Jul 22, 2018

Starbucks to open first U.S. sign language store

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Starbucks has announced plans to open its first U.S. sign language store in Washington D.C. this October, as part of an effort to boost hiring and accessibility for deaf and hard of hearing employees and customers, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The details: The store, to be located near Gallaudet University, a college designed to be barrier-free for deaf and hard of hearing students, will hire 20 to 25 deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing employees. The company in total reportedly has about 200 current employees who self-identify as deaf or hard of hearing. Starbucks opened its first signing store in 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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What to watch in tonight's Democratic debate

Bernie Sanders at a campaign rally in Colorado. Photo: Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Bernie Sanders is now the clear front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, and his opponents are ready to try to knock him down at tonight's debate in Charleston, South Carolina β€” especially Michael Bloomberg, who was the punching bag at the Las Vegas debate.

Why it matters: This is the last debate before Super Tuesday, when Sanders is expected to win California and Texas and could secure an insurmountable lead for the Democratic nomination. That's a direct threat to the entire field, but especially to Bloomberg, who skipped the early states to focus on the March 3 contests.

Bob Iger to step down as CEO of Disney

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The Walt Disney Company said Tuesday that it had named longtime Disney executive Bob Chapek as CEO Bob Iger's successor, effectively immediately. Iger will remain executive chairman of the company through 2021.

Why it matters: Iger is credited with having successfully turned around Disney’s animation and studio businesses and with the strategic acquisition of Marvel, Pixar, Lucasfilm and 21st Century Fox. Most recently, he was the person behind Disney's successful launch of its Netflix rival Disney+.

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