As downtown renovation continues, Mesquite calls for local artists to submit their work

Downtown Mesquite will look much different in January 2021 than it did in January 2020, and the city is looking for local artists who can help that transformation be even more visually stunning.

With the city nearing completion on its Front Street Station redevelopment, it is putting out a call to local artists interested in producing a work of public art.

Mesquite City Hall, shown in a file photo. Cindy Smith is set to become the city's Director of Finance in October.

Works by artists in Mesquite and the surrounding areas will be considered, according to a city news release, with the art intended to be displayed for at least one year on “four large surrounds built to camouflage dumpsters placed throughout the new Downtown area. Each of these surrounds will have 10′x7′ panels, where the art will be mounted,” according to the news release.

For each work, the city will pay the artist a $500 honorarium. Eight works of art will be selected.

In addition to the new infrastructure and

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6 ways to make your home equity work for you

Buy your home

To build home equity, you need to buy your home and quit renting. When you own your home, changes in real estate prices can help your equity increase over time. Under normal market conditions, home values appreciate every year. As the value of your home increases, so does the value of your home equity.

Consider an example in which you owe $200,000 on a home worth $250,000. Imagine that tomorrow, your home increases in value to $260,000. The value of your home equity increased from $50,000 to $60,000.

Any down payment you make when you first purchase your home also gives you equity.

Increase your mortgage payments

Another way to build your home’s equity is by making payments toward your mortgage. Unless you have an interest-only mortgage, every monthly mortgage payment you make gets split between interest and your principal balance. The portion that pays down principal

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HSBC Pauses Office Return Plans As U.K. Advises Work From Home

(Bloomberg) — HSBC Holdings Plc hit pause on efforts to return workers to its U.K. offices after the government urged people to work from home to arrest a surge in virus cases and prevent another nationwide lockdown.



a sign on the side of a building: A sign sits on the HSBC Holdings Plc headquarters office building in the Canary Wharf business, financial and shopping district of London, U.K., on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. After a pause during lockdown, lenders from Citigroup Inc. to HSBC Holdings Plc have restarted cuts, taking gross losses announced this year to a combined 63,785 jobs, according to a Bloomberg analysis of filings.


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A sign sits on the HSBC Holdings Plc headquarters office building in the Canary Wharf business, financial and shopping district of London, U.K., on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. After a pause during lockdown, lenders from Citigroup Inc. to HSBC Holdings Plc have restarted cuts, taking gross losses announced this year to a combined 63,785 jobs, according to a Bloomberg analysis of filings.

The U.K. bank said it will stop the return of phase one teams to its offices, according to a memo Tuesday seen by Bloomberg News. Critical workers supporting customers in branches and a small number of open offices will continue to do so while the balance of staff will

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Corps seeks comment on environmental effects of $2 billion Mississippi River levee work | Environment

The Army Corps of Engineers has scheduled two virtual public meetings on its environmental assessment of a $2 billion plan to elevate levees and build stronger floodwalls along the Mississippi River from Missouri to the Gulf of Mexico, with most of the projects planned for areas in Louisiana around New Orleans and Baton Rouge. 

The meetings will be streamed live on the Facebook page of the agency’s New Orleans District office on Sept. 30 at 9 a.m. and Oct. 1, at 6 p.m. The Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/usacenola/.



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Map shows planned levee and floodwall upgrades along the Mississippi River, 2020.



During the meeting, comments will be accepted through Facebook or by calling or texting (601) 392-2237. Written comments may also be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to District Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District, 4155 Clay St., Vicksburg, Miss.,

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Coronavirus: UK government tells people to work from home

  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday told workers to stay at home if they can as a second coronavirus wave grips the UK.
  • He announced new restrictions for the hospitality and leisure industries and said they could last for another six months.
  • He also introduced a 10 p.m. curfew for pubs, bars, and restaurants and a limit on wedding guests to 15.
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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday urged people to work from home in order to halt a spike in coronavirus infections and announced a series of new restrictions that could last for at least six more months.

Johnson told the House of Commons that the government had scrapped its push for more people in England to return to their workplaces.

“We are once again asking office workers who can work from home to do so,” Johnson told members of Parliament.

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Stay-at-home design: Bright gathering spaces and moody nooks for study and work

Jacquelyn Burke and Jeremiah O’Connor finished reading the Harry Potter books to their son and daughter, ages 7 and 8, during the COVID-19 shutdown this spring. The 18-month marathon took place in the tucked-away space at the top of the stairs (no, not underneath) next to the kids’ craft table. The 42-square-foot reading or “nap nook,” as the family calls it in honor of its somniferous effect, boasts a window seat made from a twin mattress wrapped in tweed, built-in bookshelves, and soot-colored shades. It’s painted in Sherwin-Williams Basil, a cozy shade of saturated green. “We’re a family of readers who love to be home,” Burke says. “It was important that the rooms be comfortable.”

Burke, an attorney who traveled frequently pre-pandemic, also wanted their Milton home to be stylish and clutter-free. She hired interior designer Sarah Scales to pull it together. Absorbing ideas from images of rooms imbued with

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