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Amazon delays construction on second phase of HQ2 in Arlington - fox29.com - city Seattle - state Virginia - county Arlington
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Amazon delays construction on second phase of HQ2 in Arlington
ARLINGTON, Va. - Amazon is pausing construction of its second headquarters in Arlington, Virginia following the biggest round of layoffs in the company’s history and shifting landscape of remote work.The Seattle-based company is delaying the beginning of construction of PenPlace, the second phase of its headquarters development in Northern Virginia, said John Schoettler, Amazon’s real estate chief, in a statement. He said the company has already hired more than 8,000 employees and will welcome them to the Met Park campus, the first phase of development, when it opens this June."We’re always evaluating space plans to make sure they fit our business needs and to create a great experience for employees, and since Met Park will have space to accommodate more than 14,000 employees, we’ve decided to shift the groundbreaking of PenPlace (the second phase of HQ2) out a bit," Schoettler said.Amazon announced the plans in February 2021 for an eye-catching, 350-foot Helix tower to anchor the second phase of its redevelopment plans. Amazon opened its doors to the headquarters, which will be going up at the newly renamed National Landing, to show off their work on Wednesday and FOX 5 came along.The new office towers were expected to welcome more than 25,000 workers when complete.You can read Schoettler's full statement on the construction delay below:"We’ve already hired more than 8,000 employees in HQ2 and we’re excited to welcome them to our new Met Park campus this June.
Mega Millions drawing: Illinois Speedway gas station that sold winning ticket in line for big commission - fox29.com - state Illinois - state California - state Virginia - county Hill - county Arlington
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Mega Millions drawing: Illinois Speedway gas station that sold winning ticket in line for big commission
DES PLAINES, Ill. - The Illinois Speedway location where the winning Mega Millions lottery ticket was sold stands to benefit from the sale. A ticket-holder in the state clinched the $1.28 billion Mega Millions jackpot there Friday night. An employee at the Speedway gas station on East Touhy Avenue in Des Plaines, Illinois, confirmed to FOX Business Saturday the business had gotten the call about the winning ticket from the Illinois Lottery. "So, obviously it's a shock, but I'm happy that somebody from Illinois was able to win it," the employee said. MEGA MILLIONS WINNING TICKET SOLD IN ILLINOIS IN $1.28B JACKPOTAccording to the Illinois Lottery, businesses receive a 1% commission on jackpot and top prize drawings and scratch games up to $500,000.A person buys a Mega Millions lottery ticket at a store on July 29, 2022 in Arlington, Virginia. - (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images) In addition, they would receive a 1% commission for all winning ticket redemption, 5% commission on all Instant Ticket Sales and 5% commission on all Draw game sales.The Illinois Lottery noted in a 2021 video that a retailer in Crestwood had earned a commission check of $500,000 for selling a winning Mega Millions ticket.The winning numbers were listed as 13, 36, 45, 57, 67 and the gold Mega ball was 14.
Virginia substitute teacher suspended for allegedly pushing Russian propaganda in class - fox29.com - Russia - state Virginia - county Arlington - Ukraine
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Virginia substitute teacher suspended for allegedly pushing Russian propaganda in class
ARLINGTON, Va. - A Northern Virginia substitute teacher was suspended by a public school system for allegedly trying to push Russian propaganda on students.Download the FOX 5 DC News App for Local Breaking News and WeatherFOX 5's Maureen Umeh reports Swanson Middle School officials say the incident happened Friday during a world languages class.The substitute teacher identified as 65-year-old John Stanton allegedly made comments supporting the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Umeh says. After the comments were brought to the attention of Arlington school officials, Stanton was suspended.Umeh reports that in a letter to Stanton, school officials wrote in part, "This request is regarding an allegation of comments made to students during instructional hours regarding sensitive world events with Russia and Ukraine."They continue by saying, "In an effort to provide you the opportunity to discuss the concerns that were presented resulting in your assignment suspension status, please respond within five (5) business days of receipt of this letter that you are requesting a "Petition for Reinstatement".FOX 5 reached out to Stanton who told us via email that in his lesson, he suggested that he understood Putin's logic for invading Ukraine, because it made sense from a Russian national security point of view.Stanton told us that he encouraged the students to seek information sources from both the West and East before forming opinions.Umeh says, in his response to Arlington school officials' letter, Stanton wrote, "It is pointless to petition.
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