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Marine Corps Plans Robust Improvements to Force-on-Force Combat Training

The new head of Marine Corps Training and Education Command said Wednesday that he is a new believer in the renewed push to require force-on-force training to prepare combat units for the future battlefield.

Lt. Gen. Lewis Craparotta told an audience at Modern Day Marine 2020 that the service will make significant investments in force-on-force training over the next several years to ensure that units take away valuable training lessons.

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The shift from scripted training scenarios to force-on-force, freestyle training began in 2018 when then-Lt. Gen. David Berger was head of Marine Corps Combat Development Command. Berger has since been promoted to a fourth star as commandant of the Marine Corps.

Under Berger’s guidance, the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at 29 Palms, California, developed realistic combat scenarios in which units go against each in a

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SCDOT plans improvements for dangerous intersection along Highway 501



a group of people riding on the back of a truck: Crews respond to a crash at Highway 501 and East Cox Ferry Road.


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Crews respond to a crash at Highway 501 and East Cox Ferry Road.

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – Plans are in the works to make a notorious intersection along Highway 501 safer.

Officials with the South Carolina Department of Transportation revealed that improvements will be made to the intersection of Highway 501 and Cox Ferry Road during the widening project.

Numbers from the city of Conway show that from 2017 to 2019, there were more than 100 accidents at the intersection.

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A spokesman for SCDOT said that the Ride III project for the highway includes adding a third lane in each direction on Highway 501, a right turn lane onto East Cox Ferry Road from the highway and offsetting the left turn lane on the northbound side onto West Cox

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HSBC Pauses Office Return Plans As U.K. Advises Work From Home

(Bloomberg) — HSBC Holdings Plc hit pause on efforts to return workers to its U.K. offices after the government urged people to work from home to arrest a surge in virus cases and prevent another nationwide lockdown.



a sign on the side of a building: A sign sits on the HSBC Holdings Plc headquarters office building in the Canary Wharf business, financial and shopping district of London, U.K., on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. After a pause during lockdown, lenders from Citigroup Inc. to HSBC Holdings Plc have restarted cuts, taking gross losses announced this year to a combined 63,785 jobs, according to a Bloomberg analysis of filings.


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A sign sits on the HSBC Holdings Plc headquarters office building in the Canary Wharf business, financial and shopping district of London, U.K., on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. After a pause during lockdown, lenders from Citigroup Inc. to HSBC Holdings Plc have restarted cuts, taking gross losses announced this year to a combined 63,785 jobs, according to a Bloomberg analysis of filings.

The U.K. bank said it will stop the return of phase one teams to its offices, according to a memo Tuesday seen by Bloomberg News. Critical workers supporting customers in branches and a small number of open offices will continue to do so while the balance of staff will

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Mauldin plans cultural center renovation

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Mauldin is planning major renovations for the city’s Cultural Center, with a new lobby with a bar and an outdoor plaza among some of the potential changes on the way.

The City Council approved the planned improvements unanimously at its regular meeting Monday. 

“It’s been hugely important to the quality of life of our city,” said Van Broad, the city’s community development director.

The Cultural Center is key for connectivity in the city and business development and recruitment, he said.

Mauldin’s Cultural Center, which was formerly a school building, was purchased by the city in the mid-2000s and its role as a hub for city events has continued to grow over time, with a children’s theater company performing for sell-out audiences and community groups leasing space there. Outside, an amphitheater area has been home to the city’s popular Beachin

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Poor People’s Campaign, a liberal advocacy group, plans to hold protests at McConnell’s home, office

The Poor People’s Campaign, a liberal advocacy group, had already planned to stage protests Monday at Mitch McConnell’s home in Washington and his offices in Kentucky to demand the Senate majority leader pay for his “sins.”

Organizers said those protests will take on new significance in the wake of the death Friday of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Mr. McConnell’s plan to move quickly on a Senate vote on her replacement.

Now protesters expect a much larger crowd and intend to try to extend a traffic jam around Capitol Hill too, according to Zillah Wesley, one of the organizers.

“As a longtime D.C. resident, we’re already jacked up,” Ms. Wesley said. “You’re really about to denigrate our Supreme Court? It’s just like a worst-case scenario in my mind.”

The protests will be the latest attempt on the political left to demonize the Kentucky Republican, a consummate Washington insider

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Worthington mall owner plans major renovation



a large truck on a city street: The owners of the Shops at Worthington Place propose demolishing much of the mall and replacing it with offices. This rendering shows the proposed first office building, on the north side of the property. [Direct Retail Partners]


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The owners of the Shops at Worthington Place propose demolishing much of the mall and replacing it with offices. This rendering shows the proposed first office building, on the north side of the property. [Direct Retail Partners]

A Texas developer plans to demolish much of the Shops at Worthington Place in an effort to save the struggling mall property by converting it into a mixed-use development called High North.

Under the plan, scheduled to go before the Worthington Planning Commission on Thursday, the north and west sides of the mall eventually would be torn down, removing about 120,000 square feet of the 138,000-square-foot building.



a group of palm trees and a building: Direct Retail Partners, the Dallas firm that owns the mall, said offices are a more economically viable option for the site, at Route 23 and Interstate 270. [Direct Retail Partners]


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Direct Retail Partners, the Dallas firm that owns the mall, said offices are a more economically viable option for the site, at Route 23 and Interstate 270. [Direct Retail Partners]

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Company still plans to build, no timeline for opening

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STEVENS POINT – Meijer won’t open next year in Stevens Point, but the company still plans to build a new store eventually.

Meijer purchased 28 acres of land in 2017 on the northeast corner of Portage County R and HH, near the shopping plaza that is home to Walmart Supercenter, Kohl’s and Lowe’s Home Improvement. According to city documents filed in 2019, the company was in its planning stages and started applying for sign permits. Documents at that time indicated the store would likely open in 2021.

Frank Guglielmi, the senior director of corporate communications for Meijer, told a Stevens Point Journal reporter the company still owns the land and plans to eventually build a store. Guglielmi said the company’s building schedule can be fluid, and it has no timeline yet for construction or opening. Meijer is currently focused on construction for its 2021 stores, he said.

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Facebook is hiring a director of remote work as it plans for a more permanent shift to working from home



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  • Facebook is looking for a director of remote work as it plans for a more permanent shift to working from home. 
  • The company is looking for someone to help it develop a long-term remote work plan and to lead Facebook’s push “toward remote-first ways of working,” according to a job posting for the role.
  • Facebook employees will continue working from home until July 2021, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said he expects half of the company’s workforce to work remotely within the next 10 years.
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Facebook has been making a major shift toward permanent remote work, and now, it’s hiring for a new position that would lead those efforts. 

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The company is hiring a director of remote work — someone to help it develop a long-term remote work

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Mechanicsburg moves ahead with school construction, expansion plans | Mechanicsburg

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The high school addition would include large group instruction areas, new science classrooms and labs, regular classrooms and collaborative areas, according to architect sketch plans presented at a district finance and facilities committee meeting held Aug. 25.

Since March, the high school addition’s estimated costs were reduced from an original sum of $20,283,774 to a current total of $19,687,701 by “refining” square footage in the proposed building addition, district officials said this week.

The district also is considering renovating the existing high school building but has put off borrowing for that project at this time. That work presently holds an estimated cost of $55,759,150.

Planned work at Broad Street involves constructing a single-story addition with four regular classrooms, one open collaborative-style classroom, dedicated rooms for art and music, and a new media center. A small addition to the school’s existing kitchen is also in the works, as well as

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