The man accused of setting this massive fire at Gallery Furniture will have his day in court. Eyewitness News has learned the suspect is now considered competent to stand trial.
Robert Gillham has spent the last four years in a state mental hospital. Investigators say in 2009, the disgruntled former employee set fire to the store on the North Freeway and Parker, causing more than $20 million in damages. We're told he will return to Harris County in the coming weeks and a trial date will be set.
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Former Inmates Will Learn to Make Artisanal Furniture at Brooklyn Navy Yard
A program that turns former prisoners into entrepreneurs has moved into the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Refoundry, which teaches former inmates how to build, then sell their own repurposed furniture, has leased 7,900 square feet of space at the Navy Yard.
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Furniture Industry Research Association appoints new chairman
The Furniture Industry Research Association has announced the appointment of a new chairman, Charles Vernon, who has worked in the industry for over 38 years. Charles takes over from Michael Powell, who is stepping down as chairman after five years with the association.
Michael says: “I have been honoured to lead the association and be part of the great work it delivers to the industry over the last five years, but I have decided that the time is right to step down. I believe that a strong association is representative of a strong industry and I am sure I am handing the leadership of the association over to the right person in Charles who I hope will enjoy his tenure as chairman as much as I have.”
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Maryland's discount furniture
The Governor's Mansion had a yard sale in 2015. You may have missed it since it was not in the "Yard Sales" section of any newspaper. There was no warning of "no early birds." There was not even a listing of what might be on sale. For these reasons it was lightly attended. In fact, it was attended only by outgoing Gov. Martin O'Malley.
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How Britain Shops for Furniture and Floorcoverings | Verdict Consumer Report
How Britain Shops Furniture and Floor coverings is part of Verdict's How Britain Shops series, which surveys 12,000 shoppers online to gauge how the nation shops across 12 different retail sectors. Data from the survey is broken down demographically and regionally to provide retailers with a clear understanding of what is important to its customers, providing it with a competitive edge.

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