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9/19/2018

Thousands of Army active-duty, National Guard and Reserve troops are helping with relief efforts in North and South Carolina in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. Troops are using high-water vehicles, watercraft and specialized aircraft for search-and-rescue missions, and the Army Corps of Engineers is helping provide emergency power and other services.

9/19/2018

Army Reserve troops are getting communications training at Fort Hood, Texas, this week related to SNAP, or Secure Internet Protocol Router/Non-secure Internet Protocol Router Access Point. "SNAPs are designed to provide satellite communications to small units at remote forward operating bases," said Capt. Michael McClain of the 300th Sustainment Brigade.

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9/19/2018

Reserve airmen with the 433rd Security Forces Squadron took part in the 2018 Air Force Defender Challenge at Joint Base San Antonio-Camp Bullis, Texas, last week. The team challenge included such events as land navigation, memory tests and tactical combat casualty care.

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Reserve Citizen Airmen
9/19/2018

MDMA, the active ingredient in the drug ecstasy, when combined with psychotherapy has shown promise in treating post-traumatic stress disorder, eliminating or greatly reducing symptoms. "It starts by reducing activity in the amygdala, which is the fear-processing part of the brain," said Rick Doblin of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies.

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9/18/2018

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and a woman who has accused him of sexual assault in the 1980s will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, delaying the Sept. 20 committee vote to move Kavanaugh toward confirmation. President Donald Trump has defended his nominee and dismissed questions about the possibility that Kavanaugh would withdraw his nomination.

9/18/2018

Letting go of certain everyday tasks is part of becoming a leader who can focus on bigger-picture priorities, writes Joel Garfinkle. "It's a lot easier to think about bigger goals and a long-term plan when you have other people to discuss with and to challenge your thinking," he writes.

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Joel Garfinkle
9/18/2018

Clark County, Wash., will contemplate an ordinance today that would eliminate many regulations regarding prefabricated homes and permit them to be assembled on individual lots. However, HOAs would retain the power to ban these type of housing structures.

9/18/2018

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development bans sexual harassment within housing accommodations, including HOAs, and now California has authorized regulations requiring HOAs to protect residents from sexual harassment from other residents, suppliers and management. The new state Fair Housing regulations will become effective by April 1.

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Department of Housing
9/18/2018

The leaning Millennium Tower HOA in San Francisco has secured a cracked window on the 36th floor, thereby avoiding having the building being labeled unsafe by city inspectors. The HOA also paid $150,000 to install city-mandated scaffolding around the sinking building to protect against falling glass.

9/18/2018

The Timber Lake HOA in Virginia took steps last week to prepare its private lake's dam for heavy rains connected to Hurricane Florence. It lowered the lake level about 12 inches and put matting, gravel and soil around the dam's main spillway to help prevent soil erosion.