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    More than a century after its completion and three years after being recognized as a cultural world treasure, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House will soon reopen to the public. The landmark home in East Hollywood’s Barnsdall Art Park was closed for more than two years because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs used the hiatus to complete a series of restoration and improvement projects at the home, which was commissioned in 1918 by oil heiress Aline Barnsdall. Hollyhock House will reopen Aug. 18 and show off a series of “significant transformations,’' said Daniel Tarica, interim general manager of the cultural affairs agency. The home’s monumental fireplace, which brings together the four classical elements of earth, air, fire and water, has been restored, as have the art-glass balcony doors in the master bedroom. Two Wright-designed sofa tables, which the architect had said he considered “part of the house design itself,” have been reinstalled. The improvements also included a major restoration of a guest house, known as “Residence A.” A cantilevered balcony on the north...
    Italy's tax police have seized assets worth over 141 million euros (£118 million) from an architect linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin over allegedly breaking Italian tax rules, a source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. The tax police sent a statement earlier on Wednesday saying it had seized the assets from a 'well-known professional' in Brescia, a town in northern Italy, citing alleged tax offences. It declined to name the person when contacted by Reuters. The source said the assets belonged to Lanfranco Cirillo, who had designed a grand estate on the Black Sea for Putin. A lawyer for Cirillo did not respond when contacted by Reuters.  This is a breaking news story, more to follow...   Italy's tax police have seized assets worth over 141 million euros (£118 million) from an architect linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin (pictured) over allegedly breaking Italian tax rules, a source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday
    In this article WFH INTU The pandemic changed how we work. And while some companies are reverting to a pre-pandemic workweek, 81% of executives said they are adopting a more flexible workplace, according to LinkedIn's 2022 Global Talent Trends report. But getting employees back in the office hasn't been easy and companies are having to rethink the role the office plays in a post-pandemic world. Clive Wilkinson, who designed the Googleplex, is one of the architects being called on by the tech sector and others to help build workplaces that accommodate the needs of hybrid workers. From open seating workstations to video-conferencing collaboration pods, they are completely rethinking the workplace as a resource for employees. "You can't insist anymore that employees come in for a five-day week," Wilkinson said. "They'll come in because they want the benefits that the workplace will give them." Watch the video to see how remote and hybrid work have changed the way offices could look in the future. TVWATCH LIVEWATCH IN THE APPUP NEXT | ETListen
    Wikimedia CommonsHighland Park Water TowerCompleted in 1928, the octagonal tower sits at the corner of Snelling Avenue and Highland Parkway, adjacent to the Highland Park National Golf Course and the Charles M. Schulz Ice Arena. Though it ceased to supply water in 2017, it is the only architecturally significant water tower in the city, and a major neighborhood landmark. The plaque at the west entrance lists Frank X. Tewes, who supervised Wigington, as the tower’s architect. Wigington’s initials on project drawings, however, provide evidence that he was its designer. In 1928 he had already designed multiple local schools, as well as the exterior of the St. Paul Auditorium. The tower is in the Mediterranean Revival style—an unusual architectural style for a water tower. It was among the many revival styles that proponents of the City Beautiful movement (1890s–1900s) preferred, as it emphasized constructing beautiful public buildings and structures. At 134 feet tall, the Highland Park Water Tower contains three sections: a base, a shaft, and an observation deck. The base is made of a smoothly dressed, random ashlar Kasota stone,...
    ON top of purchasing a home for whatever it is worth, you most likely will have to drop some additional cash to cover any repairs and remodels. But if you can cut back on these costs, why not take the chance? 3Brea Elles has revealed the major mistakes people make when remodeling their homesCredit: Bernlo/Brea Elles 3They could end up costing you more than you anticipatedCredit: Getty An interior architect has revealed how to cut back on costs when purchasing a home and it has everything to do with the steps you take before purchasing it. Talking exclusively to The Us Sun, interior architect and HGTV star Brea Elles said: "The first thing you want to do when buying a home is purchase one that fits your lifestyle. "If you're an urban person, live close to the city and if you love cooking, make sure to get a home with a good-sized kitchen." INSPECTIONS But no matter what type of home you choose to buy, one of the biggest mistakes people make is not having their own inspection done, according...
    WHEN selling your home, you want to get the best value for it – and that sometimes means fixing a couple of rooms before putting it on the market. In fact, interior architect and HGTV star Brea Elles has revealed the spaces you should remodel when you're about to sell your home. 3Brea Elles revealed the changes you should make to your home before selling itCredit: Bernlo/Brea Elles 3You'll want to splurge on the bathroomCredit: Getty "There are spaces that are the most frequented and that's your bathroom and your outdoor space," she told The US Sun exclusively. "These days, outdoor spaces are becoming so popular – neighbors are competing with neighbors about who has better outdoor space and whatnot." Here's more about what spaces to remodel before selling your home: BATHROOM When it comes to the bathroom, you want to specifically focus on the floor of the bathroom. Read More Home DesignDECOR DISSECTED I’m an interior designer – what your home decor says about your personalityFeeling blue? I'm an interior designer, you should NEVER paint your bedroom a...
    MEMOIR IN LOVE: A MEMOIR OF LOVE AND LOSS by Amy Bloom (Granta £16.99, 240pp) The nightmare agony of this situation is all too real for countless families. How do you cope when a beloved family member, diagnosed with any form of dementia, faces a gradual, but inevitable, decline into a living death?  The story of how American writer and academic Amy Bloom and her husband, Brian Ameche, faced this terrible dilemma is told by Bloom with devastating honesty and surprising wit.  A memoir culminating in a final trip to Dignitas in Switzerland may sound unbearably depressing, and yet Bloom’s aching account of loss is brave, tender and ultimately life-affirming.  Anyone with experience of dementia will recognise the author’s increasing unease as her husband’s behaviour became more and more odd. It was more than a case of increased forgetfulness. Dementia can change a personality, prompting disturbingly uncharacteristic behaviour. For example, once Brian gave Amy a gift of an expensive, ugly sweatshirt trimmed with tulle — not something she would ever wear.  Amy Bloom with husband Brian Ameche. Amy tells the heart...
    WHEN decorating your home, you might want to try every trend out there and make it a reflection of your personality, but this can go wrong real quick and make your home look cheap. In fact, interior architect and HGTV star Brea Elles has revealed the five things that can make your home look inferior and not well put together. 3HGTV star Brea Elles spoke about her interior design secretsCredit: Brea Elles 3She said a color scheme with colors that clash, like reds and yellows, can make a home look cheapCredit: Getty PAINT "One of the big things for me is paint," Elles told The US Sun exclusively. "A lot of the times people have these colorful walls in a room and it really cheapens the house, because it just looks messy." Elles is talking specifically about mixing a lot of colors in a single room, so you'll specifically want to stay away from yellow, red, and blue. Read More Home Storiesexpert advice I'm an interior designer – how to make your home look expensive for cheapexpert...
    Iconic American architect Frank Lloyd Wright drafted 1,171 designs over the course of his illustrious career - however, less than half of those designs ever came to fruition. Today, 660 of the prolific building planner's architectural works remain unbuilt.  While disheartening, Wright enthusiasts now have the unique opportunity to see what might have been, thanks to home-services website Angi - formerly Angie's List - who decided to reimagine what three of Wright's most interesting would-be works might look like today if they had been built, using 3D rendering technology. Working with London-based NeoMam Studios, a visual content company that previously 'restored' the Parthenon in Greece and Egypt's Luxor Temple, the website selected three works for digital construction - with one dating back more than a century.  Home-services website Angi used 3D rendering technology to digitally construct three unfinished works by iconic American architect Frank Lloyd Wright - who saw 660 of his designs unrealized - showing what the structures might look like today if they had been built The team poured through hundreds of Wright's archived sketches, notes, and other plans to bring the works...
    The streaming TV boom has led to a proliferation of prestige dramatic projects that, in an effort to become binge-watching sensations, expand their tales to unreasonable lengths. Adapted by J.P. Delaney from his own best-selling 2017 novel, The Girl Before falls squarely into that bloated-for-television category, taking a succinct thriller story and inflating it to such absurdly unwarranted lengths that any and all sense of suspense is sabotaged. What might have been a nifty 105-minute movie is thus instead a four-hour drag, stretched so thin that its raft of misdirections are plain for all to see, and its underlying emptiness is nearly impossible to ignore. Co-produced by BBC One (which aired it in Dec. 2021), HBO Max’s The Girl Before (Feb. 10) concerns a unique house, the bonkers architect who built it, and the two women he allows to make it their home. Edward (David Oyelowo) has fashioned his latest creation as the creepiest residence in London. A minimalist modern prison, it boasts undecorated gray stone walls, an inner courtyard with a solitary tree, and no keys or light switches,...
    Courtesy of the Minnesota Historical SocietyClarence Wigington, c.1940sClarence Wigington, the nation’s first African American municipal architect, served as lead architect in over ninety St. Paul city projects. His legacy in brick and stone has lasted well into the twenty-first century. He designed both the enduring (schools, fire stations, park buildings) and the ephemeral (five Winter Carnival ice palaces). There are at most four architects whose names are associated with St. Paul and widely remembered: Cass Gilbert for the Minnesota State Capitol; Emmanuel Masqueray for the St. Paul Cathedral; Clarence Johnston Sr. for many Summit Avenue and Cathedral Hill mansions; and Clarence W. Wigington. Though Wigington is the least accomplished of the four, he has three buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. He is also the only architect to have a St. Paul building named after him. Born in Lawrence, Kansas, in 1883, Clarence “Cap” Wigington grew up in Omaha. As a teenager he won three first-place certificates in drawing at the Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition of 1899 — Omaha’s World’s Fair. This may have attracted the attention of...
    (CNN)Tom Brady's football story is one of sheer willpower. From a nearly forgotten sixth-round draft pick to the architect of one of the greatest sports dynasties ever, it's been filled with trials and tribulations. And on Tuesday, it was announced he will retire from the NFL at the age of 44.Brady, widely considered to be the greatest quarterback of all time, has called time on his 22-year career, via a social media post.Over the course of his legendary career, Brady has won seven Super Bowl rings; six with the New England Patriots and one with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in his penultimate season in 2020/21. Read MoreIn what turned out to be his final season as a player, Brady and the Bucs lost agonizingly to the Los Angeles Rams, despite mounting a spirited 24-point comeback, in the divisional round of the playoffs. In an Instagram post a few days after the Bucs' playoff exit, Brady was coy with his future, saying: "I understand that at this stage in my career, there is going to be interest in my future whenever...
    Richard Nephew stepped down as deputy special envoy for Iran and left the U.S. team negotiating Iran's return to the 2015 nuclear deal because he believed the there was no future for the agreement, according to a new report.  Nephew's departure was confirmed this week by a State Department official who declined to comment on the reason for the move. But it comes at a critical phase in negotiations, as Iran signals it is preparing to begin direct talks with American negotiators. Initial reports suggested that Nephew, known as the architect of the Iran sanctions regime, believed the Biden administration's strategy was too soft as negotiators sought to bring Tehran back to the nuclear accord jettisoned under President Trump. Now sources have told Laura Rozen, who writes the Diplomatic newsletter, that Nephew came to believe that instead of returning to the 2015 deal - known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action - the U.S. should pivot to a different agreement.  That put him at odds with Biden administration policy of seeking to restore the 2015 agreement.  'There was...
    Christopher Rufo Transparency is to 2022 what critical race theory was to 2021. That’s the word from Christopher Rufo, the Republican boy wonder who whipped up the anti-CRT hysteria of the past year. Now that school board members have been threatened and harassed and multiple states have passed laws banning the teaching of basically anything that might make white Republicans uncomfortable, “transparency” is the new Rufo hotness. “My goal this year is for 10+ state legislatures to pass curriculum transparency bills, requiring public schools to make all teaching materials easily available to parents via internet,” Rufo tweeted late last week. “It's time to get the political predators out of the shadows—and return power to families.” The “political predators”? I don’t know what that’s supposed to mean, but I’m guessing Fox News will fill us all in before long. Best guess: Rufo is seeing all the efforts to ban LGBTQ books from school libraries and is about to go big on homophobia in addition to the racism he’s been promoting.  Rufo continued: “The strategy here is to use a non-threatening, liberal value—‘transparency’—to force ideological actors...
    Architect Paul Revere Williams was the first Black member of the American Institute of Architects. Having lived in California for about half a decade, I'm embarrassed to write that I only learned of Paul Revere Williams when I came across a social media post about him circulating Twitter and Facebook decades after his death. The post, confirmed by KABC, reads: “Paul Williams was a Black architect who learned to draw upside down so he could sit across from clients, as many of them in the 1920’s wouldn’t sit next to him. He wanted to prove himself that he ‘deserved a place in the world,’ and went on to win numerous awards and design houses for Frank Sinatra and Lucille Ball, built in neighborhoods he wasn’t even allowed to live in.” Like many of our ancestors’ stories, his has been kept out of the history books. But I would argue the greater tragedy than not knowing about Williams is to know and do nothing to educate the next generation of Black people who might be tempted to think their entire history is slavery. It...
    On a Saturday morning just before dawn, a model and an architect texted back and forth from inside a stranger’s townhouse on Olympic Boulevard. It was time to go home, the two women agreed. The long night had started hours earlier at a party miles away. One of them called an Uber, but neither would make it to their destination. Several hours later on Nov. 13, a group of masked men in a plateless Toyota Prius dumped the model — later identified as 24-year-old Christy Giles — at Southern California Hospital in Culver City. She was unconscious at the time and was soon pronounced dead. Shortly after, the architect, Hilda Marcela Cabrales Arzola, was dumped at a separate hospital, Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles. Her body was cold, her family said, and she spent several days in critical condition and on life support. Arzola died Nov. 24 after being pronounced brain-dead, her family said. It was five days before her 27th birthday. California Arrests made in deaths of model Christy Giles, her friend after bodies dumped...
    This is the horrifying moment a female architect was hacked to death in the street in Istanbul by a stranger who 'wanted to kill a woman'.  Footage shows Basak Cengiz, 27, walking down a road in Istanbul closely followed by a man carrying a concealed samurai sword.   The suspect, identified by police as Can Goktug Boz, can be seen grabbing Cengiz from behind and making a stabbing motion as she collapses.   He appears to inflict several wounds on the 27-year-old as she tries to roll away before he flees the scene as passing cars stop to help.  Boz tailed Cengiz on November 9 after seeing her walk past his apartment block on her way home from work several times, police said.   He told police his actions were 'influenced by films he watched' and was described by officers as 'mentally unstable'.   This is the horrifying moment female architect Basak Cengiz, 27, was hacked to death in the street in Istanbul but a stranger who 'wanted to kill a woman' The suspect, identified by police as Can Goktug Boz, (not pictured) tailed Basak...
    We're exploring local history and hidden facts in our communities. ABC7 highlights extraordinary details in neighborhoods you may otherwise overlook.On 28th Street and Paloma in southeast Los Angeles are the 28th Street Apartments. The building was originally a YMCA, designed by Paul Revere Williams, the first African American member of the American Institute of Architects.Williams helped build modern Los Angeles and his signature is on 3,000 buildings in L.A.MORE: Nearly 200-year-old Santa Monica cemetery has history dating back to cattle ranchesThe YMCA served the African American community, and it was an important place for political meetings and social gatherings. The YMCA's pool was key to the community, as municipal swimming pools were segregated in L.A. until 1931.The historic building underwent a renovation project in 2012, reopening as the 28th Street Apartments. It now serves low-income adults and formerly homeless youths transitioning to independent living.MORE: Take a tour of the Beverly Hills Witch's House for spooky Halloween thrillsABC7 toured the building and spoke with residents and employees from the apartments, the L.A. Department of City Planning, and Karen Hudson, who is...
    OLD TOWN — Developers have recruited architect David Adjaye to overhaul several properties in Old Town, including the site of the old Treasure Island Grocery Store. Adjaye, known for projects like the National Museum of African American History and Culture, was selected to design buildings owned by Fern Hill and Moody Church, a historic non-denominational Christian Church at 1635 N. LaSalle Drive. The development, which generally surrounds the area of 1600 N. LaSalle Drive, will include: the BP Gas Station at 1647 N. LaSalle Drive. the Shell Gas Station at 130 W. North Ave. the Moody Church campus. the parking lot at North Avenue and LaSalle Drive. the Walgreens at 1601 N. Wells St. the vacant Treasure Island retail space on Wells Street. “We’ve asked ourselves as owners, ‘Who do we take this disjointed collection of separate parcels and transition these sites to a more cohesive and inclusive vision for the community as a whole?'” said Fern Hill co-principal Nick Anderson. Adjaye told neighbors during a virtual community meeting Wednesday he and his team “know Chicago very well...
    More On: jane krakowski Tina Fey makes fun of Scott Rudin at gala Jane Krakowski is dating famed architect David Rockwell — not MyPillow guy MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell shuts down Jane Krakowski romance rumors Jane Krakowski denies undercover romance with MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell Ayyyyy! There’s seems to be a lot of very odd confusion about Jane Krakowski’s love life lately. After she was forced to deny a wild rumor that she was dating MyPillow guy Mike Lindell, attendees at a recent gala became convinced that she was hitting the town with… The Fonz. Page Six exclusively revealed in January that the “30 Rock” star is dating architect David Rockwell, but apparently, he bears more than a passing resemblance to Henry Winkler, who played iconic greaser Arthur Herbert Fonzarelli in “Happy Days.” The pair were in the audience of the Public Theater Gala’s performance of “Merry Wives of Windsor,” on Monday night at the Delacorte Theater, where one excited audience member was heard to tell friends multiple times, “That is Fonzie!” Alas, it was not. Also in the...
    The architect of what is now Texas law, Governor Greg Abbott's "heartbeat" legislation that bans all abortion after six weeks, attacked the constitutional rights of same-sex couples to marriage, and sex between persons of the same sex, in a brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court this past summer. In that brief he also called same-sex marriage a "judicial concoction," and argued that women should merely abstain from sexual intercourse as a method to "control their reproductive lives." Former Texas solicitor general and Federalist Society member Jonathan Mitchell, The Guardian reports, "who played a pivotal role in designing the legal framework of the state's near-total abortion ban, also argued on behalf of anti-abortion group Texas Right to Life that women would still be able to terminate pregnancies if Roe was overturned by traveling to 'wealthy pro-abortion' states like California and New York with the help of 'taxpayer subsidies.'""Women can 'control their reproductive lives' without access to abortion; they can do so by refraining from sexual intercourse," Mitchell wrote in the brief. "One can imagine a scenario in which a woman...
    The Champlain Towers South was doomed from the start: The contractor lost his license amid fraud and negligence claims, the developer was charged with tax evasion, and the architect had previously been suspended after a structure he built collapsed, according to a report on the collapsed Florida condo building.   Contractor Alfred Weisbrod worked on the Champlain Towers in Surfside for three months. The general contractor's 20-year career was riddled with accusations of 'negligence,' 'incompetency or misconduct,' and abandoning projects midway, according to court records and newly released documents from the state licensing agency, the Miami Herald reported.   Weisbrod was fined three times and threatened with suspension for various offenses, which forced him to surrender his license in 1998, Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation records show.  The licensing agency filed three administrative claims accusing Weisbrod of completing specialized work without the proper permits, licenses, and inspections, and of failing to complete the contracted work, mismanagement, incompetence and fraud throughout the 1980s and 90s, according to the Herald.  The contractor, developer, and architect of the Champlain Towers all had careers laced with controversy...
    BOOK OF THE WEEK The Fall Of Robespierre: 24 Hours In Revolutionary Paris  by Colin Jones (OUP £25, 592pp)   Sitting in a Paris prison cell in 1794, midway through the French Revolution, the beautiful young aristocrat Theresa Cabarrus wrote a despairing — and bitter — letter to her lover, telling him she would soon be sent to the guillotine. The previous night she had dreamed that Robespierre — the country’s most feared leader, who had engineered her arrest as an ‘enemy of the Republic’ — was gone and that the country’s prisons were open. ‘But thanks to your obvious cowardice, there soon will be no one left in France capable of making my dream come true,’ she wrote. Yet by the following day, after one of the most dramatic 24 hours in the history of the French Revolution, the all-powerful Robespierre had been deposed in a rebellion led by Theresa’s lover. Maximilien Robespierre an obscure provincial lawyer, had enjoyed a dizzying rise since the early days of the Revolution in 1789. Widespread riots, sparked by high food prices, unemployment...
    More than ten years before the Miami Surfside condominium had been built, its architect was suspended for six months after a structured that he designed collapsed during a hurricane. William Friedman died in 2018 at the age of 88, but when he was a young architect in his 30s he had designed commercial sign pylons that were part of the rooftop of a building in downtown Miami. The pylons toppled following a storm in 1965 as Hurricane Betsy struck south Florida. The Surfside condominium complex was built in 1981 but the architect had been suspended just 13 years earlier William Friedman was suspended following the collapse of sign pylons at two Miami buildings Betsy caused $1.42 billion worth of damage in the Bahamas, Florida, and Louisiana, earning the storm the nickname 'Billion Dollar Betsy' in September 1965 One week after Betsy had blasted through the area, a sign pylon which had been attached to the building collapsed and fell down the side. Another single story building in a different part of town also had a similar pylon structural...
    Courtesy of the Minnesota Historical SocietyCharles Hausler, ca. 1920s. From the Minnesota Historical Society's "Minneapolis Times" photos and clippings collection (III.55), Box 2.Over his long career, the architect Charles A. Hausler had a major impact on the built environment of St. Paul. As the first person to hold the office of city architect, he designed many public buildings, including the three branch libraries funded by Andrew Carnegie. He also designed churches, commercial buildings, and homes in a variety of styles, including Classical Revival, Prairie School, and Art Deco. Hausler was born in St. Paul’s West Seventh Street neighborhood in 1889. After attending Mechanic Arts School for a few years, he apprenticed for several of the top architects in the Midwest, including Clarence Johnston in St. Paul, Harry Wild Jones in Minneapolis, and Louis Sullivan in Chicago. This was all before he was twenty, by which time he had returned to St. Paul and begun practicing architecture. He worked with a number of young, talented partners, including Percy Bentley, who became one of the leading Prairie School architects. St. Paul created...
    One of the biggest mysteries surrounding Stonehenge is how any of it is still standing, given the predations of souvenir-hunters and vandals including the great 17th-century architect Sir Christopher Wren. He paid many visits to the ancient monument on Salisbury Plain and his surname can still be seen carved on one of its stones. The Victorians were even more destructive, renting chisels to visitors so they could take great chunks of Stonehenge home, and over the centuries farmers purloined stones for building their barns. Perhaps they might all have had more respect for the monument, now a Unesco World Heritage site, had they heard the extraordinary theory being put forward in a new book by 62-year-old landscape architect Sarah Ewbank. She would have us believe that the Stonehenge we see today represents the ruins of a majestic building which once had a spectacular thatched roof. Landscape architect Sarah Ewbank believes Stonehenge (pictured) once had thatched roof As mind-boggling as contemplating an upright Tower of Pisa or a Day-Glo Taj Mahal, this may seem as barking as other ideas expounded...
    In Pittsburgh, the architect Daniel Libeskind is beginning his latest project. Like so much of his other work, this one too is rooted in devastation. "You walk through a site of murder, of a mass murder of the greatest attack on Jews in this country," Libeskind told CBS News' Jim Axelrod. Libeskind, who navigated complex emotional terrain designing the Ground Zero site and the Jewish Museum in Berlin, will now lead the rebuilding of the Tree of Life campus. It has been closed since the shooting on October 27, 2018, when a hate-filled gunman murdered 11 and injured six during Shabbat services. "It's not just a walk through a disaster. You walk through the memory of what happened. And you think of the significance. What will this mean? What does it tell us?" Libeskind said. The son of Holocaust survivors recently made his first trip to Pittsburgh to meet with Rabbi Jeffrey Myers and members of the congregation to examine the artifacts of the day and begin to consider a way forward. "You have to walk through and...
    Lawmakers on Wednesday expressed alarm over the sidelining of the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) in the security planning leading up to the Jan. 6 attack despite its role on the Capitol Police Board. In a hearing before the House Committee on Administration, AOC Inspector General Christopher Failla said his latest review offered changes that “could have hampered or prevented a breach from happening.” “We found that the Architect, although a member of the Capitol Police Board, which is responsible for the safety and security of the members of Congress in the Capitol campus, is largely left out of the decision making when it comes to security issues. We also found that warnings and suggestions provided to the Capitol police by the AOC’s chief security officer are often unwanted or ignored,” he told lawmakers. The Architect is just one member of the board, alongside the House and Senate sergeants at arms, responsible for overseeing the U.S. Capitol Police. But the report paints a picture of an entity often excluded by the other two members of the board. Rep. Rodney DavisRodney...
    Boris Johnson. Getty Boris Johnson gave the impression he backed plans for the European Super League in a private meeting. The Times of England reports Ed Woodward met with Johnson just days before the plans were announced. Johnson publicly criticized the Super League, calling it "very damaging for football." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Ed Woodward, one of the key architects of the European Super League, reportedly met with Boris Johnson just days before the controversial breakaway tournament was announced, and left with the impression that the UK Prime Minister backed the plans. The Sunday Times reported over the weekend that Woodward, the executive vice-chairman of Manchester United, was welcomed to Downing Street by its chief of staff Dan Rosenfield on April 14, just four days before 12 of Europe's biggest soccer clubs, Manchester United included, announced they had agreed to join the league. After Rosenfield expressed his own support for the proposal in a meeting with Woodward, The Times says the United chief then spoke with Johnson and was left with the impression that he was also...
    Rep. Kevin Brady, a Texas Republican who helped write key portions of the 2017 tax cut law pushed by then-President Donald Trump, won't run for reelection in 2022. Brady was first elected to his Houston-area House seat in 1996 and rose to become chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, the chamber's tax-writing panel. Brady announced his retirement in a meeting of the Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Outlook Conference, the Texas Tribune reported. WITH ROY BLUNT RETIRING, THE COUNT OF FLEEING REPUBLICAN SENATORS IS NOW FIVE Brady has largely voted a conservative Republican line during his near quarter-century in Congress. He has been an ardent supporter of free trade measures and rose through the ranks of the Ways and Means Committee to become its chairman in November 2015 when Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin left that post to become House speaker. Two years later, Brady was instrumental in crafting the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which marked the most sweeping update to the U.S. tax code in more than 30 years. The...
    G. Gordon Liddy, the brash political operative who helped orchestrate the 1972 Watergate burglary, reportedly died on Tuesday at his daughter’s Virginia home. He was 90. One of Liddy’s sons, Thomas Liddy, confirmed his death to the Washington Post. It was not immediately known how Liddy died, but his son said it was not coronavirus related. A man with many professions, Liddy is best known for being one of the prime architects of the break-in at the Watergate headquarters of Democratic National Committee in Washington, DC. The scandal surrounding the break-in and subsequent cover-up led to the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon. Liddy spent nearly 4 1/2 years in prison for conspiracy, burglary and refusing to testify to a Senate committee. G. Gordon Liddy was one of the masterminds of the 1972 Watergate break-in. He was originally sentenced to 20-years, but in 1977 President Jimmy Carter commuted his sentence. Before getting involved with politics, Liddy joined the FBI in 1957 after receiving a law degree from Fordham University. He left the federal agency in 1962, where he then practiced...
    The 25 best pop punk bands of all time Housing is a luxury? Here’s what the K-shaped recovery means for real estate © Provided by Golf Digest One early morning not long ago, Scottsdale-based golf course architect David Kahn and his wife, Karen, were woken by their 10-year-old daughter Makenzie calling to them from the hallway outside their bedroom. “Daddy, Mommy, there’s something wrong with my foot!” she yelled. Groggy from sleep, David went to the hall to find Makenzie sitting on the floor with a small toy bird stuck to her foot. She had inadvertently dumped a bottle of glue and then stepped on the bird. When David took her to the kitchen to clean up, he found pools of water everywhere—earlier, Makenzie had decided the plants needed watering. “That’s how the day started,” David says. Makenzie is blind, which helps explain the glue and the water. She also suffers from dementia. Both conditions are caused by a rare neurological condition called CLN3, juvenile Batten disease. “That coupled with the lack of vision can be comical at...
    Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut on Tuesday evening claimed no architect is ready to re-build her Bandra office even after six months that the building was demolished by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) over alleged illegal construction. “I have won the case against @mybmc now I need to submit a file for compensation through an architect, no architect is ready to take my case they say they getting threats from @mybmc their license will get cancelled, It’s been six months since the illegal demolition,” Kangana tweeted. Kangana Ranaut vs BMC: Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray Is No More Welcome in Ayodhya, Says VHP.  “Court had asked BMC evaluator to visit the site, but he does not take our calls after many months and continuous chase he visited last week but no response after that. This is for everyone who is asking why don’t I fix my house, rains are around the corner, I too worry about it,” the actress explained. The actress also threatened that she is planning to file a criminal complaint against those who took part in BMC’s demolition drive...
    The Architect of the Capitol and the House of Representatives' curator will be among the witnesses Wednesday to detail their experiences during and in the aftermath of the January 6 insurrection.  The Architect of the Capitol Brett Blanton wrote in prepared testimony that this staff 'raced to the roof to reverse the airflows within the building to help clear the air of chemical irritants, like bear repellents and pepper spray.'  Those chemicals contributed to some of the damage found in the eight pieces of artwork in the House collection that curator Farar Elliott will testify about, including a statue of Thomas Jefferson and paintings of James Madison and John Quincy Adams.   The Architect of the Capitol and the House's curator will testify before a House subcommittee Wednesday about the January 6 insurrection. In pre-written testimony, the curator said eight pieces from the House Collection were damaged Architect of the Capitol Brett Blanton said that his workers raced up to the roof to reverse the ventilation 'to help clear the air of chemical irritants, like bear repellents and pepper spray,' while the...
    The WTO leaves the ostracism and appoints the Nigerian Iweala, vetoed by Trump, architect of global trade
    The poet and architect Joan Margarit, 2019 Cervantes Prize winner, died yesterday at the age of 82 in Barcelona due to cancer. The writer, who was diagnosed with the disease a little less than a year ago, received the highest award in Spanish literature on December 21, 2020 from the kings of Spain. That day, the kings went to Barcelona privately to present him with the award in an act of an « intimate and family » nature, after the ceremony could not be held on April 23 last year due to the pandemic. The Cervantes Prize was presented at the Albéniz Palace, the official residence of the kings during their stays in Barcelona, ​​in the presence of the wife, children and grandchildren of the poet and the Spanish Minister of Culture, José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes. The poet left his last book, Forest Animal, ready for printing, the bilingual version of which will be published by the Visor publishing house in the coming weeks. This was confirmed by the Cervantes Institute, an institution that recalled the figure of Margarit as « a friend...
    He was a great architect of American diplomacy at the end of the Cold War. George Shultz, former secretary of state to Republican President Ronald Reagan and a great architect of American diplomacy at the end of the Cold War, died on Saturday at the age of 100, the Hoover Institute announced on Sunday. “One of the greatest strategists of all time, having worked under three American presidents, George P. Shultz died on February 6,” said on its website this think tank attached to Stanford University.
    /Architect of the Capitol Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.There isn’t much to do on a Saturday night these days. So last night I found myself down a YouTube rabbit hole, learning about the history of the US Capitol building. I stumbled across a video published by the Architect of the Capitol, the federal agency responsible for maintaining the entire US Capitol Complex. It’s the sort of timpani-laced propaganda flick that practically bleeds cheese. But instead of finding my eyes rolling, I found them, I hate to admit it, misty? I’m not the only one. As YouTube commenter “BN” notes, “This hits different in 2021.” Sure does, BN. Another commenter, four weeks ago: “Made my eyes water considering what just happened a few days ago.” The video is about the $59.5 million restoration of the Capitol’s dome that began in 2013, and was completed in November 2016—and the loving craftsmanship applied to every detail, overlaid with some heavy-handed patriotism and bipartisan...
    A new earthquake of with a depth of 7 kilometers, 50 kilometers southwest of San Juan and 122 kilometers north of MendozaIn Sarmiento, it shook again the lands of the province that days ago was affected by strong earthquakes. A telluric movement again strongly shook the soil of San Juan after 4:00 p.m. According to Inpres, the epicenter was in the same area where the earthquake occurred on Monday. San Juan earthquake The magnitude was 4th on the Richter scale while on the Mercalli scale it had an intensity from III to IV. The intensity in Pocito and Sarmiento was grade III to IV, that is, it was perceived by people who were at rest and some hanging objects oscillated. While in the City of San Juan and surrounding areas was grade III, then people at rest and those who live in tall buildings could notice it. Hours later, at 18:13:54, there was another tremor. This time the epicenter was in Calingasta, but it was 2.8 degrees of magnitude and 104 kilometers deep. Domingo Faustino Sarmiento...
    New York : It has 21 bedrooms and 42 bathrooms. The most expensive mansion in the entire United States has now been put up for sale. For that reason, the realtors offering it released some shocking facts about the house that took almost a decade to build. The mansion, designed by architect Paul McLean and set by interior designer Kathryn Rotondi, It is located in the exclusive Bel-Air neighborhood, in Los Angeles. It has 32,000 m2 and entered history as the most expensive house in the country, since its price reaches nine figures: it is valued at $ 340 million. Baptized as “The One”, required the work of more than 600 people for 8 years. McLean and Rotondi’s mission was commissioned by film producer Nile Niami and the work was done on a 2-hectare site, with a structure that is surrounded by a moat that creates a “floating house” effect. The incredible details of the most expensive mansion in America The spectacular mansion that is now for sale It has 21 bedrooms, 42 bathrooms, a 30-car garage,...
    An Iranian architect shared a design that protects endangered penguins and stops the melting of polar ice in Antarctica. The concept is a two-part system that uses igloos both above the ground and under the water. The upper structures provide penguins with man-made habitats for breeding, along with enough space for a waddle to keep eggs warm. The lower igloo features crater-like holes that mimic a sea sponge and is connected to a submerged swinging pendulum. As the pendulum is moved by waves, it produces electricity to cool the surrounding ice –halting the frozen sheets from melting. Scroll down for video  An Iranian architect shared a design that protects endangered penguins and stops the melting of polar ice in Antarctica. The concept is a two-part system that uses igloos both above the ground and under the water The concept, called ‘Penguin Protection System,’ is the brainchild of Sajjad Navidi and although it is still a conceptual project, Navidi hopes it will address polar ice melting while creating habitats for penguins. Melting ice is pushing emperor penguins into extinction because...
    More On: residential real estate This shagged up ’70s time capsule is a ‘Boogie Nights’ dream This fairy-tale castle can be yours — for a price Are these the cheapest apartments for sale in NYC? NYC drops from top 10 most expensive US zip codes for the first time Like a scene out of “The Lord of the Rings” or “The Hobbit,” this earthly home in the middle of Vermont has made quite an impression. Located in the Marshfield area, if you ever dreamed of living in the town of Hobbiton, this may be the closest home to it. The structure sits on a massive stretch of 45-acre land surrounded by pine trees, and it can be all yours for $220,000. The one-bedroom, one-bathroom property designed by architect Bob Chappelle in 1990 was listed in early November. Chappelle has lived there for most of his life. Built with connected domes and arching vaults, it is reminiscent of the medieval period. The listing describes the property as “a fairytale-like home with multiple open rooms, skylights, a huge wooden soaking tub,...
    President Trump's fired 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale is hitting out at the decision to diverge from his 'plan' – while claiming he was one of two de facto campaign managers for Trump's historic 2016 victory. The person he left out in the telling he gave to Fox News in his first post-election interview was Trump's 2016 campaign manager Kellyanne Conway. She was the first woman to helm a successful presidential campaign.  'In '16, people don't like to admit it, I was the semi-quasi campaign manager,' Parscale told Fox host Martha McCallum. President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Brad Parscale said he was the 'semi-quasi campaign manager' of Trump's successful 2016 campaign along with Jared Kushner 'Never got to say that publicly before because I couldn't,' he continued. 'Jared was the real campaign manager. I was the one doing the day to day. And we won. And it really didn't make sense to me why in 20 they had to change,' he said, in reference to Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, who played a key role advising Trump in both...
    Photo Gallery: This Jeep Gladiator Is Top Dog New coronavirus restrictions take effect in Massachusetts How Stacey Abrams became the architect of Bidens Georgia surge © Yahoo News WASHINGTON — Turning Georgia purple didn’t happen overnight. Joe Biden, if he retains his slim lead, will be the first Democratic presidential candidate to win the Peach State since Bill Clinton in 1992.  Biden smashed turnout records for Democrats in Georgia, getting over 2.4 million votes, up from less than 1.9 million for Hillary Clinton in 2016. Biden increased the Democratic party’s vote share in the state by over 571,000, more than Barack Obama did in the 2008 election, when he got 478,000 more votes than Democrat John Kerry in 2004. This massive increase in Georgia’s Democratic vote came from a few things: population growth, the implementation of automatic voter registration in 2016, and Stacey Abrams’s organizing work over the past decade. “Stacey is the architect of how we are where we are in Georgia,” said DuBose Porter, who was chairman of the Georgia Democratic Party during the years...
    The former mistress of Spain's King Juan Carlos I has insisted the €65million he gave her 'was not an unreasonable' gift - after claiming the scandal-hit monarch was the 'architect of his own problems'. Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, 56, had an affair with Juan Carlos, 82, from 2004 to 2009, and faced backlash following the revelation that he had given her the eye-watering sum of money.  Appearing in her first televised interview on True Royalty's The Rise and Fall of The Spanish King, which airs today, she claims the ex-monarch sent her the 'generous gift' because he was 'very adamant about taking care of her'.  The former king, who abdicated in 2014, is under investigation by Spain's supreme court over corruption allegations which centre on a $100million payment by the late king of Saudi Arabia. In August, Juan Carlos announced he was leaving Spain and it has recently emerged that he is staying in Abu Dhabi - and Corinna suggests 'his exile is the ultimate defeat'. Scroll down for video 
    Following the passing of a high-profile figure, there are two similar commemorations at the Capitol that have one key difference: government and military figures lie in state while private citizens lie in honor. The phrases can also be used to describe similar ceremonies at state capitols and other government buildings.Sen. Henry Clay was the first person to lie in state in the rotunda on July 1, 1852. In the years since, only a select few Americans have joined the ranks of those honored in the rotunda. The list of those to lie in state or honor includes presidents like Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy, legislators like John McCain and Daniel Inouye, military figures like Douglas MacArthur and various other "eminent citizens" like Rosa Parks and Billy Graham.This week, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will become the first woman the lie in state at the U.S. Capitol. One can also lie in repose in a building other than the U.S. Capitol like the Supreme Court building, as Ginsburg will do on Wednesday and Thursday."The Rotunda of the United States...
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