Month: September 2020

10 now dead in massive Northern California wildfire

OROVILLE, Calif. – A Northern California wildfire became the state’s deadliest of the year Thursday when authorities announced seven more deaths, bringing the total to 10 and there was the unnerving prospect the toll would climb as searchers looked for 16 missing people.

Butte County sheriff’s deputies and detectives found seven bodies on Thursday, a day after three other victims were discovered. Among those unaccounted for are Sandy Butler and her husband, who called their son to say they were going to try to escape the flames by finding shelter in a pond.

“We’re still hoping and praying for good

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Redevelopment plans would demolish most of the Shops at Worthington Place mall

GARY SEMAN JR.
 |  gseman@thisweeknews.com

A Texas developer has submitted a plan to redevelop and rebrand the Shops at Worthington Place mall into a mixed-used space called High North, according to a news release sent Friday, Sept. 18, by the city of Worthington.

Dallas-based Direct Retail Partners had purchased the property in December 2019, with stated plans to revitalize it.

The firm has filed a development application seeking to rezone the property to a planned-unit development, with plans to eventually demolish about 120,000 square feet of the 138,000-square-foot building.

The Worthington Municipal Planning Commission and Architectural Review Board

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L.A. COVID rules for indoor malls are unjust, lawsuit alleges

The operator of a sports apparel store in Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance has filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles County in an effort to ease countywide restrictions on operating businesses in indoor malls during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Also objecting to the limits is the largest owner of indoor malls in the county, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, which called the county‘s restrictions that are now stricter than state guidelines an “undue hardship” on the company and its store tenants.

In a proposed class-action lawsuit filed last week in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, the owner of Rivas

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The holiday shopping season could start on 10/10/2020

Retailers will try to jump start holiday shopping early this year


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Forget Thanksgiving Day. The start to the holiday shopping season could be October 10, or 10/10/2020, according to Keith Jelinek, managing director in the retail practice at global consultancy Berkeley Research Group.

Jelinek highlights the marketing benefits of the date: like Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s
BABA,
+0.50%
blockbuster Singles Day on 11/11, 10/10 has the repeating number and it’s on a Saturday.

It could also be a good day for Amazon.com Inc.’s
AMZN,
+2.49%
Prime Day, which has been delayed.

“10/10/2020 has a nice ring

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8-year-old killed, 3 others hospitalized in shooting at Alabama mall

The shooting broke out at a Hoover mall just after 3 p.m. local time.

An 8-year-old boy was shot and killed and three others were injured in a shooting at a mall in Hoover, Alabama, on Friday.

Among the three others injured in the shooting was another juvenile, a girl, Hoover police said. An adult man and adult woman were

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