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(ABC/Matthias Clamer)

Network: ABC
Episodes: 18 (hour)
Seasons: One

TV show dates: September 25, 2019 — March 25, 2020
Series status: Renewed but then, cancelled

Performers include: Cobie Smulders, Jake Johnson, Tantoo Cardinal, Cole Sibus, Adrian Martinez, Camryn Manheim, and Michael Ealy.

TV show description:      
This series is based on the graphic novels by Greg Rucka and Matthew Southworth. In the Stumptown TV show, Dex Parios (Smulders) is a strong, assertive and sharp-witted military veteran who lives in Portland, Oregon. She has a complicated love life, gambling debt, and a brother with Down syndrome, Ansel (Sibus), to care for. With only herself to rely on, Dex solves other people’s messes with a blind eye toward her own. Her military intelligence skills make Dex a great private investigator, but her unapologetic style puts her in the firing line of hardcore criminals and the police aren’t her biggest fans either.

Other characters include Grey McConnell (Johnson), a bar owner and Dex’s friend; casino owner Sue Lynn Blackbird (Cardinal); Dex’s friend Tookie (Martinez), a taco food cart owner; and Lieutenant Cosgrove (Manheim) Detective Miles Hoffman (Ealy) of the Portland Police Bureau.

Series Finale:     
Episode #18 — All Hands on Dex
To get justice, Dex takes matters into her own hands after finding herself at the forefront of a murder investigation where she’s the prime suspect. Meanwhile, Hoffman stuggles to remain impartial in the investigation and could lose everything if he continues to help Dex. Elsewhere, Grey attempts to work on his budding relationship with his estranged father while a familiar face from the past makes a surprise visit.
First aired: March 25, 2020.

What do you think? Do you like the Stumptown TV show? Do you think it should have been cancelled. Were you planning to watch the second season?

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These HEPA Air Purifiers Are Under $100 and Help Eliminate Germs and Odors

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Winter is coming, and germs from the common cold, flu, and other diseases will become more common. That problem is compounded by the fact that you’re not going to be letting as much fresh air into your home because it’s too cold.

If you’d like to take a proactive approach to keeping the air inside your home cleaner, we recommend getting an air purifier. This appliance uses a fan to suck air inside, then runs it through a filtration system before blowing it back out into your home. Air purifiers can catch germs, dust, or dirt that’s floating through your home, and even reduce the potency of unwanted odors like, smoke.

We’ve rounded up the best air purifiers available for under $100, and made sure to choose models that had a HEPA filtration system.

What Is A HEPA Filter?

HEPA (high-efficiency particle air) filters are a fine mesh filter that traps unwanted particles to keep your air clean. These filters generally have to be changed every six months, and some air purifiers have indicator lights that tell you when it’s time for them to be changed. If you live in an area where the air quality is particularly low, you should keep spare filter on hand, and change them more frequently.

One thing to keep in mind is that the coronavirus pandemic and wildfires on the West Coast has led to a number of people stocking up on air purifiers to keep their spaces safe. Keep in mind that while an air purifier can help filter out germs and clean the air, it won’t completely prevent the spread of viruses. You’ll still want to adhere to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s tips for how to protect yourself.

What Are the Best HEPA Air Purifiers Under $100?

There are many factors to consider when choosing the right HEPA air purifier under $100 for you; below are the most important ones, which we considered while we were researching this list.

Physical size and coverage area: Air purifiers come in a range of sizes, but these less expensive models are all under a foot and a half (18 inches) tall. An air purifier’s size and power will determine how big of a space it can cover, so the ones in this guide are best suited for a single bedroom. If you want an air purifier for a larger room, these are our recommendations.

Particle size: Air particles — both good and bad — are measured in microns. The CDC says the most harmful air particles are between .9 and .3 microns because they can get through the human body’s natural defense system to damage your lungs, or get in your blood.

We made sure that all of our air purifiers can filter out particles as low as .3 microns, so you don’t have to worry. These air purifiers help rid your space of everything from smoke to pollen to dust mites, and even smaller particles you may not be aware of.

1. BEST OVERALL: Honeywell DH-HPA060

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Honeywell has been a trusted name in appliances for 114 years, and its DH-HPA060 is the best air purifier we could find for under $100.

The purifier is 17.5-inches tall, and is rated to cover rooms up to 75 sq. ft. (square feet). Honeywell says its HEPA filter can capture up to 99.9% of spoke, pet dender, dust, pollen, mold spores, and bacteria.

This air purifier actually has two filters. The first is a “pre-filter” that’s specifically designed to capture odors, and needs to be changed every three months. The second is the HEPA filter, which Honeywell suggests changing once a year.

If you want cleaner air in a fairly small room, Honeywell’s DH-HPA060 is the right choice.

2. Entry Level: hOmeLabs H13 Air Purifier

hOmeLabs True HEPA H13 Filter Air Purifier

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HOmeLabs’ H13 Air Purifier is a great choice if you need one for an extremely small room.

At 12.8-inches tall it’s one of the smallest air purifiers in our guide, and hOmeLabs says it can work well in rooms  up to 57.5 sq. ft. This air purifier has a three-part filtration system: a pre-filter for odors, the HEPA filter, and an activated carbon filter that can absorb unwanted particles. HOmeLabs says the filters in its air purifiers can last for up to 2100 hours (87.5 days) of active use before then need to be changed.

This air purifier allows you to switch between three fan speeds, and has a night light mode, which is great if you’re using it in a kids room. It also has a child lock, so your kid won’t be able to open the top and stick their fingers in an active fan blade.

If its small coverage area isn’t a problem for you, hOmeLabs’ H13 Air  Purifier is our top pick. Amazon is currently offering a $10 off coupon on its site, which also makes this the least expensive air purifier we’re recommending.

3. ULTRA PORTABLE: LEVOIT HEPA Air Purifier for Home

LEVOIT HEPA Air Purifier for Home

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If you need an extremely small air purifier for your desk, LEVOIT’s HEPA Air Purifier gets our recommendation.

At 10.5-inches tall, it’s the shortest air purifier in our guide, but LEVOIT says you can use it in rooms up to 161 sq. ft. It’s got a four-piece filtration system: an activated carbon pre-filter, a HEPA filter, a membrane net, and a high-efficiency carbon filter. LEVOIT says this system can block up to 99.9% of airborne particles under .3 microns.

The company goes on to say you should change the carbon pre-filter every two to three months, and the HEPA filter every six to eight months.

You can switch between three fan speeds, which you can switch between by twisting a knob on the front of the air purifier. LEVOIT says this model will run at a super quiet 32dB (decibels) on its lowest setting. For reference, whispering is rated at 30dB.

3. PREMIUM PICK: Vremi True HEPA Air Purifier

Vremi True HEPA Air Purifier

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A coupon on Amazon brings Vremi’s True HEPA Air Purifier below $100, but its high end features don’t get lost with the price cut.

This air purifier is 15.5-inches tall, and Vremi says its coverage area is 196.7 feet, which means you can use it in a mid-sized room if you’d like. It has a three-stage filtration system that includes a large particle filter, true HEPA filter, and activated carbon filter. Vremi says its filters can last up to 4320 hours (180 days) before being replaced.

This air purifier has three fan speeds, which you can control by pushing buttons on the top of the unit, and generates just 28dB of sound when set on low. Its standout feature is its built-in air quality monitor, which will update in real time. If the air quality is bad, you’ll know to leave the air purifier on at a high setting; if it’s good, you may only need to use its low setting for maintenance.

If you’d like an air purifier that lets you know when you really need to use it, or want a small one that can cover a larger area, Vermi’s True HEPA Air Purifier gets our recommendation.

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Meghan Markle, The Only Good Royal Apart From Harry TBH, Could Run For President In 2024

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First, it was Ronald Reagan, Donald Trump and Kanye West who were celebs before making their presidential bid. Now apparently Meghan Markle could run for president in 2024, according to a close friend.

“One of the reasons she was so keen not to give up on her American citizenship was so she had the option to go into politics,” a close friend of the royal told Vanity Fair.

“I think if Meghan and Harry ever gave up their titles she would seriously consider running for president,” the close friend added.

However, other close friends of the duchess said she had no plans of pursuing a political career.

This comes after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry featured in a video to promote Time 100’s list of the most influential people in 2020.

In the video, the couple urged people to vote in Novembers election.

“Every four years, we’re told the same thing, this is the most important election of our lifetime. But this one is,” Markle said in the video.

“As we approach this November, it’s vital that we reject hate speech, misinformation, and online negativity,” Harry added.

Markle has also been cold-calling voters with Gloria Steinem, encouraging them to vote.

As a member of the royal family, Markle is meant to remain politically neutral. But this latest move by the royal couple has lead to questions about whether she is making her political inclinations known to the public.

In a statement from Buckingham Palace, they said “the Duke is not a working member of the royal family” and his comments were “made in a personal capacity.”

Since marrying into the royal family, Markle has had to tone down on her political activism and keep quiet to maintain political neutrality.

Before that Markle was vocal in her activism, particularly when it came to Donald Trump. In a 2016 interview with Larry Wilmore, she called Trump “misogynist, and so vocal about it.”

Trump responded with, “I didn’t know she was nasty.” I wouldn’t call that nasty though, I’d just call it stating facts.

After that video of the couple came out, Trump made it known that he was “not a fan” of Markle. Well, I’m sure she’d say the same for you too, buddy.

As much as it would be great to have a woman of colour as the next US President, it doesn’t seem very likely she will run for president. According to Andrew Morton, author of Meghan: A Hollywood Princess, he said, “she has no chance of ever running for president. She would be eaten alive.”

Well, there goes that dream.

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Dax Shepherd reveals he relapsed after 16 years of sobriety

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After 16 years of being sober, actor and comedian Dax Shepard revealed he has been battling an opioid addiction.

His admission came Friday during the latest episode of his popular podcast “Armchair Expert.”

“An episode I hoped I’d never have to record, but one I felt I owed to all the beautiful Armcheries who have been on this ride with me for the last couple years,” Shepard said in an Instagram post announcing the episode.

Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell with their daughters.
Dax Shepard and his wife Kristen Bell with their daughters. (Instagram)

In the episode, Shepard –– known for his role on Parenthood – detailed the bumps of his journey, most recently dealing with an addiction to Vicodin, the opioid painkiller. For the last eight weeks, he said, he had been “on them all day,” after taking them originally for injuries.

This led to a situation where he was “taking, you know, eight 30s a day, and I know that’s an amount that’s going to result in a pretty bad withdrawal. And I start getting really scared, and I’m starting to feel really lonely. And I just have this enormous secret.”

At first Shepard said he tried to fix the problem himself by slowly weaning off the pills — but it didn’t work.

But this month, he revealed his addiction to wife Kristen Bell and his friends. As of Friday, he is on day 11 of being sober once more.

“I’m making Kristen feel crazy,” he said.

Shepard has previously dealt with addiction to cocaine and alcohol, which he says he has not touched in 16 years. The actor has been open about his recovery journey, discussing it in the past on his podcast and in interviews.

Shepard and Bell have been married since 2013. (Getty)

Actress Kristen Bell addressed her husband’s addiction in 2018, when he celebrated 14 years sober. “I know how much you loved using,” she wrote. “I know how much it got in your way. And I know, because I saw, how hard you worked to live without it.”

“I will forever be in awe of your dedication, and the level of fierce moral inventory you perform on yourself, like an emotional surgery, every single night,” Bell continued. “I love you more than I ever thought I could love anyone, and I want you to know, I see you. I see how hard you work. You’re hard work benefits all of us, and you set an excellent example of how to be human.”

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