Dan Cohen AUTHOR The National Commission on the Future of the Army’s public hearing in Fayetteville, N.C., Wednesday, was not intended to scrutinize Fort Bragg’s missions or its military value, but local officials who testified focused on the high degree of support the surrounding communities provide the post.“We here in Fayetteville get the Army,” Fayetteville City Manager Ted Vorhees told the commissioners.The commission’s task is to assess “the right mix between the active army, the National Guard and the Army Reserve to meet the nation’s requirements,” said retired Army Gen. Carter Ham, chairman of the eight-member panel.Cumberland County Commissioner Jimmy Keefe noted the close connections between Fort Bragg and its civilian neighbors, reported the Fayetteville Observer. About 70 percent of the installation’s troops live off post, for example. Keefe also pointed out that the county has one of the state’s few veterans courts.“Those are the kind of unique initiatives we take as a county,” Keefe said. “Our county leadership hopes to build on the leadership with Fort Bragg in their decision-making,” he added.Only one speaker addressed the Army’s plan to shift AH-64 Apache attack helicopters from the National Guard to the regular Army, one of the primary issues the commission will be taking up.Removing the Apaches from the National Guard would be a “huge risk,” Chief Warrant Officer 5 Rick Comer told the panel. When there was a heavy demand to train Apache pilots over the last 13 years, Fort Rucker, Ala., turned to the National Guard to supply instructor pilots. “The Guard at any given time had eight to 12 instructor pilots at Fort Rucker supporting flight school. We take the Apaches out of the Guard, what do we do next time? We won’t have that capability,” said Comer, who served with the North Carolina National Guard for 30 years.
Post a comment 2019 TV shows you can’t miss Netflix Netflix mind-bender Altered Carbon gets Marvel actors for season 2 Take a five-hour bubble bath with Big Mouth’s Hormone Monstress Jessica Jones season 3 on Netflix: Everything we know so far TV and Movies The OA Part II returns with Brit Marling’s character teaming up with PI Karim Washington (Kingsley Ben-Adir) to solve an alternate universe mystery. Netflix When we first meet the wounded heroine Prairie (Brit Marling) in season one of Netflix’s sci-fi series The OA, we see what happens when a mad scientist named Hap (Jason Isaacs) kidnaps people and use them for dangerous experiments to test the boundaries of life and death.By the end of the first season, we’re left wondering if Prairie (who renames herself OA — which stands for Original Angel) and her fellow captors ever really figured out how to transport themselves to other dimensions.Or if it was all a fictional adventure she made up to cope with being tortured for seven years. 50 Photos Tags Share your voice “We think of Part II as very much a noir,” The OA co-creator Zal Batmanglij told Entertainment Weekly on Wednesday. “We wanted to come in through the character of a cynical detective. That’s why we thought, ‘What better place than San Francisco and the tech world to set a noir today?'”The returning cast includes Jason Isaacs, Emory Cohen and the late actor Scott Wilson (The Walking Dead), who played Prairie’s adoptive father in season 1. Wilson filmed his role for The OA Part II before dying from leukemia last October.The OA Part II premieres on Netflix on March 22. Now with The OA Part II, we see Prairie/OA again but as an alternate-universe version of herself as a wealthy Russian heiress who lives in San Francisco. This version of her was never kidnapped or experimented on.In the new trailer for The OA Part II posted on Wednesday, we see OA team up with PI Karim Washington (Kingsley Ben-Adir), who is looking for a missing teen named Michelle Vu. OA and Washington find themselves drawn to a house in San Francisco’s wealthy Nob Hill neighborhood that’s connected to the disappearance of several other teenagers. 0 More Netflix shows
Share your voice Tags $999 Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $155 at Google Express 7 TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $520 at HP Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Read DJI Osmo Action preview Boost Mobile Comments Android 10 (Android Q) Google Play Google,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Sarah Tew/CNET 1:33 $60 at Best Buy $299 at Amazon Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. See at Turo See it Sarah Tew/CNET Post a comment Chris Monroe/CNET Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Now playing: Watch this: JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) The Cheapskate $999 $59 at eBay Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Google is apparently introducing a method for you to pay for Android apps in cash. Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Google will soon let people literally part with their cash to pay for Android apps, a report said.The search giant will launch “pending transactions” to give you more payment options, according to TechCrunch.”This is a new class of delayed form of payment – like cash, bank transfer and direct debit,” Aurash Mahbod, the Director of Engineering responsible for the Play Store and Games on Google Play, told the site at Google’s I/O Developer conference on Wednesday. $999 Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Read Google Home Hub review Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $210 at Best Buy Rylo Android 10 beta’s best new tricks from Google I/O 2019 Turo The feature is geared towards emerging markets where credit cards aren’t as common, Mahbod noted. It apparently gives people a payment code that they can use to make their purchase in cash at a local store — they’ll get the app or in-app item and an emailed receipt within 10 minutes.However, TechCrunch mentions that getting your purchase can take up to 48 hours at times and refunds only come as Play Store credit, not cash.Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for further comment.First published at 5:04 a.m. PT.Updated at 5:23 a.m. PT: Adds more detail. Read the AirPods review Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Sarah Tew/CNET See It See at Amazon HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Apple iPhone XS Sprint 0 Read the Rylo camera preview Turo: Save $30 on any car rental CNET may get a commission from retail offers. All of the news out of Googles I/O keynote $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $999 DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Tags Best Buy Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) 34 Photos $6 at Tidal See It Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Share your voice DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Internet Services Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Angela Lang/CNET See It Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Amazon
Vijay Devarakonda and Rashmika Mandanna’s kissing scene in Dear ComradeScreenshot of YouTube videoActor Vijay Deverakonda has opened up on the controversy surrounding his lip-lock scene in Dear Comrade and expressed his displeasure over fans target Rashmika Mandanna over the video.The makers of Dear Comrade had released its teaser in Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil and Kannada on March 16. This first look video took social media by a storm and registered over five million views in less than 48 hours. It struck a chord with many viewers and generated a lot of hype and curiosity about its release.But some viewers were not happy with the lip-lock scene featured in the teaser of Dear Comrade and they had resorted to troll Rashmika Mandanna on the social media. They said that the movie deals with a serious subject and there was no need for a silly scene like lip-lock between the hero and heroine. They had even said that Vijay Deverakonda is serial kisser Emraan Hashmi of Telugu cinema.Vijay Deverakonda was little bothered about viewers calling Emraan Hashmi. Hence, he stayed away from responding to them. But he was said to be disturbed over his co-star Rashmika Mandanna being targeted with abusive words. “He never expected the Twitterati to go into a rant over a harmless kiss,” Deccan Chronicle quoted a source close to the actor as saying. Vijay Deverakonda and Rashmika Mandanna at Dear Comrade launchTwitterWhile he is used to raising hackles and eyebrows with his unorthodox roles and attitude, Vijay is appalled that his co-star is being targeted with unflattering comments. Dear Comrade has several moments of intimacy between Vijay and Rashmika. Now, he is in two minds as to how to deal with the intimacy quotient in Dear Comrade because he doesn’t want his leading lady to be targeted.”Most of the leading stars in Tollywood said no to intimate scenes with their co-stars as they are scared of being targets for the audience. “Should a kiss even be the reason for debate and discussion in a country plagued with much bigger problems?” asked the source.