Starbucks strikes deal with EEOC over alleged racial bias in promoting employees
Starbucks bags with free items, in recognition of the Starbucks coffee shot that is slated to go in at the CollegeTowne location, Reading, Pennsylvania, January 12, 2021. Starbucks said on Wednesday that it has resolved allegations from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission about alleged racial bias in its employee promotions, based on data from 2007 through 2011. The agreement with the federal agency was disclosed in Starbucks' third annual Civil Rights Assessment from the law firm Covington & Burling. A Starbucks spokesperson said that the company was engaged in on-and-off dialogue with the EEOC before reaching the agreement earlier this year. Earlier in March, Starbucks promoted Dennis Brockman to the role of global chief inclusion and diversity officer.cnbc.com
Roanoke City Public Libraries recommends kid’s books to ease tough conversations
Roanoke City Public Libraries believes the magic is helping kids get through tough times. From politics and racial injustice to this pandemic and how much life has changed, there’s a lot of things kids are exposed to. Here is Roanoke City Public Libraries’ recommendation for children’s books for addressing topics like personal obstacles, death, stress, anxiety, friendships and more. For parents looking for a little more support, here are parenting books to help children and teens through stress and anxiety. Roanoke City Public Libraries are not open but are offering curbside services.
Libyan man sentenced to life for deadly UK park stabbings
A Libyan man who stabbed three friends to death as they sat in an English city park on a summer evening has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole. Judge Nigel Sweeney said on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021 that Khairi Saadallah should be given a rare whole-life prison term for the ruthless and brutal attack. (Facebook via AP)LONDON – A Libyan man who stabbed three friends to death as they sat in an English city park on a summer evening was sentenced Monday to life in prison with no chance of parole. Judge Nigel Sweeney said Khairi Saadallah should be given a rare whole-life prison term for the “ruthless and brutal” attack. Saadallah, who had convictions for offenses including theft and assault, had been released from prison just two weeks before his deadly attack.
October pending home sales fall unexpectedly, as high prices take their toll on buyers
Pending home sales fell 1.1% month-to-month in October but were 20.2% higher compared with October 2019. This reading is a measure of signed contracts on existing homes, so it is a future indicator of closed sales. In the Midwest, sales fell 0.7% monthly but rose 19.6% annually. With the supply of existing homes so low, sales of newly built homes benefited. Builders, however, are now having the same issue as the existing market.cnbc.com
New FIFA rules to protect female players' maternity rights
(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)GENEVA – Female soccer players should soon get their maternity rights protected under new employment rules announced Thursday by FIFA. “The idea is to protect female players before, during and after childbirth,” FIFA chief legal officer Emilio Garcia said on a conference call. The rules, created with help from world players' union FIFPro, are expected to be approved by the FIFA Council next month and would take effect on Jan. 1. Although FIFA’s judicial bodies have not been presented with contract disputes over maternity rights, Garcia targeted getting ahead of potential problems in the fast-growing women’s game. The drafted rules aim to “protect contractual stability, achieve greater transparency and make sure that coaches also get paid on time,” FIFA said.
Libyan man admits stabbing murders of 3 friends in UK park
LONDON – A 26-year-old Libyan man pleaded guilty to murder Wednesday for stabbing three friends to death as they sat in an English city park. Khairi Saadallah admitted to three counts of murder and three of attempted murder for the June 20 attack in Reading, 40 miles (64 kilometers) west of London. James Furlong, 36, David Wails, 49, and Joseph Ritchie-Bennett, 39, were enjoying a warm Saturday evening in the city's Forbury Gardens park when they were stabbed. Each died from a single stab wound. The judge set a sentencing hearing for the week of Dec. 7.
Morgan makes English soccer debut for 1st match in 15 months
Tottenham Hotspur's Alex Morgan gestures to her teammates during the English Women's Super League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Reading at the Hive stadium in London Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. Morgan came on as a 69th minute substitute, the game ended in a 1-1 draw. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)LONDON – Supported by her baby daughter in the stands, American superstar Alex Morgan made her debut in English soccer on Saturday. Morgan came on as a substitute in the 69th minute for Tottenham in a 1-1 draw against Reading in the Women’s Super League. She didn't manage to score in her first match in around 15 months, having given birth to Charlie in May.
Huawei says Qualcomm applied for a license to sell it chips and the Chinese giant will use them if allowed
The logo of Chinese company Huawei at their main U.K. offices in Reading, west of London, on January 28, 2020. Huawei said that Qualcomm has applied for a license to sell it chips and the Chinese technology giant will use them in smartphones if permission is granted by the U.S. government. China's Huawei was put on a U.S. blacklist last year that restricted American businesses from selling products to the Chinese phonemaker. U.S. companies, including Qualcomm, were required to get a license from the government to export goods to companies on that list. Huawei designs its own smartphones chips called Kirin, via its HiSilicon subsidiary.cnbc.com
People of color make gains in mayoral races across the US
In Tucson, Arizona, voters elected Regina Romero, the daughter of farmworkers, as the first Latina mayor in the city's history. Political newcomer Frank Whitfield, a former CEO of Lorain County Urban League, was elected the first black mayor of Elyria, Ohio. Sylvester Turner, Houston's second black mayor, won the plurality of votes and appeared to be heading into a runoff against Tony Buzbee, a candidate who has raised money for Republican Donald Trump. Barreto said the often overlook local races were important because they set up a "bench" for future candidates seeking higher offices. The gains nationwide came a month after voters in Montgomery, Alabama, elected Steven Reed as the city's first black mayor.
Chick-fil-A's first UK location will close after pressure from LGBTQ rights group
Chick-fil-A opened its first location in the United Kingdom in early October. A little more than a week later, the British shopping center leasing the location has already said it will not extend the restaurant's six-month lease, BBC reported Friday. The Oracle shopping center in Reading faced pressure from a local LGBTQ rights group, Reading Pride, according to the BBC. This six month pilot licensed location in Reading, UK is part of our exploration in international markets." Read more about the shopping center's decision not to extend Chick-fil-A's lease here.cnbc.com
Franklin County kindergarten students gifted with new books from foundation
ROANOKE, Va.- - Some students in Franklin County will go home with new books this week. The Cummins Leadership Foundation donated 1,000 books to all 12 elementary schools in the county. Boones Mill Elementary received more than 60 books for students to choose from. The list of schools receiving books are: Boones Mill Elementary, Burnt ChimneyElementary, Callaway Elementary, Dudley Elementary, Glade Hill Elementary,Ferrum Elementary, Henry Elementary, Lee. M. Waid Elementary, Rocky MountElementary, Snow Creek Elementary, Sontag Elementary, and Windy GapElementary.
Sisters take story time to Facebook Live so no child has to miss out
Five nights a week, the girls, who are two of five siblings, read to whomever would like to listen on Facebook Live. We thought it may be beneficial for children who dont get this luxury, a post on the girls Facebook page reads. When they presented their mom with the idea to read on Facebook Live, even though she doesnt want them to be on social media, she agreed it would be a great, positive way to help light the world. The girls Facebook page Zaria X Hailey has quickly grown to more than 10,000 followers. For parents who don't want their kids on Facebook or Instagram, the girls also post their stories on their YouTube page.
Inside the Country's Biggest WWII Reenactment: 'We're Here to Remember and Honor'
The annual World War II Weekend in Reading, Pennsylvania, sees thousands of people descend on the city to check out the explosive event hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum. "It's a lot of work, it's hard work prepping for it, it's hard work getting all the equipment, it's hard work and we're on our feet all day long, but it's a good show," Hobson told InsideEdition.com. "We're here, really, to remember, honor, and serve our veterans in our own way," Maj. Eric Junger said. For more on the country's biggest WWII reenactment, check out the video above. RELATED STORIESWorld War II Vet Gets 50,000 Cards for BirthdayWWII Veteran Receives High School Diploma After Dropping Out to Join the War EffortDid the Mafia Help the Allies Invade Sicily at the Height of World War II?
Virginia Department of Education releases SOL scores
RICHMOND (WSLS 10) - The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) released its statewide, division-level and school-level pass rates on Standards of Learning (SOL) assessments taken last school year. 80-percent of students achieved proficient or advanced scores in reading, and the same percentage passed tests in mathematics, compared with 79 percent in both subjects in 2014-2015. Eighty-three percent passed grade-level or end-of-course SOL tests in science, compared with 82 percent previously. Of Virginia's 1,822 public schools, 915 improved in mathematics, 904 in reading and 939 in science. VDOE expects to convert all mathematics and reading SOL tests in grades 3-8 to the computer adaptive format by fall 2017.
"World's ugliest Christmas tree" lives on
It's the time of year when Christmas trees are normally being tossed to the curb, but in Reading, Pennsylvania, one tree has become immortal. It's not for the tree's beauty though. Steve Hartman goes "On the Road" for another look at the "World's ugliest Christmas tree."cbsnews.com
A small Pennsylvania town demands their Christmas tree be taken down
A small Pennsylvania town demands their Christmas tree be taken down In Reading, Penn., residents say Charlie Brown had a better Christmas tree than they do. The city decided to take it down, but some residents disagree. Steve Hartman is On the Road with the story.cbsnews.com
"Ugly" Christmas tree in Pennsylvania won't come down after all
"Ugly" Christmas tree in Pennsylvania won't come down after all A much-criticized Christmas tree in downtown Reading, Pennsylvania, is still standing. Many community members complained that it looked ugly and local officials started to take it down Monday, but as Vicente Arenas reports, the tree got a last-minute reprieve.cbsnews.com
Signage outside of school causing 15 feet of confusion
Signage outside of school causing 15 feet of confusion Reading parking signs to avoid getting a ticket can be frustrating, but one particular sign in Culver City, California really takes the cake. It's a whopping 15 feet of rules and regulations, and it's caused so much confusion city officials have already had pieces of it removed. KCAL-TV's Juan Fernandez reports.cbsnews.com