When shopping around for your next fridge, one of the best first steps is to narrow down your choices to a brand or two that you want to focus on. But what brands are best? Which have the most useful designs, or the most impressive features? Which will last the longest with needing repairs or other work? If these questions already make you feel a little stressed, don’t worry. We’re going to cover the top refrigerator brands to consider, why they’re worth a look, and a few standout models that show just what these manufacturers can do—from built-in coffeemakers to Wi-Fi connectivity and voice assistants. Whirlpool Whirlpool refrigerators continue to get particularly high marks for their reliability and quality. Yale Appliance rates them as the best for reliability, which means Whirlpool fridges tend to get the least service calls out of all the top brands. Ranker voters also put Whirlpool at the top of their favorite fridge brands. Our top pick for the best … [Read more...] about The best refrigerator brands of 2019
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Photo: Vulture In this year of big-fanfare sequels (Andre Aciman’s Find Me; Elizabeth Strout’s Olive, Again; Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments), the “best of” lists are crammed full of the usual suspects, books you already know were great (or at least well-promoted). Meanwhile, more than a handful of moving, wise, and important novels have slipped through the cracks. Here are the ones that didn’t launch a thousand think pieces or pop up in Reese’s perky club, never mind the best-seller lists — though they damn well should have. Marilou is Everywhere, Sarah Elaine Smith Marilou is Everywhere by Sarah Elaine Smith I hate when critics call books “gritty” — with its implication of fancy readers slumming it — but Marilou Is Everywhere is so unafraid of clutter and junk and dirt-ringed collars that there’s no better word for it. Fourteen-year-old Cindy lives in a beat-up trailer in rural Pennsylvania with … [Read more...] about The Best Overlooked Books of 2019
Photo: Realtor.com Photo: Realtor.com Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: Realtor.com Raise Your Glasses! Tavern-Turned-Home Is a Perfect Place for a Toast 1 / 1 Back to Gallery In Waterford, VA, Main Street has a long and winding history. The town in Loudoun County was founded in the 1700s, and its Main Street has gone through a number of incarnations over the centuries. At one point, there was a dry goods store and a hotel on the street. At another point, there was a millinery and a telephone exchange. A stone structure along the main drag, originally built in 1750, became Talbott’s Tavern sometime in the 1800s. And while we have no official proof from a sudsy source, we're guessing that the tavern presented a lively scene in its … [Read more...] about Raise Your Glasses! Tavern-Turned-Home Is a Perfect Place for a Toast
The Haute Savoie region in France has been named as a base camp for Russian spies specialising in targeted killings around Europe. According to French newspaper Le Monde, British, Swiss, French, and American intelligence services had been tracking up to fifteen suspected agents, who all passed through mountains near the Swiss and Italian borders between 2014 and 2018. The list includes some of those who planned the poisoning of ex Russian intelligence agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in March 2018 in Salisbury, in the south of England. "It's the first time since the second world war that a chemical attack was ordered by one state to another in Europe," journalist for Le Monde Jacques Follorou told Euronews. "In this case from Russia to England." "There was a reaction of solidarity between France, Great Britain and Switzerland and their allies like the USA. For them, the red line had been crossed and it was not acceptable." A list of 15 members of the Russian military intelligence … [Read more...] about Are the French Alps a hub for a Russian espionage network?
A group of Russian spies used towns in the French Alps as 'base camps' for carrying out covert operations across Europe, including the Salisbury nerve agent attack, reports suggest. Between 2015 and 2018, 15 Russian spies are said to have passed through the Haute-Savoie mountains staying in towns including Evian, Annemasse and Chamonix. British, Swiss, French, and US intelligence discovered the spies, all from the 29155 unit of Russia's GRU military spy agency, stayed there. A group of Russian spies used towns in the French Alps as 'base camps' for carrying out covert operations across Europe, including the Salisbury nerve agent attack, reports suggest. Pictured: Chamonix is one of the towns the spies are said to have stayed in (stock image) The allied counterespionage probe that identified the men followed the Salisbury attack in March 2018, Le Monde reports. Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, the men named as primary suspects in the attempted … [Read more...] about 15 Russian spies used the French Alps ‘as a base camp for carrying out covert operations across Europe including Salisbury nerve agent attack’