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The Commercial Appeal's been going through changes since its acquisition by media giant Gannett Co.

Massive staff layoffs were followed by an announcement that the paper would be moving from its longtime home at 495 Union, which is now for sale.

While reporters continue to work night and early morning shifts, reduced security and shortened business hours prompted this memo from Executive Editor Mark Russell: "Starting today (Monday), building security in The CA's 495 building has been reduced to 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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"For this week, if you work after 5 and need an escort to your car, please ask a colleague to accompany you. If you are worried about working in your department alone after, say, 6 or 7 p.m., please consider leaving at 5 to work from a coffee shop, home, or some other location that has what you need and where you feel secure.

"And the same thing goes for someone starting at 6 a.m. Please work from a coffee shop or home if you are worried about being safe coming in at 5:45 before security starts this week."

Shortly thereafter, the newspaper tweeted a reminder for readers to celebrate their workplace.

It's a Sign

If your adolescent child suddenly shows an obsessive interest in glossy women's magazines, chalk it up to the power of advertising — and probably this billboard off I-40 and Whitten.

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