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Verizon Workers Strike, $250 Million Donation, JJ Watt & Kate Hudson+More

Verizon Workers Strike, $250 Million Donation, JJ Watt & Kate Hudson+More

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Can you hear me now? 40,000 Verizon workers on the east coast, members of the union Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, are going on strike after failing to reach an agreement with management on a new labor contract. They are opposing proposed cuts to pension benefits and rule changes that would make it easier for the company to outsource work overseas. In 2011 they had a somewhat similar strike but a new contract was reached 2 weeks after it so here’s to hoping it won’t drag on.  Read more


• Tech billionaire Sean Parker, aka Napster founder and former Facebook President, has donated $250 million to launch the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, a joint effort that will develop treatments in the growing field of cancer immunotherapy. Considered the largest single contribution made to immunotherapy research, the six top cancer research centers in the country including MD Anderson Cancer Center at University of Texas, Memorial Sloan Kettering, will collaborate on research efforts that will lead to rapid success in patients.

• The world’s largest privately owned coal producer, Peabody has filed for bankruptcy protection.

• #Mambaday Kobe Bryant’s last game in the NBA as a Laker in  his 20th season, will play out tonight and the team will honor his retirement as one of the best players in NBA history. The Lakers will do a video tribute for Bryant before the game and tributes at timeouts and breaks throughout the game. After the game, Bryant will address the crowd. Meanwhile, the Bulls will also play their last game of the season tonight against the 76ers.

• The Task Force on Police Accountability will release their report on the CPD’s police practices today but the Chicago Tribune got a first look and some of their recommendations includes replacing the independent review authority that currently investigates misconduct with a “new and fully transparent and accountable Civilian Police Investigative Agency.” This comes as City Hall is about to vote on naming Interim Superintendent Eddie Johnson to the top cop job and Monday night’s police shooting of  a 16-year-old alleged gang member.


• Are Kate Hudson and football player JJ Watt an item? They made their joint social media debut on snapchat during a dinner outing. 

• Is Lindsay Lohan really engaged? She was spotted in the audience of Duran Duran concert with her mom Dina and Dad Michael, suspicious.


• Designer Jason Wu, a first Lady Michelle Obama favorite, announced he is launching a sister label, Grey Jason Wu, yesterday via instagram. It will launch spring 2016 and available in June at select retailers and through the collection’s Web site The reportedly less expensive label’s prices range from $295 to $1,395.

 The fashion industry’s go-to lace maker, Sophie Hallette, has been acquired by Chanel. Sophie Hallette created fabrics for Kate Middleton-Duchess of Cambridge and Amal Clooney’s wedding dresses, and the tulle for Angelina Jolie’s embroidered veil. Chanel has a history of investing in small artisan producers who create items useful to its collections.

“Never give up. Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine.” – Jack Ma (Alibaba Founder)

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