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MENLO PARK, Calif | Tue Feb 8, 2011 8:55pm EST
MENLO PARK, Calif (Reuters) – Seven-year-old Facebook is already fast outgrowing its Silicon Valley abode. The world’s largest social network will shift its corporate headquarters starting this summer to a 57-acre campus with 1 million square feet of office space in Menlo Park, California, making its second move in less than two years. The move, which will see Facebook swap its Palo Alto address for a home base in a largely undeveloped area near the entrance to a busy Bay Area bridge, will give the company much-needed room to grow, even if the new location lacks some of the glamour of other corporate real estate deals. Google Inc, which is increasingly vying with Facebook for engineering talent, announced on Tuesday that it had leased an iconic building for its staff in Santa Monica. Google’s headquarters is in Mountain View, California. Facebook executives said the company, which turned seven on Friday, is seeking the space beyond its nearby Palo Alto base to contain its explosive expansion. The company has seen its payroll swell by about 50 percent annually in past years to about 2,000 now, a pace it expects to sustain in coming years. Its new Menlo Park location can house about 3,600 people, executives said. Facebook leased the campus — the former headquarters of Sun Microsystems which Oracle Corp took over in 2010 — and will begin moving in June or July. The site, a cluster of nine blockish buildings and wide, open spaces wedged between the freeway and the San Francisco Bay, is known locally as “Sun Quentin” for what insiders say is a passing resemblance to the state prison 50 miles north. John Tenanes, Facebook’s director of global real estate, offered a more metropolitan analogy for the company’s new home at a briefing with reporters at Menlo Park City Hall on Tuesday, noting that the various parts of the campus were connected by a courtyard. “That’s how we plan to look at this, like an urban street, or an urban setting. We think this is going to be kind of the glue that holds the buildings and people together,” he said. Speaking to reporters after the briefing, Tenanes said the new campus will provide plenty of important amenities, including a fitness center, a basketball court, an auditorium and two cafes. Facebook’s move was announced the same day that Web arch-foe Google said it had leased a Frank Gehry-designed office building a stone’s throw from the sun-speckled beaches of Santa Monica, near Los Angeles. Google leased the iconic former headquarters of the Chiat/Day advertising agency — whose giant binoculars-shaped facade is a fixture of travel guide books — in Venice, California, to house part of its own envisioned expansion, with 6,000 people set to join the company’s payroll this year. Competition for talent is heating up in the tech industry, as Facebook and Google try to attract prized engineers and product managers with stock options and perks including free meals. Facebook said it has leased the former Sun headquarters for 15 years, with an option to buy the property in five years. Facebook also purchased a 22-acre tract of land, formerly owned by General Motors, adjacent to its new campus, providing further room for future growth. Facebook, which some expect to go public by 2012, would not disclose financial terms of any of the real estate transactions. Finance chief David Ebersman said the company did not receive any tax breaks as part of its plan to relocate to Menlo Park. Facebook is renovating the interior of one of the buildings on the new campus, which can accommodate about 500 employees, and plans to move some staff into the building in mid-June. (Reporting by Alexei Oreskovic; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick and Richard Chang)]]]]> ]]>

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Enchanted drive homicide victim identified

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Warren County Deputy Coroner Kelda Bailess has identified the victim in Monday afternoon’s homicide as Karl Micheal Singleton, 20, of 108 Enchanted Drive, Vicksburg. Singleton was just seven days shy of turning 21.
Bailess said Singleton died shortly after arriving at the Emergency Room at Merit Health River Region.
His body will be sent to the Mississippi State Crime Lab for autopsy.
Vicksburg Police are continuing their investigation, led by  Sgts Curtis Judge and Tommy Curtis Jr.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the criminal investigation division of the Police Department at 601-636-2511 or CrimeStoppers at 601-355-TIPS.

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VIDEO: Homicide on Enchanted Drive in Vicksburg

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UPDATE: The Vicksburg Police Department has verified that the shooting victim has died as a result of his wounds.

Witnesses have provided the description of a dark colored sedan as the suspect vehicle.

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A man has been shot multiple times on Enchanted Drive in Vicksburg.

The shooting occurred about 5:40 p.m. Monday.

The victim, only identified as a 20-year-old, has been transported to Merit Health River Region Hospital. His condition is not known at this time.

Multiple Vicksburg Police officers and investigators are on the scene investigating.

The Vicksburg Daily News will provide additional information as we get it.

 

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Update: Pascagoula brothers located; mother in custody

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Kaiden and Kolden Wall and-Sarah-Caswell (photos courtesy MBI)


UPDATE: Officials say Kaiden Wall, 6, and Kolden Wall, 2, were located Monday morning in Lincoln County, near Brookhaven, Mississippi. They are both safe.

The boys were taken by their non-custodial mother, Sarah Caswell. She is in police custody.

***AMBER ALERT CANCELED***
Kaiden and Kolden Wall have been located and are safe!! Sarah Caswell is in police custody….

Posted by Pascagoula Police Department on Monday, October 19, 2020

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The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation has issued an Endangered/Missing Child Alert for brothers Kaiden and Kolden Wall of Pascagoula, Mississippi, in Jackson County.

Kaiden Wall is a white male, 6 years old, 3-feet, 6 inches tall, weighing 120 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair.

His brother Kolden Wall is a white male, 2 years old, 2-feet, 3 inches tall, weighing 40 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair.

Kaiden Wall and Kolden Wall may be accompanied by their non-custodial mother, Sarah Caswell.

Caswell is a white female, 33 years old, 5 feet, 3 inches tall, weighing 150 pounds, with black hair.

The vehicle being used is a 2007 silver Audi A4 2.0 bearing Alabama license plate 2BA2195.

If anyone has information regarding the whereabouts of Kaiden Wall and Kolden Wall, Sarah Caswell or the vehicle, please call the Pascagoula Police Department at 228-762-2211.

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