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JOINS STAFF: Primary care physician Dr. Reda Shedeed has joined the staff of Harrison Community Hospital. A graduate of the University of Alexandria Medical School in Egypt, Shedeed served a general surgery residency at the North Shore University Hospital in New York and family practice residency with the Latrobe (Pa.) Area Hospital. Prior to joining HCH, Shedeed served as medical director of the hospitalist program at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Clairton, Pa. Shedeed, who is accepting patients of all ages, is located in the Professional Building at 943 E. Market St., Cadiz. Call (740) 942-4116 for information. HCH is a division of Wheeling Hospital.

INPUT NEEDED: The Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Associationis updating the regional long-range transportation plan for Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Holmes, Muskingum and Tuscarawas counties. OMEGA is currently seeking public input to determine the needs of the region as we work with local officials, the Ohio Department of Transportation and others to improve the region’s transportation system.

OMEGA will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Columbiana County Port Authority office, 7860 Lincole Place, Lisbon, to gather the public’s insight into the community’s transportation needs. A survey is also available at omegadistrict.org/survey.

Lawsuit: New York City says T-Mobile is scamming city residents with tactics like selling used phones instead of new ones and charging for unwanted services.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday that a lawsuit has been filed in state Supreme Court in Manhattan alleging the company and more than 50 of its stores around New York City violated the city’s consumer protection law.

In an email, T-Mobile said it was taking the allegations “very seriously” but couldn’t comment on the specific claims. The company said the accusations are “completely at odds with the integrity” of its team and the commitment they have to taking care of its customers.

The city wants T-Mobile to give back revenues taken in from deceptive practices and pay penalties.

LAUNCH: Samsung’s highly anticipated folding phone went on sale Friday in London, after the original launch date was delayed by months because of embarrassing problems with the screen.

The South Korean tech giant had put the Galaxy Fold’s launch on hold after reviewers encountered problems with the device’s innovative folding screen, which the company said have now been resolved.

The nearly $2,000 phone will launch on Sept. 6 in South Korea, and Sept. 18 in France, Germany and Britain, with versions for next generation 5G networks available in the latter two countries.

Other markets including the U.S. and Singapore will follow, but the company did not specify dates.

The Galaxy Fold is slightly longer and narrower than a standard smartphone when folded, but opens up to the size of a small tablet, with the internal screen display bisected by a crease. It also has another screen on the outside so it can be used when closed.

Laying off 250: Sears has told the state of Illinois it’s laying off 250 employees at its corporate headquarters in the Chicago suburb of Hoffman Estates.

Sears said in a notice last week to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity that the employees have been placed on paid leave and their jobs will be terminated over a 14-day period starting about Oct. 28.

Company spokesman Larry Costello says the affected employees were placed on paid leave last week.

Sears was once the largest retailer in the country but filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last October. In February, Transform Holdco, controlled by former Sears chairman Edward Lampert , bought the retailer and 425 stores in a bankruptcy auction.

From staff and wire reports

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