Social media users risk ‘sense of self’ on approval of others

Twitter (TWTR) CEO Jack Dorsey told a Senate panel last week that social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook (FB) “can be addictive,” while bipartisan concerns emerged about potential psychological harm caused by the platforms.


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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) compared the addictive quality of the sites to tobacco, and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) raised concerns about the toll the platforms take on young users’ “self-esteem and wellbeing.”

In a new interview, movie star Matthew McConaughey expressed similar wariness about the social media sites, warning that users risk placing their “sense of self” on the approval of others and posting messages that they will later regret.

“Especially children and millennials are getting their entire sense of self based on something,” says McConaughey, author of a new memoir called “Greenlights.” “Something that they, ‘poof,’ send out to the world, and they anxiously wait to see what all these strangers

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Optima Wilmette Development Receives Final Approval From Trustees

WILMETTE, IL — Village trustees unanimously approved final plans for a seven-story mixed-use development at the northwest corner of Central Avenue and Green Bay Road. The current site of an International Bank of Chicago branch is located across the street from the downtown Wilmette train station.

Set to include 109 luxury apartment units and 8,000 square feet of ground floor retail space, developer Optima Inc. received final approval last month to build a planned unit development at 1210 Central Ave., less than a year after filing a preliminary application. All but nine of the apartments will be located above the ground floor, while the top floor will include a roof deck and garden.

Optima CEO David Hovey, the project’s architect, contractor and developer, said he was excited to develop another project on Chicago’s North Shore.

“As with each project we design and build, we’re very careful to ensure the buildings

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Residential and office development overlooking Union Canal set for approval at Fountainbridge

The building would sit on the southern bank of the Union Canal where it ends at Lochrin Basin. Picture: GoogleMaps
The building would sit on the southern bank of the Union Canal where it ends at Lochrin Basin. Picture: GoogleMaps

In February 2019, Glencairn Properties, owned by the Edinburgh and London-based property developing family, the Teagues, applied to build a four-storey residential and office building at 7 Lower Gilmore Place, Fountainbridge.

The building would sit on the southern bank of the Union Canal where it ends at Lochrin Basin, and would replace several low-rise commercial and residential buildings.

That planning application was refused in October 2019, with Edinburgh City Council planners stating “the proposal is contrary to Edinburgh Local Development Plan policy, in that it would fail to respect the character and appearance of the area by virtue of the scale and massing of the building.”

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The owners of Glencairn Properties, Barry and Daryl Teague, subsequently appealed

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Affordable housing development’s approval had ‘zero transparency,’ bristles neighbors


A rendering of the proposed affordable housing development on Asheland Avenue. (Photo: Courtesy photo)

Asheville is moving forward with gifting land on Asheland Avenue for a new affordable housing development, while neighbors and members of the Black community are speaking out against a project they said is being fast-tracked while those most affected are left out.

Haywood Street Congregation, a United Methodist Church non-profit, is finalizing plans for a 42-unit, multifamily affordable housing development on a city-owned lot on Asheland Avenue. The organization is hoping to get the city to sell the $1.45 million, 1.09-acre property for $1 for the project.  

The Housing and Community Development Committee, a City Council sub-committee, voted Nov. 17 to approve the development proposal and authorize the $1 land sale, subject to deed restrictions.

The decision serves as a recommendation in support of the proposal to City Council, and in a separate motion, the

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US gives Qualcomm approval to sell 4G chips to Huawei despite sanctions

Qualcomm has received permission from the US to sell 4G mobile chips to Huawei, an exemption to the Trump administration’s ban on doing business with the Chinese company, Reuters reported. Qualcomm didn’t specify which products it’s allowed to sell to Huawei, but told Reuters they were related to mobile devices.

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In May 2019, the White House issued an executive order barring US companies from doing business with Chinese companies like Huawei due to national security concerns. In May of this year, the Commerce Department tightened the restrictions to require any overseas semiconductor manufacturers to get a license from the US if they used US equipment or technology to make chips for Huawei. And effective in September, the US began requiring foreign semiconductor manufacturers to get a license to sell chips —even if not designed for Huawei specs— that are intended for the

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Georgetown County nears giving a controversial development in Pawleys Island final approval | News

GEORGETOWN — The Georgetown County Council is one vote away from approving development plans that would bring 10 new dwellings onto a 3.28 acre parcel in the Pawleys Island area. 

The controversial project has taken months to get to this point with dozens of citizens speaking out against it over traffic, flooding and density concerns along the lower Waccamaw Neck. 

As a whole, the project seeks to build 10 townhomes on the corner of Waverly Road and Kings River Road in the Pawleys Island area of unincorporated Georgetown County. Bruce Watts is acting as the representative of the developers to defend the proposal on behalf of Calvin Gilmore. 

In terms of what county council is voting on, the council is considering two individual items dealing with the same project. The first is a rezoning request to change the property from the One-half Acre Residential code to a Flexible Design District.

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