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K-pop titan BTS’s online concert draws more than 100 million fans

By Hyonhee Shin and Soohyun Mah

SEOUL (Reuters) – More than 100 million fans of BTS tuned into an online concert by the K-pop boyband on Saturday, holding their signature light sticks and sharing messages in a chatroom.

Titled “Map of The Soul ON:E,” the virtual event came after the seven-member group scrapped its initial plan to hold an in-person show for a limited audience, in line with the South Korean government’s tightened social distancing curbs. The band had already cancelled planned world tours.

As many as 114 million fans watched the concert, propelled by the success of “Dynamite”, BTS’ first song entirely in English that topped the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart last month.

“You’re not here but I feel you here, as if I can hear your chants, and next time let’s really be here together,” vocalist V, or Kim Tae-hyung, told fans.

Since its 2013 debut, BTS

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Gravel pit plan near Noblesville draws ire of residents



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When the Hamilton County Parks and Recreation Department revealed this month a local business owner was willing to donate 50 acres of land to the agency, it described it as a gift that would benefit generations to come.

The contribution would allow the department to immediately expand 10 acres of Potter’s Bridge Park near Noblesville and build a 30-acre man-made lake for boating and fishing.

But there was a catch. And residents nearby say it’s a pretty big catch.

In order to build the lake, the benefactor, Chris Beaver of Beaver Materials, would need to excavate gravel for 10 years.

Hamilton County Parks plan an expansion and man made lake like this one at Potter’s Bridge Park. (Photo: John Tuohy/IndyStar)

Now, the residents fear their quiet cul-de-sacs near the park will be disturbed by growling heavy machinery, rumbling dump trucks, large

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Proposal for apartments at Milford mall draws mixed reaction; hearing ongoing

MILFORD — The public will have another chance to comment on proposed zoning changes that would allow a 300-unit apartment building to be constructed at the Connecticut Post Mall.

a sign on a pole: The entrance to the Connecticut Post Mall in Milford photographed in August 2020.

© Arnold Gold / Hearst Connecticut Media

The entrance to the Connecticut Post Mall in Milford photographed in August 2020.

The Planning and Zoning Board voted at its Sept. 15 meeting to continue the hearing to Oct. 6.

The proposal drew mixed reviews from business leaders, city officials, and residents at a recent hearing. The first speaker during the public hearing was Gary Johnson of Terrace Road, who said he supported the proposal as a “necessary thing” so that the mall could sustain and grow. Johnson thanked the mall operators for their generosity over the years.

He commented that in 1990 during a celebration for the expansion that brought Filenes and JC Penney to the mall, then owner Westfield “donated

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E-Commerce Surge Draws Investment to Online Retail Logistics Providers

The rush to online shopping is drawing fresh investor attention as the coronavirus pandemic supercharges digital demand.

E-commerce logistics and technology provider ShipBob Inc. raised $68 million to expand its fulfillment network and add business-to-business service shipping palletized goods to retailer distribution centers and stores, the company said Monday.

The Series D funding round, led by

SoftBank Group Corp.’s

Vision Fund, comes as backers are investing millions in ventures aimed at helping businesses handle soaring online orders.

Online U.S. retail sales surged to $200.7 billion in the second quarter, up 44.4% from the same period in 2019, according to the Commerce Department. Retailers and logistics providers are ramping up hiring, with plans to bring on hundreds of thousands of workers to help process, package and ship online orders 

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CFPB’s Small-Business Lending Data Collection Rule Draws Community Bank Criticism

September 16, 2020 at 3:45 pm ET

The way in which many small banks could be required to report small-business loan data on minority- and women-owned businesses is emerging as a contentious issue for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which on Tuesday unveiled its long-awaited outline of how it plans to implement a key part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

The CFPB has for years delayed a rulemaking on part of Dodd-Frank that requires collecting data on small-business lending to determine if minority- and women-owned small businesses are equally able to access funding, similar to how banks and mortgage lenders report data under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act.

Consumer advocates have pushed the CFPB to collect this data and implement the rule, an issue they say is increasingly important as questions linger over the fairness of the Paycheck Protection Program and other small-business relief efforts

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‘Fortnite’ maker draws praise for fighting Apple, but lawsuits allege it rips off kids

Want this Fortnite Battle Bundle, as reproduced in this screenshot from a court filing? Be prepared to pay, but notice that it's nonrefundable.
Want this Fortnite Battle Bundle, as reproduced in this screenshot from a court filing? Be prepared to pay, but notice that it’s nonrefundable.

Epic Games, the creator of the stupendously popular video game “Fortnite,” has been winning praise for its stance challenging the strangleholds of Apple and Google on in-app purchases by game players.

You might want to hold your applause.

The dark side of “Fortnite” in its various versions, according to lawsuits filed in federal court, is how it tempts children into spending their and their parents’ money on virtual game items without fully understanding what they’re doing and with little or no chance of obtaining refunds.

Like with a slot machine, Epic psychologically manipulates its young players into thinking they will ‘get lucky.’

Allegation in lawsuit “R.A.” v. Epic Games

“The games are targeted towards children,” John E. Lord, a lawyer for a “Fortnite” player and his mother,

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Middletown methadone clinic proposal draws mixed reaction

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