East Bay Township planning commissioners to review conservancy headquarters proposal

Feb. 27—TRAVERSE CITY — Plans for the possible relocation of the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy headquarters will be revealed to the public next week.

East Bay Township Planning Commissioners will on Tuesday begin discussions about the development plan for the proposed Mitchell Creek Meadows Nature Preserve and the concept to move the nonprofit’s operations to the site along Three Mile Road. A site plan review is scheduled, as well

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2020 in review: Top stories of the year in Fountain Valley

Fountain Valley prides itself on being “a nice place to live,” but the coronavirus pandemic had a way of making times tough on residents and businesses alike.

Still, the community found ways to sprinkle in bits of normalcy like movies in the park and a Halloween parade, as well as helping those in need who faced food insecurity or needed COVID-19 testing.

Across the area, demonstrations were part of 2020.

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2020 in review: Top stories of the year in Laguna Beach

In a year when most decisions have been shaped in one form or another by the coronavirus pandemic, Laguna Beach felt the impact in multiple ways.

Beach and school closures, cancellations and modifications of arts programs and annual festivals and changes to restaurant dining are just some of the issues the city grappled with.

Here are some of the top stories in Laguna Beach for 2020:

The Promenade on Forest

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Bugatti Baby II first drive review: The most fun I’ve ever had on four wheels

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I’m probably the first person to drive a Bugatti while wearing a Spice Girls mask.


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While I’ve done a couple of autocross events and been a passenger on track in everything from a Mercedes-AMG GT R to a NASCAR Toyota Supra and Ken Block’s Hoonitruck, I’ve never actually driven on a race track before. At least I hadn’t until a few weeks ago, when I headed to Willow Springs

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Temtem Game Review | CBR

It’s taken over two years and a highly-successful Kickstarter campaign to come to fruition, but Spanish developer Crema’s Pokémon-inspired MMORPG creature-collector Temtem has finally released in early access for PC and PlayStation 5, with Nintendo Switch and Xbox Series S/X versions dropping sometime in 2021.

While it’s hard to shake the constant feeling of it being an off-brand knock-off of one of gaming’s most beloved franchises, Temtem still manages

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Austin City Manager Issues End-Of-Year Review

AUSTIN, TX — The city manager on Wednesday published an end of year review summarizing the city’s work throughout 2020 while paying tribute to the community and municipal workers for their “unwavering resilience” during the coronavirus pandemic.

The review highlights how the city has made progress on its core strategic priorities while battling a global pandemic, supporting Austin’s most vulnerable communities, and mobilizing more than half the city’s workforce to

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Demon’s Souls Review | Back And Better Than Ever

In 2009, when gaming was just beginning to toy around with deeper characterization, more nuanced storytelling, and vast Hollywood budgets, FromSoftware’s Demon’s Souls dared to be unconventional. Its ambiguous mechanics, cryptic story, and brutally difficult combat were not only utterly compelling on their own but actually spawned a new sub-genre entirely. Now, eleven years later, Bluepoint Games has revived this pioneering adventure for the launch of the PlayStation 5, and

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Game & Watch Super Mario review: Nintendo nostalgia in a tiny box

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Game & Watch is back, with Mario onboard.


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I don’t know how many times I’ve played Super Mario Bros. It’s a ritual, some baked-in routine. Versions of the 1985 Super Mario Bros. game are littered all over my house. On a Nintendo 3DS. On a Nintendo Switch. On an NES Classic. Nintendo puts its classics up for sale over and over and over again.

This

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CuriosityStream Review | PCMag

While some people turn to video streaming services for mindless entertainment, others may want to explore those platforms that can teach and inspire them. CuriosityStream, a service from the founder of Discovery Channel, offers documentaries on topics from space exploration to ancient civilizations to the coronavirus and more. The viewing experience is stellar, with all titles available in either HD or 4K, though the caption options are limited in the

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Social Distance Review: Enough With the Quarantine TV

A home health aide with no childcare and limited funds must decide whether to neglect her ailing patient or her young daughter. An overworked man neglects to mute a video chat with his colleague, accidentally forcing her to overhear him bicker with his newly unemployed boyfriend. With school canceled, a teen gamer uses every digital tool available to court her crush: Instagram, TikTok, Snapchat, Discord, VRChat. A dad racked with

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Little Witch Academia: VR Broom Racing Review

With Little Witch Academia VR, Oculus users can experience what it’s like to fly through hoops and occasionally be talked down to by anime characters.

Players who aren’t familiar with Little Witch Academia: VR Broom Racing‘s anime counterpart may not understand all the references, but they will still have an enjoyable, if simple, time playing the game. Published and developed by UNIVRS, Little Witch Academia: VR Broom Racing delivers

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‘Saudi Runaway’: Film Review

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The docu-thriller is a difficult subgenre to get just right. Finding tension and jeopardy in the real-life crises of others can all too often feel exploitative or trumped-up, spuriously shaped for the viewer’s entertainment. In “Saudi Runaway,” an intimate study of female oppression and liberation where the stakes couldn’t be much higher, director Susanne Regina Meures finds a risky but effective solution to

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