After COVID-19 delay, Rivian plans hiring surge for June launch of electric truck. But legal battle with Tesla looms
Set back nearly a year by the pandemic, electric truck startup Rivian is busy building out its plant in Normal, with a belated production launch now planned for next summer.But the plan to bring thousands of jobs to the rural college town about 130 miles south of Chicago has hit some bumps in the road, including a lawsuit from Tesla alleging Rivian is poaching employees and stealing trade secrets.The Rivian plant has more robots (500) than employees (400), but the human ranks are expected to swell to about 1,000 with a “big round of staffing” early next year, Rivian spokeswoman Amy Mast said W...
Red Lobster faces its 'most challenging time,' as big loan payment looms amid pandemic
Red Lobster is facing the “most challenging time” in its history during the coronavirus pandemic, CEO Kim Lopdrup says, at the same time that outside analysts worry about a looming $355 million loan the company has due next summer.The privately held seafood chain of more than 700 restaurants has a $380 million term loan, with more than $355 million outstanding, reaching maturity next July, according to a June report from Moody’s, which earlier in the year cut the company’s credit rating to Caa1, defined as “poor.”Upcoming financial events mean it is “critical to repair the balance sheet,” said...
Chiefs, Travis Kelce agree on four-year contract extension
The Chiefs front office has had a productive offseason.After signing quarterback Patrick Mahomes, defensive lineman Chris Jones, receiver Sammy Watkins and others to new deals, they agreed on a contract extension Thursday with another of their stars.Tight end Travis Kelce agreed to terms on a four-year deal worth between $14 to $15 million annually, a source familiar with the situation confirmed with The Star.ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the deal is worth $57.25 million total and includes $28 million in guaranteed money.Albert Breer of CBS Boston said Kelce won’t receive any additional money ...
The Kansas City Star
Gym owner charged criminally rallies against 'COVID-19 police'
SAN DIEGO — In the days after he became the first San Diego County business owner criminally charged for defying coronavirus-related health orders, Ramona gym owner Peter San Nicolas took to Facebook to decry the “Covid police” treating business owners “like common criminals.”On Tuesday night, San Nicolas held an informal town hall-style meeting outside the Ramona Fitness Center for himself and other business owners to voice their frustrations with state and local shutdown orders.The meeting came eight days after San Nicolas learned that San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan had ch...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
US jobless claims fall below 1 million but remain high
WASHINGTON — The number of Americans applying for unemployment dropped below 1 million last week for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak took hold in the U.S. five months ago, but layoffs are still running extraordinarily high.The figures show that the crisis continues to throw people out of work just as the expiration of an extra $600 a week in federal jobless benefits has deepened the hardship for many — and posed another threat to the U.S. economy.Applications for jobless benefits declined to 963,000, the second straight drop, from 1.2 million the previous week, the government sai...
Tribune News Service
Minneapolis police officer fired for decorating offensive Christmas tree gets job back
MINNEAPOLIS — A former Minneapolis police officer who was fired for decorating a Christmas tree with racially insensitive items two years ago has won his job back through arbitration, department officials confirmed this week.An arbitrator ruled that Mark Bohnsack was wrongly terminated by the department in connection with the November 2018 incident, in which he and another former officer, Brandy Steberg, decorated the tree in the lobby of the Fourth Precinct station with a pack of menthol cigarettes, a can of Steel Reserve malt liquor, police tape, a bag of Takis and a cup from Popeyes Louisia...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Faded dream: Carmen Best's career aspirations to be Seattle's top cop soured over a few short months
SEATTLE — Two years ago, being the police chief in Seattle was Carmen Best’s dream job, a position she had worked toward — and been groomed for — for much of her 28-year career with the department.Since May 25 — the day a Minneapolis police officer killed George Floyd — that dream has faded into something more of a nightmare, and on Monday, Best decided she’d had enough.Her sudden retirement in the face of controversial budget cuts — including her salary — has surprised and angered Best’s friends, colleagues, peers and mentors, who believe she got a raw deal or worse at the hands of the city s...
The Seattle Times
Beach home sales at the Jersey Shore are surging during the coronavirus outbreak
For some employees given the option of working from home during the coronavirus pandemic, the workplace expanded from the city office to the beachfront condominium.A picturesque scenario. If a Shore house is even available.Sales are so strong that buyers should “make a very, very strong offer and don’t hesitate. Don’t wait three weeks to come down” to the Shore, said Brenda Connolly, owner of the Connolly Agency, a real estate company in the coastal town of Avon-by-the-Sea in Monmouth County, where a condominium can sell for $375,000 and houses for up to $3 million.Interest in beach homes, oft...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
New music: 3 cool new songs that you should hear in August
Here are three new songs worth putting in heavy rotation this month:“Glad In it,” Chris BenderThe Stoughton, Massachusetts native is a rising star in the Gospel music world, having won a number of awards, collaborated with several notable talents in the genre and scored the previous top 25 hit “The Blood Song.”Bender’s new offering — “Glad In It” — is another big winner, which fans immediately recognized as such and sent soaring to a No. 3 debut on the Billboard Magazine Gospel Singles Sales Chart in early August.It’s a wonderfully joyous R&B-drenched number that nicely highlights Bender’s ric...
The Mercury News
REI to sell its never-used Bellevue headquarters and shift office work to multiple Seattle-area sites
SEATTLE — In yet another sign of COVID-19’s disruptive impact on business, REI is abandoning its nearly completed corporate campus in Bellevue, Wash., and spreading headquarters operations to multiple sites across the Seattle area.The outdoor retailer said it is in talks with “multiple interested parties” to sell the never-used 400,000-square-foot building and 8-acre campus. People familiar with the situation say one of those parties is Facebook, which has facilities in the same upscale multiuse development, known as the Spring District, where the REI headquarters is being built.REI’s move, an...
The Seattle Times