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Despite indications to the contrary, Whitefoot Meat Market and six adjoining Milpas Street businesses will not be replaced by a Longs Drugs in the foreseeable future. Longs notified property owner Edward Unterman on January 15 that it was opting out, despite the city’s approval of the project. Besides the 38-year-old family-owned butcher shop, the corner is also home to Mariscos Boca de Rio, La Gloria Taquería, Panadería Verónica, El Pollo Norteño, Milpas Nails and Spa, and A-1 Cleaners, several of which have been there for close to 25 years. Unterman said the building they occupy is “old and tired.”

The Goleta-based LaunchPoint Technologies has confirmed its progress on a project that could change the way objects are sent into outer space. Once complete, the new technology will use magnetism to accelerate an object around a circular track before launching it into the sky. LaunchPoint is currently seeking test sites. The U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research has granted approximately $600,000 to the project, which may be used for combat as well as space exploration.

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