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  • Starbucks to close 150 locations in 2019

    06/19/2018 2:53:05 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 52 replies
    UPI ^ | 06/19/2018 | By Daniel Uria
    June 19 (UPI) -- Starbucks announced Tuesday it plans to close 150 underperforming stores in the 2019 fiscal year. The company will triple its traditional annual average of closing about 50 stores as part of a streamlining effort including rapidly optimizing its U.S. store portfolio. "While certain demand headwinds are transitory, and some of our cost increases are appropriate investments for the future, our recent performance does not reflect the potential of our exceptional brand and is not acceptable," Starbucks President and CEO Kevin Johnson said. In July 2017, Starbucks closed all 379 Teavana locations after the tea shop showed...
  • Gunman Wounds 2, is Fatally Shot by Bystander at Walmart Store

    06/18/2018 6:31:04 AM PDT · by Rinnwald · 29 replies
    CBS News ^ | 6/18/18 | CBS News
    TUMWATER, Wash. -- A gunman wounded a teenager during a carjacking and shot a man during a carjacking attempt Sunday before being killed by a bystander outside a Washington state Walmart, reports CBS affiliate KIRO-TV in Seattle. The Walmart is in Tumwater, some 65 miles south of Seattle.
  • 2 injured, suspect dead in shooting at Tumwater (Washington) Walmart

    06/17/2018 8:01:22 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 40 replies
    K5 News ^ | June 17, 2018 | King
    Police say the suspect shot a man while trying to carjack him in the Tumwater Walmart parking lot. That's when another man stepped in and shot the suspect. Two people were injured and a suspect shot dead after a man tried to carjack several people at the Walmart in Tumwater Sunday afternoon. The incident happened about 5 p.m. Sunday at the Walmart Supercenter at 5900 Littlerock Rd SW, located near several businesses, including a Home Depot and a Toyota dealership. According to a police spokesperson, the call began as a DUI suspect call. While police were searching for the suspect,...
  • Fed Up in Seattle

    06/17/2018 3:20:07 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 26 replies
    City Journal ^ | 6/15/2018 | Christopher F Rufo
    Don’t believe the hype that “Amazon killed the Seattle head tax,” the new levy that the city recently passed on businesses to fund an affordable-housing initiative. The truth behind the city council’s stunning reversal—repealing the tax by a 7-2 vote, just four weeks after passing it 9-0—is that Seattle citizens have erupted in frustration against the city’s tax-and-spend political class that has failed to address the homelessness crisis, despite record new revenues. As recently as a few years ago, it seemed as if Seattle voters largely viewed our hyper-progressive city council as a harmless oddity in an otherwise tolerant, thriving,...
  • Fed Up in Seattle

    06/17/2018 3:09:10 PM PDT · by Angels27 · 33 replies
    Seattle City Journal ^ | 6-15-18 | Christopher F. Rufo
    Don’t believe the hype that “Amazon killed the Seattle head tax,” the new levy that the city recently passed on businesses to fund an affordable-housing initiative. The truth behind the city council’s stunning reversal—repealing the tax by a 7-2 vote, just four weeks after passing it 9-0—is that Seattle citizens have erupted in frustration against the city’s tax-and-spend political class that has failed to address the homelessness crisis, despite record new revenues. As recently as a few years ago, it seemed as if Seattle voters largely viewed our hyper-progressive city council as a harmless oddity in an otherwise tolerant, thriving,...
  • Cattle producer says wolves cause breeding problems ( Washington )

    06/17/2018 8:42:02 AM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    Chewelah Independent) ^ | June 6, 2018 | Brandon Hansen
    A troubling trend has occurred for ranchers in NE Washington ... cattle are experiencing breeding issues since the migration of wolves to the area... the rate of female cows .. that didn’t become pregnant has increased from five percent to about 20 percent. A cow must raise a calf every summer for the rancher to recoup costs ... Diamond M also has a winter range to cut costs, but when wolves came into the area about a decade ago, they’ve seen their cattle attacked ... Texas A&M University agreed with the open cow side effect from wolves, and an Eastern...
  • Gunman Opens Fire on Motorists Near Airport in Washington State

    06/14/2018 1:46:45 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    ktla ^ | June 14, 2018
    Police are asking the public for help as they try to find the shooter who opened fire and hit four vehicles driving on State Route 509 near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. All of the drivers escaped without injury, local TV station KCPQ reported. The shootings took place as the vehicles were going southbound on SR 509 at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. SR 509 was closed down between 160th and 188th streets for hours while police scoured the area on the ground and from the air for the shooter. No one was found, but evidence was collected and the highway was reopened...
  • University job posting: ‘Undocumented Focused Program Manager’.....

    06/13/2018 5:42:47 PM PDT · by caww · 27 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | 6/13/2018 | by John Patrick
    A public university in Washington state is seeking to hire an individual focused solely on overseeing various issues that pertain to illegal immigrant students attending the university. The University of Washington-Bothell has posted an advertisement for the position of “Undocumented Focused Program Manager” in the Student Diversity Center of the university. Individuals will “design, coordinate, and deliver educational, cultural workshops and events which focus on diversity, inclusion and social justice, with an emphasis in programming and advocacy for undocumented student populations,” According to the job listing, the position will be focused on expanding outreach to the undocumented student community, as...
  • Seattle city council repeals "head tax" on city's big businesses

    06/12/2018 4:25:42 PM PDT · by hoagy62 · 14 replies ^ | 6/12/18 | AP and KOMO
    Seattle leaders on Tuesday repealed a tax on large companies such as Amazon and Starbucks after a backlash from businesses, a stark reversal from a month ago when the City Council unanimously approved the effort to combat a growing homelessness crisis. The council voted 7-2 after supporters and opponents packed a meeting with signs saying, "Tax Amazon, housing for all" and "No tax on jobs," with some shouting for more time to discuss the issue. The vote showed Amazon's ability to aggressively push back on government taxes, especially in its affluent hometown where it's the largest employer and where some...
  • Judge orders Washington prison to provide Ramadan meals

    06/11/2018 12:02:34 PM PDT · by PROCON · 54 replies
    AP ^ | June 11, 2018 | AP
    SEATTLE — A federal judge has ordered the Washington Department of Corrections to provide nighttime meals to Muslim inmates who have been fasting during the month of Ramadan, after several said prison officials refused to do so. The Council on American-Islamic Relations sued the department Sunday on behalf of four prisoners at the Washington State Reformatory in Monroe, including one who said he’s lost 15 pounds since Ramadan began in mid-May.
  • Seattle Has Collected 42,000 Pounds Of Garbage Around Homeless Camps In Just 3 Weeks

    06/04/2018 7:54:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/04/2018 | John Sexton
    The Seattle Times reports that the city’s mayor is quietly trying to clean up homeless encampments and has so far collected 42,000 pounds of trash in just three weeks. But it seems efforts to break up vehicular encampments (people living in cars) are going about as well as could be expected: The program, which quietly started in mid-May, has resulted in the collection of almost 42,000 pounds of garbage and waste from cleanups around RVs and other vehicles parked in Sodo, Georgetown, Ballard and the Central District.But in the meantime, residents of these vans and RVs continue to play...
  • Ron Rockwell Hansen: US arrests man for trying to spy for China

    06/04/2018 4:18:58 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6-4-2018 | Sarah N. Lynch
    A former officer with the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency was arrested over the weekend for allegedly trying to spy on the United States for China, the Justice Department said on Monday. The Federal Bureau of Investigation took Ron Rockwell Hansen, 58, into custody on Saturday while he was on his way to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to get a connecting flight to China. The department said he has been accused of trying to transmit national defense information to China and with receiving "hundreds of thousands of dollars" while acting illegally as an agent for the Chinese government.
  • Howard Schultz established himself as a player in politics before he decided to leave Starbucks

    06/04/2018 2:29:13 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies ^ | 06/04/2018 | jacob-pramuk
    Howard Schultz is leaving Starbucks after becoming more active in politics in recent years. While Schultz has previously denied plans to run for president, he said Monday he wants to see if he can play a role in "giving back." He was a vocal Hillary Clinton supporter and has heavily criticized some policies pursued by President Donald Trump. In the years before he confirmed his plans to leave Starbucks on Monday, Howard Schultz took an active role in politics through both his words and money. Schultz has previously denied speculation that he could run for president. Still, he indicated Monday...
  • Seattle Residents Push Back Against Horribly Conceived Tax

    05/31/2018 3:12:44 PM PDT · by Twotone · 39 replies
    American Spectator ^ | May 30, 2018 | Andrew Wilford
    In the wake of Seattle’s decision to enact an Employee Head Tax (EHT) to fight homelessness, media reporting has largely focused on the backlash from large businesses such as Amazon. It’s not hard to see why. Amazon, which employs more than 10 percent of the city’s workforce, has suspended planned investments in protest, and more than 100 leaders of large businesses operating in the city signed an open letter opposing the tax increase. But local residents tired of Seattle’s stagnant economic situation are beginning to take action against the EHT as well. It is truly difficult to imagine a worse...
  • Man Burning American Flag Blanket Starts Wildfire

    05/28/2018 10:19:36 PM PDT · by Rinnwald · 14 replies
    KIRO 7 News ^ | 05/28/2018 | KIRO 7 News Staff
    EPHRATA, Wash. - A man trying to burn an American flag blanket started a 5-acre wildfire Sunday, Grant County Fire District 13 officials said.
  • Starbucks to Close all Stores for Bias Training

    05/28/2018 6:35:15 AM PDT · by Cecily · 103 replies
    The Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | May 28, 2018 | Ligaya Figueras, et al.
    All eyes are on Starbucks. And not because it’s rolling out a new caffeinated drink. Tomorrow Starbucks is shutting down its more than 8,000 locations across the county to conduct racial bias training for its 175,000 employees. Some critics, mainly on social media, see it as political correctness gone too far. Others welcome the training. It comes nearly seven weeks after two black men waiting at a Starbucks in Philadelphia were arrested when a store manager called the police. Since their April 12 arrest, Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson have reached a settlement with the city: A payment of $1...

    05/25/2018 11:30:29 PM PDT · by llevrok · 66 replies
    Oly Arts ( ^ | 5/25/2018 | Christian Carvajal
    The Evergreen State College is known for a liberal-arts environment that encourages free artistic expression. However, this spring Evergreen will cut heavily into the budget for staff and facilities that nurture theatrical expression. This year, the last seven shows at TESC will be especially fraught but meaningful, as they mark a climax before severe budget cuts and staff reductions go into effect. The Experimental Theater (COM 124, a 200-seat, black-box venue) and its costume and scene shops will close at the end of the spring 2018 semester. On Friday, May 18, faculty and staff members were informed that three of...
  • Amazon, Starbucks pledge money to repeal Seattle head tax

    05/25/2018 8:03:11 AM PDT · by gattaca · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 25, 2018 | AP
    SEATTLE – Amazon, Starbucks, Vulcan and other companies have pledged a total of more than $350,000 toward an effort to repeal Seattle's newly passed tax on large employers intended to combat homelessness. Just days after the Seattle City Council approved the levy, the No Tax On Jobs campaign, a coalition of businesses, announced it would gather signatures to
  • Seattle plan would fine gun owners up to $10,000 for not properly storing weapons

    05/25/2018 12:38:10 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 60 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05/25/18 | Benjamin Brown
    Seattle’s mayor on Thursday unveiled a proposal to fine gun owners $500 to $10,000 for failing to lock up their firearms. The legislation, drafted by Mayor Jenny Durkan and Councilmember M. Lorena González, follows recent deadly school shootings in Florida, Texas and other locations. The bill was forwarded to Seattle's City Council for consideration, the Seattle Times reported. In 2016, Washington state enacted an "extreme risk" gun law that has allowed Seattle police officers to confiscate 43 weapons from citizens, the Times reported. The gun-control movement in Washington state has been aided by former Microsoft executive and NFL team owner...
  • Rachel Dolezal charged with welfare fraud

    05/25/2018 6:20:51 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 16 replies ^ | Updated: May 24, 2018 05:26 PM PDT | By: Elena Gardne
    SPOKANE, Wash. - One of Spokane's most recent controversial figures in back in the limelight. Rachel Dolezal, former president of Spokane's NAACP chapter, has been charged with welfare fraud after investigators discovered she had failed to report part of her self-employment income. Dolezal is accused of 1st Degree Theft by Welfare Fraud, Perjury in the 2nd degree, and False Verification for Public Assistance. Dolezal, whose legal name was changed to Nkechi A. Diallo in 2016, is accused of receiving $8,747 in illegal food assistance, and $100 in illegal childcare assistance, totaling $8,847. According to court documents, the investigation began when...