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Judge orders Starbucks to reinstate seven fired baristas

<p><p>A federal judge on Thursday ordered the immediate reinstatement of seven Starbucks baristas in Memphis, who were fired earlier this year after speaking to a local TV station about their union campaign, the National Labor Relations Board confirmed.</p></p><p><p>The National Labor Relations Board had filed a legal motion challenging the firing, in U.S. District Western District… ... Continue Reading

Dan Price, CEO who cut his pay so workers made at least $70,000, resigns

<p><p>The Seattle CEO who rose to national prominence for setting a $70,000 minimum salary for all his employees - and slashing his own to match – has resigned from the company he founded in college amid accusations of misdemeanor assault.</p></p><p><p>Dan Price said Wednesday that he was stepping down from Gravity Payments, a credit card processing firm,… ... Continue Reading

Cisco gives upbeat outlook as chip supply shortages ease

<p><p>Cisco Systems Inc., the biggest maker of machines that run the internet and corporate computer networks, gave a bullish forecast for quarterly sales as chip supply shortages ease and it’s able to fill more orders.</p></p><p><p>Revenue in the fiscal first quarter will grow 2% to 4%, Cisco said in a statement Wednesday.</p></p><p><p>Analysts had predicted that sales… ... Continue Reading

U.S. jobless claims unexpectedly dip for first time in three weeks

<p><p>Applications for U.S. unemployment insurance fell for the first time in three weeks, suggesting demand for labor remains healthy.</p></p><p><p>Initial unemployment claims decreased by 2,000 to 250,000 in the week ended Aug. 13, Labor Department data showed Thursday.</p></p><p><p>The date is particularly scrutinized because it corresponds with the reference period for the government’s August employment report, which… ... Continue Reading

Lake City High School teacher accused of lewd conduct with student

<p><p>A Lake City High School computer teacher accused of having an “inappropriate relationship” with a student was arrested Wednesday.</p></p><p><p>William Joseph Keylon, who has taught at Lake City for nearly 20 years, was booked on a charge of lewd conduct with a child under 16, Coeur d’Alene police said in a news release.</p></p><p><p>Police said that the relationship began in 2012 while the student was attending Lake City and lasted several years. It was reported to police last month, and Coeur d’Alene Public Schools cooperated in the police investigation, according to the news release. Keylon, 48, turned himself into police after a warrant was issued for his arrest.</p></p><p><p>Keylon, a Hayden resident, started teaching at Lake City in 2003. Last school year, he taught two courses, web design/development and computer science/programing, said Scott Maben, Coeur d’Alene Public Schools spokesman. The district has placed Keylon on paid administrative leave.</p></p><p><p>In a letter to parents and staff, the district promised to continue working closely with police in investigating the case.</p></p><p><p>“We take every precaution to ensure the safety of our students, including requiring mandatory and thorough background checks and fingerprint clearance prior to hiring any individual,” the letter said. “We expect that our staff conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times, and any time there is a question of safety or misconduct, we immediately investigate.</p></p><p><p>Investigators learned that multiple students were aware of the relationship but “were reluctant to report it,” the police news release said. Police said their investigation is continuing to determine if Keylon committed other crimes. The department asked that anyone who is aware of “any inappropriate behavior involving William Keylon” to call a detective.</p></p> ... Continue Reading

Hurricane forecasters monitoring tropical disturbance headed toward Mexico, Texas

<p><p>A tropical wave located over northern Guatemala is expected to move across Central America and southeastern Mexico on Friday as it treks northwest toward the Gulf of Mexico, forecasters said.</p></p><p><p>Some “gradual development” is possible over the weekend, according to the National Hurricane Center.</p></p><p><p>It was producing rain and thunderstorms early Thursday.</p></p><p><p>The system has the potential to… ... Continue Reading

Indigenous Eats now open in Logan neighborhood

<p><p>Patrons looking to sample Indigenous Eats’ Native American comfort food might have to get in line.</p></p><p><p>Jenny Slagle and her husband, Andrew, opened the restaurant to much fanfare Monday in a 1,900-square-foot space formerly occupied by Bruchi’s Cheesesteaks &amp; Subs at 829 E. Boone Ave., Suite E, in the Logan neighborhood.</p></p><p><p>On opening day, a line of… ... Continue Reading

Warren Heylman, architect behind Parkade, airport and other iconic Spokane designs, dies at 98

<p><p>Warren C. Heylman was sure of his path in life, even as a kid growing up near Cliff Park’s peak on the South Hill.</p></p><p><p>“I just wanted to draw,” Heylman told The Spokesman-Review in 2016. “Ever since I was a little boy, that’s all I wanted to do.”</p></p><p><p>From that pencil came the designs for iconic structures… ... Continue Reading
'It keeps you sharp because it's older': B-52s arrive at Fairchild for four-day exercise

'It keeps you sharp because it's older': B-52s arrive at Fairchild for four-day exercise

<p><p>Fairchild Air Force Base is hosting a flight of four B-52 bombers this week for a special drill.</p></p><p><p>The planes, which arrived on Wednesday, are undergoing maintenance and participating in the training exercise before they depart for their home base in Louisiana on Friday.</p></p><p><p>The Agile Combat Employment exercise is an Air Force-wide initiative to test readiness… ... Continue Reading

Weathercatch: Why the great 'Cloud 9' filled our region's skies late last week

<p><p>On two days last week, the king of clouds reigned the skies above parts of the Inland Northwest, evoking an eerie beauty and spewing impressive thunderstorms.</p></p><p><p>Cumulonimbus clouds, also known as thunderheads, unleashed everything from downpours and golf ball-sized hail to thunderous booms and spectacular lightning. Hardest-hit areas included east Spokane County and portions of North… ... Continue Reading

Boise man dies in tractor crash in Latah County

<p><p>A 71-year-old Boise man died Wednesday after the Peterbilt tractor he was driving near Genesee, Idaho, crashed into a drainage canal.</p></p><p><p>Idaho State Police suspect the driver, who was not identified, had a medical emergency before leaving the roadway, according to a news release. The driver, who was not wearing a seat belt, died at the… ... Continue Reading

Man pleads guilty to murder of 22-year-old outside Lucky's Bar in downtown Spokane

<p><p>A 26-year-old man pleaded guilty Wednesday to shooting and killing 22-year-old Jakobe Ford outside Lucky’s Bar just over a year ago.</p></p><p><p>Michael H. Le, who wore a white Spokane County Jail jumpsuit, faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree murder, second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and criminal… ... Continue Reading