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Arby's apologizes after employee refuses to serve police officer

Arby’s said it has apologized to Florida's Pembroke Pines Police Department after an employee at one of the fast-food chain's locations allegedly refused to serve one of the department's police officers.

Pembroke Pines  police says one of their officers was initially refused service at an Arby’s location in town on Tuesday evening when trying to order food at the restaurant’s drive-thru. The officer was in uniform and in a police vehicle, according to a police report filed on the incident.

via www.usatoday.com


Jobless Claims in U.S. Rose More Than Forecast Last Week - Bloomberg Business

Filings for U.S. unemployment benefits rose more than forecast to an eight-week high, representing a pause in a trend of more muted firings.

Jobless claims increased by 12,000 to 282,000 in the week ended Aug. 29, a Labor Department report showed Thursday. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey called for 275,000 new applications. The start of a new school year, which differs from state to state, may introduce a period of volatility in the data as such calendar events are difficult to seasonally adjust, according to a Labor Department spokesman.

via www.bloomberg.com


Judge nullifies Tom Brady’s four-game suspension in DeflateGate case

U.S. District Court Judge Richard M. Berman on Thursday nullified the four-game suspension given to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady by the NFL over the DeflateGate case.

[Ruling isn’t necessarily the end of DeflateGate]

At issue was whether NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell followed the rules set forth in the league’s collective bargaining agreement when he suspended Brady for four games and then upheld that suspension upon appeal. The league’s main argument was that Goodell had the right to punish Brady however he saw fit, based on the collective bargaining agreement, and that courts have long deferred to arbitrators when ruling on similar labor conflicts.

Lawyers from the NFLPA, representing Brady, contended that Brady’s punishment went above and beyond anything outlined in the collective bargaining agreement and that the league kept changing the reason why it punished Brady, initially claiming he had a “general awareness” of the plot to deflate footballs but then saying he had an active role in the scheme.

via yahoo.com


Votto 3-run HR in 9th after Bryant error, Reds beat Cubs 7-4 - Yahoo Sports

CHICAGO (AP) -- Kris Bryant hardly had time to enjoy his latest home run.

The rookie third baseman hit a tying drive in the eighth inning, then made a two-out error in the ninth that set up Joey Votto's three-run homer and lifted the Cincinnati Reds over the Chicago Cubs 7-4 Wednesday.

''It's tough,'' Bryant said. ''Obviously, you're on Cloud Nine when you hit the game-tying home run, then you blow it the next inning.''

via sports.yahoo.com


Longtime coach Kirk Ferentz overhauls Hawkeyes - Yahoo Sports

There was the 60-year-old Iowa coach, whose approach to football has often been mocked for being too old-fashioned, teasing new ''blackout'' uniforms in front of his Hawkeyes as a song by rapper Rick Ross played in the background.

A fashion show during fall camp?

That would seem to be the last thing the Ferentz of old would ever allow.

via sports.yahoo.com


Brutal Images of Syrian Boy Drowned Off Turkey Must Be Seen, Activists Say - The New York Times

At least 12 refugees fleeing the war in Syria, including two young boys, drowned on Wednesday while trying to reach the Greek island of Kos from the Turkish resort town of Bodrum, according to Turkey’s state-owned Anadolu news agency.

A sense of weary resignation at the plight of the Syrians — and hundreds of thousands of other refugees and migrants taking desperate risks to reach the safety of Europe — was briefly punctured by horrifying images of one of the young victims, a small boy whose dead body was discovered, face down in the sand, by a Turkish police officer.

via www.nytimes.com


Iowa Veterans Welcome Center Expands Mission, Becomes Freedom Foundation

Iowa Veterans Welcome Center Board Chairman, Steve Rathje, announced today that the organization has expanded its mission in support of Veterans, and has changed its name to the ‘Freedom Foundation’ to better reflect that Mission.
 
“The Freedom Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that represents much more than just a place for Veterans to meet and congregate. It’s also the parent organization of a food and clothing distribution center, of which, includes, an emergency financial assistance program that all Veterans and their immediate families can apply for to assist with paying rent, utilities, medical expenses, etc. We also help Veterans to secure employment by assisting them with preparing résumés and job applications prior to introducing them to potential employers, thus creating an atmosphere of real hope and real support for those that volunteered to defend this great Nation. Helping our beloved Veterans won’t stop there, as our continued mission is to parallel their needs as they arise and restore that which was earned, but never received.”  Rathje said.
 
Chuck Elias, Executive Director for the Freedom Foundation, and former U.S. Army S-2 Military Intelligence/Weapons/Security Specialist, and IVWC Board Member went on to say; “Under the direction of Chairman Rathje, our mission has indeed expanded. The needs of our Veterans are many, and the response offered by the public has been overwhelming. From donations to the food pantry and the clothing for the distribution center, to the much needed financial contributions that help fund our financial assistance program and cost of operations, the Freedom Foundation is indeed a bright light at the end of a very long and dark tunnel for our American Heroes.” 

Jake Arrieta's no-hitter continues his transformation into one of baseball's best pitchers - Yahoo Sports

Just Friday afternoon, two days before he'd make his 27th start of the season, Jake Arrieta had mused about the number of no-hitters he'd taken into the late innings the past couple years, none of which had ended in a no-hitter.

"Yeah," he said with a grin, "I'll keep trying for one of those."

On Sunday night, Arrieta no-hit the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.

While this might fold into other stories – the no-hitter was the sixth in the big leagues since June 9, the second against the $300 million Dodgers in nine days, the first for a snake-bitten Chicago Cubs in seven years – there is first Arrieta, the 29-year-old right-hander kicked into a trade two years ago who became an ace.

He won his 17th game Sunday night, by a score of 2-0. He won it the way he wins anymore, with hard, precise fastballs, and with what some consider the best slider in the game, a darting curveball and with a sinker that runs low and hard and in the opposite direction of the slider.

via sports.yahoo.com