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Construction begins on naval archives complex at Navy Yard | Local

Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) held a groundbreaking ceremony Aug. 5, at the Washington Navy Yard to mark the start of the construction of a new Operational Archives and Repository Complex.

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday spoke at the ceremony and delivered the initial blow to the ceremonial drywall to commemorate the start of construction.

“This new project underscores the vital role the Naval History and Heritage Command serves in preserving our Navy’s institutional memory,” said Gilday. “With this archival complex we will continue to remember and present an accurate history of our Navy and tell the stories of those who have gone before us for generations to come.”

The Navy is renovating the buildings into a modern complex that will meet Navy standards for the protection and care of the Navy’s intellectual property and some of the Navy’s most at-risk collections. The current facilities were

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Creative Team Announced For Experimental Bitch’s Culinary Audio Play + Food Box: IN THE KITCHEN

Reservations will go on sale September 23rd.

Creative Team Announced For Experimental Bitch's Culinary Audio Play + Food Box: IN THE KITCHEN

The complete creative team has been announced for interactive audio play In the Kitchen. Reservations for In the Kitchen’s original recipe box and accompanying audio play will go on sale to the public on September 23rd. Experimental Bitch Presents (EBP) will host a live launch event featuring musical performance by Anat Halevy Hochberg and cooking demonstration by Annabel Rabiyah of The Awafi Kitchen on October 8th.

In the Kitchen is created and performed by Hannah Aliza Goldman. Goldman is joined by director Coral Cohen (Between the Threads: Jewish Women Project), who returns to the team after directing the 2019 workshop production at Access Theater. The devising duo adapt In the Kitchen for an interactive at-home experience.

Musician Anat Halevy Hochberg will serve as composer, adapting traditional Mizrahi Jewish songs with sound design by Carsen Joenk. Israeli music producer, Enat Ventura, returns to the

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Home Depot cancels Black Friday

Black Friday as you know it is gone this year at Home Depot.

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But don’t fret. The home improvement retailer said it’s just taking a different approach to the annual one-day deep discounts bonanza that occurs the day after Thanksgiving.

Instead of a single day, Home Depot said it will offer Black Friday discounts for two months, beginning in early November through December.

The retailer, in a statement on its website, said it decided to “reinvent” Black Friday this year in order to reduce stress for consumers who typically rush to stores in droves to grab the best deals. Given the pandemic, the company indicated that maintaining safety was also a factor in its decision.

While the deals will be available both in its stores and online, it said mobile app users will get exclusive early access to some discounts in November.

The move comes

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Google Assistant devices and cast targets can now be added to and removed from multi-room audio on the fly

For those of you who use your Assistant-equipped Smart Displays and speakers to broadcast music around different rooms of the house at the same time, Google has made a small improvement. Devices and cast targets can now be added and removed on the fly without creating new groups, which should make things a little more convenient for some.

Google has made small improvements to multi-room audio as time has gone by, including individual speaker volume control and the ability to change a cast target or cast to an already created group. This latest update, however, allows you to “dynamically group multiple cast-enabled Nest devices (speakers, Smart Displays, Chromecasts) in real-time to fill multiple rooms with music.” What this means is that you no longer need to pre-create groups to determine which devices/rooms the audio will be sent to; instead, you can simply choose which devices you want to have audio

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How to Repair a Punched Wall | Home Guides

Everything from a swinging fist to a doorknob can punch a hole in drywall, leaving an unsightly blemish on the wall of your home. Fortunately, repairing a punched wall requires relatively minor home improvement skills and only basic tools and supplies. Rather than replacing the entire sheet of drywall, fixing damaged drywall typically means adding support to the punched area, then using joint compound to blend this section into the surrounding wall.

Holes Measuring 6 Inches or Less

Cover the hole with a drywall repair patch, which can be found at major home improvement stores. Choose a self-adhesive patch measuring roughly 2 inches larger than the hole on all sides. Peel the backing off and stick the patch to the wall so that it covers the hole.

Dip a putty knife in joint compound and spread a thin layer of joint compound over the drywall repair patch. Scrape sway any

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Michigan Homeowners: Small Kitchen Remodel Ideas

This post is sponsored and contributed by a Patch Brand Partner. The views expressed in this post are the author’s own.

Turn your small kitchen into the favorite room in the house with these easy design tips.
Turn your small kitchen into the favorite room in the house with these easy design tips. (Shutterstock)

Are you unhappy with the function and style of your small kitchen? You’re not alone. Many Michigan homeowners are ready to turn their small kitchen area into a more functional family space. The good news is that even if you’re working with a small budget or have renovation restrictions, there are easy and smart ways to remodel your small kitchen and transform it into a beautiful space.

Use these six tips to update small kitchens and make them more functional:

1. Update Appliances

Updating appliances can make a big difference in the design of your kitchen. A popular choice for kitchen makeovers is stainless steel and energy-efficient appliances to create a

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Slack Has Been a Stay-at-Home Darling. Why Its Stock Is Tumbling.

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Slack Technologies

beat fiscal second-quarter earnings and revenue expectations, but its shares sank on the report.

Slack shares (ticker: WORK) had risen 30% in 2020 through Tuesday’s close. With the stock down 15.5% to $24.78 Wednesday afternoon, its year-to-date jump pared back to 10.2%.

Much of that run had to do with excitement for companies that appear to benefit from work-from-home trends that kicked into overdrive amid the pandemic. On the other hand, the pandemic has caused some headwinds, like hits to potential customers, especially those in the travel industry.

Mizuho Securities analyst Gregg Moskowitz lowered his price target to $25 from $29 and maintained a Neutral rating in a note on Wednesday.

While paid net additions were in line with his expectations, the company saw a deceleration on several fronts as the benefits of trends toward work-from-home amid the pandemic showed signs of waning. He

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3 Ways Lowe’s Topped Home Depot This Quarter

The results are in, and it’s clear that the home improvement industry was booming in the second quarter. Both Home Depot (NYSE:HD) and Lowe’s (NYSE:LOW) announced more than 20% sales growth along with soaring profits as consumers redirected spending from categories like eating out and vacationing toward their homes.

Yet for the second quarter in a row, Lowe’s bested its larger rival in some key categories, including revenue gains. Let’s look at that metric and two others that suggest Home Depot has some work to do to close the performance gap between the two businesses.

A man and a woman paint a room together.

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1. Building on the growth wins

Since he took over the CEO spot in mid-2018, Marvin Ellison, who used to be an executive at Home Depot, has been telling investors that Lowe’s can compete at the top of the home improvement industry.

Ellison finally has some solid sales metrics to support

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Home Depot ‘Black Friday’ sales are going to last for 2 months

  • Home Depot is changing the structure of its Black Friday sales, replacing one night of frenzied shopping with sales extending from early November through December. 
  • The hardware store giant joins major retailers like Target and Nordstrom in extending their holiday shopping period.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Home Depot announced it is “reinventing” its Black Friday this year, replacing the feverish, one-night shopping event with over two months of sales. The holiday sales will begin in early November and continue through the end of December, according to a press release. 

Home Depot’s sales will be available both in-store and online, with a big push to download the retailer’s app. Mobile app users will be able to get a jump-start on promotions by previewing deals before they go live online. The store also touts free shipping on over 1 million items available on its website, including fresh Christmas trees. 

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Improvement in coronavirus mortgage bailout stalls

After improving markedly in July, the number of borrowers struggling to make their monthly mortgage payments has essentially flatlined and now threatens to move higher.

As of Aug. 25, 3.9 million homeowners were in mortgage forbearance programs, according to Black Knight, a mortgage technology and analytics firm. This represents 7.4% of all active mortgages and is unchanged from the week before. The numbers have not improved in the past two weeks.

More concerning is that close to three-quarters of those in forbearance have had their terms extended from the initial three-month period. This suggests that their financial situations are not improving, and they are still unable to make their monthly payments. Another survey from the Mortgage Bankers Association also showed the rate of improvement slowing markedly.

“The extremely high rate of initial claims for unemployment insurance and high level of unemployment remain a concern, and are indications of the challenges

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