Spiritual advisers offering final comfort in execution rooms
For decades, Missouri executions played out in similar fashion: An inmate was strapped to a gurney in a drab room, alone except for the eyes of witnesses staring through thick glass as unidentified executioners administered the lethal chemical from behind a cinderblock wall.
‘Unconditionally sorry’: Kevin Johnson, set for execution Tuesday in MO, reflects on life
The Missouri Supreme Court heard arguments filed in a motion to stay Monday afternoon. Johnson’s execution is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday and Gov. Mike Parson has said clemency will not be granted.news.yahoo.com
He was 19 when he was sentenced to death row. Now, his 19-year-old daughter is suing to attend his execution after a judge ruled she's too young to observe.
Kevin Johnson's 19-year-old daughter can't see his execution due to her age. Johnson was 19 when he committed the crime that led to his sentence.news.yahoo.com
Judge denies 19-year-old's ask to attend father's execution
Kevin Johnson is set to be executed Tuesday for killing Kirkwood, Missouri, Police Officer William McEntee in 2005. The ACLU’s court filing said the age requirement served no safety purpose and violates Ramey’s constitutional rights.news.yahoo.com
19-year-old asks court to let her watch father's execution
A 19-year-old woman is asking a federal court to allow her to watch her father's death by injection, despite a Missouri law barring anyone under 21 from witnessing an execution. Meanwhile, Johnson has requested that his daughter, Khorry Ramey, attend the execution, and she wants to be there. On Monday, the American Civil Liberties Union filed an emergency motion with a federal court in Kansas City.news.yahoo.com
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
Starbucks shareholders vote against executive pay plan
Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson speaks during the company's annual shareholders meeting at WAMU Theater, on March 20, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. Starbucks shareholders rejected the coffee chain's executive compensation proposal, in a rare admonition of an S&P 500 company. In 2020, 84% of Starbucks shareholders voted in favor of the pay resolution. Both firms disagreed with Starbucks' rationale for one-time cash bonuses given to CEO Kevin Johnson and former COO Roz Brewer. The company also noted that Starbucks' market value has risen by $39 billion since Johnson became chief executive in 2017.cnbc.com
Starbucks to test Cold Pressed Espresso as cold drink sales overtake hot beverages
Starbucks plans to start testing Cold Pressed Espresso in some cafes by the end of the year as consumers increasingly stick to cold drinks for their caffeine jolt. Cold beverages, which are favored by younger customers, have played a crucial role in growing the chain's same-store sales in recent years. In the last three years, consumers have spent more than $1 billion on Starbucks' cold drinks. "More than 50% of the beverages that we sell at Starbucks are cold," CEO Kevin Johnson told CNBC's Kate Rogers in an interview on "Halftime Report" on Wednesday. Next quarter, Starbucks is forecasting U.S. same-store sales growth of 5% to 10%, and Chinese same-store sales are expected to almost double.cnbc.com
Starbucks' recovery, solid in China, still slow in the US
Starbucks said its business in China, its second-largest market after the U.S., has largely recovered, with same-store sales up 5% in the first quarter. Starbucks said it’s seeing fewer customers in China, but they’re spending more when they visit. The company opened almost 160 stores in China during the first quarter, for a total of more than 4,800. But in the U.S., same-store sales were down 5% for the quarter despite the holiday drinks that usually draw customers. Starbucks said it's confident U.S. same-store sales will rise between 5% and 10% in its fiscal second quarter as the pandemic's impact continues to fade.
After losing Mahomes, Chiefs and Henne hold off Browns 22-17
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Chad Henne celebrates after a run during the second half of an NFL divisional round football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Kansas City. – The Kansas City Chiefs had lost Patrick Mahomes to a concussion and were in danger of losing the game. With their star quarterback reduced to a spectator, the oft-forgotten bunch opposite Mahomes' high-powered offense forced the Browns to punt in the waning minutes. After the teams swapped field goals, with Butker breaking the Chiefs playoff record with a 50-yarder into the wind, the Browns marched for what could have been a momentum-swinging score heading into halftime. First, the Browns held the Chiefs when Mayfield threw an interception and Butker missed a field goal.
Top cornerbacks standing out on NFL's Super Bowl hopefuls
Nearly every team still vying for the Super Bowl has an elite cornerback often capable of shutting down an opponent's top receiver all by himself. The NFC playoff bracket has three of the conference's four Pro Bowl cornerbacks: Green Bay's Jaire Alexander, Los Angeles' Jalen Ramsey and New Orleans' Marshon Lattimore. Staley's scheme has employed Ramsey in multiple roles throughout the season, and his job often changes from play to play. Oddly enough, the remaining playoff team perceived to have the least dominant cornerbacks is defending champion Kansas City, the favorite to make it back to the Super Bowl. “Some of the best cornerbacks happen to play on the best teams, that’s all I can say,” Bills safety Micah Hyde said.
Browns guard Bitiono back for playoffs after COVID-19
Browns Pro Bowl left guard Joel Bitonio will be activated from the COVID-19 list Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, after missing last weeks playoff win over Pittsburgh. The Pro Bowl left guard was activated from the COVID-19 list Friday after missing last week’s wild-card win over Pittsburgh. It was a devastating development for Bitiono, who had endured so much losing with the Browns before this turnaround season. "Elated for Joel,” Browns general manager Andrew Berry said on Zoom call with local writers. On Thursday, coach Kevin Stefanski returned in person to the team after also missing last week's game with COVID-19.
Stefanski out of basement, back with Browns after COVID-19
Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski looks on from the sidelines during an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, in Pittsburgh. Positive COVID-19 tests have knocked Stefanski out of Cleveland's wild-card game at Pittsburgh on Sunday night the Browns' first playoff appearance since the 2002 season. (AP Photo/Justin Berl, File)CLEVELAND – Browns coach Kevin Stefanski doesn't plan a trip downstairs to his basement any time soon. Stefanski returned to the team's facility Thursday, 10 days after the first-year coach tested positive for COVID-19 and he was forced to miss Cleveland's playoff win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Stefanski will make his playoff debut on the sideline this week when the Browns play the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
The Latest: MLS's Canadian teams to face challenges again
Garber said while he felt for the challenges facing the Canadian teams, the league had to abide by made-in-Canada health guidelines. Green Bay (13-3) hosts the Los Angeles Rams (11-6) in a NFC divisional playoff game Saturday. Also, Thursday night’s Southeastern Conference women’s basketball game featuring No. ___Georgetown has canceled its men’s basketball game against DePaul on Wednesday night, citing a COVID-19-related issue with the program. ___Two SMU men’s basketball games scheduled for this week have been postponed because of a positive COVID-19 case and ensuing contact tracing issues in the program.
Starbucks promotes Rachel Ruggeri to CFO as Pat Grismer retires, reiterates outlook
Starbucks Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Patrick "Pat" Grismer is pictured at the Annual Meeting of Shareholders in Seattle, Washington on March 20, 2019. Starbucks said Thursday that Rachel Ruggeri, senior vice president of finance for the Americas division, will take Chief Financial Officer Pat Grismer's place when he retires on Feb. 1. The coffee chain also reiterated its outlook for the first fiscal quarter of 2021 and the full-year forecast. He assumed the role of chief financial officer in 2018 after holding the same title at Hyatt. Ruggeri started working at Starbucks 16 years ago as a member of the accounting team, helping launch the first Starbucks Card.cnbc.com
With Starbucks shares near an all-time peak, the bar is high for coffee chain's investor day
At its biennial investor meeting Wednesday afternoon, the company is expected to present its blueprint to regain customers. Starbucks' sales in the United States and China, its two largest markets, have been rebounding faster than expected. But a new wave of restrictions in the U.S. could slow Starbucks' recovery in its home market. Shares of Starbucks, which has a $119 billion market value, have risen 15% year to date, as of Tuesday's market close of $101.21. Here's what will likely be included in Starbucks' investor presentation:A new long-term outlookStarbucks has already shared its fiscal 2021 forecast with investors, but it hasn't yet shared an update on its long-term outlook.cnbc.com
QB Jones inactive for Giants; McCoy to start at Seattle
(AP Photo/Aaron Doster)The New York Giants will be without starting quarterback Daniel Jones for Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks. Jones was not expected to play because of a hamstring injury suffered last week against Cincinnati. Colt McCoy will make his first start of the season at QB for the Giants. Seattle was without both starting right tackle Brandon Shell (ankle) and backup Cedric Ogbuehi (calf) leaving a major question on the offensive line. ___CLEVELAND-TENNESSEEBrowns: WR Taywan Taylor, WR KhaDarel Hodge, CB Denzel Ward, RB Dontrell Hilliard, S Tedric Thompson, DE Joe Jackson.
Starbucks sales recover faster than expected in US, China
Starbucks saw faster-than-expected recovery in the U.S. and China in its fiscal fourth quarter, giving it confidence as it heads into the holiday season. Global same-store sales fell 9% from the prior year, a better showing than the 12% to 17% drop Starbucks anticipated in July. U.S. same-store sales were down 9% in the July-September period, while China’s fell 3%. Limited or full lobby seating is now available in 63% of U.S. stores and 90% of stores in China. Adjusted for non-recurring costs, Starbucks earned 51 cents per share, solidly beating analysts’ forecast of 31 cents.
Camp injuries, virus protocols had some NFL teams scrambling
I think theres a lot of teams in the league right now that are dealing with all kinds of injuries.He's right. Teams all over the league were sent scrambling during camp. Certainly not during training camp when players are going hard to make the roster as the start of the regular season rolls closer. It's the soft tissue injuries and those things that you are trying to prevent with the ramp-up period," Bitonio said. That will certainly be something to monitor as the regular season begins and teams deal with injuries and potential replacements.
Coronavirus: New website offers Floridians financial advice
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Three in four Floridians say they’re feeling more financial strain from the COVID-19 pandemic, a recent survey found. Now credit unions, banks and state Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis have teamed up to launch a new resource to help residents navigate these turbulent times. While most Floridians are feeling more financial strain from the pandemic, nearly half say they’re feeling significantly more. The site offers financial resources and advice, much of which is geared towards pandemic relief. Suncoast Credit Union CEO Kevin Johnson said learning how to create a six-month emergency fund is key in these times.
Starbucks plans to start reopening US locations next week. Here's what customers can expect
Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson on Wednesday detailed how the coffee chain plans to operate U.S. cafes. Johnson said Starbucks plans to have over 90% of its company-operated U.S. locations open by early June. As cafes reopen, Johnson said they will begin to offer mobile ordering for pickup. "And in other cases, we've got mobile order for drive-thru." Mobile order also will be expanded for curbside pickup, he said.cnbc.com
Starbucks is preparing to reopen cafes as local coronavirus conditions allow
A Starbucks employee wears a facial covering while working the drive-thru during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on April 07, 2020 in Dallas, Texas. Starbucks is preparing to reopen cafes as some U.S. states report that the number of new coronavirus cases has plateaued or even declined. The coffee chain closed most of its U.S. and Canadian cafes on March 21, limiting service to delivery and drive-thru only. Cafe closures, social distancing measures and shelter-in-place mandates hit Starbucks' U.S. sales in the fiscal second quarter. U.S. same-store sales declined by 3% during the quarter.cnbc.com
Starbucks CEO: Our experience tracking coronavirus in China shows US on 'very similar' path
Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said Tuesday that the coffee chain believes the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S. is following a comparable path to what happened in China. It may be the same recovery, but right now it's tracking in a very similar way to China," Johnson said on CNBC's "Squawk on the Street." Johnson said Starbucks built a model to follow the company's business recovery in China, where the coronavirus pandemic began in late December. Johnson said Starbucks' experience in China is very much informing its response to the global pandemic in other markets. Starbucks has reopened around 95% of the stores it temporarily shuttered in China in response to COVID-19s spread, Johnson said Tuesday.cnbc.com
Cramer: Starbucks reopening in China's coronavirus epicenter shows how US might bounce back
Starbucks' decision to reopen a store in Hubei province is evidence that the coronavirus outbreak has indeed slowed in China, CNBC's Jim Cramer said Thursday. "Starbucks is not the PRC and is truthful, not propaganda," Cramer said on "Squawk Box." While questions have been raised about the truthfulness of the Chinese government, Cramer said that he trusts Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson. "If the Chinese were lying, Kevin would not open that store," Cramer said. Starbucks expects a revenue hit of $400 million to $430 million in the fiscal second quarter as a result of the Chinese closures.cnbc.com
Data from your car could be sold to insurance companies, others
"Whoever is getting the data, in almost every case, they are selling that data, or they are at least providing access to the data," Johnson explained. Right now, neither Congress nor the Department of Transportation has implemented legal requirements for most car data. While many car companies say they are being proactive about consumer privacy, advocates like Bill Hanvey are concerned with the industry policing itself. Hanvey told News4Jax that he believes insurance companies are basing rates off purchased data. "Contact your insurance company and ask if they buy that data, and if they say yes, switch insurance companies.
Starbucks' holiday cups will be back this week
We're barely into pumpkin spice latte season and already the holiday cups are on their way. The coffee chain said on Wednesday that its holiday drinks, foods and its signature red and green cups will be back in stores on Thursday. For Starbucks, the seasonal offerings are a way to create buzz, give their fans what they want and boost sales. Although in the past Starbucks has experimented with less Christmasy cups, this year it's sticking to the holiday theme with red and green designs. To develop this year's cups, Starbucks' designers drew inspiration from Christmas movies and songs, as well as previous iterations of the signature vessel.
Hackers can access computer or phone through this charging cable
Hackers can now access your computer or phone through a charging cable called the O.MG Cable, which sold for $200 at the DEFCON hacking conference. So this is a charging cable for an iPhone and all they did was replace one of the ends of the cable. So instead of being the cable that came from Apple, it has a small computer into it, Johnson explained. The USB Condom is a small and unobtrusive dongle that effectively turns any USB cable into a secure charge-only cable to allow safe recharging from untrusted USB ports. The best recommendation Johnson gave is to not plug anything into your computer if you dont know where it came from.
Every Starbucks growth strategy is working
Stephen Chernin/Getty ImagesSEATTLE, Wash. - Starbucks has put several plans in place to accelerate growth, and they all seem to be working. The tactics are paying off: Sales at cafes open at least a year grew 6% globally in the third quarter, Starbucks announced Thursday. Net sales grew 8.1% to an all-time high of $6.8 billion. Because of the successful quarter, Starbucks improved its financial outlook for the year. One strategy is adding more stores: In the third quarter, the company opened 442 net new stores, one third of them in China.