Harbor Freight Recalls Jack Stands That Could Suddenly Collapse – The Drive

If you’ve got a set of Harbor Freight jack stands somewhere in your garage, stop using them immediately because many of them have just been recalled over pawls that could “disengage from the extension lifting post” under a shift in weight, causing them to suddenly collapse. We feel like this shouldn’t have to be said but we’ll say it anyway: bad jack stands that could suddenly fall are extremely dangerous and being underneath a car supported by one could very easily result in serious injury or death.

According to Harbor Freight, the recall applies to three-ton and six-ton heavy-duty steel jack stands with item numbers 56371, 61196, and 61197. The number on the three-ton units can be found on the label at the top while the six-ton stands have their numbers printed in the yellow section of the label found on the base.

Source: Harbor Freight Recalls Jack Stands That Could Suddenly Collapse – The Drive

Gov. Wolf, Treasurer Torsella Announce Property Tax/Rent Rebates Arriving Early to Help Seniors, Others During COVID-19 Pandemic

Governor Tom Wolf and Treasurer Joe Torsella today announced that many older homeowners, renters and people with disabilities will receive early rebates through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.

  • Claimants who already applied for rebates may use the Where’s My PA Property Tax/Rent Rebate? tool to check the status of their rebate. You will need your Social Security number, claim year and date of birth to use this tool.
  • Call 1-888-PATAXES to check the status of your rebate. This automated toll-free service is available 24 hours a day. You will need your Social Security number, date of birth and the anticipated amount of your rebate to use this service.
  • Claimants who included their phone number on their Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program application form (PA-1000) will receive automated calls from the Department of Revenue updating them on the status of their claim. Claimants should know that these automated phone calls require no further action. They will not be asked to key in any numbers or to provide any additional information.
  • Claimants can visit the department’s Online Customer Service Center to find helpful tips and answers to commonly asked questions about the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. The Online Customer Service Center also allows you to submit a question to a Department of Revenue representative through a secure process that is similar to sending an email.

Source: Gov. Wolf, Treasurer Torsella Announce Property Tax/Rent Rebates Arriving Early to Help Seniors, Others During COVID-19 Pandemic

Three reps from Allegheny County ask Gov. Wolf to allow outdoor dining at restaurants | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

When Allegheny County moved into the yellow phase of Gov. Tom Wolf’s coronavirus plan last week, it joined more than 30 other counties in partially reopening. This meant looser rules for retailers and several other kinds of businesses.

For restaurants, however, not much has changed. They still are relegated to takeout and delivery business only, as it’s not really possible to practice six-feet social distancing in a crowded dining area.

But three state representatives from Allegheny County are hoping to convince the governor to loosen up restaurant regulations to allow for outdoor seating. State Reps. Dan Deasy (D-West End), Anita Kulik (D-Kennedy), and Adam Ravenstahl (D-Ross) joined three other Democratic state legislators in sending the letter to Wolf and the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board chair Tim Holden.

Source: Three reps from Allegheny County ask Gov. Wolf to allow outdoor dining at restaurants | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

Annie Glenn, wife of late astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn, dies of coronavirus

After learning to control a severe stutter, she became an advocate for people with communication disorders.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Annie Glenn, the widow of astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn and a communication disorders advocate, died Tuesday at age 100.

Glenn died of COVID-19 complications at a nursing home near St. Paul, Minnesota, said Hank Wilson, a spokesman for the Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University.

At the time of John Glenn’s death in 2016, the two had been married 73 years. She had moved out of the apartment they shared in Columbus in recent years and gone to live with her daughter, Lyn, according to Wilson.

Annie Glenn was thrust into the spotlight in 1962, when her husband became the first American to orbit Earth. She shied away from the media attention because of a severe stutter.

Source: Annie Glenn, wife of late astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn, dies of coronavirus

Are Oil Prices Rising Too High Too Soon? | OilPrice.com

Oil rallied once again on bullish crude consu

Oil prices have rallied significantly, rising $10 in two weeks as markets are increasingly convinced that global demand for crude is picking up once again.

Deep output cuts and the reopening of some of the largest economies in the world have brightened the outlook for oil, but many analysts are now beginning to question whether this rally isn’t already overdone. So why are oil prices still rocketing as analysts warn of ballooning inventories and continued weak demand for aviation fuel?

Looking at the data, the first signs of real demand recovery are coming from the Far East, where Chinese refiners have embarked on a buying spree, capitalizing on ultra-low crude prices in heavy hit markets such as Brazil, Oman, and West Africa.

Spurred by Beijing’s call to action, factories and farmers are leading the demand recovery in diesel according to Liu Yuntao, an analyst working with Energy Aspects in London.

But it’s not just diesel. Gasoline consumption is also on the rise in China, where rush hour traffic in Beijing, Shanghai, and tens of other big cities is approaching normal levels once again as the Chinese are finding out that coronavirus isn’t spread by driving your car.

Source: Are Oil Prices Rising Too High Too Soon? | OilPrice.com

J.C. Penney is closing 240 stores as part of its bankruptcy plan – CBS News

The 118-year-old retail chain has not said which stores will close. The company filed for bankruptcy last week.

The company’s bankruptcy comes days after J.C. Penney gave its top executives millions of dollars in bonus pay. Soltau received $4.5 million, while chief financial officer Bill Wafford, chief merchant officer Michelle Wlazlo and chief human resources officer Brynn Evanson each got $1 million.

Source: J.C. Penney is closing 240 stores as part of its bankruptcy plan – CBS News

Allegheny County sees people using caution in ‘yellow phase’ of reopening

As Allegheny County moved into the ‘yellow phase’ of reopening on May 15, county leaders say people are using caution.

“I will tell you on the first Monday since we’ve been opened, I was pleasantly surprised at how light the traffic was this morning and how few people you see walking the streets at lunch hour,” said Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

Tuttle works out of the Gateway Center and said even though it’s strange, it’s not surprising.

“I’m sure people are trying to be as safe as they can,” said Tuttle. “I’m sure people want to be back to work and doing their jobs but I’m sure they want to keep their distance still.”

“I think people are taking this slowly, not just necessarily that the government, the state allowed red to yellow, I think people on their own are acting very cautiously to see where things go,” said Fitzgerald.

But it’s not all good for business owners. Richard Parsakian owns Eons Fashion Antique in Shadyside and reopened over the weekend.

“Very quiet,” he said. “I only had a couple people come in the store.”

Source: Allegheny County sees people using caution in ‘yellow phase’ of reopening

Stimulus checks: Some Social Security recipients to get checks starting today – CBS News

Many Americans that receive extra Social Security benefits for low-income aged, blind or disabled people are likely to receive their stimulus payments today or through the mail beginning on Friday, according to the Social Security Administration.

The stimulus payments are $1,200 for single people who earn less than $75,000, while married couples who earn less than $150,000 will receive $2,400. Children under 17 are eligible to get $500.

Source: Stimulus checks: Some Social Security recipients to get checks starting today – CBS News

A man who wore a watermelon on his head while stealing from a convenience store has been arrested – CNN

(CNN)A pair of melon heads — yes, actual people with watermelons on their heads — caused quite a stir after they used watermelons as face masks to allegedly steal from a convenience store in a small Virginia town.

The duo pulled up in a lifted 2006 black Toyota Tacoma pickup truck and entered a Sheetz store in Louisa on May 5 while wearing carved out watermelons with holes cut out for their eyes, according to the Louisa Police Department.
One of the two suspects was arrested on Friday, Police Chief Tom Leary confirmed to CNN. Police are still looking for the second suspect.
The 20-year-old suspect who was arrested has been charged with wearing a mask in public while committing larceny, underage possession of alcohol, and petit larceny of alcohol, police said.

Source: A man who wore a watermelon on his head while stealing from a convenience store has been arrested – CNN