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Thanksgiving, Black Friday shopping: Best deals we found today

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 7:02 AM

VIDEO: Long line forms outside Victoria's Secret at Dayton Mall

Shoppers are already out finding the best deals at big box retailers like Meijer on Thanksgiving.

While most malls and shopping centers won’t open until later this evening or on Black Friday, some stores already had crowds out purchasing items early in the morning. Meijer opened at 6 a.m., and Cabela’s opens at 8 a.m. JCPenney opens stores at 2 p.m.

These are the best deals we’ve found so far:

Holiday Shopping Guide 2017
Deals, hiring, hours and everything else you need to know about local shopping for the holidays

Mary B's frozen biscuits recalled due to listeria concerns

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 3:06 AM

Mary B's frozen biscuits. (Credit: FDA.gov)
FDA.gov
Mary B's frozen biscuits. (Credit: FDA.gov)(FDA.gov)

Be sure to check your freezer because there’s a new recall on frozen biscuits that were sold in nearly two dozen states.

>> Biscuits recalled over listeria concern

Hom/Ade Foods is recalling Mary B’s brand biscuits due to listeria concerns. The biscuits were sold in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

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Company officials said the problem was discovered in a product sampling conducted by an outside company that manufactured the product.

Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, elderly people and others with weakened immune systems.

The Mary B’s products affected are frozen bagged biscuits. All have “Best If Used By" dates before Sept. 23, 2018, and with the letter “M” immediately after the date.

Mary B's recall. (Credit: FDA.gov)(FDA.gov)

UPC codes affected by the recall:

  • 2059300007 MARY B’S JUMBO BUTTERMILK BISCUITS 35OZ 10 / 3.5OZ
  • 2059300015 MARY B’S BUTTERMILK BISCUITS 26.4OZ 12 / 2.2OZ
  • 2059300018 MARY B’S SOUTHERNMADE BISCUITS 26.4OZ 12 / 2.2OZ
  • 2059300020 MARY B’S BUTTERMILK VALUE PACK BISCUITS 44OZ 20 / 2.2OZ
  • 2059300021 MARY B’S SOUTHERNMADE VALUE PACK BISCUITS 44OZ 20 / 2.2OZ
  • 2059300022 MARY B’s BUTTERMILK TEA BISCUITS 24OZ 24 / 1OZ
  • 2059300023 MARY B’S BUTTERTASTE VALUE PACK BISCUITS 44OZ 20 / 2.2OZ
  • 2059300028 MARY B’S THIN BUTTERMILK BISCUITS 28.6OZ 22 / 1.3OZ
  • 2059300033 MARY B’S BUTTERMILK FAMILY PACK BISCUITS 60OZ 30 / 2OZ
  • 2059300034 MARY B’S SOUTHERNMADE FAMILY PACK BISCUITS 60OZ 30 / 2OZ
  • 2059300035 MARY B’S BUTTERTASTE FAMILY PACK BISCUITS 60OZ 30 / 2OZ
  • 2059383000 MARY B’S BUTTERMILK 0 TRANS FAT 220CT BULK BISCUITS 220 / 2.2OZ
  • 2059383004 MARY B’S BUTTERMILK BISCUITS 220CT BULK BISCUITS 220 / 2.2OZ
  • 2059387000 MARY B’S MADE WITH WHOLE GRAIN 220CT BULK BISCUITS 220 / 2.2OZ
  • 3059320583 MARY B’S 3.5 OZ JUMBO BUTTERMILK 144CT BULK BISCUITS 144 / 3.5OZ

Customers are urged to return affected products to the store for a full refund.

Read more here.

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How to win an argument at work - or stop one before it starts

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 4:52 PM

Here's how to get a promotion anywhere in the world Understand what the hiring process looks like in your company Let the company know you want a promotion Make sure your values are in line with the company Make sure you have developed Emotional Intelligence Manage your stress levels

No one expects to navigate the work world without the occasional argument. And it's nice to "win" when you're in the right.

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But what really matters more than besting your manager or co-workers in an argument is how you handle the conflicts that are an inevitable part of work, according to a Forbes piece co-written by Travis Bradberry and Joseph Grenny.

"A persistent finding in both of our research is that your ability to handle moments of conflict has a massive impact on your success," they said. "How you handle conflict determines the amount of trust, respect and connection you have with your colleagues."

Psychologist Susan Krauss Whitbourne gave tips for winning arguments in any setting in Psychology Today, borrowing ideas from Israeli psychologist Eran Halperin about political conflict and interpreting them on a personal, rather than global, level.

"In an argument, your appraisal that you're losing, your belief that you need to be 'right' and the extent to which you like the other person can all have an impact on the emotions you experience," she wrote. "Your emotions can also get aroused by the desire to gain the respect of onlookers - no one enjoys being made to look ignorant in front of others, and when you feel that you're being made the fool, your outrage only increases."

Anger pretty much kills your ability to win an argument in any sense of the word "win," Whitbourne said. Instead of building to an outraged furor, she recommended six key, argument-winning tools:

Know your facts

Whitbourne reminded people of all the times they made a claim about a bit of trivia, quickly realized they were wrong, and then stuck to their guns anyhow. "This is not an ideal way to win (or enter) an argument." Stop and think before you make a blooper and you'll be less likely to lose an argument, whether it's trivial or actually important to your career.

Prepare to acknowledge the other person's point of view

You don't have to agree with your foe, but if you want to win the argument, "you do need to be able to see the world the way your opponent does. Stepping into the mental set of those you argue with allows you to figure out what's influencing them. Perhaps they're feeling threatened, anxious, or annoyed. Perhaps they know something that you don't. In any case, showing empathy will lower the temperature of the debate."

Try to be, or at least seem, open-minded

"Becoming defensive is one of the worst ways to win an argument. Don't let your opponent sense that you're digging into your position without being willing to consider alternatives. And if you let your opponent speak, he might come to your side without your having to do anything other than listen."

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Keep your emotions in check

Halperin's research revealed how important emotions are in determining your ability to appraise situations. "If you lose your temper, you'll only antagonize your opponent, which will further heighten his or her wrath, and the process can only escalate upwards," Whitbourne explained. Worried that you'll seem weak if you suddenly become calm in the middle of the argument? Don't worry. You'll gain points by showing self-control.

Stay hopeful that the argument can be resolved

Arguments can stir up negative emotions. If you're in the midst of a screaming fest, it's tough to envision a resolution where you still have your dignity intact. But strive to stay optimistic. "Invoking the feeling of hope allows you to think more clearly, leading to the possibility that you'll win by sheer force of logic." If you believe there's a way out, you're more likely to find one. "This is what happens in ordinary problem-solving, when thinking outside of the box can help all sides come up with a solution. Such an 'aha' moment in an argument can lead you straight to victory."

Respect your opponent

You may not emerge as the clear victor in an argument, or you may get your way but make your business relationship worse. It's important not to insult or degrade your opponent during the conflict. "Even if the individual is someone you'll never see again, it's still important to show that you meant 'nothing personal' in the dispute."

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Downtown Dayton’s third tallest tower sells for $12.5 million

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 1:48 PM

The Fifth Third Center sits at the southwest corner of Main and Third Streets in downtown Dayton. The 21-story building was constructed in 1989. LISA POWELL / STAFF
The Fifth Third Center sits at the southwest corner of Main and Third Streets in downtown Dayton. The 21-story building was constructed in 1989. LISA POWELL / STAFF

The Fifth Third Center has sold in downtown Dayton for $12.5 million, new Montgomery County property records show.

One South Main Street Holdings LLC bought the building for that amount from Ducru Spe LLC, along with associated parcels, records show. The sale was recorded Tuesday.

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The building is at 1 S. Main St. Considered downtown’s third largest tower, the building has Class A office space, including offices available from 1,500 to 15,414 square feet, the property’s web site says.

An Ohio Secretary of State Office business filing links One South Main Street Holdings to CW Capital Asset Management in Bethesda, Md. 

Covering 363,473 square feet over 20 stories, the tower was built in 1989. The building has been in foreclosure since last year.

A previous owner of Fifth Third Center owed more than $15.7 million, according to court documents filed last year by Deutsche Bank.

The foreclosure complaint for the 1 S. Main St. office tower was filed June 1 last year in Montgomery County.

The tower has been home to tenants such as Fifth Third Bank, Wright-Patt Credit Union, Freund, Freeze & Arnold LLP, and law firm Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.

VR leader Marxent expands Kettering location

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 12:43 PM

A Marxent photo of the company’s team in their offices in Miami Valley Research Park. CONTRIBUTED
A Marxent photo of the company’s team in their offices in Miami Valley Research Park. CONTRIBUTED

Marxent, a leader in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies and capabilities, is expanding its Kettering offices by nearly 5,000 square feet.

Marxent Labs LLC struck a lease agreement in the fourth quarter of 2017 to expand its offices at 3100 Research Blvd. by 4,947 square feet, according to a recent Dayton market real estate report from Cushman and Wakefield.

The company has about 80 employees in Kettering, said Beck Besecker, Marxent founder and chief executive.

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”We’re doing well,” Besecker said in a phone interview Tuesday. “We’re getting ready to expand with a bunch of customers and add new people. We’re starting to go after it here.”

“The net of it is, we’re in a good market between AR and VR,” he added. “Retail is in the midst of trying to change and become much more of a service, much more experiential and so forth. So we’re in a pretty good spot.”

Recent JobsOhio metrics show that the company received a $1.5 million growth fund loan. JobsOhio is the state’s private development arm. 

The company designs and deploys VR and AR technology for customers. For example, last year, Toll Brothers Inc., a Horsham, Pa.-based home builder, said it was piloting a tool to allow home buyers to use Marxent-designed VR to “see” proposed design selections in homes and to make changes in what they see.

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Based in the Miami Valley Research Park in Kettering, Marxent attracted $10 million in Series B investor funding for its work in 2016. Its investors have included Quicken Loans founder and Cleveland Cavaliers majority owner Dan Gilbert.

The company has been growing fairly steadily. In 2015, Marxent more than doubled its workforce, expanding to about 50 developers, 3-D artists and designers.

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Marxent, founded in 2011, also has offices in Tampa, Fla. and Detroit.