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Mystery land buyers around California Air Force base revealed

New reports shed light on nearly $1 billion in land purchases by a mysterious company near a California Air Force base that raised national security concerns.

Since 2018, a group called "Flannery Associates" invested more than $800 million on almost 54,000 acres of agriculture-zoned land surrounding the Travis Air Force base in Solano County, California, public records show.

Despite early speculation China was behind the purchases — amid concerns that companies with ties to China have been ramping up efforts to buy American farmland — legal representation for Flannery has maintained the group is controlled by U.S. citizens, with 97% of its capital coming from U.S.-based investors.

However, after eight months of investigation, federal officials were not able to confirm or deny this to be true, and were not able to determine exactly who was backing the company.

Now, reports from The New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle reveal Flannery is comprised of a group of ultra-wealthy Silicon Valley investors acquiring vast parcels of land northeast of San Francisco with the mission to build a new California city "from scratch."

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Edna Martin Christian Center works to make affordable housing available on the city's east side

Indianapolis is facing a housing crisis.

"It gives me a little bit of anxiety," said DeAngela Hall, a prospective home buyer.

Hall works in the Martindale-Brightwood area and grew up nearby.

"It's good to see the changes that are happening in the neighborhood, like the revitalization of the Douglas park area and the neighborhood itself looks better, but the cost in order to stay in this area makes me a little bit nervous," said Hall.

According to the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana, over the last five years, the average cost of a home in Martindale-Brightwood went up by 262%.

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Sports Talk / South Bend Cubs Discussion
Last post by NextDoorNeighbor - Today at 03:33 PM
South Bend Cubs Announce 2024 Season Game Times

South Bend, IN - In conjunction with Major League Baseball, the South Bend Cubs have announced home game start times for the 2024 season. For the second straight year, South Bend will begin the campaign on the road against the Quad Cities River Bandits in Davenport, Iowa on Friday, April 5 for a three game series. The Cubs open the 2024 home schedule at Four Winds Field against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers on Tuesday, April 9, at 7:05 PM.

Gates on Opening Night in Downtown South Bend will open at 5:00 PM. As for the entire season, as fans are accustomed to at Four Winds Field, games from Tuesday through Thursday will have doors open one-hour-and-five-minutes prior to first pitch. While Friday through Sunday games have gate times set for two-hours-and-five-minutes before first pitch.

Most start times for games Tuesday through Saturday during the 2024 season will be at 7:05 PM ET, and Sunday games will begin at 2:05 PM ET. This does not include the first four Saturday home games (April 13, April 27, May 11, and May 25) which will begin at 4:05 PM ET and two Sunday games (May 26 and September 1), which are scheduled for 7:05 PM. The lone Monday night game comes the week of Independence Day on July 1 with a 7:05 PM first pitch.

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Sports Talk / Fort Wayne TinCaps Discussion
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2024 Schedule Announced

While it remains to be determined if the TinCaps will host playoff baseball at Parkview Field next Tuesday and beyond, at the very least, fans can now look forward to a date for the team's next regular season home game.

The Fort Wayne TinCaps (High-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres) released their schedule for the 2024 season today, featuring Opening Day at Parkview Field on Tuesday, April 9 against the Lake County Captains (Cleveland Guardians affiliate).

Fort Wayne's 132 game Midwest League schedule begins Friday, April 5 on the road against the Great Lakes Loons (Los Angeles Dodgers affiliate) in Midland, Mich. The regular season will conclude with the last of 66 home games on Sunday, Sept. 8 versus the South Bend Cubs. Along the way, the TinCaps will play at Parkview Field during Memorial Day Weekend and on the Fourth of July.

For a fourth consecutive season, Minor League Baseball schedules will consist of primarily six-game series played Tuesday-Sunday. The TinCaps will play home-and-away against eight of the other 11 Midwest League squads.

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Roads & Highways / Indianapolis: I-465 News
Last post by NextDoorNeighbor - Today at 12:22 AM
INDOT to introduce ramp metering on I-465 by the end of the year

I-465 will soon have stop lights on some of the on-ramps to control how many cars enter the highway during peak hours.

This is called ramp metering. The lights are controlled by sensors in the pavement on I-465 and the on-ramps, and these determine when there is a gap in traffic before allowing a car to merge. When the light is green only one car is allowed to enter the highway.
According to INDOT, the following locations will have ramp metering on the southeast portion of I-465:

  • Emerson Ave.
  • Southeastern Ave.
  • Shadeland Ave.
  • Brookville Rd./U.S. 52
  • Washington St./U.S. 40

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The world's new largest office building is bigger than the Pentagon

The Belgian city of Antwerp may be known as the world's diamond trading hub, while most rough stones are mined in Russia or Africa. But some 150 miles north of Mumbai, India, lies a lesser-known gem capital: Surat, where around 90% of all the planet's diamonds are cut.

Now, the city in Gujarat state has a record-breaking building to house its mammoth industry.

The newly-opened Surat Diamond Bourse is billed as a "one-stop destination" for over 65,000 diamond professionals, including cutters, polishers and traders. Featuring a succession of nine rectangular structures spilling out from — and interconnected via — a central "spine," the sprawling 15-story complex has been built across more than 35 acres of land.

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Home Depot is selling a sleek modern tiny home frame with a spiral staircase for under $50K — but it'll cost far more to get it move-in ready

A listing for a $44,000 tiny home frame is generating buzz for its sleek design — but it'll cost far more to get the unit move-in ready.

The Home Depot is selling a 540-square-foot "Getaway Pad" from Plus 1 Homes, an "accessory dwelling unit" that could go in your backyard with the proper permits. The product picture features a bedroom and a spiral staircase that leads to a roof deck.

While the product's image is shown complete with windows and doors — you'll have to pay extra for those additions.

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The Newest Airline Climate Solution? Burying Sawdust

American Airlines is joining the race to remove carbon from the atmosphere, tapping a novel method that is much cheaper than many existing approaches and could boost the fledgling industry.

The airline company is purchasing credits from a startup that uses bricks of carbon-absorbing plant material to sharply lower costs, potentially making carbon removal a widely used climate solution earlier than anticipated. It is one of the first carbon-removal deals by an airline and shows how some of the biggest corporate emitters are trying to find new ways to cut their environmental footprint.

"We're excited about this new technology because it is within reach for us," Jill Blickstein, American's vice president of sustainability, said in an interview.

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Current Events / The Biden Presidency
Last post by NextDoorNeighbor - Today at 12:00 AM
Biden campaign prepares legal fight against election deepfakes

President Joe Biden's 2024 campaign has assembled a special task force to ready its responses to misleading AI-generated images and videos, drafting court filings and preparing novel legal theories it could deploy to counter potential disinformation efforts that technology experts have warned could disrupt the vote.

The task force, which is composed of the campaign's top lawyers and outside experts such as a former senior legal advisor to the Department of Homeland Security, is exploring what steps Biden could take if, for example, a fake video emerged of a state election official falsely claiming that polls are closed, or if an AI-generated image falsely portrayed Biden as urging non-citizens to cross the US border to cast ballots illegally.

The effort aims to produce a "legal toolkit" that can allow the campaign to quickly respond to virtually any scenario involving political misinformation and particularly AI-created deepfakes — convincing audio, video or images made using artificial intelligence tools.

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