On ‘The Office,’ Steve Carell and the Dunder Mifflin Gang Call a Panorama City Studio Home

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Ain’t no party like a Scranton party, ‘cause a Scranton party don’t stop! The cast and crew of “The Office” wouldn’t have direct knowledge of that fact, though, being that the hit NBC series was shot in Los Angeles, a good 2,700 miles outside of Electric City, where it was set. The beloved mockumentary-style sitcom, which is seeing a major resurgence in popularity as of late thanks to its availability on Netflix, the uptick in binging resulting from 2020’s ongoing shelter-at-home regulations, and stars Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey’s recap podcast “Office Ladies,”  is unique in that almost all filming took place on a set. The production rarely ventured offsite for on-location shoots, not even for establishing shots of Scranton Business Park, the complex that housed Dunder Mifflin Paper Company, Vance Refrigeration and, for a time, the Michael Scott Paper Company.

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Home Office proceeds with disputed Jamaica deportation flight

The Home Office deported 13 men to Jamaica in the early hours of Wednesday morning on a controversial charter flight, but a significant number of other offenders were granted a last-minute reprieve after a legal challenge.

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Documents lodged in the high court by the Home Office stated that its intention was to remove as many as 50 Jamaican nationals, but only a fraction of that number boarded the flight, according to ministry sources.

The Home Office minister for immigration compliance, Chris Philp, said the flight had removed 13 “serious foreign criminals” from the UK. A number of others due to be on board, however, are said to have been granted a last-minute legal reprieve after the ministry acknowledged they may have been victims of modern slavery.

The mass deportation became a high-profile issue after a series of campaigns including one from 82

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Toronto architecture practice designs an office with community top of mind

Dubbeldam Architecture + Design renovated this building in Toronto’s Corso Italia neighbourhood and use the upper floor as their office space.

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Because it’s a mild 4 C on this overcast November Saturday, the lineup for the morning’s java jolt is five-deep at Wallace Espresso. By the time the high of 6 C is reached around 1 p.m., there will likely be more, and the lone jogger streaming past the corner of St. Clair Avenue West and Westmount Avenue in Toronto – the gateway to Corso Italia – will have turned into a group, and the door to the co-working space, Lokaal, will be glad for its well-lubricated hinges.

But it wasn’t always this way.

If 2020 has taught the architecture world anything, it’s the importance of neighbourhoods. Specifically, how to create and foster them, and then help them thrive … even in difficult times.

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Last-ditch attempt to stop Home Office deportation flight to Jamaica fails

A last-ditch legal attempt by two children to prevent a Home Office deportation flight to Jamaica from taking off on Wednesday has failed, just hours before the charter plane is expected to depart.

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The children, two siblings, who brought the case on behalf of their father, argued that current deportation policy was unlawful because the Home Office has failed to properly assess the best interests of children whose parents it seeks to deport.

The charity Detention Action, which intervened in the case, said some of the behaviour displayed by children facing enforced separation from their fathers for at least the next ten years, includes bed-wetting, hitting their head against the wall, low mood and suicidal ideation.

Many of the men due to board the plane were in a distraught state at the prospect of leaving their families and children in the

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the Home Office is trampling on people’s rights

The verdict of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), that the Home Office broke the law when it introduced the hostile environment policy, is confirmation that Windrush was a scandal twice over. Its human cost can be counted in the number of lives ruined, of the scores of British citizens, mostly of Caribbean heritage, who were forced into destitution, denied healthcare or deported because they could not prove their right to live in the UK. But the EHRC, which found that officials failed to properly assess whether the set of harsh immigration policies drawn up in 2012 would be racially discriminatory, adds to the picture of a bureaucracy that either did not know or did not care that it was breaking the law.

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a close up of a sign: ‘Home Office officials failed to comply with equality legislation, and repeatedly ignored the warnings of campaigners that their policies would end up discriminating against people who had the right to live in the UK.’

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‘Home Office officials failed to comply with equality legislation, and repeatedly ignored the warnings

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Craig Robinson Buys Lavish Home Office

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It’s a blessedly long way from Dunder Mifflin and the mean streets of Scranton, Pennsylvania, but prolific actor/comedian Craig Robinson (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” Darryl Philbin in “The Office“) has splashed out $2.6 million for an all-new, Michael Scott-free home in L.A.’s suburban neighborhood of Tarzana. The single-level contemporary sports six bedrooms and a total of six full baths in just north of 4,600 square feet of living space, all of it with an open flow and wrapped in cool neutral tones.

Built this year by a local developer, the nonagonal structure is fronted by an attached three-car garage set below an unusual bank of clerestory windows. Inside, the front door opens to a brief foyer before spilling into a living room visually dominated by a linear fireplace set into a black marble surround.

Just beyond the living room lies a vast hallway with space

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How to handle the challenges of a makeshift home office

For many professionals, a work-from-home day was a rare, but welcome, occurrence. Sure, you traded your Aero chair and giant monitors for a kitchen table and a tiny laptop screen. But not having to commute and the comforts of home often outweighed those hassles. After all, who’d judge you for taking a catnap after a marathon conference call?

That all changed when the COVID-19 pandemic led many companies to shutter offices, sending waves of employees home to work remotely. At the time, there were questions about how employees would respond to that massive and sudden shift. Would productivity suffer? Would they feel disconnected from their coworkers?

According to Capital One’s 2020 Work Environment Survey, concerns about the transition to remote work were largely unfounded. The report found that 78% of employees agree that working from home can be as effective as working in the office, and 64% agree that remote

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Authorities search home and office of Maradona’s doctor

Investigators seized medical records, cellphones and computers from the Buenos Aires home and office of Diego Maradona’s personal doctor as part of an investigation into the soccer legend’s sudden death last week, authorities said Sunday.

Argentine prosecutors investigate soccer star Maradona’s death



Prosecutors in San Isidro, Buenos Aires province, said they concluded the searches were “necessary” after interviewing Maradona’s relatives.

[Diego Maradona became a global celebrity as a soccer player. But the world remembers him as more.]

The 60-year-old former Barcelona and Naples star died Wednesday after suffering a heart attack at his home. He had undergone emergency brain surgery earlier this month.

Neurosurgeon Leopoldo Luque, speaking to reporters at his home on Sunday, said police took clinical files related to Maradona. He denied any responsibility for his death.

“If I am responsible of something, it is of loving him and taking care of him,

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Black public figures urge airlines not to carry out Home Office deportation | Home Office

Eighty-two black public figures have written to airlines who have worked on deportation charter flights urging them not to carry up to 50 Jamaicans the Home Office wants to deport next week.

Signatories include the author Bernardine Evaristo, model Naomi Campbell, historian David Olusoga and actors Naomie Harris and Thandie Newton, as well as lawyers, broadcasters and NGO chiefs. Leading Windrush campaigners including Michael Braithwaite and Elwaldo Romeo have also signed. The letter has been sent to six airlines known to have previously worked with the Home Office on deportation charter flights.

It urges the airline chiefs to refuse to operate the flight on 2 December, the second Jamaica deportation flight this year, if they have been approached by the Home Office to do so, and to pause the operation of deportation flights to Commonwealth countries for the foreseeable future.

They are calling on airlines that have previously operated these

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The Home Office, mired in racism claims, now plans another mass deportation of black people

Take a moment to think of the Home Office. It’s a troubled place. The home secretary, Priti Patel, has been labelled a bully – and the evidence suggests breached the ministerial code, according to the man who investigated her. The department itself has been found to have violated equalities laws by disregarding the warnings about the impact of its hostile environment policy on black people. And the most senior black Home Office employee on the compensation scheme for the resulting Windrush scandal has resigned amid complaints of discrimination, it emerged last week.

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“It’s not just racism,” said Alexandra Ankrah, a former barrister who worked as head of policy on the scheme. Although that strikes me as a fairly fatal error all on its own, for a programme specifically designed to compensate victims of racism. The scheme was so lacking in compassion for

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