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Staging a home that’s up for sale is a go-to marketing tool that has been used for decades. Bringing in furniture, artwork and plants and decluttering rooms can help buyers picture themselves living in the home.

Agents say it can decrease the home’s time on the market and may even boost the sale price. But it can also be a costly hassle.

“Staging is expensive and cumbersome,” says Jorge L. Guerra Jr., the president and chief executive officer of Real Estate Sales Force in Coral Gables, Florida. “It requires taste and design to do it correctly.”

That’s why many agents are turning to virtual staging, a vastly cheaper and easier option.

‘The first showing happens online’

“It is no longer about curb appeal, it is about web appeal,” says Guerra. “The first showing happens online. The consumer has 3 to 4 seconds to make a decision: Do I want to see this or not? With such little time, you want to be sure you have your best pictures upfront.”

By providing an image of an empty room to a virtual staging service that digitally enhances it with a high-end sofa and thoughtfully placed art work, agents and homeowners avoid the hassle of hauling in a whole new look. Plus, it’s a fraction of the cost.

“My average staging can cost between $4,000 to $8,000,” says Guerra. “Virtual staging will cost me $100 to $150.”

He says that in today’s world, buyers are looking at pictures online and they need furniture in the space to imagine it.

For some of Guerra’s properties, the rooms are not actually empty. They have a large easel holding a picture of the virtual staging, so that potential buyers can see it while standing in the empty room.

Ines Hegedus-Garcia, of Avanti Way Realty in Miami, even offers virtual reality glasses in some properties to give potential buyers the staged experience.

“They are walking the virtual realty tour in the home,” says Hegedus-Garcia. “But they are also able to see in person what the space actually looks like.”

Even traditional stagers, like Nadia Vee, a designer based in Long Island, New York, says that virtual staging has a place.

When she recently staged a six-bedroom luxury home, she physically designed five main rooms — the kitchen, living room, dining room, bedroom and bath. But there were a few other spaces she felt buyers needed help to visualize.

So she virtually staged the guest bedrooms and a home office and placed an image in each room, along with one item, a chair, maybe, or a desk.

“It is very helpful for people who saw the first glimpse of the home online to see the idea of it in person,” she says.

Presenting a true picture

The National Association of Realtors encourages agents to clearly disclose if photos have been altered in any way to avoid any confusion for viewers, but it is not required.

Still, each multiple listing service has its own guidelines. In Chicago, for example, the first photo on the listing must be an exterior photo and when uploading images the system will ask if the image has been altered, according to Marc Avila, an agent in the city who also owns a virtual staging company there.

Several years ago he began to virtually stage his own properties. When colleagues came to him with their requests, he decided to set up shop. He now runs Virtual Staging House, which can provide a virtually staged image within 24 hours for $40.

“The market right now is about how fast you can get those images up and how appealing they are,” says Avila. “People are looking at the listing online first. It better be the best image. You want it to bring an army of buyers to inquire about the listing.”

The affordability of virtual staging has made staging a newly available marketing tool for properties that may not have otherwise gotten the treatment.

Laura Copersino, an agent with Douglas Elliman, works in the mid-level market in Queens and Nassau Counties in New York, where physical staging was rare due to cost and hassle, she says.

But now if she has an empty property, she virtually stages it with furniture and artwork.

She ensures there is no confusion about the images by posting the virtually staged image on MLS followed by the empty room.

“I use a company that charges $35 a photo with a 24-hour turnaround,” she says. “You can pick out the style of the furniture, the artwork on the wall. It’s like you’re shopping!”

Some agents have concerns that staging virtually can lead to misleading representations of the home.

“Being truthful in advertising is the number one concern for me,” says Katie Griffin Ross, a broker associate at RE/MAX Associates in San Antonio, Texas. “It is difficult for people to be in a house and not see what they saw online.”

While she does, on occasion, use virtual staging, she has lines she won’t cross. She won’t make a dead yard alive, she won’t crop out power lines, and she’s careful about including any virtual window coverings that may be misunderstood to be part of the house.

But Guerra sees things differently. He values the power of virtual staging. For a few dollars he can can stage the weather or time of day on an exterior picture.

“The technology is now at the point that not only can I stage the inside, I can stage the clouds,” he says.

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The demand for more “Big Little Lies” worked before so why not try it again?

After an explosively successful first season back in 2017, viewers immediately started clamoring for a second season.

This despite the fact that the book by Liane Moriarty that the series is based on did not have a sequel.

But thanks to the magic of television, Season 2 has now happened and people are greedy for more – especial given the finale.

In the final episode Celeste (played by Nicole Kidman) has a massive showdown with Mary-Louise (played by Meryl Streep), who is the mother of Celeste’s late husband Perry who was abusive.

Perry (played by Alexander Skarsgard) was pushed to his death at the end of Season 1, and Season 2 ends with Celeste and her friends who were present when he died appearing to turn themselves into the police.

Cue Twitter’s “Are you for real with this?”

“I cant believe it ended like that give me season 3 NOW,” one person tweeted.

Earlier this year HBO president Casey Bloys didn’t sound hopeful regarding a third season in an interview with TVLine.

“I love this group of people — I would do anything with them,” he said. “But the reality is, they are some of the busiest actresses working in Hollywood. We have deals with some of them — Nicole [Kidman] is doing her next show [“The Undoing”] with us. I just think it’s not realistic.”

HBO is owned by CNN’s parent company.

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Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren said there are warning signs for another financial crisis that would devastate the United States — “a single shock could bring it all down” — and the 2020 presidential candidate proposed a plan she said could help prevent it.

“I warned about an economic crash years before the 2008 crisis, but the people in power wouldn’t listen,” Warren wrote in a Medium post. “Now I’m seeing serious warning signs in the economy again — and I’m calling on regulators and Congress to act before another crisis costs America’s families their homes, jobs, and savings.”

The post came after Warren put out an extensive plan last week to rein in Wall Street. The senator, who has pressed heavily upon fixing the economy ahead of the second round of Democratic presidential debates hosted by CNN, proposed the reinstatement of a modern Glass-Steagall Act in the plan.

Most of the solutions she offered in the Medium post are part of plans she’s already proposed but in this case is grouping them together to offer it as a way to combat an economic crisis.

The senator wrote that she’s worried about several factors she says are contributing to the beginning of a financial crisis — including growing household debt, growing corporate debt and a manufacturing recession.

“The country’s economic foundation is fragile,” Warren wrote. “A single shock could bring it all down. And the Trump administration’s reckless behavior is increasing the odds of just such a shock.”

Her solution? She said she has a plan to decrease household debt by increasing the minimum wage, canceling student loan debt, bringing down the cost of childcare and making tuition free at every public technical school, two-year college, and four-year college.

She proposed monitoring and reducing leveraged corporate lending and limiting potential shocks to the economy. As an example, Warren faulted the Trump administration for creating economic chaos, including President Donald Trump’s trade war with China and through Trump “goading the U.K. toward a no-deal Brexit.”

“Warning lights are flashing,” she wrote. “Whether it’s this year or next year, the odds of another economic downturn are high — and growing. Congress and regulators should act immediately to tamp down these threats before it’s too late.”

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SOUTHPORT, IN (WRTV) — The home of Southport Police Chief Tom Vaughn caught on fire Wednesday and displaced him and his family.

Vaughn and his family will be staying in a hotel and may be out of their house for up to eight months.

At this point, he’s asking for privacy and is grateful for all those wishing to help.

Vaughn says he is thankful for the support and is asking people to hold off on any collections on his behalf. No one is approved to collect anything for his family.

In June, Vaughn received a Multiplying Good award for his efforts to help raise money for a girl named Savannah, who has terminal cancer.

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FOX 2’s “Disney on Ice Worlds of Enchantment – 2019” Sweepstakes

Official Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN, NOR WILL A PURCHASE IMPROVE ONE’S CHANCES OF WINNING.  Odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received.

  1. Eligibility: Entrants must be legal US residents, at least 18 years old or above, as determined by KTVI FOX 2 and reside in the St. Louis, Missouri Designated Market Area as defined by The Nielsen Company. Void where prohibited.  Employees of KTVI FOX 2, KTVI, LLC, Feld Entertainment (collectively, the “Sponsor”), and their respective affiliates, parents and subsidiaries, the Sweepstakes’ participating sponsors and their advertising agencies, employees of other television or radio stations, and members of the immediate families of such persons are not eligible to participate and win.  The term “immediate family” includes spouses, siblings, parents, children, grandparents and grandchildren, and any other person residing at the same household whether or not related.  Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.  Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.  Individuals are eligible to win only one FOX 2 prize within any 30-day period.  For prizes over $600.00 individuals are eligible to win only one prize every 6 months regardless of the number of giveaways entered.
  2. Sweepstakes Period: The Sweepstakes entry period begins on Monday, July 22, 2019 at 10:00 AM CST through Friday, August 23, 2019 on or about 10:00 AM CST (the “Entry Period”).  Sponsor reserves the right to shorten or extend the Sweepstakes Period due to events beyond its control or for reasons set forth herein.
  3. Sweepstakes Entry: To enter the Sweepstakes, go to the Contest page on www.FOX2NOW.com, www.kplr11.com to enter your first name, last name, address, phone number, date of birth and email address on the registration form.  Upload a photo of your child participating in a celebration.  You have now officially entered the daily Sweepstakes. Entry constitutes an assignment to Sponsor of all intellectual property rights in the entry materials, if any. Entrants may enter daily with one entry per person, per email address allowed. On Friday, August 23, 2019, two grand prize winners will be randomly selected from all eligible entries on or about 10:00 AM CST. All entries become the property of FOX 2 and will not be returned.  Incomplete entries will be disqualified. Entrants may be required to become registered users of the website and may not enter the Sweepstakes more than once per day. Multiple entries by means of software-generated or other automated processes will be disregarded. Only one prize per person, household, or email address allowed. Duplicate entries will not be accepted except as set forth herein. Entry submissions must be the original creative work of the entrant, must not contain any indecent, obscene or profane content, nor depict any minors. By entering, each entrant represents and warrants that the entry submission is his/her own original creation, has not been copied in whole or in part from any other work, does not violate the rights of any person or entity (including but not limited to privacy rights and copyrights), does not defame, libel, or slander anyone or any entity, and does not contain inappropriate, offensive, indecent, vulgar, obscene or profane content. Entry submissions that do not comply with the Official Rules or the foregoing representations and warranties shall be disqualified. Each Entrant agrees to indemnify, defend and hold Sponsor harmless against any and all liabilities, losses, damages, claims, debts, investigations, fines, penalties, costs, expenses and settlements (including attorney’s fees and costs of litigation, settlement, judgment, interest and penalties) arising out of or related to a breach of the foregoing representations and warranties. No indecent, obscene or profane content, no depiction of minors will be accepted.
4.  Prize:  Two (2) winners will receive:  four (4) premium tickets to see Disney on Ice Worlds of Enchantment at the Chaifetz Arena on September 6, 2019 \at 7:00pm.  Retail value:  $150.00

 

  1. Winner Notifications: The Sweepstakes winner will be notified via a phone call and/or e-mail provided on the winner’s official entry after 10:00 AM CST on the day within the Sweepstakes Period that their name was drawn. Winners must have a valid email address and phone number where they can be notified, or Sponsor reserves the right to award the prize to another winner. If Sweepstakes winner does not respond within 24 hours, that winner will forfeit the prize and another winner will be selected.
  2. Prize Acceptance/Restrictions: Only one winner per household.  All winners are subject to verification by FOX 2 of the winner’s name, age, address, phone number, and Social Security number (where the prize value is equal to or greater than $600.00).  In order to claim his or her prize, each winner must appear in person at FOX 2 2250 Ball Drive, St. Louis, MO 63146.  Winners will be required to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility/Release of Liability and Publicity.  Failure to do so will disqualify the winner.  No entries from individuals under the age of 18 will be accepted.  If a winner is disqualified, Sponsor reserves the right to determine an alternate winner or to not award that winner’s prize at all.  Prizes cannot be redeemed for cash or substituted for any other items by any winner.  Prizes are non-assignable and non-transferrable.  Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a comparable prize of like or greater value, including cash, for any prize, for any reason.  Costs of transportation and accommodations, where applicable, are the sole responsibility of the winners.
  3. Publicity Release: By participating in the Sweepstakes, each entrant acknowledges that his/her entry in the Sweepstakes constitutes that entrant’s consent to use, publish, reproduce and for all purposes, including publicity, promotion and advertising, in any media (including without limitation, the Internet, television or offline promotions), each winner’s name, voice, likeness, and any portion thereof, each extending throughout the universe and in perpetuity without further compensation, credit or right of review or approval, except where prohibited by law.
  4. Telephone and Delivery Disclaimer: Sponsor disclaims all liability for the inability of a participant to complete or continue a telephone call due to equipment malfunction, busy lines, inadvertent disconnections, acts beyond Sponsor’s control, or otherwise.  Sponsor disclaims all liability for any delays, misdelivery, loss, or failure in the delivery of any item sent by mail, courier, express, electronic transmission, or other delivery method.  Sponsor is not responsible for mechanical, technical, computer, hardware or software errors, malfunctions, or failures of any kind, including failed, incomplete, garbled, or delayed transmission of entries, traffic congestion on telephone lines, the Internet or at any website or lost or unavailable network connections, which may limit an entrant’s ability to participate in the Sweepstakes, and any injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in or downloading any information necessary to participate in the Sweepstakes.  Sponsor reserves the right to cancel the Sweepstakes if it becomes technically corrupted.

ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT TO DELIBERATELY CIRCUMVENT, DISRUPT, OR DAMAGE ORDINARY AND NORMAL OPERATION OF THIS SWEEPSTAKES, TELEPHONE SYSTEMS OR WEBSITE, OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE SWEEPSTAKES IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAW.  SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW AND TO DISQUALIFY ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL FROM PARTICIPATION IN THE SWEEPSTAKES OR ANY OTHER SWEEPSTAKES. 

  1. Taxes: Any valuation of the prize(s) stated above is based on available information provided to FOX 2, and the value of any prize awarded to a winner may be reported for tax purposes as required by law.  All taxes, including federal, state, and local taxes, are the sole responsibility of the winner.  Any person winning over $600.00 in total prizes will receive a 1099 form from Sponsor at the end of the calendar year and a copy of such form should be filed with the IRS.  Each winner must provide Sponsor with valid identification, and a valid taxpayer identification number or Social Security number for total prizes valued at $600.00 or more, before any prize will be awarded.
  2. Conditions: Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend this Sweepstakes or any portion hereof, or to disqualify any individual implicated in any of the following actions, if for any reason:  (a) infection by computer virus, bugs, interruption in wireless calling devices or wireless service, tampering, unauthorized intervention, actions by entrants, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which, in Sponsor’s sole opinion, corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Sweepstakes, (b) the Sweepstakes or any website associated therewith (or any portion thereof) becomes corrupted or does not allow the proper processing of entries per these Rules, (c) the Sweepstakes becomes corrupted due to wireless calling service interruption for any reason, or (d) the Sweepstakes is otherwise not capable of running as planned.  By entering, entrants represent that they are eligible and agree to be bound by and comply with the Rules and the decisions of any judges.  Any entrant who attempts to tamper with this Sweepstakes in any way or use fraudulent means to participate in and/or win the Sweepstakes shall be disqualified.  Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entrant at any time, for any reason, including, without limitation, language, activities or behavior deemed inappropriate. Sponsor and their advertising and promotion agencies are not responsible for cancellations, postponements, or delays.  Other than the prizes received by the winner, no entrant shall be entitled to receive any wages, benefits, fees or other compensation whatsoever as a result of participating in the Sweepstakes.  Sponsor shall have the sole discretion to administer the Sweepstakes and interpret and apply the Official Rules.
  3. Indemnification/Hold Harmless: By participating, entrants agree: (a) to the Official Rules and decisions of Sponsor, which shall be final in all respects; (b) to release, discharge, and hold harmless FOX 2, KTVI LLC,KPLR LLC, Facebook, and their respective affiliates, parents, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, officers, directors, employees, representatives, and agents (the “Released Parties”) from all liability, injuries, losses or damages of any kind to persons, including but not limited to death or property damage resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the acceptance, possession, misuse or use of a prize, or from participation in and/or entry into the Sweepstakes or any Sweepstakes-related activity and for acceptance, delivery, or use of any prize; (c) that the foregoing parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guaranty, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relating to any prize. In consideration for his or her participation in the Sweepstakes, each entrant agrees to hold harmless and indemnify the Released Parties from any and all claims, demands and/or causes of action of any nature or kind whatsoever, whether presently known or unknown, foreseen or unforeseen, that arise out of the entrant’s participation in the Sweepstakes, including attorneys’ fees.
  4. Limitation of Liability: The Released Parties are not responsible or liable for any incorrect or inaccurate entry information or other errors in the printing, offering or administration of the Sweepstakes or in the announcement of the prize(s) and assume no responsibility for (i) any error, omission, interruption, defect or delay in operation or transmission at any website, or wireless calling service, interrupted or unavailable network, server or other conditions, (ii) failure of any entry to be received by Sponsor due to technical problems, telephone service problems, human error, or wireless calling service, (iii) communication line, hardware and/or software failures, malfunction of phones (including wireless phones/handsets), phone lines, other communications malfunctions, unavailable network connections, cellular equipment towers, telephone systems or wireless service, (iv) damage to any computer (software or hardware) resulting from participation in the Sweepstakes, or damage to mobile phone or other PDA device, (v) theft or destruction of, tampering with, unauthorized access to, or alteration of entries and/or entry information, or (vi) entries which are late, lost, stolen, damaged, illegible, and/or unintelligible (or any combination thereof).  Any expenses incurred by the entrant during the application process, including but not limited to, postage are the sole responsibility of each entrant and the Sponsor will not issue reimbursement for any expenses.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL THE RELEASED PARTIES BE LIABLE FOR INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, ATTORNEYS’ FEES, OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES. 

  1. Choice of Law/Forum: All entrants agree, by participation in the Sweepstakes, to submit to the personal jurisdiction of the courts of Missouri.  Missouri law shall govern this Sweepstakes, without regard Missouri’s choice of law rules.  The courts of Missouri shall be the exclusive forum for any dispute regarding any Rule or activity associated with the Sweepstakes.
  2. Official Rules: To request a copy of the Rules, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Disney on Ice, FOX 2, 2250 Ball Drive, St. Louis, MO 63146, by September 18, 2019.  Written copies of these Rules are also available during normal business hours 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM CST at FOX 2’s business offices or online at http://www.fox2now.com.
  3. Names of Winners: For a list of prize winners, send a separate, self-addressed, stamped envelope to Disney on Ice Winner, FOX 2, located at 2250 Ball Drive, St. Louis, MO 63146, or appear in person at that location between normal business hours 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM CST after September 24, 2019.
  4. Compliance with Law: The conduct of the Sweepstakes is governed by the applicable laws of the United States of America, which take precedence over any rule to the contrary herein. Sponsor shall follow the applicable laws for conducting Sweepstakes.

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A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD - Official Trailer (HD) - YouTube

Just in time for a Monday, Sony has released the first trailer for the upcoming film about the late Fred Rogers, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.

In the teaser, schoolchildren sing to Rogers on the subway and we see Tom Hanks dressed as the children’s television host on the set of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”

The film is loosely based on a 1998 Esquire article by Tom Junod, about the effect Rogers’ optimistic kindness had on millions of people — and the initially skeptical journalist himself.

Marielle Heller (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”) directs the film.

“Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” aired for 31 seasons before coming to an end in 2001.

Rogers died in 2003.

“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” is slated to release in October 2019.

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At least no one can complain that this fishing trip was boring.

A group of fathers and sons out fishing got more action than they anticipated when a great white shark leapt out of the water next to the charter boat and stole a fish off one boy’s line.

Doug Nelson and his son joined a Saturday outing on Cape Cod Bay, off the coast of Massachusetts, he told CNN.

One of the boys on board hooked what appeared to be a “good-sized fish,” Nelson said, so he grabbed his phone to capture a shot.

Instead, he filmed a close encounter with the ocean’s apex predator, as a great white shark came up behind the fish the boy caught, jumped up in the air and snatched it.

The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy confirmed to CNN that the shark was a great white.

White sharks frequent Cape Cod Bay

Great white sharks make their home in Cape Cod Bay every summer. But this summer, the sheer number of them — and their proximity to humans — is confounding beachgoers.

In the span of one week at the end of June, researchers spotted 12 great white sharks near the bay.

A few weeks later, a popular Cape Cod beach was forced to close after several sharks were photographed swimming close to shore, CNN affiliate WHDH reported.

White sharks in Massachusetts have enjoyed federal and state protections since 1997 and 2005, respectively. And since seals, one of the predator’s favorite meals, are defended by the Marine Mammal Protection Act and have experienced population boosts of their own, sharks in the area are thriving.

Their heightened presence has raised concern for some. A man died after a shark attack at a Cape Cod beach in September 2018, the first fatal shark attack in Massachusetts in more than 80 years.

Still, sharks rarely attack humans, and even fewer attacks result in death, according to the Florida Museum of Natural History’s shark attack database.

The white shark has been blamed for 80 fatal unprovoked attacks, according to the database.

Most shark attacks against humans occur when the animal is confused, according to Encyclopedia Britannica. They “mouth” foreign objects to determine what they are and if they’re worthy of a meal.

Sharks can get aggressive to defend their territory from what they perceive as intruders, the encyclopedia says.

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Credit reporting agency Equifax has reached a deal to pay up to $700 million to state and federal regulators to settle probes stemming from a data breach that exposed the personal information of nearly 150 million people. It will be the largest settlement ever paid for a data breach.

The Federal Trade Commission announced Monday that Equifax will pay at least $300 million and as much as $425 million to compensate affected people with credit monitoring services. That money will go into a fund that will also reimburse people who purchased credit- or identity-monitoring services because of the 2017 data breach. The amount of the settlement could change depending on the number of claims still to be filed by consumers.

Equifax will also pay $275 million in civil penalties and other compensation to 48 states, Washington, Puerto Rico and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

The deal also requires more changes to how Equifax handles private user data. For example, the company will have to adjust its information security protocols, including annual assessments of security risks and receiving the board’s certification attesting that the company has complied with the FTC’s order.

The FTC alleges Equifax violated the agency’s prohibition against unfair and deceptive practices. The FTC said Equifax failed to properly safeguard peoples’ personal information despite claiming in its privacy policy that it implemented “reasonable physical, technical and procedural safeguards” to protect their data.

“Companies that profit from personal information have an extra responsibility to protect and secure that data,” said FTC Chairman Joe Simons in a statement. “Equifax failed to take basic steps that may have prevented the breach.”

The hack, the largest in US history, exposed sensitive information, including names, Social Security numbers, drivers’ license numbers and addresses.

Equifax did not respond to CNN Business’ request for comment.

Equifax first disclosed the hack in September 2017, three months after the company discovered the breach.

Hackers leveraged a security flaw in a tool designed to build web applications to steal customer data. Equifax admitted it was aware of the security flaw a full two months before the company says hackers first accessed its data.

The data breach prompted the resignation of CEO Richard Smith and investigations by federal regulators, multiple states attorneys general and the company faces a number of civil lawsuits.

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Just in time for a Monday, Sony has released the first trailer for the upcoming film about the late Fred Rogers, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.

In the teaser, schoolchildren sing to Rogers on the subway and we see Tom Hanks dressed as the children’s television host on the set of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”

The film is loosely based on a 1998 Esquire article by Tom Junod, about the effect Rogers’ optimistic kindness had on millions of people — and the initially skeptical journalist himself.

Marielle Heller (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”) directs the film.

“Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” aired for 31 seasons before coming to an end in 2001.

Rogers died in 2003.

“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” is slated to release in October 2019.

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Twelve days of simmering protests boiled over Monday as thousands of Puerto Ricans blocked a major highway and launched an island-wide strike to demand their governor’s resignation.

“This has never happened in Puerto Rico before,” said Angel Rosa, a political science professor at the University of Puerto Rico.

The massive protest was spurred in part by leaked chat messages between Gov. Ricardo Rosselló and members of his inner circle.

The nearly 900 pages of messages included profanity-laced, homophobic and misogynistic comments that “offended almost every group on the island,” Rosa said.

But that scandal is just the latest reason why Puerto Rico’s leadership needs to go, protesters say.

“I am fed up with the thieving government. I am fed up with corruption. I am fed up with lack of integrity,” said Maristella Gross, one of the protesters in San Juan.

Rosselló offers a concession, but it’s not good enough

The governor announced Sunday that he won’t run for re-election next year and is resigning as the president of the New Progressive Party.

“I leave aside any personal interest by not running for re-election to the governorship next year,” he said.

But that did nothing to calm angry protesters who say they won’t rest until Rosselló resigns.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz said the governor’s refusal to step down has “added fuel to the fire.”

“We are prepared here at City Hall with a makeshift emergency unit with medics and doctors and nurses to take in anybody that receives tear gas or has a cut in their body or potentially been shot,” she said.

Defiance and calls for impeachment

Rosselló, who is a little over halfway into his four-year term, said he will continue serving as governor until he can hand the work “over to my democratically elected successor.”

“I have made mistakes, and I have apologized,” he said. “I am a good man who has a great love for my island and for everyone.”

But because Rosselló refuses to step down, there are growing calls for impeachment.

Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin — one of the people targeted in Rosselló’s messages — tweeted that he will rejoin protests in Puerto Rico on Monday and urged officials to start the process of impeachment.

“The only thing you (Rosselló) just did is mess with the mental health of Puerto Ricans,” the pop star said. “If he doesn’t want to leave, (impeachment) is the only option we have.”

The president of Puerto Rico’s House of Representatives, Carlos “Johnny” Méndez, created a special committee Friday to advise him on whether the governor committed impeachable offenses.

The impeachment research committee includes three attorneys who will have 10 days to provide Méndez with a detailed report, said his spokesman, Raúl Colón.

The committee will evaluate the content of the leaked messages between Rosselló and Cabinet members and determine if there’s proof Rosselló committed a crime, Méndez said.

If officials discover the governor did commit impeachable acts, and a vote to impeach passes the House, the issue would go to the Senate. A trial would be presided over by the head of the Supreme Court, with the senators as jurors.

A two-thirds vote is needed in both chambers for an impeachment to be carried out.

‘We are going to stay here no matter what’

Protesters say they’re not backing down because they’re fed up with corruption, high poverty rates, crushing debt and a painful recovery from 2017’s devastating Hurricane Maria.

Layzne Alvez told CNN the territory’s government had been “left to run wild with our economy, with our money, with all the federal funds the government are sending here.”

But Puerto Ricans aren’t a violent people, she said, so they don’t want to bring Rosselló down by force.

“We are going to stay here no matter what,” Alvez said. “We are going to force our local leaders, representatives, senators, whoever we need to, to get him out. We are going to stay here.”

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