Living with Children: Don't ask them, tell them
A grandmother in Arkansas says her adult children have great difficulty telling their children what to do. They turn instructions – more accurately, what they think are instructions – into questions and then wonder why their kids don’t seem to appreciate their timidity.Grandma’s email made me think of a habit I have noticed among people a generation or more younger than myself. To wit, when they order food in a restaurant, they ask if they are allowed to have whatever they want. For example, when ordering a hamburger, instead of saying, “I’ll have a hamburger” or “I’d like a hamburger, please,...
Tribune News Service
Philadelphia is still very much a labor town. Here's how workers are fighting back
PHILADELPHIA — In June, a coalition of labor unions and organizations won a first-of-its-kind whistleblower protection law that made it illegal for Philadelphia employers to fire or otherwise discipline workers for speaking out against unsafe coronavirus conditions.In July, after more than a year of organizing, Free Library of Philadelphia workers ousted the organization’s director, whom they said had failed Black employees.In August, after a spreadsheet listing thousands of salaries forced workers to confront inequity in their industry, workers at the 144-year-old Philadelphia Museum of Art v...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Developmentally disabled hit hard with pandemic job losses
DETROIT — When COVID-19 hit, one segment of the workforce was hit especially hard: people with developmental disabilities.Employment advocates across the country are working to overcome challenges amid the pandemic to keep their clients engaged in training and employed. They’re balancing the availability of jobs with the safety of their clients and the comfort levels of their families.Laquita Parker, 46, builds snack boxes for patients as she works as a dietary aide at StoneCrest Center in Detroit. Parker is among five dietary aides with a developmental disability who work at the center.“In Fe...
The Detroit News
Early morning adventure with daughter proves insomnia can have a bright side
It seems like everyone’s having trouble sleeping these days. I’m no exception, and I’m now more familiar with the wee morning hours than I ever expected to be.In the early days of quarantine, I found myself wishing for bedtime out of sheer boredom. I sometimes crawled into bed at 9 p.m., hoping for entertaining dreams to save me from the doldrums. But one can only sleep so much, and early bedtimes led to insomnia.I’m guilty of wasting the hours when I’m awake, fighting to get to sleep. I spend this time trying to coerce sleep, scrolling the internet, or even worse, ruminating over every concer...
The Kansas City Star
Miami firm files $1 billion bias suit against McDonald's on behalf of former Black franchisees
A Miami-based law firm filed a billion-dollar lawsuit on behalf of more than 50 Black former franchise owners of McDonald’s restaurants Tuesday, alleging the fast food giant denied them the same opportunities as white franchisees.The Ferraro Law Firm says in its complaint that the Chicago-based company sent former owners on “financial suicide missions” by “steering” them to set up shop in economically depressed and dangerous areas.The lawsuit includes six Florida-based plaintiffs and seeks a jury trial.“The notion that McDonald’s is a friend of the Black entrepreneur is complete fiction,” said...
Coronavirus likely has changed forever the way restaurants are designed — for better and for worse
CHICAGO — The Perch Kitchen and Tap was six weeks into construction when everything Doug Dunlay knew about opening restaurants was thrown into doubt.Dunlay has owned restaurants in Chicago since 2003, but in a literal matter of days, COVID-19’s swift hammer changed best practices for designing, building and launching them.“The world blew up,” he said.Construction slowed at The Perch for a few days after Gov. J.B. Pritzker shut down the state’s restaurants in mid-March. But it quickly ramped up again with a tweaked vision.The Perch added 30% more HVAC ducts “to refresh and filter the air in an ...
McDonald's investigates HR department as probe into ousted CEO Steve Easterbrook's conduct widens
CHICAGO — McDonald’s said Tuesday that it is not only investigating ousted CEO Steve Easterbrook’s sexual relationships with subordinates but also allegations against its human resources department and whether Easterbrook covered up improprieties by other employees.The Chicago-based fast food giant has retained additional outside counsel to investigate the allegations that came to light in July, when board chair Rick Hernandez received a tip regarding Easterbrook and the HR department broadly, company executives said.The company declined to offer further details about the allegations against t...
How UpWorks shows people who are starting over the power of dreams and action
MINNEAPOLIS — Instead of the mundane “leave your name and number” voice message, Kevin Saunders sings to callers.“Keep your head to the sky,” he intones in a smooth baritone, pulling a line from the 1973 hit by Earth, Wind and Fire.It’s more than a musical uplift for souls who may need it. As the driving force behind a small Minneapolis nonprofit called UpWorks, Saunders works with people fresh out of addiction treatment, prison or other residential care programs. He helps people become self-sufficient and starts by showing them they can dream.“You tell a guy or gal who just came out of jail o...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
A dozen people shot, three of them killed, during bloody two-day stretch in Brooklyn and the Bronx
NEW YORK — The death toll mounted Friday from the city’s other epidemic — a steady stream of street shootings that killed three of 12 people shot in an overnight stretch in Brooklyn and the Bronx, and raised the panic level in neighborhoods beset by gun violence.After weeks of arranging funerals for COVID-19 deaths, families are picking out caskets for shooting victim after shooting victim in the midst of a long, hot, violent summer from which there appears to be no immediate relief.Among the latest victims was Luis Rodriguez, 60, who was shot in the chest early Friday morning outside his home...
New York Daily News
Golden State Killer's ex-wife speaks out, says his crimes devastated her family
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — As Joseph James DeAngelo’s victims appear in court to describe the anguish his crimes have caused, a new victim of the Golden State Killer came forward for the first time Thursday.DeAngelo’s ex-wife, Sacramento attorney Sharon Huddle, broke her long silence, submitting a victim impact statement to Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Bowman indicating her husband had lied to her about where he was going while she was working night shifts, and describing the devastation she feels now that she knows his true nature.Huddle, who has not spoken publicly since DeAngelo’s Apri...
The Sacramento Bee