive political controversy has erupted after JDU Vice President and close aide of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Prashant Kishor, was attacked by students of the Patna University after his meeting with the university vice-chancellor Rasbihari Singh at his residence on Monday night.

The JDU leader was attacked by students who had gathered outside Singh’s residence. The vehicle in which Kishor had come to meet the Vice-Chancellor was also damaged by the students.

Patna Police had a tough time ensuring that the JDU leader escaped unhurt from the university campus.

The meeting with Patna University Vice-Chancellor came just two days ahead of the crucial students union elections on December 5. Interestingly, professor Ram Shankar Arya, advisor to the chief election officer, was also present in this meeting which went on for almost 3 hours.

The Patna University Students Union election this time is witnessing an interesting battle between candidates of ABVP against the JDU, who are making their electoral debut in the university elections.

Allegedly, Prashant Kishor is garnering the support of youth from across the state ever since he has become the vice president of the party. Over the last few days, he has been meeting youths from Bihar at 7, Circular Road, the residence of Nitish Kumar from where he operates.

BJP has been alleging that Prashant was trying to influence the students’ union elections in favour of JDU.

Irked by his repeated interference in the upcoming students union election, four BJP legislators had issued a press statement slamming Kishor.

A BJP delegation led by MLA Nitin Navin met governor Lalji Tandon on Monday night soon after Prashant Kishor met the Vice Chancellor at his residence followed by him being attacked by students. The BJP delegation demanded the Governor to conduct the Patna University Students Union elections in the free and fair manner.

It may be mentioned that campaigning for the December 5 elections ended at 5 pm on December 3 and the model code of conduct was in place.

According to rules, no leader of any political party could enter the college premises after the end of campaigning and therefore Prashant Kishor’s meeting with PU VC raised eyebrows. Reportedly, he met VC with the intention to pressurise him to ensure the victory of JDU in the elections.

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Senior center where rape reported installs jams on doors, windows

After a disturbing report of a resident at an assisted living center being sexually assaulted, News4Jax has learned that the facility has installed jams on windows and doors, preventing residents of first-floor rooms from opening them more than a few inches.

Vernon Bender is a 78-year-old veteran who lives in one of the rooms, and got so concerned he called his son.

“Saturday they came over here and closed these doors and put these boards in there. They are screwed in there, the fern strip, which means I can’t open this door to get out,” Bender said.

Bender has only lived at Brookdale Atrium Way for a few months. He said one of the reasons he chose the facility was the unit’s floor plan and patio on the ground level.

“I use it all the time. That’s my car parked right there. To get to my car now, I have to go all the way down to the end of the building and all the way back,” Bender said.

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It’s not just the sliding glass door being closed off that has him upset.

“All these windows here have boards like this, screwed in. I can’t open this window. If I tried it, it only goes so far. That’s it. I consider this a fire exit,” said Bender.

Fire is the biggest concern for him.

“I have four exits to this apartment, three of them are blocked,” Bender said.

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Bender’s son, Michael, called News4Jax after his dad notified him about the windows and doors.

“I am very concerned. In fact,  I have been talking with him, since seeing your article, about finding a new place for him to live,” Michael Bender said. “In my mind, if something happens here he has no way of getting out. He only has the front door, and if there is a fire in the hall, then he is stuck and there is nowhere else he can go. And the windows, he can’t even open those to crawl out.”

Instead of jams, both father and son have other suggestions to remedy the situation.

“A front gate, swipe in, swipe out. Cameras on all the doors that are around the building,” Michael Bender said.

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News4Jax reached out to the managers at Brookdale who sent us the following statement;

We have taken additional actions to increase security options around the community. In conjunction with Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) and the Fire Department, we installed sliding glass door locks on first floor apartments. We direct you to the fire officials for additional questions regarding fire code.”

News4Jax also reached out to the Jacksonville Fire Rescue’s Fire Prevention Unit and we are waiting to hear back from them.

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Horrifying video shows trans girl ‘harassed by school staff’ in bathroom

The Osseo Senior High School student uploaded a clip

A transgender girl in Minnesota has posted a horrifying video that appears to show Osseo Senior High School staff breaking into a bathroom stall while she was using the toilet.

Transgender teen Cece, who attends Osseo Senior High School in Maple Grove, Minnesota, posted two clips to Facebook of an incident in a women’s bathroom.

In the clip, the student is on the toilet with their trousers down while several adults, reportedly members of staff at the school, attempt to break into the locked stall.

“There’s no concern to safety just because I’m using the bathroom.”

One person can be seen peering over the top of the stall, before a stick is used to unlatch the lock on the stall door, which swings wide open in full view of several male and female staff members.

The student narrates: “I’m using the bathroom right now and they just violated me. They’re some perverts.

Trans girl Cece, a student at Osseo Senior High School student
Osseo Senior High School transgender student Cece

“There’s no concern to safety just because I’m using the bathroom.

“I’m so scared and violated right now. They just walked into the bathroom while I was using the bathroom for no reason.”

Osseo Senior High School claims clip ‘misrepresents’ the incident

The context of the clip could not be confirmed.

In a statement to CBS Minnesota, a spokesperson for the school claimed the video is “significantly misrepresenting the incident” but declined to give any alternate account of events.

The school said: “[The] staff works very hard every day to help ensure an inclusive school where all students feel welcome, respected and safe.

“We wish we could provide additional details about this incident but are committed to protecting the student’s right to data privacy.”

The school added: “When issues arise involving students, staff take appropriate actions to review the situation.”

Yahoo reports that the teen had been ordered not to use the women’s bathroom prior to the incident.

Osseo Senior High School slammed online

The video has attracted thousands of shares on Facebook and Twitter.

Many users condemned the school’s actions.

One said: “Doesn’t matter if she is trans or NOT!!! They violated her human rights. Standing in the bathroom waiting for her to come out is one thing. But the fact that they took the time using multiple items to get the door open is really sick.”

Another added: “No adult should be opening a bathroom stall door while the CHILD is using the bathroom and exposed!”

The Facebook post also attracted transphobic comments, with the top-rated comment claiming: “Take your ass to the mens bathroom you can’t force you’re alternative reality on other people facts is facts everyone of his cells has a Y chromosome witch makes him a male and males use the men restroom it’s common sense/”

The incident comes despite guidance issued by the Minnesota Department of Education in 2017, which states: “Transgender and gender nonconforming students should be afforded the opportunity to use the restroom of
their choice.

“Any student who wishes not to share a restroom with a transgender or gender nonconforming student can be provided a private space such as a single-user restroom.”

In October, a court ruled that a North Carolina anti-transgender law cannot be used to deny transgender people entry to public restrooms.

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California Wildfires Cause Major Disruption to Door and Window Dealers

From a Milgard dealer who lost his home, to disruption of delivery schedules and employees having to endure severe environmental conditions, the California wild fires are having real effects on the door and window industry.

Labeled the “Camp Fire,” California’s latest wild fire has been one of the deadliest in history. While USA Today reports that the fire has finally been contained, since November 8, 2018, it spread from Butte County, Calif., across 150,000 acres, claiming at least 85 lives along the way, with another 249 still listed as missing. In just 22 days, total destruction includes 19,000 homes and buildings—including one door and window dealer’s home.

Natasha Ramsey, a regional marketing specialist for Milgard Windows and Doors, who’s based in Simi Valley, Calif., reports that some of the company’s dealers had to close for several days, because their homes and offices were so close to the fire. One Milgard dealer even lost his home. Milgard’s facilities were not harmed by the fire, and were able to remain open, but not without disruptions.

“[The fires] affected our delivery of product to dealers in the fire zone,” says Ramsey. “We had to delay some of our routes for up to a week due to this.”

In Chico, Calif., “The skies were black and we couldn’t work,” says Lori Lash, owner of Lash’s Glass. “The air quality was horrible.” Chico is approximately 15 miles from the city of Paradise, Calif., which, according to news reports, was more or less destroyed.

Lash says that many jobs went on hold and the company had to close early during the height of the Camp Fire. She housed a number of people who were impacted personally and let them use her yard. She also housed chefs who came to the area in order to help feed Paradise citizens left homeless. In the midst of the tragedy, Lash also turned to giving people free auto glass, which she provides in addition to flat glass.

“This is going to be an ongoing thing that won’t be over for a while,” says Lash.

In Southern California, the Woolsey fire has also done severe damage to homes and businesses. Travis Shields, project manager at Oakstone Glass Corp., located in Thousand Oaks, Calif., says people who work for the company were evacuated from the area. He says there hasn’t been an overwhelming request for repairs, because most of the buildings and homes affected were completely destroyed.

Much of the area couldn’t be accessed until this week, Shields says. His company has received a few calls about residential and institutional buildings that have broken windows caused by the heat of the fire.

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A touch of royalty: Elegant home décor gifts for Diwali

Diwali is the time for family and friends. It’s also the time to spread joy and exchange gifts.

And in case you don’t want to gift something personal and give a nice one for the house, we have it sorted. Rugs, carpets, cushions and more, here’s the perfect guide for the best home decor gifting options of all time.

1. Decorative pieces
If your loved one is a fan of pretty little decorative pieces, here are some options that you can consider. From vases to elegant diyas to scented candles and so much more, showpieces are sure to win ’em over!

Borosil offers a range of decorative diyas to lighten and brighten up Diwali celebrations in your house. Akhand, Dhanlaxmi and Shubh Diyas can make for a pretty present and will not plunge a hole in your pocket either.

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Price: Akhand Diya: INR 279 onwards
Dhanlaxmi Diya: INR 545 onwards

Shubh Diya: INR 595 onwards

If elegance is what your friend vouches for, look no further than Ikea’s range of decorative LED tealights and scented block candles. These are priced as low as under INR 10,000.

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Let’s admit it, some of our friends and family are extremely fond of cute little showpieces. Tiny tea sets and gold-dust showpieces by ‘The House Of Things’ will make for an adorable present.
Price: On request

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2. Dress up your home
If your loved one is an admirer of decorative jars, lamps, candles, animal sculptures and aroma diffusers, Decor Kart is a best buy-option for you.

The Napoli Collection - Antiqued Gold Candle Holder

Its range of decorative items offers a wide variety of sophisticated designs and colourful hues. These add on the luxe and grandeur of your space.

Decor Kart’s collection can be viewed at Delhi’s CityWalk Mall, Malviya Nagar Main Market, and SF-42,Galleria Market, DLF Phase IV..

Price: On request

3. Instant makeover with rugs
Believe it or not, even the flooring of your home counts. One of the best ways to add to the grandeur of the floor is placing an elegant rug on it.

If you are looking for a handwoven rug made from wool and silk, look no further than Jaipur Rugs.

Seaside Blue rug

Price: INR 3,000 onwards

However, if you are looking for a rug with warmth, a cool texture and a glam quotient, OBEETEE magnificent’s collection of rugs can make for a good option. The rugs in this collection are decorated with jewel tones like ruby red, burgundies and emerald greens.

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Price: On request

If you are looking for an elegant carpet for your millennial buddy’s home, consider Khazir sons. Their range of handwoven luxury carpets give the living room a touch of royalty.

Khazir sons carpet

Price: On request

4. A touch of royalty
Cushions and pillow covers are just as important when it comes to the overall grandeur of your house. This Diwali, present your friends with elegant cushions and bedding from the East West Syncretism range by Gandhara.

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PESO increases pilot projects for home delivery of diesel

Image result for PESO increases pilot projects for home delivery of dieselThe Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO) has increased pilot projects for home delivery of diesel.

In April 2017, oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan had said that the government is looking at options to deliver diesel at doorstep. More than a year later, three pilot projects are being run by the oil marketing companies (OMCs) such as Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) in cities like Pune, Rewadi and Navi Mumbai.

CNBC-TV18 learns that the PESO has doubled the license for doorstep delivery of diesel from 24 to 50. The government is not happy with the OMCs as they are yet to submit a proposal on a full rollout of these schemes.

The government is eager to expedite the full rollout of diesel home delivery, which will initially target high consuming diesel dependence like shopping malls, genset owners and transportation business.

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Common errors made on home renovation projects


Overzealous homeowners may see a renovation project in a magazine or on television and immediately think they can do the work themselves. Unless you have the tools and the skills necessary to do the work, tackling too much can be problematic. - 123RF
Overzealous homeowners may see a renovation project in a magazine or on television and immediately think they can do the work themselves. Unless you have the tools and the skills necessary to do the work, tackling too much can be problematic. – 123RF

Home improvement projects can turn a house into a home. Homeowners plan scores of renovations to transform living spaces into rooms that reflect their personal tastes and comforts.

But homeowners going it alone may find things do not always go as planned. In fact, a Harris Interactive study found that 85 per cent of homeowners say remodelling is a more stressful undertaking than buying a home.

But homeowners about to embark on home improvement projects can make the process go more smoothly by avoiding these common pitfalls.

Failing to understand the scope of the project

Some homeowners don’t realize just how big a commitment they have made until they get their hands dirty. But understanding the scope of the project, including how much demolition and reconstruction is involved, and how much time a project will take can help homeowners avoid some of the stress that comes with renovation projects.

For example, a bathroom renovation may require the removal of drywall, reinforcement of flooring to accommodate a new bathtub or shower enclosure and the installation of new plumbing and wiring behind walls. So such a renovation is far more detailed than simply replacing faucets.

Not establishing a budget

Homeowners must develop a project budget to ensure their projects do not drain their finances. If your budget is so inflexible that you can’t afford the materials you prefer, you may want to postpone the project and save more money so you can eventually afford to do it right.

Without a budget in place, it is easy to overspend, and that can put you in financial peril down the line. Worrying about coming up with money to pay for materials and labour also can induce stress. Avoid the anxiety by setting a firm budget.

Making trendy or personal improvements

Homeowners who plan to stay in their homes for the long run have more free rein when it comes to renovating their homes. Such homeowners can create a billiards room or paint a room hot pink if they so prefer.

However, if the goal is to make improvements in order to sell a property, overly personal touches may make a property less appealing to prospective buyers. Trends come and go, and improvements can be expensive.

If your ultimate goal is to sell your home, opt for renovations that will look beautiful through the ages and avoid bold choices that may only appeal to a select few buyers.

Forgetting to properly vet all workers

It is important to vet your contractor, but don’t forget to vet potential subcontractors as well. Failing to do so can prove a costly mistake. Contractors often look to subcontractors to perform certain parts of a job, and it is the responsibility of homeowners to vet these workers.

Expecting everything to go as planned

Optimism is great, but you also should be a realist. Knowing what potentially could go wrong puts you in a better position to handle any problems should they arise. The project might go off without a hitch, but plan for a few hiccups along the way.

Overestimating DIY abilities

Overzealous homeowners may see a renovation project in a magazine or on television and immediately think they can do the work themselves. Unless you have the tools and the skills necessary to do the work, tackling too much can be problematic. In the long run, leaving the work to a professional may save you money.

Home improvements can be stressful, but homeowners can lessen that stress by avoiding common renovation mistakes.

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Graduate fashion designer creates collection inspired by Vancouver weather

Image result for Graduate fashion designer creates collection inspired by Vancouver weatherVancouver weather has a reputation for being, well… quite unpredictable. We could have glorious sunshine one day, monsoon-style rain the next, and a light breeze for the days following.

But you don’t often hear about the weather being an inspiration for local creatives.

For Blanche Macdonald fashion design graduate, Savana Sheardown, Vancouver weather played a role in the creation of her final year collection Herbarium which was showcased at the school’s Cherry Bomb! fashion show earlier this week.

The budding young designer tells Daily Hive how her collection was inspired by “all things autumn; the first sign that it’s time to pull out your scarves, toques, and cozy up around the fire.”

And of course, the rain in Vancouver also inspired her collection.

Okanagan-born Sheardown has been living in Vancouver for the last three years and explains how the fall “colour changing of the leaves is much more drastic here than at home.” Her goal was to create a collection that boasts a “cozy, October feel.”

Using fabrics like tweed, silk, lace, and PVC, Sheardown brought her collection to life. Design techniques such as patchwork, crochet, and pressed flowers, give her pieces a unique and interesting finish.

“The burgundy dress was inspired by harvest-time corn, and the patchwork was also kind of corn-inspired. The raincoat was inspired by Vancouver weather; inside the jacket, I dried and pressed flowers from my mom’s garden and glued them into the see-through panels,” says Sheardown.

Designers that inspire Sheardown’s creative process are “Missoni” for their colourful knitwear, and also Karl Lagerfeld, “because who doesn’t think he is amazing?”

Sheardown explains how the Abbotsford Bloom Tulip Festival and Chilliwack Sunflower Festival were also very inspiring to her, particularly her work with pressed flowers.

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US homebuilding rose in October on a rebound in multifamily housing projects.

U.S. homebuilding rose in October amid a rebound in multifamily housing projects, but construction of single-family homes fell for a second straight month, suggesting the housing market remained mired in weakness as mortgage rates march higher.

Other details of the report published by the Commerce Department on Tuesday were also soft. Building permits declined last month and homebuilding completions were the fewest in a year. Housing starts increased 1.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.228 million units last month.

Data for September was revised to show starts dropping to a rate of 1.210 million units instead of the previously reported pace of 1.201 million units.

Building permits slipped 0.6 percent to a rate of 1.263 million units in October. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast housing starts rising to a pace of 1.225 million units last month.

The housing market is being hobbled by rising borrowing costs as well as land and labor shortages, which have led to tight inventories and higher house prices. This is making home buying unaffordable for many workers as wage growth has lagged.

The 30-year fixed mortgage rate is hovering at a seven-year high of 4.94 percent, according to data from mortgage finance agency Freddie Mac. Wages rose 3.1 percent in October from a year ago, trailing house price inflation of about 5.5 percent.

Residential investment contracted in the first nine months of the year and housing is likely to remain a drag on economic growth in the fourth quarter. Economists expect housing activity to remain weak through the first half of 2019.

U.S. financial markets were little moved by Tuesday’s housing starts data.

Single-family homebuilding stalls

Single-family homebuilding, which accounts for the largest share of the housing market, dropped 1.8 percent to a rate of 865,000 units in October after declining in September.

Single-family homebuilding has lost momentum since hitting a pace of 948,000 units last November, which was the strongest in more than 10 years.

A survey on Monday showed confidence among single-family homebuilders dropped to a more than two-year low in November, with builders reporting that “customers are taking a pause due to concerns over rising interest rates and home prices.”

Single-family starts in the South, which accounts for the bulk of homebuilding, fell 4.0 percent last month. Single-family homebuilding jumped 14.8 percent in the Northeast and fell 2.0 percent in the West. Groundbreaking activity on single-family homes dropped 1.6 percent in the Midwest.

Permits to build single-family homes fell 0.6 percent in October to a pace of 849,000 units. These permits remain below the level of single-family starts, suggesting limited scope for a strong pickup in homebuilding.

Starts for the volatile multifamily housing segment surged 10.3 percent to a rate of 363,000 units in October. Permits for the construction of multifamily homes fell 0.5 percent to a pace of 414,000 units.

Tuesday’s data also suggested that housing supply is likely to remain tight in the near term. Homebuilding completions in October fell 3.3 percent to a rate of 1.111 million units, the lowest level since September 2017.

Realtors estimate that housing starts and completion rates need to be in a range of 1.5 million to 1.6 million units per month to plug the inventory gap.

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