Aerial pictures of the biggest home in America - being built over 10 acres in Windermere, Florida, and modeled after France’s historic Palace of Versailles - which is the centrepiece of an award-winning documentary opening this week and now a bitter dispute. The documentary, ‘Queen of Versailles’, is about time share mogul David Siegel, his former beauty queen wife Jackie, and the collapse of their dream home project when the recession hit. As they struggled to complete the gigantic project, they put the unfinished 13-bedroom, 23-bathroom mansion on sale for $75m, then $65m. The movie received rave reviews - as well as a prize at the Sundance Film Festival - as it showed an extravagant take on the implosion of the American Dream, according to reviews. Now, as the movie is about to be released, Mr Siegel has fired off a letter asking for the ending to be changed since he claims his company is healthy and he will now have no problems completing the construction. He is also suing the film makers over what he claims are defamatory statements about his economic situation, according to reports. Photos taken on 4/06/2010.
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Today, in TheWall Street Journal’s “Mansion” section, you’ll find a story about actual mansions and just how hard it is to take care of them. Did you know huge houses require a huge staff to keep them up and running? I can’t even imagine how exhausting it must be to hire, employ, and underpay a full-time staff to dust the sterling Tiffany’s fixtures and wax the yacht. (Do yachts get waxed?) Not to mention the emotional debt accrued when having to make polite small-talk with the maid. Ugh, gross.
After a run of excellent vaccine news, an adjustment
Pfizer Inc. expects to ship half of the Covid-19 vaccines it originally planned for this year because of supply-chain problems, but still expects to roll out more than a billion doses in 2021.
“Scaling up the raw material supply chain took longer than expected,” a company spokeswoman said. “And it’s important to highlight that the outcome of the clinical trial was somewhat later than the initial projection.”
Pfizer and Germany-based partner BioNTech SE had hoped to roll out 100 million vaccines world-wide by the end of this year, a plan that has now been reduced to 50 million. The U.K. on Wednesday granted emergency-use authorization for the vaccine, becoming the first Western country to start administering doses.
Mayor Bill de Blasio is *very close* to saying New York City is in a second wave. The 7-day test positivity rate hits 5.19 percent, and he again asks the elderly to stay home. “It’s quite clear at this point that this second wave unfortunately is right upon us.”
Breaking: Puerto Rico imposes new COVID-19 measures from Dec. 7 to Jan. 7. Complete lockdown on Sundays except for gas stations/pharmacies/hardware stores. Marinas closed. No alcohol sold Sat-Mon. Curfew now 9 pm-5 am from Mon-Sat.
Just a tad counterproductive from David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler’s perspective
Sidney Powell, who is greeted like a rockstar by the large crowd in Georgia, just now said she would “encourage Georgians to not vote at all until your vote is secure. I mean that regardless of party.”