Balancing Act: Chicago-area police officer launches group to support Black-owned startups: 'I have a duty to do more for my ancestors'
CHICAGO — At 42, Tosha Wilson has her retirement plans mapped out.An Evanston police officer for the past two decades, Wilson figures she has about five more years on the force. Her cousin Jacqui White is a Highland Park police officer on roughly the same time table.For the past year and a half, Wilson and White have been researching and planning to open a laundromat and cafe in Evanston’s historically Black 5th Ward, not far from where they both grew up. They’ll spend their retirements side by side, joining and leading their community in conversations and camaraderie over shared meals and cle...
Job seekers get more options as working from home becomes permanent
Chicago TribuneWith three young children, Eric Sauerhoff was not looking to move across the Midwest during the pandemic.The Bexley, Ohio, resident was job hunting and knew a move might be necessary. But when offices shut down due to COVID-19, he began to wonder if he could avoid the move altogether and work remotely from Ohio.“If a company had said, ‘We need you to move to Chicago or Seattle or anywhere just to work from home here,’ that would have been a tough sale,” said Sauerhoff, 33, who earlier this month joined Chicago car insurance startup Clearcover as a vice president and works from h...
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Job seekers get more options — and competition — as working from home becomes permanent. 'If we decide we need people to come in, we can fly them in'
With three young children, Eric Sauerhoff was not looking to move across the Midwest during the pandemic.The Bexley, Ohio, resident was job hunting and knew a move might be necessary. But when offices shut down due to COVID-19, he began to wonder if he could avoid the move altogether and work remotely from Ohio.“If a company had said, ‘We need you to move to Chicago or Seattle or anywhere just to work from home here,’ that would have been a tough sale,” said Sauerhoff, 33, who earlier this month joined Chicago car insurance startup Clearcover as a vice president and works from his Ohio home.Th...
State, federal officials take different paths trying to stop utilities from causing wildfires
SAN DIEGO — Nearly two years after one of the deadliest corporate crimes in California history — a utility-sparked wildfire that killed scores of people and destroyed the city of Paradise in rural Butte County — state and federal officials have staked out differing positions on how to prevent history from repeating itself.Gov. Gavin Newsom and his Public Utilities Commission created a new division to monitor wildfire safety plans from California utilities, including Pacific Gas & Electric, whose equipment and negligence ignited the Camp fire in November 2018.They restructured their oversight a...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
New company plans to launch passengers from Kennedy Space Center dangling from a balloon
ORLANDO, Fla. — A pair of self-described serial entrepreneurs, best-known for flying a KFC chicken sandwich into space and living two years sealed inside a biosphere, are attempting to start a new human spaceflight company that instead of launching rockets will lift civilian passengers into the sky tethered to a high-performance balloon.Space Perspective, introduced during a video news conference Thursday, aims to carry a capsule of eight passengers at a time, dangling from a 650-foot-tall balloon 100,000 feet above Earth. The balloon and capsule will gently ascend for about two hours at 12 mp...
Florida hospital starts ICU unit to treat MIS-C, the kids illness linked to COVID-19
MIAMI — Nicklaus Children’s Hospital has created a new unit in ICU to prepare for a likely increase of children ill with MIS-C, an inflammatory disorder that has affected at least seven children in Florida and is believed to be linked to COVID-19.The specialized four-room “MIS-C pod” is part of the hospital’s 40-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and will make it easier to treat patients diagnosed with the multi-system inflammatory syndrome, said Dr. Keith Meyer, medical director of extracorporeal services at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital near South Miami.“About a week ago we noticed that we had...
Theranos case: Prosecutors add a criminal fraud charge against Elizabeth Holmes
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes, accused of cheating doctors, patients and investors with false claims about her blood-testing startup, is now charged with 12 counts of fraud, after federal prosecutors added a new charge.The 12th felony fraud charge was filed Friday in a new criminal indictment against Holmes that was just released in court records. The charge concerns a patient’s blood-test results, according to the indictment filed in U.S. District Court in San Jose, which did not provide specific details.Holmes, a Stanford University dropout, launched Theranos in 2003, ...
The Mercury News
Lee Schafer: There's still resilience in tech startups in middle of the US
MINNEAPOLIS — One of the most optimistic reports in years about the venture capital available for startup companies in our region appeared this week, in the middle of a pandemic when it’s hard to feel great about anything.It is a good news story, though, even if more venture capital may not be the perfect measure of the health of a region’s entrepreneurial community. More beats less, no matter the economic environment.And the report’s details jump out for what they show about entrepreneurship here: that middle-of-the-country entrepreneurs seem to get more work done with less money.It might be ...
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