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Tampa News Tuesday, May 29

Starbucks to close over 8,000 stores today for employee diversity training

  • (AP) – Starbucks will close more than 8,000 stores nationwide Tuesday to conduct diversity training, the next of many steps the company is taking to try to restore its tarnished image as a hangout where all are welcome.
  • After the arrests of two black men in Philadelphia last month at one of its stores, the coffee chains leaders apologized and met with the two men, but also reached out to activists and experts in bias training to put together a curriculum for its 175,000 workers.
  • Workers will also view a short documentary film.
  • The stores are expected to close between 2-3 p.m. Training is expected to last about four hours.
  • Starbucks recently announced a new policy that allows anyone to sit in its cafes or use its restrooms, even if they dont buy anything.The new policy comesafter the arrests of the two black men in Philadelphia.

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Gunman kills 3 in Belgian city before being shot dead

  • BRUSSELS (AP) – A gunman killed three people, including two police officers, in the Belgian city of Liege on Tuesday, a city official said.
  • Police later killed the attacker, and other officers were wounded in the shooting.
  • State broadcaster RTBF reported that it could be terror-related, citing unnamed police and fire officials.
  • Beyond the attacker, who was shot, there are three dead, two police officials and a passer-by, Michel Firket from Liege city hall told The Associated Press.
  • Other police officers were wounded in the exchange of fire, Firket told the AP.

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‘Active Shooter’ video game simulates school shooting, draws major backlash

  • While its not the first time weve seen games with gun violence, with recent events like the Santa Fe shooting, folks are saying the developers of this active shooter game are taking it too far.
  • The game called Active Shooter, and that’s exactly what it simulates.
  • The game was meant to be played as a SWAT team member during a school shooting, but the developer added the option to play as the shooter.
  • Gilliam says parents should be weary of their children playing any active shooter games, even if the research doesn’t directly tie them to violence.
  • With any game question what is this adding to my child’s life, how is this benefiting them in some way, and I struggle to identify any way that this active shooter game could be beneficial to a child, Gilliam said.

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