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JOINS CEDAR ONE: Emal Westling has joined the Realtors at Cedar One Realty.

She has served the Ohio Valley area for more than 30 years as a real estate agent and former co-owner of Century 21 Teramana-Westling, and brings a wealth on knowledge and expertise in the industry. Real estate has always been a passion for Westling, who has been a resident of Jefferson County for more than 40 years where she resides with her husband John.

They are the parents of three grown children and had four grandchildren.

She holds a CRS, ABR and GRI designation in real estate.

FOUNDER OUT: The founder and CEO of CrossFit is stepping down after his tweet about George Floyd sparked a social media backlash and a wave of affiliated gyms cut ties with the company.

Reebok also dropped its affiliation with CrossFit this week. Greg Glassman said on CrossFit’s website late Tuesday that he would retire.

GOOGLE TESTING ANDRIOID:

Google has released a test version of its annual upgrade to its Android software without the usual fanfare heralding the latest operating system powering most smartphones.

The debut of Android 11’s “beta” version was announced Wednesday in a blog post, along with video tutorials for the makers of smartphone applications on Google’s YouTube service. Android 11 will offer several new features that will make it easier for people to find notifications about incoming texts and continue ongoing digital conversations.

DEAL IMPLODES: The nation’s biggest mall owner is backing out of a $3.6 billion deal to buy a major rival as the coronavirus pandemic shakes the retail industry.

Simon Property Group announced it would buy Taubman in early February, just weeks before the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that a California man was being treated for coronavirus, the first known case in the U.S. In its legal complaint Wednesday, Simon said that Taubman is uniquely vulnerable as stores reopen because it mostly owns indoor malls “that many consumers will avoid.”

From staff and wire reports

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